Grandpa Blaine was a blessing added to the family in 2003 when Grandma Jane married him.
Grandma, ever the adventurer, learned early on that Grandpa had raised his children on dog sledding in Idaho in the 1970s and requested that they rekindle the hobby, much to Grandpa's joy.
The boys in our family fell in love with dog sledding on their first trip. Grandpa could see that love and later gave us two Seppala Siberian Husky females, Aurora and Keyti.
One of our motivations to move out of suburbia and onto our homestead was to start our own dog sled teams, something we thought would be a good hobby for Dad and sons.
We had pointed our lives in a different direction, desiring our children to have more experience with work and nature, rather than the mainstream focus of media and ease.
Little did we know, thirteen years later we would still be dog sledding. Children who were not even a glimmer in our eyes all those years ago would be raised with the experience.
Keyti left us in 2018, the end of an era. We are sure she and Grandpa, who left us in 2007, are together again.
Today, we have six teams actively running (36 dogs) with a fluctuating total of around 50 dogs all together.
Each of the children in our family have earned their own money through this family business, all of them active participants in the care and conditioning of the teams. Even our little 5-year-old.
The photo highlighted above shows the Autumn conditioning of the dogs in preparation for the sledding season.
After a summer of leisure, the dogs need to build endurance for the winter requirements, so they are conditioned in 6-dog teams harnessed to dog carts and run for 15 minutes at a time in the cool of the fall.
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