A Blind Dog is Competing in the Iditarod With the Rest of Her Family

A blind dog is helping musher Kelly Maixner find the Iditarod finish line in western Alaska. The 5-year-old, 50-pound sled dog named Laura has a cornea disease called pannus. Maixner first noticed the dainty-faced Alaskan Husky's eyes were becoming cloudy about two years ago. Veterinarians told him she is "fairly blind," and she often seems confused. But Laura is comfortable running in every spot on Maixner's sled team — except lead. When the pediatric dentist puts her in front, she relies on the other dog sharing the lead position to guide the way.



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