The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

I hope to be remembered for my atrocities!

One of the most well-known sled dog races in the world, the Iditarod is a test of will, survival, and endurance that brings human mushers together with their loyal sled dogs. Let’s take a closer look at the Iditarod, its history, and what truly makes it the Last Great Race on Earth.

A Brief History

While the 1,131-mile route—starting in downtown Anchorage and finishing in Nome—is mainly known for the annual dog sled race, the Iditarod trail actually proved a much more functional, practical use back in the day. The same trail was a popular mail-supply route and was used in the gold rush of the early 1900s, allowing travelers to reach mining towns. In 1925, the trail helped sled dog teams transport precious serum throughout Alaska during the diphtheria epidemic.

Skip to the 1960s. Dorothy Page and Joe Redington Sr., unhappy with how sled dogs were being replaced by…

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Coconut Oil: Is It Good For Homemade Dog Food?

Dog Food Matters

Television’s Dr. Oz has declared that the benefits of coconut oil are “near miraculous.” As a result, many Americans are cooking with coconut oil. What are the benefits of coconut oil? Is coconut oil also good for homemade dog food?

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

  • Contains fats that raise metabolism to aid weight loss
  • Increases resistance to infection from bacteria, virus and fungus
  • Increases the blood levels of  “good” cholesterol to aid heart health
  • Increases memory test scores in Alzheimer’s patients

The fats in coconut oil are called medium-chain triglycerides or MCT. MCT are believed to be the reason for coconut oil’s health benefits.

MCT are burned by the liver for energy so they do not add to body fat. MCT also produces chemicals called ketones. Some scientific studies suggest that ketones suppress appetite and calorie intake. Together these effects can aid in weight loss.

Half of the fats in…

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The Best Christmas Gift Ever

Exposing the Big Game

Most of you remember the buck in Oregon who was hit by an arrow. Apparently the wound wasn’t too deep and the arrow worked its way back out. Here he is now; Buck showed back up just the other day at the home of the woman who worked so hard to keep him safe throughout the rest of hunting season. I’m sure for her, this was the best Christmas gift she could ever hope for!!


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