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  1. What makes Iditarod dogs perfect endurance athletes?

    Mike Davis lives in Oklahoma, but he travels to Alaska all the time to work with our greatest athletes.

    “I’m up here about once a month, about half around Anchorage and half around Fairbanks,” the Oklahoma State University veterinarian and exercise physiologist said on the phone from Wasilla. “If I could settle on a single address, I could get a Permanent Fund Dividend.”

    Davis was in Wasilla for the start of the Iditarod. There, he cheered on Aliy Zirkle, Martin Buser, Jake Berkowitz, Rick Swenson and other mushers who have over the years entrusted Davis to take blood and muscle samples from their dogs. His goal is to discover the magic within a sled dog that allows it to keep going and going. While humans tend to fade after exercising just a few hours, sled dogs are somehow able to avoid that crash.

    “Dogs will go from using their reserves -- to not -- in 48 hours,” Davis said. “They gain fitness that fast. Their response is to change their metabolism so they don’t use up their reserves anymore.”

    Finding the trigger to that change is Davis’s big question. He is funded in part by the U.S. Army Research Office Division of Life Sciences, which is interested in improved performance of human beings.

    Musher Aliy Zirkle of Two Rivers, runner-up to Dallas Seavey in this year’s Iditarod, again showcased the amazing ability of sled dogs -- most of the dogs that pulled her from Willow to Nome in 2012 were the same dogs that pulled her husband Allen Moore to second place in the Yukon Quest less than three weeks earlier.

    “They don’t just continue to perform, they perform a lot better,” Davis said of dogs that run both races. “There’s a good argument that nothing prepares a dog better for a 1,000-mile race than a 1,000-mile race. They can do it indefinitely, as long as you have trail and they’ve got food. They get tired, but they don’t fatigue in the biochemical sense.”

    The key to a sled dog’s endurance is its ability to get energy it can use immediately. Davis and others have found that dogs are much quicker than humans at moving energy to their muscles.

    “The faster you can get stuff into a muscle cell, the faster you can use it,” Davis said. “They may get better at pulling fat out of the bloodstream on the fly.”

    The key to this ability is in a sled dog’s “transporters” -- proteins that allow it to pull carbohydrates and fats through cell membranes and into muscle cells. The proteins we use for that job also exist in dogs, but Davis and other researchers found decreased numbers of the human-style transporters in dogs when the measurements showed the dogs were moving more fat.

    “Something is transporting the fat into dog muscle, but it isn¹t the transporter that we use,” Davis said.

    The mystery protein may be so efficient in sled dogs that there are few of them to be found. It appears sled dogs are pulling Davis and other physiologists into the frontier of animal performance.

    “We have to be more creative in our ideas so we don’t miss something,” Davis said. “It’s like a treasure hunt.”

    Before this year’s Iditarod ended, Davis was back in Oklahoma, where he was busy with two tasks. One was analyzing sled dog muscle tissue and other samples graciously provided by top dog mushers. The other was following the race the way most people do.

    “I’ll have my computer open (to an Iditarod website), hitting refresh every 10 minutes,” he said.

  2. Famous Alaskan Huskies

    The mushers collect the prize money and make the headlines, but there can be no great sled dog teams without great lead dogs.

    Here's our unofficial Howl of Fame -- a lineup, in no particular order, of some of the sport's most spectacular athletes.


    Balto and Togo are the most famous dogs of the 1925 diphtheria serum run to Nome. Togo was the real hero, the lead dog who traveled farther than any other in the 674-mile run from Nenana to Nome. But Balto got much of the glory because his team delivered the life-saving serum to Nome on Feb. 2.

    Togo led Leonhard Seppala, whose team raced 261 miles to fetch and relay the serum. Seppala traveled four days and 170 miles from Nome before meeting musher Henry Ivanoff west of Shaktoolik. There he picked up the serum, turned around and raced 91 miles back to Golovin, where he handed the serum to musher Charlie Olson.

    Togo's 91-mile run from Shaktoolik to Golovin covered the longest leg of the relay. Gunnar Kaasen's team, led by Balto, made the home-stretch run, carrying the serum the final 53 miles from Bluff to Nome.

    A statue was erected in Balto's honor in New York's Central Park. Balto himself wound up in Cleveland, where he lived at the city's zoological gardens until he died in 1933. His remains are on display in Cleveland.

