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Wattie McDonald

Hometown: Stonehaven, Scotland, UK


Wattie McDonald, 45, was born and raised in Scotland.

"I began with our first Siberian husky in 1999 and quickly became addicted to sled dog racing. After dreaming of Iditarod for many years, Wendy and I decided t o celebrate 25 years of wedded bliss by watching the start of the 2008 Iditarod, and from that day, Iditarod became a ‘must' for me. I have worked off shore in the oilfield for over 20 years, but I am lucky that my wife, Wendy, shares my passion for dogs, and she takes good care of the team (10 Siberians) in my absence. We train in Fetteresso Forest which offers many miles of trails and it is just on our doorstep. We have met a great deal of people who show the same passion and commitment to the sport, namely Kev, Val and Jackie along with many sponsors and support from the family."

Wattie finished the 2010 Iditarod and is coming back to do it again! He is a member of the Scottish Siberian Club and says that he enjoys Aberdeen Football Club (soccer). Wendy and Wattie are the parents of Kerry, 27, Nicola, 26, and Mark, 23.