Exploring one of Mankind’s Earliest Sources of Power: DOGS!


Deborah Deal-Blackwell and John Grizz Deal enjoyed dog sledding over the Christmas holidays in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Over the Christmas holiday season, Grizz Deal and I got to experience the second level of the nine levels (http://ixpower.com/about/) of power generation firsthand … and oh what fun!  (However, I wouldn’t want to have to go to work EVERY day that way.) 

It was cold, but exhilarating to experience the wild back-country of Colorado via dog sled.

Outside of Breckenridge, Colorado, there’s an outfit that offers dog sledding.  REAL dog sledding.  You get to actually MUSH! the dogs yourself.  Actually, what you say to the dogs is “HIKE UP!” – not mush …

This is the view you get from sitting in the sled itself; it was impossible to actually take a picture while DRIVING the sled.

Dog sledding has been around for a very long time – perhaps as long as the human/dog relationship itself. For centuries it was the only way to transport supplies across land in the Arctic region.   

Here’s some interesting facts about dog sledding:

* An Iditarod sled dog burns 10,000-12,000 calories per day. 

* Sled dog teams usually consist of 6 to 14 dogs.

Sometimes it seemed like MAYHEM would break out at any minute! Dogs (Siberian Huskies in particular) can be very opinionated and not shy about letting everyone know what they think! I should know, I’ve had three Siberians of my own and they are characters!

* Mushing is a general term that not only describes dog sled racing, but also carting, pulka, cootering, skijoring, freighting, and more.

* Mushing is the state sport of Alaska.

Like some people, there’s just some dogs that you don’t want to trust toooo far!

* Sled dog racing is often associated with Alaska and Canada, but the sport has spread all over the globe and is gaining popularity in Australia.  The Canberra Sled Dog Club, the country’s largest and most active sled dog club, is involved with as many as 20 races a year! 

… however, some Arctic dogs, like the ones I have at home, just love human attention!

To read more about how sled dogs and their drivers (mushers) saved the city of Nome, Alaska in 1925 with their “Great Race of Mercy” to deliver diphtheria antitoxin click the Wiki Link here.




Here’s Grizz checking the lines to make sure his don’t get away!


“OK – now we’re bored! Let’s either RUN or take a nap.”









“I vote we take a nap!”









Back on the Trail


Dog sledding is fun, but Grizz’s preferred mode of daily transportation has a license plate!











No dogs (or humans) were hurt during the filming of this escapade.  Please support your local Humane Society or dog shelter!

Deborah Deal-Blackwell, APR


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