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

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 …

Trail Markers and Technology

Dear Friends, What an exciting day this will be!  We may have a champion come into Nome!  Right now, the mushers are looking pretty tired.  We dogs get much more rest than the humans; the mushers must be sure to take care of us first, feeding and resting us.  After that, they can rest.  At …

Wind!

Dear Friends, I hope you are enjoying watching the progress of the teams going down the Iditarod Trail!  The varied landforms and weather on this race make it hard to predict how quickly a team can progress.  Traveling through the Farewell Burn, frozen moguls of snow had formed like speed bumps.  Sled runners broke, sleds …