Here we are back in Lockdown so it means a week training and holiday in Wales has been postponed along with our holiday to Bowland trails in Scotland. Very disappointing but we have made the most of the cooler temps by training in South West, mixing up slow, heavy work on the rowerland passenger rig, lighter work on the 3 wheel Cudos and some quick runs on the bike. Fingers crossed none of our forest permits have been stopped due to the lockdown regulations which is great!
Puppies are just over 6 months old now and doing really well, each pup has quite a different character and it is so much fun watching them grow and develop.
They have integrated well with the rest of the pack and are very confident, happy girls and we very much look forward to the future!
Due to Covid 19 restrictions and the 30 rule, Forestry England have cancelled all permissions for sled dog racing in England on their land leaving the Sled Dog clubs that we run with without venues for racing for 2020.
We are in the happy position of having five training venues available in the South West and Wales with a mixture of private land, National Resource of Wales and Forestry England who have issued training permits. We are fortunate to be able pick and choose where we train and we have been enjoying lots of Autumn runs, building up distance and fitness using a mixture of the heavier Rowerland passenger rig the lighter 3 wheel cudos training rig and the bike.
We are hoping that the treks with AMWA after Christmas will still happen as they take place private land. Paws crossed!
Temperatures are now regularly sensible for lots of lovely runs, all our forests are now open and we feel spoilt for choice for venues! The race season is still looking 'interesting' , there is a full sled dog race event diary in the UK and we are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.
The worst isn't actually that bad at all, as long as we are still able to run dogs. We don't train to race, we just run dogs and if there is a new venue we fancy doing and we feel like we want to be social than we go. We are very lucky to have five different trainings venues, some hard packed and hilly, some sandy and grassy with hills, and some flat and grassy, we like to run a mixture to keep things interesting and fun for the dogs. We are planning to travel to a different venue every weekend and camp over in our newly finished dog van and during the week train locally.
With having the pups we want to introduce them to new, exciting and safe experiences to help them become contented happy dogs and it would be nice to get them to some races after Christmas to experience the atmosphere and of course we will starting to train them in harness too so lots to look forward to!
We have had a busy few weeks with the exciting additions of two new family members, sisters Magpie, Bifrost Magpie's Myth and Lark, Bifrost Little Night Lark. We are looking forward to sharing their journey as they become adult sleddogs and team members.
Meanwhile, we have be training when temperatures allow on Salisbury Plain, lots of free runs, and we had a camping adventure at Lechlade by the Thames with AMWA and enjoyed lots of chilling, long walks for dogs and kayaking for the humans.
Happily we now have permits back after a long lockdown so we have our local forest back to train and Pembrey Forest in Wales, just waiting for the Forestry England sites now but our main forests are back so we are excited for temperatures to drop further.
We aren't sure what is happening with races for the forthcoming season due to Covid-19 restrictions but whatever happens we are excited to just get out there and run dogs in our beautiful forests and training puppies is so much fun so lots to look forward to.
While we were away camping we celebrated Laika's 9th Birthday. Happy Birthday sweetheart.
Dogs have been enjoying runs along Salisbury Plain, lots of wildlife and wide open trails unlike most other trails in the UK, make for some excellent training and it's all doing us good getting out when temperatures allow. Temperatures are starting to look borderline for us down here so we will take advantage of any cooler snaps that hopefully will come our way.
Recently we have had some socially distanced company whilst training and we had a couple of handsome guests on our last run, with Nico and Forest in wheel position in the above photos. In other 'news' we have just had our ladies Pickle and Zinny finish their seasons and celebrated Cassidy squidgy's 9th birthday with home made mackerel cake!