This is at Cirencester cani-cross on 20th March. It's in four parts as its 18 minutes long
Ellie is a Dogs Trust dog. She was thrown out of a moving car in Ireland and ran round the streets for three days before a warden could catch her. She was emaciated and bald with mange.
I found her online at Dog's Trust Roden, about 3 years ago, and fell in love with her before we even met. We did a total journey of 400 miles to visit her and then return to collect her. She had some issues. She had been returned from one home as she growled at the husband as she didn't like men. No problem, I told my other half what to do, and what not to do, and she now loves everyone.
She is a daddy's girl. Indeed, if she was a human, I would be history as she lies on my fiances lap looking up into his eyes and he is devoted to her!
We are honoured to have her in our lives and are thrilled at how much she enjoyes cani-cross, both the bikejor and the running
A half dozen dogs, snow, and a sled aren't necessary to participate in the sport of dog mushing. Dog scootering, a type of urban dog mushing, is great fun for both dog and man and a wonderful way to get larger dogs the exercise they need. Only one dog is necessary if riding on the flats, but two or three enthusiastic pullers can make for a wicked good time :).
The dogs in this video are Belgian Tervurens, aged 3 and 9. Any dog over about 30-40 lbs can pull an adult on a scooter on flat ground if they're eager for a run, although some breeds (huskies, malamutes, samoyeds, etc) are particularly well suited. It does take some dedication to teach directional (left-right) commands, but this process can be sped up greatly if training with another experienced team or leader.
Urban mushers use every manner of wheeled conveyance from bikes and 3 or 4 wheeled carts to rollerblades and skateboards, but one of the easiest and safest vehicles is a 2 wheeled scooter. Usually equipped with BMX bike tires, front and rear brakes, a non-slip skateboard deck, and even suspension systems, scooters provide plenty of control and stopping ability, good ground clearance, light weight, low rolling resistance, and are easy to bail off if (when) your canine companions abruptly decide the squirrel on the side of the trail looks like a tasty snack.
Winter training with my friend Joffrey.
-2°C and 7-10 cm of fresh snow . good day for mushing
This is extreme mushing, I suppose it's the Siberian equivalent of 'off piste' skiing. Don't try this at home - actually, do try it, it's incredible.
Starring my hugely strong & clever Siberian Huskies, Wooluf & Greebo, dragging me around Fritton Woods.
Dog scootering is relatively new to the US. It is a sport where the dog(s) pull the rider on a scooter. The dog(s) are typically attached to the front of the scooter by a tugline that has a built in bungee cord. See Pepsi and Starbucks together scootering the 'traditional' way with a tugline and with and outrigger attachment from dogpoweredscooter.com.
John and Dio Skijorring the trails in Beaver Mountain Park, Antigonish Co. N.S.