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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Like many folks around the world, we’re pretty baffled by all that’s happening. In some ways, life hasn’t changed. We start every day by feeding the dogs, scooping the yard, feeding the reindeer. We end every day in the same way. We exercise the dogs, play with the puppies, and train the reindeer. We haul firewood to heat our cabins and enjoy the longer and longer days (13 hours and 28 mintues)! We mush the dogs to the post office to pick up the mail and chip away at projects around the kennel. People tell us we need to socially distance ourselves, and we change very little in our daily lives.

Then we open up social media and BAM! The world is in chaos. Our tourism season has ended. We must stay at home due to a statewide mandate to shelter in place. We feel the same pressures as everyone else. Will we have jobs? Will dog food still be accessible? Is it safe to go into town? Realistically, we’re very fortunate about our situation. We’re healthy. Derek has a job in firefighting. We have plenty of dog food. We have regular Zoom and Facetime dates with friends and family. Whenever I begin to pity myself, I remember all the healthcare workers putting in overtime to curb this...


Like many folks around the world, we’re pretty baffled by all that’s happening. In some ways, life hasn’t changed. We start every day by feeding the dogs, scooping the yard, feeding the reindeer. We end every day in the same way. We exercise the dogs, play with the puppies, and train the reindeer. We haul firewood to heat our cabins and enjoy the longer and longer days (13 hours and 28 mintues)! We mush the dogs to the post office to pick up the mail and chip away at projects around the kennel. People tell us we need to socially distance ourselves, and we change very little in our daily lives.

Then we open up social media and BAM! The world is in chaos. Our tourism season has ended. We must stay at home due to a statewide mandate to shelter in place. We feel the same pressures as everyone else. Will we have jobs? Will dog food still be accessible? Is it safe to go into town? Realistically, we’re very fortunate about our situation. We’re healthy. Derek has a job in firefighting. We have plenty of dog food. We have regular Zoom and Facetime dates with friends and family. Whenever I begin to pity myself, I remember all the healthcare workers putting in overtime to curb this pandemic, potentially exposing themselves to the virus. So in an effort to say thank you (and distract everyone else from their anxieties) I’m going to try to post more blog updates with fun things: reindeer tricks, puppy videos, dog runs, training videos. If there’s anything in particular you’d like to see, send us an email or respond in the comments. (Also, I recently mailed all Yukon Quest tags to the dog sponsors whose dogs raced. Keep an eye on the mail!)

Here’s a video taken yesterday of Fox, Fly, and Spitfire. They are getting sassy! Fly is definitely the sassiest at the moment. She barks at the big dogs and likes to terrorize her brothers. Spitfire is adventurous. He enjoys exploring behind the couches and searching out every nook and cranny. Fox is adorable and rather lazy. If Kalyn or I want a dog to cuddle with, he’s the one we grab. He loves to sleep.

Puppy Pile!

Puppy Pile!

Fox tapping a sun nap.

Fox tapping a sun nap.

Cartel, Sasha, and Jezzy just chillin.

Cartel, Sasha, and Jezzy just chillin.

The reindeer have been a real pleasure to work with. They’re goofy and fun, and make it very clear they only like to do tricks for food. Pilot enjoys rearing up. He just starts jumping around, even when not prompted. Sailor is lazy and prefers to keep all four feet firmly on the ground. He’s best at “giving kisses.” After my second slobbery reindeer kiss, I wonder if this is actually a good trick to teach them or not.

Pilot rearing for the target (the purple tennis ball).

Pilot rearing for the target (the purple tennis ball).

We’ve been using the clicker training method, much the same way people train dogs and horses. We’ve been focusing on targeting, meaning the touch a particular target with their nose. We started with our hands as targets and now use a purple tennis ball on a stick.

Sailor making a silly face.

Sailor making a silly face.

Sailor has recently dropped his antlers. Both female and male caribou and reindeer have antlers. Typically mature bulls drop their antlers in the winter. Females drop them after they give birth in the spring, and calves drop them sometime in the spring. That being said, these are just guidelines, and it’s not uncommon to find a reindeer not following the rules of antler shedding.

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We heat all the cabins (our home, Stormy Cabin where Kalyn and Saeward live, and Lakefront Cabin where Tom lived) with wood. Wood puts off an intense, dry heat. One of the biggest chores in winter is firewood collection. We scour the surrounding land for standing dead trees. Dead trees are exceptionally dry and burn the cleanest. Typically, we haul the firewood back by snowmachine. Sasha LOVES getting firewood and sprints ahead of the snowmachine. This is one of her favorite chores.

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Derek and I flew out for a weekend camping trip and some social distancing! We harvested a caribou during the trip as well.

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We flew out to the campsite and crossed over Rosebud Summit (one of the summits on the Yukon Quest) along the way. The day we flew it was clear and beautiful, but can you imagine mushing along the summit during a windstorm? Talk about exposed!

And the final video, a little bit of trail breaking down the Chena River.


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