The two-legged members of Team Tsuga are Sue and
Mike Ellis. Plymouth State College drew us both to central New
Hampshire, half our lives ago, and although we’ve both been away
several times, we’ve now made these hills our permanent home.
Mike had already caught the mushing bug when he asked Sue to
marry him in 1996, and when she accepted a puppy,
Birch, as an
engagement present, the deal was sealed and a team was formed.
Since we were married in 1997, we’ve built a house, a kennel,
and a lifestyle centered on our huskies.
Outside of our dog lives, Sue is the Director of Education at
the Hunter School in Rumney, NH, a not-for-profit school for
AD-HD boys, not exactly what that BA in Accounting prepared her
for. Mike is using his BS in geography slightly more, being a
self-employed land surveying field contractor. Sue’s combination
of being a former college rugby team captain and her experience
with attention deficit management has her well prepared for
dealing with the huskies and Mike!! We both love winter and
previous to running dogs we were each at some stage of being ski
bums. These days, our skis are all rusty antiques, but our dog
gear is ready to hit the trail.
Since Mike’s first puppy Wyatt, our dogs have lived out their
entire lives with us. We pride ourselves on the getting the best
out of the dogs we have. We attempt this by keeping a healthy,
happy team that has confidence, trust, faith, and respect. The
dogs trust us completely because we pay attention to their
needs. By never asking for more than what any dog is capable of,
they have faith that when we do ask it, it is with in their
reach. This gives us confidence that we can achieve new goals by
working together as a team, with dogs that respect the mushers
because the mushers respect the dogs.
Happy Trails and Happy Tails.