And this is what they look like at the end of the race. Can you see their tongues hanging out?But don't they look happy?
Quite the fashion statement. Not to my taste, but I had to take a photo of it. I believe it's a fox on that lady's head. We had a little talk with her about her sledding team (she had a couple of standard sized poodles by her truck but they were just family dogs along for the ride). From the front, the fox is complete with a nose, etc. Yuck. Foxes are beautiful animals and in my opinion not meant for that type of thing.
On to the races. Things start to get quite exciting when the drivers start to hook up their dogs to the lines. The husky in this photo was howling. Most of the dogs start barking when they get harnessed. It's quite a din let me tell you.They race one team at a time. Here is a team waiting to start.There are 4 people holding the team so that the lines don't get crossed. The dogs are so excited about running that they jump around and are straining at the harnesses. If the people weren't holding them, they'd be off like a shot.
The announcer lets the driver know when there's one minute to go, then 30 seconds, then 10. Go, go, go!
And they're off!
John and I love huskies and seeing them brings back good memories of our Bailey. She was only a member of the family, not a working dog like these guys.
What a great day!