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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Expeditions

I apologize for the long radio silence! We’re back from our spring expeditions with lots of stories and photos to share!

Huge snowdrifts!

Huge snowdrifts!

One of our adventures was with a mother/daughter duo. We had last taken them on a trip when the daughter was a freshman in high school. Now she was graduating and selecting a college! It was a blast to catch up and learn about her senior year during the time of Covid. On their last expedition, we had traveled around the Chena River Valley. During one of the nights, we stayed on top of Trapline Mountain during a windstorm and ended up bringing all the dogs into a 19ft in diameter yurt! While it wasn’t a very restful night, the mother/daughter duo said it was a highlight of the trip. This time we would be traveling to the Denali Highway. And wouldn’t you know it, Mother Nature had something to say about this trip as well! The adventure was delayed due to record snowfall in Fairbanks, then we had two glorious days, which were followed by two days of exceptionally high winds. Reading the forecast (-50F with windchill, 30-35 mph gusts) I knew that those just weren’t conditions that one...


I apologize for the long radio silence! We’re back from our spring expeditions with lots of stories and photos to share!

Huge snowdrifts!

Huge snowdrifts!

One of our adventures was with a mother/daughter duo. We had last taken them on a trip when the daughter was a freshman in high school. Now she was graduating and selecting a college! It was a blast to catch up and learn about her senior year during the time of Covid. On their last expedition, we had traveled around the Chena River Valley. During one of the nights, we stayed on top of Trapline Mountain during a windstorm and ended up bringing all the dogs into a 19ft in diameter yurt! While it wasn’t a very restful night, the mother/daughter duo said it was a highlight of the trip. This time we would be traveling to the Denali Highway. And wouldn’t you know it, Mother Nature had something to say about this trip as well! The adventure was delayed due to record snowfall in Fairbanks, then we had two glorious days, which were followed by two days of exceptionally high winds. Reading the forecast (-50F with windchill, 30-35 mph gusts) I knew that those just weren’t conditions that one would call a vacation. Luckily, we were holed up at Alpine Creek Lodge, and they made room for us to stay an extra two days! Bonus! As we mushed out after the storm, we crossed drifts that were at least twelve feet high caused by the wind!

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All the photos in the above gallery were taken by Kalyn Holl Photography

At the very end of the season, we went on our annual arctic caribou hunt. This year, the crew was comprised of Kalyn (who you all know), May (good friend who has accompanied me on this hunt the past two years), Nick (my elder brother from Colorado), and Jessie (a new friend from Wyoming who owns a horsepacking outfit in the Wind River Mountains). Prior to this trip, my mom had actually spent more time with Jessie during the 2018 Yukon Quest when my mom was handling for the Ryno Team and Jessie was handling for Tim Pappas. In addition to the five humans, we had twenty six RK athletes going on the adventure: Goblin, Smoky, Thresher, Bert, Ernie, Tobin, Watson, Sherlock, Otis, Bull, Boone, Etta, Yoshi, Dolly, Scarpa, Faff, Mario, Rose, Wombat, Maple, Louie, Oryx, Wingman, Elmer, Bowser, and Avie (May’s dog). Basically we were a traveling circus.

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We spent five invigorating days exploring the Arctic, mushing in extreme conditions, and spotting caribou, wolves, and even muskox! Each day brought so much adventure, excitement, and unending thrills that as we left the Arctic to head south, we sighed in contentment thinking the adventures were over.

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Little did we know, the trailer tire had other plans. We’d been driving for hours and only had about 1.5 hours until home when I noticed a strange, dragging noise. I pulled to the shoulder of the road, hopped out of truck, and walked around to the trailer. “Uh oh….” I said. “We have a problem.”

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Yep, as you can see from the photo, we had a problem. The tire had completely disintegrated, and the rim had warped around the hub. Oops. Apparently we had been driving like that for awhile. Initially, I was pretty embarrassed that I hadn’t noticed the issue sooner; however, after talking to other people who have driven the Dalton Highway or other long dirt roads, I was reassured that I’m not the only one to have had this issue. Apparently it can be challenging to detect on a trailer.

As we stared in awe at the rim and hub, May exclaimed, “this calls for lipstick!” May had brought pink and red lipstick on the trip and insisted that we all wore lipstick throughout the day. Why? I have no idea, but since I haven’t worn lipstick since my senior prom, it was a fun ritual. With a fresh coat of lipstick on everyone (including Nick), we got to work. Jessie, Kalyn, and Nick began unloading the sleds from the trailer and reloading them onto the dog box of the truck. May ran back down the road to see if she could find the tire, which was a futile task. I stared at the hub, hoping for inspiration. “Well,” I said, “Let’s see if we can take the rim off. It only seems to be molded on a couple sides. Maybe we can wiggle the rim off.” I’m glad I couldn’t see the massive flaws in my plan, otherwise I would have written off the entire endeavor as hopeless. With a bottle jack, we lifted the trailer and began to take off the lugnuts. It was quite a struggle, but using two sets of hands on the tire iron, we managed to get them all off. I did a brief wiggle of the rim and realized that there was no way we could finagle the rim off the hub. “Perhaps a trucker has a metal sawzall in their truck?!” I said hopefully.

With a fresh coat of lipstick, May and Jessie began flagging down truckers. Most would quickly shake their head and speed away, until one truck pulled up behind us. The trucker popped his head out of the window and said, “I’ll come take a look.” Long story short, Sean (nicknamed Two Dog due to having a Labrador and Weimaraner on his first truck) took the entire hub off the trailer and spent almost three hours bashing on the rim, finally freeing the hub! At one point, there were four semis backed up around us, everyone chit-chatting and slowing down to ask Two Dog what was going on. He’d proudly hold up the warped rim, which always received a PHEW! Good Luck! from the passing trucker.

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A big thank you to Two Dog for getting us moving down the road! May asked if he would like a celebratory coat of lipstick, to which he said, “No thanks, but it makes sense why everyone has lipstick on now! Including Nick!” Ha! Nick was getting some strange looks from the truckers as they passed!

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We didn’t trust the trailer, so we loaded all 26 dogs, 5 humans, and 5 sleds into the truck! But for some reason, that felt like the perfect way to end such an incredible adventure. And yes, we did bring home some meat for the freezer too!

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