    Togo was 12 years old the year of the serum run, and he developed arthritis not long afterward. He lived as a stud in Maine and was put to sleep in 1929. His body is on display at the Iditarod museum in Wasilla.


    His career spanned a decade, from 1976 to 1986, and he is the only sled dog to lead a team to four Iditarod championships. But Andy, Rick Swenson's beloved leader, had more going for him than endurance and longevity.

    "He's probably the most personable dog I've ever had," said Swenson, who has a son named after the dog.

    Besides helping Swenson to Iditarod victories in 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1982, Andy led Sonny Lindner to victory in the inaugural Yukon Quest in 1984 and was a member of Swenson's 1983 All-Alaska Sweepstakes championship team.

    Andy died in 1993, three days short of his 20th birthday, Swenson had him custom-mounted. Today Andy is on display alongside Togo at the Iditarod museum in Wasilla.


    Lance Mackey called him Old Faithful. Wonder Dog works too.

    A big, gray bombproof husky, Larry raced in 10 Iditarods and Yukon Quests and won seven of them. In 2007, Larry pulled off a mushing first -- he won the Golden Harness awards in both the Iditarod and Quest, powering Mackey to an unprecedented doubleheader sweep of the 1,000-mile marathons in a span of just six weeks.

    Paul Gebhardt first recognized Larry's potential in the 2003 Iditarod, when he used Larry as a swing dog while Mackey sat out to recover from cancer. "That dog might turn into a good leader some day," he told Mackey after the race.

    By the end of his career, Larry was an Iditarod celebrity, known by name, reputation and sight in villages along the trail. "He needs no introduction, " Mackey said. "Everyone knows Larry."


    Kolyma was the lead dog when Iron Man Johnson smashed the All-Alaska Sweepstakes record in 1910 by covering the 408-mile course in 74 hours, 14 minutes, 22 seconds.

    And if the story told in the Bill Vaudrin book "Racing Alaska Sled Dogs" is true, Kolyma was as much an iron dog as Johnson was an iron man. When Johnson's exhausted team crossed the finish line after its epic record run, the dogs collapsed to the ground. Except for Kolyma. He stayed on his feet and posed for pictures.


    Granite was the dog Susan Butcher didn't want at first, the dog that didn't impress right away. The dog was part of a litter shared by Butcher and Joe Redington Sr., and Butcher initially gave him to Redington.

    "Later that year when Joe owed me $600, I said to Joe, 'Well, instead of you paying me that $600 why don't I take a dog?' So we walked around the dog lot and there was this dog, his hair had all fallen out, he had some skin disease. He was hairless, he was skinny, he was terrible. Joe said, 'Why don't you take that Granite dog back?' ''

    Not much of a team dog, Granite blossomed once Butcher tried him in lead. The rest is history. With Granite powering her team, Butcher became the first musher to win three straight Iditarods. He maintained an incredible pace even in the most grueling stretches of trail, prompting Butcher rival Rick Swenson to call Granite a "Rambo-type dog."

    Granite joined Butcher on a visit the White House and served as a ring bearer at her wedding.

    "He'd do anything for me," Butcher said, "because he knows that I'm never going to ask him to do something that he's incapable of."


    Nugget won fame by winning two consecutive Iditarods with two separate drivers.

    Carl Huntington won the 1974 race with Nugget in the lead, even though Nugget took the team on a 10-mile detour to chase a moose. In 1975, Nugget was the lead dog on Emmitt Peters' winning team.

    Nugget belonged to Peters, who said the husky's back-to-back wins made his life easier.

    "Before the Iditarod I couldn't get anybody to help me take care of the dogs. Had to do it all myself," Peters said in the 1976 Iditarod Trail Annual. "But after Nugget won the Iditarod twice, everybody in the family was proud to be related to Nugget. They all helped me then."

    A year after Nugget's second win, Peters was in Eagle River training a team for the Fur Rendezvous world championship race. His team got tangled and Nugget slipped out of her harness and dashed off. Anchorage radio stations broadcast a description of Nugget to help searchers, but when Nugget was found, she was dead in a ditch, the victim of a hit-and-run car accident.


    Elmer, who won the 1999 Golden Harness Award after leading Doug Swingley to his second of four Iditarod championships, had "a tremendous personal desire to achieve," Swingley said. "No matter how tired out he was, he was eager to drive the team."

