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Friday February 21, 2014

Tok, AK (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: You just never know what you're going to encounter on the byways of Tok Alaska.

Really hoping my presence wouldn't disturb the training of these dogs, I snapped away while the musher shouted 'straight on! straight on!' to his dogs.

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38. maxa
4:14 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Perfect snowy action capture!
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37. kristinarinell
2:32 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
really cool capture, Katy! What a treat it must have been :-)
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36. katy99780
1:39 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Thanks MountainValleyForge, jpotter and Charlotte!
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35. llpj04
12:37 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Awesome capture Katy
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34. jpotter (Admin)
11:53 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
So good! Looks like fun!
33. MountainValleyForge
7:09 AM GMT on February 24, 2014
This is one of the best pics EVER on WG!!! Thanks so much for your insight on the subject. This looks like so much fun!!
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32. katy99780
4:54 AM GMT on February 24, 2014
Thanks Maria and Lori!

Yeah Lori, I took a bunch of shots (sports mode) and in every shot, his tongue is wrapping around his face!
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31. SVLover
4:42 AM GMT on February 24, 2014
Cracks me up the tongue on that one dog - every time - just about wrapped around his head.
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30. Proserpina
11:01 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
Fantastic photo. Congrats on the AC.
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29. katy99780
7:51 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
Thanks Max, sayers, Jonk and Heidrun!

Jonk the dogs are kenneled outdoors all the time, never lived indoors, so they are pretty well acclimated to the temps. Of course if a dog is cold or gets cold, they have 'jackets' to strap on them.

This was a pretty good temperature day for interior Alaska sled dogs; temps between -20 and zero are ideal. Dogs will overheat if it gets too warm.

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28. trailhiker44
5:48 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
Fantastic catch !
Love the individuality of these dogs and yet they have a common goal !
CONGRATULATIONS on this great action AC, Katy !!!
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27. EndlessHorizon
3:59 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
Love this shot! The dogs all look like they are having the time of their lives doing this. That lead dog with his tongue flapping like that...yeh, if one of those was my dog, that one would be it. You know what they say how dogs and their owners start looking alike! :^) I'm SURE that dog would start looking dignified. Yeh, that's the way it would work out.

I keep teasing my spouse that I'm going to get another twenty or thirty pomeranians and enter the Iditarod. Brings a terrified look every time.

Thanks for the info about the mutts, and different dogs for different kinds of travel, and matching the dogs for size. Makes sense about the mutts, but I didn't know that huskies are rare for sled dogs. Don't these dogs get cold, with their short fur, once they stop running?

Thanks again for sharing this great shot!
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26. sayers
5:51 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
great photo,
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25. Nikongranny
4:16 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
Great action capture. Congrats and 10 from SW Iowa
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24. katy99780
2:36 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
Quoting pbcbb:
This is so funny. The most uncoordinated pack of dogs I ever saw. They look like a pack of mutt dogs someone picked up outside of a bar and hitched them to a sled and told them to get going. LOL picture.
Takes all kinds pbcbb, no doubt you could do better. That's what most dog teams are FYI, just a pack of happy mutts. Just like us Alaskans. It's all in the training.
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23. pbcbb
2:01 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
This is so funny. The most uncoordinated pack of dogs I ever saw. They look like a pack of mutt dogs someone picked up outside of a bar and hitched them to a sled and told them to get going. LOL picture.
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22. Biskitten
12:53 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
Fantastic capture - AC congrats, Katy!
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21. katy99780
12:29 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
Thanks Dave, Linda and Michal!
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20. Kajzar
12:22 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
Fantastic photo! Congratulations Katy!
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19. Luckystar
10:06 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Wow, Katy! AWESOME action capture! 10 and in my faves.

Congrats on a fantabulous AC!!
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18. WurzelDave
9:29 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Awesome capture KT, congrats on AC.
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17. katy99780
8:39 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Thanks Gale, Wanda and Eileen. Sorry to give the wrong impression Wanda, some people do use huskies, but most use mixed breed dogs with no pedigree, kind of 'their own' breed.

