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What is Sleddog?!?

Sleddog is an American term (a fusion between the words sled, "sleigh" and dog), which means 'sleigh pulled by a pack of dogs' with a conductor, called "Musher".

Before the coming of snowmobiles, the sledging was the only means of locomotion among the remote villages of the Great North, and was used by Eskimos, Atabàskan natives and Pioneers, the gold-diggers in the Gold Rush in North America. Today we still use sledging as a means of transport, but has turned out to be more a sport where Alaskan Husky, Siberian Husky and other breeds of dogs such as Alaskan Malamute Nordic, Greenlanders or Samoyeds are considered real athletes who can also run tirelessly, covering distances exceeding 200 Km per day, as it happens in the major North American competitions, the "Iditarod" and the "Yukon Quest".

The Iditarod route itself became famous thanks to the exploits of the Husky-breed dog Balto (a "true-life based" animated movie was produced in 1995 in the U.S.), which, as the story tells, was the "team-leader" of the pack and took a long journey to bring the anti-diphtheria serum to the town of Nome, Alaska. He was given a statue in Central Park in New York. A low-relief plaque bears the words: "Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed antitoxins 660 miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters, through Arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the winter of 1925. Strength, loyalty, intelligence."