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Allegany State Park Can-Am Dog Sled Race

Sled Dogs

Today the Canadian-American Dog Sledders had their annual dog sled race here in Allegany State Park, NY. I took this opportunity to capture a few pictures of these great team of dogs working together to reach the finish line.

Sled Dogs
Happy Dogs

Sled Dogs
Coming off from the starters line!

Sled Dogs
Just before she waved to me!

Sled Dogs
Coming down the path!

Sled Dogs
Working towards the finish line!

Visit my flickr slideshow to see more photos from the day.

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19 responses

  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    What fun! I wish I could have been there to see them run. Number 11’s lead dog looks just like my dog, Luna. She would love to do something like this. I have thought about getting a little cart for her to pull around. I swear she knows what gee and haw means and we didn’t teach her. It must be in her blood.

    31 January 2009 at 7:07 pm

  2. What beautiful dogs! They sure look happy.

    31 January 2009 at 7:10 pm

  3. I have always wanted to watch one of these races I think it’s cool they do it in your area! I’m envious! Great shots of what looked like a fun day.

    31 January 2009 at 7:41 pm

  4. I love sled dog racing! You are so lucky to have attended a race. Great photos! The dogs look so happy!

    31 January 2009 at 7:45 pm

  5. I would have loved to be there. Those dogs are amazing and beautiful. The snow scenes are gorgeous.

    Enjoyed the slideshow.

    Thanks, Tom!

    31 January 2009 at 8:44 pm

  6. What an interesting event. I am surprised to see so many non-Husky breeds in the teams. This is a great winter for snow based activities.

    31 January 2009 at 9:03 pm

  7. WoW! How much fun! Their power is amazing.

    31 January 2009 at 9:07 pm

  8. You always seem to be at fun things. You captured some great photos. The dogs looks like they love the snow and the excitement.

    31 January 2009 at 11:36 pm

  9. great pics! Thanks for sharing!

    1 February 2009 at 12:19 am

  10. Marg

    That looks like so much fun!

    1 February 2009 at 5:47 am

  11. What clear, beautiful pictures. It was like being there. Thanks for sharing.

    1 February 2009 at 6:29 am

  12. Boy, they do seem so happy when they are pulling a sled! One of the physicians I work with is fulfilling a lifelong dream of learning to sled and he so wants to do the Iditarod. In training however, he ended up getting a right rotater cuff tear and well… he still says he’s going back, though with a smaller team. :c)

    1 February 2009 at 8:07 am

  13. That is amazing! I just didn’t expect to see that – very cool! Did you read ‘Stone Fox’ when you were a boy? One of my favorite books to read through in an afternoon – made me sob!!! Your post pictures are so awesome!

    1 February 2009 at 8:47 am

  14. @ Lisa – it is amazing how amazing this event is but very little people actually attend. LOL . . . have her pull you on XC ski’s!
    @ Lynne – They sure are and I have to bet these dogs are in their element!
    @ Aullori – Last year they had snow problems but they have their event in Allegany every year.
    @ threecollie – It was fun to watch for sure!
    @ Mary – thanks and they are something to watch . . . dogs sure appear to be having fun!
    @ Ruth – maybe its because of the area they are at? It was fun for sure!
    @ letspaintnature – sure is, thanks!
    @ Linda – that is the only way to enjoy life . . . enjoying fun things . . . then again that’s prob ½ the reason I am still single! Hard to change my priorities!
    @ Kelley – Thanks
    @ Marg – sure was! 🙂
    @ Karen – glad you enjoyed!
    @ Jayne – dogs are happy 100% . . . interesting about one of the physicians . . . interesting . . you should show him these pictures!
    @ Bird Girl – I was a punk when I was a kid . . . not 100% sure if I read it or if I read the cliff notes!

    1 February 2009 at 9:59 am

  15. That looks like a whole lot of fun.

    1 February 2009 at 11:43 am

  16. When I had a husky during my Canadian days, I sometimes considered getting him a harness to attach a sled to. Those dogs are SO designed to PULL! He really did seem to be the only thing that made those Winters bearable. He was a blast.

    1 February 2009 at 1:23 pm

  17. @ Joan – does look fun! Thanks
    @ Lana – That would have been fun to do with XC Skis . . . just think how much ezer that would have been!

    1 February 2009 at 7:49 pm

  18. Work dogs are generally happiest when pulling a sled, but the most obvious of “happy” are the huskies. My son, who is living back here in California with us for now, has two huskies. And they love to run! We’ve never tried hooking them up to a sled, but something tells me they would probably think they were in “dog heaven” if they were hooked up. Great photos, Tom!

    3 February 2009 at 9:54 pm

  19. Grace

    Last summer I saw 2 golden retrievers hitched to a beautiful miniature covered wagon. Could they have been keeping in shape for races in the winter?

    5 February 2009 at 11:38 pm

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