Help Karin's Dog Team!

$9,198 of $24,000 goal

Raised by 142 people in 55 months
Karin Hendrickson, a six time Iditarod finisher and respected musher in Alaska, was hospitalized on November 25 after being hit by a vehicle while training  her sled dogs along the Parks Highway in the Willow area.  Karin suffered a broken back and broken leg as she took most of the impact of the crash. Karin's 14 dogs that she was training at the time are all safe at home with only a few minor injuries.  Not suprisingly, Karin's first concern is that her dogs are taken care of and she has a strong network of friends and fellow mushers that will make that happen. Karin has asked that those who wish to support her and her kennel make a contribution toward the expenses of feeding the dogs of Blue on Black Kennels www.blueonblackdogs.com . The cost of commercial and and meat dog food exceeds $2,000 per month. By donating one or more bags of dog food at $60/bag  your contribution will make a tremendous difference in helping Karin and her dogs. Please consider buying a "round of kibble" or making a donation of any amount.  Your support is greatly appreciated and will help offset the costs of dog care along with the food. Karin will not be able to take care of her dogs for a while so we want to make sure that their needs are met while she recovers.

100% of all donations will go directly to Karin Hendrickson regardless of whether the financial goal is met or not.

Please contact Gwen Rodman (Karin's Mother), Chrystie Salesky, or Katrina Krueger with any questions. The Dogs Thank You!
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The generous outpouring of support, love, and donations have had a tremendous impact on Karin's recovery and she is grateful to each and every person who has helped her and her dogs during this difficult time. Many people have inquired about Karin's current status and we hope that this update will give you some new information.

Twelve weeks have passed since Karin was hit by an SUV while training her team for The Iditarod--"The Last Great Race." Since that time, Karin remains intensely focused on her rehabilitation and is making steady progress. While unable to safely go to the dog yard to see, touch, and talk to her dogs, they are always on her mind. Recovering from the serious injuries that she experienced will take many months but we all know that Karin has the mental fortitude and physical strength to make a full recovery. In the meantime, her zany sense of humor keeps her grounded! You may have seen Karin modeling her fashionable "turtle shell" on Face Book. It's a fun and goofy moment tempered by the reality that the "turtle shell" actually serves as a body cast that prevents Karin from physically doing just about anything. The foundation of her recovery is that she moves as little as possible. While she is getting more and more mobile, she is still limited in her ability to spend much time sitting or standing. Despite these challenges, it is no surprise that Karin's primary concern is always about the well being of her dogs.

Many months ago Karin made a promise to the dogs of Blue on Black Kennels that together, they would work and train hard every day to be in top physical and mental condition to enter the 2015 Iditarod. This would be their seventh consecutive race. In the hospital Karin thought night and day about her dogs. She envisioned herself looking into the eyes of each precious friend and immediately knew in her heart that she could not and would not let them down. Her good friend and Iditarod Veteran, Bryan Bearss, would step in and drive the team to Nome. It is evident that every dog on this remarkable team possesses endurance, stamina and a love for Karin that knows no bounds.

The Blue on Black Kennels web site describes the financial costs as well as the hundreds of hours every year that Karin and her handlers invest to prepare for the Iditarod. This year's race, however, presents unpredicted financial hurdles. Not long ago, Karin's handler resigned. While Bryan is able to run the dogs on weekends, it is critical that the team adheres to a consistent training schedule every day. Therefore, Karin is paying experienced mushers to do this critical job. Thousands of pounds of dog food must be prepared and packed into drop bags that are flown into check points along the trail. In past years Karin would expertly handle 50 pound blocks of frozen meat and cut it with a saw into small chunks for the dogs. This year she must pay someone to do this.

With less than two weeks before the start of the Iditarod, Karin's team is reaching their peak and will soon be on the trail to Nome. All donations accepted will be used exclusively to help offset the costs of dog care and to pay for dog food. 100 % of all funds raised go directly to Karin Hendrickson regardless of whether the financial goal is met or not. The dogs of Blue on Black Kennels Pawsitively Thank You!
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GREAT NEWS! Despite having three broken vertebrae, Karin has exceeded medical expectations and was released from the hospital on Thursday night! Even though Karin is home, her medical team has instructed her to not do anything physical. For Karin, who is so physically and mentally strong, this will be a challenge. She has missed her dogs terribly but they are allowed to come inside the house to visit one on one. The weeks ahead will be filled with physical therapy and slowly healing from the accident.

Karin has announced that her dog team will be run by Bryan Bearss in the 2015 Iditarod. Bryan is a good friend of Karin's and ran the Iditarod in 2006. Please see attached link for details.

Karin is extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the mushing community, her friends, family, and fans all over the world!

http://www.ktva.com/injured-musher-beating-the-odds-returns-home-878/
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One week has passed since Karin was hit by an SUV while training her dog team. Today she will be moving to Alaska Regional Hospital to begin a lengthy rehab program as she recovers from the accident.
"I really miss my dogs but on the plus side I get to pretty much live in fleece cheetah pants! The generosity and kindness of so many people has really been overwhelming. I don't even begin to know how to say thanks except--well--THANK YOU. This whole experience has really shown me how many wonderful and caring people are in my life and for that I can be grateful."

