North Wapiti Siberian
All dogs have now been sponsored!
As part of our fundraising we are offering the
opportunity to sponsor a specific Iditarod dog. For $300 Cdn. sponsors get
their name listed on this website, one of our limited edition prints by BC
artist Denise Linley, a 2004 Ceremonial Start bandana (that will be mailed
from Nome) and a certificate.
Of the dogs listed, 20 of
these will accompany us up to Alaska next year and only 16 will be chosen
for our team. We cannot guarantee anyone's sponsored dog will make the
final 16 - but certificates, bandanas, and prints will be issued to all
sponsors regardless of whether or not their dog of choice participates in
in the Training Pool
NorthWapiti's Super Grover
There is just not enough good things to say to do Grover justice. Grover is, without any question, Karen's favorite dog in the kennel. Our MAIN leader - he is a SUPER dog!
Well Grover is certainly the dog that we get the most inquiries about sponsoring. How do you get to be Grover's sponsor? Well, being Karen's favorite (okay, she only has one) brother helps! Thanks to Jim Murray of Calgary, Alberta for sponsoring Grover again this year.
Ch. NorthWapiti's Guy Smiley
definitely a favorite in the kennel. Most folks that meet him comment on the 'twinkle' in his eye! He is one of our main leaders.
Smiley and Surge have the same sponsors - Daniel, Julia, Elizabeth, Alexander, Tristan, Megan and Melony Brown of New
Madison, Ohio. Many thanks to the Browns for coming aboard to help us
NorthWapiti's Orion the Hunter
Orion is, in our opinion, one of the finest
built, most capable athletes on our team. A leader, who has not quite filled all his potential up front.
Orion once again thanks Alice and
Travis Fitzgerald for helping him get to Nome - Karen and Mark
send along their thanks too!!
A little goofier and ganglier version of his brother Orion,
impossible not to love!
Draco sends one of his patented full body hugs to his good friend Megan and Randee McQueen of Campbell, California for sponsoring his 2004 run!
Ch. NorthWapiti's Loki
Loki is well named after the Norse god of mischief! But he is maturing and becoming more serious about his job in harness everyday!
Loki gives big hugs to Deb Custer of Abilene, Texas for sponsoring him this year!
Odie is one of the up and coming stars in our team. He was the youngest dog in our 2002 team and a finisher of the John Beargrease Marathon in Minnesota.
He is the brother of Loki.
Odie the Coyote once again thanks June Price of Lake Helen, Florida, the
'leaddog' of the Idita-support group, for sponsoring him on his way to Nome!
NorthWapiti's Sir Gallahad
Karen's nickname for Surge has always been 'the Puppy'. At the Iditarod finish line we decided that no longer suited this hard working adult dog. He's still shopping for a new nickname!
Smiley and Surge have the same sponsors - Daniel, Julia, Elizabeth, Alexander,
Tristan, Megan and Melony Brown of New Madison, Ohio. Many thanks to the Browns for coming aboard to help us out!
NorthWapiti's Mr. Snuffleupagus
Gus is another of the muppet
litter and like the rest of his littermates, is a key leader in our team. Gus was in lead for the Ceremonial Start, the Restart, and the Finish line of the 2001
As every year, Gus wishes to
thank his good friend, Bob Ford/Sabaka Kennels for sponsoring
his journey down the Iditarod trail.
It's hard to know where to start talking
about Chester. The fact that he has his own Fan Club should
tell you something about the amazing personality of this boy!
He is the dog we always take to school visits. His passion for
kids is only second to his passion for running (and dinner).
He is also one of the toughest dogs we have ever met in
Chester has been sponsored
again this year by the World's Greatest & Most Loyal Fan
Club - his own...
Many thanks to Rio and
Sahara, the Golden Girls at Heartprint Kennels as returning
sponsors of Chester. They have sponsored him for Iditarod
2000, 2001, 2003 and now 2004!
Chuchinka's San Antonio Rose
Kaylinn was the surprise star of our 2001 Iditarod. She is continuing to put excellent, solid performances in in races, that are making her very valued in the team.
Kaylinn has much to thank Bob and Loreen Bridges of Chuchinka Kennels in Prince George, B.C. for. First off, they are her breeders; secondly, for giving her the chance to come here and be a sled dog; and thirdly, for sponsoring her each year she has been here! She (and we) are very grateful to them.
