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Sled dog booties

Object Name: Sled dog booties
Date: Circa 2001
Dimensions:
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (14 x 8.9 cm)
Medium: cotton?, velcro, elastic
Catalog number: 2008.29.12
DescriptionSix dog booties made of blue, yellow and green fabric. Closed at the bottom, velcro at the top to hold in place around the dog's ankles.
ProvenanceTempe resident Chuck King participated as a musher in the 2001 Iditarod sled race in Alaska. The year prior he had placed first in the Willow Mat-su Valley qualifying race. He was the first Arizonan to ever qualify for the Iditarod. He had full blown AIDS at the time. He died from the disease in 2005.

Booties are kept on the dogs the whole race to prevent ice particles from accumulating between their toes, which can cut and irritate them. It takes around 1000 booties for an Iditarod team - an expensive project. Some teams have school sponsors that have their students help make booties.

These particular booties were used by G.B. Jones, a musher who supplied Chuck with the dogs to compose his team.

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