Meet the Alaskan woman who gives rejected mushing dogs a new lease on life.

By People Staff
Updated January 30, 2009 05:00 PM
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In the new issue of PEOPLE magazine, there’s a look at the rescue work of Jill Garnet of Kasilof, Alaska, who takes in unwanted sled dogs and gives them a new lease on life. So far, she has saved 15 dogs who were discarded by the mushing world, caring for them with a special diet and tender-hearted training before racing with them again. Her resulting “Red Shed Racing Team” took nine first-place finishes last year on the sprint mushing circuit. Despite the challenges she faces – she currently lives in a modest 280-square-foot cabin with her husband and the dogs – Jill finds the work amazingly fulfilling. “One day they’re on the verge of being put down,” she says of her huskies. “Now they’re winning races. That’s what makes this worthwhile.”

Learn more about Jill and her work in “Champion of the Underdog,” found in the Feburary 9th issue of PEOPLE magazine.