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TonyaS wrote:In some small ways I agree with the protesters of the Iditarod. Small ways. I too think that the race is too long. ... These dogs are athletes. They thoroughly enjoy running. I just think that the length of the race is more than some of them can handle.
I too have wondered why the dogs are left outside year round. I know they are most likely exercised on a daily basis, but I do wonder if the harsh cold of the Winters may be too hard on them. Some mushers may have indoor kennels, but from what I've seen, it appears that most stay outside year round. I assume this is to condition them to the cold, and also because housing so many dogs indoors may not be feasible for some.
Anyway, I am curious about the thoughts of the others here.
Oscar wrote:PLEASE HELP
This is the third year in a row that no dogs have died during the race. It is the first year I haven’t seen that statistic not mentioned in "The Thread." The article I’ll list below gives a good explanation on why this has happened. It’s very informative and well worth the read for that reason alone. What is distressing is the comments section. Someone calling themselves “Ann Rogers” is cuting/pasting vile misinformation in the comments sections of many Iditarod news articles. This particular site does not require you to register to vote yey or nay. Here is what she is essentially repeatedly posting (and it would be comical if people did believe him/her) after every news article she can:
“It’s great that no dogs died in the race this year, probably because the conditions were good. However, none of the mushers finished with all 16 of their dogs, some with only half or less, and 13 mushers scratched, most due to the fact that “the dogs weren’t enjoying the trip”. Hundreds of dogs were dropped at check points due to the two who collapsed, injury, illness, exhaustion, and just not wanting to run. This means it is too grueling for them. These dogs are pushed beyond their limits which is cruel and serves no responsible purpose. The Iditarod is too long, and the conditions and rough terrain too grueling for these dogs. The Iditarod is clearly exploitation of sled dogs, and should have ended long ago.
“The Iditarod is a once-a-year race for a group of egoist mushers to win money and bragging rights. The whole scheme of year-round training of the dogs and tethering (when not training or racing) each dog to his/her own small enclosure is no way to treat loyal companions. Tethering is considered inhumane and illegal in many communities. These magnificent dogs are treated like objects,--little machines that are only used for the sole purpose of mushers winning a brutal race.”
Breathe, one potato, breathe, two potato, breathe…
This year’s race was uber fantastic. Dogs and mushers alike gave us their all this year, as they always do, and we rode their GPS flags all the way and formed a solid community. We’ll never be able to return the favor but maybe we can earn some brownie points and learn some interesting information along the way. See the article
“No dog deaths in 2012 Iditarod,” link below, and then vote thumbs up/down in the comments section. Let’s do it for our mushers and pups as a show of well deserved gratitude. Please.
http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/n ... ?page=full
breed: 1. to produce (offspring); procreate; engender. 2. to produce by mating; propagate sexually; reproduce: Ten mice were bred in the laboratory.
bred: simple past tense and past participle of breed.
bread: a kind of food made of flour or meal that has been mixed with milk or water, made into a dough or batter, with or without yeast or other leavening agent, and baked.
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