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Tue, Apr 8 | By Pet Pulse Staff Reports | 150

SECAUCUS, N.J. – The dog that led his human companion to a second Iditarod championship is home following what could have been a life ending accident during his last race. Having won the Iditarod, Lance Mackey and his team were on the… more ›

Iditarod Dog Retires Champ
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Joelle  T.
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Joelle T.
5 years ago

poor guy.. he's really lucky to be alive!

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Erica R.
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Erica R.
5 years ago

Good ending

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Blackie1
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Blackie1
5 years ago

Doesn't say what dire punishment was meted out to the idiot snowmobiler

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Cindi K.
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Cindi K.
5 years ago

so glad this story had a happy ending.

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Heather B.
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Heather B.
5 years ago

How awful!

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Chitown
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Chitown
5 years ago

Dog sled races of a few miles are fine, but the Iditarod is obscenely long and dangerous. No wonder some sportscasters call it the I-Killed-A-Dog Race.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

This could have been much worse than it was. I wonder if you have to have any training to operate a snowmobile--I assume you just get on and go.

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Stacy M.
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Stacy M.
5 years ago

That is a sad story however I am glad the dog did not die.

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
5 years ago

We do the same on the river - flash lights so the big boats don't run us down. Unfortunately, anybody can operate a big boat and it looks the same for the snowmobiles - more training for the operators!

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
5 years ago

What a tragic accident. I'm glad Mackey stood by his dog.Even though Zorro won't pull a sled again,I believe Mackey will give him a good life.

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
5 years ago

In Alaska, dogs are vital and not just pets. They better take care of them!!!

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VKiggins
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VKiggins
5 years ago

These dogs are well cared for though so different then what we are used to seeing. Saw a kennel in Alaska and the dogs were wonderful and friendly and playful.

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Djmoser
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Djmoser
5 years ago

Don't like the sport,but sounds like the dog does a good job. Don't breed him,go to a shelter and find a dog if you must.

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DawnG01
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DawnG01
5 years ago

The Iditarod is brutal to dogs. As with this dog, accidents do happen, but the whole "sport" is treacherous for the sled dogs.

And it brings back memories of reading, "Call of the Wild," and the horrors of the sled dog, Buck.

That said, I do know there are responsible sled dog owners.

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Kate H.
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Kate H.
5 years ago

That poor dog. Was the snow mobile driver charged with anything?

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SweetieKisses
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SweetieKisses
6 years ago

Dogs are like that, they lift you up when you are sad and down. I know my do!

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Elineen
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Elineen
6 years ago

Good for the pup.

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Kim W.
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Kim W.
6 years ago

That is such a good come back story and I am glad that all the dogs were ok!

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Washy
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Washy
6 years ago

Get that pooch a fireplace, a blanket, and an ever-full bowl of food!

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marie s.
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marie s.
6 years ago

The Iditarod is one scary and extremely challenging race. I'm so glad that they are alive and well! It could have been so much worse!

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Chris
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Chris
6 years ago

Wonderful news he is doing well.

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Mike H.
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Mike H.
6 years ago

I'm glad Zorro is doing well and is going to pull through.

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Julie Kay S.
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Julie Kay S.
6 years ago

Take one accident in a race with absolutely wonderful historic roots (vaccine), mix it with one irresponsible dude on a snowmobile, mix lightly and wah-la: you get 114 comments in varying degrees of knowledge. Rather than ban the race or snowmobiles in the vicinity of the race (ever been to that part of Alaska? Like sled dogs and bush planes, snowmobiles are a fact of life), why not consider that few would realistically suggest banning school buses because a scant few schoolbus drivers have run into/over children. Debate endlessly over such things, but how much could be being done at our shelters for the animals while debates siphon off time and energy.

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Maple125
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Maple125
6 years ago

Zorro sounds like a real survivor. Very happy he will be OK. As for the snowmobiler, what an idiot. Hope he got the punishment he deserves.

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Marie C.
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Marie C.
6 years ago

amazing what animals can come from!

