I began working with sled dogs at the age of 6 after going for a run with a family friend. Now 17, I am a high school senior in my final year and manage Cottonwood Kennels, a small racing/recreational operation of 11 huskies. My dogs currently range in age from 9 to just yearlings. Because I enjoy working with my dogs as individuals and appreciate the skills that older dogs obtain, I have never gotten into the breeding end of sled dogs. The majority of my animals come from larger kennels that may not have the manpower to utilize each dog’s potential, or they enter our yard with physical issues or personality “quirks”. Every year as our season begins, the dogs begin to settle down and develop into a cohesive unit, which I feel both honored and humbled to observe.
Mushing is a very demanding sport, both physically and mentally. Sled dogs develop different skills in a team; they learn how to pace themselves, determine snow conditions, conserve energy at a rest stop, and match strides with their running partners.
The most important animals are the leaders; they run up front and keep an eye on the trail ahead. Lead dogs keeps the lines taunt when stopped, distinguish and turn left or right at a vocal command, march through obstacles such as open water, and generally keep the team in order. They are the glue, the dynamos, and they can make or break a dog team. My lead dogs for 2009 are Judo and Lily. Judo is around 35lbs and provides both brains and drive. Bred by Bonnie Gamble of Runner Rider Kennels, she is tough, hardworking, and never slacks off. Lily is very nearly the complete opposite. Bred by the Joinson family of Bar King Sled Dog Adventures, she takes nothing seriously and is a ball of hyper activity at all times. Thankfully, they enjoy running together. I guess opposites do attract!
When in training, my dogs run 5 days a week at distances that range from 6-40 miles a run. With such a high-stress, high-demand sport, top nutrition is needed to ensure that the dogs can perform fully and comfortably. After switching over to CANIDAE Grain-Free Salmon Formula, the mood and ability of my animals markedly improved over the course of only a few weeks. Excellent weight, thick, lustrous coats, improved endurance and heart rates, calm demeanors and firm stools became the order of the day. We still feed some raw meats, but most mushers do this to bait water and add a little extra fat. As snacks, we mash up CANIDAE canned food and roll it into “meatballs”, freeze, and feed on the trail. We also add this mash to warm water as bait. CANIDAE makes up the bulk of our diet and I am confident in recommending this to other racers as a top performance formula. After a long run many mushers struggle to entice their animals to eat, but with such excellent palatability CANIDAE makes that job easy. We feel very honored and grateful to be part of the CANIDAE team.
Laura Vinnedge and… Platty, Chevy, Oreo, Judo, Rosebud, Emily, Jasper, Jake, Lily, Chaos and Butch (the retired one)
Murphy and I are still having a blast. Murphy’s latest results from Super Retriever Series are now posted and you can view them at www.superretrieverseries.com. Look under the Mankato Event, Amateur class. We also attended the DockDogs event last weekend held at the South St. Louis County Fair.
Murphy took 2nd in speed retrieve and 4th in Big Air. You can see the results posted at dockdogsnorthernstars.com and go under the event category. I have attached a few pictures of us for your review. We are so thankful we found CANIDAE.
Murphy’s performance has increased progressively at each event and his stamina is untouchable. Murphy has always had a beautiful coat, and now along with his coat he seems to shed less on CANIDAE. I noticed that Murphy was always a little slower following one of our events in the past, he now is just as perky and ready to go on Monday as he was prior to an event.
Ihad the banner up that you sent me at the South St. Louis County Event and we had a few people stop by and pick up a brochure. I sent them your way for more information.
UPDATE: December 2009 – We finished up strong in 2009 and are already making plans for 2010. Our first event is the Twin Cities Pet Expo on March 6th and 7th at the Minneapolis Convention Center here in Minnesota. Thanks for all you do for us, and thanks again for the Snap-Biscuit treats — our other two dogs love them as well!
