Northern Blast Sled Dogs

Carol & Alan Pepsick

Meet The Racing Dogs


These are the current 12 dogs on the race team, plus 5 juniors just starting out. Listed in the order in which they came to us, are the Stats of each member which includes their pictures as well as a description of their personality, assets to the team, and accomplishments. Which one is your favorite? If you would like to Sponsor a dog, be sure to click on that page for the different types of programs available. (For more information regarding the origin of the Northern Blast dogs, go to Our Husky History page.)

Note: Northern Blast took a break during the 2011/2012 season to raise our latest litter of pups and to attend to other unforeseen obstacles. With very little training for the year and no racing at all, there is a gap of information for the veteran racing dogs.

2nd Note: Regarding the dogs listed as coming from Snoshu, this was during a time before we had our own property, before we were Northern Blast. In the beginning we ran out of Snoshu Ranch where our dogs were housed. We co-owned Holly, the mother of our first litter, with Lee Hills, so we were also co-breeders of this first litter (Snoshu) as well as co-owners of the pups from day one. When we moved onto our current property, Lee signed off of her partial ownership of these 4 dogs who came with us (along with the rest of the dogs we had at that time) to the soon to be Northern Blast.  

 

Stats On The Racing Dogs

 

Spirit         Tundra        Rosie          Faith          Kwyta          Joy             

Looker       Lizzy           Bounder     Drew          Eagle          Orbit

Yearlings    Ana            Cree           Nezi            Apache      Cheyenne

Also, view these videos posted on 4/7/13:

Meet The Dogs Part 1: The Girls
Meet The Dogs Part 2: The Boys


Spirit

SPIRIT: Snoshu's Spirit Of The North of Northern Blast
Sire: Huskyhaus Indy D of Kiska M
(frozen semen)
Dam: Sunok's Snoshu Holiday Rose

DOB: 3/17/05, Female
Weight: 41lbs

Position: Team (previously leader), Retired From Racing

Spirit spent her first few years training as one of my main leaders for my 4-dog recreational team. In 2008, chosen for her slighter build over her sister Rosie, Spirit made a huge contribution to the team by having a nice litter of 6 pups. She completed extensive training for 09-10 and 10-11 seasons as a team dog. In 2011 Spirit finally raced as a 5 year old making an unexpectedly awesome showing at the Eagle Cap. Unfortunately in September of 2012, at the age of 7.5, Spirit  started having seizures, medical reason unknown. She is under control with medications and continues to train with the race team but is retired from racing.

Accomplishments:                                                                                                                           
Mother of the Leap Year Litter, born 3/9/08
Eagle Cap Extreme 2011 race finisher - 100 miles             
Cascade Quest 2011 (team scratched), completed 54 miles
Grandmother to the Native American Litter, born 8/1/11

 

Tundra

TUNDRA: Snoshu's Tundra Of Northern Blast
Sire: Hauskyhaus Indy D of Kiska M
(frozen semen)
Dam: Sunok's Snoshu Holiday Rose

DOB: 3/17/05, Male
Weight: 46lbs

Position: Main Wheel, Back-up Leader

Tundra doesn't have the best feet but he is my reliable rock with a smooth gait and a very fast trot. He is my main wheel dog and I feel about him the way most mushers feel about their special leaders. I love having him there, right in front of me. It has been many years since I tried Tundra in lead but during the 2010/2011 I put him back in front out of necessity one day and he was great! I now consider him my back up leader although if Terry Hinesly had his way, Tundra would be up there permanently! Tundra has been in all my races so far and completed extensive training for the 09-10 and10-11 seasons

Accomplishments:
Frog Lake ll 2009, 8 dog sprint, finished
Eagle Cap Extreme 2010, finished 100 miles
Cascade Quest 2010, finished 75 miles, received the Best Kept Team Award
Eagle Cap Extreme 2011, finished 100 miles
Cascade Quest 2011, team scratched, completed 93 miles

