Saturday, December 18, 2010

Another free delivery offer coming up!

While pretty much everyone in North America is dealing with snow at the moment (hopefully in a good way), it's never too early to plan ahead for the upcoming dryland season.
What better way to start the new year, than with a new cart AND free delivery?
We are planning to be in Ashton, ID in mid-February and can bring a cart or two with us to deliver along the way.
Our route will take us from southern California along I-15 to eastern Idaho, just west of Yellowstone National Park.
If you live somewhere along that route and are interested in a new Arctis Cart, here's your chance to save the shipping fees. Please contact us asap if you would ike to place an order, since it roughly takes about 3 weeks to complete a cart and it probably won't take long for the production to be booked solid.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Missing Husky in Reno/Sun Valley NV

Update: Shiva returned home on 12/13/10 and is safe and sound!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

14 months old Siberian Husky available, So. CA

Kona is a 14 months old Siberian Husky in need of a new home.
For more information, please contact Gina at Animal Crackers in Laguna Beach at (949) 499-1988

Beer delivery via Arctis Cart in Akron, OH.

Our friend Amanda, her friend Shannon and 6 of their dogs recently delivered the first keg of "Thirsty Dog" beer to the city of Akron's tree lighting ceremony.
Thanks for showing off one of the many uses for an Arctis Cart!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ohio Dryland Race Coming Up

Coming up this weekend, November 20 & 21, it's the Trailbrakers Farm Dryland Challenge in Kirtland, OH.
We know some of our mid-western friends will attend this event and hope, everyone will have fun out there!
For more information about the event, please see Sled Dog Central

We just returned from our annual trip to La Pine, OR, to attend the Veteran's Day mushing weekend. As always, we had a lot of fun and good times with friends. Temperatures in the low 30s made for some excellent runs, especially for our southern California Huskies, who experienced the first snow of the season.
A short video of the event can be seen here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Another free delivery offer to Oregon

We're going to attend the annual La Pine Mushing Weekend from Nov. 12th - 14th in La Pine , OR. and are more than willing to deliver a cart to a musher along the way, from southern CA to central OR.
Contact us for details or to place an order.

On our way, we're also going to stop by the Urban Go Dogs clinic on Sunday Now 7th in the California Bay Area and have a cart available for test runs.

New Product!
What started out as a special order for a customer, turned into our latest product: an easy-load rack for our carts, to fit any standard 2" hitch receiver:

Please contact us for pricing.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Upcoming West Coast Mushing Events

The following races and clinics will take place in CA, OR & WA.
Click on the event for more details.

- Pacific Northwest Dryland Champioship, Cle Elum WA, Oct. 23 & 24
- Big Bear Mushing Clinic w/Karen Yeargain, Big Bear CA, Oct 23 & 24
- Dog Scootering Class, Prineville OR, Oct 30
- Spokane Dirt Rondy, Spokane WA, Now 6 & 7
- Dog Scootering Class, Prineville OR, Nov 6
- Urban Go Dogs Clinic, Bay Area CA, Nov 6
- Urban Mushing Intro, Bay Area CA, Nov 7
- La Pine Mushing Weekend, La Pine OR, Nov 12-14

Thursday, October 14, 2010

NWSDA Dryland Challenge & PNC Championship

We just returned from our trip to Washington to attend NWSDA's Dryland Challenge at "Camp K".
As always, we had a great time catching up with old friends, making new ones and participating in the races. "Team Arctis" only placed 6th in our class, but all other teams ahead of us were genuine racing teams, as opposed to our "working pet Siberians", so overall, we didn't do too bad.
Plus, we won the award for "Best Kept Small Team", yay!

We had a few carts on hand and several teams ran them in the 6-mid and 6-sprint classes.

