It is kind of strange, in between I think there is somehow a routine in my day or there were lazy days with not much action, but then again, there is always something happening, so there is ALWAYS something to tell ;-)
Week 17. - 23. October 2016
This week started very with a training where I could be the co-driver for Lukas. This time, we took the smaller cart with eight dogs, because Birgit did also train and she took six dogs. It was very cold, no wind, perfect conditions. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that I could be the co-driver so I wasn’t very good prepared with my cameras. I just had my iPhone 6 with me and there is no rely on that smartphone as soon it is a bit colder. The battery just dies, I guess, it somehow must have been damaged when I was in Norway where it was -18°C. The training's duration is much longer now, the dogs already run 11/12 km. I could see a big difference; the dogs are so much stronger than two weeks before. On our way we saw a few deer, rabbits and even a stag, very close by!!! And my iPhone was DEAD aaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrggghhhh – I must complain to Apple =P
I told you already that Lukas is evil, didn't I? He loves to tease us and prank us. We (Maria and I) went on the next morning for a walk with Aliy and Laska. On the way, it started to rain. Maria and I though, didn’t stop, we said we will go for a big walk, so that the girls are more chilled in the house. The rain just got stronger and stronger, nevertheless, we walked an hour and even had fun. We were playing music, danced and sang.
|Aliy and I, on our rainy hike|
Therefore, the day after, we were really busy! Despite the training in the morning, we helped a little bit with building the new kennel (for the puppies), went on a hike and did some more work.
On that morning, Lukas said we shall let the puppies stay with Artac and Arthur, because Atreju is lately a little bit tense because of the puppies. I think, he doesn’t like to play the babysitter all day long =P so we let them in the kennel and they also seemed to get along. Then we did our lunch break. When we returned, we wanted to check on the puppies and noticed that somehow, only Star was left in the kennel. Hmmmm… but where was Nova? We know that she loves to crawl in every hole or corner which exist, but we couldn’t discover one. We almost wanted to look for her outside the kennel, when we noticed that between the wooden wall and the fence, there is a little bit space. There she was.
|That's the kennel of Artac and Arthur|
|Nova was stuck in here|
Obviously she crawled inside and couldn’t get outside anymore. I was trying very hard to get her through, but she was so scared, that she didn’t dare to come too close. We called Lukas and we were trying and thinking of a way. Then, I said the only way how we could get her out, would be, if someone would climb over the wall, grab her, lift her, someone else take her and climb back again. Well, the only person small enough for that was me – of course =P So I got my jacket and shoes off and climbed over and got her. She was sooooo relieved to be back outside :D of course, no one took pictures of my heroic action… well, I guess we all were concerned about Nova ;-) but I made some drawing, to give you a picture – hope you get it ;-)
|Stuck in between wall and fence, I had to jump on the dog house, and get over the wall to lift her up!|
|Say Hi to little Patrik, with his elephant which I gave him :-)|
So much action on one day and I still had to drive to Prague. YES – I got four days off, to go and visit my boyfriend in Prague and see my friends. I went with the bus to Brno, where my boyfriend picked me up and we drove together to Prague. I won’t tell too much about Prague, I met a lot of friends, old colleagues, new acquaintances (my friend got her Baby :D), slept a lot, went partying, got new inspirations about my future plans and enjoyed just some alone time with my boyfriend. I must admit, at one point there were too many people and I sensed also a lot of negative energies (not towards me, in general) which kind of got me unbalanced, but in total it was really nice seeing all again.
Week 24. - 30. October 2016
Back in Gnadendorf, I was really happy to see the dogs again. You get attached to them (damn, what will I do when I leave for good?). The next morning, we should have had a training with the big cart. So we harnessed all dogs, started to set them up on the main line when suddenly they started to move – we all were puzzled, looked up and saw that the panic snap (additional break which is attached to a pole) just dissolved itself from the carabiner.
