VACAVILLE — Siberian huskies and other breeds pulled their humans Saturday during a fundraiser at Lagoon Valley Park to support the Northern California Sled Dog Rescue.
“We had ‘so mush fun’ carting our dogs around the lake,” said Cathy Sparks, secretary of NorSled.
The nonprofit hosted the third annual So Mush Fun fundraiser to support its effort to rescue Siberian huskies, Alaskan malumutes, Samoyed and mixed-breed dogs. Saturday’s event featured an “urban mushing” race, a 5-kilometer human run and “Man vs. Beast,” in which human runners competed against the dogs. There were also raffles, a silent auction and an introduction to dog-carting class.
“Everything was terrific,” said NorSled President Angelique Miller, who was pleased with the turnout and fundraising.
Sparks and three Siberian huskies competed in the carting race, which featured 15 teams of one to four dogs pulling a cart, bicycle or scooter.
Jeff Bushey, of Sacramento, placed third with his rescued pitbull boxer mix, Peanut Butter, but also raced with his malamute-huskie team in a different heat.
The self-described “dog lover” said raising the Alaskan breeds can be a challenge for the uninformed.
“A lot of people get them because they’re cute and don’t realize what they’re getting into,” he said. “They can be unmanageable . . . hard-headed,” he said.
Vacaville resident Darlene Hagen and her 15-year-old son, Riley, already own one Siberian husky as well as a golden retreiver. Both dogs are couch potatoes.
“They just sit around all day,” Riley said.
“If they were normal, they wouldn’t be ours,” said his mother.
The family was at NorSled’s mushing event to support the nonprofit and prepare for its new family member, a 3-month-old husky named Boscoe. The puppy had its femer replaced and is currently in foster care through NorSled.
“(Riley) decided to give up his Christmas presents and Disneyland vacation next year to get Boscoe,” Hagen said.
She said that after seeing the puppy Riley said, “We have to have him.”
NorSled last year rescued and placed 250 dogs, according to Sparks.
“We have a lot of dogs with special needs that need medical care,” she said.
“(We) always needs help, donations, volunteers and foster homes,” she added.
NorSled hosts an adoption fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at Pet Centered, 2401 Waterman Blvd., in Fairfield and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month at PetSmart, 1621 E. Monte Vista Ave., in Vacaville.
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