After viewing trailers for the new movie Eight Below, we were led to believe that there is nothing stronger than the bond between a man and his sled dogs. Yeah, that's what they want you to think.
Take Paul Gebhardt, for instance. A participant in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska, Gebhardt fell out of first place on Tuesday when his sled slammed into a tree at the edge of a frozen lake. The impact broke the rope between the dogs and the sled, and Gebhardt was left alone in the 1,100-mile race from Anchorage to Nome as "his dogs sped across the lake without him," according to the AP story.
This is where the story begins to resemble a dream one might have after a night of many margaritas and bean burritos:
"Gebhardt trudged up the trail for two miles toward the eighth checkpoint of Nikolai before hitching a ride with (another sled team driver), who had problems of his own when three dogs fell through some ice. (The driver) took Gebhardt another two miles before dropping him with a group of buffalo hunters on snowmobiles. Gebhardt borrowed one (snowmobile, not buffalo) and caught up with his team 10 miles from Farewell Lake. They were still running."
Why this sport is not in the Winter Olympics is beyond us.