 

Rosie


ROSIE: Snoshu's Arctic Rose Of Northern Blast
Sire: Huskyhaus Indy D of Kiska M
(frozen semen)
Dam: Sunok's Snoshu Holiday Rose

DOB: 3/17/05, Female
Weight: 43lbs

Position: Team (previously leader)

Rosie
spent her first few years training as one of my main leaders for my 4-dog recreational team but now trains as a team dog on my larger race team. She has a special skill for turning the team around when asked and taught this skill to her younger leaders.  She has completed extensive training for the 09-10 and 10-11 seasons. Rosie went to the Eagle Cap Extreme 2010 as an alternate and missed making the race team by about an hour. It was hard to leave her behind. In 2011 she entered her first mid distance race.


Accomplishments:
Frog Lake ll 2009 race, 8 dog sprint, finished
Cascade Quest 2011, dropped after first stage, completed 33 miles

 

Faith

FAITH: Northern Blast's Leap Of Faith
Sire: Tumnatki's Earnhardt of Dashing

Dam: Snoshu's Spirit Of The North of Northern Blast

DOB: 3/09/08, Female
Weight: 41lbs

Position: Team and Wheel

Faith is a team dog that alternates in wheel as needed. Her best asset is her rhythm. She just keeps going and never causes any problems or tangles. She doesn't even stop or change her stride to pee or poop which I consider a huge asset. She's the one dog I have to talk to the least and I usually forget about her. All good things. I have tried her in lead on occasion. This hasn't been a strong position for her but I will continue to try as long as she is willing. Faith completed extensive training for the 09-10 and 10-11 season.    
See Faith's Photo Album for more pictures of her.


Accomplishments:
Frog Lake ll 2009, 8 dog sprint, finished
Eagle Cap Extreme 2010, finished 100 miles
Eagle Cap Extreme 2011, finished 100 miles
Cascade Quest 2011, team scratched, completed 93 miles

Kwyta

KWYTA: Northern Blast's Quite A Leap
Sire: Tumnatki's Earnhardt of Dashing

Dam: Snoshu's Spirit Of The North of Northern Blast

DOB: 3/09/08, Female
Weight: 37lbs

Position: Main Leader and Any Other Position as needed

Kwyta is awesome and has earned herself the names Kwyta (quite a) girl and Kwyta leader. She taught herself to be a leader at the age of 8 months after only 1 month of training and is one of my main leaders. I love this girls physique and she has an incredible energy level - always the last to go down in the yard. She has great feet, and has never had an injury - a very durable dog. She is truly a complete package. She can fill in on wheel as needed which I don't think she likes but like everything she does she does well with. Kwyta has been in all of my races, counting on her strong leading ability. In 2011 she did an impressive 100 mile lead at the Eagle Cap followed by a 93 mile lead at the Cascade Quest, the only dog on the team to do this. She has also taken on Eagle as a new student for lead training. Kwyta has earned our MVD for the 2010/2011 season and since our only accomplishment for the 2011/2012 was raising a litter of puppies, we'll have to give Kwyta the MVD for this year as well since she is the mother! Kwyta has completed extensive training for the 09-10 and 10-11 seasons.
View Kwyta's Photo Album for more pictures of her.

Accomplishments:
Frog Lake ll 2009, 8 dog sprint, lead, finished
Eagle Cap Extreme 2010, mostly in lead, finished 100 miles      
Cascade Quest 2010, lead-swing-wheel, finished 75 mi, received Best Kept Team Award
Eagle Cap Extreme 2011, finished 100 mile lead
Cascade Quest 2011, team scratched, completed 93 mile lead
2010-2011, 2011-2012 Northern Blast's Most Valuable Dog
Mother of the Native American Litter, born 8/1/11

Joy

JOY: Northern Blast's Leap For Joy
Sire: Tumnatki's Earnhardt of Dashing
Dam: Snoshu's Spirit Of The North of Northern Blast
DOB: 3/09/08, Female
Weight: 40lbs

