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Doggone it! No snow at Boardman?

Posted on: January 25th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | 2 Comments

Story and photos submitted by Boardman Rest Area Supervisor Joleen Odens

Image of dogs taking a break at an Oregon Travel Experience rest stop.Tuesday afternoon we had a dog sled team and their owners stop in at the Boardman rest area. They were headed for the “Eagle Cap Extreme” dog sled race in Joseph, Oregon.

Tim and Julie Curley from western Oregon had their dogs out for a rest period when we spotted the dog sled on top of the trailer and went over to investigate.

This is the Curley’s third year racing up at Joseph. Jim hopes to make qualifying time to enter the Alaskan Iditarod. He has 21 years experience sledding and often speaks at schools telling kids about the dogs and their adventures. Jim said he has learned not to bring the dogs to school with him because they always steal the show.

Image of sled dogs stopping at OTE rest area with their owners.The Curley’s own 22 dogs—and their lead dog is named Eagle in honor of the Joseph Eagle Cap Race. In 2008, Eagle’s mother was pregnant with seven (including Eagle) when she participated in the race. The Curley’s had no idea she was expecting when they ran her. So officially, Eagle and his siblings had 100 miles of racing experience before they were even born! Five of the pups have names inspired by that memorable 2008 race. Eagle, Olicot, Tyee, Summit, and Bear are all returning this year to compete once more.

When asked why the dogs are smaller than most sled dogs you see in photographs or on television, Jim said that his dogs are trained only for racing and so are smaller and faster. Eagle and his mother are German shorthair and Alaskan Husky crosses.

Lighter dogs like the Curley’s have no problems pulling the sled, which carries only enough supplies to get from checkpoint to checkpoint. A typical load includes one pound of dog food per dog, so the dogs do not have to pull a lot of weight. The bigger more muscular dogs some of us might be more used to seeing typically pull heavier sleds under different circumstances.

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- Comment left on: January 25th, 2012 at 11:47 am

Not something you see everyday. Thanks Joleen for sharing!


- Comment left on: January 29th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Nice article. Glad you enjoyed visiting with the Curleys, we sure enjoyed them at the Eagle Cap Extreme sled dog race this year. They are amazing people and their dogs are amazing athletes!

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