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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Introductions; Don Deckert

Photo courtesy of Joy's Sleddog Photos

Don Deckert grew up on a farm in central Minnesota where he learned to appreciate working animals and the great outdoors from a very early age. Coon hounds and Golden Retrievers were the dogs of choice on the farm while Don was growing up. Extensive camping, backpacking, and canoeing where a big part of Don's life in his teenage and young adult years. Don started "collecting" Siberian Huskies during 1994 because of his fascination with their beauty, independent nature and outdoor working abilities. Although he knew nothing about mushing at the time, he studied books, searched the internet and began meeting and becoming friends with mushers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Being a woodworker by trade, Don decided to build a dogsled and try his hand at mushing during the late winter months of 2000. After hooking up his first two Siberian Huskies and going for a 1 1/2 mile run, Don was hooked and has been mushing ever since. Don currently has a team of 7 Siberian Huskies that he runs recreationally and competes in 15 to 30 mile races in the Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan area. Dogsledding demonstrations and educational seminars are also a part of Don's typical autumn and winter schedule.

Don began working with Points Unknown during the 2007-2008 winter season and we are very excited to have him back for several weeks, working with the mushers and clients of Points Unknown, again this winter. You can meet his dogs by going to his website. Tundra Star Siberians

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