Wapiti Siberian Husky Kennels
during Iditarod 2007
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Today we are silent
For yesterday our
June 6, 2001 - March 11, 2007
THREE TIME IDITAROD VETERAN
fans from around the world have offered their support and
condolences to Karen & Mark
on the loss of their beloved Snickers. One member of the North
Wapiti Yahoo Group* suggested
donations in honour of Snickers, other fans lit memorial candles on the
internet in Snickers' name and another group began work on a
Snickers Memory Book.
Karen & Mark were touched by the
outpouring of support and
decided to create the "Snickers Memorial/Ulcer Research
Fund" and donate all funds in her name to a group
which studies gastric ulcers in working sled dogs.
A note from Karen follows. To see Snickers
forever running in lead, watch the Pretty Sled Dogs
-The Website Editors
a short note to let you all know that the team and I
accompanied Snickers body back to Anchorage on Monday
evening. She was in a lovely little casket that Skip in
Grayling made for her. It was lined with straw and hand-lettered
on the top was her name, with a heart above the 'i'. I was
deeply moved by the thoughtfulness. I have actually been
very moved by the huge outpouring of sympathy that Mark
and I have received through phone calls and emails.
Although the burden of this loss is great, it is helped
when you know you do not carry it alone.
The loss of Snickers was unexpected and shocking. My heart
aches so deeply that I'm still not prepared to sit down
and put the story on 'paper'. I do wish however, for
everyone to know that it seems Snickers died from a
bleeding ulcer. A team of 4 incredible vets (Dr. Justine
Lee, Dr. Turner Lewis, and the Dr. Mikes) worked for hours
on her. The lengths they went to in the middle of the
wilds of Alaska were simply amazing and included a dog to
dog blood transfusion off of her brother, Crunchie (who
was so cooperative and calm it was spooky).
I know that everything possible was done to try and save
our little lead dog - and we will forever be grateful for
I was also very touched by the compassion and genuine
sympathy from the Iditarod volunteers and the residents of
Grayling. They made a horrible time somewhat more
bearable. And warm thanks to fellow mushers Cindy Gallea
and Bryan Mills. Cindy graciously offered her skills to
help hold off veins during Snickers transfusion - and
Bryan Mills, in a move so kind it makes my heart ache,
offered to travel to Nome with me should I decide to stay
in the Race, so I wouldn't have to be alone.
That's one of the things about Iditarod, it often strips
you bare and shows you for what you really are - and in
the case of the folks in Grayling it showed what
remarkable people they all really are.
I would also like to thank all of you that have stepped
forward wishing to donate money to Mark and I in Snickers
name. We are grateful and touched by your kindness and
desire to 'do something'. Mark and I have spoken - and
have decided that all the money raised in honor of
Snickers will be gathered and donated in her memory to
studies on ulcers in working sled dogs. I have already
been in touch with ISDVMA vets to find an appropriate
group to put the funds to use. We will keep you all posted
on what is raised and where it is donated.
Again, heartfelt thanks from both Mark and I.
Snickers & Karen share
kisses during the Sheep Mountain Race