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It's Wednesday Redpaw Fans! We have a great update from Jeff King and the gang. Read below to see what they are up to this Summer :)

With the passing of the Summer Solstice, and Iditarod 2016 sign-ups today…. everyone here at Husky Homestead feels the tug of an impending fall season approaching. The fireweed has begun blooming, the dogs are being trained daily and exercise schedules are being formulated. We do love our summer and all that it brings… but bring on the winter!

The Iditarod Volunteer Picnic and Sign ups are held at the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla. It is a huge event with dozens of mushers and hundreds of volunteers expected. This year the picnic will be tempered with the sadness that follows weeks of loss due to a wildland fire that has taken the homes of several long-time Iditarod mushers. I am taking my Bobcat skid steer to the affected area for volunteer clean up for those in need, and those ready to start rebuilding.

I am proud to announce the marriage of my daughter Tessa king to Clint Taggart! A wonderful ceremony and celebration was had here in Denali this past weekend with 'Redpaw' dogs from Husky Homestead whisking the bride and groom away for a musher/dog lover send-off to start their new life together! The dogs looked pretty sharp with their red bandannas on… if only we had some of those awesome Redpaw capes we’ve seen other teams sporting! Check out the fun video of the take-off… and yes, I was the one who made that giant cake for the top.


Today at 9:21am • 1 Comment

Our fearless leader is at the Iditarod Trail Committee today - signing up for the 2016 race!! :D


Iditarod Trail Committee

The King is back!

Jun 27th 3:03pm • 13 Comments

"Houston, we have lift off."

Bailey gets some big air during hook up!


Jun 24th 9:14am • 24 Comments

The Lakefront Anchorage Hotel (formerly the Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage) plays host to Headquarters for the Iditarod Trail Committee every year. They are continuing their support of mushers this Thursday evening by holding a fundraiser to benefit the victims of the recent #SockeyeFire in Willow.

If you are in Anchorage and can attend, please consider joining them!

Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage

Please join us for a fundraiser Thursday evening to benefit the mushing victims of the recent Sockeye fire in Willow.
All proceeds from this event will go to Willow Dog Mushers Association Fire Relief Fund.

Jun 23rd 5:38pm • 2 Comments

So... the dogs of Husky Homestead Tours were recently featured on the Facebook page of The Alaska Life!

One of Jeff's daughters got married here in Denali this past weekend, and the dogs got to take part in it too!

The crew of Husky Homestead (dogs included!) wish the newlyweds all the best as they embark on their life together! <3

The Alaska Life

How newlyweds exit Alaska style!

Jun 22nd 3:55pm • 16 Comments

From all of us at Husky Homestead.... wishing all the Fathers out there a wonderful day!

Annnnd Happy Solstice! :D

Jun 21st 12:48pm • 5 Comments

Suspect is pretty excited about the new name plate that Mel made for his house! :D

Jun 19th 12:51pm • 6 Comments

We couldn't be happier to be sponsored by Kaladi Brothers Coffee!! Their Wasilla cafe is prepping to deliver some delicious coffee to the hard working firefighters, volunteers and evacuees of the #SockeyeFire.

Thank you, Kaladi, for being a #catalystforthecommunity! We <3 you and your coffee!

Give them a thumbs up to thank them for their support!

Kaladi Brothers Coffee

Our Wasilla cafe staff preparing to deliver Kaladi coffee to fire fighters, evacuees and volunteers! #catalystforcommunity

Jun 18th 12:46pm • 6 Comments

You may have heard about the recent fire activity here in Alaska: the Sockeye Fire in the Willow area, and now the Card Street Fire that has begun spreading in the Kenai Peninsula near Sterling.

These locations are home to many mushers (both well-known and lesser known or recreational teams), and other families. These are truly tragic circumstances, and our thoughts are with all of those who have been affected by these fires, and those that are working tirelessly to help those who have been affected.


Jun 15th 4:47pm • 25 Comments

We haven't introduced you to these guys and gals yet! Although those of you that have visited us this summer have met, cuddled and squished them!

Meet the "Things We Have Launched into Space Litter"! This was a joint breeding with our good friends Jodi & Dan from Dew Claw Kennels - their "BedBug" is the Mom & our "Bailey" is the Dad. Jodi & Dan have been kind enough to let us keep these cuties for a while to begin their "training" - you know, the socialization part! ;)

Did you cuddle one of these cuties on a visit?

Jun 12th 6:41am • 25 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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