CHICAGO (CBS) — A new round of snow Wednesday in the Chicago area might have most people yearning for Spring, but some people and animals were taking advantage of the fresh powder.
At Swallow Cliff Woods in Palos Park – which is best known for the 125-step stair climb and the toboggan run that has been closed for more than a decade – Vincent Juarez stood on the back of a sled, pulled by his three dogs.
“I am training my dogs for dogsledding, because I’m doing a race in two weeks in Michigan,” he said.
Juarez was being pulled by his two Siberian Huskies, Arctic and Shiloh, and an Alaskan Husky named Honey.
“When I got my first dog, I went to a dog park in Blue Island, and someone told me about dogsledding, and I was like, ‘Alright, let’s check it out,’ and I found them, and I was like, ‘This is awesome!’” Juarez said.
He has no dreams of doing the famed Iditarod – he’s not that serious about dogsledding – but Juarez said it would be “kind of cool to see.”
“I’m just here for fun, doing it for recreational, do a couple races,” he said.
Juarez said dogsledding is a lot of fun, gets his dogs tired so they sleep at home, so he doesn’t “have to worry about them destroying stuff in my house.”