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2/18/2008 5:59:02 PM
Posts: 2
HELP SPONSOR OUR DOG SLED TEAM! Check out how you can help here:

We have been training all year and are ready to compete! Unfortunately, we don't have a race-quality sled and other required equipment. If you're willing to help us out, we will burn, engrave, paint, or sticker our sled with your name, business, or anything you want. We will also send you pictures of our sled and the team. We plan on competing in races all across the northern plains, midwest, and great lakes regions so your name will be seen by countless of spectators.

I thank you for any contributions. The dogs and I greatly appreciate it!
2/19/2008 5:38:32 AM
Posts: 6
hey, since you are into sledding, can you give some info the treatment of sledding dogs? i hear a lot of bad things but at the same time i know there are bad people in everything so don't want to judge it all based on that.
2/19/2008 9:56:40 AM
Posts: 206
I would hope that readers would do a little research before committing financially to any request made over a message board like this.

If you have been training all year, what equipment have you been using for training? How many dogs are you running? What lineage are your dogs from? How about providing an actual name? Where are you located? What sled dog club are you affiliated with?

Sorry to be so doubtful, but in this day and age internet scams run rampant.

As to the person asking about the treatment of sled dogs, most of the negative information is being touted by animal rights activists who have no first hand knowledge of how responsible mushers treat their dogs.

I recommend that you check out the Cabella site devoted to the Iditarod at also the Yukon Quest which is in process now.

As you said, there are bad apples in every sport, but it is a shame that so many facts have been skewed to fit the agenda of AR.

Andrea Erickson
2/19/2008 11:02:55 AM
Posts: 2
I absolutely agree. Internet scams are rampant and that's exactly why I did not post any personal information. I encourage anyone interested in contributing to contact me for more information.

To answer your questions: I have harnesses, gangline, etc. from a company that makes dog sled equipment in Wisconsin's Northwoods. While in Wisconsin, we trained on borrowed equipment from the store owner and benefited greatly from his teaching and advice. However, most of the year, we live in Indiana and train with a dryland rig. At the moment, I run all Siberians, but I'm still working to add dogs to the team to form the best cohesive group. We generally run 3-10 miles every other day.

In regards to the first reply about the treatment of sled dogs, I can't speak about other mushers, but only my own experiences. In this day and age when dog sledding is more a sport and hobby than transportation, my dogs are not my work, but my pets and companions. They sleep on and around my bed at night and are far from neglected or abused. They are great dogs that get along with eachother and thoroughly enjoy sledding. They are excited from the second they get harnessed up to the end of our runs. I feel that anyone who mistreats their sled dogs is missing the point and does not represent me or the sport as a whole.

So please contact me ( if you have any questions or would like to hear more about our team.
2/19/2008 11:28:48 AM
Posts: 75
Thank you to the previous poster. I live in the city that has the motto "Home of the Iditarod", and there are many mushers that live up my road. They are seen frequently, exercising their dogs. During the summer they run them with a 4-wheeler behind, and during winter with a sled. The responsible ones (which most are, that I've seen) spend more time with their dogs than the average person that kennels their dogs 40+ hours a week while they're at work. They are athletes, that are fed well and have their health attended to regularly so that they'll be healthy and ready to run. And if you've seen them before a race, those dogs LIVE to run.

I hope there are people that have a negative view that will do some research from reputable sources before listening to all of the stereotypes the animal rights groups are perpetuating. Responsible mushers do a lot to make sure the irresponsible ones are prosecuted, as was the case just recently with a musher who had his dogs seized because they were underfed. Martin Buser, one of the top Iditarod mushers, testified for the city to make sure this guy never mushed again. Just one of many instances like this. OK, off my soapbox.
6/29/2008 3:50:45 PM
Posts: 1
I'm not trying to be mean, but if you can't afford a $500 sled, how do you expect to be able to afford the gas, hotel, meals and entry fees, etc. that can add up to more $$$ for even 1 race weekend? Most mushers that gain sponsors have a great deal of experience, a competitive team already, and have been involved in the sport for years!

Boreayl Siberians
Redrock Pits
7/5/2008 5:01:24 AM
Posts: 14
Good luck! I do weight pulling with my dogs and know how expensive it can be.

But, I agree with Kivalinash. I would never 'just donate' over the internet.

Use your credit card to buy the sled. You can then make small payments.

Redrock Pits
7/18/2008 4:53:52 PM
Posts: 14
Hmmmmmmm. No reply.