I have mentioned here and there that there are five adult members of the ATAO team currently. You all know Hooch and Bonnie and Ophelia… Now I am super proud and excited to introduce the two newest members of the … Read More

Interior Autumn

Fall is more prolonged here than I remember. Actually, since I moved back to Alaska in 2013, I think I thought that about every fall. That it is more gorgeous and lengthy than I can recall from my childhood. Maybe … Read More

Winter is Coming!

I don’t yet have a four wheeler (though I will soon, fingers crossed), but I do have some doggos who need to run– So the current solution is to use myself as the anchor / slowdown-mechanism (which is really all … Read More

Happy First Day of Mushing!

The leaves are yellowing in patches. The other night, when I went out late to do a final check on the dogs, the aurora was dancing across the sky like someone poured colors over a bowl. There’s a sharp nip … Read More


It’s hard to believe this is all happening sometimes! Outside, the pups are in a big pile taking a nap. In here the old ladies Bonnie and Hooch are curled up on the couch and on the bed lounging and … Read More

4 Reasons for Puppy Walks

Why do we do puppy walks? Aside from the fact that it’s fun (obviously) there are some huge benefits to letting our little nuggets run around untethered in all their crazy glory. I first learned about free play when I … Read More


This last week has been my first week of really having my own *kennel* with more than two dogs. In a lot of ways, I slot back into the routines of handling with ease. And in other ways– This is … Read More

Surprise I Have Puppies

Surprise! I knew I was getting puppies. I did not know that would be last weekend. Let me back up. We drove up from Minnesota. Nine long days of scenery, no scenery, cars that worked and cars that didn’t, podcasts, … Read More

Day 10 – Shawn Goggins

Good some time of day or night ATAO kennel viewers/readers. I have been in Alaska for 10 days. This is a whole new world, shining, shimmering, splendid….Sorry. Currently I am in Palmer, AK and there are mountains on the horizon … Read More


Today is Ophelia’s birthday. ATAO has made it home, to Alaska. The land that calls and calls me, and won’t let me go. It’s been a very long and winding year for me. Probably for Ophelia too, and Hooch as … Read More

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