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This guy is full-time model, part time sled dog that happens to run lead pretty dang well. Iditarod 2014, 2015 & 2016 Finisher. Main, Single lead most of 2015 & all single lead 2016. Born 2011. Out of Eagle & Raven. Siblings: Manilex, Kevlar. Sponsored By: Alexa Ives-lead 2014 Kimi Lotz-lead 2015&2016 Kerry Etchaberry-lead 2017, 2018
She is bound for greatness. A wicked and steady trot. Out of Blue Steel & Pepsi. Born Dec. 2014. Siblings: Lager & Blonde. Sponsored By- Matt & Jes Reimer-lead 2017, 2018
This guy is one unique dog! He is sweet and loves nothing more than to run fast, the slow and tough stuff is more of a challenge for him. Finished the Copper Basin 300, 2016. Born: 2012. Out of Tomatuk & Lucy. Siblings: Ziggy, Jewel, Bob Dylan, Shakira, Jett. Sponsored By:
He is excited to learn and taking to the lead position quite nicely. Big Horn is the only dog I have ever known that gets more and more crazy to go the farther we go down the trail, awesome cheerleader! Born: 2013. Out of Moto & Raven. Siblings: Stoney, Dahl(Big Horn's partner in pic) & Marco. Sponsored By:
Fastest dog in town and wants to lead the fastest team around, watch out Buddy. Born 2013. Parents: Moto & Raven. Siblings: Marco, Bighorn. Sponsored By: Dan & Jamie Hunt-lead 2015.
He has a unique look and a killer trot. This guy comes from a littler of strong leaders and on the right day, he's the best dog you've ever seen. Iditarod 2015 & 2016 finisher. Born 2012. Out of Eagle & Raven Siblings; Blue Steel & Kevlar Sponsored By:
Quickly becoming our fastest and most reliable leader on the team. Iditarod 2014 & 2015 Finisher. Leader much of 2014 & 2015, dropped in Ophir in 2016 due to illness and poor eating. Born 2010. Out of Little Bear & Black. Sibling: Dolce. Sponsored By: Kerry Etcheberry -lead 2015 & 2016
Quite possibly the best dog ever. Already a main leader at 2 years old and ready to prove himself in the race. Out of Dweezil & Dahl. Born 2014. Siblings: Spur, Augustine, Illiamna. Sponsored By-
She is bouncy, sweet, and never misses a beat. Just a pure pleasure to have in the team with all the good sled dog qualities. Iditarod 2014 & 2015 & 2016 finisher. Born 2012 Sibling: Scorpio. Out of Raven & Moto. Sponsored By: Carolyn & Adam King (lead2017)
She is smart, strong, and steady. Born 2010. Iditarod 2014 & 2015 finisher. Because of minor injuries this season, missed Iditarod 2016. Sponsored By:
A little blonde ball of energy that never stops! She ended up becoming the main leader I needed and never even knew I had on Iditarod 2014. Born 2011. Iditaord 2014 , 2015 & 2016 Finisher. Leader in 2014. Came from Bill Cotter's Kennel at 6 months old. Sponsored By: Faye Harasack-lead 2015
He is the last of Scout's offspring and has been a very special dog for us since we got him at 3 months old. He is shy to strangers bur once you earn his trust, he becomes your closest friend. Iditarod 2014, 2015 & 2016 finisher. Born: 2010. Parents: Scout & Panda (Norden). Sponsored by: Steven Dietrich-lead 2014
He is definitely the spark-plug in the team come 700 miles into a race. He is tough and stubborn to go, a real asset. Born 2011. Iditaord 2014 & 2015 Finisher. Came from Bill Cotter's Kennel at 6 months old. Sponsored By: Dave & Janet Hennekens-lead 2015, 2016, 2017
One of the most tireless dogs on the team. Also my most expensive sled dog. Summer of 2016 Ziggy ate 5 rocks that all had to be surgically removed. Iditarod 2014 & 2016 Finisher. Born 2012. Out of Tomatuk & Lucy. Siblings: Slash, Jewel, Bob Dylan, Shakira, Jett. Sponsored By: Aaron Hennekins-lead 2014, Cy Lepak-lead 2017
She it tinny, shy, a fireball in lead and a big favorite of fans and dogs. Iditarod 2014 Finisher. Born 2012. Out of Little Red & Polly. Siblings: Sirracha, Jalapeno. Sponsored By: Georgann Eubanks-team 2014 & 2015
She is sweet and tough. She came to us last year from Bruce Magnison at the WY stage stop and blew us away by finishing Iditarod 2015 a month later in her second distance race ever! Iditarod 2016 finisher. Born 2011. Sponsored By: Michael Lawson-lead 2015
She is sweet, fast, and just so lovable! She is Dweezil's mom and can be a dynamite leader. Iditarod 2015 was dropped in Tanana with sore shoulder. Iditarod 2016 finisher. Born 2012. Parents: Tomatuk & Lucy. Siblings: Slash, Jewel, Bob Dylan, Ziggy, Jett. Sponsored By: Meghan Zappa-lead 2015, Bri & Ryan lead 2017
This guy has never stopped making his parents proud, he might be the best lead dog of all time... He has defied the odds by living through a serious & mysterious illness in his first year. Born 2013. Out of Johnny & Shakira. Sponsored by: Jen & TJ Reiter (lead 2015, 2016, 2017)
She is spunky and tireless. She didn't make the first few Iditarods due to pregnancies, now she is fixed up and hopes to make it to Nome! Parents: Dolce & Lazor. Born: 2012. Sponsored By: Dave Phipps-lead 2014
He is the Romeo of the kennel, people or dogs, he just loves! He is siblings to Blue Steel and Manilex, out of Raven and Eagle. Born 2011. He is sweet and always looking for a moose on the trail. Sponsored By: Kerry Quade-Team 2017
Sweet and silly and she gets really spunky come time to run! Just found out she likes to lead too! Iditarod 2016 finisher. Born 2013. Out of Tomatuk & Lucy. Siblings: Ziggy, Shakira, Bob Dylan, Slash, Jewel. Sponsored By:
He is one big, strong goofball. Born 2012. Out of Lucy & Tomatuk. Siblings: Slash, Jewel, Ziggy, Shakira, Jett. Sponsored By:
She is squirrely , goofy and a crazy digger, but when it come to running, she is all business. Born 2013. Out of Peanut & Eagle. Siblings: Ice, Brutus, River Rat.
