Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Five years ago we brought home our first rescue. so afraid of life she stayed hidden in her dog house for well over a year. She left only when I sat on the ground, planted a foot on each side of the door and pulled her out to go out for walks and skijors. When she was out on the trail she'd crawl up into a treewell as far away from us as she could get and shake. She walked in back of us, as far as she could get, because feet made scarey sounds in the snow and they kicked rocks making even scarier noises. For several years Saint Nicki and I wondered out loud about her. but we knew if we let her go and gave up on her, she was gone for good, and she deserved better than that.

Christmas 3 years ago, her adrenal gland gave out. Too much fear. But that was the beginning of her sunrise. I guess she finally decided maybe, just maybe she could trust us. Since then she's never spent the night out in her dog house, hasn't wanted to.

Roll forward to this fall when she let me throw my arms around her for a hug. By now we've had her for 5 years and we were giving and getting our first hugs! Life is good. Until last night...when things got even better as you can see from the picture.

I am pretty sure I'd never gotten involved with rescue, volunteering at the local SPCA, and starting a malamute rescue group without Babe's assistance and her guiding light. Several phrases come to mind when I think about her, "you can only move as fast as the dog does" and "always stay with the dog, they won't let you down". There are plenty of people who've told both Saint Nicki and I what a wonderful job we've done. Maybe so, but I really think Babe was the guide. She was the one who led us onto better things. She's the one who started it all. We were lucky enough to have our eyes open and pay attention enough to follow.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Happy Howl-idays

Happy Howl-days and WooWoos to you! Our best wishes for a happy new year and healthy and prosperous year ahead.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Ski Club Skis

Once a month or so now, more often in the spring, we lead backcountry tours for the ski club. With winds approach 25 mph, cloudy skies but temps near freezing we headed up the South Fork of Eagle River. With days as short as they are, its nice to get out and enjoy the little daylight we have.

Looking up at Cantata Peak


Babe loves running free during the ski outings. A far cry from a year or 2 ago where she tried to get as far away from folks as possible. She now walks around them, taking handouts whenever they are offered.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Obligatory Skijor Picture

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Skijor the fundogs

With fresh snow and warm temperatures, what's a funhog to do? Skijor the fundogs!