Encyclopedia of Mushing

Handler

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

The dog handlers are very important to larger sled dog teams. They help hook-up dogs, put on harnesses, booties, and feed the whole team. What a lot of work! This really helps mushers before and during races to have some extra help with the dogs. Especially if they’re really tired!

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Gee

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

This is the command used by most mushers to make the lead dog(s) turn the team right.

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Gangline

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

The gangline refers to the rigging or rope that connects the dogs to the sled or wheeled vehicle. This includes the tuglines, towlines, and necklines. Some mushers use the term gangline to describe the centerline of the rigging.

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Fleece

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

This is the term used for the fabric made from recycled polyester. This fabric has great insulating qualities, and is usually used on cold weather clothing because it keeps the body warm, and it is very durable in harsh conditions.

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Dog Door

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

A portal that is installed into an existing house door that allows dogs to come & go as they please. A person must be certifiably crazy to use such an item.

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Centerline

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

This is the section of the gangline that runs down the middle of the dogs. This is the main rope, and it has to be strong enough to hold the entire team. This section is also referred to as the towline. See also towline.

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Canis Polaris

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

Siberian Husky Racing Kennel from the Netherlands. See www.canispolaris.nl

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Susan Howlet Butcher

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

In 1989 Susan Howlet Butcher became the second woman to win the Iditarod and later she became the second person to win the Iditarod four times. “I do not know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did it, or I have abolished it.” -Susan Butcher

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Martin Buser

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

As of the year 2006, Martin Buser has won 4 Iditarod races. After winning the 2002 Iditarod race, he became the first person to ever complete the Iditarod in under 9 days time. He is married to Kathy Chapoton, and together they have two sons, Rohn and Nickolai.

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Bungee Neckline

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

Neckline that has give and flex with the movement of the dog.

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Alaskan Malamute

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

The Alaskan Malamute was developed by the Mahlemut tribe of Alaska. One of the larger northern breeds, Alaskan Malamutes are too slow to competitively compete in most dog sled races.

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Alaskan Husky

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

The Alaskan Husky isn’t considered a breed of dog because it is classified by its purpose as a sled dog and not by its lineage or type. These dogs are bred for their high speeds and endurance. The Alaskan Husky has a background of hound crosses and Siberian Husky.