Monday, January 26, 2009
Cervantes said "Diligence is the mother of good fortune." This post is for Joann and Larry Fortier, who have proven the truth in this quote.
Joann is matter-of-fact, a straight-forward, midwestern girl born and raised in Gaylord, Mich. She has been running dogs for nine years and has paid her dues. She's worked diligently, studied, trained, practiced, and through her efforts along with careful breeding and meticulous dog care, she has finally come across some good fortune.
She placed 3rd in the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Classic a few weeks ago and her husband, Larry, placed 7th. Today, the Fortier's placed 4th in the mid-distance 150 mile John Beargrease Sled Dog Race in Duluth, Minn. and Larry earned Rookie of the Year status! See the results here
To do something and do it well takes patience, dedication, sacrifice and fortitude. The Fortiers are also the parents of a small, four-year old Ana. They juggle a lot and have a small troupe of people behind them who pitch in to help them meet their goals.
In my opinion, it's not enough to complete an act; I want to go above and beyond and do it well. The Fortier's are exemplary in demonstrating what I think is a wonderful picture of success.
Keep an eye out for Joann in the upcoming Midnight Run.
It is said in mushing circles that your team is only as good as the dogs left behind. Since I don't have access to the dogs who went to the Beargrease, I wanted to showcase some of the dogs left behind in my care in the Fortier kennel
Ruffian, 8 mo
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