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Happy Monday! The crew is back on the Denali Highway training this morning! :)
Here's a short video they snapped their last trip out....

Oct 20th 10:33am • 2 Comments

'Tis the season!
Does your dog like pumpkin? Do you carve a pumpkin for your pup at Halloween? Do you make them any pumpkin cookies or biscuits? Share some pics with us!

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This made me laugh! #labs #dogslovepumpkin #halloween#rubysnacks

Oct 17th 9:21am • No Comments

This is what happens when the trails aren't frozen yet! just ask Jeff.... we've been there done that! When it does happen, cell service comes in handy so that you can call for a rescue! :P

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Some days are more interesting than others. We are very limited with trails in Two Rivers Right now. With all of the summer rain, lots of water on the trails, which have not quite frozen solid yet. I knew to avoid the base line trail all along. Driving a big string of 24 dogs I missed a turn the other day and ended up on baseline trail after all. I had hoped for the best and told Judith Conning right when we approached this spot, that things could get ugly, if we break though the ice here. Well. They DID get ugly. No choice but to walk home. While walking I noticed the fresh bear tracks on the snow. And soon after I felt being watched. Sure enough, there he or she was 200 yards behind me on the trail. After an uneasy moment of eying each other the bear walked off into the bushes. The only bad part: I do not think it is going to go very far this late in the season and will den close by. Less than 2 miles from home. Might make for an interesting spring. It took 2 ATV's, one snowmachine, 24 dogs, 4 people and a whole bunch of cussing to get the mule unstuck, pulling it backwards to where it came from....Thanks Judith for sending the pictures. Needless to say, I did not feel like getting the camera out.....

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Here's our latest update via our sponsors at Redpaw.... bring on the Denali Highway and some Jeep training!

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Happy Monday to all! Here's a post from Jeff and Husky Homestead Tours along with some fantastic photos of their Jeep training on the Denali Highway! Keep up the great work!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me! After returning from the Midwest Sled Dog Symposium I came back home for a couple of days and hit the trail with the dogs, and then I was off to the North Slope for a speaking engagement with Exxon Mobil. Having never been there before it was an exciting visit – and they have lots more snow that we do here in Denali!
Fall training is going great and the colder temperatures are wonderful, but it hasn’t been cold enough to freeze up some of the deep mud pits on our local trails. After getting stuck a few times while running teams around the Homestead with our Ranger… we’ve begun loading up the dogs and have headed south to our winter stomping grounds on the Denali Highway. Jeep training is now in full swing! Training with the Jeep allows us to run a longer string of dogs (up to 22 at a time right now) at a nice consistent speed. If the highway gets any more snow we’ll have to put the tracks on the Jeep – yeah! It can’t come soon enough.
I’m headed to the airport now for another trip – this time across the pond to Norway. I will be the key note speaker at their annual symposium there. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, and meeting new ones. While I’m gone the dogs will continue training with trusty handlers Dave, Melanie and Stephanie. I’ll be anxious to hear the reports from the crew!
Until next time… Happy Trails,
Jeff and
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Husky Homestead is at the Alaska Travel Industry Association 2014 Convention in Fairbanks this week!
Check out our booth! 😊 Amber and Carrie are busy sharing what Husky Homestead is all about with 500 delegates from the travel industry! We ❤️ dogs and Husky Homestead rocks!

Special thanks to Ruby Snacks Alaskan Dog Biscuits for helping us with freebies for those visitors looking for a souvenir for their dogs at home! 😉

Oct 7th 9:29am • 15 Comments

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Race Week in Bethel!

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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 →

The Mighty Yukon & Puppy Training

Beanie and Bonnet.. harnessed and perhaps a bit confused!

Mother Nature is surely throwing a bit of oddball weather into the mix in this years Iditarod!  It's not often that you will find this rainy drizzle complete with warm temperatures like this north of the Alaska range.  Mushers have been donning rain jackets! Jeff came off of his 24 hour in Anvik and posted a nice run time over to Grayling - just 5 minutes slower than current race leader Martin Read More →

Thursday update @ 4:02pm

Hello Race Fans! It's a sunshine filled afternoon here at Husky Homestead with the temperature climbing to a toasty warm 35 degrees.  It seems things are warming up all over the state!  We couldn't help but notice that during the heat of the day yesterday, Jeff's tracker was transmitting that it was 41 degrees where he was at.  That is t-shirt weather for some Alaskans! Jeff spent yesterday Read More →

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