It was great to see the team in person and talk to Aliy about them.
The dogs she left in Nulato were SCHMOE and CHEMO. Schmoe developed a sore wrist and she felt it would be best for him to head home rather than continue the race. Chemo tweaked his shoulder not far from the checkpoint and it was enough for her to decide to leave him with his buddy and yard neighbor, Schmoe.
L-R: Schmoe and Chemo
This is Schmoe and Chemo's first time in the Iditarod big leagues and they've had a great year so far being part of the champion Yukon Quest team and Schmoe in the CB300 winning team. They're both still young so have plenty of races left to show us their stuff.
Scruggs has been an automatic choice for the top team this season and is a Yukon Quest and Copper Basin champion this year.
All three of them will quickly recover from their ailments and will be on their way back to Anchorage soon with the Iditarod Air Force.
They will head out to the holiday camp (Margie's kennel) once they are back.