Big Rivers (Iditarod 2)

Here’s a very interesting overnight report from Rebecca (CEO of Snowhook Kennel) on yesterday’s portion of the race. Below (thanks Barb B.) – Rebecca and AJ with teammates Chet and Bernie (yes!). Just because we like it so much.


The race to this point is quite different than this point in last year’s race, a night and day kind of difference. Rather than running excited teams down an unrunnable trail, teams will spend ample time running on the river. The idea of flat mile after flat mile may seem easy and preferable. However, river travel can be boring for both dogs and musher. Boredom is a short journey to becoming demoralized.

AJ and the team will say good-bye to the Tanana River before running several miles on the mighty Yukon River. And, mighty is right. Both the Tanana and Yukon are massive rivers. The first time I saw the Tanana River, I remember thinking how very small in the world I felt compared to its size. The distance from shore to shore on these rivers leaves teams exposed to elements.

With the exception of brief overland trails, most of the race will be run on the river until teams reach the coast of Alaska. On the longer runs between checkpoints like the run between Tanana and Ruby, AJ will camp the team on the trail. AJ will likely haul a bale of straw out of the Tanana checkpoint for camping on the trail. Straw has a hollow core and provides a bed of insulation for the dogs. Straw combined with a putting dog jackets on the dogs and then covering them with fleece blankets can give the team extra warmth.

The name of the game for Snowhook’s musher and mutts especially on these long river miles is simple: Run. Rest. Repeat.


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136 Responses to “Big Rivers (Iditarod 2)”

  1. O'Howlers
    9:10 am on March 11th, 2015

    Good morning! AJ is out of Tanana. Dima and Cherokee are now running with the Snowhook team.
    Onward Snowhook!

  2. BooBear
    9:33 am on March 11th, 2015

    I bet Dima and Cherokee will keep the spirits up for the guys.
    Go Snowhook!!

  3. B.Stover
    9:57 am on March 11th, 2015

    For some reason I don’t like the idea of running on the river. Wish the trails were in better condition so that they could be used instead. And frozen rivers are really cold.

    Good morning all.

  4. Cherokee's Mom
    10:11 am on March 11th, 2015

    I am sure that Cherokee and Dima are helping guide the team and giving them Sibe strength as they travel the 119 mile from Tanana to Ruby!

  5. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:35 am on March 11th, 2015

    Good morning all. Good reporting Rebecca. Agree with Bee that being able to run on trails would be much preferred.

    Beautiful pics of Cherokee.

    We were sorry to read that ML is feeling down. We all care and wish we lived closer so we could visit in person.

  6. Wyatt
    11:09 am on March 11th, 2015

    ML: Would it help if I licked your face?

  7. O'Howlers
    11:13 am on March 11th, 2015

    Hey, BM&L! Our brother Dima’s picture is handsome too. 🙁

    btw: Fern is still with her sisters. She is a little intimidated and keeps hiding behind her little coop, but Mom is not letting her go in there.

  8. dawson
    11:20 am on March 11th, 2015

    Interesting information. Just when I was feeling good that the trail was so nice, flat and smooth, Rebecca learns us that the dogs (scientists take note – no new studies needed) could get bored! Tanana is another combined checkpoint, Dima’s and Cherokee’s. Like BooBear said, there will be no boredom with them running alongside the Snowhook team! Go Snowhook!

    Cherokee’s Mom: Thanks for those pictures of Tanana’s sponsors. (sniff) What regal Sibers!

    ML: Agree with Barb. Wish I could visit in person. Also agree with CHobbit to keep busy as you can and I know you try to do all those things she mentioned. Coming up on the one year mark since Rick died may be the darkest hour. Know that we all are sending our prayers, warm thoughts and virtual hugs to our friend.

  9. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    11:29 am on March 11th, 2015

    Didn’t mean to overlook Dima. Is he the fellow on the left? Just thought all the pics were of Cherokee, and that one was just in black and white. Shoulda looked more closely!

  10. dawson
    11:43 am on March 11th, 2015

    Oh no!
    Brent Sass disqualified! Evidently he was using a two-way communication device which is not allowed.

  11. dawson
    11:46 am on March 11th, 2015
  12. O'Howlers
    11:55 am on March 11th, 2015

    Yes, he was using an iPod Touch for music and for waking up. Unfortunately, it is also able to connect to wifi. That is so darn sad. He is taking it like the champion he is though.

