Thanks so much for your interest in sponsoring an Iditarod dog. Each dog costs roughly $500 per year to feed and maintain. Your $500 donation will help get the team to the starting line next year.  For your donation you will receive:

  • The exclusive Jon VanZyle (Iditarod’s official artist) print for the year’s Iditarod race signed by all finishers of the race!
  • The Iditarod DVD (published in May post-race)
  • Kennel e-mail updates throughout the race season keeping you in touch with your dog's performance and experiences as the season unfolds.

Please take a look at the athletes below. Thank you :)

Hannah’s sister, Geisha has matured into a solid leader after holding the title as “kennel brat” for her first four years. Her coy smile and oft-averted gaze hid a broiling pot of knavery and trickery that seems to have settled to a steady simmer over the last year. Always on the lookout for a reason to rebel, Geisha helps keeps me honest..

Hannah’s sister, Geisha has matured into a solid leader after holding the title as “kennel brat” for her first four years. Her coy smile and oft-averted gaze hid a broiling pot of knavery and trickery that seems to have settled to a steady simmer over the last year. Always on the lookout for a reason to rebel, Geisha helps keeps me honest..

Sponsor Geisha
A sister to Kenji, Banzai, and Guru, Hannah has emerged as one of my best leaders.  She and Top ran almost exclusively in lead last Iditarod and have thus started a fine family of five lively, racy puppies.  She’s super sweet in demeanor, highly sensitive, and full of heart once she gets warmed up.  

A sister to Kenji, Banzai, and Guru, Hannah has emerged as one of my best leaders.  She and Top ran almost exclusively in lead last Iditarod and have thus started a fine family of five lively, racy puppies.  She’s super sweet in demeanor, highly sensitive, and full of heart once she gets warmed up.  

Sponsor Hannah
At 8 years old, Ninja is the old lady of the yard.  She’s still trucking and has yet to be dropped from a 1000-mile race.  Her sweet, unassuming demeanor brings a lightness to my heart and always reminds how lucky we are to be able to work with such wonderful animals.

At 8 years old, Ninja is the old lady of the yard.  She’s still trucking and has yet to be dropped from a 1000-mile race.  Her sweet, unassuming demeanor brings a lightness to my heart and always reminds how lucky we are to be able to work with such wonderful animals.

ninja sponsored by henry and betty anderson thanks!!
Eagerly filling her mother’s shoes as the kennel princess and main leader, Jenna is going to make huge contributions to the team this year.  She has always been the best in the litter and would have undoubtedly made a splash in last year’s Iditarod, had she not been busy raising puppies.  

Eagerly filling her mother’s shoes as the kennel princess and main leader, Jenna is going to make huge contributions to the team this year.  She has always been the best in the litter and would have undoubtedly made a splash in last year’s Iditarod, had she not been busy raising puppies.  

Sponsor Jenna
Also from the ‘Thomas the Train’ litter, Percy ironically was one of my least favorite in the litter with a more stocky build and rough gait.  However, as is often the case, the least striking in the litter rises to the top.  Of the three brothers, Percy has had the best race record and has emerged to be a super solid leader that takes his job almost too seriously.  He’s a quirky oddball socially and is often on the receiving end of the other dogs’ grumpy moods.

Also from the ‘Thomas the Train’ litter, Percy ironically was one of my least favorite in the litter with a more stocky build and rough gait.  However, as is often the case, the least striking in the litter rises to the top.  Of the three brothers, Percy has had the best race record and has emerged to be a super solid leader that takes his job almost too seriously.  He’s a quirky oddball socially and is often on the receiving end of the other dogs’ grumpy moods.

Sponsor Percy
This two-year-old’s energy is wildly infective.  Together with her brother Douglas, she’s one of the most difficult dogs to harness.  What she doesn’t have in smarts she more than makes up with energy and enthusiasm.  Despite being a bit dim, she is already running up towards the front and it won’t surprise me if she becomes my next “gas pedal” leader- as long as I can find a “steering wheel” leader to keep her pointed in the right direction.

