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

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 …

Stay Strong, Press On

Dear Friends, The 2023 Iditarod is over.  What fun we had following the dogs and mushers across Alaska! Mushers described tough conditions: Too warm of temperatures around Nikolai for the dogs who are used to running in cold No snow through the Buffalo Tunnels, running sleds over mud and ice chunks Wipe outs, turned over …

What Happens in Nome?

Dear Friends, What exactly happens in Nome when the teams finish the Iditarod? First, the mushers and teams run along the Bering Sea coast and then up a hill onto Front Street through the city of Nome.  A siren goes off when a musher is approaching so that anyone snuggled into a warm bed can …

Alaska Native Top Three

Dear Friends, You have seen that the top three finishers in the race (including all their amazing sled dogs) are Alaska Native.  What does that mean?  Here is a definition: American Indian or Alaska Native means a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America, including Central America, and …

Musher Assistance

Dear Friends, Did you hear about Eddie Burke, Jr. back on Saturday?  He was getting pretty sleepy and fell off the back of his sled!  His dogs just kept going!  They call that a runaway team!  Thankfully, the dogs made it to the checkpoint and were held there.   Two kind mushers found Burke walking …

Sea Ice

Dear Friends, As the teams are leaving Unalakleet, passing through the checkpoints of Shaktoolik, Koyuk, and Elim there will be times they will be running on sea ice, cutting off time by running “as the crow flies” rather than on land.  From the air, they say it is smooth and a good run for the …

Middle of the Pack

Dear Friends, If you are watching the standings or the GPS tracker of the sled dog teams, much emphasis is placed on the top five.  Things are getting very exciting as teams approach White Mountain.  Only 77 miles to go after their 8 hour mandatory stop! Did you know the Iditarod keeps track of finish …

Which Sled Runner Plastic?

Dear Friends, When sled dog teams come into a checkpoint, what happens?    Sleds are checked for required items. Vets check the dogs. The musher may grab more supplies from the drop bag sent ahead. The musher may stop to snack or feed the dogs a meal, then rest. Sometimes, mushers change plastic on their …