April saw the last of our team's presence on the trails. It never feels like there is enough time to be had on the trails, but the season ended on a very positive note. We ran in the NWSDA Spring Fling 8 Dog Mid-Distance, totaling 9 miles per day. It was unseasonably warm, we took our time, and rested often. We were happy enough to finish second of two teams on such a fun and challenging trail system!
Once back home, temperatures continued to rise. It was time to clean the gear and get it hung for next season. Already counting the days!
We decided to break with our usual schedule and meet Maddie's breeder in Pendleton for an early season show. It was a small show, only a few Siberians entered. Though, not much love for Keegan and Gypsy. Keegan only able to take home Best Opposite Sex both days with no points available. Never the less, it was a good opportunity for Maddie to reunite with her family and get some good socialization in for when it's her time in the ring!
Our first Siberian, Dakota, turned 12 years young at the end of April. Its hard to believe that just 12 years ago we started down this crazy, amazing, road with our first companion.
Dakota is now retired from Weight Pull, having earned his Working Dog title last fall. As well as completing two of the 4 qualifiers toward his Working Dog Excellent. Though just a pet with a less than desirable pedigree, that far too many have judged him on, he became our introduction to this wonderful breed and the first Siberian in our kennel to earn a Performance Title of any form. To say we are proud of our pup from the wrong side of the tracks, would be a gross understatement.
Growing up in Montana my love of the Siberian Husky started at a young age. It has been quite a journey so far. There has been much to learn and still a lot more yet to learn! I truly believe that we are never too old, too experienced, or too full of ourselves to learn something new. I also believe that knowledge is useless unless we are willing to share it with others.