Robert Mentzer column: Wausau vet helps Iditarod run

When Wausau-area veterinarian Dennis Griffin first visited Alaska with his son, they were blown away by the natural beauty and vast open spaces of the state. “I need an excuse to come back here,” he said.His excuse took the form of joining a team of vets who care for the dogs of Alaska’s annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Every year since 1999, Griffin has flown from checkpoint to checkpoint on the weekslong, 1,049-mile race. He monitors the health of canine members of the more than 50 teams of as many as 16 dogs that compete in the grueling, punishing contest.Read more here:


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