Winter snowfall came early to the October Country Inn this year. Trees bend under a heavy load of snow, and the forest floor is knee-deep in sparkling white stuff. And since temperatures have been mild, the full range of winter activities are at play. One such activity we haven’t yet written about is dog sledding. Although dog pulled sleds used for winter travel in snow bound places has been largely replaced by snowmobiles, there are still those romantic individuals who stick to the old ways. Like Kathy Bennett and Alex MacLennan, of Braeburn Siberians in nearby Windsor, Vermont, who invite you to join them in a winter outdoor dog sledding adventure on local trails behind a team of their Siberian Huskies.
Braeburn Siberians offers a variety of options from 45 minute rides, to 4 hour excursions, as well as options for any variety of special events. Each ride begins with a dog meet and greet, complete with snuggles and photos! Then you hop aboard the sled, they say to the dogs, “Everybody ready? Let’s go!”, and off you go! Then there are stops on the trail for more dog snuggling and photo ops. Rides begin at Great River Outfitters in Windsor, Vermont for exhilarating runs on carefully groomed trails through scenic fields and woods along the Connecticut River with views of Mount Ascutney
The Siberian Husky was originally developed by the Chukchi people of northeastern Siberia as an endurance sled dog and to herd reindeer. During the short summers, they roamed free on the tundra fending for themselves while developing a highly socialized pack behavior. During the long Siberian winter the dogs provided warmth to the Chukchi people by living in the houses where children were encouraged to play with them. These two historical activities put predatory drive and a desire to run as well as a strong need for a pack, either canine or human, into the Siberian Husky’s genetic code.
Take advantage of a rare opportunity that only a rural state like Vermont could offer. Try a dog sledding adventure. Share the riches that these friendly hardworking Siberian Huskies offer: unconditional loving and travel in a traditional time-honored way. There are few things more exhilarating and therapeutic than riding behind a team of canine partners on a pristine, Vermont winter day, or under a dark sky filled with stars.