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Well, that was kind of a bust. I could deal with the fact that he was obviously not a dog guy and was making lots of rookie mistakes with the team (and in his comments about the team - I saw at least one blue eye in there), but when he let the team go and said "They'll be fine" that *** me off. There are countless things that can go very, very wrong, from tangles to fights.
As I've mentioned my dogs are so used to hearing dogs on television that they now ignore it, but a couple of them popped up and stared at the tv when they heard him yelling "GEE" over and over and over and over and over (an example of a rookie mistake, BTW).
Some of it was okay, though. When people who aren't in the cold much watch stuff like that, do you take it seriously when he goes on and on about not getting wet?
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Well, that was kind of a bust. I could deal with the fact that he was obviously not a dog guy and was making lots of rookie mistakes with the team

I missed the very beginning. Did he say how much prep time and what sort of orientation he'd gotten with the dogs?
but when he let the team go and said "They'll be fine" that *** me off. There are countless things that can go very, very wrong, from tangles to fights.

I was gobsmacked that he did that! I'm sorry, but that was not okay. This is the first time, though, that I've been disappointed in an episode of the show.
Some of it was okay, though. When people who aren't in the cold much watch stuff like that, do you take it seriously when he goes on and on about not getting wet?

He does that in every episode(1)! I've sweated plenty in the cold, and yet, I live to tell the tale. Amazing! I mean, he has a point, but boy, does he ever belabor it.
(1) Okay, he may not have said it in the Costa Rican jungle episode.

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I missed the very beginning. Did he say how much prep time and what sort of orientation he'd gotten with the dogs?

He said he'd spent two days getting to know the team. He didn't go into much detail about what that meant, but clearly he'd been given basic lessons in how to hook them up, feeding, camping, and so on. He obviously got less training in how to actually drive the sled and how to communicate with the dogs.
I was gobsmacked that he did that! I'm sorry, but that was not okay. This is the first time, though, that I've been disappointed in an episode of the show.

I hope he puts something up on his website about it. A lot of people think highly of him and this was a big mistake.

On the other hand, gorgeous country and gorgeous dogs. There used to be a 400 miler in Labrador that a bunch of people from the northeast went up for, and they raved about what a great race it was. Can't imagine driving the trans-Labrador highway in winter, but I guess it's doable.
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Well, that was kind of a bust.

Pretty much. Rajesh ended up yelling at the guy on TeeVee, and I've never seen him do that before. At the end, he kept yelling 'What happened to the dogs? Did you get them to safety?'
but when he let the team go and said "They'll be fine" that *** me off. There are countless things that can go very, very wrong, from tangles to fights.

Yeah, he kept saying stuff about how they'll eat each other if his back is turned, and then sent them on their merry way. What's up with that?
Some of it was okay, though. When people who aren't in the cold much watch stuff like that, do you take it seriously when he goes on and on about not getting wet?

Gosh, did he ever go on and on. Clubbing us over the head with it. I kinda didn't get the point of this whole episode anyway. Can't say I learned a whole lot either.
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Pretty much. Rajesh ended up yelling at the guy on TeeVee, and I've never seen him do that before. At the end, he kept yelling 'What happened to the dogs? Did you get them to safety?'

He and his crew had to be helicoptered off the ice. I mean, c'mon - what happened to the dogs?
Also, if your dogs dump you and take off (and it happens to everybody at some point) you do not set up camp unless you're injured or there's a storm. You trudge off after them. You flag down a passing skidoo (and there were tracks all over the place, so they were there). You find your dogs while their tracks in the snow are fresh and can be followed. You do not say "they'll be fine" and dig a ditch to sleep in. I appreciate that he was showing how to get comfortable in the winter woods when you've really got nothing, but the context was awful.
Gosh, did he ever go on and on. Clubbing us over the head with it. I kinda didn't get the point of this whole episode anyway. Can't say I learned a whole lot either.

I learned about using vaseline and cotton to start a fire, but to be honest I have magnesium fire starters and knives stashed in my parkas and carrying vaseline and cotton balls strikes me as bulkier and less convenient. You can always stuff 'em in the sled bag, but I think it's a good idea to have them on your person.

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As I've mentioned my dogs are so used to hearing dogs on television that they now ignore it, but a ... heard him yelling "GEE" over and over and over and over and over (an example of a rookie mistake, BTW).

Segue to my dogs: I've been working on a Gee and Haw with Maybe. At the moment, the idea is 180 to the right, 180 to the left. I have great ideas as to where maybe this will go.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
He obviously got less training in how to actually drive the sled and how to communicate with the dogs.

That's not much time to learn about mushing, especially if he (I assume) isn't a dog person. Still, you'd think basic dog handling information (like, don't repeat commands a million times) would have been covered.
I hope he puts something up on his website about it. A lot of people think highly of him and this was a big mistake.

I thought it was weird that there was no post-production update comment on whether or not the dogs were okay. Sheesh!
On the other hand, gorgeous country and gorgeous dogs.

Yes!
Can't imagine driving the trans-Labrador highway in winter, but I guess it's doable.

Yeah, if you happen to own an AT-AT.

Shelly
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http://esther.cat-sidh.net (Letters to Esther)
Segue to my dogs: I've been working on a Gee and Haw with Maybe. At the moment, the idea is 180 to the right, 180 to the left. I have great ideas as to where maybe this will go.

If you want to use "standard" mushing terminology, those are "come gee" and "come haw." Because you can blab your way through a rally course Emmett had a leg up and did better than I expected when we took a rally class. But, you know, there are mushing border collies and mushing Aussies all around Canada. Skijoring in particular but whole teams, too.

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That's not much time to learn about mushing, especially if he (I assume) isn't a dog person. Still, you'd think basic dog handling information (like, don't repeat commands a million times) would have been covered.

I've told people a million times not to repeat commands to their dogs. Some, like my brother, can't help themselves.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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