Position: Team and Wheel (previously leader), Retired From Racing

Joy started in lead as a young pup on her first year of training but didn't really start to shine until her second year. Just as I was starting to consider her one of my main leaders, the season ended abruptly. She also picked up on running wheel that second year. Her capabilities earned her a position at all three races those first two years and I couldn't wait to see what she would be like for the 2010/2011 season. Just as we started training that year Joy started having seizures that proved to be a larger than expected obstacle. We spent most of the season with her getting blood work and trying out different medications which threw her mental game off. She chose not to lead and even lost interest in pulling for a short time but later that interest returned. Unfortunately because of her condition and meds, she was not allowed on many mid distance race trails such as the Eagle Cap for 2011. At the end of 2011 Joy remained seizure free for 1 year so we titrated her off her meds and she pulled well during the few runs we had this season. She remained seizure free for 21 months, then had another seizure in September 2012. So at the age of 4, I have decided to retire Joy from racing. She has restarted her medication and currently she still trains with the team and is doing well. Joy completed extensive training for the 09-10 and 10-11 seasons.

Accomplishments:
Frog Lake ll 2009, 8 dog sprint, team dog, finished
Eagle Cap Extreme 2010, some leading, finished 100 miles
Cascade Quest 2010, day 3 lead, finished 75 miles, received Best Kept Team Award
Cascade Quest 2011, team scratched, completed 93 miles

Looker

LOOKER: Northern Blast's Look Before You Leap
Sire: Tumnatki's Earnhardt of Dashing
Dam: Snoshu's Spirit Of The North of Northern Blast
DOB: 3/09/08, Female
Weight: 43lbs

Position: Main Leader, Back-up Wheel (and any other position as needed)

Looker is a larger girl built more like her brother, but I like her look, and she was a key wheel dog her first year. She is also one of my biggest cheerleaders and one day, just to settle her down, I put her up in lead and she pulled like mad. This was great, she just didn't know any commands so she generally led with Kwyta making a good team. In 2010 she not only figured out the commands but some pretty tricky ones as well and always tries to do what I am asking when others, including Kwyta, might not. I love this about her and she has saved the day a couple of times in single lead including crossing the finish line at the Eagle Cap Extreme 2010. She is also one of the best listeners in the yard. Looker was my MVD that year because she also still rotated through wheel. Looker has been in all my races and completed extensive training for 09-10 and 10-11 seasons. In 2011 she completed a very impressive 100 mile lead at the Eagle Cap race. During our break in the 2011/2012 season, Looker proved to be the best Aunt and nanny to the Native American litter, working well once again with the pups mother Kwyta to take care of them. These two sisters are quite a pair.

Accomplishments:
Frog Lake ll 2009, 8 dog sprint, team dog, finished
Eagle Cap Extreme 2010, large amount of leading, finished 100 miles in single lead     Cascade Quest 2010, lead-swing-wheel, finished 75 mi, received Best Kept Team award
2009-2010 Northern Blast's Most Valuable Dog
Eagle Cap Extreme 2011, finished 100 mile lead
Cascade Quest 2011, team scratched, completed 93 miles

Lizzy

LIZZY: Northern Blast's Leaping Lizards
Sire: Tumnatki's Earnhardt of Dashing
Dam: Snoshu's Spirit Of The North of Northern Blast
DOB: 3/09/08, Female
Weight: 34lbs

Position: Team

Lizzy was born with many physical issues and as our smallest dog we weren't sure how well she would be able to keep up. She had a lot of line tangles the first year of training so when choosing my 8 dog team for our first race at Frog Lake ll in 2009, I left Lizzy behind. So Karen Yeargain, who had brought many of her students with her, put Lizzy on one of her junior teams and they won!
Lizzy does tend to have GI issues that need to be taken into consideration, she has been hospitalized due to illness, and has had a couple of surgeries for swallowing rocks. During her second year she showed good speed and reduced the amount of line tangles and she did not let all her health issues stop her from completing the 100 mile Eagle Cap Extreme and came back the following year to repeat it! During the 2010/2011 season, I tried Lizzy in lead which she did well with but caused herself an upset stomach afterwords so stress is always an issue for her. We will continue to see how she does with this. Lizzy has completed extensive training for the 09-10 and 10-11 seasons.

