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As usually I'm doing my very pleasant job at mushing event as a press photographer, freezing my ass on a pile of snow, interacting with many people around, helping out with a few stuff on event and mushing. A winter season is my best season for me.

... except that fact how much I cant stand that feeling when my hands are getting frozen so fast. I have very weak type of skin and very easily I get frozen.

Mushing is really amazing sport from sporting perspective and experience itself in general. Before people will think like that: it's absolutely not where you sit on sleds and your dogs do your job- it's requires a lot of very hard and real sport, fitness, enduring and athletic activities during sporting mushing events. You share a lot of activity as dogs do. I'm specializing in Skijoring class as my main sport. As it sounds so cool where your dog pulls you, but actually it's not. Skijoring is the hardest mushing activity which require amazing endurance, strenght, skill and all sort of sport skills exactly as cross-country or cycling. With skijoring, you share equal amount of effort as your partner, dog. The faster dog you have, the more of work you have to put.
I just constantly keep hearing from people how it is cool when dog pull you and you do nearly nothing/or we use dogs etc... which is a complete bullshit to hear.

Tomorrow I'll be doing some interviews with mushers and crawl in self-made igloo to take photos of dogs approaching.

Do you have any questions about mushing? Feel free to ask anything sled dog related topic! That would be very helpful for me!
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DominikaLukoszek Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! :)
Fencingfool4 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
I know this is old, but if you still pay attention to the comments here

I have my pair of flat coated retrievers trained to pull sleds, skis, and snowboards back up a hill after going down, but now I wish they were stronger and able to pull a proper sled!

What makes these dogs so strong? And what work is involved in mushing and before even that, in training the dogs? I intend to live in the north one day, likely Alaska, and I'd love to keep a team if I could. 
FatimaZahraeM Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work is featured here:… :meow:
BuenoPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
look great.
Chocolatecookiecrumb Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect dof!
SkellyBro Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That dog on the left looks like he's chasing a really big tennis ball. XD
What serves as motivation for the dogs? Are they just rather well-trained to run without it?
kataszynoviec Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot !
sera-sognato Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
lol their tongues!
SledDogLove Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Did you see that this picture is the one that shows up when you chose the Photography - Photojournalism - Sports ? I absolutely freaked out ! Been a mushing fan since I was 6 and glad to see the sport getting some recognition :)
Exileden Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Mushing is absolutely a form of sport! :) Pretty much like horseback racings!
SledDogLove Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student General Artist
exactly ! So many people say it's not a sport, it irks me ! haha! Yes :) and I love them both !!

Your pictures are absolutely amazing ! :)
Tigger421 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
TheAlbinoKirby Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
This should have been called "Team Derp."
Exileden Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Good idea, I will find team derp photo and name it :XD:
emilysodders Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome picture! And I do have a question! My husband and I have two dogs we would love to train for pulling sleds and some yard work. We want to know where you purchase the proper harnesses for each task. Thanks!
Exileden Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I usually buy harnesses and sled dog equipment locally on mushing events. Mostly you can purchase them on mushing events or online. I cannot recommend any stores online beceause I don't know all stores all around the world. Try to look on internet via google. Harness for mushing should look like that, how on our greenland dogs: [link]
emilysodders Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I found exactly what I was looking for! I think my problem was that I left out the word "mushing" in my search of " dog pulling harnesses" and all I got was anti-pull harnesses or general walking harnesses. Not sure why it never occurred to me before to put "mushing harnesses" in. lol Well, thanks- that made the difference!
StrangeHappenings Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aha their tongues lolling in the wind that's awesome
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant action shot! :)
BlackSeaFoam Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know how you feel. I bikejor around my neighborhood and I swear I'm going to lose it if one more person jokingly says "Hey that's cheating!" or "you don't even have to pedal!". Haha well it doesn't bother me that much, but I wish people would try it for themselves and see how hard it is. It's not only physically challenging, but mentally challenging too.

I've only tried skijor a couple times in crappy snow. I want to try it for real. Your photos tug at my heart, they urge me to burst out of the front door with my towline, dogs, and bike and go and go and never stop.

Do you have a flickr or blog where you post more of your dog sledding pictures?
Exileden Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I should have! Just I don't... publicate my photos at all since I have no idea where since I hear a lot of negative opinions about Flickr :( Thus, I have a blog but I never have time to fix it and prepare articles buh.

