Saturday, 29 October 2011

New Handler Lessons Learned - Bet

Whenever we get new handlers at North Wapiti, there is a certain learning curve for them.

They have to learn:

  • the daily routine, 
  • how not to get locked inside the guest house... shed... thing, 
  • how to feed the Pretty Curly Tails
  • how to hook the Pretty Curly Tails up for a run
  • how to massage my crampy toes (THE most important thing to learn)
  • how to think on your feet
The thinking on your feet is probably one of the most important things (but not nearly as important as the crampy toe massage) because things happen here, and they also happen on the trail, and handlers just have to process things very quickly in order to figure out the best course of action.

For instance, the other day out on the trail, Brittany Handler had to process the following issues very quickly:
  1. dead road kill moose on the trail
  2. dogs in heat
  3. half of a can of beer on the roadside

Brittany has quickly learned:
  1. Don't get between the dog team and fresh moose roadkill
  2. Keep the males from the females
  3. Rocky is a happy drunk

- Bet


granimar said...

OMG this is one of the best, yet. Brittany you've made the A list from the Cartoonist. Too funny.

Mary said...

Thank goodness Rocky is a happy drunk! We would not want to see him having to go to AA meetings and miss out on the chance to make the team. =) Go Rocky Go!-Mary, Greg and the Halvorson Huskies.

Cyber-sibes said...

Ha-roo roo roo! You & the cartoonist make a great pair, Bet!

jack & moo

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Bet, you and Cartoonist make my day (oh, and the Pretty Curly Tails help a lot too!)
Silver Spring, MD

Anonymous said...

This made my day !!! Penny you are wonderful & I'm sure it helps to have Bet, Rocky, etal feed great material....

ElizabethMC said...

LOL! Denali would be right there for that beer is well ;-)