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Forever Running with the Odaroloc Sled Dogs

Back in September when we were in Denver, we were lucky enough to meet up again with the most awesome sled dog around, Calpurnia. Only this time, she and her team were getting ready for the snowy season, by practicing on dirt roads in the Colorado mountains. It was a beautiful, early fall day, and we had such a great time seeing how much this team loves to mush. They live for it!


Sadly, as you know, so much has changed since then. The day after I was set free to go on my own journey, my pawrents learned the awful news that Calpurnia’s teammate, LilBit, passed away, very unexpectedly.

Calpurnia’s pawrents have been coping with this devastaing loss, all while preparing the team for the upcoming mushing season. On one recent run, Calpurnia’s Mom TC, had a beautiful experience in which she truly felt the presence of her beloved LilBit, in which he told her, “I’m OK Mamma, really. I’m with Jerry now.”

TC shared her story with us, and we would like to share it with you now. We hope you think it’s as beautiful as we do.

“We went training this morning in the same area where we met you a few weeks ago. Dave took the bigger team and I took a smaller team on my own. The first snow had dusted the area over night, so everything was white with the golden aspen leaves raining down on us.

We went up over a hill and a gorgeous vista opened up looking back into the Tarryall Mountains that were dusted in white. About this time, as the team was just trotting happily along, I started hearing the sound of dog tags jingling off on the left and right sides of the trail. I thought maybe someone (a hunter?) had dogs that were following us, but I never saw one. The jingling dog tags followed us down a valley and across a stream and up the other side – happily zig-zagging all around us in those golden leaves on the snow. Even with the ATV powered down so I could listen better, I heard them. Two distinct tag noises. The dogs didn’t seem terribly excited as they would if a strange dog was around.

When we rounded the corner back to the main road, I lost the sounds. I turned around to look over my shoulder and see if I could see the “dogs” and two coyotes were sitting on the hill watching us. They stood and ran back the way we had come into the woods. It was magical.

I know that your hearts are broken for Jerry as ours are about LilBit. But maybe, somehow, they are playing together and sent those coyotes to watch the team go by and cheer me up a little. Keep your eyes peeled – I suspect Jerry is somehow watching you as you guys continue your adventures. You are right – he is all around you.”

Odaroloc Sled Dog Team Member LilBit

12 Responses to “Forever Running with the Odaroloc Sled Dogs”

  1. Calpurnia has celebrated her two year ampuversary, and I’m there in spirit! Check out her latest guest blog post from 11/04/09, “Three Paws, Two Years, No Problem!”

  2. I have no doubt….what a beautiful experience. Thank you so much for sharing this~

  3. How reassuring and comforting this event must’ve been for LilBit’s mom. We are saddened for the loss of LilBit, but are joyful over the spiritual experience.

    Linda and Barney B

  4. What a great story. It brought tears of joy to my eyes. They do live in on.
    Heidi and Titan

  5. Thank you for sharing this amazing and beautiful story…i believe wholeheartedly in the spirit dog and i know that one day too, I will have my own spirit dog watching over me. I love what I saw Jerry write on one of the threads about the loss of a beloved dog – how it can be more heartbreaking than the loss of a beloved human because of the unconditional and pure love that these guys are able to give. It’s truly wonderful and how lucky are we to have had such beautiful and pure creatures to love us that way?

    I’m so sorry for your loss…our thoughts and prayers are with you –

    Love and prayers,
    Heather and Zeus

  6. lalla, moderator October 19, 2008 at 4:30 am

    Wonderful post. Our heart goes out to Calpurnia and her pawrents.

  7. Thanks for sharing this great story. I’m sure that it has touched everyone who has lost a beloved dog…


  8. I almost forgot to mention how great this video is. I watched it on the other day when I received a message from YouTube Service that one of my subscriptions had a new video. I was excited to see it was from jerrygdawg!!!!

    Love, Vicki & Blazer

  9. This is a wonderful story! And LilBit does have very beautiful blue eyes. It is awesome to think that maybe your spirite furkids were playing that day.

    Love, Blazer, Kitty Kimber & Mom (Vicki)

  10. how very nice to be able to hear their spirit as well… what piercing blue eyes.


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