Welcome! My name is Michelle Kennedy Hogan and I am a dog musher and writer living in Ninilchik, Alaska, training for Iditarod 2016.

On MushingMom.com, I write about unschooling my kids (5 still at home), living off grid in Alaska, training dogs for the Iditarod and well, whatever else comes to mind. I've had about 15 books published and they are all available at Amazon.com, your local library or bookseller. If you want to sponsor the team, have me speak at your event or just say hello - please email me at michelle at mushingmom dot com. Check out our kennel page at Crazy Eights Kennel.

Just doing it.

I’ve been running dogs for a long time. For even longer, I’ve been studying dogs and studying the races in which people run sled dogs. I’ve done a lot of stuff with dogs. I’ve camped and traveled far. But I haven’t had the time and logistical support to race. I have devoted a lot of time to mothering and my…

Puppies!

Life with puppies is fun! And crazy. And sometimes a little exhausting.   Our puppies are currently 3.5 months old and because we let our puppies run loose all of the time, they are into everything.   Like Lucy, our faithful, and mostly patient Black Lab. Sometimes, even she can get a little snippy.   Puppies run through the yard…

Iditarod Qualifying Race Season 2014-15

Just typing this out makes my stomach flutter. I am already nervous for the races I haven’t even signed up for yet! I often read about people who do something like run Iditarod or climb Mt. Everest for a certain cause or to raise awareness. I have to say, I don’t have a specific cause. What I do have is…

Fire Fire Everywhere

A massive 100,000 plus acre forest fire is burning about 20 miles from my house. Here’s the thing. The fire is burning in a wildlife refuge. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, which butts up against Ninilchik Tribal Land which butts up against our farm. So essentially, as you can see from the map below, there’s the fire, a lake, nothing…

Just How Off-Grid Are We?

Recently, I got into a Facebook (yeah, yeah, I know…) “discussion” about what off-grid means. John was asking his friends for a score of a basketball game since we don’t enjoy cable or satellite TV. One of his friends said something about why would we care, because we are “off-grid” and shouldn’t care about the civilized world (I’m grossly paraphrasing…

Spring is for the birds

It’s been warm here. About 45 degrees by the middle of the day. The snow is slowly melting away, but we are fortunate to still have a good base and lots of snow out our back door. The days here are getting longer. This is our first spring and summer in Alaska and we have not yet had the full…

Fear

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. -Eleanor Roosevelt I’m a scaredy cat. No really. I don’t really enjoy roller coasters and I don’t like going fast in a car. Unless I’m driving. I have always…