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.
L.B. (Lover Boy) is the perfect dog and although he is a genuine “mushing machine,” he also likes to jump in the sled and go for a ride! His nickname is “Bunnifur” because his fur is as soft as a bunny.
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!
"It's no secret that the hardest working members of the team are the mushers! Maybe that’s because there are 14 of them and only two of us.” Rick Desotelle and Bonnie Ulrich drive the team using the word “hike!” with authority and enthusiasm. Their job is to be sure that everyone on the team is well cared for, in good health, and are happy – whatever that takes!
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. 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!
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Door County Sled Dogs
1111 E. Vienna Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
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Quik was a sled dog even before he came to us! His old musher was terminally ill and needed to re-home her team, so we took in Quik and his brother - Budders. Quik’s real name used to be “First” and we "quickly" found out why... He always has to be first for breakfast, first out the door, and even first in line in front of a sled - making him a great lead dog. But the funniest thing of all? Quik's really quick!!!
Budders used to be known as “Best” in his previous home and that is the perfect description for him! He is the sweetest guy around! He is an Alaskan Husky, part husky and park Holland and OK and he Howel! He is a very enthusiastic and experienced sled dog and once you meet him, you will adore him. He was rescued from the UP and has become a perfect fit with all the other good good dogs on our team.le click here to add text.
Handsome is a 6 yr. old Siberian Husky/Alaskan Malamute cross weighing in at 100 lbs. of sheer strength and adorableness. One of our newest rescues, he’s looking forward to playing his part on the team as a “wheel dog” – the position right in front of the sled, helping the musher to pull any extra weight and negotiate safe turns. Handsome’s favorite pastime s meeting children and that’s because he thinks he too, is a person!
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Eddie or “Big Ed the Man Dog” is a 4 yr. old long legged FAST running speeding bullet! Playful and energetic he enjoys his role as a valued member and rescue of the team but also loves being the clown of the bunch!