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

Race Day Three

Hello friends, What a fun race! It seems every time I check the tracker, the lead has changed. According to Race Log #93 only 4 mushers have taken their mandatory 8 hour layover and no teams have taken their 24. Of course, we won’t know the true lead until all the teams have taken their …

Aliy’s Last Race

Hello friends, Every year I get asked the same question from students, “Who is your favorite musher?” As a K9 reporter I try to stay impartial, but I can’t help it, Aliy Zirkle is my favorite. No one has a brighter smile or more positive energy on the trail. This year is her final Iditarod …

Sanka’s Race Challenge – Mandatory Gear

What’s in the sled bag?  Every musher is required to carry some mandatory gear. Locate the race rules on the Iditarod web page. Find out what items mushers are required to carry.  Some items are for the well being of the canine athletes and some items are for the safety of the musher.  Make a …

PAWS ARE ON THE TRAIL!

 Hello Friends, With temperatures around 25°F and under a bluebird sky, 47 sled dog teams took off on the Iditarod Trail. Awooooo! It was fun to watch my K9 friends so excited to be on the trail doing what they love best – rrrrrunning. Some 1st graders from Ann Arbor, Michigan have a few questions …

Sharing Dogs

Dear Friends, Did any of you choose one of the Seeing Double Sled Dog Racing mushers to follow in the 2021 Iditarod?   Kristy and Anna Berington have been favorites for students to follow because, being identical twins, they get noticed! Kristy has been racing since 2010.  Her best finish has been in 16th place. …

Stuffing the Sled

Dear Friends, I wrote about the mushers packing their sleds with things for us sled dogs, but what do the mushers need?  If you go to iditarod.com, Race Center, Information for Mushers, and then 2021 Iditarod Rules, you will see a list of what MUST be on a musher’s sled at all times.  In fact, …

Sanka’s Race Challenge – Yentna Restart Times

The JR Iditarod mushers run 75 miles out to the Yentna Station Road House. The starter/timer out at Yentna records the time each of the JR Iditarod mushers checks into the halfway checkpoint.  Your problem is to calculate the time each of the mushers can depart Yentna for the finish line in Willow.  The mushers …

Sanka’s Race Challenge – Differential

How can the first team to cross the finish line be the winner if teams depart from the start at 2 minute intervals?  Teams are required to take a long rest.  For the JR Iditarod it’s 10 hours and for Iditarod it’s 24 hours.  A time adjustment is added to their departure after the long …

How To Follow the Iditarod

 Hello friends, It’s getting closer – the 49th running of The Last Great Race! Teachers and students from around the world are gearing up by reading books, discovering mushers to follow, and preparing classrooms with maps. Schools and classes follow the race in various ways. Some read the free daily reports to see the progress …

Sanka’s Race Challenge – How Many Booties?

How many booties will a musher need for the Gold Trail Loop?  Assume a musher will put new booties on at the start and when leaving every checkpoint.  The musher is starting with 14 dogs and plans to finish with 14 dogs.  Remember that a musher is required to carry 8 booties in the sled …