MEET THE MUSHER

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Melissa Mendelson

Melissa grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio where she was enamored with sled dogs from a young age, first learning about them from an artist she followed online. Through two trips to Alaska, she learned about the Alaskan Husky. In 2015, she met a local musher in Ohio and discovered dryland and urban mushing, and was instantly hooked. After a season bikejoring her friend's dogs, Melissa purchased her first Alaskan husky Ziggy and the rest is history.

Melissa graduated from Kent State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a minor in Art History. She runs a business from home, selling her artwork online and at conventions, which allows her to spend as much time as she does training dogs.