the dogs of douglas fir mushing
This is not a hobby.  It is late nights and early mornings.  It is struggle. It is triumph.  It pushes your boundaries and tests your abilities daily.  One moment it exposes your weaknesses only to let you shine your brightest in the next.  It is not for everyone. Heck, it's hardly for anyone.  But in that moment when all comes together.  When man and beast are one.  That moment is worth all the hard work and sacrifice.  It is necessary as breath, as the blood in your veins.
No, this is not a hobby.  It is a way of life.

They Want To Run. They Need To Run. They Love To Run.

the race dogs

the Jersey Shore Litter

Bloodlines- Sass/Mackey-Age 7 years old

Vinny was part of my race team in 2014 and he showed amazing potential despite his goofy demeanor.  This was especially the case at the wheel position, picking up great experience and knowledge running with Thunder.  Vinny got dropped in the Copper Basin 300 and never got the miles back on him for the Quest. It was a tough descion to leave him behind, but in the long run it was for the best.   I am excited to see what Vinny can do this season.  He is the hardest working dog I have.

sponsor vinny $ 200.00

pauly ​
bloodlines-sass/mackey-age 7 years old

Pauly shows little emotion but is an extremely hard worker and an easy dog to run anywhere in the team.  Pauly and his litter mates trained with me in 2013 as yearlings and showed a ton of promise at a young age.  He finshed the Copper Basin 300 with me and made it 800 miles into the Yukon Quest before getting dropped with a foot injury.  He has learned a ton from Jerry and Willy over the years and is now a strong leader.

      sponsor Pauly $ 200.00

Bloodlines-Sass/Mackey-Age 7 years old

Snooki finished the Yukon Quest with me in 2014 despite being dropped at the first checkpoint in the Copper Basin 300 earlier that season for a shoulder injury.  I never had a doubt that she would finish with me and she was one of my strongest dogs during the Quest.  Snooki is extremely light on her feet and a joy to watch run.  She has become one of my main leaders and I look forward to hitting the Quest trail with her again this year. 

sponsor snooki $ 200.00

bloodlines-sass/mackey-age​ 7 years old

Sammi is another steady and hard working dog that will run anywhere in the team.  She was unfocused as a yearling but as she has matured she has proven to be great sled dog and a strong leader.  She just missed the cut on Brent Sass' Yukon Quest Team in 2014 and finished strong with me in the Copper Basin 300 earlier that season.  She makes a great pair with her sister Snooki in lead and I look forward to racing with her this season.

          sponsor Sammi $ 200.00

the car litter

Bloodlines-Squids-age 6 years old

We got Datsun from our good friends at Squid Acres Kennel last winter and he has been a great addition to the team.  Datsun is the biggest and goofiest dog we have but he is  extremely powerful and a hard worker.  He is always happy and loves almost everyone.  He met lots of tourists last winter and everyone walked away with at least one giant hug.  His power will be a great asset in the Quest 300 this season.

sponsor datsun $ 200.00

the orange is the new black

Bloodlines-Sass-Age 5 Years Old

Caputo came to us from Brent Sass this passed spring.  Caputo was  the driving force in Brent's Kuskokwim 300 race last winter which was full of challenging conditions.  Caputo ran much of that race in lead through severe cold and wind and lots of glare ice.  We are extremely fortunate to continue to get amazing dogs from world class mushers that fit into our kennel seemlessly.  Caputo fits in so well here it seems like he has been here from the beginning.  With the Quest 300 on the horizon we are looking forward to  his  leadership to get us to the finish line.

sponsor caputo $ 200.00

bloodlines-sass-Age 5 years old

Mendez is the man.  He is boisterous, full of energy and one of the friendliest dogs around.  Mendez is also a strong leader like his brother Caputo and has many mid-distance races under his belt and he will be another great addition to this year's race team and a huge help this winter running tours.  His outgoing and friendly attitude will be a sure hit with the tourists and his experience will be welcomed on the race trail. 

sponsor Mendez $ 200.00

the Athabaskan litter

bloodlines-seavey-age 7 years old

Gwiinzii in Athabaskan means Good. She is a great little leader with a lot of race experience.  She is shy and takes a while to warm up but once she does she is one of the sweetest dogs around.  Gwiinzii came to Douglas Fir Mushing last fall and we love that she has joined the team and really look forward to racing her this winter.  She loves Matt more than anything and that's pretty awesome!

