When our group talked about taking the Mary Shield's tour, I was excited about seeing some sled dogs up close and personal. But, I must say, I got a whole lot more than I bargained for. Mary met us in the yard and invited us into her home for brownies and limeade. She spoke to us as if we were her friends, not that we had only arrived that morning. We met the dogs, who were so comical, each with their own different personality. What a great group. As we got in the pen with them and then exited as she told stories about she works with them, trains them, takes care of them. It was obvious that these dogs are truly a part of this woman's life and that she would do anything for them. They seemed to have such a connection. Mary allowed us into her home, her garden (we picked sugar snap peas off the vine to eat), her basement, and I think into her heart. She was truly a joy, and a great storyteller. If you want to meet and spend time with a true pioneer who is living life to the fullest in Alaska, go see Mary Shields.
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