Our Golf Litter turns 4 years old today!
Four years ago!
Chipper, Driver, Iron, Sandy, Wedgy and Woody are an interesting mix of their father Biscuit and mother Quito. They are maturing at very different rates and are a mixture of our smallest and biggest dogs! At four years old they are entering their racing prime and we are so excited to see what they have in store for us this coming season.
Chipper is one of our smallest dogs, weighing in at just 34 pounds (15.5 kgs). She is also one of the sassiest and most confident. Chipper surprised everyone this season by running with the "big dogs" in the Copper Basin 300, the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod! She will be an important dog next season. Chipper's size absolutely stuns many of SP Kennel's biggest competitors. We have heard comments on the trail like "Does that Chihuahua actually pull?" or "Can you find a harness to fit that runt?" Chipper says that she will answer those silly questions only if they can manage to reach the finish line before her!
Chipper in November 2012 and 2014
Driver is a big lummox and has become one of our largest dogs weighing 62 pounds (28.5 kgs). He might fill out another few pounds for the coming season. Driver certainly grew into his long legs and this season proved he had the determination and drive to finish the Iditarod with the Black Team. Driver was also a key powerhouse on the Yukon Quest 300 and the Copper Basin 300. His nickname is "Driveshaft"… it makes him sound so tough!
Driver in November 2012 and 2014
Iron is built to be a champion. He is solid and strong weighing in at 51 pounds (23 kgs). He learned quite a lot this past season. For example, during his first distance race in January he chewed his harness at the starting line. On his last distance race -- Iditarod in March -- he trotted under the burled arch in Nome. Now, that's a learning curve! Iron has one of the highest pitched barks in the yard. Yes… a age 4 years, he still barks like a little yapper dog!
Iron in November 2012 and 2014
Sandy has always been one of the most talented wee girls and was the first of her litter to "make it big" when she made the R&B Team for the Copper Basin 300 in her yearling year. She is very "no-nonsense" dog who enjoys running in the wheel position or near the back of the team. She normally weighs in at just around 40 pounds (18 kgs). She has become Aliy's 'go to' girl and after Iditarod Aliy said they had a heartfelt connection. Sandy doesn't see her size as a disadvantage and while playing with her neighbor, Mac, she often body slams him on the sly.
Sandy in November 2012 and 2014
Wedgy is waiting for the opportunity to show us all just what she is made of. She is a gorgeous build and is one of the most handsome girls in the yard. Wedgy is honestly the best built dog of the entire litter. She will have this next year to step up and prove that she can do it. We still think that she can! She weighs 47 pounds (21 kgs) and is solid muscle.
Wedgy in November 2012 and 2014
Woody is a sweetheart. Last season he consolidated his lead-dog skills by leading almost all the teams he raced and trained in. We are excited for him for next season. He is one of those dogs that tries just a little too hard all the time and can hurt himself as a result. He's learning to overcome that with an interesting summer that we'll tell you about soon. Woody is a leggy, tall dog that doesn't have the body mass of his brothers. He weighs 54 pounds (24.5 kgs) but could easily weigh 60.
Woody in November 2012 and 2014
Here's a quick video from November 2012 when Meghan and Moira took Driver, Sandy and Iron, along with Tig the Labrador for a run dos stretch their legs.
Our thanks and appreciation go to all their sponsors: Padee McCrery (Chipper), Sherri Suppelsa (Driver), Crystal and Merwin Ullestad (Iron), Danielle Carver (Sandy), Barb Hartman (Wedgy) and Heidi Phillips (Woody). Also thank you to everyone who has ever joined the Fan Club of one or all of our Golfies.