BrownStone Chinooks is devoted to fostering the excellent health and wonderful temperament of Chinook dogs. Hard-working Chinooks excel in many activities such as agility, obedience, back yard play, hiking, dog powered sports, search and rescue, and as service dogs. The affectionate Chinook is an excellent family dog matching its activity level to that of its companions - be it strenuous exercise or snuggling on the couch.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

BrownStone Iditarod Litter 7th (Belated) Birthday

This post actually was started March 14, 2017. Happy 7th Birthday tot he BrownStone Iditarod Litter - Willow, Takotna (Muku), Kaltag, Koyuk, Elim (River) and Nome. The Iditarod racers are celebrating their namesake litter onthe trail with 31 teams not yet to Kaltag; 12 in Kaltag; 13 in Koyuk; 13 in Elim and Mitch Seavey leading 5 other teams closing in on Nome.
Koyuk got to host a birthday celebration with Trask's advanced obedience class.
She came bearing treats and dressed in the Party Pooch scarf.  Koyuk loves to work with me so it was a treat for me too as she was the star pupil.
 Later we did the obligatory Vineman Birthday pose.
 "Enough! I know there are treats in this for me somewhere else."
Other Iditarod puppies also celebrated with their forever families.
Willow played in the snow.
Takotna (Willow) went for a run.

I truly do wish a belated 7th birthday to each of the BrownStone Iditarod puppies. The love and companionship of mom Cedar and Koyuk have brought so much to my life as I am sure the litter-mates have to their forever families.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Team Nookies Paper Run

Today an unexpected bounty of snow allowed Team Nookies to make a paper run - our own mini Iditarod which also started today. I wasn't quite sure about the coverage under the trees so I used my old heavier sled figuring it could take some gravel scraping.
It was snowing really hard during the entire run. Trask, Koyuk and I had a blast.
The snow was quite wet and heavy but it barely slowed the dogs, even on the uphill sections.
When we got home, Dave noticed that the powerline over the pond was missing. As it turns out, it was probably buried under the snow about here.
My niece is teaching her students about the Iditarod and wanted pictures of Team Nookies in action. I just kept clicking away with my camera as I bounced along. Since I'm wearing gloves and hanging onto the sled, until I get back - or in this case - until I get electricity, I never know if I have any share worthy photos.
Some areas in the deeper trees were a bit bare but the sled just scraped right over the mucky gravel.
I stop and tie to this tree to keep the dogs from heading out onto the main road while I cross to grab the paper and/or mail.

Not exactly what you want to see when on the runners. This predicament was preceded by a squirrel in the ditch drain pipe just left of the address sign and followed by me being drug behind the sled because I couldn't jump on fast enough after untangling Trask. I really don't know how the Iditarod mushers do it when I can't just jump onto my sled as it passes and I only have the speed and power of two dogs.  I would be toast just going out the curving starting chute with 14 dogs and a heavily loaded sled. 
Going across the worst of the bare patches. The dogs looked back because of the extra drag on the sled. Obviously I wasn't holding up my end of the forward propulsion.
 All downhill from here.
A very fast run back across the buried powerline.
 Almost home.
 Reward time for their mile run.
 Trask with the sled.
Within minutes after I got the harnesses off and the dogs indoors, a utility truck arrived to fix our power outage.
In all, four utility trucks and crews were needed.  The line was downed off three poles. The four big trucks with dully tires did quite a number on my once snow covered trail. The poor sled was left on an island of slush and coated with splashed mud. Electric power versus a snow covered road to run dogs on - difficult trade off.
By the end of the day, I had cleared about 10" of snow off the kennel roof; played with the dogs; shoveled a path from the wood pile to the house and brought in wood; played with the dogs; drained deep ditches of muddy water left from the utility trucks on the soft roadbed and played with the dogs.
In all I soaked four coats, two hats, three pairs of gloves; boots and a pair of snow pants. Everything, along with a soaked Trask, were put by the fire to dry.
We are now cozy and warm after a really fun day.

VineSnowPaddy

March being St. Pat's month, Vineman and Topydog were dressed to celebrate on 03/01/2017. I really did not expect Vineman to last this long or be such a hit. (If you haven't seen him in person, he is about 6' tall and made solely of grape vines with vine-maple arms.)
 03/05/2017 Spring was no longer in the air.
I knew there was a reason I still had my Christmas Tree stump in the stand and decorated. Trask smirking at my "still winter" forethought.
 03/06/2017 Ma Nature liked my tree so much, she dropped another (eventually) 8" on it.
 VineSnowPaddy is joyous at finally being a real Snowman.
During the day the snow continued to pile up and VineSnowPaddy was almost buried.  If you could see it, there still is a smile on his lips...
mine too.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lupin Memories

We were so fortunate to have BrownStone Lupin "Lupie" share part of her time with us over the years. Thanks to a wet, snowy day today, I have finally found time to search for archived pictures (not easy when they are all jumbled in cyber world storage.)
I tried to make Lupin a sled dog but was not successful due to Team Nookies and my inexperience. My friend Jackie and I started in the winter of 2006 with Frontier Rosie (Lupin's aunt), McKenzie, Willy and Lupin. We went on several short trips that winter and the next.
 In 2008 Team Nookies (Lupin, Willy and Cedar) entered our first race.
Lupin with me at the 2009 Experience the Next Level sledding event.
 Cedar and Lupin giving it their all.
 Koyuk, Lupin, McKenzie, Cedar and Willy playing with A.
 Lupin, and Willy watching K. throw rocks on the frozen pond ice.
 McKenzie, Willy, Cedar, Koyuk and Lupin
 Always room for everyone.
Lupin, Cedar, Koyuk, Willy and McKenzie
 Lupin with mom McKenzie
Prior to McKenzie's death.
Miscellaneous found photos. Unfortunately, the only way to tell chronological order is by how much A and K have grown
Holiday Season stay 2016
 Lupin was still right in the mix during Chinook Tag.
 She may have been 14 years old, but she still followed me about as I checked storm damage.
The last picture of Cedar, Lupin, Koyuk and Trask 1/2/2017
I have given up on finding a picture I know exists of when Lupin and Willy were puppies and trying to pose for a Christmas photo. The several out-takes remain clearly in my mind but are lost digitally. Snow is still falling. With my search over, not wanting to quite leave Lupin archives quite yet, I took the housebound opportunity to play with one of my favorite pictures of Lupin.
I so miss her and the way she was always excited to see me. But alas, some of my fond memories are now complied in one place. I do believe she is with my beloved McKenzie, her mother and Silly Willy, her brother.