Lately the whole pack has been spending a LOT of time together, pretty much inside a lot during the cold nights, and they've been mixing together surprisingly well. So I decided to mix it up and take EVERYONE on a free run. Taking everyone out means we can go longer and further since I don't have to run 2 packs.
The energy that came with letting 11 dogs run free together for the first time was insane! Those at the front of the pack just ran and ran and ran... I had a hard time keeping an eye on them, let alone keeping up with them. Kuna even did the whole 5-mile run with us, loping on the way back! Which is awesome for a 90lb 13-yr old!
Here we are getting ready... some of them are already heading down the trail. Loki wasn't sure what to make of it - it's new! And eek! Anything new is freaky!!! But he settled and within minutes was chasing everyone.
It was such a sunny, beautiful day out! The days are getting longer, we've got light until after 6pm now, which is freakin' AWESOME!!!!
And I realized it is pretty much IMPOSSIBLE to take a picture of 11 free-running dogs. They were never in one spot at the same time, some were ahead, some were behind, some were taking shortcuts through the trees, it was madness! And Esther is freaked out by the skidoo so she never comes near it. She either runs wayyyy up ahead or behind me, eyeing me and the skidoo up suspiciously the whole time.
Here's a whack of them chasing on the way back. It's a miracle that I can take my former "goons" (Gracie/George/Lucy) out with THREE other females! It only took them 11 yrs to tolerate other females. Oh well, better late than never!!
I love having the river as our own private highway!!
This is at the turnaround where I tried to take a bit of a break but they were too wired to stop long. Missing dogs in this picture are Kuna, Lucy and Woody. Kuna is often behind us, Woody and Lucy were scoping things out in the trees.
And I managed to get a video of some the free-runners behind me on the way back. Even got myself in it, not bad for driving the skidoo at the same time eh?!? :)