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?
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!
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.
What music do you listen to on the trail?
Tell us about your favourite experience with a volunteer on the trail
The volunteer on my mind this year is long time Iditarod volunteer Mark Greene, who unexpectedly passed away this summer. It’s the kindness and generosity of people like Mark that makes the folks supporting a distance race not just a community, but a family. He will be missed. As far as favorite experience on the trail, the pure, unexpected pleasure of hot coffee in Old Minto at -40F in the middle of the night during the 2015 Iditarod is hard to beat! Thank you school kids of Minto, AK !
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