Two dogs’ names stand out, synonymous with determination
Balto and Togo were made of the strongest stuff
Sled dogs in Alaska, both were unbelievably tough.
Of their courage and perseverance we can’t say enough.
Their courage and story inspired a nation.
When the small, secluded town of Nome began suffering an epidemic,
Medicine was sent from Seattle to help stem the tide
Of children who suffered and would likely have died
If not for the dogs who would not run and hide
For the trip to deliver could have been called suicide.
Because of the winter and terrible weather
Getting the drugs to the needy was a difficult feat
The only plane that could make it had an engine that would not heat.
So desperate were the people, the runners would not allow defeat.
Instead of a plane, it was on sleds the medicine took a seat.
Togo took the most challenging leg
His master driving the team through the most horrific terrain,
Pushing and moving Togo’s team would not restrain
Themselves from doing their best, not seeking fame,
Until they reached the next team in the line.
Balto and his team took over from there,
Running through some of the worst whiteout conditions
Unmindful of their perilous position,
Their single-minded goal was their final destination.
They were to meet the next team and then they should stop.
When they reached the next team, they were all asleep.
So Balto and team kept right on going
The town of Nome was something worth knowing
Meaning they learned it in case, they had no need for slowing.
Because of these dogs’ courage, the kids turned out just fine.