Nobody thought he would survive: Today, this Husky is training for the most prestigious sled dog race

Husky dog in the snow dog-happy © Kailyn Davis - Facebook

Kailyn Davis adopted her dog Zeke six years ago from the Fairbanks Animal Shelter in Alaska.

By Emilie Heyl

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At the time, the Siberian Husky was suffering from an autoimmune disease and the vets did not think he would survive.

Zeke had to go through several treatments

The vets had tried several treatments, but unfortunately to no avail.

With the help of the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund, a non-profit organisation that provides veterinary care for pets in need, Kailyn was able to get a final treatment for Zeke.

Zeke went to the vet once a week for injections and took antibiotics. Slowly, he began to heal. Unfortunately, the itchy skin persisted. The beautiful and brave dog always wore a hoodie to cover his sores and boots on his hind legs to protect him.

When the itching got too bad, Kailyn would take him for a run.

He got a taste for running

At first it was just short bike rides, but sometimes the runs were longer. Zeke’s owner noticed that every time her dog ran, he didn't suffer.

So Kailyn started to do longer and longer runs, and the more the dog ran, the more comfortable he became. Kailyn started training for sled dog races and each time Zeke would come and run on all the training runs with her.


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Zeke is now a fully grown sled dog

In a few days, on Saturday 5 March, Kailyn and Zeke will lead the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. This is an annual 1,757 km sled dog race in Alaska, between Anchorage and Nome mainly through the taiga.

Zeke is one of the main favourites for the race, and his owner is extremely proud of him, what an incredible journey!

Good luck Zeke!

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