My family had a fantastic time visiting with Iditarod musher Travis Beals at his Turning Heads kennel. Travis told us all about his sled dogs while we toured the kennel and we got to meet these amazing animals. While the dogs are capable of strength and endurance surpassing human athletes they are also playful, loving pets. The love between Travis and his dogs was very clear and they really do function as a team with their lives depending upon each other while they are on the race course.
We got to hold a few of his three week old puppies and play with many of his dogs. Travis explained that sled dogs, like our pets at home, want to please their humans and a lot of work goes into socializing them to make them the super friendly dogs you will see when you visit him. Our family was lucky to have a personal tour and we learned all about the Iditarod including seeing the gear mushers use on the road. The highlight was riding a cart pulled by the dogs. We all grinned ear to ear as we traveled through the forest training paths on Travis' property.
I highly recommend a visit to Turning Heads kennel if you are in the Seward area. It is one of the highlights of out Alaska vacation and its sure to be an experience that will last a lifetime.
A big thank you to Travis for sharing this part of his life with us... We will be cheering for you in the Iditarod in March!
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