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.
the Dogs
Meet the dogs which live at the kennel located in Knik, Alaska. Each of  these dogs have it's own distinct personality and each plays an important role to the overall success of the entire pack. These dogs are trained and cared for by:
 
Charley Bejna



This picture is the dog lot during a spring day in 2017.  There is also 2 separate puppy pens.




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


All dogs can be sponsored by one or more individuals. When sponsoring a dog, please let us know how you would like to have your name appear under that dog.


All photos are courtesy of Jansen Cardy

 

Aspen

This male was born May of 2014. Aspen likes to run in swing or team with his brother Oak. He likes as much attention as he can get, especially petting. Aspen has been in the 2016, 2017 Copper Basin, 2017 Knik 200, 2017 Northern Lights 300 and finished the 2017 Iditarod.  Aspen is looking forward to another year of running.

 


Birch

This male was born May 2014. Birch likes to run in team or wheel with his brother Cedar. When not running, he likes to stand in his doorway to his house and lean on the corner of it. Birch was in the 2016 Northern Lights 300. He will be in training for the 2018 races.


Black
Carolyn & Thomas Drake of Clemson, SC

This female was born April 18, 2012 and has 3 other litter mates. They are all named after bears. Black likes to run in swing or lead. Brown She has finished the 2015 Gin Gin 200, 2015, 2017 Northern Lights 300 and 2015, 2017 Iditarod. She is looking forward to another season running. 


Brown

This female was born April 18, 2012 and has 3 other litter mates. They are all named after Bears. Brown is a great leader and also runs in swing. Brown is very picky who she runs in lead with and has also run single in lead. Brown is a little shy and is all business when she's on the trail. She has finished the 2015 Gin Gin 200, 2015, 2016, 2017 Northern Lights 300, 2016, 2017 Knik 200 and 2015, 2017 Iditarod all in lead.  She led the entire 2017 Iditarod.

Canyon
Sponsored by Sondra Davis of Indianapolis, IN

This female was born April 20, 2011. Canyon is the smallest of seven in her litter. She likes to run in swing or team. Canyon is a small dog with lots of dedication. Canyon finished the 2013, 2015 Northern lights 300. She finished the 2015 Gin Gin 200. Canyon finished the 2014 Knik 200. She was in the 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 Iditarod. Canyon has finished the 2015 Iditarod. 


Cedar

This male was born in May of 2014. Cedar likes to run in team, swing or recently in lead. Cedar has a huge appetite. He has lots of training behind him and finally competed in the 2017 Iditarod and was dropped in Elim. He will be ready to take place in the 2018 races. 



Coal

This male was born on December 25, 2015. He is one of eight out of the litter. Coal likes to run in team with his brother Slate or Marble. Coal is very quite during feeding and just stands next to his bowl unlike the others barking. Coal has been in the 2017 Knik 200 and finished the 2017 Northern Lights 300. He competed in the 2017 Iditarod but was dropped at the White Mountain checkpoint. He will be ready to race in the 2018 season.

Festus
In memory of Justin Wm. Jones

This male was born on April 20, 2011 and is one of seven of the litter. He likes to run in wheel and has lots of power. Festus met the inaugural JetBlue aircraft to Alaska on May 24, 2011. He finished the 2015 Gin Gin 200, 2014, 2017 Knik 200, 2015, 2016 Northern Lights 300. Festus competed in the 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 Iditarod. He finished the 2015 Iditarod. 

Goodyear

This male was born on April 20, 2011 and is one of seven of the litter. He like to run in team or wheel and has lots of engery. Goodyear has competed in the 2014, 2015 Northern Lights 300. Goodyear has finished the 2015 Gin Gin 200. Goodyear competed in the 2015 Iditarod and was dropped in Nulato. He will be in training for the 2018 season.


Granite

This male was born on December 25, 2015. He is one of eight of the litter. Granite likes to run in team with his brother Quartz. Granite has not been in any races yet but is looking forward to entering a few races in 2018. 