sponsor gwiinzii $ 200.00

bloodlines-Seavey-age 7 years old

Gwich'in came to Douglas Fir Mushing last fall.  She was raised at Squid Acres Kennel but her and her siblings were born in the Athabaskan village of Old Crow in Yukon, Canada. Gwich'in's name comes from the Gwich'in people of that live in Old Crow.  She is a fantastic leader and a true athlete that has seen a lot of race trail and is a huge hit with the tourists because of her beautiful blue eyes and friendly personality.  I love everything about this dog and look forward to  racing with her this winter.

      sponsor gwich'in $ 200.00

Old crow
bloodlines-seavey-age 7 years old

Old Crow's name comes from the Athabaskan village of Old Crow in Yukon, Canada where him and his sisters were born.  He is a beautiful, long legged leader with great power to help push down the trail when things get tough.  He has a great deal of race experience as well and I will certainly need this experience and his leadership on the trail this season.

sponsor old crow $ 200.00

the triple crown litter

bloodlines-sass/mackey-age 4 years old


Derby is part of the Triple Crown litter which is the first breeding done by Douglas Fir Mushing.  Her and her siblings are out of Snooki and were born in November of 2014.  Derby has been one of my favorites from day one (don't tell the other dogs).  She is an extremely hard worker, smart and focused beyond her years and has begun to run in lead.  I am excited to start putting some serious miles on her and racing with her for the first time this season. 

                 sponsor derby $ 200.00

bloodlines-sass/mackey-age 4 years old​

Preakness is also part of the Triple Crown litter and is just like her mom Snooki.   She is small, fast, smart and light on her feet.  All of this combined with a great appetite and endless energy has made her an excellent sled dog.  She has also gained some experience running in lead during our White Mountains trip last spring and I look forward to developing her more as a leader and racing with her for the first time this race season.

sponsor preakness $ 200.00

bloodlines-sass/mackey-age 4 years old

Belmont is also part of the Triple Crown litter and is a great looking and long legged dog.  She has amazing power and size for a female and hopefully will continue to mature this season.  Her focus has been lacking but slowly improving as she matures and she is an incredibly sweet but shy dog. Belmont will be a great addition to the race team this year in wheel because of her size and strength.

sponsor Belmont $ 200.00

the element litter

Bloodlines-Wold/mackey-age 5 years old

Nitro came to Douglas Fir Mushing this spring from our friend Brent Sass.  His mother is the famous Chicken.  Chicken ran in Mandy's Quest team in 2014 and finished.  His father is the famous Silver who was Brent's main leader and the patriarch of Wild and Free Mushing.  Nitro  comes with a lot of mid-distance race experince and is a strong leader.  He always wants to go and always wants to eat, which is great for racing.  He also enjoys getting some loving too.

      sponsor Nitro $ 200.00

the cheese litter

Bloodlines-T Rose-Age 8 years old

Brie came to Douglas Fir Mushing last winter and has been a great addition to our kennel.  She came from our friend and veterinarian, Tamara Rose.  Brie is high energy and never stops running circles.  She is also one of the happiest dogs around  with a really good heart. She is a great little leader and loved doing  tours last winter and hopefully will be a solid part of my race team this season.

sponsor brie $ 200.00

the owl litter

Bloodlines-swingley/sass-Age 1.5 Years old

Strix is the product of our dog Jerry and our friend Riley's dog Fuse.   He is a long legged boy with a really sweet attitude, just like his dad.  We are really excited about the future of this little gentleman and look forward to continuing to watch and help him develop into a great sled dog and friend. 

sponsor strix $ 200.00

bloodlines-swingley/sass-Age 1.5 Years old

Saw-Whet stole our hearts from the minute she was born.  She is also the product of Jerry and Fuse.  Saw-Whet is just like her mother.  She has the same stocky and solid build...short legs and a brick.  Saw-Whet also has her mom's attitude which is good as long as we can manage her feistiness.  If this little girl turns out to be anything like her mom, which looks entirely possible, she will have a very bright future ahead of her.  We cannot  wait!

sponsor saw-whet $ 200.00

bloodlines-swingley/sass-Age 1.5 Years Old

If dogs could be super models Barred would have her career figured out.  She is also from Jerry and Fuse and has super long legs and a beautiful personality.  She has a little bit of both her parents in her.  Barred has her mom's drive and her dad's attitude and build.  This girl is going to be something really special!

sponsor barred $ 200.00

the retired dogs

the peace like a river book

bloodlines-unknown-age 14 years old

Swede was my first sled dog.  I got her when she was four months old and still remember that day like it was yesterday.  She is a great little leader and has not only trained many of my other dogs to pull and lead, but she is also the mother of four of my other dogs.  She has gotten a bit older and has a bad shoulder so she does not enjoy working as much anymore but she will still run loose with the team as a cheerleader and follow us down the trail.  She has done this through most of my training over the last three years and has been a great motivator.  She is and has been enjoying a very spoiled and relaxed retirement.

