Felon - Our main leader

Where would we be without him?!  Felon has raced in lead and finished every race I have participated in: Aurora 50/50, Alaska Excursions 120, Knik 200, Copper Basin 300, Northern Lights 300, Kusko 300 and Kobuk 440.  

In January 2015, he finished 3x300 mile races in 3 weekends with us: Copper Basin 300, Kusko 300, Northern Lights 300 

He's simply an amazing athlete.  And, he loves human affection.   I just love this quirky boy!

Felon was born in Denali, AK at Husky Homestead (Berkeley x Solomon) about 6 years ago, and is part of the Crimes & Misdemeanors litter.  This litter was originally split between Jeff King and Jake Berkowitz.  I bought Felon from Jake in the fall of 2012. Several of his siblings still live at Husky Homestead: Burglar, Menace and Suspect.  I had a fantastic opportunity to run the Kobuk 440 this spring with Felon, Menace, Suspect and Burglar all in my team! 

TRICKY - this girl's best boy

Tricky argued he should have been the FIRST dog to be introduced because he was the FIRST dog in my Alaska life... the dog that helped lead my life in a new direction.  Tricky was one of four puppies born March 9, 2009 in Girdwood.  It was the first litter of puppies I ever held. From the time he was very young, he stared directly in my eyes. I took that to mean, "he picked me". When he was about 11 months old, I received a phone call saying the kennel was getting rid of "my" puppy.  I drove down and picked up my puppy immediately. He was thin, stunk and had never been in a house.  He refused to pass through doorways or walk up the stairs, so I carried him up the stairs and straight into the shower.  I learned quickly, if we were going to be good buddies, it would require daily exercise (otherwise, he paced around the house... click, click, click, click, click).  

The day after I brought him home, I bought him a wooden dog house and a tie out.  Don't all sled dogs sleep outside in dog houses?  Well, he stood next to his dog house and stared at the house for hours.  Of course, I gave in... His dog house sign, "TRICKY", will forever live above the cabin door. 

Tricky has adapted to his many roles at Bacon' Acres: Kristin's Canine Companion, Therapy Dog, Puppy Trainer, Kibble Clean Up Crew, Bucket Cleaner, (Fill In) Lead Dog, Squirrel Chaser, Couch Warmer, Entertainer, Fruit Eater, etc

Tricky hopes to train sufficiently to participate in the Ceremonial Start of Iditarod 2016, but requests to be left home on the couch for the remainder of the event.

 

Mama Libby

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Libby originally named Liberty because she was born on July 4th, 2009 at Ryan Redington's kennel.  She is the most exhuberent dog in the kennel. Always happy, loves attention and gets along with everyone. 

Libby's "friendliness" found her bred earlier than planned. Fortunately, this surprise breeding had amazing results.   Libby x Felix (also Ryan's dog at that time) created an amazing litter of 8 beautiful, healthy, hard-working sled dogs. All 8 are training with the race team.  

While taking a break out on the trail, Libby's distinctive hollar alerts everyone it's time to move on. Once you meet her, you'll understand why Libby's requests are hard to ignore.