Meet the dogs of Squid Acres Kennel

RETIRED DOGS
These are dogs that have retired from racing. They may be couch dogs or puppy walkers or may still like to run, just not at a racing pace.

STOUT

STOUT
Male, 63 lbs, DOB 3/13/2007
This boy came from tough village lines and his single puppy status trained him to be an incredible dog at fetching a ball, shaking your hand, or off trail leading. The tougher it gets, the more focused and amazing he becomes. Finished 2012 Yukon Quest in lead, but his body and hair are not suited to distance racing, so he sleeps on the couch, keeps the squirrels at bay and teaches the puppies what growling means!

Sponsored by CINDY and DENNIS MOREHART!

NOVA

NOVA
Male, 75lbs, DOB 7/5/2013
Nova gets so excited about everything that he usually knocks his house over or rips the lid off to let us know what he is thinking. He finished both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod as a 2 year old. And continued stomping out miles for many years. Last year, Last year, Nova suddenly didn’t want to or couldn’t run anymore and we found out he had a thyroid problem that is easily treated with medicine. He is back in the team at a slower pace this year with the retired dogs, but also is living life inside now.

Sponsored by KELLI and BRUCE BURTON!

THULE

THULE
Female, 55lbs, DOB 9/6/2010
Smyth/Mackey lines and the daughter of Stumpy. She is a finisher of both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. She can often be found scratching her back on her house after a run! She is the proud mom to the cool cars litter 1.0 and 2.0. These pups are making up the core of our team! Thule is now retired and training all pups to become the amazing dog that she has been!

SPONSORED BY ERIKA DAVIS

BORON

BORON
Male, 85lbs, DOB 3/22/2012
AKA ” the Donkey”. Boron is our largest and strongest dog. Boron has raced but his intensity combined with his size keep him from making the distance. They say that those who cannot do, teach and so we have Boron in the most important roll here at Squid Acres, he is the main leader for the yearling and puppy teams. He will spend his time teaching them how to be amazing sled dogs.

Sponsored by ANITA FOWLER and Sirius Sled Dogs.

SULLIVAN

SULLIVAN
Male, 60lbs, DOB 8/17/2013
Sullivan always has something to say, no matter what he’s up to. Stopping the team is NOT an option with Sullivan in the team. His yodels get everyone fired up again in no time and we have to move! Now that he is leading, he has the power to do what he wants, and move down the trail it is! He has finished both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod, in LEAD! He had cancer a few years ago which removed one of his toes, so he enjoys the shorter distances now, along with a little more couch time.

Sponsored by LINDA RAY!

CUDA

CUDA
Male, 63lbs, DOB 7/5/2013
Cuda was one of our go to leaders and was never dropped in back to back Yukon Quest and Iditarods as a two, three, four and five year old! This summer, Cuda suddenly lost his eyesight. He was diagnosed with SARD (sudden acquired retinal degeneration). He is physically healthy otherwise and still loves going out on short jaunts with the retired team and teaching the yearlings.

Sponsored by BARB KANE and NICOLLE CASTILLE!

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LEAD DOGS
These dogs have proven that they have what it takes to be a lead dog while racing! They are the driving force of the team and get us where we need to go on the trail.

UNCLE JESSE

UNCLE JESSE
Male, 60lbs, DOB 7/27/2014
Uncle Jesse has an old, sweet soul about him and shows a confidence about him, like ‘he’s been there before’. He is turning into one of our go to leaders! In 2018, he finished the Iditarod the same way he started it, barking and harness banging! And then repeated that with YQ and Iditarod finishes in 2019. We are excited to bring Uncle Jesse to the start line this year!

Sponsored by BRIAN WESTENBERG and granddaughters

Also Sponsored by HEATHER SANDERS!

CHEVELLE

CHEVELLE
Female, 45lbs, DOB 7/5/2013
Nicknamed Gazelle, this girl is fast, smart, super athletic and always wants to be out front. She barks for the first 5 miles of a run, telling the team to go faster! She runs in lead and all positions. She is a multi Yukon Quest and Iditarod finisher! This girl is not happy unless she is running!

