How could it be just 11 days until the start of the 2008 Iditarod?!? Goodness gracious – my how the time does fly!
Our Iditarod Veterinarian check was Sunday, and all dogs got a clean bill of health! They are ready to head to the start line. Now all I gotta do is figure out which ones to bring since I had 21 dogs go through the checkup, and each of them are anxious to be chosen for the big race.
Dickens and Berkley get the nod for sure and will be the most experienced, spectacular leaders in the team. I’m looking for great things from them both. Deets, who had to sit out last years race due to a sore wrist, is ready to rock-n-roll as well. I’m very excited about this guy! (Deets was part of the “Lonesome Dove” litter – his littermates include: Call, Augustus, Lori, Woodrow, and Claire.)
An added challenge for the 2008 preparations are additional preparations being made for the All Alaska Sweepstakes, which will begin in Nome on March 26th (after our 5th Iditarod win!!) I have a cast of champions ready to help me for the Sweepstakes which includes both Bob Hemshoot and Chris Provost (“Iron Dog” partners – the 1,000 mile snowmachine race from Anchorage to Nome). Their expertise will be instrumental due to the fact that the sweepstakes race requires that any food and gear needed by me and my dog team needs to be transported by my crew. The rules will even allow the crew to feed and put booties on/off the dogs. In fact they can do anything except ride the dog sled! From our immediate kennel crew, Jason Reppert will be accompanying us as the “dog expert”, and good friend Kurt Hellweg from Springfield, MO will be joining us as “lead strategist”. It is so hard to think about this race with the Iditarod looming so close. I will be depending on these four to do much of the thinking for me – along with Carrie who has been expertly making travel arrangements for all concerned. Thank you all!
Just moments ago the phone rang (again…) and the “Vs.” cable network film crew is closing in on the Homestead for what will no doubt be a painfully long day of interviews and the first of an endless rotation of the same questions over, and over, and over, and over, and over… (do I sound like I’m really looking forward to this? It is however the price that you pay for win #5!!). Honestly it is wonderful to know that the market is out there to share the Iditarod Sled Dog Race with millions of viewers – like you! I’m glad they’re here for a visit.
Wow! Thank you for all the positive comments on “Cold Hands, Warm Heart”. It is really fun to hear from so many of you! Just the other day our book made it onto Cabela’s website. It’s pretty easy to find – there is a link on their main page to me, the book, and a section on “what Jeff King wears”. Check it out here: http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/home/doorway-home.jsp?vendor=door_iditarod.jsp&cm_re=home021308*body*iditarod. They are also soliciting comments about the book at this location, and I would love to have any of you that are Cabela’s customers and are excited about my book to go to the Cabela’s website and add a comment.
I’ll make sure to write again before we head to Anchorage, so until then…Happy Trails!