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Dogs and sleds

Dogsleds are in the news lately, as several races have recently taken place around the Northern Hemisphere, and as transportation choices for both a meeting of the G-7 and the start of the 2010 U.S. census. Mushers brought representatives to Iqaluit, a small village in Nunavut Territory, chosen to host a recent G-7 meeting, in part so Canada could assert sovereignty over its part of the Arctic. The 2010 U.S. Census, as per tradition, kicked off its count on January 25th in a rural part of Alaska in the small village of Noorvik, as census takers arrived by dogsled. And recent dogsled races include Le Grand Odyssee, the Sedivackuv Long, Pirena, the Aviemore Husky Sled Dog Rally and many more smaller regional competitions. Collected here are a handful of recent photos of sleds, dogs, and their humans. (30 photos total)

Three-year-old J-Sun Inti howls to the tunes of his owner's harmonica. He is part of the Boston Snowdogs dog slead team out of Dorchester as they awaited to take part in the Myopia dog sled competition on Saturday January 16, 2010 in Hamilton, Massachusetts. J-Sun Inti was a rescue dog and was adopted in Peru, his name means "son of the sun" in the Tarahumara language. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)
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184 comments so far...
1.

Great pictures! Being a dog lover, these are beautiful dogs.
Too cold for me though!

Posted by Michele February 8, 10 12:40 PM
2.

I loved them!!!

Posted by Beulo February 8, 10 12:41 PM
3.

Wow this time i am the first commenter for this beautiful post

Posted by Sivakumar February 8, 10 12:45 PM
4.

All great pictures as usual, I especially liked #30. Thanks so much.

Posted by RogerT February 8, 10 12:46 PM
5.

Yeah. I'm a fan of all of these. #4 in particular is great.

Posted by nanio February 8, 10 12:46 PM
6.

21 is hilarious! great pics

Posted by jns February 8, 10 12:51 PM
7.

#21 and #30 are wicked funny.

Posted by Gonun February 8, 10 12:54 PM
8.

love #18

Posted by Hersh February 8, 10 12:55 PM
9.

Ahahah => #25 :)

Posted by TeChn4K February 8, 10 12:55 PM
10.

Awww!! #s 7 & 8 made my heart melt!

Posted by Ms. Pants February 8, 10 12:58 PM
11.

Look careful. That's the proper environment for sled dogs.
They don't belong in a crowded city and they especially need more exercise than a half hour walk in the park.

Posted by Stefan Doerr February 8, 10 01:07 PM
12.

Dogs don't seem to feel cold like humans do. Even the short haired dogs in the photo's seem comfortable in the snow. Don't their feet get cold?

Posted by Jojo February 8, 10 01:09 PM
13.

very nice serie!

Posted by paul February 8, 10 01:09 PM
14.

#3 and #28 love them pictures!

Posted by Vincent February 8, 10 01:16 PM
15.

A very-good-mood post.

Posted by Mr. Ixy February 8, 10 01:18 PM
16.

#30 - humorous

Posted by Gaurav February 8, 10 01:21 PM
17.

#30 is doing it all wrong.

@jojo: I think they're pretty comfortable in that weather. Dogs are domesticated wolves, and wolves live in areas with snow. Humans are quite well adapted to extremely warm climates; we're kind of outliers in this regard.

Posted by ech February 8, 10 01:28 PM
18.

#3 - WOW

Posted by Joshua P February 8, 10 01:28 PM
19.

Are they Samoyed in # 24, Love the #21.. Soooo Cute!

Posted by Anonymous February 8, 10 01:46 PM
20.

I thought these pics were beautiful - thank you!

Posted by Frugal Dougal February 8, 10 01:49 PM
21.

hey hey hey hey hey hey heeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyy hey hey hey hey heeeeeyyyyyyy

-reference from reddit.com this morning -

Posted by threa February 8, 10 01:54 PM
22.

#18 looks like they are having a great time...

Posted by Jim February 8, 10 01:56 PM
23.

very nice!

Posted by Vincent February 8, 10 01:57 PM
24.

Nice Chick @30

Posted by SkyBang76 February 8, 10 02:00 PM
25.

Beautiful pictures, people and dogs

Posted by meparraga February 8, 10 02:25 PM
26.

Aww! I love #21

Posted by Felipe February 8, 10 02:27 PM
27.

What a great collection of pictures! You can see the eagerness to work on their faces.

Posted by Karen February 8, 10 02:29 PM
28.

