Meet the Staff


Neil Beaulieu

Founder, Musher & Raft Guide 

A born and raised "Mainer", Neil has over 22 years of guiding experience. When he isn't on the river or snowpacked trails behind a team of sled dogs, he is in the classroom sharing his knoweldge of science with elementary students.

If he were a dog, he would be a Malamute. He may look big and scary but really he is just a gentle giant.


Emma Burnell-Demers

Office Manager

AKA "the girl I spoke to earlier" is prepared to answer all your dog sledding questions! When Emma isn't answering the phone she is often playing with her one-eyed Australian Cattle Dog Kirby or new two-eyed Australian Cattle Dog Roxy.

If she was a dog, she would be an Australian Cattle Dog of course. Why? Because they are extremely smart, loyal to a fault, stubborn and refuse to give up until they get what they want. 


Karen Beck

Assistant Office Manger, Musher & Photographer

This “jack of all trades, master of none” has been with Muddy Paw for over a year. You may speak with her on the phone, see her handling and loving the dogs or out taking photographs. This world traveler is always looking for her next adventure. When this restless soul does settle for a moment she can be found making up-cycled dog toys.

If she were a dog, she would be an Alaskan husky because they are always ready to go far to explore the world and friendly to anyone they meet.


Lead Musher & Senior Raft Guide 

"If you're not the lead dog the scenery never changes!" Aj has been with Muddy Paw since 2012 and absolutely can't get enough of the dogs she works with. Her winters are filled with showing people the awesome world of dog sledding and her summers are spent hitting white water rapids. Life couldn't get any better if you asked her! 

If she were a dog she would be an Alaskan Husky. She may be biased but she thinks they are the most amazing dog breed she's ever met and had the sincere pleasure to work with. They love their job, thrive in the cold temps and blow her mind on a regular basis with their capabilities. 

Beau De Mello


After serving in the Marines, Beau now chooses to spend his free time perfecting his pirouettes at his in home ballet studio. When not dancing, he can be found on the trails trying to perfect his ability to howl in sync with the sled dogs.

If he were a dog, he would be a Poodle because they are fashionable and can rock the color pink! 


Brianna Boisselle


Hoping to one day open her own dog rescue, Brianna joined the Muddy Paw team. She is equally comfortable snuggling with one of her many favorite dogs or wrangling Malamutes that are bigger than she is.  

If she were a dog, she would be a Pit Bull because they are smart, loyal and loving.


Jackie Howell


It has been said "to truely be happy follow your passion" so 7 years ago, Jackie packed up and moved to the Great North Woods. You can find her hiking in all four seasons. She "has the most incredible job. Making reservations for dog sledding adventures so others can experience a bit of her heaven on earth". 

If she were a dog, she would be Schnoodle (a Schnauzer/Poodle mix) because they are devoted, acitive, loving and live to have fun!


Jacob Bouchelle


This young gun may be new to dog sledding but he is a long time knitting enthusiast. He has even taken the time to learn how to spin his own yarn out of dog furr. When Jacob isn’t busy collecting dog hair to add to his yarn collection, he can be found either on the trails or on the river.

If he was a dog he would be a pug, why … why not?


Jaime Gray


When she isn’t preoccupied by her psychology studies Jaime can be found tending to her pet sea monkeys or reading Tarot cards for the sled dogs at the kennel. It has been said that Jaime new she was going to work for Muddy Paw 2 weeks before her first interview!

 If she were a dog, she would be a Newfoundlandbecause of their calm disposition and gentle nature. Plus they have awesome hair! 


Michelle Holdener


After hiking the Appalachian trail Michelle was having a hard time figuring out what her next adventure should be. Then after an in-depth conversation with her favorite four-legged pal Ozzy she decided mushing was next! When not at the kennel, Michelle can be found pickling vegetables in her rustic yurt or pursing her passion of fairy gardens made from compostable materials.

If she was a dog, she would be an Irish Wolfhound because they are large and in charge.



Monique Demers


She spends her days studying to become a Veterinary Technician at UNH. When she isn't studying she can be found doing yoga with her pet rock in the town park. She is also an avid collector of Beanie Babies and American Girl Dolls.

If she was a dog, she would be black lab becuase they are classic, cute and just a little bit gullible.


Nathan Wells


A Muddy Paw original who started the kennel with Neil, Nathan's love for our "Fluffy Butts" has driven him to return to the world of dog sledding nearly a decade later. After sledding, Nathan removes his trapper hat and picks up a microphone to sing in his band "Epic Season" (

If Nate was a dog, he would be a mutt because he is truly unique and there is no one else like this adventure seeking, fun loving guy! 



Musher & Senior Raft Guide

Sean is an avid musher and whitewater enthusiast. When he isn't rafting or spending time with his pups, Sean can be found grooming his glorious beard or restoring American Muscle cars.

If Sean was a dog, he would be a Pomeranian because he enjoys having his hair primped and would love to ride around in a trendy purse. 


Wesley Guerin

Musher & Raft Guide

When he isn’t perfecting his audition tape for “So You Think You Can Dance” he is watching dancing with the stars (or on the trail with our pawesome sled dogs). Wesley also spends his free time writing haiku poems for the 10 cats that live with him.

If he was a dog he would be a Great Dane since he is so tall and goofy. 


Dogs for Adoption

When a dog comes to our kennel it has a home for life. Most of our retired sled dogs wind up on our couch or going home with one of our mushers. While we'd like to keep them all, sometimes we know it's best for the dog to find them a spot next to a woodstove and an active family to be their new forever-family. Read more


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