I was born and raised on a homestead near Anchorage, Alaska. Moved to the Paxson area in 1970 and have been here since. Originally I was a full-time trapper here, now it is a sideline. I commercial fish in Bristol Bay and Prince William Sound.
I am the president of the local Fish and Game advisory committee and a member of the Second Chance League of Fairbanks. The Second Chance League is an organization devoted to evaluating and training unwanted sled dogs from the Fairbanks Animal Shelter.
My personal goal is to raise awareness, within the sport, of the ability of these cast-off dogs.
What is your primary sled dog activity or area of
If you remember your very first time behind a team of dogs, tell
us about it.
Sled dogs have been an ongoing learning experience for me; rarely a day goes by without discovering something new. I believe that we must constantly be experimenting with new training techniques in an attempt to do the very best we can with our animals.
What size kennel do you operate?
What type of tether/bowl system do you use?
What are the most important considerations in housing sled dogs?
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?
What criteria do you use for selecting breeding
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 dog?
At what point do you decide a youngster is likely to make it in
What is the training/racing philosophy of your
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?
What are your strengths as a racer?
What do you consider your weaknesses, if any?
Do you have a mushing career goal?
What does it take to win?
What advice would you give a beginning musher?
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