Excellent and informative article Danny, and well-timed, considering all the controversy these days. I don’t believe most of what is posted on social media ( I had the pleasure of touring a musher’s dog yard last summer ), and you have really helped the public to see the good – and yes,sometimes the bad, which hopefully can be changed. Many thanks for your insight ! Hope your ideas come to fruition.
What an amazing article. I learned so much. Thank you for your balanced and honest perspective.
This article is enlightening! Thank you Danny Seavey for your well thought out points. It sheds light on so many questions I had, one of which will never be “should Iditarod be stopped?”. Changes maybe should be made, as with any sport. The good news is it’s being discussed. I found your thoughts on prize money interesting. I never would’ve thought of that but it does make sense. I’m all about fundraising for a good cause. I look forward to Iditarod every year, it is the only sport I truly follow start to finish. Keep on keeping on you mushers!
Well written. You do a great job of explaining both sides.
I was at the 2012 Iditarod. It was an amazing event. You have to be there to see the love th handlers have for their dogs. Also, you can feel the excitement of the dogs at the starting line.
I still look at videos from that trip and think how lucky I was to be able to experience the race.
I remember watching the ceremonial start and seeing the teams go by….WOW…. go puppies go…
At the start in Willow the dogs were so excited it took a team of people to hold th team back.
Years ago, th I event was on TV….I think it was a great idea as it showed how the hand,was fed and made sure their dogs were warm before they took care of themselves. Also, it showed the veterinarians checking the dogs to make sure they were fit to run
Maybe televising it again would help. The sponsors of the ads could donate their revenue to spay neuter clinics or to dogs for our vets.
I truly appreciate you, your father and brothers who have done so much for this sport.
This is one of the best well written articles explaining the REAL truth about Iditarod. I thank you for writing this article!! I’m an Iditarod supporter. I have also volunteered twice for dropped dogs. I agree changes can be made and I love all your ideas!! The spay neuter fund raising is brilliant!! I must admit I was having a change of heart about the Iditarod after taking care of dropped dogs. Most came in looking healthy but some came in so very sick because they had to wait at a checkpoint so long to get to us and the Vets. That is another area that can be addressed. Your article has given me hope and I would love to volunteer again and even volunteer for a musher if it would help. You have brought the excitement of Iditarod back to my heart and anything I can do to help please contact me. Thank you!!