This two-year-old’s energy is wildly infective.  Together with her brother Douglas, she’s one of the most difficult dogs to harness.  What she doesn’t have in smarts she more than makes up with energy and enthusiasm.  Despite being a bit dim, she is already running up towards the front and it won’t surprise me if she becomes my next “gas pedal” leader- as long as I can find a “steering wheel” leader to keep her pointed in the right direction.

Sponsor Fraser
One of three dogs in my kennel that I didn’t raise from birth.  Scruff came from a top sprint kennel in Canada (Ray and Kevin Cook) and was sold because he didn’t pull very hard.  We got him as a yearling and I quickly realized that his eyesight wasn’t so good.  We had him tested and he doesn’t have very good peripheral vision.  However, he absolutely loves to run and he’s gained confidence with us, as we run much slower than sprinting speeds.  He eats like a crocodile and is now a steady, solid puller.  Because of his sight issues he prefers to run in wheel, closest to the sled.  He’s not too into people and if he were human I might say he’s autistic because he rarely makes eye contact.  His big heart, however, has won me over and despite his personality quirks he’s one of my favorite dogs.

One of three dogs in my kennel that I didn’t raise from birth.  Scruff came from a top sprint kennel in Canada (Ray and Kevin Cook) and was sold because he didn’t pull very hard.  We got him as a yearling and I quickly realized that his eyesight wasn’t so good.  We had him tested and he doesn’t have very good peripheral vision.  However, he absolutely loves to run and he’s gained confidence with us, as we run much slower than sprinting speeds.  He eats like a crocodile and is now a steady, solid puller.  Because of his sight issues he prefers to run in wheel, closest to the sled.  He’s not too into people and if he were human I might say he’s autistic because he rarely makes eye contact.  His big heart, however, has won me over and despite his personality quirks he’s one of my favorite dogs.

Sponsor Scruff
A little Sherman tank, he’s not much larger than little Jerry but quite a bit stockier.  He’s playful and rambunctious and loves to run.  He prefers to run towards the back of the team and kind of reminds me of the punk kid who always sits in the back of the room, haranguing and jeering his classmates from a comfortable yet effective distance.

A little Sherman tank, he’s not much larger than little Jerry but quite a bit stockier.  He’s playful and rambunctious and loves to run.  He prefers to run towards the back of the team and kind of reminds me of the punk kid who always sits in the back of the room, haranguing and jeering his classmates from a comfortable yet effective distance.

Sponsor Jimmy
Our lone cowboy- he’s the strong, silent, belt-buckle type and always pulling his weight without question.  He’s a big boy that puts out a lot of power.  Together with Jerry, he earned “rookie-of-the-year” last year, having made the Iditarod team as a two-year old and finishing as well.  He’s maturing into a great leader.  Being such a handsome, perfectly-built athlete, he also receives the “most photographed” award.  

Our lone cowboy- he’s the strong, silent, belt-buckle type and always pulling his weight without question.  He’s a big boy that puts out a lot of power.  Together with Jerry, he earned “rookie-of-the-year” last year, having made the Iditarod team as a two-year old and finishing as well.  He’s maturing into a great leader.  Being such a handsome, perfectly-built athlete, he also receives the “most photographed” award.

 

Jack sponsored by Nancy Jo Doughty- Thanks!!
He’s the second largest boy in the kennel but his grace, athleticism, and heart make him a very effective member of the team.  He’s crazy on the chain and has wore a six inch rut in his circle which is mostly bedrock.  I’m looking forward to several years of his boundless energy and spontaneous, unchecked enthusiasm.

He’s the second largest boy in the kennel but his grace, athleticism, and heart make him a very effective member of the team.  He’s crazy on the chain and has wore a six inch rut in his circle which is mostly bedrock.  I’m looking forward to several years of his boundless energy and spontaneous, unchecked enthusiasm.

Sponsor Douglas
Gordon and Regret’s son, he’s also an attention hog, demanding belly rubs much like his mother and step-sister Jenna.  Emil finished Iditarod last year and is coming on strong as a five-year old.  Big, black, and furry, he’s our resident teddy bear.

