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The Draw of the Paw

Dog lover Christine Meerman-Cooper of Fife, Scotland, embarked on the journey of a lifetime earlier this year as she travelled to Alaska for a 12 day husky safari.

In November last year Christine saw an advert on Facebook from the legendary dog musher Joe Henderson, calling for 12 people to join his expedition team. She applied, thinking she had no chance of being picked; but she was wrong!

Three weeks before the 33-year-old marketing consultant was to wed her fiancé, Tim Cooper, in Lapland last December, she received a call saying she would be joining Joe’s team. Elation filled her as her marriage took place in her Lappish snowy paradise, similar to the one she’d be travelling across in a few months’ time.

On return from Lapland, Christine knew she had her work cut out and that’s when she came up with her genius idea! Being the owner of two purebred Alaskan Malamutes, Lila and Rumo, she decided to make them her training companions. The three of them trained hard for the next four months, walking up to 20 miles a day with Christine carrying large, full rucksacks to increase her fitness.

She decided to use the expedition to raise money for two organisations close to her heart: Malamute Matters, a dog rehoming charity and Friends of OSCAR, a charity for children with brain tumours.

In April, Christine travelled to Alaska to embark on her exciting husky adventure. Joe’s excellent reputation meant that he was allowed to travel deep into the wilderness, enabling his group to see areas of Canada which usually go undiscovered. The team travelled a total of 120 miles on the north side of Brooks Range Mountains in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an adventure that Christine proclaimed ‘the experience of a lifetime’!

After reading Christine’s amazing adventure, perhaps you’d like to try your hand at husky sledding. If so, check out our full range of husky safaris.

12. August 2014 by Emma Smith

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