The Bee Attitudes

It was a beautiful day in Fairwood Forest, the warmth of the sun peeking through the curtains tickled Suzanne Bear’s face causing her to roll over. The sound of Mrs. Bear singing could be heard downstairs along with the clanking of pots and pans as she made breakfast.
The smell of fresh pancakes crept up the stairs invading Suzanne’s dreams, dragging her slowly from her dreams.  Her brother Gladly Bear came running in her room and shook her.

“Wake up Snoozy Suzy!  Mom has breakfast ready and the pancakes are getting cold”, laughed Gladly.

“OK, OK, I’m up”, grumbled Suzanne.

Together they bounced down the stairs to find a humongous stack of pancakes waiting for them in the center of the table.  Next to the pancakes were a bowl of fresh berries and a jar of honey.  Mr. Bear set a jug of clear sparkling spring water on the other side of the pancakes and sat down at the table next to Mrs. Bear.

Mr. Bear said the blessing and then they started their meal.  Gladly took a stack of pancakes smothering them in golden honey and sprinkling juicy red raspberries on top.  Suzanne however placed her berries between each layer of pancakes and then dumped the thick rich honey over the whole stack creating a lake of the golden liquid around the bottom layer.

As they were finishing their meal Mrs. Bear said, “Gladly, Suzanne, Miss Rosie is coming over to have dinner with us tonight.  Your father is heading down to the stream after breakfast to catch us some fish.  I would like you two to gather some more honey so I can bake honey muffins for dinner.”

So Gladly and Suzanne grabbed their little red buckets and went out to gather some honey for their mother.  They went to field and watched the bees as they danced from flower to flower.  Following the bees to an old knotted oak tree, they discovered a large hole in one the knots where the bees were entering.

Gladly took his bucket and climbed up to the hole. Reaching in, he scooped out the thick honey into his bucket.  When his bucket was full, Gladly climbed down to Suzanne.  He handed her his bucket, then took hers and climbed back up to the hole.

While he was filling Suzanne’s bucket, a bee flew down to bottom of the tree and buzzed around Suzanne.  Fearfully she ducked down under the bee and backed against the tree.  The bee followed her and landed right in the middle of her nose.

Scrunching up her face, she blew from the side of her mouth at her nose. Harder and harder she blew, but that darn bee would just not move.  Finally out of desperation she swatted at the bee with her paw.  She managed to knock the bee off of her nose, but as it was leaving it stung her.

Ow! Ow! Ow! The stinger hurt so much, it felt like a shard fire sticking in poor little Suzanne’s nose.  Tears welled up in her eyes and Suzanne began to cry.  Gladly hearing her cry climbed down the tree to see what was wrong.

buzzardEdwin Buzzard was walking through the forest and heard Suzanne’s wailing.  He came over to see what the noise was all about.  When he saw Suzanne sitting there crying, he began laugh and tease her.

“Look at the little baby”, sneered Edwin. “Crying her eyes out over some little boo boo, did you fall down and hurt your wittle knees?”

Suzanne got angry when she heard this and wanted to hit Edwin so he would leave her alone.  But Gladly stopped her, “Remember what Miss Rosie told us.  We should forgive people, let’s take our honey home and forget about Edwin.”

So Gladly and Suzanne picked up their buckets and headed back towards home.  Edwin Buzzard followed them, teasing Suzanne and Gladly.  But when they paid no attention to him, it was no longer fun and he left them.

Miss Rosie the Wise Old Owl was there talking with their mother when they returned home.  She looked at Suzanne’s nose and made appropriate tsk sounds while Mrs. Bear spread a cool soothing ointment on Suzanne’s injury.

“Miss Rosie, the bee hurt me so much it made me cry,” sniffled Suzanne.  “Then that mean old Edwin Buzzard started picking on me, he made me so mad.  Why I just wanted run over to him and yell at him or hit him.  But then Gladly reminded me how Jesus would want us to forgive people so we left Edwin and came home.”

