We are having some kind of freaky heat wave here in northern Alberta, but thankfully the mornings are still cool enough that we can sneak a run in before the temperatures shoot up too high.
And things are going very well! The 'big' dogs have been running solid 6 mile runs and I am about ready to 'bump up' their mileage. I'm even batting a thousand with the rookie leaders, with young Billie stepping up into a lead role yesterday.
Time to rock the boat.
This morning was a bit warmer so I figured it would be a good morning to take a team of pups out for a shorter run then normal. Six yearlings and a bunch of hormonal adults (Did I mention all my girls are in season??) was definitely the recipe for a more 'exciting' run then the nice solid ones I've been enjoying!
The yearlings (Astro, Bolt, Snert, Grimmy, Kim, and Tramp) think that their 'poop does not smell' (this is a family friendly blog) and spent alot of time trying to (unsuccessfully) intimidate the dogs they were running next too. They jumped and tangled themselves, chewed on harness, chewed on ganglines, tried to turn around, got tangled more, etc, etc.
The 'big' dogs in the team (Runner, X, Crunch, Jr, Fritz, Xena, Wonder, Meg and Dasher) were not impressed by the puppies antics, but the boys were impressed by all the good smelling girls in the team - and the girls impressed by the mere presence of the boys - and all tried to use every tangle and distraction to arrange a hook up.
We moved down the trail with lots of enthusiasm, but lots of chaos too! Certainly not the nice neat rows and tight tug lines I usually see from the seat of my Quad!!
We got back into the yard and rushed around putting away puppies and the most desirable females to prevent true pandemonium from breaking loose!
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining - it is just part of the 'process' but I am thinking about having a nap this afternoon!