Welcome to the home of the Puppycam, an annual webcam that depicts the early lives of sled dog puppies at the Historic Park Kennels at Denali.
The webcam is available each year during the time that we have puppies. This is variable year-to-year, and it depends on:
- when our breeding female enters her heat cycle and
- whether or not our breeding is successful.
Intact female dogs generally go into heat a couple of times a year. Breeding usually takes place in late winter or spring, but the exact date varies depending on when the chosen breeding female goes into heat. With a successful breeding, the puppy camera might be turned on as early as May or as late as August in a given year. Even when a female is in heat, however, she may not be receptive to the breeding male; and even if the big event occurs, she may not become pregnant.
As regular puppycam viewers know, the sun gets lower in the sky quite rapidly in November. The pups are growing fast and they are spending more and more time training outside the puppy pen.
This means the puppycam shut down for the season on Monday, November 7th. We'll post updates on the pups and the dogs throughout the winter on our blog.
Next summer the "Birthday" litter will be all grown up and we will hopefully have a new litter of pups born and puppycam will return. Happy winter and happy trails!
- Jennifer Raffaeli, Kennels Manager