Eye on the Jr: Rookies with Family ties to Jr. Iditarod and Iditarod

Two rookie mushers competing in the 2021 Jr. Iditarod have family ties going back, way back, in both the Jr. Iditarod and the Iditarod.  It’s extremely exciting to see this younger generation of mushers take to the trail in Jr. Iditarod.  These two young women carry on the sled dog legacy of families that were …

Eye on the Jr:  Meet 5 Rookies in the Class of 2021

Kids come to mushing through many different circumstances.  Sometimes, it’s purely coincidental and other times it’s a family affair.  Some get into the sport after being introduced by neighbors or friends while others follow older brothers and sisters down the trail.  Whatever brought them to dogs, these are dedicated young mushers who have worked hard …

Eye on the Jr: Meet the 2021 Jr. Iditarod Veterans

While so many things have changed over the past year, there are a few that thankfully keep us anchored in time.  The 44th Jr. Iditarod is set to begin as always on the last Saturday of February. That’s the traditional day for the Jr. Iditarod, a week ahead of the Iditarod.  The start time of …

Sled Dogs Downtown Scavenger Hunt

  There are no World Championship Sled Dog Races or Iditarod Ceremonial start in Downtown Anchorage this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep the sled dog racing spirit alive, a scavenger hunt to find the sled dogs downtown will take place March 3 – 6. Each sled dog was designed by 17 different …

Eye on the JR: History of the Jr. Iditarod

This February will mark the 44th running of the Jr. Iditarod.  The Junior, just like the Iditarod, began as a dream.  It was Joe Redington who dreamed of a long distance race across Alaska to commemorate the place of the sled dog in the history of Alaska and bring recognition to the Historic Iditarod Trail.  …

Eye on the Trail – Iditarod Mushers Run Mid-Distance Races

Mushers have just completed food drops in both Fairbanks and Anchorage.  Earlier in February straw was bagged and placed on pallets to be ready for shipping, likewise with HEET and lath.  Preparations for Iditarod XLIX are moving along.  As race fans, how are you preparing for the race? Since the first of the year there …

Do sled dogs wear protective clothes when they run?

Marathon or distance sled dogs run and pull sleds in a variety of conditions that include spending nights out on the trail.  Sometimes those conditions can change quickly, going from sunny and above freezing to snowing and well below zero within a few hours.  Because of the need to protect in all kinds of weather, …

Let’s talk about grain-free

Over the last decade, as human diet trends have become more popular, so too have specialty pet foods. Just as people seek out the latest paleo, keto, or high-octane juice cleanse recipe, pet owners are also drawn to “premium,” or “holistic,” or “carnivore-based” diets.  One of the most popular trends in the dog food market …

Can sled dogs live indoors?

  Most sled dogs are part of a kennel, with anywhere from 10 to over 100 huskies living in a dog yard. This is the environment that many people picture when they envision the living quarters of a typical sled dog. However, many people don’t know that sled dogs can be great indoor pets. You …

Eye on the Trail:  Straw, HEET and Lath Ready to Ship

Straw, HEET and trail markers for Iditarod 2021 Gold Trail Loop are ready to ship out to checkpoints.  Volunteers bagged the straw, organized cases of HEET and thousands of lath trail markers, placed them on pallets then shrink wrapped the goods making it ready for shipping.  What goes on behind the scenes to make this …