Monday, September 28, 2009
Rosemary got loose at the track the other day and ran down the trail. She didn’t even bat an eye when I called her name. I had 15 dogs out of a 19 dog team hooked to the quad. Finish hooking up the team and go after her, right? I grabbed Klinger and he had chewed through his harness. Find another harness; change them out, hook up Klinger. Grab the next dog, yell at Klinger. Hook up the next dog, yell at Klinger. Same process for the last two dogs (No I couldn’t leave them behind – they were my leaders…).
Start off down the two mile trail looking for Rosemary, who now had a 5 minute head start. After ½ hour Rosemary comes running up from behind us (we are doing laps on the 2 mile). She slides into position behind swing and runs with the team. I let them establish that pattern and after a few minutes call “whoa”. Rosemary slows, then runs between the leaders and continues down the trail. Call the team up and chase her, but running loose she easily outdistances us. I use the “gee-haw” trail to turn the team around and start running backwards on the trail. Almost an hour since she ran off, I see Rosemary coming down the trail towards us. Slam on the brakes. Jump off the quad. Grab Rosemary as she runs past. Hold her as she tries to keep going. Finally put her back into the team and finish the run.
Whew! Don’t you just love dogs.
Keep ‘em Northbound