Archive for the 'Heroes' Category

Jen and Blake Finished the Race and Set a New Record!

March 14, 2008

Blake and Jen FrekingJennifer and Blake Freking have finished in 50th and 51st place in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and set a new record for Siberian Husky teams racing in the Iditarod. Blake’s Siberian team finished the race in 11 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes and 36 seconds–sliding past the previous record set by Shawn Sidelinger in 1998 of 12 days and 8 minutes.

An all Siberian Husky team was once the standard in sled racing, but it has since fallen to the leaner, agile hybrid Alaskan Husky and other mixed breeds made up of greyhounds, labs, and pointers.

Stunt Puppy is proud of Blake, Jennifer, their dogs performance, and their perseverance in the face of grief. Being a part of Blake and Jennifer’s amazing journey across the Alaskan trail has truly been an honor.

Jen’s Story Makes News

March 12, 2008

News organizations around the world have picked up the accident story of Jen Freking and the snowmobile that ran into her team on Sunday, March 9th. Here are a few examples:

KARE 11–Minneapolis, MN

ABC News–Alaska

Race update: After nine days, 11 hours, 46 minutes, 48 seconds on the trail (official time), Lance Mackey has won his 2nd consecutive Iditarod Sled Race. Jeff King is the second musher to arrive in Nome. Jen and Blake are currently stand in 56 and 57 out of 82 musher still in the race.

Tragedy on the Trail

March 10, 2008

Sunday, March 9th, around 10pm, Jen and Blake Freking were camping along the Yukon river between Nulato and Galena when they were hit by a snowmobile. The machine was going about 40mph and crashed into the stopped team. Jen’s dog Lorne was killed and her dog Aries was been seriously injured. Aries has been airlifted to Wasilla Vet Clinic. After careful consideration, Blake and Jen have decided to continue on to Nome. Their focus is not on the competition, but to safely travel the trail together.

Lorne–A Good Dog Will Be Missed.

It is devastating to lose such a sweet, hardworking dog like Lorne. Our hearts go out to Blake and Jen and we wish Aries a speedy recovery.

Iditarod Race Update

March 3, 2008

Blake at the ceremonial start of the 2008 Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska

Today is day 3 in the frozen tundra and our friends, Blake and Jennifer Freking, are moving toward the front of the pack. Their starting positions were numbers 54 and 60, respectively. Out of the 95 racers still on the trail, Blake, Jennifer, and their amazing dogs had moved up to positions 41 and 42 and then back down to numbers 57 and 58. It’s still early in the race, but clearly, it will be a challenging journey.

Frog and Coho resting

A photo of Jen and Blake’s dogs, Frog and Coho, was featured in the March 2nd image gallery on the official Iditarod website. Click here to see all the images (Frog and Coho are number 13 in the March 2nd gallery). To check out the rest of the race action for yourselves, visit www.iditarod.com

Keep up the great work, Team!

Team Stunt Puppy in Action

February 19, 2008

Baldy, one of Jen and Blake’s Siberian Husky sled dogs. Photo by Clint Austin/Duluth News Tribune

Team Stunt Puppy is proud to welcome Chester, Gonzo, Ziggy, and all the dogs from Manitou Crossing Kennels. Blake and Jennifer Freking are the proud owners of one of Minnesota’s largest groups of sled dogs and they are about to leave their mark on The Last Great Race–Alaska’s Iditarod.

Ten days from now, the 35th Annual Iditarod Trail Sled Race will launch hard working mushers and their dogs into the international spotlight. Blake and Jennifer are on the road to Alaska, complete with 3 sleds, 32 dog crates, 38 dogs, over 1000 pounds of gear, and a 1000 gallon gas tank! There’s no such thing as packing lightly when you’re bound for the cold, rough terrain of the Alaskan wilderness.

We wish them safe travels and good luck! Check back often for progress reports.

Another real-life Stunt Puppy

August 3, 2007

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Hua Hua, a street dog in the flooded Chinese city of Chongqing, is an extraordinary mother. Everyday she swims out to an island to feed her four stranded pups. Here’s Hua Hua’s story.

Lifeguard dogs patrol Italian beaches

July 31, 2007

Italian Newfie in action

La Dolce Vita–the Italians have added Lifeguard to the list of working dog titles. This summer around 200 canine lifeguards are helping the Italian Coast Guard, Air Force, Civil Protection Department and Red Cross patrol tourist-packed beaches and lakes. Click here for more details.

Daisy Come Home

January 8, 2007

Some dogs wander off. Some have help. Here’s the story of one dog’s cross country adventure.

A true Stunt Puppy – dog saves woman

December 24, 2006

We’ve all heard it before…Lassie runs home to let the family know Timmy has fallen down the well. It really can happen, read on.

Miracle in Moab: The stunning rescue of Danelle Ballengee
Heroic dog saves owner from explosion
Cat Starts House Fire, Dog Saves Owner