What Mushers do…

Hi guys! Welcome back! So we recently got on to the sleds! We had to travel about a half an hour to find snow but we did it!!

The farthest that we have gone while on the sled is eleven miles, which took us almost two hours. The dogs had a harder pull that day so we’re not really considering how long the run is!

Standing on the back of the sled for the most part, sounds boring, but all mushers have something to do when standing. (Don’t get me wrong that’s not all we do!) Some mushers listen to audiobooks or podcasts. While others sing on their own! I’d say I’m a really goofy person so I like to dance on the sled!! Sounds risky? You bet! There are many dance moves that I can’t do on the sled! (The floss or the worm for example) So I just move my limbs strangely and laugh! 😂

Being on the sled is so much fun!! Not just so I can dance but because the dogs love to pull! Running with the dogs is always an awesome part of my day!

My dance moves! 👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼 It’s better with sound!

THANKS FOR READING!!!

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!!! 👋🏼

Cat Troubles

If you haven’t noticed I didn’t post much in December. So thanks for waiting! Our training started reaching longer distances so we’ve been busy!

Speaking of training, the dogs are always super excited to go but one problem that we’ve seen is that staying lined-out, (when the dogs stand nicely in their spot and keep the main gang line tight with their harnesses) a usually a simple task, unless we have a little trouble-maker hanging around… Since you read the title of this week’s post, I bet you can take a good guess on what that “helper” is: a cat.

You see most of our kennel has inherited a form of ‘prey drive’. What does that mean? Well, take Cocoa for example, if she sees a bunny or deer or (even a cow), she’ll try and chase it, taking the team with her. (Cocoa runs lead) So you can see why having a few friendly barn cats could be a problem.

We’ve been able to suppress the dogs’ ‘prey drive’ a little however. By taking the dogs out on runs, more and more we’ve seen this ‘drive’ go down. They are learning to focus on the trail and every single little “prey”.

No, we haven’t been able to stop them from wanting to chase the cats. However, if we give the cats a bit of food before we go, they don’t seem to want to bug us or the dogs.

THANKS FOR READING!!!

SEE YOU ALL NEXT WEEK!!

trouble gang