Sled dogs team up, pull family’s stuck SUV from snow

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Musher Neil Eklund and his son were returning from a dogsled tour on the Chena River near Fairbanks on Sunday when they came upon the stranded people with their vehicle, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday.

When you have them all synced in unison, they can really pull.” “The dogs had a lot of fun with it. “We all tugged and pushed,” he said.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Nine Alaska sled dogs mushing near a scenic river found tourists with their SUV stuck in the snow and managed to pull it free last weekend.

Eklund said he had never pulled a car out the snow with his dogs before, but they had plenty of power to free the SUV and send the tourists on their way.

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He is now training his son to run the Yukon Quest sled dog race and the Iditarod.

Eklund participated in the famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1981 and 1983.

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The tourists with the SUV were taking a risk by driving to the Chena River area, Eklund said.


Cars that have travelled on top of its frozen surface in recent years have fallen through, he said.

He added: “At least it’s a good story for them to tell when they go back home.”

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