On Saturday night in Fairbanks Quito received the Yukon Quest Golden Harness award. The award is "presented in honor of the loyalty, endurance and perseverance of the Champion Lead Dog throughout the race" and that is surely the case with Quito!
Aliy and Allen both spoke about Quito. Aliy started off saying "Quito is truly a rock star". "She’s six years old, she’s done three Yukon Quests and four Iditarods, and she probably has a lot more in her." She explained that "Quito is non-stop and she's kind of a dog that doesn't do it for you, she does it for herself and that's probably what makes her more special than anyone else."
Allen also told the crowd about her two litters and that we'll get a whole lot more dogs just like her that never want to quit! "Because there's no quit in Quito!" Woohoo!
Because of the excitement of the evening Quito was a bit reluctant to eat the raw steak especially prepared for her by the Carlson Centre head chef so we brought a doggy-bag home and she will get to enjoy it in the peace and quiet of the yard later today.