Archive for February, 2011

The future of Iditarod dreams?

I have been looking forward to this day since I was in the Sierra Nevada foothills last summer to pick out a pup from a musher friend of mine. The goal was simple; find a pup that would have the potential to be a sled dog and become the beginning of something big.

When I first saw this little female that was small enough to cradle in my hands I thought to myself, this is going to be a good sled dog!

We named her Raegan and soon after I moved to Alaska I had her flown up.

Soon, I begin taking her to the dog yard so she could hang out with the big dogs and maybe learn a lesson or two. My plan was as soon as my kennel partner went on the serum run it was time to start harness breaking her and teaching her how to pull.

On Tuesday afternoon we did just that; I fitted Raegan into a harness, brought my little sled from home and hooked her up. First with Zak, then with Repel. Neither of them wanted to pull with the little one so I hooked up  proven female leader named Katya and we hit the trail.

As soon as we hit the trail Raegan laid into her harness and began to pull! We only went about a 1/4 of a mile out but I wanted it to be a positive experience for her. She pulled the whole way (with the occasional quick sniff).

Could this be the future of Team Ineka? Could Reagan one day be part of the team that takes me to Nome? Could this little female help me run down a dream?

I think she could…

 

Robert Forto | Team Ineka | Alaska Dog Works | Mushing Radio | Dog Works Radio | Denver Dog Works | Daily Post

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Robert Forto is a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the popular radio shows, Mush! You Huskies and Dog Works Radio Shows

 

Training Run: 2/22/11

Date: February 22, 2011

Distance: 5 miles. 30 minutes

Weather: 18 degrees and clear

Equipment: Sled

Trail Conditions: hard packed

Dog Positions: 12 dog team. ZakKatya, Princeton-Rapel, Dale-Poppy, Lilly-Cedar, Coyote-Mojo, Birch-Ruger

Music Choice: Shuffle

Notes: This was a quick run around Frying Pan lake with the “old guys”. We dont run these guys but just a couple times a week. Most of these guys are retired but they still love to pull even though they cant do it like they used to. You still see a spark in their eyes, a tight tug and the happiness to be a part of a team. It is great!

 

Robert Forto | Team Ineka | Alaska Dog Works | Mushing Radio | Dog Works Radio | Denver Dog Works

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Dr. Robert Forto is a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the popular radio shows, Mush! You Huskies and Dog Works Radio Shows

 

Training Run: 2/21/11

Date: February 21, 2011

Distance: 15 miles. 1 hour 20 minutes

Weather: 21 degrees and windy

Equipment: Sled

Trail Conditions: hard packed

Dog Positions: 12 dog team. ZakKatya, SwidegonWu, R2-Drifter, Scoter-Ellsworth Eddy-Rabbit, ZamboniePiglet

Music Choice: White Zombie

Notes: Good run! This was the team of “misfits” that were left behind after the dogs were chosen for the Serum Run. What am I saying, these are great dogs! We ran the Lost Lady, Windy Lake and Frying Pan Lake trails. People have put in a lot of other trails since I have been on Lost Lady but I just let Zak and Katya guide the way. The dogs did very good and it was good to be back into the routine of the daily training.

I look forward to running the dogs that are in the kennel over the next few weeks and these guys when they return!

 

Robert Forto | Team Ineka | Alaska Dog Works | Mushing Radio | Dog Works Radio | Denver Dog Works

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Dr. Robert Forto is a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the popular radio shows, Mush! You Huskies and Dog Works Radio Shows

 

Training Run: 2/15/11

Date: February 15, 2011

Distance: 20 miles. 1 hour 28 minutes

Weather: 9 degrees and clear blue skies

Equipment: Sled

Trail Conditions: hard packed

Dog Positions: 12 dog team. Magpie-Goose, Eddy-Katya, Snap-Sophia, Sparrow-Shrike, Widegon-Jane, Shifter-Chickadee

Music Choice: Godsmack

Notes: Good run! This was the last before before the dogs head out for 2 1/2 weeks on the Serum Run with my kennel partner. I hope she and the dogs do well and have a great time! I think the dogs are in condition and have over 1600 miles on them since mid-September. We went through a bit of a mental funk over the past few weeks but I think we worked through it.

I look forward to running the dogs that are in the kennel over the next few weeks and these guys when they return!

Robert Forto | Team Ineka | Alaska Dog Works | Mushing Radio | Dog Works Radio | Denver Dog Works

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Dr. Robert Forto is a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the popular radio shows, Mush! You Huskies and Dog Works Radio Shows

 

The Dogs: Goose

The Dogs: Goose

Goose | Male |  Lead Dog

 

The Dogs: Chickadee

The Dogs: Chickadee

Chickadee  | Female |  Team Dog

 

The Dogs: Sophia

The Dogs: Sophia

Sophia | Female |  Team Dog

 


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