From Fashion Model to Sled Dog Musher
(light ambient music) – It’s a great life. I wouldn’t change it for anything. I was a model. I was always in heels and pumps and platform shoes, and I worried about my weight. There just came a time I just said, “Enough, I’m not happy anymore.
” I came to Alaska with one dog and about $500 in my pocket ’cause I wanted to be a sled-dog musher. (light piano music) I knew that life in Alaska was for me basically the moment I stepped off the airplane.
I got here and the mountains just blew me away. It’s like how some people feel when they see the ocean. I personally don’t feel isolated at all in Alaska because I’m surrounded by a lot of dogs and a lot of family.
Racing is fun, and I enjoy that. But there is a great need for rescue in Alaska. We take dogs that are rejected from other teams and other kennels. They all have their own unique stories, and this is, to me, the most rewarding work we can do.
I’m training for the Iditarod 2016. The Iditarod is the world’s longest and probably most well known sled dog race. It’s a thousand miles, starts in Anchorage and goes to Nome, and it covers some amazing country and it goes up on the coast off of the Bering Sea.
To be on the sled with the dogs feels amazing. You’re part of this wild world where there’s caribou and there’s moose, and you got the sunrise, you got the sunset, you got the stars over you, you got the moon over you.
And it’s a great feeling to be a part of that.