$30K Burning A Hole In Your Pocket?

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131 Responses to “$30K Burning A Hole In Your Pocket?”

  1. O'Howlers
    8:58 am on March 5th, 2015

    Good morning! We already have something similar to that dream house. We have our own iPaw (which we use to post on this here blog), and we have a more-or-less automatic treat dispenser. Her name is Mom and she has a backup named Pop. We opted out of the hot tub, thank you very much.

  2. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:09 am on March 5th, 2015

    Good morning Howlers. Barb said she probably will not be buying us the Dream House. And I don’t think we need a treadmill since we have our own more-or-less automatic dog walker.

    Still haven’t figured out who the surprise guest is, have you? Seems like most of the regulars have been accounted for. What out Bee? Was she on the blog yesterday?

  3. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:11 am on March 5th, 2015

    I don’t think she was. But we were thinking Spence. Howlers, do you know who it is?

    Will check in later. Now it is off to work to pay for the car boo-boo.

  4. Billy's Buddy
    9:13 am on March 5th, 2015

    Love the photos from yesterday!

    Good morning all. This is all so exciting!

  5. O'Howlers
    9:23 am on March 5th, 2015

    Barb, we thought it is Rio. He has already dropped in.

  6. B.Stover
    10:08 am on March 5th, 2015

    No comment on the dog house.

    I was here yesterday. I’m not the “other guest” going to Alaska.

    Good morning all.

  7. Asta
    10:13 am on March 5th, 2015

    That dog house seems to be okay. I get to live in a penthouse apartment with Nick and Nora. When we are not on a case, Nick and Nora are enjoying martinis and fine food. That’s the life!

  8. BooBear
    10:37 am on March 5th, 2015

    Isn’t SQ still recovering from hip surgery? I can’t see him heading north to Alaska so soon after that. I really wish it was Mom going.

  9. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    10:39 am on March 5th, 2015

    Good morning, everyone! I am the HOH’s social media and walker. The hot tub belongs to the DDD and me but Darah Thea doesn’t mind a dip now and again.
    Got into Anchorage just after 1 AM. A little bleary right now but will be right as rain by the banquet…I hope.
    Have a thoroughly Alaskan Thursday.

  10. Tupper and Gilly
    10:40 am on March 5th, 2015

    Our dog house is bigger. We even have a dining room.
    This IS our Dog House!

    Great reporting from last night. Great pictures! Makes us wish we were there.

    And ALR – you look like a young Lauren Bacall – we could see you as the Mystery Woman in a film noir.

  11. BooBear
    10:43 am on March 5th, 2015

    Oh, and Mom and I are very proud of Squishy/Truman making the top 17! Hope he gets to go to Nome!!!

  12. BooBear
    10:44 am on March 5th, 2015

    AND we are loving the pictures too. Please keep them coming.

    10:48 am on March 5th, 2015

    Boobear, Good catch about the hip surgery. Maybe it is Rio, but not Rio’s friend who is the Mystery Guest. We are fresh out of guesses.

  14. ALR
    10:52 am on March 5th, 2015

    It’s morning in Alaska! The HOH folks are there and awake somewhere…..given that I was asleep before they crossed over Seattle, I am amazed!

    Barb, Maggie and Lucy….Barbara Woodhouse, reallly? I am delighted! Loved that woman…..”Walkies!” No Bad Dogs the Woodhouse Way saved one of our dogs from a life of grief way back when. And who can be alarmed at being deemed “much younger and more attractive” !! It turns out I am the same age as DDD….just ask him!

  15. Diane C.
    11:05 am on March 5th, 2015

    Good morning everyone–I’m glad you arrived safely.
    That doghouse comes with a car, right?
    B M and L–thank you for the information–I had been looking for something like that, but for the dwarvish among us, and the Dickie’s site wasn’t much help. (I know–TMI)
    Asta–what do you do for a strengthening cocktail? I’ve never thought of martinis as something members of the Nation would enjoy (more like a White Russian, or Bailey’s maybe…)
    It’s brisk but sunny here in SoCa–slinky is on the way…

  16. dawson
    11:08 am on March 5th, 2015

    Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “in the doghouse”.