    He had tremendous DNA too, siring Peppy and Stormy. Stormy was a leader on Swingley's string of three straight championships in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and Peppy won the 2001 Golden Harness Award.

    After Elmer helped him set a race record in 1995, Swingley said the leader was capable of maintaining a speed of 15 mph for the entire 1,000 miles of the Iditarod. "If I had 15 more dogs like Elmer, this race would have been over in seven days," he said.


    Gareth Wright has been blessed with several exceptional lead dogs, Flash and Venus among them, but none can match the immortalizing final effort made by Jenny, a half-Irish setter who led Wright's teams for five years.

    Jenny's effort in leading Wright to second place in the 1961 Fur Rendezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race cost her her life.

    Wright was in sixth place going into the third and final day of the race. With Jenny leading the way, Wright passed all five teams ahead of him.

    Then Jenny lost her gait. Wright stopped to take her out of the lead, but still the dog struggled. Wright stopped again, this time to put Jenny in the sled. Jenny died later that night in Anchorage, but she left quite the legacy.

    "That's where all our husky bloodline comes from now, from Jenny and her sister Nellie, " said Wright.


    Although four-time champion Martin Buser won the Iditarod with more than one star leader, D2 was special. He powered Buser to a second-place showing in 1991 and then led Buser to victory in 1992 and 1994.

    Named Dagger II, after his sire, D2 was an off-season star too. When Buser made promotional trips after his victories, D2 often accompanied him -- and often stole the show. "D2 just takes me along to sign him in and out of hotels," Buser said.


    People probably thought Dr. Roland Lombard was crazy when he paid $1,000 for one of George Attla's lead dogs back in 1962. But that thinking didn't last long.

    Nellie had already led Attla to the 1962 Fur Rondy championship and, one week later, took him to second place in the Alaska State Championship. That's when Lombard made Attla an offer he couldn't refuse.

    The deal paid off handsomely for Lombard, who drove Nellie to five Fur Rondy championships, including three straight in 1963-65 and two more before the decade was over. Nellie won every major sprint race in Alaska at least once before retiring in 1970.

  3. This article was contributed to Alaskan Husky Behavior by Stephanie Little Wolf. Stephanie is a dog musher living in Fairbanks, Alaska. She has been studying the origins of the Alaskan Husky, Arctic, Native, and Indigenous dog breeds her entire adult life.

    Terminology For the purposes of this article I have used the term Alaskan Husky to refer to any animal of husky looks, born and bred in Alaska to pull in harness, with its genetic history primarily founded by Alaskan Native Dogs, from either or both interior village bloodlines or coastal Eskimo dog bloodlines. I use the term Sled dog to describe any dog that pulls in harness for any application and racing sled dogs to describe any dog bred specifically for speed and endurance, used to compete in sled dog races. This terminology may or may not be shared by other mushers. Most people I have been around simply refer to sled dogs as sled dogs and then later in the conversation it becomes more specific about types, bloodlines and usage. Most sled dogs in Alaska are a conglomeration of Alaskan Husky and other breeds that have been added and selected for what ever use a particular musher has.

    The Alaskan Husky My descriptions and analysis of the history of the Alaskan Husky probably differs from many articles of late. It is based less on modern racers opinions and knowledge of the modern history of sled dog racing, which is readily available in numerous publications, and instead is more focused on an interest in and study of the early history and prehistory of Alaskan dogs. This complex topic is consistently left out of, or skipped over with a brief word or single sentence, in discussions concerning the beginnings of our sled dogs here in Alaska. The simple fact is that native dogs have been in Alaska for thousands of years, and they form the genetic base of our modern Alaskan Husky. For excellent info on the modern day Alaskan husky see Joe Runyan article at

  4. Cani Cross je disciplina u kojoj jedan pas i jedan takmičar u patikama idu na trčanje, tu možeš da probaš sa jednim stafordom koji je dovoljno socijalizovan da ne haje za druge pse.

    Slično je i u Bikejoringu, disciplini gde jedan pas vuče čoveka na biciklu

    Povlačenje tereta je disciplina gde se mogu takmičiti čak i agresivni psi, jer je samo jedan pas u akciji, ostali su skonjeni sa staze

  5. Mislim da svaki dovoljno snažan, otporan i izdržljiv pas sa VEOMA razvijenim timskim duhom može da vuče sanke ili da se bavi sa svojim vlasnikom nekom od disciplina Sled Dog Sporta, a ima ih raznih....

