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 and 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.

The countdown is on to the 2018 IDITAROD! We are currently on our last 10 days of training and can't believe how fast the time is flying by!

On January 6th and 7th we completed the Knik 200, taking 8th place. Next, on Feb 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, we competed in the Willow 300 and took an impressive 6th place finish, making for a very happy team.  We then quickly dove into prepping all of the drop bags and had a bit of a challenge with a few days of warm weather, but it all worked out great.  Additionally, we have completed everyone's ECGs and blood work and the entire team is happy, healthy and ready to go. I have my list of 20 dogs selected, and out of these 20, I will be choosing my final 16 for the official start.  

Thanks to all for your continued support.  There are still several dogs and checkpoints for dog booties that are available for sponsorship.  If you would like information on how to join our amazing team of sponsors, check out the sponsor link on the left.  If you have sponsored the team, I will sent out pictures and thank you's after Iditarod has finished as I want to sent out a current 2018 team picture. Thanks again!!! 

For the 2018 Iditarod, I will be dedicating this race to Debra Abrams. Debra was my Iditarider during the first 11 miles of the 2015 Iditarod. We had an amazing 11 miles of fun! Debra will be traveling the trail with me in spirit! A great person who left us way too soon!

This picture is Mrs. Ittner's students at Puckett's Mill Elementary School that sold husky animals to raise money for the team to compete in the 2018 Iditarod. They worked very hard to sell these plush animals! Thanks so much for taking the time to help us with the Iditarod.

A much deserved training after the drop bags were done.

Yukon pictured here is getting his ECG'S done which is required for each dog that is entered in Iditarod. Coal on the right is getting his blood drawn for a full panel to be done and I will gets the results soon. Thanks to Meredith Mapes and her handler with helping out with the dogs. Thanks to Tabitha, Sabrina and all the others in doing a great job with these tests! Also Providence Hospital for the pre race testing, it's very much appreciated!  

2/10/18 through 2/14/18
Above are a series of pictures that show all the work involved in preparing the drop bags for Iditarod. Writing your name on all bags, putting meat and supplies in each bag for that checkpoint. I had great help this year which included Ray Rendington, Jr., TJ, John Nielsen, Stacey Cardy, Janet Zoellick and several others who made donations to make this all happen. Nellie was supervising the packing. Drop bags were finally closed up in the early hours of February 14th.  The bags were then dropped off in Anchorage where each one was weighed, marked with the weight, and stapled with the mailing address. Lots of volunteers were on site to take part in this very well organized event. My total amount sent out was 2,098 pounds.  A big thanks to everyone that was involved to make this possible!

Above are a few kinds of food that I sent out for the dogs to each checkpoint along the trail. With all the gear, dog booties, kibble, meat, personal food, etc. my drop bags totaled 2,098 pounds.

Pictured above are hand warmers, gloves, meals for me, drinks and snacks that I put together to send out to each checkpoint along the 1,049 mile trip to Nome.


John Nielsen is pictured here with Coal who will be in his 2nd Iditarod. John spent several days at the kennel in late January bagging 2 kinds of kibble and bagging several types of meat and fish. Thanks John for all your help with the drop bags and your generous contribution with the dog food!