Nala is a 2021 Iditarod Finisher

Nala comes to ATAO from our good friends at Ryno Sled Dog Kennel. She is a super sweet and bouncy little girl with a nice thick coat and a lot of energy! She has a distinctive howl and has made a lot of good friends at ATAO.

Nala is enthusiastic and smart. She works hard and has a smooth trot. She also has a TON of energy, and I think she puts a lot of that energy into her giant SMILE! Nala is one of the happiest dogs I’ve ever met. She is excited about everything! She makes me laugh every day with her chipper antics. She also impresses me in the team, digging in as we go up every hill. Her tail is always wagging and her tongue is almost always hanging out of her mouth. She’s such a good girl!

Her first season at ATAO, Nala spent about 50% of the time in lead. She’s responsive and dedicated up front, and puts all of her trademark enthusiasm into GOING! Nala’s mom Perm is a great leader for Ryno.

In her second year at ATAO (the kennel’s first official major racing year), Nala proved her worth as a leader. She was responsible for co-leading two extremely tough sections of the Copper Basin 300, as well as much of the Two Rivers 100. As usual, she did it all with a smile!

Do you love Nala? There are two cool ways to cheer her on down the trail!

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Back to the Team

  • Nala The Core Four, 2016
  • Lineage Perm (Mackey) X Solo (King)
  • Race History Copper Basin 300, Two Rivers 100, Solstice 50