“Porridge! A Tribute to Sled Dogs From Arctic Exploration to the Iditarod Exhibit to Open at AKC Museum of the Dog – American Kennel Club

The AKC Museum of the Dog is pleased to announce the opening of its next exhibit this winter. “Porridge! A Tribute to Sled Dogs from Arctic Exploration to the Iditarod” will run from January 7and until March 29and.

This exhibit aims to educate visitors about the history of sled dogs around the world. The efforts of these dogs included expeditions to Antarctica led by Admiral Byrd and evolved to delivering mail in hazardous weather conditions in the early 20and century and ultimately saved countless lives in Alaska in 1925 during a deadly diphtheria epidemic.

Artwork and historical artifacts are among the items on display, showcasing the beauty of these animals doing what they were bred to do. The exhibit features pieces from the AKC archives and museum collection, including prints, paintings, drawings, as well as an original wooden sled as well as works by sled dog artist, Jon Van Zyle. The exhibit will focus on five breeds: Alaskan Malamute, Chinook, Newfoundland, Samoyed and Siberian Husky.

Using the AKC Museum of the Dog app, visitors will also be able to go behind the scenes and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Iditarod with a selection of audio-visual presentations by contemporary mushers talking about their relationship with their dogs in Jeff Schultz. Iditarod Faces® series.

“For thousands of years, sled dogs have played an essential role in arctic survival and a key role for circumpolar indigenous peoples,” said chief executive Alan Fausel. “The general public fell in love with these breeds, but many don’t realize that every dog ​​was bred for a purpose and sled dogs still retain their purpose today.”

Bette C. Alvarado