This past week we flew up to Fairbanks to full fill some of my wfes bucket list items. Driving a dog team and seeing the Aroura.
The trip on Alaska Airlines proved only that the service of the airline industry had fallen a bit.
The Hotel we stayed in was a bit disappointing. between the toilet not working and the noisey heating syatems and the noise fridge, we got a little sleep.
I will tell you that the highlight of the Vacation was Black Spruce Dog Mushing. here is the link to their web page. http://blacksprucedogsledding.com/index.html
Now if you do not know the concept of Dog Mushing, or the care and love these dogs get, then you are blind. The team we went out with, with Riely our guide, was to be at least above compare. the love and attention he gave to the dogs, allowing us to pet and spend time with them, Of course,Tracy being a dog lover to the max, madfe an instant companion named Neptune. see photos.
I can honestly tell you these dogs are well cared for, and the people who have them, at least the ones we were with, let them run free alot, and they come at the call of their name. They are fed and handeled with love and attention.
It is in this mans honesty and humbled oppinon anyone who would accuse a dog musher of abusing dogs are untrained and uneducated about the sport. these dogs love to run, and if they were not running in front of a sled, they would be runnign wild and probably by wolves.
They are trained. and cared for. we talked to Reiley and he said they see a vet every 3 or 4 months. and the money they spend on the care and feeding of these dogs do not make up in any way what they take in. alot of dog mushers and trainers do not even break even BUT they do this because they love the dogs....not the money...
I would engourage you to educate yourselves and go and talk to the mushers and not those who are anti-mushing and would lie to get the sport shut down.
We loved the time we had in Alaska and plan to return and do it again.
We visited Santa Claus House at North Pole. another highlight.
Did not know there was an Ice Mesuem in Fairbank. WOW, such a great tour...
Tracy with Neptune
University of Alaska Mesuem of the North
WOW you do not want to miss this