Coming up October 23 & 24, it's the first race for the Pacific Northwest Championship (PNC). Just like last weekend, this race is a dryland event and will be held at Camp K in Cle Elum WA.
For race information, please click here.
While we won't be there this time, a couple of our carts are going to be on site and one of them (the red one shown in the pictures) will be available to test and for purchase.
Please contact us if you have any questions in regards to our carts.

Coming up November 12th -14th, the annual La Pine mushing weekend in La Pine, OR.
We're going to attend this fun event once again and will bring carts with us.
As always, while on the road, we'll be happy to deliver a cart free of charge along the way, so if you're interested and live anywhere between southern CA and central OR, please contact us, and we'll make arrangements.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Arctis Dryland Mushing Cart

We currently have this fire engine red metallic cart available for immediate delivery; no waiting on this one. It comes with a wire basket or sled bag to carry gear and supplies, as well as a warranty.

Dryland season is here and if you're about to hit the trails, why not invest in a quality dryland rig for your team? For a detailed description of the cart and its features, please see our website

Worldwide shipping is available and we can always deliver the cart, if you're located along one of our upcoming road trips in the western US.
Questions, please contact us and we'll be glad to help.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The North Wapiti experience

We just returned from a spectacular trip that took us from southern California all the way up to northern Alberta, Canada, to visit Karen Ramstead and her North Wapiti kennel of Siberian Huskies, aka the "Pretty Sled Dogs".
We spent several days with Karen's team, be it at the kennel or out on the trails and were also able to run the cart with her dogs, have Karen run it, and even put our little clown Silver on a team with 5 North Wapiti dogs. He initially seemed a bit intimidated, but after the run pranced around his girls like a hot shot, showing off.

The cart ride with 6 Siberians through the wooded, rutted and rooted trails was a pure blast, not only for us, but even Karen had a great time as she posted on facebook:

The red cart shown here is available and ready to go without waiting period:

If you're interested, please contact us with your location, and we'll provide a shipping quote.
Local pick-up and delivery as also available, of course, and if you are located in Oregon or Washington, please contact us for details about our upcoming road trips, so we can possibly deliver the cart in person.

On our way back, we took the scenic route through Jasper, Banff, Kootenay, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. What beautiful places to see and experience. We can't wait to get back on the road again, soon, but in the meantime, we need to get some carts done.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Big Sky Roadtrip

We're all done, almost packed and one good night's sleep away from our "Big Sky Roadtrip" to Karen Ramstead's North Wapiti Kennel in Alberta, Canada.
It's been a long, long week, with several carts finding their way to new homes here in southern CA and two more on their way to the wide open spaces of central Alberta.
Our trip north will take us along I-15 from southern CA to the Montana/Alberta border and then past Edmonton to Perryvale, AB.
One of the carts will be delivered along the way and the other will be tried and tested at Karen's ranch and may possibly find a new home in the area.
If things go as planned, the trip back will take a little longer to explore some of spectacular scenery along the way.
We'll post updates on our facebook page.
If you are interested in one of our carts, feel free to contact us. We'll do our best to keep in touch along the way.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Reflectra Candy Purple Twilight

Yes, that's what the color is called which our latest customer chose for her cart.
Our friends at Embee Performance outdid themselves with this one.
Outstanding job once again, turning a steel frame into a piece of art.

Our fall travel schedule is filling up.
We're going to make the long trek up north to visit the "Pretty Sled Dogs" of Karen Ramstead's North Wapiti Kennel in Alberta, Canada from September 10th - 12th.

In October, we're going to attend NWSDA's opening race of the season in Cle Elum, WA. This is going to be the weekend of October 9th - 10th.

And in November it's an annual tradition to attend Karen Yeargain's La Pine Mushing Weekend on Veteran's Day, November 12th - 14th.

As always, we can deliver a cart in person if you're located anywhere along the way, which in these cases is mostly I-15, I-5 and US-97.

Just make sure you place your order early enough for us to have it finished in time for the trip.

Any questions? Contact us for details.

