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  • September 3, 2014

Katie Orlinsky on Mushing in the Dog Days of Summer

Author
Becky Harlan
Contributions
Elizabeth Krist

“I’m from New York City. I had never even heard of the word “mushing” before I covered the Yukon Quest,” photographer Katie Orlinsky admits. “But as soon as I watched the first dog team come into a checkpoint with their legs pounding on the sparkling snow and their paws covered in those funny neon-colored booties, I was hooked.”

Picture of Kristin Knight Pace sitting with a sled dog in a summertime landscape
Kristin Knight Pace and sled dog Hoss at Hey Moose Kennel in Denali, Alaska. Pace is a rookie dog musher and will run in the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest this year.

Orlinsky first observed the world of mushing, which she soon learned referred to sled dog teams and the men and women who run them, when she was commissioned to photograph the Yukon Quest, a 1,000-mile dog sled race from Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska. The route follows the historic “Klondike Highway,” which sled dogs used to travel to deliver mail during the Gold Rush. The time she spent documenting the race left an impression on her. “They say race as a whole is a test of the spirit, strength, and ability of the athletes, both human and canine, and it’s completely true. I found myself really invested in a sporting event and capable of understanding why people care so much about sports for the first time in my life,” she says.

Picture of a newborn puppy snuggled up next to his mother at the Wild and Free Kennel
A puppy of first-time mom, Celia, after she gave birth. Celia has run four different thousand-mile races and belongs to competitive dog musher Brent Sass. This summer his kennel, Wild and Free Mushing in Eureka, Alaska, bred over 30 new puppies. Genetics played a large part in the breeding process—each of the litters was bred from select dogs that exhibit desirable traits for racing.

And while she was wooed by the event itself, Orlinsky found that she wanted to return to see what life was like for these dogs and their trainers during the Alaskan summer. “As much as I loved the race, I knew the story was bigger,” she says. So when Brent Sass, a Quest veteran and the owner of Wild and Free Kennel, asked her to photograph the four litters of puppies that were born there this summer, she felt it was her chance to explore the true heart of the story: “the bond between the musher and their dogs.”

Picture of three sled dogs on a summertime free run down a tree-lined road in Alaska
Scroggie, Bato, and Braeburn, on a free run at the Wild and Free Mushing kennel in Eureka, Alaska.
Picture of two children standing in the bed of a truck with a newly purchased sled dog
A neighboring family loads their truck with a new dog purchased from Joe Reddington Jr. at his Iditarod Kennels in Manley, Alaska. Joe is the son of Iditarod co-founder and champion Joe Reddington.

Through spending time at Wild and Free as well as visiting Blue Kennels, Husky Homestead, Comeback Kennel, and a few other kennels, Orlinsky found that dog mushing extends beyond sport or hobby—it’s a way of life. Maintaining a kennel is a year-round responsibility, so even in the off-season the daily tasks are numerous. In addition to that maintenance, she says summer, “is the best time for competitive dog mushers to breed and raise new puppies and begin training their youngest dogs. Once the snow falls they need to focus on the dogs in their current racing team.”

Picture of a dog handler walking a sled dog back to its kennel on the snowy glacier where Blue Kennel is run, a helicopter is in the background, which is the only way to access the glacier
Kyle, a dog handler at Blue Kennels on the Herbert Glacier near Juneau, Alaska, walks Dredge to his dog house after a run. The dog camp is a popular summer destination for tourists.
Picture of sled dogs taking a swim after a run in the summertime, as seen from above
Dogs go for a swim after a summertime dry run at Trail Breaker Kennels in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Kennel was run by the late great Iditarod champion Susan Butcher and her husband David Munson. It is now run by Munson and his children.

“Every dog is different and the best mushers really get to know each and every one individually in order to build a relationship based on trust and loyalty,” Orlinsky says.

