Talkeetna Flower Kennel and Homestead

Off-grid living with sled dogs

Self-Sufficient

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The Homestead Workforce

Hauling water from the spring in winter

Subsistence Lifestyle

Preserving food

Cabin Life

The Flower Kennel Dogs

Exploring Alaska

Stories of adventures

Kennel and Homestead Tours

TALKEETNA FLOWER KENNEL AND HOMESTEAD TOURS

OPEN FROM MAY – SEPTEMBER

Visit the Flower Homestead, a musher’s homestead tucked away just south of Talkeetna in the Boreal forest of Alaska.

Here we live a sustainable life together with the Flower Kennel Sled dogs. The kennel is unique in that the sled dogs are not only part of the family, but an integral part of our real authentic off-grid Alaskan lifestyle. The dogs help with hauling water from our spring in winter and haul our building material and firewood we harvest from our homestead to keep warm and cozy during the cold Alaska winters.

We grow, harvest and gather most of our own food and live a self-reliant lifestyle as much as possible. 

We are committed to our dogs and the Flower Kennel is their forever home. Our tours are an exclusive opportunity to see how and why we live in the far North. We are a small locally owned operation and our tours are casual and personal.

Welcome to our home.

Iris (owner)
Bluma, Rachel, Lilja, Sam, Mouse, Flora, Hayden and Kiglu (companions)

Kennel and Homestead Tour

THE FLOWER KENNEL – Alaskan Sled Dogs

Bluma is very shy and it took me a long time to gain her trust. But then she gave it all, and became my soul mate and main go-to solid leader. She knows left and right, but sometimes has her own opinion. She is a major trail finder in the backcountry and drags the whole team over bare ice if I ask her to do so.

Bluma

Super shy, driven and stubborn

Position: Backcountry Lead
Hobby: Chasing
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Female
Age: 9 years
Siblings: Rachel, Luke

Sam is the big boy with a big heart. Always ready for a cuddle and he can't help himself, but giving a lick is his trade. Sam has a steady run and is always in for the long run. He takes over when the trail becomes long and boring. Sam is the only sled dog in the world who loves summers, when he can snuggle with everybody visiting the homestead.

Sam

Cuddly, graceful and lovable

Position: Team, Wheel
Hobby: Loving
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Male
Age: 6 years
Siblings: Diesel, Lilja

Hayden is full of energy and smart. He is super alert and never stops moving, except for the evenings on the couch. He will share the couch as long as he is petted or when its Flora.

Hayden

Strong, focused and a cuddle.

Position: Team, Wheel
Hobby: Couch time
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Male
Age: 4 years

Rachel is super delicate and smart; why pull when the big boys can handle it. But when the going is hard, its Rachel who leans her full weight into her harness. She leads the team from the front and teaches the boys some determination. She is the only one who dares to stand up to her sister Bluma and can't live without her.

Rachel

Shy, elegant and smart

Position: Trail Lead
Hobby: Observing
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Female
Age: 9 years
Siblings: Bluma, Luke

Mouse is the impatience boy of the pack. In harness he transforms in a fearless hardworking dude - most of the time. With his tail high up in the air, his eyes are always scanning for another opportunity to lead the whole team on one of his adventures.

Mouse

Adventurous, dude and snuggler

Position: Swing, Wheel
Hobby: Digging
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Male
Age: 3 years
Sibling: Flora

Kiglu is the power house of the team. He is still learning to wait when loading water or firewood, but then he would single handed pull the load up to the cabin if it was up to him.

Kiglu

Super strong, playful and curious.

Position: Team, Wheel
Hobby: Playing
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Male
Age: 3 years

Lilja has energy, energy and then some more energy. Her big long tail will sway in the wind all day, and I suspect all night. Along the trail she always finds fascinating sights and will let us all know with a bark or howl. Food or a snowflake falling out of the sky...why do the other dogs not get more enthusiastic?

Lilja

Energetic, cheerleader and lively

Position: Definitely Team
Hobby: Raising Alarm
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Female
Age: 6 years
Siblings: Diesel, Sam

Flora is all business. Organizing her dog house garden, learning to lead, working in harness, claiming the couch, she does it all with an intense dedication and focus. Oh, and super cute.

Flora

Focused, super smart and cute

Position: Lead, Swing
Hobby: Hoarding
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Female
Age: 3 years
Sibling: Mouse

Bluma is very shy and it took me a long time to gain her trust. But then she gave it all, and became my soul mate and main go-to solid leader. She knows left and right, but sometimes has her own opinion. She is a major trail finder in the backcountry and drags the whole team over bare ice if I ask her to do so.

