May came and went, June stopped by for a short visit, and July is running off into the night…quite literally. Gone is the endless daylight as the dark is already reminding us of what’s to come. Here at the kennel our summers seem like a short lunch break during a hectic day at work. Just enough time to take a few deep breaths, get a quick bite to eat, and then we’re back to hitting the ground running…again quite literally!
Even though our summers are short we do our best to take advantage of every free day we have. Throughout summer Wade has continued to work for a local business doing barn construction, particularly restoration and timber frame construction. I am still working at the veterinary hospital as a veterinary technician, but have also started a dance program for the children of our community. It has taken up a little more of my free time, but it’s an exciting new venture that is shaping up to be a success! I’m lucky to have Wade encourage my own dreams and goals, as much as I support his. I wont sugarcoat it though, sometimes we look at each other like we are crazy, often contemplating if this much madness in our 20’s is healthy. But like we always say, building the dream ain’t easy, but living the dream is worth it! Around here we work hard for what we want and need, and have little dependence on the financial help of others. We may not be exactly where we want to quite yet, and sometimes things get a little messy, but it’s a work in progress!
We started checking items off the “to-do list” starting with the installation of the new well, and what a day that was! Wade has not had a well his entire life, and not having to haul 5 gallon buckets down to the local spring to get water for 60 dogs every 2-3 days is a huge time saver (and back saver!) The cabin still remains dry with no indoor plumbing, but no one around here seems to care too much now that we have such immediate water access. One step at a time, right? Another big item checked off the list was purchasing the neighboring lot next door! This now makes the kennel close to 8 acres! We enjoy the additional privacy, and the dogs are enjoying more space to play. With the expansion of acreage, also came the expansion of the dog yard, originally built to accommodate approximately 25-30 dogs. With the success of our breeding program the last 2 years, the new dog lot will now be able to hold around 60 dogs. Along with the new dog lot, the majority of the team will be getting new wooden dog houses built by Wade himself! Our current dog house construction is slow as Wade was hired to make 25 houses for another musher, but we are okay with that and plan to have everything all squared up by snowfall.
Speaking of snowfall, the dogs around here are not-so-patiently waiting for the weather to cool off, I think they know it’s coming. The birch leaves are yellowing, a few starting to fall, which creates a large group of anxiously prancing 4-leggeds, and two anxiously scurrying two-leggeds making sure everything is prepped for fall training. This upcoming season we will have some new faces joining the crew. A team ready to work, have fun, and achieve success! So while most still refuse to admit that our Alaskan summer is quickly coming to a close, we at the kennel have smiles on our faces, ready to wave good-bye.