VIDEO: Dog Day Afternoon at Myopia Sled Dog Races

Mushers, sled dogs, vendors and spectators enjoyed a sunny afternoon at the Myopia Sled Dog Races on Saturday. Races resume at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

It was a dog-lover's paradise Saturday at the second annual taking place this weekend at in Ipswich and Hamilton.

A cold but sunny afternoon at the races from across the region race their sled dogs. 

Hamilton resident Jennifer Tsappis said she and her husband Mike Tsappis and their two girls, Eliza and Julia, love dogs and wanted to get out of the house.

"That's one of the great things about living out here, is having all theses special events," Mike Tsappis said.

Race organizers said about which covers 12 miles of trails running through Ipswich and Hamilton.

Teenagers Cory Linskey of Warren, and friends Tessa Kemp and Sydney Plante of West Brookfield, were keeping their dogs company at the end of the day's competition.

Plante, 15, finished the day in first place in the six-dog sportsman race. She said her mother agreed to get her Huskies instead of a horse.

"I suggested getting Huskies and she said okay, so she's been really supportive," Plante said.

Volunteers from the group MUSH (Massachusetts Union for Siberian Huskies) handed out literature at a tent among the vendors at the staging area.

"We raise money for Siberian and other Northern breeds who are rescues that have medical needs," said MUSH founder Joy Curtis.

Races continue on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.


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