Fall training is getting in to full swing. Finally seeing temps regularly below 50 degrees. I've heard a lot about other people's rules of heat, and when to not exercise dogs. Our rules are simple. No running dogs over 50 degrees, and only as far as the dogs look like they are dealing well with the humidity/heat index. The health and welfare of my dogs is paramount to me. They are my friends and companions, and as much as they would do for me, I would certainly do that and more for them! So what I look for is tongue lolling and flattening, head shaking, head drooping, slowing and slack tugs. Usually by this time I've either slowed way down or take a break. I do not want to get to the point my dogs are foaming or stumbling. If we have to stop and rest, it is time to turn around, or if we are on our way back, we stop and rest for a bit, then go slow. It is far more important to me that my dogs enjoy the run, and want to do it more than it is to go fast.
Being a recreational musher affords us this luxury, and even if we ever did go pro, I don't think I would change my attitude. It would just mean we get to have fun together more often and in larger teams.
As for the teams, they are fairly well settled for the upcoming Ohio race near the end of November. 4 dog rig will be Princess and Bucky in lead and Yukon and Cowboy in wheel. 2 dog scooter will be Ghost and Heimy. When we get to do some sledding, I'll probably sub in Heimy for Yukon, or use all six. Looking forward to this season and hoping we are able to make more races this year! Here are a couple of runs this year:
Ghost and Ace