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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.

Fun at Outdoor Retailer

February 9, 2008

We just got back from Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, UT. Bauer joined us in the booth and he was a big hit as usual.

Along with our Stunt Runner™ being a Product Pick in the Outdoor Retailer Daily, we met a ton of new folks.

Of course, Bauer was required to wear a badge. Bauer with OR Badge And in case you didn’t know his species, we all do now. The Badge

Here’s an excerpt from a KCRW Public Radio interview we did from the show.

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.

NFL Quarterback Michael Vick and Dogfighting

July 24, 2007

NFL Quarterback Michael Vick was indicted for being involved in a pit bull dogfighting ring held on his property in Virginia. If convicted, Vick could face up to 6 years in jail.

Source Talks to ESPN
NFL Suspends Vick After Dog-Fighting Charges

NFL Tells Vick He Can’t Report To Camp
Nike Suspends Release of Shoe Tied to Michael Vick

Dogfighting, most famously seen in the Collesium during the Roman Empire, is still widely practiced today despite being inhumane and illegal in many countries. The organized fight between two dogs for the purpose of gambling has also been traditionally linked to organized crime and gangs.

According to the U.S. Humane Society, “Dogs used in these events often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or even days after the fight. Other animals are often sacrificed as well. Some owners train their dogs for fights using smaller animals such as cats, rabbits or small dogs. These “bait” animals are often stolen pets or animals obtained through “free to good home” advertisements.”

Dogfighting FAQ sheet
ASPAs Ten Ways to Prevent Cruelty

Swept Away

June 19, 2007

Flash flooding in northern Texas have caught many people off guard, including David Ochs and his dog Scruffy. Click here for their story.

The relationship between dog and owner can be one of the strongest relationships in your life. After all, a dog is the only love you can buy. And dealing with the loss of a pet can be extremely difficult. Here are a few ways to cope with your grief:

Loving and Losing a Pet
When a Pet Dies
Grieving the Loss of Your Pet

Man Eat Dog World?

May 31, 2007

In protest against the death of a fox during a hunt led by Britain’s Prince Phillip, performance artist Mark McGowan ate a corgi during a live radio broadcast. Even featured guest, Yoko Ono, tasted the dog meat that was minced and stewed with apples, onions, and other seasoning. A self-described vegetarian, McGowan said the corgi meat was “really, really disgusting”.

McGowan is no stranger to eating unexpected meats in protest of the monarchy; he supposedly ate a swan during a performance at a London art gallery. His protest obviously accomplished it’s goal: to get people talking. But I wonder how his actions can be construed as art?