Troy & Murphy
Why We Thrive on CANIDAE: We have six high flying Frisbee trick dogs who are serious athletes. I have done extensive research to determine my dogs’ nutritional needs.
I also have spent a lot of time educating myself through various sources and experts on dog foods and dog food companies. Learning about CANIDAE dog food, its ingredients, where they come from, and where it is manufactured are all important factors to me. CANIDAE staff knowledge of their products and their willingness to assist their customers in any way they can are also very important to me.
It’s easy to put things on a label, but to truly care about your product, what goes into it, and understanding the needs of the consumer and their dogs is what separates an ordinary dog food company from a great one.
CANIDAE is that “great” dog food company that my Border Collies and I have been looking for. The customer service and support, especially the product knowledge, is so valuable to me and my pack of dogs. The choice of ingredients is superior to any on the market and is a perfect fit for the needs of my dogs.
Simply put, CANIDAE is a great dog food for their diet and nutritional needs. Believe me, we have tried many of the top dog foods and none have shown the results for my dogs like CANIDAE has. My dogs not only maintain their energy throughout the day, but they are happy, have beautiful coats, and are gleaming with good nutrition. I am sure of that every time I scoop CANIDAE into their bowls!
When competing in and performing high energy trick disc dog shows, my dogs are always at their best when on CANIDAE. The proof is so obvious: CANIDAE makes them complete!
Jeff Wright, Flying Houndz Frizbee
Bad Labs is a very proud member of the CANIDAE Team. Jesse is our 3 year old chocolate Lab that switched to CANIDAE All Life Stages at 10 months old because we were not happy with the results from our ‘breed-specific’ food. Since we’ve made the switch, the results have been amazing. People are constantly complementing us on her coat and stature. We believe that her diet and strict training regimen are the reasons for her awesome results on the dock. In our first season of Dock Diving competition she became Canada’s top female competitor and Canada’s top chocolate lab. She consistently jumps over 21 feet and is currently Canada’s highest jumping dog.
Our newest member to the team, Ace, is Jesse’s younger brother and at 10 months is already jumping over 20 feet and is getting better and stronger thanks to CANIDAE. Jesse and Ace continue to impress the crowds with both their appearance and their abilities on and off the dock. Team “Bad Labs” would like to thank CANIDAE for all their support, and more importantly for making an awesome product for our ‘Fur-kids’.
Jesse, Ace, Lindsay and Blair
UPDATE: July 2010 – Jesse jumped for the first time since her knee surgery this weekend and won her division. We are so proud of her. Ace also qualified for the Extreme Vertical World finals. Congratulations to Team Bad Labs.
As Panda’s breeder, owner, handler and trainer I take great pride in making sure she has the best care possible. I have discovered not only does CANIDAE All Life Stages make her look great, it also keeps her in exceptional health. She has been competing heavily this year in UKC weight pulling. She has gone from her initial United Weight Puller title on January 2nd, 2010 to her United Weight Puller Champion and United Weight Puller Outstanding titles these last few months. She had an upcoming event this June were she finished her Weight Pull Champion Excellent title. She is currently ranked in UKC Weight Pull All Stars and I hope for her to continue to succeed this year. Her current Personal Best pull on a rail system is 3,681 pounds which was 85.6 times her body weight. She loves this sport very much, wagging her tail the entire time!
Not only does Panda weight pull but she has also competed in the sport of dock jumping, achieving two titles at two different venues. She has a personal best jump of 10 feet 9 inches having only competed three weekends. She has learned vertical and distance jumping and is really getting the hang of it!
She has her Grand Championship for conformation and was ranked in UKCs breed top ten in 2008 as the #7 overall APBT and even after having to be spayed in November 2009 she still wins big taking 8 Best Altered In Show wins in 2 months. In February she obtained her Rally Obedience 1 title and uses her abilities as a licensed Therapy Dog spending some days with my 86-year-old grandfather and her grandmother Lexi, who is my 8-year-old APBT and also a licensed Therapy Dog.