21 & 26: LOL. :)

Love it!

Posted by Marília February 8, 10 02:30 PM
29.

Pic.2 Is't Florida in winter?

Posted by michael February 8, 10 02:43 PM
30.

Third is awesome - my new wallpaper. Thx

Posted by wojti February 8, 10 02:49 PM
31.

They are awesome!

Posted by Pofigist February 8, 10 02:52 PM
32.

great gallery... as always

Posted by Daniel Fuentealba February 8, 10 02:55 PM
33.

#21 Hilarious!!.. now I want to have a dog... great pics!!

Posted by Rodrigo February 8, 10 03:16 PM
34.

What great photos of dogs doign what they were bred to do! Really fabulous!

Posted by Aimee Kincaid February 8, 10 03:29 PM
35.

Very nice set! I enjoyed it!

Posted by Alen Abdula February 8, 10 03:32 PM
36.

I want to go Dog Mushing with Lisa Curtin... she can pull my sled any day...

Posted by Steve Klopp February 8, 10 03:40 PM
37.

@jojo: Notice that the dogs in #27 are wearing shoes.

Posted by Wayne February 8, 10 03:44 PM
38.

Captures the character of the sled dog and his master. Beautiful!

Posted by Evan February 8, 10 04:12 PM
39.

21 had me laughing pretty hard!!!

Posted by Ben February 8, 10 04:18 PM
40.

I love how much the dogs love the run. Some of the pictures had me wishing for sound.

Posted by Pam February 8, 10 04:40 PM
41.

Very nice! Especially #30

Posted by Carl-Johan Rådström February 8, 10 04:57 PM
42.

bellissima serie

Posted by umberto February 8, 10 05:08 PM
43.

How can anyone not love dogs? Seriously. The human/dog relationship has to be the greatest invention in the history of man.

Posted by Cvnk February 8, 10 05:36 PM
44.

Wow, siento el aliento de los perros, su olor y el aullido y ladrido tumultuosos antes de la salida.

Impresionantes!!!

Gracias!!

Posted by Juan Quijano February 8, 10 05:52 PM
45.

Great Photos !!

Posted by Nico van Allen February 8, 10 06:32 PM
46.

I looove it!!

Posted by Nathalia February 8, 10 07:08 PM
47.

Really awesome..., i love dogs "Dogs are human best friend,....Ever".....

Posted by KajinZii February 8, 10 07:09 PM
48.

huskies are such gorgeous creatures. really awesome photography; the backdrop is so amazing as well!

Posted by amellia February 8, 10 08:11 PM
49.

awesome !!!

Posted by nragorn February 8, 10 09:06 PM
50.

Ever since I was little boy I love dogs and especially Huskies beautiful animals,humans best friends,period

Posted by Mr.Sam Struhar February 8, 10 09:07 PM
51.

#12.... Awesome focus and composition

Posted by Leo* February 8, 10 09:16 PM
52.

I had a Siberian Husky growing up. She was incredibly intelligent and extremely loving. My favorite breed by far.

Posted by Jake L. February 8, 10 10:29 PM
53.

# 25 Made me giggle...
Wonderful pictures!

Posted by GabrielaGore February 8, 10 10:58 PM
54.

Great pictures especially #29 and #30.

Posted by Ed February 8, 10 11:16 PM
55.

These incredible dogs are born to mush and these pictures are fantastic.

Posted by Diana February 8, 10 11:34 PM
56.

lol, #21, such a familiar sight. Awesome pics.

Posted by alexofmelbourne February 9, 10 12:49 AM
57.

Jumpin' Jack Flash! It's a Gas Gas Gas!

Posted by RogerRSA February 9, 10 01:50 AM
58.

man's best friends .. bless them :-)

Posted by Sameer Prabhakar February 9, 10 02:12 AM
59.

very beautiful and interesting. the dogs look content. i hope they are
well fed and not overworded. if we, human-beeings were dogs, the
world would be far more better!

Posted by ziva meyara February 9, 10 02:14 AM
60.

Fantastic dogs! I really love this specie dogs, they are sooo beautiful. #18 extremely happy dogs.

Posted by Sergejs Boginskis February 9, 10 02:23 AM
61.

great pictures!!!! absolutely love those sled dogs....

Posted by HO February 9, 10 02:42 AM
62.

#30 is the perfect example of Role reversal. All pics are too cool.

Posted by Kapil February 9, 10 04:06 AM
63.

