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Still winter here at Denali.

Greetings Race Fans!

Still winter here at Denali. Snow & icy. Anchorage is expecting 5 inches of snow today. Jason has a team of yearlings out on the Denali Hwy getting ready for the ’09 race season. We’re not letting the grass grow under our feet here!

Dog sales have been brisk – but some of the best are still here!

Check ‘em out! I’m off to Palm Springs with my daughter Ellen to check out a fine arts boarding school. By the time I get back next week I’m guessing the snow will be starting to melt quickly.

I wanted to answer a few of the questions that have come through on the blog…

-As for what does POTUS stand for? If I told you that I’d have to kill ya! Figure it out…!! 😉

-A couple comments about Lance’s dog Zorro. We hear he is home safe & sound in Fairbanks after being hit by a snowmachine near the finish of the Sweepstakes. There was a comment that possibly Zorro shouldn’t have been being carried, and that possibly Lance was acting irresponsibly by not stopping or something. I wasn’t there, but I know Lance well, and I also know that it’s not uncharacteristic to carry a dog that can’t keep up with the rest of the group. This does not imply that the dog is in any way uncomfortable, suffering, or such. It is way more humane to give a ride to a dog that can’t keep up, than encourage a dog to go faster when he can’t. I have no reason to believe Zorro was injured prior to being hit by a snowmachine, and have made the assumption the more likely reason was that he could not keep up with the speed that the balance of the team was capable of going.

-Salem is happily training yearlings with Cali. His littermate Houston will be going to his retirement home outside of Bend, Oregon. And Rumba has recently moved to Northern Sweden.

-The harnesses I used in this year’s races were modified PULKA harnesses from Howling Dog and made in the Czech Republic by ManMat. I love them, and clearly intend to continue using them. There are two things I like about them more than the distance harness I’ve been using: 1.) I can select one side or the other for the dog to stay on. This gives me an opportunity to influence pressure points on the dogs – it does not require me to remember which side of the tow line that the dog has been running on. It sounds insignificant when I say it and see it typed, but I cannot emphasize how much benefit I believe I have reaped for the dogs because of this. 2.) The harness pulls slightly further back and lower off the dogs body, producing and even straighter “tension line” from towline to far shoulder. It also is less prone to rubbing.

I will be attending a Cabela’s Grand Opening in Scarborough, Maine on May 24th & 25th. I’ll also be attending the California Iditarod Fan Club’s meeting (at my Mom’s house!) May 17th.

That’s all for now folks!

POTUS (haha)

**Check back soon for new & updated puppy pictures!!

Comments

  1. Jeff,
    Thanks for the reply on the harnesses…very, very interesting! So, when will ManMat be making them for the general public? Do you know if they will? You’re coming to Maine!!! I live in Maine! Way North of Scarborough but still…maybe I’ll venture down to the new Cabela’s :)))

  2. Jeff, I am so excited that you are coming to Maine for the opening of Cabela’s. We live one town over. I have been watching for info on the opening and hoping that you would be here. My husband and I both loved your book and will tell all my friends that they have to go meet you and buy a copy.

  3. DEAR POTUS:

    Glad to see that the Presdient and you have something in common! Do you do conference calls often? I guess you will have to have Salem sniff me out!!!

    Enjoy your time off before the cruise ship folks arrive!

    Can’t wait till next season. Keep blogging, it will help to make the time go quicker until the snow flies again!

  4. Thanks for the update. Winter seems to be hanging on everywhere, but we finally had a nice spring day today in Nebraska. Will you be coming to Nebraska or any neighboring states this year? I was hoping to meet you a few years back at the opening of the Omaha Cabelas, and I was disappointed when you weren’t able to make it.

  5. Hi Jeff,
    My sister who is a vet tech just returned from a greyhound racetrack and has a friend that has a couple on the track. Those dogs lack endurance BIG TIME. She feels it is because too much protein(raw) given compared to the amount of kibble given. I had given your book to read on her trip and she wondered if you would tell us the amount of meat to kibble that you feed your sled dogs?

  6. Jeff, Please keep blogging. You are living the life many of us dream of.
    Love the pictures too.
    Merry Christmas

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