Husky Heroes

For the last six years, Deb Rawaillot has been a musher for dog sledding races with her own six dogs, who she calls “The Z” team because their names are “Zena, Zora, Zephyr, Zack, Zoey, and Zelda.”

“Once those dogs are running, it’s nothing but you, the sky, the sounds of the dogs’ feet hitting the ground,” she said. “The dogs so enjoy it. You take home a very tired dog and that’s a good thing.”

Rawaillot’s team was one of six to demonstrate dog sled running at Morton Arboretum’s annual “Husky Heroes”, which draws hundreds of dog-lovers out each year.

“We’ve been out here a couple of times before and we just really enjoy seeing the Husky dogs and it’s a beautiful day to come outside,” said Downers Grove resident Neil French.

“My favorite part is just seeing everything because I just think it’s awesome to come here every hear,” said Naperville resident Paig Krause.

Besides being entertaining, the event’s also for a good cause, trying to find foster dogs a forever home.

Volunteers with the organization “Adopt a Husky” introduced these pups to potential new owners, some even paused for a picture with them.

“They’re just so cute!”

For more information, visit and if you missed today’s Husky Heroes, you can catch all the dogsledding action again tomorrow.


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