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 a website to facilitate communication with dog mushers whose main concern is treatment and care of sled dogs.
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 the U.K. are steadily increasing in numbers. P.R.I.D.E. has attracted an enthusiastic, 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 within the next year include:
The first edition (1993) was great, the second edition (1998) was better, but the 3rd edition references scientific research that confirms proper care protocals for modern kennels.
Mushers must recognize that an unexpected loss of income, medical emergency or other life-changing circumstance could render us unable to properly care for our dogs. What can we do to ensure proper care of our dogs during a crisis?
PRIDE initiated this voluntary kennel inspection program to allow members to document the excellent care that they provide in their kennels every day. Download these documents to learn more about the program.
Mush with PRIDE
PO Box 1915
Kenai, AK 99611