A couple of short videos of Mrs. Brewer and the dogs and myself and the dogs at Vern Halter's kennel. They wanted to play with us. What do you think would be the best part about being a sled dog? What would be the worst part?
In the afternoon we rode the bus to Vern Halter's Dream a Dream Dog Farm. He is a former Iditarod racer but now sponsors and supports other racers who use his dogs. This year he is running Cindy Abbott. She began the race last year for the first time but was unable to finish due to medical issues. What do you call it when a person begins the race and then cannot finish? Vern explained a lot of equipment and the process of getting ready for the race. I have video of this talk and will post it later. Afterwards we got to meet all his dogs. Java will be one of Cindy's lead dogs.
After our conference today we went on a field trip to artist Jon Van Zyle's lovely home and kennel. When we arrived, they took us to the dog yard and all 8 dogs were chained to their houses. Most were on top of their houses enjoying all the attention. Then they unleashed the dogs. They were so energetic and friendly.They loved being petted and loved on. We had lots of opportunities for great dog photos AND dog kisses. At one point Daddy found and caught a mouse and that brought a lot of excitement. Once we had our fill of dog love, we were invited into their home and Jon's studio. They served snacks and drinks. Among the snacks were dried salmon and reindeer sausage. Both were delicious, although I couldn't really tell that the sausage was different. We were allowed to look around at their home and Jon's art. They even had pieces for sale. Jon and his wife, Jona were such lovely hosts. One of the most interesting things in the home was a female walrus skull with tusks still attached. Do you know how to tell the difference between female walrus tusks and male tusks? Send me your guesses...
I am a first grade teacher and I am so excited to participate in this project with my colleagues.