Posted by: arcticpackseppalas | January 31, 2012

The Alaska blog(s)…..dogs, dogs and more dogs.

Other than going to Alaska to see the place and of course Peter and J, the main reason for going was to see dogs.  And I got to see a lot of them.   

When Peter and Joyce left here in 2009 they had less than 20 dogs.  Some of those I had only seen a handful of times here in the uk.  Others I knew well.  When I went to Alaska to visit they were up to 46!!!  Yes, 46 dogs!  Most of whom I had never met.  Wasn’t that going to be fun trying to remember all the new names and faces….  Facebook gets a mention here as I did get a bit of a head start on the names and faces through Peter’s pictures and when I arrived I would say I was up to speed with the all the dogs names in few days.  It was really wonderful to see all the old guys again and great to meet all the new guys.   A litter of Seppala puppies was the icing on the cake.   

Hello everyone!

 Along with the Gealach Mor guys I also got to meet a heap of other dogs from various kennels and even some  native Chukchi dogs !  It was great to finally meet TJ, Lindsey and all their lovely team.  The same goes for Tc, Dave and the Odaroloc gang.
One of the things I loved the most about Alaska was the fact there are so many dogs there.  It was really wonderful to hear kennels singing at all hours during the day or night whether it was due to feed time, hook up time or just singing for the sheer joy of it.   It was lovely to be surrounded by so many working sled dogs and even driving to Willow you would always see teams on the trails at the side of the highway.  Of course, coupled with all the lovely clean snow to run on it is a world away from running and keeping a kennel of dogs in the uk.    Although it is a lot of hard work living there, especially in the winter with all the shovelling, digging and clearing of snow you can’t help but fall in love with the place. 
Pictures of some of the dogs I met on my trip.

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