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.

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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.