After my check up and lab draw, it was off to a delayed breakfast at the Bakery Restaurant. While I was digging in to a really nice reindeer sausage skillet, I enjoyed a most surprising and delightful interlude. A barbershop quartet in the restaurant sang out their rendition of "Wild Irish Rose." I can't recall ever hearing it in four-part harmony before, and it was truly an amazing bright point in the day.
I had to do some shopping in town, which is always expensive. Most expensive was picking up the remainder of the ton of dog food from last month.
I was glad to get back to the house. Once everything was unloaded and put away it was time for my evening kennel chores.
When feeding Friday, I always ask him for a "sit", reinforcing the lessons he learned as a wee little house puppy. He does a really nice one, but almost every time 'argues' the point, expressing his opinion in a sort of crooning tone, similar to that of his neighbor Innoko.
Apparently young Dozer has been watching this the past two nights. Usually he's been bounding over, trying to tip over the feed bucket and generally attacking his chow with boistrous enthusiasm. This evening he was as enthusiastic as ever, but instead of sticking his head in the bucket, he offered me a beautiful sit, which of course I rewarded just as quickly and enthusiastically as I could. Apparently he is one of those rather rare dogs that can learn through imitation, and THAT is very cool.
|Dozer at 7 months of age|
|Friday trying to stare down Innoko. Dozer can be seen to the right of Friday.|
|Animosh offers her profile to the camera|
Out on the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race trail, only 1 musher remains. Ed Hopkins, Dave Dalton, Crispin Studer and Cody Strathe all finished 'in the money', as the Quest pays down to 15th place. Darrin Lee, Brian Wilmshurst, Rob Cooke and Matthew Failor have all arrived in Fairbanks. Tonight Bergin is 'doing her 8' at Two Rivers checkpoint. She will be eligible to leave at 2:13 tomorrow morning, and will likely be in town some time tomorrow afternoon. Certainly soon enough to get some rest before Saturday evening's finish and awards banquet, for which I have tickets and a date.
My day started a bit earlier than I would have preferred, so I'm going to call it an early night. Tomorrow will just have to take care of itself.