Celebrating Sled Dogs
Posted: Mar 23 2012
Dallas Seavey may not be a household name but he has certainly made a splash (or a whoosh!) in the dog community. The 25 year old Alaskan native is the youngest winner of the Iditarod in the race's 40 year history.
Seavey hails from a family of sled dog racers and his passion for racing, and more importantly for dogs, is evident. In a recent interview with NPR, Seavey explained to reporter, Neal Conan, what (and who) drives him.
"Guinness is turning 9 years old, and she has raced in every major race that I have competed in. And she's been my lead dog in almost every one of them. .. [W]hat really inspires me about Guinness is just her enthusiasm. Not just for mushing, but for life, you know, in every aspect. And every time it's time to go, she is barking and screaming her head off, lunging against the line. She is the smallest dog in my team, but she's got the biggest heart."
Speaking about his other lead dog, Diesel, Seavey says, "Now, Diesel, he is younger. He's only 5 years old, and he's actually the largest dog in my team. And he is really just becoming that superstar leader. He has the athletic talent to be the best dog in the world. ... But ... he's not overly confident, and that's something we've been developing and working on for many years."
Seavey's love and admiration for his canine teammates is evident. Whether addressing issues like proper nutrition for sled dogs or his training regimen, it is clear that Seavey has thought through the issues in a manner well beyond what his years might suggest.