Nine Dog Winter
Bruce T. Batchelor Nine Dog Winter: Winter camping with sled dogs in Canada's Yukon by Bruce T. Batchelor is a true story, about two young Canadians who recruit nine mismatched huskies, and head out camping in the Yukon as the temperature plunges to Sixty-Eight Below.
Follow this 1980-'81 winter adventure of a young couple intent on recreating the classic Yukon pioneer lifestyle.
Includes dozens of photographs, maps and diagrams, plus complete instructions for building toboggans, harnesses, moccasins and other traditional winter camping equipment.
Hundreds of tips gathered from native and white trappers, pioneers and others who live and thrive in the Northern bush.
Back of the Pack: An Iditarod Rookie Musher's Alaska Pilgrimage to Nome
Don Bowers; Paperback, 396 pages
Once infected with the mushing virus, there is no cure- there is only the trail" Don Bowers learned the truth of these words as he lived his dream of running Alaska's grueling 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. With no mushing experience and little money, but with a spirit of adventure and support from friends, he started from scratch to put together a team. Over the next two years, he discovered that becoming a serious musher is not to be undertaken by the faint of heart, or by those who cannot learn to laugh at themselves and keep going in the face of daunting difficulties and dangers. By the time he eventually pulled under the famous burled arch at the end of Front Street in Nome, his perspective on life had been changed forever by his dogs and by the staggering scope and intensity of the Iditarod. This is Everyman's Iditarod, a tribute to the dedicated dreamers and their dogs who run to Nome in back of the pack with no hope of prize money or glory. This is truly "the rest of the story" of the Last Great Race on Earth.
BENEATH THE ASHES
Husky trainer/musher Jessie Arnold becomes the target of an arson investigation following the anticipated arrival of a long-lost friend.
Conditioning The Working Dog - Weight Pulling on CD
I have been weight pulling my Dobermans for the past 7 years. I have also run my 4 dog s from 3 to 14 miles at a time, depending endurance of each dog, will take up to 4 hours, 3 to 4 times a week. On top of this we average 170 tracking days per year. A lot of time is spent on training.
This summer I have been weight pulling the dogs over our 100 foot outside track in the early morning. We have not been doing the running. So far I cannot tell any difference in the dog s physical condition although their feet are in better shape now they are off the blacktop. My new 1-year-old Doberman is starting to have the massive look of my Panda who has pulled 1,650 pounds on the weight pulling cart.
DEATH TAKES PASSAGE
Re-creating the famous Voyage of 1897 on Alaska's Inside Passage, the Spirit of '98 is setting sail from Skagway, Alaska, en route to Seattle. Alaska State Trooper Alex Jensen and his love, female musher Jessie Arnold, are among the excited participants. Enroute, they are called upon to solve a murder.
HIP IDEAS FOR HYPER DOGS
by Amy Ammen & Kitty Foth-Regner This book gives you fun, hip techniques especially for hyper dogs and harried pet parents who want quick results.
Brian Patrick O'Donaghue; 1999; paperback, 352 pages
At 43, Brian Patrick O'Donoghue sees his youth slipping away. Yearning for one more challenge, he signs up to compete in the 1998 Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race. A last-place finisher a few years before in the Iditarod, O'Donoghue sets off with his fourteen Alaska huskies to find out if he and his team have the stuff to be contenders in an even more demanding race. With wry humor, diminishing expectations, and newfound humility, O'Donoghue introduces readers to the canine characteristics who comprise his team. O'Donoghue also takes stock of the independent-thinking, quirky, and always interesting men and women against whom he races. But it is his own absorbing "head trip" down the cold, dark trail that is the most interesting of all. The musher's strategies, hopes, dreams, and disappointments; the antics of the canine athletes, the drama of the race; and the unworldly wilderness venue add texture to a story of a personal journey by a young man who "gets away from it all" in an astonishing way.
