Monday, 1 September 2014

2014-15 Season is underway!

First Harness Run of the season: 8th August 2014! The dogs are fired up and full of testosterone, yearlings join the main race team and puppies are harness broken. Early mornings or late nights are now cool enough for training. The dogs have been free running all summer, so we start off with very short 5 mile trips, to let them loosen up and focusing on strength training.


Friday, 22 August 2014

Derby's Puppies

DERBY'S PUPPIES.
Polar, North and Arctic!

Third time lucky! Derby loves puppies and always tries to mother and play with the litters from other females, now finally after two previous breeding attempts she's found her perfect match and got her own 3 wonderful puppies.

 
Derby is my best lead dog and was the first Alaskan Husky I bought in 2011. Leading the team to our first finish at the Polardog Race 100km in February 2012 and being my main leader in every big race the team has finished since; the 2013 Femund 400 & Finnmark 500 and 2014 Femund 600. Derby led us over the mountain range from Skoganvare to Levajok, through the night blizzard in Finnmark 2013, when many other top mushers got lost or had to travel with other mushers. While Toivo can "feel" the trail underfoot, Derby is an awesome marker follower at night. I couldn't see to the front of my sled most of the way, but all I had to do was swing my headlamp beam back & forth and wait for the jerk forward as Derby picked out the reflex marker out and aimed the team for it, sure enough, a minute later and my elbow would brush the marker as we passed it.



Colvil is the father. He comes from John Baker's kennel (Summit x River) both from Baker's record setting 2011 winning Iditarod team. Colvil is a huge dog, weighing in at 35kg, naturally he is the most powerful dog in the kennel, but he is also fast and agile, at just 2 years old, he is showing off his Iditarod Champion parentage.

3 Pups: 1 male & 2 females - follow them growing up!

Pup1) Black & White Female (Arctic)

Pup 2) Black Male (Polar)

Pup 3) Grey & White Female (North)

Eyes open & a Good Morning from the little guy!

UPDATE
As both parents come from
The Arctic; Derby from Arctic Sweden and Colvil from Arctic Alaska, we decided the pups would be known as:
"The Arctic Litter"
Their names are: Polar, North and Arctic!

All 3 are doing great, big strong bouncy puppies, full of full and enthusiasm, very social and love to cuddle and play.
They are currently 15 weeks old and still living with mum; although she self-weaned then several weeks ago and has been training with the race team several hours a day. The pups have been on meat ever since, obviously it is doing fantastic as these "little guys" are huge: all weighing in at 12kg.



Monday, 11 August 2014

Summer jobs at MAD Kennel

Summertime means good RnR for the dogs; free running, swimming, playing football & sunbathing.
But for every professional sled dog kennel, this is the time of year that the humans prepared the kennel for the winter. Back to the UK appealing to possible sponsors, purchasing and driving a 'new' truck back to Norway and full time jobs with plenty of overtime to bring money in, kennel maintenance, fence building, dog houses disinfected & revamped, kit & sled repairs, dog care: medicals, massage, physio, teething brushing, personal fitness training and of course loads of time socialising & exercising puppies…and much much more!

After surgery on both legs, Mel needed to rest for at least a few of the 8-10 weeks she was ordered by the Doctor too. Rest not really being compatible with her hyperactive nature, so jobs were split up to keep her off her feet as much as possible!




Monday, 26 May 2014

Quiet moments in the dog yard - Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY by MEL ANDREWS: all rights reserved.

Ordered to rest my legs after the surgery; time for some photography!

Houdini

Sarek

Merlin

Kirk

Colvil

Daim

Myra

Eddie

Houdini

Summit













Friday, 25 April 2014

Sledding on NO Snow!

Time is running out!! The hot spring sun has melted the snow from the mountain summits. Not ideal for my race sled to be bouncing across, but having watched this years "Dry-ditarod", maybe we need more of this sort of training?



The white stuff might be gone from the tops, but after a very windy winter, the summits were quite thinly covered, the wind having blown all the powder down into the trees & valleys, creating over 2m thick snow, so we'll still be on the sleds for a few more weeks to come!




Monday, 14 April 2014

Army's 7 Puppies

Army's 7 Puppies: The "Magazine Litter" - April 2014
Males: Playboy, Nuts & Kerrang
Females: Vogue, Cosmo, Indie & Tgo

Shortly after birth

UPDATE:

At 6 weeks

At 8 weeks:
Left to right: Vogue, Army(mother), Tgo, Playboy, Nuts(background), Cosmo, Kerrang, Indie

At 10 weeks: Playing at the lake: Nuts, Kerrang & Cosmo behind




Friday, 7 February 2014

1st BRIT to Finish the World's Biggest Race: The Femund Race! - 600km - 12 dogs - February 2014

1st BRIT to Finish the World's Biggest Race: The Femund Race! - 600km - 12 dogs - February 2014




THE START - ROROS - OFF THEY GOOO...

INTO DREVSJO



ENROUTE: TYNSET1 to GRIMSBU 1

ARRIVING IN GRIMSBU-1




ENROUTE: GRIMSBU 1 TO GRIMSBU 2



INTO GRIMSBU 2









INTO TYNSET-2 with 12-happy & healthy dogs!





BLOWING THROUGH THE LAST CHECK POINT - TOLGA



A SHORT REST, WATER & SNACK STOP ENROUTE TO ROROS


COMING INTO THE FINISH AT ROROS


1st BRIT to Finish The Femund Race 600km!!!



Massive hugs & congratulations to all the Dogs & the support Team!
Huge Thank you to our Sponsors, friends & followers for all your support!