But I really want to share with my photographs online because what I do is just send to companies. But I post photos on my private facebook account where mushing events are on public settng.
BlackSeaFoam Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw. To me, Flickr seems like a great place to share photos. There's a way you can set your account so no one can download your photos or even click "save image". But I don't really know that much about it, I hardly post photos, I only look at them (mostly mushing pictures cx)
Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Those dogs are awesome!! Especially their huge tongues. :) I'm completely unfamiliar with mushing, so I can think of many questions- how long does it take to hitch up a dog to your sled, how do you tell the dogs where you want to go, how does the leading dog's job differ from the followers, etc. We don't even get much snow where I live, and the native dog is- the chihuahua. Not much good for pulling anything, let alone a sled.
Exileden Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I wonder how many chihuahuas would be needed to pull a sled :D
Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It is hopeless, I'm afraid. Chihuahuas have no use for manual labor, and they are really quite short-tempered. And, they have no real fluffy fur, like a husky, only thin coats, so they'll freeze. :) I doubt you could even harness them for a team without getting nipped repeatedly. If you could somehow do it, I imagine you would need A LOT of them to get any appreciable force even if they cooperated...
fruitbatslyra Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great action you captured here! I love it! :clap:
ForgottenDreamsSF Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Even though I don't know much about mushing, I do know it's a team effort. The pictures you take are amazing.
DougNZ Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Superb photo :thumbsup:
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dancingdoe Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Mushing sure is fun, though I do more of bikejoring myself with my two sibes as I don't own a sled but am saving up for a Danler sled ;) Very nice photo!! :D
merrilygross35 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
If you think Beverly`s story is unimaginable..., a month back my sisters mom in law basically got $9181 sitting there seventeen hours a week at home and the're friend's half-sister`s neighbour has done this for eight months and got paid more than $9181 part-time on-line. use the steps available here, ====>><<====
SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist
WOW GREAT SHOT! I love the crisp focus of the 2 dogs in front and the soft blurring of the rest of the picture... really helps create depth. it's like looking at a 3D picture! and the tongue of the dog on the left cracks me up xD
also love the snow, looks really pretty ^^
Tanoshiix3 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
lol...their's perfect, haha
WolfOfTheMoons Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!
Greyhound-101 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot!
lolenslooker Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Very limited type opp to get a shot like this . Dogs are beautiful, they seem to live to pull, it is their high, tongues flapping shows how hard they are working .
MikaDiva Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing shot and cute dogs!
CorbieLaughter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
How do you start training a sled dog? What is the process?
Ailiya Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where I have worked with sled dogs, usually dogs start training when they are 6 months old, but it's just getting used to harnesses and pulling the sledge, but young dogs wont be taken to work until they are at least 1-year-old. Usually young dogs are paired with older dogs, because they teach the young in their way. This also gives the musher a change to see if the youngster is smart enough to become a lead dog and then it's paired with older lead dogs. If the dog is not smart enough, then it will be either swing/team dog or wheel dog. Wheel dogs are right before the sledge, they have to be very strong because they have most of sledge's weight to pull and swing/team dogs are to give speed :) I hope that helped.
CorbieLaughter Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, thank you! It's all very interesting :D
KrowandWolf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
I do bikejoring with my golden retriever. And you're right it's a lot of work. I first have to train my dog (she's only one so we're still training. So before I can trust her to pull me I need to fully teach her commands. Like heel, stop (very important) left and right. It's very fun though and she enjoys it thoroughly. She gets so exited when I load her up in the car with my bike. Great exercise for me and her.
sourpepper Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
He has a long tongue !
Beautiful photo ! =)
aoifasd Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful picture! the dogs look like they are having a blast! :D
Puuronen Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Fantastic capture! Tight framing works!
LexCorp213 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
his tongue lol
Tkaczu Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Love this :-) ...and I guess I just can not be afraid ... These beasts are racing only?
Exileden Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
They are bred to be a good sprint dogs since that was a sprint race where many international musher started.
SteffenC-itsjustme Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is just a picture of pure happiness. <3
xxAkatsukiGirl85xx Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
oh the huskys are so beautiful :heart:
KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Nice shot! :D
Hm, I do have a question.. I don't know much about sledding, and I kinda did have that stereotypical idea of it >.> [sorry] ..but now that you tell me it's not like that, I'd like to hear more..what do you mean they need to do athletic activities..? What exactly to the mushers [lol idk what to call them o.o] have to do while on the sled? I mean I understand that they have to stand for long periods of time, keep balance, hold on, and push the sled a bit sometimes, but is that what you meant, or is there more..? o.o This is very interesting to me since I've never been anywhere near a sledding event like thiss..
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