Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

here is a pair of mitts i made for the neighbours kid.

Monday, October 13, 2008

lol. I found this while looking at another blog. I dont have it figured out how to upload videos so check out the link and scroll way down till you come to the moose in sprinkler clip.

we had snow this morning, nice big fluffy flakes, I am so excited! I love winter and cant wait to see it here for the season. While in Dawson there was snow and cold, It had reached 12 below up there while we we there, and is some of the area we were huntinf had up to about 2-3 inces of snow, all I could think of was the dogs, dogs, dogs and moose.
We stayed at Haydens moms place and there was a cow and young calf which at night would come up into the field of their place.They would hang out really close to the house (like 30 feet from the porch in the dark). We think because it was rutting season and a bigger bull around the mom was trying to find a safe place to hang out while the new bull was strutting around. I strated putting the dogs in the dog box from this night on, so if a bull or testy mom got into the mood I would not have trampeled dogs. I was pretty freaked out when Art (father in law) mentioned to hayden to watch the dogs, because moose might trample them thinking they are wolves I never thought they would do that too, moose are scary! Very scary when you have dogs, or see how big they are and their muscels up close on a unexpected veiwing.. I have seen parts of wolves that have been kicked or trampeled by a moose and I want to try and be sure me and my dogs are not at the end of those hooves.
Good news is we are all ok.
Interesting enough, when I go out not too often I hear wolves calling all the time, but when we got our moose and when others were out calling (before they got theirs) they always repot wolves howling so there seems to be a strong conection with wolves during rutting season. I am asuming they are around as with the bears more so, for many reasons, trying to get unexpecting lusting moose, or the calves since there is a chance they are on the edges (kept away from the bulls) or while mom is busy. So to hear the call of a wolf while it is warm enough to sit out side, is perhaps best done while moose are in rut.
Ok on more quick Dawson story. 2 guys were out tryin to get a moose. One was up sitting in a tree stand ready to get the moose should one come into range. His brother was laying off to the side a bit, doing calls. (I belive cow calls here) as time went on, they called some more, then the brother in the tree looks over and a big sow ( I belive a sow) anyways a big grizzly bearwas crowched down on the grass, with the belly sliding along the ground to be stalking the guy doing the calling.
How scary is that. Also the bear that ripped open Mom C.s car , had every ones mind on the grizzlys out there this year. While out looking for our moose we did come accross bear tracks, fresh ones every where, and found one set heading freshly our way whene we sat down calling. It is a really neat thing to see bear tracks in fresh fallin snow.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Our moose

