We are located in the foothills of the magnificent Alaska Range near the edge of timberline. Crazy Dog Kennel is a competitive racing kennel, owned and operated by Zoya DeNure and John Schandelmeier, dedicated to the training and rehabilitation of unwanted sled dogs.

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Half of the dogs in our kennel come from area animal shelters or are dogs rejected from other kennels. Many of these dogs would be considered to be unadoptable prior to their arrival at our facility. Here at Crazy Dog Kennel we let “dogs be dogs”; they are socialized with the goal of letting them become an integral part of the dog community. There are no failures at our kennel; all of the dogs are successfully rehabilitated and go on to race with us or are sent on to adoptive homes where most are used for recreational mushing. Sled dogs also make great house pets and many of our dogs become valued members of their adoptive households. Socialization and behavior adjustments are achieved through innovative, positive training techniques; there are few magic solutions; time and perseverance are the answer to most issues.

Teams from Crazy Dog Kennel and Canine Rescue have competed in and won races such as the Yukon Quest, Copper Basin 300, U.P. 200 and many others. We have well-behaved dogs of all ages and abilities available for immediate adoption. We also offer, dog sledding tours, rides and scheduled training clinics.


Iditarod 2016 Sponsors

Big Dans Trucking
Todd Young & Family
JACKS liquor /Tesoro
Black Rapids Lodge
MANMAT- Czech
PENNY WEDD


Iditarod 2016 Team Dogs

1. Rainy
2. Ruby
3. Thunder
4. Fender
5. Spicy
6. Bobbi J
7. Glory
8. Pete
9. Ellie
10. Zenyatta
11. I'll have Another
12. Proud Clarion
13. Chili Pepper
14. Lightning
15. Mudflap
16. Slick


Read about Zoya in Pedigree Magazine!

In an exclusive interview with Petigree Magazine, Zoya DeNure tells us how she went from modelling to becoming a professional sprint musher in Alaska. 

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Read about Zoya in Friday Magazine!

She used to strut the runways of Paris and Milan but Zoya DeNure now rescues and races Alaskan sled dogs. 

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