Why he lost his sight was and still is a mystery, but after a period of adjustment his brother Poncho seemed to understand what was happening. They had run as a team before and Gonzo doesn’t want to be left behind now.
The two Alaskan Huskies are among more than 120 dogs at Muddy Paws sled dog kennel, a no-kill, nonprofit shelter for sled dogs in New Hampshire. The kennel offers educational programs and dog sled rides as a means to pay for food and care.
Karen Tolen and Neil Beaulieu started the kennel almost nine years ago with a few Alaskan Huskies whose owners could no longer afford their upkeep.
When Poncho and Gonzo are hitched together Gonzo will lean in for the turns and gauge his gait and cadence on the movements of his brother, according to musher A.J. Norton.
She recalled that once during training when Gonzo fell, Poncho lifted him up by grabbing the harnesses with his teeth.
"That took a lot of thought," she said.
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