KTUU is reporting that seven rail cars full of snow had to be brought into Anchorage from Fairbanks for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod this year. (Global warming: myth or reality??) Continue reading How do you start a sled race when there’s no snow?
I wish I had known this earlier, I would have given you advance warning. For the first time, the Iditarod ceremonial start is being live-streamed FOR FREE at Iditarod.com. Take a few minutes and check out these powerful working dogs and their handlers. The last racer is scheduled to take off at 1:04 pm Alaskan time, which is 5:04 pm in the East.
The actual timed race will begin on Sunday at 2 pm Alaksan time (6 pm Eastern). I’ll be bringing you the standings every day until it’s over – usually about 10 days.
One of the problems for planners this year has been the lack of snow, leaving a very icy trail. We’ll have to see how that impacts the race as it progresses. This being an even year, they are taking the Northern Route, which one would assume would mean more snow.
The live stream broadcast is really a good idea, I think. For all of the haters who think the dogs are being forced or whipped to do something they don’t want to do, this shows that the dogs CANNOT WAIT to get started. There are, in fact, people holding them back until it’s their turn to go.
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!
Meet Sammy! This handsome fella is living in Anchorage, Alaska, compliments of Kitty & K-9 Connection. Here’s what they have to say about him:
Continue reading Shelter Sunday: Kitty & K-9 Connection / Anchorage, AK
Last week, the American Humane Association broadcast their annual awards show honoring canine heroes. Although all of the dogs on the show were awesome, they were just basically doing the jobs they had been trained to do. Buddy, a 5-year old German Shepherd from Alaska, is a hero because he did something he had never been trained for, and saved his family’s home from a fire.
Continue reading Alaskan Hero Dog: A German Shepherd Named Buddy
Congratulations to Mitch Seavey, who mushed into Nome last night at 10:39, followed about 30 minutes later by Aliy Zirkle. The 2013 Iditarod is now in the history books.
Continue reading And we have a winner!
Belatedly, here are the top five mushers at this time:
Continue reading 2013 Iditarod Standings as of 3/12/13