Friday, August 20, 2010

8-dog Siberian Team with Arctis Cart

A short video clip of one of our recent runs at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa CA.

For the past week, summer has had a grip on southern CA and we haven't been able to run the dogs, but hopefully, the marine layer will keep the coastal areas cool again soon and we'll be back on the trails.

In the meantime, remember that dryland season is coming up and cart orders keep coming in.
If you're looking for a new cart, please contact us asap so we can fulfill the order before winter starts....gee, we're talking winter already???

Also, another free delivery offer for mushers in California, Oregon and Washigton.
It looks like we'll attend NWSDA's first race of the season October 9th & 10th in Cle Elum, WA.
If you're interested in a new cart and live somewhere along I-5 or US-97, let us know and we'll arrange free in-person delivery.
You're also most welcome to see us in Cle Elum and try one of our carts or just say "hi".

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Dryland Mushing Events in Washington & Utah, Fall 2010

While it may not seem like it in some parts of the country, dryland season is upon us and a handful of events on the west coast have been scheduled so far.

October 9&10: Camp K Dryland Challenge, Cle Elum, WA, hosted by NWSDA
October 15&16: K9 Challenge Dryland Race, Wellsville, UT, hosted by Cache Valley Mushers
October 23&24: Pacific Northwest Dryland Championships, Cle Elum, WA, hosted by NWSDA
November 6&7: Spokane Dog Derby, hosted by IESDA

For race schedules in other parts of North American and the rest of the world, please see Sled Dog Central's race schedule.

We're trying to make it to at least one of the events listed above, and, as always, are more than willing to deliver a cart in person, if you live along any of our routes in the western US.
Please contact us for details.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Win a brand new dog sled!

Our friends at Tuuluuwak Sled Dog Refuge in Quebec, Canada are holding a raffle for a brand new dog sled worth $750.
Second prize is an overnight stay at the Auberge Viceroy in Quebec and a half day of dog sledding.
All you need to do is go to their website and make a donation towards their Siberian Husky Rescue before August 31st, 2010.
See their website for all details.

Here is a picture of the first prize:

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Urban Mushing during So Cal summer

With the exception of maybe one week, we've had a phenomenal summer so far (sun bathers and tourists might disagree). It's been overcast, cool and overall pretty pleasant for our dogs. While conditions are still ok in the morning, our local Urban Mushing group is out and about, running the dogs at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa CA

When we're not out with the dogs, there's always a lot of work waiting at the shop thanks to our great customers. There will be plenty of happy dogs (and mushers) in the near future enjoying the new "ride", from California to Canada.

Plans are firming up for our "Big Sky Roadtrip" in early September. If you want to take advantage of our free delivery offer (see previous post), now would be a really good time to contact us, before we're booked solid for the remaining weeks.
We might be able to squeeze one more cart in at this point.

Here are some pictures of recent runs at Fairview Park:

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Free Delivery Available For Arctis Carts

Yes, we're slowly getting to that time of the year again where we start planning roadtrips for the upcoming mushing season.
Whenever we're out and about, we love to take a cart or two with us and meet our customers along the way, saving them the shipping fee.

In September (exact date to be determined), we're planning the long trek up north to Alberta, Canada. Our trip will take us basically all the way along I-15 from southern CA to the Montana/Alberta border and continue through Calgary and Edmonton.

In early November, we're attending the annual Mushing Weekend in La Pine, OR.

More travel dates to be announced as soon as possible.

If you are somewhere in the vicinity of our travel routes, and are interested in a cart, please contact us as soon as possible to reserve a spot.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

One more big puppy in need of a good home

After a huge response to the previous listing for an available dog, Gina from "Animal Crackers" in Laguna Beach asked me to list one more of her available puppies.

This guy is Romeo. I personally know him, have taken him on walks and watched him play with other dogs, big and small. A really, really sweet and well mannered boy. Big and strong, but so gentle.

