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Sophia Becker writes, On July 18, 2010, the Becker family met the friendly huskies at Snow Caps Sled Dogs Kennels in Breckenridge, CO.

On July 18, 2010, the Becker family met the friendly huskies at Snow Caps Sled Dogs Kennels in Breckenridge, CO. Boy, the dogs were happy to meet new people! The guide, Sarah Spalla, told everyone a bit about the dogs’ personalities. For instance, some huskies are smarter, and better for being the lead dog. While others make up in brawn what they don’t have in brains. THEY go in the back.There are 140 dogs at Snow Caps. In the summer, the dogs don’t run more than once a day. This makes sure that the dogs are healthy, and don’t have sore feet, no matter how much they love to run.Next, it was time to meet the older puppies, who were about six months old and ready to start their training. Snow Caps starts out by letting them run alongside the cart, so the dogs can get used to the cart. As they get older, they harness them to a log, which is not as much getting used to the weight as getting used to having something behind them.After seeing the older puppies, it was finally time to cuddle the youngest puppies, who were about three weeks old. The puppies grunted as they were transferred from one person to the next, but were content with being held afterward. When the puppies had joined their mothers back in the cage, Sarah informed the Beckers that even though puppies are weaned by three weeks, they keep them with their mothers for awhile after that.Then–the highlight of the trip. A ride in a cart, pulled by a team of huskies. By husky power, Sarah and the Beckers were taken along a short, easier mountain trail, with a few rest breaks in-between, for the huskies to drink in the stream alongside the trail. On they went, at around 20 mph. When they got back, there was barely time to say good-bye to the team.In the end, Elizabeth Becker summed it all up by saying, “It was an experience I’ll never forget!”

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