Looking for a new addition to your family? Adopt one of our retired athletes! Contrary to what most might think of working dogs and their conversion into house dogs, retired sled dogs make AMAZING pets.  They're sweet & gentle with an unyielding desire to please. If you've had the pleasure of meeting an alaskan husky, then you know already how much they adore human affection.

A common question we get from people is, how do we know when a sled dog is ready to hang up their harness and retire? The answer to this is easy, they tell us! There are two things in the working dog world that are known facts: ONE, pulling comes naturally to a sled dog, it's not something that we teach. TWO, you can't make a sled dog pull!  To put this concept into perspective, imagine our dog yard full of eager sled dogs awaiting their musher. Every time we walk into the dog yard with a harness in our hands, the yard goes crazy! Everyone is screaming, "Pick me, pick me!" This is our way of walking up to the front door, grabbing a leash and asking "Bingo" our old house dog if he or she wants to go for a W-A-L-K. You're rarely met with any objections and they confirm their eagerness to run with bouncing paws and wagging tails. If you're house dog doesn't want to go for a walk, what do they do? They might sit down or run back over to their dog bed. It's the very same concept for our sled dogs.  If they don't want to go, they don't jump up and down screaming "Pick Me". They might lay back down and act indifferent at their dog house.  If hooked up, they might just simply sit down on the gangline.  It's as easy as that. So, if good ol' Bingo lacks this excitement, if his tug line is slack, if he stays in his house at harness time, then maybe Bingo is ready to give his or her ol' paws a rest. And we respect their wishes. There's no trick in the musher's handbook to make a dog go, nor do we want to "make" them do anything. If it's not fun for the dogs, it's not fun for us! So, no matter the age, no matter the dog, every sled dog always has this option to retire.

There are numerous reasons why our athletes might go into retirement.  One might be that they've simply reached the average retirement age of 10. Some dogs we have to FORCE into retirement at an old age of 12...13...14 because they are so devoted to their job. Some retire as young as two because being a sled dog was never really their dream but dreamt instead of going to Hollywood to be the next Rin Tin Tin or Lassie.  Whatever their story might be, each Smokin' Ace Retiree holds their own unique personality and undying love. Click around to find your perfect match!

If you find a pooch that you're seriously interested in learning more about, please contact us by email.  Please only serious inquiries--these guys are our family and we want to ensure they find the home that's right for them.  In our eyes, every dog deserves the Golden Couch Award at the end of their hard working careers, however long that may be.  They've earned it! 

Laffayette, age 5, claiming his Golden Couch Award and loving every second of it.  Looking to adopt? Contact us about this special boy! Race history: 2016 alpine creek excursions, solstice 50, two rivers 200.

Laffayette, age 5, claiming his Golden Couch Award and loving every second of it.  Looking to adopt? Contact us about this special boy! Race history: 2016 alpine creek excursions, solstice 50, two rivers 200.