Friday, May 4, 2012

Dog Sleds


I'm a dog lover. See the picture of my little Yorkie, Lizzi-bear, on the right sidebar. You have to scroll down, but she's there. Anyway, because of my love for dogs I have several in Cold Justice.

Regi, one of my main characters, owns an Irish setter named Oscar. Oscar was in River Whispers too. He plays an even bigger role in Cold Justice. The dog goes with Regi to Alaska and while there, they meet a woman who owns a husky.

Huskies are beautiful animals, have an amazing tolerance for cold conditions, and are great animals to use for dog sledding. I wanted to give a shout out to the Iditarod Race that takes place in Alaska every year, so it is mentioned in the book as well.

Did you know that dog power has been used for travel for over a thousand years? A dog sled team involves not only lead dogs, but point dogs, swing dogs, and wheel dogs. Point dogs are located behind the lead dogs, swing dogs are next and then the wheel dogs. Swing dogs have great endurance.

I wish I could have worked more of the Iditarod into the story. Maybe in another book. But I wanted you to see what an exciting event it is and how the dogs are really the stars of the race. Go Huskies!!!





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6 comments:

  1. Congratulations on completing A-Z Blogging Challenge. I'm glad to see you are continuing -- and with the beautiful state of Alaska. We saw those cute doggie booties when we were there in the summer, used to protect their feet.

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    1. Those doggie booties are cute and so important for the dogs to wear to protect their paws. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Hi! We had a beautiful Boarder Collie who I swear was smarter than most 15 yo boys! So sorry I didn't get a chance to catch up with you this weekend. I hope you had a great conference.

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    1. Border Collies are very smart. When I went on a cattle drive, I quickly learn how very smart they are. With the flick of their masters hand they would do his bidding.

      It was great seeing you. And thanks for the yummie chocolate. It was a piece of heaven in my mouth. :)

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  3. For years I've wanted to visit Alaska. I was thinking the usual tourist route, not the rescue-my-kidnapped-fiance trek, but I guess Regi can't have everything. :)

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    1. Nikki,
      I'm for the usual tourist route as the way I want to go, too. I've learned from Regi. :)Thanks for stopping by.

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