It's time for a late July update from all us here at Bacon's Acres' Kennel. We've had a warm summer so far here in Big Lake, the dog yard is nice and green and the dogs are stretching out in the warm summer weather.
Our puppies are growing at a rapid pace, and they're now going on long walks several times a day. Running through high grass and climbing up big mountains. Learning to listen to commands, and wait (not so) patiently for the "go" command, before running out of the puppy pen. It's impossible not to be walking smiling from ear to ear when being with these puppies. I am so excited for the winter to come, and being able to start to harness breaking these amazing athletes.
I (Markus) have been busy sharing my love for the dogs with lots of lovely tourists this summer, working up on the Punch Bowl Glacier doing dog sled rides, and talking about the history of the sled dogs and Iditarod. It is always very giving to share this sport with new and interested people. Kristin has been puppy trainer number 1 this summer, doing an amazing job with our up and coming stars.
The rain is pouring down outside the window here at the kennel today. There's a small fire going in the wood stove, and hot coffee in my mug. Should be a good day to put together some dog houses in the barn. On a day like this, it's easy to look forward to some colder temps. Winter is coming and I am very excited about it. No better way to start the day than with a cup of coffee and look at some photos from past camping trips on the runners.
Our goal for the next winter is to have Kristin qualify for the Iditarod. To do that, she needs to finish 2 races of 300 miles. I am planning to focus on the puppies this winter, and hopefully be able to go on some camping trips in the spring with them. I believe there is no better way to train the dogs, and get a good connection with them.