Meg, who loves to kiss

a dog licks a musher on his chin
Meg and musher Mats Pettersson at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ceremonial start on Saturday, March 2, 2024. (Tegan Hanlon/Alaska Public Media)

Meg loves to kiss, said musher Mats Pettersson.

“She’s a cheerleader,” he said. “She cheers up everybody and she’s happy and wants to kiss everybody.”

Pettersson said not everybody wants a kiss from Meg, but he doesn’t mind.

Meg is six years old. She’s from a “Top Gun” litter, named after Meg Ryan who plays Carole Bradshaw.

Pettersson and Meg had quite the journey to get the Iditarod starting line — they flew in from Sweden.

But Pettersson is used to it. This is his eighth Iditarod and Meg’s second. He said Meg “is a great flier.”

Meg is part of our “Dog of the Day” Iditarod series. Previously we met Paul, Ralph, Mussel and Junior.

Tegan Hanlon is the digital managing editor at Alaska Public Media. Reach her at or 907-550-8447. Read more about Tegan here.

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