Blue Eyes & Spitfire is creating a mushing expedition & memoir
4

patrons

$28
per month

Who We Are

Blue Eyes & Spitfire is a recreational mushing team owned and driven by me, Jessica Kizmann. Dog mushing has been my passion for almost a decade. My pack has grown from a single rescue mutt (barely) pulling me on a bike (called "bike-joring") to a team of five eager and athletic Siberian Huskies.


Mushing is more than a hobby—it's a life-changing experience. My job (remote project manager for a tech startup), my home (next to trails, with backyard space, and an extra "dog room"), my vehicles (a regular SUV and a hair-covered dog van), even my clothes (husky-colored and cold-weather-ready) have all been optimized to accommodate this lifestyle. 

I've been documenting our adventures since (almost) day one with my  blog, through hundreds of stories, photos, videos, and miles. It's been an amazing journey so far and I love sharing the experience with anyone who will listen.




Adventures Await

There's still so much more I want to do with these dogs. I mentioned we have always been a recreational team, but I'm getting the "itch" to go further and do more. I am laying the groundworks for the team to run more miles and learn how to camp on the trail. Once they're comfortable with that, my goal will be a multi-night expedition via dog sled. And I plan to write about the adventure (and other things) along the way.

A lot of research, training, and planning is involved in a long expedition. I'll need to talk to other mushers and find a suitable trail for our excursion. We'll need additional gear, especially for cold weather camping. Oh, and I also hope to add one more dog to the pack for a solid 6-dog team.

I'll be writing about the entire experience in my blog, which is always free to read. I'll also be posting special content here, just for my Patreon subscribers. If you decide to follow along, please be aware that this adventure will take time. I'm not going to set out until I feel like we're totally ready—I won't put my dogs or myself in danger if we're ill prepared. When I do finally reach my goal, I'll finish with a memoir. I know nothing of publishing, so at the very least it will be a PDF to download, and at most, a real book.

So let the fun begin!
Happy trails & mush love,
Jess and the team

Tiers
Puppy
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
- Access to Patron-only content
Yearling
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
- Access to Patron-only content including videos

- Your name/business mentioned on our website
- PDF copy of the mushing memoir

Team Dog
$20 or more per month 1 patron
- Access to Patron-only content including videos
- Your name/business mentioned on our website

- PDF copy of the mushing memoir

- Occasional dog-related artwork (sent digitally)


Lead Dog
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
- Access to Patron-only content including videos
- Your name/business mentioned on our website
- PDF copy of the mushing memoir

- Occasional dog-related artwork (sent digitally)

- Occasional dog-related physical art

Iditarod Veteran
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
- Access to Patron-only content including videos
- Your name/business mentioned on our website

- PDF copy of the mushing memoir

- Occasional dog-related artwork (sent digitally)

- Occasional dog-related physical art
- Pick one of the dogs to sponsor (limited to five spots: Denali, Knoxville, Willow, Blitzen, and Hubble)

Goals
$28 of $500 per month
While I already have a lot of cold weather gear, I have yet to mush in extreme cold. I will need to buy hardier gear, including (but not limited to):

  • Warmer parka
  • Gloves and mittens
  • Insulated bib overalls
  • Better headgear (balaclava, hats, etc.)
  • Extreme cold sleeping bag and pad
  • Possibly a heated tent with stove
  • Booties (always need more booties)
  • Dog jackets

If we reach $500 per month, we should be on our way to buying all the gear we'll need. This money will also help pay for the monthly expenses that will increase as we add on miles and dogs (more kibble, supplemental meat, treats, and taking time off from work to train).

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Who We Are

Blue Eyes & Spitfire is a recreational mushing team owned and driven by me, Jessica Kizmann. Dog mushing has been my passion for almost a decade. My pack has grown from a single rescue mutt (barely) pulling me on a bike (called "bike-joring") to a team of five eager and athletic Siberian Huskies.


Mushing is more than a hobby—it's a life-changing experience. My job (remote project manager for a tech startup), my home (next to trails, with backyard space, and an extra "dog room"), my vehicles (a regular SUV and a hair-covered dog van), even my clothes (husky-colored and cold-weather-ready) have all been optimized to accommodate this lifestyle. 

I've been documenting our adventures since (almost) day one with my  blog, through hundreds of stories, photos, videos, and miles. It's been an amazing journey so far and I love sharing the experience with anyone who will listen.




Adventures Await

There's still so much more I want to do with these dogs. I mentioned we have always been a recreational team, but I'm getting the "itch" to go further and do more. I am laying the groundworks for the team to run more miles and learn how to camp on the trail. Once they're comfortable with that, my goal will be a multi-night expedition via dog sled. And I plan to write about the adventure (and other things) along the way.

A lot of research, training, and planning is involved in a long expedition. I'll need to talk to other mushers and find a suitable trail for our excursion. We'll need additional gear, especially for cold weather camping. Oh, and I also hope to add one more dog to the pack for a solid 6-dog team.

I'll be writing about the entire experience in my blog, which is always free to read. I'll also be posting special content here, just for my Patreon subscribers. If you decide to follow along, please be aware that this adventure will take time. I'm not going to set out until I feel like we're totally ready—I won't put my dogs or myself in danger if we're ill prepared. When I do finally reach my goal, I'll finish with a memoir. I know nothing of publishing, so at the very least it will be a PDF to download, and at most, a real book.

So let the fun begin!
Happy trails & mush love,
Jess and the team

Recent posts by Blue Eyes & Spitfire

Tiers
Puppy
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
- Access to Patron-only content
Yearling
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
- Access to Patron-only content including videos

- Your name/business mentioned on our website
- PDF copy of the mushing memoir

Team Dog
$20 or more per month 1 patron
- Access to Patron-only content including videos
- Your name/business mentioned on our website

- PDF copy of the mushing memoir

- Occasional dog-related artwork (sent digitally)


Lead Dog
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
- Access to Patron-only content including videos
- Your name/business mentioned on our website
- PDF copy of the mushing memoir

- Occasional dog-related artwork (sent digitally)

- Occasional dog-related physical art

Iditarod Veteran
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
- Access to Patron-only content including videos
- Your name/business mentioned on our website

- PDF copy of the mushing memoir

- Occasional dog-related artwork (sent digitally)

- Occasional dog-related physical art
- Pick one of the dogs to sponsor (limited to five spots: Denali, Knoxville, Willow, Blitzen, and Hubble)