Sunday, March 1, 2015


It is said that the word "mush" comes from the French word, marchez, move on or March!

The month of March in our north country usually continues with winter, and often some of the best winter snow arrives in March.

We mush in March!  And we watch Iditarod in March!

Our 12 kennel dogs represent years of wonderful breeding in the Alaskan sled dog racing world.  While our main leaders are all 12 and 13, they are still excited and begging to be on the first team out.

A special thank you this winter to Christine and Jenna Grabowski who make it their commitment to keep the dogs running all winter.  Jim Youngell, also, continues to help with dogs when he is able.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Faster and faster

Life at Summer Place Kennel goes faster and faster.   Tomorrow we celebrate the 13th birthday of the Liller and Skinny pups, Ruthie, Buffalo Gal and Kiddo.  These dogs have been a mainstay in our kennel since they were yearlings.    When they were pups, we would turn them loose and let them race each other , first , in the valley, and then on the hilly trails.   Aliy Zirkle visited us late in the summer of their first year and chose Buffy to go home with her.   We had made that deal in Susan Butchers parking lot, when Aliy allowed me to take skinny home to retire and Susan took me for a predawn ride with Liller in lead. After the run I asked Aliy if I should breed them and , if so,would she want a pup.  She said yes to both.