ANCHORAGE - Iditarod champion Lance Mackey has his "Girlfriend" back.
Mackey lost one of his lead dogs, a female named Girlfriend, on Friday as he took her out of her truck kennel in the parking lot of a hotel on Spenard Road.
The sled dog was spotted by people in the neighborhood near Anchorage's main airport, including Mackey, but she did not let anyone approach her, apparently because she was scared.
Mackey told KTUU-TV that employees from Million Air Co. found the sled dog early Saturday morning near the airport.
The annual race from Anchorage to Nome begins Saturday.