    We also feel so frustrated that we can’t help ML. Our Pop-Pop went thru this after Nana passed. There was nothing that someone else could do. The important thing is to find something to take you outside of yourself, but that is so much easier said than done. ML, we love love love you so much.

  13. BooBear
    12:29 pm on March 11th, 2015

    ML, prayers for you.

  14. Diane C.
    12:34 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Good Morning all and thanks to Rebecca for excellent reporting.
    ML, feel better–I’m adding you to the pawrayer list (can’t hurt).
    Wyatt, when you’re done with ML you can lick my face if you’re so inclined.
    Happy Day, everyone!

  15. O'Howlers
    1:13 pm on March 11th, 2015

    We hate how slow Insider updates the Standings, We would like to know how many of our team left Tanana with AJ.

  16. Tupper's Mama
    1:17 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Greetings all from the wild Texas countryside. Ok, so Dallas/Ft Worth isn’t exactly “countryside”, but you know what we mean.
    Our flights have been bounced around, changed, delayed and re routed. We were afraid to get in touch with Siber’sMom cuz we have NO idea when we will actually get to Albuquerque. We hope to catch up with her when we are returning to the airport next week – at least that part we can predict.
    So sorry to hear about Brent Sass – all that work, all that money. And we are sure it was an innocent mistake.
    And oh yeah- GO SNOWHOOK!!!

  17. ML
    1:37 pm on March 11th, 2015

    T & G DFW AIRPORT? HOW LONG WERE YOU THERE? Golly Moses, I can practically walk there.

    Thank you all for your good wishes, and yes Wyatt, the lick did help a lot.

    On a sad note, I believe this is the anniversary of the loss of Melanie. Or close.

    I feel so bad for Brent Sass. I can’t decide if it was better now or later in the race.

    I think I will watch some race videos and then take a strengthening nap.

    Later taters.

  18. Tupper's Mama
    1:40 pm on March 11th, 2015

    ML – only 55 minutes. And most of that time is being taken up with running from one gate change to the next.

  19. B.Stover
    1:54 pm on March 11th, 2015

    I have to suggest that that is a ridiculous rule.

  20. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    1:56 pm on March 11th, 2015

    ML, How is the job going in the meat department? At the Fresh Market store where we shop all the meat is in the cases and the butcher weighs it and wraps it in brown paper, just like the old days. We love that. Ground beef and ground chicken are made fresh several times a day. That is the only way we buy ground chicken anymore.

    So sorry about Brent Sass.

  21. Tupper's Mama
    1:59 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Well carp! Our 12:30 flight that was bumped to 1:25 has now been bumped to 2:47.
    All we know is this cannot be snow related delays.

  22. Billy's Buddy
    2:02 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Just read Bluecat’s prayer from last night. Thank you, Bluecat. It was beautiful. Amen.

    Please feel better, ML.

    Wyatt, I am not sad, but I would love a smooch from you.

    Great reporting and photos.

    That quilt is gorgeous!

    Go Snowhook!

  23. Siber's Mom
    2:04 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Bluecat, Thank you for the lovely prayer last night.

    Loving the pictures of Tundra, Cherokee, and Dima.
    Wyatt, You are cute one also.
    Aww heck, All dog pictures cheer me up.

    ML, You are always in my prayers and thoughts. We all love you and want the best for you. I wish we lived closer together.

    I hate what happened to Brent Sass. I like the guy.

  24. Siber's Mom
    2:13 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Molly and Rudy’s mom left the girls with me for 3 hours yesterday afternoon for a trial run. The girls have already started digging in the backyard.

    Snowhook, Our prayers go with you.

  25. BearSpiritDog
    2:40 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Just woke up from a Long Winter’s Nap. Am I on the right page? Hope so!

  26. Lefty, the Left Behind
    2:48 pm on March 11th, 2015

    My Lady is in a very bad mood because the race standings haven’t updated since last night. We don’t know if he’s dropped any dogs or not. This puts her in a very bad mood. Rio has been helping her watch the race. He is in a very gassy mood, but I think the second platter of hot wings has something to do with his mood. I could be wrong.

  27. Tupper's Mama
    2:49 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Woo hoo – made it onto a standby flight by the skin of our teeth. New Mexico – here we come

  28. Masquers
    2:50 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Dawson: Up and running immediately…what a great traveler and field correspondent you are!
    Riõ: Love the foto of you atop ole Doc…those are priceless expressions from both of youse. snicker.
    (btw…a strengthening cocktail is awaiting you upon your return to the Hobbit Hotel)
    We are happy to see you will be keeping the Pixie company for a while.