    ALR: You’re looking good with the birthday woman. A spontaneous meet and greet is an unexpected sweet treat.

    HOH: What are you doing up already! I’m only up for a minute then back to bed for an hour or so.

  17. Meashka
    11:13 am on March 5th, 2015

    I am forgetting to make my important announcement (been too busy playing in all of this snow).
    Rico has been opened for donations! Thanks to Rio, whose friend saw those mismatched eyes and must have fallen in love! If you would like to help sponsor Rico, email me at SnowhookDogs@gmail.com

    BooBear, Where did you see the list of the Final 17? I missed that.

  18. ALR
    11:14 am on March 5th, 2015

    Tupper and Gilly…really? I will be head and shoulders above all me neighbors today! Imagine me walking the dogs and quoting two of my favorite women! “If you want me just whistle. You do know how to whistle don’t you? Just put your lips together and blow.” Now THAT will create a stir!

    Another favorite woman of mine is Gert Boyle….google her. She is the woman behind Columbia Sportswear right here in Portland and is One Mean Mother! But when she autographed a jacket for me she said, “If that ever washes off just call me.”

    I challenge you all to post a bit about strong women on your admiration list today……and let’s see who pops up. It will give us something to do while we wait out the big events in AK.

  19. Meashka
    11:41 am on March 5th, 2015

    Eleanor Roosevelt: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

  20. Diane C.
    11:42 am on March 5th, 2015

    ALR–Cool challenge. My list is quite long–do these need to be living women?

    11:44 am on March 5th, 2015

    Love that line from Bacall.

    Strong women we admire: Eleanor Roosevelt has to be one of the first to come to mind.

  22. ALR
    11:51 am on March 5th, 2015

    Diane,it is a very wide open challenge. Could it be a woman right next door? Sure! And BTW, I am with you on the strenthening powers of a White Russian or Baileys! There is a calcium quotient there that can’t be ignored.

    And yes, agree on Eleanor R., she was a great example of standing up and speaking up.

  23. Diane C.
    11:57 am on March 5th, 2015

    ALR–Ah–calcium quotient of cream-based cocktails–right you are. (And if you drink Manhattans with extra cherries you can count that as a serving of fruit…)

    11:58 am on March 5th, 2015

    Meashka, you beat us to it.

    T & G, You mentioned concerns about Hulk the 175 lb. Pit yesterday. Evidently he hangs out with a 3 year old boy. That would make me a little nervous. One bad decision on Hulk’s part would not be pretty.

    Also, to add to my comment last night about the early white settlers – Roger Williams is one who we could follow. He had a lot of negativity directed at him in his lifetime, due to his controversal views on the Native Americans and religion. He was probably the first to advocate separation of church and state, and more liberal views toward non-Christians.

  25. BooBear
    12:11 pm on March 5th, 2015

    OHs, Mom didn’t see a list. It was something written when his picture was posted yesterday at vet checks.

    12:12 pm on March 5th, 2015

    OK, here are a few more women we admire: Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks for social-racial influences. Jane Godall and Rachel Carson for environmental issues.

  27. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    12:20 pm on March 5th, 2015

    The Pink Bulldozer is one strong Lady. Just watch her get things done! Go Golinka 🙂
    Pookey just sent word that she thinks Rico is one great looking guy!

  28. B.Stover
    12:21 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Virginia Woolf was a very strong woman. Not only did she write and publish wonderful novels, essays and letters; there are also the “feminist” works A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas.

    Jane Austen was also a strong woman.

  29. Kat
    12:28 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Rachel Carson, envitonmentalist, pushed for DDT ban and creation of the EPA:
    “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

  30. Kat
    12:29 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Gah! Maggie beat me to mine! But she can’t win, because she did not supply a quote. So there!

  31. ALR
    12:36 pm on March 5th, 2015

    I’m loving this Strong Woman Day! Agree? And here is another, our own Rebecca of Snowhook. Who flies to the Top of the World and still keeps all but the Thieves on the straight and narrow!

  32. Tupper and Gilly
    12:38 pm on March 5th, 2015

    so many women – as you all know by now, we LOVE Eleanor Roosevelt and try to channel her whenever times get tough. We also have a great deal of respect for Katherine Hepburn – she was both tough AND a lady – another trait we strive for.

