I was diagnosed as asthmatic at five years old and Ive
never forgotten the relief being prescribed drugs to treat
the condition. As a little boy, asthma had me gagging for
breath and frightened me. Today I read online an article Id
written for the National
Asthma Campaign's magazine before leaving England. I wrote
it to encourage others to reach out and not hold back on their
ambitions simply because theyre asthmatic.
Hansel sat and watched as I prepared the dogs'
and my food.
I wrote an endorsement and emailed a digital picture for PadiPaws
Cruft's press release. I've an appearance to make for them
at the event in Birmingham, UK next month.
Alone I headed out from Inuvik and on to the Mackenzie with
a dog team of eight to test some gear and give the four youngsters
their first taste of a multi-day journey camped out on river
ice. I left Sasha behind.
Team formation and their positions:
Pingo - Piper - leaders
Hansel - Timber - point
Kimik - Larvik, youngsters - team position
Denali - Hummer, youngsters - wheel position
My sled and lashed down gear, food and fuel.
The youngsters have all maintained voracious appetites. This
at least indicates the new experience hasn't fazed them. Denali
is the biggest and boldest. He encourages his buddy Larvik.
They've learnt a lot over the last few days. Hummer is always
a little reserved. He reminds me of a younger Timber. He just
likes to be left alone and pull, hard. Kimik digs in with
little fuss and loves to get his head down. Tonight they soon
settled looking forward to their next adventure tomorrow.