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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ilu's Birthday #4!

Ilu at 4 years old.

Ilu turns 4 years old today. As you can see in the photo, he has just begun to shed and is in need of daily brushing.

Ilu has found his place in wheel in the Points Unknown sled dogs teams. He could do well as a leader if his pace were a little quicker so the huskies wouldn't run him over and if the musher had a lot more patience for a very happy-go-lucky, goof ball leading us down the trail. He has been up in lead and did a fine job. He's also been known, however, to pick up things on the trail and carry them back to base camp like cans and articles of clothing and on one particular occasion this winter, a bag of hamburger buns that must have flown off a snowmobile during a fish fry weekend on Gunflint Lake. He was very gentle not to squish them and the bag had not one hole from his mouth hold.

Many life's lessons can be learned from this mild mannered and light hearted boy. One that he reminds us of twice a day is that NOTHING should be taken seriously except dinner time.

Happy B-day Ilu!

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