Meet Barb & Lisa
Broken Runner Kennels was developed in 1974 in Nome, Alaska by Lisa bringing home a fluffy, white husky named Pie.
At this point we started to learn about dog mushing. Lisa was age 5 and I (Barbara) started to figure out how to put on a harness first. Thank goodness a city policeman, who knew how to run dogs, helped us the first time. With a little red wagon and some line, Lisa and Pie had their first run. From that we grew.
We found out that the one thing that you don't say is that you would like to start a dog team in Nome, Alaska-- you end up with 30 dogs that fight, don't pull or have other bad habits.
In the years to follow I volunteered to run the Iditarod dog yard. There is where you learn a lot about long distance racing. In the fall of 1979, I decided to run the 1980 Iditarod. Without knowing a lot, I took on the endeavor of training and preparing for the race.
Sleeping out in the wind and cold a lot, I trained in the hills of Nome. Six weeks before the race I went to Anchorage to train. Being from the treeless part of Alaska, it was a challenge to navigate around trees. It took me 24 days, 9 hrs, and 24 sec to complete the race with a lot of knowledge under my belt.
Lisa ran all the Junior Races in Nome with an ex-wheel dog named Leo. When Lisa was 14, she ran her first Junior Iditarod of 130 miles. Then again when she was 16. For a few years after completing the Junior Iditarod, Lisa went to school in Denver, Colorado to become a Vet Tech.
After completing school she moved to Fairbanks to start training for the Iditarod. Her first try almost ended in a disaster. Lisa went to sleep in a tent with a propane stove and almost died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Needless to say, she went on, but had to scratch at Koyuk due to not having leaders. Lisa went back again and finished the race in 1996.
There is another family member who is not a dog musher and her name is Paula. Paula gives us moral support but thinks we are crazy. We are a member of the Nome Kennel Club and clubs around Fairbanks.
What is your primary sled dog activity or area of interest?
How long have you been involved with sled dogs?
What sparked your initial interest in sled dogs?
If you remember your very first time behind a team of dogs, tell us about it.
Who have been your mentors?
What size kennel do you operate?
Give us an overview of your feeding program.
Summarize your basic kennel management style.
What breed(s) do you work with?
What physical characteristics do you look for in your dogs?
What mental or emotional attributes do you require in your dogs?
Tell us about an all time favorite dog or two.
What criteria do you use for selecting breeding stock?
Do you use any pre-training evaluation of puppies?
What method do you use for starting pups?
What is the most important thing you look for in a young pup?
At what point do you decide a pup is likely to make it in your team?
Training and Racing
What is the training/racing philosophy of your kennel?
Do you have specific training goals for your team(s)?
What do you consider most important to accomplish in training?
What is the most indispensable training equipment you use?
How do you choose which races to enter?
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Do you having a mushing career goal?
What does it take to win?
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