Training Run Ends In Tragedy

Ashley BrockAshley Brock Posts: 118Member
edited 12 October, 2008 in Alaskan Husky
http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/100208/new_291156865.shtml That's a link to the news story about Jon Little and one of his teams being hit, 4 dogs died and one is seriously injured. I got it from another post in the Sports and Agility forum I think the poster labled it "More needless sled dog deaths" or something. Let's keep Jon and his dogs in our thoughts and prayers!

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  • Ash KAsh K Saranac LakePosts: 967Member
    edited 5 October, 2008
    This could have easily been avoided had safer trails been chosen to run these dogs on. Our hearts go out to those innocent dogs who lost their lives. |:|
  • Meredith MapesMeredith Mapes PalmerPosts: 1,351Member
    edited 6 October, 2008
    The thing is, there probably aren't any other trails...I know my team almost got hit by a car on a training run this morning...I was so scared, and there was nothing I could do about it...and it the only trail I can run on until freeze up in a few weeks.
  • Kristen CrainKristen Crain TalkeetnaPosts: 1,501Member
    edited 10 October, 2008
    Let's also not forget that the speed limit is 45 at that corner... The driver was going 60. Sometimes there aren't any other trails. The only trail available to me during the week requires me to cross a highway also. If I could find a safer trail, I would use it. Since I don't, I take as many precautions as I can. But, as they say, stuff happens. This could easily happen to a musher or to someone jogging with their dog on a sidewalk.
  • Ash KAsh K Saranac LakePosts: 967Member
    edited 11 October, 2008
    What ever happened to trucking dogs to train? I can run off my own property and get quite a bit of mileage in (and none of it on roads). However, I can also drive fifteen minutes to state land and get even more miles done. Somewhere like Alaska, especially from what I've heard in relation to this particular case... I just can't believe that other, more safer trails were not available.
  • Ashley BrockAshley Brock Posts: 118Member
    edited 11 October, 2008
    Last year a woman and her two German Shepherds were struck by a truck, the woman died and I think both dogs had to be put down, he just now got sentenced to 4 years and some fines....Crazy!!!
  • Meredith MapesMeredith Mapes PalmerPosts: 1,351Member
    edited 12 October, 2008
    Khuno-The thing is, my mother will not truck me and all my dogs the 45+ miles to go to Chugiak or Big Lake to run their trails. We moved to Knik so we could run the trails right from our house, not having to truck so far. But this time of year, all the clubs trails are closed except for Chugiak's 2 mile trail which is not worth it. I need to be running 10 mile runs, not 2, so I run a little bit on less used roads. I would love to run on just trails, but it is not possible in fall training. He was going 60 there!?! That is not very safe in that area at all.
  • Kristen CrainKristen Crain TalkeetnaPosts: 1,501Member
    edited 12 October, 2008
    In Kink, it seems like most of the trails go over swamp, rivers, lakes, etc. Those won't be usable for a long time. Again, you'd have to go up north pretty far to get to safe trails. Mushers also have jobs to work around, so you sometimes have a small time frame to get the miles in. I don't get home until around 3:30, so I can only fit in a 25-30 mile run. If I drive to trails, I could probably do a 10 mile run only just because of time constraints. Just to clear up what a highway trail is... They're not on the road- they are normally about 10-15 feet off the pavement and gravel parts of the road. Normally following power lines (we call ours the Power line Trail), but not always. It's pretty much a multi-use trail for everyone that doesn't drive.
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