Despite Karin's disappointment about having to take a year off from training her team, she continues to demonstrate the graciousness, tenacity, and sense of humor that we all love about her.

100% of all donations will go directly to Karin Hendrickson regardless of whether the goal is met. Please share this campaign with your family and friends. Karin and her Dogs Thank You for your amazing support!.
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It has now been confirmed that Karin has broken three vertebra and will need to wear a brace for many months. "They are saying I should have a full recovery and so I have to take a year off and that's not easy." As devastating as this is, Karin fully intends to start training when she recovers. "I've been shocked by the outpouring of support and help, it's been pretty wonderful. Even though I won't be able to race, I still need to feed and take care of the dogs and I'm kind of out of commission for a while." Now that Karin's friends and family have more information about the long road to recovery that Karin faces, the fundraiser goal has been adjusted. Because Karin's four wheeler was totaled in the crash, she will need to replace her machine. Once the need for dog food has been satisfied, additional donations will be used toward the purchase of a four wheeler. This will allow Karin to pursue her passion and begin training again. Karin and the dogs of Blue on Black Kennels are extremely grateful for your concern and support.
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Joyce Rodriguez
40 months ago

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Jane Holston
52 months ago

Stay in there Karin! A lot of us are behind you!!!

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Richie Sharky Nichols
54 months ago

Hi. I came accross this site and want to offer my prayers for Karin's speedy recovery and the dogs are getting their needs met. I have a Siberian Husky named Captain that I am training him to be my guide dog. He's doing really well. and love him as he shows me he loves me. I had a Husky/Malamute mix named Ivan that I had trained to be my guide dog. Sadly he was put to sleep on November 7 due to having a painful tumor in his belly and his body was shutting down in a diabetic state. I only had Ivan for 2 years. The Angels of Anaheim had sponsored a "Forever Friends For Free" Event and thats where I got Ivan in March 24 2012, a Vietnamese couple gave me Captain on December 5 2014. My dreams of having a husky as my guide dog really is still alive and I support the mushers as well even though I have never been mushing or know anyone that does that. but I have seen the dog team, the gear at Pet Expo a few times. And thought it was good exercise for the dogs. I hope things for Karin goes well. I will keep on praying for her and her dogs.

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Shalanda Sheppard
54 months ago

Glad to hear your alright my dog was hit by a dog on December 27th that kept going my family nd I are trying to raise money for his surgery we haven't gotten many donations but were not giving up take care God bless and stay strong

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Karin Hendrickson
55 months ago

Thank you all so much for being incredibly generous! I am going to be in the hospital a long time. I want to make sure that Albert Lewis gets the credit for that beautiful photo of me and Shanaha. Albert is a fantastic photographer !!

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KJ
$100
Kim Johnsen
52 months ago

thinking of you

JH
$25
Jane Holston
52 months ago
JJ
$30
Joanne Jacobs
52 months ago
TC
$100
Trish Cox
52 months ago
GR
$100
Gwen Rodman
52 months ago

The gotta eat.

DD
$100
Dean Dickemore
52 months ago

I know what it's like to be alone. But you are not.

$10
Anonymous
53 months ago
BB
$30
Brenda Bradley
54 months ago

Best wishes to you and your dogs. I follow the Iditarod race each year!

$20
Anonymous
54 months ago
$60
Anonymous
54 months ago
Joyce Rodriguez
40 months ago

Timely analysis , For my two cents , if people is searching for a service to merge some PDF files , my husband came across a service here www.altomerge.com.

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Jane Holston
52 months ago

Stay in there Karin! A lot of us are behind you!!!

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Richie Sharky Nichols
54 months ago

Hi. I came accross this site and want to offer my prayers for Karin's speedy recovery and the dogs are getting their needs met. I have a Siberian Husky named Captain that I am training him to be my guide dog. He's doing really well. and love him as he shows me he loves me. I had a Husky/Malamute mix named Ivan that I had trained to be my guide dog. Sadly he was put to sleep on November 7 due to having a painful tumor in his belly and his body was shutting down in a diabetic state. I only had Ivan for 2 years. The Angels of Anaheim had sponsored a "Forever Friends For Free" Event and thats where I got Ivan in March 24 2012, a Vietnamese couple gave me Captain on December 5 2014. My dreams of having a husky as my guide dog really is still alive and I support the mushers as well even though I have never been mushing or know anyone that does that. but I have seen the dog team, the gear at Pet Expo a few times. And thought it was good exercise for the dogs. I hope things for Karin goes well. I will keep on praying for her and her dogs.

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Shalanda Sheppard
54 months ago

Glad to hear your alright my dog was hit by a dog on December 27th that kept going my family nd I are trying to raise money for his surgery we haven't gotten many donations but were not giving up take care God bless and stay strong

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Karin Hendrickson
55 months ago

Thank you all so much for being incredibly generous! I am going to be in the hospital a long time. I want to make sure that Albert Lewis gets the credit for that beautiful photo of me and Shanaha. Albert is a fantastic photographer !!

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