Sponsored by KRISTINE HARDING

TRAX

TRAX
Male, DOB 7/17/2016
Cars litter 2.0! This is a repeat breeding of Thule and Blue that has produced some of our best dogs. Trax is the most mild mannered of the all the pups and can often be seen sitting off to the side staring intently at you. He is very similar to his older brother, Cuda. He is a smart boy who learns quickly and nothing phases him! He finished the Yukon Quest as a two year old and Iditarod the following years and ran some of the race in lead. That is where he likes to be!

Sponsored by DEB SIMPSON DAVIS!

JOPLIN

JOPLIN
Female, 45lbs, DOB 8/22/2016
Joplin, named after the famous Janis, came to us from Hey Moose! Kennel and she fits right in. She is a happy girl that is always smiling and loves everyone. She has been running in lead and stomping every run she has done so far. In her first year of racing, she finished Kuskokwim 300 in lead, Yukon Quest and Iditarod! We are excited to see how this girl tackles this race season!

Sponsored by PAT MARINAC!

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LEAD DOGS 2
These dogs have proven that they have what it takes to be a lead dog while racing! They are the driving force of the team and get us where we need to go on the trail.


NEKO CASE

NEKO CASE
Female, 53lbs, DOB 8/22/2013
The leader of the pack! She is as beautifully gaited as her siblings. Neko loves playing with her neighbors and harness banging to get going down the trail! She is leading the team with confidence finishing the Yukon Quest and Iditarod multiple times! Mostly in lead! Last year she ran almost every mile in lead in both YQ and Iditarod. She loves her job! She is the mom of the 90s hip hop artists and the Russian leaders.

Sponsored by DEBORAH COLBY!

WILD TURKEY

WILD TURKEY
Male, 60lbs, DOB 3/5/2015
Turkey is our first puppy to name himself! He would wake from a deep sleep and come running whenever we said Turkey, so since the rest of his litter is named after Bourbon’s, Wild Turkey it is! He has a calm, sweet demeanor without a harness, but once he is hooked up he is CRAZY! He has the attitude and confidence of a leader and proved it his first year racing! This guy ran almost 2000 miles in lead during races last year! And he just keeps getting stronger!

Double Sponsored by STERLING STRATHE and MOUNTAIN HOME CONSTRUCTION!

SABLE

SABLE
Female, 50 lbs, 7/8/2010
A bit shy until she gets warmed up to you, but a real lover. She wags her tail like a cat and sounds like a seagull when she barks! She runs all positions but really found her spot in lead. She has finished multiple Yukon Quests and Iditarods and even finished Iditarod in single lead! This girl has now started 15, 1000 mile races and has only been dropped once for an illness! What a superstar! At 11 years old she is still going strong!

Sponsored by AYANA CRAVEN!

COUPE DE VILLE

COUPE DEVILLE
Male, DOB 7/17/2016
Cars litter 2.0! This is a repeat breeding of Thule and Blue that has produced some of our best dogs. Coupe demands attention and is always at your side barking for something. As a two year old, this guy finished Yukon Quest in our 6th place team and Iditarod in 7th place and was still barking for more! He has become a pretty confident leader and after his break out season racing, we are expecting great things from this guy. He is also the dad to the hip hop artists litter from Neko!

Sponsored by NICOLLE WISNIEWSKI!

SIERRA

SIERRA
Female, DOB 7/17/2016
Cars litter 2.0! This is a repeat breeding of Thule and Blue that has produced some of our best dogs. She was almost renamed Benjamin Button as she was born looking REALLY old! She has lost her grey face and has turned into a beautiful dog. This girl is a firecracker! She finished the Yukon Quest and made a great showing in the top Iditarod team last year, running lead much of the time. This girl is a superstar! She is also the mom to the Grateful Dead song litter.

Sponsored by KAY LAWSON!

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TEAM DOGS
These dogs are just as integral as lead dogs. Without a team, where would we be?

