You’d think I would have had my fill of sled dogs at this point in my trip, but of course I hadn’t. One of the stories I was researching during my Alaskan adventure was on the Denali dog kennel. Denali is the only national park that uses sled-dog teams for park patrols in the winter; in the summer, the dogs are used for educational outreach in daily demos highlighting the cultural tradition (not to mention environmental advantages!) of transportation by dog sled (versus, for example, loud and obnoxious snow machines). Denali visitors love seeing the dogs, and can even pet them when they visit the park’s kennel; the dogs are remarkably accustomed to all the attention. I spent hours with the kennel staff, volunteer dog walkers and the dogs themselves, learning all about the training, demos and upkeep of these lovely animals. Talk about job envy! Working with dogs in a national park? Geesh, what a tough gig that must be.