Vale Mawson

We heard tonight from Australian Sleddog Tours in Dinner Plain that little Mawson passed away late on Boxing Day. Mawson was one of two pups born recently, and after a complicated entry to the world, he has fought for every step in his short development. While his sister Russia grew and thrived, little Mawson constantly had to battle to eat and find the energy to keep going. Australian Sled Dog Tours shared Mawson's battle on their Facebook page, and we, like many of their followers, cheered every tiny victory and held our breaths at every set back. In his short life, Mawson has become a symbol of the tenaciousness of the Siberian husky and the connection forged between human and canine hearts.

Our thoughts go out to Brett and Neisha and everyone associated with Australian Sled Dog Tours. We know Mawson will be happy and healthy now, and will look after his mother and sister and all his foster family at Dinner Plain from his new place.