“That’s right Suzanne,” said Miss Rosie. “In fact Jesus had nine guidelines he gave people.  They are called the beatitudes.  They tell us how to treat others and how we should act.  Let me tell you about them. I will tell you what he said and explain it as I go along.

Jesus was teaching in Galilee and everybody was coming to see him, bringing sick people to be healed.  Why there were great big crowds following him.  Well one day he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

This is what he taught them:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

In other words trust in God, he will supply all your needs.

 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Share the joys and sorrows of others.

 

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Be gentle with others.  Don’t try to get your way by bullying.

 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Do the right things. Make sure people are treated the right way.

 

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Forgive others and ask others for their forgiveness.

 

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God

.Be faithful to God and follow God’s ways.

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Bring people together, encourage others to work together instead of fighting.

 

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

In difficult times trust in God, keep following Him.

 

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

When the bad people pick on you for following God, be happy because your reward in heaven will increase because of this.

 

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

 

Miss Rosie found this story in Matthew 5:1-16

 

 

Redneck Crepes

Quick and easy to make they are good for breakfast, or a snack these Redneck Crepes will go fast.

Ingredients:

2 eggs
3 Tbsp Milk (I use almond)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
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Oil or Oil Spray
Tortilla shells

Whipped cream cheese
Jelly

Whipped Cream or Fresh Fruit sliced (optional)

Directions:

Spray or oil your pan, place over medium heat.

20160515_224201Beat the eggs in a flat bowl, add milk, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg.

 

 

 

 

20160515_224226Dip your tortilla shell in the egg mixture and coat both sides evenly.

 

 

 

20160515_224351Place your dipped shell in the pan and fry until a light golden brown then flip and fry the other side.

 

 

 

20160515_224406Place the fried shell onto cutting board or plate to cool a little and open your cream cheese and jelly.

 

 

 

20160515_224551Spread your cream cheese in an even layer over the shell.

 

 

 

20160515_224708Take your favorite jelly and spread that over the cream cheese.

 

 

 

20160515_224729Roll your tortilla.  Top with fresh fruit and whipped cream.  Slice and serve.

 

 

 

 

Little One, God Made You Special By Amy Warren Hilliker

littleoneBook Description

Little One, God Made You Special, written by Amy Warren Hilliker and inspired by the New York Times #1bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life, is a cute and cuddly board book that let’s children know God made each one of us very special.

My Review:

This 12 page hard board book is cute.  The warm illustrations are fuzzy animals and colorful so your child will enjoy looking at them.  The story is short in easy sentences for you child to understand.  I would give this book a 5-star rating.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Counting Blessings by Eileen Spinelli

clessingsBook Description

Children count along from 1 to 10, following the sweet rhyming text by beloved author Eileen Spinelli and the cute and cuddly illustrations by Lee Holland. Along with counting, this padded cover board book teaches children to see the blessings in life. With whimsy and joy, Counting Blessings captures the attention of young children, filling their minds with numbers and their hearts with happiness.

My review

This is a cute book.  There are a lot of illustrations of fluffy bunnies and they are very nicely drawn. The pages is the hard cardboard type paper so it will endure the trials that your child put it through  The sentences are easy to read and short so your young child will have an easy time understanding it.

It starts with one animal and it increases up to ten different items to help your child learn to count.  At the end of the book there are many other items for your child to be thankful for to help them learn to count their blessings.  Your little one will like this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

 

 

Thats Not Hay In My Hair by Juliette Turner

hayinhairBook Description

New York City life had crammed sidewalks, gasoline-filled puddles, and angry taxi drivers, but Juliette enjoyed the towering sky-scrapers, the half-block walk to school, and the restaurant smells wafting into her bedroom. She had never cared for a horse, let alone a long-horn, when her mother announced their imminent move to a 300 acre ranch in Texas, where they would be caring for three horses, five dogs, twenty-five longhorns, and a cat … all by themselves.

