Friday, November 26, 2010


Had a great Thanksgiving: watched the parade in the morning, ran dogs, then had turkey dinner with the family.  The dogs got turkey with their dinner too, and this morning, all the dogs and I were still a little sleepy from all the turkey.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

November's Mega-Storm

We are still in the midst of the biggest storm I have ever seen in my life!  We have tons of snow, so much that we can't get to one of our trails because the roads are either closed or impossible to get through.  Solid negative temperatures and snowfall.  At least the wind hasn't gotten too horrible... yet.  The dogs are more thrilled about it than I am.  Looks like it may start clearing up by Thanksgiving, thank goodness! 

Friday, November 19, 2010

First Run on Sleds of the Season

Wednesday we ran for the first time on sleds.  We ran two teams.  They were sooooooo excited that Tut and Otter broke their harnesses just by pulling on them so hard!
Team 1:
Otter ~ Khufu
Emmett ~ Jasper
Newman ~ Tut
Kaycee ~ Ra

Team 2:
Neffertiti ~ Super Cub
Bella ~ Cessena
Alice ~ Eastwood
Annie ~ Bronson

Here are some pictures...
This is the first team

side view of the first team on the trail

second team

Friday, November 12, 2010

Paradise Valley Training

Since there is too much snow at Castle Rock Creek and the longer Mill Creek trail is a little too long, we have been training on roads in the valley.  We do a 15mi loop.  Wednesday, we saw a musher friend and his team on this trail.  Here are some pictures from our runs there on Wednesday and Friday.
Khufu ~ Otter
Nefferitit ~ Super Cub
Bella ~ Cessena
Alice ~ Eastwood
Jasper ~ Emmett
Tut ~ Chewy
Annie ~ Bronson
Kaycee ~ Ra

Bella ~ Otter
Alice ~ Khufu
Neffertiti ~ Super Cub
Emmett ~ Jasper
Newman ~ Cessena
Tut ~ Chewy
Bronson ~ Eastwood
Kaycee ~ Ra
Wed. After the run Khufu(right) and Otter(left)

Wed. On the trail towards the snow covered Mountains

Fri. Rest Stop

On the trail on Fri.

After the Run on Fri.

B Team Snowy Run

Here are some pictures from our 5 mile run at Castle Rock Creek with the B Team.  A little too much snow to use the ATV, but not enough for sleds yet.  Good thing we had the smaller team instead of the main team because even with 13 dogs, it was a little scarry on the tight turns. :)
Stitch ~ Piper
Maddie ~ Bailey
U2 ~ Jolie
Pad ~ Leggs
Lilly ~ McQueen
Heart ~ Gandalf

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thank You Hamlin Family!!!

I would like to give a big thank you to the Hamlin family for their generous donation towards my 2011 Alaska trip for Jr. Iditarod and Jr. Quest!  This family also was a big help in the rescue of some of my sled dogs and others back in 2008.

Thank You!!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Lynx's Offerings

One of our cats, Lynx, will bring things that she has killed to the front door for us.  The last few times she has decorated them.  Maybe we've been watching too much Iron Chef, because she would get a lot of points in her plating.
October 2010
September 2010

Museum of the Rockies Presentation

Saturday, my mom, dad, and I went to the Bozeman Museum of the Rockies to do a sled dog presentation/demonstration.  We took Jasper, Cessena, Tut, Annie, Chewy, and dad's old leader, Lori.  It went very well; however, the museum is right next to the college football stadium.  At the end of the presentation, we had the excitement of a jet fly-over and fireworks in the field next to where we were.  The kid we were babysitting for the day, Zeke, and all the dogs hit the ground.  Good thing it only lasted a few seconds!  Dad also took the team around a small loop on the grass.
From left to right: Jasper, Cessena, Tut, Lori, Annie, and Chewy

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Each of My Dogs in One Word

I did this on a sled dog talk forum a little while ago.  We were supposed to describe each of our dogs with one word.  Here are mine!

Otter ~ Queen
Khufu ~ Swagger
Neffertiti ~ Duchess

Super Cub ~ ...SQUIRREL!
Kaycee ~ Crazy
Jasper ~ Loyal (well all my dogs are this, but especially him)
Tut ~ Dork [but he is very smart, he just has his moments:)]
Bella ~ Serious
Ra ~ Humorous
Piper ~ Gentle
Emmett ~ Sweetheart
Cessena ~ Princess
Bronson ~ Bulldozer
Alice ~ Opinionated

Annie ~ Buff
Chewy ~ Witch
Newman ~ Twinkie
Eastwood ~ Wacky
Jolie ~ Impatient
JB ~ Blur

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Agility Equipment

Last night, JB helped me put away his agility equipment for the winter: 3 tunnels, 3 jumps, weave polls, and a pause table (tire with a piece of plywood)  If anybody has a dog walk, a-frame, or teeter-totter (or any other obstacles) that they are willing to part with, contact me at my website: These contact obstacles are JB's favorites.

First Run of November

On the 1st, we ran 10mi at Mill Creek.  Otter and Emmett, Otter's 16.5 month old son, ran in lead.
Emmett ~ Otter
Khufu ~ Neffertiti
Super Cub ~ Bella
Cessena ~ Alice
Newman ~ Jasper
Tut ~ Eastwood
Bronson ~ Annie
Ra ~ Kaycee
Emmett was pretty proud of himself.  This was his first 10mi run in lead.

Rest stop about 2.5 miles from the end

Petting Emmett and Otter (dad took this picture as well as the one above)