Dog Sponsorship Program

Our dogs mean everything to us and are the reason we do what we do.  Our dogs remain in our kennel, when they finish their North American racing careers they move to our tours in New Zealand to allow guests to experience how amazing these animals really are.

If you would like to become part of the team then join us with our “Dog Sponsorship Program”.  Below is a short biography on each one of the dogs in this years race and development pool.  Sponsorship lasts through until the end of May.  When you, your family or group sponsors a dog that dog becomes exclusively yours.  We do not offer a single dog up for multiple sponsorships.  Sponsorship goes towards every aspect of that dog, including food, care, race equipment etc.  What do you get?

  • You get to follow your dog throughout the season and have front seat access to how that dog is going,
  • A sponsorship package (Photo, Bio, Dog Bootie),
  • Those that sponsor the 20 main dogs will get their Iditarod ID tag (these are one off tags specifically for that dog),
  • One Team T-shirt,
  • A team photo at the conclusion of the season,
  • Your name under the dogs bio.

Ledge

LedgePosition: Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2014 – Togo, Minnesota

This cool little girl loves to run.  Bred, raised and trained by Jamie Nelson she is sister to Summit and Ridge who also join the team.  Ledge can be a little shy at first but once she gets to know you she is a very sociable girl and she loves to run.  Ledge much like her sister makes it look very easy and is already showing lots of potential to move up to lead in the near future.


Dent

DentPosition: Main Leader

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2012 – Togo, Minnesota

Dent is a beautifully built and moving dog, this guy makes it look easy. Dent is bred, raised and trained by Jamie Nelson. Where Koal leads by charging head on Dent leads with his head. This dog is trail smart, he listens to commands, assesses trail and makes the best decision as a result. Between the two of them they offer strengths that compliment a team. He is an impressive animal to watch in action, providing nice drive with trail smarts. He is also a pretty cool boy to, has lots of personality and is a very friendly big guy. He isn’t afraid to speak his mind if need be either.


Ridge

RidgePosition: Leader

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2014 – Togo, Minnesota

Ridge is brother to Ledge and Summit.  Bred, raised and trained by Jamie Nelson this boy catches your eye.  A big black dog that has an impressive build and an awesome coat to show it off.  He is not only a handsome guy but equally as impressive in harness punching some serious power into any team he is part of and is also turning into a very nice leader.  Ridge has a huge personality to go with it all, a very fun dog that throws himself around with excitement anytime you decide to pay him a visit.  Not to sure if he knows how big he really is.  A really fun dog that will become something very special.


Summit

SummitPosition: Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2014 – Togo, Minnesota

Summit is sister to Ledge and Ridge, all also bred, raised and trained by Jamie Nelson.  This little girl has stacks of energy, non stop running around all day long at high speed and still has plenty left to standout in harness.  She moves effortlessly and is a fun super freindly little girl.


Brig

BrigPosition: Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  October 2015 – Togo, Minnesota

Brig is only a yearling and after a short fall season is showing huge potential.  Brig was bred, raised and trained by Jamie Nelson.  This guy is a little shy but doesn’t take long to come around.  Brig has a bit more of a serious nature but once he gets to know you he lets his personality come out a little more.  He has a stunning glossy jet black coat which makes his light brown / yellow eyes stand out.  Much like a Panther, a very unique look.  He is one tough boy and is bound to have huge potential.  Very excited to work with Brig going forward, this dog will become something special.


Sam

SamPosition – Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  October 2013 – Togo, Minnesota

Sam is a very unique dog, to be honest we have never met anything like Sam. Sam was bred, raised and trained by Jamie Nelson, she might question at times if she wants to lay claim to this guy.  The biggest thing we learnt when we started running Alaskan Huskies is not to judge a book by its cover.  When it comes to Sam it couldnt be more true.  A medium sized powerfully built Alaskan that sits at his house with his floppy tipped ears that is struggling to contain his excitment.  But he will, only just, he comes across like a labrador at the beach siting there waiting for you to through his ball….over and over.  That excitment becomes harder to control when the harness is introduced and the closer it gets to the action it just starts to loose itself and the patient part of Sam fizzles into an uncontrolable beast.  Sam injects a massive amunt of power into the team, power which he is still learning to manage.  He has a huge personality and some of this can be attributed to the fact that Sam realy missed out uptsairs, if there was a IQ test to become a sled dog then Sam realy would have missed out on his calling.  I doudt Sam knows why he has to do things the way he does, but he is good at it and loves it. Sam is awesome!


