The past six weeks have been a rough go for the Alaska state sport of sled dog racing. Tough times began with the Idita-dope saga and continued with allegations of neglect at four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey's kennel. I believe we participants in the sport — dog drivers, fans and sponsors — need to put the controversy behind us and move ahead. With that thought firmly in mind, we at the Crazy Dog Kennel have written and proposed a Best Care Guide as a method to promote transparency in dog care for the entire industry. The idea of Best Care was initiated by Dan Phillips, who owns Krabloonik Kennels in Snowmass, Colorado. Dan took over a kennel that had a terrific public-relations problem associated with the previous owners' dog-care practices. He has followed a version of Best Care the past three years and credits much of his business success to the program. The objective is the betterment and furthering of the sport and business of keeping sled dogs. Best Care goes hand-in-hand with the maintenance and business of tour, racing, recreational and other working dog kennels. This proposal won't solve every problem, but it goes a long way to providing the accountability the public is demanding — without being invasive. Iditarod executive director Stan Hooley said the race intends to implement a dog-care program prior to the 2019 race. Every team would be required to participate, he said. Our proposed Best Care guidelines are similar to those set out by the Mush with Pride organization and the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association. Oversight would be performed by an independent committee composed of diverse community interests. Veterinarian and race interests should be represented but not over-emphasized. It must be recognized that the general public has a vested interest in the welfare and care of all dogs. Here is a summary of our proposed guidelines. The complete Best Care Guide is at the end of this story and at — Kennel size should not exceed 30 dogs for each caregiver at a single location. A caregiver is anyone responsible for the dogs, including the kennel owner, handlers and family members. This requirement is