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April 4, 2023

Terry Adkins and Jean Wise, Authors of Iditarod Sled Dog Tales and Tails

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Terry Adkins and Jean Wise are our guests on the Outdoor Adventure Series today. 

Terry and Jean are the Authors of Iditarod Sled Dog Tales and Tails.

Terry was the only veterinarian on the first running of the Iditarod in 1973; he subsequently raced Iditarod 22 times after that. Terry and Jean currently maintain a kennel of Alaskan huskies and belong to organizations to enhance working dogs' well-being, progress, and research.

Topics We Discussed 

  • Training Dogs to be leaders
  • The future of Iditarod and other dog-powered races
  • Treatment and care provided to sled dogs and its impact on other areas of veterinary medicine

Ah Ha Moment

Terry has had the opportunity to do multiple research projects in regard to dog nutrition and general care for working dogs; one project involved observation and treatment solutions for military dogs. Terry and Jean were able to conduct a study in their kennel focusing on parasite control and management; the findings can improve health and well-being for all dogs, not just sled dogs.


Iditarod Sled Dog Tales and Tails is an 'easy' read and entertaining, yet provides information many people do not know about the Iditarod.

Media & Resources

Click here to find Iditarod Sled Dog Tales and Tails on Amazon.
Link: https://amzn.to/3T8JEFz

Next Steps

To learn more about Terry and Jean’s work, email them at sleddogstories@gmail.com.

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