The first dog started yelping, barking and jumping wildly on his hind legs, instigating the others to join in the commotion.
“They’re really excited,” grinned Jerry Scdoris, sled dog trainer and racer. “This cold, clear weather is exactly what they like, and they can’t wait to run!”
I was excited, too.
I clambered into the bright red sled basket and bundled myself under the layers of blankets while Jerry and handler Dave leashed ten Alaskan Huskies to the sled. The frenetic energy of the dogs, hopping and hollering, was palpable.
Suddenly, Jerry took up position at the back of the sled, released the brake, and yelled, “Hey!” Instantaneously, the dogs shot forward, dashing down the hill at what felt like breakneck speed. The snow the dogs kicked up whipped across my face and into my mouth, which was opened and squealing with delight…