Posted March 11, 2013

Iditarod musher withdrawn from race after losing a dog

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A lost dog has caused a Canadian musher to withdraw from the Iditarod race.

A lost dog has caused a Canadian musher to withdraw from the Iditarod race.

Canadian musher Gerry Willomitzer was withdrawn from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after losing one of his dogs before the halfway point. The dog got loose about 25 miles before the halfway point, and race officials say he waited 36 hours while searching for the dog before learning it had been found.

Willomitzer assumed the dog would would be taken to Shageluk, the next checkpoint in the race. However, the dog was taken elsewhere and Willomitzer arrived at the checkpoint without the sufficient number of dogs. Iditarod rules require that a musher arrive at checkpoints with as many dogs as they had at the previous checkpoint.

Because the musher arrived without all of his dogs, and race officials determined he would not have time to go retrieve the lost dog, Willomitzer was withdrawn from the race.


3 comments
annrogers22
annrogers22

One dog is still lost after she ran off earlier in the race.  No dog should get lost, and no dogs should die!  The Iditarod kills young, healthy dogs and it has to stop.  The total known deaths is over 140.  The dog deaths average about three per race.  One dog died in this year's Yukon Quest.

 

The distance is too long (about the distance fro Maine to Florida), and the conditions and terrain too grueling for the dogs.  They are the best-conditioned dogs in the world due to their training year-round, yet only about half of the dogs make it to the finish line. They are dropped due to injury, illness, exhaustion, or just not wanting to continue. 

 

As of 12:37 AK time today (day 9 of the 15-day race) 428 dogs have already been dropped,--which is 41% of the 1040 dogs who started.  Five mushers are out of the race due to their dogs, and only one musher is racing with all 16 of his dogs.  This is from the official Iditarod website's standings.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

'Who let the dog out'?

'Iditawrong'?

The dog must not have been a retriever?

 

Doug1
Doug1

Thankfully the dog was found, and since there is no information otherwise would appear to be OK?