Thursday, April 15, 2010

Canine Good Citizen Workshop, offered by MiDD:

When: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Seminar Cost: MiDD members: $15.00; non-MiDD members: $20.00

Where: Langes' Last Chance Retreat and Trails, 4906 S. Forest Hill Dr.,
Baldwin, MI.

The workshop will be about training and testing for the Canine Good
Citizen test. You can learn more about CGC at the following link:

Instructor: Raissa Hinman, of Ann Arbor, MI.
Raissa, in addition to being a MiDD charter member and a mushing
enthusiast, is also an instructor with the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club who
has trained her Malamutes to four MACH titles and numerous UDS and UDX
titles over 20 years of training and competition. Raissa teaches and
competes in both obedience and agility with her Mals. She is a certified
Canine Good Citizen tester.

Raissa plans to demonstrate the Canine Good Citizen test, explain what 10
skills are tested, and give an overview as to how to train those skills.
Participants should bring their dogs.

Break for lunch: Noon to 1:00 p.m. Bring a bag lunch.

Apart from the seminar on Saturday, Raissa will also offer one-on-one
private instruction on Sunday for $20 per 1/2 hour. People can sign up
for privates prior to or the day of the seminar. Get expert help for your
training challenges, on and off the trail.

Camping on site available: $15 per night

(Canine Good Citizen testing will be offered at a later date.)

Contact Linda ( for camping info and to sign up for
the workshop; contact Raissa ( to set up privates
on Sunday.

Interested in a Spay/Neuter Clinic in Baldwin?

I contacted the Spay/Neuter Express from the Grand Rapids area.

They are willing to do a trip to Baldwin (our place, either the Wooden
Nickel or back at the lodge.)

They need 40 dogs and cats signed up in advance.

You can look over the fees, etc. at this link:

Basically, $52.50 for a male dog (60# or under.)
$67.50 for a female.

The additional $2.50 per dog covers the $100 cost of getting the mobile
unit to Baldwin.

They like a variety of animals; males, females, dogs, cats.

I think this may be a great opportunity for mushers to get multiple dogs
(and cats) fixed at a reasonable cost. We may offer this to the local
community too - if I don't get enough mushers interested.

Please email me with the sex and type of animals you will bring to the
clinic in Baldwin. If I get enough interest, I will schedule a date. I'm
thinking a date in May or June, if we can get one - it will depend on
their scheduling.

I'm interested in all feedback on this...positive and/or negative.

Feel free to share this email with anyone you know who may be interested.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sweetwater Challenge #2 Video link

Here's link to Jay's video he put together from SWC#2

It's great!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Mush for a Cure Photos

Mush for a Cure weekend didn't involve any dogsledding...the snow vanished...just a LOT OF PINK and FUN! Oh, yes, and over $28,000 raised for Breast Cancer Research!

Here's a group photo below of a lot of MiDD members who were at this event...first year for Patty and I, the Adopt-A-Husky folks have been here before...look for incriminating photos of Patty and I on Friday night, partying the night away at the Trail Center....

Mark Black (right, below), "Captain Mammogram" and his sidekicks...

Patty groping Mary Black....

This guy was camped at the event site, fishing and cross-country skiing - he was a good sport, taking part in the relay race as the owly prospector, "claim-jumpers, flatlanders, get out of here!")

We got to see a real, live moose cross the road (the Gunflint Trail) in front of our vehicle and then pose alongside the road so I could get a quick shot. Cool!