Monday, March 17, 2008

Visit from a Very Helpful Cat....

This large yellow CAT came to visit this weekend.... and removed ALL the snow from the kennels! YAHOO!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Introducing the The Acceler8 Team

I thought I would introduce the dogs on the Acceler8 team.

The Acceler8 team is composed of:

Rainy - leader of a lifetime. Pure white dog, fearless, delicate, funny. She is famous for humming and kazooing, and being a good cuddler in the tent. She has had 2 litters of puppies and the pups are just awesome. Her pups here are: Pema, Java Bean, Bodhi and Bridget. Woody is also here, but hopefully travels to Scotland this April.
Twinkle - second leader of a lifetime! Gorgeous black and white dog with shiny coat, blue eyes and a precious heart that I guard for her. She has taught me a lot, and I hope I never let her down again. Our mutual trust is hard won and something I value. Sister to Pearl and Turbo.
Pema - Rainy's daughter. Good natured and happy, easy going. A delightful little menace, loves to run, will be a leader someday if I can get her off the left side of the trail. She likes to get zany haircuts from Tula.
Java Bean - Rainy's son. Happy and robust, faithful and extremely affectionate. (Ouch - likes to jump up and kiss you). He can run lead, but needs more confidence. He is also a show dog at times, we have fun together in the ring. He is a very good boy in the house... and often spends days at a time keeping his auntie Blanche company.
Hakka - This year Hakka ran on both teams, sometimes in the same day. He is a great dog, solid, strong, sweet, gentle, hard working, funny, smart smart smart. He is one of my favorite obedience dogs. He loves to be hugged. He is uncle to Pearl, Turbo and Twinkle.
Pearl - Pearl was off this season at times. We recently found out she has low thyroid. Now that she has started supplementation she is back to her perky, affectionate self. In harness she is usually invisible: so consistently hard working and well behaved she is not a worry. Her gait and movement are pretty at any speed. She is a very plain yet very pretty dog who has simply the sweetest temperament. She had a litter this summer, the Cinni Buns. We kept Boomer and Blossom.
Smudge - the wild thing. Smudgie is a great worker, can go as fast as you could ever want and pulls incredibly hard at any speed. He is very affectionate to people but has few dog friends. He is pretty funny, and has his own array of special gifts. We have been working on eye-brow wiggling on queue for a while now... He is grandson to our beautiful old retired dog Ranger, who lives in the house. His mother is Jeep who lives with Valerie down in Mass.
Tula - Tula is a smart cookie, a hard working and driven dog who can run lead and should do it more. She is great at obedience work and very intuitive around the kennel. She is something to look at, somewhat tall, very beautiful. She is a bit bossy around the kennel - I am never sure who starts the haircut thing with Pema...
Turbo - his gorgeous fluffy coat hides an insanely athletic build. He a hard worker and a well behaved boy. He is blind in one eye - and that was an adjustment for us all, but now you would never know it. He is happy and playful, affectionate and loyal.

Welcome to the Snowiest Winter in Ages....

We've had so much snow this year! Also some mild weather, lots of rain, but still, so much snow! More snow than we can manage in the kennel even with lots of help shovelling. We have had escaping pups and had to add to our fencing.
We've mushed loads of untracked snow also taken advantage of the pristine, freshly (obsessively) groomed Bridgewater trails. So that's a plus.

Above is a photo, taken by Jesse, from the house dog yard into the main kennel. The kennel now looks like some crazed nightmare of crooked fence posts, as we scabbed on extenders in order to hold up more fencing.
I just looked out the window by the way, and saw Turbo trying to get into the back deck. He had opened his kennel door and climbed over the hallway fence! We haven't raised the fences anywhere but the main play yard. I guess we better get on it! I had to rush out in my socks and get him! He is a fluffy love muffin and also an extremely hard worker in harness.

I'll be posting some photos of various adventures this winter, so come back soon!
xo Miss W and the pups

Photos of Snow Barking Brook Kennel