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November Full Moon of Anticipation

It’s been a quiet month in my hometown ….  the transition from fall to winter is slowly transforming the landscape.  The trees are bare of leaves, there is ice on the buckets almost every morning, the sun is rising further in the southeast, there are eagles and geese flying over, the evening grosbeaks have returned, the wood is getting stacked in the shed.  I’m not sure if the lists of what to do before winter are letting shorter but everyday is filled with chores to that end.  The roofing project on my cabin is coming along, the dog training is going very well, shoveling the gravel in the dogyard is ongoing and the trail work is really progressing.  We know winter is coming, anytime really, and there is a sense of anticipation.


We had a fantastic trails week end in October and thanks to Mindy, Claire, Keara, Jane, Mark, Brian, Alicia and David for creating new turns for the Dogwood and Raventrail.  There was a lot of cutting, clearing, nipping and great teamwork and dogwalking.  We have also been getting woodshavings from a local sawmill and putting them in the low areas and around the rocks (I have to smile if you’ve never been here without snow; our Finnish name is kivi kontri (rock country).


I’ve mostly been running Trondheim and Lemmikki and Bear and Tahti in lead and they are doing well.  It is always good to have clean runs at the beginning of training and have all the others learn good habits.  I do have lots of others who can run lead and the other day, I put Kesha up with Trondheim in lead and Lemmikki back one at point.  Perhaps she thought I was mistaken,  before I could even finish hooking up the rest of the dogs, she had pulled so hard both of the ropes at the back of her harness broke.  She might be my strongest husky, her focus and drive are amazing.  Kesha did great in lead too.   The Alaska litter adolescents are doing great for 18 months and you can see an improvement with every run.


I am excited to be going to the Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Expo November 21-23 in Minneapolis.  It is a great free event with lots of booths and speakers on every kind of outdoor activity, product,….   I will be giving a presentation on Women and Mushing on Saturday at 4:45 and it would be great to have you come and stop by my booth.  You can see all the speakers, info at their web site: www.midwestmtn.com.


There’s a new online magazine The Sled Dogger coming out mid November and it’s free.  Looks like there will be a great variety of info about mushing and a column on Women Mushing.  I am excited to be writing it and would love to get any feedback and suggestions for topics to cover.  My first column was fun to write as it was a historical perspective on women running the Iditarod, starting with Mary Shields and ending with an interview with Aliy Zirkle.   It will be coming out quarterly.  You can subscribe at their website: www.thesleddogger.com.


Garlic count:  280 planted !


And we would love to share the beauty and joy of Northwoods mushing with you this winter. There are still  openings on December, January and March trips and the dates are all on the web site,  Trips: Dogsledding.


BunkHer and Guests

BunkHer and Guests


Handler Kathryn Martin just arrived and we are thrilled to have her returning.  And Alicia (and Monty) will be with us this winter also.  So a great team!


And of course I am always drawn to any article or story that involves dogs.  Karen Allen, Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo, studied 240 married couples and discovered that the presence of a pet was more effective than a spouse or a friend in easing the effects of stress.   Allen McConnell, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Miami University in Ohio, co-authored a study showing that pets foster self-esteem, calmness, soothing and a feeling of acceptance.





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