Dog Sledding in Maine

On Friday afternoon of last week, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders and staff of Whitefield Elementary were treated to an up close and personal sled dog demonstration.

Darlene Farr and Talis, a 3-year-old Alaskan sled dog

Darlene Farr and Talis, a 3-year-old Alaskan sled dog

David Farr, and his wife Darlene, gave a two-hour presentation discussing the basics of dog mushing; including proper dog care and handling, an equipment overview, and mushing terms and commands. David was also able to name every one of their 18 sled dogs!

The kiddos get a chance to pat Shady, Dave and Darlenes' original sled dog.

The kiddos get a chance to pat Shady, Dave and Darlenes’ original sled dog.

After the kids’ had a quick lesson in the proper way to act around unfamiliar dogs, the two sled dogs-Talis and Shady-were introduced to the audience.

It was then time to take the show outside, where the kids were in for a surprise…the kids were actually going to play the part of the dog sled team, with their teachers doing the mushing! See the video links below to see how it went!

It was indeed a special treat for the kids and adults alike. A great big THANK YOU to Dave and Darlene for sharing their love of the sport of dog mushing with us!

If you’d like a chance experience dog sledding, you can find Dave and Darlene at the Windsor Fair Grounds, February 13th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Annual Sleigh Rally (http://windsorhistorical.org/gpage13.html). They can be reached at dwfarr@myfairpoint.net with any inquiries.

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