[ SHOWGSD-L ] Re: Iditarod

  • From: Robert Neiman <bnbgsds2000@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: edwinx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2009 09:21:37 -0700 (PDT)

Great post Ed. 
Bob Neiman / Walled Lake, Mich. 
Breeder/owner of UKC GR Ch.B'N'B-Barkalot's Cherish RN 
Co-owner of UKC ChSandyCreek-B'N'B-WC's Christmas Star AKA Echo
Co-owner of Ketlyn's Black Widow

--- On Mon, 7/6/09, Edwin Hill <edwinx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


From: Edwin Hill <edwinx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [ SHOWGSD-L ] Iditarod
To: "freelist" <showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Monday, July 6, 2009, 11:12 AM


I meet 35 of the most incredible dogs (16 of whom pulled my fat behind on a 
sled) in Alaska last week. I talked to the "MUSHER" who owned the dogs and came 
in third place in last year's March race...1100 miles in 9 days in temperatures 
between 20 and 40 degrees BELOW ZERO!...they don't use pure breed dogs, 
although the base breeds are Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute, they are 
mixed with Labs, Retrievers, Greyhounds, and yes German Shepherd Dogs.....this 
musher stated ( and I forgot his name) that there were just too many health and 
stamina issues with running pure bred dogs in the race. The increased gene pool 
of other breeds made for a faster, stronger healthier over all Iditarod 
racer...he called the mix breeds "Alaskan Huskies"...he went over all the 
details of the race and how the dogs are all vet checked at certain check 
points in the race, most Iditarod teams do not finish the race with the 16 dogs 
that start the race. If a vet believes that a
dog should not or can not finish the race the dog is pulled from the team and 
driven to the women's prison and cared for by inmates until the Musher can made 
arrangements to go get his dog or have the dog shipped back to him.It's a 
grueling brutal race...he told us stories that would make your skin curl!..His 
dogs eat raw and kibble during the race and in the OFF season. The dogs I saw 
looked healthy happy and for the most part well adjusted and friendly...My 
favorite dog was a bitch named Hurley!...he bred her just before the March race 
this year , ran her in the race, she finished the whole race with the team, and 
on May 2 she had 4 happy healthy babies, last Thursday I got to play with them. 
This so-called man's best friend has served us far better than we have served 
him...more to come..Ed Hill


      

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