  29. BearSpiritDog
    2:51 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Royals: WhoooHooo!!!

  30. BearSpiritDog
    3:09 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Staff & Mr. Fireslippers, Hounds & Digger, Awesome Dawson, C.Hobbit & Sadie Bear, AJ & SnowBella: Nana Misses Youse Soooo Much Already!!!
    Sending Big Bear Hugs.

  31. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    3:22 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Thank dog, we aren’t moving around today so can post the trip to Fairbanks, the Restart (can you cay cold?) and the trip back “home” to Anchorage. Right now the DDD is on the fone with the P O trying to fine Hobbit’s package that was supposed to be here on 3/5 🙁

  32. Tupper's Mama
    3:23 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Oh my.
    Now on the plane, but sitting on the tarmack due to “a small maintenance problem”.
    We hope they are not just waiting for the super glue to dry.

  33. BearSpiritDog
    3:27 pm on March 11th, 2015

    C.Hobbit: Loved the Before & After Photos of Mr. Big (what a great name!)

    Tupper’s Mama: Oh, oh…Nana says she can relate!

  34. O'Howlers
    3:28 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Siber’s Maw: We are sure those girls know pawsitively that Siber-H left some very valuable buried treasure in your yard. They will not stop until it all has been found. Your house? Well, that is surely going to sink into the sand.

  35. BearSpiritDog
    3:33 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Nana wants to say a Big, Big Thank You to Our Friends, MOJO, for Their Wonderful Welcome BBQ on Friday Night. What a Feast!!!

  36. O'Howlers
    3:34 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Lefty, Our mom is so angry with Insider, she is spitting.

  37. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    3:41 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Sunday’s trip to the Interior of Alaska we cloudy and yuck!

  38. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    3:42 pm on March 11th, 2015
  39. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    3:44 pm on March 11th, 2015

    But we got a bit of a break (or is that brake?) heading into Fairbanks, which sits in a bowl similar to Albaturkey

  40. BearSpiritDog
    3:47 pm on March 11th, 2015

    O’Howlers: We finally broke down and subscribed to the Ultimate Insider to get All Videos plus GPS…because, like everyone says…it’s the only game in town.

    Hounds: So sorry about the Crummy Weather Conditions driving up to Fairbanks…it was Sunny and Clear in Anchorage when we headed south for lunch.

  41. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    3:47 pm on March 11th, 2015

    We arrived in time to hitch up with Mick and Jodi (the people, not the dogs) and Dawson for a sumptious feast!

  42. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    3:49 pm on March 11th, 2015

    And whilst we stuffed ourselves, the Giant and the Pixie discussed race strategy!

  43. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    3:59 pm on March 11th, 2015

    But not before we drove through this weather 🙁

  44. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    4:00 pm on March 11th, 2015
  45. O'Howlers
    4:21 pm on March 11th, 2015

    This race is so close yet! AJ is only 9 miles behind first-place.

  46. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    4:27 pm on March 11th, 2015

    DAwson ordered king crab and it was HUGE, but she ate it so fast that even the videos blurred! Then some folks showed up with a brain sucking lynx hat, so we tried it on and lo and behold, we both lost our minds (fotos to follow if we find ’em)

  47. BSD & Masquers
    4:28 pm on March 11th, 2015


  48. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    4:34 pm on March 11th, 2015

    and the patience of the puppied and the dogs…there are NO BUTTS about it

  49. BSD & Masquers
    4:34 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Thank you for the Lovely Prayers, Amalia & Leonard and BlueCat.

  50. Masquers
    4:36 pm on March 11th, 2015

    HOH: Heh, heh.

  51. BearSpiritDog
    4:42 pm on March 11th, 2015

    MinPin: Nana says to tell your mom she was thinking of her the whole time she was in Alaska.
    Sending Big Bear Hugs and Lots of Love.

  52. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    4:42 pm on March 11th, 2015

    And now we are lining up to be put on the line so we can run, Run, RUN.