We got it somehow tight again and when all dogs were set up, I ran the hill up
to open the gate, I was just about to touch the gate when I suddenly heard
Lukas screaming my name. I turned around and just saw a mess! All dogs were
standing completely mixed up and not in line, I ran down, holding the dogs and
Lukas told us to unleash all dogs. So, we did, the loop of the mainline which
is attached to the cart, ripped. Wtf…. Seriously, first the panic snap, then
the main line – what was going on??? We were so in luck, that this happened
within the yard and not outside on the track! How on earth could you get the
dogs back then? Hardly possible. Training cancelled. What an excitement in the
Rest of the day, was pretty lazy. We went for two hikes, but besides
that nothing special happened on that day. Ah wait… there is something, Lukas
does sing sometimes new versions of already existing songs. And he loves to put
my name into that song. Well, first of all, he calles me SheiShei, then
he started singing “Shei Shei Shei, Shei Shei Shei, shake your booty” from the
song “Shake your booty”. His newest version is (a little
bit early) “Sheida bell, Sheida bell, Sheida bell rock” from “Jingle bell rock” and then he is walking on the
place and shakes his arms (I guess it shall be dancing :D) I need to film it, then you will see what I mean
|There, the panic snap got loose|
|That part just ripped|
The next day, I drove with Lukas to Vienna, he had some business over there. It was a very rainy day, that means most of the time, lazy day for us ;-) The day after, we had to take preparations for the race which took part in Reingers from Friday to Sunday. We had to pack all kind of stuff, Lukas gave Miriam and me, two sport bags to clean which were lying in the shed. We carried it to the hose pipe to clean it. When I turned around the bag, I saw that there was a butterfly on the bag. It had its wings closed. It seemed as if there were stuck to each other. I didn’t know if it just hatched or it was getting ready for its winter sleep, no idea, but it had to fly away so that I could clean the bag. I didn’t dare to touch the wings; they are so sensitive. So, I touched its legs with my finger, and very slowly, it tried to open its wings and just watch what beauty I discovered:
|I managed to do a snapshot out of my video|
|Maria and I, putting the cart|
The next day, we did a few preparations and around 11am we had to bring the dogs into the transporter in the boxes. OMG – why do I always imagine that something like that could happen quiet and easy? Such chaos and stress! It was almost impossible to get the dogs singled out of the kennels. There was always at least one dog, who escaped and you just saw us all the time running after dogs – Lukas thought that it was very amusing – of course! =P and of course I hurt myself! Two dogs pushed against their kennel door and it hit me on my knee – outch L after all dogs were placed, the cart was put inside, the caravan attached to the transporter, and Lukas, Maria and I started our way to Reingers.
|The transporter with the caravan attached|
|Our Huskies relaxing between our transporter and caravan|
|Our neighbours, the Samojeden pack =)|
|Making friends with hounds|
|Samojede puppy, it's so fluffy I'm gonna die!!!!!!|
|Different ways of transporting the dogs|
|One more example|
|Very cool tipi tent|
The day after, Miriam and I had a very relaxed day. We went for walks with the dogs which stayed here, cleaned a bit the house, cooked together, watched movies and we talked a lot. While telling her a bit about my past, I found out WHY I changed my plans concerning Tourism. I was always wondering, why I went another path but tourism, because I remembered that I had that idea in the very beginning. I always said it was something like my parents told me to do something serious. In the end, it was partially true, but the real reason why I didn’t study Tourism was, that all study courses existing including Tourism are private! At least in Germany. You must pay a lot of money, which I didn’t had. I went to business fares to inform myself about my possibilities and was devastated to find out that there is no option for me L at least not without taking a big loan from a bank or to win lottery. At one point, I decided to go in direction economics and business, to have a certain basic knowledge and I would then adjust in the right direction. Obviously, I forgot on my way what my original plan was. Well, it took me a while but I found back somehow ;-)
weekend, Miri and I were going on hikes, Miri wrote on her short stories, I
wrote on my blog, watched movies, I tamed the brown chicken – oh yeah – I think
I never mentioned that we have chickens, did I? Six chickens. They are really
funny, I think they have no names (sad) but every time when I got on their
place to collect some wood for fire, they follow me and come really close
because they think I could have something to eat :D I noticed, that the brown
one, let’s call her “Little brownie” is more tame than the others, so I tried
to pet her and then to carry her, see yourself what was the result ;-)
|Star, enjoying a sunny october day|
First time meeting the chickens so close ...
First attempt to pet and carry little brownie..
All in one, very easy going. I was laughing today because my idea of a relaxing time is to have JUST five dogs, but I think when you usually deal with 18 dogs that’s natural J