Sled dog found after missing from race for four days
Posted on March 16, 2010 under Pet Health & Safety
One of the world’s most renowned dogsled races, the Iditarod, has been underway since March 6 in Alaska, as sledding teams travel more than 1,150 miles in 10 to 17 days.
One sled team lost a member when 3-year-old Whitey-Lance got loose from his harness and was nowhere in sight, according to the Boston Herald. Musher Justin Savidis was eager to find the canine, worried about the dog’s health in the subzero weather.
Whitey-Lance was missing for four days until residents of McGrath, Alaska, tracked him down by luring him with a salmon carcass. Although the pup was confused by his surroundings at first, he eventually recognized his owner.
"He was a little startled by my goggles," Savidis told the news provider. "I said, ‘Hey, Whitey’ and he was like, ‘Ah, I remember you.’"
Although the pup suffered from minor injuries and was noticeably thinner, local veterinarians deemed him in overall good dog health. Savidis told the news provider that he was happy that his dog was found safe and that they plan on racing again next year.