Back On The (Iditarod) Trail: “The Dogs Come First”
“How about that interview with Justin Savidis – ‘our’ musher – at the McGrath checkpoint?” Admin says.
“Just great,” Spence says. “What a wonderful attitiude. And his caring approach to the dogs is so heartfelt – lovely to see. A very impressive guy. Here’s what Rebecca has to say in her update:”
The twenty-hour layover has come and gone. In the miles since, AJ and fourteen members of the Snowhook team have traveled through Takotna and Ophir, and at the time of this email are on the trail to Cripple. Less harrowing than the Steps, less notorious than the Gorge, and less destructive than the Burn, this stretch of trail and the stretch beyond is long. Nearly eighty miles separate Ophir and Cripple, and seventy miles lay between Cripple and Ruby.
There is no word yet on the two dropped dogs. Normally, the who and the why are unknown and remain so until I receive a call from the Drop Dog Coordinator. However, in the brief email I received from AJ yesterday morning he indicated that Garrett, a young guy and Jesse (as in James) were likely to return home ahead of their teammates. Dogs are dropped for a variety of reasons—injury or illness among the top reasons. Our philosophy is to be conservative with the dogs. If AJ is doing his job well as the musher, and I’ve never know him not to, he will drop a dog if there is any questions whether or not he or she should run. The dogs come first.
And here’s another Jeff Schultz Iditarod photo.
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