Dog sledding enthusiasts take part in dry land race // WJFW Newswatch 12

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Local News Posted on 07/11/2021 6:58 PM


Dog sledding enthusiasts have gathered at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Camp to run their dogs on dry land, rather than snow. Jennifer Lyons, a competitor from La Crosse, Wisconsin, said: “This is a bunch of people who love our dogs and we love to do what they love to do,” Lyons continued, “our dogs love to run.” .

She said: “This time of year we obviously don’t have snow… so we’re on bikes, we’re on scooters, we’re on platforms, we’re running behind our dogs so that our dogs can run the trails and just have fun, ”Lyons said.

Lyons started running almost ten years ago after adopting his two dogs. “It was just supposed to be for fun, you know, I wanna get them on a sled and run around town, pick up their dog food and come home. Yeah… ten years later, I have ten. – eight dogs in my kennel. ”

What started as a training ground for dog sled racing, the Dirty Dog Dryland Derby has grown into a fifteen year tradition. For mushers like Ben Thompson, it gets their dogs out of their kennels for fun.

“You can’t push a rope, and you can’t make a dog want to do anything. You can’t stand on a platform or on a bicycle and force an animal to run in front of you. They have and dogs need a job, they love having a job, it’s like throwing a tennis ball for a lab and asking them not to go get it, ”Thompson said.

For the community, organizing events every year for the public to see is about growing the sport. “If you want to be more active yourself, live a healthier lifestyle and have a dog, please go to one of these events and meet the people, see what’s going on here,” Thompson continued.

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