The ski patrol humans here each owns his or her own dog, which means the animals come home with them at night and get to behave like regular pets when they're off-duty. Kilo is Alaskan by way of Hungary. Patroler Stacie Lordan wanted to try something a little outside the box with her new ski patrol pup.
She began searching for small working breeds and came across the Mudi, a rare type of medium-sized herding dog. Through the Mudi Club of America, she met a Hungarian woman who had previously used the breed in search-and-rescue operations. "This woman told me that Mudis have a lot of drive. They need jobs. They can be a nightmare if they don't have a job," Lordan explained to me as Kilo barked furiously at the falling snow, eager to be given something, anything to do. "She said if you teach a Mudi his job, he will do it, and he gets more excited about doing it than anything." That led to an introduction with a breeder in Hungary, a long plane ride from Alaska to Europe and a train trip to a village about two hours from Budapest to meet Kilo.