Meet Laura's 2021 Puppy Team!

 

 

This page introduces you to the 2019 Nature's Kennel A-Team. These are the 21 dogs that will be training and racing with Laura in 2020. The page also includes information about our dog sponsorship program that allows fans to sponsor their favorite dog in exchange for race and kennel memorabilia.

 

The Nature's Kennel Racing Club is dedicated to supporting Laura's 2020 Iditarod team. All of the proceeds go toward the A-Team and their training and racing adventures throughout the 2020 season! This is how the club works; once a dog receives a sponsor, the sponsor's name and picture will be listed next to the dog and that dog will no longer be available for sponsorship.  They become that person's sponsored dog for the entire race season. Once you have sponsored a dog, you will always get the first chance to sponsor that dog again for the following race season.

 

Benefits of joining the club include exclusive Nature's Kennel and Iditarod memorabilia. Scroll to the bottom of the page for detailed information on the memorabilia that you will receive!

 

The "Scooters" Litter

Sire: Baker

Dam: Jett

DOB: August 11th, 2019

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 CHILLY

 

Also known as "Chilly Dog" or "Chilly Bean", he is one of my favorite yearlings. Chilly is always smiling, wagging his tail, and waiting to receive a great big bear hug. As a natural leader, I think Chilly is going to have a blast this winter.

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FUSION

 

Fusion appears to have inherited all of both parents' best attributes! He has Baker's loud enthusiasm and Jett's natural leadership skills. He is super confident and just as sweet.

 

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ENVY

 

Envy is soft hearted, happy, and full of love. He is very attentive to "his human" and wants to be every dog's best friend. Just like his siblings, Envy is also a natural in lead!

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RAZOR

 

A big, long legged girl, Razor will not be lacking athleticism! She is a fantastic young dog who acts much older than her age. She makes great eye contact, loves to snuggle, and loves to run at the front of the team.

The "4th of July" Litter

Sire: Baker

Dam: Ann

DOB: June 24th, 2019

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RED

 

Red 

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WHITE

Lewis joined our team in the spring of 2015, and being a 4 year old with limited race experience we had no idea of how much he would bring to our race team. He had a good training season in 2016 and made it into Laura’s team for the Quest where he ran a very strong race, and joined 

Maple in lead for many of the legs. He followed his Quest finish with an Iditarod finish on Ed’s 

team, again leading for quite a few runs. After his Iditarod finish he was Laura’s superstar in the 

Percy DeWolfe, leading and motivating the team the whole way and logging 2,200 race miles in a 2 month period. Lewis is all about friends and will run with any dog anywhere in the team.

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BLUE

 

Bench is a super fun and talented dog that seems to float effortlessly down the trail. He never works too hard, but always works hard enough. He had his debut year on the A-Team in 2019 and earned his way to the top of the ranks. He spent a lot of time in lead with Maple and Elmer and gained confidence and skill throughout the year, and I can now confidently refer to him as one of my main leaders.

FIRECRACKER

 

Perez has had a very reserved personality since he was just a pup. He has taken much longer to mature than most dogs, but the wait was well worth it. In 2018 he spent the year training with Ed and he grew up a lot as Ed created a bond with him. Then in 2019 he spent the season in Minnesota where he trained and raced with Blake Freking. His shell has now officially cracked and he is starting to show his true personality. He will be one of my leaders this season and I would not be surprised in the least if he turns into my go-to dog.

The "Space" Litter

Sire: Ebb

Dam: Ramblin'

DOB: October 20th, 2019

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NASA

 

Morgan is a happy go lucky dog that is always having fun. He is an extremely talented athlete and loves to run at the front of the team. This is his first year on the A-Team and I am excited to have his happiness on the team.

AXIS

 

Thomas is the egotistical boy of the team. He is awesome and he knows it... sometimes all too well! He is super hard working dog and is a cheerleading machine. He LOVES to go! 2019 was his best racing season yet and he really enjoyed traveling to either side of the country to explore new trails.

 

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ATOM

 

Hawkeye had a great season training and learning with Ed in 2018, and proved himself to be ready to step up to the A-Team for the 2019 race season. He excelled on the A-Team last year and had a blast on our racing circuit. He is a really fun dog that can be both calm and relaxed or completely insane bouncing off the walls with excitement. Hawkeye has become a very good leader and loves to take commands as fast as he can!

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WOODSTOVE

 

Radar is Hawkeye's brother, and Radar also had a fantastic year on the A-Team in 2019. He was one of Ed's favorite dogs to work with and run 2018, and he became a solid and fun leader on my team last season. He has a calm and mature demeanor and is a major cuddle bug in bed!

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HULK

 

As a two year old on the A-Team last year, Lurb showed me how passionate he is about racing. He loves the excitement of new trails and new teams and it was so much fun to watch him mature throughout the year. Lurb is a lot like his half-brother, North, and he can hardly ever stop moving. He is named after me, bearing my childhood nickname so that makes it even more fun to have his happy energy joining the team.

