|03-20-2014 08:19 PM|
|shepherdmom||Just watched the video of why Jeff King pulled out. I like him a lot better now. He put the dogs first. Yea Jeff King!|
|03-11-2014 05:28 PM|
|03-11-2014 05:14 PM|
I had the privilege of getting to know Bruce Langmaid when he set up his kennels just east of my location. The meeting was one of those side benefits , the great people you meet when you provide a dog for them and then share a friendship because of that dog ... and then beyond ... to the second dog ... and then beyond that .
Bruce is a professional racer . His sole source of income is from his dogs. The care he gives is exceptional .
Bruce has raced the Iditarod several times. Dogs that he has produced are sought after internationally.
I met the young pups and the adults many times.
I've gone on training races with his off season rigs .
Proudly both of the GSD were able to keep up time and distance with the sled dogs.
I even purchased his wooden handmade Quebec craftsman retired racing sled when he upgraded to lighter weight air craft metal sleek beauty.
I took that sled and hitched up my dogs and took my sons primary grade class mates for a spin around the school yard . This was part of a winter-fest that the school had (long ago)
The last time we got together for any concentrated time was when he was prepping for the Yukon Quest. I really got to test the supplements which were part of the dogs diets, and to see results of studies done by a panel of vets. I got some first hand experience and knowledge of the needs of dogs in extreme sports .
I followed the Iditarod and did not see his name there ?
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|03-11-2014 04:23 PM|
|03-11-2014 04:13 PM|
That was exciting! Aliy a runner up again and I'm disappointed because I was hoping for a woman to win... but Dallas proved to be the strongest person out there- both mentally and physically- and earned first place. Most surprising was King breaking down in the final stretch, that was a twist I didn't see coming.
Sounds like many mushers were battling the mental demons of sleep deprivation at race's end. Nicholas Petit was running in fourth and why he dropped out remains a bit fuzzy.
Hoping for safety for the remaining mushers, sounds like a nasty storm is hitting the Bering Sea and some stretches are pure ice. Could blow dogs right off their feet.
|03-11-2014 02:54 PM|
|Stosh||What a finish!|
|03-11-2014 02:34 PM|
|crackem||I got to meet Dallas last time he won. Pretty cool and pretty driven. I think we're all pussies when it comes to the things we do with dogs compared to these guys running these races like the iditarod|
|03-11-2014 12:08 PM|
|shepherdmom||Darn it Zirkle came in second. Dallas Seavey wins again. At least it wasn't King.|
|03-10-2014 03:01 PM|
If anyone is really interested, it's easy to get a racing line husky. Just go to the Fairbanks Animal Control in the spring or check out this rescue with dogs pulled from the shelter Dogs | Carol Kleckner's Fairbanks Husky Rescue. Carol does a great job with the dogs and will adopt out of state to the right home.
I enjoy following the Iditarod and have quite a few friends who mush recreationally, but in order to field a top-line racing kennel a musher needs to breed A LOT of litters. This leads me into a bit of a moral conundrum. Racing dogs are super well cared for, but once they reach retirement or get injured.... not so much.
I've heard from various sources that only 15% of pups in a litter will make the racing team. If a musher needs to keep at least 22 top dogs for his race team, and most dogs are retired/no-longer-racing by age 8 or so, you can calculate how many excess second-tier dogs are being bred every year to keep a racing team going. Some go to pet homes, some to other racing kennels or recreational mushers... and the rest... umm.... that isn't talked about much. Let's just say, you don't see many professional mushers with a bunch of 8 + senior dogs hanging around until they die of old age.
|03-10-2014 02:52 PM|
|Baillif||Ill get one hes really cute, a chocolate colored one he looks kind of like a big angry chipmunk.|
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