Which got my wheels turning about what exactly that means.
The lines in his body, his build, the structure of his bones and muscles were held in perfect alignment for his task, as if Brut and the sled were one unit. It was if they were made for each other, like a key to lock. Brut was the part that was missing from the sled and it's function.
As I dug further into this thought, my brain began exploding with light bulbs. Their body, mind and spirit are specifically designed and tailored for sledding. It isn't just the muscle or speed they can exert, it is a total engagement of their being. They have been bred for thousands of years to be a well oiled and finely crafted machine with a heart and soul to match.
And Brut is only half Husky. His children are three-quarter. More specifically Blaze.
The thought that struck me most flipping through my memory files is how it is the entirety of the whole dog that is encompassed in the breed. Bloodhounds, don't just use their extreme scent glands to track, their entire body, mind and spirit is engaged during the process. It is the same logic that I struggle so hard with the dogs not pulling on a walk, they were born to pull. They are designed by all fathoms of their nature to pull. And since I never taught them any different, they continue to be who they are. Pull Dogs. Simple. I am fighting up against years and years of selective breeding and it never really occurred to me that this isn't just their bodies I'm wrestling with, but the entire nature of who they are. Any other way is against the grain.
It certainly gives me a greater appreciation for purebred dogs.
Blaze is by far our most Husky-like dog, with Zappa and Brut following close behind. And there has always been something about them when they are pulling that I could never put my finger on that just stood out so differently. They were just being who they were born to be.