    Peonta je u socijalizaciji i apsolutnoj neagresivnosti, na trkama postoji opšte pravilo da ako tvoj pas ujede ili napadne bilo kog drugog psa i ti i tvoj pas bivate diskvalifikovani, a to prati i loš renome i onda dolazi u pitanje učešće u svakoj sledećoj trci. Organizatori trka jednostavno ne žele problematične timove pasa... pa im i ne dozvoljavaju učešće

  6. Mislim da svaki dovoljno snažan, otporan i izdržljiv pas sa VEOMA razvijenim timskim duhom može da vuče sanke ili da se bavi sa svojim vlasnikom nekom od disciplina Sled Dog Sporta, a ima ih raznih....

    Peonta je u socijalizaciji i apsolutnoj neagresivnosti, na trkama postoji opšte pravilo da ako tvoj pas ujede ili napadne bilo kog drugog psa i ti i tvoj pas bivate diskvalifikovani, a to prati i loš renome i onda dolazi u pitanje učešće u svakoj sledećoj trci. Organizatori trka jednostavno ne žele problematične timove pasa... pa im i ne dozvoljavaju učešće

  7. Akite kao i ostale rase pasa su sasvim ok za sport, samo insistirajte na socijalizaciji i prihvatanju pasa u okolini i slobodno se bavite ili bikejoringom - pas vas vuče na biciklu, skijoringom - pas vas vuče na skijama za nordijsko skijanje ili cane cross-om pas je upregnut u kanap koji se završava pojasom oko vašeg struka i vuče vas dok zajedno trčite prirodom

  8. Eski marko,

    hvala na slicicama, lepe su...

    Ako je neko zainteresovan da pogleda vise slika ove rase, i dok vuku sanke i dok vuku dzip i dok trce slobodno i igraju se, mogu da nas potraze preko facebook-a, na ovom sajtu je malko komplikovano postavljati fotke, neke koje sam postavio prethodnih godina su izgubljene, pa vas usmeravam na you tube za video i moj FB nalog za fotke... :wink:

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  9. Black Angel,

    Ti mora da si nova, jel?

    Mene je kreator sajta zamolio da se ukljucim u rad kako bi nesto ljudi mogli da nauce na ovome mestu, i odazvao sam se

    Vremenom, posecujuci meni interesantne teme nailazio sam na razne price koje su mi ogadile ovaj forum, te ga zato i posetim jednom godisnje

    Nije mi potreban odgovor i nema potrebe za daljom polemikom

    Ovaj sajt nije stvoren sa idejom da svako anoniman moze da napise sta mu je volja, vec sa idejom da svako ko zeli drugima da prenese svoja znanja i iskustva to ucini, ideja je dakle bila pozitivna ljudska rec a ne pljuvanje

  10. Vesna jel Vi imate 12 godina ?

    Mislim da bi trebalo da Vas je sramota nakon ovakvog texta...lazi i prevare, to je samo blacenje imana i prezimena, imena odgajivacnice

    Postoji barem tuce razloga za nemogucnost parenja kuje i muzjaka, ali posto ste Vi apsolutni pocetnik i sigurno maloletna osoba, sumnjam da bi me razumeli sta god napisao

    Obzirom da niste platili unapred stene, sem decjeg razocarenja ne vidim nikakav razlog ovakvog texta, a Marka Velickovica izuzetno dobro poznajem, i potpuno obrnuto, u pitanju je momak strahovitog postenja i casti, sto moram da primetim vama svakako nedostaje

    Kamo srece da ovakvih komentara nema, u protivnom svako moze svoje djubre prosuti po svakome, a u kakvom vremenu zivimo tome se i vise veruje

    Edit: poseta forumu je dobrovoljna, ako vam se ne dopada - slobodni ste da ne pisete. Ostavljeno je clanovima da cuju i jednu i drugu stranu ove "price", pa neka sami odluce kome ce verovati. Vasa rec je jednako vredna kao i postavljaca teme ili bilo kog drugog clana. Forum nije sudija, ovde je argument jedino merilo.

    Moderator BlackAngel