Iditarod 2012 Update!

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All teams have reached checkpoint one in Willow safely, and will be making their way to checkpoint two at Yentna Station later this afternoon. Today's leg of the race covers 42 miles of gently rolling hills with intermittent clusters of birch woods and spruce swamps.

Live coverage of the official start begins at 2p.m. Alaska Standard Time (3p.m. Pacific) and will be broadcast online for free over at!

In the mean time, I Has a Hot Dog has plenty of cyoot Iditarod pictures for you to caption over at our captioned image builder, so be sure to check it out!

See you on the trail!

Iditarod Musher Profiles: Zoya DeNure and Demon

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Zoya DeNure is a veteran musher and works at rehabilitating and rescuing dogs with her friend John Schandelmeier when not training for the Iditarod.

DeNure and Schandelmeier own and operate Crazy Dog Kennels, where 25 of their 45 sled dogs are rescues. "We're retraining these 'discarded' dogs and running them in the main team or placing them with the appropriate musher" says DeNure. "We're excited to say we're making a difference, one dog at a time."

For more info and photos on DeNure's 2012 Iditarod team or to learn more about Crazy Dog Kennels, you can check out!