17th-Dog / Team Matthew Failor

Matthew, Shadrack and Michael

Matthew, Shadrack and Michael

Carved out of the Birch & Black Spruce in Willow, AK, amongst numerous winter trails near the Mountains of Hatcher Pass, you can find home to 48 of the "hardest working athletes and truest friends"  Matthew Failor says he has ever known.  In 2013 Matthew began his own kennel, the 17th-Dog.  In the summer of 2014 the kennel was relocated to a larger lot, complete with handler's cabin and workshop.  Michael Baker joined the team that fall, and at the end of 2014 we began a top-notch breeding program.  Matthew is well on his way to his ultimate goal; winning Iditarod. 

Matthew has not forgotten his roots, and supports, promotes, and empowers his home community (and beyond) through giving back; be that through Catholic Charities, local schools, or National Awareness. While Matthew remains focused on his future, he is firmly rooted in his past.  


Matthew and Angel doing a school presentation.

Matthew and Angel doing a school presentation.

Words of encouragement from a 17th Dog fan!

Words of encouragement from a 17th Dog fan!

Matthew and Mom.

Matthew and Mom.

Top photo credit: Frozen Glass Photography