“Peanut” was a shy little Alaskan husky when WWC graduates Lindy Howe and Kevin Quist first brought him home to Heywood Kennel Sled Dog Adventures. As the business of Heywood Kennel flourished, so did the little sled dog. He became the main leader for Heywood Kennel’s team in the Can Am 60 International Sled Dog Race in Fort Kent, Maine, leading the team over the finish line in front of hundreds of spectators.
“Everyone needs supporters in their life,” Lindy says. “Family, friends and Woman, Work, and Community have been mine. WWC helped me turn my hobby and dream into the viable business it is today.” Lindy and Kevin took WWC’s Basics of Business class together in 2009 and went on to complete the New Ventures and Beyond Start-Up programs along with many other trainings, finding support at each stage of their businesses. Heywood Kennel has grown to offer sled dog rides to Maine state parks, WinterKids Passport families, universities, outing clubs, community events, and private parties. Birthday and anniversary gifts are the most popular requests.
About their recent move from Aroostook County to Augusta, Lindy notes, “People questioned our decision to move our sled dog business from the snow mecca of the north to the capital city. We are excited to be more centrally located to service more parks, universities, and WinterKids. We are making plans to offer more wheeled rides and ice-fishing trips, with more in-depth kennel tours and educational programs in our new facility. Registrations for summer mushing camps are starting with particular interest in the teen programs. We are currently developing programs to work with people with disabilities and therapy for veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).”
Experience Heywood Kennel for yourself on Saturday, June 23 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM as Lindy and Kevin host an Open House to celebrate summer and introduce visitors to their new facility at 25 Church Hill Road in Augusta. You’ll be greeted by happy huskies (including Peanut!) and enjoy kennel tours and mushing demonstrations throughout the day. Visit Heywood Kennel Sled Dog Adventures on Facebook to learn more and stay connected with Lindy and Kevin as their business grows to even greater heights!