Bluma

Super shy, driven and stubborn

Position: Backcountry Lead
Hobby: Chasing
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Female
Age: 9 years
Siblings: Rachel, Luke

Lilja has energy, energy and then some more energy. Her big long tail will sway in the wind all day, and I suspect all night. Along the trail she always finds fascinating sights and will let us all know with a bark or howl. Food or a snowflake falling out of the sky...why do the other dogs not get more enthusiastic?

Lilja

Energetic, cheerleader and lively

Position: Definitely Team
Hobby: Raising Alarm
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Female
Age: 6 years
Siblings: Diesel, Sam

Mouse is the impatience boy of the pack. In harness he transforms in a fearless hardworking dude - most of the time. With his tail high up in the air, his eyes are always scanning for another opportunity to lead the whole team on one of his adventures.

Mouse

Adventurous, dude and snuggler

Position: Swing, Wheel
Hobby: Digging
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Male
Age: 3 years
Sibling: Flora

Hayden is full of energy and smart. He is super alert and never stops moving, except for the evenings on the couch. He will share the couch as long as he is petted or when its Flora.

Hayden

Strong, focused and a cuddle.

Position: Team, Wheel
Hobby: Couch time
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Male
Age: 4 years

Rachel is super delicate and smart; why pull when the big boys can handle it. But when the going is hard, its Rachel who leans her full weight into her harness. She leads the team from the front and teaches the boys some determination. She is the only one who dares to stand up to her sister Bluma and can't live without her.

Rachel

Shy, elegant and smart

Position: Trail Lead
Hobby: Observing
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Female
Age: 9 years
Siblings: Bluma, Luke

Sam is the big boy with a big heart. Always ready for a cuddle and he can't help himself, but giving a lick is his trade. Sam has a steady run and is always in for the long run. He takes over when the trail becomes long and boring. Sam is the only sled dog in the world who loves summers, when he can snuggle with everybody visiting the homestead.

Sam

Cuddly, graceful and lovable

Position: Team, Wheel
Hobby: Loving
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Male
Age: 6 years
Siblings: Diesel, Lilja

Flora is all business. Organizing her dog house garden, learning to lead, working in harness, claiming the couch, she does it all with an intense dedication and focus. Oh, and super cute.

Flora

Focused, super smart and cute

Position: Lead, Swing
Hobby: Hoarding
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Female
Age: 3 years
Sibling: Mouse

Kiglu is the power house of the team. He is still learning to wait when loading water or firewood, but then he would single handed pull the load up to the cabin if it was up to him.

Kiglu

Super strong, playful and curious.

Position:  Team, Wheel
Hobby: Playing
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Sex: Male
Age: 3 years

THE FLOWER HOMESTEAD

After looking at their buds for the last couple vi After looking at their buds for the last couple videos and pictures, here the team in full glory. Sam-Lilja, Rachel-Bluma, Mouse-Flora and Kiglu-Hayden, they run 350 miles/560km in 13 days and rocked it all the way. So proud of them and so happy to have them in my life.
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Big thank you to Chris at Shell lake Roadhouse, Chanda at McDougall lodge and most of all Mandy and her crew at @withinthewild
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And down the upper Happy River valley. One of the And down the upper Happy River valley. One of the most beautiful places to walk your dogs. .
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After a rest day in Rohn we pointed or noses back After a rest day in Rohn we pointed or noses back to Willow, 175 miles / 285km away. Over Rainy pass we went again. Even with an inch of fresh snow, Sam and Lilja were flawless in finding the trail.
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Sam is overwhelmed by every new camping spot. Wear Sam is overwhelmed by every new camping spot. Wearing his night jacket freaks him out even more, so he sleeps on top of it. His food bowl tops it all off and he won’t move anymore. I seriously feed half his food by hand. The other half I let freeze over and he gets the ice chunks a couple hrs later. Because he has to get his water no matter how. .
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In Rohn we rested and ate and took a day off. The In Rohn we rested and ate and took a day off. The most important thing on a trip is to keep the dogs fed and hydrated. Lilja has no problem with that and shows here how she eats her water. Dogs have no sucking capability, so she wipes up the water with her backwards curled up tongue and bites it mid air. .
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Look where we went, Rainy pass! Up the Happy River Look where we went, Rainy pass! Up the Happy River valley and at the point of crossing the Alaska Range. Nervous for what is to come, the in-famous Dalzell Gorge. .
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Yetna, Skwetna, Shell lake, Finger lake, down the Yetna, Skwetna, Shell lake, Finger lake, down the Happy steps towards Puntilla lake we slowly got into the big mountains. .
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