What’s it like to have your dog shaved?
After seeing the Shaver Lake dog sled, Shaver Beach, Idaho, owner Mike Krahr says it’s easy to get lost in the wilds of the Northwest.
“The dogs here are pretty tough,” Krahrh said.
“They’re really mean, so they really do care about the dogs.”
The dogs are part of a national breed that’s been called the “bully dog.”
Krahrs wife has a small mastiff mix, a mastiff cross, and a mix of Siberian huskies and pit bull terriers.
The dogs have been trained to chase down prey and bite if the owner runs away.
The dog sleds can also be used to play tug of war or chase squirrels.
Krahr and his wife have been traveling with their family to the resort from Shaver for about four weeks.
Krahs wife and two children have been staying with Krah’s father for about a month.
The dogs were bred for hunting in the North.
They were bred in the 1930s by Dr. John J. Smith of the Oregon State University in Salem.
The name Shaver came from a place in Oregon, where the sleds were named after the Shavers, a family of farmers who were renowned for their cattle-raising.
“They were the best hunters and the best dog handlers, and so I’ve always been interested in them,” Kahr said.
Kahr says the dogs are trained to be aggressive and protective.
“We’re going to make sure they’re never going to bite the person we’re working with.
They’ll come out of the back of the sled to be out of their sight, and they’re going back and forth,” he said.
When asked about what it’s like to be a dog handler, Krah said, “It’s definitely a unique position.”
He’s been working with Shaver dogs for years.
Karah says Shaver has made a great living for the family.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to see the impact that Shaver can have on the people around here, and I can see the benefits of working with them and seeing the difference that they make,” he added.
Shaver Beach is the only resort in the state where the Shavs dogs are allowed on the resort property.
Karen Burden, owner of Shaver Resort & Spa, said the Shaves are part the family’s tradition.
“Every year the dogs come out and the kids come out, and we take them out to the beach, and it’s just so relaxing, so fun, so much fun,” Burden said.
The Shaves have brought back memories of the old Shaver ski resort in Washington state.
“It’s been a good tradition for generations.
I think that’s one of the reasons that we’ve been able do it for so long, because it’s a family-run thing,” Kratz said.