Panda has amounted to amazing things, obtaining 11 titles in different events and she only just turned 4 years old! Next, we are going to try our chances at Lure Coursing! The nutrition given by CANIDAE is above all the rest and I hope to continue to share my stories of Panda! Keep watching also for an upcoming youngster, a German Shorthaired Pointer named Charlie, who will be joining my team later this year!
Jen and Panda
UPDATE: August 2010 – Panda did amazing at Premier! Her All Star Junior Handler pulled Panda for the first time and they took 5th place overall in juniors! Panda then proceeded to win and become the very fist dog to win Altered Best In Show at Premier and took home an additional Reserve Altered Best In Show! Last month Panda has managed to pull her way to finishing her UWPCHX title and jumped HUGE at the Premier Fetch It game with 17 feet, and 15 feet 8 inches in Ultimate Air. Just one week after Premier, Panda jumped again finishing her UJJCH title! The updates were posted for Weight Pull All Stars and Panda is rated #5! I’m very proud of my hard-working little girl. Panda’s name now reads UJJCH UWPO URO1 UWPCHX GRCH Ton 80’s Bamboo Delight tt, CGC, TDI, NJ-N, IDWP1, UPF-WPII.
photo credits: 1st-Digital Anarchy Designs, 3rd -Toy Soldier Kennels, 4th –Thomas Photography
I’m a firm believer that to have a happy dog he must be both physically active and mentally stimulated… thus both my dogs are kept active doing things Labs were bred to do like fetch, hunt, swim and retrieve. A healthy dog goes hand in hand with a happy dog. Stimulation, excellent genetics, daily exercise, and the proper high quality nutrition all play a key role. That’s where CANIDAE comes in.
Ten [3rd and 4th pictures], who is our 2 year old male Black Labrador Retriever, has been raised on CANIDAE ALS and is currently on CANIDAE Grain Free Salmon. I was very excited when CANIDAE had introduced its Grain Free Formulas as Ten needed a higher protein diet to support his very active, rigorous field trial and training schedule. Field Trials dogs, such as Ten, are considered to be the Olympic Athletes of dogs sports. In the evening, the boys split a can of CANIDAE Chicken and Rice and always look forward to that added treat. During competitions, when feeding schedules are very difficult to adhere to, I tide them over with CANIDAE Snap-Biscuit treats and use CANIDAE Snap-Bits when training until their normal feeding schedule is resumed.
Why CANIDAE? Because of the high quality ingredients and that it works for my dogs. Both my dogs are of ideal weight and muscle tone, maintain high energy levels and stamina, have glossy coats, and my dogs love the taste!! I constantly get complimented and questioned on Ten’s sleek shiny coat and defined muscles and asked, “What do you feed him?” For Rock, I get complimented on his age. People can not believe the dog is 12 years old. He physically and mentally acts and looks like a much younger dog.
Rock has been dock jumping for 6 years. He has been honored with awards and trophies and titled “Top Veteran Dog” for 4 years running with Ultimate Air Dogs and the United Kennel Club (UKC). Rock also competed in the Super Retriever Series (SRS) Crown Championship at age 8 and placed! He has his CH – Champion Title with the UKC in both distance and vertical jumping. Rock is quite a crowd pleaser with his dock antics and well known coined phrase, “woo, woo, shuffle.” He has adorned many newspapers and television newscasts and has his very own dock jumping event on Long Island named in his honor – The Rock Classic!!
For Field Trials, Ten is currently ranked 4th in the Country on the National Derby List for 2010 with 34 US Derby Points, published in the Retriever News. In 2009, he ranked in the Top 10 on the Canadian Derby List by earning 12 points. After aging out of Derby at 2 years old, Ten went right into the Qualifying Stakes placing 3rd and backing it up with a 1st place (very impressive) making him QAA – Qualified All Age to run the higher Field Trial Stakes, including the Limited and Special. Hunt Tests: Ten just obtained his AKC MH – Master Hunter Title at 2 years, 3 months and with his last pass has just qualified to compete at this year’s Master National in California on 10-10-10. Stay tuned for much more on Ten!!
