Dropped Dog Transport 2012

A dropped dog transporter is primarily responsible for safely and promptly delivering dropped dogs back to their proper owners.

 A transporter should have experience driving in on-road and off-road conditions where ice, snow, drifts, and sun glare are commonplace. First Aid training and knowledge of CPR is strongly recommended. It is also necessary to have experience in safe dog handling and restraint.

This job requires a reliable full-size four-wheel-drive truck with tire chains handy. The truck must be capable of towing a large trailer and/or dog box on the bed of the truck.

 A dropped dog transporter should be familiar with:

Caution: Be aware that logging trucks begin to head into the woods extremely early on Monday morning!

Be prepared! Keep in mind that you may get stuck, be unable to continue, or need to stay in the woods for a while.

The following supplies may be needed:

Tire chains Extra clothes Extra boots
First aid kit Fuel (regular and/or diesel) Tow strap or chain
Jumper cables Shovel Axe
Buck saw Snowshoes Wire cutters
Water Food Sunglasses
Satellite phone and/or cell phone Watch



GPS Radio communication (CB or Marine band)
Maps Chain saw



Drive to Checkpoint #2 (Rocky Brook) and wait for enough dropped dogs to make a load either in the trailer or in the truck box. Bring the dogs all the way back to Lonesome Pine in Fort Kent.

Ensure that the dogs are given back to the proper owner along with the proper medication (very important) and leftover foods, leashes, harnesses, and other items left behind for that individual dog. The materials for each dog will be in a yellow bucket marked with the dog’s identification. The buckets are Can-Am Crown property. There will be a dropped dog form for each dog. On the form, record the name of the person to whom the dog was released, the location, date and time, and sign the form. When it’s convenient, deliver the forms to Can-Am Central, so we can accurately track the location of these valuable dogs.

After the last musher has left Checkpoint #2 and passed the point of no return, and there are no more dogs left at Rocky Brook, move on to the next checkpoint, Maibec, (Checkpoint #3).

Keep in contact with Ham radio operators if and when possible to let them know your location and destination.

Start shuttling dogs to Lonesome Pine for return to owners.

The primary purpose of a transporter is the safe and prompt return of dropped dogs to their owners. However, emergencies may occasionally arise which would require adjustments to the schedule of a transporter. In particular, it will sometimes be necessary to retrieve a lost team or a team that is stranded due to sickness, injuries, fatigue, or severe weather. In case of any such emergencies, arrangements for retrieval of a team must be well planned and coordinated with Can-Am Central.


Dropped Dog Transporter

Andrew Marquis