Saturday, June 28, 2008

Back in the Saddle

TeamHumDog... Representing SoHum Mushers in the G.ville Rodeo Parade 2008. Pepper and Snoopy played the part of real mushing pups tied out to their rig. (in this case, a '92 Volvo wagon, in lieu of a properly tricked out Toyota 4x !)
The rodeo was a hoot. The day was hot and the crowd was festive. The dogs got to socialize and gain discipline around lots of different people, vehicles, (Harley Run was in town!) horses, other dogs, and even some mini donkeys. The donkeys were the closest to having a run in with the notorious Team HD. Go, Easy, Stop, Leave It, and On By were the main focus of our slow, 4 block adventure. They loved it, and we all hope to return again for the next parade in town. Hopefully a few more mushers will come out of the woods and join us!Pepper...Looking like she's moving, when she's standing still. Below, the still waters of our favorite redwood forest trail.
Why I Bikejor: Tired dogs are happy (and good!) dogs.
I am stoked to report I am back on the trail and loving it. I am taking it slow and must admit, I AM AFRAID! So I initiated a whole new set of rituals that I've added to the outset of our runs; it includes various prayers, affirmations, and outright bargaining with the Gods! "Please let me return alive." My knee injury sidetracked us but good, and it will be a while before we are up to our usual stunts and stellar mileage. In the meantime, I am loving the runs we have done, and am especially grateful to Humboldt Orthopedics, and specifically Ryan, and Dr. Shishido, who have given me superb care. Right now, the whole of inland Northern California is smothered in smoke. So we sadly, have had to curtail our activities yet again! SIDE NOTE: We did get to explore a great beach trail at Table Bluff. If you've not been out there, check it out! The area reminds me of Honeydew. To get there: Head west at Hookton Road for about 5 miles. It is coastal and beautiful. The beach is semi ridable, and there is also a pretty cool 4x trail that heads south out of the park. There is a picnic area, porta-potties, and lots of barely traveled, flat, paved roads as well. I wonder if it's smoky up north....See you on the trail! Oh, and please don't forget to check out my new YouTube videos.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Vital LINKS or Online (vicarious) Mushing

It has been so long since my last post! Anyway, what I have for you today is a collection of virtual mushing links. A wide variety of mushing specific information, experiences, and doggie what-not that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your ergonomic chair. It is an assembly of just some the many Bookmarks I've collected in my 8 WEEKS on the Disabled Musher's List!! Healing progresses... in the mean time, surf's up! So start clicking! The first three links are membership based organizations that support dog drivers and dog powered sports.
MUSH with PRIDE: "PRIDE stands for Providing Responsible Information on a Dog’s Environment. The relationship between sled dogs and humans is one of the oldest bonds of its kind."
International Federation of Sleddog Sports, Inc.: The next Korea Championship event is scheduled on or around November 2nd.... One of the new events is called "Cani-Walking," which is basically similar to Canicross. However, competitors do not run but walk....ISDRA Sled Dog Racing: "Fast, exciting, well trained sled dog teams are the result of careful behind the scenes planning and hard work....Team and driver develop a close, trusting relationship because of the amount of time they spend together." Sled Dog Central: Links to Other Mushing Sites: A very useful resource for the beginner or expert alike. This page features so many great dog powered links like: Bruce's Bikejoring Pages, Seattle, Washington, USA - Bikejoring, see what it is like to have dogs pull you on a bike.... and, DaphneWorks, Seattle, Washington, USA - Dog Scootering and more... Dude Dog Cartoons, Theresa Daily's hilarious cartoons about the misadventures of a sled dog named Everything Husky! Hundreds of links to information on all types of huskies...also, Expedition Samoyeds, San Jose, California, USA - Lots of information about dog sledding and backpacking with your sled dogs....In general this site is extremely useful, check it out!

Images above are from Sled Dog Central where you will find absolutely EVERYTHING about mushing, and lots of current news and updates on handlers, their dogs and the great world of dogs powered sports; and they have a Great Forum!!

DogSledExpress: Dogsled Adventure Rides in California! "Enjoy majestic views of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen, and Castle Crags aboard a dog sled powered by a beautiful and friendly team of highly trained canine athletes. " Pat Campbell Owner / Operator / Musher below...Awesome dog sled rides in SHASTA COUNTY; Dogsled Express is located between the Nordic Center and Mt. Shasta Ski Park on Ski Park Hwy. off Hwy. 89 just East of Mt. Shasta California. Take Hwy. 89 East off Interstate 5.
Mushing Boot Camp: "Mushing Boot Camp is a three day intensive clinic which offers you hours of hands on experience training your dogs with your equipment guided by experts Jamie Nelson and Ann Stead. You will gain hands on experience and build more confidence in yourself and your team. Mushing Boot Camp offers you a training base so that you can develop your own style (art). " Mushing Boot Camp is held in MN, ME, and CO. Images above and below from Mushing Boot Camp. Very cool scooter crew in WA. "We are a group of people who love our dogs. We love to hop on our scooters (or bikes or sulkies or carts or...) and head to the hills pulled by our eager dogs. Some of us love to go fast and far. Others like to trot along and smell the flowers. Our club sponsors events such as our once a month fun runs where we meet on a weekend morning and scooter (or bike) with our dogs from 3 to 10 miles." Site also features an awesome collection of WA area trails. Paw from K9ScootersNW!
N O R D K Y N O U F I T T E R S: "The Complete Source for Mushing, Skijoring, Weight-Pulling, Carting, and Packing Equipment." These folks have the gear and info for, Skijoring : Skijoring is a fast-growing sport that allows you to enjoy winter activities with just one or two dogs. .....Sledding and Carting: To get started, try training your dog on foot. With your dog on a leash, teach the commands, "hike", "whoa", "gee" (right), "haw" (left), and "on by." You can then put a new dog with some already-trained dogs....also pulling and backpacking with your dog.
Carting with Your Dog: "The site is currently undergoing a revamp, or possible teardown, pending clarification of some issues regarding the discussion of Dog Works equipment.."From an old link, you will find a super list of Dog Powered Sports Gear Venders HERE...Images above and below from
Dog News: weird, inspiring dog tales: What more can you say? "Here's a free random quotes database I've been squirreling away for the past year. Every time I see a worthy dog or animal quote, I stash it here":My random dog quotes Plus there are endless dog links in addition to these: Permalink: Dog Quotes , Dog Quotations, Dog Sayings - Famous Quotes and | Great Dog Quotes | Welcome to DogQuotes.Com Home of Dog Quotes , Dog Proverbs, Dog | Dog Quotes . Welcome to DogQuotes.Com. Home of Dog Quotes , Dog | The Puppy Place: Dog Quotations | Dog Quotes | Dog quotes | Dog Quotes | Dog Quotes | Wag The Dog QuotesDog Quotes : Another odd mix of dog related poetry, proverbs, sayings and quotes like: "Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies." - Gene Hill and, "The more people I meet the more I like my dog." - Unknown. I wish they had a daily feed...

And finally, NEED A JOB??? "Canine Sports Massage Therapy is the therapeutic application of hands-on deep tissue techniques to the voluntary muscle system - for the purpose of increasing circulation, reducing muscle spasms, relieving tension, enhancing muscle tone, promoting healing and increasing range of motion in all breeds of dogs." Image below is from Canine Massage Therapist (CMT) Certification Program. It features Timmy and Emily. They look like willing test subjects in the canine massage department!!!