My family resides on unceded Algonquin Anishinabe land as custodians of a property that was the hunting ground of an Anishinabeg man who lived and hunted here, giving our privately-owned lake its name, Indian Lake. Our kennel is named Indian Lake Seppalas in respect to the history of our property.
Musher Q & A
As toddlers, my brother hitched mom's food-motivated Rottweiler to a toboggan with a biscuit on a pole, dragging my siblings and I screaming around the yard. I was hooked on running dogs ever since. Officially, in 2000 my family inherited a kennel of 12 Siberian huskies from a retiring musher.
Sometimes by themes or personality traits.
From our predominantly recreational kennel, I've wanted to raise and train a team for goals of running part of the Yukon Quest trail and mid-distance endeavours. The goals are to make sure my dogs have fun, learn, and enjoy the experience.
Being with the dogs, traveling in pristine places together, and sharing and building relationships with each of them.
Poppy, one of my young, soft-spoken and quiet-natured leaders, has grown into her own these past few seasons. She takes her position amongst the team seriously and loves running in lead with her mom. During free time she loves catching up with her several litter mates, most of which will be hitting the trail together in February.
In the past I've only experience the Quest trail as a volunteer. I enjoyed sharing my experiences with my dad, international students from our school and the amazing, diverse local and international individuals coming together to support dogs, mushers, culture and history. Friendships formed over the years are priceless.
Dogs and sled runners.
My family makes for an amazing support team. My dad, though, is always right there and together we brainstorm the future possibilities with our kennel. In his earlier years, my dad ran with the late Malcolm McDougall from Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Queebc, and his kennel of purebed Siberians. My dad's time with Mr. McDougall sparked the recreational mushing lifestyle in the years to come for my family.
Aventure Ecotourisme Quebec, Quebec Mushers Association
International School for Earth Studies, The Dog Masters USA