And like the dogs, the people who dedicate their lives to raising and training sled dogs vary in personality. However Orlinsky explains that most, “tend to be tough people who love the outdoors and know how to survive in the Alaskan wilderness.” She also notes that the really competitive racers tend to be obsessive. “They dedicate their life to dog mushing and caring for their dogs, day in and day out. The mushers love their dogs like their own children.”

Picture of musher Brent Sass sitting in a puppy kennel holding the young dogs in his lap
Brent Sass, a Yukon Quest veteran frontrunner and 2012 Iditarod Rookie of the Year, sits in the puppy pen at his kennel, Wild and Free Mushing, in Eureka, Alaska. Sass says, “The bond the musher has with his dogs usually is what separates the winners from the losers.”

Orlinsky has respect for those who enter the field knowing full well that few make it big in sledding. “It isn’t a lucrative professional sport by any means. Only a handful of dog mushers win the races or have sponsors,” she explains. That dedication despite slim prospects of fame or fortune accompanies a special individual. “A woman or man who chooses to travel a thousand miles in the blistering cold completely alone with their dogs—that’s an interesting person,” she says. And, of course, her respect extends to the dogs. “I’m a huge dog-lover in general, and these were like the super-hero version of regular dogs,” Orlinsky says.

Picture of young sled dogs harnessed up for a summer run at Wild and Free Kennel in Alaska
Sasha, Copper, and Merc harnessed up and ready for a summertime dry run at the Wild and Free Mushing kennel in Eureka, Alaska. The off-season to-do list for a dog team is long, including daily dog care chores like feeding, combing (sled dogs molt their heavy undercoat during the summer), medical care, facility maintenance, exercise, and socializing.

She had the opportunity to experience the harsh intensity of mushing life first hand when she visited Blue Kennels, which is located on the Herbert Glacier and run by Yukon Quest winner Sebastian Shnuelle. The kennel is a destination for summer tourists who want to see the dog camp and go on dog sled rides with recreational mushers. The camp is only accessible by Coastal Helicopter from Juneau, so when harsh weather conditions invariably set in, travel to and from the glacier is suspended. “We got hit by some of the worst weather they’d seen all season, and there wasn’t a flight out for six days,” Orlinsky says. And though the dogs love spending their summer in the snow, the terrain is less hospitable for humans. She admits, “It’s breathtakingly beautiful, but I went a little nuts. Sebastian got a real kick out of it all. He said it was good that I got a tiny taste of what it’s like for mushers out on the trail.”

Picture of a snowy, summertime landscape dotted with sled dogs sitting on their kennels at Blue Kennels on Herbert Glacier
Blue Kennels on the Herbert Glacier near Juneau, Alaska.

Katie Orlinsky plans to continue documenting mushing in Alaska. To follow her work, visit her website and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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There are 54 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Kriss
    July 24, 2016

    This blog is super interesting to read. I can’t believe the kinds of food that people eat because here we don’t eat foods like that but I’m sure I’d be open to trying any kind of foods that there are. I enjoy how well detailed this blog is and I’m looking forward to read more of your work.

  2. Prabhu Karthik
    May 15, 2015

    Great Job ….. I appreciate the hard work … Keep it goin ppl.

  3. Tiffany
    April 24, 2015

    How cute

  4. Jenniffer Swafford
    April 6, 2015

    WE LOVE THIS POST

  5. Avinanda Mukherjee
    March 7, 2015

    Very nice documents

  6. paul armstrong
    March 7, 2015

    you are nice

  7. Veronica
    February 14, 2015

    No one talked about what happens to these dogs when they no longer are able to pull, run, if they are injured or too old. Where do they go? You must understand the resistance of many to dog sledding, as so many dogs were abounded and chained to trees with no water or food to starve to death when they were no use to some dog sledding businesses. I heard many horrible stories from rescues. Thank you.

