When you live with dogs that sadly do not live as long as we do we inevitably have incredibly sad times when a family member passes. This month was our beautiful girl Laika. We knew the day was coming sooner than we hoped after her cancer diagnosis but not this soon. We are heart broken. Our beautiful girl is now at peace and joins Snak, Hux and Shyla who I’m sure met her with open paws over rainbow bridge and are looking after her now and causing mayhem.
Laika was a fabulous girl, you could run her in any position and she would always give 100% . She led a very full life with lots of adventures, races and treks and to have her missing from the teams this season is going to be hard. She loved people, kids and babies and was so gentle with them, she was mischevious though and we did show her but she was naughty in the ring and generally kept us on our toes. She was a brilliant education for our very first ‘working’ line Siberian. She taught us well and this teaching will always be part of our journey with siberians. It was a privilege to know and love her. Sleep tight princess.
We are trying to keep busy to process the loss of Laika and it coincides with the temps just about being cool enough to start training after the summer break. Navigating the teams without Laika has taken a bit of thought but the dogs are doing well and now we concentrate on building stamina and conditioning building using the passenger rig ready for the dryland mushing season. Flups have bodied up and have been maturing nicely over Summer and they are bringing added strength to the team.
SHCGB CHAMP SHOW 2
We also continue our summer of showing and really delighted with Mars bar at the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Championship Show this month.
Mars did his thing and won veteran dog class, then the reserve dog CC, best veteran dog and then goes on to win reserve best in show and best veteran in show under breed specialist judge Julia Simms (Snowspeeder). He has had a cracking summer adding two RCC's a CC and a RBIS and BV at the Club show to his CV.
'1 –Evans’ Eversepp Arizona at Demoneira: A lovely dog, one I’m told I’ve given a class to before, so I must still like him! Now 7 yrs old and nicely matured as I would expect from his lines. Dark faced boy with a good skull, nice stop, correct almond shaped eyes and a cheeky foxy expression. Good neck into well laid shoulders, to good elbows and legs with the right amount of bone for me. Nice spring to ribs, and lovely rear angulation. Well muscled with good reach and drive on the move, covering the ground with ease, you can see he could go all day!
Made his handler work, especially in the challenge when it had got much warmer. Still he pulled out the stops for me and I was happy to award him RCC. So pleased that he then went on the RBIS (which went to the referee’s decision) and BVIS!'
Breed Judge Julia Simms, Referee Bruce Hall SHCGB Championship Show 2 2021
Continuing on our summer show outings we started the month travelling down the road to Bath Championship Show with Mars under breed specialist Pauline Luxmoore-Ball (full breed results here) Mars won limit class and then went on to win reserve dog CC. The following week saw another local trip to Bournemouth Champ Show, Mars won his limit class and went on to win his first CC under breed specialist Sarah Robinson (full breed results here). Well done Mars Bar!
Mars is a great all round dog and sleddog. His movement is so sound, a lovely temperament and bags of the magic, special quality of drive in harness.
This month we have visited friends and had some relaxing camping holidays with the dogs at AMWA Summer camp in Suffolk and while we were in the area popped to Forstal to get the flups sized up for their made to measure harnesses from Ali Koops at Sass all ready for their first racing season.
We also attended the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Championship Show and Mars had a great result of a second place in veteran class under breed specialist Sharon Jones (Icynights). It was a fun day spent with lots of friends and quality siberians.
The dogs continue to have their free run leg stretches at the off lead dog field and its so much fun watching them really stretch out and playing! Temps down south are starting to play ball - let running season commence!
Doggos also had a summer maintenance check by the fantastic The Vet Physio
We are so lucky to have someone who knows the breed and who works their dogs in harness treat the crew.
Too humid to run dogs down South so we have all been enjoying free runs and had a brilliant camping trip along the River Thames with the Alaskan Malamute Working Association with all the dogs where they enjoyed lots of lovely walks and holiday treats.
It's always a funny time of year for us as everything we do is geared to running dogs and looking out for the best temperatures and the inevitable admin that goes with keeping lines and harnesses clean and fitting work around the best dog running times so we almost feel a little lost and restless when the temps make it difficult to run dogs safely. Thankfully, we are able to take the dogs out in the van for weekenders, pretty walks and of course camping trips but I must say we are itching for the temps to drop to go out for regular runs.
