Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Go- Kathy & Robert- Go "WORLD'S WOW"

I just wanted to wish my friends Robert and Kathy Kilbreath all the best at The IFSS World Championships in Daaquam Quebec on January 17 to the 24, 2009.
Kathy will be running in the 4 dog sprint event and the 2 dog skijoring class. I think they might be in the relay race as well but I am not sure about that. Click on the picture and you can really get a good look at katthy and the team coming out of the forest at Kortright

Good luck to you and your Siberian Huskies!!!!!
Feel free to leave them a comment on my blog and I will get it to them before the race.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What's The Difference

What's the difference between boys and girls.
Little girls want to be like their dad and boys want to steal their dad's truck to meet little girls.
(both are still in training).
Hope to have this picture of my daughter with her truck, sled and trailer on www.sleddogcentral.com/
I quess we'll see????????

Monday, November 03, 2008

Kortright Race Jan.31/Feb.01,2009

Well, I am going to put the Kortright Challenge on again this year.

Lets hope there is enough snow this year and at the right time so I can get the trail in.The race will be on Jan.31 and Feb.01,2009.
It will be the same trail as last year that no one got to run on except me -sorry.
It was a thing of beauty. Very similar route to the 2007 trail but smoothed out even more.

Jim Rossiter ran 6 hounds on this trail on the Sunday and Sean Burns ran 4 hounds on it the year before.It is a 4 mille loop trail. The only loop part about it is that it has no head on passing.
There will be two classes- 4 dog and 3 dog- same as before. Beginners can run on the 1 mlie loop at the end of the two races.
I haven't heard from my marshall yet but it's early. I need two timers so I will be looking for some volunteers.
Well that's all I can think of right now so I'll let you know as we go.
Keep your eyes on the trail.

Q:What are the commands you may need to know for the Kortright Trail???
A:Gee- Gee- Haw- Haw- Gee- gee- haw -gee- gee- haw -easy now- haw- gee -gee- on by
up-lets go-(two miles to go) haw- haw- easy-easy now-truck- truck- Good girls .
Exercise: now for any of you that have run this trail before think about the start line and follow my commands in your head. Did you make it to the finish line.
(When I ran Jim's hounds around I think I just said oh shit a few times).

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Fall is in the air

Geronimo can smell the cool air of fall moving in. The dogs are in perfect weight to start training.
Weather is expected to be +20 for Thanks Giving so I'll hang in there.
Sasha is 7 turning 8 in 2009 so it's time those pups learn to run lead.
Cochise is showing promise as a lead and she has submitted to Sasha so they do need to fiqure that out. Best thing to do would get both those pups running lead and bum a few more dogs at the race. Take the pressure off sasha.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

So, it's my birthday?? I feel like I did yesterday.

In my own opinion, I'm feeling 25- looking 29- skating like I'm 18 and walking the next day like I'm 69. That old knee has taking some abuse over the years (skating and sledding-not the golf though!). Uwe Kruppe did say sledding was a non strenuous sport. NHL didn't agree with him nor did my knee.
I do think my mid area is looking 43.

Hoping my young pups can drag me around with some direction from Sasha so that I don't have to run too much this year (thinking of that final uphill at Kortright!!??).
I remember racing at Copeland forest, thinking I was doing pretty well. I was working my tail off and then Tom Illiffe passed me in the catchers position smoking a cigar. I chased him for about 200 yards before he and his team were out of site. In better times I remember passing Jason Miller with 3 show dogs and shelby. I was running on foot, full out until my sled caught up to me and I jumped on-Fly bye technique. My worst moment was running up the hill at Trillium Trails at the Canadian Championships in Port Perry. I was so tired that when it was time to head down the hill I could hardly keep the sled straight.
Anyways out for wings,beer and cake tonight. It shouldn't affect me especially on this day.

Thanks to Robert and Kathy Kilbreath for the pictures. This is Kathy at Haliburton (FLYING)and a picture of their newest members. I might need to borrow a few dogs from you if you keep this up.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Happy Canada Day 2008

Well, I hope everyone had a good day on Canada Day.

The kids had fun down at The Bronte Canada Festival. Sliding, jumping, flags, ice cream and tons of people. Then we came home and decorated our house. How Canadian, dog sleds and flags. Here is Natalie and Matthew getting a ride from Yuke and Blacky.

Later, I had a few beers"what else on Canada Day, eh" with Curtis sitting on the front lawn in the dog sleds. Even a biker driving by had to take a second look. I'm sure he wasn't use to not being the main attraction (double negitive thing). Curtis's wife Venessa took this picture of us from across the street (didn't want to be seen with us-just kiddn).

I need some new pictures of my dogs on the blog-They are really maturing into the racing machiens cheins I thought they would.

If you would like to have your team on the blog email pictures and info/names to dogsleddn@hotmail.com for July's blog post

Aug. 2008 will be licence plate month email me pics of any interesting dog sledding related plates.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Gas prices gone to the dogs

Well with the price of gas these days I had to come up with a new plan for the PT Cruizer. The hitch is in the front now. This will save me thousands. Glad I never bought that Duelly. I would of needed a few more dogs.
All the snow has finally melted and I guess it's time to get the clubs out. 21 degrees on Friday.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

In Like A LION

Well, Wednesday a storm came through and it was starting to melt. Great for snowmen and forts.
Saturday night over 18 inches had to of fallen and left us with a beautiful sparkling morning. I had to shovel twice on Saturday and once on Sunday. After shovelling the banks are now 3-4 feet high. Staying positive though. Pt Cruiser in deep.
Lets hope it doesn't melt to fast and flood us out. March break for the kids always fun with 2 feet of snow.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Kortright Race CANCELLED

Well the snow really came too late to get this this race off the ground so to say... Even if we get all the snow expected there is no time to cut a trail in time for Saturday. At this time in the storm I can't even get to Kortright. That's not even the real problem. The melting of the December snow and the warm weather of last week has caused the stream at the bottom of my trail to melt. I checked with Kortright this morning to see if we could get around that bridge with the snowmobile and we CANNOT. That ended any chance of running this weekend. Hopefully a fun run in the future if people are interested. I'll watch the weather and check the trail. We could throw a fun race together possibley.
Sorry, I felt I could put something together even for fun but it won't work out.
from the horses mouth.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A light dusting -No way near.

Well some snow has fallen. I almost shoveled my driveway but didn't feel that the little amount that was there was worth my attention. I spoke with Kortright as they are a little more north than me and they were excited with the snow. It is no way enough to even think about a racing trail.
I would run there but I have run at York Regional forest after a cm had fallen, enough to cover the sand. We need wayyyy more.
The girls were happy to see it but wasn't enough for a lap around the block.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Oh No!!!! +14 degrees.

That is some nasty dog sledding weather here in Burlington and Southern Ontario (plus 14).
It is getting cooler but the damage is done.
We are down to the grass/mud.
Not a flake in site. Son of a gun!!!!
I'll keep you posted on the Kortright trail.

Heading in for some indoor winter sports I guess?????