The weather appears cold but clear, with calm winds and temps ranging from 0 to -15 degrees F. There is no sign of precipitation. The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are frequently spotted by mushers and volunteers during the Iditarod, but this year may prove to be exceptional as the earth is currently being bombarded by the largest Solar Storm of the last 6 years.
If you read some of our recent postings, you might be wondering how Marshall, the dog on Scott's team that collapsed on the trail, is fairing. Well, we're very happy to report that Marshall has made his way back to Anchorage and appears to be doing quite well. But don't take my word for it... watch the video at the end of this post and judge for yourself!
On a side note, the mouth-to-snout CPR performed by Scott is something no pet owner ever wants to face, but if you do face it, you'll be glad to have the training required to handle the situation like Scott did. Check with your local vet or humane society, as many offer classes on animal first aid. I have two "fur-kids" of my own and attended a canine first aid class provided by the Wisconsin Humane Society. We learned all sorts of valuable things, ranging from dog CPR to properly stabilizing broken limbs and identifying a dog that is in shock. Thankfully, I have yet to put any of this training into practice, but the 2 hour class was well worth taking should I ever have to.
As you start wrapping up your work or school weeks and steer your thoughts toward weekend plans, here's something else to think about. Even as we go about our everyday lives and the twins make their way down the trail, our Country's men and women in uniform continue to be deployed and serve tours in far away lands. Here's what one family is doing to stay in touch and support our troops while their Dad is stationed in Afghanistan, and how Seeing Double is showing their support. Please visit Our Dad's Flag!
From above: Click here to read more about Marshall, the dog who lived, comes home.