ATAO Kennel

is creating adventure and going ONWARD towards Iditarod 2021.

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The $1 Special!

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For a limited time, sign up at the $1 level! Support ATAO & get general Buddy updates!

Best Buddy

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$3
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Everyone needs a friend!


  • Be a Buddy to an ATAO athlete of your choosing
    • You are listed as that dog’s Buddy for as long as you are a patron
    • You and your Buddy are entered in our monthly drawing. If you win, your Buddy gets a treat and you get some cool swag!
    • Receive your Buddy's season trading card
    • Learn about the Buddy System here! (Or visit ataokennel.com/be-a-buddy)


These funds go towards equipment like harnesses, coats, and booties for the dogs!

Double Buddy

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$6
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What's better than one Buddy? TWO!


  • Be a Buddy to TWO ATAO kennel athletes of your choosing!
  • Collect their trading cards each season
  • Entered into the monthly Buddy Bonanza drawing once for each Buddy


These funds go towards training costs, like straw for camping, harnesses, training booties, and sled equipment... Plus tasty snacks for the dogs!

Adventure Buddy

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$9
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All of the adventure, none of the frostbite!


  • Be a Buddy to THREE ATAO athletes of your choosing!
  • Receive their season trading cards
  • Entered into the monthly Buddy Bonanza drawing once for each Buddy


These funds go towards race expenses, like entry fees, high calorie food to keep the dogs going strong, travel expenses to get to the race

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Buddy Backer

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$15
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Five heads are better than one!


  • Be a Buddy to FIVE ATAO athletes of your choosing!
  • Receive their trading cards
  • Entered into the monthly Buddy Bonanza drawing once for each Buddy


This tier goes towards kennel, training, and race costs!

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The Onward (Ophelia) sticker

Solstice Buddy

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$20
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Seven Buddies and a winter treat for you!


  • Be a Buddy to seven ATAO athletes of your choosing
  • Receive each of their season trading cards
  • Entered into the monthly Buddy Bonanza drawing once for each Buddy
  • Receive our mid-winter Solstice Surprise


This tier goes towards extra protein for your Buddies, like beef, turkey, salmon, and other meat that give your Buds that extra OOMPH!
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The Onward (Ophelia) sticker

Buddies and Beyond

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$32
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Head up the charge! Howl your way to the front! ATAO will follow your lead!


  • Eleven ATAO athlete Buddies
  • Solstice Surprise
  • Seasonal Buddy Booty-- surprise gifts throughout the year!


This tier helps us better our operation, and prepare for Iditarod in 2021!
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Big Buddy

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$50
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  • Opportunity to be the dedicated *sponsor* to an ATAO athlete, via our sponsor lottery - get exclusive updates and your dog's race tags at the end of the season
  • Seventeen ATAO athlete Buddies
  • Solstice Surprise
  • Seasonal Buddy Booty-- surprise gifts throughout the year!
  • Handler's badge-- allows entrance to the starting chute of a race (transportation to AK not included!)


This tier helps us provide the best for each team member, including highest quality food, vet care products, and housing materials
Exclusive Merch
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Includes
  • Exclusive Hoodie - Super Sweet ATAO Kennel Onward Hoodie, only available here
  • Exclusive Sticker - The Onward (Ophelia) sticker

ATAO VIP

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$100
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  • Opportunity to be the dedicated *sponsor* of an ATAO athlete, via our sponsor lottery-- receive special updates, and your dog's race tags at the end of the season
  • Official Buddy of ALL ATAO athletes
  • Solstice Surprise
  • Seasonal Buddy Booty-- surprise gifts throughout the year!
  • Handler badge - lets you join us in the starting chute of races!
  • Evening with ATAO (full season patrons / 5+ consecutive months): Hang out around a winter bon fire, enjoy a sled ride for 1-4 humans, meet the ATAO athletes (transportation to AK and races not included)


This tier allows us to go above and beyond and reach for the best we can be as a team. It lets us work towards being not just a happy, healthy, successful team-- but towards doing the very best we can do in each trip, event, and race.
Exclusive Merch
Fulfilled by Patreon
Includes
  • Exclusive Hoodie - Super Sweet ATAO Kennel Onward Hoodie, only available here
  • Exclusive Sticker - The Onward (Ophelia) sticker

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About ATAO Kennel

I have wanted to mush in the Iditarod since I was seven years old.

I got my start mushing with Martin Buser (a four time Iditarod champion) when I was 15. He taught me all of the basics; I couldn’t have had a better mentor. After my first year and my first race, I was hooked. I handled for various kennels from then on.

In 2014 I was able to adopt my first sled dog, Hooch. She is hands down, the best dog in the world. She’s a great leader and an even better buddy. In 2016 she had a litter of pups including Ophelia, who became my second sled dog. Ophelia and Hooch and I spent the next winter in Minneapolis, but by March of that year, I realized we needed to go back to Alaska and follow our true calling. My partner Shawn and I moved to Fairbanks in July of 2017, and we started ATAO Kennel. We gathered up our little pack, including eight puppies and some more seasoned dogs.

Now, three years later, we're ready for the big goal: completing Iditarod in 2021. We have 18 dogs in training: Annie, Aurora, Belle, Cassidy, Egret, Emmy, Furiosa, Lincoln, Marnie, Max, Mungry, Nala, Ophelia, Rebel, Rey, Rogue, Sundance, and Zenyatta. You can learn about each of them here

I started my kennel, ATAO, not just to run Iditarod. I started ATAO to form a pack, a team. And I started my kennel with a commitment to keep a small group, so that I could focus on each and every dog as much as they deserve. I may not win any big races, but I truly believe that with dedicated love and investment, each dog can bloom to her full potential. Maybe that’s true for all of us.

Part of the mission of ATAO is also to promote healthy coping skills for those-- like me-- dealing with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Being outside and being with the dogs keep me grounded and moving forward. It’s not always easy. I want to prove you can absolutely accomplish your dreams even if you struggle with your mental health.

Besides being open and candid about my own struggles with mental health, I'm also forward with my queerness. I am a trans man in the process of medical and social transition.

I’m hoping to get to a goal of 300 patrons / month, which will help pay for day-to-day kennel costs, booties for the dogs for training and racing, healthy, high-calorie snacks, race entry fees, travel costs, and vet costs, as well as the extreme high-protein diet athletes of this caliber must have. The dogs deserve nothing less.

If we can reach the goal of 500 patrons / month, I'll be able to reduce my dependance on my "day job" and give even more focus to the dogs-- and to creating great content! Reaching that stretch goal would really make it possible for me to have an amazing rookie Iditarod season in 2021!

We believe that content should be accessible to all, so we've changed our Patreon model to reflect that. Our live video feeds, tracker feeds from training runs, expeditions, and races, in depth writing, and other cool content will be available here as public posts, viewable by all. Patrons will get the added benefit of picking out their very own Buddies. Read more on each tier to learn about that!

If you want to learn more about the kennel and the dogs, please visit ataokennel.com. You can find out there about becoming an individual sponsor for one of our amazing athletes or joining our Be a Buddy program to be entered in a monthly drawing (and to support your favorite four legged stars).

Thanks for following along. As we like to say--

Onward!

Will Troshynski - ATAO Kennel
Goals
266 of 300 patrons
Reaching 300 subscribers / month will allow me to continue giving the dogs the best year round, and to go the extra step of saving towards more big races. Perhaps down the line we may even be able to aim for exciting plans like running the Quest and the Iditarod in the same year, or attending one of the incredible rural Alaskan races like the Kobuk 440, or the Kuskokwim 300.
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