About Me


Hi! My name is Black Bear, and I am a retired sled dog. I was born in Eagle, Alaska and raised by Bush Alaska Expeditions. I was a lead dog in the 2009 Yukon Quest,

so I have a passion for running...especially in the snow!

When I'm not running or sleeping, I go around and give presentations to teach children and adults what it's like to be a sled dog. I have some people who come along to help me interpret and carry things. They also help me find good homes for my sled dog friends when they retire. Here is more information about what they do:

Radio interviews:
WCNI radio (CT, USA) (Oct 2019)

WCNI radio (CT, USA) (Oct 2021)

Chat & Spin radio (England) (Dec 2020)

Lady Tracey Show (Jamaica) (Dec 2020)

Articles:
Virginia Living Magazine
Ink Magazine

Connect with me via social media, enjoy my books, view my photos/videos, adopt a sled dog, meet my friends, play some games, or contact me.

Books


When you buy a book, you help rehome retired sled dogs!

Tails from the Bush
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by Denise Lawson
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Black Bear Goes to Bangor to Find Beaver
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by Denise Lawson
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Run Like a Sled Dog
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by Denise Lawson
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Life Lessons from a Sled Dog
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by Denise Lawson
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Black Bear Saves Christmas
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by Denise Lawson
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Black Bear Goes to San Francisco
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by Denise Lawson
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Black Bear Goes to Washington
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by Denise Lawson
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Coffees


All sales help rehome retired sled dogs...and taste delicious!

Reviews / Quotes



"...'Black Bear Goes to Washington' is unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library Pets/Wildlife picture book collections."
- March 2019 edition of the Midwest Book Review: Children's Bookwatch

"...A thoroughly charming picture book story that will have a very special appeal for children ages 5-8, 'Black Bear Goes to Washington' is an especially recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library Pets/Wildlife picture book collections for young readers."
- February 2019 edition of the Midwest Book Review: Children's Bookwatch

"...A thoroughly charming, engagingly entertaining, and thoroughly 'kid friendly' in tone and tenor, "Black Bear Goes to San Francisco" will prove to be a welcome addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections..."
- December 2019 edition of the Midwest Book Review: Children's Bookwatch

"...a rhyming picturebook about a hard-working, dark-furred Alaskan sled dog lead named Black Bear. Striking, colorfully painted illustrations bring to life this celebration of hard-working, four-footed sled dogs...A final page of dog sledding facts and special terms rounds out this excellent, read-aloud picturebook for storytime or bedtime."
- January 2020 edition of the Midwest Book Review: Children's Bookwatch

Black Bear Goes to Washington wins Honorable Mention in the 2021 New York Book Festival.

My Friends & Adoptions


Meet some of my retired sled dog friends.
Some are available for adoption! (listed first)
Filter using the links below:

Let's Play!


Games

6 Current or Future Events


Learn about or schedule an in-person or online author visit here

Join Black Bear Sled Dog & Friends at virtual events via Zoom!
Email: blackbear@blackbearsleddog.com to receive a meeting invite for a storytime event.
In-person and online events will be listed below


Felix & Oscar

Visit with Alaskan Sled Dogs

The author of the Black Bear Sled Dog book series will be signing books, and the sled dogs will be there to spread some cheer.

Dec 18, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Kingstowne Center, Alexandria, VA

Springfield Clifford N. Pritts Elementary

Author & Sled Dog Visit

Learn about sled dog life in Alaska.

Feb 14, 2023
Normalville, PA

Barnes & Noble

Storytime with the Sled Dogs

Learn all about sled dogs with the author of the Black Bear Sled Dog series and meet retired sled dogs from Alaska!

Feb 18, 2023
Springfield, VA

Keene Mill Elementary

Author Visit

Meet the author of the Black Bear Sled Dog book series and learn about dog sledding in Alaska.

Mar 1, 2023
Springfield, VA

Augie's

Family Friendly Happy Hour with Alaskan Sled Dogs

Learn about sled dog life in Alaska with the author of the Black Bear Sled Dog series and her retired sled dogs. Kids can enjoy hot cocoa and stories and there will be special menu items to benefit sled dog adoption.

Mar 7, 2023
Alexandria, VA

Keene Mill Elementary

Meet the Sled Dogs

Meet retired Alaskan sled dogs and the author of the Black Bear Sled Dog book series at the Keene Mill Book Fair!

Mar 9, 2023
Springfield, VA

83 Past Events

Here are the 5 latest events. To view all events, click here


Dec 3, 2022 - Barnes & Noble - Woodbridge, VA - Author & Sled Dog Visit. Book signing - meet the author and the sled dogs! Stop by and get a copy of the new Black Bear Sled Dog book ....Tails from the Bush!

Dec 1, 2022 - Barnes & Noble - Springfield, VA - Storytime with the Sled Dogs. Get in the holiday spirit with the sled dogs and hear the latest Black Bear Sled Dog Adventure, Tails from the Bush!

Nov 26, 2022 - Light Up Somerset - Somerset, PA - Parade, Book Signing, & Pictures with Sled Dogs. Come out and see sled dogs marching in the parade! Get signed holiday books, and take your picture with the sled dogs.

Nov 6, 2022 - Gulliver's Run - Gifford Pinchot State Park, Lewisberry PA - Run with the Sled Dogs. Come run with sled dogs in a 5k race/walk! You can bring your own dog to run with or borrow a dog to run with!

Nov 5, 2022 - Branchport Public Library - Penn Yan, NY - Storytime with the Sled Dogs. Meet the author of the Black Bear Sled Dog books and her retired Alaskan sled dogs!

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Let's Talk


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