Sled Dogs Make a run For it After Ditching Mushers

McKenna Wall was driving home last weekend in Fairbanks, Alaska, when she noticed something odd about the sled dog team running on the highway’s shoulder. She had just attended a sled dog race, but these dogs had no musher on their sled to guide them. Wall thought it might have been one of the racing teams. While she recorded Sunday’s strange encounter, her fiance Wyatt Dunlap pulled their vehicle ahead of the team.

He halted before six puppies and different drivers enclosed them to prevent them from running more. It turns out it wasn’t one of the groups that Wall saw hustling before.

Previous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race contender Gwen Holdmann said two of her kids were giving a companion a ride in the sled. Holdmann was in front of them, riding what she called a “snow moped” that resembles an engine bike on skis, on the off chance that anything turned out badly.

The puppy sled slipped on waterway ice, and when it hit snow once more, tumbled sideways. The youngsters spilled out, the sled corrected itself and the pooches, with their heap now helped, kept running.

Holdmann figured the canines would stop when they got to a waterway arrival. In any case, the canines had different thoughts, made two right turns and ended up running alongside activity. Divider said she stressed for the pooches’ security when she saw them.

“I felt sort of panicky, that we should help,” she said. “There was many individuals sort of hanging out the window attempting to keep the mutts off the street.”

Every one of the six mutts heaped into a Subaru to sit tight for Holdmann. She had scanned unsuccessfully for the puppies in the area, and when she called police, they knew where to guide her.

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“In any event they went on the correct side of the street,” Holdmann said of the runaway group. “No one was harmed, which was awesome. That is the manner by which you trust things like this will end, since I was quite frightened.”

On Wednesday, Norwegian musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom won his first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, CBS subsidiary KTVA-TV reports. The 31-year-old pulled under the Burled Arch in Nome at 3 a.m. Wednesday.

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