North Wapiti Siberian
Iditarod 2008 - Tales from the Trail
January 20, 2008
Tales From Montana
I have a few tales from Montana to tell that don't really fit
into either 'race report', so this is the 'Between Race Reports'
The first story to tell is
Surge's. After a lovely day of shopping in Whitefish, we
headed out for Lincoln. Once we got all settled in there, I
phoned home to see how things were going their and to give
everyone a contact number for me.
Gabi Husch answered the phone and as soon as she heard it was
me, launched into a story about
Surge. Turns out she had been trying without luck to reach
Mark at work. She reported that
Surge was in trouble. His breathing was laboured, his gums
pale and his heart rate high. My stomach flipped,
Surge had had a bad run
with Gabi and Anna a few weeks before, but quickly recovered. In
the time before we left for Montana, I kept a close eye on him
and he seemed completely back to normal, so I wrote it off as
'nothing to worry about'. Turns out I was very mistaken.
Luckily, the Husch's oldest son's girlfriend, who happens to be
in school about to graduate as a vet tech was around and took
all of Surge's vitals before they contacted the vet.
A bit of time, a few more phone calls and the decision was made
to get Surge into the
Clinic that evening. I spent an anxious hour and a half or so
waiting to hear from the vet. When I did, the news was good.
While Surge did have a case of pneumonia, it looked like it was
caught before it went too far. Dr. Lewis took the time to tell
me what an excellent crew I had at home caring for the dogs
while I was gone. I already knew that, but it was nice to hear
Surge spent 2 days in the
Clinic and is now home and doing very well. He is still on
antibiotics and will go in for another check when they are done,
but it looks like he is recovering like the trooper we know him
to be. He is loving the bologna and cheese (and pill - but don't
tell Surge that) 'sandwiches' that Kathryn makes him every
The other story to tell is about our "Montana Moms". With no
slight intended to either Doug Daniels or Jim Watt, who were
both very kind and gracious to us all too, but the ladies really
tucked the NorthWapiti Team under their wings.
I am speaking of Marlene Daniels and Barbara Watt. Both ladies
heaped delicious treats and great meals on us for the week and a
half we were in the state. From elk sausage to fantastic cheese
to to die for brownies to incredible chocolate bars to homemade
cinnamon buns.the list goes on. When we set up our room in
Seeley, our clothes stayed in our suitcases and the 2 drawers in
the room were dedicated to food storage!
The Daniels and Watts were also the greatest cheering section
anyone could ask for. We were honoured to have them around.
One of the nicest things about both couples was that they seemed
to be right there whenever we needed something, but quietly
vanished into the background when we were busy. It is a tricky
balance to achieve and "The Wenches" (aka Anna and Colleen) and
I really appreciated that.
It is folks like that that take a good trip and make it great!
Many thanks ladies (and gentlemen!!!).
I posted some pics from the Montana trip. You can find them at
Karen's Diary - Iditarod 2008 Edition
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