The Importance of Being a Buddy

When we set up ATAO, I wanted to have a program where people could do a “light” sponsorship of the dogs. I knew that the dogs– their individual selves– were really the most interesting part to many mushing followers, and … Read More

New method, same Buddies

If you’re a Buddy, you know our Buddy updates lately have been sparse. There’s a few reasons for that, but one of the really big ones is the method of sending those. We use Mailchimp to send out email updates … Read More

Solstice Shawn!

Happy (Soon to be) Solstice from ATAO Kennel! Once upon a 2017 December Mr. Billy Tro ran ATAO’s first Solstice race with the kennel’s OG team of 7! Well kind of. Bonnie, Egret, Ophelia, Annie, Nala, and a friend’s pair … Read More

“Break”

Whew, what a year. When I elected to step back from Iditarod in 2022 (likely one of the best choices I made for myself and ATAO, with all the shenanigans that would be ensuing, unbeknownst to any of us), the … Read More

Winter, Sam, and RACING!

It’s always a wild ride here at ATAO– now is far from the exception. If anything it’s the rule. Does that make sense? I think it does. I’ve been up late prepping for something exciting… The very first RACE of … Read More

Onward

Today is the start of the first Iditarod of the new decade. I was hoping to go down to see the start, but random wrenches gummed up the works. That’s okay– I’ve seen a lot of Iditarod starts. I would … Read More

Updates and Gratitude

Tis the season to think back over the year and reflect, and a good time to share some things we’re thankful for. Gratitude is kind of an amazing thing– It gives you back so much positivity. That thing about thinking … Read More

The Human Team

There’s no way we could accomplish any race without an amazing human crew. The Copper Basin takes an especially dedicated crew. For some sled dog races, you send the musher and team off, and see them at the end. For … Read More