Sunday, April 6, 2008

Mackey's lead dog Zoro

Musher Lance Mackey's lead dog Zoro was injured during the final 20 miles of the All Alaska Sweepstakes race in March of 2008. Zoro, who led Mackey to two Iditarod finishes, was in the sled resting from a sore shoulder when a snow machine rammed into the back of the sled just outside Nome. Lance continued the race and crossed the finish line in Nome with Zoro in the sled, but no attention was drawn to the accident. Lance attended to the fans that awaited his 2:00am arrival. Zoro, was flown to Seattle on the following day and evaluated by veterinarians. He is fortunate to expect a good recovery but will be retired from mushing. You can view a video about Zoro here

Lance Mackey, greeted by his wife and mom, crosses the finish line in Nome with injured dog Zoro in his sled bag.