It could be very well considered the toughest sport on four legs. Dog sledding isn’t for the faint of heart it takes true guts and determination to survive out in the wilderness. With only your sled, dogs, and will to push on. Laurie Warren of Council Idaho is showing that she can keep up with the best of them out in the snow.
“Nothing is cooler than running down a trail and you just hear them panting and their feet paddling and you are in the backcountry and it's just gorgeous couldn’t think of anywhere else I would want to be,” said, Dog Musher Laurie Warren.
Warren first came into the sport of dog sledding in her mid-twenties and acquired a Siberian husky thinking I might start a team, but the plan never went thru but then several years later her son Garrett along with her youngest son Trevor sparked her interest in building a team.
“I was hooked so I started building my own team I bought a really nice female from an Iditarod musher in Alaska and I started building my kennel and just the idea to run with my kids we had 3 years with mom and two kids running with dogs and that was a quick we have had so much fun,” said, Warren.
Her journeys thru dog sledding began in January 2012 and in 2014, having previously run races under 25 miles in length she competed in two 8-dog, 100-mile races – the Eagle Cap Extreme in Oregon, and Race to the Sky in Montana where she won.
“I was blessed to have awesome dogs and we won the race and they all came to rearing to run some more and I'm a firm believer that it's all in the mental game and you can do it as long as you want,” said, Warren.
Warren says them is no great bound than the one you have with your animal when you out competing.
“I do feel truly blessed to be out there that love unconditionally loves you get from your dogs I can’t think of anything better in the whole world because they will do anything for you,” said, Warren.
Warren plans to race in Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska roughly in two years and doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down. One more note in case you were wondering Warren receives 6 tons of dog every year to feed her dogs and she knows each one of the dog's names.