Otter

Otter’s Story

From: Sue Allen, December 2014

Iditarod Sled Dog Otter

Otter – Before

“I have 2 pet dogs and 2 retired sled dogs that I take for walks together daily out a wooded trail from my house that connects to the Houston school trails. The dogs know the trail well because we have walked this same loop for years. On this day, a Thursday, we had walked the loop and returned home. Shortly after we returned home Otter was missing. I spent two days looking for him and posting all the usual posts on Facebook and checking animal control,….On Saturday, 48 hours after he went missing Otter showed up and crawled in his dog house. His front right foot was nearly three times the normal size and a distinct mark across his foot so I knew he’d been in a trap. I don’t know who let him out, but someone did and he came home. After taking him to the vet, I came home and went out on ATV to find where he had been. I stopped on the school trail because this spot was up a short hill and I could get a good vantage point to look. When I stepped off the trail I was shocked to see that he had been in a trap right there all that time as the spot where he laid was melted out. The trap was gone.

Great place for a trapline? [click to enlarge]

Great place for a trapline? [click to enlarge]

The vets tried to save some of his foot, but as it became obvious that too much tissue was dead, two weeks later we amputated his leg at the shoulder

Otter is a sled dog. In 2008 I ran Martin Buser’s puppy team to Nome in Iditarod. Otter was in that team. Otter then ran Iditarod in 2009 with Martin. When it was time for Otter to retire from racing Otter came to live with me and our other retired sled dogs. Otter will live out his days with us and I’m sure, as only dogs can do, he’ll adjust to life on three legs.”

Iditarod Sled Dog Otter

Otter-After