Sadly, it has been months since I have done a
proper kennel update. As you would imagine, much as been going
on - so much that it's probably going to take a few diary
entries to bring everyone up to speed!!
I'll start with the most important item - dog updates.
As is often the case, fall saw a number of dogs leaving the
kennel for new homes. The start of the exodus coincided with the
arrival of Mike Carmichael in mid August. Carmichael's had
already made arrangements to purchase Lexx - a nice yearling out
of Tolsona and X. So as soon as Mike got settled in his 'spot'
in our meadow, Lexx was moved out of our yard and down to Mike's
truck. I'm confident he will be a nice strong addition to Mike's
Before Mike's departure in September, I managed to talk him into
taking Gator, one of the Jumpy x Butch pups from last summer and
he managed to talk me out of puppies Pitch (Surge x Kara) and
Bubba (Nate x Hilda).
Lucky Mike doesn't have a bigger dog truck!!!
Around the same time, I offered Sukih (Skor x Kluane) to Tara
Lemiex of Kazlo Siberians. Tara already has a couple dogs from
us - and a number of dogs from our lines. She simply jumped at
the opportunity to get Sukih in her yard!
We also had to make the tough decision, thanks to a yardful of
puppies this summer, to place a few more kids. So Banjo jetted
off to live with Rob and Louise Cooke in Nova Scotia and her
sister, Billie down to New Hampshire.
Although Kelly Berg was unsuccessful talking me out of a number
of dogs when she was here in September, I caved a few weeks back
and let Bongo head out to Kelim. I know she will be loved and
appreciated there, but it was still really tough to put her on
As you may have all read, we did welcome 7 more little mouths
with the addition of a litter courtesy of Crunchie and Olena.
'The Candies' - Smartie, Chicklet, Skittles, Twizzler, Peeps,
Turtle and Jelly Bean - are all wonderful.
So, 8 dogs have left - and 7 more arrived. So much for getting
the kennel numbers down a bit! J
As for training updates, a couple cuts have been made, but I'm
still training 35, so watch for a bunch more coming soon!
Cut so far have been Minto, Xena and Lingo. The girls both got
cut for the same reason, they just need a bit more time to grow
up. Xena developed the nickname 'Bubbles' in training as her
bubbly exuberance kept overtaking her ability to focus on
working in harness. She is constantly making me smile, but it
was very obvious she isn't grown up enough for any 'serious'
Lingo's cut was a harder one, as it was nothing he 'did' that
caused it. Rather, he came down with a health issue that
necessitated his right eye being removed and caused me to cut
him from the team.
I'm happy to report that he is doing wonderful now and it looks
like we may have even found him a new home where he can lead out
a full and happy life. Good news!!!
I took some pictures on my training run on Sunday and you can
check them out on my Piscasa site -
http://picasaweb.google.com/northwapiti/November11 The site
has been fussy and hasn't wanted me to do captions on the
photos, so there are only a few for now, but I'll keep trying!
Off to run dogs!