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Anchorage, Alaska, kicks off the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

With the entry deadline officially passed and the field approaching its final look, 72 Iditarod mushers are taking note of their competition, months ahead of the race's start date.

Leonhard Seppala with Togo, ca. 1920-25 - Seppala was a Norwegian musher and Togo was one of his most treasured dogs. Originally not destined to be a sled dog at all, Togo would escape his kennel to follow Seppala's runs, until Seppala had no choice but to put Togo in a harness. Once there, Togo proved his worth and became lead dog. In 1925, Togo successfully led Seppala's team across dangerous Norton Sound to relay antitoxin to the city of Nome, AK in hopes of preventing an diphtheria…

Alaskan musher Leonhard Seppala and his lead dog, Togo. They participated in the Race of Mercy in which they delivered diphtheria serum to the residents of Nome in

The Iditarod is perhaps the last great race on earth. My students are totally immersed in the dogs and mushers. Good luck to everyone!

They are all so happy with their tongues flopping out and big, doggy grins plastered on every one of their faces! Huskies truly love what they do, and they do it so well.

Dogs who were specifically breaded for pulling a dog sled.  These sleds are important for transportation around the arctic areas

Dogs who were specifically bred for pulling a dog sled. These sleds are important for transportation around the arctic areas

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Exercise is important in keeping your Siberian husky healthy! Here are some recommended exercises:

Create a dog sled team with Siberian Huskies in my neighborhood

Create a dog sled team with Siberian Huskies in my neighborhood - rugged life

Jacob told me I couldn't have a donkey. So I told him either I get a donkey, or I get sled dogs, but I was going to be pulled around by animals one way or another.

Jacob told me I couldn& have a donkey. So I told him either I get a donkey, or I get sled dogs, but I was going to be pulled around by animals one way or another.

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