BILL ROTH — Anchorage Daily News
WILLOW -- Looking through the living room window, next to a painting of her late husband mushing dogs, 92-year-old Natalie Norris has watched this winter as her granddaughter prepared a team to run the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
It's a familiar scene outside in the dog yard, where the rookie, 26-year-old Lisbet Skogen Norris, recently dished up a rich, brown broth to the 35 dogs in the lot, including the 16 that will make up this year's Team Anadyr. Some barked and howled, tugging at their chains. Others waited in quiet anticipation of the training run to follow.
"I've never in my life so single-mindedly pursued something," Lisbet said. "I've never, ever been so focused on one goal."
... "I just think it's part of our family tradition, competing in a race of some kind," grandmother Natalie said over coffee inside the house she and Lisbet share in Willow. "I think it's nice that she's carrying on a tradition, that somebody's carrying on a tradition in the family."
Dog mushing seems to be in the Norris family's blood. Natalie calls it "being doggy" and said it would bother her if none of her grandkids were interested in mushing.
Natalie and her husband, Earl Norris, who died in 2001 at the age of 81, were Alaska mushing pioneers.
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