Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Scootering Info.

Hi everyone,
This is Kodi's mum. Apologies for the lack of blogging lately, things have been pretty busy! I wanted to say though that Kodi and I do read everyone's blogs and keep up with them even if we do not comment! We love reading about all of your adventures, they brighten our day!

I thought that today I'd put up a blog giving a bit of information on the different equipment and things that Kodi & I use while scootering. Just in case anyone is interested in getting started in scootering themselves.

I use a scooter with Kodi, because it is lightweight and easy for her pull on her own.
Our own scooter is just a very basic one that I got for starting out, I've had it for a year now and it's still holding up.
This photo of Kodi & myself gives you an idea of what it looks like. It has 16 inch wheels and has no brushbow. 
You can get more expensive models of scooter that have a brushbow and bigger wheels. They are purpose built for the sport of dog scootering. One example is the popular pawtrekker model.
The brushbow is the part that comes out over the wheel, you attach the gangline to this. The presence of a brushbow means that it is less likely for the gangline to get tangled in the wheel. It is perfectly ok to use a scooter that does not have one of these but it just means you have to be extra careful that the gangline does not wrap around the wheel.

Scooters are generally used for one to two dogs. If you have more than two dogs you could invest in a three wheeled rig.
Rigs look like this:
They are obviously more bulky to transport but are steadier and safer on the trails if you are running a team of dogs.

The gangline is what connects the dog to the scooter. It attaches to your dogs harness and to the brushbow. Because we do not have a brushbow, we just wrap it around the neck of the scooter.
We use a single dog gangline like this one:


Kodi wears a Nordkyn Shoulder harness. These harnesses are versatile and can be used for running (canicross) as well as scootering. The shoulder harness allows a center of the back point of attachment. Can also be used as a walking harness as there is a D-ring attachment point on the neck. I use this with Kodi because it clips around her stomach meaning that she cannot back out of it. They are lovely and padded too so they are comfortable for the dog. This is what they look like:

Kodi's one is pink though to match her scooter :) She is doing really well running with this harness.
Another popular choice of harness is the x-back harness:
 The reason we do not use one of these is simply that they are easier for the dog to back out of, so if your dog has a tendency to escape then the shoulder harness is more secure.

  • Another very important piece of equipment to invest in is a helmet for yourself. Dog scootering is a great fun sport but is also high risk so it's best to protect yourself. It only takes a split second to fall off the scooter so be safe! Elbow and knee pads are also a good investment when starting off.

Helmet Cam
The other main thing that Kodi and I now take out on the trails is our helmet cam.
The one we use is called action cam and it looks like this:
It is a very basic helmet cam but good for starting off. It takes two batteries and an SD card. You simply press to record and press again to stop. We've been finding it easy to use and the picture and sound quality is good. Definitely a good inexpensive one to get you started. You can get them on various websites and on e-bay. This e-bay listing gives more information on the spec of the camera etc: helmet cam

So that's pretty much all the equipment we use while out on the trails! I hope that you find it informative and if you have any questions at all just ask and i'll answer them in our next post! 

Happy Mushing!

Lisa (Kodi's Mum)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Mushing - Balrath Wood

Me mushing in Balrath Wood Last week :)

Kodi x

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Good Luck Irish Devils!

This is a very special blog post!

Our good friends Ole & Hector, owned by Rita & Trevor are travelling over to the United Kingdom this weekend to compete in their first fun race at the Dean Doubles, organised by Wyedean Mushing.

We want to wish them the very best of luck in the race and we hope they have a wonderful weekend!

Photo Copyright of Ray Keogh Photography.

Best of Luck to the Irish Devils!

and to the other members of Tails 'n' Trails Dog Adventure Club who are also travelling over to compete in the race!

Visit the Irish Devils at their website to find out more about them!

Happy Mushing!
From Kodi & her mum Lisa.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Scenic Sunday!

I thought that today I would share some more hiking photos with you! Recently myself, mum & dad climbed Bray Head in Co.Wicklow. Bray Head is a 241 m (791 ft) hill and headland.It was a pretty steep climb up but the views are so worth it. It was quite busy when we climbed up as it was a sunny day & I had alot of people asking if they could take my photo and even asking if the could have their picture taken with me! Mum says I'm like a celebrity! :D

 Me & Mum at the top of Bray Head.

Me & Mum again, also at Bray Head, but a different part of it than the last photo. 

Me with the Sea behind me!

Dad had gone climbing up some rocks so this is me waiting for him to come back.

Photos are copyright of Ray Keogh Photography & Lisa Murphy Photography.

It is another place that is worth a visit if you ever come to Ireland. The views are lovely, especially if it is a sunny day.

Happy Mushing!
Kodi X

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday.

Photos copyright of Ray Keogh Photography

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Helmet Cam!

It was my mum's birthday back in August, and what she really wanted was a helmet cam so that she could film me running while we are out mushing. Dad very kindly obliged and bought her one. We finally got to test it out last week and I wanted to share the video with you all so you can see me doing one of the things I love best, running!

So as you can see we had a bit of a crash at the end! Fear not though, no animals or humans were harmed in the making of this film! Though I can't say the same for the poor bushes that mum dived into... or the busted brake on the scooter. Someone should tell mum that she needs practice with going around bends!
On the bright side the helmet cam works great, just needs a bit of adjusting so you get to see more of me! :D

Happy Mushing!
Kodi X

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hike on!

I must apologise for being so lax about updating the blog. My mum had a very busy time the last while, off gallivanting here and there! In between her gallivanting though her & dad managed to take me on some great hikes.

I'm really lucky to live in Ireland, there is an abundance of fabulous walks to go on. Some of the best are located in County Wicklow on the east coast. Wicklow is mountainous and very scenic. One of the most beautiful areas is Glenadlough, a place I've mentioned in the blog before and a place we go quite often as there are lots of different walks to choose from. Recently we did the Spinc mountain walk there. It was a tough walk (for the humans lol) up a small mountain that has spectacular views over the two lakes at Glendalough. Here is a picture of myself and mum at the top having a rest!

You can see it's quite high up! I would recommend this walk to anyone visiting Ireland as it's worth it for the views!

We also headed up to County Donegal which is in the North West of Ireland. It's another beautifully scenic area of the country and also well worth a visit! The coastal area is fabulous and we went on a hike in Ards Forest Park with the dog adventure club we are part of. Here is a pic of me and mum again on the hike.

It was a beautiful day and it's another place I would recommend if you visit here.

Thank you for reading.

Happy Mushing & Hiking!
Kodi X

All photos are copyright of Ray Keogh Photography and may not be used without permission from the photographer.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Kodi

Happy 2nd Birthday to my beautiful girl Kodi!
You have completely changed my life in the last two years, but changed it for the better. I can't imagine you not being around, I'd be lost without you! 
You bring lots of love, fun, husky kisses and hugs, and so much more to my life. 

Love you lots.
Your Mum X

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday!

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Donkey Encounter.

So in the last post I mentioned that I was at the pet expo and got to meet many different animals.
My favourite were the donkeys! Dad managed to caputure a picture of my encounter with them and here it is:

My new buddies!
As always photos are copyright of Ray Keogh Photography.

They were so cool! 
Have any of you ever met any cool animals? I'd love to hear if you have :)

Happy Mushing!
Kodi x