My name is Ashley Keith, and I have been involved with the sport of sled dog racing since January of 1998. I have competed in a small handful of mid-distance and sprint races in the midwest. While I no longer race or support most forms of racing, I do support humane mushing recreationally. I have been rescuing & rehabilitating abused sled dogs - both Siberian & Alaskan Huskies - professionally since 2002 (and privately since 1998).
Over the years, I have experienced some truly spiritual wilderness adventures with my dogs. There is something magical about being alone in the woods with no one but your furred companions. My dogs have brought more joy to my life than I can explain - and I try to give that same joy back to them through proper veterinary care, house privileges, a quality diet, more toys than I can count and tons of affection.
However, not every musher has a bond this close with their dogs. In fact, most competitive mushers own fifty to one hundred dogs. Some Iditarod and Yukon Quest mushers even own upwards of two hundred. These people cut corners in the most basic aspects of animal husbandry, in order to consistently field a racing team. Dogs in such situations are chained for the majority of their lives, and often face death from a bullet when they grow too old to race on the main team.
This website is dedicated to all of those dogs who have met death for simply growing old or becoming injured... It is dedicated to the dogs who continue to live their lives at the end of four to six foot chains with nothing more than a rusty food bowl and a dilapidated dog house...
I'm a member of Dogs Deserve Better - an organization supporting and creating legislation which will outlaw the inhumane chaining of our animal companions. I also volunteer for the Sled Dog Action Coalition - an organization which seeks to bring to light the horrific realities which Iditarod dogs face.
Throughout this website, you will see photographs and read eyewitness accounts of sled dog cruelty and neglect which runs rampant in the sport. For legal reasons, the names of mushers I worked for and trained with are not included. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me.
Click here to e-mail Ashley. Last Update: March 12th 2011