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Happy Trails Kennel

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Address: Mile 4.5 West Lakes Blvd., Big Lake, AK 99652
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+1 907-892-7899

Offers tours of the kennel operated by 4-time Iditarod champion

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A fun, unique experience!

We had such a great time here! Shaun was an exceptional host and driver, answering all our questions and sharing interesting information the whole time. The trails are gorgeous... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had such a great time here! Shaun was an exceptional host and driver, answering all our questions and sharing interesting information the whole time. The trails are gorgeous and we even watched a bald eagle fly overhead while sledding! But the dogs are the superstars here. They are sweet and love to be loved-on, in addition to being incredible... More 

Thank KDGregg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We had an absolutely wonderful day with Happy Trails Kennel. When we arrived we were greeted by Martin Buser as he departed on a 60 mile sled run in prep for the upcoming Iditarod. We loved that we were not rushed at all and we were able to meet and pet all the dogs. We then went out on a... More 

Thank emmarose1893
Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We were warmly welcomed by Martin Buser himself (4-time Iditerod champion), and by all the dogs at their kennels, too. Martin's son Rohn (also a musher like his dad) and one of their racing dogs gave a demonstration of how a sled dog is dressed for the trail.

Thank Sallie A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

We had great time with four-times Iditarod champion Martin Buser at Happy Trails Kennel. The tour was very informative, we learned a lot about dogs and Iditarod race. And puppies are so cute of course :)

Thank Vacati0nier
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Martin Buser's dog and his presentation of mushing and marathon sled dog work was the best I have encountered

Thank Ken B
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

The minute you meet Martin Buser you realize why this place is called "Happy...". He is passionate about everything he does, from being a 4x Iditarod Champion to raising Iditarod dogs to educating people about how special this sport is to making this a family adventure. I enjoyed learning about the sport, seeing the dogs, learning the role of a... More 

Thank cclum
Sierra Foothills
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

This is a must stop if you are interested in learning about how Iditarod sled dogs are trained. Martin Buser does a great tour, introduces you to the dogs and takes time to answer all your questions.

Thank GoldCountry2
Trabuco Canyon, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

This is a great place to learn about the Iditarod and the dogs. You should budget about 2 hours for this. We were a family of 5 and enjoyed the entire visit. Highly recommend this hands on, interesting, and informative trip.

Thank andy192016
Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

This was a stop on the land portion of our Regent Cruises tour. It turned out to be one of our favorites! The owner and staff were universally friendly and welcoming. They clearly enjoy their work, and love showing off their beautiful sled dogs. We saw an informative film, spoke with one of the "mushers" who has raced the Iditarod,... More 

Thank Charlie D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

My husband and I were on a tour of Alaska and were lucky enough to be brought to the Happy Trails Kennel. This stop is a fun place full of happy dogs, puppies, and people. You get to meet Martin Buser, a 4-time Iditarod Champion & 5-Time Seppala Award Winner for Best Dog Care, and his son. Mr. Buser was... More 

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