Doug harnesses Moxie at the Start
The brothers, Tatfish and Biscuit, wait at Paxson for snacks
We have gotten a lot of comments about the red leggings so here is a quick explanation:
The red leggings are protecting the dog's hind wrist area. There is a strange phenomenon that happens at a specific temperature and when there is a great deal of snow on the trail. What happens is snow will start to accumulate on their wrists and if we don't stop to get it off (often) it balls up in an icicle. If it stays there too long it will freeze onto the hairs of their wrists and when the ice finally falls off the hair does as well. Then you have hairless husky wrists. THEN if you run these hairless dogs in the same conditions it could frost bite the area with no hair.
The temperatures at the Sheep Mountain 150 did not favor this condition, thankfully. But, when we trained on the Denali Highway there was a "perfect storm" for these "chicken legs" to begin. We had brought all of our leggings/wristers, so we were prepared, but we still a few dogs lose some hair. Anyhow, when we got home from this training event, we bought almost 4 yards of fabric and Wendy spent 3 days sewing, lacing and tying enough legging for every dog on the CB 300. We dressed almost everybody up just to err on the side of caution and we were very happy that we did so.
They do look stylish, but they are practical as well.