Saturday, December 3, 2011

Wounded Warrior Project

Slo-n-Eazy Kennel is owned and operated by Jason Weitzel and his wife Susan Allmeroth. Jason is gearing up to run the 2012 Yukon Quest which is a 1000 mile International sled dog race. Both Jason and his wife are veterans dedicated to raising awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. Jason is donating half of his winnings to and attempting to raise $10,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Jason has register his run as a Sponsored Event to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
The Yukon Quest race starts in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska at 11:00 am on the Chena River and finishes approximately 10-14 days later in Whitehorse, Canada on the Yukon River. The finish and award banquet will be held on 18 Feb in Whitehorse, Canada.We encourage anyone to join us at the start, middle, or finish of the race to cheer our team on and spread the word that we are trying to raise both awareness and funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The purpose of the WWP is :

  • To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.
  • To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
  • To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members

All donations for the WWP can be made here:  Please help us reach our goal and support the wounded warriors so that they are not forgotten.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Brrrrrrr It's Cold out There

Synchoronized sled dog eating. Now if that was a sport we would nail the competition. It is great to see the doggies coming back from some longer runs and hitting the food right away. Jason is running a lot of 35-40 mile runs right now and trying to keep the dogs up on miles and healthy during this unseasonable November cold snap. We are seeing alot of -40 and -50 below zero tempertures and setting records here in the Fairbanks area. Hoping that it is not a theme for the winter and it warms back up and spits out a lot more snow. We are working really hard on keeping all the dogs very healthy and nice and fat. Jason has moved to running the sled, which means more work for him until we get more snow, but at least he can stay warmer on the sled. Also he can't stop the sled with all 16 dogs he is training with such low snow right now, which means he has broken the yard up into 3 teams and running a 2 on 1 off schedule. Again a special thanks to all supporting us and we will see you on the trail.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Finally It's Here

Finally the snow is here and the dogs are a bit more happy to have the cooler weather and the snow for drinks on runs along the trail. The snow is always a welcomed sight to see in our opinion. The training miles are starting to add up and Jason is training 24 dogs and looking for that perfect 14 to make up his final team.

We have added a few new sponsors thanks to a big push from Linda B down at the Vet Center. We now have been able to secured some meat and new jackets for the Quest. It's starting to come together bit by bit. Working on another big project as well right now, more details to follow soon.

Always finding happiness in the smallest details or gestures is especially rewarding particularly when you take the time to see them makes us feel rich. Here's to hoping for a great snow year.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall Training

So I think Spot says it best here. Fast and furious can leave you a little worn down but begging for more.
There is something to be said about a bond between man and dog that not everyone can truly experience. What is great about mushing is learning everyday. Getting that one step closer too that once in a life time experience that can only truly exist based on trust and a true understanding. Listening to your dog and realizing that they know you better than you know yourself is sometimes incredible. They read us like an open book and it takes us days months years or sometimes a breaking point to truly understand what he needs wants or desires. But when it happens it is one of the best feelings you can ever experience. Jason is off to a great Fall season and so are the dogs. Taking it slow and easy like always and hope to see you on the trail.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New trails ahead

Well, the planning is off to a quick pace, laying the ground work for months ahead. We have been making lists and checking them twice and now have starting ordering away. Feeling a bit like Santa only hoping those bills show up in someone else's mailbox:) Excitement is in the air, especially with the cooler tempertures rolling in and making a promising start to a great season. Here's to a great start and looking towards a rewarding finish.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sign Up

Well It is official. Jason was the 7th person to sign up today for the Yukon Quest 2012. So far 15 teams are signed up. Saw a lot of familiar faces today and was a beautiful day to be out and about doing a bit of socializing. Jason is now out working on putting up salmon in the freezer for the winter months ahead. Next step if finding a bit of sponsorship and starting the planning for the journey ahead.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Yukon Quest 2012

Well, here we go. Jason has picked up and filled out his 2012 Yukon Quest paperwork, next step is making it to sign up tomorrow between 2-4pm. Still looking for sponsorship:)