  8. John Knight
    January 21, 2015

    I must reciprocate Jeff and ask that you too provide references supporting your claim that the scientific community as a whole does not believe that we can interpret canid behavioral cues as to their state of mind. Here are a few references that clearly state we can interpret canid behavior, and in fact we know where the gene for each emotion is in canids since we successfully mapped the canid genome. Hare and tomasello (2005), Tyrone et al (2007), Bentosela et al (2008), Call et al (2003), Cooper et al (2003) Dorey et al, in print, Frank et al (1986).
    And in the meantime I will continue to insist that my “behaviors” are based on what is best for my dogs. As for your notion that dogs have died in harness, of course they have, they have also died eating, sleeping,travelling etc, what is your point?, dogs die, it is a known fact, hopefully you don’t want references for that too.
    Your arguement seems to be with the human impact on this planet, on this point I can agree with you as we are rapidly reaching 6 times our carrying capacity on this planet, and I am in no way discounting our blatant disregard for the natural processes that support us and all organisms on this planet.
    Please don’t tell me what my views are, you somehow think you can translate the fact that I own and run sled dogs into me believing that we as a species should exercise dominance over everything else on this planet. It is a fact that we are degrading this planet at an alarming rate, but you again seem to equate the sport of dog sledding with everything that is wrong on this planet, attacking folks that for the most part are having the least impact on the environment.
    I suggest you go back to watching animal planet,you will learn something about the ability of canids to communicate with humans.You seem to try to make your points by putting words in other peoples mouths, where did I even come close to minimizing the pressures we put on wildlife?
    And my point exactly regarding your description of the demise of the wolves in the lower 48 states, how well did being “free” serve them.
    You obviously have a passion for what you see as wild things and wild places, but please arm yourself with current facts, and take it easy on people that also have passions, especially passions that get them out into natural environments, and foster an understanding of the world around them, this understanding in turn results in the desire to make sure areas like this always exist, where do you live Jeff?

    • jeff konn
      January 21, 2015

      Mr Knight, I’m hoping your question with respect to my residence is driven by a desire to visit and share a couple beers and not suggestive that where I live, in any way, compromises my right to my opinion. If it is though, I’m afraid we would have to go off-site for me to respond… this is a family show.

      I live in Virginia.

      I’ll concede I know nothing of your thoughts on man’s impact on the environment. Apologies if I gave that impression. But neither you nor any other respondent has provided a substantive reason for owning and “running” these dogs. If, as you indicate, dogs have died in the harness, even if it is only one dog, then that is one dog too many. Dogs don’t need to pull sleds anymore — just turn the key on the snowmobile.

      Running dogs until they die, or even only until they are ‘dog tired’ (pun fully intended) is no more a sport than pitting Christians against lions. They don’t have a choice. You ‘harness’ them and then shout “mush” or “hike” and they run. Since you seem to closely communicate with them, tell me, has any of them ever said, “Hey, not today, John, I’d rather just sit on the roof of my box.”

    • jeff konn
      January 22, 2015

      Oh… and John… to your request for citations.

      “According to Professor Maciej Henneberg, a professor of anthropological and comparative anatomy from the School of Medical Sciences, humans have misunderstood animal intelligence.
      “Animals offer different kinds of intelligences which have been under-rated due to humans’ fixation on language and technology. These include social and kinaesthetic intelligence. Some mammals, like gibbons, can produce a large number of varied sounds – over 20 different sounds with clearly different meanings that allow these arboreal primates to communicate across tropical forest canopy. The fact that they do not build houses is irrelevant to the gibbons,” Henneberg added.

      And…

      Alexandra Horowitz and Ammon Shea had earlier said that although researchers conduct studies to understand animal intelligence, we might never be able to really judge how smart they really are because during the tests animals are being compared to us.

      And…

      You might wish to read the article in National Geographic, dated April 22, 2014 and entitled, “This is How You Study The Evolution of Animal Intelligence,” not so much for its conclusive evidence one way or the other but merely to note the vast differences of opinion between noted researchers at Duke University vs. others at Oxford.

      Or…

      See the Scientific American article of October 8, 2013 entitled, “A New Frontier in Animal Intelligence” and note, not the fact that man has not made significant progress in understanding animal cognitive behavior but more so just to see the conflicting opinions of researchers with respect to the conclusions they draw from studies.

