30 May '11, 2am

8 Bravest Dogs in History

Time to set the record straight just one more time. It was with dismay and disbelief that I saw that, once again, Balto was singled out for a list of heroic dogs instead of Togo, the REAL canine hero of the 1925 Serum Run to Nome. Togo, a racing champion and the most traveled dog on Alaska's trails at the time of the diphtheria epidemic, led Leonhard Seppala's team for a 91-mile leg of the relay, which was the longest and most dangerous stretch of the run. All told, Togo guided Seppala's team for more than 260 miles out from Nome and back in the middle of a severe Arctic winter storm. To save time and children's lives by getting the serum back to Nome more quickly, Seppala decided to take a hazardous shortcut over the frozen ice of Norton Sound, which could have broken up at any minute during the blizzard conditions and might have plunged the dogs and their driver to certa...

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