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Saturday we showed up at the Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic in Madison, NH. Maddie and Dylan took a sled dog clinic last week at the adjoining King Pine Ski area, where they learned the basics of operating a sled, hooking up the dogs, and more importantly, how to stop! So, on Saturday they had a sign-up for the kids, and the first twenty could actually get a chance to run (actually, be towed might be more accurate) in a one dog race! Dylan was thirteenth in line (Maddie opted out of the racing part), but somehow didn’t make it in. But that wasn’t about to stop my Mom (thanks Mom!) from making sure that her Grandson got his place on the starting line…that’s a story for another day, but our sincerest thanks go out to local dog sledding hero Bruce Crowther, and Gretchen Karlson of Karlson Kennels, Concord, MA for lending Dylan not only their team leader, Squeaky (I apologize Squeaky, if I’m not spelling your name right) and a sled, but also their time and expertise in getting Dyl ready to roll (I mean, slide). He had a blast and so did we! Here are some shots Tay and I took…



Yes, their eyes are that blue!





After racing 12 miles, they’re just a bit tuckered out on the home stretch…but still workin’ it.

the Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic!

Nothin’ like a good old Dodge to get yer dogs to the race on time!

the Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic!

This next photo is one of my top 3 faves, I think. I swear I did not Photoshop the expression on that dog’s face (I didn’t even know a dog was physically capable of doing that). It’s priceless…way too funny, but I promise she is not choking him!

the Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic!

Another classic from Tay:

the Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic!

The kids have a go…I think it’s great that the kids can get involved in this great sport at such a young age…with or without a sled!

the Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic!

Pre-race pep talk:

the Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic!
…and she’s ready to go.

the Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic!

One of the things I love about photography is the story you sometimes find in your photos only after you take them. This little guy was doing his darnedest to keep his dog motivated…the dog, feeling a bit social I guess, stopped off to say hello to the spectators:

the Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic!

Oh well…

the Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic!


Ok, you definitely deserve some lap time…

the Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic!

Dylan finally gets his chance:

the Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic!

the Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic!
The End.


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  • March 18, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Martha Heckman - The New England Sled Dog Club is having it’s spring meeting on 4/26 (see details at http://www.nesdc.org) and we would like to invite you come an set up a slide show on a lap top of your Purity Springs photos. Bring order forms if you like. the photo essay is super,btw.

    Martha HeckmanReplyCancel

  • March 11, 2009 - 8:22 am

    Judy - Hi guys, love the pictures…personally I think the best shot is the close up on the eye. It looks like you can see another dog reflected in the eye.

    What are you shooting with?


    • March 11, 2009 - 6:16 pm

      birch - Hi Judy,

      Great to hear from you! I’m glad you liked the photos. Taylor took that great close-up shot of the Dog in the enclosure. As far as cameras, I was using a Sony a700, and Tay was using a Canon 5D. They’re both great cameras, but the 5D is the king of shallow depth-of-field.


  • March 10, 2009 - 6:37 am

    Kelli Young - Hi guys!
    I’m so impressed! The pics. are gorgeous, I feel like I was there with you. You’re ready for National Geographic! Love, KelliReplyCancel

  • March 9, 2009 - 4:39 pm

    Gretchen Karlson - Kerry,

    Wow, what a website! Thank you for the beautiful pictures of Atka in the dog box (the one with blue eyes) and the beautiful pictures of Squeaky. I hope Dylan had a ball. The sport of sled dog racing is indeed incredible.

    Gretchen KarlsonReplyCancel

  • March 9, 2009 - 4:37 pm

    June Phillips - These photographs are fabulous. So clear and full of action. they tell a wonderful story. I can’t wait to have you photograph my place and food!!!

    I don’t know how to blog yet so you’re early to the party as far as i am concerned. Must get my party hat and dress on and join!


  • March 9, 2009 - 11:45 am

    YaYa - Terrific shots! What a day; Bruce & Gretchen were such generous folks to help Dylan get outfitted for the race.

    Good job, guys!ReplyCancel

  • March 9, 2009 - 9:34 am

    Peter Franke - REALLY NICE SHOTS!

  • March 9, 2009 - 7:46 am

    Jess - Hey, Kerry. I’m in love with your website. You and Taylor take incredible pictures. I hope to be as good as you two someday. I’ll definitely be checking in. And by the way, you’re a wicked good speaker. I loved reading that blog. :)ReplyCancel

  • March 9, 2009 - 7:03 am

    Lori Lower - Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed that. I will mark this and check from time to time.

    Take care,


  • March 9, 2009 - 7:01 am

    Deb - I’m so glad you guys started this. As a fellow photograghy lover, I’m looking forward to seeing what you’re able to capture. Keep ’em coming!ReplyCancel

  • March 9, 2009 - 5:30 am

    Shawn - Some unbelievable shots there you guys! Excellent work!ReplyCancel

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