GINGER

GINGER SPICE
Female, 45lbs, DOB 8/22/2013
This little girl is full of spunk and curiosity! She definitely has a rock stars hairdo! She has a beautiful trot that sets an easy pace for the long haul. She has finished the Yukon Quest and Iditarod multiple times and was barking for more at the finish line! She doesn’t ever want the trail to stop! This year, she hasn’t missed a step in her dance routine!

Sponsored by MEG FYNES

VOLT

VOLT
Female, DOB 7/17/2016
Cars litter 2.0! This is a repeat breeding of Thule and Blue that has produced some of our best dogs. Volt is the smallest in the litter but she has the biggest personality. She is almost identical to her brother Astro and has the same speed and agility. This girl will make you laugh! She finished both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod in top 10 teams as a two year old. Pretty sure this girl will be at all the starting lines this year, as well!

Sponsored by JODIE WILLIAMS!

IROC

IROC
Male, DOB 7/17/2016.
Cars litter 2.0! This is a repeat breeding of Thule and Blue that has produced some of our best dogs. Iroc is very independent but also never strays too far from his people. He doesn’t need a whole lot of attention from either humans or dogs. He is just very content. He is fast and sleek just like his car namesake! He finished the Yukon Quest as a two year old.

Sponsored by CAMBRIE and BODIE BENCIK!

ASTRO

ASTRO
Male, DOB 7/17/2016
Cars litter 2.0! This is a repeat breeding of Thule and Blue that has produced some of our best dogs. Astro is the punk of the litter. Always in the middle of things, he has the eyes of a crazy puppy. He is fast and agile and is the life of the party! He loves his job as it directs that energy and he is leading the yearling team with drive and confidence! Astro finished the Yukon Quest and Iditarod as a two year old!

Sponsored by MICHAEL WHALEN!

IVAR

IVAR
Male, DOB 8/6/2017
Ivar is fearless. The first time he met Dundee at 8 weeks old, it took him about 8 seconds before he started pulling on his tail! He shows the confidence of a dog much older than his age! He has grown into a beast of a dog but still thinks he is tiny. He is our resident bull in a china shop, so look out if you are near him! Ivar has an effortless gait like his dad and finished his first 1000 mile rave last year looking like he had just started! He is sure to be in the line up this year.

Sponsored by KATE YESKE and NUKLUK

RAGNAR

RAGNAR
Male, DOB 5/5/2017
Ragnar is probably the most mellow sled dog you have ever come across but when it’s time to run, he is up and ready! He loves to snuggle, despite his large size, and he loves to run! He finished his first 1000 mile race last year and was ready to keep going. This summer he decided he wanted to be a lead dog!

Sponsored by ALAN KOLSKI

FLOKI

FLOKI
Male, DOB 8/6/2017.
Floki is a lover at heart. He loves to burrow his head underneath your chin and fall asleep. He is very talkative like his dad, Sullivan. He has an effortless gait and is truly joyful to watch. He has shown potential in lead but he is not sure yet he wants to go 1000 miles! He is as dynamic and unpredictable as his namesake!

Sponsored by MEAGHAN PRYDE

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TEAM DOGS 2
These dogs are just as integral as lead dogs. Without a team, where would we be?

SHOSHANNA

SHOSHANNA
Female, DOB 7/25/2016.
Out of Daisy and Wizard, this litter is full of happy, waggy pups. This girl is smart and fierce. She never stops moving and her distinctive wiggle and thrown back head when you call her name will always make you laugh. She is always the first to let us know it’s time to get moving again. This girl is going to be a standout!

Sponsored by PIRIE and MARIA CONSUELO GALL!

LAIRD

LAIRD
Male, DOB 7/25/2016
Out of Daisy and Wizard, this litter is full of happy, waggy pups. The only boy in the litter, Laird looks like a carbon copy of his dad. Happy, fierce and independent, hopefully, this guy will continue in those footsteps of his dad, Wizard. Laird finished the Yukon Quest as a two year old and has now started leading the team around on training runs!

