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06/09/2014

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ReformingGeek

Those dogs are adorable. Glad you enjoyed the sledding.

The Iditarod is crazy. People die, too.

Irene S. Levine

That looks like so much fun! Only place I went dog-sledding was at a tourist attraction in Finland:-)

Barbara

Love the dogs, especially Thelma and Louise! You look like you loved the dogs, too, and the glacier.

Suzanne Fluhr

My husband did this same "excursion" when we went on an Alaskan cruise some years ago. I think it ranks as one of his top travel experiences (and he's been around). I don't know much about the Iditarod (and I hate reading about cruelty to animals so I'm skipping your link), but the huskies in your photos seem to be in their element---lots of exercise, in the right climate and a nice combination of being a dog and human contact. We knew someone who kept huskies in hot as hell Cyprus. I think that was ridiculous and cruel. These huskies seem to be where they are supposed to be, doing what they are meant to do. I feel more guilty about our dog who I don't think probably gets enough stimulation. He gets enough love, but a few walks a day, an occasional trip to the dog park and watching me looking at a computer screen can't be all that much fun.

Carole Terwilliger Meyers

What an interesting excursion. I did the helicopter tour to Mendenhall Glacier, and did a dog sledding excursion in Wyoming, but didn't know you could mesh them together! Love Alaska.

The GypsyNesters

I had the same reservations about dog sledding until we had a go at it in Montana. My doubts completely vanished when I saw how much the furry guys loved their jobs. There was much grumbling and barking from the guys who didn't get to take us on our run! So glad you got to experience it first hand. -Veronica

Patti

I don't have an informed opinion on dog sledding, but did it rise out of a mode of transportation for the locals? Like I said, I really don't know, but these dogs are beautiful, I love the rich blue color of their eyes. I have to admit, I think it would be a fun adventure to try one time.

noel

that looked like a lot of fun, I would love to do this some day, those dogs are amazing. Hope you can share this with us for Travel Photo Mondays, the link is open all week long.

Donna Janke

The dogs are beautiful. I don't know much about dog-sledding as a sport, but the Idatrod sounds pretty grueling.

Doreen Pendgracs

Hi Michelle: I'm glad you enjoyed your trip to Alaska, and took the helicopter ride as I suggested. It is still one of my fondest memories of our trip there.

I went dogsledding in Churchill, Manitoba, when it was -66C with the windchill factored in! I think the dogs didn't mind running as it kept them warm in that frigid cold!

As long as the dogs are well-cared for and loved, I don't think they mind pulling the sleds. It's their job, just like we have the 'job' of telling stories.

Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it

It would be a perfect world if there wasn't any cruelty towards people or animals. Unfortunately the bad overshadows the good that comes from dog sledding as a hobby.

Anita @ No Particular Place To Go

What a memorable trip and your photos of the dogs pulling the sleds makes it clear that the animals are well taken care of, healthy, outgoing and happy. A very interesting subject!

Nancie

Looks like an amazing day! The doggies look well cared for and happy.

memographer

Dog sledding in June! That's awesome!
Great pics, Michelle! I love dogs. And these blue-eyed creatures make me smile every time I see them :) Thanks for sharing!

Linda ~ Journey Jottings

Dogs love working!
You can see it on their faces and hear it their excited squeals as they set off and start running - To them its a game - Not a chore.

Suzanne Stavert

What an adventure with a capital "A"! I love your photos, it almost doesn't look real! I think the dogs are happy and well cared for, what an experience! Thank you so much for sharing! Wow!

Lisa Richardson

Dogs will go to all lengths for humans! It looks thrilling!

dave

That looked amazing . the dogs look very happy . I see how they love their job and this type of sledding looks ok but I m against the Iditarod as it is very very intense and dogs do die . My wife of course makes Alaska the most beautiful place on earth with her smile and warm heart

Anda @ Travel Notes & Beyondq

Hard to believe, but some of us in the States didn't make it to Alaska yet, and I am one of those. But it's on my Bucket List so I read your post with a lot of interest.

Mariuca

You look amazing in all the pictures here and the dogs look really clean and fresh, must be the weather ha ha.. I've never been on a helicopter before, wonder if it's noisy! TGIF sweetie, have a good weekend! :)

Dyanne@TravelnLass

"...photos are a big plus but the experience in itself was so worth it!"

So true. Often having that digital contraption pressed up to your face prevents you from fully experiencing the moment. Better to just record the experience in your head and your heart, yes?

That said, great pics and looks like a most wondrous experience.

alison @GreenWithRenvy

I think I agree with your thoughts about this, although the dogs always look so happy and excited to get on wight he sledding. Maybe it's part of the breed, like my retriever used to follow my into the ocean and try to pull me in by my ARM every time she was at the beach with me. Always very gentle, but she just couldn't help herself, trying to retrieve me!

aimee fauci

So beautiful! What a wonderful and unique experience you got.

Alexandra McAllister

WOW! What gorgeous pics and great post! Those dogs are incredible! They are tough yet love to be loved. :) I have 2 little dogs and they are the light in my life. Thanks so much for sharing!

Touristmeetstraveler

I love the photos you took, some of them have such beautiful views!

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