Northern Blast Sled Dogs

Carol & Alan Pepsick

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Northern Blast Sled Dogs is a small kennel of Siberian Huskies located in Estacada, Oregon. Most of our dogs are training for mid distance races, while the rest run recreationally or are retired.

Our kennel is not a business. This is only a fun hobby for us as well as this website. We will post updates, events, pictures and stories of our times on the trail. Start by checking the blog below. You can add comments to my Blog entries, Photo Gallery, Video's, Calender, and Guest Book. Updates will be listed here. Sign up as a member (located on the sidebar) and receive automatic e-mails whenever the site is updated.




Recent Updates

11/7/15: Blog posting titled: More Of The Same (scroll down)
11/7/15: New video on the Video page: First Training Run, Fall 2015
10/19/15: Blog posting titled: 3 Dog Blog (scroll down)
9/20/15: Blog posting titled: Past Due (scroll down)



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More Of The Same

Posted on November 8, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Started my fourth week out of work quite miserably as my back seized up again. Over the past year, I have had days where my back just feels sore or sometimes tight with minor pain, but it hasn’t been this severe since the forest fire last year. But maybe I should back up here a bit...


…on my last blog, we were waiting for Spirit’s cytology results that day (Monday) regarding the growth that she has. Those results came back as benign!...

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3 Dog Blog

Posted on October 19, 2015 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Well our fall training is not off to a very good start, in fact we haven’t started at all. On my last blog I posted that I had given my notice at my job. I was really looking forward to a little bit of peace and relaxation for the first week or two with the absence of so much stress, and to also kick off our fall raining, but it seems that wasn’t meant to be. I am just glad I wasn’t trying to perform my job as well during these last couple of weeks.

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Past Due

Posted on September 20, 2015 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

It's well past due for an update. Life has been busy and a bit stressful so it was easier to put this update on hold. But with summer gone and fall finally here, it is time for some catch up.

Several events occurred in May:

First was the sad news of the passing of Terry Hinesly. We (finally) met Terry in 2010 at my first Eagle Cap race where he was the race marshal. Not only was he a fantastic race marshal but Terry had a way about him that made you fe...
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Updates From The House

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's an Alan update: After a couple of reschedules, for one reason or another, Alan finally had his (4th) surgery 4 weeks ago. The surgery went well and he now has 2 pins and 2 staples holding 2 bones together allowing them to fuse. He has to be completely off that foot for the first 6 weeks of recovery so he has been getting around minimally on crutches, and apparently they don't make crutches out of wood any more. :D  Anyhow, it is all a wait and see now. The doctor doesn...

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Summer In January

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are some of my first summer pictures of 2015. Oh, but's JANUARY!!!

Unbelievably warm temps this weekend. It was in the 60's by 9:00am this morning but the dogs seemed to be enjoying themselves anyhow.

I will start with the 2 ends of Ana:


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Keeping The Site

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

After my last posting, I received several requests to keep our blog going. So for now I will keep the website up and running. ;)

Also as requested here is the first update regarding Alan's status. He was scheduled for surgery last Thursday but due to some insurance issues, it has been postponed and a new date has not been set yet. Not a great start! Unfortunately this glitch pushes everything back.

So, as mentioned in my last posting I will try ...

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Reality Bites

Posted on January 3, 2015 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I haven’t been blogging because we haven’t been training, so I thought I would share our current situation. Once again this season has not gone as planned (or hoped for), turning out the same as the last couple of seasons with a few more emotions mixed in.


Alan is still out of work from his last (third) toe surgery in the spring. We were able to get some training in mid fall, but his toe pain has continued. When more pain showed up in his leg a...

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Return To Henning's Mushing Extravaganza!

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (28)

Had a wonderful Halloween weekend at the home of Henning Bartel and Marguerite Warren in LaPine Oregon, as they, once again, hosted an unforgetable mushing weekend. If you follow this blog you may recall that last year Alan and I also attended the first running of this event when Henning brought out Alaskan long distance musher Brent Sass as the guest of honor. So how could Henning top that?

This year Brent returned along with Mike Ellis who we met last year at a...

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Past, Present, and Future

Posted on October 26, 2014 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Another 6 months has gone by and this blog has been very quiet. It does not mean the past 6 months have been quiet however. So, in trying to catch up, I will just stick to the highlights.

First a quick recap: Last season proved to be another poor training season with many interruptions. My last posting showed our last training run of the season, in February, after a short lay-off. I never got my sled out for a single sled run and we had no training in the spring ...

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February/March Update

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Ahh, finally back to the blog. First we had a technical glitch that kept me from accessing the website for a while and I planned on doing an update in February. When I finally did start this the Iditarod began and I was completely sucked into it so this has been on hold for a while. Now that the Iditarod is over and the dust is starting to settle I can get back to it.

In the month of February we had too warm of weather to train followed by an extreme downpo...

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