Saturday, January 30, 2010

Howard's Lot

Born on Valentine’s Day of 2007 this litter was a surprise. Howard, by all appearances is fixed so when Annabelle went into heat we placed her next to Howard. Annabelle’s petite frame didn’t show that she was an expectant mother, but one night during Rebecca’s chores Annabelle didn’t come out of her house. A quick inspection of Annabelle revealed 3 newborn surprises.

Quig learned everything he needed to know about being a dog from Rowdy. Eating habits, hugging, critical thinking, and a Rowdy’s good natured ways all rubbed off on Quigley. Eating and belly rubs rank at the top of Quigley’s list.

Position: swing, team

* Contender for the 2010 Iditarod team

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Twig is every bit Annabelle’s daughter. Petite, high strung and just wants to please. She enjoys passing time playing with Quigley.

Her first year on the team she watched as her mother ran in lead. During the 2008/2009 season she decided her place was also in lead. As AJ hooked up the team to go on a run, Twig stood in the lead position. Strong willed and determined, she refused to be put in any other position. She has run in lead alongside her mother, Annabelle every since.

According to AJ, Twig is Rebecca's canine equivalent. If Rebecca were a dog, she'd be Twig and vice versa.

Position: lead, swing, team

* Contender for the 2010 Iditarod team

Elim is a story all his own. Despite Rebecca’s attachment to the pup, Elim was placed in a wonderful home with another dog. Over the course of the year, the family with two little girls gave us periodic updates on our fury friend. After ten months of five mile runs that never seemed to tire Elim out, two surgeries to remove a broom, fishing line, and a garage door opener from his stomach we got a call asking if Elim might return to the kennel---Rebecca was more than happy to welcome him back home.

Elim adjusted to kennel life nicely. He ran a 200 mile race his first week back at the kennel with the expectation that he would most likely be dropped. Nope. Never tiring, the little guy was born to run.

Song: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Position: swing,team

* Contender for the 2010 Iditarod team

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