A Well-Earned Rest: Back At Snowhook Kennel

“AJ and Rebecca are back home,” Spence says. “There’s something so domestically happy about this last report of hers:”

Despite fatigue and exhaustion that creeps up and grabs hold of us in those still moments, once we arrived home we changed into our yard clothes and headed to the dog yard.  Loves, tail wags, tummies, licks, ear scratches, hugs and fresh straw were given.  The dogs returning from the trail have been resting since arriving home on Saturday.  Each has fairly good weight on them, have healthy appetites and their normal attitudes.  This is good, this is what we want.

Welcome Rocky.


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82 Responses to “A Well-Earned Rest: Back At Snowhook Kennel”

  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:55 am on March 20th, 2012

    Good morning, y’all! Good morning, Rebecca and AJ! I hope you two are sleeping in today — you deserve it! But it sounds like the team is ready to go — when’s the next race?

  2. Mollypop's Mom
    7:16 am on March 20th, 2012

    I’m living in pea soup this morning. The snow still on the ski trails has met the warm air and made heavy fog. I can barely see out.

  3. Rose
    7:37 am on March 20th, 2012

    Good Morning All!

    It is foggy here in Westchester today as well. But it is the first day of spring, and we’re looking at another 70 degree day.

    Welcome home AJ, Rebecca and doggies!!!!

  4. Melanie
    7:53 am on March 20th, 2012

    (heard by evening bark by the Pack, straight from Willow) They’re back! They’re back! They’re back! They’re back! They’re back! They’re back! They’re back! They’re back! They’re back! They’re back! They’re back! They’re back! They’re back!

    BTW, by the end of the week (where we are going to hit 80 degrees) we will have reached the warmest March in the records. Part of the problem is a Bermuda High that has parked itself over us. We don’t usually get Bermuda High’s until late July and August. Our usual weather in March? Snow storms, melting snow pack to about 1 foot high. THERE’S NO SNOW!

    Yikes … Might have to live in the basement this summer. Too bad it has a dirt floor.

  5. B.Stover
    8:33 am on March 20th, 2012

    We had the “pea soup” yesterday. Today it’s going to 81. That is just too hot for March.

    Good morning all.

  6. Rose
    8:37 am on March 20th, 2012

    I’m hoping that the East Coast will not have to endure a summer like our friends in the mid-west and south had to last year. I hate the heat and humidity, and my hair doesn’t like it much either.

  7. OleyHowlers
    8:37 am on March 20th, 2012

    Good morning all. It is very foggy and cloudy here also. But it is wam! It was 61 at 6:00 am when we awoke after oversleeping for one hour! This day is not starting out well.

    Did AJ and Rebecca get to read our ideas for selling the Iditarod story as a way to raise funds? We love the idea of interspersing with the evening prayer for each part of the trail. And another idea is to include a few choice snippets from our blog posts that were occurring simultaneously.

  8. Rose
    8:41 am on March 20th, 2012

    OH: I’m loving all these ideas! These items could definitely rake in beaucoup bucks, along with CHarris pictures! Maybe AJ and Rebecca would consider blowing up the welcome home kiss picture and autographing it!!!! 🙂

  9. Rose
    8:43 am on March 20th, 2012

    Rio, what do you think about Peyton Manning going to the Broncos?
    What about Tim Tebow????

  10. OleyHowlers
    8:48 am on March 20th, 2012

    Bear, start watching that video at 20:30? Also again right near the end.

  11. OleyHowlers
    8:49 am on March 20th, 2012

    Oh yes, definitely the C.Harris pics. And what a great idea to sell autographed pics of the Welcome Home kiss!

  12. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:55 am on March 20th, 2012

    Peyton!…Manning! Tim Tebow! I don’t care about those guys!…snort!…Its the first day of Spring and all I can think about is Baseball!….WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! WHEEEEEEE!

  13. Jasper the Poodle
    9:03 am on March 20th, 2012

    Morning, Plunderpack. I’m still holding down the fort here ’cause mom is sick, sick, sick. She’s got a crappy cold. So happy that the Snowhook pack is home and healthy. Rest well, team.

  14. Tupper and Gilly
    9:12 am on March 20th, 2012

    Aww Jasper – sorry to hear that your Mom is sick – be sure to snuggle up real close. We havealso heard that a good game of tug is good medicine for a cold.

    Glad Rebecca and AJ are back home with their dogs – and we’re sure the dogs are pretty happy about it too. We saw that Anchorage is buried under constant snow storms – hope all is ok in Willow, and no moose on the roof.

  15. Barb & Maggie
    9:25 am on March 20th, 2012

    Good morning all. No fog here, just warm temps again. Yard work, housework and poop patrol today. Only good thing about those is being outside. BBL

  16. Siber-H
    9:28 am on March 20th, 2012

    The Snowhook dogs looked very good at the finish line. Glad all of Snowhook is safely home and can rest now.