Juliette couldn’t help feeling excited, even though she’d have to climb a hill to get a bar of cell-phone service. Soon she was running from bats and snakes, rescuing a calf from a twenty-foot ditch, medicating ponies, and having adventures so crazy it’s hard to believe they’re for real—but it all happened exactly how it’s written.

Get ready for side-splitting laughs, heart-wrenching tears, and surprising life lessons learned down on the farm and shared by fourteen-year-old Juliette Turner.

My review:

This book chronicles the move of Juliette Turner from New York to a Texas ranch.  The move starts out slow but once you get to the ranch the pace picks up in the book.  There are tales of going to a new school (will they like me), celebrating a holiday, mishaps with animals and even a snake that outmatches Nagini from Harry Potter.

All in all it is cute book for the tween ages.  I am sure my niece will enjoy reading it.  I give it 3 out 5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Gladly The Cross Eyed Bear

GladlyOnce upon a time in the great big forest, there lived a couple of bears.  Now Mrs. Bear was sad, because she and Mr. Bear had no children.  Mr. Bear loved Mrs. Bear very much, and tried to make her happy.  He brought her the sweetest honey from the hives, and lovely flowers from the fields.   But Mrs. Bear remained sad and this made Mr. Bear sad too.

Then one day, a joyous event happened, Mrs. Bear had a little baby bear.  Mrs. Bear was so happy to have a baby; she had waited so long for this child.  She was so pleased, that she named her little baby Gladly Bear.

Gladly was a beautiful little bear, his fur was thick and brown.  His teeth were white and sharp, and his eyes were round and brown.  There was only one problem, Gladly’s eyes would not look straight ahead.  Yes poor Gladly was cross eyed.

When Mr. Bear came home and saw Gladly’s eyes, he was upset.   How could he have such a poor child, he was not perfect.  Yet when Gladly cuddled up to him, the love he had for his son welled up inside him and poured out.  Yes even with his eyes, Gladly was perfect to Mr. Bear.

As Gladly grew, he often went out in the forest to play.  There he met the other animal children, but because of his eyes they would not play with poor Gladly.  They laughed at him, called him mean names, threw dirt at Gladly and chased him away.  The other children were not nice.

But one child, Benjamin Squirrel did not chase Gladly or call him names.  Poor Benjamin was also picked on by the other children for he had large buck teeth.  He knew how poor Gladly felt and joined him to play.  Gladly and Benjamin quickly became close friends, and played together every day.

One day while they were playing together, Gladly and Benjamin came across the other animals playing a game.  They asked them if they could join in the game, but the other animals started calling them mean names.  Then the other animals started to throw dirt at them and chased them away.  Gladly and Benjamin were so upset that they ran crying into the forest, soon becoming lost.

As they wandered in the forest, they came across Rosie the Wise Old Owl.  “What is wrong, why are you crying little ones?” asked Rosie.

“The other animals are making fun of us and calling us names”, replied Benjamin.

“They said we are ugly and funny looking”, cried Gladly, “they don’t want to play with us and chase us away.”

“Why there is nothing wrong you”, said Rosie.  “Don’t you know that you are both special to God?  In fact God made you just the way you are and He knows how special you are.  God loves you so much he sent His own Son down to earth for you.

Everybody does bad things, this is called sin.  Sin keeps us away from God because He can not be around it.  This makes God sad, because He wants to be with us.   But God sent us Jesus His son to help us get rid of sin.  He took all of our sins and put them on Jesus.  Jesus died for our sins so we can be with God.  So now when God looks at us, He sees Jesus.

“Now”, said Miss Rosie, “it is getting late.  You children better run on home before your parents start worrying about you.”

“But we can’t go home”, cried Benjamin. “We got lost running away from the other animals and don’t know where we are.”

“Well I guess I will just have to show you the way home then”, said Miss Rosie. And she started down the path, leading Gladly and Benjamin back to their homes.  Soon they saw the lights shining happily through the windows of their homes and ran on ahead.

