Thursday, March 3, 2011


Hey Everyone,

So the sun has come back to Ropphaugen again. It came back for a few minutes about two weeks ago. I heard a sudden uproar in the kennel and ran out think that something was in the kennel. The puppies were all standing and barking at their shadows. They were born last spring, but i guess it had been a while.

The dogs are enjoying some slow and easy spring training. Usually we would not start with the spring training until, well, spring. This year we have so many puppies in training and no more races that we are planning on doing, that it makes sense to take it slower and enjoy the time out with the dogs and not worry about milage as much.

This has been a good light training season. The dogs have a bit over 2,500 miles of training since late September when we started training. They have gotten a little tired of running up and down the mountain we live on, so we are starting to travel a lot during the weekends. It is great to travel and train in new places and get to see many of our mushing friends who do not live close by.

We have a lot of friends who are competing in the Finnmarksløpet this week. The Finnmarksløpet is Europes longest race, and the worlds northern-most race as well.
We wish Sigrid Ekran, Nina Skramstad, Robert Sørlie, Ketil Reitan, Thomas Wærner, Elisabeth Edlund, Atle Bjerke, Bertil Nyheim, Emil Inauen, and all the other contestents a good run and healthy dogs!

We are also closely following the Iditarod this year! Lance Mackey is going for his fifth straight victory in Iditarod, Hans Gatt is trying to win his first to top off a steller career. Dallas Seavey is coming off of an impressive rookie Yukon Quest win to try and win his first Iditarod title.
Magnus Kaltenborn is representing Norway and running Martin Busers youngsters. All in all it should be a exciting race!

Our puppies are looking great, we could not be happier with how well the are doing in harness and how much fun they have while we are out! It makes it so much easier to have a blast too.

I have been on the job hunt and have finally started getting called into interviews. Hopefully something comes of that soon.

Kaia is working hard at the kindergarten and coming home and training puppies with me in the afternoons. She will hopefully start a new position as a teacher at the Lillehammer Steinarskole in a few months.

Sorry for the lack of pictures. It would seem that blogger is not uploading pictures at the moment.

Updates as events warrant.

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