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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Minnesota BOW Winter Event

We had three courses over a two day period of between 8 and 9 women

The participants bond with the dogs prior to working with them.

Zodiak can't contain his enthusiasm for meeting new people

Ilu becomes jelly when there is a good belly rub involved.

A detailed introduction to the sled is given.

Our guests harness the dogs in pairs.

Klaus enjoys an ear scratch.

We slowly hook up three teams at once and hit the trail.


The first team consisted of five dogs with a participant mushing and either Haily or I in the sled as a passenger.

McKenzie can't get enough.

We love to see big smiles!

Hailey in the lead sled with Oken and Klaus in lead.

Three teams on the trail.

One of our guests with a three dog team and a big smile.

More smiles!

Ilu and Icoa in wheel.

The last weekend of February, the Audubon Center of the Northwoods hosted the DNR's Becoming an Outdoors Woman Winter Event. Points Unknown was there to provide the dog mushing instruction. Three courses were filled with between 8 and 9 women over a two day period.

Since time was limited, we provided a small taste of dog mushing with the hopes that the participants will join us down the road for a more grand adventure. The three hour course included instruction in proper interaction with the dogs, harnessing and sled safety and operation. Those things learned where then applied as the participants ran a 3-5 dog team on a one mile loop with our full support.

Temps were in the upper 20s to low 40s, at times. The course was short enough that the dogs were able to quickly recover from the heat and seemed to enjoy their job of helping to introduce dog mushing to our guests.

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