After that, Benjamin and Gladly spent many days visiting Miss Rosie.  She told them many stories about Jesus and how he loved them.  One day, Gladly stomped in to visit Miss Rosie looking upset.

“Why Gladly Bear” said Miss Rosie.  “What on the earth is the matter with you?  You look very angry.”

“It’s those mean kids”, sniffed Gladly.  “They have been calling me names again and throwing dirt at me.  I hate them, they are not nice.”

“But Gladly”, said Miss Rosie. “Remember what I was telling you about Jesus.  He would want you to forgive those kids, and to pray for them.  Now give me a smile, and we will pray for them now.”  So Gladly and Miss Rosie prayed for the mean kids, asking Jesus to help them learn how to be good.  Gladly’s heart felt much lighter after he forgave the mean kids.

A few days later, Gladly went over to meet Benjamin to play.  Benjamin’s mother told them to be careful while playing, for Man had been sighted in the forest.  Benjamin wanted to have a race, but Gladly wanted to play Hide and Seek.  So they ran off to their favorite clearing where they would have plenty of room to do both.

Gladly smelled a strange smell as they came near their favorite clearing,.  Cautiously they crept up to their clearing, peering out through the bushes.  There they saw Man.  Man had built cages of wood and ropes, and had locked the other kids in the cages.

“Benjamin”, said Gladly.  “We must do something.   We can not leave the other kids with Man.  Man will hurt them and do mean things to them.”

“But Gladly”, said Benjamin.  “They were mean to us, why should we help them.”

“Remember that Jesus helped us”, said Gladly.  “He would want us to forgive them and help them also.  I will keep Man busy, while you chew the ropes and free the others.”

So standing on his rear legs, Gladly broke through the bushes running towards Man.  Fiercely he gave a mighty growl scaring Man, causing him to run out of the clearing.  Gladly followed him a little more, growling and roaring to keep Man running until he was out of the forest.

While Man was running away, Benjamin scurried over to the cages.  Using his impressive buck teeth, Benjamin chewed through the ropes on the cages.  As the ropes broke, the cages fell apart and the other kids were able to escape from them.

The other kids surrounded Gladly and Benjamin while cheering loudly.  Happily they thanked them for saving them from Man.  Slowly Hannah Rabbit walked up to Gladly and Benjamin.

“Thank you for saving us”, said Hannah.  “But why did you help us after we called you all those mean names, and threw dirt at you?”

“Miss Rosie the wise old owl told us about Jesus”, replied Gladly.  “And he would want us to forgive you and help you.”

“Can we learn about this Jesus also?” asked Caitlin Otter.

“Of course”, replied Benjamin.  “Follow us and we will take you with us to Miss Rosie’s.  She can teach all more about Jesus.”

So the other kids followed Gladly and Benjamin, through the woods they went to Miss Rosie’s house.  Miss Rosie brought out a tray of cookies she had been baking and soon was telling all the children about Jesus and His love.

The other kids soon became good friends with Gladly and Benjamin. Every day they would go see Miss Rosie, where they would learn more about Jesus.

Saving Faith

She was just a simple stray, dirty and underfed. Her ribs showing this cat needed some tender loving care.  In 1936 she found the place for this care, St. Augustine’s and St. Faith’s Church on Waiting Street in London.

Thomas Evans the church’s verger discovered this poor stray cat in the church and tossed her out on the street.  Indignant she searched for another entrance, but once again Evans tossed her out. A third time she tried but Evans found her again and ejected her.

Finally she found a window that was not fully closed and squeezed through. Exploring the room she spotted a pile of rags and purring contentedly she settled down for the night.

She awoke the next morning as the sun was peeking through the shutters. Her stomach growling she set off in search of food. Room after room she searched until she spotted a warm glow ahead. A thin line of light spilled out from a partially open door.

Eagerly she pushed on the door until it opened wide enough for her to pass through.  A warm fire crackled in the hearth spreading a golden glow throughout the room.  A wondrous scent of sausage and bacon hung in the air and her stomach growled once again.  Across the room a man sat eating a full English breakfast and sipping tea.

