Stuffed Togo the Wonder Dog in Nome AK

NOME, AK - During the diphtheria epidemic in 1925, Togo saved the city of Nome, Alaska, from its ravages. At that time, the town was home to tens of thousands of people. Despite being infected, Togo and his sled team led the way in delivering the serum that would save the town.

Photo: Stuffed Togo the Wonder Dog


Togo Saved The City Of Nome, Alaska

Togo's intelligence was reflected in his lead dog status in races. His coat was dark brown with cream markings. His eyes were ice blue. He reached an adult weight of 48 pounds. He was also known for his endurance.

Togo was given away as a house pet at six months of age. His husky lineage is traced back to Seppala's kennel. He was a QUINTESSENTIAL husky.

When Seppala's team broke through ice floes, Togo took hold of the sled and dragged it to safety. He was then given away to a neighbor. He was later euthanized at sixteen years of age. His skeletal remains were preserved, mounted, and displayed at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, the Shelbourne Museum in Vermont, and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska.

While most people know Balto's heroic feats, Togo is an underappreciated hero of the serum run. This hero was named after Japanese Admiral Heihachiro Togo, who fought in the Russian and Japan wars. Togo was named for his intelligence and tenacity. He is also credited with launching the Siberian husky into the American Kennel Club.