Stressed out? Maybe these photos of Iditarod dogs will help.

Here are some of our favorite dog photos from the Iditarod.

Some 800 dogs started their journeys to Nome on Sunday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. As they’ve made steady progress across Alaska, the novel coronavirus pandemic has grown in scale around the world, plunging markets downward and sending governments scrambling to control its spread.

On Thursday evening, Alaska officials announced the first positive coronavirus case in the state. That announcement happened after Anchorage public school leaders said they’d keep schools closed for another week (they’re currently on spring break), Anchorage’s mayor declared a city emergency, and the University of Alaska system said most classes would be conducted remotely for the rest of the spring semester.

All of that’s to say: These are stressful times. If you find yourself in need of sled dog photos to de-stress, we have you covered.

Loren Holmes

Loren Holmes

Loren Holmes is a staff photojournalist at the Anchorage Daily News. Contact him at loren@adn.com.

Bill Roth

Bill Roth

Photojournalist Bill Roth, a University of Alaska Anchorage graduate, has been working at the ADN over 35 years.