Today I came home from school as normal. I did my homework, ran the dogs shorter than normal because of the weather, and then took a nap. At supper time we had our common conversation. Matt (my brother) teased me that he had a half a day and I did not. But when Daddy got home he was informed of 2 visitors that came by that day that now have me in a very frustrated mood. The first was a person from the Town of Franklin. This guy was there on a report of our dogs not being well cared for. He came and looked at them and said that he had gotten a report but he was not suggesting that we do anything different. The only reason why he stopped by was because he said he would follow through on it. This got me shaken up and started a whole string of questions, but then it got worse. As I said 2 people stopped by, so next the next person to stop was a Manitowoc sherrif. He comes knocking on our door. He says he got a complaint that our dogs had no fresh water and were under fed. He then asked if they were sled dogs, the answer was yes. He told us not to worry about it, " I mean they are sled dogs. These dogs are going to be skinny, and who can keep water out in this weather. You said they are watered twice a day so they should be fine, don't worry about it". Thank goodness someone knows what there talking about. It is common sense when you think about it. In a educated world the police would get more calls about obese dogs than skinny dogs. 90% of pet dogs are over weight and the owners don't even know it. On the other hand most sled dogs are about the weight they should be for their size. Why do people have a problem with dogs being athletes? Do they think we are forcing the dogs to run, how would we be doing that when there are no wipes. With sled dogs we use voice commands except for stop. The word you say is whoa while stepping on the brake. Leaders take commands by voice and fulfill them because of trust, not because they are are being forced to. Sled dogs run like they do because they love to run and because they love their masters. So please do me a favor and teach your friends what dog sledding really is, not cruelty, but love and a partnership of trust and understanding.
Also, if you have more questions about sled dogs, please feel free to look under More... then more information about racing and you will find answers to common questions under the FAQ. Otherwise, feel free to shoot an email to me or my cousin. You can find our emails under the Support and Contact us tab. Thanks!
Two young adults attempt to navigate the world. They are guided by each other and their passion for dogs.