Continuing my research into the world of dog sledding, wet and dry, I came across this new documentary about a dog sled team in Jamaica -- assembled entirely out of mongrels from pounds and shelters.
Judging from the trailer -- and we all know you can't judge from the trailer -- it looks wonderful, and it has Jimmy Buffett in it. The movie was released on DVD last month.
"It seems like it was just yesterday when I had this crazy idea to bring dog sled racing to Jamaica. It's been two years now and it's amazing that SUN DOGS, which has been such a big part of our lives is something that we will now be able to share," said Danny Melville, founder of the Jamaica Dogsled Team and executive producer of the film.
"The Jamaica Dogsled Team has come to mean so much more than I ever imagined," he added. One of our primary goals is to bring education and awareness of the compassionate treatment of animals to Jamaica's inner cities through our work with the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. SUN DOGS will help us accomplish this."
A portion of the proceeds from Internet sale of the DVD (on the website, www.jamaicadogsled.com) will go to the JSPCA.
The team will be represented at the East Meets West Dryland Challenge in Brainerd, Minn., this weekend, and one of the team's mushers is training to qualify for the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race