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.
Update: The boys were adopted!
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.
Update: Butter was adopted! She is now with her brother Peanut.
Update: Peanut has been adopted!
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: Wind was adopted!
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: Scout was adopted!
Update: March 21. Scout ran in a 6 dog team today and did great. As with his brother Wind, he is very hand shy and timid at the shelter. He loves to run and has a nice lope and trot. He has a lot of power and was a delight to watch. When we turned around we put him in lead with Iris’ lead dog and he did great. Just balked a bit when he had to pass another person, then back out straight. He will need kindness and patience as he is very hand shy and timid. He loves to run.
Scout is around 5 years old. He is probably the shyest of the group. None of the dogs liked being petted over the head and would shy away. Skat loves his belly rubbed. With patience he would come around quickly.
Update March 16th: Falene has been pulled into the Second Chance League rescue. She is in a foster home. If interested, email me off this web site. Yea!
Falene was just spayed, thus the cone….She was dropped off in the after hours cages with NO paperwork. How I wish people would put something about the dogs they drop off. Sure would help in finding them homes. But I have a theory about Falene. She is probably a very fast sprint dog that saw her performance dropping off. The musher just figured she was “done” thus dropped her off at the shelter. WELL…..when she was spayed it was found she had extra uterine tissue in her. Possibly a mummified puppy? Yikes! If she was dropped at the shelter because of her performance–no wonder!!!
The “mass” was benign so no problems there. If she is still there in another week I will take her out for a skijor and see how she does. She is very sweet. High energy.
UPDATE: Falene is an amazing dog. She got to run around loose in a large pen today and she LOVED it. She was crazy manic with the biggest grin on her face. This girl has amazing potential. She can be a tad bit shy, but I just sat as she ran around crazily, and then she calmed and came up to me to pets and treats. Such a great girl.
Update March 16: Nebesna is in foster care with The Second Chance League. If you are interested in him please email me off this site. Yea!
Update March 5: new picture. He is doing good at the shelter. Comes to you when you call him. He is going to make someone a wonderful companion.
UPDATE: Feb. 26: Nebesna was taken to the shelter. He has been neutered and totally checked out. He is adapting to shelter life and actually coming out of his shell a bit. I really like this boy. I think he has tremendous potential as a skijor dog/pet if given lots of exercise and love. I put a half harness on him today and he pulled out in front of me around the yard. He was very interested in all the smells, but the fact that he went out in front of her with confidence made my heart sing. He will need a very gentle hand. He is a great dog.
Nabesna is not at the shelter. I met him today and fell instantly in love with this shy dog. He comes from fabulous mushing lines, but he doesn’t want to be a sled dog. His life has been on a chain and we are looking for a foster for him or a permanent home. Although shy, I could tell that he would be your best friend within weeks if you spend quiet gentle time with him. He is very curious and in awe of all that is around him. It will take patience and perserverance for this boy, but oh the rewards when you find you have a devoted companion. He is short coated so should transition into a house happily. Although never being in a house he will be a bit scared of all the new experiences. Once he gets over his initial excitement about being on a leash, it is said that he walks well and loves to discover new things. I sure hope someone can give this boy a chance. He is not neutered right now, but we can arrange that. He is 4 years old. Thanks!
Update January 2019: Bing is doing great. He LOVES to pull. Is very mannerly in harness.
Update Sept. 28: Bing is a GREAT hard working dog. He loves to run and pulls super hard. Although he will chew his dog house when he is bored (this dog needs a lot of exercise!) he is not a line or harness chewer. His foster person says “boy does he love to run in harness!”
UPDATE: Bing is in rescue. If you are interested in him contact email@example.com
Bing is a young pointer mix. And WOW. This boy needs a job. He is unbounded energy and a bit of craziness. It was very hard to get a picture of him. He wants to run and slam into you, jump into your face, love you and lick you and knock you over. He needs a JOB. He also needs to run 5 miles a day at least. I can see this boy being a STAR skijoring dog. He is long and lean and tall. But he is still a puppy and needs some training (well, maybe a lot of training) and tons of exercise. But I really like this boy and his great happiness in life.