Its been a trying summer in so many respects. Temperatures have been so much higher earlier and longer than usual which keeps us busy fighting fires, busy managing the kennel with being so tied up at work, busy balancing travel and showing dogs with a crazy, nearly impossible to stay ahead of, work schedule. Banging our heads against the politics of the dog show world, which have been at their worst this year. Losing sight of why we do what we do could have been an easy way out. But at the end of the day, we continue and will continue to do what we do for one simple reason. We enjoy DOING things with our dogs! Remembering that we are in it for the love of our dogs keeps a smile on our faces and keeps us coming out to play.
THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO
We are still out showing Keegan. Working away toward his AKC Grand Champion title. He's looking young and juvenile compared to most of his competition, but he is one of the youngest dogs in the Best Of Breed ring most shows. Which is okay by us! He will get there when he is good and ready, and will last longer not maturing too quickly. Of course it would have been nice to have him be as successful in obtaining his Grand Champion as he was his Champion title but we won't be greedy! We are just enjoying the time spent with our boy and keeping up our practice in the show ring.
Little Gypsy took her first try in a puppy fun match while in Enumclaw this month! I love the quick learning curve this little girl showed! I think she will be just as fun as her big brother is to show!
She won her 'class' both matches and was awarded Best Opposite Sex in the breed behind a lovely male puppy from Poku Siberians. We are very much looking forward to working more with this little girl in the show ring! We still have a few months before she's old enough to start competing in the 'real' shows!
The SHCA Siberian Husky National Specialty is just a little over two months away and we are getting VERY excited to get back to the mid-west and reconnect with our friends from the area we don't get to see more than this one time per year if we are lucky. We are also looking forward to taking in the whole show and everyone doing what they love with their dogs. Its such a wonderful exhibition of this breed and their owners/handlers! I'm really looking forward to trying to get there to see the Agility Trials!
Most excitingly, in our opinion at least, temperatures are starting to drop enough in the early EARLY mornings that we may be able to start getting the team out on to the trails and start prepping for doing what these dogs were meant to do. RUNNING! I know that I'm not the only one here looking forward to harnesses coming back out and covering some miles on our favorite trails. Our goal is to start training earlier and be more prepared for our race schedule with hopes to expand that schedule. This is planned to be Keegan's first full season in harness and we are looking to hone the 6 dog team we ended last season with into a competitive force.
With the return of Fall means the return of Weight Pulling! This will be the last year for Dakota to don the weight pull harness. He has one leg toward his WDX title, needing 3 more qualifying pulls, we will see if his retirement year will be his year!
Denali will also be working for his additional 3 qualifiers to his WD or WDX title whichever he is able to achieve.
It's been a trip having our oldest pet become our first performance titled dog in our kennel, but it has been a trip worth taking! Dakota may not have the best pedigree, nor the most ethical breeding behind him, but he has had the biggest heart and working drive of almost any of our others have. Its been a true honor having him introduce us to this wonderful breed, help us get started in mushing, and becoming a weight pulling champion.
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.