Following the 2017 Tug Hill Challenge, the trail crew gathered to present Keith Flier with the 2016 Jim Gauger Memorial Award. The Gauger award is given to someone who selflessly donates time and effort to the Pennsylvania Sled Dog Club. Keith has volunteered as trail crew for the past ten years at the Tug Hill Challenge and we couldn't do it without him. Thanks, Keith!
Past PSDC member and life-long lover of Siberian Huskies, Diana May Weigert Miller, died Saturday November 26, 2016.
Diana is survived by her two daughters, Stephanie and Heather Miller, her five grandsons, two daughter-in-laws and four great grandchildren, her brothers Chuck and Michael Weigert and her friend Phillip Selover; and perhaps most importantly her constant furry companions Meyko and Lilly.
Diana and Phil, with their Bakavi kennel of registered huskies, were well-known at both gig and snow races along the East Coast in the 1970’s and early 1980’s and were very active PSDC members. Many Siberians from Diana’s and Phil’s breeding are still running and competing. Diana was a recipient of PSDC’s prestigious Harvey Saltzer Memorial award.
While there will be no formal services, family and friends will gather at the sled dog trails where she loved to run her team of Siberians on December 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm.
For those interested in attending the directions are: within the Michaux State Forest Northern Section Snowmobile Trails. Rt 30 is crossed by Rt 233. Take Rt 233 thru Caledonia State Park into Michaux about 1 mile to Milesburn Road (go slow it is a small road and about 1 mile from 233). Turn onto Milesburn road and drive to the intersection with Birch Run Road. The spot is by the Long Pine Run Reservoir.
The PSDC Board of Directors has voted to make a donation in Diana’s name to the Delaware Valley Siberian Husky Rescue.
Cards of condolence may be sent to:
860 South Winding Way
Dover, PA 17315
John A. Bilodeau-Redeye, 63 of Basom, passed away unexpectedly on Friday (November 13, 2015) in Belen, New Mexico. John and the Redeye family were regulars at the Tug Hill races and known by many PSDC members.
He was born April 23, 1952 in San Francisco, CA, a son of the late Norma Poodry and Nicholas Redeye of Belen, NM.
John was employed by New York State as a Peace Officer prior to his retirement and also worked at the T.P. Deli. He was president of the TIRCA Board and member of the Canadian Sledders Inc., Siberian Husky Club of Niagara Falls, the Seneca Siberian Husky Club and the co-owner of BiliRed Sled Dogs.
Survivors include his wife,Catherine Bilodeau-Redeye of Basom. Brother, Thomas Redeye of Spokane, WA. Step-sister, Sharon LeRoy. Nieces and nephews, Jonathan, Barbara, Melanie and Robin Redeye.
He was the brother of the late Glenn Redeye.
Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Friday (December 11th) from 7-9pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, NY. A funeral service will be held Saturday (December 12th), 11:00am at the Tonawanda Indian Baptist Church, 565 Bloomingdale Rd., Basom, NY 14013. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Open Arms of WNY or Volunteers for Animals.
Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.
This year the PSDC is raffling off a Toboggan sled donated by Carolyn McKenrick and refurbished by Johnn Molburg.
Proceeds will benefit this year's ISDRA meeting. Raffle tickets are $10 each. Tickets will be at all upcoming PSDC races. Participants may also contact Mary Lobo on Facebook or via email (email@example.com).
Drawing to be held at the spring meeting in Denver, PA. Enter today!
Paying tribute to Chris Krause, beloved husband of PSDC member LuWanna Krause.
The Pennsylvania Senate has given tentative approval to a bill that amends the state's cruelty laws to regulate tethering and sheltering for dogs kept outdoors.
The AKC strongly believes that no dog should ever be kept in a situation that endangers its health, wellbeing, or safety.
Senate Bill 373, however, could directly impact field trials, sledding or other humane winter dog sports and winter activities, as the bill prohibits a dog from being tethered outside for more than 30 minutes if the temperature is below 32 degrees.
The bill also sets specific standards for shelter and bedding for dogs kept outdoors. Dog owners are encouraged to review the bill in its entirety to see how it would impact your kennels and outdoor dog shelters.
Many breeds thrive in cold temperatures, and keeping them humanely tethered outside, even unattended, does not harm the animal. Certain training for field trials, search and rescue, and other activities may also require a dog to be temporarily and humanely tethered outside in cold temperatures.
The AKC recommends that this measure be clarified to state instead that a dog should not be left outdoors in conditions where the health and safety of the dog is in immediate danger.
