March 23, 2018

Musher Details

2004 Iditarod » Mushers » Dennis Kananowicz

Dennis Kananowicz

Hometown: Copper Center, Alaska

There are no records for this musher during the 2004 race.


Born in Illinois on February 13, 1976, Dennis Kananowicz came to Alaska in 1997 to “get rich” in the fishing business. He began mushing in 1998 and decided at that time to start training for the Iditarod. He had very little knowledge about working with sled dogs and training for long distance races when he first began working with sled dogs, in Anchor Point, about 5 years ago. He moved to Fairbanks and worked as a handler for Dan MacEachen and the following season he handled for Charlie Boulding “I learned more than I could have ever hoped to about training and caring for long distance sled dogs”.

We don’t know if Dennis has made his fortune in fish yet but we do know that he has learned a lot about raising and racing sled dogs.

Dennis now resides in Copper Center, Alaska where he and Jessica Hendricks have built the 60-dog Iron Pearl Kennels of competitive mid and long distance racing dogs. Jessica ran the 2003 Iditarod finishing in 19th position as the ‘Rookie of the Year.’ “This year it is my turn to train for the Iditarod as a rookie,” Dennis commented.

Iron Pearl Kennels is the name of his business and hunting and fishing are his hobbies.