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Latest Zuma’s Pawprints Posts

North or South?

Hi Boys and Girls, Did you know that there are two routes used for the Iditarod trail- the Northern Route and the Southern Route.  The Northern Route is run during even numbered years and the Southern Route during odd numbered years.  In the early years of the race, only what is now called the Northern …

2019 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ Finalists

Hi Boys and Girls, Can you believe that the Iditarod Start is only 2 weeks away?  While everyone is very busy getting ready, there are two special teachers packing their suitcases for a great adventure. They were selected as finalists for the 2019 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail ™ (TOTT™) position.  They will be in …

Qualifications

Hello friends, Human beings often ask what qualifies me to be a sled dog. That’s simple, I have special adaptations that make it easy for me to run in the frigid Arctic temperatures. My paws have a special kind of gel that prevents them from freezing, my fur has layers to keep me warm and …

Remembering the Father of the Iditarod

  Hello Friends, Here at Iditarod Headquarters the humans are busy preparing for this year’s race. There is paperwork to prepare, meetings to schedule, mail needing replies, and a constantly ringing phone to answer.  I wanted to stay out of the way so I headed outdoors to take a quick walk. My four paws took …

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? …

Getting Ready!

Hello friends, Many of my human friends are counting down to Christmas, but here at Iditarod Headquarters we are counting down to the start of the 2018 Iditarod. 88 DAYS AWAY! We love the cold and teams are preparing by taking short runs on the snowy trails. Our summer fur has been shed, and our …

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 …

Gypsy’s Check Up

Hi Boys and Girls, A couple of days ago, my human told me that I was going to go to the veterinarian for a check up.  I couldn’t understand that.  I have been feeling great.  Why did I need to go for a check up.  My human told me that sometimes you need to go …

Summer Happenings

Hey Boys and Girls, It’s summer!!!! Time for playing, swimming, extra sleeping, maybe camp, lots of fun and adventures! I love adventure. There’s always something new to learn and see. Have you gone on an adventure this summer? A group of teachers went on an adventure this summer. They packed up there suitcases and went …