Musher's dog goes missing the morning of the ceremonial Iditarod start

Hudson, an Iditarod sled dog, went missing at the downtown Anchorage ceremonial start on March 3. Photo from Lars Monsen's kennel.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Hudson, one Lars Monsen's Iditarod sled dogs, went missing Saturday during preparation of the ceremonial start of the race in Downtown Anchorage.

His handlers say that at around 8 a.m. on March 3, they saw that the kennel was open and Hudson was not inside.

"He disappeared when we opened the rear doors of the trailer," Monsen said. "And he just took off and we haven't seen him since."

Hudson is described as a friendly, 2-year-old black dog. He has white on his chest with all-white toes. He's wearing a yellow collar that has small red stripes on it. The dog should also have a #61 bib on it.

The public is being asked to look out for the missing dog. He was last seen headed toward Bootlegger's Cove.

Monsen said he's trying to keep a brave face with his other dogs, as he is their leader, and doesn't want to impart any nervous energy to them.

As of 2:30 p.m. Saturday, a handler with Monsen's team said they were looking into a reported sighting of Hudson.

The Anchorage Police Department is asking for anyone who spots the dog to call them, however to call the non-emergency dispatch line at 786-8900, rather than 911.

KTUU will update this article, when Hudson is located.

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