Here is a pic of Hayden and our moose. He did an awesome job at keeping everything super clean, and did an awesome job of cutting it all up. He is also a awesome meat packer.
Took a couple pups for a walk today, and looked over an old trial. I think I will hook some dogs up and take them for a short run and go into the trail and start ading some loops. I really want a loopy gee haw training trail and this one is perfect, easy bush to clean and about 5 dead ends to work with, so should give us a few days of loop making.
Here is also a pic of mom in laws car after a grizz found it, at least they got a moose on this trip ;)
just a quick note, I added a new blog called running the hills, check it out, really neat!
wow, I didnt realize how long it has been since I posted here.
The last bit of work was really busy, and I was so tired after it all, I just needed to melt away for a bit. I made a trip to Dawson, I bought a freezer, and took it to Dawson so we could get salmon for the dogs this winter.
The trip was amazing all the fall colors were bright and just increadable. Too bad I threw my camera into a too hard to reach place. Oh well they never do show the beauty we really see any ways. I was up there for a week, came home and finished my summer job.
Then back to Dawson, Hayden (my wonderfull husband) had went with his dad and used his fish wheel, so we are up 250 salmon for the winter. I have no idea how long it will last , but I am SOOOO happy to have them, and the dogs LOVE the salmon soup. About half were hung up and out to rot or cure in the air. And these are our special salmon, I hear dogs when sick, tend to cure up because of bactiriea in the fish. So these are the ones I hope to cook along camping or race trips.
We spent the weekends hunting for our moose meat supply for the winter, and saw nice moose, but none were wanting to be eating by us I guess. Not one of them responded to our calls with lust in their eyes, so maybe next year.
One salk was really amazing. We woke up after a really frekin cold sleep in the truck, and drove down the road. We saw a cow and a cow calf in a field, so we stopped up on the hill and let out some calls. After about 15 mins and big 4 year old wonders out from the trees. OUr excitment grows, as this would be a very easy pack for us. He spots the cow, (which we realize was his all the time ) So he go to her and we start our stalk. 3 hours we spent getting as close as we could. The sun was shining, swans, geese, and cranes were falying over our heads, there was an otter playing in the water near by and beavers everywhere! There was also a hawk, that would fly around looking for a meal, hawk would fly about 3 feet away from us , really low, and never was spooked by us, and would circle around us for the entire time out there, really cool.
As we moose called the bull finally had enough and took his cow off into the trees were we lost them. So no moose , but the best hunt I have ever been on.
That night we saw another 3-4 year old bull, who came when called to the edge of the river, but would not croos it.
The next weekend we saw a nice 2 year old, who was on the side of a mountian and we would have crossed a creek, and we spent about 5 hours calling to him with no reactions .
So not sure what to do we headed back to dawson empty.
Then HAyden got a call to go to work on a truck about 60 miles north of Dawson. He called me up , I grabbed all the hunting gear and munchies and headed out ( yes he was allowed to hunt while working, if we got a moose his time had to stop: reason I was there, so I could skin and work on it while they fixed the truck) They Hayden and Jimmy fixed the truck as I wondered around. There was a small owl and he would swoop down on this (HUGE) raven , biggest raven I ever saw, I swear the owl s claws ran through the ravens feathers. I saw a huge set of bull tracks, but he had went through, early and didnt see him. Jimmy drove the big truck bck to the shop, Hayden and I toured around the side roads and came accross a 3 year old bull, it was a good pack off the road, in the bush enough so drivers by couldt see and stop to talk with ( always a time killer, cause every one want to talk to you if you have a moose, lol). We were out overnight and were not home on time for hayden to make it to work, so his mom and the company sent out a rescue or help pack the moose expidition. Jimmy showed up as we were done the last two pieces, lol perfect timing. He brought us some sand wiches that were awesome after a pack out, so Thanks Jimmy and mom for "rescuing us" haha.
Now I sit here and cut meat, lots of meat. So far I have the ribs and brisket done and the ribs and some hind quarter peices done. Gotta say I love to cut meat at home, by myself, I have ribs,chops steaks, and steak in maridades, I do a very good job if I say so myself, haha.
I will find the carmea and get a few pics up of the trip.
Hayden called me last night about the caribou are moving up by the border, they are not fit to eat because of their rut, but it is amazing to watch them. They are huge, and everywhere, some herds all around you on the hills in the snow, calling out, chasing each other and hearding hte females, truly amazing.
Any ways gotta go cut more meat .
please excuse spellin , I know how to spell, just not when typing . :P

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I woke up not in a good mood, I was tired, had a cold and was stressed with work. So I got up to work this afternoon (yah half a day today) and say snow on the mountains! LOTS of snow! We have had rain for the past 3 days and alot of rain, wash outs along the highways and rain and cold, and long hours, and disfuntional equipment can make any one grumpy. Any ways to cheer myself up, I went fishing and took pics of the snow, that sure cheered me up!
here are some pics.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Here are my new slippers from Haydens mom, this woman can really do nice work, and tans her own hides as much as she can. I love hand tanned hide, the smell of the wood smoke and the leather is so soft and warm. The colors did not come out good in the pic, but on my feet they are beautiful.

Also is a pic of a beaded rose I did for his mom, she will get it sometime next week, so I hope she really likes it. Not bad for my second rose haha. It is 3 d and is on a piece of birtch and has alder corns around it.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008