Stealthily she crept toward the man following that heavenly smell intent on gaining some of that bacon.  But another man grabbed her from behind and picked her up.

“You again”, said Evans. “How many times do I have to throw you out of here?”

“Easy Thomas”, said Father Ross the other man, “Bring in a dish we can pour some cream in. The poor creature is just hungry.”

“But Father”, protested Evans, “if we feed her we will have that much harder time getting her to leave.  I’m just trying to save us the trouble; we have never had a cat here before.”

“Thomas we do not need to get rid of her, we must show mercy. For as the Lord says in the gospel of Matthew, ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.’   Let us find her a place to sleep and see if anybody claims her.  But until then she must have a name, letus call her Faith after the name of our church plus she has shown great faith in her efforts to stay here.”

“Well my wife Rosalind likes cats”, said Evans. “I suppose we can find her some place to sleep.”

So Rosalind Evans was called in and she knew exactly what to do.  She found a medium sized basket and lined it with old blankets for Faith to sleep in.  Next to this she placed a shallow dish for cream and a dish for food.  She crumbled up some sausage in the dish for Faith and added cream to the other.  When Faith had finished eating she crawled into the basket to examine the soft blankets.  Snuggling down in the blankets, she showed her approval by purring contentedly.

Nobody claimed her so Faith became a permanent resident of the church.  Faith was grateful to her benefactor Father Ross and worked hard to prove herself.  She explored every nook of the church and rectory, cleansing them of rodents.  She also attended every service with Father Ross, sitting at his feet in the pulpit if he was speaking or sitting in the front row with him if he was not.

Faith became a well-loved member of the church.  The older members would bring in treats for her which she would daintily accept.  She was no longer skin and bones, Faith had found the TLC she had needed.

One August morning in 1940 while having tea Rosalind noticed that Faith looked just a little bit plumper.  Was Clara the alter guild lady bringing in too many extra treats for Faith?  Faith did not care, she just sat there licking her lips and waiting for some cream.

A few weeks later, towards the end of the month Faith failed to awaken Father Ross.  Every morning she would enter his room and jump on his bed licking him in the face to awaken him.  Today she had failed to do so.  Father Ross went looking for her and found her curled up in her basket.

Lying next to her was the reason she was still there.  Over the night Faith had just had a kitten, a tiny tom cat white with black ears and tail.  An announcement was made and a celebration was held. The church choir celebrated his birth by singing All Things Bright And Beautiful at the Sunday service.   They decided to name the young kitten Panda since his black and white coloring resembled that of the bear.

A few weeks later Father Ross noticed Faith trying to open the door into the basement.  When he had opened it for her she went and grabbed Panda by the scruff of his neck and took him downstairs into the cold dank basement.  Thinking that it would be bad for him down there, Father Ross carried Panda back up to his basket with Faith following and protesting all the way.

Twice more Faith took Panda down to the basement with Father Ross moving him back upstairs.  Finally he consulted with Rosalind and some other women in the church who decided that Faith thought Panda must be in some danger upstairs.  They felt the best thing to do would be to move the basket down to the basement and humor Faith.

The following day on September 7 the Battle of Brittan had begun.  The Luftwaffe sent 348 bombers escorted by 617 fighters to batter the city of London.  The bombing started at 4 p.m. and continued until 4 a.m.  Father Ross had business away from the church that day and spent the next night in an air raid shelter.

When he returned to the church on September 9 it was destroyed from the attack.  There were small fires everywhere and support timbers laying in the rubble.  The rescuers asked Father Ross if anyone had been in the church at the time of the attack and he replied that only Faith and Panda were there.

The firemen told him they were most likely dead and he needed to leave as the building could collapse at any moment.  But acting on faith, Father Ross struggled through the building to the spot in the basement where he had taken the cat’s basket. They were still there, huddles in the blankets Faith covering Panda with her body.  Father Ross grabbed the basket and carried them out of the church just before the roof collapsed.

