The dogs were off and running at the 6th annual “Husky Heroes” event held at the Morton Arboretum. There were more than 4-thousand people who came to see the Siberian huskies speed through the snow.
“They are born to run,” said Morton Arboretum’s Spokeswoman Gina Tedesco. “When we let them go out into the field and run they just love it. You can almost see a smile on their faces.”
One husky can pull more than 200 pounds while running nine to 10 miles per hour. At the event, the dogs were howling because they were excited to run in the snow.
“If you watch them as they get hooked up you will hear them start to scream,” said Adopt A Husky Treasurer Noel Dagley. “They yell because they want to go, and they don’t want to get left behind.”
All the action was on the quarter mile track, but some say the best part of the day was cuddling up with a furry friend.
“They are cute and fun to play with,” said 9-year old Ava Auteneuer. “I’m really excited because I never saw a real husky before and I never petted them before,” said 7-year old Abigail Saxe.
Visitors got the chance to see the amazing animals in action on the snow and maybe adopt one of their own.
“I think the dogs are really nice,” said 14-year old Jennifer Stone. “They are fun dogs and I really want one.”
“I want to adopt all of them,” said 12-year old Mariah Romero. “I really like dogs and I wouldn’t ask anything else for Christmas or my birthday next year.”
In case you missed out on the doggy kisses and belly rubs, Husky Heroes will be back next year. You don’t have to wait till then to foster or adopt a dog that’s right for you.
Holly Roadruck reports.
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