Meet the Team

Red

Red, eight years old, is a very driven individual. If he was human he would be the football player who lowers his head and plows ahead regardless of whom or what is in his way. Yet, at the end of the day, Red loves nothing more than a tummy rub.

Tahkin

Tahkin is two years old. His name means Snowy River in Alaskan Tlingit language. He's named after one of my first malamutes. He's very intelligent and mild mannered. He loves to pull especially when the going gets tough! Someday I hope he will be a lead dog.

Kanuti

Kanuti, two years old rookie, is named after a dog I had many years ago. It means "Old Man River" in Athabaskan Indian language. But he's not old and neither acts old. He's very energetic and pulls with incredible strength and passion. Similar to the others in the team; he loves pets and affection.

Kelsaw

Kelsaw is another two year old rookie. He has wonderfully integrated into the team like a veteran. He's an interesting fella; while harnessed he has an uncontrollable amount of enthusiasm. He's like a firecracker. Yet while we are camped and the harnesses are put away he's the calmest individual I've ever seen.

Joanna

Johanna is a three old rookie and was a shy individual until this expedition. Now, he's a very outgoing, intelligent and affectionate guy. And he's very well behaved. If Johanna were human I think he'd be the straight A++ student in the classroom.

Champ

Champ is eight years old and originates from an "old-time" Alaskan husky/ malamute bloodline which I've maintained for 30 years. He has the same build and look as the old Alaskan huskies from long ago. Nowadays though, Alaskan huskies do not resemble Champ whatsoever. Champ is very smart and loves to play…maybe a little too much at times. But he makes up for it. He's a stout worker and takes his job seriously.

Petra

Petra means "rock" in Greek. And eight year old Petra certainly has lived up to her namesake in regards to being a rock solid puller. Her drive is unmatched. And similarly to the others she enjoys her tummy rubs and told that she's a good girl.

Dino

Dino is eight years old and is a solid worker. He's also an affectionate guy who loves lots of attention. His experience in working and living in the arctic environment is vital for the rookies to learn from. If he were human he'd be the uncle who watches out for his nieces and nephews while tutoring them on life.

Junior

Six year old Junior is a block of pure muscle! His strength is incredible! He's the perfect build that I like to see in a freighter. And he's very passionate about pulling and extremely affectionate. He just loves all people.

Sally

Sally is a tough gal that absolutely never quits. At ten years old she's up and ready to go just like the rookies. I really admire her demeanor.

Smokey

Four year old Smokey, like his half-brother Junior, he's built with solid muscle. His large paws and broad chest is ideal for breaking trail. He's quite affectionate and loves to play. If he was human, he'd be the school's top athlete who everyone adores and tries to mimic.

Bear

Bear is seven years old and is another "old-time" Alaskan husky. He's a staunch puller and can run in every position except lead. He's a little smaller than the others and hasn't the brute strength as the pure breed Alaskan malamutes. But he has a big, big passionate heart.

Tip

Tip is nine years old and was named for his fiery red tinge on the tips of his ears. He's a very loyal dog. And similarly to most malamutes, he loves to pull heavy loads and break trail. I've always found it interesting how purebreed Alaskan malamutes prefer hard work. Such as breaking trail and hauling frieight rather than running on groomed trails and pulling a light sled.

Penny

Penny is five years old and is a sweetheart of a dog. She pulls with a fiery heart of desire. While in harness Penny is all business and no play. If she were human she'd be the top executive. But when the day is finished she loves to romp and play with her teammates.

Tee Kay

Four year old Tee Kay is an amazingly strong puller. Someday, I suspect she will be a great leader. But in the meantime she needs to mature from her adolescence. Someimes she loves to play while running. Typically, Alaskan malamutes require 4-5 years to mature both mentally and physically.

Alex

Two year old rookie Alex is a spitfire of energy! Alex is quite an enjoyable guy to be around. He's always happy, as most malamutes are, but his personality is harmoniously balanced between high energy and a serious worker. He knows that there is a time to play and a time to work.

Lady

Lady is a whirlwind of characters and personality. Very unpredictable but she knows what she wants; and that is to pull. She prefers to be left alone and likes plenty of "elbow room" to perform her task. Yet, she's a real gentle gal underneath her rambunctious demeanor.

Angel

Angel is a young two year old rookie with a happy go lucky demeanor and energetic gal. She is timid but very loving and affectionate. She's also a crafty escape artist who knows how to slip out of her harness after we have stopped for the day to camp.

Ben

Six year old Ben is an exceptionally large brute, around 140 lb, but he has a heart of gold. Ben is one of the most intelligent dogs I've ever had the privilege to have. Ben gets along with everyone. He reminds me of a big brother figure that just stands by to lend a hand to those who need it.

Bunny

Nine year old Bunny was the runt of the litter and is quite small for an Alaskan malamute. I can't really say that she contributes much to pulling the sleds since she's so small. But she's a well behaved gal so I bring her along mostly for her own enjoyment. She's just a nice pup to have around camp.

Pete

Six year old Pete is very athletically talented. Usually it requires two years for a dog to master the art of trail-breaking. Pete mastered it in one year! He's also very intelligent and learns commands quickly. I sometimes think if he were human, he'd be the genius who knows the quadetc of the galaxies.