Some beautifull shots are there, i love nomber 24

Posted by Katya Wheble February 9, 10 04:50 AM
64.

amazing~

Posted by zal February 9, 10 05:03 AM
65.

Being a dog lover i felt so bad to see these pics, just for fun just for enjoyment man are using these dogs for sledge race. its pathethic.... I dont know when people will learn, some day when dogs will start using man for fun then only man will realize how cruel they were.

Posted by Neha February 9, 10 05:06 AM
66.

Amazing pictures.
I like the 13th one ! Look at two different eyes ! Really Nice

Posted by kailash February 9, 10 05:20 AM
67.

OMG!I love them!

Posted by Jon February 9, 10 05:22 AM
68.

Really fantastic pictures!

Posted by Suzana February 9, 10 05:39 AM
69.

Wow! I can only dream of experiencing such beauty accompanied by such awesome animals, one day!

Posted by Natanya February 9, 10 06:15 AM
70.

Oxymoron --- A team of sled cats.

Posted by RexR February 9, 10 06:42 AM
71.

Those are wonderful photos, and brought back some very find memories to me. I used to train Siberian Huskies in the late 80's and early 1990's, using the same method seen in the photo of Shane Wilkinson, and his pack. We made rigs out of old bicycle frames, and run them all over the UK, even entered competitions too. Great times.

Posted by Micky Aldridge February 9, 10 06:46 AM
72.

Sons of bitches :P literally

Posted by Rohit February 9, 10 07:03 AM
73.

# 21 is cute!!! Made me smile :)

Posted by Denver February 9, 10 07:22 AM
74.

Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing and tweeting the link!

Posted by Vida Burtis February 9, 10 08:36 AM
75.

Beautiful photos~ just curious if anyone knows how long a dog is raced for before they are retired. Does the owner keep the dogs, the pups seem very loyal to them.

Posted by Clare February 9, 10 08:51 AM
76.

#18 and #21 made my day. Thanks photographers!

Posted by woowoo February 9, 10 09:42 AM
77.

Such fantastic pics! My first pet was a Husky..these bring back great memories. Thank you!

Posted by KimaLoba February 9, 10 09:54 AM
78.

VERY GREAT! Extremely good photography and beautiful scenes

Posted by Robmat, February 9, 10 10:01 AM
79.

Great Photos.. but what kind of crap political agenda are you pushing.

The Arctic that Canada HAS sovereignty over has been and will continue to be Canadian.

The U.S. ought to be considered lucky that France sold them Luisianna and Russia sold Alaska - don't worry Canada will not sell its portion of the Arctic.

Posted by Joe Canadian February 9, 10 10:22 AM
80.

#21 is my new background image! =)

#22: "On no, Zakela has escaped!"

Posted by kevjohn February 9, 10 10:36 AM
81.

All of God's creatures are so beautiful and perfect. I have been around horses and dogs all my life and there is none other that is so loyal to their keeper. So intelligent!!

Posted by Shel February 9, 10 10:43 AM
82.

Neha, comment #65, the dogs love what they're doing -- look at the smiles on their faces (particularly in 6 and 18!). I've been to dog-sledding demonstrations before, and the excitement and happiness among the dogs as they're being hitched to the sleds is just unbelievable. They *want* to run. They *want* to pull. That's what they've been bred to do, over hundreds of years, just like retrievers have been bred to retrieve. It's like an instinct with them.(and anyone who has ever had a labrador retriever knows just how strong that instinct is). A sled dog wouldn't be happy if it couldn't pull. When I look at these great pictures, I can't help but smile as I see these wonderful pictures of beautiful dogs doing what they love.

Posted by colagirl February 9, 10 10:56 AM
83.

cute dogs
i love them
the best friends for human

Posted by Ben February 9, 10 12:15 PM
84.

Amazing pictures.

For political correctness, while Iqaluit is small, it is the capital and largest city of the Nunavut Territory in Canada.

Posted by Matt MacGillivray February 9, 10 12:50 PM
85.

Sled dogs are adopted out, just like grey hounds once their career is over. It bothers me to no end when I see these dog sled competitors attempt to claim that their sled dogs are part of the family. You wouldn't put your ten year old child up for adoption, so don't do it to your dog either. I have two rescue snow dogs who are the best pets - so cuddly and affectionate. They are great with kids, great in the car, quiet (other than the occasional howling), non-destructive, and playful. I would reccommend a rescue sled/snow dog for any family who has lots of space and a big heart.

