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Saturday, February 27, 2010

The U.P. Dog Sled Race 2010: Part TWO

For those of you that didn't see my last blogpost, please drop down to read Part ONE of this series before reading this one.




So, for the rest of us, let's continue with our dogsled race photos, shall we?




Today, I am still showing photos of before the race started.



The U.P. 200 Dog Sled Races has an organization behind it, of course.


And THIS is their President.


Don't you LOVE her hat???:






He just HAD to sneak a sniff at his companion dog before the race!



(Once a dog, always a dog!) ha:








There are judges to make sure all the rules of humane treatment to the dogs occur and that all the equipment is up to equal standards:





OMG!


I fell in love with his SWEET FACE!!:










See the hay and the little bins for the dogs to travel and sleep in?:







The Musher is carefully strapping on booties to each dog's feet to protect them from the ice:









Two cuties awaiting the race:









OH THOSE EYES!!!:




I LOVED this Musher hat!:










The fashioneesta of dog bootie wear!:










This is blurry, because it was very dark and the dogs were WILD at this point, but I wanted to show you how they YELP and jump around in excitement right before they line the dogs to get ready at the starting line! It is WONDERFUL!!!:

Don't you love his flashlight too?








C'mon home with me, baby...I will give you big hugs every 2 minutes:




Right after


I


HUG


YOU:


Stay tuned for PART THREE of this series, where I finally get to some shots of the teams taking off for the race!!


*Reminder!: Today is FEB. 27th...remember to enter a photo to the free Photography Contest. ONLY ONE DAY LEFT, PEOPLE!!! February's theme is "Critter Closeups". Please enter your photo by midnight on Feb. 28th to the address listed in these rules. Best of Luck to all the entries!I will be showing all the entries in an upcoming blogpost and announcing the winner of February's contest by Mar. 15th....stay tuned!!!

18 comments:

DJan said...

What sweet doggies, and their little booties. I didn't know that they needed them. They sure look happy to do this, don't they??

otin said...

What brilliant pictures! WOW!

It sure does look cold, though. Could I watch the race on TV? haha

L. D. Burgus said...

You have some great critter photos here. The dogs just love to run and pull the sleds. They are beautiful animals.

TechnoBabe said...

I like how you are giving it to us in bits and pieces, there is so much to see. And the excitement is pulling us in through the pictures. Thanks.

The Retired One said...

DJan: They are ECSTATIC! I wish I would have tried to videotape them so everyone could hear what I mean..they are yelping and barking and whining and they are straining at their leather straps as they line up, ready to go..they just are beside themselves trying to get the OK to take off!

Otin: Oh, you would love being there in person...you just have to bundle up like an Eskimo and wear really good hats and gloves and boots and you are toasty warm....and to be there and feel the excitement?=PRICELESS! BTW, thanks so much for becoming a FOLLOWER on my blog...I love Brian and you when you do the two parters...I have visited your blog several times..I will come on over and join today to yours too! I am one of your fans..you write beautifully!

L.D.: Yes, they sure DO love to run...and they are gorgeous. Almost makes me want to get a dog..but then, we couldn't travel and take off for the day like we like to do...maybe when we get older and don't go out of town as much!! ha

Eva Gallant said...

Great phots, as usual. Love the dog booties! Agin, wonderful dog closeups!

Eva Gallant said...

I forgot to mention that caption and photo #2 are very reminiscent of my ex-husband!

Insanitykim said...

You would freak out in total delight at Fur Rondy in Alaska; the Iditarod should be starting soon...and the ice sculptures...and Native exhibits...you might have to book a trip for next year!!

Brian Miller said...

some beautiful pics of the dogs...and i need to get a hat like that guy. lol.

The Retired One said...

TechnoBabe: Yes, I like building up suspense. LOL

Eva: I think I should make some booties up for myself like that with the velcro. ha

Eva: hahahahaaaaa

Insanity: Alaska is on my bucket list..I would be in heaven to take photos up there!

Brian: They sell those hats all over up here...you DEFINITELY need to get one...I love them for the dead of winter here. ha Mine doesn't have a tail but I have one with fur inside. :-}

Shelley said...

Wonderful photos! A dream of mine - I would love to go dog sledding! Witnessing it would be the next best thing! Maybe next winter!!!
P.S. Still finalizing my days up at the cabin - will be in touch very soon and hopefully coordinate a fun visit!!!!

Ratty said...

I wish I had some shoes like that for my dog when I used to take her for walks in the snow. The poor thing used to get frozen feet, and I'd have to carry her back to the house.

Bernie said...

These dogs are so cute Joan, I think you had too much fun on this day my friend......:-) Hugs

Can one have too much fun?

Far Side of Fifty said...

I love the sled dogs..they love their work! I think that might be straw in their kennels...makes a great bedding for warmth:)

SquirrelQueen said...

I had forgotten about the booties. In Anchorage all the Girl Scout troops would make dozens of them for the dogs, the Iditarod was a thousand miles and took lots of booties.

Love the musher hat, that brings back memories. And that's the way I remember the dogs behaving just before the race starts. You had to shout to be heard over the barking and yipping. Looking forward to more photos.

The Retired One said...

Shelley: I cleared my calendar so I wasn't going to be away from home that week for you, so as soon as you know, let me know and we will arrange to meet!! Can't wait! And Shelley, NEXT year why don't you plan on coming up and going to them up in Marquette? You would LOVE it!!! They have a reception the night before where you can meet the mushers and really talk to them and interact with the dogs!

Ratty: you can make them or get on line on the Musher's sites and order the booties for your dog! They have great people boots too!

Bernie: Nope, I agree with you...one cannot have TOO much fun!

FarSide: yes it is straw...I said hay, but I meant straw....they are cozy warm in there!

SquirrelQueen: A friend of mine (a Vet) ran the Iditarod about 10 years ago and came to our Rotary Club and showed us slides of his experience...amazing!!! He got slowed up by a whole HERD of Elk and was afraid they would attack his dogs. I admire the Mushers SO much for their tenacity!

wendyytb said...

Thank you. You open a new world for all of us through your photos...

The Retired One said...

Wendytb: Ah, that was nice to say..thanks so much!

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