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.

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.

JACK: Moo, do woo think we'll ever make it to Alaska & run in the Iditarod?
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!


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We Pretty Sled Dogs ROKHK!


Wild Dingo said...

What a great post! i'm clicking the links now. I confess, up until last year, I didn't know much about the race. I just chose Juno because she was "pretty!" (I know, I'm shallow... but that's OK by Juno!)

I didn't even know that Huskies were, um, "independent thinkers" and that um, most don't ever keep them off-leash. geesh...

to think i almost got a beagle but didn't because i heard you can't have them "off leash..."

Now there's justice for me, huh? Woo!

Woo both resemble Togo... I'd bet you'd be great runners!

Mango said...

And they are away! I am content to watch from the sidelines. It looks very cold in Alaska.


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Great post, thanks for all the wonderful tidbits and links for more info. We will be following the race too, but we really wish we could pull a sled too.

Jack, you crack us usp - funny boy!!!

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

The Army of Four said...

Ha ROOOO!!!!!! I can't wait to watch the Iditarod!!!
Play bows,

Benny and Lily said...

Cool pictures
Benny & Lily

Huffle Mawson said...

It's so cool that you're related to such a great dog!

Sam said...

How neat. Mom would like to make it up there one year to watch the end of the race - she follows it every year!


P.S. Togo's feet are huge!

Noll's Nip said...

You have the same greatness flowing through your veins!

FiveSibesMom said...

Wonderful post! And Jack and Moo should be honored and proud of their heritage! It's a great one!

And they are quite the comical pair...SNL, here comes the Cybersibes!