Today was a long day. We had extra help in the dog yard, in the form of Ben, the boyfriend of the daughter of a friend of the boss. How’s that for degrees of separation?
Ben is very cool, and wants to learn about mushing, so he’s volunteered to come over and help us out from time to time. Today we took advantage of the extra body, along with the good weather (sunny, in the mid-thirties), to scrape out the accumulated mud, straw, and other assorted…stuff…that collects in the bottoms of the dog houses. Since it’s been cold here for some time, a few of the houses presented the extra challenge of having the muck frozen solid. We used paint scrapers to peel out the gunk, and then used it to fill in the various holes the dogs dug over the summer, and we now find by falling into them through the snow cover.
On a completely different note, I’ve mentioned before that the lighting here is amazing. That same day, the sun broke through the cloud cover for about 30 minutes before it set for the day, and lit up parts of the bay.