Skip to comments.Iditarod Dog, Missing 5 Days, Found Alive
Posted on 03/15/2013 2:58:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A sled dog that went missing during the Iditarod race in Alaska was found nearly a week later after backtracking much of the race.
May, owned by Jim Lanier of Chugiak, was on loan to Jamaican musher Newton Marshall during the 41st Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race last week and went missing from her team Friday, the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News reported Friday.
Veteran musher Stan Smith, a of May's owner who is giving the dog temporary shelter at his home, said sightings indicate May backtracked much of the race after being separated from her team.
"She traveled several times from Rohn to Nikolai, all the way up the Dalzell Gorge, up the Alaska Range to the other side, through Rainy Pass, across Shell Lake; she was spotted multiple times in Skwentna," Smith said. "So many reports of seeing her. They were all heading south. It's an incredible journey."
May is believed to have traveled 300-to-400 miles on her own before she was spotted on a trail near Big Lake Wednesday by Matt Clark and Michael Hansmeyer.
Clark and his girlfriend took the dog back to their home and soon determined she must be the missing sled dog they had heard about.
Smith traveled to the cabin and took over May's care.
"Everybody who has a dog has a tendency to think these sled dogs are poodles or something, and they're not," Smith said. "These are absolutely incredible athletes, and they have the internal drive of an athlete.
"She knows, 'Well, I came from here, so let's go.' It just shows the determination of those guys," he said.
A musher from Jamaica, what could possibly go wrong?
They probably thought bobsled dog sled what's the difference?
“A musher from Jamaica....”
Bob sled team is the same as a dog sled, right? LOL!!
From bobsled to dogsled .. and STILL lost a dog.
C'mon guys ... give it up ... Your dope used t'be the best ... ain't there no contests for THAT ?
I think a 53 year old dude won the race this year if i’m not mistaken.
The owner needs to be fined for loaning his dog to an oxymoron-a “Jamaican musher”...
>>A musher from Jamaica, what could possibly go wrong? <<
Let’s just be glad he wasn’t from Korea...
Is Sarah OK?
You posted just before me by a wee little second. Oh well.. great minds think alike!
I love dogs. The more humans I meet the more I love my dogs.
Have to agree with that.
Thank God the cops didn’t find the pup first.