Author: Kelly Villar (24 posts)


T is for…..

Tails from the Trail- IDIT _ _ _ _ T is for Teamwork According to Sanka W Dog, teamwork is “A group of people and/or animals working together to achieve a common desired goal.” There are so many examples of teamwork before, during, and after the Iditarod, really throughout the entire year!  The mushers and …

A Super Circulatory System!

Tails from the Trail- Adaptations- Countercurrent Circulation Imagine running out into the snow, building snowmen, or even taking a long stroll through the snow BAREFOOT!! We would be freezing, and running to find some way to warm our bodies.  Dogs, however, have a special adaptation in their paws that helps them retain heat even when …

Dog of the Month-Scabs!

Tails from the Trail- Dog of the Month- Scabs! Happy New Year!! This month Brett Bruggeman shares about his special dog Scabs.  Brett mushed in his first Iditarod in 2018, this year will be his third Iditarod. Brett and his wife Suzette own Skinny Leg Sled Dogs, you can read more stories about their dogs …

These Feet Were Made for Walking!

Tails from the Trail- Adaptations-Paws Whether we are running, walking, lounging, or hiking, we have a great pair of shoes to protect our feet and make us feel comfortable. There’s so much to choose from – sneakers, boots, flipflops, loafers, slippers, you name it, we have footwear for it.  So what do our canine friends …

Dog of the Month- Maple!

Tails from the Trail- Dog of the Month- Maple! This month Four-Time Iditarod and Yukon Quest Champion Lance Mackey shares about his special dog Maple!  Lance first ran the Iditarod in 2001 and won the Iditarod in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.  He is the only musher to have four consecutive Iditarod wins. “I have …

I is for…..

Tails from the Trail- Iditarod Countdown IDI_ _ _ _ _. I is for Integrity According to Sanka W Dog Integrity is when you “demonstrate high moral principle values.  What you do when you think nobody is watching.” Mushers, volunteers, and all who participate in the Iditarod have a great sense of integrity.  It is …

Fluffy Tails!

Tails on the Trail- Adaptations Tails! It is always great to see a dog wagging its tail.  Dogs’ tails serve so many functions.  They help in communication and balance.  The position and wag of the tail can tell us if they are happy or scared, excited, ready to play, or prepared to work. The tail also …

Dog of the Month- Jonah!

Tails from the Trail- Dog of the Month- Jonah! This month Kristy Berington shares about her special dog Jonah! Kristy, along with her twin sister Anna, own Seeing Double Sled Dog Racing in Knik, Alaska.  The 2020 Iditarod will be Kristy and Anna’s 11th Iditarod. “My special dog is Jonah. Jonah, who is now 11, was my …

D is for…..

Tails from the Trail  ID_ _ _ _ _ _ D is for Diligence According to Sanka W Dog diligence is “showing care and conscientious behaviors in one’s work or duties” It is being careful, persistent, and working hard.  Our mushers, volunteers, veterinarians, and dogs show diligence throughout the entire race and in training leading …

Got to Love all that Fur!

Tails from the Trail- Adaptations According to the Iditarod Race rules for 2020, “Rule 43 — Dog Description: Only dogs suitable for arctic travel will be permitted to enter the race. ” Another adaptation sled dogs have is their fur.  Sled dogs, Alaskan Huskies, have two layers of fur.   The undercoat, or inner layer, is …