I have been fascinated by sled dogs since I was a teenager. Throughout my school years a filled my passion by working with other kennels, first in Europe and then later in Alaska. Our kennel currently houses up to fifty dogs, that is counting puppies and geriatrics.
I adore my dogs. I have learned so much from them over the years. The kennel size right now is 22 dogs, 17 adult dogs in training and five puppies. There are also two yearlings who are training with a friend of mine, Christine. I am so lucky that she offered to train them because it takes the load off with 17 adults.
Hi, my name is Tony Turner of Athol, New Zealand. I have been running dogs since 1991. I started with an Alaskan Malamute called Mikya. At the time I didn't really know there was so many different breed types.. I just thought everything was a husky (the computer age hadn't really started then...
We indian people we were born in to the dog mushing ....as a child in the community where we live everyone had a dog team ....where ever we go in the winter we use a dog team ...as kids we play with pups .....at new years day we watch the trappers race for bragging rights.....we indian people are very emotionally. ..spiritually. .connected to the dogs
Grew up in Alaska out around Yukon river, Fairbanks/Anchorage, got into dogs in my senior year of high school. My kennel consist of 30 dogs, most I've raised and harness broke myself. We mainly tour and race as well as use my guys out on the trapline and some hunting with them.
I grew up in Alaska. We moved there in 1958 when Alaska was still a territory. I got into dog mushing in the Junior Alaska Sled Dog Racing Association at age nine. We returned to the lower 48 when I was in high school. I married a girl from Wenatchee, Washington who I met in college in Nashville, TN.
I live in central NH with about 30 siberian & alaskan huskies. I was a professional rock musician before I got hooked on dog mushing, but retired from that career after a few years of running dogs. Now I work as a computer programmer from my home.
My husband, Pasi Ikonen, and I started Hetta Huskies about 10 years ago. Pasi’s company was already running heli-skiing events and organising mountain skills training courses, corporate PR events and adventure races at the time and we initially envisioned the huskies to simply be an extension of our product options...
Lacey and I are sport, recreation, adventure, and dog-loving enthusiasts, currently living in Northwest Wisconsin, USA. Lacey is a 2-time Paralympic Medalist and World Champion alpine mono-skier, ski coach/instructor, singer/songwriter, motivational speaker, and overall badass...
My name is Matt Hodgson and I am based in Brighton UK. I have a very small kennel consisting of 2 Alaskan Malamutes and two Canadian Eskimo Dogs. I have been involved in sled dog racing for about 12 years now, mainly dryland mushing at various rallies around the UK...
My name is Dan Phillips. I grew up in Northern Idaho in a horse and logging family. My kennel is the largest in the lower 48 we have over 200 working sled dogs. My sled dogs are the descendants of the original 10th mountain army sled dogs. I am the third care taker in 70 years of these dogs...
"...After 9 days and a thousand miles through the snow and ice most dogs finish with the same baseline vitals that they started with."
Keeping records on various aspects of dogs' lives can be an important part of their overall care, whether those records are for medical care, feeding, breeding, training, or exercise. Recording the details can help improve health, condition, and performance in dogs, and will provide useful information for a dog's lifetime and beyond.
This year a new website, iditarod.com/edu, presents a new home for Iditarod educational content, with the support of teachers around the world, and the partnership of ExxonMobil. This new site gives educators, students, and parents easy access to lesson plans, videos, race information, and other key resources.
There are many ways to connect, network, and find information in the wonderful world of sled dogs, and social media gives us several great ways to connect with others, seek resources, and share our own knowledge and experiences.
The free online encyclopedia Wikipedia includes a lengthy article on the term “mushing.” After a few introductory lines about alternative meanings of the word comes this definition:
“Mushing is a general term for a sport or transport method powered by dogs, and includes carting, pulka, scootering, sled dog racing, skijoring, freighting, and weight pulling. More specifically, it implies the use of one or more dogs to pull a sled on snow. The term is thought to come from the French word marche, or go, run, the command to the team to commence pulling. ‘Mush!’ is rarely used in modern parlance, however; ‘Hike!’ is more common in English. Mushing can be utilitarian, recreational, or competitive.”
The classic image of a team of sled dogs racing along the trail has graced everything from sweaters to beer labels to stained glass windows, because it is an iconic reminder of the glory days when pioneers, prospectors, mailmen and freighters drove teams of stalwart-hearted huskies across the land.
"We all congregate here, around this race and around this sport, because at the core of things, we all want to celebrate and promote and fiercely defend the incredible possibilities that dogs afford us."