The dogsledding season ends in Minnesota (but continues in Greenland)

3_24_14StudentResponse (Lower) 3_24_14StudentResponse(Upper) Yesterday Amy and I said goodbye to the 70 sled dogs that we spent the winter working with at Wintergreen. We are heading to Chicago to visit schools. We will also be getting ready to head to the Amazon Rainforest in May. It is sad to think that another dogsledding season in Read More

Dog of the Week: Millie

    Type of dog: Canadian Inuit Age: 4, born in March of 2010 Birthplace: Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge; Ely, MN Parents: Ramona and Steve Favorite position: Wheel   Hi! Guess what?! I just had a birthday. I turned four years old! Happy birthday to me! I like to pull dogsleds. I like to run fast. Read More

Dog of the Week: Bullet

  Type of dog: Canadian Inuit dog Age: 9 Birthplace: Churchill, Manitoba Favorite position: Lead   Hey there young ones. I’m Bullet. I was born north of here—in Canada. I was adopted by John Stetson and spent several years in his kennel. Then I moved to Wintergreen. I like to run in lead. I’m an Read More

Dog of the Week: Belle

Type of dog: Canadian Inuit Age: 10, born in March of 2004 Birthplace: Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge; Ely, MN Parents: Thule and Blue Favorite position: Swing   Hello. My name is Belle. I’m not so sure about this dogsledding thing. I’m a good dog and I really like people. I’ll run if you put my harness Read More

Exercise for Sled Dogs and You

3_3_14StudentResponse(Upper) 3_3_14StudentResponse(Lower) Sled dogs are very fit athletes. Training is important for them. Sled dogs who race need to train even more than the dogs we work with. The Canadian Inuit dogs at Wintergreen need to be in good enough shape to pull a heavy sled all day at a slower pace. Racing dogs need Read More

Watching the Wolf Track Classic Dogsled Race

2_24_14StudentResponse(Upper) 2_24_14StudentResponse(Lower) Yesterday, instead of hooking up our dogs and going out dogsledding, we took a break and went to watch a dogsled race. The Wolf Track Classic is a 65-mile long dogsled race that starts in Ely, Minnesota.  The starting area was buzzing with activity as 65 mushers and 500 sled dogs prepared for Read More

Dog of the Week: Two-Tone

  Type of dog: Alaskan Husky Age: 5 Birthplace: Stetson Racing kennel in Duluth, MN Favorite position: Lead   Hi! I’m Two-Tone. Look into my beautiful white eyes and you’ll fall in love. You must come and pet me. Then, put my harness on and let’s go dog sledding! Really, I want to go dog Read More

Sled Dog Teamwork

2_17_14StudentResponse(Upper) 2_17_14StudentResponse(Lower)   Every sled dog has a different personality. They are kind of like people. Some of the dogs are outgoing. Some dogs are shy. Some of the dogs are hard workers and some are lazy. The musher of a dog team needs to find the best position for every dog on their team. Read More

Dog of the Week: Romeo

  Type of dog: Canadian Inuit Age: 5, born in July 2008 Birthplace: Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge; Ely, MN Parents: Covey and Jens Favorite position: Swing   Hi! Hi! Please pay attention to me! Hi! I’m going to bark and bark until you come over and pet me or put my harness on. I’m ready to go. Always ready! My bark Read More