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The headline reads like a joke, but I’m not kidding. I have two dogs in the kennel that I consider worthy enough to offer out to stud. Click on the thumbnails of these two dogs — Solomon and Panther — to see a larger image. You can also see more descriptions and their faces here.

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I have four dogs for sale this year, all with real racing experience and some capable of running in lead. I don’t ask a lot of money for my dogs, generally. E-mail me with any questions. Click on the thumbnail images of these guys to see a full-size photo, and you can find photos of their faces and descriptions of them here.

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That’s what a friend of mine called this time of winter in Alaska, when you’ve got 12 hours of daylight and the snow is hard-packed and the daytime temperatures are warm.

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Contrary to popular belief, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race does not end when the nose of the first dog crosses the finish line. There’s 35 other teams out there still “racing” at that point.

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Lance Mackey’s 15 dogs looked so good coming to the finish line that it was almost inconceivable that they’d just raced nearly 1,000 miles through some of harshest weather the Bering Sea coast can dish out.

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The big poll has ended, since they’re starting to make their way onto the trail. Seavey already passed Burmeister in the first few miles, but mushers need to be careful in this run. If they go out too fast early, they can really slow down once they’ve passed Safety. It is an art.

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And Unalakleet, and Kaltag, and Eagle Island and Grayling. Finally, They’re just about all moving again.

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Young Dallas Seavey was among the first out of Shaktoolik this morning, accoring to the green blip that shows his movements on the Iditarod’s GPS tracker. My wife, Brandi, quickly guessed that Dallas, the dutiful son,  was selflessly bringing food, straw and supplies to his father, Mitch, and to Aaron Burmeister, who’ve been parked almost 24 hours at the shelter cabin just 12 miles beyond Shaktoolik. She called Danny Seavey to find out. Danny laughed.

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The 2009 Iditarod is getting curiouser and curiouser, and there suddenly is no certainty about who will win, or who’s vying for second or third. High wind and cold temperatures hammered front-running dog teams today, causing most of the top 10 to shut down much longer than they normally would. And in stranger places.

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Wellllll, the race may not be in the bag for Lance Mackey, the but the darn bag is open and the race is just dangling there ready to fall in.

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