    Since it is so unseasonabley warm for those of you back East, our weather today is a cold, windy, and sunny. We seem to have the opposite weather from what you are having at any given time.

    Jasper, help your mom take care of the cold and we hope she gets to feeling better soon.

    BASEBALL!!! Woooooo

  17. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:14 am on March 20th, 2012

    Baseball!…Wooooooo!…Thank dawg theres baseball right after the Iditarod…heh!heh!…My friend has tickets for next month. I’m sure she will be taking me with her…yippeee!

  18. Barb & Maggie
    10:24 am on March 20th, 2012

    Is baseball yreally upon us again? Oh my!

    Jasper, tell your mom to put some good healing stuff in her crockpot and they rest and relax today.

  19. Siber-H
    10:34 am on March 20th, 2012

    sorry, Barb

    When last December all Rio and I had were our Rockies Christmas ornaments, we thought Baseball season would never arrive. It is almost here!!!

  20. OleyHowlers
    10:42 am on March 20th, 2012

    Did youse watch the video of Guiness winning the Golden Harness?
    Sorry, Rio and Siber, we have yet to get past the fun of the Iditarod.

  21. Rose
    10:50 am on March 20th, 2012

    Jasper: I think a good snuggle with you mom might perk her right up.

    Wooooo…..Baseball! Let’s go Yankees!!!!

  22. Rose
    10:53 am on March 20th, 2012

    Rio: There is nothing like going to a live baseball game, is there?

  23. BearSpiritDog
    10:55 am on March 20th, 2012

    First Welcome Home to our Wonderful Team Snowhook. You did us Proud.

    O.Howlers: Thank you for checking back to find that frame on the video. But now there is another problem…we can’t find the Conway Seavey video. Gah!

    First day of Spring you say? Yark! It’s in the low 40’s here.

    Jasper: Hope your mom gets over that nasty bug very soon.

  24. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:59 am on March 20th, 2012

    SiberH — My dad has just started reading The Art of Fielding to get ready for the baseball season. I think you had recommended it previously. It is quite good so far.
    Jasper — take extra good care of your mom.
    We had extra severe thunderstorms early this morning, so I woke up both mom and dad to make sure that they weren’t scared at all.

  25. Mollypop's Mom
    11:02 am on March 20th, 2012

    Good job Wookie. You take very good care of your Mom and Dad.

  26. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:17 am on March 20th, 2012

    Goldent!…ooooer! I want to watch the Golden Harness video…gruff!

  27. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:31 am on March 20th, 2012

    Rose!…There is nothing at all like going to a real live Major League Baseball game….snort!snort!…It is so much fun!fun!fun! Especially when you have really great seats!….snorkel!

  28. Rose
    11:32 am on March 20th, 2012

    Wookie: I have just started “The Art of Fielding” myself.

  29. Rose
    11:34 am on March 20th, 2012

    Rio: Ain’t it great?!!! The last live ballgame I went to was at the old Shea Stadium. It was a Subway Series game.

  30. Siber-H
    11:47 am on March 20th, 2012

    I haven’t read the Art of Fielding yet, so Wookie and Rose can let me know if they like it, please.
    It was Stover who first brought the book to my attention.

    We haven’t seen the Golden Harness video, but we will. Shall I say that we got behind on getting everyday stuff done during the Iditarod.

  31. BearSpiritDog
    12:20 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Never mind, O.Howlers. Found the video in the awards section. Also watched Guiness receive the Golden Harness. sniff.

  32. Tupper and Gilly
    12:21 pm on March 20th, 2012

    ok youse baseball guys – question for you.
    Are there still peanut sellers going up and down the aisles at the stadiums?
    We wondered because of all the hype about peanut allergies and we also wondered if in this day and age the peanut guys might throw a bag and have a hard time being assured that they would get their money.

    Seriously – we were talking about this last night

  33. Siber-H
    12:33 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Rio will have to answer that. I do not have a Major League Baseball team here and I am not going to an Isotopes game…farm team of the Dodgers. We do not eat peanuts at home while watching the games.
    That is a good question.

  34. Barb & Maggie
    12:34 pm on March 20th, 2012

    No matter what Rose and Wookie say, we will NOT be reading The Art of Fielding here! And you can take that to the bank!

    Wookie, Glad you are taking care of Mom and Dad. Sometimes grownups get really scared of storms!

  35. Rose
    12:52 pm on March 20th, 2012

    T&G: I would not know the answer to that. Rio’s friend is going to a baseball game, maybe Rio will have the answer.

    SiberH: I’ve read about 40 pages, and I love it!

