This morning I was looking for something to kick me out of my funk. Luckily, I found it quite early in the day.
While making up my team this morning I decided to go out on a limb when picking out leaders. Top leaders Jinx, Dasher and Tess were on the run list, but rather then taking the 'easy' way out, I opted to hook up Bang, who is doing really nice in lead so far this season along with .... I hummed and hawed looking at the list of dogs....and then I saw SEE's name (word play intended). Perfect. She has been so keen in harness lately it would be interesting to see what she'd do in lead.
Mike (our new handler) and I picked out the 16 dogs that would be running this morning ;
We put on harnesses and started hooking dogs into the gangline. First in were the leaders.
Hmmmm, that went smoothly.
The rest of the team got hooked up and off we went. We shot out of the yard and down the trail.
Hmmmm, that went smoothly.
We zigged and zagged through the woods for 3 miles before pulling into the watering trough.
Hmmm, that went smoothly.
The dogs drank and were roaring to go.
Off we headed.
Hmmm, that went smoothly too.
We went up and down the Widowmakers and pulled back into the yard. When we got to the yard I didn't ask the leaders to stop and we didn't. Right through the yard they went - with a completely green leader in front (and she was the one really driving).
WOW, that went incredibly smoothly.
Everything about the run was smooth. I simply can't remember a green leader (except MAYBE Grover) ever putting in a first run like that. AWESOME, just AWESOME.
Despite the horrible events of the previous day, I couldn't help smiling at that young piebald girl. She wiggled and smiled back.
I know she knew she was doing a great job.
And now I must tell you the rest of the story with See. In the spring of '08 after coming back from Alaska I decided to harness break the 'Cree' litter before Kathryn headed back home. My friend Lisa was riding along that day too.
Utin and Meg were excited about the whole process and took off with enthusiasm when the team headed out. See was a different story.
The noise and commotion of hookup seemed to overwhelm this formerly confident young dog.
When the team started to go, See curled up in a ball and refused to put her feet down. We spent the next 50 yards or so going one or two steps, stopping for See; one or two steps, stopping for See. Kathryn finally reached over and picked See up by her harness and ran along carrying her for a few steps. That worked and the young lady hit the ground running.
She has not looked back yet.
And this morning she made me smile.
Thank you See.