When Kathy Beaupré tried dogsledding for the first time – in Ontario in 1998 – she fell in love with it and gathered together an unlikely team of two Alaskan huskies, a collie mix, and a whippet. - Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Kathy Beaupré, an underdog in the Under Dog, races for her granddaughter
Beaupré calls that first team her “motley crew.” The approach stuck with her as she moved from Ontario to Fort Smith, NWT in 2004. Now, she lives between Enterprise and Hay River with six sled dogs, five house dogs, four lizards, two snakes, and a cat named Winston.
For the past two decades, dogsledding has shaped how Beaupré lives her life. It’s why she chose to live in the NWT.
Though “not competitive” by her own admission, she turns up on many start lines regardless. Her favourite race is the annual Under Dog 100, a race near Yellowknife designed to promote smaller kennel owners. This year’s edition takes place on Saturday, March 26.
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