This morning had Brittany and I out the door at 6am to do our first morning feeding/souping of the season. For about 6 months out of the year the dogs just have water buckets on the sides of their houses, however when the weather gets cold and the water freezes we have to 'soup' the dogs to keep them hydrated. Normally that starts around the beginning of October, but this year the weather is so weird that the buckets are still on the houses. That has been a treat, but their runs are picking up to the length and frequency that the dogs need a bit more food and water - so time for morning meals to begin!!!
Interestingly enough, this morning the whole yard went nuts when started to feed, but in a few days the 'B' string will sort out that morning meal doesn't involve them and most will sleep right through it.
I always get questioned by folks about how far the dogs are going and how many times a week they are running. I'm always hesitant to put numbers on that because I'm a pretty big believer in folks learning to read their own dogs and doing what 'their' athletes need rather then doing what someone else is doing!! BUT for the record - our runs right now are in the 22 - 24 mile range and the dogs are running that about 4x per week.
This is a time of year when I spend alot of time working with young leaders. I have been absolutely blown away by the potential I'm seeing in some of these youngsters.
The real up and coming superstars are (in no particular order)....
Rocky and TopDog
The last of the yearlings were cut yesterday, by 'no fault' of their own. It is just the runs are now getting long enough and fast enough that the risk of stressing out 'babies' is too much.
I am convinced that Todd, Scud, Squib, Molly and Missy are some of the very best yearlings I have ever hooked up!!
So all and all things are moving along really well. Here are a few more pictures from the past few weeks....
|Kelly and Tramp|
|The sand hill down to the Tawatinaw River|
|Crossing the 'mighty' Tawatinaw!!|