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Musher speaks at library | Preston Citizen

Musher speaks at library

October 20, 2013
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By JEAN CARTER 

Citizen staff writer

Jon Bunderson, owner of Skyline Kennels in Soda Springs, was guest speaker during the Larsen-Sant Library’s mother-daughter book group last Thursday. They had read and reviewed the book, “Black Star By Dawn,” written by Scott O’Dell. The book features a story of an Alaskan sled dog.

Jon Bunderson, dog sled musher, explains his interest in dog sledding during the mother-daughter readers group event last week.

Jon Bunderson, dog sled musher, explains his interest in dog sledding during the mother-daughter readers group event last week.

Bunderson, who works as a police officer in Soda Springs, said he has been involved with dog sledding for 17 years, after his experience as training K-9 dogs for police work while an officer in Wyoming.

Bunderson said although he has personally never participated in the famous Alaska Id ita rod races, he has had five teams run in the event. He is the winner of the world championship title from both Alaska and Canada in 2012. During 2010 and 2011 he won the American Dog Derby held in Ashton, Idaho. The Ashton race is the largest open-class race and has been a popular race since 1970.

Bunderson competes in open-class racing, which is shorter and faster races. His dogs are a mixed-breed of dog, Alaska husky/ German short hair, instead of the familiar Alaska husky known for its endurance and speed.

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