Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by sourland, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Does anyone follow the Iditarod? It looks like Lance Mackey is positioned to do his thing again. The guy is awesome and an inspiration to all cancer survivors.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    I definitely follow it! I grew up watching the ceremonial start in Anchorage and I do some recreational dryland mushing with my dogs. Susan Butcher was my #1 hero growing up.

    Hiker, there was an incident in Canada not too long ago but that was in no way related to the Iditarod. Any decent musher would never treat their dog with anything other than tender, loving care. Many times mushers treat their dogs better than they do themselves. There are always going to be a few bad apples in every barrel but it doesn't mean the whole barrel is bad.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    While I was in Alaska I had the opportunity to visit Jeff King's and Susan Butcher's dog yards. It was very evident how much their dogs were loved. Susan was in the hospital at the time that I was in Alaska and died shortly thereafter. The absolute desire these dogs have to run is amazing. I will always remember Jeff King's comment, "All who know me know that the only thing in this world that matters more to me than these dogs is my family and friends."
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    I'd LOVE to see it! Those are some amazing dogs... [​IMG]
  6. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    When I was a kid I had some friends who moved to our town from Nome. I always envied them, getting to see the finish. I don't really follow it, but when it is brought to my attention, as it has been, I do pay attention.
  7. MSDeb

    MSDeb Songster

    Quote:What a shock. I guess with hurricane Katrina and my own recovery from a car wreck ten days after the storm I missed this. When I lived in Alaska Susan was racing and at the peak of her career. I always admired her. All the mushers that run the Iditarod are a breed unto themselves. I agree, the majority of the dog racers take excellent care of their dogs.
  8. hikerchick

    hikerchick Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    Quote:That is the incident I was referring to, so I felt my question was valid. Thank you for your thoughtful and respectful answer.
  9. Tokajein

    Tokajein Songster

    Mar 4, 2011
    I used to, but i don't anymore, since I have been too busy with other things these days.
    I was supposed to go see the start of it this year with some friends, but then some stuff came up, and I had to cancel.
    Ah well always next year, after all the starting like is only like an hour or so drive from my house.
  10. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Songster

    Jul 21, 2007
    I do sprint racing with my sled dogs. I bred a puppy 11 years ago and sent him to a friend who lives in Wasilla. My friend finished 4 Iditarods and a Yukon Quest. The pup I sent to him was on one of his Iditarod teams. I was thrilled! I kept 3 pups from that litter and raced them myself and the other went to a mid-distance racing family in Minnesota.
    These days, I'm usually too busy with my own dogs to really follow it closely (unless I know someone who's in it). I have a standing invitation to go up there for Iditarod, but that would mean missing the end of my season and I wouldn't do that to my dogs. They love racing so much!!! [​IMG]

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