Friday, January 04, 2008

There's a lead dog in her somewhere....

Tehya wants to be a lead dog; she's got the brains for it; she likes running out front; she likes being the boss. Unfortunately, she has a serious case of puppy brain still! I put her up front today for the first time on the sled. It did not go well. She wandered a bit and then repeatedly tried to turn around and play with the other dogs! Tangles are not a good thing ever; they are particularly bad when there isn't enough snow to set a hook! I suspect that Little Miss Thing knew I couldn't get off the sled to correct her and she took full advantage! Lead dog training for Tehya is suspended until further snowfall! She's a swing dog for now!

This was taken while crossing Mary Lake this morning, before Tehya's brain kicked into puppy gear again! Running into the sunrise was worth the frustrating run. After all, any day on the runners, even a bad one, is better than a great day just about anywhere else.

3 comments:

Holly said...

Tehya is such a cutie! I'm sure she will get it sooner or later. I envy you. I sure wish I could be a sled dog and take my humans out. Unfortunately, we're all too lazy and gimpy.

Holly

Carol said...

What a beautiful Yukon sunrise...definitely worth the hassle of getting the team out early...
Don't forget everyone and every dog has to learn a new routine. Give her time and like a baby one day you will realize"Hey, she did it right this time!"

Phred said...

Your arms are too short to *reach out and touch the troops*? ...
Couple suggestions:

1) Carry a super long Fly Fishing Pole (no hook or line needed).
When Fido goes astray - grab your trusty Pole and *BONK* onna headbone! *EEK* Like the Hand of GOD reaching down! Mind the Tip of the Rod - try to keep it from snagging passing trees.

2) Do they make BLANKS for Paint Ball Guns? Load your favorite Paint Ball shooter with clear "blanks" --- when Fido steps out of line ~ aim ~ FIRE ~ *SPLAT* ~ on the back of the head.
Fido is sure to know you're talkin to him/her!