FROM taking her dogs out for early morning strolls to becoming a husky-racing winner in five months is quite a transformation.
But that’s exactly what university lecturer Katherine Brown has managed.
The 27-year-old has won three prizes in the three competitions she has taken part in with her dogs Dakota, 18 months, and Ashka, 17 months.
And she only took up the hobby in September last year after taking her dogs to obedience classes. When she was there she found out about husky racing competitions and decided it would be a good hobby to take on.
Katherine, from Southfield Walk in Havant, said: ‘We got Dakota as a pup with the intention of us being active people and doing lots of walks.
‘We took them to obedience classes in Portsmouth and that’s where we found out about it. Within a month I was training them regularly.
‘It’s the best way to keep them happy and satisfied, to do the running, and they absolutely love it.’
Every weekend, Katherine is up at 6am both days to go out with her husband Jason and the two dogs to train for races. The dogs can reach 20mph.
‘We’re up before sunrise when it’s nice and cold,’ she said.
‘It keeps these guys happy. When we run with them we tie them round our waist. This is why we wanted an active breed. What people don’t realise is they do need a lot of physical and mental stimulation.
‘As long as we give it to them they are incredibly happy and friendly dogs.’
They have won second place twice, and first place once in competitions which take place all over the country.
And, Katherine, who teaches forensic biology at the University of Portsmouth, said she is thrilled that it has taken off so well.
‘I’m shocked. I’m competitive and my goal with these guys is to go out and have a good run,’ she added.
‘We have just been very fortunate that I have managed to place very well. I’ve got the bug now.’