Let’s Go

My road to Iditarod has involved a lot of false starts. I was given options to run with various teams– But I always declined, because I knew it would break my heart to run a team that I’d have to … Read More

Dress a Dog Day Returns!

Lincoln is the first Dress-a-Dog contestant for 2020. Thank you for the hilarious suggestions of what costume we should prepare for our (not so) lil Linky! We planned to open voting sooner, which is why some of the St. Paddy’s … Read More

Dress a Dog Day is Baaaaaack

You’ve waited a long time, and it’s paid off. We’re returning to Dress a Dog day with the wonderous Lincoln. Below you can submit your suggestions for how to dress her up!  


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

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You may have already seen that we have also withdrawn from the Quest 300 this year.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


I will not be running the Copper Basin 300 this year. I am heartbroken about it. On Sunday and Sunday evening, I took the dogs out for an evaluative run. We did a short first leg. It was cold, and … Read More

Obstacles and Goals

We’ve had a hell of a season so far. Some of it great, some of it not so great. I know it’s old news, but it does still boggle me how much of a wrench that porcupine threw in things. … Read More

The Longest Night – Solstice 2019 Recap

A few days before the start of the Solstice, a friend mentioned that it didn’t look like I was signed up to race. “Yes I am!” I said indignantly. “They must have made a mistake.” I was, of course, supremely … Read More

Anxiety and Dragging

This post was converted from a thread posted on Twitter. You can follow us there @ataokennel   So, this weekend kind of sucked. Mostly just because of my brain being my brain. Anxiety! Depression! Did I mention anxiety! Anyway such … 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

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