Today we went on a field trip to Wasilla and the Iditarod Headquarters. Mushers and their handlers had to check in with vets today by 5:00 p.m. They had the option of visiting their approved race vet or coming here to the headquarters. About 40 mushers showed up today. We saw Jan Steves, Charley Bejna, Robert Bundtzen, Marcelle Fressineau, Karin Hendrickson, and Jason Mackey, as well as many others. The dogs had their pre-race physicals. Vets checked HAW & L. Do you know what each letter in HAW & L stands for? Make your guesses. We watched as vets check every aspect of the dogs. They double checked the micro chip which will be rechecked at the restart of the race. They looked at feet, body shape, listened to hearts and lungs. Most of the vets at this location are rookie vets getting their first try at checking in dogs.
I am a first grade teacher and I am so excited to participate in this project with my colleagues.