    One of our personal favorites is an Apache woman who decided that she would rather be out fighting battles than staying at home waiting. Lozen was the first of many warior women – but she was the one who opened the leaders eyes to the fact that women can and should be tough, and that women can be fighters if that is the way they choose.

    (awwww – HOH Mom – Mama says she is nowhere in the league of extraordinary women, but she thanks you for the compliment)

  33. C.hobbiti
    12:49 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Mystery guest at airport and will keep me posted about flights. Only Dawson and I are up

  34. B.Stover
    1:08 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and all of the suffragettes need to be included in a list of strong women. There is also Florence Nightingale.

  35. Tupper and Gilly
    1:12 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Waiting for the Mystery Guest to enter and sign in please!

  36. Siber's Mom
    1:14 pm on March 5th, 2015

    The dog house, no. Dogs are dogs, another species. They aren’t little people, which is why I love them.

    I’ll go with Lozen. I have read about her.

  37. Asta
    1:17 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Diane C, I have been know to take a lick of a martini or a Manhattan every now and then. Depends on what Nick is drinking.

  38. Rose-the small and meek
    1:20 pm on March 5th, 2015

    HRH, B, Today’s GOOGLE Doodle celebrates Momofuku Ando’s birthday. Your insight, please.

    Could that mystery guest be Nana?

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:21 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Yeeep!…CHobbit will not give me my quotient of crispy bacon that I require…sniff!

  40. c.hobbit
    1:35 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Rio has evidently worn out his welcome with Sadie on Day One. Now Sadie is letting him know “my couch, my bacon.” I will talk to them both about being a good host and a good guest (and I will make extra bacon)

  41. Masquers
    1:37 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Believe me Nana wishes Moi and her were jetting our way north to Alaska.

  42. Rose-the small and meek
    1:38 pm on March 5th, 2015

    My mama Luna is a strong woman. She rules with a firm, but loving paw.

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:40 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Couch!…I refuse to sit on the couch cover just because CHobbit thinks my butt leaves marks!….snort!

  44. BooBear
    1:46 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Maybe A Catty Librarian is heading up there since both her sisters are there!

  45. T.C.
    1:54 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Mommy’s and my personal favorite strong SMART woman: Grace Hopper.

    “A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
    “If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.”
    and then there is:
    “No computer is ever going to ask a new, reasonable question. It takes trained people to do that.”

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:54 pm on March 5th, 2015


  47. c.hobbit
    1:56 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Rio: TMI, TMI! You may be couchless entirely in the near future

  48. Tupper and Gilly
    1:56 pm on March 5th, 2015

    TC – you mom sounds like a pretty smart woman too

  49. dawson
    1:59 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Wose: I’ve been thinking of you the last few days, thanking you for leading the way for Plunderers from the lower 48 to attend the start of the Iditarod. We didn’t see Belle Starr and Luna yesterday but we will see them on Friday and I will give them special tummies and ear scritches from you!

    HOH & DDD are coming over to the Hobbit Hotel!

    My mother was a strong woman, veteran, teacher, wife, mother, activist and inspiration for peace, justice and freedom for all. Many of the women y’all mentioned were inspirations for her and me as well.

  50. B.Stover
    2:10 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Rose: I’ve never heard of Momofuku Ando and I have never had ramen noodles. Here’s a link to the Wikipedia article on him:


  51. ALR
    2:13 pm on March 5th, 2015

    I had to google Grace Hopper, and she is on my list now! Also, not knowing about her proves the point I always make with myself that my education is never ending! I am enjoying each and every strong woman vote submitted today!

  52. c.hobbit
    2:23 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Ooo…flight delay of mystery guest. When and where will it end? GAH! Musher Banquet starts at 6:15. Keep in mind the time difference and we will either be posting late or in the morning.

  53. dawson
    2:26 pm on March 5th, 2015

    T.C.: I also had to google Grace Hopper. What a woman!

