Tag Archives: sled dogs

Nicole and Bretange

Nicole and Bretange (Bre Bre) of the 9-11 Crew. Bre was born on 9-11 and to honor the dogs that served our country during the search we named the Crew after them.

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Serum Run Boot Camp 2012: Hot to Trot. Part 1

If one phase can sum up the 2012 Serum Run Boot Camp it would have to be: Too Hot to Trot It was unseasonably warm this past weekend and it played havoc on our plans for the serum run boot camp. Well not really. We all had a great time. The organizers will be the first to tell you that …

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Rock this place to the ground…

Earthquakes are common in Alaska. In fact they happen every day. Check it out: Daily = 50-100 Weekly = 400-700 Monthly = 1500-3000 Yearly = ~24000 I have lived here almost a year now. August 4th marks the anniversary. I can honestly say that I have never felt an earthquake until this morning at exactly 6:00 am. The 5.3 magnitude …

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Wheel Dogs

Wheel dogs are those nearest the sled, and a good wheeler must have a relatively calm temperament so as not to be startled by the sled moving just behind it. Strength, steadiness, and ability to help guide the sled around tight curves are qualities valued in dogs. Think of wheel dogs as the offensive linemen in football. These guys never …

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Swing and Team Dogs

Swing Dogs in a dog sledding team help the leaders set the pace and aid in turning the team. If only the leaders wanted to turn in the direction of the musher’s commands, the team may not turn, so the swing dogs back the leaders up in these cases. The job of the Team Dogs in a dog sledding team …

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Serum Run 2011: Sled dogs arrive home

As the mushers and snow machiner’s crossed into Nome, some three weeks after the beginning of an epic journey that started in Alaska on a cold, wind-swept afternoon in Nenana, the home base support staff of this expedition sprang into action. At about 6:30 PM my friend Paul–who flew to Nome to see his wife finish the expedition and give …

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Iditarod 2011: Hugh Neff–One cool cat

When you see all of the mushers line up for the ceremonial start on Fourth Avenue on Saturday to begin the Iditarod, you see just about everything. There are teams with big name corporate sponsors like banks and hardware stores. There are others that are driving up to Anchorage from far off lands in a dog trucks that looks like …

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Iditarod Gear: To bring or not to bring. That is the question.

On Mush! You Huskies radio show last night we talked about the mandatory gear that every musher MUST carry in his sled during the Iditarod. According to the official rules of the Iditarod it says: Rule 16: Mandatory Items: A musher must carry with him/her at all times the following items: Proper cold weather sleeping bag weighing a minimum of …

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The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Late September Dogs

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Late September Dogs As I was lying in bed the other night, between the moment of slumber and rest I could hear all of the dogs around me at the kennels in the neighborhood. There are at lest four of them within a 1/4 mile or so. I soon realized that this is what …

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The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Lynyrd Skynard vs. Barry Manilow

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Lynyrd Skynard vs. Barry Manilow A lot can be said about Balance. The Yin and the Yang. The Black and the White. Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker.  The cool side of the pillow… but I am reading a book by Mitch Seavey: Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way: Unconventional Sled Dog Secrets …

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