As I know that I'll never upload more than just a few sled dog race photos, because I take way too many photos in
general, I thought I'll dedicate a photo-journal to it. A big one. I visited the race with my friend ~EternalOcean
and like every year we also met =WhiteSpiritWolf
As the sled dog race always comes to my town in October it will be my last visit for the next two years.
I'll be going to study in Ireland from September 2014 until November 2015.
You'll see that I mostly took portraits of all the various siberian huskies. Yep, except the four photos at the bottom (these are alaskan huskies/cross breeds) EVERY photo shows a siberian husky. Most of them are working dog types, sometimes also called native types by mushers. They come in various shapes and colours. The "typical" siberian husky everybody knows isn't actually a "typical" husky. They are the show dog type of that breed and mushers don't really like it when you call them the "typical" husky.
The only purebred sled dogs are the siberian husky, the alaskan malamute, greenland dog, canadian eskimo dog and the samoyed. Alaskan huskies and scandinavian hounds are mongrels that are crossed with other dog breeds to enhance their performance. Scandinavian hounds for example are sled dogs that were mixed with hunting dogs. Except for their sometimes blue eyes they look nothing like sled dogs, but they are much faster. I honestly don't like their appearance so much, so even though the sledge dog race was full of hounds I did not take photos of them. And many mushers of purebred sled dogs don't appreciate their presence very much, because they oust the original sled dog breeds. We were even told that some mushers don't participate in races where alaskan huskies and hounds are allowed.
Back to topic. I chose to take mostly portraits, because between all those trailers, cars and people good looking full-body pictures, or pictures with more then one dog were extremly difficult. And I was not very successful with photos of the race, because for some reason my camera was very eagerly to focus only on mushers, but not on dogs.
(And apart from that we did not paid too much attention to the race itself, haha. Well, very few teams were big enough to be interesting. Because it was a bit too warm (again) people mostly started with only one or two dogs.)