Eddy Hertelendy

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

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

Join host Robert Forto as he welcomes Eddy Hertelendy to Mushing Radio. Eddy is a mushing advocate and the owner of The Last Checkpoint.


 I began my retired sled dog journey in 2015 with Trouble, a multi time Iditarod and mid distance veteran.  In my search for a companion I unwittingly discovered the amazing nature of retired sled dogs.  A second retiree Piper followed in 2016 and my third Jalapeño in 2017.  A fourth will be joining us in early 2018.  The future will bring acreage and a facility that will be home to many retired sled dog athletes.  Our pack participates in sled dog presentations, frequent trips to the park, recreational mushing and much time relaxing on the couch.

Favorite Quote

“An animals eyes have the power to speak a great language.” – Martin Buber

On this episode we discuss:

  1. Tell us about The Last Checkpoint
  2. Tell us about your dogs and the activities that you do with them
  3. What are your thoughts on the animal welfare versus animal rights debate?

Host, Robert Forto’s Bio:

Robert 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.

Host, Alex Stein’s Bio:

Alex M. Stein is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and storyteller living in Los Angeles while pining for the Northern Lights. He is the author of the personal essay collection NO, MR. BOND, I EXPECT YOUR DREAMS TO DIE and directed the Iditarod documentary MUSH. He was married in Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, at the northernmost saloon in the world, by the bartender. Alex has been a host on Dog Works Radio since 2012 and he can be heard on our mushing broadcasts and during our annual nightly Iditarod coverage each March. 

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Robert Forto

Robert Forto

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

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