Author: Zuma (76 posts)


My Name is Zuma

Hello Boys and Girls, I was born in Wisconsin on August 29, a day when the sun was shining and it was nice and warm. I have four sisters, Crystal, Ruby, Topaz, and Opal, and 3 brothers, Nugget, Silver, and Nickel. In the world of dog language, we are what is called “litter mates.” My …


Carry On

Dear Boys and Girls, Today I have a very important message for you to read and understand. Over the weekend, we had a very sad thing happen during the race to mushers Jeff King and Aliy Zirkle.  They were both involved in an accident involving a snowmachine (or snow mobile) that was on the same …


Teams are Headed to Nome

Hello Boys and Girls, Wow! The race is flying by so fast that before we know it, the mushers will be in Nome.  The teams are flying down the trail on a lightening pace.  Don’t you agree? I have a few ideas about which team of my fur friends might get to Nome and be …


Gearing up for the Race with Behind the Scenes News

Hello Boys and Girls, Just a quick note to tell you that the volunteers of the Iditarod are the backbone of staging the race.  Without their help, this race would not take place.  So thanks, volunteers! This week, volunteers have helped to organize drop bags for the trail.  (Read Gypsy’s article to learn about drop …


Iditarod Starts in Anchorage and Restarts in Willow

Hello Boys and Girls, Breaking news! Just yesterday, the Iditarod Board of Directors and Iditarod staff met in a meeting to talk about the start and restart of this year’s race.  It was decided that the restart will be in Willow and the start will be in Anchorage–  just like a normal year.  Why is …


Iditarod is Around the Corner

Hello Boys and Girls, Time is flying! Iditarod is just around the corner.  Ok, don’t look out the window, or down the street, or try to peek around the corner to watch for it.  Instead, take a guess and tell your teacher what you think I mean when my paws type, “Iditarod is Around the …


Rookies Go to School

Hello Boys and Girls, It’s in the rules!  Rookies MUST go to school, too. Rookie mushers are mushers who have signed up the race and have never finished an Iditarod.  This doesn’t mean this is the first time they’ve entered Iditarod.  Sometimes a musher starts the race but for some reason, they aren’t able to …


Going to School is the Thing to Do!

Hello Boys and Girls, This school year is a fast moving trail, isn’t it? December is here and that means it’s training and racing season for my K9 pals! While you sit in your classroom, work on the computer, figure out solutions to math problems, think scientifically, practice your writing, and read books, the sled …


November = Gratitude

Hello Boys and Girls, As November rolls around, we traditionally begin to think about being thankful for the many things that are around us.  We’re grateful for our homes, our families, our friends, for food, and many other things.  In school, teachers often have students write about being thankful and grateful.  Sometimes students write poems, …


Watching the Musher List Grow

Hello Boys and Girls, School is under way for students like you and in a way, school has started for the sled dogs, too.   What you say?  Dogs in school?   Just like you headed back to the classroom this fall to start the 2013 – 2014 school year, mushers have put their dogs …