ATAO Kennel is the distance and mid-distance racing sled dog kennel of Mari Troshynski in Fairbanks, Alaska. Our goal is to keep a small kennel of happy, heathy teammates who get to do what they love most of all: run. Along the way, we aim to compete in the premier Alaskan and Yukon sled dog races such as the Iditarod and Yukon Quest.

ATAO is also part of a bigger project to take an honest look at accomplishing your dreams while struggling with depression. ATAO Adventure is Mari’s blog about mushing, boxing, and running to cope with mental illness.

ATAO Blog

Copper Basin and Meds!
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This morning, the neighborhood erupted into a chorus of excited barking and howling as various mushers loaded up their teams and took off for the Copper Basin 300. The Copper Basin is one... Read More

Patience
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Bonalon and Hooch are enjoying the couch life. They both told me, in no uncertain terms, that they are ready to be officially RETIRED. They will get out for fun runs when they... Read More

Bonnie’s Big Adventure
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I’ve never disliked fireworks before. Of course, I’ve heard of pet owners and dog lovers being frustrated with them, and of course I’ve seen dogs who are terrified of the repeated barrage of... Read More

First Ever Race Recap
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I left the race start with something less than dignity. I was a bit of a mess, my parka still open, my bib half on. But my team was excited and ready to... Read More