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Colleen Robertia: “The dogs saved my life last night”

Colleen Robertia came into Unalakleet in need of rest and recuperation – both for herself and for her dogs.

She says she’s not accustomed to the colder weather of northwestern Alaska. The cold, dry climate of the last stretches of the Iditarod trail, Robertia says, can quickly dehydrate her sled dogs and freeze the moisture in her own breath.

It was a difficult, “disorienting” run from Kaltag, Robertia told KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen. With tears in her eyes, the Kasilof, Alaska musher recounted her panic-inducing run, explaining how, in her view, her dogs “saved my life.”

Hear Colleen Robertia in Unalakleet:

Colleen Robertia left the Unalakleet checkpoint at exactly 12:00pm with 10 dogs.


  1. Barb Glanz on March 13, 2012 at 7:23 am

    A most touching interview with Colleen; the bond between musher and dog has never been more clear to me than in this conversation. When Colleen mentioned that the dogs wanted to get their buddy (the dog in the basket) to the next checkpoint, tears came to my eyes. Colleen, good luck on the rest of your journey with your wonderful team.

  2. malaiah on March 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    you are so inspiering<3.

  3. malaiah on March 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Im a student at charter oak primary in iIlinois. And i just love studying mushers my whole class did .And it was really in spiering to learn and tell about our musher s love, Malaiah