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December 2009

December 31, 2009

Out With The Old, In With The New

Happy New Year!!   Dreaming of a 2010 filled with happiness and good health! “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  – Jeremiah 29:11

December 30, 2009

Puppy Paradise

Yesterday our friend, Mac , brought over a wonderful group of clients from Japan for some dog sledding and snowshoeing.  The puppies were a big hit! The pups of course, loved the attention, but after our company left, they nestled up in their favorite place…under the Christmas tree.  They’re going to be disappointed when it […]

December 29, 2009

Big Kids

If you’ve been wondering lately what Oskar, Red, and Grace have been up to, well, they’ve moved out to the “big dog” yard.  They each have their very own house and they’re still within reach so they can all play together.   They’re loving life with the big boys and girls.  Every time we hook up […]

December 28, 2009

Arctic Expedition is Drawing Near

Joe and the expedition team of about 25 of our malamutes will be heading to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in January to begin another Arctic Expedition.  This years expedition will be four months long.  For the first six weeks, Joe will be dog sledding alone with the team, but for the remainder of the […]

December 27, 2009

They Grow So Fast

Red and Melvin are enjoying our new snow!  As you can see, Red is a big boy.  He’s almost 6 months old and he outweighs Melvin.  Red weighs about 90 lbs.     And we’re having fun watching the puppies grow and learn.  Melvin loves them, even though he gets just a bit jealous sometimes.  He’s […]

December 25, 2009

Puppies’ First Christmas

We hope you all had a Merry Christmas and that Santa was good to you! Charlie was slow to wake up this morning.  He was so excited for Santa to come that he hardly slept last night.  I think he tried to catch Santa putting goodies in his stocking, but ol’ St. Nick is way […]

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.                                                                             –Luke 2:14 May your Christmas season be filled with the love and peace of Christ!

December 21, 2009

Happy Solstice!

Winters are cold and dark here in Alaska, so the solstice is always a very important turning point.  We took some of the dogs for a run to celebrate the sun.     Our statistics for today, according to Wunderground: Sunrise 11:00 am Sunset 2:39 pm Length of Day 3hrs. 39min., tomorrow will be 14 […]

December 19, 2009

The Stork Was Here

Angel and Kavik have three new bouncing baby girls!  Their eyes are now open and they’re starting to crawl around and play and eat meat like little champs.  Two of them are pure white, just like their mother, and the other pup looks more like dear ol’ dad. Angel                                                                          Kavik – – – […]

December 14, 2009

NZ Kiwis and AK Sourdoughs

This weekend we had a great visit with some welcome guests.  Lyne McFarlane, a geologist/biologist/musher friend of ours from New Zealand,  joined Joe and another woman from Colorado for an arctic expedition two winters ago.  She’s staying in Alaska over the winter, working at a kennel in Willow.  She and Joanne Klumb (Laughing Husky) came […]

December 13, 2009


Oskar, Red, Grace, and Melvin had fun romping around the yard yesterday.  They are getting so BIG.  They weigh 80 lbs. already and they’re only 5 months old!!  They are heavier than Melvin and he’s a grown-up.      The photo on the left was taken in late August when these guys were a month […]

December 12, 2009

Malamute of the Month – Bucko

Our Mal of the Month for December is Bucko!  Bucko is a youthful, happy-go-lucky type of guy. He enjoys the luxury of the couch, lots of hugs and kisses, and quite a few treats.  We have found over the years that the more a malamute is incorporated into regular family life, the better lead dog […]