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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Sepia Saturday Sibe Vibe!


Hiya everyone!

Welcome to today's vibe! 

We are "mushing" our vibe together with Ruckus the Eskie and his hop called Sepia Saturday! 
Go on by and visit his blog! You wont regret it!



Today's post is all about the Iditarod.


I am sure you have all heard of it.

the Iditarod is a sled dog race in Alaska.

I am not going to claim that I know a whole lot about the famous race. but I have a furriend on FB who does, feel free to check out her profile and her info on the Iditarod!
These photo's and info are credited to Tikaani The Husky!

Take a moment to enjoy a video done by Tikaani as well. A 3 dog sled pull!
Click HERE for the video! This video has three huskies pulling a kicksled. This is what I would LOVE to do with my huskies! Just for fun, just on local trails. I am currently teaching them the mushing commands while we are out walking. Learn more about the commands further on in the post.

Here is what the official Iditarod site had to say about the race:


“The Last Great Race on Earth®”

You can’t compare it to any other competitive event in the world! A race covering  1000 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. She throws jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the mushers and their dog teams. Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod. A race extraordinaire, a race only possible in Alaska.
From Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast.
It has been called the “Last Great Race on Earth®” and it has won worldwide acclaim and interest.  American film crews as well as film crews from around the world have covered the event. Journalists from outdoor magazines, adventure magazines, newspapers and wire services flock to Anchorage and Nome to record the excitement. It’s not just a sled dog race, it’s a race in which unique men and woman compete. Mushers enter from all walks of life. Fishermen, lawyers, doctors, miners, artists, natives, Canadians, Swiss, French and others.  Men and women each with their own story, each with their own reasons for going the distance. Hundreds  of volunteers, men and women, students and village residents all help to organize and stage the event. They man headquarters at Wasilla, Anchorage, and Nome.  They fly volunteers, veterinarians, dog food and supplies. They act as checkers, coordinators, and family supporters of each musher.

For more info regarding the above, click HERE.


So i found this super hilarious photo also on her page that I know you will love!




If your wondering why I am posting about this today, it is in the spirit of the race!
It is ongoing as we speak!


There are a ton of different opinions on this race, to do with the dogs, and how they are being cared for.
I am here to tell you, things have changed, and the care of the racers (the huskies) come first above all!
Yes it is a long race.
Yes the terrain can be rough. (especially this year)
BUT this is what huskies do best!
They were born for this!
They love this!
And these dogs look forward to this every year!





I liked this image so much I had to make a sepia version! BOL!

That being said, is only being said for those who take the time to learn their dogs, know their dogs, and know when they have had enough, or even just know when it is time to put their booties on in the rough terrain.

I have watched a ton of video's and read up a lot about this race before doing this post. And I found out that any human not taking proper care of their dog, is disqualified.
Which made me happy, needless to say.
This race and it's rules have came a long way, because if I remember correctly, there were a lot of stories about dogs dying on the trails and not being properly cared for. BUT as far as I can tell, this has all changed.

Below is a map of the trail.



The anatomy of the sled.













Now enjoy some beautiful photo's of some huskies doing what they do best on the Iditarod trail this year!.


                                             




























Now some history of the trail from the official Iditarod site:


The Spirit of Alaska! More Than a Race…

The race pits man and animal against nature, against wild Alaska at her best and as each mile is covered, it is a tribute to Alaska’s history and the role the sled dog’ played.  The Iditarod is a tie to  that colorful past.
The Iditarod Trail, now a National Historic Trail, had its beginnings as a mail and supply route from the coastal towns of Seward and Knik to the interior mining camps at Flat, Ophir, Ruby and beyond to the west coast communities of Unalakleet, Elim, Golovin, White Mountain and Nome. Mail and supplies went in. Gold came out. All via dog sled. Heroes were made, legends were born.  In 1925, part of the Iditarod Trail became a life saving highway for epidemic-stricken Nome. Diphtheria threatened and serum had to be brought in; again by intrepid dog mushers and their faithful hard-driving dogs.  Throughout the years, the sled dogs were important to day to day life in the villages and throughout Alaska.   All of these examples and more are a part of Alaska’s history.

Mushing command and definitions:

These are the most common commands for the Iditarod or any other sled race for that matter although some people use slightly different ones.

"Hike!" - Go! get moving, or Forward!

"Gee" - Turn to the right

"Haw" - Turn to the left

"kissing sound" -Speed up! Faster!

"Easy" - Slow down!

"Woah" - Stop!

"On by" - to pass another team on the trail


So there you have it! The Iditarod!

**Please note, all of my information came from doing online research and from my pal Tikaani's page, so if I am incorrect about anything, you have my apologies! **


Now for some PAWsome shots of MY snow dogs, stylin' in Sepia! I did some enhancements to make their eyes the original color and the rest sepia, hope you enjoy!





Mika's bi eyes made this enhancement a bit different! BOL



















That's all for now! Have a great weekend everyone!

ღHusky hugz


P.S for anyone returning from yesterday's post : 
Friday Growls, Guilty husky destruction  and wondering if the packs sentence was carried out. Sadly it was not.
They gave me those big bright blue and bi eyes, and I melted, and gave in. They got their treats!







44 comments:

  1. Yes! We totally agree!! It seems that in the past...the dogs had been mistreated. We are VERY glad to hear that things have improved and we believe that they SHOULD be disqualified if they mistreat the dogs. Happy Sepia Saturday!! Excellent HUSKY post!! We just love huskies!! xo Chloe and LadyBug

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    1. Thanks Jeanne! Yea, your right, they definitely should be! And I was happy to hear that the dogs are being cared for much better then before.
      Thanks for coming by and Happy Sepia Saturday!

