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Elfin Kennels Dream

$520 of $10k goal

Raised by 6 people in 49 months
Annie Helmsworth  TALKEETNA, AK

Dogs....I love them, they fill me with peace..
They've made me whole again.
I want to share that feeling with others.

My goal is to create a place where women that have had violence and sorrow in their lives can visit and feel the love of a dog and enjoy the beautiful and quiet surroundings of the Alaska countryside.


I have a spot of land that will be leased to me and I need some help with some of the start up. I have the dogs...I need the dog houses.. I need a human shelter where we can come in and get warm, talk about life and just watch the snow fall. Nothing big, not fancy and totally off the grid. I live a basic lifestyle, I don't like leaving a large footprint in my surroundings.



Shown below are examples of the type of building I'd like to build.






My vision of the Elfin Kennel experience:


* Who we will serve

Women in need of solace who have had upheaval in their lives due to domestic violence and/or abuse, a death of a loved one or a major life change.


* The Elfin Kennel experience

Will include a visit to the kennel, meeting the dogs, learning about mushing and learning to drive a dog team. The magic you will feel of traveling by dog team is just to hard to explain, one must try it for themselves. The visit will be customized to fit each person's needs and abilities. No requirement of athletic ability or previous experience. Ranging from a visit with the dogs to hands on instruction and driving your own dog team, we can make each person's experience meaningful.



* The dogs

Women will witness the heart, courage, and love of adventure in these dogs and discover those same things in themselves. The dogs themselves come from all walks of life, from racing kennels to rescues from bad situations, they range in ages from 4 to 12 years old. They are my family.


*Cost

Based on length of visit and activities provided and will range from as little as $50 to as much as $1000. I hope to have enough funding to provide financial aid to those who can't afford it.


*Lodging

Future plans include having a guest cabin at the kennel. At this time lodging can be found close by at our nearby B&B's in Talkeetna.



Quietly mushing through the trees.




Sam, Sarge and Ivory always ready to share the fun.



* Who is Elfin Kennel

I am a survivor of life changing events, physical and emotional, and I live in the small town of Talkeetna, Alaska. The outdoors has always given me inner peace. Being able to combine my love of dogs, mushing and the outdoors all in one is fantastic. I began learning about dog mushing in 2008 and am still learning. The sense of being able to glide over the trails with only my dogs as company is thrilling and I want to share this feeling with others. I want them to enjoy the the bond that forms between the musher and dogs as you learn to work as one.


Snakeriver, my first sled dog and the love of my life.


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Update 14
Posted by Annie Helmsworth
36 months ago
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Spring has sprung and it's building time again. The winter was so so weather wise and the mushing season was short, had more vet bills than what I budgeted for so some money budgeted for supplies was channeled over to keeping the dogs healthy. My goal is to get into the cabin this summer and be settled and ready to go before winter hits.
Spring time play
Half of the roofing
Dogs hanging out in their new yard
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Update 13
Posted by Annie Helmsworth
40 months ago
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Winter is here! The roof joists and plywood are up and secured with heavy tarps. Exterior walls have sheathing on them and when spring comes the build will continue. Donations are still appreciated as the building fund has taken a hit with an illness if one if the dogs, he has accrued large Vet bills but the love he gives in return sure is worth it.
Barsky the love bug!
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Update 12
Posted by Annie Helmsworth
42 months ago
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Winter is quickly approaching and the construction has slowed. I will hopefully be able to continue early spring and be moved in by summers end.
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Update 11
Posted by Annie Helmsworth
45 months ago
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Progress!
Yay for walls being framed!
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Katie Worzalla
40 months ago

Wow, Annie! This is a wonderful dream! Is the cabin you mentioned you were building going to be used for this? You should have told us about this dream today! This is seriously amazing!

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$520 of $10k goal

Raised by 6 people in 49 months
Created April 7, 2013
$50
Anonymous
48 months ago
$20
Anonymous
49 months ago
LW
$100
Lauren Wiebe
49 months ago

I just read your page and I had to give you something. I am sure that God will use you to work miracles in others' lives.

MG
$50
Maria Gjonaj
49 months ago

This project is so worthy of much support. I can't think of anyone with more heart and passion to help make broken spirits whole again.

DR
$200
Dena Rutledge
49 months ago

For the beauty, peace and joy you showed my wife during a simple day dog mushing trip, I can't imagine the healing you could provide for a wounded body and soul. Michael Rutledge-

$100
Anonymous
49 months ago
Katie Worzalla
40 months ago

Wow, Annie! This is a wonderful dream! Is the cabin you mentioned you were building going to be used for this? You should have told us about this dream today! This is seriously amazing!

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