Sunday, January 28, 2007

One snowy day in January...

Saturday morning the entire family headed deeper into the hills and woods of winter, to join Sijo's Boy Scout Den for a morning at a Sled Dog Rescue Kennel. This kennel has a mission to let each rescued dog continue to enjoy the
sport for which he/she was trained, but to never push a dog beyond his/her limits. Quite a few young boys, and Haiku (the token girl in the bunch) had their first experience driving a team of sled dogs up a little well-groomed trail. Tanka took his ride in the basket of the sled, and delighted the driver (the owner of the kennel) by laughing joyously for the duration of the ride.

We were also lucky enough to meet Noweesh (spelling?) a wild mustang rescued at auction from an unmentionable fate. This shy beauty shares his outdoor living space with a few ewes, a musky ram, and an adorable miniature goat.

Mother Nature provided a deep, drifty, picturesque setting for our Sled Dogging Adventure, which was lovely but made it a difficult drive home. We had planned to go skating on the neighbor's pond in the afternoon, but there didn't seem to be any activity going on there as we drove past. Once we were settled in our warm house, we weren't inclined toward outdoor activity. The boy's sleds lay all day at the bottom of the hill upon which the house sits, getting buried by deeper and deeper snow. In the evening, I feel asleep listening to the wind throw waves of snow against the windows.

4 comments:

Rapunzel said...

Aisling, what a wonderful day! Those sled dogs remind me so much of our beloved wolves. :-)

Aisling said...

Oh me too! There was one that had more wolf-like coloring. He was so beautiful, but I didn't get a photo of him. Maybe next time! :)

karlanee said...

Oh what a beautiful site! I too thought those were wolves at first - especially the white dog.

Sounds like you had a great time.

Aisling said...

It was a beautiful place to spend a winter morning. We are hoping to go back with a smaller group sometime. Our friends are close friends with the owners of the kennel, so we may have that opportunity. We want to see their other rescue animals a bit more, and meet some of the other dogs. I love that they are dedicating their lives to rescuing the dogs and other animals.