Update: April 13: Jim was pulled into foster care at The Second Chance League.
Jim is a sweet husky that was found near Healy. No one claimed Jim and he has been at the shelter for a couple of weeks. BUT….someone wanted to foster him through The Second Chance League so Jim will be going to his foster home on April 13.
Thank you to Iris, Don and Leslie for helping run 8 of the shelter dogs today. Far left picture was the first team with Butter Peanut Candy and Wind. With Iris’ dogs Juneau and Cora leading. Candy ran lead on the way back. 2nd picture has Candy in lead. 3rd picture is Namche (creamy dog) and Jelly. 4th picture Juneau takes a break (she did 2 teams!) as Scout is wondering if he is already done.
Update: Just found out that these 2 boys are borthers!! So both are 2 years old. Too young to be dropped off at the shelter. They have great potential as they mature.
Update: March 21. We ran 2 teams of shelter dogs today. We put Namche and Khumba in the 2nd team. These are big boys! And strong. Both switched between a lope and a trot. The owner said they weren’t sprint capable and that is probably true. They both worked hard in the team though. We saw NO growling or any thoughts of not getting along with other dogs. In fact Kumba was next to another male who was so excited and wanting to go that he was jumping on Khumba. And there was no reaction from Khumba. Good boy! They are friendly boys in good health. Probably best suited for a mid distance rec team that wants some power.
Namche (red) is only 2 years old. Khumba is 5 years old. Both dogs were running on a spint team but would rather trot then speed down the trail at 17 mph. They come from great sprint lines and are reserved but friendly. The owner wrote that they can be a bit growly with other males but I haven’t seen that at the shelter. And now that they are neutered, it should alleviate any of those problems! They are larger powerful boys who would love to live inside (short coated!) and go on long hikes and skijor runs.
Denali is 7 years old. His owner thought he was getting too old to run in a fast sprint team. This dog has done the Open North American!!!!!! This boy has many years left. He used to do 40 or 50 miles. He is extremely thin. I would love to see this boy go to a skijor home where he can live inside, put on some weight and be loved. He is very very friendly. A calm friendliness. He would love to go for long hikes. He is a sweety.
update: Jelly (middle pic) has been pulled into The Second Chance League as a foster.
Update: March 21. We ran these 3 pups in teams today. Wow!! They did great. They are all extremely thin but they sure love to go. Don’t know where they get the energy from their skinny bodies. Peanut and Butter ran next to each other in the first team. Peanut seemed to get a bit more tired but both of them were hard on the line with beautiful lopes. These 3 dogs would make an awesome skijor team. We ran Jelly in the 2nd team. She is the skinniest but that little girl sure loves to go. Just all out. And they were SO happy. At the shelter they are timid, but they really blossomed when they knew they would run. Loved pets and always wagging their tails. All 3 are very picky eaters at the shelter. They are going to take a lot of extra TLC to put weight on them. They deserve a home where they don’t have to be chained up and I know they want to become part of your household.
Peanut is the black boy. Butter and Jelly are girls. These dogs are YOUNG pointer mixes from the same litter. I love love love these dogs!! They are petite and would be easy to handle for a small team or a skijor team. These dogs SO want to be loved. They are approachable and I know with a little time and attention these pups would be your life long friend. Peanut is way more social than the girls, but the girls love pets and gentle conversation. I can see this group as a fast 3 dog skijor team. And with their short coats I know they would love to live in a warm house. All 3 are very thin so will need some TLC to get their weight up. They had been running in 6 and 10 dog teams.
Update: We ran Wind in a 6 dog team today. He is VERY hand shy (as is Scout) so care must be taken when harnessing. They are just timid and afraid. But this boy is a beautiful dog with a lovely lope and trot. No issues with other dogs that we can see. Just an all around super nice dog that needs patience and a gentle hand.
Wind is gorgeous but very shy and reserved. With patience this dog would make a great companion and skijoring dog.
Wind came in with 6 other dogs. 4 males and 2 females. 5 of them I would consider nearly emaciated. They all need to put on some weight and if the ex owner had put weight on them, these dogs would probably be thriving in a team. These dogs are not up on the shelter website yet as they just came in on Monday and are being vet checked. They will all be spayed or neutered. Randy is 9 years old but all the rest are 4 or 5 years old. In the prime of their lives!!
Update: Big Boy was adopted and already out running in a team. He is a very focused boy. A good worker.
Big Boy is the largest of the group. He is super friendly and outgoing. I bet with some weight on him, he would be a fabulous skijor dog. And with his happiness I’m sure he would go hiking and camping with you!