North Wapiti Siberian
Iditarod 2008 - Tales from the Trail
November 22, 2007
One Month Being A Dog Handler
2007I heard that several of you have been asking
Karen that her dog handler should write a diary entry. Well,
since I've been her handler for almost a month, I guess it's
A little bit about myself. I'm 35 years old, quit my job as an
accountant and left my husband of 7 years and two Siberians at
home, Dakota who is 11 and diabetic for almost 3 years and
Nokomis who is almost 5. We had Sierra for 4 1/2 years before
she died from cancer 3 years ago Christmas. All three of our
fur kids were adopted from various organizations. I talk to
Pete a couple times a week and email regularly. He is taking
very good care of the dogs, working, maintaining the house, etc.
I absolutely love being up here. I'm from Metro Detroit, but
was really looking forward to being out in the country. I'm not
sure how I'll react going back home to the city after being here
for 6 months, but I'm certainly not thinking or worrying about
I am learning a lot of things, such as living in cold weather
(block heaters, plugging in vehicles), driving a quad and
dealing with so many dogs. I have finally figured out
everybody's name and where they belong in the yard. Therefore,
hooking up for runs is moving along quicker than in the
beginning when Karen had to tell me where everyone was located.
I don't mind cleaning up the yard because the weather has been
nice and sunny and it gives me some time to say hi and play with
all of the dogs. The time goes by really fast. It is hard
physical work, but I love it. I love being around so many dogs
and even Karen and Mark are cool. Both have been very nice and
gracious and I feel very lucky and comfortable being here.
I wish all of the Americans a Happy Thanksgiving!
Winter 2007/08 Dog Handler @ NorthWapiti Kennels
Karen's Diary - Iditarod 2008 Edition
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