Meet the Race Team
We are a small group of sled dogs here at Shady Pines, with 16 racing dogs and puppies. Of the 18 dogs in 2018-9, 13 of them are veterans on the main race team, four of them are brand-new to the team, and one of them is young Willie Nelson Jr.
Over the years, we have stayed around 18-24 dogs, to develop and train a competitive racing team of 12 dogs. The main reason is very practical: that translates to two food buckets to haul into the dogyard at feeding time. The other reasons are about cultivating a strong, happy, and loving team, and being able to give each dog the attention they want and deserve. Our dogs come on hikes, walks, playtimes, and in the house.
Click on the adorable faces below to read more about the personalities that make up Shady Pines.
(Note: if you are on a mobile device, once you bring up an image from the gallery, there should be a tiny dot in the right hand corner--that brings up the text description)
Lead dogs are not only the first pretty face you see at the front of a team, they are the ones that set the pace, make decisions, and ignore everything else around them except the trail ahead. They come in all shapes and sizes, and both genders, and each of them shine in different circumstances. Support a lead dog here.
Team dogs are the engines. Many of them can assume the lead, but are usually happiest powering from behind. The Shady Pines team dogs are a fast, driven, and lovable bunch. Support a team dog here.
There are a big crop of yearlings this year! 2018-9 will be the first year of training for the Triplets, Flora and Fauna, and Willie Nelson Jr. Special thanks to the friends who are going to help train this group of youngsters!
Interested in supporting the team? Here's how.