Introduction:A fun and a real WOW sport known all the world over is the Last Best Race known as the Iditarod in Alaska. Read the five best highlights from an avid follower from a distance, but up close and personal in this sharing list.
If you have never done any reading about the Iditarod, you are truly missing out on an armchair sport that is riveting. Some of the stories the mushers explain in detail will have a real place in your heart as they reveal their preparations to enter the last best race; as it is called in short the Iditarod. Some of the master minding to actually come to the start line will grab your heart and mind in such a way and yet allow you to be in your home at your computer as you learn about the mushers lives before they enter the race.
Without the dogs the mushers could not enter the race known as the Iditarod. Many years of breading and training and then a final selection governs the team of dogs the musher chooses for the grueling race of all time. Some sensitive people will get teary eyed just imagining how the dogs are groomed for their most valuable position in the dog team. Don't even think about abuse or neglect of any of these animals. Mushers depend on all the dogs carrying out their work on the team. If your life depended on the skill of dogs you must ask yourself how to BEST treat those dogs.
Nome Alaska did not just come about as a sport. Long ago, before there was access to parts of Alaska by modern airplanes and other transportation, dog sleds took the limelight. It was a time when medicine to stop the spread of killing diseases that dogs ushered people with life saving vaccines and other drugs to Alaska. Some of those supplies arrived by ship and then the land transportation was left to the locals who used dog sleds to carry out the final trip of those important medicines. It was what the Iditarod was built on and made into a sport that is known world wide as the Last Best Race.
The author was privileged to have known one of the veterinarians who volunteered his time to attend the dogs at the Iditarod. His skill ended up saving one of the mushers' fingers that was removed by a sharp knife as he cut string to break hay bales open for his team of dogs to sleep on for the rest time. This wonderful man, my veterinarian was compassionate to animals and humans alike. The musher who had the accident was fortunate enough to have had this man attend him and not his dog. Dr. Bauman is now retired and can tell the details to his grandchildren. I will remember and respect him always.
If you think the dogs and mushers just gently go along a trail in the snow, you don't know much about the Iditarod. The temperatures, terrain and team work is so precise. There are check points to be reached. If those check points are not reached within a specific time frame, a searching party is sent out. This is so vital since it could mean life or death for the entire team. Mushers have to be physically prepared just as precisely as their dogs. They all need supplies to keep in the race. Nothing works as well as the team of musher and dogs. Sometimes the dog will need to be on the sled and the musher has to know as the journey progresses if their dogs are still in shape to continue to the end.
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