      And the list goes on. Do you need more?

      John, I never suggested that we know nothing of dog’s abilities to communicate (although it would seem logical that it is directly proportionate to their cognitive abilities), I only indicated that researchers have a long way to go. And I indicated that we do not have a common language with them.

      Please re-read the last sentence of the first paragraph of my comment of December 22… and then let’s ask again who is putting words in whose mouth.

  9. Elizabeth ford
    January 4, 2015

    The dogs barely have shelters just a dog houses. That’s not right..

  10. Ravson
    December 29, 2014

    Aigle

  11. John Knight
    December 22, 2014

    Please, the very real plight of wildlife on the African continent is of no relevence to the raising and running of sled dogs in our arctic regions. You have obviously not owned a working dog to be making judgement calls as to how happy these dogs are. If you have ever bonded with a dog their mental state is very apparent and we are definitely capable of absolute communication, at least some of us are.
    And you are definitely “hard casing” people here, your comments are negative and you are attacking people’s relationships with their dogs and a way of life without understanding how these dogs work both mentally and physically.
    As far as your romantic notion of “freedom being the birthright of every life force” ; nothing on this planet is free by your anthropomorphic definition, or by birthright. Wolves in a wild pack scenario have a life expectancy of 3 to 6 years, during this time they suffer many broken bones and other major injuries, many starve to death or are killed by rivals. So the constraints imposed by your so called “free living” are brutal and very real.
    As a team owner, I keep my dogs tethered so they are healthy enough to run for me, if I adopted the “go, be free” attititude, most of my dogs would be dead, severely injured or in such rough shape to preclude running.
    So please do your homework, don’t run on these self fulfilling ideals that are based on nothing but anthropomorphic emotion, go there, see how these dogs are hard wired to run in harness, they love it, and learn that being loose does not equate to your ideal of being “free”.

    • jeff konn
      December 22, 2014

      Mr Knight…
      I’m happy to hear that you seem to have surpassed the results of much research with respect to non-human animal communication. You might want to pass the results of your research on to the scientific community who, almost unanimously, believe we have much yet to learn.

      In the meantime, please don’t lecture me or other readers on the righteousness of your behaviors with your dogs. I don’t doubt for one minute that you have the highest regard for the dogs, but it remains true that you do so for sport not for some survival motive.
      Has a sled dog ever died pulling a sled? I’m betting more than one has. If so, was that dog’s ‘owner’ doing it any great favor.

      I’m well aware of the rigors of life in the wild; I only have to watch Animal Planet. But do not minimize the pressure we bring to bear on wildlife not only in Africa but here in the western hemisphere as well merely by virtue of human expansion. The wolf virtually disappeared from the original 48 states not because of “bone breaking and other major injuries” but instead by man encroaching on their territory.

      Your’s is a view held common in the world today… that human kind can best manage the care and keeping of our world. The truth is, that man has butchered the job; or are you now going to deny the negative impact man has on this planet?

      If you desire a world devoid of the myriad of creatures that now exist (some barely) then, by all means, espouse the virtues of man’s dominance. Otherwise, please concede that, in a natural sense, we are quite overbearing.

  12. ismail natiq
    December 21, 2014

    supurb

  13. Christine Greene
    December 14, 2014

    I have always been a dog person, big little it doesn’t matter, but all that I ever knew about these kind of dogs is there beauty. the first time that I ever seen what these dogs can do is when I watched the movie SNOW DOGS. Good Luck To Everyone Who Are In These Kind Of Races. Take Care Of Your Dogs And They Will Take Care Of You, Good Luck To All Of You!!!!!!!

  14. Adam Russon
    December 12, 2014

    Another way to look at working dogs is if there was not a reason to breed and work them, then there would not be the breeds or even the existence of the dogs in this atricle.