Grizzly

This male was born on April 18, 2012 and has 3 other litter mates. They are all named after bears. Grizzly likes to run in team, swing or lead. He likes getting his belly rubbed as much as possible. Grizzly has competed in the 2014, 2017 Knik 200, 2015 Gin Gin 200, 2015, 2016, 2017 Northern Lights 300, 2015, 2016, 2017 Iditarod. 


Hawk

This female was born June 28, 2012. She likes to run in lead or swing with Brown. Hawk is a hard working dog and is very sweet. Hawk was in the 2014 Knik 200 but had to be dropped at the last checkpoint. Hawk finished the 2014 Iditarod in lead. She did not take place in the 2015 Iditarod since having 8 puppies on Christmas Day.  Hawk sat out the 2017 Iditaord but is currently training in lead this season.


Jade

This female was born on December 25, 2015. She is one of 8 out of the litter and also small like her sister Ruby. Jade like to run in team next to Ruby. She is really developing well with the rest of the team.  Jade is in training this season and hopefully will compete in some of the 2018 races. 


Kodiak

This male was born on April 18, 2012 and has 3 other litter mates. They are all named after bears. Kodiak likes to run in team, swing or lead. He likes to be in charge when in the dog lot. Kodiak has competed in the 2014, 2017 Knik 200, 2015 Gin Gin 200, 2015, 2016, 2017 Northern Lights 300, 2015, 2016, 2017 Iditarod. 



Maple

This female was born in May 2014. She likes to run in team, swing and in lead with Yukon. Maple has finished the 2016 Northern Lights 300, 2016 Iditarod and made it all the way to White Mountain during the 2017 Iditarod. She is showing great pride running in lead and will be entering races in 2018.



Marble

This male was born on December 25, 2015 and is one of eight out of the litter. Marble is a shy dog and likes to run in wheel or team with Coal or McKinley. Marble has finished the 2017 Knik 200, 2017 Northern Lights 300 and also the 2017 Iditarod. He is all business on the trail and works very hard.



McKinley

This male was born April 20, 2011 and is the biggest dog in the yard. He likes to run in wheel with Marble and sometimes Willow. McKinley has completed the 2013, 2015, 2017 Northern Lights 300, 2014, 2017 Knik 200,  2015 Gin Gin 200, McKinley was in the 2014, 2015 Iditarod but was dropped at the White Mountain checkpoint and finished the 2017 Iditarod.
 

  

Oak

This male was born in May of 2014.  He likes to run in team or swing with his litter mate Aspen. Oak has lots of energy and always barks when going up hills. He definitely the cheerleader on the team.  Oak was in the 2016, 2017 Copper Basin 300,  2017 Northern Lights 300 and finished the 2017 Iditarod in swing.



Quartz

This male was born on December 25, 2015 and is one of 8 out of the litter.  He likes to run in team with his brother Granite. Quartz was in the 2017 Copper Basin 300. He is getting better on the trail and looking to forward to entering a few races in 2018. 



Ruby

This female was born on December 25, 2015 and is one of 8 out of the litter. Ruby is one of the smallest in the kennel. She likes to run in team, swing or recently in lead.  Ruby has not been in any races yet but looking forward to entering a few in 2018. 


Slate 

This male was born on December 25, 2015 and is one of 8 out of the litter. He likes to run in wheel or team with his brother Coal. He is a very friendly dog and likes all the attention he can get. Slate was in the 2017 Copper Basin 300 and the 2017 Iditarod but was dropped at the Manley Checkpoint.  He will be in several races in 2018.




Willow
In memory of Danny L. Thomas, US Navy

This male was born in May of 2014. He likes to run in wheel with Festus. He is a very strong dog and very energetic dog. Willow has finished the 2016, 2017 Northern Lights 300, 2017 Knik 200 and the 2017 Iditarod.



Yukon

This male was born April 20, 2011 and prefers to run in lead or any other position. Yukon is all business on the trail. Yukon has finished the 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 Northern Lights 300. 2015 Gin Gin 200, 2014, 2016, 2017 Knik 200, 2016 Copper Basin 300, 2014, 2015, 2017 Iditarod. He was also in several other races that we scratched from including, 2013, 2016 Iditarod.