Author: Sled Dog Ed (31 posts)


New Beginnings

  Dear Teachers, Welcome back to another school year!  I am sure you have been busy preparing your classroom for all of the new students.  Your students will become your team for the upcoming academic year…mush forward. Speaking of new team members…our kennel just added a new member to the roster, Topaz! She is getting …


Iditarod Citizenship!

Hi, Teachers! I was an athlete!  I belonged to a sports team….the sport of dog mushing which is the Alaskan state sport. Being an athlete requires stamina, determination and the ability to work together with others on a team.  My team just happened to be other dogs. On other sports’ teams everyone has their own …


Governmentally Iditarod!

Dear Teachers, The kennel is my safe haven and home.  I have come to be relaxed here as a retired sled dog…but I remember back when I was young.  I played, ran, howled, was very curious and investigated everything. Sometimes I found myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Recently the kennel kids …


Economically Iditarod!

Hi, Teachers!  Movie watching has been a relaxing activity at the main house of the kennel, and I recently overheard the following line from one of the movies.  ”Give me the money!”  Money is a frequent topic of conversation as mushers and their families plan for entering and running in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  …


Culturally Iditarod!

Dear Teachers, A recent article in our local newspaper highlighted Alaskan, Ida Ross.  She is 82 years old and from the Fairbanks area but originally came from Kobuk and Kotzebue.  The article shared her life as a youngster growing up in the native culture of Alaska.  Presently, she teaches students at the Fairbanks North Star …


Historically Iditarod!

Howdy, Teachers! So much has been going on in the world lately….so hard to keep up with it all! While resting the other day outside my kennel, I had the time to reflect on my accomplishments as a sled dog, my family, kennels, friends, etc. What will they remember about me in years to come? …


Geographically Iditarod!

  Howdy Teachers! The summer was sure a busy one here at the kennels…new things were built, repairs made, and best of all, new puppies!  It is exciting to watch the little ones as they acclimate to their new surroundings, sounds, and people who will be their lifeline as they mature. It made me think …


Designing Commemorative Beads

Greetings, Teachers! Hard to believe the race to Nome is over! However, many people, including children, are on their own “race” to surviving hardships, life career changes, and most of all, overcoming medical conditions. This year some mushers, veterinarians, as well as the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™️ , Annie Kelley, carried “Beads of …


Mandatory Equipment Scavenger Hunt

  Crisp Winter Wishes to All!!!    The Iditarod Dog Sled Race will soon be seeing mushers crossing the finish line under the Burled Arch in Nome, Alaska. The race judges will be checking each sled bag for the mandatory equipment each musher needs to carry along the trail. If you go to www.iditarod.com>Information>Mushers>2017 Race …


Plenty of Harnesses

Dear Fellow Teachers, What a great race! I took some time to head back to Alaska to visit some former sled dog team members. It was an exciting trip, and I was so happy to see my friends. The howling in the kennel yard, seeing the harnesses hanging ready to be used, the sled awaiting …