Alaska's famed Iditarod sled-dog race starts with ceremonial jaunt

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Akunaferret wrote:

I wonder if there is a way to follow the race and this story. Would love to do so.

Mar 01, 2014 5:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
hawkeye19 wrote:

What, no homosexuals?

Mar 02, 2014 10:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
Ann_Rogers wrote:

You can follow the race and see how many of the dogs get dropped along the way at Iditarod.com, Race Center, Current Standings. About half the dogs do not finish the race,–they are dropped due to injury, sickness, exhaustion, or not wanting to continue.

This infamous race kills dogs practically every year,–on average of about 3 per race, the total known deaths is over 140.

They are kept sort-chained most of their lives to their own small enclosure in the mushers’ kennels when not training. They cannot play or interact with their kennel mates. Some kennels have up to 200 dogs.

Mar 03, 2014 7:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Nukkie wrote:

Ann_Rogers, you have no idea what you are talking about. Dogs are dropped for a variety of reason other then the ones stated. Scientific studies have been done on kennel set ups and it has been proven that dogs on properly set up tethers are healthier and happier then dogs kept in pens. I can almost gurantee you have never met any mushers or visited a sled dog kennel.

Mar 06, 2014 3:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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