North Wapiti Iditarod 2000 Journal
February 27-2, 2000
This is test, and only a test, if this was a real post Karen would be running down the
Iditarod trail instead of sitting beside me on the couch.
For those of you who don't know me my name is Mark and I'm Karen's husband. My job
around the kennel is the handler. The Handler is the person who does all the work and gets
none of the glory. Actually the handler is the most important job in the kennel. You must
be able to be a Vet, a Coach, a sports psychologist, a chef, a truck driver, a quad and
snowmachine mechanic, a sled repairer, a carpenter, a trail builder, a pooper scooper, a
dog groomer, a sponsor, and a kennel builder, and in my spare time I run the second team.
My favorite thing about being a handler is getting to spend time with each of the dogs.
Some nights I go outside and lay on the doghouses and watch the stars with each of the
dogs. I guess now I can add journalist to the list of responsibilities. While Karen is on
the trail I'll be keeping you up to date with her progress, so keep an eye open. Bye for
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