From the Associated Press, “Peeved pets: Iditarod lead lost as dogs quit.”
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Musher Nicolas Petit lost a huge lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday when his dog team refused to keep going after he yelled at one of the animals.
A dog named Joey had been fighting with another dog on the team and jumped it during a break on the way to the Bering Sea checkpoint of Koyuk.
‘I yelled at Joey, and everybody heard the yelling, and that doesn’t happen,’ Petit told the Iditarod Insider website. ‘And then they wouldn’t go anymore. Anywhere. So we camped here.’
Several mushers passed Petit’s team on the trail, erasing his five-hour lead in the race. Petit said his dogs are well-fed and there’s no medical issue keeping them from getting up and running.
‘It’s just a head thing,’ he said. ‘We’ll see if one of these dog teams coming by will wake them up at all.’