Meet the Dogs
The original sled dog company operating in Jackson Hole, Frank Teasley’s Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours is home to 180 authentic Alaskan racing sled dogs. These dogs showcase the best of the Northern husky breed, with strength, stamina, and speed of the original Eskimo work dogs. Mary Maley, the kennel manager gave us the inside scoop on a few of her favorite and hardest working dogs.
At nearly 13 years old, Champagne is the oldest working dog at Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours. He’s a hard worker and a favorite of clients. He never chews, jumps or fights and has the perfect temperament to help train new pups. His favorite way to cool down after hard work is to throw himself into a snow bank.
|Shilling and Rincon:
Always running together (Shilling on the right and Rincon on the left), these siblings are the perfect balance. Rincon is a lady’s man with a dominant personality, and Shilling can play nice with anyone, but is hopelessly distracted. Together, Mary says they are her "go to power pair, and a couple of the best-looking fellas on my team." Both have run the Alaskan Iditarod as lead dogs.
New to running in a team, Rosebud is still learning, but brings a personality that clients love because she is always looking back at the sled. This young 35 pound dog has already progressed from being a little spooked to a slightly skittish sled dog in one winter's worth of work and the trainers can only look forward to continuing progress.
Peaches is a good lead dog in a crunch but she’s also a great at cuddling. In fact, she goes home every night with Mary. She’s a nine-year-old Alaskan Husky that ran the Iditarod for her last musher and is a fierce puller. Not always, but sometimes after a run she develops a limp to protect an old injury in her right shoulder. When this happens, she gets some puppy Advil and a deep tissue massage.
Mary said “It’s safe to say that everyone’s favorite snack is raw meat. And, while each dog has his or her own personality, at the end of the day they just want to be loved and they’ll love you back.” (Article images courtesy of Mary Maley)