Emily’s first introduction to dog sport was hooking her mutt up to her scooter as a kid to simultaneously get the dog exercise and put off homework.
Her adventures in the suburbs of SoCal at 1 dog power (who needs horses?) are some of her fondest memories. Despite a prodigious ability to procrastinate, she managed to graduate college and get hired on for a real live career, but while her foot was in the door, her head was in the clouds and she would eventually find and answer an add to work with sled dogs.
She bought a one way ticket to Alaska and the rest, as they say, is history. You’ll currently find her just outside the living paradise that is Denali National Park where scooping poop is meditation and cold is a relative term.
She feels privileged to have the opportunity to tag along as coach, chef, sled steerer and certified straw spreader as the dogs show off their natural ability to traverse some of the last unmarred wilderness on this gorgeous planet.
Amanda Otto grew up in Idaho, running around the house on her hands and knees with the family dogs.
Amanda’s life revolves around sports – both human and K-9. At eight-years-old she won a mutt race at the American Dog Derby with her first sled dog, “Kodiak.” She later enjoyed participating in agility with her Australian Shepherd and best bud, “Hailey.” They were a speedy duo in the ring, but preferred adventuring in the mountains together.
Amanda also played soccer for 17 years. As her collegiate career neared a close she planned to continue professionally in Sweden, but injury forced her into early retirement during her senior season. After graduating from Biola University in 2016 she moved to Alaska to learn how to competitively run dogs. Amanda is thrilled to be part of the Husky Homestead team and is inspired daily by the sled dog mentality – desire and drive. Her goal is to run the Iditarod.
When she is not scooping poop, Otto enjoys wildlife photography and a good book.