Dog Runs and School Portraits

Temperatures have been getting cooler and the pups are feeling SPUNKY!

We’ve been regularly taking out 10-dog teams for a short two miles to stretch their legs and get them warmed up before we start fall training. Even though they’ve hardly gotten their heart rate up by the time we return to the yard, these shorter distances are perfect for newbies like Scarpa, Petzl, Bert, and Ernie. All four of the yearlings have been rocking it!

I took a short video of a training run this morning. The team comprised of Lefty and Crunch leading followed by Faff and Yoshi, Smoky and Bowser, Thresher and Scarpa, Petzl and Mario, Otis and Bull. Lots of youth and lots of enthusiasm!

Yesterday, Scott Chesney with Tailspin Media came out to the kennel for our yearly school portraits. This is Scott’s FIFTH year of doing portraits! Thank you Scott! Some of the dogs are photogenic and require little distractions. Others require just a squeaky toy. And others require squeaky toy, weird animal sounds on the phone, and exaggerated flapping movements by the entertainment staff (aka me).

Derek, Bowser, Saeward, and Scott behind the camera.

Bert loved have Scott visit!

Amelia and Ernie

Jana and Bowser

Jana and Bowser

Cooke and Ewok

Cooke and Ewok

Tobin and Rose

Meet the latest recruits to the Ryno team- Tobin and Rose!

These two youngsters joined us from Tagish Lake Kennel.

Rose is super friendly and playful. She’s always the first to come running when called and loves people. She’s long-legged and isn’t afraid of the big dogs.

Tobin is adventurous and little more aloof. He does enjoy attention, but he prefers running through the trees and exploring. He picked up “sit” quickly. He’s fearless and will take off sprinting down a trail even if no one else is joining him.

If you followed the World Cup this summer, you’ll probably recognize the theme! These two pups are named after Tobin Heath and Rose Lavelle who were two of my favorite players to watch. Hopefully these two will be champions like their namesakes!



Yukon Quest!

I just love this race so much that we’re headed back for the 2020 YUKON QUEST!!!!! Woot woot!


August 3rd was signups for the 2020 Yukon Quest. Ten mushers signed up on the first day, and we’re excited to see several friends on the list!

  1. Rob Cooke (V) - Whitehorse, YT

  2. Brent Sass (V) - Eureka, AK

  3. Lori Tweddell (R) - Whitehorse, YT

  4. Richie Beattie (V) - Two Rivers, AK

  5. Louve Tweddell (R) - Whitehorse, YT

  6. Dave Dalton (V) - Healy, AK

  7. Torsten Kohnert (V) - Lapland, Sweden

  8. Cody Strathe (V) - Ester, AK

  9. Ryne Olson (V) - Two Rivers, AK

  10. Denis Tremblay (V) - St-Michel des Saints, QC

We’ve also heard of a few mushers who intend to sign up later this fall. Cough cough…Michelle Phillips, Ed Hopkins, and Chase Tingle!

We can’t wait to share another 1000-mile race with all the Ryno fans. For this year’s Quest, I’m pumped to have our same human players- Derek, Kalyn, Saeward, Katy (mom)- plus one new addition- Tom! I’m so excited to have my little brother Tom helping out this season. As for the canine athletes, we should have an amazing crew this year! We have a really strong 3-year-old class who are poised to challenge some of the older veterans for their spots on the Quest team. Stay tuned for a pre-season athlete report to get the update on all the canine athletes.

And more exciting news- Ryno Kennel will soon have puppies! There has been a bit of radio silence this year as our planned breeding of Loretta and Coupe (Squid Acres Car Litter) didn’t result in puppies, but we will soon have FOUR pups joining us from other kennels! Arriving today from Michelle Phillips and Ed Hopkins in Canada are two pups, and later in September, two pups will be joining us from Jen Lebar (these two will be half siblings with Amelia). Photos and more info soon to come.

The mushing season is just around the corner- thank you all for continuing to be part of the Ryno Team!

Homestead Improvements

The summer has been flying by, and temperatures have been HOT! Most days, temperatures hovered in the mid-high seventies if not eighty to eighty-five degrees. Normally, the dogs sleep through the hot days, basking in the warmth. Of course, that means when it’s finally a bit cooler around 1AM-3AM, the yard becomes alive! The dogs start barking, playing with their neighbors, and bouncing off the walls. We’re all looking forward to when the temperatures drop again and darkness returns. Our saving grace has been the Chena River. Several nights a week, a big group of pups and I head for the river to swim, fish, or cool off. Typically we meet Amanda, Janelle, Saeward, or the Borealis Peony gang for a massive dog party!

During the past two weeks, we’ve also had father-in-law (and Ryno Kennel Founder), Rick, at the kennel to help with projects. Our primary focus has been:

1- Building an uber-insulated battery shed

2-Staining and chinking the cabin

Lazy workers

Rick- with a Founders shirt that’s still in good condition!

The shed before Tyvek. We’ll then add siding and a pole barn over the top. The structure in square in an effort to decrease any wasted space (like the peak of a roof).

The shed before Tyvek. We’ll then add siding and a pole barn over the top. The structure in square in an effort to decrease any wasted space (like the peak of a roof).

This past year, we’ve been turning on the generator whenever we need power and shutting it off when we’re finished. That means any time we needed water (except for a brief period when our pipes froze and we had to get water from the Chena River in the middle of the winter… oops), work on the computer, use a vacuum, or do anything energy related, we had to turn on the generator. I don’t like to turn on the generator for simple tasks (like charging a computer), so I’ve mostly just done without (which I’ll blame for my lack of blogs this year). Excitingly, in the near future, we’ll have a battery bank and solar panels!! We can’t wait!! Solar panels should cover all our energy needs from March-October, but we will have to turn on the generator during the dark winter months. However, with the battery bank, we’ll be able to store any excess power generated, rather than waste the extra output when all I needed was to work on the computer. Our main energy needs will be water, lights, washer, dryer, computer, and phone charging. Our fridge is powered with propane as is our oven. Having a 10-inch thick insulated shed for our battery bank, generator, and inverter is going to be a ginormous improvement for us!! Anyways, I was explaining all this to say that our battery shed was one of Rick’s main focuses during his “vacation.” A big thank you to Rick for helping building the shed!

Once the battery shed was complete (save the siding and pole barn over the roof), Rick started chipping away on the main cabin. On the to-do list for this summer is staining and chinking the cabin. Rick scraped all the old bark that was stubbornly hanging to the logs and began staining. Wow is it looking excellent! Now just imagine chink, a big porch with a rocking chair and dog couch- it’s going to be heaven! Can you spy Kindi in her favorite sleeping spot?