SP Kennel is a premier sled dog racing kennel in Two Rivers, Alaska, dedicated to the individual dog through excellent health, nutrition, training and specialized care.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring at the Kennel



All the warm weather is melting the snow and bringing Spring to the Kennel.

And the mushers aren't the only ones enjoying vacation:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

SP Kennel Update


Snickers, howling to go, will retire from racing this summer.



The thermometer sits below freezing at SP Kennel this mid April morning.


Spring chores seem to fill our day. Cleaning the ever melting dog yard. Finding gear that was covered by several feet of snow and is only peeking out now as it melts. Sorting through used dog booties, harnesses, sleds, gear and tents. The return bags "returned" from the various Iditarod checkpoints across the state. They were full of dog gear, booties, blankets, gloves, snacks, tosses - either unused or wet and stinky. It is not like Christmas when opening them up!



We will run a team of sled dogs today - not training for a race, not traveling the Alaska wilds, simply to run. The dogs are still energetic and excited. The mushers, honestly.... a little less so.



We are busy answering Fan Mail as well. If you don't hear back from us right away, be patient, you will.



All in all the SP Kennel sled dog season is slowing down. As so many of our faithful followers already know, SP Kennel is a year round, sled dog operation. No.... we don't mush in the summer, but we enjoy our dogs and our musher lifestyle 365 days a year. All SP sled dogs and mushers will be at home, in Two Rivers, this summer. Though we might have limited time to run the dogs in harness (since the warm weather precludes it), we enjoy ALL of our dogs, just the same.



We will update the website weekly through out May, June and July. And just like that.... August will be the start of a new exciting season.



So, we are all home, happy and resting. Feel free to drop us a note anytime.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spring Dog Mushing

People always ask why Allen and I hurry back to SP Kennel from Iditarod, pack up and head out. This photo shows a glimpse of why we go out on our Mushing Adventure Trips each Spring.

Wild and scenic beauty, sled dogs and camaraderie.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Adventure Trip #2

Allen, Aliy, and a gang of SPK dogs just returned to the kennel after two weeks of Mushing Adventure Trips on the Denali Highway. On the first trip with Jeanne and Tom, they ventured all the way to Maclaren Lodge. The following week, it was Sandra, Chris, and Julie's turn to mush through the magnificent Alaska Range stirring up caribou, moose, and ptarmigan.

Who wouldn't like to experience this? :