Husky Homestead Tours

The team is off to their final race of the season this morning, heading for Kotzebue and the Kobuk 440!!

Handler Mel and helper Bruno drove the dogs down to Anchorage yesterday, where they met up with Bossman Jeff and Kristin Bacon at our sponsor Inlet Tower. Jeff will be running the "A" team, and Kristin will be running 11 Husky Homestead dogs along with "Felon" from Bacon's Acres' Kennel who came from Husky Homestead and is part of the "Crimes & Misdemeanors" litter. ;)
Thanks to Kristin for snapping these pics and sharing with us!

The race starts Thursday at 12:30pm! Stay tuned...

#Kobuk440 #Alaska #sleddogs

Bacon's Acres' Kennel

And, another adventure begins...
Jeff King, Kristin Bacon and 24 dogs are starting their journey to Kotzebue to race the Kobuk 440.

Thank you, Inlet Tower, for supporting the Husky Homestead Tours!!

Mar 30th 8:35am • 6 Comments

Tonight, a giant thank you for all the Volunteers that help to put on this Last Great Race!

#iditarod2015 #volunteeringisawesome

Iditarod Trail Committee

Happening now... the Iditarod "family" celebrates Iditarod. Thank you, volunteers.

Mar 25th 10:03pm • No Comments

'Tis the season that things begin to slow down in the mushing world... but one thing many kennels are doing about this time is to start harness breaking some of the younger puppies and taking them on some short runs.

Last summer we were lucky enough to host some pups from Squid Acres Kennel - some of you may remember the "Dukes of Hazzard" litter...?? Well here they are! All grown up and running for just their third time in harness! :D

Isn't this fun?!?

#puppyruns #futurechampions #gosquids

Squid Acres Kennel

The Dukes of Hazard on their third run in harness with veterans Stout and Boron in lead. Husky Homestead Tours

Mar 25th 1:55pm • 2 Comments

National Puppy Day?!?!? We thought that was EVERY day!


Mar 23rd 6:57pm • 25 Comments

Many awards were handed out at the Finisher's Banquet last night... for a recap check out this article from our friends at Alaska Dispatch News!

#Iditarod2015 #awards #alaska

Petit, Mackey brothers pick up major awards at Iditarod's end-of-race banquet

Nicolas Petit won the Leonhard Seppara Humanitarian Award for outstanding dog care Sunday at the annual end-of-race Iditarod banquet in Nome. The Mackey brothers collected two other coveted awards, with Jason earning the Mushers Choice award for most inspirational musher and Lance winning the sports…

Mar 23rd 10:07am • 4 Comments

Just ONE more team on the trail tonight! Cindy Abbott is heading for Nome and the Iditarod Red Lantern!

The tracker has her about 37 miles outside of Nome, so she may not make it to the banquet tonight - but we think she'll still have many great stories to share!

#Iditarod2015 #redlantern #nomeorbust

Abbott heading for Nome and Iditarod red lantern

FAIRBANKS - The final musher in the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is on the final stretch to the famed burled arch finish line in Nome.

Mar 22nd 4:24pm • 9 Comments

We want to make sure to say CONGRATULATIONS to ALL of the teams that have finished since we last posted!!

There are SO many! Click on the link to see the full list!

#iditarod2015 #nomeorbust #gotthebeltbuckle

Current Race Standings - 2015 Iditarod - Iditarod

Orange row indicates change since last update • indicates a correction to a previous stat (r) indicates a rookie musher * indicates a period that occurred during Daylight Savings

Mar 22nd 4:18pm • No Comments

The Official Finisher's Banquet is moments away in Nome!

Iditarod Trail Committee

Happening now. Set up up for Finishers Banquet.

Mar 22nd 3:56pm • 2 Comments

Here it is!! "The Interview" with Jeff at the finish... check it out!

#iditarod2015 #KNOM #Alaska

In 7th Place, King is Happy But Ready for Rest — and Pizza

At the Nome finish line on Wednesday, Jeff King waxed nostalgic, full of stories, about a very memorable Iditarod this year. But he was also ready for rest.

Mar 20th 9:43am • 15 Comments

Hey Race Fans! It's Thursday morning for us... and boy, are we happy to have the team in Nome! Pretty sure that our crew here got some good sleep last night - and didn't dream of race stats...!

We took last night "off" from Facebook as we spent time with the dogs here at the Homestead, and welcomed home our three dropped dogs: Earl, Menace and Nash! All are doing very well and are happy to be home with their buds. ;)

The dog team will head out from Nome this afternoon, while their musher will stay in Nome until the Finish Banquet on Sunday evening. Melanie and Bruno will be on hand in Anchorage to meet the team while Steph will join them later from Nome. Melanie will begin working tirelessly to massage any sore muscles or stiffness, as well as just make sure that they are all happy campers - that's her favorite part of the job. :)

Before we get back to work in the office and start planning for the next race (the Kobuk 440) that starts in TWO weeks! - we'd like to give a big shout out to ALL of the teams that have crossed the finish line in this years' Iditarod since we left you last...


