Shaver Lake - SNDD RACING ADVENTURE - March 2 & 3,
It was nice to see old friends and make new ones. A huge THANK YOU to Hugo,
John and April for organizing this event and making us feel at home and also
all the volunteers who make events like this possible. Also Karen Yeargain
and Shae for words of wisdom (and thanks to Rainy for walking us through the
wax-on, wax-off process).
We all learned
so much thanks to our guest speakers, Carmen and Becky. We can't
wait for next year!
And thanks a lot to all who participated in the clinic --- it was great
to see both old and new faces alike. Special thanks to Benu for the canine
massage class (although I would rather train my dogs to give me one), Peggy
and Dennis for bringing over the barbecue grill (complete with cook), Kecia
for coordinating the potluck, Excel Futures (Mark and Chris Waggoner) for
providing the weekend breakfasts, Karen Liane for the chauffer service and
registration packets, Joan for her incredible photography and Matt and
Claire for opening up their home and playing host to our guests.
Urban Mushing at the Pet Expo - What a Weekend!
Friday April 11 to Sunday April 13, 2008
...and I say that only because it was hot! It
started out hot on Friday but it got even hotter on Saturday and Sunday as
it climbed up to the upper 80s/low 90s. It is ironic that of all the
weekends to get a heat wave in April, it had to be this past weekend. We did
our best to keep the dogs cool and even had a kiddie pool as well as misters
set up for them on Sunday.
Nonetheless, it was a fun time. We were able to provide a little bit of
information and education by doing the demos and also talking to people who
came by the booth. Of course, Nichole was there showcasing her team of
malamutes, jindos and siberians pulling the Fritz-Dyck cart while Paul did
his demo on the sacco cart, and we also had a "backpacking with your dog"
demo. I had the scooter portion with the 3 brats and additional "props" were
ably provided by Heather and her malinois, and our two junior urban mushers
Zach and Dylan (Zach was even brave enough to scooter with a couple of giant
wolf hybrids during our last demo).
Thanks to the volunteers who came to help man the booth, to Dennis for the
album of pics of this year's activities, and to Three Dog Bakery for the
sample biscuits that we handed out to the event-goers. And a huge and
special THANK YOU once again to Tom and Tina Dunn of Double T Kennels
(http://www.doubletkennels.com/) and the Southern California Alaskan
Malamute Club (http://www.scamc.org/), as well as their crew, for making all
this happen. They have been coordinating this working dog exhibit with the
Pet Expo organizers these past three years and have even provided the booths
and other logistical requirements. All we had to do was show up --- it was
truly a great opportunity to give the public a little taste of what we do and
hopefully get some of their dogs involved in another alternative to getting
much needed physical and mental exercise.
April 13, 14, 15, 2007
Costa Mesa Fairgrounds
Here are a few pics of some of the demos that were happening at the
Pet Expo this weekend. As you will see from the slideshow, we need to give a
huge round of applause to all the volunteers who contributed endless hours
to make this event a huge success and to Tom & Tina Dunn for organizing
another great year. My hat goes off to you all!!!
And last but certainly not least, none of this would have been possible
without all the help from our illustrious canine ambassadors!! We are so
proud of you all. Just click on the link below and see our ambassadors in
action..... http://tinyurl.com/2asovd (thanks
Joan for the wonderful slideshow!!!)
of Dogs Across America was deemed a howling
success by everyone involved...we had great weather and better yet, great
company and GREAT dogs! Thirteen dog teams ran today - the number of
miles are still being calculated but it is a great start for California!
If Day 1 was a howling success, Day 2 will need to be called a
howling and yowling success!!!