Tilley was Tim Curley’s favorite dog.
Everything he’s learned in 27 years of running sled dogs, he credits to Tilley. He even spelled her name with an “-ey” to match his own last name.
“Every time I think about her, I get teary-eyed,” Curley said. “I miss her so much.”
Curley is part of the Oregon and Washington Cascade Sled Dog Club, one of the largest mushing organizations in the lower 48.
Mushing, generally, is something few people do, but more people mush than you might think, especially in the Northwest.