Saturday, October 27, 2007

Day Four

Today was just Tala & Mukki making a short run to the river and back (approx 4-5 miles total). No major events, the pups were well behaved and listened to some of the commands. They did excellent with oncoming bikers and passing by other distractions. Next we need to work on gee around, haw around - When they get their mind set on one direction they stick to it :)

This was the first run with the new Diggler DSK. the brakes worked great - very responsive. It also was a comfortable ride, partly probably due to the front shocks and partly being able to stand up straight. The board is a good size to stand on and it was easy to stay balanced.

Overall we had another fun day. Tomorrow we meet Robin at a different trail for a second run this weekend.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Need to be Ever Vigilant!

A heck of a way to start the day! We trained the pups to sit several feet back from door and gate when we leave. They have been very good and we've been very proud of them.

This morning, they sat quietly in the back yard while we kissed 'good-bye' and I teasingly asked for a second kiss... Tala in a blink of an eye took the opportunity to shoot out of the gate and run into our neighbor's carport. Rich went after her and I snagged Mukki as he strolled out to see what's what. Tala jumped up on the wall and evaded Rich -taking off down Worth Street! One good thing about these Siberians -they have a 'path' mentality and tend to stay on the sidewalk rather than run into the street. Rich tossed me the truck keys and took off after her.

Rich is 6'3" and runs like a deer -must be his Chreokee blood! I got into the truck without Rich's natural grace and fumbled with seat, keys and lights. Did I mention it was raining? This was another reason Tala's flight took us by surprise -she hates the rain and hates to go out into it to pee!

By the time I got on the street there was no one in sight. I assumed Tala would stay on the sidewalk and turned up the next street -following one of our usual walks. Two blocks up the hill I saw Tala forced into submissive pose (on the ground on her side) with Rich panting over her.

Back home, we told her to lie down and she did but this time with tail between legs -a first for our submissively-challenged Tala! Rich drove to work looking worse for wear and I am writing this with the submissive brat lying at my feet, trying to sneak a few quiet chews on the chair leg and licking my ankle! Mukki is strutting around looking smug and collecting all the toys -even Tala's -Mukki loves to punish her. He has taught me a few lessons in how to deal with her.

We say it all the time, "Never trust a Siberian!" and who got the last laugh? hopefully it will prove to be us! We want to share our lives for a very long time with our pups. All ends well, this time and a good lesson reinforced. Also, Cris gets kisses with door/gate closed from now on!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Scooter has arrived! YEAH!!

Tala is curious about the new delivery but Mukki is obviously upset. The FedEX man was NOT informed that all deliveries to our house must be accompanied by a cookie! Mukki is looking out the window, I guess he is checking to see if the man will come back with a treat. But, no, he just drove away! The UPS lady has spoiled the mutts terribly, in fact, she will be dissappointed to learn that the scooter came via FedEX and not UPS! LOL Well, here it is: the eagerly awaited new toy: A Diggler DSK from Surprisingly, the dogs were not that interested in the toy as Rich put it together. They are very excited when gear arrives and is unpacked -like the harnesses and the gang lines... I guess it is all about 'them', no interest in the scooter, they must consider it a Rich-toy! :-)

A Very Rare Polka Dot Siberian Husky

You won't believe your eyes but here it is...Seen here first on Sibe Tribe!!! As you can see, you don't have to be a Siberian to mush! This is an equal opportunity sport and great exercise for dogs.

Third day of training...

We started at the picnic spot in Fries VA (pronounced 'freeze') First Robin worked unloading her rigs and euipment while Rich worked on Robin's scooter to help repair some of the damage the squirrel detour caused (a twisted brake pad), While Robin worked on her 4 wheeler -a big mega rig, Cris played with the pack. We had 9 dogs and just sorting them out was lots of fun. It's funny to see the reaction Mukki and Tala have with the pack and visa versa. Old friendships are rekindled and lingering feuds still smolder. Mukki apparently had made some rivals.Cris became smitten with a new member of the pack, an 11 week old pup named yogi!He was so much fun. He hops and skips around the pack -keeping just out of nipping range. He really enjoyed the water. While the gang was out mushing, Cris took the each dog into the water for splashing fun with Yogi. Yogi is so affectionate, you can't help falling under his spell! Mukki and Tala have so much fun on the line waiting for their run, here they are watching as Cris gets out a bag of treats -one for everyone, you can't help feeling like Santa dispensing yums. Mukki wasn't interested and spit his out for Tala to eat! He had only one thing in mind: MUSHING! He is a big galoopey guy who is as happy in harness and on the couch watching NCIS!

New harnesses have arrived!

Our friend Robin has been kind enough to generously share her gear with us, our gear has been on order and is slowly arriving. The gang line arrived and both dogs were excited when they saw what was in the package! But now they have their harnesses! straight from Nordkyn Outfitters in Graham WA.

The dogs were very excited and ran around chasing each other.