Musher, Dog Trainer, Photographer
I met my first sled dog in 2008, and she changed my world. That was the summer that my cousin and partner Carlleen stayed at our house and she brought her dog Chipmunk with her. From that moment on there was no doubt in my mind that mushing was something I wanted to pursue. It took a few years but in 2011 I finally got my first three dogs and never looked back. There have been numerous bumps along the road but there is not a minute of it that I regret. The crown jewel of my racing career was running the Jr. Iditarod in 2017. In the summer of 2019 I was introduced to the tourist side of things when I accepted a job with the Alaska Icefield Expedition. I spent the entire summer on the Herbert glacier in Juneau, AK. I found that I greatly enjoy both racing and touring and hope to someday own a kennel that is successful in both.
I remember being a small child and constantly begging my parents to let me take our Golden Retriever to 4-H dog training. They were always concerned that he was to big for me but eventually they caved. That was only the beginning, after that year I took whatever dog we happened to have at the time to training classes. By the time I was a freshman in high school I knew that when I grew up I wanted to be a dog trainer. Despite everyone telling me that being a dog trainer wasn't a "real" job I couldn't be swayed. In 2019 my dreams came true when I attended the Professionals program at the Tom Rose School. I learned so much during my four months there and can now confidently train any dog.
There is a difference between being able to point and shoot and actually being a photographer, I know that difference. I started where everyone else did, frustrated that I could see beauty but lacking the skills to capture it. That frustration is what sets me apart from the crowd, I never caved to it. No matter how rough of a shoot I had, no matter how many hundreds of photos I deleted, I never gave in. I didn’t have a teacher, but I knew that beauty was out there and with enough trial and error I would learn how to preserve it, and that's just what I did. It wasn't until I started taking art classes in high school that I realized I had learned composition the hard way. If you ever wonder why you see so few pictures of me its because I'm normally the one behind the camera.
A Few of My Goals
O To finish construction on the trailer and move into it
O To race six dog mid-distance
O Establish myself as a dog trainer
O Run a successful photography business
O Raise each of my dogs to their fullest potential