Friday, April 1, 2011

Growing Up

Spring is here and with it came the time "of the young". The racing season is over, yet there is plenty of snow to enjoy and there is no better occasion to run dogs than under the sun.

Mushing is not the only thing we do with the young dogs, though. We try to compensate for the lack of activity and attention from the intense training and race period, and do our best for the yearlings to be happy and stimulated. 

They are out in the play yard basically every day and every second or third day they are out for a fun sled run.
As a matter of fact, in a few days we´ll be taking them on their first longer runs, as they seem totally ready now.

But there is also one more thing, connected with growing up, besides puling a sled. Moving out from parents and siblings and finding a place of their own. Well, actually in our dogs´ case it is us who find the place of their own for them. 

Charlie, Alpha and their mom Chisana were totally ready for the move of their life, and with our help they accomplished that quite fast. No need to pack suitcases full of toys and childhood books (oops, I meant memories). Just a dish and a name plate.

Chisana is SO relieved to finally have a space all for herself, when she moved into the main string dog lot, and is entirely happy, residing among her mom Star and auntie Comet. 
They had a lot to catch up on. She was so busy sharing stories, that she totally forgot she actually lives in a whole new situation. All we heard all day yesterday was just yada, yada, yada, bla bla bla, yada, yada. Sparky, Nugget and Huggy Bear first thought it was so cool to get this new neighbor, but after a while they just went back to their houses. I heard Nugget had a headache this morning and Huggy Bear looked a bit sleepy when he told me: "Geez, mom, those GIRLS!".

Alpha and Charlie also moved to the main string lot. But unlike their mother, they keep complaining about it all day long. I bet they´ll get tired by the night fall, but I feel with their neighbors.
Sorry guys, growing up and moving to a new place is never easy!

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