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Iditarod musher Karen Land, dog to visit PCPL on Tuesday

Friday, March 15, 2013

Karen Land with one of her dogs (above), will be visiting the Putnam County Public Library on Tuesday, March 19. Land and her team of 16 dogs (right) faced the cold wilderness for 14 days during the Iditarod in Alaska.
The Putnam County Public Library will be hosting a program featuring an Iditarod musher, writer and native Hoosier, Karen Land and her dog, Borage, on Tuesday, March 19.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at PCPL, 103 E. Poplar St., Greencastle.

Land and Borage have received rave reviews across the country for their presentations in which Land shares her enthusiasm for dogs, life, the wilderness and challenge.

"Imagine stepping on the runners with 16 dogs barking and pounding to run in front of you," Land says in describing the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska. "Imagine taking that team from the crowded downtown streets of Anchorage across the treacherous Alaskan Range Mountains down the bitterly cold Yukon River to the Bering Sea and the gold rush town of Nome.

"Imagine running a dog team 1,150 miles -- the same distance as a trip from Indianapolis to Miami, Fla. Imagine racing day and night for 14 days straight to reach the finish and your goal."

Her messages about leadership and team management translate to the boardroom and the classroom alike.

"My dogs have taught me about leadership and teamwork," Land said. "As they say, 'You can't push a noodle.' Mushing takes leaders willing to set the pace and guide the way, and a team full of desire willing to follow.

"I am honored these wonderful dogs let me go along for the ride ... the ride of a lifetime."

For more information about the program, persons may contact Barbara Timm or Cortina Ziuchkovski at 653-2755.

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Shame on Karen Land for hyping the Iditarod. She never gives people the cruel facts about this race. Terrible things happen to dogs during the Iditarod. This includes: death, bloody diarrhea, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, kennel cough, broken bones, torn muscles and extreme stress. At least 142 dogs have died in the race, including four dogs who froze to death in the brutal cold.

FOR MORE FACTS: Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org

-- Posted by SledDogAction on Fri, Mar 15, 2013, at 11:28 AM

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