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Wordless Wednesday: Iditarod dogs

It’s Iditarod time. folk!  Iditarod 2012 starts this weekend on March 3.  Check out for more info on this year’s mushers and to keep track over the next few harrowing days as these teams race for Nome.

Photo above is from Iditarod 2005. The kid is a junior dog handler, helping to bring Rick Swenson’s dog team to the start line. Derek is the guy in pink and black near the front.  See him?  Yeah, he also has a white ballcap on.

Anyone who wonders if these dogs really want to run this race, just check out the wheel dog, second up from the sled.  On two hind legs and rarin’ to go.  These dogs love to pull.  Which is also why it takes a human team to handle the lot of them at the start line.

Derek with legendary musher Charlie Boulding

The kid took captured this serene Alaskan landscape. I sent him off during a hike at Thunderbird. Between the altitude and my general out-of-shapeness, compounded by a chronic case of the clumsies, I didn’t dare venture off the trail.  Instead, I handed the camera over to the boy scout and let him have at it.  The kid has an artist’s eye, indeed.

About Donna Black-Sword

Lover of all things Dog.

2 responses »

  1. I just finished watching the Iditarod series on NatGeo (well, technically on Netflix by NatGeo). Loved it and how much the dogs love their work. I got to meet my first Iditarod team when my first pup was graduating. Oooops on scheduling a vacation around a potential grad date huh?


  2. We have some awkward timings with CCI matriculation and grad dates, too. But my favorite overlap was when our first pup graduated on the day of our 28th wedding anniversary. But we told no one at the time; there was no way we would take the shine of the day away from Inga and Joseph!



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