Huskies might be used for long haul runs, like Yukon Quest and Iditarod, but you don't see them often. You'd really be surprised at the size of most sled dogs, small compared to huskies.
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16. YouKnowWho
8:21 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Way cool capture!
AC congrats!
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15. oneshotww
8:15 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Nice shot. I didn't realize that different breeds were used. I thought it was mostly huskies. I do know that Standard Poodles were once ran in the Iditarod.
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14. oneshotww
8:15 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Double post
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13. novembergale
7:08 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Fantastic shot! Congratulations Katy!
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12. katy99780
6:45 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Thanks friends for your fun comments!
Quoting WeatherWise:
How exciting! Hahaaha...they are all
looking straight at you! Great shot!
Congratulations on AC!
Yes they were all looking right at me, very curious about me!
Quoting gatorgal:
Nice face on mugs!
Actually, it is good to have a distraction. They will need training for that kind of possibility.
You certainly caught the moment.
Great job!!
Sure enough Marijka, they need to be able to ignore distractions, but I didn't know if they were that far into their training. I figured they would be okay though or the musher would have had them on a more remote trail
Quoting camerashy:
My family and I got such a kick out of this photo. We were trying to guess the breeding of the dogs; all so different. Great shot!
Quoting thenorth40:
Outstanding photo! If I'm not mistaken....these bowzers are NOT your usual breed for sled dogs.
Sled dogs are almost exclusively mutts, 'Heinz57'. Dogs who have proven their mettle on the trail will be used for breeding new pups, regardless of 'pedigree.' Mostly, all the dogs of any kennel will be similar in size and strength, so pulling will be balanced. It just doesn't work to have a big dog next to a smaller dog, or a strong dog beside a sprinter.

These are medium size as sled dogs go, and they look like sprint dogs, as opposed to long-haul dogs.
Quoting LarryD:
Nice! Breaking out of your usual mold?
Larry I was hoping for a good sky/mountain shot, but they were pretty obscured by high overcast. :( This musher just happened to be out training, so (like we all do!) I whipped out my camera. :)
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11. LarryD
5:18 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Nice! Breaking out of your usual mold?
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10. nanapoo
5:06 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Fantastic! Congrats!
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9. thenorth40
4:54 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Outstanding photo! If I'm not mistaken....these bowzers are NOT your usual breed for sled dogs.
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8. camerashy
4:08 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
My family and I got such a kick out of this photo. We were trying to guess the breeding of the dogs; all so different. Great shot!
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7. gatorgal
3:59 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Nice face on mugs!
Actually, it is good to have a distraction. They will need training for that kind of possibility.
You certainly caught the moment.
Great job!!
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6. Doesiedoats
3:58 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Super action shot, Katy! Well done.

Congratulations on your AC.
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5. WeatherWise
3:40 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
How exciting! Hahaaha...they are all
looking straight at you! Great shot!
Congratulations on AC!
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4. gilg72
3:18 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Wow! Great catch Katy.
Update: Congrats on the AC!
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3. suzi46
2:19 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
catch the left lead dog's tongue!!! LOL..LOL!! hope it didn't freeze..terrific shot Katy..we have at least 3 closer neighbors with sleds and teams and in all the years we've been here, I have yet to catch a shot like this..love it!! :)
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2. jeans
12:32 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Very interesting and unique picture as well as being a great weather shot.
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1. Outsideshot
5:02 AM GMT on February 22, 2014
Great catch!
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I've lived in Alaska since 1969. I love this wild land. The extremes of the far north shape and affect every living thing. Extremes of weather, elevation, daylight hours, isolation, flora and fauna, nothing in Nature is insignificant.I have a Davis Vantage Pro weather station, uploading to Wunderground, (Turks on the Tundra) the National Weather Service, the Citizen Weather Observation Program and MADIS (Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System). "May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart." ~ Indigenous Arctic Proverb

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