Sled Dog Day is an American holiday dedicated to sled dogs. These strong and hardy animals make life much easier for people in northern countries, where there is always a lot of snow in winter. It is celebrated annually on February 2.
The Sled Dog Day celebration is meant to honor these animals by thanking them for helping people. Sled dogs are actively used in northern countries, in Siberia, Canada and Alaska. It is believed that they were bred by crossing the genes of dogs with wolves. As a result, large animals were obtained with sufficient strength and endurance to continuously drag a team with a load or people over a long distance. Their coat is thick and warm enough for animals to feel comfortable in sub-zero temperatures.
Thanks to sled dogs, gold mining in Alaska became possible. After all, the only way to return from the place of development to their camp was by dog teams. Sled dogs became rescuers during a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska. The nearest village where medicine could be obtained was several hundred miles away. And only thanks to dog teams it became possible to deliver medicines to Nome, which ultimately made it possible to overcome the epidemic and cure people.
- The most popular sled dog breed is the Husky. Many people choose this breed as a pet. In principle, this is a good idea, however, these dogs are very active. Therefore, if you do not pay due attention to them, get ready for the total destruction of your apartment.
- Huskies are very hardy animals. When moving, they never consume energy from the internal reserves of the body, somehow controlling their metabolism.
How to celebrate
Visit Yukon (Canada) at Sled Dog Day. Here the biggest competitions take place – dog sled races. Visit the statue of Balto the dog in New York, which helped deliver medicine to Nome during the epidemic. Read on this day more interesting information about sled dogs, watch documentaries.
Tell about the holiday on the Internet. Let more people know about the importance of sled dogs in our world.
When is Sled Dog Day celebrated in 2024?
Sled Dog Day is observed on February 2 each year.