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Welcome to Blue on Black Kennels, the home of Karin Hendrickson and team.


Karin Hendrickson had never seen a sled dog until 2002, when she came up to Alaska to volunteer at the Iditarod. She met the Redingtons, and also got a chance to go mushing herself. After a horrific high speed ride through the woods and several major crashes (click here to read the story), she knew she was hooked.

She came up again for the 2003 Iditarod, this time to help Ray Redington prepare for the race. And that's when she made the decision to scrap her old life and become a dog bum.

She went home to Idaho, quit her job as an air pollution analyst, sold her house and everything she owned, and hit the road for Alaska. The first year she worked as a dog handler for Vern Halter, helping prepare for the 2004 Iditarod. The next year she handled for Diana Moroney.

Running dogs is life-consuming. It takes a lot of money, time, and energy. Realizing that it was impossible, Karin tried to quit dogs, and spent a year away from the runners. She was miserable! For some people the addiction to the trail is just too strong, and Karin found out this was the case for her.

In the 2006-2007 winter, she began work to build her own kennel, and began training for distance races. Karin ran her first Iditarod in the spectacularly cold and windy 2009. She ran Iditarod each year after that, 2009-2014. A horrible wreck, truck versus dog team, knocked them out of Iditarod 2015, but Karin is working hard to make a comeback for 2016.

Join the team! A donation in any amount will help get us back on the trail.

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WhyBlue on Black?


a. Blue on Black is often the color of our bodies during mushing season.  Running dogs is not a calm stroll the forest - it can be pretty rough. Just check out our stories page!


b. Blue on Black is a song by Kenny Wayne Shepherd. We're only fanatics about a few things here at Blue on Black. Running dogs is one, Kenny's music is another.  He's an incredible guitar player, and you can check out his "hard blues" here.




"In the worship of security we fling ourselves beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone." Sterling Hayden

Copyright 2014 Karin Hendrickson.
This website designed and prepared by Karin Hendrickson, and hosted by Alaska Web Designs.  
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