Mining Claims Litter
Long-time park employees Clare Curtis and Jane Bryant named this litter after three mining claims in the Kantishna area of the park. The Mining Claims Litter was born May 3, 2012. Our five-part video series, "The Puppy Paws," follows the development and growth of these pups at an early age. The video series explains the reason and logic behind yearly breedings in the kennels and looks at the important training and development dogs go through during their first four or five months of life.
Lucky is a very handsome black dog with blue eyes, but it might be his paws that really capture everyone's attention. His paws are HUGE and adorable, with black freckles all over his white socks. If his paws are a true indicator of his adult size Lucky is going to be a very big dog. At six months old he already weighed 69 pounds. Lucky loves chew toys and his kibble. When you put him in harness he is all business and just wants to pull with the big dogs.
Redtop, Salmon litter nephew and brother to Banjo, is adopted from Zak Richter out of his kennel in Bettles. He seems to have limitless energy and is a strong puller, but can be easily distracted. He is always happy, and spends his days bouncing around his yard at the Kennels and trying to get neighbor dogs to play with him. But after a long day breaking trail, he has an incredibly sweet disposition and just wants to snuggle with people.
Did You Know?
Warmer average temperatures over several decades have resulted in expansion of woody vegetation. If this warming trend continues, it will change Alaska's ecosystems and drastically alter the physical appearance of Denali's landscape, as treeline marches higher up the mountains.