National Sled Dog Day is celebrated on February 2 of every year. Sled dogs were essential for transportation in northern areas, and, in these regions, Sled dogs were the only mode of transportation as these regions were unreachable by other modes of transportation until airplanes 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 were 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 used today by a few rural communities, mostly in Alaska and Canada and around Greenland. One of the Sled dog’s great successes was the serum run from Nome to Nenana in 1925. To solve the problem of diphtheria for the people in Nome who suffered, antitoxin serum is needed to cure this disease. The Serum was in the town of Nenana, which is about 1,100 km away from Nome. Hundreds of people and children would have died if not for those 20 men and 150 dogs had 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.

National Sled Dog Day 2018 - February 2

Other Celebrations on February 2

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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 to give some money to dog charities caring for sick dogs and homeless dogs. Then, post pictures to create awareness about this day and share your thoughts with others on social media by using the hashtag #SledDogDay.

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