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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Canicross Hikes 2008: Willow River in September

Journey waits patiently for the others

Kimberley and Shaggy at the start

Good side-by-side training

A water break for Tasha and Timber


Marilyn and Conan enjoying the scenery

Melanie and Annie navigating over obstacles

Our "German" sled dog member

We decided to return to a favorite park today for our last Canicross Hike of the season. We had hopes of brilliant fall colors but discovered we are still about a week and a half away.

Temps were in the upper 60s and it was a bit humid but the dogs trudged on, enjoying our halfway stop in the water, at the base of the falls. There were two "non" northern breed dogs in attendance today which is so nice to see. Conan is a German Shepherd and Shaggy is a Border Collie/Irish Terrier mix. Both fit right in and didn't seem to know they were any different than the remainder of the group which consisted of Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Huskies.

It was Tasha and Timber's first time with us. It was also their very first canicross hike. They did amazingly well and acted as though this is what they were meant to do.

The Canicross Hiking Club season begins again next May after we at Points Unknown have had a chance to rest from our rigorous winter schedule with the sled dogs. New destinations are on the agenda for next season so we can all get out and enjoy some new scenery and some new challenges with the dogs.

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