Woof-woof !

by Heike January. 29, 2018 2175 views
Funny face

Funny face

The most famous - and the most hardest Sled Dog race, is the Iditarod Trail in Alaska. But Alaska is far away from my home, it's damn cold out there in the wintertime and I don't want to spend 8 days at minus 70C degrees (-94 F) just for taking some photos. Apart from that, I can't take any photos with icy fingers...
So what to do, if you live in the middle of germany and want to visit a sled dog race?
Pray to the weather god for some snow and visit the famous international sled dog race in Liebenscheid. This little village is situated in the district 'Westerwaldkreis', in the state 'Rheinland-Pfalz', has around 900 inhabitants and is surroundet by fields and forrest. Since 1981, the voluntary fire brigade of Liebenscheid is organizing each year this great and fantastic sled dog race.

Too young for the race, but a cute model

Too young for the race, but a cute model

Well, it seems like the weather god misunderstood the correct date - the weekend before the race, he send some snow, but unfortunately not for the weekend of the race. At lunchtime we had around 8 degrees celsius (46F) and - what a luck - sunshine.

Enjoying the sun

Enjoying the sun

Batdog  (Batmans best buddy)

Batdog (Batmans best buddy)

However, the last 3 month we were nearly without any sunshine here in germany, so I was quite happy to have a day without the usual rainy greyness. But I think, the race-dogs would have prefered some snow... Instead of pulling the sledges, they had to pull vehicles on wheels through a very very muddy trail.
And you can imagine, the more dogs with vehicles were running, the worser the trail became. The dog-owners I spoke to, assured me, that the dogs don't mind, whether they pull a sled or a vehicle, they just love to run. ...I hope, the dogs see it that way also...
For me, this event was a great opportunity to get some nice dog-shots and to enjoy a great day outside. I think, no matter whether human or dog, we all had a great and funny day !!

 Frolicking around

Frolicking around

Any treats ?

Any treats ?

The pack

The pack

Not every sled dog has to be a Husky

Not every sled dog has to be a Husky

Waiting patiently

Waiting patiently

True love !

True love !

Beware of sleddogs

Beware of sleddogs

Portrait

Portrait

Tired of waiting

Tired of waiting

Do I know you ?

Do I know you ?

Sweethearts

Sweethearts

Dog transporter

Dog transporter

The start

The start

Another start

Another start

Some smells on the trail had to be checked before continuing the race :)

Some smells on the trail had to be checked before continuing the race :)

Look at those ears...

Look at those ears...

...and look at these eyes !

...and look at these eyes !

Browny and Blacky

Browny and Blacky

Hard work!

Hard work!

It looks like he is thinking : What the hell am I doing here?

It looks like he is thinking : What the hell am I doing here?

On the trail

On the trail

In action

In action

Splash !

Splash !

Not only the dogs became dirty !

Not only the dogs became dirty !

The dirty pack

The dirty pack

The end.... :-)

The end.... :-)

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Olga Helys 2 years, 3 months ago

They are so AMAZING!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Olga Helys 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks so much Olga ! smile

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
George C 2 years, 5 months ago

Majestic dogs !

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to George C 2 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, it was so great, to see all this dogs together, I really loved that day !

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Em Gregory 2 years, 7 months ago

Enjoyed this a lot!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Em Gregory 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks so much, Em !! grinning

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Paula Wallis 2 years, 7 months ago

The dogs are gorgeous and you've captured them so beautifully!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Paula Wallis 2 years, 7 months ago

Glad you like it, Paula. Thanks !

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Radha Mistry 2 years, 7 months ago

I love photo 12 and 24

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Radha Mistry 2 years, 7 months ago

Thank you, Radha ! grinning

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Adam Pawlak 2 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful shots, beautiful dogs.  Nicely done!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Adam Pawlak 2 years, 7 months ago

Big thanks, Adam !

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Thomas Glaser 2 years, 8 months ago

Wunderschöne, charmante und actionreiche Fotos! Und tolle Berichterstattung! Mein Favorit: "The dirty pack" :-)

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Thomas Glaser 2 years, 7 months ago

Vielen lieben Dank, Thomas !  'Dirty pack' war echt extrem dirty. smile Die hinteren Hunde haben mir echt leid getan, die Armen kriegen immer den ganzen Dreck in die "Fresse"...unamused Ich hoffe, die haben nach dem Rennen eine extra Wurst bekommen.

