News : Local Green Kitchen Designer Needs Help Getting Her Champion Dogsled Team to Alaska

Jan 29, 2013

From the Exeter Patch

By Ryan Dunfee

After passionately giving back to the Seacoast community since its 2010 founding, supporting Lakota organizations, the Blue Ocean Society, and area veterans, Hampton-based Visions Kitchens needs help supporting the passions of one of its town. One of their kitchen designers, Lis Bailey of Strafford, needs help raising money for the traveling expenses to send her K-Teris dog sled team, one of the world’s fastest, to Alaska for the North American and World dogsledding championships.

If you didn’t realize a world-class dogsledding team called the Seacoast home, you’d be forgiven; while the dogsledding scene in New England is a quiet community compared with those in Alaska and Scandinavia, Bailey’s passion for dogs and racing, which began when she convinced her parents to let her get her first dogsled pup at ten years old, has turned into a family affair that has stood up to teams around the world and now breeds top-shelf racing dogs. Since showing an early talent for the sport at 11, when she went undefeated in local races in the three-dog category, Lis’ homeschooling schedule and self-imposed discipline afforded her the chance to train “like a full time job:” going on six-mile training runs in the summer, having the dogs gain strength in the fall by hauling an ATV around local trails, and then transferring to light, nimble carbon fiber sleds for the winter race season.

But after 15 years training dogs, Lis’ focus has had to shift to motherhood after giving birth to her first child last year. So her younger sister Grace, who started racing dogs in 100-yard sprint races at the tender age of 5, will be taking the K-Teris Kennel team to Alaska herself as a captain of Team USA, starting with a cross-country drive to the Rockies to get some warm-up races in. They’re currently looking for $3,000 in donations to cover part of the $7,000 overall budget for the trip, and have started an online campaign on FundRazr to do so.

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