The boys and girls are home again full of themselves.
Myles has been to visit our vets for a check up and some more antibiotic's. He has 40 odd stitches and looks very sorry for himself.
Mr Keen is proudly wearing his medal and so he should what an achievement for him and his team. Best we don't say too much his head is already swelling he won't fit in his helmet next year.
We would like to thank our handler and spy Paul Regan for all of his help over the past few days without his presence neither Fred or Paul would have been able to run their teams. Apparently his cooking was good too so he can move in here if he wants.
At a later date we will do a step by step guide into our experience of racing on the continent so that if you are at all interested in competing yourselves you will be prepared.
Down to 3 team members and 1/2 of a lead dog, Fred put up a brave face and set off on his second run. To say that there were a few spectators was an understatement probably 2000 would have been closer to the mark on day two.
Todd and Jira lead the team and did well not to be distracted too much by the spectators and their tiny furry companions,. we wont mention any more on this subject.
Team GB did extremely well with two Gold medal winners in the six dog and four dog classes, Steven Lindsey and Keith Johnson and a silver medal for Graeme Scott in the 8 dog class. In the purebreds Paul Keen won a silver medal in the 6 dog and steven Hopley came 6th. Fred dropped a couple of places to 7th in the four dog PB and John Witt came 9th.
Well done to everyone who entered especially the two ladies Vicky Lee 6th and Mandie Johnson 7th Four dog class I can't wait to go next year with my team/teams.
A lot has been learnt on this trip and hopefully some of what the boys have brought home can be implemented over here one thing is for sure its a lot different.
What a day of mixed feelings, excitement and joy mixed with a little nerves. The team were up against probably some of the most competitive teams with 35 entries. Team GB had several competitors Steven Hopley,Mandie Johnson, Keith Johnson, Vicky Lee and John Witt.
After our first run our team were lying 5th in the purebreds which was absolutely thrilling considering we were running a veteran team (well almost) two 8 year old's and a 10 1/2 year old plus puppy J.
Fred was pleased with the run no problems everyone was happy in the team. Once back at the van in was a huge rush to get Mr Keen off with his 6 dogs, no snubbing at this race so all were hitched in at the van and lead up to the start with 1 minute intervals. On returning to the van Myles had a little blood on him he was checked over only to find a huge tear around his neck thank goodness for on site veterinary assistance and Vicky Lee who together with Fred and the vet stitched Myles back together. The trigger hook on the stake out had cut into his neck.
Myles obviously was marked up unable to run, they are painted with a red wax two red stripes means out of the competition. Poor Fred no lead dog again and Myles was out for the count in the back of the van feeling very sorry for himself.
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