Joseph Robertia

Joseph Robertia and his wife, Cole will be here all the way from Alaska to discuss Joseph's new book, Life with Forty Dogs: Misadventures with Runts, Rejects, Retirees, and Rescues in an event for dog lovers, husky owners, animal rescuers, fans of Alaska TV shows, and those who follow the Iditarod. At their events, Joseph shares a fascinating slide show and his wife Cole, an Iditarod and Yukon Quest veteran, talks about life with dogs and being a woman in racing.

Joseph Robertia's "Life with Forty Dogs" presentation includes nearly 100 images showing life in Alaska with sled dogs. It includes the transformation of many of the dogs from young pups or pound dogs, to muscled-up athletes of the highest caliber, and the training techniques he and his wife, Colleen, used to achieve those transformations. The presentation also includes several scenic images of remote locations around the state where they have mushed and the wildlife they have seen as a result of traveling so far from human-populated areas. There are also race images from Iditarod and the Yukon Quest. Cole and Joseph present at the same time, explaining what the images are showing and why it is important. They also answer questions as they go to engage in a dialogue with attendees.

These sixteen compassionate stories of love, learning, and loss detail the dramatic communion between humans and dogs.

Joseph Robertia shares an insider's view of the endless adventures and misadventures that come to those who have made a life-changing canine commitment. He hopes to inspire readers to see the value of dogs that others consider hopeless, and to experience the joy as these rejects and rescues become confident and happy.

Robertia describes unforgettable characters like Coolwhip, a hyperactive husky who overcame a dismal diagnosis; Wolf, who exemplified the indelible spirit of the sled dog after a car shattered his leg; and Kawlijah, a handsome, gregarious powerhouse whose life ended far too soon.

An award-winning writer and photographer, Joseph Robertia writes for the Alaska Dispatch News. With his wife, Cole (from North Attleboro Mass), he has mushed dogs in the 1,000-mile lditarod and Yukon Quest, among other races. @RoguesKennelFanPage

"[Joseph Robertia] shares his experience in integrating, training, and living with so many high-energy canines in this delightful ode to mushing and all it entails. Tales of nursing sick or injured rescues back to health, integrating them into the pack, and enduring the emotionally painful death of one of his dogs are sure to resonate with dog-lovers, as is Robertia's wry, occasionally caustic wit. This is more than just another valentine to canines: it's an insightful and occasionally heartrending account of life with a team of working dogs." --PW

For the past fourteen years Joseph Robertia has been an award-winning writer and photographer. He spent more than a decade as an outdoors reporter at the Peninsula Clarion newspaper and currently writes for the Sports & Outdoors section of the Alaska Dispatch News-the state's largest newspaper. In recent years he has freelanced as a professional journalist with articles and photographs published in Alaska Magazine, Mushing Magazine, Salmon Trout Steelheader, and in Alaska 50: Celebrating Alaska's 50th Anniversary of Statehood, just to name a few. Along with his wife, he has mushed dogs with his kennel fielding teams in the 1,000-mile lditarod, Yukon Quest, and more than thirty other races.

Event date: 
Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
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Life with Forty Dogs: Misadventures with Runts, Rejects, Retirees, and Rescues Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943328918
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Alaska Northwest Books - April 4th, 2017

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