If You "Mush" Know

If You “Mush” Know: How Big are Sled Dogs?

This month’s question comes from….. Grant: How big do sled dogs get? Do they have to be a certain size to race?   Willingness and Heart   Sled dogs come in many sizes with mushers’ preferences ranging from larger dogs with muscular strength to smaller quicker runners. Martin Buser, 4 time Iditarod champion, once wrote, …

If You “Mush” Know: Poop Scooping

This month’s question comes from….. Every kid in America:  What happens if the dogs have to go to the bathroom? Do you have to stop and scoop it up?    Chocolate Kisses and Goggles   Excitement echoes in the kennel as the dogs, supreme canine athletes, are getting ready to do what they love – …

If You “Mush” Know: Stopping a Team

This question comes from Mrs. Dagenais’ Class in Baltimore: How does a musher stop their team of sled dogs? Gary Paulsen describes in Dogteam the beauty of a winter night run with a team of dogs pulling the sled taking you on a wonderful ride along a trail. Paulsen shares the beauty of the energy …

If You “Mush” Know: Places in the Team

This Month’s Question:  How do you decide which dog goes where in a team? Can they change places? The sled dogs make a team. A team includes the leaders, the team dogs, and the wheel dogs. Like a coach of a team like soccer or basketball, I as the musher want to know my dogs …