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'Tis the season to train dogs!!!  Happy Trails Kennel is a streamlined dog trianing operation these days.  James Volek and Martin are working with about 50+ adult, heavily experienced, enthusiastic sled dogs. For the first time in several years, we plan to field only one team in the Iditarod. 

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Martin named to Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

Martin will be part of the Class of 2017 Inductees to the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.  Noted accomplishments are his 31 consecutive Iditarod finishes, his 4 Iditarod championships and 5 Leonhard Seppala Awards for outstanding dog care.  The Hall of Fame award came as quite a surprise.  He was out training dogs in a remote area and on his way home his cell phone started to ping with messages of congratulations.  He is honored for the recognition and feels so fortunate to be able to spend his days with his incredbile 4 legged friends. 


Check out the Iditarod adventures of the only 5 time Leonhard Seppala Award* WINNER as he travels with his amazing Alaskan huskies!!!! 

*After the race, veterinarians award the 40-year-old the Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award, given to the musher who provides outstanding dog care throughout the race while remaining competitive. The award is based on a scoring system that considers the dogs' body condition, gait, attitude and hydration.




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