In the fall of 2012 I met Doug in southern Alberta to purchase 7 dogs from him as he was retiring from the racing scene. All of the dogs have defiantly proven themselves time and time again. All of them have very sweet personalities, especially Jared (known as the Subway Dog around the kennel).
Jared is a large dog, sitting at about 65 pounds in racing condition (note that these dogs are light boned and full of muscle, they can be the same size of a full grown German Shepherd but are only half the weight). Jared has completed 3 Iditarod Races in his career and several other shorter races.
Jared is a command leader, which means he will lead the whole team and follow my directions as we navigate through trails. He is very quick to pick up on different trail and weather conditions, and sets the speed accordingly.
In the kennel he is a fan favorite. He is extremely gentle and has never jumped up on anyone. Jared will spend all day with you, quietly telling you stories or just laying by your feet. Unless you have puppies around, they are his babies! Jared will go in complete mom mode and babysit the pups for as long as you let him, which also makes him an excellent dog to train the pups in a team once they are old enough!
This summer Jared turned 7 years old and he has been put on the retirement team. He will still run with the other retired dogs and the puppy team. He hasn’t slowed down or disappointed me in any way. I feel that after running three 1000 mile races and everything else he has achieved, it is time he takes it easy and enjoys the retired life!