Born : 05.09.03 Gender: Male
Colour: Grey and White Weight 70lbs
Position : Wheel
Gealach Mor's Tik Tak Takeo is another of the 3 BIG dogs from our first litter. He was the last of the pups born and was by far the biggest, even at that stage. Takeo was a confident pup and always happy to explore and push the boundaries - a trait he has continued to develop.
2004 - 2005 season Harness breaking Takeo was easy and he was happy running in any position on the team. He sailed through Boot Camp and continued to build his confidence and experience throughout our winter in the US. He very quickly became a "fixture" in the first string pool and established himself as a great wheel dog, due to his size, strength and drive.
Takeo loves to run - so much so, that he has chewed his way out of his truck box in an effort to join the team. He eventually broke out and set off up the trail before sensibly deciding that as he didn't know which way we had gone, he should just wait on us coming back. It was a strange feeling to come down the trail and see your dog sitting loose, about a mile away from his truck. Takeo simply jumped up and ran loose lead all the way back. A trick he has repeated a couple of times ..... now he lives in a steel box !
An ever present on the race team in the snow, time will tell whether Takeo's size will hamper him when we return to running on dirt in the UK.
2005 - 2006 season No surprises, no disappointments, Takeo has continued to perform at the high level he has set himself. If any dog has remembered one particular thing from Boot camp last year, it has to be him. On hills, the cry of "everybody - PULL" is always responded to by Takeo digging even deeper.
2006 - 2007 season See above comments. If I could have a team of Takeos, I'd be absolutely delighted. Further, faster, harder seem to be his watchwords.
2007 - 2009 season For a variety of reasons, some health related, both mine and various dogs, a trip to Alaska, extensive vehicle troubles and race cancellations, we only actually managed to get to one race in the last 2 seasons. Training was going well, and Takeo was powering along as he does. I wonder if there's a slightly smaller version of him out there somewhere.
It's going to be a big jump from what we've been doing these last 4 years to what we'll be aiming for next season and Takeo is going to be big, powerful part of that.