Iditarod is a dog sled race held every March in Alaska. The
Iditarod begins the first Saturday in March. In this race mushers
(dog sled drivers) force their dogs to run 1,150 miles from
Anchorage to Nome in 8 to 16 days over a grueling terrain. This
is the approximate distance between Los Angeles and Seattle,
New York City and Miami, Chicago and Houston. Mushers press
their dogs to run at ever increasing speeds, so that the dogs
get little rest or sleep. John Baker holds the speed record
for a musher using a GPS-- 8 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes. Martin
Buser holds the speed record for a musher not using a GPS--
8 days, 22 hours and 46 minutes. Both records are
less than half the time it took to run the first Iditarod race.
No dog wants to run so far and so fast.
beating left me appalled, sick and shocked
(Letter to the Editor, Whitehorse Star,
February 23, 2011)
"It is around one year ago today as I write this, fewer
than two weeks before the legendary 2011 Iditarod race start,
that, as a dog handler at a private kennel location in Alaska,
I witnessed the extremely violent beating of an Iditarod racing
dog by one of the racing industry’s most high-profile top 10
Be assured the beating was clearly not within an 'acceptable
range' of 'discipline'.
Indeed, the scene left me appalled, sick and shocked.
After viewing an individual sled dog repeatedly booted with
full force, the male person doing the beating jumping back and
forth like a pendulum with his full body weight to gain full
momentum and impact.
He then alternated his beating technique with full-ranging,
hard and fast, closed-fist punches like a piston to the dog
as it was held by its harness splayed onto the ground.
He then staggeringly lifted the dog by the harness with two
arms above waist height, then slammed the dog into the ground
with full force, again repeatedly, all of this repeatedly.
The other dogs harnessed into the team were barking loudly and
excitedly, jumping and running around frenzied in their harnesses.
The attack was sustained, continuing for several minutes perhaps
over four minutes, within view at least, until the all-terrain
vehicle I was a passenger on turned a curve on the converging
trails, and the scene disappeared from view.
This particular dog was just under 10 days out from commencing
racing in the long distance Iditarod race. It was later seen
to have survived the attack, although bloodied as a result.
Personally, I have never witnessed such a violent attack on
a living creature before. The image of that explosion of anger
and physical force of one man on a smaller animal is burnt to
Jane Stevens, Australia
beaten with shovel
bought one of my dogs from a musher who bragged about beating
him with a shovel. The musher's son collaborated*
this and was amused by the abuse."
Jones wrote "collaborated" but probably meant to write "corroborated."
Mr. Jones raced in the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and
Jones, GB. Winning the Iditarod: The GB Jones Story,
Wasilla: Northern Publishing, 2005
Abby - The signs of an abuser are:
"(9) Cruelty to animals and to children: Kills or punishes
- Dear Abby, The Kansas City Star, March 24, 2011
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