Here we’ll go again, somehow a lot of things happened and then, not again. The same weekend where Miri and I were alone (Lukas, Birgit and Maria went to Reingers in Austria for a cart race), a previous volunteer arrived. She was the last time only two weeks with Lukas and wanted now to come to visit the dogs and Lukas for a few days. When Lukas, Birgit and Maria came back, they all were kind of relieved and happy to be back with all dogs and all in one piece. Obviously, there were some catastrophe going on in Reingers. Due to the weather circumstances Lukas decided to not let the dogs run on all three days. It was too warm! I would like to express here that the dog’s wellbeing is Lukas first concern and therefore he didn’t stress the dogs to run fast or on all three days, like others did! Therefore, he knew there would be no chance to win that race and this race wasn’t important, it is more like a training. Usually, Birgit would have gone with four or five dogs and Lukas with eight. Due to the fact, they left out one day, they decided to run with the big team instead, so with all thirteen dogs. Usually there are several dog handlers which are supporting the Musher holding the dogs and release them in time when the training or race starts. When they wanted to start running, one of the front dog handler didn’t let go fast enough the leash and fell, so six dogs were running over him, and the seven behind stopped to not run over the guy and the main line snapped through the force from both sides going in different directions. It snapped in the middle where Braxi was attached to; I am not sure if you know what that means.
|Here you can see, the neckline attached to the collar, and the the other line to the harness|
The dogs have a neck line attached to their collar and one leash which is attached to the harness on their back (as you can see on the picture above); so when the main line snaps in the middle, the neckline is attached to the six dogs who were now running free and his backside to the leash which belongs to the dogs who stopped; they could have ripped him in two pieces, but lucky as Braxi is, his collar was not too tight on his neck, so he could get out of his collar and was standing still in shock! Two dog handler jumped on their quadbikes and drove after the six dogs which were running their race without the cart and musher. They caught them fast, but that was a really BIG shock for all of them! Lukas directly bought new and stronger lines and a new nice collar for Braxi! J That was somehow too much, three times in one week something snapped.
Maria had the next four days off and went for Vienna. Miri also left on the
next day, so I was left with Silvia. She had no experience in doing the routines, so it was pretty much me doing the
work … but Birgit and Lukas also helped ;-) I am very thankful for her pictures
and videos, though. When we had training, she was filming and taking pictures.
Interesting to see, because I never get the chance to take picture during
training (Lukas would most probably kill me, if I would take pics instead of
helping ;-)) I wanted to post the video, but somehow I had difficulties to upload it. Sadly, therefore just one pic.
|Relieved to have Braxi back in one piece :-)|
|Preparing the big team for a training|
|Nico, Duke, Punkti, Angel, Blesk and Angor enjoying the sun|
|Simba's beautiful eyes|
|Star and Nova resting on their hike|
|Our princess, Angel|
|Me, trying to keep up with Braxi|
|Posing, in the lead Aliy and Simba|
|All three categories, in one line|
|Finally, the winner picture, which is going to be on the poster|
Being back, I was a bit down. I think, I caught something, I felt not that strong. Birgit and Lukas wanted to go away for a few days and that morning we still had a training. I got to go with Lukas and finally had the chance to drive the cart and I discovered my hands are too small to hold the brake of that big cart :-/ typical! So mean L at least, I could drive a few times when we were going more uphill and I didn’t need to handle the brake =P
|perfect weather conditions|
|icecold, with the first sun rays|
|Yes, that's me standing on the cart :-)|
|Here again :-) I had six dogs in Norway, but now I had thirteen dogs ;-)|
|Lukas and his fire|
|I wouldn't do a big fire like that, when it's windy|
Sometimes when we got too much paper and carton leftover we do a big fire and burn everything. Maria is freaking scared of fire, so she ripped the carton and I did the fire. I am not afraid, but I have respect. We were making a decent fire, at one point, Lukas came and asked why we are not putting the whole carton at once into the fire. Well, he did, and the fire got so big. He was laughing about us, and made (and is still doing) fun about us ripping paper into small pieces and says “I already start a fire, I will be done in two days” and then just cracks of laughter!
|Poor little Brownie|
The next day, I didn’t feel good at all! That was the first time I stayed almost the whole day in bed, instead of helping. I couldn’t even help with the night training, Lukas and Maria went alone. I really fear that I will miss the European Championship. The next morning, I got up, and helped with the training, but it did cost me so much energy that I was shaking for almost ten minutes… had to rest afterwards a little bit. Lukas asked me if I think I will be fit for the Championship. He will need someone who is 100% fit. Birgit is this time not participating due to health issues, so it will be just Lukas with eight dogs and one dog handler. I couldn’t tell him, I said, I will wait for the next day and when I don’t feel better I will stay.
If you want to know if I made it to the European Championship, stay posted. Within a week, my next post will be online. Hope to see you again J