  53. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    4:44 pm on March 11th, 2015

    AJ got the sled ready…

  54. Zeus
    4:45 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Those hens were being mean to Fern. I wanted to stop it, but I couldn’t get there. I told Mom to come out. By that time, Fern was up on the roof of her run, and she had a drop of blood just above her beak. She was scarit, and Mom put her in her own coop, and locked the mean girls out. Experiment failed?

  55. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    4:47 pm on March 11th, 2015

    While the AWESOME onr tried her hand at dog handling!

  56. BearSpiritDog
    4:58 pm on March 11th, 2015

    We can verify…the Awesome One is a Great Dog Handler!

  57. BearSpiritDog
    5:00 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Fern! We Are On Your Side!

  58. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    5:03 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Meanwhile, Rio JR. waited patiently?

  59. O'Howlers
    5:14 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Grrrr why aren’t the trackers updating?

  60. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    5:21 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Justin looks like he is doing great. And I believe he did do his mandatory eight hour layover at Manley, while a number of those ahead of him did not, so that may put him in ever better position at this point. Go Snowhook!

  61. BearSpiritDog
    5:35 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Wookie&Teddy’s Dad: We Concur! Team Snowhook is On the Move!

  62. Masquers
    5:44 pm on March 11th, 2015

    is it just me or is there a problem with the GPS tracking?

  63. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    6:12 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Poor Little Fernie – talk about mean girls!

  64. O'Howlers
    6:13 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Iditarod Committee FINALLY posted an acknowledgement that the trackers have not been updating, after we posted on their page about it. And they FINALLY updated Current Standings. AJ still has 16 dogs, when he left Tanana. But he didn’t take his mandatory 8 hours, even though he was there almost the full 8 hours. Lefty, can you please enlighten us why he wouldn’t have just stayed another 17 minutes? We know he had a reason.

  65. Masquers
    6:26 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Howlers: We here are having issues with favorite musher tracking and tracking in general. Waiting to hear about the 8 hour layover question.
    Either my tracking is not working or it is a question of sleep deprivation.

  66. O'Howlers
    6:35 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Poor Lance is in terrible pain. He is crying in the video. His brother is giving up his race to stay by his side.
    There is also a video of Philip with Pancho.

  67. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:39 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Flocks always have a pecking order and Fern seems to be at the bottom. Feel bad for her, but if she has limitations, they will pick on her. Chickens are not very sympathetic and caring.

  68. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    6:49 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Chicken bullies, well then let’s eat them!

    Ha ha, I’ve been mostly vegetarian for a few months now. They’re safe but they better behave.

  69. O'Howlers
    7:03 pm on March 11th, 2015

    There are some who are kind and caring and sympathetic, mostly my sweet Americauna, Peg.

  70. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:31 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Is there any way you could put Fern and Peg together for a week or two, and then reintroduce both to the flock?

  71. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    7:34 pm on March 11th, 2015

    I wonder if there are some problems with how the check in and check out times are being reported. While there is a disclaimer on the email messages being sent around, based on those messages AJ checked into Tanana at 20.48 and checking out at 4.51, which would be 8 hours and three minutes. The leader board has him checking out at 4:20, which is a half an hour earlier, which is hard to believe would be correct. (The leader Board has him checking in at 20:37, which is 11 minutes earlier than the 20{48 on the email, but that discrepancy is much smaller and easier to understand.) And there is another musher with even a worse situation — Michelle Philips — who is shown having checked out of Tanana after spending 7:55 which means she missed her mandatory 8 hour layover by 5 minutes. It is hard to believe that would have happened under any circumstances either.

  72. O'Howlers
    7:42 pm on March 11th, 2015

    W&T’s Paw: You’re right! We went back and looked at our email. Wow. Zowie.

  73. Staff
    7:42 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Philip on a video. With a sleepy Pancho.

  74. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    7:43 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Also, it looks like Philip dropped two dogs at Manley. Hope Rebecca can find out which dogs were dropped.

  75. Staff
    7:49 pm on March 11th, 2015

    run Dogs Run Video – Nenana to Tanana

  76. O'Howlers
    7:57 pm on March 11th, 2015

    We are so very fed up with the coverage, or lack thereof. It’s like this is new for them, which it certainly is not.

  77. B.Stover
    8:05 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Why is Lance in pain? I can’t find anything on the Insider.

  78. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    8:08 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Rio, American Idol is on. Can you get Doc or Rebecca to put it on for you?

