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The team is loaded and they're off to the Denali Highway for three straight days of training! We're excited to see how much snow has fallen out there since Monday... we do LOVE that white fluffy stuff!

Oct 22nd 12:42pm • 13 Comments

Remember our first litter of the season - the Jeeps?

They are growing up fast at Tukaway Sled Dog Kennel! Click on over and see how Chase and the pups are doing! :)

Team Shots, 2014/15

The year of the Jeeps!

Oct 21st 11:59am • 3 Comments

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Oct 20th 3:48pm • No Comments

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 • 4 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.....

Oct 16th 11:38am • 3 Comments

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


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
Husky Homestead Tours

Oct 13th 10:48am • 7 Comments

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A Denali Destination

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Jeff King is often recognized as the “Winningest Musher in the World.” He holds four championship titles for the 1,049-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1993, 1996, 1998, and 2006. Jeff took first place in the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest in 1989 in addition to earning twenty-four other first-place titles in races across Alaska and other parts of North America. Jeff was inducted into the Iditarod Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2006, at age 50, he became the oldest musher to win the Iditarod. Jeff King has twice received the prestigious Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award for exemplary care of his dog team. He has logged more than 150,000 miles on a dogsled over the past thirty-five years.

Jeff King has captured worldwide media attention for decades. Associated Press, BBC, CBC, ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” ESPN, CNN, Discovery Channel, National Public Radio and Mushing Magazine have regularly featured Jeff in race coverage of the Iditarod and international news reports. From his scientific methods of feeding and training dogs, to his calculating trail strategies and innovative sled designs, Jeff has been the one to watch, year after year.

“For years, the inventive King has cut his own mushing path with notable success…he has trained his dogs by having them swim during the summer to build stamina, he’s tinkered endlessly with nutrition…” says the Anchorage Daily News. Lee Larsen, president of the Iditarod Trail Committee, calls King a “champion in many, many ways.”

Jeff moved to Alaska in 1975 in search of adventure. He quickly became interested in dog sledding and Alaskan huskies, devoting all his spare time and money to building his own team, while developing a construction business. He began racing in 1980. His competitive nature and athleticism had found a new outlet, and Jeff set his sights ever higher, entering his first Iditarod just one year later. In 1992 he decided to devote his full time and energy to training and racing, setting aside his construction business. He won his first Iditarod the following season.

Jeff enjoys living just outside of Alaska’s Denali National Park and sharing his life with his sled dogs. In the summer months, Husky Homestead welcomes visitors from around the world to watch his sled dogs in action, hear stories of adventure, learn about Alaskan Huskies, the tradition of dog mushing and the life and spirit of Alaska, the last frontier.

A natural-born storyteller, Jeff shares a lifetime of adventure stories in public speaking engagements and in his book Cold Hands Warm Heart. Since the release of his first collection of stories, fans have been begging for “More!” In the fall of 2011, Jeff produced a newly expanded edition with additional stories and photographs and a deeper look into a life well-lived.

"This 'inside story' about the race, how the dogs are raised and the Kings' relationship with the dogs is amazing. To experience it is to understand it." - Reid Woodward – California

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