Gina says "He is a wonderful, loving dog that loves to play with every dog he meets. He is about 1 year old, weighs about 68lbs and is full grown. Not only is he very playful with all dogs, he is especially gentle and playful with small, more "energetic" dogs. Allowing them to even bite on him during play, all without irritation. He is a little shy with strangers at first but after a few minutes, warms up nicely. In addition, his looks might give an intimidating impression, but because of his shy nature he is far from being a watchdog."

For more information about Romeo, please contact Gina at (949) 499-1988

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Siberian Husky available for adoption in So CA

8 months old female Siberian Husky available to a good home that knows about and can take care of Huskies. Her name is Nova, she's red/white with blue eyes. She is in excellent health and has no "issues". Her current owners need to find a new home for her because of allergies.

For more information please call Gina at Animal Crackers in Laguna Beach at (949) 499-1988

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Iditarod Veteran Karen Ramstead visiting Southern California

As previously announced, Karen Ramstead, 9-time Iditarod veteran (and quite the engaging speaker) will be flying down to Southern California from her North Wapiti Siberian Husky Kennels in Alberta, Canada.

Our Urban Mushing Group will be hosting 2 different events in order to help Karen raise funds for her kennel:

July 10 (Saturday) will be at an auditorium at the Costa Mesa Community Center (Map) from 1 PM - 4 PM. Karen will give a live audio and visual slideshow presentation covering her experiences in training and racing in the Iditarod with her "Pretty Sled Dogs". Cost is $30 per attendee - drinks and snacks will be provided for. No dogs allowed.

July 11 (Sunday) will be a barbecue potluck picnic and Q&A workshop at Laguna Niguel Regional Park (Map) from 11 AM - 4 PM (or whenever). Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided but please bring a potluck item (email Cindy Stepp via btrflygrl68 at Donation amount is $20 per person, and $5 for children 12-and-under. Aside from enjoying the food, picnic, and mingling with Karen Ramstead as well as your fellow mushers, this event will also serve as a
Question & Answer workshop (note: this is NOT a hands-on mushing clinic so dogs are optional). It's a wonderful opportunity to pick Karen's brain and learn a little bit more about her training techniques and view points. IT WOULD HELP A LOT if you could write down your questions on the back of the registration form so that Karen can answer them as best as she can.

T-shirts will also be sold at the event (you can order them ahead of time - see registration form) as well as cookbooks, posters, etc., that Karen will be bringing.

If you will be attending any or both of the events, please mail in your registration form by July 3, 2010. Locations and other details are in the registration form which can be downloaded here
The registration form will likewise be available soon for download via

Hope to see a lot of you out there, specially those who want to learn more about the Iditarod. If you can't live it, at least hear about it....from Karen Ramstead!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Dryland mushing season is around the corner

Yes, it's only the beginning of summer, but all of you know how quickly the next season is going to be here. You'll be excited and ready to run the dogs, but you don't have your cart, yet...

Now is the time to plan ahead and place your order to make sure, you're ready for fall.
Our early spring orders almost carried over into summer, but we have the next available carts ready to be shipped by mid-July.

Also, please check with us about our travel schedule, so we could possibly drop-off a cart or two along the way and save your shipping expenses.

We're going to be in La Pine, OR in mid November (see below) and might make a trip to south-western Montana in December.

8-dog team at Fairview Park, Costa Mesa CA

Here is an e-mail we received from one of our customers, which we truly appreciate:

>>Excellent news~! :) Just as you said, the cart arrived today. To say that I am impressed is a massive understatement. Henning, this cart is a piece of art! It is just stunning and I am beyond thrilled with it. The quality is obvious in every weld and bolt. I simply can't wait to get out this fall and try it out with the dogs. I'll be sure to update you once I do! Thank you so much for being so above-board with this whole transaction, even when things got a little tricky with the shipping. It was well-worth the wait and I feel that I was sold a solid piece of equipment that will be relied upon season after season. I will be recommending you to other mushers I know! Thank you so much, Henning!<<