Posted by anonymous February 9, 10 12:54 PM
86.

If someone gets 3 dogs, build 3 dog houses and attach all dogs by chain to them, is it legal in MA? Let me know.

Posted by Krzysiek February 9, 10 01:08 PM
87.

Brought a big smile to my face as my own "best friend" faces late-stage cancer. Amazing dogs, fantastic photos, thank you for sharing!

Posted by The Pooka's Mom February 9, 10 01:11 PM
88.

At least 142 dogs have been RUN TO DEATH or died of other causes during the annual Iditarod dog race in Alaska. They are forced to run over 1100 miles under grueling conditions while the musher rides comfortably in the sled. The musher who pushes their dogs the hardest to finish first is the "winner" and makes lots of money off the dogs.

Please read this for "the other side of the story."

http://www.helpsleddogs.org

Posted by Janie123 February 9, 10 01:21 PM
89.

The main dong on #24 is Chewbacca's dog for sure!
#21 AWEOME! Dogs are the best

Posted by Ricardo February 9, 10 01:29 PM
90.

Whenever animals are used, there is usually more to the story than what these happy photographs reveal. For example, what happens to the puppies who are bred who do not qualify as good racers? Are they killed? Are they added to the pet overpopulation tragedy? What happens to the racers when they get too old to race, or don't perform up to expectations?

BTW, did you notice photos #10 and 22 that show how the dogs are kept - - behind bars and in cages?? That is likely why they look so glad to be out of their cages and running.

Posted by Janie123 February 9, 10 01:34 PM
91.

These are happy dogs!

Posted by Western CT February 9, 10 01:44 PM
92.

What to say speechless

Posted by Steve Phillips February 9, 10 01:48 PM
93.

Dogs love their masters and their masters love their dogs.

Owning a dog can increase your lifespan by YEARS.

Posted by Ed Seas February 9, 10 01:49 PM
94.

NICE SHOTS! Dog - best frend!

Posted by Fedorov Kirill February 9, 10 02:12 PM
95.

Absolutely gorgeous photos. Thank you for sharing. This is what well exercised dogs with a purpose look like...HAPPY HAPPY!

Posted by Anonymous February 9, 10 02:17 PM
96.

Siberian Huskies are the best dogs...I have a ten year old male that I wouldn't trade for a Super Bowl ring!

Posted by Michelle February 9, 10 02:34 PM
97.

To comment #65 (Neha) in conjunction with comment #82.
From a behaviorist point of view, I can confirm that these dogs love this more than anything. Dog *lovers* sometimes get mixed up thinking that working a dog is a bad thing, when in reality they want it more than anything. A similar misunderstanding is that some dog *lovers* feel the need to be very gentle as if caring and nurturing a baby, with dogs, and therefore not to put them under any slightly rigorous exercise or training at all. Dogs are very tough animals, moreso than we are, and can take a lot of vigorous exercise and training, furthermore they aren't just *able* to take it, they need it. Notice picture #11 for example, the enthusiasm in the photo is almost contageous! Tails raised high, ears forward, bodies almost leaping out of the skin in excitement and joy to pull the sled. Hope this info helps you on your quest to becoming an understanding dog owner, not just a dog lover!

Posted by G February 9, 10 02:55 PM
98.

NH NH NH - the Boston Globe and they dont even talk about the wonderful decades old sled dog race in Tamworth/Chocorua/Wanolancett NH. Great job Globe!!!

Posted by NH res February 9, 10 02:56 PM
99.

Totally awesom. What beautiful creatures God has made! Thank you for the incredible pictures.

Posted by Cynthia Thomas February 9, 10 03:08 PM
100.

Thanks for featuring these beautiful animals, I love #18 & #21

Posted by Surfurry February 9, 10 03:38 PM
101.

Neha, comment #65 I have 2 huskies and they LOVE to run, they are a working breed. Even though mine are treated like babies, there is nothing they love more than going for a good run. I have been looking into training them on a sled. It is not cruel, what is cruel is to not let these dogs burn off their energy, they do better when pulling things or carrying a load because it helps them burn energy faster. They aren't lazy dogs who love laying around by any means.
#95 Michelle I agree with you whole heartedly they are an amazing breed, they keep me laughing with how they interact with the world. They are so loving and sweet.

Posted by LizB627 February 9, 10 04:00 PM
102.

we have a siberian huskie,black and white with blue eyes. They are beautiful dogs for sure.

