Meg, who loves to kiss

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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.

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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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