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A delightful photographic journey into a year in the life of a team of sled dogs, based on Braverman’s wildly popular Twitter feed When Blair Braverman started posting pictures of her dog team on Twitter, she had no idea the response she would get. Being a musher, after all, isn’t just about racing—raising dogs from puppyhood to retirement (and beyond) is a full-time job. S A delightful photographic journey into a year in the life of a team of sled dogs, based on Braverman’s wildly popular Twitter feed When Blair Braverman started posting pictures of her dog team on Twitter, she had no idea the response she would get. Being a musher, after all, isn’t just about racing—raising dogs from puppyhood to retirement (and beyond) is a full-time job. She and her husband, musher Quince Mountain, wanted to share stories about life with their dog team. And not just the big stuff, like expeditions and wild animal encounters, but also the everyday things: the challenge of storing a thousand pounds of raw meat, scouting new trails with the dogs, the decisions that go into putting a team together, how she trains puppies to be brave. These were goofy stories, scary stories, heartfelt stories, stories that clearly connected with people and kept going viral. Inspired by those connections, Dogs on the Trail is a chronicle of a year in the life of their dog team. Beginning in the fall as the weather starts to cool, training on both dry land and in the snow, then camping and racing. Spring brings mud—lousy for sledding, but the dogs love it. And summer is the season of puppies. The book ends on a beginning, in anticipation of the adventurous lives that the new pups have in store. An irresistible adventure, Dogs on the Trail will delight and entertain while taking you inside a musher’s world, and showing you why the wilderness isn’t simply a place to visit but also a home to return to.


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A delightful photographic journey into a year in the life of a team of sled dogs, based on Braverman’s wildly popular Twitter feed When Blair Braverman started posting pictures of her dog team on Twitter, she had no idea the response she would get. Being a musher, after all, isn’t just about racing—raising dogs from puppyhood to retirement (and beyond) is a full-time job. S A delightful photographic journey into a year in the life of a team of sled dogs, based on Braverman’s wildly popular Twitter feed When Blair Braverman started posting pictures of her dog team on Twitter, she had no idea the response she would get. Being a musher, after all, isn’t just about racing—raising dogs from puppyhood to retirement (and beyond) is a full-time job. She and her husband, musher Quince Mountain, wanted to share stories about life with their dog team. And not just the big stuff, like expeditions and wild animal encounters, but also the everyday things: the challenge of storing a thousand pounds of raw meat, scouting new trails with the dogs, the decisions that go into putting a team together, how she trains puppies to be brave. These were goofy stories, scary stories, heartfelt stories, stories that clearly connected with people and kept going viral. Inspired by those connections, Dogs on the Trail is a chronicle of a year in the life of their dog team. Beginning in the fall as the weather starts to cool, training on both dry land and in the snow, then camping and racing. Spring brings mud—lousy for sledding, but the dogs love it. And summer is the season of puppies. The book ends on a beginning, in anticipation of the adventurous lives that the new pups have in store. An irresistible adventure, Dogs on the Trail will delight and entertain while taking you inside a musher’s world, and showing you why the wilderness isn’t simply a place to visit but also a home to return to.

30 review for Dogs on the Trail: A Year in the Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I follow Blair Braverman on Twitter, and I love the way she writes about her sled dogs. This photo collection has gorgeous photos and lots of info about what her life is like as a musher. I learned a lot about mushing—including the fact that it’s way more work than I would ever be willing to do—and I enjoyed the photos and bios of the dogs, especially Flame and Grinch. It took a couple of hours to page through, and it was a lovely way to spend an evening.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathrin Passig

