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!
Knik 200 January 3rd Northern Light's 300 January 23rd Tustumena 200 February 7th Iditarod March 7th
A lot of great new changes have happened during this year. I finished a very tough 2014 Iditarod and a story is soon to come. I have signed up for the 2015 Iditarod back in June! I have been busy working in Illinois with my landscaping business. Its been a wet & cooler than normal summer. This year has really been going by fast and Iditarod will be here before you know it. I have made a few trips to Alaska during the summer to do work at the new kennel. A new dog lot has been made, several new dog houses, new puppy pen, reroofed & repainted the dog box, etc. I thank Anna Berington & Jay Tranchitella for all the hard work that they put in at the kennel. They both made it possible for everything to happen during this year. I have a new PO Box, 879005 Wasilla, AK 99687.
I have also placed several great dogs to there new retired homes. Lisa's new home is now in Illinois with Jeff, Lorie & Dana. Poncho & Tahoe are now living in Anchorage with Tammy. Kim is still living in Wasilla with her new owner Ray Hollenbeck. Maggie and Polar are living with GB. Fuzzie & Duke are now retired, living with GB and will be doing tours during the winter months. I have had a great opportunity to train & race these two great leaders! I will certainly miss these two athletes as they have been on the trails for a long time. Your both good dogs Fuzzie & Duke!!
The two sisters, Brown & Black were both breed during this Iditarod. Black was breed with Duke, during my 24 hour rest in Ophir. Black had 7 puppies! I told Anna Berington that I would give her a pup, so she choose a cute gray one and named him Chrome. Brown was breed with Yukon on the way to Unalakleet. Brown had 5 puppies, but one had died as we think it was still born. GB asked if he could pick 2 pups from the litters and he choose 2 all white males and named them Ben & Leo. So this leaves me with 9 pups of mine that will be trained for future races. I have all the names picked out but need to choose a dog for each name.
Short video of a training run on November 12, 2014
A recent visit to Glen Crest Middle School which is located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Pictured here is Laura Guzman, Thunder, a retired 2 time Iditarod finisher and 2014 Iditarod finisher Charley Bejna.
Glen Crest Middle School is sponsoring Festus for the 2015 Iditarod. We give a huge Thanks to Mrs. Guzman and all the students for sponsoring Festus!
Top right picture are brothers Kodiak and Grizzly.
Bottom left picture are brothers Nile and Fjord. They are yearlings and it's the first year of training for them.
Bottom right is Hawk and Yukon followed by Canyon and Festus.
The dog trailer is finished and ready for road trips. A new roof was installed, all doors, box was sanded and freshly painted. Thanks to Jason Tranchitella and Anna Berington for helping out with this project. The one door is made out of a street sign material as it is stronger than a standard grate. This is for McKinley as he likes to tear up his door to stick his head out. Hopefully this will keep him in. This dog trailer we use for transporting the dogs to races and road trips. This box can carry 20 dogs if they each have there own box and more if we double up the small dogs. It can also carry 3 sleds, plenty of food and mushing gear for any trip we take.
Still no snow here in the Knik area, hopefully it will be here soon. Mid 30's are in the forecast for this week. The trails are very dry and dusty.
A recent training run with 18 dogs. Yukon (black) Hawk are the leaders on this run.
On a recent fall day training run. Festus (blue eyes) and Yukon are the leaders on this run. Festus is in training as a new leader and Yukon has been leading the team the last several years.
We are still training the dogs on the 4-wheeler as we have not seen any snow here in the Knik area. The trails are now frozen and most of the open water is safe to travel on. We hope for some snow here shortly!
We have several new dog houses pictured here that were built by Jason Tranchitella of Addison, IL during his visit in the fall. Thanks to Jay for all his hard work on building these and other work around the kennel. I have painted them and added a dog bowl to each of them. With 9 new puppies this year, I give the new ones to the older dogs and pass the old dog houses to the puppies. Pearl who is pictured in the dog house has approved these are ready to be given out.