This site is dedicated to my sled dogs, their well being and their care while we train for and run the 2007 Yukon Quest 300 dog sled race. Particularly it is dedicated to the memory of Talbot and Rocket, two of the most amazing lead dogs ever to hit the trail, now gone to better trails.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Well now that the lakes are frozen and we can't chase float planes again till spring, we turn our attention to our canine friends. Now when you watch this little video clip, it may just appear that Taz is an exceptionally smart dog....Right??? Well this is only partially true... it is also in part due to Taz's diet, a large portion of Icy Water Arctic Char. Yep folks no kidding, its brain food, and not just good for your coat. So Jon... look out at the next CHT race, the TAZ is definitely on her way:>:>:>:>:>


Thursday, December 06, 2007

It has been a tumultous month, but we have finally landed back in Haines Junction and are settling into our temporary home fairly well. We left Kamloops in a rush with just over two hours notice that there was a plane on it's way to pick up Heather and the Babies to transfer them to Whitehorse General Hospital. A minor panic ensued as we had to pick up car seats for the babies to be in on the plane. Fortunately we had searched out what we wanted for car seats the day before, so it wasn't a big problem other than the time crunch with a medevac jet on it's way. I was fortunate to be able to make it out of Kamloops that night and make the late flight to Whitehorse the same evening and was reunited with the rest of my family at about 1:15 am on Tuesday. A couple of days later our pediatrician told us we were ready to leave.... well maybe for him we were ready to leave!!! It was a bit of a daunting thought to be taking these two babies home to a place we didn't know and be all of a sudden...parents. Prior to this, Adelaide and Sarah had had constant monitoring, feeding and care regardless of our prescence. Nonetheless, we made our way hom eon Thursday and have been figuring things out as we go along. It is now a week since we came home and with the assistance of friends, family and the local nursing station staff, we are making our way through parenting 101 with reasonable success. Sarah and Adelaide are now more than a pound heavier than their birth weight, so we seem to have the feeding part of things sorted out for now. We are learning to do things a bit more efficiently each day and the fine art of napping is becoming an imperative to us. We have a great deal to be thankfull for, healthy babies, a supportive family and friends and a community that is very excited about these two babies. I can't thank everyone who has helped us enough and when Heather asked what we could possibly do to thank people appropriately, the only answer that I could think of was..." be the best parents that we can so that hese girls are a positive addition to this community". I can't upload pictures from home, but I will do so at first oppurtunity.

Cheers for now.