Dogs aren’t tools for entertainment

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The animal lovers among us don’t like to see dogs or any animals forced to the limit for the entertainment of humans. In my view, dog fighting, greyhound racing and dog sled racing all fall under the same category, although dog fighting is especially cruel and separated at the top the list.
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King reflects on Iditarod victory

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Jeff King had the scare of his life when he lost his team between Kaltag and Unalakleet during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race earlier this month in Alaska.

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Boldly Going Nowhere

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At age 72, he participated in his first Iditarod, an annual 1,150-mile dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome. In 1990, at age 84, he completed the last of his 13 appearances in the Iditarod race.
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Girl Scout spends spring break on dog sled trip

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A local girl experienced the adventure of a lifetime over her spring break vacation.
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Tales of the Arctic

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The only other way to get around outside the village is by dog sled. The dogs here look sturdy with very thick winter coats, each one tethered outside on a very heavy chain with very little or no protection from the elements.
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Iditarod makes for extra-special birthday

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People can bid in an auction to be an "Iditarider" during the ceremonial start, meaning they sit in the sled while the mushers take their dogs out.
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Snow dog show

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Local kids meet some star Siberian huskies
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German proves cancer isn’t death sentence

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Almost 20 years after a doctor gave him no more than 12 months to live, Randolph Westphal says he’s living proof that cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence.
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Buck, the war dog ‘icon,’ dies

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Buck, the Siberian husky who brought the heroism of war dogs to life at events such as Celebrate Freedom, has died at the age of 15.
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Local vet travels Iditarod trail

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Iditarod team mushers are each issued a yellow vet book, which must be filled out with the checkpoint number and a veterinarian's name in order to pass. Mushers may choose to go right through the checkpoint, but if they stick around for an hour, Fair said the mushers know all their dogs will be examined.
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Whitefish vet worked Iditarod

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Whitefish veterinarian Pam Barker was one of 43 veterinarians to work the recent Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, braving wind-chills of minus 85 degrees at the Unalakleet checkpoint to provide medical checks to sled dogs.
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Huskies keep Truckee man mushing

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Dog owners here love their pets. They're devoted to providing long walks in the snow, warm beds for sleep and even some occasional pampering.
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Streeper edges Elli

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Blayne Streeper of Fort Nelson, British Columbia, used a sizzling first-day run and a title-clinching second-day dash to win the unlimited class in the annual Tok Race of Champions sled dog race over the weekend.
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Top dog

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A loveable little beagle got the loudest applause from the audience as dog show finalists pranced around the ring, but a perfectly sculpted Airedale terrier won top honors Sunday in the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association show.
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Dog day afternoon

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"The biggest problem the producers faced was how to make a movie for a price. It is prohibitively expensive to take an entire cast and crew to Antarctica. It all came down to how to tell the story because Antarctica is an important part of the story, like a character itself. So I had to figure out how to do that and make it believable. I drew a lot from my past experience."
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Tour leader eager to spend spring at the N. Pole

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The 52-year-old has led more than a dozen expeditions to the North Pole, including luxury helicopter champagne flights, since co-guiding the world's first commercial dog sled and ski trip there in 1993.
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Alumnus crosses Iditarod finishline

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NT alumnus Randy Cummins, 49, reached the finish line of the 2006 Iditarod sled dog race at 1:36 a.m., Tuesday, March 21 in Nome, Alaska. With a distance of about 1,150 miles from start to end, it took him 15 days, 11 hours, 46 minutes and 45 seconds, according to the official Iditarod Web site.
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Pet owners, insurance firms in dog fight

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Mary Ellis, who has owned Siberian huskies for 25 years, was incensed when her insurer canceled its policy on her Bridgewater home even though, she said, she had never filed a claim and her dogs had never bitten anyone. Ellis was told by Commerce Insurance Company that her five huskies, a breed described by the American Kennel Club as ''friendly and gentle," made her a risky customer.
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Death is inevitable; we better make life count

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For all animals — including humans — running and death seem to go hand in hand.
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A Hole bag of thrills and chills

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One minute I was barreling along a narrow, snow-covered trail at warp speed, hanging on to the back of a dog sled for dear life. I was standing on a runner next to a veteran musher, his 12-dog team in front.
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