Snak has come home to us and it is comforting to know he is at home where he belongs. Such a sad time and we are keeping busy to distract from the huge sadness we are carrying around and this works for a time and then it overwhelms us like a tidal wave. We feel so grateful for the support of our friends in the sled dog community, it is a huge comfort to not feel alone with these feelings. Thankfully temps are dropping so we are making the most of getting the dogs out for harness runs and as I type this I can hear our dogs in the yard running and jumping around with extra excitement because of the first frost down in Somerset today.
We have had some really positive training runs and we now feel more than ever we have to cherish every moment we have with each of the dogs. Looking back at the summer I feel that the other dogs were aware of Snak's illness. There was certainly a subtle change in dynamics in the boys relationship that we put down to the girls seasons at the time and the youngsters had an obsession with sniffing Snak's nose so with hindsight was probably an earlier indication of Snak's underlying illness before it really took hold and caused him serious issues.
Snak was such a major part of lives and our teams so we are having a rethink about our season plans but his lead dog training with the youngsters has proved invaluable.
Season plans - We quite simply want to run our dogs on nice, interesting trails in the presence of the good company of our friends making more happy memories with our dogs.