Koal

KoalPosition – Main Leader

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  August 2013 – Togo, Minnesota

Koal is one of the new dogs to join our team from Jamie Nelson.  Bred, raised and trained by her.  Koal is a monster, a big black boy that adds a huge amount of power and talent to the front end.  You ask Koal to go and there is no questioning, regardless of what’s in front of you. Where other dogs might think there are better ways through or around something, Koal will drive straight through.  So it pays to get your commands correct.  He is built like a bulldozer up front and knows how to use it. At the same time Koal is very laid back about life, nothing that happens around him phases him much and like all the guys he has his soft side as well.  Loves to nibble on your chin when you are cuddling him.


Morgan

Viper

Position – Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  October 2015 – Willow, Alaska

A breeding between Skye (Mackey) x Kroc (King x Buser). The only girl, this one is mad lots of energy and attitude to go with it. Morgan will go into her first training season in fall 2017.

Race History:  Nil


Kirby

Kirby

Position – Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  October 2015 – Willow, Alaska

A breeding between Skye (Mackey) x Kroc (King x Buser). Kirby seems to be the smarter one of the litter.  Equaly as big as his brothers and very loving.  Kirby will go into his first training season in fall 2017.

Race History:  Nil


Finn

Finn

Position – Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  October 2015 – Willow, Alaska

A breeding between Skye (Mackey) x Kroc (King x Buser). Finn is his own character.  Very affection but has to do it in his own way.  Can come across a little shy but turn your back on him and he is all over you.  Meet him on the roof of his house and it is cuddle time.  Finn will go into his first training season in fall 2017.

Race History:  Nil


Draeger

Draeger


Position
 – Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  October 2015 – Willow, Alaska

A breeding between Skye (Mackey) x Kroc (King x Buser). Draeger will go into his first serious training season in fall 2017. He is a big cuddly boy who with some maturity should turn into a nice sled dog.

Race History:  Nil


Reaper

ReaperPosition – Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2012 – Willow, Alaska

Reaper is the spitting image of his dad Tackle.  He also has a very similar personality.  Tackle was a high energy dog that had a lot of attitude that he channeled into running to become one of our key dogs before we unexpectedly lost him in 2013.  Reaper is turning out to be very similar and seems a natural in harness.  A very affectionate happy dog that can’t stand still, lots of energy.

 

Sponsored By: Karen and Greg Grey


Hook

HookPosition – Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2007 – Togo, Minnesota

A shy but cute girl that is the friendliest dog when she gets to know you.  Hook brings some pace to the team and when her head is in the game is a great little leader.  She is mother to Reaper, Mayhem and Rebel.

Race History:  White Oak Classic 2011, Beargrease Marathon 2011, Red River 2010, Race to the Sky 2011, Tustumena 200 2013, Iditarod 2015

 

Sponsor Me - $750.00


Grin

GrinPosition – Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2007 – Togo, Minnesota

This girl is all attitude, not shy to take charge and let other dogs know where they fit it.   Grin is a beautiful loving dog that has had some standout performances over the years.  The other dogs know where they stand with her and often Grin is the one put in to let younger dogs know what they can and can’t get away with.  When on fire she is one beautiful running dog.

Race History: White Oak Classic 2009, Race to the Sky 2011, Beargrease Marathon 2010, Tustumena 200 2013, Copper Basin 300 2012/2013, Iditarod 2012/2015

Sponsor Me - $750.00


Kick

KickPosition – Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2007 – Togo, Minnesota

Kick took a few years to develop but when she hit four years old she found her own and became a key part of the team.  One of the stronger girls she has become a powerhouse in the team.  She is a low maintenance girl that just loves to run and gets the job done easily.  Out of harness she is a happy fun loving dog.

