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The People

Established in 2013. Black Spruce Dog Sledding is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Jeff and KattiJo Deeter. 

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About Us


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Jeff Deeter – Owner & Guide

Jeff ran his first Iditarod in 2008 at the age of 19. Nearly 100 mushers started the race that particular year, and 18 of them scratched or were withdrawn. Jeff finished in 59th place, with a happy, healthy team of dogs. Like most rookies, Jeff’s goals were to finish with a strong dog team and to get a good look at the trail, gaining important knowledge that would help him the next time he ran the race. In the years following his rookie Iditarod run, Jeff continued to compete in mid-distance races and build a more competitive racing team. In the summer of 2010 Jeff met his now-wife, KattiJo. They were co-workers at a dog mushing tour company in southeast Alaska. KattiJo denies it, but Jeff suspects KattiJo first fell in love with Alaska, then with his dogs, and then finally with him. In 2013 Jeff and KattiJo purchased a piece of land, started their own dog tour company, and began construction on their home. Jeff ran the Iditarod again in 2018, and plans to do so every year “until we run out of money, or it stops being fun. Whatever comes first.”

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KattiJo (Katie) Deeter – Owner & Guide

KattiJo has her Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. A lover of wilderness, travel, people and animals, KattiJo spent each summer during college traveling somewhere new and working different gigs. Summer camps, horseback riding and wilderness programs – she tried it all! After graduating from UW-L in 2008, KattiJo still wasn’t ready to settle down and get a “real job.” She spent the next couple years continuing to work her way through most of the contiguous U.S. and by 2010, only Alaska and Hawaii remained on her list of places in America she was itching to visit. A google search for “summer jobs in Alaska” returned an opportunity to work at a dog sledding tour company in Juneau, Alaska. What luck! Luckier still, KattiJo met Jeff that summer and they have been together ever since. They got married in 2013 and honeymooned in Hawaii. KattiJo is the in the process of qualifying for Iditarod 2022.