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Think Pink! NWT musher makes fashion statement while winning Gold Ulu

Posted: Friday, March 10, 2006


  Rebecca Baxter relaxes with one of her favorite dogs, Beca. Photo By Jahnie Triplett

Rebecca Baxter relaxes with one of her favorite dogs, Beca.

Photo By Jahnie Triplett

What’s pink and furry, and runs like the wind?

Take haute couture, add snow, toss in some barking, add a dash of spice and everything nice, and you have Rebecca Baxter and her dog sled team.

Baxter, a great dog musher from the Northwest Territories, has been mushing for seven years and won yesterday’s Gold Ulu in sled dog racing.

Why does she mush dogs? Rebecca said, “It’s part of my culture and I get to go fast.”

Rebecca’s great sense of humor and style were obvious during the races. She and her dogs were in matching pink outfits, with her wearing a bright pink coat with her dogs sporting the latest in pink harnesses.

Baxter and her family took four days to drive here “We let the dogs out every two hours to feed them,” she said.

When asked how old she was, Rebecca said; “I’m 12, but I’m 10 in America because of the exchange rate.”

“I would like to stick to sprint racing but it would be really cool to do the Iditarod,” she said.

Does anyone know if Susan, Dede, Libby or Aily have worn a pink coat with matching pink dog harnesses? If it hasn’t been done, watch out, “Ladies of the Iditarod” because Rebecca Baxter is ready to make a fashion statement.


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