Noble Paws provides free dog sled rides for those with disabilities

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Musher's Hall on Farmer's loop may be preparing for this weekend's Open North American Championship, but today it played host to a different event.
Noble Paws was on the race grounds offering free dog mushing rides to anyone experiencing a disability. ​
This is the second time that Noble Paws has put on an event like this, but this was the first time they did it in about four years. ​
They even had adaptive dog-sledding equipment that was able to accommodate any ability. ​
Noble Paws is a local non-profit organization that teaches people with disabilities, at-risk youth, and veterans how to run sled dogs. ​
The organization even has a full-time mushing school designed to teach participants how to run their own team. ​
We talked to Noble Paws Director Steve Vick about why the organization runs one-day events like this.
"The best part of working with dogs and working with kids is the joy the kids have working with the dogs. The reason I started Noble Paws is because I really wanted to bring that experience to anyone, of any ability. Mushing has just done a lot for me and I really enjoy it. So I thought it would be great to do that with kids. It never fails, dogs bring smiles," said Vick.