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Tara C.
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Tara C.
6 years ago

Wonder how the dog is going to take retirement. Most sled dogs still do some pulling after they are quote un quote retired. It's what they love to do and it's kind of sad that they don't get to continue doing it. Sled dogs can't wait to be harnessed up it's what they live for. It's their fun. It's like a border collie that can't herd. It's in their blood.

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Carly T.
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Carly T.
6 years ago

I am so glad he is okay.

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Berrypatch573
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Berrypatch573
6 years ago

Way to go, Zorro! Live long and prosper.

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

So happy to hear that Zorro will make a full recovery AND that his racing days are over. I will say that Mackey seemns to really love his dog. I understand why some people are upset that Zorro will become a stud and will therefore sire more mixed breed puppies. We have to understand that Mackey is hoping for another champion, and while most of us know that there are many other lonely "champions" out there sitting in a shelter waiting for a home, he probably believes that there is something special in Zorro's genes....men are silly that way.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
6 years ago

I'm very happy to hear the poor doggy is well now, but I think the Iditarod should be banned. I'm sure some dogs love it, but I've heard too many horror stories...just like greyhound racing (which should be banned too).

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Carryl D.
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Carryl D.
6 years ago

I'm glad the dog is going to be OK..but studding him!!! I'm not happy about that part. There are plenty of dogs out there already!

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Amy R.
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Amy R.
6 years ago

Glad the guy survived! what an accident to come back from

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Patricia  C.
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Patricia C.
6 years ago

Oh well, so he is retiring to be a stud, poor pup!

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ev a.
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ev a.
6 years ago

Thank goodness there's a will to live here! Hope the jerk behind the wheel is arrested...What a beautiful pooch!! Happy retirement!

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Janie P.
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Janie P.
6 years ago

I'm really glad the dog is going to be okay. The moran that hit them sounds to be really stupid. Just because he thought it was another snowmobile doesn't give him the right to ram it. If he didn't know what the flashing light meant he should not have been out there. The article doesn't say what happened to him.

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Tracee G.
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Tracee G.
6 years ago

good point

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Silver Dragon Pets N.
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Silver Dragon Pets N.
6 years ago

I'm very happy that the dog is going to be alright. I'm not happy to hear about his new purpose though. The owner wants to use his mixed-breed dog to father more puppies. Aren't there enough mixed-breed dogs in shelters and rescues already? And I doubt that he's going to keep every single puppy produced... so where are they going to go?

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Pskrha
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Pskrha
6 years ago

Good news that he will be OK, but what was a snowmobile doing in a dog sled race area anyway?

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Cindy M.
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Cindy M.
6 years ago

I'm so glad he made it. He has earned the right to his retirement.

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Kittypassion
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Kittypassion
6 years ago

Snowmobilers shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the races. Glad Zorro is going to be okay, but I don't like this sport. Too many dogs are injured or killed.

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Sarah M.
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Sarah M.
6 years ago

I am glad this dog is ok, but so many die from this stupid and cruel race.

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5ineveryroom
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5ineveryroom
6 years ago

glad he will be ok

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wendy T.
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wendy T.
6 years ago

am glad he ok

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
6 years ago

these dogs are the best employees and friend you could have. i remember one year a team of poodles won

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Theranddav
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Theranddav
6 years ago

Maybe more education where snowmobile riders are concerned would be a good idea. I am very happy this dog and owner will be ok. It is a great thing that the owner is going to retire the dog and still keep him around as a faithful friend and pet.

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lialan t.
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lialan t.
6 years ago

i am so glad all the dogs are okay

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rebecca k.
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rebecca k.
6 years ago

YAY!! im really glad the dog is ok =]!

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Kathleen
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Kathleen
6 years ago

Thats a sad but inspirering story

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Charm H.
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Charm H.
6 years ago

I am excited the dog is alright!

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Dksmommie
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Dksmommie
6 years ago

I'm so happy to hear the dog will be ok.

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