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I was in the waiting room at the hospital today (ultrasound, were having a boy!) and I was reading a magazine and came accross an article on skijoring and it looks amazing, fun for poeple and dogs in the winer (yes I am Canadian)



Has anyone ever done this? They said any dog over 30 lbs could do it. and i have almost 130 lbs of doodle to pull me.

Here's more from wikipedia
"Skijoring is a winter dog- or horse-powered sport popularized in North America and derived from the Scandinavian sport of pulka. It involves a horse or from one to three dogs hitched directly to a human being on skis. Skijoring can also take place behind a snowmobile or an all terrain carrier such as the Bandvagn 206. In this case, several skiers or soldiers can be towed on the same rope. The rope is passed around the skiers skipoles and continues to the next person in line. Skiers then preferably hang on to their skipoles, supported by their arms. Straddling the rope, and "sitting" on the skipoles as shown on the "Skijoring in Norway" link is not advisable, since this means you can't easily let go of the rope in case of a fall.

Skijor RacingWhile skijoring behind a dog or horse, the person wears a wide waistband with a clip for attaching a lead, which is attached to the harness worn by the dog. Special quick-release hitches or hooks are available, used so that the skijorer may unhook the dog's lead rapidly. The dog provides extra power to the skier, who uses either a classic cross-country technique, or the faster skate skiing technique. Unlike regular cross-country skiing, the skis are hot waxed from tip to tail, to avoid slowing the dog team down.

Any dog over the age of one year, and in general good health, can pull a skijorer. The classic northern breeds, such as Siberian and Alaskan huskies, Malamutes, Inuit dogs, take to skijoring with glee. However, any pet dog is capable of enjoying this. Border collies, Golden Retrievers, Giant Schnauzers, Labs, and many cross-breeds are seen in harness.

The dogs are taught the classic mushing commands to start running (hike), turn (gee and haw), and stop. Training is best done on foot, before the person straps on their skis, to avoid being pulled into objects, like trees or half-frozen creeks.

Skijoring features in the 1998 film Silver Wolf, starring Michael Biehn and Roy Scheider.

Skijoring was a demonstration sport in the 1928 Winter Olympics.

Variations of skijoring include snowboarding while hitched to a dog, and "grassjoring," skijoring on grassy fields rather than snow. Also see the related sports of bikejoring and canicross."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skijoring
 

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Congratulations !! When is the baby due?

As for skijoring, looks like it could be fun if one liked being out in the cold and snow, personally I prefer looking at the snow from inside :lol:
 

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Back in the 1970s, my wife had our little female Siberian Huskie (built like a Mac truck!) pull her all over Mt. Royal in Montreal. Never tried doing it with another breed. My Labs retrieved, my greyhound raced, my cattle dog herded, but only my Huskies towed us on skis.
 

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Don't know about the skijoring....but YAY!! - a little boy!!

CONGRATULATIONS!
 

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Congrats on the future boy!!!

I'd be terrified, especially if it was Miko and Rumor......they are WAY too fast for me. Jonah would be OK....I think.... :roll:
 
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