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Review of Seavey's IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours

Seavey's IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours
12820 Old Exit Glacier Road, Seward, AK 99664-2231
907-224-8607
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Mush the 2013 Iditarod champion sled dogs! Visit Seavey's IdidaRide racing kennel, where four generations of the Seavey family and 100 of the toughest dogs in the world train during the summer months. You'll be helping train their 46th Iditarod team for their 4th championship. Cuddle the adorable husky puppies, try on the gear worn when it's 40 below, and get a pawtograph from their Golden Harness winning lead dogs. Sleds with padded seats and suspension, fully covered tour, and dog themed gift shop make this the most fun you can have in Seward in the rain. Voted "Best Sled Dog Ride in Alaska" by readers of the Alaska Magazine.
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Awesome tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

What an awesome tour! Joe Allen did an excellent job telling us about the area and showing us things extra ordinary. We were able to meet the Seavey winners and their dogs and learn about the Ididarod Race; we also were able to hold puppies!! The trip to Exit Glacier was an awesome experience too!! Thanks Joe! My group loved your tour!

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Seward, Alaska
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“Fun, entertaining, unique & interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This is a great family attraction! The sled dog ride is really fun, learning about the Iditarod and dog mushing is super interesting, and the puppies are so cute. This is an up close look at an authentic sled dog yard. The tour is well-organized. Highly recommend!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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“What a Ride!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Matt Giblin was fantastic as a lecturer-tour guide. Our experience was fun, educational, fun, insightful, fun, and did I mention .. FUN! We came with "northern breed" experience and were thrilled to discover Buddy, the aging Alaskan Malamute! The care and conditioning of Seavey's sled dogs was immediately apparent. Matt shared his personal Iditarod experience with us and left us amazed at the respect and love he and his crew have for their dogs; clearly reciprocated. These working athletes are no-nonsense in harness, affectionate when interacting with the public. The "new" mother was confident as she watched her puppies handed over the fence into welcoming eager tourist hands. The only thing missing from our visit was snow on the ground! Definitely a must-see, must-DO experience for all who visit Alaska!

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Perth, Scotland
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“Really interesting experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Mitch Seavey's Kennels are on the Exit Glacier road so you can do both the kennels and the glacier. The kennels are set in woodland criss-crossed with tracks but you don't need any special footwear. We hadn't booked but as we were there in early September that wasn't a problem and there weren't too many in our group which was great. The whole experience was very interesting. There was a talk first and then we visited the dogs who got incredibly excited. They obviously associated a group of people with a forthcoming sledge ride and all were desperate to be chosen to be harnessed up to a sledge. The volume of barking had to be heard to be believed. The aroma of dog was also pretty strong. The dogs are not the Siberian type husky which most people associate with pulling sledges but are a similar shape and size, just without the striking face. The sledge ride was actually a wheeled cart which the team of dogs pulled, and itself weighed 400 pounds. That was without the people inside. However these rides probably helped keep the dog in shape during the summer months and they really seemed to love doing it. The ride was great fun and there were quite a few good photo opportunities when the cart stopped, and our musher (if that is the right word) very obligingly took everyone's cameras to the front of the team to take people's photos. So be sure to bring a camera.

After the ride there was an opportunity to see and hold some puppies which had been born only 10 days previously. Next to the puppies cage was Buddy, the face of Mitch Seavey's advertising and a proper Malamute. Then we were taken to a covered sort of hut nearby where we could sit down, and were shown a video of the Iditarod race. There was a proper sledge of the type that would be used, and the sort of jacket, gloves and boots that would be worn. Following the video there was a question and answer session and because there were so few of us it was more like a chat. What enhanced this experience most and made it truly interesting was the fact that the young man giving the talk had actually taken part in the Iditarod race and so was able to answer questions based on his own personal knowledge. For me this was what made the whole experience so worthwhile and I would thoroughly recommend it.

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Vancouver, Washington
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“Amazing Experience at Ididaride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

While our family knew that the cart ride would be fun and exciting, we were also amazed at the amount of information we learned about the Iditarod and sled dogs. Our ride was quite lengthy and took us through some beautiful forest and down by a small creek. We appreciated the opportunity to interact with the dogs after our ride and holding the adorable new puppies was an extra treat! I don't understand the people who gave 1-star reviews and said the animals were mistreated -- they've most likely never owned working dogs. Alaskan huskies are not purebred animals and, because of their level of activity, it is not uncommon for the ribs to slightly protrude (we did not see any dogs that we would consider malnourished or emaciated). All the dogs with which we interacted were friendly and happy and did not cower or show that they were afraid of us in any way. I think chaining them where they can still be out in the open forest, exercise, and see the other dogs in the pack is better than if they had individual fenced pens which would isolate the animals from one another and severely limit their movement. We saw nothing but love and respect for these animals during our visit, and we would highly recommend this tour.

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