Thursday, January 19, 2006

Jamaican Sled Dog Team?

Culture: Why am I just now hearing about this awesomeness?

A Jamaican sled-dog racer has arrived in Aviemore to enter Europe's largest husky racing event. Devon Anderson, who has not seen snow before, has swapped the Caribbean for the Cairngorms to take part in this weekend's event. The 42-year-old and his four-dog team will compete against 220 other teams and more than 1,000 dogs this weekend. He eventually hopes to compete in the world championships and the Winter Olympics in 2010. The Caribbean is too hot for huskies so Mr Anderson has trained a team of mongrels rescued from Kingston's dog pound. His efforts are reminiscent of the success of the Jamaican bobsleigh team which took part in the 1988 Games in Calgary and provided the inspiration for the 1993 film Cool Runnings.
Even without race success, they are thinking ahead.
"Torchlight procession The Jamaican team is sponsored by Bob Marley's record producer, Chris Blackwell, and country singer Jimmy Buffet. This weekend's event, which has been organised by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain, begins with a torchlight procession through Aviemore. Although temperatures are currently mild, organisers say colder weather is predicted for this weekend. Without snow the dogs pull three-wheeled rigs and Mr Anderson is introducing them to the West Indies as a novel means of transport for tourists. "
This pic alone should make you cheer for him and the pound dogs. Nothing better than a mutt, especially from the pound. Tough as nails and loyal to the end.

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