Crow | Male | 4 years old | photo unavailable | Crow is one of the newer additions to Nemacolin dogsledding. He came to us all the way from Wisconsin, where he was a part of a racing sled dog team. Though he is one of the younger dogs in the kennel, he is one of the most hard-working dogs. Crow is one of the command leaders and loves to be in lead and have the team go fast, yet he’ll run in just about any position on the team from lead to team to wheel. He likes to run with his best friends Salem and Sedona. A fun fact is that he, Sedona, and Salem all come from the same kennel.
Dobby | Male | 3 years old | photo unavailable | Dobby came to the resort at the end of 2022, and he’s still has the personality of a puppy. When the pack of dogs gets excited, Dobby is one of the loudest! He’s a beginner on the team, and he’s still learning the courses and getting used to the various obstacles. He’s a pup who thrives in the snow, and when it covers the ground, he’s tough to keep still as he wants to go, go, go!
Holly | Female | 7 years old | photo unavailable | Holly came to us from a mid-distance race team in Wisconsin last year, and she’s proven to be a mature and hard-working lady that sets the example to some of the younger pups. She’s an Alaskan Husky with a very dense and short coat compared to some of the other dogs in the pack. She’s a veteran runner in a number of famous races, even having visited Alaska to teach people about dogsledding. She’s a serious, reliable, and focused wheel dog who likes to pull. Since working with the dogsledding team, she’s come out of her shell showing of her loving side, and she enjoys getting scratches .
Knit | Female | 3 years old | photo unavailable | Knit looks and acts a lot like a coyote, but she’s a younger dog full of #alaskanhuskyvibes! She came to Nemacolin with her sister, Riddle, in 2022, and she’s “knitted” herself seamlessly into the pack and team. She shines in the swing or team positions, but she shows promise as a future leader. Her size can be misleading, especially when she gets to put her strength to the test in the wheel position. She’s a dog that can always be counted upon to provide a fun and exciting dogsled run.
Lucy| Female | 7 years old | photo unavailable | Lucy joined the Nemacolin team from a racing dog kennel. She is trained as a trail lead, meaning that if there’s a path available, she’ll follow it. In working with the pack, the humans on the team have discovered that she fits best in the middle group of dogs between the swing (first set of dogs who follow the leader) and the wheel dogs (the two dogs closest to the cart or sled). She’s been doing some running with Crow (one of the lead dogs), and she’s shown that she’s willing to learn the commands to be a future leader here at Nemacolin. She’s a shy one, but she’s also very affectionate with the human team members she’d gotten to know more closely.
Panther | Male | photo unavailable | Panther joined the team at the end of 2022, coming from a mid-distance race and touring kennel from Minnesota, where it was regularly in the single digits (which most sled dogs love). He was a little bit shy and slow to warm up to people, but he’s become a very affectionate boy who demands attention by showing off his “fancy paws” to those who walk by. He’s tall and lanky, yet he’s a powerhouse who loves to run. He can run in every position except for lead, and he’s a reliable partner. If you get to meet Panther, be sure to ask how to scratch him to get his tippy-tappy feet going!
Pi | Male | 8 years old | photo unavailable | Pi is one of a kind. He is the hardest-working dog on the team, and his drive is unmatched. Pi came to Nemacolin from a competitive racing kennel, and he brings that power to the team when he runs in the wheel position. He is always eager to go on a sled run, putting 110% into every single experience. The Wildlife Team likes to say that the cart is pulled using Pi Power! It is undeniable that he loves what he does.
Riddle | Female | 3 years old | photo unavailable | Riddle came to Nemacolin last year from a famous long-distance race team in Wisconsin, but she was born and raised in Alaska. Many of her siblings will run the Iditarod Race this year. Like most of the other dogs in the pack, she’s an Alaskan Husky. She’s super smart, has a fun spirit, and she’s great to work with, showing great promise as an up and coming leader on the team. She enjoys the competitive side of having a dog run beside her, and she’s recently mastered her gee (right) and haw (left) commands.
Sedona | Female | 9 years old | photo unavailable | Of all the positions on a sled dog team, no one really pulls as much as the wheel dogs. One of our wheel dogs is Sedona, who could run for miles on end without complaining. She often runs with her best friend, Pi, and together they pull most of the weight. When the team stops for a break, Sedona is always ready to go again! However, she is not all work and no play; Sedona loves to get scratches after the run by guests and our mushers who make sure she knows she did a great job.
Vinny | Male | 10 years old | photo unavailable | UPDATE: Vinny is now retired and available for adoption. | Vinny is one of four brothers who are veterans on the Nemacolin sled dog team. His brothers are Squirt and Diesel. Vinny is energetic and in his younger years, he often ran in the wheel position and was known as a patient teacher for younger dogs joining the team.
The dogs have heated dog boxes and fresh straw in their kennels in the winter. It’s in their genetics to have a thick, water-resistant double coat that naturally keeps them warm, so they are often seen sleeping on fresh snow. They’re fed a performance blend food, and they enjoy special treats, baths, enrichments, and care from their keepers. The dogs will go on one or two runs a day, with two or more days off a week.
The sled dogs at Nemacolin are well-loved and cared for by the wildlife and veterinarian teams. In the off-season, they enjoy their summer vacation with playtime in the yard, smaller playgroups with their best buddies, some mild weight training, endurance exercises, and strict protocols and cooling systems in place to keep them from overheating.
Reserve Your Experience
To reserve a dogsledding experience as a part of your overnight winter getaway or membership with The Woodlands Club, please contact a Resort Reservations Specialist at 866.344.6957. There’s often a waiting list for this popular adventure, so it is recommended to make your reservations well in advance. Click the following for more suggestions on dining, spa, wellness, golf, and experiences at our Pennsylvania playground. There’s an adventure for everyone at Nemacolin!