Posted by graham feltham February 9, 10 04:10 PM
103.

#7 is a Jack Russell Terrier, not a sled dog! Anyway, that Jack is acting just like mine. They love chasing anything that moves and biting at it. All the photos in this series are wonderful.

Posted by Kathy February 9, 10 05:56 PM
104.

Re @88 - For a well reasoned and thoughtful response to each of Margary's half truths, please read the article at the following link:

http://blog.nj.com/skiing/2010/01/and_another_side_to_the_iditar.html

Posted by EscobarDriver February 9, 10 06:43 PM
105.

Great Pictures! #7 and #30 are pretty funny

Posted by Teresa February 9, 10 07:36 PM
106.

Lovely lovely photos!

Posted by Andy February 9, 10 08:43 PM
107.

I am part of Boston Snow Dogs- we race, and we also treat our dogs like dogs- They are very well cared for, and eat better than we do most of the time. When I go to a meet-up, or hook my dogs up to a sled (I have 2, 1 from a breeder, and one rescue who was tied to a tree for the first 11 months of his life) I see their eyes light up, when I ask them if they want to go to work, and the harnesses come out, they start running in circles. They are happy well adjusted dogs. The 'cages' that you see in some of the photos are the safest way to transport a large number of dogs at one time. How would you like to have 10-15 dogs riding in your pick-up cab, or you 4-door sedan with you? How safe would that be for anyone-you or other drivers on the road? I can't wait to race in the next year- dry land or snow- I know that my dogs love to 'go to work' and to pull. They have been breed for the last 3,000 years to do just what is shown in the photos above.
Dogs die all the time, the Iditarod has the strictest rules on dog care that I have ever hear of.
Housing your dog- As the state puts it as long as the dog has food, shelter and water the owner can pretty much do what they want. I do not necessarily agree with this- my dogs are currently in my bed with me, queen size, and I have about 1/4 of the bed for me. But as long as the dog is healthy- they don't care.
Retired dogs are put up for adoption or moved to being just pets. Dogs die at dog parks, in their homes, and at the vets office. The only reason the # of dogs noted above are even noted is because of how big the race is.
Under exercised Huskies, and all dogs for that matter, are prone to more health issues, more risk of being turned into a shelter for being destructive and it can also turn dogs mean.
The happiest dogs I have ever seen have been racing dogs at the races I have attended.
Happy dogs make happy families.
Good luck to everyone who is racing this year- I wish you smooth sledding! To those of you who nay-say- come see a race, interact with the dogs who are racing and also who are not racing! They are some of the happiest dogs I have ever seen in my life.

Posted by MusherJr. February 9, 10 09:42 PM
108.

I like these photos there very good, but #21 was awesome

Posted by Kyle February 9, 10 11:17 PM
109.

I agree, these dogs are their happiest when their pulling a sled. You can tell by looking at them, they actually have a smile on their face. What beautiful dogs!!!

Posted by Diane Byrd February 9, 10 11:24 PM
110.

Love, love #3. Minnesota also has a dog sledding scene!

http://mattmeadlife.blogspot.com/2010/02/mark-black-beargrease.html


Posted by Matt Mead February 10, 10 01:23 AM
111.

lovely dogs! I wanna get the high resolution pic to set it as the wallpaper!

Posted by amycco February 10, 10 02:17 AM
112.

Fantastic photos. Thank you. Regarding comment #90 -- sled dogs are transported in cages to keep them safe while on the way to and from races. Plus the cages are cozy dens for the dogs to sleep in while waiting for races to begin. It's really amusing how animal rights nutniks protest things they know nothing about, or simply parrot each other. It's kind of like getting all horrified that "helpless human infants are STRAPPED into CHAIRS." Ummm, those would be child safety seats.

Posted by Sled Dog Fan February 10, 10 03:52 AM
113.

absolument splendide - ces chiens reflètent la puissance - la gentillesse et la beauté - qui dit mieux ?

Posted by Elyane FEYDEAU February 10, 10 03:54 AM
114.

wow! i love so much husky's!! they are so cute. anyways i really love the pics^^

i bookmark the site, it is really great!

Posted by jennifer February 10, 10 07:55 AM
115.

me gustaron las fotos estan muy lindas felicito a los duenos de esos hermosos perritos cuidenlos muchoo es parte de su vida..

Posted by rosa alarcon February 10, 10 08:20 AM
116.

Fantastic photo series. Pure joy and excitement in those dogs.

