Various pieces of equipment are usually found on a sled. These include:
- Dog bag: Sleeping bag for the your favorite dog. Should include a
candle, chandelier, crackers & imported cheese, maybe a little nice
- Snow hook: used for catching snow fish.
- Neck line: a "line" of clothing for dressing the area between the head and shoulders
- Tug: This is a long rope. On one end of the rope contains
numerous clips, one for each dog. The other end of the rope is secured
directly to your wallet.
- Runners: a device used to catch the stuff that drips out of the musher's nose.
- Basket: used to hold goodies to be delivered to Grandma's. Could contain cookies, milk, or diphtheria serum.
Here are some of the more popular commands and their meaning:
- Hike: throw the human off the sled. If they tumble head over heels, that is considered a touchdown and is worth 6 points.
- Line Out: the tug (see definition above) is attached to an empty wallet. Stand still until the situation is remedied.
- On By: this is used to inform the dogs that there is a delicious squirrel nearby, and they should go and capture it.
- Gee, Haw: turn, any direction will do.
this informs the dogs there is a double diamond ski slope just ahead,
so this would be a good place to show off their running prowess
- Whoa: the human needs a potty break. Most dogs expect their
humans to learn to pee on the run as they have done, so this is
generally scofffed at by dogs.
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