Sponsored by LUETTA TODD BRUTSCHE!

HANNAH

HANNAH
Female, DOB 7/25/2016
Out of Daisy and Wizard, this litter is full of happy, waggy pups. A real gentle soul, Hannah has almond eyes that tell you she has a quiet confidence. She eats up the miles and gobbles down the food. She has been leading the team with confidence. She is perfect in every way!

Sponsored by DAVID and KAREN SPIRK in memory of Hannah’s uncle, Roscoe P. Coltrane!

SERENA

SERENA
Female, DOB 7/5/2016
Serena is a beautiful dog that has been slow to mature. She likes to turn around and bark at the dogs behind her so she has been most often seen in the wheel position. But this year she has gained some focus and confidence and is all forward momentum. We hope she continues this as she is a force when she wants to be!

Sponsored by TRISH COX!

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TWO YEAR OLDS
These dogs are entering their first year of longer runs and hoping they make the race team

DJ SPINDERELLA

SPINDERELLA

Female, DOB 8/17/2019

Spinderella is a petite powerhouse whose energy keeps the team rolling. She’s known to possess magic at the kennel for her ability to acquire other dog’s food bowls and stack them together in neat order.

Sponsored by SUSAN ROTH

QUEEN LATIFAH

QUEEN LATIFAH

Female, DOB 8/17/2019

Queen Latifah’s energy never seems to quit. Her yips and yaps let the whole yard know when it’s time to run! She has started showing confidence in lead and hope to see her at a start line this year.

Sponsored by KATE FREDRICKS!

LADYBUG MECCA

LADYBUG MECCA

Female, DOB 8/17/2019

Ladybug Mecca is spunky, bouncy, and always ready to work. Her work ethic speaks volumes for her age as she charges ahead towards her bright future self!

Sponsored by TINA FRIEND!

Q-TIP

Q-TIP

Male, DOB 8/17/2019

Q-tip is the only boy in this litter of mostly girls. He is an animal on the gang line at hook up, pulling lines and leaping 10 feet in the air. But once he gets moving, he is all business and looks like a pro.

Sponsored by BARB KANE and NICOLLE CASTILLE!

LIL KIM

LIL KIM

Female, DOB 8/17/2019

Lil Kim is a standout as she is calm but fierce. Patient but anxious. The look in her eyes communicates she was born for this! She never ceases to amaze us with her hard work and relentless determination.

Sponsored by RUTH D’AMICO!

T-BOZ

T-BOZ

Female, DOB 8/17/2019

T-Boz has an endearing smile complete with lots of energy like her sisters. She jumps into her harness and excitedly awaits her favorite moment of taking off out of the yard! From there she holds the line for a few hundred yards making sure she doesn’t get left behind!

Sponsored by AMY GOODWIN and URSULA!

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TWO YEAR OLDS
These dogs are entering their first year of longer runs and hoping they make the race team

AD ROCK

AD ROCK

Male, DOB 5/12/2019

Ad Rock stands out from most sled dogs with his unique coloration and blocky shaped head. He is extremely playful and loving while his need for attention matches his need to run.

Sponsored by SHARON FOSTER HOWREY!

FREDRO STARR

FREDRO STARR

Male, DOB 5/19/2019

Fredro Starr is an energetic, goofy boy who loves to be a sled dog. If he had it his way, he would never leave the gangline! He loved running in the puppy wheel the last year and we think he has already perfected his 1000 mile trot!

Sponsored by CLAUDIA and JOHN BERGES!

BONNIE

BONNIE

Female, DOB 7/25/2019

Bonnie’s floppy, quirky ears give her a uniquely inquisitive look to match her personality. She is kind, excitable, and always ready to run!

Sponsored by ELIZABETH JENNINGS

CLYDE

CLYDE

Male, DOB 7/25/2019

Clyde is the relentless optimist. He is always happy and giddy to run on the line next to all of his friends! His beautiful coat of dark and tan fur is always a showstopper.

Sponsored in loving memory of JEFF RIZZOLO!

