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A delightful photographic journey into a year in the life of a team of sled dogs, based on Braverman’s wildly popular Twitter feed When Blair Braverman started posting pictures of her dog team on Twitter, she had no idea the response she would get. Being a musher, after all, isn’t just about racing—raising dogs from puppyhood to retirement (and beyond) is a full-time job. S A delightful photographic journey into a year in the life of a team of sled dogs, based on Braverman’s wildly popular Twitter feed When Blair Braverman started posting pictures of her dog team on Twitter, she had no idea the response she would get. Being a musher, after all, isn’t just about racing—raising dogs from puppyhood to retirement (and beyond) is a full-time job. She and her husband, musher Quince Mountain, wanted to share stories about life with their dog team. And not just the big stuff, like expeditions and wild animal encounters, but also the everyday things: the challenge of storing a thousand pounds of raw meat, scouting new trails with the dogs, the decisions that go into putting a team together, how she trains puppies to be brave. These were goofy stories, scary stories, heartfelt stories, stories that clearly connected with people and kept going viral. Inspired by those connections, Dogs on the Trail is a chronicle of a year in the life of their dog team. Beginning in the fall as the weather starts to cool, training on both dry land and in the snow, then camping and racing. Spring brings mud—lousy for sledding, but the dogs love it. And summer is the season of puppies. The book ends on a beginning, in anticipation of the adventurous lives that the new pups have in store. An irresistible adventure, Dogs on the Trail will delight and entertain while taking you inside a musher’s world, and showing you why the wilderness isn’t simply a place to visit but also a home to return to.


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A delightful photographic journey into a year in the life of a team of sled dogs, based on Braverman’s wildly popular Twitter feed When Blair Braverman started posting pictures of her dog team on Twitter, she had no idea the response she would get. Being a musher, after all, isn’t just about racing—raising dogs from puppyhood to retirement (and beyond) is a full-time job. S A delightful photographic journey into a year in the life of a team of sled dogs, based on Braverman’s wildly popular Twitter feed When Blair Braverman started posting pictures of her dog team on Twitter, she had no idea the response she would get. Being a musher, after all, isn’t just about racing—raising dogs from puppyhood to retirement (and beyond) is a full-time job. She and her husband, musher Quince Mountain, wanted to share stories about life with their dog team. And not just the big stuff, like expeditions and wild animal encounters, but also the everyday things: the challenge of storing a thousand pounds of raw meat, scouting new trails with the dogs, the decisions that go into putting a team together, how she trains puppies to be brave. These were goofy stories, scary stories, heartfelt stories, stories that clearly connected with people and kept going viral. Inspired by those connections, Dogs on the Trail is a chronicle of a year in the life of their dog team. Beginning in the fall as the weather starts to cool, training on both dry land and in the snow, then camping and racing. Spring brings mud—lousy for sledding, but the dogs love it. And summer is the season of puppies. The book ends on a beginning, in anticipation of the adventurous lives that the new pups have in store. An irresistible adventure, Dogs on the Trail will delight and entertain while taking you inside a musher’s world, and showing you why the wilderness isn’t simply a place to visit but also a home to return to.

30 review for Dogs on the Trail: A Year in the Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I follow Blair Braverman on Twitter, and I love the way she writes about her sled dogs. This photo collection has gorgeous photos and lots of info about what her life is like as a musher. I learned a lot about mushing—including the fact that it’s way more work than I would ever be willing to do—and I enjoyed the photos and bios of the dogs, especially Flame and Grinch. It took a couple of hours to page through, and it was a lovely way to spend an evening.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ragna

    Lovely low-key introduction to mushing and the mushing lifestyle. Suitable for children and adults alike, lots of gorgeous images.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Dogs on the Trail is by local author Blair Braverman about their dog sledding team and adventures. It is a beautifully put together book, sharing the four seasons of dog teaming, answers many questions about the sport, has adorable and hilarious photos of the dogs along with their names and how they were named. I highly recommend this book of joy and dogs and the people who love them. Note to self: bucket list addition, go dog sledding!

