(Another update from Shawn!) The name of the game is leaning into new experiences. The purpose of the game is building self-confidence and expanding healthy identity.  Some of you may know now that I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder … Read More

What is happening???

Oops I broke the site! Just part of the joys of running your whole darn operation. I’m working on it! Kind of like how you work on cleaning by first making a really big mess. I’m doing the really big … Read More

The Long Year

When you have a goal– a massive, life goal– there is a before, and there is an after. People talk a lot about a sense of loss. Inigo Montoya after killing the six fingered man: “Is very strange. I have been … Read More

Heart & Hard Choices

I don’t so much have it in me to do the longwinded thing that I normally do. Today I emailed Iditarod and informed them I’d be withdrawing. We also sat down with the ATAO team here and made the decision … Read More

Health & Happiness

During Iditarod, I felt fit as a fiddle. Or, mostly. My hands were super messed up. I couldn’t use zippers or do small tasks. As I mention in one of the recordings I made along the way, I could, at … Read More

Here We Go

It’s a quarter to nine; the sun won’t be up for a while still. A couple hours? Maybe just one? Mushing sometimes means losing all sense of time– Especially up here, at this time of year, where the light is … Read More

What’s fun got to do with it?

You may have already seen that we have also withdrawn from the Quest 300 this year. Based on the immense outpouring of support for the kennel, I think– I hope– you will forgive us that. It’s been a tough run … Read More


When I was 8 or 9 years old, I decided I wanted to be a boy. I loved the way my undeveloped chest looked. Being a boy felt more correct to me. I asked my father one weekend, “Dad, can … Read More

New Recruits!

Pretty exciting news… Today we added two more faces to the ATAO team. You may recall that Max and R2 will be leaving the race team for bigger and betterment pursuits- Max will join Sarah to start her kennel Dream … Read More

How to Follow the CB300

It’s only TEN days til the Copper Basin! Are you ready? The race starts Saturday, January 12 at 10 am AK time. We’ll be posting a lot of content leading up to the race, and with the fantastic Human Team, … Read More

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