Dogs at the Start of the Yukon Quest
The kind folks at the Sled Dog Watchdog Coalition took the above photos at the start of the Yukon Quest this year and sent them to me. All of my posts–and certainly all of the venom in the pro-mushing comments–in my opinion, don’t have a fraction of the power of these photos. I am sickened by the thought that these magnificent, trusting creatures, who thought they had a best friend in their "master," were forced, and sometimes even beaten (as in the well-documented case of disqualified Iditarod musher, Ramy Brooks), into running an obscene distance. And all for a chance for their "master" to achieve the financial benefit and/or "glory" that comes with victory. Three dogs died during the Yukon Quest, and three dogs died during the Iditarod this year. More will die as a result of injuries and illness sustained during the races.