There and Back Again Sled Dogs
Meet Josi Thyr
Meet Josi Thyr
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At nine years old Josi got her dream dog - a Siberian Husky named Nakota. She had no inkling of the adventures which would come of the seemingly innocent family addition...but you could say that she and sled dog dreams grew together! Before her family moved to a mountaintop property in North Idaho, she had read everything she could get her hands on about dog mushing. Initially she started with Siberian Huskies, working at a nearby kennel, but later switched to Alaskan Huskies. Those early years were an adventure, as she had to get special permission to race in the adult classes. Her first official race with her own team was the Conconully Snow Dog Super Mush 6-dog class, where she placed 5th. She also completed the 100 mile Jr Race to the Sky, the 75 mile Cascade Quest in addition to other mid-distance and sprint races in the lower 48 and Canada.
At 17 she went up to Nenana, Alaska to be a part of the Iditarod handling team for Aaron Burmeister. While in Alaska, she soaked up everything and spent many hours with Aaron and trainer, Scott Smith, talking dogs and hearing Iditarod stories. Running puppies and yearlings in the cold Alaskan wilderness only fueled the fire for continuing mushing - with the goal of one day competing in the Iditarod.
Upon returning from Alaska, Josi continued racing to complete the required qualifiers for the Iditarod, garnering several best cared for team awards. The most recent races include the Eagle Cap Extreme, Montana's Race to the Sky and the Idaho Sled Dog Challenge. She currently resides in Olney, Montana with about 30 sled dogs and a couple collies.