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2011-02-01 12:00:00

The killing of 100 husky dogs used during the 2010 Winter Olympics was reportedly carried out by one worker over two days in April 2010 with a shotgun and a knife, AFP reports. The case came to light on Monday after an unnamed worker claimed post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of killing the dogs, and was reportedly awarded compensation from British Columbia worker's board. Reports included descriptions of injured dogs crawling out of a mass grave. Marcie Moriarty of the Society for...

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2010-07-23 08:52:00

Over the last few hundred years, Alaskan sled dogs have been bred to haul cargo over Arctic terrain and, more recently, for racing. Now, researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Genetics have identified the contributions different breeds have made to the speed, endurance and work ethic of Alaskan sled dogs. Heather Huson and Elaine Ostrander, from the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA, worked with a team of researchers to carry out genetic analysis in 199 sled dogs and...

2009-03-08 15:10:41

One devious team in Cincinnati's annual Cinciditarod competition actually posed as a contest organizer to foil another team, an admiring official says. Suzanne Schindler, events organizer for Cincinnati's Fountain Square, said the Celebrate OTR team's underhanded-yet-bold move to seize another team's shopping cart earned it the second annual event's Best Sabotage award, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Sunday. The two-hour Cinciditarod is modeled after the famed 1,100-mile Iditarod sled-dog...

2008-09-25 16:54:39

Racing sled dogs could be considered the Lance Armstrongs of the canine world, for their strength and endurance. New research sheds light on how they do it. Sled dogs are best known for "mushing" each March in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the world's longest sled race. The canine competitors cover 1,100 miles (1,770 km) from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, sometimes in just nine days. The dogs often trek through heavy blizzards and endure temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees...

2008-07-21 21:00:17

By Kimberly Pohl & Eric Peterson It's no Iditarod, but unbeknownst to most, there is a local dog sledding scene. Meet five teams of Siberian huskies from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday as the Bartlett Nature Center tries to bring attention to the sport. Learn about the history of dog-sledding, the equipment used and how the dogs are trained. Around 1:30 p.m., the teams will race on a half-mile trail. "It's the first time we've done this out here," said Dan Mitchell, a certified naturalist...

2008-03-21 22:40:00

A sled dog's thick fur coat may do more than protect it from inclement weather: Scientists say it can be used to detect mercury contamination in the environment - and possibly even in humans. "The foods sled dogs are eating are scraps left over from people in the villages," said Peter Bowers, an archaeologist at Northern Land Use Research, an Alaskan consulting firm, who contributed to a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment in October. Since the sled dog's fish...

2007-01-30 18:04:08

By RAY ROUTHIER Staff Writer To Sam Clark, a Mainer trying to build a wilderness camp business in Alaska, there's one difference between the two states that jumps out: In Maine, even the wildest parts, you are almost always near a road that leads somewhere. It might be a logging road, a mile or two away, but you can get to it. And you can get to a state road or highway and be on your way. You can get there from here, after all. Where Sam Clark now lives in Alaska, with his wife Tamara...

2006-02-20 07:38:35

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - With the release Friday (February 17) of "Eight Below," Walt Disney Pictures is going back to its roots, offering an updated version of one of its animal-centric animal classics like "Old Yeller." Intent on making a serious-minded but still family-friendly movie, the filmmakers knew what they wanted to avoid: ending up with a movie like Disney's own 2002 "Snow Dogs," starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and a bunch of Alaska sled dogs. "Eight"...

2006-02-13 23:07:57

CENTRAL, Alaska (Reuters) - Military aircraft rescued two people on Monday and planned to airlift two other competitors who had been trapped in a mountain blizzard during the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Teams competing in the 1,000-mile (1,600-km) Yukon Quest from Fairbanks, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon were attempting to cross Eagle Summit northeast of Fairbanks when a blizzard struck late on Sunday. "Once you were up there, there was no going back it was like being a...


Latest Sled dog Reference Libraries

Tamaskan Dog
2013-09-10 15:38:49

The Tamaskan dog, also known as the Tamaskan Husky, is a breed of domestic sled dog that originated from Finland. Jennie Peacock and Lynn Hardey, who created it to resemble a wolf and preform many duties, used breeds including the Alaskan malamute, Siberian husky, and the Northern Inuit, among other breeds. The first successful litter was born in 2002, but the breed did not receive its name until 2006, the same year that registries were formed to record information about as many dogs as...

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2008-09-05 18:25:21

The Seppala Siberian Sleddog is a rare working breed bred from Siberian breeds imported into Alaska. The breed was made famous for their domination of the All-Alaska Sweepstakes distance race from 1914 to 1917. The breed's popularity lost steam in the 1960s with a kennel closure which forced them to face extinction. Few original bloodlines exist today, most of them in the Yukon Territory. The breed shares its ancestry with the more common Siberian Husky. The breed generally stands 22 to 23...

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2008-05-21 10:59:05

The Chinook is a large, rare sled dog developed in the 1900s in New England. Today the breed is most commonly a family pet, but also serves as a search and rescue breed, and for dog-packing, skijoring and in dog agility competitions The breed weighs 55 to 90 pounds and stands 21 to 27 inches tall. Its double coat is medium length and typically tawny with dark markings on the muzzle and ears. The eyes of the breed are amber to brown. It is a sturdy, muscular breed with a rectangular head,...

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2008-05-19 10:33:59

The Canadian Eskimo Dog, also called the Canadian Inuit Dog is a large Arctic dog. It is often considered to be North America's oldest and rarest purebred indigenous domestic dog. The breed was once used as a method of transportation in Canada. The Canadian Eskimo Dog is large; it can stand anywhere from 19 to 28 inches tall and weigh 40 to 88 pounds. It is a powerful breed, athletic, and built for hard work. The males are significantly larger than the females and more masculine. Like...

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2007-12-18 11:34:18

The Alaskan Husky is a category of dog, but it falls short of being a breed. It is defined by purpose and lacks registration and restrictions to ancestry. The Alaskan Husky is one of the fastest sled dogs, sometimes running over 19 miles per hour. They are primarily bred for their racing ability. The Alaskan Husky is a mix of various northern dog types, especially the Siberian Husky and the traditional Alaskan village dog. Many other types of dog contributed including the wolf, Doberman,...

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