Musher Question & Answer
When I got my (very big), Wilson, a few years ago, I took him on a team/wheel dog because of his size and strength. I only had 5 dogs at the time and two of my leaders decided to work in all opposite directions doing the opposite of what I was asking. Big Wilson. After a few days of observation, decided to listen to every single command I was giving, and respond super quickly 9he was running a swing). I gave him a chance to show me I wasn’t dreaming and to my surprise, he did formidably! Today, despite his big size, I refer to him as my main leader, puppy teacher and my “clutch”. It would be hard to go far without my Willy.
During my adventure tourism diploma in CEGEP, we had a short intro course on how to care for the dogs and ride the sled. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, the 16 dogs started to howl and tears came out of the corner of my eyes… I was hooked and never stopped.
The very special connection that I have with the dogs. Every dog being its own individual, has its own special “thing” with me. Each dog knows how to take care of me in its own way. I love recognizing voices while they all sigh in uni-sound and especially, I love going on the trails with them and listening to nothing else than the dogs. Breathing the paws in the snow and the wind, they take me to winter wonderland every time.
It was my first litter (2019) and I had 9 of them! I wanted a real nice theme but there were so many! I decided to go with tree names that I could see around Fort Smith. My five adults got their names from Michelle & Ed. My first dog, Chilkoot, got her name after the Chilkoot trail since the history of the gold rush captivated me so much.
I will have to figure that one out during the winter! You guys will have to come back for the answer :)