Run­ning with the Husky pack

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - By BRAD WORRALL

JAKE Greaves wanted a Husky be­cause they were the clos­est dog he could own to a wolf. Now he has 45 of them. But far from be­ing a cir­cling wolf pack, this pack of ca­nines is born to run.

Greaves said given the chance they would run all day.

The pack is part of the Howl­ing Husky sled dog tours that op­er­ate from Crisps Hut at Din­ner Plain and Wire Plain Hut at Mt Hotham through­out the win­ter. Pur­pose-built wheel bug­gies mean snow is an added bonus.

“I don’t know how it got to this point – I wanted a wolf, ended up with a Husky, joined the Vic­to­rian Husky Club, started rac­ing and came back up here to live at Swifts Creek year round in 2014,” Greaves said.

“They love it in the snow, when they are run­ning.

“My very first Husky, Koda, is 11 and still run­ning.

“Out of the 45 dogs only six don’t run, there are teams of eight dogs each at Hotham and Din­ner Plain, while we also have sled dog tours at Mt Baw Baw.”

Greaves said sled dog tours were a huge hit on the moun­tain.

“I think we have at least one book­ing for ev­ery day right up un­til the end of the sea­son,” he said.

“We treat them as pets so one of the high­lights for peo­ple on a tour is when we fin­ish and they get to play with the dogs, we even have reg­u­lar vis­i­tors who just come down to give the dogs a pat.”

Greaves said the sled dog tours are de­mand­ing on the Huskies and those driv­ing.

“We can gen­er­ally take two peo­ple at a time, three if it’s young kids – the golden rule is the weight limit of 160kg,” he said.

“But we are at the back and while we might jump on when it’s go­ing down­hill to con­trol the brakes, most of the time we are run­ning or skat­ing along­side the sled on the flats and par­tic­u­larly up­hill.

“It’s just great fun – for us out there in the snow and the smiles on the faces of the peo­ple on the ride are price­less.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.