There are many Fall chores to complete before the snow flies. Cleaning out dog houses and attaching new name plates is just one. Allen, Aliy and all the SP Dogs know in which dog house they reside but not necessarily every helper or visitor to the kennel knows who is who. (“No that’s Willie… he is furrier and wags his tail slower. Ernie is thinner and wags his tail rapidly. And Clyde has a very pink nose.”)
It is important that there is some sort of guide to the madness of returning dogs to their spots after a training run or Chemo will absolutely go eat Nomex’s food before trotting over to his house, right next door, and then eating his own kibble. Then poor Nomex returns and “Hey… What the heck/?!?!?” Or Scout will saunter around the entire yard with his tail curled up, claiming: “I just can’t remember where my house is.” LIAR! He’s lived at the same house for 8 years.
Anyhow, name plates are great and helpful. But, because SP Kennel sled dogs are still actually dogs (chew chew chew), they do not last for years and years. The rain, snow, sleet and dog teeth get the best of many name tags annually. It is a big task to cut, paint and write the dogs’ names (legibly). That task has fallen on Aliy’s Mom, Mickey, for the last 10 years. She takes it seriously and sprays the completed signs with a shiny gloss protecting.
Look and see: