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Old 06-06-2019, 12:11 AM   #21
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On the skirts is a different color? Were those panels added later? Did it used to have (still have) luggage compartments?
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:47 PM   #22
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Sleddgracer, what kind (breed & purpose) of dogs in the pic?
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alaskan huskies, purpose bred for sled dog racing in sprint distances - it's really a cross breed, with some blood lines that go back about 100 years - the reason they aren't purebred by now is that each year competitors try other crosses to improve speed and endurance - back in the 50's the fastest teams were averaging 4.5 minutes per mile for up to 20 - 25 miles for each run - for the last 10 or 12 years, winning teams are averaging 3 minute miles for the same distances on the same trails - next year, someone may come up with a cross, or a particular male that produces even faster dogs - the 'traditional' dogs like siberians and malamutes often have separate classes because they aren't competitive with the alaskans
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they could be where someone tied their dogs - when I travel with my toyhauler to be, I'll have a series of eyebolts around the outside of the bus to fasten my dogs to during pee breaks
I know this is over a week old but I didn't see it til just now and it made me laugh because, I'm still finding random sections of rope/leash, clips, a full, chewed through collar, bits of chain and other random implements used to tie up the previous owner's dogs, throughout the bus.
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I know this is over a week old but I didn't see it til just now and it made me laugh because, I'm still finding random sections of rope/leash, clips, a full, chewed through collar, bits of chain and other random implements used to tie up the previous owner's dogs, throughout the bus.


sounds familiar to me - lol
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Sleddgracer, Is their coat naturally that short?
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and, do they have big feet?
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short dense coats - so that they can dissipate the heat while they are running - where I live, it doesn't get too cold, but in areas with colder winters, their coats do get longer and heavier
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not very big - quite compact really
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I'd assumed bigger, furrier feet (akin to snowshoes) would be needed to forestall sinking into the powder.
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not very big - quite compact really
Tho I'd reckon after the first sledge or 2 breaks trail, it starts getting pretty compacted.
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I'd assumed bigger, furrier feet (akin to snowshoes) would be needed to forestall sinking into the powder.Tho I'd reckon after the first sledge or 2 breaks trail, it starts getting pretty compacted.
most sprint races are run on groomed trails - even my training trails are well groomed so the dogs will trust the trail to be safe so they can 'let it all hang out' - my teams have been clocked on trip computers and RCMP radar at 35 and 36 MPH - if a dog doesn't trust the trail, they'll hold back
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Cool beans! How many horsepower does a good sledge dawg generate?
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most sprint races are run on groomed trails - even my training trails are well groomed so the dogs will trust the trail to be safe so they can 'let it all hang out' - my teams have been clocked on trip computers and RCMP radar at 35 and 36 MPH - if a dog doesn't trust the trail, they'll hold back
Digging on how the leads are leaning into the curve!
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Cool beans! How many horsepower does a good sledge dawg generate?Digging on how the leads are leaning into the curve!
in that picture, they are pulling a 100 lb toboggan sled, with a driver and 2 passengers - it's hard to figure a horse power rating for a dog - but they pull more per lb than a horse or man can - early in my sleddog career, I trained a little 42 lb dog to weight pull - he won many competitions including competitions that had no weight classes, and some competitions where he won every weight class - in these pictures he was 2 years old, weighed 42 lbs, and pulled 1350 lbs in poor snow conditions - he pulled a similar weight several times - his best ever pull was 1370 lbs when he was 12 years old, weighed 44 lbs - in that particular pull it was on a wheeled cart on a gravel surface - he won the 'Over All' trophy which was awarded to the dog that pulled the most in comparison to it's body weight - there were some large malamutes there that were International weight pull champions pulling in the same event - a friend of mine was invited to enter his two malamutes in a country fair pony pulling contest - when the 80 lb dogs pulled more than the 500 lb ( +/- ) ponies, the other contestants were not happy - my friend wasn't invited back - lol
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Cylus was a beauty, no doubt. Did he have sheep dog in his ancestry, d'ya know? Sure looks like a fairish bit, to me...
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Goooooood puppy!
Cylus was a beauty, no doubt. Did he have sheep dog in his ancestry, d'ya know? Sure looks like a fairish bit, to me...
he was my first leader - suspected aussie/collie cross - I rescued him from the vet's office when he was 10 months old - the vet and his owner waited for me to drive 25 miles to see him before he got the needle - she wanted to euthanize him because he'd been killing chickens - said she'd taken him to obedience class and still couldn't do a thing with him - he seemed to be built on springs, loved to learn new things - I ran out of imagination of what to teach by the time he was responding to about 45 commands plus hand signals - he wasn't very fast, could only run 18 mph loose behind my truck, but race after race that we went to, we averaged 18 mph with Cylus in lead - he was all heart that boy - lived to be 18 years old before I had to make the decision - he became quite famous among racers and spectators - one elderly couple told me they drove over 600 miles return every year to see him pull in the Pacific Coast Championships - when I announced his retirement from pulling at 13 or 14 years old, the elderly couple thanked me, 'for Cylus' and said it was their last trip to the race too - 'we only come to see Cylus'
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Cool beans! How many horsepower does a good sledge dawg generate?Digging on how the leads are leaning into the curve!
I sure look different now than I did back in 78 - lol
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Which confirmed MY suspicions! I've had 2 Aussie bitches, both of them amazingly intelligent dawgs! Both of my girls' ashes, Belle & Shadow, reside on the shelf above the wind screens. They both lived for the, "Load up!" command...
The first one, Bellevedere (long story on giving her a male's name), Aussie/Blue Heeler cross, responded to 50 commands, +/-, in 5 different languages, as well as the equivalent in whistles & gestures.
I was working in the woods, at the time, and so had ample opportunity to work with her!

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he was my first leader - suspected aussie/collie cross
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the elderly couple thanked me, 'for Cylus' and said it was their last trip to the race too - 'we only come to see Cylus'
No finer tribute to a good dawg...
During my tenure in NH, I'd go to the annual Highland Games, a gathering of the Clans. 3-day event, often going to all 3, but if I couldn't manage that, at least I'd go on Friday, for the Sheepdog trials!
Amazing to watch them work those recalcitrant ovines. Contrary to popular belief, sheep are not stupid, at least not once one is separated from the flock! Canny wee buggers, then.


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I sure look different now than I did back in 78 - lol
LOL Year I graduated HS!
You don't appear to be much less furry now than then!
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Which confirmed MY suspicions! I've had 2 Aussie bitches, both of them amazingly intelligent dawgs! Both of my girls' ashes, Belle & Shadow, reside on the shelf above the wind screens. They both lived for the, "Load up!" command...
The first one, Bellevedere (long story on giving her a male's name), Aussie/Blue Heeler cross, responded to 50 commands, +/-, in 5 different languages, as well as the equivalent in whistles & gestures.
I was working in the woods, at the time, and so had ample opportunity to work with her!


No finer tribute to a good dawg...
During my tenure in NH, I'd go to the annual Highland Games, a gathering of the Clans. 3-day event, often going to all 3, but if I couldn't manage that, at least I'd go on Friday, for the Sheepdog trials!
Amazing to watch them work those recalcitrant ovines. Contrary to popular belief, sheep are not stupid, at least not once one is separated from the flock! Canny wee buggers, then.



LOL Year I graduated HS!
You don't appear to be much less furry now than then!
a lot thinner on top now - lol - - I've been blessed with several, what I call, Walt Disney movie type dogs in my life, the kind of dogs you could write a book , or make a movie about - almost all were herding dogs - 2 lassie type collies, a border collie, Cylus, and a wonderful Belgian Sheep dog
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