I haven’t posted much in a while. Mainly do to finishing my 5th book and doing dog stuff. Husky stuff to be exact. You see my mission is to help save the Seppala Siberians from extinction. Not many know about them but they were developed by a man named Leonhard Seppala. What he bred became the Siberian Huskies of today.

Seppala became famous from a little effort known as the 1925 Serum run to save the children of Nome Alaska. You might have seen the movie “Balto.” Balto wasn’t the true hero, Leonhard Seppala and Togo were, but then movies don’t always have the facts straight.

I did drive 4000 miles to transport another Togo for our Kennel. Togo of Seppalta is at stud in Maine. We are expecting our next litter in October if things go as planned. I got him from Dr. Douglas Willet. Doug bred and raced Seppalas for over 30 years. Not only that but he raced the open class and consistently beat the Alaskan Huskies. Alaskan Huskies are a mixed breed of dogs bred strictly for performance not looks. They dominate the Iditarod and almost all races today.

They still came from the original, the Seppalas. Doug proved the Alaskan Huskies could be beaten and they were. Seppala’s are history and should not go quietly into the night. They won’t if I have anything to say about it.

It seems these days that everyone has an agenda or cause to promote. Some are misguided in my mind but who am I to judge them. I won’t unless they tell me how mistreated sled dogs are. If your life depends on the dogs that pull you through the wilderness are you going to really mistreat them?

That would be like slashing your own car tires. Sled dogs and mushers have a bond, a partnership that benefits both. Sure, some mushers are guilty but I bet that most of the dog abuse happens in everyday homes in urban area’s. If you want to start a crusade go after these people first. They are the true abusers of dogs.

Sled dogs crave running as much as humans crave sex. They need it to be healthy and happy. To deny them what they were bred for and to stick them in a kennel is a prison that destroys their brains. It leads to bad behaviors because that is the only way they have to tell us that their needs are not being met. And it ends up with them being taken to a shelter and put down just because most people don’t understand them.

That is why I write about them. To try and educate people in the ways of the Sled Dogs. They have no lawyers, they have no voice, but they have the heart and the wisdom of the ages I learn from them every day.

Togo of Seppalta and me on our way from Minnesota to Maine.

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