Accomplishments:
Frog Lake ll 2009, 2 dog junior, first place finisher out of 6 teams
Eagle Cap Extreme 2010, finished 100 miles
Eagle Cap Extreme 2011, finished 100 miles
Cascade Quest 2011, team scratched, completed 93 miles

Bounder

BOUNDER: Northern Blast's Leaps And Bounds
Sire: Tumnatki's Earnhardt of Dashing
Dam: Snoshu's Spirit Of The North of Northern Blast
DOB: 3/09/08, Male
Weight: 51lbs

Position: Main Wheel, Main Leader

Bounder is awesome. Spirit only had one son out of her litter of six and he is a winner. He's a large boy who earned himself a spot in wheel right away. He is also one of my big cheerleaders and gets the team going. Not as mature as his sisters I did not try him in lead his first year. But during the 2009-10 season his leadership ability showed through and the following year he was even better, taking the smallest of directions. Bounder has become one of my main leaders. He still gets quite a bit of wheel time though which saves him for lead when others might be getting tired. He has also emerged as the alpha dog, voicing his opinion in the dog yard and looking out for others. He has turned out to be a wonderful boy and this year he has been a terrific and very patient uncle! Bounder has been in all my races and completed extensive training for the 09-10 and 10-11 seasons. Now if he could just learn to control his nerves so he wouldn't get sick at the races!

Accomplishments:
Frog Lake ll 2009, 8 dog sprint, finished
Eagle Cap Extreme 2010, limited leading, finished 100 miles 
Cascade Quest 2010, finished 75 miles, received Best Kept Team Award
Eagle Cap Extreme 2011, finished 100 miles
Cascade Quest 2011, team scratched, completed 93 miles

Drew

DREW: Tumnatki's Nancy Drew of Northern Blast
Sire: Tumnatki's Roper of Dashing
Dam: Tumnatki's Cooper of Dashing
DOB: 3/11/06, Female
Weight: 32lbs

Position: Main Leader and Team

Drew is a cousin to Spirit's kids and Eagle, and joined our kennel at the age of two with a half a season of training under her belt. She may be small but she showed that she is a hard driving dog and started leading her first year with us but really come on strong during the 2010/2011 season. Now showing a good understanding to commands and performing strongly, I consider Drew one of my four main leaders. She punctuated her leading ability by performing a 93 mile lead at the Cascade Quest in 2011. She also redeemed herself on the Eagle Cap trail completing the 100 miles in 2011. 2010/2011 season was Drew's best year! Drew completed extensive training for the 09-10 and 10-11 seasons.

Accomplishments:
Frog Lake ll 2009, competed on Karen's 8-dog sprint team, finished
Eagle Cap Extreme 2010, some leading, sore wrist, dropped at Ollocot, completed 50 miles
Cascade Quest 2010, day 3 lead, finished 75 miles, received the Best Kept Team Award
Eagle Cap Extreme 2011, finished 100 miles
Cascade Quest 2011, team scratched, completed 93 mile lead

Eagle

EAGLE: Tumnatki's Eagle Cap of Northern Blast
Sire: Tumnatki's Earnhardt of Dashing
Dam: Tumnatki's Cinderella
DOB: 1/27/10, Male
Weight: 43lbs

