Josh McNeal

Growing up in Washington I had never been exposed to sled dogs until I went to school in Fairbanks, Alaska. Once I stepped on a sled I was instantly hooked. My senior year of college I worked for a professional musher named Ken Anderson and helped him train for his 17th and final Iditarod. That spring I graduated and moved to the Kenai Peninsula for my job. Ken leased his team that winter and wanted to sell his team after Iditarod. I saw this as a great opportunity to buy quality dogs that I already had experience with. I bought a house in Kasilof at the base of the Caribou Hills, and Crooked Creek Kennel was born. For me, there is no better feeling than being in the middle of nowhere where it is just me and my dogs traveling through some of the most beautiful and rugged country in the world.


Part of the J’s litter, he’s one of my most solid dogs. Not a leader, but an excellent swing and wheel dog. Smooth trotter and fast. One of my K-440 finishers.


Mother of the Greek+1 litter, she is the princess of the kennel and my go to leader. The last 55 miles of the Kobuk 440 she led single lead. She is tough as nails, and smart as a whip, plus a total sweetheart.


Junior is part of the J's litter. He is a strong dog with lots of attitude, and doesn't put up with crap from any of his brothers. He has made it to Nome the last three years, and I am looking forward to racing with him in the coming years.


The hardest driving dog in the kennel, sometimes too hard. As Brownie turns 3, I am hoping we can fine tune her driving abilities a little more for distance racing.


A new addition to the team this year from Mitch Seavey. She’s a solid built dog with Iditarod experience, and leads! She is a total sweetheart once she gets to know you.


The cheerleader of the team. We can be 50 miles into a run, and I will call the team up and she will be barking running down the trail. Super motivated dog and one of my 440 finishers. She will also only be 3 this season.


Hoagie is a new addition to the team this season from Jesse Holmes. She has an exceptionally fast trot and is a hard driving leader. She will pair well with my main leader Suka. Loves to snuggle!


The smallest of her littermates, she makes up for in drive. She has a serious attitude to go with her drive. Betty was leading before she was a year old. I am looking forward to watching
her develop this season.


Jimmy is part of the J's litter, and is one of the sweetest. You can't escape petting him without getting at least a few kisses, and hair tugs. Jimmy makes a great team dog, especially when ran with his best bud and brother Johnny. 


Douglas is the biggest dog in the kennel and is often referred to as the horse, or the goober. Douglas is full of energy and loves to eat! He is definitely a nice power addition to the team.


Jake is the black sheep of the J's litter. He is bigger than all his siblings, and also is the only black dog. He always hits his harness ready to go and eats like a champ. I am looking forward to racing with him in the coming years. 


She was my main leader this past season at two years old. She may be shy while in the dog yard, but when you get her out on the trail she truly comes out if her shell. I cannot wait to see how she continues to develop.


Hera has a serious attitude and tries to show it around her sisters. Proving to be an excellent dog.


Solid built dog with a good attitude. Excited to see how she develops this season.


She is probably the smartest and most affectionate out of this litter. She is already leading. A spitting image of her mom Jenna, she is going to be an excellent addition to the team.


Mom of the roaring 20’s litter, she is the smoothest and fastest dog in the kennel. One of my Kobuk 440 finishers. She will be 3 this season and will only get better. To say I am excited is an understatement!


The best built male out of this litter. Extremely smart and hard driven. Already leading at a young age.


When Zeus was 8 months old, he looked more like a Siberian than he did an Alaskan. He has the longest hair out of any of my dogs. He is starting to grow into himself now and is going
to make an amazing addition.


Poseidon has the longest legs of his litter mates. I am hoping that he is going to be a fast trotter!


A new addition to the kennel this year from Mathew Failor. She has finished the Quest and Iditarod. She is a hard driving leader and will make a great addition to my team!

The Future of CCK

This litter of puppies were born in June of 2019 to resident mother Mara and Father Bison, a Raymie Redington dog. For this litter, we went with a roaring 20’s theme for their names. Since their first year of training will be in 2020, and will hopefully have a roaring time in the 2020’s, we chose our favorite names from the 1920’s.








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