This activity is really a good investment of a few hours to understand the famous Ididarod Race and the various personalities, equipment and strategies that go into that famous race each March.
I was stranded in downtown Seward without a car and the Seavey's picked me up and took me to their site and then dropped me at their office in the harbor near the boat terminal so I could meet my husband after his Fjord cruise.
The tour begins with a short video about the race and then one of the guides (a musher himself) talks about the race and answers questions. He introduces you to one of the lead dogs and the moment that an assistant produces a harness for the lead dog... the entire yard of 100 dogs starts the canine equivalent of "take me... pleeeease can i go" Sled dogs are an amazingly enthusiastic lot and they just LOVE to pull a sled. When there are 16 dogs harnessed to the cart, the dogs have figured out that the remaining ones are not going and the noise dies down (Can those dogs count?). You travel by cart around the property for about 2-3 miles and the musher stops from time to time to answer questions and give the dog a break. At the end of the trip, you have to thank all 16 dogs by patting their heads. They all seem to appreciate this. Then you are taken to see the puppies. Only a very hard heart would not melt when they saw the cute little dogs. When the puppies have been hugged enough, you are shown the equipment that the mushers use on the race and you discuss how little sleep they get because their main job is to take care of the dogs. You are shown the boots that the dogs wear and shown a dog muscle massage which helps prevent cramps. The Seavey's son Mitch is the current Ididarod champion and his brother Dallas won the previous race, so they certainly know what they are talking about. Very informative... plus you can hug puppies..