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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Another Puppy Run

Uncle Klaus with Miss Zala(or Miss Hollywood as some would say)

Zodiak with Uncle Klaus. His feet are bigger than Klaus'!

Klaus and Zodi

Oken and Aunt Sweet Pea

All pups are where they should be. Zodi is i n lead with Klaus.

Oken and Uncle Klaus

Klaus and Oken

Zodi with Aunt Sweet Pea. He's about as tall as she is!

The view before the descent into the dog yard.

Zala next to mom, Tuloon

Zala is very much like Tuloon


Time for a nap after the run

The day was slow for tours at Gunflint Lodge so I took this opportunity to take the Tuloon/Bazil puppies, who are now 5 months old, out on their third puppy run.

This time they each ran next to an adult, Klaus, Sweet Pea or Tuloon, and had a turn at each position during our very short one mile run. I began with Zala in lead with Klaus. She was quite something in lead. Once hooked up, she stood next to Klaus patiently waiting for take-off. When I gave the command, off she went, keeping the tug line tight. When I noticed her attention span dwindling, I stopped and moved her back to point and placed Zodiak in lead. He did just as well; tug tight and no looking back.

Finally it was Oken's turn so he went from wheel position where he ran next to Aunt Sweet Pea, to lead, next to Uncle Klaus. He was placed initially next to Sweet Pea based on the results of the last puppy run. He was the one who didn't seem to be able to stay on his own side of the gang line. I knew that Sweet Pea wouldn't allow this behavior and would give him a few gang line etiquette tips. She did just that because Oken stayed completely on his side while next to her. When he was put up in lead, he promptly went under Klaus' legs to get to the other side. After a brief lesson from me and a growl from Klaus, he stayed on his side and ran in lead on the return trip. He was a bit more distracted than the other two pups but, to me, this means very little at this age. We will just have to wait to see how they all progress as they mature. If anything, how they did today gives me a training direction for each of them.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Back on the Sled

Waiting patiently on the lake for our guests to arrive

11' freight sled

Team of six freight dogs can easily pull the musher and two clients in the sled, on the lake.

At the start. Icoa and Ilu in wheel with Phoenix and Sweet Pea in point

The "bug" that I and half of the Gunflint Lodge staff had been sick with for the past few weeks is now gone. I and the other Points Unknown mushers have spent the time since the PUWWA2008 with a booked schedule of adventures with lodge guests. President's Day weekend was a busy weekend and now after two days of rest for both mushers and dogs, Helen and I were on the lake today for our Gunflint Lake Experience with four guests.

The DNR Becoming and Outdoors Women Winter Event is scheduled for the first weekend in March. I will be attending this event while Helen and Erik run the Winter Tracks Festival dog mushing events at the lodge with the help of Don who will be returning with his dogs for the festivities. The following weekend, which is the second weekend in March, Gunflint Lodge will be hosting the PUWWA2008 (Points Unknown Women's Winter Adventure) at Gunflint Lodge. This puts us almost to the middle of March. Lets hope the snow and cold weather stick around until April 1st! It will be sad to see this dog mushing season end.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Dog Pictures From the Weekend

Mascot Copper with Karen

Zala and Oken

Me and Zodi

Zala - of course dogs are allowed on the couch!

Frankie - Chris, my handler's dog

Lily - Chris, my handler's dog


Oken and Zala





Tukisi and Isis

Zodi and Mom, Tuloon

Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea and Journey




On the picket line

Phoenix and Oken

Zala and Grandpa, Zulu



PUWWA2008 February Pictures

Karen, Terry and Team

Peg, Winnie and Team

Winnie, Peg and Team

Peg and Ilu

Winnie and the view from the cabin deck

Karen and Zulu

Winnie and Team

Karen and Team

Scott the chef and Team

Scott with Blue watching to make sure it was done right

Instructor Karen and team in tent

Sheep were flying in the cabin on this night!(little yellow stuffed sheep)

Scott and Zodi

Peg and Zodi