Father Henry had Faith’s photograph taken and hung on the chapel wall.  This was displayed below the photo:

“Faith”
Our dear little church cat of St. Augustine and St. Faith.
The bravest cat in the world.
On Monday, September 9th, 1940, she endured horrors and perils
beyond the power of words to tell.
Shielding her kitten in a sort of recess in the house (a spot
she selected three days before the tragedy occurred), she
sat the whole frightful night of bombing and fire, guarding her
little kitten.
The roofs and masonry exploded. The whole house blazed. Four
floors fell through in front of her. Fire and water and ruin
all round her.
Yet she stayed calm and steadfast and waited for help.
We rescued her in the early morning while the place was still
burning, and
By the mercy of Almighty God, she and
her kitten were not only saved, but unhurt.
God be praised and thanked for His goodness
and mercy to our dear little pet.

 

Her devotion and bravery became well known throughout London, inspiring many a person through the dark days of the war. Faith could not be awarded the Dickens Medal because she was a civilian pet. A special silver medal was made instead and presented to Faith by the Archbishop of Canterbury on October 12, 1945.

 

Economy Beef Stroganoff

Stroganof

1 1/2 lb stew beef, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

2 tablespoons margarine or butter

1 1/2 cup beef broth

2 tablespoons catsup

1 small clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt

8 ounces mushrooms, sliced

1/2 cup chopped onion

3 tablespoons flour

1 cup sour cream

3 or 4 cups hot cooked egg noodles

1 tablespoon margarine or butter

Cook and stir beef in 2 T margarine or butter in 10 inch skillet over low heat until brown.  Reserve 1/3 cup of beef broth.  Stir remaining broth, catsup, garlic and salt into the skillet.  Heat to boiling then reduce heat.  Cover and simmer until beef is tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Stir in mushrooms and onion.  Cover and simmer until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.  Shake reserved broth and the flour in tightly covered container, stir gradually into the beef mixture.  Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Boil and stir 1 minute then reduce heat.  Stir in sour cream, heat through.

Toss noodles with 1 T margarine or butter.  Serve beef mixture over the hot noodles.

Night Night, Daddy By Amy Parker

nightnightBook Description

Cuddle up for a calming bedtime story with this sweet board book that combines bedtime rhyme with adorable animal art to help your children get ready for a good night’s sleep.

Night Night, Daddy features an animal family settling down for bedtime, recalling shared moments between father and child that occurred throughout the day. All of these special moments are relatable to you and your toddler or preschooler, and this bonding time is a wonderful way for your child to tell you “night night” as he drifts off to sleep.

Sample text:

A bubble battle at bath time

Makes getting clean more fun;

Soon we’re laughing oh so hard,

We don’t even know who won!

For now, I’ll sink into your arms

And let them hold me tight,

Knowing that you’ll keep me safe

And loved all through the night.

My thoughts:

This is good book to read to your child at bedtime.   The story starts with a fun activity with Daddy during the day and progresses to Dinner, Bath time, and Bedtime. The illustrations are bright and colorful and this book is printed on a sturdy shiny cardboard stock.  Your child will like looking through it.  I would give this 5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Togo the other dog

You have most likely heard about Balto the dog that saved the town of Nome, Alaska from an epidemic. In freezing and whiteout conditions, Balto delivered the serum. Using his sense of smell he found the right path to Nome.

In 1925 diphtheria was ravaging the town of Nome. They had serum, but it was expired. Rather than risking the expired serum the town doctor radioed for more serum. Because of the extreme cold and weather no train or plane could make the trip so sled dogs were used to transport the serum.

Dr. Welch had requested 1 million units of serum but they were not available.  However 300,000 units were found at the Anchorage Railroad Hospital and they were sent to Nenana for transport to Nome. The teams ran 674 miles across Alaska from Nenana to Nome.  20 mushers and over 150 dogs participated in the “Race for Mercy”.  The trip took five days to complete.