Iditarod Dreams: A Year in the Life of Alaskan Sled Dog Racer Deedee Jonrowe
Lew Freedman and Deedee Jonrowe; 1995; paperback, 190 pages
Race the Iditarod with one of Alaska's top female mushers. DeeDee Jonrowe loves dogs, and her consuming passion is the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Winter and summer, virtually night and day, she and her huskies prepare for the thousand-mile race across Alaska. IDITAROD DREAMS is an absorbing, personal account of a year in the life of this remarkable woman living on the edge of the wilderness with her husband, Mike, and enough howling huskies to populate a small town. It is about the special bond between a woman and her dogs, and about the astonishing measure of skill and stamina required to compete in the Iditarod.
Introduction to Canine Carting
Ostrander; Video; 1996
Think carting sounds like fun? If you had any doubts before, you won't after watching this video! Covers types of harnesses, carts, basic training, and the fun of carting. Shows a variety of breeds. Well produced, clear instructions.
MURDER ON THE IDITAROD TRAIL
One by one, the top Iditarod contestants are dying in bizarre and gruesome ways--and Jessie Arnold, Alaska's premier female "musher," may be next.
MURDER ON THE YUKON QUEST
Jessie is stunned to learn that a young novice racer she met at the start of the Yukon Quest sled race has been abducted and held for ransom.
Mush! Beginners Manual of Sled Dog Training
Bella Levorsen, Ed.; 1997
Starting with basic considerations such as buying dogs and equipment, leads the reader through training, riding, traveling, race strategy, and more. Step-by-step assistance, and clearly drawn plans anyone can follow. Tailored to all levels of interest and experience, and is a quick reference to information which will help avoid costly mistakes.
Running North: A Yukon Adventure
Ann Mariah Cook; 1998; hardcover; 324 pages
Alaska is more than just the largest state in the Union; it's also a state of mind, as Ann Mariah Cook found out. Together with her husband, 3-year-old daughter, and 32 purebred Siberian huskies, she moved there from New Hampshire in order to train for the legendary Yukon Quest, the most rigorous sled-dog race in the world. Her tough, thoughtful memoir, Running North, chronicles the ordeals as well as the rewards of their mushers' life. In the course of their transformation from cheechakos, or greenhorns, to sourdoughs, or seasoned Alaskans, Cook and her husband learned to defend themselves and their dogs from extreme weather, adapted to mushing in Alaskan conditions, and even absorbed the niceties of Yukon social customs (hint: always put on a pot of coffee for visitors). The book ends with a harrowing account of the race, complete with packs of wolves, howling blizzards, minus-60-degree temperatures, and a few narrow escapes.
Skijor With Your Dog
Mari Hoe-Raitto and Carol Kaynor; 1991
Skijoring is the Scandinavian sport of being pulled on skis by one or more dogs in harness. In this book, you'll find out how to teach your dog to pull, what equipment you need, how to include children, racing tips and how to train for competition, how to camp and travel with dogs. An easy-to-read, practical guide to the sport!
Alex and Jessie must search for answers when the wreckage of a plane that crashed more than six months earlier is finally found.
Libby Riddles; hardcover; 1996; Childrens
Storm Run is the true story of Libby Riddles, who came north to Alaska to live with nature and, after battling a killer storm on Arctic ice, became the first woman to win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
THE CRUELEST MILES
Gay Salisbury & Laney Salisbury
Alaska, 1925. The diphtheria serum is 674 miles away. Without it, the people of Nome will not survive. The legendary heroism and endurance of the men and dogs in the Serum Run need no enhancement. Here for the first time their story is told in full.
Tracks Across Alaska: A Dog Sled Journey
Alastair Scott; Paperback
The author, a Scotsman, arrived in Manley Hot Springs, west of Fairbanks, just
before Halloween in 1987, thirsty for adventure. He had long dreamed of driving
a dog team across Alaska and knew the history and literature of Arctic travel.
Now, with the use of a cabin and an offer of professional...
Training Lead Dogs
Lee Fishback; 1979
How to turn ordinary dogs into lead dogs through positive training. Includes: training equipment, natural leaders, safe correction, praise, general training stages 1-5, how to ruin a good prospect, common problems, and retraining.
Ever wonder what it would be like to run the Iditarod? Here's a first person account of an amateur sled dog driver. Captures the beauty and danger of the seventeen day, 1180 mile race.