Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December Training Photos

A beautiful view only visible from a dog sled, too bad this landscape burned a couple of years ago, because it used to be even more beautiful.

Rest stop

Teaching Kaycee (middle lead) how to lead by putting 2 experienced leaders on either sid of her (Otter and Khufu)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Great Food for Great Dogs

I am so excited to be feeding Go! Endurance to my team.  This food really has made a difference.  I'm not worried about the food being rancid since it is grain free and made with high quality ingredients.  The dogs love it too.  Thank you Petcurean Pet Nutrition for sponsoring my pups!

Rodeo Run: Final Results

2 days, 40 total miles, and 2 happy 8-dog  teams later... dad received 8th place with his team and I received 6th place! Plus, I was only a little over 15 minutes behind the first place team.  This was very, very, very good for a couple of distance teams in a more sprint-like race.  It was the first race ever for Jasper, Alice, Kaycee, Emmett, and Bella, and they did great!  Alice ran lead both days on dad's team too.  They had a lot of fun.  As far as they know, they won the race.  The last day, we started out the chute sixth and ended up finishing first that day, so the dogs thought they won :) Ra was very happy too, he was playing with the gangline near the end of our run the second day.  He did this in the Red River Race last year too and just nudges it with his head and bites at it (he doesn't chew through it).
Here were the teams:

Jenny
Khufu ~ Otter
Bella ~ Super Cub
Cessena ~ Tut
Kaycee ~ Ra

Rob
Alice ~ Neffertiti
Newman ~ Annie
Emmett ~ Jasper
Bronson ~ Eastwood

Results/times coming soon at http://www.westyellowstonesleddograces.com/

In memory of Rodeo, may he always have good trails, plenty of snow, and a team of wagging tails  

Friday, December 17, 2010

Rodeo Run: Day One

Today was the first run of two for the Rodeo Run Sled Dog Race in West Yellowstone.  Both mine and dad's teams did very well! We were in the 8-dog class and did 20 miles today, and will do the same trail again tomorrow.  Both days' times will be combined at the end.  It was about -18 degrees F when we started and the trail was smooth and packed. 
Jenny's Team
Otter ~ Khufu
Bella ~ Super Cub
Tut ~ Cessena
Kaycee ~ Ra
Time: 1:31:44

Rob's (dad's) Team
Alice ~ Neffertiti
Newman ~ Annie
Jasper ~ Emmett
Bronson ~ Eastwood
Time: 1:36:05

Thanks to my sponsors... Petcurean Pet Nutrition: Go! Endurance Dog Food,
Double Diamond Vet Hospital, The Balancing Act, Hamlin and Reis Families, Amsterdam Meats, Anduril Kennels, and my family and friends!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rainny Run

Yesterday, we did another 18 mile training run at Mill Creek.  It rained on us!  It is the middle of December, and it is rainning, not typical winter weather.  My dogs really don't like the rain, but they were totally amped.  They were so excited and ran really fast.  The only thing I can figure is that usually when we get rained on durring a run, it is durring the fall in the mud.  So, it is probably the mud they don't like, not the rain.  We've only run in the rain durring winter one other time: last year when I was training my team behind the teams that were racing in the Seeley 200 race.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dumping Poop Buckets with Jasper

When I scoop dog poo in the dog yard, I put it in big 5 gallon buckets.  When all the buckets fill up, I take them and dump it in a compost pile.  Usually I carry the buckets two at a time and walk all the way to the compost pile, but we recently got a big Otter Sled to haul the buckets.  A few of my cousins helped dump the buckets, and Jasper got to pull the sled back and forth.  HE LOVED IT!!! He got to pull a full load up the hill to the pile, and then got to pull a sled full of little girls on the way back down (which was his favorite part).  Some of us two-leggeds helped him pull the sled up the hill, but he was zooming back down with the girls ridding.   Didn't get any pictures or videos, but I will get some next time.

Friday, December 10, 2010

First Race of the Year: Rodeo Run

My first sled dog race of the year is coming up in less than a week!  I will have an 8-dog team and my dad will have an 8-dog team mostly made up of the rest of my dogs and some of his.  The Rodeo Run is in West Yellowstone, MT on Dec. 17th and 18th.  Each day we will do a 22mi course and each day's time will be combined for the over-all time.  Just a reminder, West Yellowstone was where my first pups' moms were rescued just before they were born and was their first race last year.  This year it will be the youngest pups' (Kaycee, Jasper, Bella, Alice, and Emmett) first race ever!  Wish us luck and check out the race site at http://www.westyellowstonesleddograces.com/  As of now, for it could change in the next couple of days, the teams are:
Jenny's Team
Bella ~ Otter
Neffertiti ~ Super Cub
Cessena ~ Khufu
Tut ~ Ra

Rob's (dad) Team
Alice ~ Annie
Emmett ~ Jasper
Newman ~ Eastwood
Bronson ~ Kaycee

Monday, December 6, 2010

December Training for the First Race of the Year

Haven't posted in a while because I've been so busy getting myself and the dogs ready for our first race.  It is in West Yellowstone, Montana.  Both my dad and I will be competing in the 8-dog, 22mi/day event.  Dad's team has some of my dogs in it.  The race is Dec. 17th and 18th.  Here are some pictures of our recent training runs:

Dad's team chasing my team and I

Trail Breaking at Castle Rock Creek: Dad went to stomp out a little turn-around loop while I stayed with the teams.  His team's leaders are by my sled and Alice decided she would rather wait on top of my sled rather than in the snow.

My team after a run: Otter and Bella in lead, Cessena and Super Cub in Swing, Ra and Tut in Team position, and Kaycee and Khufu in Wheel

Neffertiti and Khufu playing on the couch