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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

 

 

Racing dogs wear leggings to prevent injuries

Sled dogs are appearing this season wearing a spandex legging that extends from ankle to shoulder, according to a new article in the Anchorage Daily News.

The leggings protect against “chicken leg” which is a problem when snow builds up on the back of the leg and balls up, eventually pulling the fur out, leaving raw spots that are prone to infection.

Dogs competing in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race are amongst the first wearing the new invention, which has received praise from the head veterinarian in the competition.

Isn’t it great to see new products coming on the market that help dogs?