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The Racing Siberian Husky Online contains selected articles from 15 years of RSH archives -- through 1998 when we ceased publishing in print  -- plus features about racing Siberians and working sled dogs created for online reading.  Our newest articles are a detailed look at the 2007 dog food recall, Nancy Cowan's piece on sled dog training advice from the late Roland "Doc" Lombard, and an interview with Iditarod musher Karen Ramstead.  Thank you to our many readers over the years!  The Editors.

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turq-vsm.gif (920 bytes) 2007 Recall of Dog and Cat Food Widens  An article on the recall of "wet" dog and cat food that started with a Canadian manufacturer and has widened, with advice from veterinarians.  

turq-vsm.gif (920 bytes) Doc Lombard - A Master of Sled Dog Training  An article on training and racing insights, by Nancy Cowan, author of the new book on Lombard's training journal and letters.

turq-vsm.gif (920 bytes) 14 Breeds Recognized as "Ancient" including Siberian Husky  A remarkable studies finds "genetic fingerprints for 85 breeds. 

turq-vsm.gif (920 bytes) Are Siberian Huskies Closer to Wolves than Any Other Breed? Here's a look at why this is not true.

turq-vsm.gif (920 bytes) Preparing for the 2004 Iditarod: An Interview with Karen Ramstead in which she discusses breeding, training and racing dual purpose Siberians

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turq-vsm.gif (920 bytes) Interview with Jim Welch.  Parts One, Two & Three now online. 
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The Speed Mushing Manual

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turq-vsm.gif (920 bytes) What mushers should know about heat build-up during exercise.

turq-vsm.gif (920 bytes) Link discovered between large hearts and endurance.

turq-vsm.gif (920 bytes) Genetic basis to endurance found.

turq-vsm.gif (920 bytes) Two teams of Siberians raced the 1998 Iditarod.

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ONLINE ISSUE No. 11 -- Spring 2007

March/April 2007
Recall of dog and cat foods widens
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By Barbara Bradley Petura

On March 16, 2007, the Food and Drug Administration released a news story concerning the recall of dog and cat food. The article started that "Menu Foods, Inc., a private-label pet food manufacturer based in Streetsville, Ontario, Canada, is recalling all its 'cuts and gravy' style dog and cat food produced at its facility in Emporia, Kansas, between December 3, 2006, and March 6, 2007. The products are sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico."

Since then, the recall of dog and cat food has been expanded, and various substances have been blamed, with melamine and melamine by-products determined to be the culprit. Here is what is known as of April 22, 2007, combined with veterinary resources relevant to this serious health threat to America's dogs and cats.

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ONLINE ISSUE No. 10 -- Summer 2004

Insights on Training Leaders, Passing, More
Doc Lombard—A Master of Sled Dog Training
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By Nancy Cowan, Author,
The Training and Racing Journals of Roland and Louise Lombard

“A good leader is a rare and wonderful thing. When you get one, take care never to do anything that might put bad thoughts in her head.” Those words were written in a notebook over thirty-two years ago by one of the world’s foremost of sled dog racing champions, Dr. Roland Lombard. 

Lombard was making notes in preparation for presenting a speech on sled dog racing lead dogs…and when Doc spoke, everyone wanted to hear. The advice is as pertinent to today’s sled dog drivers as it was to those of three decades ago.

These notes, others devoted to aspects of his career in sled dog racing, and his day-to-day journals are all contained in a newly printed book, The Training and Racing Journals of Roland and Louise Lombard.

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ONLINE ISSUE No. 9 -- Late Spring 2004

14 Breeds Recognized as "Ancient"
New Breakthrough in Dog Genetics  [ Top ]

An important breakthrough in understanding purebred dogs occurred this month, May 2004,  with researchers announcing that what are essentially “genetic fingerprints” for 85 pure breeds of dogs have been determined with a high level of accuracy, thus establishing pure breeds of dogs as “distinct genetic units.”

One aspect of the study is especially fascinating for those who breed and own any of the 14 breeds determined to be in an "ancient" group.  The so-called genetic fingerprints of these breeds show considerable similarity to those of the wolves included in the study.  These 14 breeds now believed to be very old range from the Pekingese to the Saluki to the Siberian Husky.

[ Note: The full list of ancient breeds include Afghan Hound, Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Basenji, Chow Chow, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, Saluki, Samoyed, Shar-pei, Shiba Inu, Shih Tzu, Siberian Husky and Tibetan Terrier. ]

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ONLINE ISSUE No. 8 -- Spring 2004

Recent Research Cited
Are Siberian Huskies "closer" to wolves than
any other breed of dogs?  Here's why not. 
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When that question was posed on Sibernet-L recently, I thought it was worth sharing with the group some of the research results that I've been reading and writing about concerning the origin of the domestic dog. What follows is what I posted to the list on April 5, 2004, with some additions and editing as well as some more links to related online resources.

Thank you for posting an important question about Siberian Huskies -- one that reflects the misunderstandings of people who have not read much about wolves, the domestication of dogs or about the Arctic or Northern dog breeds. There are some key points drawn from recent research that are worth noting in trying to answer the question. We all need to be able to reply to people who ask or make statements about our breed, clarifying that, in fact, the Siberian Husky is not "closer to the wolf" than any other dog breed.

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ONLINE ISSUE No. 7 -- Late Summer 2003

Preparing for 2004 Iditarod
Interview:  Musher Karen Ramstead
on breeding, training, racing Siberians  
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When we learn that  Karen Ramstead had entered the 2004 Iditarod with her North Wapiti Siberian Huskies, we thought that a musher planning to run the Last Great Race a fourth time ought to be featured in The Racing Siberian Husky Online. So we asked if she would do an interview by email. She agreed.  Here are her thoughts about breeding, training and running the Iditarod with Siberians -- and her goal for the 2004 race.

