Author: Zuma (103 posts)


Meet Kate

Hello friends, Educators from across the US are coming in for the 2024 Iditarod Educators Conference. There are teachers everywhere! While they are all special, there is one extra special teacher here from Houston, TX. Meet Kate Newmyer. Each year the Iditarod Education Committee chooses a Teacher on the Trail™ to send out lessons and …

101.4

Hello friends, 101.4. I’m not howling about a K9s average temperature (which is 101.0 – 102.5). 101.4 is the number of inches of snow in Anchorage as of January 29. After a few years of minimal snowfall this is great news in the mushing world. The snowfall isn’t the only weather news out of Alaska …

Once Again – 16 Dogs

Hello friends, The Iditarod Trail International Sled Dog Race™ is less than 40 days away. In dog days that means it’s coming soon! There are 43 teams signed up this year – men, women, rookies, past champions, local Alaskans, lower 48 states, and other countries are all represented in this year’s field of competitors. Find …

2013 Teacher on the Trail – Linda Fenton

10 Years ago I was wrapping up my tenure as 2013 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ and passing on the official sleeping bag to Jen Reiter. It had been a busy year with teaching 3rd Grade while preparing for the teaching adventure of a lifetime. 66 Mushers were signed up to run the 2013 race …

The White Mountain Layover

Hello friends, Usually I get mail from students or classrooms, but today in my doghouse I had a question from Pastor Rob. He wrote “I realize the racers have to sleep. But the fact that they seem to stop and sleep at the same place at the same time is confusing to me. This would …

14 Dogs & A Musher

Hello friends, Congratulations Slater, Pink, Garnet, Marble, Morello, Lucy, Woody, Tock, Capone, Pop, Arlo, Kutuk, Jackson and Draco! These are the K9s that helped Brent Sass win the 2022 Iditarod. 11 dogs on the team came under the Burled Arch in Nome with tails wagging and smiles on their doggie faces. Awwooooo! It was quite …

What A Race!

Hello friends, BOWWOW! What a race! At this writing only 16 miles separates Brent Sass and Dallas Seavey. 39 miles beyond Seavey is Aaron Burmeister. With Sass only 181 miles from the finish line, this is a nail biter.  Speaking of the finish line, my friend Lucy from Michigan wants to know how they came …

And the Answer Is . . .

Hello friends, If the answer is 2,728 Paws, what is the question?  Sunday was a beautiful day in Willow, Alaska as 49 teams left the chute in two minute increments to start the 50th running of the Iditarod. My friend, Jason, from Wisconsin, asked how many dogs are on each team to start the race. …

How We Stay Warm

Hello friends, My friend Emma from Bismark, ND had a great question for me today. She wonders how we stay warm when it is so cold outside. My K9 friends and I have a few adaptations that help keep us warm in the winter. The first is our 2 layers of fur. We have an …

Teachers Everywhere!

Hello friends, Wednesday was a BUSY day here at Iditarod Headquarters. Not only were we hosts to Vets and mushers here for K9 Vet Checks , but teachers came to visit. Teachers from all over. It was fun seeing them talk to their students and taking LOTS of pictures. Each year the week before the …