30 year old Yukon Quest rookie
Arctic Dog Adventure Co., Underdog Feeds, Firewalker Kennels, Pale Blue Wanders Photography, Friends & Family
Current Residence: Fairbanks
Occupation(s): Owner/Guide at Arctic Dog Adventure Co.
Kennel Name: Alaskan Kennels
Name Origination: My grandparents Earl & Natalie Norris established our kennel in Anchorage in 1947. At the time, the Siberians my grandmother brought with her when she moved to Alaska were the first and only registered Siberians in Alaska, hence the name “Alaskan” kennels
Kennel Bloodlines: Anadyr (Alaskan Kennels)
Breeds: Siberian Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel: 40
Musher Question & Answer
How many years have you been running dogs?
Tell us about your dogs?
We have the oldest Siberian Husky kennel in the world, and while Team Anadyr has participated in many Fur Rondy and Iditarod races, this will be our first Yukon Quest! I’m particularly excited about my two Finnish girls Rusja & Wiluna, & hope they will take on the role of superstar lead dogs since my absolutely phenomenal & beloved Ruby has retired from racing. Their uncle Major was a standout dog on my first two Iditarods. I am also looking forward to seeing how my handsome 3 year olds Decibel, Amp, Blue Ray, New Ray, Sluggo & Viisi do. Not only are they darn cute, but they are the future of the team.
How did you get started running dogs?
At some point during university I realized the only thing I was truly passionate about was sled dogs. After I graduated in 2011, I handled for a distance musher in Norway, then equipped with my newfound knowledge on how to cut meat snacks, I came back to Alaska and ran my first Iditarod in 2014.
What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Running dogs? My dogs. Running races? The motivation and satisfaction I get from training up a dog team capable of participating in a 1000 mile adventure race & the incredible bond with my dogs that training for a distance event facilitates.
Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Not at the moment.
Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
Maintaining the workability of the Siberian Husky is very important to our kennel and we believe participating in races is the best way to meet that goal. My race goal is to make it to Fairbanks with a happy healthy dog team!
What music do you listen to on the trail?
Pop, Americana, & podcasts.
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
Barkly is noisy, Bitey is mouthy; Decibel is very loud. Viisi (5 in Finnish) is #5 in a litter of 7. Jenny, Jet & Jasmine are litter mates. Princess had a puppy named Pea and Powder had a puppy named Puff. Jim Brown has a son and daughter named Jimmy Jack & Jimmy Jill. Goblin and Ghost were born on Halloween. So, we often name dogs based on their family lines, characteristics, and/or pick a theme for the litter.
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2014 - Iditarod - 48/69,2015 - Iditarod - 49/78, 2016 Iditarod 65/85, 2016 - Copper Basin - 37/47