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Joe Zink 2 years, 8 months ago

What a wonderful series, Heike!
#12 looks very lonely, please send him to my house immediately for a hug grinning

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Joe Zink 2 years, 8 months ago

Hahaha, thanks Joe ! I fear the owners don't let him go. And don't worry, he got pretty much hugs ! grinning

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Daanish Farhan 2 years, 8 months ago

Spectacular shots Heike! Focus are sharp on point 😃

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Daanish Farhan 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks a lot Daanish ! grinning

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Daanish Farhan Replied to Heike 2 years, 8 months ago

You're absolutely welcome 😄

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 8 months ago

Großartige Fotostrecke und großartige Story. Das thematisch beste Bild #30 hast du dir bis zum Schluss aufbewahrt! Ich habe da so viele Fotos (spritzender Matsch, tolle Modelle, Welpen kurz vorm Heulen ...) favoritisiert wie noch nie - und nicht nur, weil ich ein Hundefan bin ...

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 8 months ago

Danke schön Sigrid. Du hättest mal die Geräuschkulisse hören sollen. War ein super Tag, am meisten hat mir gefallen, dass man nicht den Eindruck hatte, das die menschlichen Teilnehmer von Ehrgeiz zerfressen unbedingt gewinnen wollten,  sondern alle das eigentlich spielerisch genommen haben. Wenn die Hunde auf der Strecke schnüffeln wollten, durften sie schnüffeln, wenn sie Pipi machen mußten, durfen sie in aller Ruhe ihr Geschäft erledigen, sie wurden nicht gehetzt und man spürte die Verbundenheit zwischen den Menschen und den Hunden. smileAls ich selbst das letzte Bild sah, wußte ich, dass ich das auf jeden Fall ans Ende setzen mußte !

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Heike 2 years, 8 months ago

Einfach nur klasse, habe vorhin Victoria auf deinen Post aufmerksam gemacht. Ich weiß, sie wird auch an der ganzen "Hetz" großen Gefallen finden!

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 years, 8 months ago

Great shots of a beautiful sport and dogs. Me like woof woof

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 8 months ago

smile Many thanks Peter. It was a great day, pure fun !

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 8 months ago

Wonderful series! Looks like fun for everyone!!! Great camera work!

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you so much Jay ! I really enjoyed that day so much ! And I think the dogs also had a lot of fun.smile

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Heike 2 years, 8 months ago

My pleasure~

:=D

Cheers!

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Pete Fitzgetald 2 years, 8 months ago

beautiful dogs, the photos are amazing

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks a lot, Pete !

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Old Monk 2 years, 8 months ago

Beautiful images .... !!!! reminds me of The Call of the wild by Jack London.
😊

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Old Monk 2 years, 8 months ago

Yeah, the call of the wild ! I was also thinking of that story, that day. Thanks so much !

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Old Monk Replied to Heike 2 years, 8 months ago

Cheers... 😊

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 years, 8 months ago

Excellent shots! Sounds like a fun fun day, as long as I am not the one getting muddy ;)

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks so much, Camellia ! They all needed a shower after the race. Maybe they made all together a pool party after the race. smile

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 8 months ago

#1, #12, #17 and #27 are my favourites from all these great pictures and report. Love it. Thanks for sharing such beauties dear Heike.

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 8 months ago

Many thanks dear Antonio ! They really were all beauties. All so different and all so beautiful. It was pure joy to see them all. grinning

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jane Arrietty 2 years, 8 months ago

That looks fun! I hope that I would had been there too, you were lucky. Really, really great pictures! smile

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Jane Arrietty 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you Jane ! Aren't you living in Finnland ? I always thought, in Finnland they have every weekend in winter somewhere a sled dog race. smile You have the perfect conditions there !

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jane Arrietty Replied to Heike 2 years, 8 months ago

Yes I do. I haven't thought it so much before but yes here is like every weekend a sled dog race. I just have never visited any, even though I have been watching agility competitions. Maybe I will go watch some sled dog races in this winter too  smile

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Jane Arrietty 2 years, 8 months ago

If you have the chance, I highly recomment it ! grinning

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
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