On the Iditarod Trail (More)
A heartwarming overnight on the progress of our team. Thanks to Rebecca, Snowhook’s major domo.
I may have been present when many of our pups take their first breath in this world and there when, as dogs, they take their last breath. I may work to socialize rescues and help them find their place in the kennel, yet a different bond exists between AJ and the dogs he takes on the trail. They return home from the race with a secret language that only they speak. This bond, this marriage between musher and mutts, is the reason the dogs will follow AJ’s lead as they cross sea ice, face down the barrel of treacherous terrain, and are slanted by howling winds. This bond—one of trust—is a beautiful thing.
The team is past the Norton Sound just a few short hours ago. This is the same stretch of the race in 2012 that they were lost for several hours. On that race, as AJ twisted and turned the team through a maze of jumble ice, he was discouraged. He sat in front of the team and thought about his plan and their options. They jumped in his lap and in a tangle of dogs and man, they comforted each other. It was then that AJ decided their race was not over, yet. Fortified by their bond, they eventually made their way to Koyuk. This bond will carry the team to the finish line this year.
Dogs are wonderful creatures.
Head bumps to Melanie.
Congratulations to Dallas Seavey, winner of the 2014 Iditarod!
Welcome Riley, Train & Mercury, Charlie.
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