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Down on Krabloonik

Dear Editor:

There is a real disconnect for me between a quote from Guy Courtney about the sled dogs at Krabloonik. Courtney was quoted as saying that “These dogs are descendants of wolves. They will assign pecking order within the pack and they will determine that by fighting.” F

First of all, aren’t all domestic dogs descendants of wolves? When Krabloonik used to turn over their retired dogs to the Aspen Animal Shelter, I personally observed many times retired sled dogs relaxed, napping and playing together in the yard at the Aspen Animal Shelter. They were not fighting. I am sure this took real expertise, time and attention from Seth Sachson but the result sure seemed to be worth it because many of these dogs have ended up in loving homes.

There are a number of examples of dog sled operators who seem to manage very well what MacEachen and Courtney seem to have so much concern over, namely controlling their dogs from fighting. In order to comply with the new summer guideline of allowing at least one hour per week off their tethers maybe they should bring in a professional to help them with this in order to keep the dogs safe.

On another note, it seems the Aspen Animal Shelter is no longer receiving retired sled dogs from Krabloonik, what is happening to them?

Dawn Shepard

Aspen


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