Anything that happens in the world of dog mushing is truly a "team" effort and so it is with covering the cost of running a race like the Quest 300. Sponsors are sometimes the last people to be recognized and thanked. With this in mind, I would like to thank the following business and individuals for "sponsoring a dog on a blog"!!
Dr Carolynne Fujda (Lots of Latitude Mobile Vet Services based in Whitehorse) Has sponsored Fred, one of the team dogs. Carolynne has worked with Fred for a few years, most notably last year when she had to remove a number of teeth from Fred's mouth. Carolynne has helped us many times to solve medical concerns about the team, give advice and consultation, perform surgery and vaccinate the dogs, over the last three years. She has always shown an extremely high level of care and compassion for the dogs and has a very gentle and calm "bedside manner" with the dogs which quickly gains their confidence, particularly when they are sick or injured.
Pat and Donald Dodds have sponsored Sarah, one of the lead dogs (right in above picture). Pat and Donald (as you may have guessed) are Heather's Parents and spent time with us this summer at the kennel for their 49th anniversary. Pat could make a living as a sled dog groomer and the dogs fell in love with both of them very quickly. We invited them to fly to the Yukon for the start of the Quest 300 as an anniversary gift for their 50th this year, but it did not work out. We are sure they will follow their "lead dog's" progress from home in some way. Pat and Donald picked Sarah as a dog to sponsor because they have a grand daughter by the same name.
Thanks To Pat and Donald for the support they give, financially and the encouragement they s0 freely give to pursue this race.
Maureen Morrison has sponsored Bria, another lead dog. Maureen, apart from being my sister, has always been one of my biggest supporters in life and has always been there to help when possible and always there for advice and suggestions.
Joanne Cox from Oshawa Ontario Has sponsored Casper. Casper is a wheel dog, one of Maui's offspring. Joanne is a really close friend of Heathers and came to visit last summer, so is farmiliar with the Fast Dogs. Thanks Joanne.
And last but not least (by any stretch), Icy Waters Limited Arctic Char in Whitehorse has sponsored Buster, another lead dog!!! I have been feeding arctic Char (by products from the processing plant) from Icy Waters for two years now, the dogs love it in any form (snacks, mixed with kibble, frozen or thawed) and their coats, energy level and overall health reflects this. I would very much like to thank the staff at Icy Waters for the wonderfull service they provide when I show up at the plant to pick up fish!!! Oh yes, they are also often seen out on the Copper Haul Twister Race course standing in the wind and cold as we zip around the twisty windy course in the pursuit of the trophy and other rewards, A big thank you for this.
Please visit Icy Waters web site at http://www.icywaters.com/default.aspx
Thanks to all of these sponsors, you make the Quest 300 a possibility for the Fast Dogs Team, by being part of the team.
Please see the sponsorship info site (go to "my complete profile" above left for a link to the site )for more information on these sponsors or if you are interested in sponsoring a dog on a blog.