    B&M: Something about this book tells me it will be deeper than just baseball……

    Wookie: You’re opinion so far?

  36. Masquers
    1:26 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Rose: Manning’s move was a surprise here.
    Poor Tebow…only 15 minutes of fame?

    Well. As Rio says…it is time to move on…to Baseball!!!
    Speaking of which…it just wouldn’t be the same without peanuts and hot dogs (Hebrew Nationals of course) and beer and…..

  37. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:41 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Peanuts!…Sure, I’ve seen peanuts being sold at the games…grunt!…We never buy them because there are so many other things we want to spend our money on…chuffle!…Namely Beer. Beer and Hebrew National foot-long hotdogs…slurp!…And don’t forget the best French Fries anywhere are at the Rockies Baseball park…wheeze!…They are to die!die!die! for I tell youse!…heh!

  38. Rose
    2:04 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Masquers: I feel bad for poor Tim Tebow.

    We have a baseball ticket lottery here at work. Hope I win a pair!!!!!!

  39. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:15 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Tebow!…Don’t worry about Tim, he will always be “the story” where ever he goes…snort!…I’m sure he will do very well in all his endeavors. Maybe not as a starting quarterback on an NFL team, but he will go on to do amazing things nonetheless…wooooo!

  40. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:26 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Rose. We have only read the first 60/70 pages so far (I’m helping my dad read, so we are both doing it together), but you are definitely right here, there will be a whole lot more going on here besides baseball before the book finishes. Baseball and fielding as a metaphor for a whole bunches of other stuff. The book strikes us as a bit reminiscent of The World According to Garp in some ways, plus that this is the first novel by the author (Chad Harbuch), and Garp was John Irving’s first novel as well. Wookie

  41. OleyHowlers
    2:59 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Maggie, Tell Barb to look at her SDD.

  42. Rose
    3:55 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Wookie: That’s nice of you to help your pop read! I don’t know if you have read “The Corrections”, but I think there is a little of that in this book as well. I loved “The World According to Garp.” And “The Cider House Rules” to.

  43. Princess Sam
    4:23 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Rio, how will you get into the baseball game? Last fall my girl got me into her college football game but I was hidden under a jacket. It was not a lot of fun and there was no food.

  44. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:50 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Sammie!…Where there is a Will there is a Way…heh!heh!…I’m sure she will figure something out by then…wuffle!

  45. bluecat
    5:24 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Royals’ Mum – please check your SDD.

  46. Tupper and Gilly
    5:58 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Hi BlueCat – checked, understood, thanks,

  47. Barb & Maggie
    6:07 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Oley, Got it and back at ya!

  48. Melanie
    6:21 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Hmmm, I just received a Royal phone call making sure I was okay.

    I am okay. Dan is okay. Zoë is okay. the Pack are hot.

    Spent 7 hours going through boxes to find 3 pieces of paper. Found. I’m exhausted.

  49. BearSpiritDog
    6:42 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Melanie: Hmm…must be tax time.

  50. Melanie
    7:15 pm on March 20th, 2012
  51. C.Harris
    7:24 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Melanie…I’ve been there tearing my house apart looking for pieces of paper . Ugh, no fun. So hugs and foot rubs to you. Hope tomorrow is a better day. Take care; if you don’t have a good new book, dip into one of the Chet books for a bit to cheer yourself up.

  52. Snowhook Bella
    7:29 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Alice and Beau are up top and side by side.

    It doesn’t seem like there is enough sleep to be found today. We slept in and I took a nap, yet still feel exhausted. Sleep deprivation takes a lot of you; if it’s anything like last year, it will be April before we feel human again.

    It seems while I’ve been slumbering, youse have been plotting and planning fund raising ideas. 😉

    Jasper: Take care of your mom and help her get some rest.

    Tiny bits of paper. Do you think the IRS would accept ‘my dogs ate my taxes,’ as an excuse? No? Melanie, you better keep looking.

  53. BearSpiritDog
    7:45 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Oh, Melanie, what a nice bedtime story. sniff
    I’m getting sleepy, very sleepy……
    zzzzzzz from Bear

  54. Masquers
    7:51 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Bella! I found 2 photos from the race. Maybe you would put names to the faces for us?

  55. Snowhook Bella
    7:53 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Masquers: Those ears and snout belong to Twig, a lead dog. Once we stop the dog truck, out comes her head. She says to her mates, “Take a good look, because this is the last you’re going to see this pretty face for a thousand miles.”

  56. Masquers
    7:53 pm on March 20th, 2012
  57. Snowhook Bella
    7:55 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Masquers: Those baby blues belong to Garrett, W.L.’s son. Garrett and his brother, Abe were the youngest dogs on the team this year.

