Age: 12 Years Sex: Male Weight: 51-100 lbs
|Home:Elmira, ON, Canada ||[I have a diary!] |
Leave a bone for Oceano
OC, Big-Butt, Goofy, Schnoogens, Ohse
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February 6th 2003
PULLING!!!! (as in dogsledding, carting, scootering etc), doing therapy work with elderly, training, snuggling
People who don't give him attention
Red bouncy ball
Raw bones, pig ears, greenies, peanut butter kong
Anywehere in the woods OR running errands downtown with me
"say your prayers," sing, dance, play dead
I was at the Breeder's when the pups were 9weeks old after having waited and being in constant contact with her for a year, and it was a choice between two of the male pups, Dopey or Smilie. I spent time with both of them and they both had the perfect temperment and got along great with me. But it was Smilie's 1/2blue 1/2brown eyes that I culdn't resist so we took him and he became my Oceano (Dopey went to a fab pet home too and became Diesel)
Oceano loves to go dogsledding with me and currently we have a team of 3 dogs with Ronan and Nakota being the other two. Sometimes Nakota can't always come sledding with us so we borrow a dog from a racer who has become my mentor in dogsledding. This winter we are entering our 3rd competitive year of dogsled racing since OC started when he was 8 months old.
Oceano - "Living to make everyone smile"
The Groups I'm In:
*~HUSKYS~*, Kitchener-Waterloo, The Sally Fan Club
I've Been On Dogster Since:
|December 31st 2004
||More than 10 years!
Rosette, Star and Special Gift History
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December 26th 2005 8:50 am
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Last February (2005) Me and Ronan were in a race at the Kortright Centre. It was our first and last official race of the season since all the others had either gotten canceled or had been turned into demo races. The third dog on our team was my good friend Lady. Well, I think she's a good friend but I don't think she likes me very much...She says I'm too "rambunctious" whatever that means! I just like to have fun!
Anyway this race was 8 miles over two days so on the Saturday we were all very excited to get going! Mum had to go to a driver's meeting in this big building so she left me in the car. Well I was having none of that! Wherever mum goes I go! I managed to open the car door and ran straight to where I had seen mum go in the building. I could've gotten that door open too had someone not come and grabbed me! Next thing I knew I was chained to a tree! The humiliation!
Mum came back soon and her me and Ronan went for a walk to stretch our legs after having had to travel for over an hour and then sit and wait while she went to that drivers meeting. Then it was back on the chain or in a dog box until it was our turn to race!
In the early afternoon it was finally time to get prepped. Ronan, Lady and I were bubbling with excitement as we got hooked up to the sled. At 30seconds to start we were loaded into the starting chute. Ronan leapt against his harness, Lady gave her handler kisses, and I sang to my handler. Suddenly the count down began! 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, (at 5 Mum starts egging us on telling us to get ready which is when we REALLY get antsy) 4, 3, 2, 1...GO! "HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIKE! Let's go! Let's go!" Mum yelled as we burst out of the chute as fast as our legs could carry us. It was a fantastic run and we finsihed that day in second place. I wish we could've done better but Mum says she's still very proud!
That afternoon Lady passed away in her dog box while asleep. No one saw it coming! She had done fine on the trails and acted normal afterwards! It was totally heartbreaking for all of us especially me. Lady had been one of my greatest mentors in sledding. Apparently she had an undetected weak heart.
Despite heavy hearts there was still a second race to run on Sunday. Mum's competitors totally understood the circumstances and allowed her to fill Lady's place with a new dog. It was actually a competitor's wife that lent her "Shawney" a 9 year old retired racer. I liked Shawney! She was sweet and actually tolerated me!
Since we finished yesterday's race in second place we had to start second as opposed to last the day before. In the starting chute it was just as anxious as yesterday! We burst out of the chute after the count down with even greater speed than yesterday! Shawney surprised everyone with her speed for on oldie! We had a bit of trouble going past the crowds but it wasn't too bad and we finished the race still holding on to that second place! Mum was so proud of all of us! We got yummy hot dog wieners! They were delicious!
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