May 23, 2015


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A howling good time

Samantha Page runs her four-dog team at their home near Woodlands, Manitoba.  February 12, 2014  (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
A harmony of howls greets Samantha Page and her husband, Brad Friesen, as they carry a set of harnesses to the kennel. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
Samantha is a light load for the dogs and has to work hard to get them attached to the sled's pulling line. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
This is a routine after-work run for the 37-year-old Woodlands teacher. She works part of her week in the nearby New Haven Hutterite Colony’s school and the rest in the Village of Woodlands. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
(Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
The sled waits nearby as Samantha's four pulling dogs leap and bark with anticipation. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
(Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
(Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
Quest, a Siberian Husky, is momentarily distracted sniffing out a mouse burrowing in the snow. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
Brad, who shares Samantha's passion for the outdoors, a home-made ice climbing tower graces their backyard, has already packed down the sled trails, a formidable job this winter as five-foot high drifts dwarf the lane into their Interlake rural property where Samantha says she moved to
Her parents moved, she stayed and has had teams up to 11 dogs strong. Now it's four, two Siberian huskies and a pair of husky pointer hound crosses, all bred and raised to pull. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
This night's run is not about competition, it's about enjoying the moment. Samantha and the chorus of howls disappear into a gathering dusk's snowfall.  (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
Samantha Page runs her four-dog team at their home near Woodlands, Manitoba. February 12, 2014 (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) -
A harmony of howls greets Samantha Page and her husband, Brad Friesen, as they carry a set of harnesses to the kennel. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) -
Samantha is a light load for the dogs and has to work hard to get them attached to the sled's pulling line. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) -
This is a routine after-work run for the 37-year-old Woodlands teacher. She works part of her week in the nearby New Haven Hutterite Colony’s school and the rest in the Village of Woodlands. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) -
(Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) -
The sled waits nearby as Samantha's four pulling dogs leap and bark with anticipation. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) -
(Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) -
(Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) -
Quest, a Siberian Husky, is momentarily distracted sniffing out a mouse burrowing in the snow. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) -
Brad, who shares Samantha's passion for the outdoors, a home-made ice climbing tower graces their backyard, has already packed down the sled trails, a formidable job this winter as five-foot high drifts dwarf the lane into their Interlake rural property where Samantha says she moved to "for the dogs" with her parents years ago. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) -
Her parents moved, she stayed and has had teams up to 11 dogs strong. Now it's four, two Siberian huskies and a pair of husky pointer hound crosses, all bred and raised to pull. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) -
This night's run is not about competition, it's about enjoying the moment. Samantha and the chorus of howls disappear into a gathering dusk's snowfall. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) -

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