Thank you to everyone that made a donation or sponsored dogs for the 2014 Iditarod. All the dogs are currently available to sponsor, dog food can be purchased, and any type of donation is very much appreciated for the 2015 Iditarod. Without your help, we could not make in to the starting line! Please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about being a sponsor.
I am currently signed up for the following races for the 2015 season!
Gin Gin 200 January 2nd Finished 13th out of 39 teams.
Northern Light's 300 January 23rd Finished 3rd out of 31 teams. Knik 200 January 31st Scratched from race. Tustumena 200 February 21st Cancelled due to poor trail conditions Iditarod Ceremonial start in Anchorage March 7th at 10:00 am.
Iditarod Re-Start in Fairbanks Monday March 9th at 10:00 am.
The 2015 Iditarod will be starting in Fairbanks on Monday March 9 at 10:00 am.
I have added new dog profile pictures and added some new race stories, feel free to check it out. There are still several dogs available for sponsoring. Enjoy the site!
I will be dedicating this Iditarod to Mary Strnad, Pat Strnad and Connie Smigla who all had passed away recently. These three people will truly be missed!
I drew number 38 at the mushers banquet on Thursday March 5, 2015. I am really happy with the position that I drew. I would like to thank all the sponsors that made it possible to get the team and I to the starting line. As I will be on the trail, I will not be able to answer any emails or phone calls until after the race is over. We do not have anyway to communicate during the Iditarod. You can follow and or track the team and I at iditarod.com as they will have around the clock updates. Each musher with have a gps tracker mounted on there sled. Enjoy following us and we will do the best we can on this Iditarod. Thanks for all your support!
The final days of training before Iditarod. We are currently running the dogs away from the kennel as the trail conditions are unfavorable at home.
This is Mrs. Sanasardo's class that I had the great opportunity to Skype with last week. The students are from St. Philip the Apostle School which is located in Addison, Illinois. They all had great questions to ask me about the upcoming Iditarod.
A recent run while the sun is setting.
Above is the route for the 2015 Iditarod. This map shows all the checkpoints and the mileage between each one. This map is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.
On Wednesday February 18th, all the drop bags were unloaded by the volunteers to be weighted and stacked in the correct checkpoint location. I ended up sending out 1,643 pounds for this years Iditarod. I was really happy to get this done and behind me, as it is so much work preparing all these bags.
On Tuesday February 17th around 10:30pm, I was finishing up packing my drop bags for Iditarod. With the warm weather lately, all the meat had to stay in the freezers to stay frozen. Inside these bags I have all the meat, kibble, dog blankets, personal food, supplements for dogs, dog booties, runner plastic, socks, gloves, etc. that I will need along the trail. These bags will be sent out to all the checkpoints along the trail. With the race now starting in Fairbanks, I had to make sure everything was packed properly as there are new checkpoints along the trail.
On Tuesday February 17th all the dogs had ECG's performed and blood withdrawn to determine each dog's fitness and ability to run in this years Iditarod.
I am currently working on putting together all my drop bags for the Iditarod. Pictured above are bags filled with just meat which includes: Pup Mix (beef, tripe & liver), Power (beef fat, beef, tripe, wheat germ oil, vitamins & minerals ), Beef Fat, Beef, Tripe, Fish and Chicken Skins. I like to send out a variety of meat, so the dogs have plenty of nutrition. I will also send out dry (kibble) dog food and other supplements for the dogs.
These pups are 6 weeks old. (Photos courtesy of Jansen Cardy)
On December 25th & 26th Hawk had her 1st liter of pups! She had a total of 9 but the smallest one died several days later as it was not strong enough to make it. The other 8 pups are doing great and there eyes are just starting to open. Yukon is the father of this liter. I have decided to name them after the reindeers as of now.