It's a very special episode of Dog Blessed with Jodi Jarvis-Therrian this week brought to you by Must Love Dogs pet boutique in Grand Haven and Clock Timeless Pets. Jodi has really gone all out to bring in a big guest and if the future for Hunter Keefe is as bright as his outlook and his devotion to his sport and his dogs, you are going to one day look back and say "I saw him on the Muskegon Channel".
Hunter is a musher. Yes, a Dog Sled Racer and his home is in Alaska. At only 23 years old, this Okemos MI native was inspired by the movie "Balto" when he was only 6, and since then, he's had one thing in mind and that's working his way up the ranks of being a professional dog sled racer. Beginning his career in middle school like most future champions do, Hunter competed in the Iditarod to an overall 11th place finish. Imagine the drive and determination it takes to be 23 and after a goal as lofty as the biggest dog sled race in the world?
Hunter's passion for the sport and life carry through everything. Not only does he embrace the spirit of a champion, he's an advocate for bringing young people into the sport and showing them the importance of proper care for the animals and traditions. Jodi has an extensive conversation with him this week, so let's get right to it. Meet one of Michigan's own, Hunter Keefe on Dog Blessed.
Jodi really went after it to get this young man on and we're so thankful for her efforts. Pretty engaging to hear two people so passionate about their pets and the amazing things they can do. Hunter has an incredibly bright future ahead of him and we thank him too for spending some time connecting with "home" back here in Michigan while he chases his dream. Will we get the same chance when he stands on the podium one day at the Iditarod? Time will tell. We're betting on seeing him there in no time flat.