“She can be a bit of a loner with the other dogs, so maybe now she’s found her tribe.”
Blair Braverman is a journalist, author, and a dogsledder who lives in northern Wisconsin. She and her husband, Quince Mountain, live with 21(!) Alaskan huskies on a farm.
One of her pups, four-year-old Flame, is “obsessed with cuddles and attention,” Braverman told BuzzFeed News. Flame races on Braverman’s team along with her dad and siblings.
“When we got her, she was so energetic that she was never still except when she was sleeping,” Braverman said of Flame. “But she's chilled out as she's gotten a bit older.”
The couple also raises chickens, and so Braverman said they needed to teach their dogs, like Flame, how to interact safely with the chicks on the farm.
“Sled dogs are super sweet but they tend to have a strong prey drive, so their instinct is to try to eat smaller animals,” she said. “The chickens will be free range on the same part of the farm where Flame runs loose, so we wanted her to learn that they were family, not food.”
So, Braverman and her husband began to “chicken train” Flame to ensure she could peacefully co-exist with her feathered family members. Braverman documented the whole training on Twitter.