BraverMountain Mushing

is creating a kickass literary dog team

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Puppy
$1
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  • Access to behind-the-scenes photos and posts
Team Dog
$10
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  • Trail mail! We'll send occasional postcards and photos from our journeys with the team -- and we'll carry them by dogsled to the post office.
Wheel Dog
$20
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  • You'll be entered in drawings for special prizes, like race bibs and "signed" photos of the dogs (well, paw-printed).
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About

We're a dogsled team in northern Wisconsin, run by two nonfiction writers, Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain. We live on our farm with 21 huskies, and every year they run hundreds of joyful miles through the national forest by our home. Our priorities are happy huskies, involvement in our local community (as well as the literary/artist community), and plenty of dog-powered adventure in the wilderness.

Blair has been dogsledding for 11 years, since she was 18, and Quince is an experienced horse wrangler who's ridden covered wagons across the Dakotas and fell in love with sled dogs when he fell in love with Blair. He's the dreamer of the team, always coming up with creative solutions to problems. Since Quince is allergic to dogs, Blair takes on cuddling responsibilities for both of them. She's also the primary racer, currently working to qualify for the Iditarod, a 1000-mile race across the Alaskan bush.

We both believe that the team consists of MUCH MORE than the dogs who are running at any given moment and the human standing on the runners. Our team includes our wonderful handlers, our wise and gentle retired dogs, the occasional puppy (sled dog wannabes!), our neighbors, our sponsors, and everyone else who loves and supports the pups. This dog family is Too Much Joy to keep to ourselves, and we love sharing updates with the community that's formed around the team.

Running a dog team is expensive and extremely time-consuming (dog food alone can reach $100/day during peak season, and a single training run takes 4-12 hours; it's a part-time job all summer, and more than full time, for both of us, from October to March). Our Patreon helps with the costs of dog food, veterinary care, equipment, races, and travel with the dogs. Having stable and predictable sponsorships is truly transformative as we work toward our current goal of qualifying for the 2019 Iditarod, a 1000-mile race across the Alaskan interior and a dream adventure for us and the pups.

UPDATE: Thanks in large part to the support of this wonderful community, Blair and the dogs were able to enter and complete their first Iditarod in 2019! Quince is working toward completing his qualifiers and entering the Iditarod race in 2020. 

We've created this page as a response to our amazing friends and readers who have asked about ways to support the dogs. We'd love to welcome you to the team!

Love,
Blair and Quince



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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 16 exclusive posts
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Writings

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