Jan Steves — Iditarod 2017
Living My Dream

Meet the Team

Welcome to my team "One Ear Up," named in honor of Tok, my "One Ear Up" dog. Tok was my precious leader who was with me for every Alaskan Race up to and including Iditarod 2012. He brought me home on every race, often running in single lead. Tok retired after the 2012 Iditarod, and passed away while I was on the 2014 Iditarod. He is in my heart forever.

I would love to introduce you to my team. I have a very small kennel, with just 13 of my own dogs. With Bob Chlupach not running Iditarod this year, I am honored to be able to run 7 of his Siberian Huskies in my team. I still have 6 of my original group of 14 dogs that I have had since 2009. Chad, Otter, Roan, Jimmy, and Red are still in harness. Amber is retired and she is the Princess of the dog lot. They were all on the 2011 Serum run with me and also Iditarod 2012, 2013, and 2014, with the exception of Amber, who retired with Tok after Iditarod 2012. There is no greater bond that you will have than when you travel over a thousand miles across Alaska with your team. My greatest joy has been time spent on the trail with my dogs.

I have to chuckle when I come out to the dog lot, ready to hook up a team. When the dogs see me coming with the harnesses, they get so excited. I believe that they must think that if they jump the highest, spin the fastest, or bark the loudest, they will be selected to take the first run. Little do they know that I have made my list up before I even begin to head out to the dog lot.

For the most part, my dogs are very social, with just a few being shy. They are very loving and enjoy one on one time spent with them. Whenever I bring my team to race vet checks, the veterinarians always comment about the personalities of the dogs and the fact that they are so loving and friendly. It actually makes it more challenging for them to do their vet checks, with dogs that are all excited and enjoying the attention and busy giving them kisses.

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Turbo: Leader/Swing Dog

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Yen: Leader/Swing Dog

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Arnie: Leader/Swing Dog

Arnie is new to the kennel and is one of my main leaders. He came to the kennel as a pretty shy dog and he has really blossomed. He is a happy dog and hard worker, always wanting to run.

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Lemon: Leader

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Cadillac: Leader/Swing/Team Dog

 

Biscotti

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Biscotti: Leader/Swing Dog

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Ursa: Leader/Swing Dog
Female
Chlupach Kennel

Ursa has been a long time speed race leader and has run the Rondezvous, North American, and other local speed races. Last year she became a distance dog running on Bob Chlupach’s team and finishing the 2012 Iditarod. She is a hard working dog for such a little girl.

Races
2012 Don Bowers 300
2012 Iditarod-finisher

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Clarence: Wheel Dog

 

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Innoko: Team Dog

A Bob Chlupach Dog

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Icicle: Team Dog

A Bob Chlupach Dog

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Otter: Wheel/Team Dog
Male

Otter is the life of the dog lot. He is a real talker and loves attention. Otter will run in lead, but he is a disaster when you are passing a team (especially females in heat). Last year I nick named him "Otter Chaos." He wants to visit and say hi. In team he is one of the powerhouses.

Races
2009 Alaska Excursions 120
2010 Don Bowers 200
2010 Klondike 300
2011 Don Bowers Memorial 100
2011 Serum Run
2012 Don Bowers 300

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Zuko: Lead Dog
Male

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Fizz: Lead Dog
Male

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Chef: Wheel Dog
Female

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Tristana: Team Dog
Female

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Dolly: Team Dog
Female

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Jan the Musher

 

 

Retired

 

Tok: Leader - Over the Rainbow Bridge

Tok is my main leader and I can always count on him. He runs great in single lead, as well as double lead and does a great job of passing. He has one floppy ear and a smile on his face. Tok is always eager to run! Tok is awesome.

Races
2009 Don Bowers 200
2009 Alaska Excursions 120
2010 Don Bowers 200
2010 Klondike 300
2011 Don Bowers Memorial 100
2011 Serum Run
2012 Don Bowers 300
2012 Iditarod

 

Nugget: Team - Over the Rainbow Bridge
Chad's Uncle
Redington Bloodline

Nugget is a hardworking, no nonsense dog. He stays focused, gives it his all and is always ready to go. I love his ears and he loves to get them scratched.

Races
2009 Don Bowers 200
2012 Don Bowers 300
2012 Iditarod

 

Jack: Leader - Over the Rainbow Bridge
Male
Redington Bloodline

Jack was new to the kennel at the end of last winter. He is more of a quiet, serious dog. He ran in the Iditarod.

Races
2011 Don Bowers Memorial 100
2011 Serum Run
2012 Don Bowers 300
2012 Iditarod

 

Thornton: Leader - Over the Rainbow Bridge
Female

Thornton is my other main leader. She is a bit shy, but when on the trail she gives it her all. She too does a good job of passing.

Races
2009 Don Bowers 200
2009 Alaska Excursions 120
2010 Don Bowers 200
2011 Don Bowers Memorial 100
2011 Serum Run

 

Amber: Swing/Team Dog - Over the Rainbow Bridge
Female

Amber is a real love bug. She is full of
kisses and will curl her lips into a smile when you scratch her muzzle. She pulls as hard as the big boys. She is also a "cheerleader" and she will get the team excited. She is quite a talker.

Races
2010 Don Bowers 200
2010 Klondike 300
2011 Don Bowers Memorial 100
2011 Serum Run
2012 Iditarod

Spot

 

Spot: Wheel Dog - Over the Rainbow Bridge
Male
Siblings: Ned, Roan, Rice

Spot is an awesome wheel dog. He runs with Walt. He is full of kisses and loves attention.

Races
2009 Alaska Excursions 120
2010 Don Bowers 200
2010 Klondike 300
2012 Don Bowers 300

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Chad: Wheel/Team Dog - Retired
Male
Redington Bloodline

Chad is just plain “full of himself” ...Mr. Charisma. I could do a whole photo shoot on Chad. He is always on the go and ready to run. He is one of the powerhouses of the team. He gets a lot of attention and loves it!

Races
2009 Don Bowers 200
2009 Alaska Excursions 120
2010 Don Bowers 200
2010 Klondike 300
2011 Don Bowers Memorial 100
2011 Serum Run
2012 Don Bowers 300
2012 Iditarod

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Roan: Wheel Dog - Retired
Male
Siblings: Ned, Rice, Spot

Roan has a very gentle disposition and
loves attention. He is a hardworker and stays very focused.

Races
2009 Alaska Excursions 120
2010 Klondike 300
2011 Don Bowers Memorial 100
2011 Serum Run
2012 Don Bowers 300

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Red: Team Dog - Retired
Male
Redington Bloodline
Siblings: Don, Dan, Blondie

Red has beautiful eyes and is always aware
of what is going on. He is always ready to go and is very focused when running. He is a hard pulling dog.

Races
2010 Don Bowers 200
2010 Klondike 300
2011 Don Bowers Memorial 100
2011 Serum Run
2012 Don Bowers 300
2012 Iditarod

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Magic: Leader/Swing Dog - Retired
Female

Magic is new to the kennel this year. She is really quite shy, but loves to run. For a tiny girl she is a good puller. It will be interesting to see how she does this winter.

Races
2012 Don Bowers 300
2012 Iditarod

Jimmy

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Jimmy: Team Dog - Over the Rainbow Bridge
Male
Rescue dog

Jim was a Rescue dog and came to our Kennel last year. He is a bit shy, but is a sweetheart. I love his coloring and thick coat. He loves to run, is very focused and hard working.

Races
2009 Alaska Excursions 120
2010 Don Bowers 200
2010 Klondike 300
2011 Serum Run
2012 Don Bowers 300
2012 Iditarod

 

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