David Hassilev

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

David Hassilev on Mushing Radio

Join host Robert Forto as he welcomes dog musher, David Hassilev to Mushing Radio.

David Hassilev on Mushing Radio


David Hassilev, a retired Coast Guardsman spent his career bouncing between California and Alaska. He was introduced to dog mushing from time spent in Alaska watching the Iditarod starts and the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous races. However it would be many years later that he started to train and mush dogs after acquiring a single male Chinook named Kona. Many say that Chinooks are like potato chips, and so one became two an two became three. Then followed a couple of retired Alaskan Huskies, Iditarod veterans to help train the Chinooks as well as David. David stayed with the 3 Chinooks but now has 20 Alaskan Huskies as well, though some are pups and some are retirees. He currently resides and trains in northern Idaho but will be moving back to Alaska in 2019 making Willow Alaska his home. His wife Jane assists as handler and helps train in the fall with ATV.

What we discuss on this episode:

  • How David got started in mushing
  • Upcoming races
  • David’s big move to Alaska

Favorite Quote:

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”– Josh Billings

Host, Robert Forto’s Bio:

Robert Forto is the training director for Alaska Dog Works where they train dogs for canine obedience, working dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs for clients all over North America. He is also a dog musher and he and his wife operate a 40-dog mushing kennel in Willow, Alaska, called Team Ineka. They can often be seen at local races and leading expeditions in the Alaska backcountry with outdoor leadership students at the University of Alaska. Robert is the producer of Dog Works Radio that has been on the air since 2009 and is currently simulcast on a local radio station, KVRF in Palmer, Alaska.

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Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

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