Monday, March 7, 2011

Working Dogs

Today's picture was taken in Alaska in the early 1900's. It shows a dog team being used to pull a laundry delivery cart. I guess that dogs that are trained to pull sleds can be used to pull other things in the warm season. I bet during the snowy season the laundry was delivered by dog sled instead.


  1. Those poor dogs look overheated.
    They were bred to be able to with stand sub-zero weather, and have to do work in warm weather is hard on them.
    But I guess having a mule or a horse up there is Alaska would be hard to keep. The cost of food for them would be very high.
    The fact that the ground is covered with snow many months out of the year would make feed hard to come by.
    With a dog, you just shoot another moose or a bear and you have feed for many months.

  2. If you substitute the man for a couple of kids I'd swear that picture was shot on the set of an Our Gang/Little Rascals film.


  3. They don't look like typical sled dogs, do they? I thought Siberian Husky's and Malamutes were the sled dogs of choice.

  4. I wonder if Mr. PJM will feature the working dog(s) I'm thinking of.

  5. The Dogs do look a little winded for sure. Alaska is nice, I would like to go there again one day. In the 70's my Dad drove his truck up there looking for work. I went with him, I was 6 years old. was a wonderful time we had. Us being from Texas, it was a long 5000 mile one way drive. was during the summer time as well. I remember playing outside, it was light out, yet it was like 2:00 am in the morning. Good times...

  6. Although Huskies and Malamutes are the quintessential sled dogs, all types of breeds have been used. John Suter has run poodles in the Iditarod

    There are (and have been) horses in Alaska. As to whether you could grow feed, that would depend where in Alaska this picture was taken.
    Southeast Alaska has a rainy climate much like the Pacific Northwest in many respects. Southcentral Alaska, where I live, normally goes below zero in the winter for nominal periods, but rarely gets higher than 70-75 in the summer.

    Central Alaska, where Fairbanks is, stays quite a bit longer, and lower, in the sub-zero temperatures in the winter, but can also hit 100 above in the summer.

    The Arctic, or Northern, Alaska obviously gets very cold for longer periods of time, but also gets warm enough in the summer to melt all the snow for a few months.

  7. This looks like it was taken at the Treadmill Mine, now the town of Douglas, across the channel from Juneau.


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