A little dynamo in harness. Camilla is a strong puller and
dynamic leader - especially for her size!
Camilla thanks her friend Mary Curtis of Princeton, New Jersey for helping her get to Nome this year!
Chuchinka's Nicolia II
Nik is the most ANNOYING dog in our team. Noisy and
opinionated, we still wouldn't trade him for anything! :)
Nik and we thank Jamie West and the gang from Westrunner Kennels in Willow, Alaska for supporting his trip to Nome! Jamie is a dear friend and our 'front' person in Alaska, often storing and preparing things for our visit there. We'd be lost without her. You can look for Jamie on Karen's second sled at the Ceremonial Start of Iditarod this year!
Ch. Kainai's Anchorman
Mannie has secured his spot in the history
books. He is the first CKC champion showdog and the only Group
Placing dog to finish Iditarod. What more can we say - except
that we are very proud to own him!
Mannie has once again been sponsored by Kay and Jen Arnold of San
Leandro, California! Thanks ladies from 'the handsome Man' and all of us at
NorthWapiti's Robert E. Lee
Squeaky is a littermate to Surge, although he just came to live with us last summer. Called 'Rob' by his former owners, Mark nicknamed him 'Squeaky' because of the strange noise he makes because of being debarked! Sadly, it has stuck! 'Squeak' is a handsome and hardworking boy, who looks very much like his grandfather - Spud!
Ursula and John Rempel of Winnipeg, Manitoba are again sponsoring Squeaky. That is very fitting in that they helped get Squeaky up to us from his previous home in Oklahoma. Squeak, and we, will always be grateful to them!
hard working and GOOFY - Denali was a delight to have on our
2003 Iditarod team!
Denali would like to, once
again, thank the globe trotting June Shelley for sponsoring
his run to Nome. For a look at a fascinating life, take time
to visit June's website at http://www.juneshelley.com/
Nahanni is another beautiful girl from the
'National Park' litter. Fast, focused, and tough as nails! A
real asset to the team!
Nahanni's sponsors say - "Go Karen & Team, All The Way" - John, Barb, Sundog Siberians--Sunny, Crista, Sweet Pea.
Alaskan's Olena of Anadyr
'Rolly Polly Ollie' - there is nothing 'rolly or polly' about this dog. Olena is all hard muscle and attitude!
Definitely the most gung-ho of the 2 year olds. An absolute FORCE in harness!
Marlene and Doug Daniels of Belgrade, Montana sponsored the sweet and loveable Freya and seemed to feel they needed to balance that 'sweetness' out and have now, in addition to Freya, sponsored the evil and outspoken dynamo - Olena. Can't wait to see you in Anchorage in March Marlene!!!
Kobuk is a big,
leggy, goofy boy. A littermate to Denali, this will be his
first season vying for a spot on the main string.
Kobuk has again been
sponsored by Lee DesJardins and his old kennel mates - Sammie
and Slik now living with her in Ancaster, Ontario.
Lee came out to the kennel
on holidays in 2002 and picked out Kobuk personally - he was
the only one that didn't try to knock her over!
Cute, athletic, and
energetic - we have high hopes for this Butch x Jumper
Sprite thanks Heather Walls of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a veteran
Bootie Brigade seamstress and devoted owner of a rescued Siberian,
for boosting her "over the fence" on her way to Nome!
Kluane is the beautiful, delicate sister of
Denali and Kobuk. She is a dynamo in harness though! We just
have to get her past her picky eating habits!
Karen's Mom - Morna Murray of Calgary, Alberta is still hoping that the dog she sponsors will make the Iditarod team. She is 0 for 3. The pressure is on
Harnessing this high
energy gal is our version of the 'Pepsi Challenge'. If we can
funnel that energy into running - she will be an amazing sled
Pepsi wishes to thank the members of the NorCal Siberian Husky Club - Northern California for sponsoring her first shot at going to Nome!
Ch. NorthWapiti's Freya
Freya is one of the smallest members of our team, but she is quick and focused! Still young, she is showing great promise in lead!
Once again Freya is
sponsored by her good friends Marlene and Doug Daniels of
Belgrade, Montana. Thanks guys!
