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Colorado mushers rescuing sled dogs from flooded areas

9/17/13 | TC Wait for Colorado Mountain Mushers

Go to News from Estes Flood by Colorado Mountain Mushers on FB for photos and more info.

We have a number of Colorado mushers who are impacted by the floods, and this is just one of the remarkable stories of the devotion our mushing community has for our canine family members, as well as our human community.

Jen Juneau and her family were separated from their dogs when the floods hit the Estes Park area, completely isolating the community from ANY outside access. The roads are totally gone - not just in one or two places, but miles and miles of road are just missing.

Jen worked tirelessly volunteering at the community hospital (many doctors cannot access the area with the roads out) while trying to coordinate with the authorities to get permission to hike the 15+ miles (each way) in to get her dogs.

It took 5 days to get the plan together and approved, but Jen and her daughters managed to get in and rescue all five dogs today. Michaela (who ran the Jr. Iditarod when she was 14) carried her 15-yr old retired sled dog on her shoulders the entire way out because she was too weak to walk the distance.

During this rescue mission, another daughter stayed to help at the hospital, and the son has been working non-stop to rescue stranded humans since Wednesday as a volunteer with the local fire department. It is truly an amazing family and a story that should be shared.

Jen, her dogs, and her family (and the people of Estes Park) are still stranded and not able to get out of their community. It may take weeks or months to get the roads repaired to the point of having access into the area. I believe that their home has been damaged by the floods, but do not know to what extent - they are not able to stay in it. But they are together and they have their dogs and are giving them the care they need. Our local club is ready to help once access in or out is available.

We have several mushers who are stranded and/or impacted, but they are at least with their dogs and doing OK at this point.

TC Wait for Colorado Mountain Mushers


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