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Our Dogs, Our Life

Every sled dog kennel is different.

 Russ Stick Acres sled dog

But, ironically, the dogs usually match the personality of the owner. 

 Sled dogs pick up the personality of the place

And pick up on the pace of the place.

 An easy going sled dog kennel

We've worked real hard over the years to have a quiet, easy going kennel.

 Easy going sled dog

One where quiet and consideration of others is key.

 Consideration for others is key

Because, after all, they aren't the only rodeo in town.  

We have other farm animals who need their peace and quiet too.

 Easy going sled dog lazing about

But once in a while, we get one that breaks the mold.

Sled dog breaking the mold

And is so happy to be here, they can't keep their feet on the ground.

 So happy they cannot keep their feet on the ground

The others watch, as if seeing a shadow of their former image.

 A shadow of their former image

Of days gone by.

Until tomorrow, always God willing...

 A signature for Sherry

sherry 'woodswoman'
3/5/2011 7:16:13 AM

Thank you Cindy! I hope you enjoy this snowy (at least in our northern part of the state) Michigan March day! We have our last dogsledding tour scheduled today, before the Maple syrup season is upon us.

cindy murphy
3/4/2011 10:44:03 AM

Sherry, your photos are always very impressive...but the captions you choose to go along with them are absolutely beautiful. I love your blogs. I'm a little bit late, but I thought the last one, "Caprine Cuddlin'", would make a charming picture book. Enjoy your day. Cindy

sherry 'woodswoman'
3/3/2011 11:07:19 PM

Thanks Nebraska Dave ~ yes, we have 22 Siberians and Alaskans in our kennel. I would say the average age is 9, but don't let that fool you. Our main leaders are 12, and they are strong and fast. We do dogsledding tours and folks are always amazed at their age, as they wisk them down the trail! :) Yes, even though we had single digit temps last night, spring is in the air. I, too, am looking forward to switching seasons. Ours flips to our Maple Syrup time. And our garden seeds are ordered, delivered and waiting to be planted. However, that project will be several months away...:) Have a wonderful Nebraska spring!

nebraska dave
3/3/2011 3:42:57 PM

Sherry, you sure have a pack of good looking dogs. Those young dogs always have a lot of energy to get rid of each day. Still got snow huh. Ours here in Nebraska has finally disappeared and the temperature is teasing us with 50s today. It's kind of normal temperatures for March with the threat to be colder if mother nature wants. We can still have snow it March but it won't stay around long. It won't be long and we all will be out digging in the dirt. I for one can't wait this year. Even though the winter was much milder than last year, I'm still more anxious to be out working outside this year than last. Maybe it's because I have a few more projects to work on than last year. Have a great snow dog day.