Mighty Malamutes: The 'Big Teddy Bears' At The Help For Heroes Winter Games
It may have been the first time the dogs set foot on the Catterick pitch, but they were not there for football...
The annual Help for Heroes Winter Games have got underway in Catterick for the very first time, with the help of some furry friends.
It may have been the first time Alaskan Malamutes set foot on the Catterick pitch, but they were not there for football.
Teams of wounded injured and sick serving personnel and veterans travelled from recovery centres all over the country to take part in events such as ‘snow tubbing’, stand-up paddle board polo and the highlight of the games - dogsled racing.
John Binding is from the Alaskan Malamute Working Association.
"They are Alaskan Malamutes, which is the largest of Nordic breeds.
"They are actually a freighting dog, which means unlike the more common Siberian Huskies, these can run quickly but they will go for hours on end at a steady eight, nine mile-an-hour pace.
"They are an ancient breed, their ancestry can be traced back 4,000 years. They have only been in this country approximately 60 years, no one is totally certain of when they first came in so they are a new breed really to the country.
"You are very much at the hands of the dog, hopefully they will stay focused."
"There is lots of activity here for them to hopefully follow the chuteand go down to the finish line."