  54. c.hobbit
    2:28 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Sadie and Rio are so funny. With so many people in the house fixing different vittles as the lazy morning continues, they keep following the food. Someone gets up and crinkles the bread wrapper to make toast and they are on it. Someone sits down with bacon and they are on either side of their “new bestest friend in the whole world.”

  55. Billy's Buddy
    2:31 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Golda Meir was a strong woman. I believe she was called “the best man in the government” by one of the Israeli prime ministers.

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:31 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Slurp!….And Burp!…snort!

  57. T.C.
    2:44 pm on March 5th, 2015

    ALR and Dawson, My mommy met Grace Hopper in the late 70s or early 80s, at a monthly dinner of D.P.M.A. MP&LL’s mommy probably knows what D.P.M.A. is.

  58. Staff
    2:45 pm on March 5th, 2015

    I second Dawson about our mother, Maggie. I remember celebrating her 80th birthday at a protest in Wisconsin at the ELF installation. She had a big birthday cake and then they stormed the installation. (Walked into the driveway).

    Mom went pretty fast although she was old and legally blind with Macular Degeneration. I remember one of the state police trotting after her saying “Maggie, come on Maggie, slow down. She claimed she didn’t stop until she came to the back fence.

    She was jailed twice for “crossing the line”. One week each time. The third time she protested she refused to go back for the trial saying “Let them come and get me”

    She told us about getting a phone call from my brother the Turtleman. The jailer came to call her to the phone saying her son was worried about her. She refused the call saying “Let him worry. He worried me enough in his life” Heh heh heh.

    One time I received a letter from her with the return address “A Penal Institution in Wisconsin” The post mistress in North Dakota was quite intrigued.

    Maggie was a pistol

  59. ALR
    2:49 pm on March 5th, 2015

    My new hero, Dawson, Staff and Catty Librarians MOM! And to think the most I have ever done is walk a picket line.

    Is the dealy of the Mystery Guest due to either one of the two airplane incidents in New Yourk and Denver? Just askin!

  60. c.hobbit
    2:51 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Carpola. ANOTHER flight delay for mystery guest

  61. c.hobbit
    2:56 pm on March 5th, 2015

    My mom stood on street corners with signs protesting the war in Iran, served on jury duty and donated her check to “Another Mother for Peace” organization instead of spending it on herself. She knew right from wrong, believed in justice, didn’t try to finagle her way out of paying less taxes. Rented apartments to Mexican Americans at a lower than market rate so that their children could go to school, they could buy a car and decent furniture rather than paying most of their money on rent in the high real estate prices in CA years ago. More later…

  62. Diane C.
    3:05 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Hmmm—someone beat me to Harriet Tubman and Jane Goodall (and most of the others) but let’s not forget the persecuted 3rd century philosopher Hypatia (“Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.”);
    St. Gertrude the Great (for thinking in terms of efficiency–you can google her to find out why); and our own Justice R.B. Ginsburg.
    Honorable mention to Helen Gurley Brown for her subtextual message behind the carpola in Cosmopolitan and her books: “While you’re waiting for some guy to come along and make your life complete, why not follow some of these suggestions and build a life for yourself?”

  63. Diane C.
    3:10 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Billy’s Buddy–You also beat me to it on Golda Meir. (Isn’t it interesting that we still live in a world where it’s considered praise to equate a specific woman with men? If you equate a man with women it’s an insult…)

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:14 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Siber-Maw!….If you are around go quick and check your SDD…snort!

  65. T.C.
    3:22 pm on March 5th, 2015

    The Drew Sisters’ mom is a hero to me. But what is ELF installation?
    Mommy wishes she knew her and Hobbit’s maw. She would like them both.
    And Ruth is a great choice. Someone who is relevant right here right now. I am loving this. #FightLikeAGirl

  66. Tupper and Gilly
    3:26 pm on March 5th, 2015

    We will lift a glass in solemn toast to the Mothers of the great women we know on this here blog. Because behind every great woman stands a Mother, teaching her right from wrong, and how to make her way in this big, broad world.

  67. O'Howlers
    3:27 pm on March 5th, 2015

    From CNN: ” In all, FlightAware reported the cancellation of more than 4,000 flights within, into and out of the United States. “

  68. Tupper and Gilly
    3:27 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Mystery Guest – FLAP! Come on, just FLAP your wings and get there! Hurry!

