Breed: Alaskan Husky
Birthdate: October 2015
Sex: Male, neutered
Team position: Wheel
Breeder: James Wheeler
Health testing: AHE clear, clear of over 270 diseases with Embark
Flounder is a sweet, sensitive dog. He is a bit shy at first but once you get to know him, it develops into a reserved happiness. Flounder is really soft in personality and loves quiet moments with soft pets. He is very quiet at hookup, not liking the chaos, but once the hook is pulled, Flounder is an absolute powerhouse in harness. I rarely see him trot, he pushes to lope no matter what speed or mileage. Flounder prefers being towards the back of the team in wheel, but he can step up and lead if needed, even if it isn't his favorite position. He has become best friends with Panther, the only dog he will solicit play with - everyone else he just ignores and just enjoys roaming around the yard during free play time.
Flounder came from Meredith Mapes at six years old, bringing some much needed experience to my mostly young team. He has a ton of race experience while on her team:
2017 Knik 200 - 26th place
2017 Northern Lights 300 - dropped in Yentna (return)(sore wrists)
2017 Junior Iditarod
2017 Alaska Excursions 120 - 8th place
2018 Knik 100 - 6th place
2018 Iditarod - 49th place
2018 Freddie's Midnight Run - 4th place
2019 Jr Willow 100 - 9th place
2019 Jr Iditarod - 8th place
2020 Iditarod - returned in Rainy Pass
2021 Ididntrod - 13th place
In early 2022, Flounder was severely injured in a dog fight during a training run. Friends, family, and supporters of our kennel on Twitter raised enough money to completely cover Flounder's nearly 2 week hospitalization and multiple surgeries. Thanks to the incredible care of the veterinary hospital at University of Minnesota, Flounder was able to not only keep his life, but his leg, too. At this time it is unclear whether he will be able to re-join the race team in fall, but his recovery so far has been nothing short of miraculous.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO FLOUNDER'S SPONSORS:
Permanently sponsored by my friends, family, and #mushertwitter #uglydogs who raised money to completely cover Flounder's medical costs after the incident in early 2022.