Gordon and Regret’s son, he’s also an attention hog, demanding belly rubs much like his mother and step-sister Jenna.  Emil finished Iditarod last year and is coming on strong as a five-year old.  Big, black, and furry, he’s our resident teddy bear.

Sponsor Emil
Together with his two brothers, he was one of three two-year-olds to make the Iditarod team.  He’s a rising star and is starting to run solidly up front

Together with his two brothers, he was one of three two-year-olds to make the Iditarod team.  He’s a rising star and is starting to run solidly up front

Sponsor Junior
The third brother from the “Thomas the Train” litter.  He’s neutered and is probably the mellowest brother.  He has a sweet disposition but tends to be a bit of a prince.  He’s finished one Iditarod but been dropped from two because he got a little bit pouty.  He’s a wonderful sled dog and will make an even better couch dog someday.

The third brother from the “Thomas the Train” litter.  He’s neutered and is probably the mellowest brother.  He has a sweet disposition but tends to be a bit of a prince.  He’s finished one Iditarod but been dropped from two because he got a little bit pouty.  He’s a wonderful sled dog and will make an even better couch dog someday.

sponsor Toby
Tar is the biggest hero of our kennel.  Also purchased from the Cook’s as a two-year-old, Tar had even better cred than Top having made the swing position in the second place Fur Rendezvous team as a yearling before breaking his foot on the final heat of the race.  He made a short comeback the next season but was sold to me late in his two-year old year.  A big dog with huge heart and insane stamina, he quickly became one of my most valuable dogs, emerging as a key speed leader and finishing his first Iditarod.  Tragedy struck last fall when three older dogs ganged up on him after I forgot to tie them up before leaving for town.  He nearly died and I give all the credit to my client last year, Wendy, who took him under her wing and nursed him back to health.  One of his triceps was severed in the accident but with lots of water therapy and loose runs he has made a miraculous recovery and is currently holding his own in the team.  Seeing his desire to run and the heart he puts into it nearly brings tears to my eyes.  If he makes the Iditarod team it will be a miracle after all he’s been through but my fingers are tightly crossed.

Tar is the biggest hero of our kennel.  Also purchased from the Cook’s as a two-year-old, Tar had even better cred than Top having made the swing position in the second place Fur Rendezvous team as a yearling before breaking his foot on the final heat of the race.  He made a short comeback the next season but was sold to me late in his two-year old year.  A big dog with huge heart and insane stamina, he quickly became one of my most valuable dogs, emerging as a key speed leader and finishing his first Iditarod.  Tragedy struck last fall when three older dogs ganged up on him after I forgot to tie them up before leaving for town.  He nearly died and I give all the credit to my client last year, Wendy, who took him under her wing and nursed him back to health.  One of his triceps was severed in the accident but with lots of water therapy and loose runs he has made a miraculous recovery and is currently holding his own in the team.  Seeing his desire to run and the heart he puts into it nearly brings tears to my eyes.  If he makes the Iditarod team it will be a miracle after all he’s been through but my fingers are tightly crossed.

sponsor tar
His piercing, wolfish eyes and commanding size intimidate some but he’s the gentle giant of our kennel and the best ‘bear-hugger’ in the yard. He’s by far the tallest, longest, and heaviest dog, adding tons of power. When he hits the line you’d better be hanging on tight!!

His piercing, wolfish eyes and commanding size intimidate some but he’s the gentle giant of our kennel and the best ‘bear-hugger’ in the yard. He’s by far the tallest, longest, and heaviest dog, adding tons of power. When he hits the line you’d better be hanging on tight!!

Sponsor Jake
The superstar athlete of the kennel.  Kenji has it all- athleticism, grace, power, intelligence, drive.  He’s always finished every race he’s run and is usually one of my main leaders along the way.  Someday I’ll smarten up and actually breed him.

The superstar athlete of the kennel.  Kenji has it all- athleticism, grace, power, intelligence, drive.  He’s always finished every race he’s run and is usually one of my main leaders along the way.  Someday I’ll smarten up and actually breed him.

Sponsor Kenji
A little longer and racier, Johnny runs with his brother Jimmy and serves as his partner in crime.