  69. Siber's Mom
    3:36 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Rio, Checked and responded.

  70. Diane C.
    4:01 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Asta–you are a dog after my heart (although I would not share with Nick–I would want my own, but since it’s Lent right now I guess it doesn’t matter).
    HOH–Great boudoir photo of Pookey!
    I hope the mystery guest brought reading material…

  71. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    4:18 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Pookey’s eyes are like Rico’s.
    Two more ladies for the list. Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom.
    Sacajawea there was a lady.

  72. C.hobbiti
    5:48 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Mystery guest bumped to another plane. Arriving at 5:30 if on time. Paw prayers needed

  73. Staff
    5:52 pm on March 5th, 2015

    ELF stands for Extra Low Frequency radio antenna. It was designed to work with the Navy’s nuclear submarines. It was to tell them to come to the surface to get further instructions on whether or not to shoot their missles.

  74. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    5:53 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Iditarod Trail Committee headquarters March 2014 with the DDD.

  75. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    5:56 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Iditarod Trail committee headquarters 2015 with Mr. Fireslippers.

  76. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:52 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Do we have to wait for the guest to arrive before we find out who it is? What time do you expect to announce ET or CT?

  77. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    7:11 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Reindeer, beware…the DDD is in town!

  78. Tupper and Gilly
    7:22 pm on March 5th, 2015

    It just kills us to be buried in snow here, and to see the green grass at Iditarod headquarters.
    And the Howlers are getting more snow dumped on them as we speak.
    Seriously – we need to move this race to the East!

  79. Rose-the small and meek
    7:38 pm on March 5th, 2015

    HRH, B, thanks for the link. I have never indulged in ramen noodles.

    Dawson, while you are giving tummies to my mama Luna, and my VBFF, Belle Starr, see if you can sneak some sparkles from the Pixie and give them to Belle.

  80. Teddy RR
    7:40 pm on March 5th, 2015

    We’ve gotten about 8 more inches of snow here in Chevy Chase as well (the Alaska of the east) and it is still snowing! My gal Zeta and I got another chance to be sled doggies today; I hope to have some video either later tonight or tomorrow. I told her that I understood that Iditarod dogs got to consume about 10,000 calories per day during the race and she thought that sounded very good to her.

  81. Siber's Mom
    7:46 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Teddy, I thought about you and Zeta today when I saw your weather forecast.

  82. Teddy RR
    7:48 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Actually, the videos from Zeta’s mom and pop just arrived. The first one is us pulling Zeta’s mom. While the Iditarod may have the Dalzell Gorge, this is me and Zeta traversing the infamous Chevy Chase Gorge. And we were really moving too!

  83. Kat
    7:50 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Teddy, I have become a full-fledge Husky girl this winter. I am pawsitive I will make the A-Team final 17.

  84. Teddy RR
    7:50 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Woops. Hit the wrong button and forgot the attachment. Let me try again.

  85. Teddy RR
    7:54 pm on March 5th, 2015

    And this is me and Zeta giving Zeta’s pop a ride. Woo! Hoo!

  86. Teddy RR
    7:54 pm on March 5th, 2015

    One minor correction. I just realized that both were of Zeta’s pop on the sled. I think Zeta’s mom was the camera person.

  87. Kat
    8:07 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Teddy, Momma thinks that Zeta’s Pop is one very brave man. Heh!

  88. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    8:13 pm on March 5th, 2015

    The DD and I met up with Rio and the other Plunderers this afternoon and Rio, fashion diva that he is, took one look at my hat and commandeered it!

  89. Rose-the small and meek
    8:14 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Teddy RR, my bestest friend, I was just saying to Grizz that I wanted to send your mom and pop and e-mail to make sure that you all were okay with all this snow. What great video of you and Zeta pulling her pop on the sled! I wish I could be out there playing with youse in the snow.

  90. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    8:17 pm on March 5th, 2015

    And then Masquers introduced him to Ricky Bobby Joe from the hills of Tennessee. Ricky Bobby Joe, really looks up to Rio 🙂

  91. Rose-the small and meek
    8:17 pm on March 5th, 2015

    RIO! Talk about having a feather in your cap…chuffle!

