The Door County Sled Dogs
It really is all about Bob! He is a young and enthusiastic lead dog. He is super smart and takes his job so seriously that he leads the others through “brain or brawn” – whatever it takes!
Cool Dog comes from Ohio as an only dog in a pet home and when his owner had to surrender him, he was brought to us. He’s never got over his good fortune and always wants to be the first to go.
George is from the Washington County Humane Society, he survived being in two different shelters before making his way to us. He is playful, smart, energetic and a natural Leader.
Happy makes us HAPPY! He comes to us from one of the largest rescue operations ever in Wisconsin. He is a Special Needs dog. He has deformed knee-caps, so he cannot pull on the sled. Instead, he is our ambassador and his real job is to ride ON the sled, keeping an eye on everything.
Jellie-Mae is a Seppala Siberian Husky. It’s not unusual for her to jump 6 ft. into the air to show us how badly she wants to go mushing! We call her the ballerina but she’s convinced she’s the strongest, fastest dog of all!”
Mushka is one tough little Lead dog! Sometimes she still has butterflies on the brain but we don’t mind, she’s such a hard little worker! All she ever says is “Wooo – Wooo – I wanna’ be a sled dog, I wanna’ be a sled dog..” She doesn’t seem to know it but she’s such a little natural that she’s been a great sled dog since day one!
Beautiful Two, a Border Collie/Husky, is one of our best lead dogs. She is great at following directions and making smart decisions while on the trail. She loves playing with her “babies” and meeting new people. Our nickname for her is "our Love" and once given a chance to know her, you too will fall in love with her!
The word “mush” comes from the French word “marche” and means “to walk or march.” The mushers certainly do a lot of that and more. They must never take their eyes off of the team, making sure all the lines are straight, tight, not tangled and moving in the right direction. Also, they must continually look ahead in order to give the right commands. They must be willing to run, pedal, or push the team whenever they are in various conditions calling for some extra “umph!’ Mushers take these responsibilities very seriously and Rick and Bonnie live by the philosophy, “When you tame something, you are responsible for it.”
The Door County Sled Dogs team is made up of separate parts, none more important than the other. Each relies on one another and is eager and willing to do their part. The sport of dog sledding is a high-energy sport with all the ups and downs that entails. It is great exercise and it is sometimes tricky. It can be dangerous and even life-threatening under certain circumstances. But given the right conditions and a top-notch team, it is more often graceful, poetic, and wondrous. Our Founders Rick and Bonnie sum it all up by saying, “Mostly, it’s A BLAST!”
Star was rescued from right here in Door County along with her sisters, Valentine and Rose, and her mom, Emma. Star is also the sweetest dog you will ever meet. There is something about her that makes kids fall in love with her in seconds and she loves them too! She is always full of enthusiastic smiles! She loves to eat and loves to love! ... Oh, and did we mention? The best sled dog around!
Chewie the Coonhound was one of our most unique rescues in 2018. Rescued at the last moment from a kill shelter in Kentucky by another wonderful rescue he spent 6 months in their rescue. With no signs that they were going to be able to adopt him out they contacted us. We’d never had a coonhound before but we said “ok, we’ll take him and find him a home.” After bringing him in and finding him to be deaf and mostly blind the work began taking him to vets to find and answer. Treatment for severe ear infections got his hearing back and miraculously his sight improved as well, although as a hound he tends to forget his eyes and just follow his nose. Still in foster he has quickly become a DCSD favorite. Learning to be a sled dog has been an adventure for Chewie but he is just so happy to be included in anything we are doing!
A 3 yr. old Siberian Husky, Pirate came to us from a shelter in Kansas City. Timid beyond belief, he found his calling in front of the sled! People, other dogs, but especially children(!), are what he loves most in the world. Oh and pulling the sled along the trails of course!
Erza was brought in as a permanent DCSD rescue after his owners weren’t able to keep him because of his ballooning medical costs caused by an autoimmune disorder that took his left eye. Since bringing him into rescue he has had treatment from many vets and is doing well and we are happy to say he has been able to keep his right eye!
Audie was originally born at a long distance race kennel in the UP, unfortunately he is a pop picky eater and couldn't do his job as a long distance racer. He was adopted by a woman in the military who had a small mid-distance recreational mushing team. Unfortunately her circumstances changed and she needed to find new homes for her dogs quickly. We were able to help rehome them all with Audie staying with the DCSD organization. Audie is a great lead dog for our recreational team, he's also a class A cuddle buddy. Come cuddle him at our next event!!
Louie is the best adventure buddy around, and is always ready for a new one! He blesses his humans with his joyful demeanor and his absolute excitement about life. He also brings them much laughter with his goofiness and playful personality.
Sebastian was found as a stray up north and brought down to the Wisconsin Humane Society where he stayed for a month before one of the DCSD volunteers found him and alerted the organization. At first he seemed like too much dog for even us, crazy hyper high energy from a month of being kept in a room the size of a closet. But then we thought if not us who can handle him? After being exercised a lot for a month and taken to obedience classes he became a great dog! Rated PG-13 by the humane society he turned out to be the biggest nanny dog, always seeking out the smallest children. Sebastian has one of the biggest smiles and can't wait to meet you at our next event! He lives in his furever home with Mushers Dan and Dani.
Kovy is basically retired from doing too many events, but once in awhile she comes out with all her sass and class and does some promotional work for all her friends with the Door County Sled Dogs! She is in her furever
home with Mushers Dan and Dani.
Ilya is a TRUE rescue, born in the front lobby of Free Spirit Siberian Rescue to parents brought in that day from a kill shelter in Georgia. Ilya is basically the perfect dog, he runs as a leader, he's wonderful helping with children who have fears of dogs, and he can excel at being a cuddly couch potato. Come meet Ilya at his next event, you won't regret it! He is in his furever home with Mushers Dan and Dani.
Valentine and three other Alaskan Huskies were rescued by the Door County Sled Dogs after finding out that their musher had left them behind on three foot chains with barrels to escape the elements behind an unplowed field in Door County. They had been out there for a couple months when we heard about them and got permission to go in and rescue them. Although they had a person feeding them daily while they were chained they were very timid around people and had never been inside a house. Valentine has adjusted well to her new indoor life but if you see her at a meet and greet she is still a somewhat timid girl around strangers, but if you see her in harness in front of a sled you'll see who she really is! A mushing machine! She is in her furever home with Mushers Dan and Dani