Welcome to the New Face of SP Kennel

The SPK Dog Log has been a place for people to truly become part of our team. You’ve seen our ups and downs, and all the ins and outs of running a world class competitive sled dog kennel in Alaska. You’ve also been our most ardent supporters and teammates, keeping … Read More

New Website on the Horizon

We apologize for the lack of content on the Dog Log! But… have all been scurrying around and working diligently on our NEW website. On October 1st the new website will be active. You will be able to link to it the same as you always have – so no … Read More

Going Well: Fall Training

In some areas of interior Alaska the fall colors are at their peak. In and around Two Rivers, the reds have faded but the yellows are still gorgeous.

Lead On Workshop

Rachel, Aliy and Megan in White Mountain. Matson and I are part of a program that focuses on reducing domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska. Our goal was to enable youth from bush Alaska to attend an educational workshop: Lead On! The workshop focuses on youth personal empowerment and … Read More

Where is Mac?

Now that the ‘Dog Page’ on the Dog Log is somewhat unavailable on line, it is not as easy to follow the stories while looking at the individual dog portraits and stats. We hope to fix that when the new website comes on line. But… until then: Who is currently … Read More

Western Alaska Recap

This is Aliy… checking in. The trip was amazing. Seriously amazing. I was extremely fortunate to be welcomed with open arms and big smiles to Golovin, Elim and White Mountain. It is hard to talk about each village in one post because they are three unique towns with their own … Read More

First Day in Harness for this Season

September 1st and it was 43 degrees F at 5:45AM. (That’s 6 degrees C.) Perfect for Fall training. Only Nutmeg, Bullet and Tig sat out this morning. Aliy, Allen, Wes and Jeff plus every other canine at SP Kennel took part in the training. Some of the older, yet active … Read More

White Mountain is a Cheerful Spot

From a Musher’s perspective: It is a long, challenging run across Golovin Bay no matter what. The flat terrain (because it is the frozen ocean) has very few reference points to judge distance or depth. There are often no distractions for the dogs or Mushers. At this point in the … Read More

Elim is Wonderful

From a Musher’s perspective: An Iditarod dog team is nearing the village of Elim after it reaches Moses Point. Moses Point is a summer fish camp along the ocean that is completely abandoned in March. After the trail passes by fish nets decorated with icicles and boats upturned to the … Read More

Golovin is a Special Place

From a Musher’s perspective: The little town is a bit of a hurdle near the end of the race. From high above Golovin, a Musher can look down from the summit of Little McKinley. It is visible from very far off, down and across the frozen bay. The route down … Read More

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