Author: Sanka W. Dog (288 posts)


Sanka’s Zoom Lens: Jinx, Dream a Dream’s Cat

Dream a Dream Dog Farm is not only home to forty sled dogs and a border collie, but Jinx lives there too.  Jinx reminds me of Danger, a cat that lived with Libby Riddles.  Who is Libby Riddles?  What is she famous for in the world of Iditarod?  Libby has written Danger the Dog Yard …


Sanka’s Zoom Lens – Harnessing & Booting

It’s a tradition at Iditarod Summer Teacher’s camp – Harnessing and Booting.  Teachers pair up to harness and boot a dog.  Each member of the team has to put the harness on properly and then apply four booties.  After completing the task and removing the harness and the boots, it’s the next team members turn. …


Zoom Lens by Sanka – Candy Bars

There are eleven 8 week old puppies at Dream A Dream Dog Farm.  They are enthusiastic, energetic and cute.  Everyday the puppies go for walks with mushers Vern Halter and Cindy Abbott.  This week the teachers attending Iditarod Summer Teacher’s Camp have joined the walks on the trails through the woods.  Brian Hickox, Iditarod’s 2019 …


Zoom Lens – Pizza

Andrew Nolan fed his dogs and went to the checkpoint for some sourdough pancakes and bacon.  Then he slept for a couple of hours. When he came back to where his dogs were resting, it looked as if they had called Peace on Earth, the pizzeria in Unalakleet, and ordered a pizza to share.  A …


Zoom Lens: S’Mores

I was invited to a bon-fire up on Army Hill.  The menu includes s’mores.  I went to the store to see what it would cost to purchase the s’more ingredients.  Here are photos of the Graham Crackers, Hershey Bars and Marshmallows from the Alaska Commercial Store in Unalakleet.  Compare the cost of the same ingredients …


Zoom Lens: Problem/Solution

In setting up the Unalakleet checkpoint, the straw the mushers use to bed their dogs was all stacked behind the checkpoint.  There are sixty-three mushers expected into Unalakleet.  Sixty-three bales of straw need to go down to the slough.  There’s the problem.  What will the solution be?  It’s Saturday so kids were around.  They jumped …


Zoom Lens: Mandatory Gear

Meredith Mapes is camped in McGrath next to the Kuskokwim River.  She sent a lighter sled ahead to McGrath and will be changing out sleds before leaving.  Take a look at this photo.  Do you think she’ll get it all in the sled?  What mandatory gear can you spot?  


Zoom Lens: Checkpoint Routine

Monica parked her dog team in front of the McGrath Checkpoint. This picture shows a great deal of action and all that has been accomplished in the short time Zappa, Blue Steel and the rest of the team have been parked. What do you see? The vet (wearing orange pants) is making notes in Monica’s …


Zoom Lens: Awards

The PenAir Spirit of Alaska Award is designed cooperatively between CEO Danny Seybert of PenAir and artist Jon VanZyle.  The award represents the spirits of the sixteen dogs and the spirit of the musher becoming one in the Iditarod.  The Aleut hat became a part of the art work because of Seybert’s Aleut ancestry. What …


Zoom Lens: Sleds in McGrath

Mushers have shipped these sled to McGrath.  How many sleds do the rules allow the mushers to use?  What might be a reason why the musher would want to change sleds?