Iditarod : Is Fido Really Happy Running a 1100 Miles in 10 Days

Read more about the Iditarod race at http://www.fidos-place.com.

Instead of dogs racing, how about this ? http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/24/sports/othersports/24ultra.html

According to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iditarod_Trail_Sled_Dog_Race when this trail was used to provide supplies, the dogs traveled 14 to 30 miles a day. Not the 100 or so miles they travel daily during the race.

Paragraph taken from above wikipedia article. Pay close attention to the bold lettering, which will say how no dog traveled more than 100 miles. And this was for an emergency delivery of medicine to save children. Not to win fabulous prizes and gifts.

  • The most famous event in the history of Alaskan mushing is the 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the “Great Race of Mercy.” A diphtheria epidemic threatened Nome, especially the Inuit children who had no immunity to the “white man’s disease,” and the nearest quantity of antitoxin was found to be in Anchorage. Since the two available planes were both dismantled and had never been flown in the winter, Governor Scott Bone approved a safer route. The 20-pound (9.1 kg) cylinder of serum was sent by train 298 miles (480 km) from the southern port of Seward to Nenana, where it was passed just before midnight on January 27 to the first of twenty mushers and more than 100 dogs who relayed the package 674 miles (1,085 km) from Nenana to Nome. The dogs ran in relays, with no dog running over 100 miles (160 km).

The Iditarod Dog Sled Race needs a complete overhaul. Some thoughts.

  • Shorten the distance.
  • Limit the amount of miles the dog team can travel in a 24 hour period, to thirty miles.
  • Any musher that has a dog die during the race is banned for life, from entering any other dog sled competitions.

Related News Articles.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2009/03/iditarod-dog-di.html

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/pets/detail?&entry_id=36913

The Spirit Dog

http://www.spiritanimal.org

4 Responses

  1. Hello Evan,

    Don’t misunderstand me, in every sport you will have individuals that shouldn’t be in it. Obviously most mushers are good and yes I agree that those few “Bad Apples” give the rest a bad name.

  2. The dogs that made the Serum Run to Nome were second-generation dogs decended from peoples’ pets that had been stolen or sold from the lower 48 states to feed the incredible need for transport animals in the gold fields. They were not the finely bred, carefully selected atheletes that now make up the teams in the Iditarod. The entire make-up of the sled dog is to run and pull and to deny them their birthright is far more cruel than spending time on the trail together, as a team.

    I debate and disagree with what the Sled Dog Action Coalition has to say as it is little more than ill-informed propaganda and I question the accuracy even further when the person opposed to mushing centers their operation out of Florida.

    Based on the misguided actions of a few, the entire mushing community is vilified when this is simply wrong. Far more mushers care deeply for their animals and treat them with the love and compassion one would expect than groups opposed to the lifestyle would have us believe. Being out on a trail with the dogs is a matter of trust between dogs and musher and betraying that trust jeopardizes both dog and human.

    Don’t believe eveything you read, even if it at first seems to agree with your chosen perspective.

  3. I’m born and raised in Alaska and having watched the Iditarod dog sled race for years. I’m finally happy to see that many people through their blogs are finally bringing a little more light to a dog sport ? that borders on animal abuse.

    Things will probably never change but it’s nice to see other people care about the wellness of a dogs health and life.

    Thank you

  4. What happens to the dogs during the Iditarod includes death, paralysis, frostbite of the penis and scrotum, bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, broken bones, torn muscles and tendons and sprains. For more facts, visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition website, http://www.helpsleddogs.org.

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