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Dog Sledding
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.8

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    antitoxin, boundless, diphtheria, fidelity, impassable, indomitable, inscription, komatik, musher, nomadic, rarer, windblown, epidemic, persistent, doggy, racer
     content words:    In Canada, Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Mackenzie River Husky, Bering Sea, New York, Central Park, United States, In Livingston, West Yellowstone


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Dog Sledding
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Pulling something is not usually much fun. It is not exciting to pull the trashcan out to the curb. Pulling something means hard work. However, one animal loves to pull. Sled dogs think that pulling a sled is a blast.
 
2     If you were a sled dog, you would howl with joy when you were hooked up to your harness. You would jump and wiggle. Your tail would be flying high like a happy, frilly flag. Your doggy lips would spread wide to show your sparkling white teeth in a glorious grin. Sled dogs have boundless energy and enthusiasm for their sport.
 
3     Dog sledding goes back about 4,000 years. This kind of transportation may have started in the frozen wilderness of Siberia. Nomadic tribes used sled dogs to help them survive in their rugged environment. Many cultures used dog sleds to pull goods and people over impassable snow and ice. Hunters used sleds to bring meat home. Sled dogs made it possible for people to live in cold places like the Arctic. Even though airplanes and snowmobiles have taken the place of sled dogs, dog sledding is still a favorite winter sport.

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