Iditarod Bound

I’m headed to the 2020 Iditarod. I’ve never been to Alaska or the race before. You can expect to see some post starting about March 5th on this new adventure of mine.

I have lots of things planned for this trip. Private fund raising dinner with Lance Mackey limited to 60 people. Helicopter flight to a dog sled tour. Musher’s banquet with all the big names (another fundraiser.)

I’m really looking forward to this adventure and I will post how it turns out. I plan on presenting 4 times Iditarod winner Lance Mackey with this painting I did of his famous dog, Larry. I hope he likes it or at least recognizes him.

Larry was a bombproof canine, Larry helped Lance Mackey win a third straight Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. It will go down as the last race of Larry’s career. Larry has finished eight Iditarods — seven with Mackey and one with former Mackey neighbor Paul Gebhardt from Kasilof — and four Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Races, not to mention dozens of middle-distance sled dog races.

His record as a leader is remarkable. Larry has led teams in 10 races of 1,000 miles, and he has won seven of them. Along the Iditarod Trail, he has become almost as famous as Mackey. Larry made a big name for himself in 2007 by becoming the dog to win the golden harness in both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod. His master made history that year, too, winning sled-dog racing’s first Iditarod-Quest double.

Now his painting is on my wall of fame, but he won’t be here for much longer. I plan to give this painting to Lance on March 4th in Anchorage, AK.

Larry, not much more can be said.

Seppala Issue:

I may have played a part in this one (Feature Story.)

The Seddogger Magazine, Winter Issue, free to read at your leisure.

Love the bond:

Look at the 5:23 minute mark, this is what it’s about.

Short and to the point

A two minute prayer.

Seppala Siberians

This is what they do best…run. A video from my friends at Evergreen.

For them I paint:

I find it heartwarming to give something to someone who has lost their best friend forever. Owning dogs is a joy and when they pass it’s so hard to deal with. My latest work goes to one such person that spent a short 7 years with this dog. I felt the need to paint this magnificent Alaskan Malamute for them.

Forever Yours, Faithfully.

The trip is booked:

It looks like I’m headed to Alaska in March to see the Iditarod. That may not mean much to some but to me, it’s a dream come true. I’m also attending a private fundraising banquet with 4 times Iditarod champion Lance Mackey.

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