Race History: White Oak Classic 2010, UP 200 2010, Beargrease Marathon 2010, Tustumena 200 2013, Copper Basin 300 2012/2013/2016, Iditarod 2012/2013/2014/2015/2016, Yukon Quest 2014

Sponsor Me - $750.00


Hitch

HitchPosition – Leader / Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2007 – Togo, Minnesota

This is one wild animal.  Hitch also know as “High Speed” is one high energy dog that does everything full on.  She is also a little mad and brings some serous attitude to the team.  She is always happy and comes in after every run squealing, wiggling around and throwing herself in the air and landing on the ground on her side.  It just can’t stay still.  When going forward she focuses that attitude and is a nice driving dog.  Hitch can also lead but her mischief side can get her into a little bit of trouble if left upfront to long.  A very cool happy dog.

Race History: White Oak Classic 2010, UP 200 2010, Beargrease Marathon 2010/2011, Red River 2010, Race to the Sky 2011, Tustumena 200 2013, Copper Basin 300 2012/2013, Iditarod 2012/2014/2015, Yukon Quest 2014

Sponsor Me - $750.00


Mary Lou

Mary LouPosition – Leader / Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2008 – Togo, Minnesota

Mary Lou is a high energy fun loving girl.  The sweetest nature but this girl also has a wild side.  In harness Mary Lou is screaming to go and not shy to take charge. A great little leader and one of the core team dogs.

Race History: Beargrease Marathon 2010/2011, Red River 2010, Copper Basin 300 2012/2013, Iditarod 2012/2013/2014/2015/2016, Yukon Quest 2014

 

Sponsored by:  Susan Harwood


Kroc

KrocPosition – Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2010 – Togo, Minnesota

Kroc is brother to Gator and one of our own breedings between a Martin Buser girl (Pandora) that we own and a friends Jeff King dog.  Kroc is similar in size to his brother but with a heavier coat, he is the goofball of the pair.  A dog that is always happy and see’s the brighter side of everything.  A beautiful moving and hard working dog with stacks of potential.  Kroc has been slower to mature mentally but in 2014 hit his stride having a strong season running two one thousand mile races back to back.

Race History:   Northern Lights 300 2016, Iditarod 2014/2015/2016, Yukon Quest 2014

Sponsor Me - $750.00


Freebie

FreebiePosition – Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2007 – Alaska

Lance gave us this dog for free. He was refered to as the Freebie dog for the first few months and the name just stuck. He had some issues with his front feet and we rehabed him for a year before training and racing him in 2010/2011. Freebie performed great but at the end of the Beargrease Marathon his front leg swelled and he was diagnosed with a chip to one of his front leg bones. Freebies career was over.

At the start of the 2011/2012 season we had no plans to run Freebie and he was horrified to be left out. We decided to let Freebie decide what he could and couldn’t do and deservenly he made the team finishihg Iditarod 2012 strong.  Since then Freebie has been a key part of the team.

Freebie is a great charatcer, just a very happy go lucky dog that never lets things get to him. Just a real fun dog to be around and have in team.

Race History:  White Oak Classic 2011, Beargrease Marathon 2011, Copper Basin 300 2012/2013, Tustemina 200 2013, Iditarod 2012/2013/2014/2015

Sponsor Me - $750.00


Block

BlockPosition – Leader

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2007 – Togo, Minnesota

Block is by far our most powerful dog.  Just a monster in harness who knows nothing less then giving it his all.  Block has been a key dog over the years but in the 2012 Iditarod he stood out running single lead for nearly 500miles bringing the team across the line in Nome.  Its hard to believe how far Block has come.  As a puppy he was shy, nowadays he is a very confident affectionate dog and guaranteed starter.

Race History:  White Oak Classic 2009, Wolftrack Classic 2009, UP 200 2010, Beargrease Mid Distance 2009, Beargrease Marathon 2010/2011, Red River 2010, Race to the Sky 2011, Copper Basin 300 2012/2013, Norther Lights 300 2016, Iditarod 2012/2013/2014/2015, Yukon Quest 2014

Sponsored by: Anne Dingwall, Canada

 


Trip

TripPosition – Team Dog / Leader

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2007 – Togo, Minnesota

Trip is sister to Bolt, Run and daughter to Ramp.  It’s hard to take Trip seriously as a sled dog, her floppy ears and soft eyes make her come across as a pet dog, but she is the real deal.  Trip is a happy hard working dog and in 2014 took her performance to another level standing her alongside our best dogs.  Trip is a capable leader in the right circumstances.  Trip like her brothers and father is a very cuddly dog that in harness always delivers.

