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Old 01-17-2015, 04:44 PM
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I suppose I should post some puppy pictures.

Yes, adorable.


Think we've got "tug drive" covered. He came pre-programmed.


In fact, that's pretty much how Maisy drew him out of his shell.


Now he lubs her.


He and Squash are bonding, too, whether it's derping or being noble.






First baby steps towards introducing mushing skills. Step one: Getting out in front (he is naturally inclined to stay close by).




And sometimes, he even sleeps.



Thanks for looking! I'll update as he grows!
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:57 PM
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A toast to Toast!

May he be a snappy gator for many long years!
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:26 PM
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So cute!

I obviously missed the story. Fill me in! Where did you get him? Have you been planning this for a while, or on a whim? What's the story?

Super excited for you!
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:35 PM
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He is a super cute dude. It's gonna be awesome watching this litter grow up!

I've also never seen a Mal jore and I'm assuming you'll be doing that, so that will be neat to see.
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:58 PM
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I love him! So glad Chazzers got pups
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:04 PM
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He wasn't a whim, but he wasn't planned, either. He was sort of an opportunity grabbed. People I respect with a bitch I admire had a litter, and Toast ended up being the "active pet home" puppy of the litter. A little conversation, a little enabling, a little deep thinking... one thing led to another and now he's here.
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He is so cute!
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Old 01-18-2015, 12:41 AM
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I'm seriously considering finishing my cart and teaching the four dogs here to pull it. Possibly with me in it.

How long does one wait before asking a dog to pull, even with three other grown dogs pulling as well?
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Old 01-18-2015, 01:03 AM
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Awwww, he's the mushbaby!
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:03 AM
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How long does one wait before asking a dog to pull, even with three other grown dogs pulling as well?
Many mushers start puppies of traditional breeds in harness as young as 6 months, from what I've seen generally in larger teams (6-8 dogs). I did start Squash with Maisy in harness around 6-8 months, but even at our longest distances my dogs are going relatively short distances at relatively slow speeds and aren't as physically challenged as "real" sled dogs would be.

Having said that, I will probably wait longer with Toast as I'm told based on his lines he may take longer to mature physically.
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