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4-Time Iditarod Champ Susan Butcher Dies<br><br>
Updated 11:05 PM ET August 5, 2006<br><br><br><br><br><br>
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher died Saturday in a Seattle hospital of complications from a recent bone marrow transplant, a hospital spokeswoman said. She was 51.<br><br><br><br>
Butcher dominated the 1,100-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome in the late 1980s. In 1986, she became the second woman to win the grueling race. She added victories in 1987, '88 and '90 and finished in the top four through 1993.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Girlie</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><a href="http://dailynews.att.net/cgi-bin/news?e=pri&dt=060805&cat=news&st=newsd8jalot00&src=ap" target="_blank">http://dailynews.att.net/cgi-bin/new...jalot00&src=ap</a><br><br><br><br>
4-Time Iditarod Champ Susan Butcher Dies<br><br>
Updated 11:05 PM ET August 5, 2006<br><br><br><br><br><br>
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher died Saturday in a Seattle hospital of complications from a recent bone marrow transplant, a hospital spokeswoman said. She was 51.<br><br><br><br>
Butcher dominated the 1,100-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome in the late 1980s. In 1986, she became the second woman to win the grueling race. She added victories in 1987, '88 and '90 and finished in the top four through 1993.</div>
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You consider this animal rights type news, huh?<br><br><br><br>
And some of you people can't figure out why society disses you as nutters.
 

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Lovley, what are we supposed to do here?<br><br>
Cheer? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:">
 

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are we supposed to be happy? I want to make sure I follow the Vegan Code properly.</div>
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Lovley, what are we supposed to do here?<br><br>
Cheer? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"></div>
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From what I've seen, Girlie doesn't respond to questions very often, but if you are wondering about the purpose of <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=35331" target="_blank">threads mentioning deaths of animal exploiters</a>, you could always ask Michael.
 

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Is that 'our' Michael'? Why is he 'blue'? I'm confused. He didn't even say anything, why was it assumed he was rejoicing? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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I lived in Alaska for 10 years and was able to meet Susan Butcher on a couple occasions. I wouldn't call her an animal exploiter. She raced for her love of the Alaskan wilderness and for her love of dogs. These dogs are bred to run and pull. I have a sled dog. Running and pulling is all they want to do. Her dogs were happy, happy, happy, happy dogs.<br><br><br><br>
Everyone I know in the lower 48 who has dogs that hang out in their backyards if the owner has one; if not, they're stuck in a house/apartment all day. They get to go on three 30 minute walks a day. I bet most of those dogs would give their right paws to have been one of Susan's dogs.<br><br><br><br>
That's not a dog's life. Susan Butcher's dogs lived in packs and ran in packs and played in packs. They loved racing with her. I've seen these dogs several times.<br><br><br><br>
So no, I don't think we should be happy she's dead. I think that's a bizarre thing to say. I, for one, am quite sad that such an amazing woman is gone.<br><br><br><br>
It's absolutely true that several Iditarod racers are not good caretakers of their dogs, and they race for the media attention. Susan Butcher, however, was not one of these people. She was all about her dogs. She was very active in the Alaskan community in regards to education, animal welfare and training.
 

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He didn't even say anything, why was it assumed he was rejoicing? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"></div>
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It was probably a reference to deleted posts by others.
 

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You consider this animal rights type news, huh?</div>
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Considered an animal issue in the news. Like the forum title says.
 

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Is that 'our' Michael'? Why is he 'blue'? I'm confused. He didn't even say anything, why was it assumed he was rejoicing? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"></div>
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yes, that is our Michael. He's blue cuz he wants to be (he's the boss, he can be any color he wants...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> ) There were several posts deleted in that thread because they were "rejoicing", which was seen to be inappropriate. See Jen's post at the end....
 

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Considered an animal issue in the news. Like the forum title says.</div>
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How is the death of someone who used to race dogs an animal issue in the news?
 

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How is the death of someone who used to race dogs an animal issue in the news?</div>
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Animal racing is an animal issue. AP is a traditional news outlet.
 

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I lived in Alaska for 10 years and was able to meet Susan Butcher on a couple occasions. I wouldn't call her an animal exploiter. She raced for her love of the Alaskan wilderness and for her love of dogs. These dogs are bred to run and pull. I have a sled dog. Running and pulling is all they want to do. Her dogs were happy, happy, happy, happy dogs.<br><br><br><br>
Everyone I know in the lower 48 who has dogs that hang out in their backyards if the owner has one; if not, they're stuck in a house/apartment all day. They get to go on three 30 minute walks a day. I bet most of those dogs would give their right paws to have been one of Susan's dogs.<br><br><br><br>
That's not a dog's life. Susan Butcher's dogs lived in packs and ran in packs and played in packs. They loved racing with her. I've seen these dogs several times.<br><br><br><br>
So no, I don't think we should be happy she's dead. I think that's a bizarre thing to say. I, for one, am quite sad that such an amazing woman is gone.<br><br><br><br>
It's absolutely true that several Iditarod racers are not good caretakers of their dogs, and they race for the media attention. Susan Butcher, however, was not one of these people. She was all about her dogs. She was very active in the Alaskan community in regards to education, animal welfare and training.</div>
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Yeah, you can't hate everyone in a sport just because it's considered "evil." If she treated her dogs well and loved them and considered them her partners in the sport than I say rest in peace.
 

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So no, I don't think we should be happy she's dead. I think that's a bizarre thing to say. I, for one, am quite sad that such an amazing woman is gone.<br></div>
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When it came time to find a marrow donor for her, over 1100 people turned out in a single day to be tested and put themselves on the National marrow donor registry.<br><br><br><br>
We should all be so well thought of in our communities.
 

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I lived in Alaska for 10 years and was able to meet Susan Butcher on a couple occasions. I wouldn't call her an animal exploiter. She raced for her love of the Alaskan wilderness and for her love of dogs. These dogs are bred to run and pull. I have a sled dog. Running and pulling is all they want to do. Her dogs were happy, happy, happy, happy dogs.</div>
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<div class="quote-block">As for those "responsible" mushers, quite possibly the best Susan Butcher retired from the Iditarod when she learned that even she, often ridiculed by other mushers for "pampering" her dogs (i.e., talking to them kindly and letting them sleep indoors at night), drove a dog to death in the Iditarod race.</div>
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I lived in Alaska for 10 years and was able to meet Susan Butcher on a couple occasions. I wouldn't call her an animal exploiter. She raced for her love of the Alaskan wilderness and for her love of dogs. These dogs are bred to run and pull. I have a sled dog. Running and pulling is all they want to do. Her dogs were happy, happy, happy, happy dogs.<br><br><br><br>
Everyone I know in the lower 48 who has dogs that hang out in their backyards if the owner has one; if not, they're stuck in a house/apartment all day. They get to go on three 30 minute walks a day. I bet most of those dogs would give their right paws to have been one of Susan's dogs.<br><br><br><br>
That's not a dog's life. Susan Butcher's dogs lived in packs and ran in packs and played in packs. They loved racing with her. I've seen these dogs several times.<br><br><br><br>
So no, I don't think we should be happy she's dead. I think that's a bizarre thing to say. I, for one, am quite sad that such an amazing woman is gone.<br><br><br><br>
It's absolutely true that several Iditarod racers are not good caretakers of their dogs, and they race for the media attention. Susan Butcher, however, was not one of these people. She was all about her dogs. She was very active in the Alaskan community in regards to education, animal welfare and training.</div>
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Very well said. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"> Thank you.
 
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