Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Our Summer Doggie Island

Been on the Island for one week now with the pooches. Our 'playground' for this summer is on Douglas Island just across from Alaska's state capital- Do you know? Juneau. Bizarre city, feels more like the coast of Oregon or Washington. Diverse folks from all over the globe visit here each summer via the large cruise ships. It's a wonderful feeling to have the opportunity to put a smile on all of the curious faces that come out for a dog ride.
We are situated in a rainforest in between some mountains. (Our boss Robert Murphy and his friends have done an amazing job creating this wonderland over the last four months. Especially since this area just set records for snowfall, which they had to move large amounts of just to put a road in!) Though a bit muddy at present, our race course offers quite the rollercoaster effect. It's designed like a figure 8 so the dogs are offered the opportunity to run a different route every time. With fourteen pumped up northern beasts of beauty pulling in a frenzy most of the tourists can't help but laugh as we whiz back and forth around the hairpin turns. The pooches enjoy all of the attention, a great time for puppy/yearling training as well. Wild Bill has been driving me crazy having chewed three harnesses his 1st day. Eleven month old pups can be similar to teenagers, patience and love being the key to winning their hearts so they learn to respect you and behave to the best of their abilities.
The views are amazing, we have a river that runs adjacent to the kennel as well as a scenic ocean drive just minutes away. Hoping to do some travelling as well this summer- Sitka is tops on the list followed by the Taku river, Cordova, etc. Great crew working here. Looking forward to seeing Tamra's parents for a few weeks this fall, now only if I could ever get someone from my family to come. And when I say family, I mean all of you. Being apart of this amazing experience over the last decade has been unreal. Thanks for the support as our trail keeps winding uphill in search of even prettier vistas.
Enjoy the view, it's gorgeous from this area of the globe! Hugh


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