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Entries from March 2009

Make it three Iditarods in a row for Lance Mackey….

March 22nd, 2009 · No Comments · Mushing-northern dogs, Video clip

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Dale’s Backyard Sunday 9 March 2009

March 19th, 2009 · No Comments · Captioned Photo, Photo Gallery, Uncategorized

I missed the sunrise this morning due to the fact that my brain got the time change concept but my body did not. Even so, the light was beautiful and warm and it felt like spring. The dog action was pretty laid back; they think its hot. Benny and Asher tried to teach Cleo, the Basenji in the Chilly Dog, to play husky style with some success. But she got cold. Yuki swanned around on the hard snow and everyone respected her space as always. Benny and Steele wrestle but without the intensity of those fiercely cold mornings in the dark.
In this warm gold light Benny looks like exactly what the Ottawa Humane Society said he is “Canadian Eskimo/golden dog”. I think that makes him a village dog. A neighbour who has spent time in Iqualwit told me that there are lots of dogs there that look like Benny. They just hang around. Sometimes people shoot them. There are no veterinarians in the entire territory. [Read more]

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Iditarod 2008

March 7th, 2009 · No Comments · Mushing-northern dogs, Video clip

For those of you are getting excited about the Iditarod here’s a taste of last year’s. The ceremonial start of 2009 Iditarod took place today in Anchorage; the real race starts tomorrow from Willow.

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Race Across Alaska first woman to win the Iditarod tells her story Libby Riddles and Tim Jones

March 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Book Reviews, Mushing-northern dogs, Video clip

You’ll like Libby Riddles after sharing the detailed account of her 1985 Iditarod victory. Essentially a trail journal, with a separate thread addressing various subjects including technical information and anecdotes, the narrative moves along with each chapter covering a separate leg of the race. The title page for chapters includes a map showing the team’s progress. Narrated in a straight ahead manner the book gives one a remarkable insight into the qualities it takes to run the Iditarod and win. It is impossible not to develop a good deal of empathy for Libby as she pushes herself on and on through levels of exhaustion that most of us can (thankfully) only imagine.

Libby Riddles hails from Madison, Wisconsin and came to Alaska at the age of sixteen and never left. In fact she became a true Alaskan. Her courage and determination fill the pages of the book. Her ability to persevere under extreme conditions is admirable. Although as she says herself, “I had never thought much about being the first woman to win the race. I thought of myself as just a sled dog racer, not a woman sled dog racer.”; she is an undeniably strong role model for young women. Mushing is an unusual sport in that men and women can compete as physical equals; to a large extent age isn’t even an issue. Perhaps the same intangible element powers both the successful mushers and their dogs, the will to keep going forward. [Read more]

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