    I guess I just find it hard to see how people can base comments on a static picture without even seeing the situation up close and in reality. There is no noise or movements in pictures to really clarify what the animals are feeling, I have a good understanding and lifestyle of working dogs and how different they can be from a family pet.

    As for the chains, look at this for a view – Do people use cots with sides, baby reins and travel seats for babies and toddlers to protect themselves from injury. Do people just leave the front door open for their children to walk into dangerous situations? Dogs are not wolves and do not have the natural instincts of wild animals and are at time pretty clueless to the big wide world.

    • jeff konn
      December 12, 2014

      And so Mr. Russon the next question that begs is, “Why do we need to breed and work them?”

      Nature does a rather efficient job of enabling the proliferation and controlling the population of her myriad of creatures. Man, in general, gets in the way of that process through breeding or ‘controlling’ or by inhibiting the environment through encroachment. Or just by killing them for sport. Deny that the great creatures of the African continent are seriously and alarmingly diminishing in numbers by virtue (or lack thereof) of man’s interaction.

      Why does man feel the need to ‘work’ animals? For the most part we don’t need to do that anymore — technology has trumped the requirement. And so ‘working’ of the dogs has really evolved into sport. And sport is for entertainment. So we breed and ‘work’ these creatures for our entertainment. Pretty sad.

      And then we rationalize through anthropomorphism. We think the animals react to stimuli as humans do. We rationalize that they enjoy being confined. Do they?

      Maybe they do… and maybe they don’t. We’re not going to know that until someone teaches the dogs to communicate via a common medium.

      I’m not ‘hard-casing’ people here. But let’s call a spade a spade. The dogs are chained. They are not free. They are held captive for our entertainment.

      Prisons confine humans and inhibit the freedom of the inhabitants. Convicts are not free… nobody will deny that. The only difference between those criminals and these dogs is that the dogs have not been convicted of a crime… other than maybe being a lower echelon in the process of natural selection.

      Once again I will say, the photos are beautiful… I have been to Alaska several times and it is beautiful… and I am sure the breeders and workers of the dogs mean them no great harm. But they are doing them no favors either.

  15. Adam Russon
    December 11, 2014

    Fantastic article, interesting read and lovely life for working dogs. I dont understand how people can base their negative comments on one picture. I have a house labrador (very active and fit) Loves every aspect of excercise and affection. When I am at my friends farm and not pandering him, he much prefers to sit in the open boot of the 4×4. Dogs like their independence..

    • jeff konn
      December 11, 2014

      Odd, Mr. Russon, how you end your comment with, “Dogs love their independence.” No animal (humans and dogs included) are “independent” if they are chained.

      Unfortunately we are incapable of an ‘absolute’ communication with our canine friends so we really don’t know what they think of their situation. We can only surmise.

      Also unfortunate is your conclusion that mine and several other comments are “negative” because they are not consistent with your beliefs. Might be better described as “opposing opinions.”

  16. TS
    December 10, 2014

    In the eyes of nature is where I feel small and lost. How beautiful to see happy animals feeling valued

  17. Leigh Bell
    December 8, 2014

    Just to clarify for some that clearly aren’t to sure on the life of the dogs.
    They’re chained up as they love to run – It’s for there only safety. They have the freedom to move around still but not to go off on solo free runs, not chaining them up is how a dog gets lost, injured and even killed.
    They’re lounging about waiting for their next turn, it’s an easy life for a ‘sled dog’ I speak from experience, they eat better and are all over treated better than an incredibly over whelming amount of people and other animals.
    So no, being on a chain isn’t cruel, their houses aren’t cruel (FYI without that house they would go all natural and dig a hole in the snow to curl up on and let a layer of snow cover them like an igloo of sorts)
    These dogs are built for these conditions and they live for their work, it will probably surprise a lot of you to realize that dogs have died being taken out of their harness retirement often isn’t an option for the dogs. my older ones live a slower life and still pull little carts around to keep them going with a purpose – NOT sleeping on the couch like a house pet.

