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The Secret to Happiness Is the Repetition of Simple Chores. And Dogs. Sled Dogs.
- By Blair Braverman
One of the best things about raising sled dogs is being forced to do manual labor outside, every day of the year. It doesn’t matter if there’s a whiteout blizzard, if the car won’t start, if the pups are curled in their houses and don’t even stick their heads out when I shuffle by. The work is always there. Baiting warm broth so the dogs will drink their water before it freezes, chopping venison into chunks with a hatchet, scooping poop, hauling around a bale of straw for fresh, fluffy bedding. And then, of course, there’s the running: slipping booties over icy paws, fitting muscular bodies into harnesses, clipping each dog to the gangline, holding tight to the sled for two or four or eight hours. “What’s your workout plan?” a man asked me at a reading this summer. My workout plan? It’s keeping 21 dogs in top shape...
Mr. Guy- a friend, teammate, support, and adorable cat- has passed away this June. He will not be making his way up to Alaska with the rest of the kennel, but his memories will stay with us. He will be missed, and carried in our hearts onward. Feel free to read more our testament to Guy at the ATAO webpage.