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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Siberian Huskies in the Great Race Of Mercy

Today marks the final day in our 12 days of Christmas pet jewelry sales event!
We have had a ton of fun with our first huge season sale, and today's sale is a GOOD one!
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Welcome to Siberian Saturday.
This is the day where I like to focus on some fun facts or sibe history, so sit back, relax, and learn some things with us about a truly unique breed.

Have you ever heard of
"The Great Race Of Mercy?" Or maybe you have heard of "The Last Great Race?"

Siberian huskies gained the hero title back in 1925 when they literally saved a town called Nome Alaska.

How did they save the town?
It was 1925 and doctors learned that there was a potentially deadly Diphtheria Epidemic which was going to sweep through Nome's young people. This was back before snowmobiles and things like that even existed, so as you can imagine, the means of transportation were minimal.

After long consideration, and no other options being found, The Great Race Of Mercy began.
Sled teams gathered for a relay to deliver the Diphtheria Serum to Nome. A 674 mile long trip, over a 5.5 day span. There were about 20 mushers and 150 sled dogs involved.

Gunnar Kaasen and his husky, Balto, having run the final leg in the relay, became the face of a hero, but who was the real hero?

What about the rest of the sled teams?
Balto even had a statue created in honor of him right in NY.

Ever hear of a husky named Togo?


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This photo (above) shows Leonhard Seppala with Togo the lead husky, and the rest of the team.
Togo was the forgotten Siberian.
Leonhard made statements saying he was absolutely baffled at the attention Balto and his team got, when it was Togo who faced the worst of trails, and running the longest to save Nome.

Not that any of these people or dogs saved the town to get attention, but let's show a little love to the rest of the teams too shall we?

Togo ran a total of 170 miles (274 Km) in 3 days, and the temperature was estimated at -30°F (-34°C) and a wind chill of -85°F.

That's cold!

To me, every single one of those dogs, and their humans are hero's for saving an entire town.
Not just Balto, not even just Togo, but every single person and dog involved.

I would love if you all took a moment to watch this short video from Animal Planet -
Dogs 101 : Siberian Husky



We are also joining Sepia Saturday.
Hosted By Ruckus the Eskie and Earl's World.
I love this photo from yesterday SO much, I made a sepia version of it too!
If you want to see more photos of the sibe tribe playing in the snow, click here.

48 comments:

  1. Awesome photo! It made me laugh :) Cutie!

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    1. Good :) I'm so glad we could make you laugh!

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  2. All the Siberian Huskies always look so happy with their tale rigth in the air, even when they draw a sleigh. The must love it.

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  3. Hi Y'all,

    I'm sure at the time the honor of Balto was symbolic and they really meant to honor all the dogs and men...but it would have been better to make a statue of a sled team and then imprint all the drivers and team names.

    Merry Christmas!
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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    1. Agreed, that would have been a great idea!

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  4. We saw a documentary about it not long ago and it was an amazing story. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  5. We have to agree. We are not huskies, but we love the cold, but...-30 with the big windchill is just too much even for a husky pulling a sled!

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    1. It is too much your right, but the sibe with withstand it though, it is what they were built for :)

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  6. What an amazing piece of history. I might have to find that documentary. Have a great snowy weekend.

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    1. It is such an amazing story!!! I just love it!!

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  7. I think there was a movie about Balto, quite a few years ago? I remember that story, and it really was amazing. You are right that there were so many more people and dogs involved in that than just one.
    Huskies are such a beautiful breed and I especially love all of their variations.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Yep, the movie Balto portrayed the history of a Siberian Husky. It didn't include quite everything, but you basically get the idea. Thanks Jan.

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  8. Thanks for this post, it made me tear up! Thanks to those wonderful dogs!

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    1. Your very welcome :)
      Thanks so much for coming by

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  9. That's awesome! What an amazing job! It's like the Shackleton story of the dog world!

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  10. Yes you are right they were all heros,thank you for sharing,xx Rachel

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    1. They sure were!! Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Just thought you would like to know that Speedy picked you as the winner of our ASPCA Holiday gift pack winner,please can you email me your address so I can get it sent to you,Congratulations,xx Rachel and Speedy

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    3. Oh wow!!! WOOHOO!!!!
      I'll shoot you an email!

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  11. What a great story thanks so much for sharing it with us and the video is awesome.

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    1. I'm glad you had a chance to watch it, I just love anything to do with husky history!

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  12. We have heard much about Balto, but not so much about Togo. Togo should also be remembered somehow as he is also a hero. Awesome video!

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  13. Love love love that last photo. Incredible capture. Thanks for sharing on Sepia Saturday!

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    1. Thanks Ruckus!!! I have never been able to capture a photo quite like this one, so as you can imagine I am SUPER pleased with it!!!

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  14. What a pawsome story about Balto and Togo. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is. This is my favorite part of husky history!

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  15. what a wonderful story about Balto and Togo - thanks so much for sharing it! (and we loved that last pic too!!) MOL!!

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  16. This is the same Balto from the book and movie, right? That is so cool. I love your sepia shot. ☺ Thanks for my blogiversary card.

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  17. That's so cool about the Great Race - I had no idea. Now I know where the name Balto came from as well. You see - you really do learn something everyday :)

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    1. ha! Yep you do!!! Glad I could share some husky history with you today!

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  18. Hooray for Togo and the rest of the hard-working dogs!

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  19. Every dog is a hero in their own way! Fantastic story 💚

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  20. Yeah, I have always been baffled by Balto getting all the credit, too! All of the dogs and people should be known. :)

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  21. Woo need to join us here

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Idita-Walk/240883924803

    It is SO all about The Greatest Race Of All!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  22. I never tire of reading about The Serum Run. They used to teach it in most U.S. schools, but sadly, many schools now skip that important piece of our history. Huskies are an amazing breed, this accomplishment is so important. Diphtheria could have wiped out much of the native Alaskan population. Thanks for bringing this important story to light, it shouldn't be forgotten! A great book: The Great Serum Race: Blazing the Iditarod Trail by Debbie S. Miller. It's hard to get a hold of, but worth it! Luv your sepia photo!!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Cathy, Isis & Phoebe
    www.dogsluvusandweluvthem.blogspot.com

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    1. That is awesome that they used to teach that! I wish they still did, not only is it an important part of history, but a super interesting and inspiring story as well!
      I will definitely be searching for that book!!!

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