We have received word that it was Woody that Aliy left in Ruby checkpoint and Violet in Galena.
Woody has had a "breakout" season! He had a summer on the glacier with Chris giving tourists a sled dog experience and came back with new confidence in himself. He raced everything this year! He was in the Copper Basin 300, the Two Rivers 100, the Northern Lights 300, Yukon Quest 300 and now he made the top team in the Iditarod!
Violet has gotten stronger and stronger as the season went on. She ran the Copper Basin and Yukon Quest 300 with Aliy and the Two Rivers 100 with Chris. After finishing last year's Iditarod strongly on the Black Team she made the step up to the "big time" this season.
We are not certain of the reasons yet until we get to see the vet paperwork that accompanies the dogs home to Anchorage. We'll let you know more as we find out.
They will both be flown back to Anchorage as soon as possible where Linda will be waiting for them with lots and lots of love. We'll hear from Linda once she has them on the ground.
If you would like to know more about "Returned Dogs" - Kennel Mom Mickey has written a few great articles for the blog about them. Check them out here from 2015 and here from 2013. The dogs are treated like ROCK STARS and are in good hands from the moment they leave the team to the time they get home. Thank you to all the vets and volunteers that are looking after our friends.