Like many Huskies before her, as soon as she got a chance to go off on her doggie adventure, she was off and running. An experienced lead dog, May had previously completed three Iditarod races with three different mushers.
This year she was on the team of Newton Marshall, the Jamaican musher who was running in his second Iditarod. When Marshall stopped to help another musher, the lines got tangled and in the process May was separated from her team and no doubt bored with the delay.
May’s owner, veteran racer Jim Lanier, who was also competing in the race, kept in touch with the search efforts through his Facebook page. There were frequent sightings. Lanier’s wife flew to Alaska hoping to be the familiar face to calm the timid dog.
Finally she was spotted seven days later and 150 miles away. From the various sightings, some are guessing that she may have traveled 300-400 miles during her adventure, perhaps trying to find her way back to the beginning of the race.
She was skinny and had blood on her paws but she came right up to her rescuers and sat on the lap of one of them all the way back to Big Lake.
The night she was recovered, word is May was treated to a dinner of Copper River red salmon, soaked kibble, a quart of water, a massage, and a good, long sleep on clean sheets. Source
Running without a team didn’t turn out to be as much fun as it seemed at the time.
Did she learn a lesson? Did I mention that May is a Husky?