Dave Dalton
Age
62
Experience
Veteran
Nationality
American
Occupation(s)
Dog Musher/Mushing Tour Guide
Kennel Name
Dalton Gang Kennels
Kennel Name Origination
By using my last name and the fact that dogs run in a gang-line.
Kennel Bloodlines
Dalton
Breeds
Alaskan Huskies
# of Dogs in Kennel
32

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
31
Tell us about your dogs, particularly some stories or facts about dogs running the 2020 race with you

The Dalton Gang will be returning with several finishers from the 2019 race. Leaders Spinner, Doc, Wayton, Cheeto, Woody, Norm and Fraiser. The Three Bears litter are back...Yogi, Grizzly and Polar. The Outlaws...Scarlet, Kitty and Butch are back with Billy-the-Kid trying to win a spot. Competing for this year's starting job are the Rookies. The Looney Tunes siblings...Tazzy, Hubie, Elmer, Bugs, Duffy, Sniffles and Merlin. The Boston Bruins Hockey Team litter...Chara, Bjork, Krejci and Miller. These are some of the 32 dogs training to win a spot in this year's line-up.

How did you get started running dogs?

I became the owner of a litter of 13 Airdale/Alaskan Husky puppies and they started my recreational sled dog team.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?

Taking a young, inexperienced dog team and watching them grow stronger and more confident along the trails.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Yukon Quest and Iditarod Finishers' Clubs.
Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
To improve over last year with a happy and healthy dog team.
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?

By sponsoring a puppy name and litter themes.

What music do you listen to on the trail?

Country and Rock n' Roll

Share a quick story about one of your indispensable Handlers

All the Handlers I have had are my favorite. The hurry up and wait, endless hours of driving, raking straw, feeding, cleaning and caring for the dogs. They are the back bone on keeping us moving forward down the trail with a positive attitude, without them I would not finish the race.

Tell us about your favourite experience with a volunteer on the trail
Coming into a check point where a volunteer had placed drop bags next to the sled and a warm meal inside, place to dry gear and lay my head, along with the Super Bowl score.
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2018 - Yukon Quest - 10th; 2008 - Yukon Quest - 3rd; 2006 - Yukon Quest - 4th; 2005 - Yukon Quest - 4th; 2004 - Yukon Quest - 3rd and the Veterinarian's Choice Award for finishing with all 14 dogs; 1988 - Yukon Quest - Rookie Race - 21st and started and finished with 12 dogs.