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'Tis the season to train dogs!!!  Happy Trails Kennel is a streamlined dog trianing operation these days.  James Volek and Martin are working with about 50+ adult, heavily experienced, enthusiastic sled dogs. For the first time in several years, we plan to field only one team in the Iditarod. 

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Martin in his 34th Iditarod

Martin is midway through his 34th Iditarod, 32 in a row. For more than half his lifetime, he's been negotiating Alaska's grandeur in March.  He is, as always, inspired by his canine athletes and seems to be having a fairly clean, conservative run.  The average age of the team is four and eight dogs ran last year as yearlings just on a long campout so easing them into a more competitive schedule is the right thing to do.  His race plan is to get to Nome as fast as possible with a happy, healthy dog team, which is basically the same as every year.  You can follow along at iditarod.com, ktuu.com and adn.com. 


Check out the Iditarod adventures of the only 5 time Leonhard Seppala Award* WINNER as he travels with his amazing Alaskan huskies!!!! 

*After the race, veterinarians award the 40-year-old the Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award, given to the musher who provides outstanding dog care throughout the race while remaining competitive. The award is based on a scoring system that considers the dogs' body condition, gait, attitude and hydration.




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