Thursday, December 29, 2011

Who knew?

That the Woody/Pooh Bear duo would make such a FANTASTIC skijoring pair!!? I certainly didn't. And I was really second guessing myself after I put Woody's harness on and saw him immediately spinning and biting at it, wondering what that annoying thing was stuck on his back. Here's a quick example of that, after he got slightly used to the harness:

This is not them in the pen, this is ME behind bars. PB always manages to run out ahead of me then jumps up on the gate to slam it in my face. Thanks!

Here is PB screeching, chasing Esther, running in circles, basically, not knowing what to do with her excitement. WHY is she excited? She has no clue. Welcome to the daily life of Pooh Bear.

Then I attached the kooky duo to me and we were off like the wind. I thought I was taping the first part of the run, but in between my shock, my excitement and my jaw dropping open, I guess I missed it. Which is a total bummer because Esther was hilarious!! She literally barked and turned around the whole way, but managed to stay slightly ahead like you see below.

And it didn't faze PB or Woody once. If Esther got too close, they would just go around her or ignore her. Supastars!!!

Esther figured her job was to 1)always run in front, 2)turn around and bark every 100ft or so, 3)spin in circles and then dart ahead. While I called it somewhat annoying, she called it "training" - and insisted PB & Woody needed it.

One downside of running these two, um... "short attention span" dogs is that they get tangled in a millisecond when we stop. It's pretty remarkable actually. This is after a 10 second stop. They both got wound around the tree and then Woody managed to take it a step further and wind himself up in the line. He then panicked, screeched and flailed around like he's being tortured and is about to die a horrible, painful death. When really, if he just calmed down, I could help untangle him in seconds.... agh, he's so dramatic!!

Finally I got some video of them pulling and showing off all of our exceptional Gee and Haw abilities! Ok, it's really a bit of a mess, but give us a break, it's our first time running altogether! :)

I hope the New Year brings us many more fun runs like this and we wish all of you the best in 2012!! PB promises we will blog more next year. She is learning to type on her new iPad 2!

*this is not PB, only what she aspires to be

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Identify these tracks (possibly zombies)

I came across this set of tracks the other day while out with the dogs - any clues??

First I saw this:

Then this. Harris and the other dogs were pretty interested in it, wonder if they were fresh? The tracks in the slush/ice were iced over so must have at least been there a day or so.

Was something being dragged? Was it an animal with a bum leg that was dragging it? Was it a zombie, dragging its foot as it stumbled towards my cabin??

It was in the trees for a bit too...

And descended down from the little treed area back to the river. There was no blood around so I doubt it was a kill. So weird!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

kick me in the a**

Go ahead, you can do it! I know you want to.... I have left this little blog on it's own for far too long, sorry to those 3 followers who have probably given up on me by now. I will pick up the pace. If only I didn't leave my camera cord in Alaska last month, ugh! Instead I will just describe the entertainment around here lately.

Of particular note, is a Pooh Bear story(big surprise). She has a knack for a few things: running reallllllly fast; jumping on me repeatedly because she thinks the beer in my hand is a ball (somebody TRAIN this dog); wagging her tail a million miles/hr when I walk near her; annoying other dogs; annoying me; and.... running in front of me as I'm tossing logs onto the deck. This happened not once, oh no... that would be a fluke. Pooh Bear managed to run in front of me the EXACT moment I tossed a piece of firewood onto the deck and got clocked in the head... TWICE. In TWO days!!! You'd think she'd learn? You'd think I'D learn.... but nope. I don't think she's brain damaged. Though it'd be hard to tell. She hasn't stopped moving so I take that as a good sign.

We got a crapload of snow too. Then it almost all melted. Then it was super warm, then it was -30 then it was +2, the weather has been totally erratic. I have been creating the most interesting things - a water hauling toboggan (thanks to Dave & Heather!), a snow plow (too cheap to pay for it this year) and they're all working pretty good. Pictures will bring so much to the story, as Dave referred to the water hauling unit as a "little bit ghetto"... and that just made me pee my pants laughing. It's so true. You should see the plow! It makes the water setup look fancy!

I am regularly using my bathtub and running water lately, I feel so freakin' civilized. It's funny to see the dogs wander into the bathroom and hang out with me. No door on the bathroom and what do I expect? PB is scared of the tub, Woody practically joins me and Kuna lays obediently at my side no matter where I go. Except when there is food in the kitchen - caught him stealing butter and a can of refried beans the other day. The older he gets, the less he seems to care if he might get caught. But I proved I was smarter, I blockaded the kitchen with my road bike the other night! He will probably eat that to get to the food soon...

Check this out, it's making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter. It's not mine but it's really freakin' cool - PERFECT ice in the Yukon and not -30 so people can enjoy it! :)