Charley's Sled Dog Kennel
Wasilla, Alaska

Home to 2014, 2015 & 2017 Iditarod race finisher Charley Bejna who is also a type 1 Diabetic, with an Insulin Pump.
Iditarod 2018
Charley's Sled Dog Kennel is located in Knik, Alaska which is located 1 hour north of Anchorage. The kennel has 22 racing dogs and 8 retired dogs which are owned and cared for by Charley Bejna.  I am a one person operation, so it sometimes takes awhile to respond to emails on this website. I appreciate your continued patience.

I would like to thank all of our great sponsors for making this possible to continue mushing in mid-distance races in the Iditarod.  We appreciate it very much and always welcome any type of donations to the kennel throughout the year.  I am racing in the 2018 Iditarod to raise awareness that being a type 1 diabetic may slow you down, but you can still live a normal life as long as you take care of yourself.

Welcome to the new website!  I will be adding new pages, and updating the current information on a weekly basis.

We have a new kennel name and a new mailing address:

Charley's Sled Dog Kennel
P.O. Box 879012
Wasilla, AK 99687

Grizzly and Yukon are the leaders on this training run. 

Todays leaders were sisters Black and Brown. A team of 16 dogs were run today with the 4 wheeler. Still not enough snow to take out a dogsled. Hopefully more snow will be on the way. The temperatures are getting colder with low 20s during the day and single digits during the night.

I decided to try out Aspen (right) in lead with Yukon. Aspen did great for his first time. He usually runs in swing or team. 

The dogs were enjoying the snow, as I was also. Hawk (left) and Brown (right) were the leaders today. I am currently running 2 teams of 12 dogs and are running both teams a day. As we increase mileage, I will run 1 team with more dogs.

The Northern Lights were dancing around the moon around 1:15 am above the kennel.

There is plenty of lighting at the kennel.  It helps out a lot while feeding, cleaning up, hooking dogs up and putting them away.

We received about 4" of snow throughout the night and in the morning.


Yukon 6 years old (left) and Maple 3 years old (right) are the two leaders pictured above.  Yukon has finished all races that we finished mainly as a leader.  Yukon is the dad to half of the kennel. Maple, is learning to becoming a leader and is doing well.

Brown is really happy with her new straw!  Friday we took the day off of running dogs and cleaned out the old straw of every dog house.  After cleaning all the boxes, I used 3 bales of straw to fill there boxes.

 Hawk 5 years old (left) & Brown 5 years old (right) are the two leaders above. Both girls have finished the Iditarod in lead and several other mid distance races. They have also each had a litter of puppies several years ago and make up most of the team today.

The team and I approaching a section of open water on the trail. This is good training to go through open water as we might have a similar situation on races and is great experience for the team.