Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Not done yet...!

Yes, it's summer, and yes, we're in southern California, but the coastal fog still keeps our mornings cool enough to get in a decent run.
On Saturday, we had a decent sized group at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa, and on Sunday 9 scooter teams got together at Laguna Niguel regional park for a quick 4½ mile run around the lake.
"Lead Musher" Rancy took a great video of Sunday's first mile or so, which you can find here, and the pictures taken before and after the run and at breaktime, are here.

It looks like 4th of July weekend might even be a little cooler than last, so we're still going to be able to run.

Another part of the So Cal Urban Mushers put on a weight pull event in the high desert area. Pictures from that event are here.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Another reminder: Please Rescue!

It's been a busy week, so there haven't been any news on our blog, though you can still follow us on Twitter for more frequent updates.

A quick "shout out" to our customers for keeping us busy, thank you so very much!!!

While there may be reasons for buying a puppy from a reputable(!!) breeder (see links on the right hand side of this blog) if you're into the show circuit or running dogs competitively, please remember, that if you're looking for a companion pet or a work-out buddy there are countless numbers of dogs in local shelters and at rescues, just waiting for you to give them a forever home.

All of our dogs have been rescues, and while we may not win any sled dog races, we still have a great time on the trails and the dogs truly appreciate their 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) chance at a good life.

When looking for a dog, please remember, that they will require a place to stay for the next 12-15 years (or more) and that place should be with you. Are you wiling to take a job, that allows you to still take care of your dog properly? Is your dog going to be part of the family, even if and when you have children? Should you have to move, are you willing to make sure, that your new place allows and/or is suitable for dogs? Also, if you're looking for a specific breed, please do your research. From our experience, we can tell you that there's a reason for so many Huskies to end up in shelters or rescues. Yes, they look sooo cute when they're puppies, but they do grow up eventually (sort of) and require (a lot of) exercise; more than many people are willing or able to give them.

If you're ready to adopt, here are a few links to breed specific and all breed rescues:
Husky Camp (southern California)
Half Moon Husky (southern California)
Siberian Husky Rescue (nationwide referral)
Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida
Help A Husky (New York)
Harnessed To Hope
Flathead County Animal Shelter (Montana)
Alaskan Malamute Rescue
A Place To Bark (Tennessee)
Animal Crackers (Laguna Beach CA)
I Love Rescue Animals
4 Love of Dog Rescue (Fargo ND)

If you're not able to have a dog at this time, you can always help your local rescue or shelter with donations (money, time, supplies etc).

Friday, June 19, 2009

Working Samoyeds

Working Samoyed News recently contacted us about doing a feature about our carts in the next issue, which is now available online.
Thanks to Darlu for spreading the word about Arctis!

Monday, June 15, 2009

California Glooming...

Our "June Gloom" weather pattern still keeps us somewhat cool to squeeze in a run or two in coastal Orange County, so on Saturday, we went out to Fairview Park in Costa Mesa to join a good sized group on the trails. Unfortunately, our little boy Silver suffered a cut to his leg while flying through the infamous "Bamboo Trail" alongside his friend (and idol) Coal. While it ended up looking worse than it actually was, we decided to leave Silver home on Sunday and just take "the girls" for a walk on the local trails, and wouldn't you know it, we ran into a small group of fellow"urban mushers"...what a coincidence!
The photographic evidence is posted here and a short video here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Daily Grind

No real exciting news to report. We're keeping busy with cart production, which is a good thing, of course. The dogs enjoy our current state of "June Gloom", the typical weather pattern in southern California at this time of the year, which keeps the temperatures low enough for long hikes and even a few fun runs in the morning.