Today's the official start of the greatest race on the continent... the Iditarod! Woooooooo-oooooo!
We're furry excited and wish all the pawticipaint doggers and mushers all the best. Woo pups are pawsome!
We want to commemorate this event in our own way,
so we're presenting
a little history lesson fur woo!
A few weeks back we made reference to the fact that both of us can trace our pedigrees back to Togo, the long-distance hero of the Iditarod Race to Nome. Balto bravely lead his team on the final leg of the race delivering the serum to Nome, and pretty much gets all the glory, but Togo lead his team for 260 miles! I don't think Togo minds being passed over, cause Balto was neutered- his line died with him, and his great race to Nome stands as his lasting contribution to history. But Togo was one prolific dude, and left his legacy in the form of squirming, adorable puppies. Who in turn had lots and lots more squirming adorable puppies! Togo is one of the foundation studs of our breed.
JACK: Moo, do woo think we'll ever make it to Alaska & run in the Iditarod?
Even if there are thousands of us Sibes who can trace our lines back to Togo, that's okay. It makes us feel like a special part of the legacy from the very first Iditarod.
If woo are furry interested in the history of the race, we found this cool site with lots of info. Its called Balto's True Story, but its about all the dogs that helped get the serum to Nome. Woo can read about our Uncle Fritz, Togo's half-brother there too. And there is really wonderful Celtic music on the site. The synopsis of the serum run is really gripping reading - gives woo a real appreciation for what these noble teams went thru to get the serum delivered on time to save the children. Really - go check it out.
After listening to mom read the story to us, we can't help but feel humbled, and proud to part of Togo's lineage.
MOO: I don't know, Jack, maybe. Just thinking about how our great-great-great-great-greatx100 Grandpa Togo & all the others raced through the blizzards to help save the children just makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over.
JACK: Yup, makes me proud too. But are woo sure that's what 's making woo feel warm & fuzzy? Cause woo are naturally warm & fuzzy all the time anyway, Moo.
MOO: *groans* Oh, Jack, aren't woo the funny one!
a-roos to yous, and tootle-woo!
jack a-roo & miss moo
PS - that first link goes to the Iditarod site - with thrilling videos and all the news!