  92. Herd of Hounds
    8:23 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Teddy and Zeta, who is the lead dog and who is the wheel dog? Inquiring Hounds want to know..
    We are not speaking to our peeps, no we are not. The nerve to leave us at home and include that prehistoric fuzz butt!

  93. Kat
    8:24 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Masquers! What is Masquers doing there??? !!!!

  94. Martha
    8:28 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Oh, my. The snow! We have just had a few inches the last two snow storms. While we are tired of it, we have numerous plows and are mobile again quickly. Good luck to all.
    We are eager to know the mystery guest.
    Women I admire: our supreme court justices.

  95. DDD
    8:35 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Rumor has it the mistery guest will be here in about an hour.

  96. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    8:36 pm on March 5th, 2015

    It’s so good to see the beautiful owl hat again. I bought it in Ellicottville from the store where Jay and Tyb work. it’s called a Touch of Ellicottville and they’re the ones who made the Hobbit Hotel sign also.

  97. Masquers
    8:42 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Why am I in Alaska? I swear I am here and not there. I think someone is old and confused. I am becoming very anxious waiting for the surprise Guest to arrive. Anxious Cat – Out!

  98. Tupper and Gilly
    8:47 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Teddy – you need to talk your folks into moving to Willow.

    Rio – never thought of you as a hat kind of guy. Well, except for a Rockies cap

    Another hour of suspense? Oh my.

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Siber-Maw!….Quick go check your SDD – i did not receive the you-know-what…grunt!

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:48 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Gah!…Avatar where art thou?…sniff!

  101. Siber's Mom
    8:55 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Rio, I just sent you another SDD. I hope this one is not lost in siberspace.

  102. c.hobbit
    9:03 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Masquers must have been in secret talks with the Thieves at some point once she saw her good friend Rio here. I had escaped the Hobbit Hotel reunion and gone and laid down for a couple of hours. That will teach me. Woke to find Masquers at the Hobbit Hotel. Off to Banquet in 8 minutes. Mystery guest might be at banquet going directly from airport. Stay tuned.

  103. Diane C.
    9:11 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Oops–Forgot Madam C.J. Walker–1st female millionaire in the U.S.
    Christine de Pisan, Theresa of Avila, Simone Weil, Edith Stein/St. Teresa Benedicta, OCD (scholar, murdered at Auschwitz–one of a larger number of religious women resisting the holocaust and killed for it), Corrie Ten Boom (rescuer–another Harriet Tubman for European Jews).
    All single mothers, trying their best against the odds who DON’T take it out on their children.

  104. Kat
    9:15 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Diane: and Masquers! 🙂

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:12 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Teddy!…. I am glad some of youse are having fun in all this snow…grunt!…You guys look like real sled dogs, or at least Zeta does….heh!heh!

  106. ALR
    10:34 pm on March 5th, 2015

    The list of strong women just goes on and on once we start naming names!

  107. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:57 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Backseat!….Gah!..I have been reduced to being a Back-Seat rider with Mr FireSlippers…sniff!..At least they took me with them earlier today. Tonight I have been left behind while they are all at the Mushers Banquet..sniff!…A pity because I had a diagram I wanted to show AJ on how he should run the whole race. Now I will not be able to give him pointers before the ceremonial start tomorrow…grunt!

  108. c.hobbit
    10:58 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Happy Family Reunion. Poor Nana has been up since 4 am. She kept being delayed and/or bumped off planes. 3-hour flight and she has been traveling at least 8 hours. Sorry for the blurry photo. Wanted to get her to mushers’ banquet.

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:01 pm on March 5th, 2015

    NANA!…I hope she has Maskers in that bag of hers!….WOOOOOOO!

  110. c.hobbit
    11:02 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Who knew that there was a no cat policy at the banquet? Masquers came home with me and is warming up Nana’s pillow. (Towel is because Sadie is prone to getting on the bed.) Early reports from Snowbella had Nana dancing on the table but I am sure that was an exaggeration. Sharon I could see doing with the right motivation but not our sweet Nana.

