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#1621283 - 11/28/09 03:15 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: white17]
piperniner Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: Alaska
A statement that everyone should take to heart - do it while you can.

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#1621290 - 11/28/09 03:20 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: piperniner]
Wolfwoman Offline
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Loc: Chickaloon, Alaska
A hearty agree here!!

White, i understand about having to be in shape to run dogs, but do you really? I follow the Iditarod every year and I tell you what, there are some HEFTY men and women on the backs of those sleds. Granted, there are some people that are hefty that are good physically, but there's been more than a couple that you can see that they are NOT in shape... how do they get thru the Iditarod?
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#1621342 - 11/28/09 03:51 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: Wolfwoman]
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"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 14581
Loc: McGrath, AK
You're talking about dogs and Iditarod dogs. Dogs as well trained as those are, are much easier to handle than the run of the mill dog team. Also, if you've got 10 or more dogs you don't have to work a lot. Also the trails are broken and relatively clear. The stress on the Iditarod is sleep deprivation.

Now take that same musher and put him behind 6 or 7 non-descript huskies that like to run, fight, and generally ignore the driver. Try breaking trail in 3 feet of snow or climbing a hill steep enough that you have to get off the runners. The dogs can move faster than you can, but you have to maintain a grip on that sled and keep up. You've got a string of different personalities out there and they all want to do something different.

Now throw a moose in the trail or a herd of caribou a few hundred yards in the distance. You better be sure you can stop them or at least manage to get through the trees without breaking the sled or yourself. Then add some darkness when these things happen.

Oh it's fun !

But it really is nice in bad situations. I recall one time it had warmed up while I was on one end of my line and a slough opened after I crossed it. Coming back home I had to cross that open water. Never could have done it with a snowmachine but my leader looked back at me and we decided to go for it. They were swimming and I was in water up to my chest but we got across. Home was 4 miles away.

Another time in a blizzard I could hardly see my leader (he was white). I just put my head down on my arms as I held on to the handle bar. Eventually we ended up in front of the cabin. I'd sure rather trust that dog than any GPS you can buy.

I was in a bit better shape back then but you have to start fresh every fall and it doesn't get easier.
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#1622100 - 11/28/09 09:17 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: white17]
Wolfwoman Offline
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Makes perfect sense to me... I think I best get my phat butt in shape!! lol Why are the Iditarod dogs trained so much better than any other? Just because of the stakes?

I am in the process of working a trade with someone for sled and dogs and I plan to have fun...lol

To be honest, I love the company of a dog better'n most people wink But that's me.
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#1622383 - 11/28/09 11:51 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: Wolfwoman]
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"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
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Loc: McGrath, AK
Originally Posted By: Wolfwoman
Makes perfect sense to me... I think I best get my phat butt in shape!! lol Why are the Iditarod dogs trained so much better than any other? Just because of the stakes?



More training and a lot of the bad habits like fighting have been bred out of them.
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#1625456 - 11/30/09 02:35 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: white17]
trunew Offline
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Registered: 10/09/08
Posts: 124
Loc: Homer, AK
Flew down to Seattle yesterday. Took a one day class that only really lasted about 3 hours and now getting ready to fly back home. 19 hours here is more than enough for me. Plus sign is that I'm on the clock for work until I get back.
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#1625953 - 11/30/09 06:01 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: trunew]
mtbadger Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 2293
Loc: Montana
Milk it Trunew...Those opportunities don't come everyday...lol
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#1626871 - 11/30/09 11:37 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: mtbadger]
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4645
Loc: NY
First snow of the season here. 2 inches on the ground .



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#1626947 - 12/01/09 03:04 AM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: canvasback]
dogmusher Offline
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Registered: 12/28/06
Posts: 95
Loc: Knik, Alaska
Dogs are a lot of fun. How much snow does Lake Louise have? I got my dog truck in the shop getting fixed and soon as that is fixed, I plan on heading to Wolverine Lodge and train out of there for a few days. You guys looking for dogs? I got lots, and lots of good ones if your interested. Good deals on them too, trade for some beaver meat. New York, I thought you was moving to Bethel? Your still there in New York?

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#1627034 - 12/01/09 05:42 AM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: dogmusher]
Pete in Frbks Offline
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Registered: 12/28/06
Posts: 2051
Loc: Fairbanks, Alaska
Ever notice how mushers only sell "good" dogs?

Then you ever wonder WHY they sell the "good" ones?

And does that mean they are keeping the ones with the slack tug lines.....?!!!!

Pete
(recovering musher)

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#1627189 - 12/01/09 08:08 AM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: Pete in Frbks]
dogmusher Offline
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Registered: 12/28/06
Posts: 95
Loc: Knik, Alaska
The dogs that I have for sell have won races and some even hold the record to halfway point of the knik 200 and have won the knik 200. Last year I finished second in the klondike 300 and third place finisher was lance Mackey, and I got a couple dogs that was in that team for sale. You think I only have a few good dogs(I have over 60 right now) ? "I want to know what you meant by what you have said. "



Edited by dogmusher (12/01/09 08:15 AM)

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#1627239 - 12/01/09 08:51 AM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: dogmusher]
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 14581
Loc: McGrath, AK
Easy easy, he was just kidding around Dogmusher.
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#1627411 - 12/01/09 11:48 AM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: white17]
Pittu Offline
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Registered: 11/09/07
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Loc: Alaska
FWIW, its pretty well known, at least in the circle of mushers i hang with, that Dogmusher and his extended family will part with GOOD dogs at fair prices...(and i know that Pete was kidding)

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#1627443 - 12/01/09 12:12 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: Pittu]
Wolfwoman Offline
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Registered: 05/11/07
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Loc: Chickaloon, Alaska
I don't want fast dogs, I want only good dogs that listen and will lay down and stay on command!! wink

Snow!! Lots of HEAVY WET snow this morning... about 8" or so.. and NOW it's freaking RAINING!!! YUK
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#1627448 - 12/01/09 12:15 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: Wolfwoman]
Pittu Offline
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Registered: 11/09/07
Posts: 895
Loc: Alaska
Not asking for much are we WW?? LOL!!

I heard on the radio that north of palmer was supposed to get 18-30" today!! That would be inconvenient to say the least Im sure...I hate getting that much snow at once!!

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#1627496 - 12/01/09 12:59 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: Pittu]
Wolfwoman Offline
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Registered: 05/11/07
Posts: 1773
Loc: Chickaloon, Alaska
Hey, I can hope can't I?

North of Chickaloon at Bonnie Lake area I heard there is 20+ inches of the wet heavy stuff. Power is also out.
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#1628025 - 12/01/09 05:36 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: Wolfwoman]
bearbait Offline
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Registered: 01/03/07
Posts: 1991
Loc: North Pole Alaska
"Ever notice how mushers only sell "good" dogs?

Then you ever wonder WHY they sell the "good" ones? "

This also applies to houndsmen.
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#1628044 - 12/01/09 05:44 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: bearbait]
Pittu Offline
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Registered: 11/09/07
Posts: 895
Loc: Alaska
I've bought a couple of "good" sled dogs over the years...

Good at eating, fighting and barking anyway..They're all good at something.. smile

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#1628089 - 12/01/09 05:56 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: Pittu]
Wolfwoman Offline
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Registered: 05/11/07
Posts: 1773
Loc: Chickaloon, Alaska
Oh man, they are ALL good at eating!! lol
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#1628863 - 12/01/09 09:42 PM Re: The Almighty Alaskan Thread #4 [Re: Wolfwoman]
Wolfwoman Offline
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This is what I did with that heavy WET NY snow today...lol

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