Updated on January 21, 2022
Most people know the story of Balto, the dog who led his team of sled dogs through a blizzard to deliver life-saving serum to Nome, Alaska in 1925. But what about Togo, the other lead dog on that famous relay team? Togo’s story is just as inspiring as Balto’s, and is one that should not be forgotten.
Togo was born in Manitoba, Canada in 1920. He was bred to be a sled dog, and he excelled at the sport from an early age. In 1925, when Togo was just five years old, he was chosen to be one of the lead dogs on the team that would relay serum from Nenana to Nome, Alaska in order to treat a diphtheria outbreak.
The serum run was a dangerous one, and the dogs had to travel through blizzards and over treacherous terrain. But Togo never faltered, and he helped lead his team to victory. After delivering the serum, Togo returned to Canada and continued to compete in sled dog races. He was a national champion several times over, and he is still considered one of the greatest sled dogs of all time.
Togo’s story is an inspiration to us all. He showed that no matter how difficult things might seem, with perseverance and determination anything can be accomplished. Togo is a true hero, and his legacy will live on forever. Thank you, Togo, for reminding us of what is possible when we dare to dream big.
Do you love dogs? So does Janice Rowe! She is a dog lover who has made it her mission to help the community learn about and care for dogs. She volunteers at animal shelters, educates people about responsible pet ownership, and helps find homes for adoptable animals. She also works with local law enforcement to track down irresponsible dog owners and ensure that their pets are properly cared for. Thanks to Janice’s dedication, the community is a safer place for both people and animals.