I remember very clearly the day my life changed and was taken over by the Alaskan Husky. My friends and I layered up and headed to the start line of the 2011 Yukon Quest. It wasn’t my first time witnessing the Yukon Quest so my emotional reaction to watching the teams run by took me by surprise. It had all the right elements; dogs, outdoors, sport, commitment and adventure. I was hooked and in that moment decided that was what living looked like. The following November I landed a handling gig for the winter and that was that. Its been all dogs ever since and have never looked back. Being a competitive race team was never the goal. Nor were giving tours for a living. I just wanted to be outside running around with dogs. As an outsider looking in or an animal rights activist it is easy to dig up horror on the internet.
I myself had some reservations in the beginning. After being around the sport for 10+ years now my opinion has changed from uncertain beginnings. I have looked after many kennels, worked for a professional musher, handled at the Yukon Quest, raced recreationally and have my own kennel full of dogs ranging from excellent bloodlines to the black sheep. I always come back to the same conclusion. By running down the trail with their pack these dogs are acting out their purpose on this planet. The sport of dog mushing is not cruel in itself to these animals. Any cruelty felt by sled dogs is human error. This is a very important distinction. Our sport is under scrutiny from the outside world from people whom have never laid eyes on an Alaskan Husky or been to the north. I believe it is our duty as mushers to spread the love and share our dogs to change the public perception of our sport and of our life style.
It is also our duty as dog mushers to honour our animals keeping the best practices we can. The ironic part is that anyone who is worthy of their animals has the same goal as the animal rights people – to raise healthy dogs free from suffering. Taking these dogs off the trail is not saving them. What would benefit the Alaskan Husky the most would be for both sides to come together to spread the same message – we will not tolerate abuse or neglect. As a life long animal lover and musher I understand both views and wish to show that both sides aren’t as divided as one might think. I believe the best way I can share this message is by inviting people to join in our lifestyle and see for themselves what is being asked of the dogs. The single greatest way to honour the Alaskan Husky is to run. So together, we Run Wild and spread the love.
Tanja and Falko
Tanya and Falko came to see us on her birthday and go out with our dogs on a run around Dezadeash Lake and the surrounding forest and Mountains. Happy birthday Tanya from us and the whole kennel you met earlier 🇨🇦
Sarah&Michael + Vanessa&Fabian
What a great day with those two nice couples from down south. Grate day on the big loop.
Robyn and Kelson
Out with our Clients today, taking a rip around the small loop
Erin and Sam
Sunny day in the Yukon wilderness. Grate day on the big loop.
Wedding and dog sledding
Our clients came with friends and family on their wedding trip to the Yukon
Kathleen and Charlotte
On their trip to the Yukon, they came with us dog sledding on the Fire Fly Run.