I was raised on a small farm in Newark, Ohio where I raised Boer goats with my older sister and also participated in 4-H for eight years, training and showing their five family dogs. I fell in love with the sport of dog mushing and long distance racing at the age of nine, when my family followed the Iditarod as a homeschool project. After four years of learning everything I could about the sport, I started a small kennel in Ohio and began running short races in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I graduated from high school at age 16 and then went on to receive an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology at Penn Foster College two years later. In 2014 I moved to McMillan, Michigan, to pursue my dream of long distance racing at Nature’s Kennel in the Upper Peninsula. I have been blessed with the opportunity to train and race our Nature’s Kennel teams throughout North America for the past seven years. I have competed in the Yukon Quest, Iditarod, Percy DeWolfe, Canadian Challenge, Eagle Cap Extreme, Idaho Sled Dog Challenge, UP200, CanAm 250, Beargrease Marathon, Gunflint Mail Run, and the Wyoming Stage Stop Race.
I love sled dogs, making maple syrup, wood turning, wood carving, fishing, and anything that combines physical labor and the outdoors. I am a small business owner (MI DOG summer sled dog center) and am thrilled to open for summer sled dog tours with my race team and puppies in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan next May!
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The passion that sled dogs have for running is what inspired me to grow up to be a dog musher when I first learned of sled dogs at 9 years old.
What a sled dog looks forward to most after a long day of racing is a nice bed of straw! But guess what happened at last year’s race? Someone stole all our straw right before the race start! Thankfully, great fans like you helped us out during the ﬁnal hour to provide this vital supply for our amazing dogs.
These dogs simply are the best – and we want to be able to continue treating them that way! Donations from fans like you make that possible. Would you ﬁnd it in your heart to help us out? No amount is too small in sled dog world!
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