Shawn Wente mushes forward during the NorSled dog rescue organization's So Mush Fun mushing event at Lagoon Valley Park Saturday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Rescue dogs have so ‘mush’ fun for good cause

By From page A4 | October 14, 2012

VACAVILLE — Jane Cordingley recently took in Valor, a loveable 10-month-old Alaskan Husky.

Valor, like most of Cordingley’s dogs, is a rescue. Like so many northern breed dogs, Valor was abused by previous owners who used him as bait for pit bull training. When he was dumped at a shelter, his left ear was severely damaged and torn.

With the help of his new owner, Valor is slowly making a full recovery. When he is fully recovered, she hopes to adopt him to a loving family.

Cordingley, the president of the Northern California Sled Dog Rescue, is just one of many northern breed dog owners striving to help dogs like Valor. The nonprofit saves more than 200 dogs each year, including abandoned Siberian huskies, Alaskan malamutes, Alaskan huskies, Samoyedes and mixes.

The organization runs on dedicated volunteers as well as funds from adoption fees. To cover the rest of their costs, they hold yearly fundraisers. Saturday, huskies took over the park during the second annual So Mush Fun Benefit at Lagoon Valley Park.

Hundreds of people brought their beloved dogs to participate in either a sled, scooter or walking race for their own version of the famous Alaskan Iditarod. Teams of three to four dogs, two dogs or one dog were hooked to some custom-made contraptions and raced for a good cause. The last-place “winner” of a race received the coveted red lantern.

Racer Ed Schriber brought his two dogs to race on his custom-built scooter. He, like many northern breed dog owners, is an avid “carter,” racing dogs with scooters or sleds in similar events. His scooter usually goes 15 to 18 mph and no faster, in case his dog gets distracted and veers off.

Cordingley estimated the organization raised about $6,000 this year, all of which will go toward rescue and recovery of the dogs. Solano County residents can adopt one of these dogs at their next adoption event Nov. 17 at Petsmart in Vacaville, 1621 E Monte Vista Ave.

Reach Heather Ah San at 427-6977 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HeatherMalia.

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San covers Rio Vista, features and general news for the Daily Republic. She received her bachelors of art degree from the University of Oregon.

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