  4. 5 out of 5

    L. A.

    A beautiful and inspiring year in the life of these amazing dogs told by Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain with so much joy and charm. This is a book for kids, for adults, for the dog lovers in your life and for those who want to be taken on a stunning photographic journey in the company of two great people and the dogs they share their lives with. Exceptional and the perfect holiday gift for everyone on my list! Thank you!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    Beautiful book, cover to cover! I love that it broke down the process by season. The photos were amazing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Neace

    Really enjoyed this read--provides a realistic glimpse into the world of mushing and sled dogs. Stunning photographs.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bee Betts

    Great pictures. Informative and all about dogs.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kazi Houston

    This beautiful book makes the world of dog sledding accessible and brings the stories of the dogs and the musher to life. The format is friendly to all ages and provides a wealth of information, adorable pups, and beautiful scenery. It is a great journey through a year of mushing and would also make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves dogs or the outdoors.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kate Zdenek

    Beautiful photos and an excellent narrative make this a wonderful book for anyone who loves dogs

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Gorgeous, thoughtful, and informative.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Gorgeous photos, paired with just enough text to tell you why these dogs are each the VERY BEST DOG.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I just love them all so much 😍😭

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amber Hughey

    I really enjoyed this book! I loved Blair's stories about Grinch and the dogs previous to reading this, and this book gave a wonderful insight into the lives of a sled dog. Her pictures are absolutely gorgeous, and I know I learned a few things while reading it! I really enjoyed this book! I loved Blair's stories about Grinch and the dogs previous to reading this, and this book gave a wonderful insight into the lives of a sled dog. Her pictures are absolutely gorgeous, and I know I learned a few things while reading it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hannah⚡️

    I’ve followed Blair and Q on twitter for a number of years now, and have also since found other mushers to follow. This book was a really lovely compilation of photos and stories and information that Blair and Q have shared over the years. It’s a really good introduction to mushing and all the different aspects of it - racing, puppies, what teams do when it’s not winter, how/what they pack for a race - and of course SO MANY CUTE DOG PICTURES

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debra Hines

    AN ENTHRALLING PEEK AT SLED DOGS AND THEIR MUSHERS After reading Blair Braverman’s book, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube, I was hooked. Hooked on sled dogs, their mushers, and the races. Dogs On the Trail takes the reader inside a musher’s world. The book is a beautiful combination of photo album and journal, depicting a sled dog team, their unique and quirky personalities, and how they live and train through the four seasons.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    It's like a small sample of Bler's Twitter feed, without the evermovingness of Twitter that makes it so hard (for me, at least) to go back and revisit things I want to look again. It's info about dogs, and so many beautiful pictures of dogs. Happy dogs! Bouncing dogs! Rosettes of sleeping puppies! Dogs doing what they were born and bred and love to do, in partnership with the humans who love them. Honorable mention: "manna rising from the depths of hell." It's like a small sample of Bler's Twitter feed, without the evermovingness of Twitter that makes it so hard (for me, at least) to go back and revisit things I want to look again. It's info about dogs, and so many beautiful pictures of dogs. Happy dogs! Bouncing dogs! Rosettes of sleeping puppies! Dogs doing what they were born and bred and love to do, in partnership with the humans who love them. Honorable mention: "manna rising from the depths of hell."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Fun, easy read (duh—it’s a photo book)! Wish it were longer. Am going to have to search for more of their tales online; I’ve always been interested in the Iditarod and would love to know more about their experiences there. Love their dogs! (Heard about this book and Braverman’s Twitter on NPR recently. Good interview.)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mickey

    Loved every single page of this delightful romp through the year of a sled dog. The photos, captions, and descriptions are captivating, and I was left at the end wanting more more more! Highly recommended.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    A delightful book - heavy on the pictures - giving the basics of living as a dog musher in northern Wisconsin during the four seasons (or three as the book puts it - winter, summer, and mud). Made for wonderful Christmas day reading, and my kids love it too.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caitrin

    Sweet and gentle storytelling. A joy to read!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy Page

    This book was such a heartwarming look at this team and a nice look into the mushing world As someone who loves dogs and misses having my own, this was a great quick pick me up read

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary Tharp

    Loved this story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Melson

    Do you like dogs? Do you have even a passing interest in dog sledding? Then this book is for you! You are absolutely going to fall in love with Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain and their team of sled dogs. "Bler" and Q make the puppies come alive in these pages. The photography is absolutely breathtaking in some instances and several of these photos I would love to frame and hang in my house (although I don't think my own dogs would appreciate it!). Blair has such a magical way of writing and Do you like dogs? Do you have even a passing interest in dog sledding? Then this book is for you! You are absolutely going to fall in love with Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain and their team of sled dogs. "Bler" and Q make the puppies come alive in these pages. The photography is absolutely breathtaking in some instances and several of these photos I would love to frame and hang in my house (although I don't think my own dogs would appreciate it!). Blair has such a magical way of writing and making her stories come alive, and reading the blurbs contained within the pages of how a sled team operates all year long is informative and entertaining. This book is perfect for kids! But I warn you that if you buy this book for a child in your life, you're going to want to read it first and then will probably want your own copy. I cannot recommend this book enough. And if you can't get enough of the sled team, go over to twitter and find Blair Braverman and hit the follow button. You will find all of these little nuggets and come across other sled teams you want to follow as well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    B.