...and here are some of our recent creations:

Dark blue metallic cart, silver wheels, wide tires & high clearance

All black cart with cargo basket and sled bag
(bags custom made for Arctis by Alpine Outfitters)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lost Siberian Husky - San Diego County CA

Our friend Jeff in Fallbrook (north San Diego County) posted this message earlier today:


At approximately 9:00AM, June 17th our newest dog, Jessie, jumped a 5' fence and bolted. We live in Fallbrook. She has a yellow collar with her name and telephone number on it. She also has a blue/green collar with another telephone number on it. She is 4 years old, white in color with grey/black splotches of color, one blue eye, one green/blue eye. She is very skittish and shy. She had an orange leash attached to her collar, but may have chewed it off if she got caught on something. She is an experienced sleddog and can really run.

Please be on the lookout for her. My contact information is:

Jessie has been found!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Just announced: La Pine Mushing Weekend, Nov 12-14

For details about the 2011 La Pine Mushing weekend please click here.

Spring is here……. Time to mow the lawn, train on dirt, wash the truck….. and plan for next Fall’s mushing events!

Once again, Karen Yeargain is organizing a “fun-for-all” mushing weekend at La Pine State Park, in La Pine, Oregon. She had a couple of inquiries as to having the weekend earlier, which she strongly considered. There was, however, a PSDSA (Pacific States Sled Dog & Skijor Association) event that conflicted with her doing so this year, so she's sticking to Veteran’s Day weekend this year.

This year’s event will be the second weekend of November, which falls on the 12th (Friday), 13th & 14th. Some of us will arrive the afternoon of Thursday the 11th, to get settled in. We will be hoping for damp trails and cool temps, but no snow. This event is a dirt run, so plan on carts, quads, bikes and scooters. Runs will be arranged to provide a variety of training opportunities, including passing (from behind and head on), team weaving, directional command training, hills, etc. There is quite a variety of nice dirt trails to choose from. The event is open to anyone regardless of mushing style and experience (or lack thereof); bikejoring and scootering teams are welcome. Trails are suitable for all functions unless we get a surprise dump of snow that makes them dangerous for bikes or scooters.

Organized runs will be on Saturday and Sunday mornings; meet for breakfast at the conference lodge at 6:30 am or at the meadow about 7:15. The meadow (staging area) is about 1/8 mile before you get to the South Loop of the Park, on your right. One of our Cascade Sled Dog Club attendees has volunteered to print up trail maps so folks can better keep track of where they are!

The event has the use of the meeting hall on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (until 1 pm on Monday). It has a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, sink with hot/cold running water, tables and a heater. We will have a potluck meal on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at about 1 pm; other meals will be informal potluck at the participants’ discretion…. We never lack for enough good food!

Karen will be planning a couple of presentations on Saturday and possibly on Sunday. Topics still to be determined. These will be right after the potluck, so bring a dish, join the meal and talk dogs!

Campsites at La Pine State Park are suitable for tents or R.V.’s; all have electrical hookups and water. Bathrooms with shower facilities (included in camping fee) are in our immediate area; bring your own towels and toiletries.

There are five “rustic” cabins (two double futons, a table, electricity and heat) and five “deluxe” cabins (two double futons in separate rooms, toilet/shower, heat, running water, microwave, fridge, barbecue). Rustic cabin #1 and Deluxe cabin #44 have been designated “pet friendly” this year as a pilot, meaning that up to 2 dogs are allowed in these two cabins; whether that continues and/or expands depends on how well guests manage their inside dogs. There are no dogs allowed in the other cabins, same as in the past. THIS RULE WILL BE STRONGLY ENFORCED THIS YEAR, AS WE HAD SOME COMPLAINTS FROM THE PARK ABOUT DOG HAIR IN NON-DOG CABINS; THIS IS IMPORTANT DUE TO FUTURE CAMPERS WHO MIGHT HAVE ALLERGIES.

