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I recently read Winterdance and really loved it. Especially his description of his dogs dragging him through the yards of Anchorage neighbors near the ceremonial start of the race.

You might want to warn readers that there is one unhappy scene where a musher kills his own dog. Some people would be very upset to come upon that in the book.

BTW, where did you get the poodle mushers picture? Did you photoshop that yourself? And if you did, why didn't you put your own dogs into the harnesses? :)


Good point. It has been many years since I read it and I should have given it a "dog dies."  Also some people have objected to the language, but as my grandchildren always say, "We hear worse than that at school."

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I think an all poodle dog race would be very fashionable and a little more elegant than the normal races.

I live in an area where racing is big and local mushers sometimes make the journey to Iditarod. The nearest area race was this weekend and people were so happy when the temps climbed all the way up to 5 for race time :-)


That is so cool that your vet is a volunteer for the race and it's good to know that the dogs are checked at various times because I know some people have concerns about that! I think the Iditarod is so amazing!


I love the poodles in their fancy cuts, just pulling away!

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and I'm sure PETA will be there.


I'm not sure if it is Winterdance or one of the other books on the same topic by Paulsen, but we have joked for years about the "seven skunk run". lol

Jackie Bouchard

Yes, the seven skunk run - that's the book! That book is so hysterically funny in parts (although, yes, there are maybe one or two grim parts if I'm remembering right??). Love to watch the Iditarod. Wish it was still on TV like it used to be not all that long ago.

granny annie

My husband was such a fan and stayed glued to the computer throughout the race. Thanks for the reminder because I want to catch as much of it as I can. One of the veterinarians in our Downtown Kiwanis club in Tulsa had also served on the Iditarod several years.

Foley, Pocket and River Song

I would love to race. Do they allow Yorkies?

M. K.

The Iditarod entries always amaze me. I can't imagine such a grueling race. Kudos to your vet for being chosen to be a part of it.


Do you know how often dogs have to be flown out? It's nice they have that requirement.


I want to go...I think I would be a very fast BEAGLE!!!



I always enjoy your Idatarod posts. I went back and reread the poodle one. I hadn't read it since 2008!

I heard the race was delayed a bit this year because it had to be moved to Fairbanks due to a lack of snow at the usual point of origin. One of HLN's meteorologists is a huge Iditarod fan.

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