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Sled dog race


Think back to the first weekend of February. Most of you might remember it as Super Bowl weekend. While everyone else was at their friend’s home or favorite watering hole, I was with Dr. Jackie, Dr. Aline, and Julie at the Apostle Islands Dog Sled Race in Bayfield, Wisconsin. It was my first ever dog sled race experience. All I can say is, wow! If any of you have ever been to a dog sled race you can probably appreciate my lack of words and are probably reminiscing about your first experience.  Let me tell you about what I can articulate!

The first thing that comes to mind is the energy! Those dogs were bred to run and boy are they excited to do just that!  A lot of the dogs are at the starting line either jumping up and down, barking and howling, or even hyper-salivating anticipating the feat they are about to conquer. That energy bounces off of them and onto you and you become excited for them!

I had the opportunity to help the Veterinary Team under the direction of Dr. Jackie and it was a lot of fun. We got to meet all the teams and interact with a lot of the dogs. I didn’t know what to expect but what I experienced was superb. The mushers come from near and far to participate in something they love with animals they love, and that love shows. There is a sense of community even if you’re amongst strangers. I think I overheard at least a couple of the spectators mention how they want to race sled dogs and be a part of this community!

I don’t think you need to jump the gun and start rounding up your dogs to race them, but I would strongly recommend finding a local race to check-out. I am pretty confident you won’t regret it! In fact, there may or may not be a race happening on Lake Minnetonka come February 2020

Written by: Meagan W.
Veterinary Technician Assistant
February 22, 2019

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