In a whirlwind weekend, Hannah brought back three of the four dogs I'd purchased from Scott - Razz, Mambo and Nibbs. And the next week she came to take her eight dogs back. The kennel seems suddenly very small.
I'm still waiting for Mouse, who is coming bred to Pepperjack later this year and two dogs from my friend and mentor Lanette Kimbal - and then my kennel will be full.
At the end of August, I was given seven puppies by Brad VanMeter - a friend of Nancy Yoshida who got me in touch with Aaron Burmeister to handle last year and gave me Cougar, Rocky, Bessie and Bobby. At first I was against getting the pups, as my two planned litters for the summer did not take and I was getting Mouse bred, but then Nancy told me these pups are out of Bobby's sister...and I couldn't refuse! Bobby, sadly, died in the spring of 2011 and has been sorely missed - being a big, strong, fast wheel dog. The father of the litter is from Ryan Redington, a dog named Doctor, but I don't know much about him - yet felt it was worth the gamble because of the relation to Bobby.
I am so glad they are here and very grateful to Brad from meeting me in MT! They are growing fast and love to take walks with me. I've been trying to get them to follow the 4-wheeler, but usually I can only get 5 to follow at a time - the other's "get lost" and stay at the dog yard.
9-17-12 puppy walk
Brownie - female
Kuchen - male
Meringue - female
Mocha - male (black)
Pudding - female
Spice - female
Biscotti - male
Of course, with the cool weather, I've been training. How different to be training here and looking forward to lower-48 races, compared to last year! It surprises me a little, but I'm actually missing Alaska a bit...
With that said, having Nibbs, Mambo and Razz here is like a dream. Knowing what they've done in Alaska, I just hope I can train them so they really shine down here in the mountains. They fit in perfectly with my dogs, matching strides, and are powerful dogs.
So, my team for this year (minus Mouse and the two from Lanette that are still to arrive):
Handsome? Ok, well my pet Collie thinks he's a sleddog and I guess he deserves his place here! I first hooked him up as a joke but he loves running with the team. Racing? I doubt it! But he is the boss of the kennel - from overseeing the puppies to making sure the race team eats (if they don't, it's devoured by Handsome). You can never overlook him...