Long distance dog mushing is incredible. One of the most magnificent sights is watching a dog team come across the Iditarod finish line and under the burled arch in Nome. It doesn't matter whether the team has won the competition, come in second place or even 50th… the emotional aspect of this final act is incredible.
This finish line represents the ultimate bond that can exist between dogs and humans. To all of us here at SP Kennel, dog mushing is a fine balance between respect and love. We know what SP Kennel dogs need, we know what they want, and we know what they will do for us. That’s where the respect and love come into play. We must always respect their limits and abilities and only then will they continue to love us and do whatever they can to please us. We need to know exactly what we can ask from each individual. These dogs are our teammates, our buddies, and the bottom line is:
their love and respect is our only mode of transportation through 1,000 miles of Alaskan wilderness.