BUGSY

BUGSY

Female, DOB 7/25/2019

Bugsy is well known for her battle cry in the dog yard and during training runs. She’s the cheerleader that every dog team needs!

Sponsored by JAYNE AND FRANK CHAVEZ

TIMON

TIMON

Male, DOB 7/22/2019

Timon takes his job as a sled dog very seriously. His bright brown eyes are very attentive as he observes what’s happening around him and the team at all times.

Sponsored by CLAIRE HRUBY

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YOUNG GUNS
These dogs are just coming up the ranks and learning the ropes of training to race.

BUFFLEHEAD

BUFFLEHEAD

Male, DOB 6/26/2020

Bufflehead is everybody’s best pal. He aims to please and is always attentive to the human requests. All puppies gravitate to him for play and snuggles because of his sweet, caring and playful nature!

Sponsored by LINCOLN ROURKE

Also sponsored by JOHN McGILL and DIANE LEWIS

PIPIT

PIPIT

Female, DOB 6/26/2020

Pipit marches to the beat of her own drum while wandering the tundra in search of new adventures. Her independent curiosity is admired by all as she leads the way into new territory!

\Sponsored by DON COULSON and SHERYL MOORE!

TATTLER

TATTLER

Female, DOB 6/26/2020

Tattler is an inquisitive pup who tips her head dearly when she is spoken to. Her pointy ears are her most notable feature giving her the intelligent look she’s earned.

Sponsored by MELLISA REDDY!

YELLOW LEGS

YELLOW LEGS

Male, DOB 6/26/2020

Yellow Legs vocalizes loudly and proudly in regards to all of his needs, just like the bird he is named after. His favorite activities include blazing new trails on puppy walks, stealing blueberries, and wrestling his litter mates!

Sponsored by SARALYN COHEN!

QAYAQ

QAYAQ

Male, DOB 7/29/2020

Qayaq has a big, energetic personality and a glowing coat of fur like Fabio. He loves to eat and wrestle his sister, Harpoon.

Sponsored by KIT KENNEDY

HARPOON

HARPOON

Female, DOB 7/29/2020

Harpoon is feisty and fearless. She loves her human companions, jumping all over her brother and is best friends with her momma, Thule. She is super strong in harness and barks while running or stopped! This girl is going to be great!

Sponsored by JUDITH McCLOSKEY!

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YOUNG GUNS 2
These dogs are just coming up the ranks and learning the ropes of training to race.

CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER

CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER

Male, DOB 7/8/2020

China Cat Sunflower is one fun puppy! He’s spunky yet calm, and extremely human oriented. He is eager to please his humans and loves sitting for treats.

Sponsored by HANNAH ROURKE

DARK STAR

DARK STAR

Male, DOB 7/8/2020

Dark Star is an intelligent pup who peers into your soul with his engaging eye contact. He is full of wisdom and loves romping with his litter mates!

Sponsored by MOLLY ROURKE

RIPPLE

RIPPLE

Female, DOB 7/8/2020

Ripple is one athletic pup! She leaps, bounds, and bounces circles around her brothers and sisters as she runs free. She’s sharp, independent, and a great listener.

Sponsored by CAROL McINTYRE and RAY HANDER in honor of their dog, Ripple!

TERRAPIN

TERRAPIN

Female, DOB 7/8/2020

Terrapin is always eager to burst out of the puppy pen to start her walks! She is the largest female of the litter in both size and wit.

Sponsored by RUTH D’AMICO!

TRUCKIN

TRUCKIN

Male, DOB 7/8/2020

Truckin lives up to his name as he keeps on truckin’. He loves initiating play with his siblings and always seems to be having the most fun!

Sponsored by CAROL McINTYRE and RAY HANDER!

CASSIDY

CASSIDY

Male, DOB 7/8/2020

Cassidy is a big boy with a heart of gold. He stands out from his siblings with his bright white coat (often stained in blueberry juice), adorable ears, and charming puppy smile. He is also the first pup to plop himself in a human lap and we love it!

Sponsored by MARTI HEMWALL

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