Monday, September 27, 2010

Hello Fall

Hey Everyone,

Fall has really hit us here in Norway. Last night we had a hard frost and the water buckets were frozen out in the dogs yard this morning. We have been training pretty consistantly for the last month and a half and are looking to push up the milage within the next week. The moose hunt is happening here in Gausdal, so we have to run late at night, but it is coldest then anyway so no big deal.

Today is the big kennel renovation day! We are getting our new kennel set up with new chains and moving all the swivels. Most of the young dogs are leaving the puppy pens and joining the big dogs in the kennel. Thank god for ear plugs.

We had a sad day on Friday. Our oldest dog and one of the Americans in the kennel died on Friday night. Jedi had an aneurism on Friday while I was petting him and lost feeling and control of his left side. He was sixteen, so we knew it was only a matter of time, but that certainly didn't make it any easier to say goodbye. He is buried on the hill overlooking the kennel beside Farmor.

This weekend we had a great time at the Hakadal Hundekjøring Seminar. The mushing seminar had Lance Mackey and Tim Hunt as speakers along with several others. It was a great weekend of talking dogs with the best of them and looking at all sorts of new and interesting gear. We have a few new sponsers and got a bunch of interesting products to test. I had a lot of personal time with Lance, Tonya and Tim and that was just a blast. Our friends Hanne and Per set up the whole weekend for us and it was just a ton of fun.

Updates as events warrant.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

One gone one new

Hey All,

So one of the puppies has gone to a pet home here in the town we live in. She was just a bit big and her parents were not very good so we decided that she would make a great pet for some friends of ours who asked if we had a puppy for them. Null Coma En is now called Tinka and is going to learn to pull a pulk and go skiing this winter. We hope she has fun and look forward to keeping an eye on her as she grows and learns!

yesterday we had a new member join our little team here. Lille Moon comes to us from Øyvind Mortensen. She has joined Danse's puppies in there pen as she is the same age and size as they are. We will let her out running with all the rest this afternoon.

I will be in the states from the 10th until the 19th.
Thanks to Bjørn, Per and Hanna, and Iben Kardel for feeding a training the dogs while we are gone!

Updates as events Warrant

Friday, September 3, 2010

Low Temps low miles

Hey There everyone,

We are now in the grips of the unstoppable pull towards winter. Yesterday we experienced our first frost of the year. It is cold enough in the evenings now to run without worrying about over heating the pooches.

We are training regularly now and the dogs are looking great. I have not seen a team look so good so early in the season. That is something that I hope bodes well for the upcoming winer season.

The pups are getting big. The biggest boys are starting to eat outside of the puppy pen with the big dogs. We do this so that their times out in the big dog yard is associated with something positive. After they are finished eating we let them relax for a while and then put them back in with the rest of the puppies.

I hipe everyone is enjoying the early fall.

Updates as events warrant.