Each person needs to make their own site arrangements. To make reservations for a campsite or cabin, go online to or call Reservations Northwest at (800) 452-5687, specify La Pine State Park, South Loop. Also, state that you are with the SLED DOG GROUP/MUSHING WEEKEND so that they can note that on your reservations. That way the reservations folks can advise non-mushing campers as they make reservations and give them the option to be close to the activities or further away, as they prefer.

Please let her know if you are planning to attend so that she may organize the event well and be able to provide updates as we get closer to November.

Questions, please e-mail Karen through her site

Please cross-post and pass along to anyone who would be interested.

Karen Yeargain

Tumnatki Siberians

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

It's Memorial Day here in the U.S., a day to remember the fallen.

Please take a time-out from your every day activities and remember those who gave their lives so that we can enjoy the things we tend to take for granted.

And while this is a U.S. holiday, please also remember all those allied troops who fought and died for the same ideals alongside our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.

Last, not least, please thank a vet for his or her service.
It's an easy thing to do and means a lot to those who put their lives on the line each and every day, so we can go about ours.

Support Our Troops!

Catching up

We're finally caught up on spring orders and continue on with the next batch of carts to be shipped into the summer months.
The spring rush really caught us by surprise, albeit a nice surprise, and we tried to speed-up the process by changing a few things a round the shop. As it turned out, the new process ended up delaying the delivery of carts to our customers, so we're back to the old, tried and tested routine and will be able to deliver carts as promised.
To all our new friends customers we would like to apologize for the delays in recent weeks and thank you for your patience!

We've already had a few inquiries for carts for fall training and current orders are extending well into July, so if you're thinking about a new dryland rig for the fall, please contact us as soon as possible to ensure timely delivery.

Thanks again!

Henning & "Team Arctis"

Monday, May 10, 2010

Busy Times in "Arctis Land"

Wow, time flies when you're having fun...and when you're busy, too!
It's been a great spring for Arctis, thanks to all of our new friends and customers from all four corners of the country. From Georgia, to Ohio and Illinois, all the way up to Alaska and way back down here in southern California. Thank you so much!

In between busy times at the shop, we're still able to participate in events around the area, like the Pet Expo and Wag-A-Thon mentioned below, plus we get to run the puppies 2-3 times a week with our local Urban Mushing group. So far, temperatures are still ok to run, if we get on the trail early in the morning or later in the evening.

Since it's getting warmer everywhere around the country, dog sledding events are few and far between, so more time for us to catch up on those orders.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

OC Pet Expo and Dana Point Wag-A-Thon

The 21st annual Pet Expo at Orange County Fairgrounds is behind us, and as always, it was a great success with a huge turnout.
Our local "Urban Mushing" group had its own booth, thanks to our good friends from the Southern California Alaskan Malamute Club. Tom & Tina Dunn came through just like every year and allowed us to do our mushing demonstrations with carts, scooters and bikes, while they informed the unsuspecting public of weight pull and backpacking activities.
KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles did a live broadcast to get things started on Friday and invited us to be part of it. The first half of the video is obviously not a dog sledding demo :-)

(yes, that's yours truly driving the cart :-))

Coming up this Saturday, April 24th, it's Pet Project Foundation's annual Wag-A-Thon at Dana Point Harbor, benefiting the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter.
Our Urban Mushing group has been invited to also do dog sledding demos that day.

For more information about this event, please visit Pet Project Foundation's website.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Central Oregon dog scootering & dryland mushing

Sunday, April 11th- scootering fun run- not suitable for larger teams/rigs-
Shevlin Park, west of Bend @ 9am. Spencer Egbert has agreed to be the point person for this run.

Saturday, April 17th- scootering fun run- suitable for teams/rigs- La Pine State Park, north of La Pine (some teams will run again on the 18th). Some of the folks from Cascade Sled Dog Club will be down for the weekend, which made it a good excuse for an outing!

