One Team, One Dream.
Welcome to Crooked Creek Kennel, home of Josh and Jobie McNeal and their 39 Alaskan Huskies. Crooked Creek Kennel is located in Ester, Alaska. Growing up in Washington Josh had never been exposed to sled dogs until he went to school in Fairbanks, Alaska. Once he stepped on a sled he was instantly hooked. His senior year of college he worked for a professional musher named Ken Anderson and helped him train for his 17th and final Iditarod. That spring Josh graduated and moved to the Kenai Peninsula for his job. Ken leased his team that winter and wanted to sell his team after Iditarod. Josh saw this as a great opportunity to buy quality dogs that he already had experience with. In the spring of 2018, he bought a house in Kasilof at the base of the Caribou Hills, and Crooked Creek Kennel was born. In March of 2020, Josh and Jobie made the decision to move North for better training conditions and their jobs and ended up buying 20 beautiful acres in the hills just South of Fairbanks in Ester, Alaska. His first year racing the team ran non-competitively in the Tustemena 200 (14th place), and the Kobuk 440 (9th place). Last winter the team went to the lower 48 and raced in the Idaho Sled Dog Challenge, and the UP 200. This year, he will be running his rookie Iditarod on the modified Iditarod trail. For Josh, there is no better feeling than being in the middle of nowhere where it is just him and his dogs traveling through some of the most beautiful and rugged country in the world. He looks forward to racing in the coming years and meeting so many incredible people. Thank you for your support, and mush on!
Meet The Team.
The Kennel is full of energy and is constantly growing. Get to know each of the dogs that are a part of the Crooked Creek Kennel family by viewing their profiles here!
Support The Team.
Check out our brand new line of apparel - all proceeds from the sales of our team gear goes directly to help care for the dogs and fund our racing career!
Sponsor The Team.
Are you looking to be more involved, get exposure for your brand, or just support our team on a deeper level? Check out our current sponsorship opportunities!