Crunchie is one of the most promising
young leaders in the kennel. Being a Grover son, I guess we
should have predicted that!
Crunchie thanks Dana and Judy Kevelder of Pickerington, Ohio for sponsoring him as he works to get to Iditarod for the first time!
Skor is a
big lovable Grover son. Not the 'sharpest knife in the
drawer', but hardworking and promising, just the same!
Skor is sponsored by Laurie Macpherson of Ashton, Ontario - in memory of her two Siberians (wanna be sled dogs) Kulak and Atimo (Ch. Neysasibe's Kulak and Neysasibe's Chance of Snow).
Snickers is a
perpetual motion machine - always on the move - except when
she is getting snuggles!
Pat Ford of Cisco, IL is a name well known to all of us at NorthWapiti. Pat, along with her son, Bob have been tremendous sponsors of us from the beginning of our Iditarod adventures! Snickers thanks her for coming aboard as her sponsor this year!
NorthWapiti's Barq, He's got bite
Barq promises to be one of the fastest dogs
we own. He looks and acts a lot like his half brothers -
Draco, Orion, and Surge!
After a couple years sponsoring his Daddy (NorthWapiti's
Butch Cassidy SD), Heather Brennan of Georgetown, Ontario is now sponsoring Barq on his first attempt on going to Nome. Butchie retiring has left some big 'paws' to fill, but this youngster shows great potential of being 'the one'.
Dasher is very much unlike her sweet and
loveable Mom, Kara. She is bossy, opinionated, and demanding
of getting her own way! I think she will be an amazing sled
Dasher has a very special group of sponsors; Maureen Lamb, Ursula Rempel, Pat Tetrault, Mary Ann Strock, Cheryl Dawson, Lois Leonard, Barb Branham, Kris Biagrotti, and Rita Young-Jones; In honour of the work done by the Save Our Siberians Siberspace Rescue Fund
Chlout's Hector of NorthWapiti
The way to distinguish Hector in the kennel
is by looking at his tail. His over-eager Mom nipped the tip
of it off at birth. It sure doesn't seem to bother him though!
Friendly and eager, I look forward to his contribution to the
team this winter!
Hector is sponsored by his admirers in Kansas; Ann Conser, Susan Davies, Shanean Hicks, Ruth Lloyd and Laura Neville Woods.
Chlout's Hilda of NorthWapiti
Pretty, friendly, and hard working - we are
very excited about Hilda's promise!
Hilda thanks Donna Quante for
sponsoring her first Iditarod. We can only hope Hilda is
inspired on her run by Donna's former NorthWapiti Iditarod
finisher - Sissy
Chlout's Herman of NorthWapiti
'The Hermanator', as Mark often calls him -
Herman is all business. He just wants to get to work!
Herman thanks Mark's folks, Harvey and Sylvia Ramstead of Calgary for sponsoring his season. Maybe Herman will actually pose for a picture with them, unlike their previous sponsored dog!!
Clout's Moses of Velikaya
Moses just came to live with us this spring,
but he has done some racing in his past, including finishing
the 2002 Quest 250 race. Expect him to be a key player in the
team this winter!
Moses might have the honor of being sponsored from the farthest away location - NSW, Australia, home of Iditarod fan, Sue Smith. Many thanks Mate!
NorthWapiti's Valkyrie Kara
Kara is a littermate to Freya, Odie, and Loki. She took a good part of last season off to raise
a litter of pups (Dasher and Dancer) but looks very forward to getting back into harness.
Kara may have been the last
dog to be sponsored for this year's race, but a group effort
has made her the mostly highly
sponsored dog in our Iditarod
History! Thank you to all of those below for stepping up to
help sponsor this lovely girl.
Blanche Potter Creighton
Pat & Joost Postma
Quebec Chapter SHCC
Linda St James
Victoria Moira Simmonds
Mary Curtis Horowitz
Jerry & Barbara Lake
Kathleen Ennis & Wolfie & Pooky
Roger & Merle Melvell - South Africa
Sue Smith - Australia
As of today (March 3, 2004), I
have a total that was collected towards sponsoring Kara.
If you are all ready, hold onto your hats. The amount is an
If Kara is running around with
her nose in the
air, well, she has good reason to.
Thanks again to all of
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