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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009
    Upstate NY

    Iditarod sled dog May, 9, lost in wilderness, travels 400 miles trying to find home

    A sled-dog missing in Alaska wilderness for six days is found
    uninjured after traveling 400 miles on her own trying to find home
    (Daily Mail)
    A dog which went missing on a grueling sled race in Alaska last Friday has been found safe and well - having traveled up to 400 miles on her own in rugged, freezing conditions.

    9-year-old May, a strawberry blond sled dog, became separated from her team when her musher - or sled leader - stopped to help another racer on the annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
    It was yesterday when she finally emerged to the surprise of the group of snowmobile drivers who stumbled across her.

    Kaitlin Koch, Matt Clark and Michael Hansmeyer had taken a break to consider where to go next when out of nowhere she appeared - still wearing her red harness.

    'We had just pulled over on the side of the trail and were talking about where we should go next,' said Clark, 22.

    'About 100 yards away a dog was trotting down the trail. It was coming at a pretty slow pace and we were waiting to see if someone on a four-wheeler or snow-machine was with her.'

    'We'd heard about a missing dog, but we figured we were too far away,' Clark said.

    'Kaitlin was like, 'That's that sled dog.' And we were like, 'There's no way, that sled dog's dead. A wolf would've got it.''

    Koch added: 'I stopped my sled and got off and went to the ground and she came right up to me. She sat in my lap the entire trip back to Big Lake.'

    'I'm still in utter amazement at how far she got.'
    much more, with plenty of pictures, at link above

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Amazing! I wonder what she was eating all this time?

    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Upstate NY
    Quote Originally Posted by Reader View Post
    Amazing! I wonder what she was eating all this time?
    I think it was conjectured that May ate scraps left by other sled teams in case she began to retrace her path homeward.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Georgia -- Redneck Country
    The dog was loaned to a Jamaican (who presumably did not have his own team) for the race, her owner and pack (probably kin and not just dogs she lived with) were running that race too.

    I bet she wanted to go back with them and could smell them so she took off the first chance she got to go find them. She is 9 years old, I hope they (owners) learned their lesson regarding "loaning her out".
    Last edited by Sonya610; 03-17-2013 at 08:43 AM.

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