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Dave and the gang will be racing the Yukon Quest again in 2018. Sign up for the Tugline for more Yukon Quest news at YukonQuest.com Here’s Dave’s profile from the Quest website.
60 year old Yukon Quest veteran
Current Residence: Healy, AK
Occupation(s): Dog Musher/ Tour Guide
Kennel Name: Dalton Gang
Name Origination: By using my last name and the fact that dogs run in a gang line
Kennel Bloodlines: Dalton
Breeds: Alaskan Huskies
# of Dogs in Kennel: 40
How many years have you been running dogs?
Tell us about your dogs? Doc, Happy, Grumpy, Dopey, Sleepy are 8 years old; all are litter mates with multiple finishes. The 6-year-old Norm, Frasier and Woody have finished. Yeti and Yukon have completed the Quest. Eris and Kate are hoping to race this year. Panda pups are back turning 3 years old Grizzly, Polar and Yogi are making the veterans train harder. Brothers Bobber and Spinner will be back this year. These are some of the 30 dogs competing for their spot in this year’s line-up of the 14 positions available.
How did you get started running dogs?
I became the owner of a litter of 13 Airedale/Alaskan Husky puppies and they started my recreational sled dog team.
What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Taking a young, inexperienced dog team and watching them grow stronger and more confident.
Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Yukon Quest Finishers Club.
Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
To finish with a healthy and happy team.
What music do you listen to on the trail?
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
I pick themes with the help of family, friends and puppy sponsors.
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2008 Yukon Quest 3rd , 2006 Yukon Quest- 4th , 2005 Yukon Quest – 4th, 2004 Yukon Quest- 3rd with all 14 dogs and Veterinarian’s Choice Award
|2015||11||11d 13h 13m|
|2013||12||10d 20h 48m|
|2012||10||11d 4h 3m|
|2011||9||12d 10h 7m|
|2010||14||11d 0h 40m|
|2008||3||11d 9h 35m|
|2007||10||11d 14h 2m|
|2006||4||10d 20h 8m|
|2005||4||11d 2h 41m|
|2004||3||11d 12h 48m|
|2001||13||12d 16h 45m|
|1999||14||13d 4h 51m|
|1998||11||12d 6h 44m|
|1997||7||12d 23h 32m|
|1996||14||15d 6h 31m|
|1994||18||12d 20h 50m|
|1991||10||11d 21h 0m|
|1990||16||13d 16h 3m|
|1988||21||15d 23h 1m|