Rock – USUVCH USJCH Rock’s Bay Paddler, TDI, CGC
Ten – USJ SHR Bluenorth’s Rock Hard Ten, QAA, JFTR, MH, WCX, CGC
My dog Bella, a Belgian Malinois, loves CANIDAE Grain Free All Life Stages and so do I! My vet suggested that she eat a high protein, low carb, grain free diet because of her busy lifestyle. We had tried two different foods but never could get her stools to firm up. So once again I began my search for a better food for Bella. That’s when I came across your Grain Free ALS and love it. Finally we have found the food that agrees with her and is of the quality that we are looking for.
We were introduced to your product at a disc dog competition during which we won the West Coast Nationals and the California State Championship. At both of these events we were gifted with several bags of CANIDAE dog food as prizes. When I read the label, I was surprised to see the quality of your food and pleased to see it fit my vet’s suggestion. So instead of me finding a new food, it found us.
As soon as Bella started on the food I noticed right away her stools were looking much more healthy and firm. Her coat shined like never before. So right away I knew we had found a product that fit our requirements and agreed with her. People always ask me what I feed her and I say “Big Air Bella is powered by CANIDAE.”
This September, we won the annual Ashley Whippet Invitational Championship in Naperville, Illinois, the country’s oldest disc dog competition. Bella and I triumphed over more than 80 other teams at that event to take the title of World Champ in flying disc catching! We have also won or placed highly in other regional, state and national competitions.
Disc dog took off in 1974 when Alex Stein and his dog, Ashley Whippet, ran onto the field during a nationally televised baseball game and astonished the crowd with their long tosses and high-flying catches. They went on to appear on popular TV shows, and Stein helped create the Frisbee Dog World Championship, later renamed after his pet. In the sport of Frisbee dog, Bella is the equivalent to Michael Jordan. It’s why I call her ‘Big Air Bella.” Thank you so much and we are looking forward to many healthy years of competing!
UPDATE: November 2010 – CANIDAE Team Takes Podium at UFO Disc Dog National World Cup Finals
Todd Murnan and Bella
As owner/trainer of Rocket’s K-9 Comets Frisbee Dog Stars and the FIDO 500 Mini Dog Races… I have been feeding various dog foods to my teams for over 30 years. My teams of dogs include such a variety of sizes and breeds from Pointers, Labs, Australian Cattle Dogs, Catahoula Leopard Dogs and Chesapeake Bay retrievers in my Frisbee show; to Pugs, Beagles, Chihuahuas, Cairn terriers and Chinese Cresteds in my Mini Dog Races.
For the last 10 years, since 1999, I have had the honor and privilege to feed ALL of my dogs CANIDAE dog food exclusively. By feeding all the different breeds the same dog food, it allows me to see the incredible nutrition that CANIDAE offers the complete spectrum of canines. From the hard working Cattle dogs and Labs, to the little finicky Pugs and Chihuahuas there is nothing better for vitality, coat and overall wellness that I have found.
The palatability is amazing as all my breeds can’t wait for feeding time to get their CANIDAE! With the final customization of being able to pick out a certain type of CANIDAE dog food such as Lamb, Fish, the All Life Stages food or the Senior formula to fit each dog’s preference; the quality remains superb at all levels. It is all the finest quality I have seen in 30 years of dog training!
I don’t just recommend, but will promise, that anyone who owns any breed of dog; you will get the optimum wellness, vitality and beautiful coat that you have always been looking for by feeding CANIDAE dog food to your pet or working dog. The results for me stand alone. After so many years of trying to “get it right” on picking the best food for my wonderful dogs, the choices and quality of CANIDAE dog food has left me looking no more.
For me and all my dogs, it’s CANIDAE, everyday, for health, nutrition and vitality!
