In the world of dog mushing, there are different phrases.
The one which holds the highest regard is an Honest Dog.
An Honest Dog is one who gives his all.
Not just now and then.
But every moment he is hooked up to the sled.
Our new dog Malakai, is new to mushing.
Not really ... as deep in his heart, he knows this.
He instinctively understands.
As with all new dogs, we place him nearest the sled, in the wheel position, so he can be watched and easily hear his master's calming voice.
He not only pulls, but he pulls from deep within his ancestor's gene pool.
The sign of an Honest Dog is one whose tug is always tight.
Ranger, our leader, is an Honest Dog.
Shiloh, our other new addition to the kennel, is pursuing an Honest Dog title.
Malakai excels at a tight tug.
It stirs an emotion within me to see a dog find himself.
Tears meet the cold air.
To be happy, and content.
To wonder what is next ...what adventure awaits.
To dream ...
Until next time – May all your dogs be Honest Dogs – God willing,