Birthdays: Celebrating the veterans!

Abakan Smoke ‘n’ Mirs WSX, 13 years of age, July 3rd. (photo by Kent Dannen)

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Ch. Abakan Frontiersman WSX, HIC.  “Boone” celebrates 16 years on July 25th.  Many many thanks to Donna Dannen for all the love and care she has given to Boone.  (photo by Donna Dannen)

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ABAKAN celebrates 42 years!

ABAKANPriestLakelineupPriest Lake(ID) Pacific Coast Championships 1978.  3-dog class.  36 teams.  We finished the two-day race in 12th place.  This three-dog Samoyed team trained with a bike on gravel.  We averaged about 20 mph in training.  These dogs had never run on snow, had never passed another team, had never even SEEN another team.  We averaged 15 mph second day, in the course of passing 7 teams.

Lead:  Belaya Buccaneer(Ch. Kondako’s Sun Dancer x Ch. Belaya Taiga Lily)  PriestLakeBuckWheel:  (r) Abakan Maggie Whitehair(Ch. Valadimir of Elmfield x Mischa of Baymar)PriestLakeMaggie(l) Abakan Rosalinda de Llana(sister to Abakan Buckskin Quinn, by Belaya Buccaneer x Mischa of Baymar)

[The boy back at the sled is my son, Devon Gleason, now a grandfather.  :-)]

Descendants of this three-dog team have participated in:

Norway’s 350-mile Femundlopet(Nor Ch. Abakan Komolungma, “Kuma”, running wheel on Maj-Brith Gyth’s all Samoyed team)

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Maine’s 250-mile Can-Am Crown(Abakan Ninja, running wheel on Matt Carsten’s all Alaskan Husky team)

AbakanNinjaAlaska’s 750+ mile Serum Run(Nordviken’s Obraz Zima Kraziva, running lead on Don Duncan’s all Samoyed team. Photo by Jerry Vanek, DVM)

DonDuncanSeaviewteamNomeTo see more descendants of the three-dog team above, scroll down the page to see Abakan dogs scootering in Germany.  Also, go to the “ABAKAN sled dogs in action” page and the “Working Titlists” page which can be accessed from the menu bar at the right.