Saturday, April 24th- Pacific Sled Dog & Skijoring Association (PSDSA) club meeting @ Diamond Lake- noon- scootering before or after the meeting.

Saturday, May 1st- scootering fun run or class- location/venue to be announced.

Saturday, May 8th- dog scootering class taught by Karen Yeargain & Jane Devlin- location, Karen's place

For info on any of these events, contact Karen at
Info will also be posted at

Saturday, April 3, 2010

What did we learn...?

Our local "Urban Mushing" group got together for its weekend fun runs at Fairview Park, a week after our annual mushing clinic.
So today it was time to put all newly acquired techniques to work and take the dogs out on the trails. Several scooter, bike and cart teams were out and about, running 1 to 8 dogs.
Weather conditions were excellent: overcast skies and cool temperatures allowed for long runs.
At the end of the day, the dogs were tired and happy (and so were the drivers) but everyone realized, that there's still a lot to learn for us and our dogs.

If you like what you see and would like to learn more about our group, we're going to be at the OC Pet Expo in Costa Mesa April 16th -18th and at the Wag-A-Thon in Dana Point on April 24th.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

California Urban Mushing Clinic

Our 4th annual "Urban Mushing Clinic" was once again a great success.
Each day, a decent size group went out on the trails for a quick run while the temperatures were still cool enough for the dogs.
Turn-out was excellent on both days, even though the weather didn't make anyone feel like wanting to go mushing, but it's southern California after all.

Carmen Rasmussen of Alpine Outfitters shared her knowledge and experience both days, and we can't thank her enough for making the trip down the coast to do so.
This year, the clinic was divided into one day for newcomers to the sport and one day for the intermediate musher.
Topics that were covered ranged from the very basics like harnessing, basic commands as well as health and safety, to dog physiology, nutrition and race preparation.

As always, a lot of information to digest and hopefully convert into either better exercise with your dog or a better performing team of dogs (and driver).

Friday, March 19, 2010

Siberian Husky Missing in Springfield Oregon

Nikkia went missing on 3/09/2010 and we are missing her very much if you
have seen her or have her please e-mail
or call/text Taylor 541-514-5947....she is 3 months old,brown eyes,silver/gray on her back,white on her belly,black on the top of her head and ears, and she has black on her private area. That might have sounded weird but that is the only special marking she has. She went missing in Springfield, OR. Rambling and Lawnridge in the Mohawk area. There is a reward for whoever brings her back. No questions asked.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

4th annual southern California Urban Mushing Clinic

I know this is short notice but we will be holding our 2010 Urban Mushing Clinic next weekend (yup, in 10 days) at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa. Schedules have been hard to work out but it just so happens that Carmen Rasmussen from Alpine Outfitters, who has been facilitating our clinics for the past 3 years, will be able to fly down here and spend time with us on March 27 and March 28.

The clinic will be a different format than previous ones. It will be more informal but will be more hands-on and I think, more effective.

The clinic will be split up into 2 different sessions which will cater to different levels: Saturday will be for newbies (those who have NO or little experience with dog scootering/bikejoring) while Sunday's session will be for those who are at the intermediate level.

The newbie session will cover the basics, including what equipment and gear to use, proper harness fit, how to teach your dog the basic commands (GEE, HAW, LINE OUT, EASY, WHOA), ground work training, trail etiquette, and attitude. The intermediate session will cover a little bit of what is in the newbie session but will focus more on advanced commands such as GEE OVER, HAW OVER, ON BY passing, teaching your dog to avoid distractions, speeding up on command, etc.

Both sessions will be held from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and will be limited to probably 20 participants per session, as this will be a more "hands-on" type of clinic. Carmen will be the main facilitator but others will be on hand to help her out.

Registration fee will be $20 per session (plus $5 per family member). The registration forms will be available for download on the urbanmushing website shortly.