Tag Archives: Alaska

Unseasonable weather affects the Iditarod

 Kelly Maixner's team charges out of the chute at the 2015 ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in downtown Anchorage, Alaska March 7, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Mark Meyer


Kelly Maixner’s team charges out of the chute at the 2015 ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in downtown Anchorage, Alaska March 7, 2015.
Credit: Reuters/Mark Meyer

It’s been an unseasonably warm winter in Alaska (unlike in Boston, which I have featured on my Facebook page a number of times since I have family and friends there).  And for only the second time in the 43 year history of the Iditarod dog sled race, the race route has had to be shifted due to lack of snow pack and unsafe conditions.

The 1,000 mile race has begun following a new route that has never been used before – starting in Fairbanks instead of Willow.

The race takes about 9 or more days to complete and will finish in Nome.

Mush!

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

 

 

Heroic dogs in the face of house fires

Our local newspaper ran a story recently about a little dog that woke her owners when their garage caught fire.  Luckily, the damage was fairly minor and all (including the dog) escaped harm.

It was that story that got me thinking about all of the stories we hear, year in and year out, about dogs that act instinctively to warn their owners of danger or to get help.  Here’s just a few dog hero stories that I’d like to share about dogs who have saved their owners or alerted others about fires.

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Brutus alerts sleeping family to burning garage (February 2012)

Dog alerts sleeping family to house fire (December 2011)

Dogs saves owner during house fire – Clyde the Great Dane! (November 2011)

Dog warns Daytona man of fire in house (November 2011)

Dog warns man of house fire (October 2010)

And one last video, taken from the camera on board the vehicle of an Alaskan State Trooper – showing the family dog Buddy leading the officer to the family’s home which was on fire…

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand