These few posts on the 2014 Yukon Quest race are looonnnggg overdue...
This is a team introduction of the Dalton Gang. I was fortunate enough to be a handler for the Healy musher Dave Dalton in the 1,000 mile race. It was a grand adventure that I got to share with my father-in-law!
Healy is 7 years old and it was her 5th YQ.
Denali is 7 years old and it was her 3rd YQ.
Healy and Denali are Dave's main leaders. They are very trustworthy and always dependable.
Sandy is 6 years old and it was her 4th YQ. She is such a sweetheart! Gives the best hugs :)
Happy is 4 years old and she was a rookie.
Sandy and Happy will be in the swing position mostly. They will also lead to give Healy and Denali a break. They are team cheerleaders...always barking and ready to go.
This is Bashful. She was 4 years old and it was her 2nd YQ. She was always so hyper.
Doc is 4 years old and this was his 4th YQ. This smiling dog is also a cheerleader!
Dopey (above) and Grumpy (below) are both 4 years old and it's their 3rd YQ. They are both fabulously solid team dogs.
Sleepy is 4 years old and this is his 4th YQ. Sleepy barks at his partners if they aren't pulling their weight.
Bobber (above) and Spinner (below) are brothers and are 3 years old. This was Bobber's 2nd YQ. He is another cheerleader, always barking while moving down the trail :)
Spinner was a rookie. He ended up surprising Dave the most with an amazing performance.
This is Al. He is 6 years old and this was his 5th YQ. He is always ready to go!
Sheldon is 7 years old and this was his 5th YQ. He has always been a very powerful team dog and this was his first year as a leader also.
And last but not least, Al. He is 4 years old and this was his 2nd YQ. He is an upcoming leader.