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#21 Denise E.

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 09:55 PM

He looks GREAT in that harness and they are both doing well in the video!

 

We have been hotter than normal down here this time over year except for two days recently but that's over already.  Usually the cool blast comes a week at a time.

Tayamni watched your video  and is thinking about it.  She gave her lip licking yawn reaction - which means she's debating.  She's a thinker.

 

I wonder if she was thinking "Does that look like fun?"  or "where is the white stuff?"



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Posted 06 January 2017 - 01:40 PM

I've doubled the length of the line that I'm using for now and that decreases the angle at which the line comes off of their backs

Very important point!


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 01:57 PM

Yes, I have long lines if I can ever get to that point of using them! Next week supposed to get down to high's in the 60's!!!!!!! Good urban mushing training weather for down here!

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 06:50 AM

That's right I forgot you're in a warmer state. Gosh I can't even imagine battling against warm temps in the middle of winter! Even in the summer here we were still okay running if we got up early enough and raced with the sunrise.

The long lines definitely make a huge difference. Tamarack was having a real issue with lack of confidence while pulling the sled, I think because he's paranoid it's going to creep up and nab him from behind. Increasing the line length helped with this considerably and now he can sometimes find the confidence to actually bring himself up to a run, which is something I didn't think I would ever see out of him.

 

Here's our latest success, with a little added entertainment at the end from dear young Rune...no wonder poor T has such a hard time. (ignore my screechy happy voice, this was one of the first times T ever ran ahead of the sled so it was a pretty big moment!)

 

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 10:01 AM

Awesome. Was that a squirrel at the end?

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 02:43 PM

No, he was actually just trying to turn onto a side trail that we had taken the day before. Funny how they try to set routine even after just one experience.

 

Now yesterday we DID have a deer shoot across the trail a ways ahead of us... Now that was fun, trying to get them to NOOO, STOP :lol:



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 04:59 PM

Aahahahaha!  You are actually using a sled!  Please send us a photo of it.  


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 12:54 PM

Some pics from today. We lost all our good snow unfortunately, got a couple inches last night but not really enough to make it easy/fun for the dogs. They were good sports about it anyway though.

 

The sled is one my mother found in the local paper a couple years ago. It's really a treasure - it belonged to an older couple who say it was handmade somewhere in Maine (it is still covered in pencil marks from measurements which I find adds charm), and as near as I can tell it is very, very well made. I am so happy to have it and to be able to put it to use. Mushing dogs has been a lifelong dream of mine, so I am over the moon with this sled and my dogs' success with it!

 

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 01:22 PM

Great pictures. Beautiful sled! Enjoy!
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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:25 PM

That is a really long line! and Rune's new harness fits him REALLY well!

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:26 PM

We had 1.5 days of cool weather and I was down with a headache. DARN!!!!!!!!! missed a golden opportunity!!!!!!!

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 09:42 AM

That is a gorgeous sled, traditional and perfect.  I bet you have some pointers about using something like this.  I mean, just hanging on must be a bit of a trick! And controlling the dogs from the back of the sled,...it's not like the scooters where their line is right at your fingertips.

 

Also, I think we may have your snow.....


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 07:55 AM

Awesome!


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 09:08 AM

Urban Mushing Update from South Florida:

 

Winter was a bust.  It has been WAY too warm down here.  Now this summer is EXTRA HOT and humid and ALL Dogs are shedding OVERTIME!!!!!!

 

I trained a little bit for pulling yet we never got hooked up to a bicycle or scooter and we did sheep herding twice in the Spring instead.

Coffey is my puller and Tayamni is the one who goes along with it - I don't think she minds it - she just doesn't understand it yet.

 

However, the weather was not cooperating and Coffey we found out in May that Coffey has Arthritis.

You would never know it, the way he runs and pulls and plays.

 

So Urban mushing has been put on the sideline, sheep herding too.  :unsure:

This does NOT seem to be hereditary - he just played too hard (on his own) as a pup and got some injuries that are now affecting him at 2 yrs old.

 

Will update in separate topic - want to keep this focused on the Urban Mushing tails/tales !!!!!!



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 10:43 AM

I live in San Diego and the weather here, although nice right now, is a bit too hot for teaching my dogs to pull... even in the evening. Plus the ground is way too hot. I will just take my boys up to the church parking lot across the street from us to work, it's shady and flat. I am so excited to have a dog job for them to work toward. :)





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