This Woman Shared What Her Sled Dog Team Taught Her About Body Positivity, And It's Perfect


    This is Blair Braverman, an author and professional musher (aka sled dog racer) living and training in Alaska.

    Blair and her team of speedy sled doggos made headlines earlier this year when she wrote adorable bios for each and every one of them. Ya know, so people could get to know them before they raced in the Iditarod, no big deal. 💁🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕

    And now, Blair and her pups are making headlines yet again — but this time, for a Twitter thread with an extremely wholesome lesson in body positivity!!!

    In the thread, Blair shares how having sled dogs has helped her develop a healthier body image. And honestly? The whole thing is just so, SO wholesome:

    Y’all, having sled dogs has been so good for my body image. And not because mushing is a joy-filled, physical outdoor activity, although that’s true. It’s actually something much simpler than that.

    I grew up learning that all bodies are different. Okay, yeah, that’s true. Whatever. All bodies are different. I get it.

    And then I started caring for sled dogs. @QuinceMountain and I feed and train and massage them, teach them as puppies and ease them into retirement. We get to know each dog so well. And once we started doing this, do you know what became EXTREMELY OBVIOUS?

    But I don’t mean this in some flip way. I mean it in a bone-deep, beautiful, complicated way. All of the dogs’ bodies are so different.

    Some of them eat thousands of calories a day and are still complete stringbeans. They eat literally three times as much food as everyone else.

    Some of them can eat, like, a tablespoon of kibble, and the next day they need a bigger harness. They’re easy keepers; their bodies naturally want to be bigger. Which is good! Easy keepers make great sled dogs.

    Some of them can start training in September and are immediately ready for long runs.

    Some of them need to ease into training slowly. They need gentler workouts—and more training sessions—before they can keep up with the rest of the team.

    Some of them feel their best during shorter, faster runs. And, occasionally, some of them aren’t that into running at all.

    Some of them were born with bodies that make everything harder for them, and they need extra care and understanding to really shine.

    The point is, THEIR BODIES ARE SO DIFFERENT. But the differences aren’t good or bad. They just are. We don’t love Talese more or less because he’s skinny, or Colbert because he’s a chonkster. The idea makes no sense. It’s absurd.

    And, like, my body is like that too. It has its own set points, its own levels. So does yours.

    The dogs’ bodies aren’t up to them, just like ours aren’t. There’s no value judgment. They are what they are.

    And every single one is magnificent. The end.

    Well put, Blair and Co. Well put!!! 💖💖💖