When we travel, I always try to come home with a book. I also try to not come home with 50 pounds worth of books. Even though I love my iPad, I still love the feel of turning the pages and the smell of an old book. So, I still buy books.
This was my choice for our recent trip to Alaska:
That woman would be Susan Butcher.The dog that pulled her to victory four times was Granite.
HanMan and I took a riverboat trip aboard the Discovery. . .
In the photo above, David is explaining that the puppies in the foreground are just learning how to climb over the large poles, and then demonstrated the pulling power of the larger dogs that are hooked up to the four-wheeler in the background.
In 1967, Susan was the one who spoke to the tourists aboard the riverboat.
Taken from Susan's Website:
"Susan Butcher was a four-time champion of the Iditarod Trail sled dog
race. Granite was her greatest lead dog. He didn’t start that way,
though. He was a shy, scraggly pup that the others pushed around, but
Susan saw his potential. Together they worked until he became leader of
While they were training for the Iditarod, Granite became deathly ill. The veterinarians said he would never be strong enough to run the race. Granite refused to accept this, and slowly he started to recover. By the time of the race he was strong enough to start, but Susan wondered if he could finish the entire thousand-mile race. Confidently Granite guided the team into the lead of the race, when suddenly they were caught in a raging arctic blizzard. Now Susan and the whole team depended on Granite to get them through the storm. He had to call on all his inner strength and courage to save them if he could."
If you are needing a book that tells the story of believing in someone, something, or somedog, then this is the book for you.