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January 2010

January 28, 2010

How To Dress On An Arctic Expedition

Just picture it.  You’re on an isolated, rocky beach and the sun is shining.  The breeze picks up and in the distance you see a giant rolling wave making it’s way toward the shore.  As the wave crashes against the beach, it brings with it a screaming 80 mph gale.  You’re not in Hawaii, you’re […]

January 18, 2010

Comedy Night

Sonia and Daphne are mastering the fine art of the knock-knock joke.  They wanted to try their latest out on you! “Knock-knock!” “Who’s there?” “Howl!” “Howl who?” “Howl we ever grow big ears like Melvin?” “Hahahahahahah!”  They’re quite clever, no?

January 17, 2010

Tying the Knot

Daphne, Sonia, and Baby have really been “helping” Joe get some lines made for the upcoming dog sledding expedition.  As it turns out, they’re not very good at tying knots, so we had to keep them occupied and away from all the rope so we could work.  And nothing will keep a malamute puppy’s attention […]

January 14, 2010

Triple Threat

Melvin loves the puppies, but anyone who’s ever been a big brother knows how annoying little sisters can sometimes be. Sonia + Baby + Daphne = TRIPLE THREAT   Poor Melvin doesn’t stand a chance against three little sisters.  They were in his face all day… except for when they were playing with his tail. […]

January 13, 2010

Who’s Who?

It’s about time we name these little puppies, wouldn’t you say? They have each grown so much and their individuality is really starting to shine! Say “hello” to Sonia!  She’s a sassy one, that Sonia!  She’s the bossy big sister. And this is Daphne!  She’s a sweet pea, that’s for sure.  She likes to be […]

January 12, 2010

Dashing Through the Snow

The girls are learning how to break trail. They’re such good pups!  

January 10, 2010

A Different Kind of Skijoring

Skijoring with dogs in Alaska?  Sure.  Skijoring with reindeer in Alaska?  Not so much.  ;)  But it’s part of the festivities for Sami National Day in Tromso, Norway, 2009.  We found this video at ReindeerBlog.  We’ve never seen anything like it and wanted to share it with you. 

January 9, 2010

Do You Believe in Magic

The puppies’ morning started out fairly relaxed. But Melvin jump-started their day by showing them his amazing magic trick.  If he focuses on an object hard enough, like this biscuit, he can make it float in mid air. “Huh…how’d he do that?” Then the pups were ready to rumble!!!  And wrestle-mania began. These two gals […]

January 8, 2010

There’s a Black Dog Where?

So, in the previous post, we asked if you could see the black dog in this picture. Okay, maybe it’s a stretch, but we see a black dog right here…

January 8, 2010

Mysteries of the Arctic

This photo was taken by Joe several years ago in Alaska’s arctic at a place called Black Dog Creek.  As legend would have it, the geologist who named the creek called it Black Dog Creek because they had seen a black wolf there.  An alternative explanation for why this creek is dubbed “Black Dog” lies […]

January 6, 2010

Special Announcement

Happy Wednesday! We have made most of Joe’s  Mushing Magazine articles available on our website.  There are two types of articles: 1) feature articles, in which Joe shares his experiences from his arctic dog sledding expeditions, and 2) Arctic Traveler series articles, where Joe explains the ins-and-outs of training and working Alaskan Malamutes. Please click on the […]

January 5, 2010

Sibling Squabble

The pups were awfully playful yesterday.  They’re trying to establish “who’s the boss.”  “Get off my bed, you brat!” “Dream on, sister!  You ain’t gonna boss me around!" “Haha!  I win!” “No fair!” “Can’t we all just get along?”

January 2, 2010

Malamute of the Month – Savage

Little Savage is a husky/malamute mix who was born at Joe’s remote hunting camp in the arctic where he was living at the time.  It was a less-than-ideal situation; Savage was an orphaned pup and the only survivor of her litter.  Winter had just started and Joe and the team were about to head out […]

January 1, 2010

How To Feed A Dog Team

Happy 2010! A lot of people wonder how the heck we manage to feed 30-some sled dogs!  So, we decided to put together a little “how we do it” tutorial. Let’s face it, dog food isn’t cheap, especially for dogs who work hard and live in some of the coldest conditions.  On any given winter […]