Bears & Barking dogs

First let me explain our dogs set up. We share a yard with a friend where we keep the dogs, it is out sie of town a few clicks, and is fenced so wolves dont get in, it has a fenced in play area as well. About half of my dogs are out there and the other half (pups and and a retired girl) are in the back behind our house. There are 2 indoor/front yard dogs, and in the back we have 7 dogs.
We had had a huge black bear wondering around last night, checking things out, but not being a trouble bear (at least he gave us no trouble). So pups never seeing a bear before were understandably freaked out, and were barking like carzy (1 am), so I go out to reasure that the bear is not bothering them really, and they should be quite.
Now I like my dogs to warn if something is around, and I understand bears are scary for pups, and I know dogs and pups are barkers and should be allowed their say, HOWEVER, barking with out a real reason is stupid and enough is enough. If the intruder is not a direct threat to the dogs, I do not want to hear non stop barking, so last night was a 2 hour training session in not barking uncontroably .
Good dogs, you alerted me, now be quite. Thats how I like my dogs. So we get through the bear incounter (which was only about 20 yards away from me, when I saw him through the darkness) with a positive outcome of them knowing he is there but not barking uncontrollable.
Now what really chaps my a$$. We have one neighbour to the right of us, and one across the street. Each of who have only 1 dog each, but never spend time training or any kind of time with their dogs. I am a part time worker who is on call 7 days a week and at any time, so I charish my sleep, I can not sleep through barking dogs. Those 2 dogs barked for the last 12 hours, YES !12 HOURS!
I have other people complain to me about these 2 dogs and have even been blamed for one of them barking all night! HOW INSULTING, I care about the noise my dogs make and I care about others not being bothered by my dogs, how rude of some one to assume because I have more than others, it is my dogs making the noise, I informed him very clearly whos dog it was and to bring it up with them, before talking about it being my dogs.
I have spoken to both owners about this and they just dont give a $hit, they say oh, well they are warning us about the animals, ok, but I dont think the bear was there all 12 hours, and even if it was, it was not threatning the dogs, or any thing else, so shut the dog up already, it has been half a day, and I didnt get any sleep! I have seen each of these 2 dogs bark housrs at squirrels running on the other side of the street!
We have no real bylaw officer here, and no one wants to deal with the 2 owners I speak of, so today I will atempt to talk to these 2 yet again, in hopes of a nights sleep, wish me luck.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

pelly river

cute daisys

poplar seeds


cute cabin
tracks in the sand

pretty fall leaves

Monday, July 14, 2008

pups are out

We tied the pups last night, all of them. They were at the point where it was just time. So preparing for a long and sleepless night we were amazed at how quite they were, so nice to have quite dogs :) Hayden buit a few dog houses, and did a great job. Hayden has always been a non dog mushing guy, but what he can do with the dogs and building stuff I need he really should give mushing a go, lol.
It has warmed up alot last few days and we have not been taking them out in harness, so we are fixing and cleaning out more space for a few more dogs, and are in search of more wood to build more dog houses. Our closest lumber supply is 4 hours one way, so we have to scroung around and use what we can find.
I was wanting pretty log dog houses, but our truck has been broke down for over a month and parts are hard to get up here, wait, wait and find out you need another peice or the peice you orderd was the wrong one after all thanks to the parts girls!), so much for getting fire wood before the snow flys. Fingers still crossed.

FOR SALE. MALE. $750.00

We are placing this male. He is up to date on deworming and vaccinations. He is really sweet and never fights for anything, a bit of a pushover with his siblings. Cost does not include transportation, crate or health certificate. We are able to take him to Whitehorse Aug.9/08.

If you want to know more please email me for more info @

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you must find the courage to live it. --john irving
Today was a good day. After I was done working, I found yet another den of fox pups to take pictures of. This one had 3 little red babys, running an playing, and looking for something new to pass their time with while their mom was out hunting for their meal. As I am always up for passing sometime with cute critters, I sat around and gained their trust. One would not have anything to do with me ad sat on the hill and watch the other 2 check me out. So a bunch of pictures later and dead batteries in the camera I headed home to get out and do some fishing.
Both Hayden and I love to go grayling fishing and today lived up to our hopes of our first graying fishing day. Within a few minutes Hayden had his first catch. We fished for a few hours and caught alot of fish, releasing most of them for another day, another meal.
Although they are not a big fish, they are alot of fun to fish. They are almost always biting and have a bit of fight in them when you get the big ones.
We were planning on running the dogs, but by the time we got back from fishing and had supper it was pretty late, so we will hopefully be hooking up for another run tomorow, should the weather stay cool.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

after making sure I was not threat, this little one decided to lay out and try and cool off on the gravel.

brave baby red fox

Friday, July 11, 2008

puppy pics updated

On the side bar where it says siberians in the Yukon, we put updated pictures of our pups, they are 4 months old today.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

seasons first run, and living my dream

We did our first run today and it was great! It has been a few years since I have been behind a full team of my own (ok 7 years) and this was our first. First time I have had a quad to use as well (thanks Norm and Sylvia). We striped the motor out of the quad and are using this to run the dogs.

