Meet the Sled Dogs: Twain

Casey Grove

Age: 5

Gender: Male

Position: Leader

Musher: Mike Santos, Cantwell

On a scale of one to 10, Mike Santos says all of his dogs register at 11 in personality.

“They’re a little bit fired up, and he’s certainly one of the leaders in that energy,” Santos said orf Twain. “He barks every few minutes. Like every three feet, all the way to Nome.”

Each litter of dogs Santos and his family raise is named alphabetically, so that all the pups in a litter start with the same letter. For Twain, they were on the letter T.

“I’m a little bit of a Mark Twain fan,” said the mustachioed Santos. “ ‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog,’ right?”

— Casey Grove

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