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stewart_diana Thesewoods Kennels Internship - (Diana Stewart)

"To anyone who may be concerned, I did two semesters of the Thesewoods Kennels internship from 2008 to 2009. This internship is one of a kind and very involving. It is non paying but you do get free home-cooked meals and transportation to and from training spots and races. Unless you have your own car, pitching in for gas and/or buying appropriate cold weather gear are the only expenses involved in the internship. So now with the business out of the way, working for Ingrid and with the team of Siberian huskies is an amazing opportunity that I enjoyed thoroughly. For dog lovers this is a dream come true! Your job is to clean/maintain kennels and equipment, prepare feed and help during feeding, maintain trails and equipment, and play with puppies! During fall training, before the snow falls , you get the opportunity to drive an ATV or ride on the ATV that the team is pulling and see first hand what it is like to watch the team from the mushers position. In the winter we switched to sleds and the interns get a few chances to run the sleds. The dogs are very sweet and friendly, and they LOVE their job! You learn quite a bit about sled dog needs and behavior as well as pack behavior and how to act around them. The internship does take up quite a bit of time; both weekend days and one week morning. So if you have a busy schedule, keep in mind that when the training becomes more intense and longer hours closer to the races, you may be arriving at Ingrid's at 8am and not getting home until 10pm!"

"Overall, the only drawbacks to the internship are long hours and some gas expenses, while the positives include: being active and outside while learning a new sport and hanging out with fun people and cute amazing dogs! If that sounds like your thing then go for it! I certainly don't regret it and had an amazing experience that I will remember for the rest of my life."

Thesewoods Kennels Internship Information

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