by Jason Lamb
Sunday, March 14, 2010
UNALAKLEET, Alaska -- With all the talk about Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race mushers' dogs in Unalakleet Sunday, there's one important dog that hasn't arrived in town yet -- one that's about to help a family and child in need.
Watching dogs is one of Logan Erickson's favorite activities when mushers come through Unalakleet. But perhaps the most important dog in Logan's life isn't even here yet.
"He doesn't talk," said Donna Erickson, Logan's mom. "He suffers from a condition called autism."
The Ericksons asked for a service dog to help find Logan when he runs away and hides.
"(There's been) times when a whole bunch of people in the village have gone on four-wheelers, by foot, searching for him, and even an airplane looking for him at one point," Donna said.
But the family couldn't afford the $30,000 price tag -- until a group of Iditarod mushers donated half of the cost to help get Logan a dog.