Running dogs as the sun rises or sets, the team all working as one amongst beautiful nature makes our hearts happy and our minds at peace with the world. In a world that is all noise and mayhem particularly with the pandemic knocking on our doors, running dogs heals our mind and soul and the dogs are happy fulfilling their breed destiny. But kisses and husky and brown dog cuddles always help too!
After a break of showing mostly enforced by the covid restrictions and it being too warm to run dogs this time of year we dusted off the show lead and we entered Leeds Championship show under breed specialist Mel Hannam.
Mars can get a little bored showing and combined with the fact that food baiting doesn't really work we got the tennis ball (Mars loves a tennis ball) out and we actually had a happy waggy tail, which i'm sure contributed to his second placing in a strong limit class with lots of handsome boys. Full results here .
Thank you to his breeder Zena Thomas for the video below of Mars in action around the ring.
'Eversepp Arizona at Demoneira. Agouti/white. Shares a lot of excellent tributes as 1st. No mistaking the maleness of the head but no coarseness at all and a kind expression in spite of piercing blue eyes. Another super front with ideal bone lengths and angulation for a sled dog right through. Excellent rib cage/loin proportions makes for an attractive outline standing. Sound mover and covered lots of ground with minimal effort'.
On our mini adventure up North we visited Chatsworth House and Mars got his Mr Darcey on, strolling around the beautiful parkland.
June has been a busy month and we have had some cracking cool runs running as the sun rises! This does involve obsessively checking the forecast for windows of opportunity but the windows are there if you are prepared to look for them and we have had some nice 3 degree temps down South and aided with the kestrel weather meter making sure the humidity, temp and heat stress level is tickety boo for the dogs and we have had some very jolly runs.
Flups are running regularly in a big team and super pleased with their no fuss progress. Magpie flup likes wildlife but the other dogs are very experienced in ignoring them, so all makes for some valuable 'on by' training for her and little lark is very focused and a natural leader which we will develop more after the summer. Dogs have also enjoyed regular free run blasts in the local secure fields, very lucky to have two 'sibe secure' 5 acre fields 10 minutes drive from us.
With the easing of lockdown restrictions we have at last been able to make lots of use of our lovely self build camper van so we have had lots of relaxing wild camps with the dogs and it is so great to just get away from the noise and distraction of every day life.
Our other adventures have included a trip to Wales, sadly the temps were too warm to run at Pembrey forest so the rig stayed in the van but we started our lovely break with the beautiful Pembrey beach all to ourselves, we then travelled to Mid Wales and stayed at the dog friendly glamping spot amongst the welsh hills for our second visit to Pencastell Views with all the dogs having a lovely time in the free run field with daytrips out and about with the dogs having lots of beach walks and new sniffing opportunities!
May has been an extraordinarily wet and humid month, however we have had some brilliant runs with the dogs and the pups have enjoyed their first runs on the passenger rig in a bigger team for the next training stage of their life as a sleddog.
This team consists of a 12 years old, 2x 10 year olds, 2x 7 year olds and 4 year old and of course the pups. Mars is the only male on the team. The passenger rig allows lots of control on the speed and is a brilliant tool for building conditioning and stamina. We have two retired male sled dogs, Snik who is almost 14, he's a bit wobbly on his back legs but really happy and healthy and loves his free runs and still pulls on his onlead walks he is not happy about being retired! Tonrar retired himself at 10 and is now 12, he enjoys his dinners and walks but mostly his dinners.
Solid performances from the pups and really pleased with their progress. We have some excellent mentors in the 'big' dogs. Pups have lots of focus and drive and we look forward to watching their journey on the trail.
We celebrated the pups first birthday this month and Pickle's seventh birthday and the dogs have been having lots of adventures wild camping, free runs amongst the buttercups and visiting lots of places. We like to give our dogs as 'big' a life as possible so they are happy and contented and of course well exercised making for a full life.
Can't talk about May without mentioning the loosening of lockdown restrictions, and we were delighted to welcome our first visitor in a long time!
Accompanied by our pals dogs we all had a blast and we had three handsome boys join the team! Little slo mo of their passenger rig run below.
Zinny, Leo in lead, Mars, Kara in swing, Pickle, Laika, Cass in team and Merlin and Summit in wheel.