Sport: Driving the Dogs

The eleven yelping Siberian Huskies heard the crack of the whip and the encouraging cries of Driver Bill Shearer: "Pick it up! Pick it up!" The dogs were near the end of the third and decisive race of the New England sled-dog championship at Jaffrey, N.H. last week. More important, they were close to chow time. And then, plunk in the middle of the snowy road, Driver Shearer saw a sight that chilled his spine: a cat, lazily sunning itself.

Shearer had visions of a snarling, harness-tangled mass of dogs taking off, pellmell, after...

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