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  2. There is a big dog sledding community in northern Minnesota. Sled dogs are cool. With my short legs, it would not be for me though. Bailie's obedience school teacher is in Alaska and got to see the start of the race. Have a pawsome Sepia Saturday!

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    1. Oh wow|! You got to see the start!? I would love to go watch a race! Actually, i'd love to do it myself, but watching would be amazing also!
      There is not much of a sled dog community here i'm afraid. I wish there were.
      Thanks for coming by!
      Have a pawsome sepia Saturday yourself!

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  3. My parents have friends whose daughter is into dog sledding. It seems like fun for a short ride but I would be terrified of the long race!

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    1. Oh wow! Thats cool!
      Yea thats really all I want to do is localized trail sledding. It would be neat to be part of the sled dog racing community but I really just want to be recreational with my dogs pulling,.
      Thanks for comin!

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  4. oh your sepia photos are just great! LOVE the blue eyes! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Caren! So glad you like them!
      Have a great weekend!

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  5. That's a lot of information. Thanks for sharing it and the photos. The blue eyes on the sepia photos really stand out.

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    1. Your right, that is a lot of info!!! With all the research I did, I could have write 100 pages no doubt! haha! Thanks for your compliment on the eyes! I have been doing a lot of different things with photo editing lately!

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  6. love your photo's of the pack and for teach us some interesting facts too,xx Speedy

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  7. We can't believe how long the race is and how far those dogs pull those sleds! Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed! Yep it is a long race for sure! But as long as we are taken care of, this is what we huskies love to do!

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  8. Oh wow, look at those guys go! I wouldn't be able to do that - too small - and I don't like the snow - but how cool!

    I agree with previous posters - so glad the pups get better care than in the past. Gotta take care of your team!

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    1. Thats right! It is definitely super important!
      Don't like the snow? Shhhhh!!! Don't let my huskies hear that! hehehe

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  9. Love that Alaskan flat tire photo he he. Have a nice day.

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  10. wonderful pst - fun and informative - and that video was so cool - the song was perfect for the run - :)

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    1. Thanks! Im so glad you enjoyed it!
      The music was perfect!!! I agree!!!
      Thanks for coming!

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  11. Hi Y'all!

    Oh those Huskies look so happy and excited to be off and running!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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    1. Yep! They love this stuff!!! That's for sure!!

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  12. Thank you so much for going over the iditarod. Those dogs and people are amazing. Great sepia pictures.

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    1. Your welcome! And thanks for coming by to have a read!
      Glad you liked the photos as well!

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  13. That Iditarod is the true Amazing Race! I would last about five minutes! BOL! Your photos and information are great. I love those baby blues and I see why you granted amnesty to them. : )
    Bark More, Growl Less Barking from the Bayou!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! This is something I would SO love to do!!!
      Their eyes really came out beautifully in these edits! So glad you liked them!

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  14. I actually never heard of it!

    Also wow those blue eyes really shine through with your sepia.

    Happy Sepia Saturday! Thanks for sharing.

    PS how do you make that linky signature. I may need to borrow it!

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    1. Never heard of the Iditarod? Sheesh Ruckus! You crazy dawg!!! hehehe!! Thanks! I thought the eyes turned out SO gorgeous!!!! I was impressed! I love working with this photo editing ever since I learned how to BOL!!!!
      I will send you an email with the signature code!

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  15. This is definitely something I don't know much about but I think it's pretty amazing the ability that these dogs have to do this!

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    1. It is amazing! You got that right!
      Thanks for coming by Anne!

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  16. Love the post. I've always found the Iditarod fascinating. Just like you said...so many aspects. I've seen a couple of documentaries on it, and it really seems that the health and well being of the dogs does come first.

    I love your enhanced sepia photos, too! Beautiful!

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    1. I know and I was concerned about writing this post as I do know that some people think there should be no Iditarod and that the animals are not cared for properly, however I talked to a lot of people, did a lot of research and it seems like a TON of things have changed in that aspect. So I was happy to post about it. This is what huskies do best, and they absolutely love doing it!
      Thanks so much Kristen!

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  17. I don't know enough about the Iditaroid but think it's fascinating.

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    1. It is fascinating thats for sure! thanks for coming by guys!

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  18. I LOVE the sepia photos with the colored eyes. I think a husky's eyes are one of their best features. Thanks for all the great info on the Iditarod. I'm glad you cleared up some of the bad rap it has gotten...I was unsure about that, and I think the dogs are so amazing and hated to hear bad things about it. I heard on our local news that a woman from my state of NH is leading (as of this morning anyway), so that's cool!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Thank you! Glad you liked the post! A huskies eyes are definitely amazing!!!
      I hated hearing bad thing about the races to, because I know as long as the dogs are taken care of, they love doing this, so I was glad to hear there are more drastic measures being taken to be sure of this!

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  19. Hey, thanks for the birthday card. I added it to today's post.

    Sam

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    1. Your very welcome! Glad you likes it!

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  20. The anatomy of the sled was interesting to me because I don't know anything about sleds let alone the Iditarod. Beautiful photos, especially of your huskies. :)

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    1. I liked that as welL! Thanks so much for coming!

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  21. "Mum can we getz a Husky pleeze?" Oh ya are such sweet n smart poochiez...me cuud make room fer a Husky no problem ;)
    Lub Nylablue n Mum xoxoxoxoxoxo

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