Such a kind and cool dog! So far she has shown us that she is tough enough to make the team and what a pleasure to run! Out of Dahl & Dweezil. Born 2014. Siblings: Spur, Augustine, Redoubt. Sponsored By-
This big guy is amazingly polite and already has a wicked fast trot. Out of Jett & ? Born May, 2015. Siblings: John & George. Sponsored by: Paul Cooper (Lead-2016)
A big beautiful boy who can be a goof at times. Out of Dweezil & Dahl. Born 2014. Siblings: Spur, Augustine, Illiamna. Sponsored By-
Sweet and small but he has an incredibly powerful side. Born 2013. Out of Peanut & Eagle. Siblings: Ice & VooDoo.
As the only boy in his litter he sure turned out to be a monster! We can't wait to see where this young, gentle, beast can take us! Out of Blue Steel & Pepsi. Born Dec. 2014. Siblings: Amber & Blonde. Sponsored By-
Kind of shy but when there is a harness involved, he is your best friend. Out of Billy & Winston. Born 2014. Sibling: Forest. Sponsored By-
He is sometimes good, sometimes bad but always a favorite. Born 2013. Parents: Moto & Raven. Siblings: Dahl, Stoney, BigHorn. Sponsored By:
He is big and goofy but also soft and sweet. Sibling: Libra. Out of Moto & Raven. Born 2013. Sponsored By: Hans Holmes-team 2014
She is as zesty as her name suggests and becoming a fast little leader. Iditarod 2015 finisher. Born 2012. Parents: Lil Red & Polly. Siblings: Picante & Jalapeno. Sponsored By:Heidi & Ron Rubenzer-team 2015 & lead 2016.
He is feisty and always ready to run. Out of Peanut & Eagle. Siblings: VooDoo & Brutus. Born 2013
Polly has put her time on the trail in finishing countless races and the Iditarod in 2014 as main leader. She is now 9 years old and looking for the perfect couch to call home. Let us know if you are interested in adopting Polly!
she is and always will be Tim's Dog girlfriend. We all love Raven and she is still running strong into her golden years. Iditarod 2014 finisher. Sponsored By: Steven Dietrich-lead 2014
An all around nice girl. She put many miles in as a leader and now enjoying shorter runs in her older years. She, along with Blue Steel are the proud parent to the up-and-coming superstars: Amber, Lager and Blonde. Born: 2006. Parents: Scout & Apricot. Sponsored By: Calvin Crowe-lead
Sparky, Buzz, Bud, Dynamo & Tok were born May 31, 2016. Out of Stoney & Cash. All 5 are already looking like a force!
We are so lucky to have so many awesome dogs in our life! These guys really are our family and we love them as such. They are not only amazing athleetes but sweet, loving, and always excited to see us.
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If you would like to get involved in our team, sponsoring a dog is a great way to help us and track your dog's progress. Each dog sponsorship comes with a free kennel tour to meet/pick your dog and a picture of your dog. Lead dog sponsors get a free dog ride this winter, the dog tag they wore in Iditarod (if they made the team) and a Team Zappa sweatshirt. Team dog sponsors get a team T-shirt. Each dog can recieve only one Lead Dog sponsor but unlimited Team Dog sponsors.
The bills for keeping a kennel of 50 sled dogs are endless. Food alone costs us $75/day. Then there is vaccinations, medications, vet bills, houses, chains, snaps, straw, dishes, harnesses, the list goes on.... Bottom line, dog mushing is VERY expensive! On average we spend about $1000 per dog each year. Any help that the dogs can get will help gurantee the dogs are getting the best available food, care, and equipment. AAAAWWWWWOOOOOOOOOO (Thank you in Dog language!)