Position: Team

Another son of Ernie, I named Eagle after the Eagle Cap Extreme race expecting him to be just as awesome as the race itself, and I was right! As a pup Eagle did very well his first year of training during the 2010/2011 season working up to strong 14 mile runs by the end of the season and even tried his paw in lead. He is so thrilled to run that he can barely contain himself, screaming from the moment we start loading the dogs into the truck until we return home and put him back in the yard. The downside of his excitement is how difficult it is to put his harness on! Once on the gangline it is smooth sailing, head down, pulling well with no issues, very content. I wished he was older that year so I could have done more with him. Although he came to our 2 races with us just to be exposed to the scene we unfortunately were unable to get him into any races of his own and this year we took a break from racing and didn't do many runs. I am still looking forward to seeing what this boy is going to be like during an advanced training season so I still say "WATCH OUT for this boy!"
Watch the video of Eagle's first run here.

Accomplishments:

Completed extensive junior training for the 10-11 season.
Leader in training.

Orbit

 

ORBIT: Tumnatki's Orbit of Northern Blast
Sire: Tumnatki's Dream Weaver
Dam: Tumnatki's Twinkle Little Star
DOB: 4/14/10, Male
Weight: 46lbs

Position: Team

As a pup Orbit had limited junior training his first year during the 2010/2011 season. His age fell in an awkward place so getting him trained wasn't as easy as it was with his cousin Eagle. It began with a late start for him that we could get away with on the quad but it was more difficult when we switched to sled and the different trail system so Orbit had to 'sit on the bench'. When our races concluded Orbit was placed back on the team for more leisure sled runs. Unlike Eagle, Orbit is much more calm at the truck but once hooked up to the gangline he can snap a neckline in 2 seconds! Although a natural on the gangline we really haven't seen what Orbit is capable of yet as we didn't get much training in this past season either so I am still looking forward to seeing what he's got. Orbit traveled with us on our races for exposure to the race scene during the 2010/2011 season but did not do any racing of his own. He did however blossom into a superbly shaped, well-balanced boy with a wonderful personality including both fun and focus. Backed by his excellent pedigree, I chose Orbit to breed to Kwyta for our next litter of pups born 8/1/11. Orbit has a great maturity and has been a wonderful and caring father to his pups. The next couple of seasons should be really exciting.
Watch the video of Orbit's first run here.

Accomplishments:
Completed moderate junior training for the 10-11 season
Father to the Native American litter, born 8/1/11
Leader in training.

 

YEARLINGS

Introducing Northern Blast's newest race training members!

With only one spring training run under their belts (which they did well with), these 5 will begin fall training for 2012 as yearlings. Training 5 pups along with an already established large 12 dog team will be a new experience for us, one we haven't quite figured out yet! If the pups get in enough strong miles, we will attempt to put them in a small race at the end of the season. 

CLICK HERE
to see a short video of Nezi's, Cheyenne's and Apache's first training run.
CLICK HERE
to see a short video of Ana's and Cree's first training run.

 

Ana

ANA: Northern Blast's Anasazi
Sire: Tumnatki's Orbit of Northern Blast
Dam: Northern Blast's Quite A Leap
DOB: 8/1/11, Female
Weight: 36lbs
Position: Junior

This sweet girl is also quite strong. I often see her using that strength such as dragging a branch across the yard with her 4 siblings desperately hanging on and trying to pull the branch in the opposite direction without much luck. It's also not uncommon to go into her kennel and find a 4 inch nail laying on top of her dog house. Don't know if they are coming from her dog house, the pallet, or the back wall of her kennel, but she pulls them out and leaves them on her house like a trophy. She has beautiful structure and although still a bit on the smaller side, I suspect with her strength that won't matter while on the gangline. Ana is also a big chewer and digger. We keep an extra eye on her in dog yard as she has been the only pup to dig out of the perimeter fencing and I hope that chewing she likes so much doesn't get carried over to the gangline in the future. Ana's first run on the gangline was flawless as she fell right into step from the first one she took.

