Indy, the sled dog, lost his vision in one eye and was soon blinded in both but that did not stop him from going on races and partnering with his sled buddy to challenge new boundaries.
Indy, the sled dog, is an Alaskan Husky with a heart of steel. This sweet pooch is determined to be the best and has not been perturbed by the physical handicap he has. It was only 3 years ago that he lost his vision in one eye and was soon blinded in both but that did not stop him from going on races and partnering with his sled buddy to challenge new boundaries.
Frank Moe, Indy's owner, spoke with MPR News, and revealed that Indy was a 'superstar' sled dog and when he lost vision in one eye, Moe partnered him with another husky, Popcorn, who ran alongside him on the sled dog team. Moe told MPRNews, "He's such a happy-go-lucky dog. We almost turned him into a house pet. But he just wants to run. It's all he wants to do."
Moe, who is a former legislator, took Indy to races for a year so that he could rest but the 7-year-old husky simply wanted to run. As a result, he started Indy's runs again in Minnesota and soon Indy was back to his very best. He gradually put Indy through longer races and saw him emerge stronger every day.
Talking about the role of Indy on the dog sled team, Indy has the role of 'wheel' and what it means is that he runs behind the other dogs and right in front of the musher. This implies that to be a wheel, the dog has to be one of the strongest in the team. And as it turns out, Indy can play the role excellently. Moe said: "He was as strong as any of the other dogs. We just thought, ‘Oh my gosh, Indy’s back!’"
As if to prove that he was back, Indy took part in a 100-mile race in Minnesota that is done over two sections of 50-miles each with a few hours of rest in between. He was able to complete the race and was ready for more. But that is not all. Indy is now all set to be a part of John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon — a 300-mile race up the North Shore and Moe is more than confident that Indy would be able to complete that too.
Moe said about Indy: "As long as he gets some love and attention and some treats at the end, that's all he cares about." Kudos to Indy and we definitely hope that he keeps going strong!