It was a perfect afternoon here in the Cariboo, March 30. Still lots of snow available and even the sun came out a bit. Why is that important to know? Well, CHAAPS organized sled dog rides for their clients, families and volunteers at Northern Star Kennels – Sled Dog Adventures in Quesnel. The event was generously sponsored by Dr. Bianca Scheidt from the Animal Care Hospital of Quesnel and Williams Lake.
For all participants it was the first time seeing how sled dogs work, feeling their passion and hearing their excitement (howling) when they are getting ready for their run! They got to discover the whole sled dog experience by riding in the sled (sitting or standing) and witnessing how animals can enjoy their work (with most going for a second ride.)
CHAAPS is a non-profit charity that offers educational and therapeutic programs with horses and dogs (therapeutic riding, animal assisted therapy, literacy program) for children, youth, adults and seniors with a diverse range of mental, emotional and physical challenges.
It was a great day of adventure and a learning experience. Everyone enjoyed themselves with rides, beverages, cookies and an open fire barbeque. CHAAPS hopes to offer this experience again next year to their clients and volunteers.
A big thank you to Dr. Bianca Scheidt for making this event possible and Kate and Warren Palfrey from the Northern Star Kennels for supplying the dogs and sleds.