We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My husband-the-writer/naturalist says sled dogs run because they love to do it, just as Jephnol says. Dogs, like wolves, are 'pack' animals and they just naturally follow the alpha male leader of the pack. And Downs, my husband, had a chance, on one of his many visits to Alaska in the 1990s, to race a sled in a sled-dog race. He called me right afterwards just incandescent with the thrill of it, to report that the sled came in second, and that he really didn't have to do anything much but hang on, and scare off any stray moose who might hurt the dogs.
This ranks as one of his great memories, now that he's not racing much of anywhere.
Had a Siberian Husky back in the 80's. Best. Dog. Evah.
She would run, run and then run some more. Even in her old age, when the body was weak, the spirit was
definitely still willing. She was terrific :^)
Liberal Reason: Because Obama's stimulus package gave them reason to run. Otherwise, they'd just be laying around and licking their own butts, like the American workers all did before Obama came along and put them back to work.
Conservative Reason: Because that's how they are. And the market provides incentive in the form of juicy meat for those dogs that run.
Libertarian Reason: It's none of your business. They'll run if they want to.
Communist Reason: They run for the good of the pack.
My Wife's Reason: If you truly cared about the dogs, you'd already know and wouldn't have to ask why.