Johanna Badalich

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

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

Join host Robert Forto as he welcomes junior sprint musher, Johanna Badalich to Mushing Radio.
 When Johanna Badalich (buh-DAH-lich) was 7 she got a kicksled for Christmas and hooked up her dogs Buddy and Yeti and cruised the local trails with her family. Her family adopted a couple retired sled dogs through August Fund and her first race was at Tozier track at age nine running two dogs she borrowed from Lois Rockcastle and Eric noble. Her second race she wanted to include her dog Polar on her team and when her mom suggested he might be too slow, Jo quipped, “You know, Mom… Winning isn’t everything!” This attitude impressed her parents as did her consistent care for her dogs. With the support and inclusiveness of the family mushing community the Badalich’s went all in with their new family sport and started a kennel and named it “Second Kennel…because winning isn’t everything”.
Johanna races Toziar, Chugiak and Montana Creek junior races and has won Junior World Champion 3 times.
March 2018 marked Johanna’s international dog mushing debut winning 3 gold Ulus for Team Alaska at the Arctic Winter Games at Hay River, Northwest Territories Canada.
On this episode we discuss:
  • What its like to be a junior musher
  • WE learn about one of her favorite dogs
  • How she got started in mushing
  • What it is like to mush in the Arctic Winter Games

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.

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Robert Forto

Robert Forto

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

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