Saturday, March 21, 2009

Day 2- Doc Harris and Dan Snyder Sr Memorial Combo

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Today was the second heat of the combined Dan Snyder Senior/Doc Harris Memorial race held by the Kotzeue Dog Musher's Association.



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The race was postponed for two hours, until 2pm, due to weather. KDMA has a cut off temp of -25 for racing. They won't race if it is any colder than that. The windchill was -35F. By 2pm it had warmed up a bit and the race was on. In some of the later photos you are going to see red on some of the dogs. It looks like blood, but it isn't. It's paint. Each dog in a team is marked on the shoulder with paint before each race. Yesterday's color was green. Today was red. Tomorrow will be some other color. Mushers can drop a dog out of their team, but they cannot exchange it for a new dog and the paint is a way to prove that these are all the original dogs each day. With all the hopping and jumping and barking the dogs have a tendency to smear the paint all over each others faces and bodies.




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This is one of Buddoo's lead dogs.



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Another one of Buddoo's dogs. I think he has some of the handsomest dogs.




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Especially Mr. Photogenic here.



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One of Paul's dogs napping in the sun waiting his turn to be hooked to the sled.



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Paul's dogs wondering what the heck I'm doing standing behind them making kissy noises.



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Little girls and their pretty parkies.



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Here's somebody taking off. The mushers took off in the order that they placed yesterday.



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Yoi, here's some handsome fellas.



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Watching to see if the mushers are coming in for the finish yet.



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First place was Buddoo Gallahorn.



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Second place Paul Hansen.



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Third place Luke Sampson.



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Fourth place Cyrus Harris.



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5th place Chuck Schaeffer.



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Here is the board. The first column after the name is how many dogs they were running. The column marked day 1 day 2 shows the times for each day and then shows the two times added together. Whoever has the best time over all three days wins.

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6 comments:

gail said...

Love the new banner! Great shots of the dogs, they really are beautiful.

Peruby said...

Hey! The only pics I see are Photobuckets' bandwidth exceeded message.

Photobucket has a limit? I've been posting there for a couple of years.

Ceol Mo Cridhe said...

Yeah, what's up with photobucket? I could only see the pics if I clicked on them individually. But I agree, the new banner is AWESOME.

CD

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, much better! Thanks for fixing that so I could get my dog sled picture fix. I LOVE Mr. Photogenic with his freckles. And the napping one. And the one with the three handsome gentlemen in it. Nice job all the way around. You always make photos of a subject you have photographed before "new" and fresh, so I never feel like I'm looking at the same thing twice.

CD

Ms. ~K said...

Beautiful shots as always...
Those dogs are incredible and thanks for the heads up about the paint!
~Kit
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Finnskimo, its more than just a name... said...

I feel bad I only went for one day of my tatta's race. The first year, our entire family was out there. Maybe we kivit cause it was combined this year! :) haha. LOVE the "in" pics though. I might have to send them out and have people order them from you! :)