photo courtesy of Robert Sargent
Karen fell in love with skijoring when she and her husband adopted a retired sled dog that still loved to pull. Now she is an advocate for getting individuals and families outdoors and active with their dogs in harness. Done with proper knowledge and care, harness dog activities can be fun for all involved. With 14 years in the sport of competitive skijoring, outdoor adventure activity leadership since 1997, and 12 years of elementary school teaching, Karen now teaches harness dog activities through Yours Outdoors in the Haliburton Highlands area of Ontario, where she lives with her husband and 4 beloved dogs. She has also had a long time passion for creative writing and art.
Through rhythm and rhyme take a glimpse at skijoring and the unique personalities of four loveable real-life dogs. Pulling their human mum on skis brings an extra special bond.
Involved in bikejor, canicross, and other dryland activities, the Mutts continue their adventures. This time they are looking for a very important golden nugget.
Karen Koehler’s The Muttskateers is a celebration: of dogs, of humans, of the life they give each other. The rhyming style of writing begs to be read aloud and adds to the fun of Karen’s images! This book celebrates the intimate personal relationships that dogs and their owners share – and it is written in a way that both children and adults can enjoy and find laughter – in all the ordinary caring tasks of every day. The illustrative drawings give a glimpse into the dog-human-harness sport world that highlights the fun and intimacy of that everyday belonging.
The Muttsketeers chase medals, and rightfully so, but throughout the reading it was “run, run run for fun” that stayed with me; I smiled broadly all the way through. After reading this book, every child will want a dog – and adults too!
Brenda Peddigrew, author and writing guide,
Algonquin Highlands, ON