Last week SP Kennel welcomed Barbara Swenson, visiting dignitary, kennel sponsor and friend. Barbara is the Regional Director of Hotels for the Chenega Native Corporation. Chenega operates Clarion Suites, Quality Suites and Rodeway Inn, the best hotels in downtown Anchorage, and major SP Kennel sponsors.
Prior to her kennel visit, Barbara had seen our SP canine athletes only in the context of the Iditarod. The entire SP crew (dogs included) stays at the Clarion before the race start. It was quite a different scene for Barbara, and her childhood friend Margaret, to spend a summer Sunday greeting SP racing dogs on their home turf, walking with the golf litter puppies in the field, learning a bit about SP Kennel bloodlines and having fun in a relaxed atmosphere! Barbara got up close and personal with Tony, the dog she has personally sponsored for several years and Happy, a dog she simply loves. Our visitors even sampled 'moose balls' and local cranberries and rhubarb for supper.
SP would like to acknowledge Barbara for her unconditional support over the years. Not only does she lead her corporation's support for SP Kennel but she is also instrumental in introducing Aliy and Allen to Anchorage area business leaders. In a sport where sponsorships are critical, these contacts are invaluable.
|Barbara, Aliy and Pups|