8. Wade Marrs
9. Ken Anderson (fellow Redpaw team member!)
10. Nick Petit
11. Travis Beals
12. Paul Gebhards
13. Kelley Maixner
14. Pete Kaiser (this years' Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race Champ!)
15. Christian Turner
16. Ray Redington, Jr.
17. Thomas Waerner - the Rookie of the Year! Woo hoo!
18. Jason Campeau
19. Hugh Neff
20. Michelle Phillips
21. John Baker
22. Martin Buser
23. Richie Diehl
24. Nathan Schroeder
25. Mats Pettersson (who was running our Kroner & Suspect!)

We love this sport, and we love our dogs. Thanks for following along!

#Iditarod2015 #Alaska #theracetonome

Mar 19th 10:46am • 21 Comments

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Iditarod re-Start moves to Fairbanks!

This years' Iditarod will start in Fairbanks - only the second time that the start has been moved.

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Alpine Creek Excursions (ACE)

Stephanie and team as they cross the finish line in Steph's FIRST race!!

What a fun weekend!  Husky Homestead had two teams in the Alpine Creek Excursions race this past Saturday, and they did pretty darn well!  Jeff ran a 12 dog team, and our handler Stephanie Otto (running her FIRST race) ran an eight dog team.  Stephanie departed the start just minutes before Jeff did, and after taking off full throttle Jeff shouted "don't forget the brake!"  haha!  Jeff ended the Read More →

Race Week in Bethel!


Greetings Race Fans! It's been a busy week:  final training run on the highway was on Sunday, Monday had us packing everything up and re-checking our gear, etc., Tuesday the team headed to Anchorage where everyone enjoyed a comfortable night at the Inlet Tower, then up and at 'em early on Wednesday to get the dogs over to Alaska Air Cargo before the truck and trailer were parked - then the Read More →

Off to the Knik!

the teams are set!

Husky Homestead is a blur of activity with the starting of the New Year! 1,500 training miles logged, and preliminary races lay behind and ahead. The first race of the season was the Alpine Creek Excursion – 62 miles right in our backyard and making use of the trails that Husky Homestead uses all winter long... the Denali Highway! Despite being distracted by helping to organize the race along Read More →

Gobble Gobble!

Greetings Husky Homestead Fans! It's been a busy fall so far!  The snow fell early this year - as in September early!  Much to the excitement (or perhaps disappointment..) of our last guests of the season we had several inches on the ground! Then of course Mother Nature decided to offer up a very mild October which allowed us to get many projects finished before winter came back to stay.  We Read More →

Kobuk 440 – Heading for Selawik!

While we run the dogs, play with puppies, eat dinner and get some sleep - Jeff and the Team continue to lead the Kobuk 440! When we left you last, the team was out of Ambler and heading for the turn-around point of Kobuk.  Jeff arrived into the Kobuk checkpoint in first position Friday evening at 7:19pm and stayed for 18 minutes.  While this short stop in the checkpoint does add to his Read More →

Kobuk – Heading for Shungnak & Kobuk

Jeff and the Team spent nearly 7 hours resting in Ambler during the heat of the day.  In Kotzebue the temperatures may not be too hot during the day - but all that sunshine is what gets you!  The dogs had a chance to get a nice rest at the checkpoint here before heading back out on the trail. Our previous guess on the dropped dog situation turned out to be incorrect.  According to the Official Read More →

Kobuk 440 – In to Ambler!

Jeff and the Team are into the Ambler checkpoint!  They were the first team in this morning at 9:08am, with the Katherine Keith arriving just three minutes later.  While Jeff took four hours rest back in Kiana, you can expect him to stay here for some more rest before heading up the trail to Kobuk. It seems that some of the girls on the Team are having some disagreements - particularly Skeeter Read More →

Race day in Kotzebue!

Jeff prepares the dog box and some gear for the flight to Kotzebue.  (Photo courtesy Robin Berkowitz)

Hey race fans!  We're back on the trail today in Kotzebue! Jeff and the team departed Husky Homestead on Monday afternoon to make the trek to Anchorage where they caught their flights to Kotzebue in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.   After arriving in Kotz, Jeff delivered his drop bags to Ryan Air for distribution to the checkpoints, and helped his host family with a minor Read More →

We are racing!

Race fans... we have ourselves a race!!  Isn't this exciting?!?!? We just watched the latest Iditarod Insider video that shows Jeff camped about 8 miles out from Kaltag, headed for Elim.  He was sitting on his cooler and eating a nice hot breakfast burrito that he heated up in his cooker seat.  His strategy at this point is to "stay out of sight" of those following him, and be the first musher Read More →

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