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I’ve written about animals before, but never one like Angel. She’s a Golden LabTheraHund who hails from northern Germany and has traveled close to twenty thousand miles since July. Destination: Alaska. What makes Angel unique is that she writes a blog – in English and German – using multi-syllabic words! Show me another dog with that kind of talent.

Angel and her people rolled their tired tires into Anchorage today, a place forever dear to my heart as I spent ten of the best years of my life there. One of the many things that Rondy13Pinmakes Alaska special is an annual fur-trading event which long-ago developed into a major 10-day-long festival called “The Fur Rendezvous“. This year’s edition starts next Friday and features the Running Of The Reindeer (think: Pamplona), a carnival, Snowshoe Softball, the Grand Prix Auto Race, dog weight pull, fireworks, the Frostbite Footrace, and a Grand Parade. I sound like a commercial, but everything about “Rondy” is fun, and families have been enjoying it for seventy-seven years.

As cool as Rondy is, it’s not the reason Angel’s in Anchorage. As cool as Rondy is, it’s just the warm-up for the really big event: Alaska’s world-famous “Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race“.

One of Angel’s people has – for the longest time – wanted to experience the IditarodIdita13Patch close-up. “The Last Great Race” pits dog teams and their mushers against rugged terrain, extreme weather, and distance: a thousand miles! Angel’s person (who happens to be my sister-in-law) has volunteered for several important positions, and while she’ll be working very hard, she’ll know that she’s participating in a historic event.

AngelPicThat’s what brings media from around the world to Alaska for the race. But Angel has already discovered that all of the media are human. So she’s busy sniffing out a volunteer position for herself as the canine reporter for this year’s Iditarod. You’ll find her posts on the blog “Travels With Angel“. And if you’re in Anchorage, look for the white pickup with Angel’s picture on the windows. She won’t be driving, but will be somewhere nearby.

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