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Do you Mush with P.R.I.D.E.?

P.R.I.D.E. stands for Providing Responsible Information on a Dog’s Environment. The relationship between sled dogs and humans is one of the oldest bonds of its kind. Modern sled dog owners are proud of their dogs as canine athletes that are bred and trained to do what they love: run as part of a team. 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.

Mush with P.R.I.D.E. was established in 1991 as an organization of mushers who were concerned about the care of sled dogs and public perceptions of mushing. To address some of these concerns, P.R.I.D.E. developed sled dog care and equipment guidelines. We instituted a voluntary kennel inspection program and created an email list to facilitate communication among dog mushers whose main concern is treatment and care of sled dogs. P.R.I.D.E. guidelines have frequently been used by other groups and agencies when determining responsible dog care and kennel husbandry standards.

Today Mush with P.R.I.D.E. members are found throughout the world; nearly half of the P.R.I.D.E. membership resides in Alaska, but members from the lower 48, Canada, Norway, and even Jamaica are steadily increasing in numbers. Spring of 2007, P.R.I.D.E. elected an enthusiastic new multi-state, international Board of Directors who are excited to throw their energy into the P.R.I.D.E. organization.

Some of the topics we hope to address this year (with the help of our membership) include:
  • Increase awareness, support, and membership of Mush with P.R.I.D.E.
  • Review and revise Guidelines, develop Race Guidelines
  • Promote the Voluntary Kennel Certification program
  • Address legal and legislative issues involved with sled dog kennels and care
  • Help to educate the general public as well as new mushers, veterinarians, and other people with dog care interests on the proper care of sled dogs and responsible kennel husbandry

Who should join Mush with P.R.I.D.E.?

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 giving organizations, local mushing clubs, equipment providers, and fans of sled dogs. The support and input from our 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.

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