A little longer and racier, Johnny runs with his brother Jimmy and serves as his partner in crime.

Sponsor Johnny
Named after the character from “Thomas the Train”, Gordon thinks he’s a lot rougher and tougher than he really is.  He’s irresistibly charming towards humans but a bit of a blowhard in the kennel.  Handsome, with striking, regal lines, he’d be my kennel pick if Alaskan Huskies were allowed in the show ring.  He’s a very loyal dog and always tries his best.  If he stays healthy, he’ll be one of my best leaders.

Named after the character from “Thomas the Train”, Gordon thinks he’s a lot rougher and tougher than he really is.  He’s irresistibly charming towards humans but a bit of a blowhard in the kennel.  Handsome, with striking, regal lines, he’d be my kennel pick if Alaskan Huskies were allowed in the show ring.  He’s a very loyal dog and always tries his best.  If he stays healthy, he’ll be one of my best leaders.

Gordon Sponsored by Trish Custard- Thanks!!
-   Littermate to Kenji.  He’s wicked smart but kind of a space cadet at the same time.  Most of the time he passes off as goofy and absent-minded until he does something like figuring out how to unlatch the door going into the female pen or the exact split second you aren’t watching so he can turn around in lead and sniff a female behind him.  Aside from females he also likes the taste of rocks….

-   Littermate to Kenji.  He’s wicked smart but kind of a space cadet at the same time.  Most of the time he passes off as goofy and absent-minded until he does something like figuring out how to unlatch the door going into the female pen or the exact split second you aren’t watching so he can turn around in lead and sniff a female behind him.  Aside from females he also likes the taste of rocks….

Sponsor Banzai
 Another littermate to Kenji and Banzai, Guru is probably one of the most understated dogs in the team.  You never seem to know he’s there because he never has a bad day.  Despite being a big guy, he’s pretty low on the totem pole but somehow he always seems to find his way up in lead at the end of the Iditarod.  In Nome every year the vets give him the highest score of my dogs on his physical condition.  

 Another littermate to Kenji and Banzai, Guru is probably one of the most understated dogs in the team.  You never seem to know he’s there because he never has a bad day.  Despite being a big guy, he’s pretty low on the totem pole but somehow he always seems to find his way up in lead at the end of the Iditarod.  In Nome every year the vets give him the highest score of my dogs on his physical condition.  

Sponsor Guru
Another dog I bought from the Cook’s.  Top had huge street cred in the sprint circuit- having run just behind swing in top-three Open North American as well as Fur Rendezvous sprint teams.  I got him as a two year old and last year he emerged (at the age of four) as my best leader alongside of Hannah in the Iditarod.  He is now the proud father of a litter of pups.  A small dog and kind of low on the pecking order, he doesn’t back down from the other dogs and tends to hold his ground if provoked but never picks fights of his own.  He’s super sweet, pulls his guts out, and loves to please.

Another dog I bought from the Cook’s.  Top had huge street cred in the sprint circuit- having run just behind swing in top-three Open North American as well as Fur Rendezvous sprint teams.  I got him as a two year old and last year he emerged (at the age of four) as my best leader alongside of Hannah in the Iditarod.  He is now the proud father of a litter of pups.  A small dog and kind of low on the pecking order, he doesn’t back down from the other dogs and tends to hold his ground if provoked but never picks fights of his own.  He’s super sweet, pulls his guts out, and loves to please.

sponsor top
Named after Jerry the mouse from the Tom and Jerry cartoons he perfectly fits the character.  As the runt in the litter he’s appeared to have the most energy.  Last year as one of three two-year olds to make the team, he pulled his heart out, finished the race, and had the most energy of all of my dogs in Nome!!  Too bad he’s neutered….

Named after Jerry the mouse from the Tom and Jerry cartoons he perfectly fits the character.  As the runt in the litter he’s appeared to have the most energy.  Last year as one of three two-year olds to make the team, he pulled his heart out, finished the race, and had the most energy of all of my dogs in Nome!!  Too bad he’s neutered….

sponsor Jerry