Sunday, 15 January 2012

How Cold Is It? - Bet

Howdy Ho everyobodies, its your toasty warm non-roving Border Collie Reporter, Bet here!

How cold is it?  Well here at North Wapiti Central, its a frigid -2F and we got some snows!  Of course, from the Border Collie Broadcasting Center, its a wonderfully warm room temperature.


Its so cold that they cancelled the Copper Basin 300 because of hard blowing snow, temperatures 50 below zero and its just too plain icky for the Curly Tails.

How cold is it at Willow, Alaska... according to the Musher, its -34F and getting colder!  EEESH, seriously? 

Its so cold that the Pretty Sled Dogs are gathering up their shedded fluff and trying to paste it back on their bodies... or so the Musher claims. 

Now you must be asking yourself... self: if the Pretty Sled Dogs have raced just fine and dandy and loving it in -50F Iditarod weather, why are they duct taping their fluffs back on themselves and being so cold, they should be loving it!

Well, your self is right, but like everybodies, they have to get use to the cold again.  The weather here at North Wapiti Central has been downright balmy the past few months.  Its been so balmy that the Pretty Sled Dogs thought it was shedding season, so they did some shedding and now they wish they didn't shed.  Its sorta like packing for the Bahamas and ending up in the Antarctica place.

So, I hope you enjoyed the video of the Pretty Curly Tails going out on their run yesterday.

Here's Bang posing in front of the sled with its snazzy Eagle Pack logo... Eagle Pack, the official sponsor of North Wapiti Kennels and maker of the ultra tasty Eagle Pack dog food... try some today!


Here's Billie and Smartie hanging out in the dog yard.  Please note that the fence behind them is five feet tall... so... dang that's a lot of snows!


Before their run yesterday, the Musher had a word with Jinx and See to let them know that the snow is very deep, so it was important they stay on the trail and stuff.


Afterwards, Runner and TopDog relaxed in their own homemade igloo


Then this morning as the sun crested the snow covered trees


The Pretty Curly Tails came out of their houses....


... and said HOLY MOLY ITS REALLY COLD OUT HERE!!!!  GIVE US STRAW WE WANT STRAW, SERIOUSLY HOW ABOUT SOME STRAW!!!!?????

So, the Musher set about distributing some straw to them


Apparently the Musher wasn't moving fast enough and Astro got a bit rambunctious.

GIMME THE STRAW I NEED THE STRAW... WAIT A MINUTE, THIS ANORAK IS VERY TOASTY, KEEP THE STRAW, GIVE ME THE ANORAK!!!!


And Astro is indeed correct, as it is a Skookum brand anorak... Skookum, proud sponsor of the Musher and North Wapiti Kennels.

Even though its very cold out, training still must be done, so after their breakfast digesting period, it was time to hook them up for a run...


... after it became apparent that their hearts really weren't into it in such cold, the Musher decided to just take the day off and let them snuggle in their houses.

- Bet

7 comments:

bakavi said...

OH my wise choice. lol The curly tails know what is best. By tomorrow, after replenishing the straw, they should be ready to roll out on to the trail and get those muscles loosened up and have a high ol time.
then come back for a long winters nap.
I miss running but I couldn't deal with those temps.
Hugs to all.

Corgi-Mom said...

Bet, once again you have posted a funny yet informative blog. I live in Arkansas and I am always complaining that we have no real winter, rarely see snow, etc. But after hearing how things are in Willow and hearing the CB300 was cancelled I guess I should be glad for the weather here...55F right now!

Shirly said...

Love your post Bet to keep us all updated. I am like you -50 is just to cold for me. Please keep up the good work of showing the pictures and telling us all about it. Sure glad your curley tails got some straw. When it is 10 above at my house they are begging for it. Good work bet.

FiveSibesMom said...

Great pics! We are still waiting for our snow here...it's been cold, but nothing near your minus temps...we did hit 9F this AM though!

Anonymous said...

Loved the cartoon, it just hit the right spot. The weather here in Edmonton is not quite so cold only aboiut -10F but getting colder and we finally had some snow.

Looking at the CB300 2012 pictures there seemt to be a lot of dogs wearing new gear? Leggings! Not a mushing person here, but are the leggings for warmth, protection?

If the snow is so bad around where you are, how is the ID trail this year? Lots of snow? Would they cancel that if it is too snowy and cold?

Just some thoughts.

Lynda

Pat in MN said...

I just wrote thank you comments to both Eagle Pack and Skookum for sponsoring Karen (thanks for including links to their websites in this blog, making it easy). I'm sure they would appreciate notes from others.

Karen Ramstead said...

Thank you Pat. That is VERY appreciated!!!!
Karen