Posted by K Swiss February 10, 10 08:51 AM
117.

Fantastic series. Dog Rules!!! : )

Posted by StePagna February 10, 10 09:11 AM
118.

Never posted on this site before but have always been a fan...but this set of photos has made my morning....

#13 is the best...

Posted by Chris Moyer February 10, 10 09:21 AM
119.

Wonderful pictures!!! I have had six Siberians so far and each has taught me so much about the breed. They truly love to run and "exhibit their freedom" but are always happy to cuddle up and go to sleep by their human afterward. I have done no sledding but would love to be in an area with an environment and climate more friendly to the sport.

Posted by Terry Hill February 10, 10 09:42 AM
120.

Awesome !!!I love dogs !!

Posted by Noji February 10, 10 10:42 AM
121.

WOW !!! WONDERFUL PICTURES !!!! I LOVE SIBERIAN HUSKIES !!!!

Posted by ELSA SAQUIERES February 10, 10 02:14 PM
122.

SHOES! Yes mushers 'boot' their dogs when the conditions are icy and rough on the paws!

Posted by Shanester February 10, 10 05:28 PM
123.

love them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous February 10, 10 06:11 PM
124.

great pics, i race in the UK with many of the folks in the pictures, what a great bunch of people! the dogs are in the back of a dog truck in photo 'behind bars'. the truck is kenneled out for the dogs safety and comfort, they have big kennels in the vans so they dont just jump out the trucks and disappear off, its their own space when they are away racing and its the safest way to travel with the, believe me the dogs have more room to sleep and get cosy in our truck at night than we do. all the dogs are happiest when running in harness, they LIVE for it, you cant stop them running, you cant force a dog to run, or as jeff king put it 'you cant push rope!' all the dogs get top notch dog care, top quality food, ours eat better than us most of the time!
these dogs love to run more than anything else! dont just listen to the naysayers spouting rubbish, please attend a race and chat to the mushers, you'll eb ,ade to feel more than welcome and see for yourself how much these dogs love to raac d pull! and you'll understand how much we love our dog and how much they loeve us.

Posted by tanglefoot February 10, 10 07:06 PM
125.

Loved these pictures and the story they tell.
These beautiful dogs love the outdoors and love to run.
Had a wonderful Siberian for 14 years and he very much enriched and was a part of his human family. In addition he loved to pull his single sled although for recreation only. Still have it and it was hand made in New Hampshire (USA) I believe. Probably should be sold and moved on. Need to know how to price and I do have pics.

Posted by Charlie February 10, 10 07:07 PM
126.

aaaaaaaaw they look so cute i wish i could have.im a dog lover![lol!]i actually like all of the pics!

Posted by yazmeen February 10, 10 09:46 PM
127.

# 30 - love it ..a great photo - wonderful color and...it's about time humans learned their place! arf! arf!

Posted by Andrew B February 10, 10 09:51 PM
128.

I love dogs. Especially working dogs. Tongues a wagging.

Posted by Bruce February 11, 10 12:37 AM
129.

Has Disney ever thought of a movie? #21 would make a fantastic character. The epitome of emotion. "Go team!"
Lee

Posted by Anonymous February 11, 10 03:04 AM
130.

How wonderful to see such great photos of sled dogs doing what they LOVE to do - working in harness!! No one who has owned a sled dog breed or who has attended a race (or even a training session) could ever doubt that the dogs love it - it is written all over there faces and you can hear their impatience to get going from miles around! Long live those folk who allow their dogs to do what they were born to do!

Posted by Ali H February 11, 10 03:05 AM
131.

Super cute dogs!

Posted by akhil February 11, 10 04:19 AM
132.

thank you for pictures, all were beautiful! i used to be a dog sledder. i love dogs and wish i could still do it when i look at all these pics god bless!

Posted by Gregory Suzanne February 11, 10 07:13 AM
133.

Loved it! ^^

Posted by Megaraxys February 11, 10 08:45 AM
134.

Sled Dog Fan: you are right on: the dogs in the cages are there for transport only. They don't live in cages. A dog who lives in a cage will be in very poor health. Mushers really do treat their dogs like family; they have to, if they want to be successful in race conditions, because those dogs have to be very tightly bonded with the musher in order to follow orders properly. It all comes down to mutual trust.

