Here is a link to an interview Dr. Tim did recently on the Ryan Report in Marquette, Michigan. Iditarod, being a vet in a small town and how a pet food business was started are all topics in this interesting piece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je8CXeCmesQ Read More
The Black and White sometimes Grey…..Confessions from a dog trainer. Written by Crystal McClaren of Team Momentum.
I think everyone’s perception of a dog trainer is that my dogs are perfect all the time. They never beg for food, jump on people or growl at other dogs. The truth is my dogs do everything that every dog wants to try or attempt to do. Just like humans they have desires, weaknesses, urges, emotions and appetite. So, how in the world do I keep the balance in my home with 13 dogs? Its simple STRUCTURE, CONSISTANCY, EXERCISE and FULLFILMENT (SCEF). Read More
Senior dog diets;
Dogs are living longer than ever these days and there are several factors that have influenced this change in the average lifespan of our canine companions. Vaccinations against diseases that were at one time very prevalent and life threatening have allowed many dogs to get past their puppy stages into adulthood. Veterinary care that has advanced along with their human medicine counterparts has led to many diseases being recognized and treated properly. All in all, the largest influence on this is the improvement in nutrition that has been afforded those pets of ours. Read More
The first thing about a dog to understand in feeding them correctly is that their metabolism is not the same as that of human. Their metabolism is built to be fueled by fat,not carbohydrates like it is with a homo sapien. Read More
The villages along the trail.
Now that the Iditarod race is running a new route for 2015 due to lack, or actually, no snow on a great deal of the normal race trail out of Willow this year, some new villages will be included as checkpoints that have never had the Iditarod come through their locations. Read More
Do you really run at night? A question that I get often.
The answer-of course, it is an around the clock race, like most dog races.
So, strategies differ as to your run (the dogs are pulling you) and rest (the dogs are not pulling you) schedule. Some mushers like an equal run/rest schedule such as 6 hours on and then 6 hours off. Very nice for the musher as a 6 hour rest allows for some good sleep for the homo sapien if you are efficient at the stop. 8 hours is better if you are not very efficient. Successful mushers are very efficient at chores and time management. Read More
What does a musher do on a sled for hours at a time?
Well, 16 dogs ahead of you keeps one occupied watching all those guys working hard. You have to be always attentive to anything developing as to health issues, orthopedic or soreness problems, equipment staying together, what is up ahead on the trail, how long you have been traveling, what to do at the next stop, what you did at the last stop, when did I drink last, do I have to pee… Read More
Can you say “Awesome?”
So, being America’s Favorite Veterinarian has its benefits. Talked with the Detroit Tigers recently and I get to throw out the first pitch at a major league baseball game May 8th in Detroit. Heater over the plate.
Officially on May 9th bucket list nearly complete…Now to be an astronaut.
Equipment and the Iditarod
There is quite a bit of equipment we use during the race so why not go over some of the stuff.
First, the sled. They have sure come a long way since the days of wood runners and rawhide lashings. These days many are made of carbon fiber, cables and plastic yet are very durable and light. Many have moved towards the use of a “sit down” style of sled where the musher can sit down on either a seat, their cooler or some other level thing your tookus can locate easily with out looking. Keeping that rear end warm can be a trick as they do get cold. Read More
One part of the Iditarod Race that can be overlooked is the care the dogs receive during the race and if they are “dropped”, or left behind at a checkpoint by the musher. What really happens behind the scenes by these volunteer veterinarians and assistants is often unheralded.