Our Story

Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel and Raft NH have a unique structure and are different than your typical adventure tourism outfitter. Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel (aka Muddy Paw, aka our “winter persona”) was established as a touring kennel in 2007. Since its inception, Muddy Paw has grown year after year and is currently home to just nearly 60 sled dogs, some of which are rescue and second chance and others are part of our selective breeding program. To generate the revenue required to provide the high level of care these amazing athletes receive, Muddy Paw conducts year round recreational dog sledding tours. The dog sledding adventures we offer are designed to be educational and hands on to the comfort level of our guests. During the winter season our mushers use traditional sleds. During the snowless seasons our mushers use rolling dog sleds (which are specially designed for comfort and safety). While we are a touring kennel and do not participate in racing, we do enjoy following local racing kennels and their adventures.
In the summer of 2010, Raft NH (our “summer persona”) was started to further support the sled dogs during the warmer, snowless months. Establishing Raft NH also enabled us to provide year-round employment opportunities for our mushers (if you have joined us in the winter you may see a familiar face or two)! The owner, Neil, is a third generation, licensed Maine guide who has been hitting the rapids since he was a child. One of his greatest passions is training all our guides to same high standards he has practiced for over 20 years.
The NH Sled Dog Rescue, History and Education Center (NHSDRHEC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity that was formed in 2013 by the staff at Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel (a recreational touring business) and regional fellow dog sledding enthusiasts. Our mission is to support working sled dogs in need and provide education about working sled dogs to the public. The NHSDRHEC is funded by adoption fees, sponsorships, donations, seasonal fundraisers and the recreational dog sledding experiences conducted by Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel.
Working sled dogs do not typically hold up well when in a shelter environment. They tend to develop behavioral problems (such as kennel crazy) and are consequently deemed “unadoptable”. Our facility is a traditional working kennel environment (ie: completely outdoors) which working sled dogs are familiar with and continue to thrive in.
When a sled dog in need comes to us, they have a home and job for life. Should they lose interest in running or for health/age reasons need to retire, we seek out a wonderful forever home for them to enjoy. Dogs that come to us and are unadoptable due to behavioral or medical needs, have a home with us for life and often end up on the couch of a musher or staff member. We have successfully rehomed several working sled dogs (over 100 for sure) over the years, and strive to continue growing this part of our operation.