“For me, dog ownership has been a continuous learning experience. From the time I got my first dog in 1999 until now, dogs have continued to impress and inspire me with their love, grace, agility, and overall athleticism. This sparked the beginning of my involvement in dog sports. My dogs have competed in agility, flyball, dock diving, rally-O, and flying disc competitions, and have won many awards and received many titles.
My first dog is a border collie named Harley, who has always excelled in flyball, a team relay race where each dog sprints over a series of small jumps to a stationary box that ejects a tennis ball when hit. The ball is carried back over the jumps to the start line where the next dog does the same. This is a timed event that four dogs can complete in as little as 15 seconds. It’s a physically demanding sport with as many as 60 races being run in a day. Harley has successfully competed for 8 years and is still going strong at 11.
At the age where most dogs reach retirement, Harley is still actively competing. I do not believe this would be possible without a quality diet and for Harley, it is CANIDAE all the way. We have two other dogs that are active in sports as well, and a puppy in training. Hailey, also a border collie, has been competing in flyball for 6 years. Rico, a 10 month old border collie, is in training to have a successful career in Disc Dogs and flyball.
My mixed breed Jasmine is incredibly versatile. She has been competing in flyball for 5 years and agility for 3, although her favorite sport is Canine Disc, commonly called Disc Dogs. She loves Frisbee freestyle which is a combination of various Frisbee throws and dog acrobatics choreographed to music. Disc Dogs is also athletically demanding. It requires dogs to be in top physical condition and requires a diet with lots of nutrition and high protein. Jasmine is very good at what she does; she has been featured in many newspapers and has a mouth full of titles after her name. She has also placed very well at competition and has a wall full of her accomplishments.
Our dogs are our lives! As with most fellow dog owners, we only want the very best for our canine companions. For food, this could only mean the highest quality dog food money can buy, which we found only in CANIDAE. This food is of exceptional quality and we highly recommend it to ALL of our fellow dog owners.
Our dogs love CANIDAE undoubtedly because of the taste. We love CANIDAE because our best friends have never looked better. While on CANIDAE, their coats look healthier and shimmer like never before.”
Michelle Martin and the Dynamite Dogs
Harley, Jasmine and Rico
Together, Angela and her partner Rick have six dogs that compete in a wide array of dog sports including disc dog, agility, flyball, rally-O, carting, therapy dogs, dock diving, musical freestyle, herding, and performance demos.
Angela and Rick operate R&R Pet Paradise, a 40 acre kennel and training facility in Ontario that focuses on personal and pampered attention for dogs. Though both have had a life-long love of dogs and dog sports, they came together only recently to open their kennel, Rick having left his job in construction to do so.
“I have worked in the industrial construction sector for 20 years but this is the first time I feel like I have a constructive job,” said Rick who is the head trainer at their kennel and has his own two Border Collies, Riff Raff and Brew Ha Ha. Angela is an animal nutritionist by trade whose passion in life is working with dogs. She competes with her four dogs Briar, Rally, Truman and Gander.
“Owning various sizes and ages of dogs, I need top-quality nutrition to support their active lifestyles. With CANIDAE, I am confident that I have achieved this goal and recommend this brand to dog owners,” said Angela.
Rick and Angela feed CANIDAE Grain Free All Life Stages to their highly active dogs and use Snap-Bits Gourmet Treats in their training regimens.
UPDATE: July 2011 – Our own Caroline Pettersen was on hand to witness Angela & Rally placed 2nd at the Skyhoundz Eastern Canadian Regional Qualifier in Ontario in both Open Freestyle and Distance/Accuracy. Angela, Rick & Rally placed 1st in Pairs Freestyle while Rick & Riff placed 3rd in Open Freestyle and 4th in Distance/Accuracy. Angela & Brew placed 4th in Open Freestyle. The top 3 placements earned an invitation to the Skyhoundz World Championships this September in Chattanooga, Tennessee!