Today we went to Cool Dogs and Hot Springs, a dog sled and skijoring race in the Yukon Brewing Twister Series 2014 held at the Takini Hot Springs. As you may know if you follow this blog, our landlords, the Sheepways, compete in dog sledding and skijoring. Our little piece of paradise is also home to Stardog Kennels and we sometimes see Darryl and Katherine Sheepway take off on practise runs from our living room window, often after dark with only a headlamp to light the way. We might see them more If we had any living room furniture.
We're not stalkers, honest, it's just really cool to watch. If they played bridge in their spare time we wouldn't watch them at all, I'm sure. Maybe if it was Monopoly or Yatzee, but definitely not bridge.
From what I've heard, Katherine is very successful at skijoring which is like dog sledding, but with cross country skis instead of a sled, and I think at least slightly more crazy. When Darryl told us about the race today, we thought it would be a great way to spend a Saturday and an opportunity to get some unique photos as well.
"Our dogs" were very well behaved and seemed to be alert and eager to run. Before Darryl competed in the dog sled race he carefully checked all the dogs paws and applied wax and booties where necessary.
Most of the spectators were photographers like us, except for someone named Hans-Marcus who had a small entourage and even a banner.
Oscar enjoyed the racing but mostly I think he liked eating snow. At one point he declared, "Snow is my favourite food!" We let him have the buffet of his dreams while steering him towards pristine snow.