Alberta musher Aaron Peck has some contradictory things to say about Tundra, a 5-time Iditarod veteran and one of his main leaders.
“He’s a leader, but I can’t have him in lead too much because he’s kind of unpredictable up there,” said Peck.
The 8-year-old will occasionally swerve left at a fork in the trail, despite Peck’s calls of “gee.” Other times he’ll veer off suddenly, leading the team through deep snow, to get to a trail he thinks is better.
Still, Peck doesn’t resent him.
“He’s a beauty. Like, I owe him a lot,” he said. ”I’m just so grateful for his contribution over the last few years”
For that, Peck calls 55-pound Tundra the team captain. Peck, an 8-time Iditarod veteran, says he hopes that Tundra can help lead his team to Canada’s first ever Iditarod championship.