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Skijor Training

The first accumulating snowfall has arriving in Minneapolis, and I was in town this weekend to experience it.  One of the things we wanted to do this winter was teach our dog to skijor.  The thought was 1) He's a Husky-mix, so I'm guessing he will enjoying pulling 2) He has a TON of energy 3) We like to cross country ski.

Prior to this weekend we purchased a skijoring setup for him:

First thing this morning we went to the Minneapolis airport dog park early morning:

Sammy loves the snow

Next, we found a semi-secluded area and put the harness on.  No cross-country skis involved yet:

I was trying not to hold too-high of expectations for this first go-round.  We ran around the park for a bit, he did a pretty good job at following the path and staying on-task.  Now it's time to teach him some other commands: "come around", "line-out":

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In the end, he had a great day.  Here is the result:

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Winter is coming soon...

First snowfall of the year earlier this week.  Winter is coming :)  We're also just over three months away until skiing in Hokkaido :)

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Flight Memory / EXP

As a consultant working for Accenture, I've had my fair share of travel, though all work-related travel has been domestic.  I've been mostly lucky with my project assignments, having traveled to the following locations:

  • Pasadena, CA
  • Austin, TX
  • Marina Del Rey, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • North Hollywood, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Seattle, WA
  • Minneapolis, MN
Notice a trend?  Up until my current assignment in Minneapolis I've been fortunate enough to be able to stick with one airline, American Airlines in this case.  As a reward for my "loyalty", they've awarded me with Executive Platinum (EXP) status since late 2006 which has yielded a number of first class upgrades, great standby position for taking earlier flights, upgrades for friends and family, and access to the Flagship Lounge.  I've earned EXP status by flying over 100,000 miles or over 100 segments in a calendar year.  Unfortunately, starting in March 2012 I will drop down to lowly Platinum status on American Airlines.  EXP - you will be missed.

I started to track a number of my flights using FlightMemory, but there is a limit of it's usefulness in that you have to enter everything manually, so after a few weeks of recording my weekly ORD-LAX flights back in 2007 I decided to only include new unique routes.  What results is an interesting spider web of domestic routes:

Eric's Flight Memory

Full FlightMemory profile info at http://my.flightmemory.com/efahsl

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Best Dog Park in the Twin Cities

Work has brought me to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul recently.  I was fortunate enough to obtain a corporate apartment that is dog-friendly so I can bring our Husky-Shepherd mix with me.  We stayed in Minneapolis one weekend and found a great dog park in Battle Creek Regional Park.  There is a little bit of everything, open spaces, ponds to swim in, woods to play in, and even some nice scenery.  

Excited dog!

Well-behaved ... for now

Can't wait to see what the park is going to be like when covered in snow!

 

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