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CyabloSledDogs

Aviemore - pictures

Just a few pics of our week in Aviemore for the 25th annual sled dog rally we had a great time but no snow  :q11:

OH and the pack


Double decker dogs


Loco digging to Austrialia


The road to the rally site


Locos sister (red and white mal bitch from last mating) running as part of a three dog with Locos breeder


A dogs eye view


Loch Morlich


kaz

Thanks for the pictures Emma, it looks as though you had a great time (but it looks verryyy cold :-? )
How many poeple attended - that's a serious traffic jam.
Gareth

Great set of photos Emma
alpha

you lucky lucky girl....
Lloyd

Nice pictures. Looks bdooly good fun!...How fast do they go?
CyabloSledDogs

kaz wrote:
Thanks for the pictures Emma, it looks as though you had a great time (but it looks verryyy cold :-? )
How many poeple attended - that's a serious traffic jam.


Over 250 teams entered so quite a lot of people and then you had spectators too  :-)

Lloyd wrote:
Nice pictures. Looks bdooly good fun!...How fast do they go?


Team on average go at speeds of 20-25mph
Bazzer

Why don't they wear nice ickle slippers on the pawwies?
CyabloSledDogs

Bazzer wrote:
Why don't they wear nice ickle slippers on the pawwies?


The booties protect their pads from the ground, some of the trail they where running on at aviemore was quite fine gravel which could easily cut unconditioned paws
Lloyd

No different to horses wearing shoes then really.
Bazzer

But why just on the front?
Spaniels

What stunning dogs you have

I didn't think they liked digging  ::  ::  My cousin came up with his a couple of years back and he promised me he would fill the holes in they made  ::

I'll have to get him to look at your pics he'll be so upset he didn't get up again this year

Glad you had a great time  :-)
CyabloSledDogs

Bazzer wrote:
But why just on the front?


It all depends on the conditions of each paw, some teams there dogs had booties on each of the four feet
Bazzer

Interesting Topic this. Learn something new every day.

Do the dogs get Vetted at all to stop dogs running without the boots if they should be wearing them or is it just trust insomuch that the owners love their animals and know what's best?

Are there classes for Weights/Sled Types/No. of Dogs etc?
CyabloSledDogs

Bazzer wrote:
Interesting Topic this. Learn something new every day.

Do the dogs get Vetted at all to stop dogs running without the boots if they should be wearing them or is it just trust insomuch that the owners love their animals and know what's best?

Are there classes for Weights/Sled Types/No. of Dogs etc?


Nope dogs dont get vetted as such 99% of the owners know whats best for their dogs as you say they love their animals very much, I know it sounds silly to some but when you have a dog like a sibe or a malamute they become more than just a dog they become for most a lifestyle the very thing that every thought and plan revolves around

There are different classes for numbers and types of dog, but it also depends on what organisation is running the rally

The main organisations are

SHCGB - Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain
AMWA - Alaskan Malamute Working Assosiation
BSHRA - British Siberian Husky Racing Assosiation
ASBA - Affiliated British Sleddog Activites

Each class has a different classification i`ve explained them basically below

Classifications:

A  No more than 8 dogs, no less than 5
B    No more than 6 dogs, no less than 4
C    No more than 4 dogs, no less than 3
D    2 dogs only
E    No more than 3 dogs, no less than 2
U    Unlimited, no less than 5 dogs
J1    1 dog (over 12 months) (age of driver 8-11)
J2  1-2 dogs (over 12 months) (age of driver 12-15)
.2   Mixed Sled Dog Breeds - where Siberian only classes are scheduled
Cani-cross  1 dog & a Competitor racing on foot
Bike-joring  1 dog & a Driver pedalling a bicycle
Scooter  1 dog & a Driver riding a two wheeled scooter

A SHCGB rally normally has a D2 class which means an mixture of two dogs can be run out of sibes, mals, sammies and eskimo dogs and an E2 class which is no more than three dogs but no less than two, and once again a mixture of the above 4 breeds, as all the rest of their classes will be sibe only classes
A AMWA rally will also have these classes as the rest would be malamute only classes etc
The picture in my first post of the three dog team is the E2 class, that team actually won that class

Most rallies are run over two days, these can be 2 day championship rallies or  2x1 day rallies held in the same place over the course of the weekend if its a 2 day yours times from both days will be averaged out and your placing worked out from that. The 2x 1 day rallies your placing will be given at the end of each day

check out this website and go to a rally near you its a great day out and watching the teams is fantastic, you`ll also get to meet lots of beautiful dogs
http://www.snopeak.net/events.asp
JD

Beautiful dogs.  :-)
Bazzer

Thanks for a very concise answer CSD.
Keep us up to date with your events please.
As I said. A great thread about a not too well known activity.

Are there International Events, GB Teams or Individuals  going abroad to race?
I would imagine, in the States and Canada, Pro. Teams, sponsors etc?
Lloyd

Just found this Basil, and it seems relevant:

BERLIN (Reuters) - Police dogs in the German city of Duesseldorf are being fitted out with blue rubber shoes to protect their paws while walking the beat.

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"The dogs aren't too keen yet, but with a few weeks' training they should be used to them," Andre Hartwich, a spokesman for police in the western city, said on Monday.

Hartwich said shards of glass and sharp objects get stuck between the cobbles of Duesseldorf's old town and are dangerous for the canine squad.

"The shoes will protect their paws on patrol," he said.

Some 20 German shepherds are being taught to walk and work with their new footwear in time for a police fashion show in March.

The blue synthetic rubber shoes, modelled on a design made for sled-pulling Canadian huskies, will cost about 15 euros (11 pounds) each, he said.
Bazzer

Yep. All makes sense.

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