Togo and Leonhard: The True Story of Alaska’s Greatest Musher and His Lead Dog by Pam Flowers

Togo and Leonhard: The True Story of Alaska’s Greatest Musher and His Lead Dog, by Pam Flowers

When the author of this book first learned the story of Leonhard Seppala and his dog, Togo, she said, “It was just too compelling a story not to write.” And while much had been written about the historic “Great Serum Run” of 1925, she wanted to focus on the relationship between Seppala and Togo. She writes “not only from the perspective of a musher but from the perspective of an arctic-expedition musher.”  

In addition to being a well-told story of a remarkable event, Togo and Leonhard is a tale of the courage and determination demonstrated by two beings—a man and a dog—in the most adverse conditions. While both had faced a multitude of difficulties earlier in life, they pushed themselves to persevere and, in so doing, they saved countless lives.   

About the Author:

Pam Flowers is a children’s book author and dog lover who has been a dog musher on nine Arctic expeditions and finished the famed annual Iditarod. She has lived in Alaska for 40 years and during most of that time was an active dog musher.

She first heard about Leonhard Seppala when she ran in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race and was nominated for the Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award. The veterinarians who monitor the race established the award in honor of Seppala for the excellent care he was known to give his sled dogs. Every year this distinction recognizes the musher who gives their dogs “the most outstanding care during the race.” Flowers’ nomination for the award fueled her interest in Seppala. 

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