Zuma’s K9 Journalists

Engaging lessons based on Insider video clips.


Our four-legged correspondents write for all ages.


Collection of all things Iditarod.

  • It’s Almost Here!

    It’s Almost Here!   Hi. It’s me, Leaping Libby. Everyone at our kennel is so excited!  Only a week left to go! All the doggie-feelings have been on a roller coaster here at the kennel.  All winter, the racing dogs have been sharing stories about Iditarod 2019. It was the time of their lives, and ...

    


 

Latest Zuma’s K9 Journalists Posts

Change…Inevitable…Persevere

Dear Teachers, In the 2021 Iditarod Pre Race Video, Greg Heister from Iditarod Insider used the following quote to introduce this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race: “If we fail to adapt, we fail to move forward.”  ~Jack Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach The world has been in a state of flux over the past …

Changes on the Iditarod

Dear Friends,   We just completed the 49th Iditarod Race!  It began in 1973, planned out by Joe Redington who wanted to preserve the historic Iditarod Trail and revive the Alaskan sled dog tradition, which was rapidly disappearing. What was the Iditarod like back then? When the mushers lined up to take off on their …

Red Lantern

Hello friends, It’s always sad to report the end of another Iditarod. However, we are happy for Victoria Hardwick, the winner of the Red Lantern Award. What does that mean? It means she had the courage and perseverance to not give up. It wasn’t easy, her sled met a tree on the Happy River Steps …

1st Rookie Into Deshka Landing

Hello friends, Almost everyone has crossed the finish line including our first Rookie. (Being a rookie means this is their first Iditarod.) This year’s Rookie of the Year is Chad Stoddard who is from Anchorage, Alaska. Working with dogs is in his blood as his great grandfather delivered mail around the time of the 1925 …

The Race Goes On

Hello friends, It’s not over. Most teams have finished, but at this writing there are still 15 teams on the trail. Some mushers are in the Iditarod for the win, they work and train all year for the opportunity of being the Iditarod Champion. Many more mushers are in the race for the adventure and …

Dallas Seavey Wins 2021 Iditarod

Hello friends, It’s official! Dallas Seavey has won the 2021 Iditarod. He came in to Deshka Landing around 5:00 AM Alaska Time with 10 dogs in harness. Congratulations Dallas. He was followed a few hours later by Aaron Burmeister, then Brent Sass. All mushers looked tired, and the K9s looked like they could run another …

Heading Back

Hello friends, All teams still racing are now facing in the same direction heading to Deshka Landing. The leaders continue to change during the course of the day making for an exciting finish. As of this writing the top 3 teams of Dallas Seavey, Aaron Burmeister, and Brent Sass are within 4 miles of each …

Turning Around

Hello Friends, Many of my K9 companions are either in the Ghost Town of Iditarod or are almost there. Now it’s going to get interesting. Teams will be heading back to Deshka Landing the same way they came, but there will still be teams racing to get to Iditarod. Awoooooo! I am anxious to hear …

Even More Changes

Hello friends, In a year with a pawful of changes, another one was announced today. Alaska’s interior has had a LOT of snow the past few days and the trail breaking crew was having a difficult time creating a well marked trail.  For the safety of everyone, including our trail breaking volunteers, the decision was …

Slip Sliding Away

Dear Friends, The Iditarod teams are definitely in a race!  Did you know they have a secret to make their sleds glide easily in the differing snow and ice conditions?  It is called runner plastic.  Mushers will carry various colors and types of coiled up plastic they can slip over the runners of their sled. …