Rob Cooke
Age
53
Experience
Veteran
Sponsors
Viktor Varga, dogbooties.com, Trailbaby, Strong Arm Forge, Breizh Korser, Nanette Wendel, Head-Lites.com, Nunataq Alaskan Malamutes, Heidi and Carsten Griese, Quiet Moose Jewellery, Judy Viale, All our dog sponsors
Nationality
British/Canadian
Occupation(s)
Clean Energy Team Leader: Federal Government
Kennel Name
Shaytaan Siberian Huskies
Kennel Name Origination
You'll have to ask my wife.
Kennel Bloodlines
Shaytaan, Cheffins, Tsuga
Breeds
Siberian Huskies
# of Dogs in Kennel
63

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
24
Tell us about your dogs, particularly some stories or facts about dogs running the 2020 race with you

Hoping that Cockwomble, Arseface and Lardarse will make the team this year. At the end of the 2019 Yukon Quest I stated that my main dogs, the Crazy litter (Psycho, Maddie, Skits, Loonie and Nutter) would be retiring. As of August 2019, and three weeks into training, I am not so sure. The majority of the dogs on the team this year will have been bred by us.

How did you get started running dogs?

Got our first Siberian Husky in 1997 and it all went downhill from there.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?

Being out in the wilderness with just the dogs and away from reality.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain. Gin Lovers Association of Mount Lorne.
Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
I truly do not know. Have fun with some new dogs on the team and aim to ensure that the team has fun too (P.S. it is a joke about me having fun on the race - I know now that is not going to happen).
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?

We take it in turns to come up with litter themes: Louise tries to come up with sensible names; I do my best to come up with offensive names that may upset people. I asked the dogs and they don't care what they are called.

Share a quick story about one of your indispensable Handlers

They all drink too much coffee. Seriously, I seem to have the best handlers every year who join us from around the world - so far England, Scotland, Spain, Australia, Switzerland and this year, Austria.

Tell us about your favourite experience with a volunteer on the trail
Too many to mention. A special shout out to all the race staff and volunteers in Mile 101 this year (2019) as they were all absolutely amazing and did an incredible job helping look after the dogs in the storm we had whilst there.
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
Yukon Quest 2013/2015-19. Best finish - 11th; Copper Basin - 2012/13/15/16/18/19; Iditarod 2015/16/18