A Stalwart Dog Survives the Chilkoot Avalanche
The notation in an old album read: "Shorty Fisher's dog Jack who lived 8 days under a snowslide." The picture speaks volumes about the role of the sled dog in the North. On April 3, 1898, tons of wet snow buried hundreds of stampeders struggling up "The Scales" in the Chilkoot Pass. Volunteers dug for days to rescue the living and retrieve the dead. Jack the dog was among the living, and by the time the picture in the album was taken on April 30, he was back in the harness, hauling supplies to the gold fields. Mongrels of all sorts were pressed into service, but a good sled dog was worth its weight in gold.
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