The future home of Iditarod dreams: Right here, right now

Robert Forto

The other day I was talking to a good friend of mine who is sort of mentoring me into long-distance mushing. I sent him an email earlier in the day talking about planning for the Iditarod and all that its going to take: time, money, sacrifice, and much more.

He said to me, don’t worry about Iditarod right now. Worry about what is going on right here. Iditarod is three years away and you have to concentrate on working with the dogs. The sponsorship stuff and the logistics of the race will come later. He said don’t get caught up in all the hype that is Iditarod.

I totally agree.

He also said I will probably work harder than I ever have in my entire life. I can believe it. Most people think that it is glamorous to run a team of sled dogs. You just get on the back of the sled and go. Well, thats what you see in the movies.

More than 90% of the time you are working with and around the dogs. Feeding them, cleaning up after them, mundane chores like dog house building and neck-line making. But most important is that during all of this time you are forming an unbreakable bond with these dogs.

[Rewind: Late September Dogs]

If this bond is set, no matter what the circumstances, how hard it gets, or when the going gets tough, they will pull you though.

You see, the human (the musher), is the often the weakest link. While it is imperative for you to to become the ‘Big Dog’ of the team, it is more imperative for the dogs to know they can count on you in a crunch and not have a melt down on the trail 500 miles from home.

So as the Val Halen song, Right Here, Right Now (one of my all time favorites) goes:

(Right now) Hey, it’s your tomorrow

(Right now) Come on, it’s everything

(Right now) catch the magic moment

Do it right here and now

It means everything

Time to go work with the dogs…

I welcome your comments and suggestions. Please comment below.

Robert Forto | Team Ineka | Alaska Dog Works | Mushing Radio | Dog Doctor Radio | Denver Dog Works


Dr. Robert Forto is a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the popular radio shows, Mush! You Huskies and The Dog Doctor Radio Show

, , , , , , , , , ,

About robertforto

Robert Forto is the owner of Dog Works Training Company in Alaska, a canine behaviorist, mushin' down a dream, sports nut and radio show host. Robert writes a lot about his observations in Alaska, pop culture, music, and of course dogs!

View all posts by robertforto

Follow Us

Subscribe to our RSS feed and social profiles to receive updates.

2 Comments on “The future home of Iditarod dreams: Right here, right now”

  1. nicole forto Says:

    I better start working on your playlist.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s