Bon Voyage, Wes

SP Kennel recently said goodbye to Wes Brightman, kennel volunteer extraordinaire. Wes has been a fixture here at SP since October of 2011. He has been an enthusiastic participant in all phases of kennel life - feeding dogs and scooping poop, authoring blog posts, driving dog trucks in 40 below temps, running dog teams during training, even participating in local sled dog races. You name it, he's done it!

Wes began a multi leg trip to Afghanistan on Tuesday. He will soon assume the position of Finance Manager for the Stability in Key Areas (SIKA) project in Kandahar with AECOM. This company manages international development contracts for the US government. The project focuses on community services and small infrastructure projects. Wes has promised that he will send us a description of his new living and working conditions. They will undoubtedly be a far cry from his log cabin in the woods in rural Alaska.

Wes models his Afghanistan gear

The other half of the Brightman volunteer team, Wendy, will be staying in that log cabin for a while. Wendy continues to volunteer part time at SP Kennel. She is also engaged in special projects for the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross, taking advantage of electronic commuting.

Wes, we wish you success in your new adventure. All of us at SP Kennel, people and dogs, will miss you much! Many thanks and safe travels.

Wes and Wendy at Wes' Goodbye Party