The dogs do have to retire eventually, of course. Some are kept by the mushers themselves, who may find it impossible to part with such close companions, while others will be adopted out. Those mushers who keep the dogs often find them useful in helping to socialize new dogs; some mushers have quite large packs and older dogs can be useful as role models to the younger ones. They'd only be destroyed if there really were no alternative. Unfortunately, this is all too often the fate of huskies adopted by people who don't understand the enormous drive that huskies have. They *crave* physical outlet to a degree that often surprises naive owners.

Oh, and to Janie @ 88, the musher does not "ride comfortably in the sled". The musher does ride in the sled, but if you consider those conditions comfortable, then you must be tough as a Spartan.

Posted by Calli Arcale February 11, 10 01:39 PM
135.

Even though the pictures are wonderfull, I can not help to be sorry for those creatures. I understand that's the way it goes, but there I am......, regards

Posted by jaime moner February 11, 10 05:50 PM
136.

absolute fabulous pics.....of GREAT dogs!!
tnks photographers for sharing!

Posted by liesbeth February 12, 10 07:19 AM
137.

Absolute great!
Wonderfull

Posted by Norbert Bach February 12, 10 08:12 AM
138.

Before I bought a D-slr camera I just looked at these as good pictures. Now I look and think "damn that lens must have cost more than a car!"

Posted by djentley February 12, 10 08:52 AM
139.

I've been on a sledge in January in Kiruna, north of Sweden at this was the most memorable experience I've done. They love so bad running that when we stopped for dinner, they barked and called for us to keep running, really great! And they're so sweet as well.
Hope to do it again... Great life, beautiful landscapes and good friends, what can a (wo)man ask further?

Posted by Vannina February 12, 10 09:03 AM
140.

I ran sled dogs for ten years, but had to sell my kennel when I became unable to race them anymore. I was very careful in making sure that each dog went to a good home or kennel. Looking at these pictures and comments reminds me of the wonderful times we had with our dogs. The dogs loved running, and it was great exercise for them and me. I do not know of any mushers that just ride on the sled while the dogs pull. The musher usually works harder thean the dogs.
Pat Ek

Posted by Anonymous February 12, 10 09:48 AM
141.

I'm sure the "this is cruelty brigade" would be in the "My dog is a human" brigade and who are actually harming their dogs more than doing good. My Sibe Mya is uncontrolable when I even touch her harness, it like my son and his PS3 control! Wind your neck in, THINK AND RESEARCH before you open your big unwanted piehole!

Posted by Neil Buckley February 12, 10 11:19 AM
142.

Like they say; "The scenery doesn't change much. Unless you are the lead dog!"

Posted by Guillermo February 12, 10 12:43 PM
143.

Great pictures,beautiful dog's, beautiful country, the expressions on their faces show so much excitement, and looking forward to the trip. Just remember to care well for mans best friend, and he will continue to work hard for you. These dog's are happier working than just laying around.

Posted by Doris Syphers February 12, 10 01:19 PM
144.

21st is stunning!

Posted by Irene February 12, 10 01:47 PM
145.

Very nice,great fotos...

Posted by cyborg February 12, 10 01:55 PM
146.

beautiful!!!

Posted by Anonymous February 12, 10 02:26 PM
147.

Beautiful shots. One better than the next. Dog is truely mans best friend. Sure is mine.

Posted by T. Delco February 12, 10 03:54 PM
148.

i have a husky and just love him he is awsome

Posted by shelly February 13, 10 11:55 AM
149.

Beautiful pictures of these awsome dogs!!

Posted by Linda Conley February 13, 10 01:04 PM
150.

Beautiful photos!

Posted by Laurapintas February 13, 10 01:28 PM
151.

When I was growing we had a dog, Bear- he was a mix of malamute, husky, shepherd (and maybe a little collie?). He LOVED to run- we would take our bikes out for a ride and he'd out pace us every time (living in coastal GA it was the best we could do...no snow...)- we had him for 8 years and had to give him up. I see these dogs and remember him.
Thank you for sharing-they are beautiful dogs!

Posted by quiksilver February 14, 10 11:30 AM
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Loved the pics and Im from Australia. We dont get much snow here, where I live it never snows here. The dogs just love to pull.

Posted by Cheryl De Jersey February 15, 10 07:21 AM
153.

wonderful! loved it! rob vinesett

Posted by Anonymous February 15, 10 09:02 PM
154.

人类最友好的朋友!

Posted by Edmund cai February 16, 10 03:41 AM
155.

Wonderful pictures...very nice captures...I love it!

