Around the Kennel

Here are some pictures from around the kennel! I know, I know, never enough actual mushing pictures. I don’t know how other mushers manage to take pictures on the run. My phone ALWAYS dies when I try. It’s a wimpy … Read More

Trail Work

This week, “The Core Four” have been getting in some very interesting training– Namely, I’ve used the team to go out and do trail work! The Two Rivers 200 started today, and part of the trail crosses a creek near … Read More


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 want to, but for now they are … Read More

Bonnie’s Big Adventure

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 explosions that must feel like the end … Read More


Watching ATAO kennel be built on its own foundation, with meticulous care is a great privilege. A year and a half ago, I knew next to nothing about the entirety of who Will is, and what mushing is. She has … Read More


November has come and gone. I have to apologize, because I’ve been a bit quiet on this end. The truth is, I’ve been struggling. I don’t want to sound negative all the time… That’s a weird burden of mental health. … Read More

The Woods are Lovely

Last night was the first true run I was able to do on a sled. A few nights ago, I took two teams of three out on a two mile jaunt each. The puppies grow. The team gets stronger. Snow … Read More

At Last… My Arm is Complete Again!

It’s hard to believe… But the team at ATAO Kennel is complete! (For this winter at least.) We are so excited to announce the final additions to the kennel for our founding year. Before I do, I want to explain … Read More

How to Have Fun (and other things I do not know)

I put on my base layer. Patagonia long johns and a matching top. Repurposed to me, long ago. Haven’t worn them since I was mushing with Scott Smith in 2016. Socks. Double layer, it’s finally getting cold. Buff. Fleece pocketed … Read More

Visitor Labor #worstvacationever

As the weather gets a little colder, finally, the list of Things to Do grows longer. What perfect timing, then, for our great friend Arthur to show up!!! I have decided to hashtag Arthur’s visit with the moniker “worst vacation … Read More

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