    A quick overview of mushing and the Bravermountain dogs, with gorgeous photography and the wonderful writing you expect from this team. I'm already a fan from Blair and Quince's twitters, so I was very excited for this book--and I'm not disappointed! This is a great book for anyone who likes dogs, whether they know mushing only a little or follow it religiously. I hope this book leads to another, because if it has any flaw it's how brief it is: I absolutely want to read longer, more in depth tai A quick overview of mushing and the Bravermountain dogs, with gorgeous photography and the wonderful writing you expect from this team. I'm already a fan from Blair and Quince's twitters, so I was very excited for this book--and I'm not disappointed! This is a great book for anyone who likes dogs, whether they know mushing only a little or follow it religiously. I hope this book leads to another, because if it has any flaw it's how brief it is: I absolutely want to read longer, more in depth tails of the north woods and the dogs of Bravermountain.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Delightful photo journal of the dogs in dog mushers, Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain's kennel. Written from twitter and social media posts from Braverman during mushing and training runs, the book also provides interesting details about raising, training and mushing Alaskan huskies. My goodness, the photography is stunning in this book and the tidbits about each dog are heartwarming and clever. Dog mushing is not a sport for the lazy or timid but rather for those who love dogs and the wonder Delightful photo journal of the dogs in dog mushers, Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain's kennel. Written from twitter and social media posts from Braverman during mushing and training runs, the book also provides interesting details about raising, training and mushing Alaskan huskies. My goodness, the photography is stunning in this book and the tidbits about each dog are heartwarming and clever. Dog mushing is not a sport for the lazy or timid but rather for those who love dogs and the wonder of being outside. Probably should have rated this one 5 stars, it was that enjoyable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Audra Spiven

    I LOVE everything Blair does. I hope she writes a full-length memoir about mushing and dogsledding someday. I would read it in a heartbeat. It would also be great for a documentary to get made or something. I just love the way she presents her world and her perspective on it. The photos in this book are really well done, and it was fun reading some of the details about mushing. This book left me wanting SO MUCH MORE from the dogs on the trail!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Peter Stangel

    After hearing a review on NPR, I was anxious to get this book. When it arrived I was surprised that it was mostly photos, with minimal text—I had been expecting a typical book. That’s not necessarily a problem, just a surprise. The photos were very good and added to the story. I would have enjoyed a more in-depth story about their experiences, but that’s just me. A pleasant and very fast-moving glimpse into the world of sled dogs

  28. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    My forever bio clip in social media starts out “reader, runner, dog-lover…” so obviously I loved this little gem of a book. It’s full of beautiful photographs and charming stories about what happens during a year in the life of a sled dog team and their mushers. I only cried (not sad tears!) three times while reading the book’s 140 pages, so that’s a pretty good ratio.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Loved, loved, loved it! The pictures alone made me swoon. The story is told in seasons, and anyone interested in dogs and/or dog sledding will learn to admire the dogs and their handlers. The book is easily read in an hour, but the photos draw the reader in so I was happy to gaze longingly at each marvelous pooch -- hard-working, spirited, joyous. A delight!

  30. 5 out of 5

    MostlyDelores

    I wish it was longer. I wish it contained all of Blair's great dog stories which, like other fans, I read and re-read when they circulate on Twitter. I wish there were family trees for the all the dogs and photo-biographies of each and every one. I wish Blair's entire Twitter presence was captured in a thousand pages instead of this rather slight book. But I sill enjoyed it. I wish it was longer. I wish it contained all of Blair's great dog stories which, like other fans, I read and re-read when they circulate on Twitter. I wish there were family trees for the all the dogs and photo-biographies of each and every one. I wish Blair's entire Twitter presence was captured in a thousand pages instead of this rather slight book. But I sill enjoyed it.

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