Posted by Lorena Sims February 16, 10 05:22 PM
156.

Цуко

Posted by Anonymous February 17, 10 06:11 AM
157.

Boots are to keep ice from feezing between the toes and tearing the pads.

Dogs without pads spend every waking minute, once quiet trying to get the ice out of the crevices between the toes,usng their teeth. Otherwise, the dog cannot walk, pads bleed, and infection sets in.

Dogs who stay outside, working dogs, need boots unless it's too cold to snow - 'dry' snow - or not doing much work. Surprised to see only the one pic.

Posted by edith hughes February 17, 10 10:49 AM
158.

piękne :)

Posted by nicka February 17, 10 12:03 PM
159.

amazing collection !!!!!!!! wow wow wow .....

Posted by tripti February 17, 10 12:08 PM
160.

I'M proud to see this, I have 7 awesome samoyedes. These picturs are wow !

Posted by Charlie February 17, 10 02:46 PM
161.

Huskies are the most beautiful dogs to me.

Posted by J February 19, 10 10:37 AM
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Huskies are beautiful dogs...except the eyes. Blue eyes are just freaky period. Humans. Dogs. Shuddddder.

Posted by Adrienne February 19, 10 05:01 PM
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all these dogs are cute:):):):):):)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ariana February 22, 10 08:00 PM
164.

# 18 is just awesome!! hats off to danny lawson!
the pack look like leads of some dog-mafia flick!

Posted by Shivani February 23, 10 02:05 AM
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De superluxo. Hasselbrald de seguro.
Excelentes fotografías.
Felicicades

Posted by Luis Felipe López Monroy February 23, 10 02:08 AM
166.

awww jeeez i just love dawgs!!!

Posted by greatpics! February 23, 10 03:23 AM
167.

Müthiş fotograflar...
tebrikler ve bize izlettiğiniz için teşekkürler...

Posted by keercan February 23, 10 02:57 PM
168.

BEAUTIFUL PICTURES

Posted by Tessa February 26, 10 03:20 PM
169.

I have always wonted a husky . I love the beautiful pictures thy make me wont one more . take care .

Posted by Lydia February 27, 10 05:11 PM
170.

#21
it is sooooooooooooooooooooo funny~~~ :D

Posted by Jerry February 28, 10 08:45 PM
171.

awesome!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ukraine girl ^_^ March 1, 10 10:06 AM
172.

I like these photos there very good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ana March 1, 10 06:58 PM
173.

What amazing pictures!!

Posted by Pablo March 1, 10 07:23 PM
174.

Beautiful dogs ! They are really human's best friend.

Posted by siska72 March 15, 10 09:40 PM
175.

Really enjoyed these! Reminded me of the dog sled races I watched at Franklin Pierce University in the early '70. Really exciting!

Posted by Susan March 23, 10 06:10 PM
176.

cute dogs......

Posted by rathamani March 26, 10 08:17 AM
177.

The cute dogs

Posted by ronna April 1, 10 11:09 AM
178.

wow,,,
nice pic..
awsum

Posted by jazzoka June 6, 10 09:12 PM
179.

Самая красивая собака

Posted by zair September 25, 10 07:17 AM
180.

I blowed away when I saw pic #3! Awesome!

Posted by Tom VH September 27, 10 05:12 AM
181.

I recently had to have my two huskies euthanized and never thought I would get over it. But after one week I had to have another dog. My son wanted a shepard so I gave in but when I went to the rescue to get him there was a husky sleeping in the corner. I called her over and she got up. I knew I was hooked so I asked the rescue about her. She was almost 13 and was a sled dog that the owner didn't want so I adopted her to. How could someone be so cruel.

Posted by Paul October 16, 10 09:42 AM
182.

great dog

Posted by k9ersjackprice April 1, 11 04:45 AM
183.

I just got my dog my mom did not want it but me and my whole family wanted one so we got one when my husky grows up she will not be as crazy as the people across the street its like they don't care it wasn't because huskies sometimes are crazy well it's because they put their dog on a heavy chain but he wanted to play but they didn't know that so they sold it when he was 1 year old.my dog is fifteen months old we got our three days ago the people across the street huskies name was Rex my huskies name is Lexy this is a true story .

Posted by Diana Leontyeva April 16, 11 09:41 AM
184.

I LOVE MY DOG LEXY SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH THANK YOU MOM AND DAD.

Posted by Diana Leontyeva April 16, 11 09:46 AM
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