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Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi

Moose Tracks

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Moose tracks

Fresh moose tracks where we walk

We’ve had a week of nothing but snow and cold.  I haven’t run outside much as a result.  Every walk with Kobi involved wearing snowshoes and choking on snowflakes.  It finally stopped snowing on Friday and today (Sunday) it warmed up to -10C.

On our Friday lunch hour walk, in the sun, a moose had meandered along the same trail we were walking along.  I was pretty sure I was going to end up seeing it as the tracks were very fresh and Kobi was pretty excited.  The snow was so deep she had to stay on the trail rather than try to follow the moose tracks.

Dog in the deep snow

Kobi in the deep snow

One thing about Kobi, maybe most dogs, is she loves eating moose and deer poop.  She was thrilled to find some moose nuggets and wasted no time in indulging herself.  I’ve given up trying to stop her and she doesn’t eat so much that she makes herself sick, good thing she can show restraint.   Hey, we all have things we like to eat but know we probably shouldn’t.  Mine is red liquorice.

dog in the snow

Kobi digging for nuggets

Yesterday we had a great ski in the forest.  I’d have taken photos as it was stunning out there with all the new snow and sunshine, but it was -24C and I was reluctant to remove my mittens.

The ski tracks weren’t set yet as it had been snowing so hard for days.  I wanted to ski for 2 hours and on our second loop around we ran into the awesome trail groomer dude who was out setting track.  I did a happy dance when I saw him.   He probably thought there was something wrong with me as trying to dance on skis likely doesn’t look like dancing.

We followed him back in order to have a slightly easier ski on nice set tracks.  I was really tired by that time and Kobi’s feet were full of snow and ice (I felt bad for her).  We motored along and made it back to the parking lot in great time.  I started my vehicle, put Kobi inside, got some of my gear off and then proceeded to lock myself out of the vehicle.

Yup, that’s another of my super powers.  When fatigued I do stupid things. Fortunately there was another girl in the parking lot who leant me her phone (as mine was in the vehicle safe and warm with Kobi) so I could call home for help.  I was only slightly hypothermic by the time my hubby rescued me 20 minutes later (the other vehicle was buried in snow and it was also -24C out so it needed to warm up a tad first).

I will have to teach Kobi how to unlock doors.  At least I had put a warmer jacket on before locking myself out or it would’ve been really bad.

What’s your funny “locked out of the vehicle story”?

Dog paw

Kobi’s feet are adapting to the cold and snow by getting more hairy

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Author: Angie

I live in northern British Columbia, Canada. I found my dog Kobi in 2011 when she was only 5 weeks old and we've been having running adventures ever since.

6 thoughts on “Moose Tracks

  1. Sam’s favorite is horse poop, especially frozen horse poop. I have given up trying to stop her also.

    When I was writing my dissertation, I would lock the keys in my car once a week.

  2. Ah yes, that’s almost every dog’s favourite, good ol’ horse poop. Kobi loves horse poop too only she isn’t allowed in the neighbours yard where the horses are. Writing a dissertation would be stressful and tiring, I can see how you’d lock yourself out of your car often, just to add more stress to your life when you needed it the least.

  3. I guess eating someone else’s poop is better than eating your own poop (like one of our dog’s does).
    Aren’t mooses kind of mean? That’s what they told me when I first visited Alaska – I saw a few of them, but the locals told me to keep my distance.

    • One of Kobi’s dog friends eats her own poop too (and Kobi’s if given the opportunity). I think that’s why I’m sort of okay with Kobi eating moose poop, at least it’s a different species. Still gross. And yes, mooses can be mean, especially if they are a cow moose with a baby. I don’t really want to run into one as they are big and surprising fast. Sigh, so now not only do I have to worry about wolves, velociraptors, and vampires, but also moose.

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