  18. JP
    December 7, 2014

    No trees, slopes, etc. make chaining safer. It costs a lot of money to fence, and I personally own a dog that is roughly half sled dog (his “lab mix” daddy sure wasn’t.)

    He found fences an adventure to break through (he also digs), but he settles down well when on a leash or tether. I have managed to reinforce the fence so he doesn’t need tethering anymore. But the last time when I reinforced everything, he managed to pull the gate off the hinges and go over, run 3.5 miles, and tore up his paw pads. This was because I left without him in circumstances he found odd.

    If I thought I had conditions that would be safe to tether him in, it’d be a lot easier (I don’t– trees and other obstacles etc. all are risks.) because when winter comes, the snow has risen so high he almost could have walked over the fence and escaped if he had wanted to.

    Until you own one of these dogs, in the extreme North, you don’t know what they really are happy or unhappy with psychologically.

    These dogs are expected to run and live and sleep in harness during a sled dog race. It’s less stressful for them if they are used to it as daily life. I’ve seen sled dog sprints and these dogs are really happy to run on trails. They don’t mind the chains. It’s like waiting on a leash to them, seriously. This is not a case where people will chain a dog in dangerous circumstances and then forget about them all day when at work.

    In addition, tethering keeps dogs apart who may not get along so well (too competitive with each other), without the expense of building, 20-50 separate kennels.

    And yes, these are friendly dogs, but they can have pack jealousy and mentality. It’s not wise to leave a lot of dogs in a yard together unsupervised where they can establish inappropriate pack mentality. 10 dogs let loose together all day could develop unpredictable dynamics.

    Sometimes it’s just little things: I’ve seen my dog run in perfect unison with a female dog he liked, and then delibrately outrun other male dogs to a marker– a ball and then ignore it completely. Just to prove he could. The other dogs weren’t runners, so they didn’t really try to compete with him.

    No aggression, but there’s a show-off competitive streak there. You get a couple young male dogs like that together, unsupervised, and they could fence-run each other to injury (broken bones, ruptured joints) or even death. And we’re not takkng maybe just two. It could be 5, 10 of these dogs– these are elite runners. Young dogs who are bred to run all day can very well never know when it’s time to stop.

    The owner has to be in control of when they can run and when they cannot run ALL the time, and encourage them to run together (not against each other) in order to be sure they will obey out in the wilderness.

  19. Shafalee
    December 1, 2014

    Amazing photos! really! Love nature!

  20. Kathy Matthews
    October 28, 2014

    I love these photos. They bring back long ago memories for me when I was a child living in Alaska. My father and I used to race them. We lived in Fairbanks. I was 8 years old. I was a junior musher. Alaska is a world all its own. I was there in 1962, It wasn’t as modernized as it is today, so all the beauty was still there. I could talk all day about it, but I won’t bore you. Have a good day, and I look forward to more of your photos.

  21. Malamute Ranch
    September 26, 2014

    Awesome! Come to northern Arizona to visit working Malamutes sometime! https://www.facebook.com/MalamuteRanch

  22. Keely Pearson
    September 21, 2014

    Wonderful! I worked at Husky Homestead the summer before last and it was awesome! I learned so much about mushing, the dogs, and just how much dedication goes into something like this. Great photos and great commentary!

  23. Fred & Karen Lindquist
    September 21, 2014

    We have had Malamutes & Samoyeds all of our 50+ years of marriage. They are wonderful companions with great heart. People don’t realize that these dogs if not in a fenced yard or contained like in the above picture they will take off and run for weeks. They will not stay around the house like most dogs. If our dog happens to get out we run immediately to find him because he has no idea what a car is so we are worried about his safety. We have been so blessed to have these dogs in our family.

  24. Kim Marra Goodfellow
    September 20, 2014

    Beautiful photo. What a wonderful summer day. I can almost feel the warmth of the sun on my face. I love how the dogs are sunbathing atop their houses. They all have an order in the pack; and this photo shows how comfortable they are with it. I really love the yellow dog sunbathing on snow — almost like a beauty queen.

