|Barked: Thu Mar 13, '08 5:01pm PST |
|It seems to me that scratching because your dogs are sick or tired is the RIGHT thing to do. Would you rather have them continue on?
Loosing a dog is horrible. When a dog runs off, you get that inevitable stomach-dropping sensation. Any owner of a sled dog type breed knows that these guys want to run so much that they will take off if given a chance.
When they go, they go. Going after the dogs would be impossible- you can't expect a team of dogs to flounder through waist-deep snow and expect to catch a dog running loose. Going to the next checkpoint allowed her to notify the race, and then people in the area could begin looking out for the dogs, and people on snowmachines could search for the dogs.
(I also want to note, that in a long distance race, 48 miles is nothing. With an average team, you can do that in around 5 or 6 hours).
Don't forget that we're talking about Alaskan huskies. They are not a house pet. They are very independent and resourceful dogs, and know about being out in the wilderness. I'm not saying that they need to fend for themselves, but if they have to, I'm sure that they'll be a whole lot better off than Neighbor Joe's grossly overweight pound dog that hasn't seen any woods except the tree in his backyard.
Edited by author Thu Mar 13, '08 5:02pm PST
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