We have had unofficial confirmation that it is BISCUIT that was dropped from Aliy's team in Ruby. We've also seen enough videos and pictures of the team since then to be sure.
Biscuit is a mega-star and we believe it could be the first time he has EVER been dropped from a race. He's a Yukon Quest, Copper Basin 300 and Two Rivers Solstice champion this season and ran in Aliy's runner-up Iditarod team in 2012 and 2013. It will have broken Aliy's heart to leave him behind. We're not sure why he was dropped and we're eager to see him as soon as he's back from the trail.
L-R: Biscuit and Tatfish
We've also had confirmation that TATFISH was dropped from Allen's team in Cripple. Tatfish and Biscuit are brothers and are our oldest racing dogs at eight years old. Tatfish and Allen are great mates and he'll be so very sorry to leave him. It seems to make that picture of Mismo and Felix singing the other day a little more poignant - as Mickey said, it's like they are saying to their Papa and Uncle Tatfish "Well take this one from here…"
He ran on Meghan's Copper Basin 300 team and with Ryne Olson from Ryno Kennel in the Yukon Quest 300 this year leading a team of youngsters.
We look forward to meeting them all once they are back in Anchorage.
We're still waiting news on the two in Aliy's team in Nulato or the one from Kaltag. As always, we'll let you know.
An update on the other dropped dogs: Scout and Scooter are out with SP Kennel friend Margie who has a beautiful kennel out on the Knik arm and they are happy and having fun. She looks after our dropped dogs until we can return them home to Two Rivers and it's like holiday camp for them there. Thank you Margie. Boris is back! He's still not feeling 100% but was so pleased to see us. All the vets and volunteers fell in love with him!
Boris with Meghan and Moira