Laura Allaway, 33, was born and raised in Whitefish Bay, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She began working with dogs in high school, working at the local humane society. From ages 17 to 25, she worked at a doggy day care in the City.
“Wanting to try something new, in 2007, I headed to Alaska to work as a summer horseback tour guide for Alaska Excursions,” she says. “That was where I was first introduced to dog mushing. After seeing a team of dogs working together, my life was forever changed.”
She returned to Milwaukee for the winter to “pack up my life and two dogs”, and moved back to Alaska to stay. After a second summer with Alaska Excursions, she headed north to Chena Hot Springs where she learned to drive sleds and work as a dog mushing tour guide.
Information from the Iditarod Insider.