Archive for Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sled dog racer to recount experience

January 21, 2010


Three-time Iditarod Sled Dog Race competitor Karen Land will be speaking about her experiences at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Land will be joined by Borage, one of her Alaskan Husky dogs, as she recounts making the 1,150-mile race across Alaska.

The event, sponsored by Del Monte Pet Products, is free and open to those ages 5 and up.

For more information about Land, visit


Boston_Corbett 8 years, 3 months ago


But what does Sarah Palin and her hubby think? Obviously as an Obama hater, you must agree with her opinion on this matter. If these dogs are being abused, I am sure she would have stopped this all by now.

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 3 months ago

Seeing Marion use PETA as a citation source is so hilarious, is it not.

He who inaccurately accuses most others on these boards as being neo-liberals and whatever the heck else.

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 3 months ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says…"I see my favourite stalker. Boston_Corbett..."

The term "stalker" has a legal definition Marion. I have never had a legal restraining order filed against me. How about you? After all, you are the one raising the issue.

garyr 8 years, 3 months ago was hoping the First Dude was going to make a stop in Lawrence. What a tool!

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 3 months ago

"Lance Mackey got his three-peat yesterday, March 18th by winning the 2009 Iditarod . . . . .Govenor Sarah Palin called to congratulate Mackey at the finish line"

Marion hearts Palin. So why all this fuss?

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 3 months ago

Palin and McCain support dog abuse.

Vote Obama. Like Marion.

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 3 months ago

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Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 3 months ago

It is interesting that the posts on here are aimed at one thing, the ridicule of one man and nothing about the validity of the race or whether or not there is evidence that it ought to be stopped. I intend to write an objection to the library, not that I expect it to change anything, but it is the only thing that I can do. This post has nothing to do with Marion and everything to do with the race and the dogs. What Sarah Palin thinks about the race is irrelevant.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 3 months ago

Give it a rest, mario.

Go pick another crusade de jour.






SledDogAction 8 years, 3 months ago

For the dogs, the Iditarod is a bottomless pit of suffering. Six dogs died in the 2009 Iditarod, including two dogs on Dr. Lou Packer's team who froze to death in the brutally cold winds. What happens to the dogs during the race includes death, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, broken bones, torn muscles and tendons and sprains. At least 142 dogs have died in the race.

During training runs, Iditarod dogs have been killed by moose, snowmachines, and various motor vehicles, including a semi tractor and an ATV. They have died from drowning, heart attacks and being strangled in harnesses. Dogs have also been injured while training. They have been gashed, quilled by porcupines, bitten in dog fights, and had broken bones, and torn muscles and tendons. Most dog deaths and injuries during training aren't even reported.

Iditarod dog kennels are puppy mills. Mushers breed large numbers of dogs and routinely kill unwanted ones, including puppies. Many dogs who are permanently disabled in the Iditarod, or who are unwanted for any reason, including those who have outlived their usefulness, are killed with a shot to the head, dragged, drowned or clubbed to death. "Dogs are clubbed with baseball bats and if they don't pull are dragged to death in harnesses......" wrote former Iditarod dog handler Mike Cranford in an article for Alaska's Bush Blade Newspaper. !0D Dog beatinos and whippings are common. Dureng the 2007 Iditarod, eyewitnesses reported that musher Ramy Brooks kicked, punched and beat his dogs with a ski pole and a chain. Jim Welch says in his book Speed Mushing Manual, "Nagging a dog team is cruel and ineffective...A training device such as a whip is not cruel at all but is effective." "It is a common training device in use among dog mushers..."

Jon Saraceno wrote in his March 3, 2000 column in USA Today, "He [Colonel Tom Classen] confirmed dog beatings and far worse. Like starving dogs to maintain their most advantageous racing weight. Skinning them to make mittens.. Or dragging them to their death."

During the race, veterinarians do not give the dogs physical exams at every checkpoint. Mushers speed through many checkpoints, so the dogs get the briefest visual checks, if that. Instead of pulling sick dogs from the race, veterinarians frequently give them massive doses of antibiotics to keep them running.

Most Iditarod dogs are forced to live at the end of a chain when they aren't hauling people around. It has been reported that dogs who don't make the main team are never taken off-chain. Chained dogs have been attacked by wolves, bears and other animals. Old and arthritic dogs suffer terrible pain in the blistering cold.

The Iditarod, with all the evils associated with it, has become a synonym for exploitation.

Margery Glickman Director Sled Dog Action Coalition,

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 3 months ago

Dear Sled Dog Action:

1) Do you support the practice of intentional interbreeding of wolfs and dogs?

2) Do you support the practice of tethering of dogs with chains.

Thank you.

RoeDapple 8 years, 3 months ago

The_Original_Bob (Anonymous) says… “Girlfriend has a new cause! Let's hope these doggies fair better than the last time he took up doggie rights as his cause.”

Well…. The dogs are still here….

Flap Doodle 8 years, 3 months ago

Did any elderly men get tased & dragged out of the presentation?

KansasPerson 8 years, 3 months ago

Irish, did you attend the presentation, or did you just fire off your letter of protest to the library? I attended with an open mind and I learned several things.

riverdrifter 8 years, 3 months ago

snap_pop_no_crackle (Anonymous) says…

"Did any elderly men get tased & dragged out of the presentation?"

I was wondering the same thing!

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