WDW:  Why did you choose the Siberian Husky breed? Were you thinking specifically of getting a working sled dog?

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ONLINE ISSUE No. 6 -- Summer 2001

With Knowledge Not Hope
How to Select Against Genetic Disease  [ Top ]

By George Packard

High anxiety about genetic diseases comes with the territory for anybody who is considered to be a responsible breeder these days. In fact, if you are breeding dogs, and you aren't worried about genetic disease, you'd better hold off on that next mating until you've done your homework.

Canine geneticists estimate that the average purebred dog is carrying at least 4-5 defective genes. To put it another way, when you are looking at that gorgeous champion with normal hips you are also looking at a dog who is carrying the genes that can cause several types of genetic disease. And unless his owner has a detailed genetic pedigree on this dog and is willing to share it, you have no way of knowing what those disease genes are.

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From the RSH Archives Winter 1990 Issue
An Interview with Jim Welch  
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Musher & Author of The Speed Mushing Manual

We are proud to present several segments of an interview between RSH's racing editor Rick Petura and Jim Welch, the successful Alaskan musher and author of The Speed Mushing Manual. This valuable book, which has received high praise from some of the world's top mushers, was published in 1989 by Sirius Publishing.

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ONLINE ISSUE No. 5 -- Winter 1999

A Musher's Discovery about Sled Dogs
Don't Run Those Dogs, Train Them!  [ Top ]

Though I’ve been running dogs a number of years now, I’m certainly not an expert when it comes to training dogs. However, I have learned a few things. Like most new mushers, I thought training dogs meant hooking them to the gangline and putting on the miles. I read all the books and articles I could get my hands on about training and tried to apply what I read, but it still seemed as though I was just along for the ride.

Over the years I spent hours listening to and watching other experienced mushers. I began to visualize what they described and incorporated what I could into my training runs. At one point I finally realized that "running" a team and "training" a team are two different things. Training a dog team is more than taking the dogs for a run. Training means having a strategy and identifying specific objectives for each run.

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ONLINE ISSUE No. 4 -- Early Fall 1998

A Risk for Top-performing Sled Dogs
Heat Build-up during Intensive Exercise  [ Top ]


Heat build-up occurs during exercise. Muscles are able to convert on the order of 20-30 percent of the chemical energy they use into mechanical work. [1]  Thus, 80-70 percent of the energy production of an intensively working dog ends up creating body heat.  During intensive pulling, or even high-speed "going along," there is, therefore, a large quantity of heat generated by sled dog muscles that must be dissipated.

When muscles get too warm, they function less efficiently.  When a dog's body warms too much, its non-muscular body functions not only work less efficiently, but actually may fail entirely, thus presenting a life-threatening situation to the dog. [2]

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ONLINE ISSUE No. 3 -- Late Summer 1998

"Heart" has physical basis
New Discovery Made in Top Racers  [ Top ]

Every sled dog driver quickly learns about the term "heart" as it applies to his or her dogs and their individual performance. Some dogs clearly demonstrate they have something "extra" that allows them to excel on the trail. When other dogs are flagging, tired and ready to slow down, dogs with "heart" are enduring, able to keep pushing the team onward. They demonstrate this spirit in vivid ways, and often become known as the sparkplug of the team. Some racers equate "heart’ with courage or guts.

Most mushers attribute this quality to a general combination of good physiological traits -- or simply to a dog’s personality -- without thinking much more about it. Few if any mushers consider it a trait they could breed for in any specific or concrete way. Or measure.

Remarkably, however, the concept of "heart" has now been linked in top race horses to the exact physical organ from which the term is derived. An article in the April 25, 1997 issue of Newsday describes an important new book, The X Factor, which explores a critical link between genetics and performance.

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ONLINE ISSUE No. 2 -- Summer 1998
Link between Gene, Physical Endurance
Proven In Research by British Scientist
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If you have ever advocated breeding Siberians specifically for working and racing traits -- but lacked hard evidence to support your argument -- you’ll be glad to know your chances of winning those arguments just improved dramatically.  You can now demolish anyone's argument that Siberian Huskies, just by being purebred Siberians, will be great athletic sled dogs.

This May, British scientists published a paper in the May 21 edition of the influential journal, Nature, making a clear link between a specific gene and both muscular strength and endurance at high altitudes. The gene was found in human males. While similar work would have to be conducted in canines to be conclusive, parallels are likely.

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ONLINE ISSUE No. 1 -- Winter 1998

Mushers:  Pozarnsky, Sidelinger
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Two experienced mushers headed out of Anchorage March 7 in the world famous distance race, the Iditarod, driving racing strain Siberian Huskies. The 1,200-mile race is an extraordinary test for Siberian Huskies, the breed that earned a reputation for endurance in the All Alaska Sweepstakes races near Nome at the start of the 20th century.

As this is written March 21, Shawn Sidelinger and the Norris Anadyr Siberians had reached Nome, placing 34th of the 63 teams that started the race.   [NOTE:  His total time was 12 days, 0 hours, 8 minutes, 4 seconds. ]

Brad Pozarnsky of North Dakota, running his Seppala strain Siberians, is in White Mountain, having arrived from Elim at 2:44 p.m. on March 21. [NOTE: Brad finished 51st, with the best time for any team earning the Red Lantern -- 14 days, 5 hours, 42 minutes, 4 seconds.  A total of 12 teams scratched. 

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