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Tue May 20, 2014, 12:17 AM

Any mushing fans here?

I always hesitate to post these at DU (except in the photo group) because I've taken a fair amount of verbal abuse over the years from those well-meaning folks who think dog-sled racing somehow constitutes animal cruelty, but maybe things will be different here.

These are my photos from this year's long-distance Iditarod sled-dog race. I hope you enjoy them.

The start of the race is here: http://northernvisions.smugmug.com/Sports/Iditarod-XLII-The-Beginning/

The finish in Nome is here: http://northernvisions.smugmug.com/Sports/Iditarod-XLII-The-End/

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Reply Any mushing fans here? (Original post)
Blue_AK May 2014 OP
akaConcernedCanuk May 2014 #1
Blue_AK May 2014 #2
akaConcernedCanuk May 2014 #3
Blue_AK May 2014 #4
Darkness Falls May 2014 #5
starcat May 2014 #6
Blue_AK May 2014 #9
tanklvhi May 2014 #7
Blue_AK May 2014 #10
Daniel Simpson Day May 2014 #8
Guyzilla May 2014 #11
Blue_AK May 2014 #13
orson May 2014 #12
langurwala May 2014 #14
langurwala May 2014 #15

Response to Blue_AK (Original post)

Tue May 20, 2014, 12:59 AM

1. - yup - I followed the last Iditarod sled-dog race just a while back.

(not literally - just the stuff on the web from afar )

Our family had dogs from the time I was born until I was well into my teens.

Many, if not all of my closest friends have dogs. Among many things I know about dogs - one thing for certain.

THEY LOVE TO RUN!

Yes, there are people that abuse their animals, but thank the spirits they are in the minority.

Those doggies sure looked happy pulling them sleds, especially now they get them cute little booties to keep their paws warm!

I always hated skidoos, noise, stink, etc., but my property is rife with trails (28 acres here) from old logging roads - a wee sled and a big dog or two I can live with. I think I could persuade a doggie or two to yank me around

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Reply #1)

Tue May 20, 2014, 01:04 AM

2. I've never had the pleasure,

but I really do love to watch the races. We've been lucky to be able to go out to Nome the past five or six years for the finish. I really enjoy the suspense and emotion. This year especially was a nail-biter right up until the end.

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Response to Blue_AK (Reply #2)

Tue May 20, 2014, 01:10 AM

3. Yep - I remember that - the girl was resting at a safe stop and the guy flew by.

But she almost caught up to him.

She was the real winner in my head.

OH - I saw the My Posts flashing - that's how I responded so quickly.

Another "first".



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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Reply #3)

Tue May 20, 2014, 01:12 AM

4. Aliy Zirkle.

She's always our favorite. She's placed second three years in a row.

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Response to Blue_AK (Original post)

Tue May 20, 2014, 01:16 AM

5. How dare you! That is just unbelievably cruel!

Just kidding. welcome to the board!

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Response to Blue_AK (Original post)

Tue May 20, 2014, 01:22 AM

6. Is it harmful to the dogs? n/t

 

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Response to starcat (Reply #6)

Tue May 20, 2014, 01:52 AM

9. No, they are very well cared for,

and trained. If you've ever been around huskies, you know they love to run. There are several checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail where all the dogs are checked by veterinarians. If there's even a hint of a problem or if the musher senses that a dog's heart isn't in it for some reason, the dog will be dropped and flown back to Anchorage. There is one required 24-hour layover and two required eight-hour layovers, plus any other time they feel like stopping. This year there were 69 teams entered, 16 dogs per team. There were no casualties.



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Response to Blue_AK (Original post)

Tue May 20, 2014, 01:24 AM

7. I love mushrooms!

Wait - wut? You're talking about ...nevermind...

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Response to tanklvhi (Reply #7)

Tue May 20, 2014, 01:53 AM

10. I love mushrooms, too. :)

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Response to Blue_AK (Original post)

Tue May 20, 2014, 01:41 AM

8. I'm a fan of Mushmouth.



He has a way with words.

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Response to Blue_AK (Original post)

Tue May 20, 2014, 10:03 AM

11. Does urban mushing count?

 

I use an electric skateboard, and a custom bungee leash. Does about twenty, has brakes for intersections.

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Response to Guyzilla (Reply #11)

Tue May 20, 2014, 12:30 PM

13. Sure, why not?

Here we have skijoring in the winter. Same basic principle.

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Response to Blue_AK (Original post)

Tue May 20, 2014, 11:45 AM

12. I don't see how anyone looking at thos pictures

could believe the dogs are being abused. They look like they're having the time of their lives. Dogs are made to run.

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Response to Blue_AK (Original post)

Wed May 21, 2014, 03:07 AM

14. I got to drive a dog sled once. loved it.

I do get the worries, but those dogs were having a better time than I was...

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Response to Blue_AK (Original post)

Wed May 21, 2014, 03:11 AM

15. Trivia: the etymology of "mush"

It's quite convoluted: French "marchez" or "marchons"-> Inuit "muhchuh" -> English "mush".

The dogs I drove were trained with "alright" as the command. You have to be really careful not to use that word around them...

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