Today we only went 4 kms but there are some good size hills and the quad is a bit heavy even stripped down. And keeping them short and fun is important for us after all we are still in July, there is lots of time to put more miles on them.

We ran Viva, and Spit in lead. Viva was great, but Spit lost inerest so we switched Red into lead and she did great, then we had Jarvi and Red/Spit and Qween and Garter in wheel.

If it stays nice and cool I hope to run them in a couple of days. The pic is not so great as the light was no good but our first run and it was so much fun, so I will share it anyways.
My dream when I was younger was to have a team of siberians and to be here in Faro and running them, so today I lived my dream, and I did it behind a great bunch of dogs, thanks Hayden for all your support and help.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

kisses from side
Red DOB 03/11/07
Siberian (garter x glinda)
Red is our calmest dog. She is so laid back and calm, I wish they were all like this. Once on the line though, she is a hard worker with a good pace. She has been on the bike with me doing some leader training this summer. Half sister to Asker and full sister to Kisses.

Asker DOB 03/11/07
Siberian (garter x viva)
Asker is the slowest of the pups but can carry a good trotting speed and tight tugs all the way. Just not a sprinter. She is a spooky pup, but is very affectionate once she warms up. Increadably playfull with our pups.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Garter DOB 3/26/02
Garter came to us from Moe and Jere. Great dog and a very nice mover this guy has a trot that looks so easy and effertless. Great worker, can run lead. Very nice build on him, and have had him sire Red, Kisses and Asker and the new batch of pups. He is not too much for pets when outside, but bring him in and he is on your lap on the couch.

Viva DOB 7/21/00
Viva came to us off of Deena Wannamakers team in Alberta. She is a leader and a screemer, this girl can drive you crazy screeming. Very hard worker and loves to petted and rubbed. Askers mom.
Kisses DOB 4/21/07
Siberian (garter x glinda)
Kisses is full of kisses. She is super sweet and so
much fun. Her first winter in harness was great, all the pups were amazingly calm and very hard workers from start to finnish they all had tight tugs. (sister to Red and half sister to Asker)

Buddah DOB 5/8/07 Siberian
This is one good looking boy. Another favorite with every one, and a very good sweet talker as well. He is so handsome and we can't wait to see him mature.

Jarvi DOB 5/2/02 Siberian
ENERGY! This dog has no shortage of energy, and she is ready to show you! She is really sweet, but has more running to do than time for pets.

Qween DOB 12/1/01 Siberian
Sweet Qween. She will sweet talk to any one bringing her food. She is really calm and easy to be around. Super sweet dog.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Spitfire DOB 8/29/2004 Siberian
This is my 100 mile an hour spit. She is a crazy little girl, but super sweet.
She is a small girl, smallest one we have but one of the biggest on energy.
Every one who meets her instantly falls in love with her.

A big thank you

I would like to say a special thank you to Leithe, thanks for everything. I cant say how much it means to have a friend that is there when really needed that way you have been there for us this past (OMG) all most a year already. Thank you for everything! Hope to be running this winter with you, on some great trips, and I would love for us to run the dena cho! Cant wait.

first post

We are a small kennel located in Faro, Yukon. We have a few mutts and alaskans, but are putting together a team of siberians, for mid and long distance racing.
We are in a great area to run and train dogs. There are hundreds of miles of trail, and most never see other people. Thanks to the cost of gas and so many trying to keep up with the Jones skidooing is not so popular here any more, leaving the trails safer for us. We have great views, lots of hunting and fishing. We can go from the river valley to the big mountains and very our training so much here it is our haven. We have a few teams to run with for training and company, which is great.
We are starting with a few great adults for breeding and trying to add a bunch of pups to our kennel, so we can have simular ages and I love to train our pups so they are suited to me and my expectations of a dog team.
I am very greatfull to Deena Wannamaker for Viva and Glinda and to Moe and Jere for Garter, and Bob for our latest additions, Jarvi,Qween, Spit and Buddah. I am sure we have a great bunch to start our kennel with and cant wait to see the snow hit us (ok give me 2 months, of wood, fishing and hunting and leader training then I will be ready).
more later.....