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Musher Bio 2012 Iditarod

Mike Santos

Photo © Jeff Schultz

Cantwell, AK, USA

Mike Santos, 43, originally from Massachusetts. He has been involved with dogs his whole life, his grandfather and godfather raised beagles and he always loved being around the dogs. As a kid, the only thing his parents could get him to read were accounts of polar explorers getting stranded on the ice watching their ships get crushed by the ice and making a heroic dash for land with their sled dogs. He says “It is not easy living for forty years with the lingering, almost nagging feeling that I was born in the wrong century.” He always thought those days were long gone, then Will Steger reenacted Robert Perry’s historic trek to the North Pole and National Geographic chronicled it on their weekly program Explorer. That was it. Mike decided he would become a polar explorer. Quickly he had his first sled dogs and in time he heard about the Iditarod. Since then he has been striving to put himself in a position to make his dreams of running the Iditarod a reality. Mike is married to Caitlin who teaches math and science to 3rd-12th graders at Cantwell School, the local, 3-room schoolhouse. Caitlin has helped Mike make his Iditarod dreams possible. She trains puppies, maintains our website, sews the harnesses and jackets our dogs use, and most importantly convinces Mike that it is important to follow dreams. Sled dogs captivate the imagination of the world and Mike encourages you to join him in his pursuit of his dreams.  It is really fun to know that you are excited about dogs and the Iditarod.   Mike invites you to meet his dogs on his website, to read about their accomplishments in his blog The Howler, and to watch them in action on the WolfsDenKennel channel on YouTube. 

Learn more at Mike’s website: www.wolfsdenkennel.com
Sponsors: Jim and Joy Wheeler, MA; Tom and EZ Farbo; Frances Gray, MN; Alpine Creek Lodge; Cantwell Veterinary Service; Denali Fly Fishing Guides; Maureen Regan, MA; Jack and Maria Santos, MA; The Lucht Family, NC; Jim and Dorothy Rinier, OH; Inlet Tower; Mixx Grill (IT Bistro); Paw Partners; ArrowHead Fabric;

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