Togo and Balto

By Keagan and Preston


  • Born in 1919
  • Died March 14 1933 at 2:15 p.m he was put to sleep with an injection
  • Owner - Norwegian Leonhard Seppala
  • Balto was more well known then Togo
  • Suffered from canine arthritis
  • Jet black Siberian husky
  • He weighed 55-60 pounds (bigger then Togo)
  • He was named after Samuel Johannesen Balto
  • Received a luxurious suite in the LA biltmore hotel
  • Was in movies and Broadway
  • Body is stuffed and mounted in Cleveland Museum of natural history


  • In 1925 he was 12 but he was strong and intelligent
  • Owner doubted his potential
  • Togo died on December 5th 1929 four years after the serum run
  • Hard to handle and mischievous
  • In the lead for 16 years
  • Seppala tried to sell Togo twice
  • Raced 261 miles
  • Was the unrecognized hero
  • He was small, black brown and grayish coat
  • about 45 pounds

Disease and Journey

  • 1924, diphtheria threatened the town of Nome, Alaska
  • 1,400 people had diphtheria
  • The disease isolated the whole town
  • Without medicene disease would quickly spread to everyone
  • No transportation in town
  • Temperature was 50 below zero

Works Cited

Chargot, Patricia. "Dog Tale: Learn About the Adventures of Balto." Yak's Corner. Jan. 22 2004: n.p. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.

"The Race Against Death." Storyworks (Vol. 11, No. 5). Feb./March 2004: 8+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.;IMAGE;GIF;0000063051&urn=urn:sirs:US;ARTICLE;ART;0000182498