North Wapiti Siberian
Tales from the Trail
September 17, 2001
The following pictures document a 14-mile
training run done September 17, 2001.
Run1 First things first. Before the dogs are readied, the quad (or
4 wheeler to you Americans!) is tied off and the ganglines stretched
Run2 This board tells who is running and what position they will
be in for that particular run. Today, just the team in blue is
running. The board is written in my shorthand, so to translate, the
team today will be:
Run3 Next the dogs are brought up to the ready chain.
Run4 Once all the dogs running that day are on the ready
chain. Harnesses are laid out.
Run5 Camilla and Kaylinn are hooked up first. The leaders are
expected to hold the lines tight while all the rest of the dogs are
Run6 We are now all hooked up and ready to
Run10 For the first bit our trail winds in and out of our
land. The trail we are on here is on government or green land, but the fence to the right is ours.
Run11 This particular spot through the pines is one of my
favorite places on our property!
Run12 The trail winds around and comes within sight of the
house and dog yard again.
Run13 and then goes off our land and heads towards
Run14 the DRIVEWAY!!
Run15 The best part about the hill on our driveway is the view
from (almost) the top.
Run16 Almost to the top!
Run17 At the top of our driveway the road hooks up with the
highway and we swing a hard left into the ditch.
Run18 Thank goodness the ditches are wide and safe!
Run19 Time to stop for a water break. I carry modified milk
jugs on the back of the quad to water the dogs.
Run20 Leadership has its privileges! Camilla and Kaylinn drink
Run22 By the time the break is done, the dogs are barking and
ready to go again!
Run23 I love this part of the ditch with the tall, swaying
Run24 Out of the ditch and back into the woods.
Run25 Down into the valley and through the meadow.
Run26 A quick break for praise and pats!
Run27 The team moves strongly through the trees.
Run28 The trail spits us out onto the road, heading into the
town of Perryvale.
Run29 We head into town through the back door, the old
CN Railway allowance.
Run30 Here we are the Perryvale Country Store.
Run 31 Not many Post Offices have dog teams parked outside the
door these days!
Run32 Patty gets my mail for me a package from Cabelas.
Run33 The dogs patiently wait.
Run35 Draco gets a quick visit from a friend.
Run37 and we are off. (Okay, this wasnt quite that smooth.
The leaders split around the metal post they were tied off to and got
the team into a big tangle but pride prevented me from taking that
Run38 Back up the dump road. Notice how the team runs tightly
along the right hand side of the road. This is so traffic can easily
Run40 Back to the meadow, where we take another water break.
Run42 Grover and Butchie catch their breath. Grover is, of
course, my main leader but he rarely runs lead on training runs.
Run43 Orion takes a break while Mannie munches on some of the
Run45 The climb out of the river valley. Look at Cassie, the
little gray girl in wheel digging in!
Run46 Back along the ditch.
Run48 - Now we turn down the neighbors road to head back towards
Run49 The dogs love the drop back into the valley! The
pictures really dont do it justice it is a pretty steep hill!
Run50 Into the green area.
Run52 14 miles after we started, we pull back into the yard.
Run54 They all know they have done a good job.
Run55 Now it is reward time thick, meaty soup!
Run56 Cassie and Chester dig in.
Run57 Miss Liberty, 14 year old kennel matriarch, does the
dishes. Thanks Libby!
Run58 Orion and Mannie know what is next
frozen fish snacks!
Run60 Time to put the dogs away. Most of the A team,
especially the leaders, are very reliable off leash and after a run
simply get turned loose to run back to their houses when they wait to
get their chains put back on. This is Cassie, although she ran in
wheel on this run, she is doing exceptionally well in lead. Watch for
her to be a key leader this winter!
Run61 First in, last out. Camilla and Kaylinn patiently hold
lines tight while the rest of the team is put away.
Run63 Draco relaxes in his house.
Run64 Okay the truth is coming out. Grover, main leader
and generally Wonder Dog, doesnt work for food nor money nor love
he works for belly rubs!!! After every run, before he is put away,
he flips on his back for a belly rub! Who could resist???
Run65 Camilla waits on her house for her chain to be hooked
Run66 Harnesses and Ganglines are rinsed and hung to dry.
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