Post Run

The weather has been perfect this weekend, so, yes, we were able to get out Saturday morning with scooters, ganglines and harnesses and run The Herd.  We do have some video captured and will post it just as soon as we have a chance to edit it together. In the meantime, here are a couple of pictures from just after the running.

By the way, we did have one minor mishap (as fans of our facebook page already know).  We were running four dogs – Kodiak and Cheoah in lead and Qannik and Rusty in wheel (the position immediately in front of the sled).  We passed a lady walking a black lab in the other direction.  She did all the right things – stepped off to the side and had the lab sit.  Cheoah and Kodiak performed exactly as expected and proceeded “on-by”.  Rusty glanced over but kept running.  Qannik, however, needed to say hi.  Have to give it up to the boy.  He threw himself into the harness and succeeded in breaking everyone’s rhythm so he could say hello the lab.  On-by is probably the hardest command for the dogs to learn to listen to as they are being asked to pass by intriguing items.  We will keep practicing, of course.

Oh - is that what on-by means? Details, details.

Will the kid ever learn?

On the good news front, we ran Cheoah in lead a couple of times.  She is really throwing herself into the work and enjoys leading the team.  As Natasha is getting older, she is showing less interest in running (well, in pulling – running is ok, but the gangline is not very taut), so it is great that we seem to be developing a good lead dog to step into those big paws.


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We have already asked all of you to pass the Power of the Paw to our pal, Cool Paw Luke (ok, ok, Cool Hand Luke or, as everyone knows him, Golden Boy Luke).  Well, the Luke has shared what he has been going through in this blog post.  Luke is a very special pal of ours so we are asking everyone – cross your paws and send your good healing vibes to Houston.  The Luke needs all of us.


  1. Sierra Rose on October 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Wow! Sounds like teamwork and some great runs! Looking forward to more posts about your adventures!!!!!
    We are thinking good paws for Luke, as he was a good pal to our Golden Honey, and has touched so many hearts.

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  2. Sagira on October 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Aww…you have a social butterfly in your group. 🙂

  3. Lisa on October 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Looks like you all had a great run! 🙂
    Kodi x

  4. HUSKYS RULE on October 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Q was just being friendly!!!! Way to Cheoah stepping up to be a lead dog!!!!
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

  5. Maxx on October 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    All i see are happy, contented and exhausted but definitely happy furiends!


  6. Shawnee the Shepherd on October 17, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    That Qannik is so noggty. Boys will be boys.

  7. Huffle Mawson on October 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Qannik really is a blonde, isn’t he?

  8. KB on October 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I was given a dog sled ride as a birthday gift one year (I actually got to drive for a little while!). The most interesting thing was to see how the team was paired. In each pair, there was an experienced dog and a newer dog. I saw the experienced dogs actually “correct” (i.e., snarl/lightly bite) the younger dogs when they started to veer off toward an interesting scent or other thing.

    Maybe Qannik needs Natasha as his partner 🙂

    And, I must say, who can resist saying hi to a Lab?

  9. rocky on October 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    w00fs, oooo, me wood like to c me and jodee pulling a sled…heeehee mama had better hanggg on…me is worried about “the Luke” too..mama is gonna post about him and wilf and little snowball on the news feed today..

    b safe,

  10. The Luke on October 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Nuffin better than a fun adventure on a beautiful day! I can tell by the look on your faces… you agree!

    From the bottom of my heart, I don’t know how to fank you enough for bein such a good friend. Kind and wonderful words of encouragement are a huge boost, as is the Power of the Paw!

    Wif lots of love and heart felt gratitude from the Luke… and the Mom!

  11. Kari on October 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Sure looks like everyone is nice and tired after the run


  12. Kari on October 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Looks like they are nice and sleepy after all that exercise


  13. Houndstooth on October 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    We saw Luke’s post last night. We sure hope he’s going to be okay!

    We’re still chuckling about Qannik’s social moment! Perhaps the lab batted her eyelashes at him in a way that couldn’t be ignored!

    Looking forward to the video! *grin*

  14. The OP Pack on October 17, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Just wanting to spread a little sibe love – that’s our boy Qannik.

    Paws crossed here for Luke – he is very special to us too.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  15. FiveSibesMom on October 17, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Sounds like a great day! Just love the expressions on Qannik’s and Kodiak’s (did I get that one right?) face…priceless!

    We are on “Team Luke” and are sending all good, healing thoughts his way. He is such a brave boy.

  16. priscilla on October 17, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Can’t wait for the video!

    Cheoah – the leader in future!

  17. Khyra on October 17, 2010 at 9:05 am

    We Sibes khan be such social animals!

    Go Q!

    As fur The Luke, Mom’s putting the pedal to the metal today and powering up The Paw Vibes fur The Luke as she does the transport run –


  18. Khumbu on October 17, 2010 at 5:53 am

    woooooooooo such fun, wish I had a brother or sister to do that with. Good on Cheoah for taking on the leaders job. Looking forward to the video, hope you got the Qannik hello on it 🙂

    All paws crossed over here in Spain for your pal Cool Paw Luke, healing vibes on there way.


  19. Amy / Layla the Malamute on October 17, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Paws are definitely crossed for Luke.

    I love the idea of scootering. The Malamute club has special titles for Trail Dogs and Lead Dogs, both of which can be achieved on scooter – but you really need more than 1 dog, so we’re kind of out of luck. Unless you guys decide to host a work camp for single dogs.

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