Tag Archives: Iron Paws

Iron Paws Wrap Up

Well my first Iron Paws has come to an end.  We did pretty good considering we got very few points over the last two weeks because of the damn polar vortex.  Overall we finished 75th out of 296. In the 2 dog sled category we finished 7th overall.  The Edmonton Regional Group finished 12th overall and Team Spirit came in tied for 2nd place in our region.  It was great to meet so many people in our area that love to get outside and play with their dogs.  I definitely plan on doing another Iron Paws.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Brodie, Iron Paws, Kick Sledding, Spirit

Polar Vortex sucks!!!

It has been almost 2 weeks since the dogs have been able to go outside for anything more than a potty break or a brisk 1km sprint. I can’t remember the last time we had such an extended cold spell. And the wind makes it even worse. Sadly we recorded no mileage or points for the final week of Iron Paws. It looks like there might be a slow improvement in temps coming in the next week.

Finally got the dogs out for a quick off leash run. They were so happy to stretch their legs and run free.

Because of the cold, I am falling behind in my training for the 1/2 corked marathon. I forced myself to bundle up and head out for a brisk 4km this morning. The temp with the windchill was close to -40.

1 Comment

Filed under Brodie, Iron Paws, Spirit

National Sled Dog Day

February 2nd is National Sled Dog Day. Unfortunately it is way to cold today to go for a kicksled run (-33C with the wind chill) so I have to use pictures from a couple of weeks ago. I played with a few filters to jazz them up a bit.

2 Comments

Filed under Brodie, Iron Paws, Kick Sledding, Spirit

Iron Paws Week 5 Challenge

This week’s Howladays challenge is to show you and your dogs relaxing and enjoying a movie together. Unfortunately it is hard to fit all three of us on our love seat but we tried.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Brodie, Iron Paws, Spirit, Uncategorized

Iron Paws Week 4

This week’s Howladays challenge is a little different.  It says  “Stage 4: Heroes week. Feel free to interpret this however suits your fancy, and don’t forget to share your vision.”  I am not sure that hero is the right word but these dogs are my world.  They mean everything to me.  Before Brodie and Spirit I had never done any dog sports.  Now our lives revolve around driving to various classes, practices and trials.  They make sure that I get out and about every single day.  They give so much but ask for so little in return.  They may not be “heroes” in the traditional sense but they are my heroes.

1 Comment

Filed under Brodie, Iron Paws, Spirit, Uncategorized

Iron Paws Week 3 Challenge

Since our crash on Sunday I have not been able to do much and now it is getting very cold (-20C and even colder in the evenings) so I doesn’t look like we will get much if any sledding or canicross in this week.  But we rocked this week’s challenge.  We had to take pictures of our team catching popcorn….now this is our kind of challenge!!!

popcorn1popcorn4popcorn3popcorn2

 

2 Comments

Filed under Brodie, Iron Paws, Spirit

Wipeout(s)

Kicksledding this winter has been fun but painful.  I’ve had a few spectacular wipeouts.  First run of the season…I made it through the entire run without wiping out.  Got to the parking lot and the dogs took a sharp corner to get to Don and I ended up with one ski caught on a snow pile covering a curb and flipped on my right side. Don was so busy laughing and videoing that he forgot to catch the dogs and the sled as they ran by.

 

Today was my best wipeout ever.  We were 1/2 way through the 4km run at Blackfoot. During a steep downhill run, Spirit stopped to gobble up a frozen ‘poop-sicle” on the trail. The sled caught up to her and was going to hit her so I bailed. Got the tow rope and one of the sled skis tangled around my ankle as the dogs took off running again. Big boo boo and fat ankle. Hope this won’t end my Iron Paws season 💔😟 (and yes that is dog hair all over my socks….can’t vacuum with a boo boo right?! 😂). I am hoping that at least I can get some sympathy points…maybe some spoiling and extra attention from the skinny guy.  A girl can dream?!??!?

1 Comment

Filed under Brodie, Iron Paws, Kick Sledding, Spirit