The kennel is located in the East Village (follow the paw print signs in the trees). The dogs sang their heads off when we arrived ….pick me, pick me…they all wanted to work! We loved meeting the dogs and helping to harness them.
We booked a 1 hour tour which ended up being nearly 2 hours long, as Chris offered to take us on the longer run to the lake. The ride itself is difficult to describe…. sort of roller-coaster meets fairy-tale / winter in Narnia… It was such an exhilarating and magical experience; swishing quietly along the narrow trails, amongst snow laden trees, at dusk in a climate so far removed from our own. My husband helped to mush which he loved, while we ladies sat in the warm comfortable sled. We were also allowed to “go solo” around the lake circuit which was very exciting…if a little scary :). Chris would tell the team (8 dogs) to go and they went off like rockets - it was the sheer pull-power of the dogs which impressed us the most. We had ear to ear grins on our faces from start to finish. The dogs are well treated and are rested frequently along the trail. When we returned, my daughter was allowed to feed each dog a treat. She also got to mush with Chris for the last 50 metres….which she says is the coolest thing she’s ever done. Taryn gave her a souvenir sticker and card showing the names of the dogs on our team….this has already been taken to school for “news”.
The tour isn’t cheap (just imagine the food bill for 40+ active dogs) but we’re from NZ and this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. The way we “afforded it” was to trade a day’s skiing which was more than worth it. If the budget won’t allow, then go on a kennel tour instead – especially if you have kids who are homesick for their pets.
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