[Warning: Harry Smith’s audio is pretty loud]
Rookie musher @BlairBraveman is still racing in the Iditarod. Her followers, the #uglydogs, are supporting her and school kids as well. @HarrySmith has the story. #Igivearod pic.twitter.com/Uvjbcnyy5c
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 16, 2019
A favorite to win the Iditarod sled dog race has decided to drop out of the race — less than 200 miles from the finish line — after his dogs refused to continue when he raised his voice at one of them. https://t.co/gk7D0omDTU
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) March 13, 2019
Everyone who’s lived with multiple dogs knows this stalemate — although most of the time, the consequences are smaller:
… Nicolas Petit of Girdwood, Alaska, and his 10 dogs were just off the Shaktoolik check point on a stretch of Bering Sea ice when a disagreement between two dogs, a veteran and a younger dog, caused the sled to pause, then completely halt, when Petit raised his voice to discipline the animals.
The 38-year-old’s sled earlier in the day left Shaktoolik in the lead “like a rocket,” he told local television station KTUU. But then one of his dogs wanted to stop for a bathroom break and an older dog jumped on top of it in disagreement. Petit raised his voice and it spooked the rest of the team, which refused to mush.
“Everybody heard daddy yelling. Which doesn’t happen. And then they wouldn’t go anymore. Anywhere,” he said to KTUU.
Petit took his dogs back to a cabin at Shaktoolik to rest, but later decided to drop out of the race entirely for the good of his dogs.
“They’re all fine, they all ate good, no orthopedic issue. Just a head thing,” he said Monday.