07 Mar Dog Sledding
John Booth, a Cross Village local, shares his story of a seemingly Alaskan addiction.
Five years ago we adopted Jake from the LTBHS. With a dose of husky, Jake at 80 pounds was bound for the horizon! Free-running on the several miles of trail we maintain was not an option for Jake, but we needed to keep this exceptional dog moving. We gave bikejoring a try which gave way to skijoring which gave way to dogsled. And another dog, and then another…
With excellent hands-on training from the crew at Nature’s Kennel in the U.P. we learned mushing, an activity that had long fascinated us, but seemed unattainable. For the past 4 years, from fall until the snow has gone, our dog team made up of Willow, a Chinook, Dagny, an Alaskan Husky and our mixed-breed rescue Jake head out the back door almost every day (or night) to experience the magic that happens every time a dog team and musher take to the trail.
(Photo: Front, Willow (L) Dagny (R) Rear, Jake. Musher, John. Photo by Carlynn)
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