'Not my face. Please not my face.' While other dogs are identifiable by their looks, Zippo is identified by his voice and physicality. Zippo is a constantly barking blur of movement, all the time. On the truck, on the line, in the yard. Even when he stands still, you can see the energy just radiating off of him. As he breathes, he moves.
Zippo came from the Alaskan kennel of Jessica Hendricks, who when I talked to her about him and about why she was selling him, she simply said 'He's just too happy.' And that is true, as his happiness overcomes any discipline he might have against launching himself at your face. And I mean anyone's face, because Zippo is an equal-opportunity greeter of anyone. Hence, my most common comment to Zippo: 'Not my face.' .
Zippo is an extraordinary sled dog. He has incredible recovery time, drives the speed, fearlessly charges into everything, and eats everything and anything. He gets along with everyone, although not everyone particularly enjoys his exuberance and the bossier Mackey boys (oh, Hawkeye) spend a lot of time trying to convince Zippo to be quiet. He can run anywhere, and with anyone, and does particularly well with Oriana Fallaci. I did find out last year that when Zippo seems particularly wound up, barking and bouncing and all of those things, his heart rate is actually at a resting pace. Or, in other words, when it seems like he might be wasting energy he actually is at rest.
Zippo welcomes A Clendenning as his sponsor! While I was corrected that E Clendenning chose Inferno based on a variety of skills and race experience, A did choose Zippo mostly on cuteness. Thank you A!
Support of the team helps us with the race goals this year, which include....the Beargrease Marathon in Duluth MN, as well as a return to the Can Am 250. Link in bio to learn more. 📸 @klementovich
‘We give them our trust. We give them our effort.
What we ask in return is that they stay true.’ —William Ayot.
For some, it's the ears. For most, it's his snow reports and his high-energy joy. For a select few, it's the memories of him as a youngster running around northern Maine chasing snowmobiles. For me, it's how much he loves swimming in the summertime and the occasional paw grab around my leg that tells me he wants attention. All of these qualities, and more, are what make up the famous Inferno.
Inferno is one of the most solid and reliable dogs on the team. He takes care of himself and has an innate understanding of how to pace himself over long races. As a yearling, I watched him grow stronger in long races like the UP200 and the Can Am 250, maintaining the same amount of energy the entire time, which is not something one usually sees in a young dog in a long race. He possesses incredible discipline and understanding of routines, meaning he can be loaded into the truck with one arm and practically harnesses himself. Inferno is a true team player, the kind of dog I love having on the team.
After an early rise to leadership-out-of-necessity during the Can Am 250, Inferno has been slowly maturing into the role. First it was a few ATV runs last year, and now he is showing he knows his commands. Inferno requires a very patient co-leader, as he is still prone to distraction when we stop.
Inferno welcomes E Clendenning as his sponsor!! The Clendennings are fantastic fans and friends of the team, and this year chose dogs based on maximum cuteness. Which, honestly, is still a hard job. Good choice and thank you E!
Support of the team helps with the race goals this year, which include the epic Beargrease Marathon in Duluth MN! Link in bio to learn more. 📸 @laurendobish
Which one of the dogs has run three 1,000 mile races? The one in the perfect husky ball. Aurora never misses a second of rest.
Aurora and Willie Jr in lead.
Explorations, part II. #snowvember
Freckles is a little bit different than her siblings. She’s a little bit more rational, a little bit more willing to listen to what I ask her to do, and a little bit more serious. While she is a little bit different, she also has the similarities that have characterized this litter in general: incredibly social and friendly, eager to please, and easy to train. This special girl is just about to turn 8 months old, and soon will have her first run in harness.