  25. Inderjit
    September 19, 2014

    i have just started my photography i want to know more better and different ideas.

  26. scheplick
    September 18, 2014

    that last picture is incredible! the dogs just hanging out. they are probably treated very well and love the snow.

    • jeff konn
      September 18, 2014

      interesting that the dogs that “just love” to hang out need to be chained to the boxes. it would seem logical that the only reason to chain them would be to keep them from running away. why would they be inclined to run away if the experience was so wonderful?

  27. Mandi
    September 16, 2014

    As a native to Alaska, the pictures are beautiful and truthful. Mushers do share a bond with their sled dogs and mostly take excellent care of them. The dogs are built for the cold, so seeing them sitting on top of their doghouses in the snow is all part of their upbringing. They do not mind living like that, because they love the cold. It looks sad, but the images are truthful on how they actually live. These canines love to snow, food and to run… and did i mention run? I’ve had up to 20 sled dogs at once, so I definitely relate to your images, Katie. Keep showing the truth, because Alaska is a beautiful place, especially the animals.

  28. kim
    September 16, 2014

    That last picture is awful. What a cruel existence for any living creature. Chained to a box in sub zero temperatures. Heart breaking…..

  29. Kylie
    September 15, 2014

    The last one breaks my heart, there must be a better way to do that :'(

  30. jeff konn
    September 14, 2014

    dogs, or any animal for that matter, on chains is not a good thing. the photos are beautiful, the dogs are beautiful, Alaska is beautiful… but these dogs, regardless of what argument may be set forth with respect to their bond with the mushers, are not free and freedom is the birth right of every life force

  31. Maria Villasana
    September 13, 2014

    For me it was a real and exciting snapshot of the mushing world and these wonderful creatures that make the Alaskan terrain come alive. Thank you for taking me there!!!!! Awesome pictures and story.

  32. Hany Mourad
    September 11, 2014

    Amazing Picture

  33. jimmy
    September 10, 2014

    these are amazing adventures. amazing

  34. Rhonda Welcome
    September 10, 2014

    Amazing Picture, capturing sled dog life in wonderful detail, thank you

  35. Esteban
    September 9, 2014

    It’s amazing how deep our relationship with dogs truly goes. This is beautiful captured.

  36. Malinda
    September 6, 2014

    Awesome article! Loved it!

  37. Aurelie Durand
    September 5, 2014

    Thann you vert much for this article. Its my big dream!! A bientôt !

  38. SRK
    September 5, 2014

    I had heard and read a lot on the Iditarod races, but this articles goes indepth into what goes into making the race a success. Very insightful. Thanks a lot. Keep it coming and all the best.

  39. By Dog Siberians
    September 4, 2014

    For more from the amazing world of mushing, follow Brandi Williamson and her ByDog Siberians as they build their team for the Race to the Sky and Wyoming Stage Stop.

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  40. Caroline Mawhinney
    September 4, 2014

    Wonderful article. It brought to my mine the story of Balto who is honored by a statue in a park in New York NY. Beautiful dogs were led by a dog who was half wolf that brought a team to bring medicine much needed to save childrens’ lives.

  41. haider
    September 4, 2014

    More than fantastic

  42. Jim Harlan
    September 4, 2014

    Great article. Let’s all go “North to Alaska”.

  43. Mary Lynn Roush
    September 4, 2014

    Love this!

  44. Kimberley Watkins
    September 3, 2014

    Awesome article Katie. Those people who think mushing is cruel to the dogs need to read your article and see as you say that the dogs are like the musher’s children. They are treated like gold and often live better than the musher themselves.

  45. Susan McDonald
    September 3, 2014

    This is great, thank you for documenting our mushers and mushing!

  46. Benoit Andréa
    September 3, 2014

    J admire le travail des chiens de traineau et leur volonté! !!!!! avec toute mon affection!!!

  47. Hani Hammad
    September 3, 2014

    🙂

  48. Hani Hammad
    September 3, 2014

    You are amazing

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