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COMET

 

Mark is another newbie to the A-Team! He is the smallest male on the team but has a beautiful gait and a lot of passion to boot. He gained experience training and racing with Blake Freking last season and I'm really excited to have him on my team for the 2020 season.

The "Random Names" Litter

Sire: Elmer

Dam: Normandy

DOB: October 6th, 2019

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ACE

Mitchell's personality is a mixture between his two brothers, Lurb and Mark. He loves to play and is the only dog on my team that likes to run around carrying sticks. Mitchell also spent last winter gaining experience training and racing with Blake Freking. He's a really cool guy and is one of my favorite working buddies when I'm doing projects around the cabin or kennel.

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TEEGAN

 

Erin is a female version of her brother, Lurb. She is insanely hyperactive and very rarely stands still. The smallest on the team at 45 pounds, Erin loves to run and is a very hard worker. She also gained great experience with Blake Freking last year and with patience and time I believe she will turn into a great leader someday.

 

The "AUSSIE" Litter

Sire: Hick

Dam: Normandy

DOB: February 10th, 2019

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OZZIE

 

Jake had a great debut season on the A-Team last year. He has incredible passion and is very mature for his age. He loves the race trail and I'm really excited to see how he does in a 1,000 mile race.

 

The "Ken Dolls" Litter

Sire: Winkle

Dam: Erin

DOB: August 7th, 2019

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Ken

 

Harley has a wonderfully strong personality. When he is really happy he actually smiles by lifting his top lips up. He finds it very challenging to hold still for very long, which is a trait that I tend to like. Harley also spent last season gaining experience training and racing with Blake Freking. This little ball of sunshine will fit right into my team.

Noogie

Sire: Lightning

Dam: Ebony

DOB: June 20th, 2019

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NOOGIE

 

This is Anna's first year on the A-Team. She is very high intensity and has an amazing work ethic. After a great year racing with Blake Freking last winter, Anna has finally matured enough to earn her spot with the "big dogs"!

The Veterans

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JETT

 

Age: 3

Race Record:

2018-John Beargrease 100, Midnight Run, Copperdog 150

2019-John Beargrease Marathon, UP200, CanAm Crown 250, Hudson Bay Quest

 

I remember watching Jett run as a yearling and thinking out loud that I could picture her making the A-Team someday. She lived up to my expectations by having a great season with Blake Freking in 2019, even spending time in lead during every race. She is a very happy dog and I look forward to seeing her continue to grow self confidence throughout the next year.

PEREZ

 

Age: 4

Race Record:

2019-John Beargrease Marathon, UP200, CanAm Crown 100, Hudson Bay Quest

 

Perez has had a very reserved personality since he was just a pup. He has taken much longer to mature than most dogs, but the wait was well worth it. In 2018 he spent the year training with Ed and he grew up a lot as Ed created a bond with him. Then in 2019 he spent the season in Minnesota where he trained and raced with Blake Freking. His shell has now officially cracked and he is starting to show his true personality. He will be one of my leaders this season and I would not be surprised in the least if he turns into my go-to dog.

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BENCH

 

Age: 4

Race Record:

2017-Iditarod

2019-Idaho Sled Dog Challenge, UP200, CanAm Crown 100

 

Bench is a super fun and talented dog that seems to float effortlessly down the trail. He never works too hard, but always works hard enough. He had his debut year on the A-Team in 2019 and earned his way to the top of the ranks. He spent a lot of time in lead with Maple and Elmer and gained confidence and skill throughout the year, and I can now confidently refer to him as one of my main leaders.

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WINKLE

 

Age: 7

Race Record

2014-Iditarod

2015-Eagle Cap Extreme, UP200, Canadian Challenge,

Great Northwoods Challenge

2016-Yukon Quest, Iditarod, Percy DeWolfe

2017-Iditarod

2018-Yukon Quest, Canadian Challenge

 

Winkle is best described as continually happy, hard working, and passionate. Laura 

jokingly calls him her “husband” due to his awesome personality, and Ed makes fun of the 

exaggerated ”poop dance” that he performs while running. He is always a rock solid dog that has finished every race that he has started. Winkle had a rough season in 2019 with a nagging injury keeping him from hitting the race trail, but he has had months of TLC to hopefully be ready to roll this year.

 

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MARK

 

Age: 3

Race Record:

2018-UP200

2019-John Beargrease Marathon, UP200, CanAm Crown 250

Mark is another newbie to the A-Team! He is the smallest male on the team but has a beautiful gait and a lot of passion to boot. He gained experience training and racing with Blake Freking last season and I'm really excited to have him on my team for the 2020 season.

Want to Sponsor a Dog and Join the Nature's Kennel Race Team?
Your $500 Mighty Mutt Club Membership Includes:

 

  • Your name and picture displayed on the Mighty Mutt Club webpage

  • 2021 Nature’s Kennel Race Team t-shirt

  • Nature’s Kennel bumper/window sticker

  • Nature’s Kennel 2021 race team poster

  • 4x6 photo magnet of your sponsored dog

  • Your dog’s dog booties worn in races throughout the year

  • A trading card for your sponsored dog

  • Memoribalia from various races

 

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