From her apartment in Miami, Margery Glickman has for many years tried to shut down the Iditarod. It seems to be her purpose in life.
She trolls the internet for stories about the race and leaves a link to her website. Going to her website for facts is like going to a clothing store to get ice cream.
There is a big difference between using facts to support a position and making up things that can be fact checked, hoping people won’t know you’re lying. I’ve been on three juries and three judges have made the point that if someone lies about one thing, they will probably lie about more.
This year Glickman has reached a serious new low even for her.
This is a picture that she has run for a long time on her site. She tells us dogs are dragging a dead or unconscious dog while the musher lounges in the sled.
Couldn’t it be a picture of dogs taking turns riding a cookie sheet while the musher is playing with his iPad. Or maybe guitar. This low resolution picture could be a metaphor for her knowledge of racing, her integrity, and her logic.
- She criticizes the lack of veterinary care, but my veterinarian, whom my dogs and I love and respect, has been chosen as one of the many volunteer veterinarians who come from all over the world to care for the dogs, following strict protocols.
- She quotes people who claim to be former handlers for Iditarod mushers, but on the internet nobody knows if you’re a dog, or a former handler or just Margery making stuff up.
- Although much of her information is outdated, she gives the impression that she is presenting current practices and recent incidents.
- In 2011 John Baker won the race. At one point he lost the trail. He anchored his team and set out on foot to find it. Because of this she claimed “Mushers abandon dogs during the Iditarod.”
She has left comments on my blog, but apparently I’m not important enough for her to remember because she always mentions that Poodles died during the Iditarod and I keep reminding her that this didn’t happen.
But this year she outdid herself.
Aliy Zirkle and her husband musher Allen Moore are two of the rock stars of the sled dog world. They own the prestigious SP Kennels. After three second place finishes, many fans, including me, wanted Aliy to win this year.
Several stories were written about her, and Margery crawled out from under her bridge to copy and paste a lengthy comment, accusing her of forcing sick dogs to run, racing an underweight dog, poisoning them by feeding them salmon and, worst of all, raffling off five of the dogs like they were “pieces of junk."
Even breeders trying to make money from selling a dog want it to go to a suitable home, not someone who for a 'lark' joins a raffle and ends up with a dog they may not actually want, thereby condemning the dog to the possibility of euthanasia in a kill shelter. Obviously, Zirkle and Moore care little for the dogs they breed...." source
But here is the thing...
SP Kennels did not raffle off real dogs at all. They have a lot of fans who entered a drawing for a TOY dog. This is the page from their website that explains the activity.
Take Home a Toy "Iditarod Dog"
Over the course of the Iditarod all of you wonderful SPKDogLog supporters and fans will have your chance to take home one of five toy "Iditarod Dogs": 'Willow', 'Anvik', 'Kaltag','Koyuk' or 'Quesadilla".
She edited out the word “Toy” and went off on a personal attack of two highly respected people, hoping to convince anyone who didn’t know better.
The exemplary breeding program for SP Kennels is spelled out very clearly here.
You really need a fire extinguisher for your knickers, Margery. And you definitely need to get out more.