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.

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

Going around seven mile lake. This lake is approximately 3 miles around the entire edge. This is nice to train on since a lot of races we are in, the trails are on lakes.


Some fresh snow made it for some great runs over the weekend. It's always nice to be the first one on the trail for great pictures.

We received around 3 inches of snow to enjoy over the weekend.

We usually take Sunday off to give the dogs a rest. I worked on the trail for 2 hours in the morning and then we spent 4 hours at night grooming and putting in some new trails with several others. Doing work on the trial takes up lots of time but its much needed so the trails are good for the dogs and the musher.

Aspen & Yukon in lead. The Nome sign is pictured in the back. This is 19 miles one way from the kennel. We stop at the halfway point to give the dogs a fish snack and then we head back home. We have been making this trip quite often during the week. I am now running 16 dogs on the snow machine. I can run bigger teams this way and its easier to control them. Once we get more snow, I will switch over to the dogsled. 

Yukon & Maple in lead followed by Oak & Aspen. It was a nice 5 degree day to be out on the trails.

The trail has a fresh new coating of snow today. We went out for around 5 hours to go over the trail with the snow machine to pack down the trail and clean up any downed trees. 

With around 3 inches of new snow today, Marble is ready to go and have fun in the snow. 

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.