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Author Topic: Iditarod Winner's Sled Dog Zorro Seriously Injured  (Read 4473 times)
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« on: March 30, 2008, 10:56:25 AM »

Zorro, the prized sled dog of Lance Mackey who just won the 2008 Iditarod back to back with the Yukon Quest, was seriously injured on the trail by a snowmobiler while participating in the All-Alaska Sweepstakes. This was to have been his last race before retirement.

Despite warnings by Mackey, the snowmobile rammed the sled on which Zorro was riding, breaking his ribs and possibly injuring his spinal cord. He is at an emergency hospital in Anchorage, and has no feeling in his back legs.

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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2008, 11:26:13 AM »

I hate the Iditarod anyway, but to have that poor dog injured in that way is tragic. I hope that he is able to survive and have a long, happy, healthy retirement. PEOPLE!!! make me so angry sometimes. Hope the dog's owner has some recourse.

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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2008, 12:18:34 PM »

Its an accident waiting to happen allowing snow machines on the same trail as sled dogs.  If its true he was really shining that light at them, did they not see and why?  Was there alcohol involved?  I hope those men either come forward or someone that knows them turns them in.  Boy it doesnt sound good for the dog but maybe he will pull through.  I wonder how old the dog is, poor thing. 

I live in Alaska and have very mixed feelings on the Iditarod.  I know that these dogs love pulling sleds but I still cant help but think the Iditarod is just too grueling.  Its to duplicate the run they made to take live-saving medicine which had to have been hard as it is, why does it need to be duplicated in its entirety.  Its one thing to let them enjoy pulling sleds on a smaller version but it just seems so dangerous and unnecessary to put them thru the rigors of the Iditarod.  Plus I sometimes think they are driven much too hard in order for their human to be able to win.  Not all of them are hard on their dogs but I do think some are.  I know alot of people in my state will disagree with me, this is just my take on the whole thing.
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2008, 01:03:33 PM »

There was something on the Anchorage News site and in the comments that suggested that the snow machine driver had been drinking. There was another snow machine involved, which didn't hit the sled, so there are two drivers out there who know who did it. You have to wonder whether it was deliberate or just stupid.

According to Mackey, Zorro appeared to be OK overnight, but next day they discovered the extent of his injuries and flew him to the emergency hospital. They're doing an MRI today and may fly him to Seattle for spinal surgery. I hope the damage is treatable so he can recover the use of his back legs and have decent quality of life. He deserves it.

I'm not a huge fan of running dogs in grueling conditions like that either.
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2008, 02:14:54 PM »

The poor pooch, I'll keep him in my thoughts. I'm not so crazy about those sled races either.
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2008, 06:35:38 PM »

Oh that is such good news!  Im glad the guy came forward but Im wondering if there arent some laws about driving while intoxicated on a snow machine?   
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2008, 06:47:25 PM »

Yay Mackey
Wishing you a speedy recovery and a wonderful retirement  Cheesy

Thanks Klondike for the good news Wink
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2008, 06:57:01 PM »

Oh, thank goodness. Hang in there Zorro, heal up fast and enjoy your retirement.
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2008, 07:41:26 PM »

I too am very glad Zorro is expected to fully recover! 

However, this part in Klondike's article makes me wonder if one of the 'lesser' dogs in Mackey's kennel would have had as much of a chance as Zorro is getting.  I hope I'm just being overly pessimistic:

"Zorro is the foundation stud dog in Mackey's Comeback Kennel. Mackey is the only musher to record back-to-back wins in the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race and the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. He did it first in 2007 and then again this year."

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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2008, 04:44:39 AM »

Glad that Zorro is going to be okay. Poor dogger! The part that bothered me the most (and I don't understand or like the Iditarod) is why this man continued on without having his dogs checked over completely by a vet (maybe he did?) Is the race THAT important that you put a dog/dogs through that after being involved in a horrific accident?

Glad the snowmobiler has come forward. I hope that snowmobilers will learn from this and leave the booze for after snowmobiling.

Blessings
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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2008, 06:05:50 AM »

Zorro was down earlier with pneumonia and unable to complete a race. I hope his remaining "pet" years aren't spent out on a chain and I shudder to think what would happen if he was not able to walk again.
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