Tuesday, December 8, 2015

What's New with the Door County Sled Dogs?

Some of the Door County Sled Dogs

It's no secret I'm in love with the team of sled dogs and volunteers who visit our lakefront in the snowiest weather and give rides.  Now they've made national news!  In the December issue of Woman's Day magazine, you'll find a nice article about them, with more about how Rick and Bonnie got started dog sledding in Milwaukee.  In the years since they started, the team has grown and now they have a lot to be thankful about...and they are sharing it with you.  They have their own website, where you can follow their activity around the midwest. Or follow them at Facebook. They post lots of dog photos and let you know where they are for fun meet & greet opportunities.

Woman's Day December 2015
There's also a newsletter that just started this fall.  You can read the first issue and see more photos of the dogs, as well as get information about the new education center that was purchased, thanks to a generous donation.  Now the dogs can make guest appearances at the education center and you can visit the next time you are in Door County. It's located on Hwy 42 in Ephraim.
Holiday dogs at the new Education Center in Ephraim
During winter (when we have enough snow), you'll find them at McKinley Park or Whitnall Park giving dog sled rides on Sundays from January 17- late February, 11-1.  If you are interested in finding them, you should call their automated line for any up to date messages. (414)967-9677
Rides are $15 for kids and $20 for adults, which includes photo ops, a cuddle with the dogs, and the ability to ask questions of the volunteer mushers.  No one gets rich at this gig.  Everyone is a volunteer.  With this many dogs, you can imagine what it might cost for food and vet bills, as well as transportation costs.

Would you like to help the dogs?  The easiest way is to sign up for Amazon Smile- a part of Amazon that sends a portion of proceeds to charity.  On the top left side in the menu, you'll see the word "supporting" and that's where you can put in your choice of Door County Sled Dogs, and from that point on you will help them every time you log in and make purchases.  Even if you have Amazon Prime, you can use Amazon Smile. All of your preferences should transfer from the main amazon site.  They even make it easy to add a bookmark to your computer.

The other thing you can do is check out the dogs' wishlist on Amazon.  You can purchase anything on the list and it gets sent to them. If you have prime, there is no cost for shipping either. You'll notice some books on the list for the new education center. There are dog treats, cleaners, toys, and much more.  When you do your gift giving this year, it doesn't cost much to add a few items for these lovely dogs.  Santa knows they have been very good!

Lastly, consider sponsoring a dog for a year.  Or make a donation using paypal or credit card. Click on the DONATE button on the Door County Sled Dogs web page at the lower left side.  You can read much more about the dogs at this site too.

Let's all hope we get some snow later this winter so we can see the beautiful dogs in action!

Musher Joe at McKinley Park in 2014 with us and the team

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