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Sled Dog Rhythms and Routines

Libby here!  As I get close to being one whole year old, I’ve been remembering all the changes that have happened in my life so far.  A lot of what I remember are the rhythms and routines of my puppy year.  The first rhythm I remember was my mother’s heartbeats. Thumpa thumpa thumpa!  Our squirming …

The Determination of Togo

Leaping Libby here, the puppy who dreams of being a real sled dog someday.   Now that the snow is flying, it’s getting more serious around here. The team gets howling when it’s time to hook up to the sleds. They focus on pulling-pulling-pulling.  They slam into their harnesses, trying to get the sled to go …

Memories

Greetings, Teachers! Spring is in the air and temperatures are rising. While basking in the sun and taking an afternoon nap the other day on the front porch, my buddy, Topaz, and I overheard sweet music coming from the house. Capturing our attention and echoing dreamily in our ears was a set of lyrics from …

A Great Ending!

Dear Friends, The race is done for this year!  What an exciting time it was for everyone!  Many of the mushers and us dogs are already thinking about next year…”What can we do better?”  “Will the weather be better or worse?” Two things happen at the end of the race.  The Widow’s Lamp that has …

Emergency Beacon

Dear Friends, It’s been tough for those still on the trail. Some of you may have wondered what was taking so long  to go 77 miles from White Mountain to Nome. Three mushers have scratched due to a severe ground storm with high winds past White Mountain.  That region has wind tunnels which have affected …

White Mountain

Dear Friends, Some of you may ask, “Why do teams stop for so long in the White Mountain checkpoint?”  The rules of the Iditarod race require all teams to stop for an 8- hour rest.  This slows everyone down before the final 77 miles to Nome. What happens there?  A hole in the river ice …

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 …

Family in the Iditarod

Dear Friends, We dogs have family in the Iditarod as do the mushers.  For example, some of Dan Kaduce’s dogs are litter mates. You can tell by the theme of their names:  Wonton, Fried Rice, Kimchi.  Can you figure out the theme?  Litters of sled dog pups are typically named to fit with a theme. …

Dogs in Nome

Dear Friends, Teams are coming into Nome like crazy now!  The mushers share about their amazing dogs that continued to lead the team and work together.  Dan Kaduce is the only musher to have his entire team still with him in Nome, all 14 dogs!   Why do some teams come in with fewer dogs? …

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 …