Yukon sled dog owners to set standards of care for animals - Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
A group of sled dog owners in Yukon has decided to form a formal association, to ensure dogs are properly kept and cared for.
Long-time musher Frank Turner, who owns a kennel outside of Whitehorse, floated the idea earlier this year. He says dog owners at a meeting on Wednesday night agreed it was necessary.
He says about 20 people are already on board, including Tagish musher Michelle Phillips, who just ran the Iditarod.
"The mandate of this group will be to promote responsible care of sled dogs and set standards, so it's not airy-fairy — that it'll be very...View Full Article
Lily Anderson of Southwest Harbor drives a team of 10 Alaskan huskies - Bar Harbor, Maine, US
Lily Anderson’s teammates have four legs each and names such as Whiskey, Mango, Owl, Alder, Twix, Lamborghini, Cello, Penny, Eddie and Fire.
The Mount Desert Island High School senior and her team of 10 Alaskan huskies recently competed in the 25th annual Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races March 4 in Fort Kent. Led by Whiskey and Mango, Anderson placed 10th in the 100-mile race by completing the course in nine hours, 47 minutes, 59 seconds.
From a young age, Anderson has blended athletics with her love of animals. She started out riding horseback English style as a child, but...View Full Article
John Hanson Jr. at his dog yard in New Stuyahok - Bristol Bay, Alaska, USA
New Stuyahok musher, John Hanson Jr., won the sled dog sprint race in Russian Mission this weekend. Eight mushers ran three 18-mile heats over the course of the three-day race sponsored by the Russian Mission Musher’s Club. This is Hanson’s first time to take top honors.
“I had nice runs, and the dogs were performing well. I’m happy for my dogs finishing strong,” said Hanson. “This is my first time winning a race. For how many years, I’ve been traveling for dog races and been coming in second place, third place. First time finally got to first place.”
Hanson has...View Full Article
Colby Spears follows his team to the finish line in the 2017 Junior Iditarod. Introducted to the sport less than six months before, Spears finished as the runner-up in the race in February. - Wasilla, Alaska. USA
In many ways, Colby Spears is much like the typical Valley kid. Spears is into hunting, fishing and riding dirt bikes. But late last month, Spears accomplished something that most his age can only dream of.
Spears, 14, finished the 150-mile Junior Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Spears was one of a dozen teenagers, ages 14 to 17, to do it. But Spears managed to not just finish, but place second overall in the first race of his career. Spears, who has been mushing for less than six months, had never even been to an event before placing second in the...View Full Article