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Full Moon of  the youngsters are growing up

 

What a great first trip we had last week end.  My highlights are that all three of the two year olds: Tahti, Urho and Mayatuk all ran in lead for the first time.  They were with a good experienced leader:  Tahti with Uno-tuk, Urho with grandma Ida and Mayatuk with Sulu.  And they did great, no hestiation or goofiness.  I am not surprised as their bloodlines have many leaders and they have all been confident pullers.   It will be really fun to watch them mature this winter.   I will probably try Sami before too long also as she is a very mature l plus year old.

 

We had some great runs on Petrell Creek.  One advantage to not having too much snow is that the creek is wonderful to run on.  With no cabins, roads or civilization along the creek or at Breda Lake that we end up at, it is a pristine, quiet and amazing place to mush.    Almost always there are fresh wolf, deer, or fox tracks.  A wonderful sight on Sunday was Oh-too running at wheel, easily and eagerly keeping the pace with a fairly fast team, and loving every minute.  I would venture to say no one could have told that he has progressive retinal atrophy and is almost blind.   The eye doctor has told us he should get to do whatever he wants to and I know he wants to.  I’m so glad he is back at Wintermoon.

 

The dogs are doing so very well.  All the training since September with the 4 wheeler has paid off in well conditioned dogs that are looking good.  This is the first I have run Vahti and Sulu with a sled and they are doing well.  Emma T who seems a bit ditsy when you walk her and on the 4 wheeler has been pulling with gusto with the sled.  I wonder if we don’t go fast enough for her the other ways.  Jude has recovered from her surgery and is running in lead again.  Foxy is doing better.  Sharon came and worked with him again getting him used to pulling and being with other dogs.  He has pulled a sled a couple times alone but still does not like the gangline.  We did however lose one of our beautiful, intelligent and personable Wintermoon dogs, Juno.   He loved being with people and was also a very good lead dog.  I’ll never forget him and Sandy leading a team with DJ on the Beargrease trail.

 

We had a nice quiet Holidays, spent with the dogs and on the trails.  I did receive a beautiful “homegrown” pine table from David.  He had some red pines go down in a tornado and had an amazing table made for me.   And from the table, we can see the winter birds have returned: grosbeaks, woodpeckers and  ravens along with our chickadees, bluejays, gray jays, nuthatches and deer.

 

Still have some openings on Feb 10-12 and March 9-11 and 16-18 for a fun adventure of mushing and rejuvenating in the Northwoods.   Manya and I are also starting to plan leading a small group to the Start of the Iditarod next year, first week end in March, 2013.  Let me know if you are interested.

 

 

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  1. Kathleen Kimball-Baker
    January 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Count me in for Iditarod 2013!

  2. Ann Lutgen
    January 18, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    So glad to hear you are able to mush even without snow. I am so looking forward to my trip Feb 10-12. I have already started to pack. Can’t wait to meet the dogs and work with them.

  3. Vivian
    January 23, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    Juno was on one of my teams last year. It is so sad to hear. It is amazing how attached we become to these beautiful animals we’ve only known for a short time. That is the magic of Wintermoon and the wonderful sled dogs that love to run and give us hugs and kisses. I really am ready to be in Minnesota next week.

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