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.

Dogs in Aliy Zirkle's team rest in Ophir on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Peter Kaiser walks one of his dogs in Takotna on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Karin Hendrickson's dog Zap naps in Nikolai on Wednesday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Mille Porsild kisses one of her dogs in Takotna on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Oogruk, a dog in Kristy Berington's team, jumps in the air before leaving Takotna on Thursday, March 12, 2020 during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
A dog in Laura Neese's team has frost on its whiskers after arriving in Takotna on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
A dog in Robert Redington's team sits in Nikolai on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Lev Shvarts feeds his dogs in Nikolai on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Dogs in Jeff Deeter's team jump after arriving in Nikolai on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Linwood Fiedler puts booties on his dogs in Nikolai on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Dogs in Aaron Peck's team howl before leaving Nikolai on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Gunnison, Colorado veterinarian Seth Nienhueser checks a dog in Michelle Phillips's team in Nikolai on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
A sled dog named Anna and her teammates with musher Nic Petit rest on blankets prior to the restart of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Willow on Sunday, March 8, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Rookie musher Kaci Murringer crests a hill on Cordova Street on Saturday, March 7, 2020 during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Dogs from Cindy Abbott's kennel wait for their turn pulling a sled on Saturday, March 7, 2020 before the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage. Abbott, who last ran the race in 2019 but is not entered this year, and Mat-Su Borough mayor Vern Halter took off before the first musher, driving a sled for one of the race sponsors. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Dogs in Michigan musher Laura Neese's team bark on Saturday, March 7, 2020 during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage. (Loren Holmes / ADN)


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