Saturday, July 18, 2009

Summer's Here!

Yes, summer has finally arrived in southern California. For the past week, we've been laying low, taking it easy on our walks, and just kinda hang out on cool tile floors, close to the fan with plenty of water. Unfortunately, that only worked for the canine members of our family, not the human ones; those had to keep building carts. A bit ironic to build sled dog equipment in the summer heat, don't you think?

Anyway, today was the day we went out to Fairview Park and met up with a few members of our Urban Mushing group to take the dogs out on an easy run in the early morning.
We hooked up an 8-dog team to one of the Arctis carts, and took them to the rest area, where we kept switching teams for short runs so we could work on commands and improve team work.
An impromptu mushing clinic, if you will.

More pictures are here.

Note: please keep in mind, that our dogs are well hydrated before we run. The "runs" are about 3/4 mile at a time at a slow pace with plenty of rest in the shade after each run.


Painter Pack said...

How much fun!!! Eight adorable, smart huskies!!! Woofs to you!!!

Painter Pack

Arctis said...

To be fair, there are 7 Huskies in those pictures and one Samoyed; just as smart ;-) It was actually the Sammy's first time out with the team.

The Thundering Herd said...

Looks great. We have tried 8, but on a grizzly. Not recommended on our hills because the braking system is not as good for that.