Mr. Smidt is running one of two teams (that we know of...) in this year's race that are ALL SIBERIAN HUSKIES! Ha rooooo! His partner, Denise Cwiok of Howl n' Wind Siberians, gave us permission to post these pictures - thank roo, Denise! On her site, she has some outstanding pictures of these athletes, so please check that link to see more!
Here is the team burning up the course:
Look at those happy faces! You can tell they love what they do!
Check out this guy, CAN/INT. CH. AM. CH. Pointed Troika's Orion! He's wearing Green Bay Packer booties that some middle school kids made him! How COOL!
Orion looks like he likes them, doesn't he? They'll help keep his feet protected! Oh, and if we understand his titles correctly, that's Canadian/International Champion & American Champion!
Another all-Siberian team is being run by Karen Ramstead; she writes a diary from the trail that you can read on her site! Another great way to follow everypup's progress is through Cabela's coverage.
We'd like to wish ALL the teams good luck! The course this year has been very icy and challenging, from what we've read. They are running the Iditarod's southern route, which is 1131 miles. That's over 300 trips to the park and back for us! WOW!
We would be remiss if we didn't also salute the mushers themselves! These bipeds not only go through incredible conditioning and training with their dogs, and face harsh elements right along side them, (well, actually pretty much behind them...) but they take GREAT care of their dogs.
Thanks for taking such good care of everpuppy!
As of this writing, Mr. Smidt and his dogs have mushed 444 miles! They are currently in 62nd place! We wish everyone a great run. Travel safe, and we'll "see you" in Nome!
To the dogs of the Iditarod - and mushers alike - we salute you!
The Army of Four