Teacher's Journal

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 …

Dog of the Month- Banana!

Tails from the Trail: Dog of the Month- Banana Every dog has its own unique personality that makes them special.  This month Cindy Abbott, a two- time Iditarod finisher, shares about her lead dog Banana!       “I would like to begin with the fact that every dog at the kennel has a special place …

Iditarod Countdown “I”

Tails from the Trail: Iditarod count down- I_ _ _ _ _ _ _ I is for Iditarod!  The 2020 Iditarod will be the 48th running of the Last Great Race®. Joe Redington Sr, the Father of the Iditarod, organized the Iditarod Race to save the sled dog culture and the Alaskan huskies after the …

Keeping it Cool!

Tails from the Trail- Adaptations Sled dogs are a group of amazing athletes, some of the best in the world. But how do these dogs survive and thrive in the coldest weather of Alaska? Over time, nature has allowed dogs to have developed physical characteristic or behaviors that help them survive. These are called adaptations. …

Dog of the Month- Qarth!

Tails from the Trail: Dog of the Month! Dogs touch our lives in so many ways.  Their love and devotion to their humans, and our love to them. Jeff Deeter, of Black Spruce Dog Sledding and three-time Iditarod finisher, shares one of his special dogs.  “Qarth is a dog unlike any other that I have had …

Here’s to a Beautiful Start to the School Year!

Alaska is one of the most beautiful places. When asked about my trips to Alaska, I describe it as something you could never imagine. Like out of a storybook, picturesque.   Not only is the scenery beautiful, but also watching the mushers, volunteers, pilots, teachers, veterinarians, and everyone involved in the Iditarod working together. It’s like …

Iditarod Excitement!

Tails from the Trail! It is that time of summer when I start to think about the upcoming year.  July is over, and the August build-up is here.  What will my new class be like? How am I going to start the school year? What will I change from last year or keep the same?  …