The weather has been perfect this weekend, so, yes, we were able to get out Saturday morning with scooters, ganglines and harnesses and run The Herd. We do have some video captured and will post it just as soon as we have a chance to edit it together. In the meantime, here are a couple of pictures from just after the running.
By the way, we did have one minor mishap (as fans of our facebook page already know). We were running four dogs – Kodiak and Cheoah in lead and Qannik and Rusty in wheel (the position immediately in front of the sled). We passed a lady walking a black lab in the other direction. She did all the right things – stepped off to the side and had the lab sit. Cheoah and Kodiak performed exactly as expected and proceeded “on-by”. Rusty glanced over but kept running. Qannik, however, needed to say hi. Have to give it up to the boy. He threw himself into the harness and succeeded in breaking everyone’s rhythm so he could say hello the lab. On-by is probably the hardest command for the dogs to learn to listen to as they are being asked to pass by intriguing items. We will keep practicing, of course.
On the good news front, we ran Cheoah in lead a couple of times. She is really throwing herself into the work and enjoys leading the team. As Natasha is getting older, she is showing less interest in running (well, in pulling – running is ok, but the gangline is not very taut), so it is great that we seem to be developing a good lead dog to step into those big paws.
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We have already asked all of you to pass the Power of the Paw to our pal, Cool Paw Luke (ok, ok, Cool Hand Luke or, as everyone knows him, Golden Boy Luke). Well, the Luke has shared what he has been going through in this blog post. Luke is a very special pal of ours so we are asking everyone – cross your paws and send your good healing vibes to Houston. The Luke needs all of us.