First Dog Runs of the Season

Our weekend has been absolutely perfect weather-wise, with highs in the 70’s F (~ 21C) and lows in the upper 30’s to low 40’s (4 C).   With temperatures like that, we were able to get in our first run of the season Sunday morning.

We kept the runs short using mostly 2 dog teams, though we did end with one 4 dog run.  Natasha is very good with her gee and haw (right and left), but her highness decides sometimes that actually pulling is beneath her, so it gave Cheoah a chance to prove her skills with a larger team.  So, on the four dog team, Cheoah was running lead with Kodiak beside her and Qannik and Rusty in wheel (wheel means right in front of the sled / cart).  She did a great job.  Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed our first runs of the season.

Trailer loaded with scooters and gear and Jeep loaded with dogs. Stop taking pictures, hu-dad, and let's go.

Oh, we load the Jeep because we go to the other side of the ranch to our field to set up for runs because of the long, unpaved roads where we virtually never run into cars.

Up at our field, everypup on the picket line waiting for their turn.

Cheoah has a huge grin ending her first lead run of the day.

But after leading a four dog team a little later in the morning, Cheoah says this cool, wet grass feels good, too.

Kodiak agrees with the idea of a roll in the wet grass after the final run.

31 Comments

  1. Wild Dingo on September 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    WOWZER! How’d i miss THIS? I’m impressed! and here i thought all you guys did was a few walks in the meadows… geesh. you sibes are the REAL DEAL!

  2. The Luke on September 9, 2010 at 11:42 am

    The before, the middle and truly the after… looks like so much fun! Me and the Bleu would like to swing by your place and take the Mom for a ride!

    You’ve seen our walks. How soft are your ditches?

    It’s just a hypothetical question.

    wif love from the Luke

  3. Corgi Country Crew on September 8, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Very Interesting! Grammy says she used to have a German Shepherd that used to pull a cart…

    You look like you had a lot of fun! 🙂

  4. Maxx on September 8, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Nice!!!

    Cheers,
    Maxx

  5. Amy@GoPetFriendly on September 6, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Buster thinks that looks like so much fun! Are you dogs looking for an apprentice? =)

  6. Lorenza on September 6, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    That was pawesome, right?
    I am sure you all enjoyed it!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

  7. Zona on September 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Looks like you all couldn’t be happier that fall is on the way!!!

    Wags,
    Zona

  8. Kari on September 6, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Oh my I sure bet the dogs were happy to get out for runs again!

    -Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com

  9. Huffle Mawson on September 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    How much fun is that!

  10. Clive on September 6, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Very impressive!

  11. Sychoberians on September 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Very, very awesome and cool. The picture of the Herd looking out of the back of the jeep was worth them being impatient.

    Our human has all the equipment to get us out but has been to lazy to start us pulling, something about having to start to early here in SoCal due to the weather.

    I am sure you have checked it out but if not look at urbanmushing.com (sorry, we are link challenged), that is our local group.

    Remy and Flash

  12. Sagira on September 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    They look SO happy pulling during the run. Fun to see Sibes doing what they were bred to do. 🙂

  13. Farley's Mom on September 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    That is awesome, they look so happy!

  14. NCMountainwoman on September 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    And a good time was had by all. What a great post.

  15. Twinkietinydog on September 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Question for woo: Would you share the globe I made for you on my advice column with Khyra?
    Twinkie

  16. Twinkie on September 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    If you get a chance in the next few days, please let me know if you’re getting my comments. I just left you one and again I’m unsure if it went though.

  17. Twinkietinydog on September 6, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Too much fun!!! I would gladly join you, if you promised not to step on me. And this after a truly spectacular, judging form the photos, Saturday! Wow! We love our hikes, but compared to what we see on this blog . . . nothing this majestic close to our home.
    Thank you for the Siberian variation of the Rainbow Bridge. I love learning new things, BUT I’m afraid it’s going to be an issue. It’s cold North of the Rainbow Bridge! Brrr…. Thank you for sharing the link.
    Twinkie

  18. JacksDad on September 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Hmmmm, maybe Jack should start learning how to pull a sled as well. Do you have room for an energetic Lab in your pack? 🙂

    PS – Yes, the chair lift was to Ghost Town. I just read that it closed this summer!

  19. Houndstooth on September 6, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Now that looks like wicked fun! Cheoah, I can’t help smiling with you! How far do you usually go on those runs?

  20. The OP Pack on September 6, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Such fun you always get to have! Love that big happy smile.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  21. Dennis the Vizsla on September 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

    This reminds me of the old Better than Ezra song that goes “I remember roaching in the wet grass, falling a step behind …” Or something like that.

  22. Pamela on September 6, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Don’t know if your comments feature allows links. But if it does, you might want to check out this video of sled dogs pulling a waterskier. Another summer workout idea for the herd?

    http://www.dogspelledforward.com/happy-labor-day-now-step-away-from-the-computer

  23. KB on September 6, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Cheoah’s grin says it all!

  24. Shawnee the Shepherd on September 6, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Looks like the hu-dad is hasing a great time being taken fur a ride!

  25. El'bow & Hauwii on September 6, 2010 at 7:22 am

    so coooooooooooooooooll

    kissslobbers
    el’bow & hauwii

  26. Priscilla on September 6, 2010 at 7:02 am

    It seems all of you had so much fun out there!!! what a beautiful weather for the runs!!!

  27. Team Husky on September 6, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Woo look like woo all had so much fun ~ Cheoah looks like she is a great lead dog and we loved the photo with Snowflake!!!

    Team Husky

  28. Mr Koda MD on September 6, 2010 at 4:36 am

    AWWW goodness you are lucky! We are starting to wind down our scooty season now and Ma has started using the bike instead… isn’t a roll in the damp salad just grand following a fantastical run! Most enjoyable!

  29. Amy / Layla the Malamute on September 6, 2010 at 2:48 am

    That looks awesome! Layla wants to know if you offer any vacation packages?

  30. Minnie and Mack on September 6, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Very impressive! We know nothing about dog sledding so that was a learning experience for both of us. Don’t you just love the weather? As usual, they are all beautiful!

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

  31. Khyra on September 6, 2010 at 1:38 am

    I think I need a QTIP after that post!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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