You could adopt one dog, give it a home after an early life on the streets.
Or you could adopt twenty and form a dog sled team. At least that’s what Danny Melville did.
Oh, and did I mention he did it in Jamaica?
Danny Melville ran an adventure travel business providing entertainment for Caribbean tourists. One day he got the crazy idea of starting the Jamaica Dog Sled Dog Team.
Jamaicans would train and work with the dogs who would be available for tourist adventures. And the mushers would eventually travel around the world to race dogs.
The sled dog tourist adventures ended last year. But Jamaican musher Damion Robb has been a medalist in Canadian races. And his teammate, Newton Marshall, has completed both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod in the middle of the pack.
Now the idea doesn’t seem so crazy, does it?
Maybe the key to doing anything interesting is to be just a little bit crazy.
One of my biggest failings is that I think too small.
It’s not that I don’t have big ideas. But I see other people carrying them out, never me.
I don’t have enough confidence. Or gumption. Or maybe I’m just not crazy enough.
But I’m inspired by shelter dogs learning to accept affection and forming a team of pullers. And I’m simply astounded that anyone would leave Jamaica for northern Canada or the U.S. in the winter at all, much less to race hundreds of miles behind a pack of dogs.
The next time I’m making plans for a new enterprise, I’ll try to channel the Jamaican sled dogs and their mushers.
Learn the Full Story
You can learn the story of the Jamaican Dog Sled Team in the documentary film Sun Dogs. Read my full review at A Traveler’s Library for Pet Travel Tuesday.
Maybe it will inspire you to think big. Or at least just a little bit crazy.
Do you have a crazy idea you’ve never had the courage to try? Or have you succeeded at being crazy? Do tell.
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