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    Default I'm in Iowa help me out how's it going?

    What's the snow doing, how is everything going etcetera etcetera???

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    Snow depth, conditions, wind, temperatures, dog excitement, behavior...etc...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose-head View Post
    What's the snow doing???
    Falling......
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    It's basically ranging from -15 to 5 here in Fairbanks lately. It's supposed to be -35 this weekend. We've had about 20" of snow. Trails are good. The Solstice 100 was last weekend. Jodi Bailey beat Lance Mackey by two minutes! The Gin Gin 200 starts on the 27th and should be very exciting. They have a new website at http://www.gingin200.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
    It's basically ranging from -15 to 5 here in Fairbanks lately. It's supposed to be -35 this weekend. We've had about 20" of snow. Trails are good.
    Pretty grainy/powdery I take it. Is that good? or do you end up hitting wood and junk that you don't see coming until 'clunk.' Do you need a base layer of snow that has been layed down prior to above freezing temps to give kind of an icey base? How do the dog's feet do with current snow? (Sorry for asking dumb questions, some day I hope to know the answers on my own).

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    Yes it's very dry and powdery up here in the Interior. Our particular trails out of the yard does need a good base layer to run the dogs on as they go through forests and muskeg (swampy with trees) so we need snow to fill in places and smooth things out a bit. Normally there are snow machines that run our trails to pack it down nicely. The dogs feet do ok with our short trips. When we go on longer trips or in icy areas, we sometimes put booties on the dogs so their feet are protected. On trails that are not packed but have soft fluffy snow, we check their feet every once in a while to break up any ice balls that are forming in between their toes. Yes, sometimes we hit things not seen. It's normally no big deal unless you are not holding on at the time lol.
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    Thanks for taking the time to answer my silly questions. Speaking of silly questions...Is thawed then frozen (crust of ice on the top or somewhere hidden in a layer ) worse on their feet than warm (25 degrees plus or so) that packs in between their pads and forces them apart? Basically I'm wondering if ice cutting their feet or packed snow tearing their pads is the biggest concern or is there something else that I won't be expecting?

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    Ice has the potential to cut their pads, plus can be pretty slippery especially if you are on a river or somewhere with overflow. Snow packs in between their pads, making them uncomfortable and sore. I don't mind questions. I'm not an expert by any means but love talking about mushing. Have you ever been? Do you ever plan to go?

    I don't have dogs but my best friend has a kennel. She has handlers to help take care of them since she works on the North Slope (home two weeks, gone two weeks.) I help her with tours and pitch hit between handlers. Last year when returning from a training run, one of the handlers saw lots of blood all of a sudden. The dogs had been running fine but come to find out, a branch from the side of the trail had caught the skin of one of the dog's thigh and just peeled it back. It took lots of stitches to close up. Of course, this required shaving of fur so the dog got a custom made coat for the rest of the winter.

    You should read some of the posts in this forum and check out Bushrat's pictures. He lives hard core lol.
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    A friend of mine, who I used to work with, had a team and LIVED to run his dogs. I helped him feed and do chores for the team a few times, but never went on a ride. I also lived close enough to a team to hear them quite often. It wasn't until I had children and watched 'snow dogs' oooh, I dont know... 157 or so times, with my oldest daughter that we really got the bug. I just got her 'winterdance' by Gary Paulson for Christmas and read that to her for bedtime stories. She has a dog team of stuffed animls and can't get enough (we will be watching snow dogs again this evening). She wants to be a vetranarian who runs dogs when she grows up. I have three years of school left then we will try to talk mama into letting us get a couple of pet dogs. After that???

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    Heeheee bit by the bug huh? You should order the race videos/documentaries from our two big races. http://www.iditarod.com and http://www.yukonquest.com.

    Of course, every one who runs dogs, does not race. You can have a small recreational team and have great fun with them. But it's fun to watch the races and the camera crews do a good job. You can also volunteer to be a handler for a musher during the race which is also great fun.
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