Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! We are sending tons of love and joy from Tagish Lake kennel to all of you. Thank you so much for your support and generosity.
Welcome to all the new sponsors and those that sponsored a dog! We have an exciting season ahead with a lot of adventure.
Today is a beautiful clear cold minus 40 day at Tagish Lake Kennel. We stay quiet in the cold weather, keep our animals warm and feed them lots of calories. They get a breakfast with chicken, chicken skins and Innukshuk dog food. Lunch is Red Paw with beef fat and dinner is a combination of meats, along with oil Red paw and Innukshuk dog food. There is no training in this cold of weather it is too dangerous for the animals and humans. The horses get extra oats in this weather free range on the hay and we fill up their warm water every couple of hours. Our chickens live in a very small well insulated building and stay warm with LED lights on all the time.
Today is a sad day at Tagish lake Kennel. Yesterday we had to say good bye to one of our old timers, Geisha. Geisha was loved by many and very dear to my heart. Geisha passed at 16 years old. She was an incredible athlete and as a 2 year old leader came 4th in the Iditarod in DeeDee Jonrowe’s team. She came to us from Dean Osmar and he sold her to me when she was 8 years old. She had many amazing kids some of the ones you will recognize are Wonder Woman, Bucca, Mai Tai, Caesar and now also has grandkids and one day great grand kids. Geisha ran my first Iditarod with me at 8 years old and showed me the ropes on the Iditarod. Thank you Geisha for giving so much to us here at the kennel you will forever live in our hearts!
December has been a busy training month. December also saw some crazy weather. Temperatures rose to plus 6 to 10, snow melted and we even had rain! Now our trails are crazy icy and we can only run small teams from our yard. Luckily we can train on the South Canol with bigger teams. Ed and I took a lot of camping trips with our racing team and spent a lot of time on the South Canol
Highway. Now it is cold we are giving the team time off to rest and recover. We are looking ahead to our upcoming races and making plans for the Yukon Quest and Iditarod.
Soon we will cut up over 1000 lbs of meat into small strips for our food drops and bag 1000s lbs of dry dog food. People food will be put in seal bags and frozen; all kinds of delicious high calorie meals and 4000 booties will be bundled and put into Ziplocs.
Our yearling and old timer team has been busy this December as well taking many visitors for rides. This season we have two guides working with us from Quebec, Vincent and Charlotte and Vincent’s partner Latissha is here as well to help with dog care.
The first race that is coming up is the Copper Basin 300 in Glenallen Alaska. This is usually a super tough 300 miles that can throw just about anything at you! We have seen open rivers, minus 50 plus 10 and so many different situations! It is a hard race but such great training for the Yukon Quest. This will start January 13th and you can follow us at http://www.cb300.com/ . We will carry spot trackers on our sled so you will be able to see where we are at all times!
Thank you so much for your continued support! Wishing you all an amazing New Year!
Michelle, Ed and the TLK Crew