About Hey Moose! Kennel.Andy and Kristin Pace welcome you to Hey Moose! Kennel, a competitive racing kennel out of Healy, Alaska. We are located on ten wooded acres overlooking Panguingue Creek and our dog trails offer views of Denali National Park to the north, south and west. On these pages you can read about our journey to train for the Iditarod and Yukon Quest thousand-mile sled dog races.
Kristin Knight PaceKristin Knight Pace was born in Fort Worth, TX and graduated with honors from The University of Montana with a degree in photojournalism. After writing for several newspapers and magazines, she left the publishing world to lead a life worth writing about – one of adventure and hard work on the trails of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in Montana and Idaho. After an unexpected personal devastation in 2009, she took to the road with her two dogs and drove north to Denali National Park, where her quiet life revolved around the nurturing of 10 sled dogs and the maintenance of a remote cabin. What was supposed to be a five-month stay turned into years on end, and now she has found and married the love of her life, become the Lead Backcountry Ranger for Denali National Park, and realized her dream of running dogs through the wilderness of Alaska. Kristin finished the 2015 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile Sled Dog Race in February and will be running the 2016 Iditarod. On her blog at www.kristinknightpace.com, she writes:
“What our hands do these days is shape the dream of our childhoods. There it thrived in two different kids, and as we grew up and in turn grew older, even when our attentions turned to other things, the dream waited there patiently. Whether or not we knew the kind of purchase that dream held in our insides did not matter, because we both ended up following it. The drive of it, the excitement it held, the pure and simple promise in it – all those things were impossible to ignore. Very much the same fear in each of our hearts cast a net toward something familiar and we ignored it, facing instead north and driving away, away. Something in us must have known all along how that dream would be nurtured by Alaska, even if we could never have known the rare kind of love we would find in one another here. And to see that clearing in the woods now, the footprint of our home in the wilderness made by our four hands…The dogs are the only ones who can perfectly describe what that reward feels like - they being incapable of speech and capable of the purest joy, manifested in leaps and snorts and rolls and howls. It is the filling in my heart.”
Andrew PaceAP came to Alaska in the winter of 2009 with the ostensible goal of working quietly on his doctoral dissertation in lyric poetry & phenomenology. Secretly, he just wanted to live out the dream he’d had since he was a little kid of homesteading in the north. After a stint in Homer working at a fish processing company, he came to Denali for a seasonal job & ended up finding his home instead. He met & married a banjo playing red-headed dog musher who exceeded his wildest dreams, & together they have very deliberately put together the foundations of Hey Moose! Kennel. He still hasn’t finished his thesis, but in the meantime, he has successfully traded the labyrinthine headaches of academia for the purest & most infectious phenomenon he’s ever known: dog joy.
He feels incredibly fortunate to have the enduring mentorship & friendship of so many capable & accomplished mushers, homesteaders, dogs & adventurers. & though his education prior to coming to Alaska was fairly extensive, it was nothing compared to the lessons in humility & wonder that he is privileged to experience on a daily basis. Life is good when you have an over-brimming heart. Andy finished his qualifiers in 2015 and will be running the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile Sled Dog Race in February 2016. Read more at www.specimensdays.blogspot.com