Mush with PRIDE

Mush with PRIDE borderedThe mutually beneficial relationship between sled dogs and people is one of the oldest bonds of its kind. In his essay “A History of Mushing Before We Knew It,” champion musher Tim White wrote of this relationship:

“Sled dogs have coexisted and cooperated in partnership with humans for many thousands of years in the northern regions of North America and Siberia. Archeological evidence puts the earliest date at over 4,000 years ago. Some anthropologists suggest that human habitation and survival in the Arctic would not have been possible without sled dogs.”

Modern sled dog owners are proud of their dogs, and view them as canine athletes that are bred and trained to do what they love to do — that is, run as part of a team. The organization Mush with P.R.I.D.E., established in 1991 as an organization of mushers who were concerned about the care of sled dogs and public perceptions of mushing, supports the responsible care and humane treatment of all dogs, and is dedicated to enhancing the care and treatment of sled dogs in their traditional and modern uses.

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The abbreviations in the organization’s name, P.R.I.D.E., stand for Providing Responsible Information on a Dog’s Environment, and to address some of the concerns relating to sled dog care and training, the organization developed sled dog care and equipment guidelines. A voluntary kennel inspection program was established because, as the page on their Web site explains, “The P.R.I.D.E. Board firmly believes that if we mushers conduct ourselves responsibly then we will be less likely to suffer from unknowing governmental regulation. We hope that this program is a demonstration of the fact that we can responsibly take care of our own.”

Mush with P.R.I.D.E. guidelines have frequently been used by other groups and agencies when determining responsible dog care and kennel husbandry standards. Member clubs supporting Mush with P.R.I.D.E. include not only Alaskan sled dog groups, but mushing associations, clubs and groups from around the globe, including Canada, Norway, Great Britain, Germany, Jamaica and Australia. In 2007, P.R.I.D.E. elected a new multi-state, international Board of Directors. Anyone who cares about sled dogs and mushing is encouraged to support Mush with P.R.I.D.E. by becoming a member. Current P.R.I.D.E. members include large competitive kennels, small recreational teams, skijorers, veterinarians, race sponsoring organizations, local mushing clubs and fans of sled dogs. The support and input from the membership is what helps direct the P.R.I.D.E. Board of Directors and establish P.R.I.D.E. as a leading organization promoting responsible sled dog care and dog-powered sports.

Members receive a quarterly newsletter and a copy of Sled Dog Care Guidelines and Equipment Guidelines, and a First Aid Manual for Sled Dogs. Mush with P.R.I.D.E., PO Box 1915, Kenai, AK 99611. https://mushwithpride.org

About Helen Hegener

Author and publisher, Northern Light Media.
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1 Response to Mush with PRIDE

  1. PRESS RELEASE
    MUSH WITH PRIDE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2019
    MEDIA CONTACT: Thom Swan, (907) 488-3327, swanny@acsalaska.net

    MUSH WITH PRIDE REORGANIZED FOR SLED DOG CARE AND ADVOCACY

    The organization Mush with P.R.I.D.E. was established in 1991 by mushers who were concerned about the public perceptions of the training, racing, and care of sled dogs. In 2018 an effort to reorganize and revitalize the organization was begun, and in April of this year a new 10-member international Board of Directors was seated. Officers were duly elected and seven standing committees were created. Committee members were assigned to do the work of rebuilding the structure of the organization, revising and rewriting the guidelines, and re-establishing Mush with P.R.I.D.E. as the gold standard of sled dog care and advocacy.

    Mush with P.R.I.D.E. supports the responsible care and humane treatment of all dogs, and is dedicated to enhancing the care and treatment of sled dogs in their traditional and modern uses. The abbreviations in the name, P.R.I.D.E., stand for Providing Responsible Information on a Dog’s Environment. To address some of the concerns, the organization developed sled dog care, equipment, training, and kennel management guidelines which are still being used to educate the general public, mushers, veterinarians, and others in the proper care of sled dogs. Documents available for download at the Mush with P.R.I.D.E. website include Sled Dog Care Guidelines, A Guide to Caring for Dogs During Crisis Situations, and Recommended Kennel Standards and Inspection Guidelines.

    Today Mush with P.R.I.D.E. members are found throughout the world, in the United States, Canada, Norway, and the U.K., and the membership is once again steadily increasing. Mush with P.R.I.D.E. guidelines have frequently been used by other groups and agencies when determining responsible dog care and kennel husbandry standards. Member clubs supporting Mush with P.R.I.D.E. include not only Alaskan sled dog groups, but mushing associations, clubs and groups from around the globe, including Canada, Norway, Great Britain, Germany, Jamaica and Australia. Current P.R.I.D.E. members include large competitive kennels, small recreational teams, large and small touring kennels, skijorers, veterinarians, race sponsoring organizations, local mushing clubs and fans of sled dogs. The support and input from the membership is what helps direct the P.R.I.D.E. Board of Directors and establish P.R.I.D.E. as a leading organization promoting responsible sled dog care and dog-powered sports.

    For more information visit the Mush with P.R.I.D.E. website at http://www.mushwithpride.org or Find Us On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/398468697352924/

    – End of Release –

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Thom “Swanny” Swan, P.R.I.D.E. Media Relations
    Phone: (907) 488-3327
    swanny@acsalaska.net

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