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In With 16 . . . Out With 15 . . . What Happened?

Hello friends, Some of my young pup friends have been curious about the number of dogs in the race. It seems some mushers go into a checkpoint with all 16 of their dogs, but leave with only 15. What happened? While the dogs are completely checked out before and during the race, sometimes minor injuries …

What About the Time?

 Hello friends, I don’t know about you, but I’m all caught up in this race. I can’t keep my paws off the computer to check up on my favorite teams. Some pups recently asked me how it was fair for the last musher to leave the starting chute about 2 1/2 hours after the first …

And They’re Off!!!

Hello friends, Paws are officially on the trail! The running of the 45th Iditarod began today (Monday, March 6) in Fairbanks, Alaska. There were lots of smiles and tail wags under a clear, blue sky as my K-9 friends started down the trail in the -12°F temperatures. As of this writing most teams are in …

It’s Starting!

Hello friends, Woo woo woo woooooo! Dog paws will hit the trail on Monday, March 6, 11:00 AM Alaska Time from Fairbanks, AK for the 45th running of the Iditarod. It all began Saturday with the Ceremonial Start in downtown Anchorage. Mushers and their Iditariders, humans who pay for a ride in the sled, began …

Drawing Bib Numbers

                                                                                        Hello friends, On each Thursday before the Iditarod, the mushers all …

Vet Checks

Hello friends, My K-9 friends who are running in this year’s Iditarod have been busy preparing for the race, and one of the things they have to do is a Vet Check. There are about 50 Veterinarians who volunteer their time to take care of the K-9 athletes during the Iditarod. The dogs need an EKG, …

Teachers Are Learning

Hello friends, Whether you are at home or in school, my guess is that you are learning. While you’re doing that where you are, there is a group of teachers here in Anchorage from Alaska and the lower 48 states.  There is even a teacher here from Hawaii! They are all a part of the Iditarod Teaching …

Junior Iditarod

Hello Friends, There are a lot of activities around the Anchorage area leading up to the Last Great Race. One event is the Junior Iditarod. This is a 150 mile race for young people 14 – 17 years of age. The race begins on Knik Lake and ends at the Willow Community Center.  The halfway …

What’s In The Sled?

Hello friends, In the last post my paws pounded out information about the Drop Bags. Lot’s of food and gear is sent in Drop Bags, but what about the sled? Rule 16 gives a list of mandatory items each musher must carry in their sleds.  The list includes: sleeping bag,  ax,  snowshoes with bindings, promotional material …

What’s A Drop Bag?

Hello friends, While the ITC (Iditarod Trail Committee) provides the straw and fuel for the Iditarod, our mushers are responsible for everything else we need during our time on the trail. Since the sleds would be way too heavy for us to pull for 1,049 miles with ALL the food and gear we need, our …