With the cooling down of temperatures and lower humidity we now start running our dogs in earnest, we like to get out and about for four training runs a week and we enjoy camping out and running at night and in the early mornings catching the best windows on the Plain.
Flups have been enjoying leader training taking it it turns to lead up front with an experienced dog, they were making such excellent progress, we decided to run them together in lead (pic above) brilliant on their turns and hard driving. So proud of them. The dogs are building some really nice conditioning and at the end of the month we will start mixing the heavier passenger rig work with some lighter, faster work on forest trails and divide the teams so they can run at best advantage.
This month we also popped up to very wet and windy Border Union Championship show, to show under Sally Leich (Forstal) with Mars and Pickle. Super pleased with Mars' first place and a third for Pickle who hasn't had a show lead on since 2017! Good girl Pickle.
07.09.07 - 08.10.21
Winterdance Dezent Snik at Demoneira. When the opportunity came for Snik to join our family with his brother at four years old it was a no brainer. Excellent pedigree, honest worker, beautiful temperament, incredibly handsome and a dog that would help us mere humans progress our love of running dogs and continue the education.
Snik transitioned quickly to life as a house dog with his own dedicated sofa and showed us the incredible drive and attitude of an excellent working dog that was a joy to have around. Not only teaching us, he was a brilliant role model for all our future dogs. We owe him a great deal that will never be forgotten.
Old age is a cruel beast but we will always remember you and it was a privilege to love and care for you Snik
Till we meet again x
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!
'1st: EVANS, Mrs L & EVANS, Mr M Eversepp Arizona at Demoneira CC now fully mature as he knocks on the door of being a youthful veteran, excellent condition & beautifully presented, good feet and bone, strong masculine head, good ear, nice eye, balanced angulation, good height to length, well moved. Stormed in and owned the challenge, constantly taking my eye, so couldn’t be denied the top honors, exemplifies a dual purpose Siberian, offering fun in the ring and focus on the trail'.
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.