Its a very good movie. And yes, you end up getting everyon wanting a Husky, it happened with Snow Dogs too. I work with a rescue group that handed out flyers and such when the movie first hit the theatres. not against the movie, just the "truth" about Huskys. I even brought my Girl Isis, and the multitude of things she had destroyed. along with me.
That being said, while my Isis is not out on a lead, like sled dogs. Its not cruel. I know alot of people who sled with their dogs, and these dogs ARE LOVED ALOT..and spoiled. They get specialized diets ect. But, they are working dogs. They are not a typical "house husky" and they do get THICK THICK coats, being inside for an extended period of time is actually very uncomfortable for them. Working Huskys as a general rule, much prefer to be outside. They do curl up and sleep as they did in the movie, and the snow ontop actually works as a thermal layer. ontop of their dense thick coats.
while I dont agree with the tightening of the collars in the movie, I see why it was done. He was told they would be RIGHT BACK, and he didnt want them running away into the wild. ect. of course the true to life story is even more tragic, and was not Siberian Huskys but Salhuki (sp?) Huskys. Its a disney tho so they couldnt have the sad sad of it all. I get that
But for those who say they dont like how sled dogs are treated. Go out and MEET dogs that sled for a living. They arent mistreated (yes there is a bad apple in every bunch i am sure) and these are HAPPY HAPPY DOGS..
Best line in the movie..when he was talking about the dogs "These are working dogs, they will Pull till they drop" something along that line..Its true. I have seen it in my own Husky with her training. The old saying about Huskys is true..
A bored Husky, is a Destructive Husky.