Kennel Club
Kennel Club #BanShockCollars campaign set to be won in England
The Kennel Club is delighted that, following a meeting with Rt Hon Michael Gove and Ross Thomson MP just last week, it is understood that a ban on both the sale and use of shock collars is to be announced across the UK shortly, following a consultation period on the terms of such a ban, including a total import ban and a possible amnesty.
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Five Hero Dogs
Five Hero Dogs Named as Finalists in hero dog awards
Judges from the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, have selected five inspiring finalists to go forward for the public vote, with the winner being announced in the Genting Arena at the Birmingham NEC on the final day of Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show, on Sunday 11th March. These five dog heroes are just some of the dogs celebrated at the show for the ways that they enrich our lives.
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New partner
The Kennel Club announce Purina PRO Plan as their new partner in pet nutrition
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to be working with Purina PRO Plan who share many of the same beliefs as the Kennel Club in terms of responsible dog breeding through the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme and the important role that our canine companions play in our society.
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Foreign Secretary backs call to ban
Foreign Secretary backs call to ban shock collars
In a video posted on Ross Thomson MP’s twitter account, the Foreign Secretary states: “I am absolutely shocked to discover that electric collars are being used on dogs as utensils of discipline and education. There are far better ways of training your dog. Just as you don’t need to cane children anymore, we’ve moved on from that – let’s move on from electric shock dog collars.”
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Kennel Club welcomes consultation
Kennel Club welcomes consultation on third-party puppy sale ban
The Kennel Club, whose own regulations explicitly ban the sale of puppies to third parties, has long called for an end to the sale of puppies in pet shops and by other third party retailers, as puppy farmers often use such outlets to sell their pups to unsuspecting members of the public who never see the terrible conditions that the pups were raised in.
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Say bonjour
Say bonjour to the UK’s newest pedigree dog – the Barbet
Following the ‘entente chaleureuse’ established between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron at last week’s summit in London, Anglo-French relations in the world of dogs also look set to become even more cordial after official recognition of an ancient French breed in the UK.
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Yukon Quest Vet Checks and Drop Bags

Immediately upon returning from Copper Basin, we jumped right into Yukon Quest preparation. Last Saturday, the drop bags were due. Today was the official day for vet checks! And in ONE WEEK, we’ll be hitting the trail in Whitehorse!

Drop Bags

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Completing drop bags for a 1000-mile race is cause for a big celebration. The first hurdle in long distance racing has been overcome! Like everything, practice makes perfect, so with this being our third start from Whitehorse, I do have an Excel Spreadsheet already generated with lists of what to pack for each checkpoint. Each drop bag is labeled with the name of the checkpoint, my last name, and Bag # ___ of ___. Some checkpoints only need 2-3 drop bags. Others like Pelly, where we’re about to take off on 200 unsupported miles require 6 or Dawson, 8. Items included in drop bags might include:

  • Dog food (Inukshuk 32/32, Inukshuk 30/25, Red Paw)- I like to have variety, although the main kibble is the Inukshuk 32/32, which means it has 32% fat and 32% protein.

  • Fish snacks, beef snacks, BLT snacks, liver snacks, chicken skins snacks, snacks, snacks, snacks!

  • Probiotics and...


Immediately upon returning from Copper Basin, we jumped right into Yukon Quest preparation. Last Saturday, the drop bags were due. Today was the official day for vet checks! And in ONE WEEK, we’ll be hitting the trail in Whitehorse!

Drop Bags

IMG_7508.JPG

Completing drop bags for a 1000-mile race is cause for a big celebration. The first hurdle in long distance racing has been overcome! Like everything, practice makes perfect, so with this being our third start from Whitehorse, I do have an Excel Spreadsheet already generated with lists of what to pack for each checkpoint. Each drop bag is labeled with the name of the checkpoint, my last name, and Bag # ___ of ___. Some checkpoints only need 2-3 drop bags. Others like Pelly, where we’re about to take off on 200 unsupported miles require 6 or Dawson, 8. Items included in drop bags might include:

  • Dog food (Inukshuk 32/32, Inukshuk 30/25, Red Paw)- I like to have variety, although the main kibble is the Inukshuk 32/32, which means it has 32% fat and 32% protein.

  • Fish snacks, beef snacks, BLT snacks, liver snacks, chicken skins snacks, snacks, snacks, snacks!

  • Probiotics and supplements

  • Dog Booties- sizes range from small (Fish, Perm, Katy) to medium (Wingman, Boone, Cooke) to large (Rucu, Goblin, Lefty)

Saeward’s creations

Saeward’s creations

  • Human Food- This is where I need to give a BIG SHOUT OUT and THANK YOU to Saeward! Saeward made all of my meals for both the Copper Basin and Yukon Quest. That’s 30 delicious, calorie-packed, vacuum and seam-sealed meals that I can soak in the boiling cooker pot water to make out on the trail. Shepard’s pie, enchilada casserole, pasole, canadian bacon and egg bake, and french toast are on the menu. She also threw some homemade cookies in for dessert. Thank you!

  • Human Gear- fresh socks, neck gaitor (made by another person who needs a thank you- Lynne Witte!), work gloves, hand and toe warmers

  • Resupply Vet Packs comprised of extra wrist wraps, vet wrap, Algyval oil, pink ointment, and handwarmers

  • Runner Plastic- just like ski wax, there are different colors of runner plastics for different conditions. Since we never know what the conditions will be like two weeks away, we send out a bit of everything.

  • Tosses- fleece blankets to make the dogs extra comfortable

The video below is of Kalyn explaining all the different kinds of snacks we send on the trail. Kalyn single-handedly cut ALL THE SNACKS for both our Copper Basin teams and the Yukon Quest. This is a huge task with lots of time standing in the cold next to the meat saw. A VERY BIG THANK YOU to Kalyn for keeping the dogs happy and fed!


Vet Checks

Prior to the race, we selected 16 dogs to be thoroughly examined by volunteer veterinarians to make sure they’re healthy and ready for a 1000-mile race. Specific items the vets looked for were range of motion, , weight, temperature, heart and lungs, and overall body condition.

Which 16 athletes were brought to the vet checks?!

Perm, Katy, Jana, Goblin, Lefty, Rucu, Supai, Uno,

Wingman, CJ, Fish, King Louie, Badger, Cooke, Boone, Wombat

I’ll be selecting the final 14 from this crew of 16.

Dr. Cole checking Rucu

Dr. Cole checking Rucu

Fish

Fish

A sample sheet of 4 of the 16 dogs examined.

A sample sheet of 4 of the 16 dogs examined.

In the midst of all this, we’re still of course training and preparing! In addition to training runs, the dogs occasionally have a free day to romp about and just be dogs. Kalyn snapped some great photos on her last walkabout with the crew.

Boone

Boone

Fish and King Louie

Fish and King Louie

Cooke

Cooke

Wingman

Wingman

Uno and Fenton

Uno and Fenton

Fenton

Fenton

Supai and Lefty

Supai and Lefty

View on a recent training run.

View on a recent training run.


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