IMPORTANT and URGENT: meeting with Yukon Government on proposed animal care legislation

Dog Powered Sports Enthusiast,

On September 12th at Whitehorse Public Library, 6pm there will be a VERY IMPORTANT MEETING concerning the Animal Protection and Control Laws in Yukon and how they affect you and your dogs.

For background information check out engageyukon.ca/en/2018/animal-care, as well as the notes from a previous meeting (click here to open pdf). For any updates keep an eye on the DPSAY Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/dpsay/.

This meeting is for all mushers who wish to have a say in how we will be governed as sled dog owners. Dr. Mary Vanderkop (Government Head Veterinarian) of the Animal Health Unit for Yukon will be there to answer any questions you may have on the issues concerning sled dog kennels.

This policy is going to be put into place. It is not going away. Have a say in how we will be expected to care for our dogs. We, DPSAY, are asking that you bring your questions written down. Dr. Vanderkop will be given these and will attempt to clarify whatever you wish to have answered. This will also give Dr. Vanderkop a clearer picture of what we, as owners of sled dogs, would like to see in the new policy.

 

DPSAY Board

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DPSAY Hot Hound #3

The third installment of DPSAY’s Hot Hound Race series this summer is happening on September 15. Get your bikes and harnesses ready!

Date: September 15, 2019

Time: Registration starts at 5 PM

Where: Mount Mac ski trails (Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club)

Race Categories:
• Canicross 1 mile – 1 dog
• Bikejoring 1 mile – 1 dog
• Bikejoring 2 miles – 2 dogs

Fees: $5 per race – members; $10 per race – non-members
Membership Fees: Adults – Individuals $15; 18 years and under – $10

Thank you Winterlong Brewing Co. for donating something yummy!!!

This is a family friendly event. We welcome and encourage spectators. This is a perfect time to learn more about canicross and bikejoring with your dog. Bring bowls for your dogs – water and doggie pool will be provided. We will have extra harnesses and lines available, if someone wants to try canicross but doesn’t have any equipment.

If you’d like to volunteer we are always looking for folks to work the BBQ, timing, and holding dogs at the start.

We will have draw prizes afterwards for participants!

Contact dogpoweredsports@gmail.com to volunteer or for more information.

REMINDER: Helmets are mandatory for bikejoring!!!

Remember to thank your DPSAY hot hound volunteers at the event! We look forward to seeing you!

Dog Powered Sports Association of the Yukon (DPSAY)

Hot Hound Race at Caribou Crossing – Results

Much fun was had at the Hot Hound race this Sunday at Caribou Crossing. As expected, the trail was smooth, wide, and had plenty of turns. And it was so well marked that for once nobody took a wrong turn. Dogs deciding to take a bath along the way is a different matter. The race was fun, as was sitting around the camp fire afterwards. A little bison stew didn’t go amiss.

Thanks to our sponsors and hosts:

Caribou Crossing Trading Post
Winterlong Brewing
Maren and Magnus for being such great hosts (well, Maren anyways)
Cody for flagging the trail
And everyone for chipping in with registration, start line, and catching loose dogs.

RESULTS

2 Mile 2 Dog Bike-Jor (min)
1 Nadele 5:36
2 Kathryn 7:12
3 Cody 7:19
4 Martin 7:52

1 Mile 1 Dog Bike-Jor
1 Cody 3:16
2 Lisa 3:37
3 Martin 3:45

1 Mile 1 Dog Canicross
1 Ciaran 4:50
2 Peter 5:02
3 Cody 5:40
4 Adam 5:42
5 Elaine 5:51
6 Rebecca 5:55
7 Elaine (same Elaine, different dog) 5:56
8 Joey 6:11
9 Kristi 6:30
10 Fiona 6:46
11 Cody (same Cody, different dog) 8:35
12 Martin 9:24

Hot Hound Race August 25th at Caribou Crossing

Temperatures are dropping and there has been a whiff of snow reported on some mountain tops. Time to pick up the Hot Hound Race series.

Sunday August 25, 2019 at Caribou Crossing.
Head to Carcross and watch for the “Caribou Crossing” signs. It is just before the Carcross Dessert
Registration starts at 6PM

Race categories, as usual, include 2-dog-2-mile bike, 1-dog-1-mile bike, and 1-dog-1-mile canicross.  And as usual it is open to anyone and just about any dog. Helmets mandatory for the bikes. 

For more information check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/dpsay/

To get a sense of numbers, it would be great if you could let us know if you are planning to attend.

Go out and enjoy those trails!

DPSAY

2nd Hot Hound Race of the Season – CANCELLED !!!

Friends,

It’s hot out, the forecast for Saturday is even hotter, and there is still smoke in the air and a special air quality advisory in effect. After some deliberation the DPSAY Board has concluded that having a race under those conditions is not safe for the dogs. Therefore the race this Saturday is cancelled. Stay tuned for information on a possible replacement date.

Regards
DPSAY

Contact dogpoweredsports@gmail.com to volunteer or for more information.

2nd Hot Hound Race of the Season

Dear dog powered friends

DPSAY’s 2nd Hot Hound race is coming up and you do not want to miss it.  We changed things up a bit are are racing on Saturday morning rather than the usual Sunday afternoon.

Where: Gunnar Nilsson and Mickey Lammers Research Forest (see http://www.emr.gov.yk.ca/forestry/pdf/brochure-gnml-research-forest-2018.pdf for more info

Date: July 6, 2019 (Saturday)

Time: Registration starts at 10:00 AM

Host: Nadele Flynn

Potluck BBQ lunch: starts after the races (bring a dish to share if you’d like)

Fees: $5 per race – members; $10 per race – non-members

Membership Fees:
Adults – Individuals $15;
18 years and under – $10

This is a family friendly event. We welcome and encourage spectators. This is a perfect time to learn more about canicross and bikejoring with your dog. Bring bowls for your dogs – water and doggie pool will be provided. We will have extra harnesses and lines available, if someone wants to try canicross but doesn’t have any equipment.

We will have draw prizes afterwards for participants!

Thank you Winterlong Brewing Co. for donating something yummy!!!

Race Categories:
• Canicross 1 mile – 1 dog
• Bikejoring 1 mile – 1 dog
• Bikejoring 2 miles – 2 dogs

REMINDER: Helmets are mandatory for bikejoring!!!
Temperature cut-off +25 degrees

Contact dogpoweredsports@gmail.com to volunteer or for more information.

Dog Powered Sports Association of the Yukon (DPSAY)

Hot Hound Race Opener – June 2nd at Mt. Lorne Community Centre

Hot Hound Race Opener of the Season! Save the date.

We’d like to thank Katherine Scheck and the Mount Lorne Community Centre for hosting the first Hot Hound race of the season. Remember to thank your DPSAY Hot Hound volunteers at the event!

• Where: Mount Lorne Community Centre
• Date: June 2, 2019
• Time: 5:30 pm
• Host: Katherine Scheck
• Potluck BBQ starts around 7ish (bring a dish to share if you’d like)
• Fees: $5 per race – members; $10 per race – non-members
• Membership Fees (annual renewal time!): Adults – Individuals $15; 18 years and under – $10

See you on Sunday

DPSAY