What You Can Do:
The bill could be scheduled for a vote in the Senate at any time. Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to contact their State Senator TODAY and express your concerns with Senate Bill 373 as currently written. Visit the Legislative AKC Action Center and type in your address to find the name and contact information for your State Senator.
PSDC members are very generous! Club Treasurer Jessica Keiner-Borman presented a check for almost $1300 to members Lynda Ninos and Ed Scheckner at the Saturday night dinner during the annual summer campout.
The club established a “go fund me” site shortly after a lightning strike on June 13th started a fire which destroyed the kennel building owned by Ninos and Scheckner is Kirkwood, PA. The building housed their Malamutes, Labs, mushing gear, appliances and work tools.
Fortunately, Scheckner was home when the fire started and was able to save all the dogs. The fire department put out the flames before the mushing gear was lost, but other appliances and tools were lost. The building itself was a total loss.
The “go fund me” site was publicized on the PA Sled Dog Club’s website, on the club’s FaceBook page and in the club newsletter. Club members started donating right away and continued donating until after the summer campout. Hopefully these donations will help Ninos & Scheckner replace some lost items.
To begin with, the weather was PERFECT !!!! Not too hot, sunny and no rain. Campers were pleased to stay dry all weekend and pack up dry tents.
Good food, good friends (both new & well-known,) and good friendly completion marked the weekend. Three campsites decorated for the title of “Best Decorated Campsite”. The magic of the Wizard bought home that title for Mary Wolf, Diane Geitzenauer and Robin Cline who shared a cabin.
The weekend started with a great home-cooked breakfast, immediate followed by the ever popular Calcutta. Twenty-eight teams ran on the short course, including gig, scooter, bike and cani-cross classes. The most popular musher was easily, junior rider Kaylee Zimmerman on a pink Barbie Hot Wheels with her one dog and Dad running alongside.
Saturday afternoon saw PSDC’s first ever Mushers Olympics. Precision poop-scooping, not so precise gig jousting, the water bucket relay and the musher obstacle course earned points for the competitors and laughs for the spectators. Again, the most applause went to little Kaylee Zimmerman, but the only musher in the Senior Division, Jane Keiner, also got cheers from her audience.
All the mushers gathered together that night for a mouth-watering pulled pork and pot-luck dinner that was followed by the Mushers Olympics medal presentation, and trophies for the fastest in each of the dryland classes. PSDC Treasurer Jessica Keiner-Borman presented Lynda Ninos and Ed Scheckner with a check for the money raised by the club to help with expenses following a fire at their kennel.
The silent auction and a community campfire ended the evening. A few teams were seen running the course again on Sunday morning before everybody headed home with bellies full of good food and memories of good times.
See more photos from this event in our Gallery.
ISDRA (International Sled Dog Racing Association) news this summer includes:
- LuWanna Krause resigned as our Regional ISDRA Director due to increased family demands with her mother’s illness. Jessica Keiner-Borman was recruited by ISDRA Executive Director Dave Steele to fill LuWanna’s position until elections for ISDRA Directors are held. Jessica’s photo and a short statement were published in the most recent issue of Dog & Driver, ISDRA’s magazine.
- There is now a proposal before the ISDRA Board of Directors to add purebred classes to the medal program. I was told if adopted, this addition of purebred medal classes would be made retro-active to include the 2014-2015 season. That means if enough purebred drivers, clubs and the correct number of ISDRA regions participate in ISDRA sanctioned purebred classes, ISDRA medals could be awarded next spring to purebred teams for the first time. The new policy would apply to both snow and dryland events.
You can contact your new ISDRA Regional Director Jessica Borman or email ISDRA Executive Director Dave Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts on this proposal.
Of course, ISDRA has requirements for registered dogs. This can be found on their website at www.isdra.org. There are blue tabs across the top of the webpage. Click on Resources and in the pull-down menu, you’ll find “Registered Breed Group Standard.” There are also requirements for each individual class to meet ISDRA medal status. They are:
Criteria for Medal Class qualification are as follows;
a. At least six (6) sanctioned races per class, must take place in a single season.
b. These sanctioned races must take place in two (2) countries and three (3) states or provinces.
c. The minimum number of competitors shall be at least twelve (12).
d. To qualify for a medal in any class, a member must complete at least three races in that class. “– quoted from ISDRA website
However, given the popularity of purebreds and pure-breed racing across Canada, New England, the mid-west and mid-Atlantic regions, I think medals for, at least, some classes in both dryland and snow races are a very real possibility for spring 2015.