Aliy is ready to pack 'fat balls', a favorite dog snack, into drop bags.
Last week, mandatory blood tests and EKG’s were run on all of this year’s potential Iditarod racing dogs. In the coming week, all dogs must be wormed as specified by Iditarod’s Chief Veterinarian. Then, Jean Battig DVM, an SP Kennel major sponsor, will complete a pre-race vet check of each racing dog.
Jean Battig DVM performs a pre-race exam on Hoss.
The dogs are muscled, enthusiastic and healthy! But what about our mushers? Allen is steadily recovering from his Yukon Quest flu and bronchitis. Aliy is trying to stay healthy and well rested.
A bit of good news: Temperatures in Interior Alaska have moderated. The near future holds no more 50 degrees F below zero temperatures. Temps should range between 20 degrees F above zero and 20 degrees F below zero for the next week. That’s much better for final training runs, race prep and just staying healthy.