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    Exclamation Looking for a Sled dog team.

    Hello, I am looking for a small sled dog team. I only want 3 dogs to start with as I am learning how to mush. I am looking for a few good dogs to learn with. I am interested in buying or leasing the dogs for this season. I don't care how old they are, as long as they are in good health and have exp. in mushing. I am also looking for a small sled and all rigging for the dogs. So if you have the dogs, sled or just know where I can find them, pleae help. Thanks for the help.

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    Just a thought, but have you looked into picking up a dog or two from any of the shelters. I know there are lots of good sleddogs that get turned into the local animal shelter here in fairbanks. There are a few volunteers that go there every week and take a few of them out and hook them up to a sled to gauge their abilities. They then report back on their potential.


    A good place to start to look woud be the Second Chance Leauge.
    http://members.petfinder.org/~AK17/index.php

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    Thumbs up shelter dogs

    i put together a great 8-dog team with shelter dogs. we never had speed, but we had fun...we used to do 20-30 miles 2 or 3 times a week.
    they are all old now, and i can get 3-5 in team now for a couple mile loop...if we ever get any snow this winter!
    my boy mushes a couple on his sprint sled...
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    Thank you Frenchy and Homerdave. No I have not checked out the shelter yet. I did not know they tried the dogs out and rated them. I was afraid they would just say they were sled dogs to find them a home, and then when I got them home they would be just pets. I will look into the shelter. But what about a lead dog? As I am just learning, I don't want to have to train a lead dog myself. That would cause more harm than good I think. Any ideas as to this problem? Do you know of a lead dog that needs a good home?

    Again thanks for all the help.
    Mark

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    Sent you a PM with and e-mail addy for someone who may be able to help. She is the one I know that takes out the shelter dogs. She would know if there are any dogs around that might fit you needs.

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    Talking Dogs?

    Thanks Frenchy, I will look for the PM.

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    another vote for the 2nd chance league...they'll help find you dogs you can manage and have fun with, including helping you with a good leader.


    is there anybody in Delta who you can mentor with? The collins sisters have a good book out on the how-to of mushing, and the Sierra Nevada dog mushers do too.

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    Default Try the shelter

    The FBKS animal shelter always has a large group of experienced sled dogs, you can also contact the Second Chance League in Fairbanks ads they also foster and train experienced dogs. Call the FBKS animal shelter for mor info.

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