Dog Blog Musher:
One of Those Mornings
I wake up to that sound that no musher wants to wake up to, the alarm of the kennel exploding with barking yapping and overall pandemonium. One of the dogs is probably running loose after it had a quick link unscrewed or a snap was scratched open. I turn on the light to see it is 5 am. I get dressed as fast as I can, so the dog can’t get in too much trouble. I put my headlight on my head, turn it on, and no light. After I fooled with the wiring, it comes on.
The dogs are worked into a frenzy. I cross the log walk bridge to the kennel. You don’t have to try and spot the loose dog because all the other dogs are looking at it. They love to tattle tale on each other. I see timid Timothy checking out all the ladies. Then I spot our most nervous and shy dog, running around loose, Peggy Sue. When she sees that I have spotted her, she runs into another dog’s house. I seize the opportunity and catch her while she is hiding inside the house. I put her in the dog trailer and walk Timothy back towards his house. He finally decides there are no available ladies, stops and stands there, waiting to get hooked back up. Sure enough his quick link unscrewed, so I tightened that back up with the pair of pliers. I get Peggy Sue out and see that a chain link on the runner line had worn through. I put a quick link on and put her back on the runner line.
Wow, what a way to start the day. I head back to the cabin and start the generator so I can get the coffee going for Lisa. I have the coffee already made when she comes downstairs. “Been a while since we had one of those mornings,” I tell her. I’m not sure if she heard me as she takes her first sip of the day. “Who was it?” she asks as she heads through the door to go check on the garden.
Boy, is she a keeper of what? Waking up to the noise in the kennel didn’t even bother her.
The morning air is cool. I’d better check the temperature, maybe we can get our first August training run in.