The team that transported the serum for the last 55 miles was Gunnar Kassen and his team of dogs led by Balto.  When Kassen reached Nome he became a celebrity, but he insisted that just as much credit be given to his lead dog Balto.  But there were others who made the run that did not get all the glory.

Another musher was Leonhard Seppala with 20 dogs, his lead dog was named Togo.  Seppala was supposed to pick up the serum in Shaktoolik and deliver it to Nome.  He raced 91 miles into the oncoming storm to pick up the serum. To save time he took a dangerous shortcut across the Norton Sound. (Even today the Iditarod does not cross the sound as it is too dangerous.) The temperature fell as he traveled, it dropped to -34° F but the gale force winds lowered the wind chill to -84° F. Racing the storm he made it to the other side a little over 100 miles outside of Shaktoolik.

Believing he had over 100 miles to go still to reach Shaktoolik, Seppala pressed on.   He spotted another team whose dogs were tangled from an encounter with a reindeer, but he decided not to stop as he needed to pick up the serum.  Suddenly he heard a shout, “The serum. The serum. I have it here.”  It was fellow musher Henry Ivanhoff who was supposed to deliver the serum to Seppala.  He informed Seppala of the fact that the epidemic had worsened, that was why they added more mushers.

With the situation being so desperate, Seppala decided to return across the sound. Cracking ice and drifting floes made this a risky move as Seppala could wind up stranded unable to reach the shore. Whiteouts of blinding snow left Seppala unable to see and wound up relying on Togo to find the way with his nose. But Seppala had faith in Togo to lead them there safely.

On a previous trip across the sound, the ice cracked and left a gap too wide for the sled to cross.  Racing across the ice, somehow Togo sensed the break and stopped short preventing disaster.  But it was too late as the ice had started drifting and there was no way off the ice floe. For over twelve hours they drifted across the water until the ice drifted near another floe that was still connected with land.

But still there was a gap of water over five feet wide, Seppala was unable to jump it or cross with the sled.  The had come so close but still they were stranded.  But Seppala had a plan, he tied a lead around Togo and heaved him across the gap on to the other ice floe.  Togo began pulling on the lead, bringing the ice floe closer to the one he was on.  But then the lead snapped and the end fell into the water, the floes were still too far apart.

But all hope was not yet lost, for Togo leapt in to the water and swam to the broken end of the lead.  Grabbing the end of the lead with his mouth, Togo once again began pulling.  Slowly the pieces of ice began coming together, little by little until finally they were close enough for Seppala to escape.  He drove his team and sled across the gap and headed for land.  Togo had saved the day.

This time though they could not afford such a delay, the serum had to get to Nome.  Through the storm they raced across the ice with Togo leading the way.  Fortune smiled upon them and they reached the roadhouse at Isaac’s Point by eight p.m.

Exhausted they rested until two a.m. when they set out across the sound once again.  The storm had increased and the ice was cracking, but Togo lead them straight and true.  The reached Little McKinley Mountain by daylight where Seppala turned to see that the ice they had crossed was now all cracked apart and drifting.  They had barely made it safely to shore.

Climbing to 5,000 feet they crossed the mountain, descending they saw their destination ahead.  Reaching the bottom of the mountain they headed to the roadhouse at Golvin.  There Seppala handed the serum to the next musher and fresh team of dogs.

By the time Seppala finally pulled into Nome, the newspapers were proclaiming Kassen and Balto as the heroes of the race for mercy.  Featuring one team was more exciting than the tedious list of many mushers.  Kassen and Balto even starred in a film about the run and toured the United States.

Togo however eventually got his due.  He was flown to Maine where he was bred and in 1930 became the father of the modern Siberian Husky breed. (Balto was not bred as he was neutered as pup, since he was considered an inferior specimen).  Also in 1997 the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo added statues of Balto and Togo outside of their wild wolf exhibit.