    Ein Schlittenhund-Poesiealbum mit schönen Fotos und ein paar interessanten Informationen drin. Das Vorwort verspricht: "My goal has always been to share mushing as it is, not just the beauty and wagging tails but the hard parts, too." Im Buch geht es aber dann doch nur um beauty and wagging tails. Die Kindle-Ausgabe wirkte in der Leseprobe nicht lesbar (alles viel zu winzig, weder Zoom noch Querformat möglich), war es aber in der vollständigen dann doch. Man kann nicht zoomen, es gibt aber eine L Ein Schlittenhund-Poesiealbum mit schönen Fotos und ein paar interessanten Informationen drin. Das Vorwort verspricht: "My goal has always been to share mushing as it is, not just the beauty and wagging tails but the hard parts, too." Im Buch geht es aber dann doch nur um beauty and wagging tails. Die Kindle-Ausgabe wirkte in der Leseprobe nicht lesbar (alles viel zu winzig, weder Zoom noch Querformat möglich), war es aber in der vollständigen dann doch. Man kann nicht zoomen, es gibt aber eine Lesehilfe (Doppelklick bzw. -tipp auf einen Absatz vergrößert den Absatz, danach Navigation durch Pfeiltasten bzw. Wischen.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Dogs on the Trail is by local author Blair Braverman about their dog sledding team and adventures. It is a beautifully put together book, sharing the four seasons of dog teaming, answers many questions about the sport, has adorable and hilarious photos of the dogs along with their names and how they were named. I highly recommend this book of joy and dogs and the people who love them. Note to self: bucket list addition, go dog sledding!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Neace

    Really enjoyed this read--provides a realistic glimpse into the world of mushing and sled dogs. Stunning photographs.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bee Betts

    Great pictures. Informative and all about dogs.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kazi Houston

    This beautiful book makes the world of dog sledding accessible and brings the stories of the dogs and the musher to life. The format is friendly to all ages and provides a wealth of information, adorable pups, and beautiful scenery. It is a great journey through a year of mushing and would also make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves dogs or the outdoors.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Gorgeous, thoughtful, and informative.

  8. 4 out of 5

    L. A.

    A beautiful and inspiring year in the life of these amazing dogs told by Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain with so much joy and charm. This is a book for kids, for adults, for the dog lovers in your life and for those who want to be taken on a stunning photographic journey in the company of two great people and the dogs they share their lives with. Exceptional and the perfect holiday gift for everyone on my list! Thank you!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    I just love them all so much 😍😭

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amber Hughey

    I really enjoyed this book! I loved Blair's stories about Grinch and the dogs previous to reading this, and this book gave a wonderful insight into the lives of a sled dog. Her pictures are absolutely gorgeous, and I know I learned a few things while reading it! I really enjoyed this book! I loved Blair's stories about Grinch and the dogs previous to reading this, and this book gave a wonderful insight into the lives of a sled dog. Her pictures are absolutely gorgeous, and I know I learned a few things while reading it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    Beautiful book, cover to cover! I love that it broke down the process by season. The photos were amazing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    B.

    A quick overview of mushing and the Bravermountain dogs, with gorgeous photography and the wonderful writing you expect from this team. I'm already a fan from Blair and Quince's twitters, so I was very excited for this book--and I'm not disappointed! This is a great book for anyone who likes dogs, whether they know mushing only a little or follow it religiously. I hope this book leads to another, because if it has any flaw it's how brief it is: I absolutely want to read longer, more in depth tai A quick overview of mushing and the Bravermountain dogs, with gorgeous photography and the wonderful writing you expect from this team. I'm already a fan from Blair and Quince's twitters, so I was very excited for this book--and I'm not disappointed! This is a great book for anyone who likes dogs, whether they know mushing only a little or follow it religiously. I hope this book leads to another, because if it has any flaw it's how brief it is: I absolutely want to read longer, more in depth tails of the north woods and the dogs of Bravermountain.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Fun, easy read (duh—it’s a photo book)! Wish it were longer. Am going to have to search for more of their tales online; I’ve always been interested in the Iditarod and would love to know more about their experiences there. Love their dogs! (Heard about this book and Braverman’s Twitter on NPR recently. Good interview.)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy Page

    This book was such a heartwarming look at this team and a nice look into the mushing world As someone who loves dogs and misses having my own, this was a great quick pick me up read

  15. 4 out of 5

    Caitrin

    Sweet and gentle storytelling. A joy to read!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Gorgeous photos, paired with just enough text to tell you why these dogs are each the VERY BEST DOG.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary Tharp

    Loved this story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Claire

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alessandra

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kris Currie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Becky

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Richardson

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

  27. 5 out of 5

    M

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jerbru

  29. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn Smith

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kara

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