The dogs kept jumping and barking.
If New London resident George Eastman, his son, Jordan and others weren't holding them back, they'd probably already be on their way, vying for the finish line of the 1,150-mile race.
Few can say they witnessed the Iditarod in person, and even fewer can say they served as dog handlers.
George Eastman can boast he did both this year. Dog handlers help get the animals to the starting line and hook them up to harnesses.