  111. ALR
    11:02 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Whoo Hoo! Yay Nana!

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:02 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Wait!….HAHAH!…I see Maskers on her shoulder. I thought that was her poncy phone at first glance…chorkel!

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:05 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Conclusion!…Of our day-tripping…snort!

    Where!?….I have no idea where I was taken today…sniff!…But they left me by these stairs. The stairs were closed. What was I to do?…I grunted then I burped. I may have farted. Then I went back to the car and waited for them to come back and lift me in…sniff!

  114. Tupper and Gilly
    11:07 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Yahoooooo!!!! Hooray for Nana!!!!
    What a wonderful, fantabulous gathering of friends.
    Please, all of you give each other hugs from us. Wish we could be there too.

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:17 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Maskers!….And Me!Me!Me! together again…heh!heh!…I hope that Kat brought a big bottle of wine with him…snorkel!

  116. Tupper and Gilly
    11:29 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Guess we will have to wait til tomorrow to hear what bib number AJ pulls.
    Hope all are having a grand time at the banquet.
    G’night, family.

  117. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:44 pm on March 5th, 2015

    Tupper!…Me too. I hope AJ draws a low number…snort!….For the first time in his racing career…heh!

  118. c.hobbit
    12:21 am on March 6th, 2015

    On Facebookie…#19. Whoo hoo

  119. Staff
    2:11 am on March 6th, 2015

    When we were at the banquet AJ gave us an overview of thenew trail. I brought it home and copied it for you. All the marks in red are AJ.

    AJ put in milages and the hash marks are places where he expects to rest. When he got to Elim he told us that part of the ice there is covered with several feet of water so they might not be able to take the usual route and will have to go inland or farther out on the ice. Yeep.

  120. Staff
    2:16 am on March 6th, 2015

    Aj’s goal is the do the race in a shorter time this year. He has gone down in time each year and last year he was at 10 days. This year he hopes for 9.5 days.

    He also listed the 17 dogs that he has chosen for this year. One will be left behind. Perhaps Rico who has trouble with the heat or one of the girls, maybe Florence, who is not as strong.

  121. Staff
    2:22 am on March 6th, 2015

    Oh yeah. THe L in front of the name means that dog is a leader and the T means it is a team member and can be a wheel dog or anything other than a leader.

    Now it is late and I am tired here.

    Nighty night all

  122. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    2:38 am on March 6th, 2015

    Great Musher’s Banquet and our AJ has a good start number. Nana surprised us with an appearance, what a traveller that gal is

  123. DDD
    2:42 am on March 6th, 2015

    Heck, I wasn’t sure who this new musher is. Any clues?

  124. DDD
    2:44 am on March 6th, 2015

    The Pixie and AJ seem confused, too.

  125. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    2:49 am on March 6th, 2015

    Knock it off, it is late and we need to take care of our Mystery Guest who arrived just in time for a marvelous dinner where we say AJ eat 2 steaks!

  126. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    2:52 am on March 6th, 2015

    Nighty night and don’t let the bed pug bite.

  127. bluecat
    7:16 am on March 6th, 2015

    Good morning, Everybody.

    Thanks for wonderful reporting and pictures. Keep ’em coming, please. (you, too, Teddy RR)

    Yay. #19 Bib! AJ’s strategy! Chosen Dogs!

    Rio – be good today, you sweet pug.

  128. bluecat
    7:18 am on March 6th, 2015

    p.s. Nana 🙂

  129. O'Howlers
    7:42 am on March 6th, 2015

    Excellent reporting from the Mushers Banquet. Almost (but not quite) like being there. Thanks for the map. We are printing it. And thanks for the list of dogs on the A-Team. Thank Dog Clyde is on there. Youse need to take a picture of him for Mom. He is all black. Mom cannot identify him on sight; he is easily identifiable by his desire/need to greet, hug, love love love.
    We’d like to also see the B-Team now.

  130. O'Howlers
    7:54 am on March 6th, 2015

    Oh yes….Nana! 🙂

  131. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:30 am on March 6th, 2015

    Nana has become the world traveler, hasn’t she.

    The Mushers Banquet pictures were nice, but who is Justine Savidis? heehee

    Look forward to more pictures today. # 19 is a very good pick.

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