National Sled Dog Day is celebrated on February 2 of every year. Sled dogs were essential in northern areas for transportation and actually, in these regions Sled dogs were the only mode of transportation as these regions were unreachable by other modes of transportation until aeroplanes finally took over in the year 1930. National Sled Dog Day is dedicated to these lovely Sled Dogs that run through snow full day, pulling a Sled with a heavyweight. Sled dogs were used during the Alaskan gold rush.
“Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes” – Lewis Grizzard.
History of National Sled Dog Day
The exact origin and the founder of National Sled Dog Day are still unknown. Sled dogs are believed to have evolved over 35,000 years ago in the hilly regions of Northern Asia, but they are used for pulling Sleds about 3,000 years ago. These Sled dogs transferred mail to rural places in northern Canada and Alaska. Sled dogs are even used today by few rural communities, mostly in the areas of Alaska and Canada and around Greenland. One of the Sled dogs great success was the serum run from Nome to the town of Nenana in the year 1925. To solve the problem of diphtheria for the peoples in Nome suffered, antitoxin serum is needed to cure this disease. The Serum was in the town of Nenana which is about 1,100kms away from Nome. Hundreds of people and children would have died if not those 20 men and 150 dogs helped them. These 20 dogsled teams worked together to transfer the serum to Nome, and the serum arrived in Nome within 6 days which saved the lives of many people.
Other Celebrations on February 2
February 2 is also celebrated as
- National Hedgehog Day
- Marmot Day
- National Crepe Day
- World Wetlands Day
- National Tater Tot Day
- World Play Your Ukulele Day
- Lung Leavin Day
- Groundhog Day
- Candlemas Day
How to Celebrate the Day
On National Sled Dog Day, various races like the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest will be organized every year, and you can enjoy watching these races. Also, take this day as an opportunity and give some money to dog charities that take care of sick dogs and homeless dogs. Then post pictures to create awareness about this day and share your thoughts about the day with others on social media by using the hashtag #SledDogDay.
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