Lynden International brings Fritz home to Nome, Alaska

Lynden International recently coordinated a challenging move to Nome, Alaska, containing Fritz, a preserved Siberian husky that lived from 1915 to 1932.

Howard Hales, Lynden International’s worldwide communications manager, synchronized Fritz’s trek to final residence in Nome. “On January 13, 2005, we arranged for a packing company to bring Fritz from Lake Placid to Albany to be crated for shipping. Next, Fritz went to JFK for a flight to Anchorage.”

Hales then worked with one of Lynden International’s sister companies, Lynden Air Cargo, known for their ability to reach remote areas in Alaska and around the world. Lynden Air Cargo scheduled Fritz on a Hercules cargo plane for the final leg of his journey from Anchorage to Nome. Fritz made it home to Nome on January 19, 2005.

During its 28-year history, Lynden International has pioneered service to offshore, remote, or developing locations, including Alaska. During the winter of 1925 when a diphtheria epidemic broke out in Nome, Fritz shared in this same spirit of service. He was part of a legendary relay of dog sled teams that took serum to the remote town and saved hundreds of lives.

Fritz’s life ended in 1932 while he was in Lake Placid, NY. A taxidermist preserved Fritz and he ended up on display in the dining room at the Cascade Cross-Country Ski Center in Lake Placid, NY. Natalie Norris, of Willow, Alaska, purchased Fritz and gifted him to the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum in Nome.