Arctic and Antarctic Museum to host polar dog festival
© RIA Novosti. Aleksandr Patrin

Arctic and Antarctic Museum to host polar dog festival

On August 12, the St. Petersburg’s Museum of the Arctic and Antarctic will host a festival dedicated to polar dogs – our four-legged explorers that have been an essential part of expeditions to the poles. Those who visit the festival, which was named Something About Dogs, will meet these loyal companions of polar explorers and learn about working with dogs during expeditions.

Speakers will talk about breeds that make the best sled dogs, as well as required equipment, training techniques, and ways to provide comfortable conditions for dogs during polar expeditions, and they will tell engaging dog-related polar life stories.

A staff member from the Geographica ethnographic park will speak about the Alaskan Malamute breed and today’s dog sledding expeditions. Visitors will have the opportunity to create their own version of the best dog at the Our Loyal Friends workshop to be held by the museum partners, staff members from Pushkin Specialized Central Children’s Library.

Maria Fyodorova, medalist and winner of sled dog racing events, including world and European championships, will talk about different breeds of sled dogs, demonstrate riding equipment, and talk about Siberian Huskies.

Polar explorer Viktor Boyarsky will speak on the unique Transantarctic expedition, with most of it carried out on dog sleds. The expedition and its participants are included in Guinness World Records.

The festival visitors will also meet some quadruped explorers that have taken part in conquering the two poles.

The event starts at 1 pm. Admission is free.