       Sponsor Swede $ 150.00

the rivers litter

bloodlines-swede/chester-age 11 years old

Sweet Amazon.  She is the daughter of Swede and a great dog.  Amazon has had a bad shoulder which has prevented her from doing any major miles with me in training but she did run 120 miles in the White Mountains in our April 2015 trip.  She is a very patient teacher and works well with our puppies and loves doing tours.  Amazon's hugs will make any bad day a better one.

   sponsor Amazon $ 150.00

bloodlines-swede/chester-age 11 years old

Wabasha holds a very special place in my heart.   He is also out of Swede and I have been with him since the day he was born.  He is a sweet and smart dog.  A bit timid at first, but once he warms up he is a lover.  He is always happy to go for a run either in harness or just loose on the trails.  He will be a busy boy this winter doing tours with me and then laying on the couch.

   Sponsor Wabasha $ 150.00

bloodlines-swede/chester-age 11 years old

Congo is also from Swede and has found his place as a patient puppy trainer and leader, and an excellent tour dog.  He is an absolute lover and did more tours than any other dog in the kennel.  Every guest fell in love with Congo as he cuddled with them before and after the tours, and some even left crying not wanting to say bye to the big ham.  He loves his job and cannot  wait for this winter to meet some more people in between his shifts of relaxing on the couch.

      Sponsor congo $ 150.00

the only puppy litter

bloodlines-swede/unknown-age 10 years old​

Solo had great potential as a sled dog until she was caught in a fox trap 9 years ago.  Just days before her run in with the trap we were running her in lead.  At just over a year old she was not only leading but breaking trail through one foot of new snow.  Days later she was forever sidelined as a sled dog.  She is now missing a front paw but still runs loose with the teams in early season training and is always there for added enthusiasm.  Solo is an amazing example of the incredible adaptability and resilience of dogs and is one of the happiest and most laid back dogs you will ever meet.  We should all live life like Solo!

Sponsor Solo $ 150.00

     the Ben & Jerry's ice cream

Bloodlines- Butcher/Wold-Age 11 years old

Jerry is one of my tried and true leaders and the queen of the dogyard.  She has proven herself throughout the years on Brent's early Quest teams and throughout my 2014 race season.  She has tons of energy and is extremely strong willed and was the one leader that I trusted to get me out of checkpoints in both the Copper Basin 300 and the Yukon Quest.  She got stronger the further we went down the trail.  My bond with this dog grows stronger and stronger every day.  In May, Jerry became the proud mother of 3 wonderful puppies.  My old lady will find herself doing tours this winter and hanging out with her pups. Her amazing racing career is over, but she will still play big role in the kennel training pups and doing tours.

sponsor Jerry $ 150.00

the wild willy litter

Bloodlines- Mackey-Age 11 years old

Willy was the most enthusiastic dog that I knew. He was a cheerleader, always banging in the harness and ready to go no matter what.  He was one of Lance Mackey's Super Dogs from Mushing magazine and was a big part of both Lance's and Brent Sass' Iditarod and Yukon Quest teams.  Willy made it 300 miles into my 2014 Quest but had to be dropped from the team because of a foot injury.  Willy had drive like no other dog, but age has finllay caught up to him and is no longer running with the race team.  He has found his place in the dog yard wandering around loose and keeping an eye on things.  We call him Sheriff Willy now.

sponsor willy $ 150..00

in loving memory


We lost a very dear member of our team in the summer of 2013.  Reese was my main leader all of the 2012/2013 season and ran in lead the entire way for me in both my 100 mile race and 200 mile race.  He was missed on the Quest trail in 2014, but I know he was there in spirit.  He was not only a great sled dog but an amazing friend and a member of our family.  Forever Wild and Free, Run in Peace Reese Man, you will be missed.


We said good-bye to a very good dog and great friend this summer.  Thunder was one of the best wheel dogs around.  Some people consider wheel dogs to be big males that do most of the hard work but with very little thinking.  Although he worked extremely hard, Thunder was not just a dense work horse, he was very good at what he did and made smart, split second decisions in steering the sled around obstacles.  Thunder was a major contributor in many of Brent Sass's early Yukon Quest teams and was a major part of my 2014 race team and got me to the finish line of the Yukon Quest.  Thunder officially retired in 2016. He enjoyed a relaxing and warm retirement curled up next to the wood stove in the cabin.  We miss you every day Thunder Man.