  58. Masquers
    8:02 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Bella: Are Garrett and the other rookies bragging to their kennel-mates about their big adventure on the Iditarod Trail?

  59. Snowhook Bella
    8:15 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Masquers: Garrett was one of the first dogs dropped, but the way he tells it he had a yellow roses placed around his neck at the finish line.

  60. Tupper and Gilly
    8:20 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Hi everyone – we have been playing on ebay and amazon. Did you all know that you can get a copy of Winterdance from ebay for $4.95 with free shipping or from Amazon for .25 cents plus $3.99 shipping?
    just sayin’

  61. Barb & Maggie
    8:33 pm on March 20th, 2012

    I know 8:30 is early, but we are going to follow Mellanie’s lead and say TTFN. See you tomorrow, Dog willing!

  62. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:39 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Gads!…Someone here just finished making a card for someone…grunt!…Before that she had errands to run and renters to talk to and an old neighbor of ours to catch up with…wuffle!…I didn’t think I would ever get down here in the basement to watch TV…gruffle!

  63. Tupper and Gilly
    8:40 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Melanie just called before fallng into bed. Pasty is having a hard time cooling off with the sudden summer weather. Melanie made her a special tile cool mat, and said that Patsy seems to be settling in some.
    Must be tough being a Newfie in full winter coat when the weather suddenly turns to 80 degrees.

  64. Tupper and Gilly
    8:45 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Rio – are those renters taking good care of your old house?

  65. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:50 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Hey, y’all! I’m back! Mom got home from handbell practice and ate supper and FINALLY turned the computer on for me.

    This is for SiberH and the Howlers:

  66. Siber-H
    8:56 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Thanks Kirby! That is sooo cute!

    Reminds me of the stuffed Huskies that should have been mine.

  67. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:59 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Photos!…Those are some really great photo’s of the Snowhook A-Team members!…Woooo!…I wonder if they get along with Pugs…wuffle!

  68. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Renters!…My friend says the renters are lovely young people who respect her property and are taking very good care of it …chuffle!…This makes her feel very relieved indeed…sniff!

  69. Snowhook Bella
    9:02 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Rio: Sled dogs are just pugs in a different package and vice versa.

  70. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:04 pm on March 20th, 2012

    SiberH: That’s what I thought of as soon as I saw that photo — that’s something you could do! (If only someone would let you!)

  71. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:17 pm on March 20th, 2012

    SiberH!….Did you ever try the Sit in front of the closet and cry inconsolably till they can’t stand it anymore routine?….sniff!…That’s how I got my really big baseball. Its in my bed taking up 1/3 of the whole space for toys…heh!heh!

  72. Siber-H
    9:28 pm on March 20th, 2012

    hmmm That might work, Rio. It would be out of character for me because I usually just try to punch my way through a closed door. I am the silent type.

    Mom wants to know how they got the real Husky to leave the stuffed Huskies alone in that poto.

  73. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:39 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Silent!….Well how about trying this. Stand on your back legs and scratch the paint off the closet door with your front claws – pretend you are digging…heh!…Every now and then let our a loud Yark! just to get her attention….snort!

  74. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:39 pm on March 20th, 2012

    SiberH: If he messes with the stuffed guys, he’ll blow his cover!

  75. Siber-H
    10:00 pm on March 20th, 2012

    lol guys

    We are turning in.

    Night Everyone

  76. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:05 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Mom has been fighting a losing battle with a head cold. She stayed home yesterday, and then decided to bite the bullet today.

    She is almost ready for bed.

  77. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:06 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Fashion!…heh!…My friend and I are debating whether we should stay up and watch a show called, Fashion Star….chorkel!…Lets just say my friend is not a person who is totally aware of the latest fashions …sniff!…She hates shopping and she doesn’t mind wearing the same clothes year after year….grunt!…It embarrasses me, but what can I do? I’m only one Pug in a sea of ever-changing Fashion….wuffle!

  78. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:18 pm on March 20th, 2012

    Done!…We are well-done and done-in…sniff!…So off we go upstairs to bed. Beau, the big baby, is already in bed….snort!…He can’t seem to stay up much past 8:00 every night…heh!…Baseball is not for him me thinks…chuffle!

  79. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:38 pm on March 20th, 2012

    I just hope that Beau doesn’t end up being a Giants fan!

  80. Masquers
    11:45 pm on March 20th, 2012

    We are all tired. It has been difficult to adjust. First the cursed time change and now iditadrawal.
    Feel better Wolfie’s mom.
    ‘Nite all.

  81. OleyHowlers
    5:04 am on March 21st, 2012

    Sorry that we aren’t posting much. Mom spent all last evening reading the wonderful Winterdance to us so she could get it to Bear. She feels terrible that she has been taking so long to find time to read. She is more than halfway thru…this is harrowing!

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