Race History:  UP 200 2010, Beargrease Marathon 2011, Race to the Sky 2011, Copper Basin 300 2013, Tustemina 200 2013, Iditarod 2012/2013/2014/2015, Yukon Quest 2014

Sponsor Me - $750.00


Scenic

ScenicPosition – Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2008 – Togo, Minnesota

Scenic is another realy talented girl, she is one of the smaller girls but just a natural in harness with great work ethics.  Another super happy, lovable dog with a great working attitude.  When it comes to people Scenic is a bit of a stalker, just cant get enough of them.  But don’t be fooled this little girl has stacks of attitude.

Race History:  Beargrease Marathon 2011, Red River 2010, Race to the Sky 2011, Copper Basin 300 2012/2013, Iditarod 2012/2013/2014/2015, Yukon Quest 2014

Sponsor Me - $750.00


Taizer

TaizerPosition – Main Leader

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2009 – Togo, Minnesota

One of our best girls,  the youngest girl in the team but it hasn’t held Taizer back.  She is a gifted dog that has finished every race she has ever started and finished them all easily.  A tough girl that has a crazy attitude.  Very happy, loving and the funniest behavior.  Nothing gets Taizer down and she can drive you crazy at times trying to do the simplest things as she thinks everything is a game.  An awesome dog that has a great future ahead of her.  She is our only girl to have finished every 1000mile race she has started.  She is fast catching up to her mother Becky who is a yard dog, now retired after 6 Iditarod finishes.

Race History:  White Oak Classic 2011, Copper Basin 300 2012/2013/2016, Iditarod 2012/2013/2014/2015/2016, Yukon Quest 2014

Sponsored by: Ilona Turnbull, New Zealand

 


Run

RunPosition – Main Leader

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2007 – Togo, Minnesota

This is our main man, an outstanding all round dog and our most reliable leader.  Run thrives taking charge of the front end and loves nothing more then being up there on his own.  There is nothing this dog can’t work through on the trail and when things get difficult he is always the goto dog. He is a lovable high energy dog that can’t stand still, always on the go.  Its a privilege to share the trail with a dog of this calibre.

Race History:  White Oak Classic 2010/2011, UP 200 2010, Wolftrack Classic 2009, Beargrease Marathon 2010/2011, Red River 2010, Race to the Sky 2011, Tustumena 200 2013, Copper Basin 300 2012/2013, Iditarod 2012/2013/2014/2015, Yukon Quest 2014

Sponsor Me $1000


Bolt

BoltPosition – Main Leader

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born:  2007 – Togo, Minnesota

One of our first Alaskans, brother to Run and Trip and son to Ramp.  Just an outstanding litter of dogs.  Bolt is a special little guy, the smallest boy in the team but with one of the biggest hearts.  Bolt is a great leader and has been a key part of all of our races.  Bolt has started every race we have ever ran and never been dropped besides an incident with a snowmobile. He is a super lovable dog that can have a cocky streak in him that can drive you crazy.  Regardless of how difficult things get Bolt always has a happy attitude.

Race History:  White Oak Classic 2009/2010/2011, Wolftrack Classic 2009, UP 200 2010, Beargrease Mid Distance 2009, Beargrease Marathon 2010/2011, Red River 2010, Race to the Sky 2011, Tustumena 200 2013, Copper Basin 300 2012/2013, Iditarod 2012/2013/2014/2015, Yukon Quest 2014

Sponsor Me $1000


Doza

Doza

Position: Team Dog

Breed: Alaskan Husky
Born: 2010 – Devils Lake, North Dakota

Doza is one of our younger boys with a very happy affectionate attitude.  This floppy eared guy is super friendly.  Just try walking away from him while he wants cuddles and best you be prepared for him to grab your jacket or arm gently in his mouth to try and keep you there.  A great sled dog who has several distance races on his resume.  You can’t help but fall in love with Doza.

Race History: Tustumena 200 2013, Iditarod 2014/2015

Sponsored By: Carol and Don Hand, Australia