 

 

Cree

CREE: Northern Blast's Cree
Sire: Tumnatki's Orbit of Northern Blast
Dam: Northern Blast's Quite A Leap
DOB: 8/1/11, Male
Weight: 49lbs
Position: Junior

Cree, the big happy puppy, was the litters goofy sweetheart right from the start. He always has a look on his face as if everything is just so funny to him! Nothing has changed about this boy and I am glad, he has such a strong personality that just captures you. He of course continued to get bigger always staying far ahead of his siblings, and now still the largest but with a gorgeous long and lean body which should allow for long strides. With very few worries, lack of stress, and good focus I feel Cree has very strong leadership abilities and can't wait to try him out. With his larger size he should also do well in wheel and I am more concerned as to what position to use him in the most! Time will tell but I think Cree is going to be as talented and diverse as his uncle Bounder.

 
 

Nezi

NEZI: Northern Blast's Nez Perce
Sire: Tumnatki's Orbit of Northern Blast
Dam: Northern Blast's Quite A Leap
DOB: 8/1/11, Female
Weight: 39lbs
Position: Junior

When I planned the breeding with Kwyta and Orbit, I had a picture in my head of what I thought the pups might finish out like and was very excited about what I thought was going to happen. When Nezi was born she captured my attention and on day 1 I thought "Oh, she's the one" and at a very early age she showed good focus and I felt leading was in her future. But as Nezi began to grow and develop somewhere this theory seemed to fall apart as I saw a thick-bodied, short-legged girl begin to emerge, her listening skills disappeared replaced by a feisty kennel escapist. I wasn't sure what to think anymore, until more recently. Suddenly, Nezi has developed into that beautiful picture I once had in my mind and her personality is so much like her mother's now I am once again excited to put this young lady on the gangline. So impressed with her recent changes I contemplated putting her in lead on her first run this spring but decided not to just so I could evaluate her movement first, and she moved like she had already done it a hundred times. Now I can't wait to try in her in lead as I suspect we may be looking at a repeat of her mother. That would be a very good thing!   

 
 

Apache

APACHE: Northern Blast's Apache
Sire: Tumnatki's Orbit of Northern Blast
Dam: Northern Blast's Quite A Leap
DOB: 8/1/11, Male
Weight: 47lbs
Position: Junior

Apache is a nice boy. Taller in leg than his brother Cree, who is longer in body but still the same lean build. Also very similar in looks to Cree as well as their father Orbit making it difficult at times to tell them all apart. Apache also has similar traits as his father and can  continue developing those as far as I am concerned. Apache seems to be the thinker. In the dog yard you can often see him considering something before proceeding forward showing self control. This should translate well to the gangline just as it did on his first run. It will be fun watching this boy mature on the gangline.

 

Cheyenne

CHEYENNE: Northern Blast's Cheyenne
Sire: Tumnatki's Orbit of Northern Blast
Dam: Northern Blast's Quite A Leap
DOB: 8/1/11, Female
Weight: 37lbs
Position: Junior

Where to even begin with this girl! Cheyenne is the smallest in her litter. She is so light she seems to be made out of air and has some amazing moves during playtime. Leaping, jumping, flying through the air are all normal sights as well as super fast laps around the yard with everyone on her tail. This is a high-energy girl who is in constant motion at high speed. Because of this she has a developed a skill that I really like. Much too busy to slow down long enough to squat while peeing, Cheyenne will continue moving with a slight bull-legged look while peeing. I will even find lines of pee in the dirt of her kennel rather than a puddle. Like her aunt Faith, this will work out great on the gangline! Cheyenne is also very cute and adorable and she WILL stop all motion to drop at your feet for a belly rub, but then she's off running again. She has developed into a beautiful girl with nice lines. Still just a bit on the smaller side I hope this won't effect her pulling power with a full sled. Cheyenne is actually a good listener and I feel has the skills to lead. If so, I may need to watch that this girl doesn't burn the team out! Can't wait to see how this works out.