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Photos: Iditarod legend DeeDee Jonrowe

Awards decorate a wall at DeeDee Jonrowe's house in Willow. She is one of the most celebrated female mushers in the world, with 14 top-ten Iditarod finishes, three times as runner-up. The 2013 Iditarod will be her 31st time mushing in the sport's premier race. Feb 17, 2013
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DeeDee Jonrowe at her home in Willow. In addition to her 62 sled dogs, she has a number of other dogs, including a Pekingese and two yellow labs. Feb 17, 2013
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DeeDee Jonrowe feeding her sled dogs at her Willow kennel. She has 62 dogs, and has narrowed down her 2013 Iditarod team to 24, 16 of which she can take to the start line in two weeks. Feb 17, 2013
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One of DeeDee Jonrowe's sled dogs at her Willow kennel. Feb 17, 2013
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DeeDee Jonrowe feeding her sled dogs at her Willow kennel. She has 62 dogs, and has narrowed down her 2013 Iditarod team to 24, 16 of which she can take to the start line in two weeks. Feb 17, 2013
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DeeDee Jonrowe at her home in Willow. Feb 17, 2013
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One of DeeDee Jonrowe's sled dogs at her Willow kennel. Feb 17, 2013
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DeeDee Jonrowe is one the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race's biggest names. She bills herself as the “foremost female dog musher competing in the world today,” and backs it up with a record including 15 top-10 Iditarod finishes, two in second place.

Despite being only weeks from the start of her 31st Iditarod and as busy as ever, Jonrowe, 59, still had time for digital imaging technicians to come out to her kennel to map the patterns of heat and blood flow in her dogs as they worked.

The idea is to create a digital library of the animals. More blood flow in an area could indicate an injury in its early stages. The technology might be something race veterinarians could deploy during races for a quick look at dogs beginning to struggle, allowing vets to address injuries before they worsen.

Doing all she can to keep her dogs happy and healthy is a theme for Jonrowe. In addition to the infrared scans, Jonrowe built a “dog roadhouse” this summer -- a garage with indoor dog houses -- to keep her animals warm and resting to their potential.

Read more: Jonrowe taps technology in bid for first Iditarod win