About the Musher: Blake Freking, Finland, MN (USA)
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up…..
How did you start running dogs? Was it hard to get started?
I started skijouring with one dog, then two…Now I have 80 dogs. Getting started was the easy part. Stopping seems impossible.
What leisure time activities are you involved with?
I enjoy spending time with my family, riding motorcycles, hunting, playing with puppies.
What are your greatest accomplishments in the dog mushing field?
There have been so many proud moments.
Finishing four 1000 mile races without ever a consideration of scratching, three with dogs entirely raised in our kennel. Winning the Beargrease Marathon. Seeing our puppies grow up and succeed.
If you had to pick a favorite, and only one of your dogs could be your favorite, which one would you choose and why? Which dog is the most playful?
My favorite dog lived in Alaska named Anya. Very smart, small female and led me through my first qualifiers and Iditarod. So reliable and committed…
My most playful dog is Ranger. He loves to play and also knows when its time to get serious.
How can you tell your dogs are smart? Which one is the smartest, and how can you tell?
All my dogs are smart, just ask them and they will explain why in multiple languages.
What are you known for professionally? What do you have a knack for?
that’s tough. Im not sure I have any “knacks”
What do you do to support your “dog habit”?
I work for the US Forest Service.
If money was no object, what would be the most fantastic alteration you think you might make to your sleigh?
My sled would look like a bus so I could take my kids on long runs….
What advice would you give to a kid that wants to run dogs when they get older?
Find a mentor and avoid a lot of mistakes.
What is your favourite thing about being on the trail with your dogs?
Seeing the team come together as a cohesive group and suceeding.
If dogs couldn’t pull a sleigh, what animal do you think you would like to try hitching up to your line?
I would use Reindeer because they can fly.