We have been saying for years that he is the epitome of an All Star so we figured it was about time it was made official. The perfect day to celebrate Nacho's SP K Status is today, Father's Day.
Nacho has won the Yukon Quest twice, he's been Iditarod runner up three times and is a multiple Copper Basin Champ. He is father to some of our most talented current athletes, is as tough as they come and is also one of the happiest dogs there ever has been!
Congratulations Nacho on your induction into the SP Kennel All Stars Hall of Fame!
Nacho far left. Photo: Sebastian Schnuelle
Nacho was one of five pups born 11 years ago on June 12, 2006 to SP Kennel star Venus and Lance Mackey's Zorro. Phenomenal blood lines can look great on paper but sometimes don't emerge in practice but with Nacho and his siblings, their potential was realised, and then some!!
In fact, he is such a huge part of this kennel his likeness is immortalised in our kennel logo. Ten years ago Nacho had "that special look" that caught everyone's eye.
When racing, he brought determination and a huge work ethic. He was low maintenance, drama free, and got on with his job happily. He could run next to anyone and in any position on the team... the perfect dog.
In Aliy's 2012 Iditarod Trail Notes she described him as:
"Nacho was happy from start to finish. His silly antics made me smile. Nacho is an amazing sled dog. During this race, he was powerful, dedicated and confident. I watched Nacho race the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod, back to back, and never lose his smile."
In Aliy's 2014 Iditarod Trail Notes she described him as:
"Nacho once again was the ‘back up man’. He was always one step behind Quito and usually ran together with Chica. These three siblings are unstoppable. Nacho always keeps a little pep in his step, even after hundreds of miles. This energizes me, as well as the rest of the team. He is a wonderful dog."
Nacho looks like he's in lead, but he is actually in swing with Chica - Quito is in single lead coming into the Safety Checkpoint. Photo: Dr. Al Hallman
Nacho has 21 offspring right now at the kennel and many of them are currently, or will be, mega stars in their own right. They are talented and personable, just like their papa. When you look through our Dog Page you can easily be overwhelmed by the "Nacho Puppies".
Nacho third row on left. Photo: Donna Dewhurst
Nacho is a happy, happy dog! He is friendly to all he meets will give you a big fuzzy hug at any opportunity. He has a lot of fans from all around the world. Often times when Moira is asked why she keeps coming back to Alaska and whether it was because she has a boyfriend there, she says "Yes, his name is Nacho".
At 11 years old Nacho is now a bit slower than his famous sister Quito and much slower than the main Racers. His gait has never been smooth! Aliy says he looks like a raccoon loping across a picnic table. Although he was never a main leader during the bulk of his racing career, last season he led most of the time so that he could set the pace ~ usually 7 or 8 mph. Slow and steady will also get it done!
Nacho and Olivia are currently living together in 'The Plaza' an outdoor pen built by Aliy's dad, Doug, last summer. It is a cozy pen directly off the kennel's main house.
Olivia sunbathes whereas Nacho prefers the Lazy-Boy in their pen: 'The Plaza'.
Check out this "getting to know you" video from four years ago:
Video from April 2013
We have a saying here at SP Kennel: "He's Nacho dog, he's my dog". Of course when its said with an Arkansas accent it sounds much better: "He's naught yo dawg, he's ma dawg!"