Mush…

A couple of weekends ago, our family was given the opportunity to go dog sledding!   It was Papa’s gift to our family for Christmas.   We weren’t sure exactly what to expect.

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When we woke up that morning, we had quite the snow storm hitting us and we were wondering if we would even make it out for the day.  Then a little bit after noon the clouds cleared out and sun started to shine!IMG_7247

It was about a 45 minute ride to the snow belt of Olney, MT.  Here’s the crew!

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Poor  boy, he had to get a bit of a nap in.

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Finally to our destination!!IMG_7261

Just a couple of the dogs.  They have about 150 sled dogs that get used daily during the season!  They were all very excited to be heading out so they were making lots of noise.

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This sign made me laugh!

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IMG_7268 They had 4 separate sleds out and ready to  go to accommodate us.  Each sled had 40 paw power!  The sleds were quite comfortable and included a heavy blanket and an elk hide to snuggle in.
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They’re off!

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Fun, fun, fun!!IMG_7303

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Happy dogs!

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Cute puppies!

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Hot chocolate and cookies after the trip!IMG_7326

One of the first sleds used here, hand-made!

We had such a fun time!  We could tell the dogs really loved their work.  The scenery was beautiful and it was a wonderful hour spent snuggled next to my hubby.

Thanks Papa for the wonderful time!

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Frank’s addiction…

Frank, our lovable Border Collie, whom is perhaps a bit OCD.  He spends everyday racing around the outsides of the pasture, just hoping to be put to work.  He could spend ALLLLL day long herding and circling and herding and circling sheep

and now his favorite thing to do is…

Frank keeping an eye on the ducks.

Crazy dog!

He has no interest in chasing them or eating them, just keeping them in a nice little bunch not too spread out.  He never gets too aggressive and seems to keep enough space between himself and his little herd to let them graze and do other duck things.

Checking out a lamb

Boy, oh boy is this fun!

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T is for Thor (Akbash Rescue)

And since I missed last weeks Alphabe-Thursday…. S is for Spay (and neuter) your pets.   Last week my son and I took a trip to another Icelandic Sheep breeders farm to pick up two more ewes and to exchange one of our rams for one her rams.  We also went to pick out a Pyrenees or Akbash guard dog.  You see Twila, bless her heart, picked up and found homes for over 30 Pyr/Akbash dogs.  A lady had picked up a couple Pyrs and Akbash dogs to protect her flock of sheep and was under the impression that only the alpha male and female would breed…well 30 puppies later she had a serious problem.  Most of these dogs had very little human contact, where thin and all sorts of problems.  Twila knew we had children so she picked out 3 of gentlest guys for us to look at and see if we would give one a try.

A scared Thor...

Twila had picked out 2 Akbash and a Pyrenees for us to look at.  She told us before we even saw the dogs she knew which one we would choose.  And she was right, this guy was scared but friendly from the get-go.  It was quite a sad and maddening thing to see these poor dogs quivering in fear.  We had quite a time trying to get him  from the stable where he was temporarily housed to the back of our pick-up, but with much patience and coaxing, Thor made it.

Isn't he just the saddest looking dog?

Twila and her crew saying their good-bye's.

The other passengers going home with us...

Now for a few pictures of our travels up to Twila’s.  Did I mention she lives many miles back on a single lane logging road, out in the middle of no-where, off-grid?  The last time we were up there we were certain we must be lost and were going to be pulling into some militia hide-out, in the middle of winter.  This time I felt a bit more confident about where we were heading but had to do the driving, which I hate doing.  The road was muddy and a bit slippery in place and very bumpy.  So bumpy in-fact we broke our rack and had to stop and repair it…

Sawyer doing a quick fix job.

Blackfoot, the ram we traded.

The side of the road. I was afraid we slide down.

The view of the mountains on the way back down.

We made it home very late that night, so we unloaded the ram and the ewes and left Thor in the back of the pick-up, safe and secure.  The next day we introduced him to Dugur and the ewes.  It wasn’t until he jumped out of the back and stood next to Dugur did I realize just how big Thor was..

Dugur with Thor

Dugur weighs in at 110 lbs,  not a small guy.  I have no idea what Thor weighs but he’s big!  Dugur and Thor had a few very minor altercations and seemed to settle into the role of Thor being the alpha with Dugur as his side-kick.  Thor was very relaxed around the sheep and the chickens, thank Heaven, we were unsure how he would be with the winged critters.

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Dolce Bacchus, the new handsome ram.

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Happiness at his new home!

Thor was pretty bashful the first couple of days, hiding out in the sheds.  But he is gradually warming up to us and is proving that these dogs are wonderful!  Such a testament to the breed.

Bambi, a moorit badgerface ewe. One of the new ewes.

The ewes are settling in well too!

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Thor waits for me by the gate, in the morning.  He loves to be scratched and loved on.  He jumps back and cowers  when the gate clanks or if you have a shovel or pitchfork.

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We’ve slowly introduced the kids to him and he seems really happy around them.

Tori and Thor

Please remember if you are looking to add a Pyrenees or Akbash to your family, consider adoption.  There are literally hundreds of these beautiful dogs in shelters across the nation waiting for homes.  Please look here…

National Great Pyrenees Rescue

and here…

Akbash Rescue

if you are considering a livestock guardian dog or a 4-legged friend.  And please spay or neuter your pets.

Happy boy...

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Nap Time

Imagine my surprise when I looked out my window and saw these two….

Iris and Dugur dog...

Yep, the dog and the horse taking a bit of a snooze in the afternoon sun!

It’s kind of funny how these two will pal around all day.

Iris will follow Dugur around and nuzzle him.

Iris, taking a break!

It is the first time I have seen Iris laying on the ground since we’ve had her.  I was a bit concerned thinking that she might be injured, but she was just fine and enjoying a the feel of the afternoon sun on her back.

Dugur, snoozing.

Crazy critters!

Soaking up the sun. 🙂

It was about a year ago that Dugur took a nap with the geese.  You can read about it here.  It is rather cute, how the geese just thought he was a wonderful spot to rest.

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