  79. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    8:10 pm on March 11th, 2015

    B– there was an interview with someone else about Lance and one with Lance himself on the Insider interviews. Apparently he has some serious medical condition that is affecting his hands in particular, such that while he hopes to finish this race, he is coming to the realization that this is probably his last Iditarod run. Given that he is one of the real long term heros of the race, this is a really sad outcome.

  80. Siber's Mom
    8:19 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Lance must really be hurting because in his life he has pushed through pain and sickness before.

  81. Masquers
    8:20 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Nice interview with Philip and Pancho. So sorry to hear about Lance.

  82. B.Stover
    8:22 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Thank you Wookie and Teddy’s Dad. I feel very bad for Lance.

  83. Martha
    8:34 pm on March 11th, 2015

    My class watched the Brent Sass video in which he took 100% of the responsibility for what happened. We chatted about how he did not whine or try to blame anyone else. Always the teachable moment.
    The kids read about the mushers and I let them pick four of the mushers we are tracking. One young lady picked Zoya because it is a pretty name. Gotta love them!

  84. c.hobbit
    8:39 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Who knows…maybe the Insider logic is that they are keeping us from chewing on couch cushions by not updating frequently.

    Such a disgrace and it does not make sense. Tracking is their most important job–they need to do it right.

  85. BearSpiritDog
    8:44 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Beau: This is for You!
    Snowhook Kennel Update
    2 mins ·

    I can’t remember chapter and verse, but I think there might be a scripture in the bible that says: Blessed are the dogs teams for they shall inherit the bible camp.

    Teams are breaking up the 119 mile run between Tanana and Ruby with a stop at a bible camp. For teams like Team Snowhook, it is a time to park the dogs in the sun for some restorative slumber.

  86. O'Howlers
    8:55 pm on March 11th, 2015

    From ITC:

    Iditarod Trail Committee email alerts are generated by skystats which is a ‘ping’ withing that 5 minute period. Race stats are the exact time that is recorded in the checkpoint and is the official time. GPS is a real time location indicator for that moment when the data is transmitted.
    Like · Reply · 16 mins

  87. dawson
    9:00 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Thank you for the sun, the stars, the moon, the Northern Lights and all the wonders of the universe.

    Thank you for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the multitude of animals and plants and all the gifts of this earth.

    Thank you for the memories and bonds of our ancestors, our families and our friends. The knowledge that has been passed to us, the joy and heartache that we have felt and the love we give and receive, all this is a blessing.

    There are many trails on this earth and we ask your guidance as we each travel down our chosen path. Sometimes the way is clear, smooth and full of sunshine. Sometimes the trail is foggy, icy, rainy, bumpy or full of challenges that can seem insurmountable on our own.

    AJ has the love and loyalty of a whole team of dogs to help him on the trail and the dogs have AJ to supply food, water, hay and love back to them. Just as they have each other, so too are we blessed with a whole team of Plunderers to help and support each other when the trail becomes dangerous or rough.

    Please give us the faith to realize that we are not alone.
    We ask that the love and support we give to each other will help us manage the challenges we come across on our trails.

    We ask that you keep us and all the mushers and dogs who are running this race safe and mentally and physically ready to deal with whatever obstacles they encounter.


  88. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:01 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Race!….Idol is on for us right now….wheeze!…Something good to distract me from the ditherings of the Insider…..grunt!

  89. Lefty, the Left Behind
    9:02 pm on March 11th, 2015


  90. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:02 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Dawsons!….Dat was a really good and meaning fully prayer…sneeze!….Amens!

  91. O'Howlers
    9:06 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Amen. Beautiful, Dawson, and so relevant on this blog today.

  92. Siber's Mom
    9:06 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Dawson, Amen and ditto to what Beau said.
    Thank you

  93. ML
    9:08 pm on March 11th, 2015

    dos anyone know how to change th list o my ffavorite mushers. mine is from2 years ago. I have about had it with this keyboard.

  94. ML
    9:11 pm on March 11th, 2015

    OOps, sorry to but in on the prayer.

    Amem and beautifully put.

  95. BSD & Masquers
    9:12 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Amen and amen.
    Dawson, That was a Beautiful Prayer. Thank You.

  96. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:14 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Dawson!….Amen to that!…Wooooo!

    National!….Did youse guys see the national news coverage with AJ on Monday – or was it Tuesday?…snort!… had an interview and photos of Snowhook truck and AJ with Quig or Twig looking out the dawg-door..snort!…The hotshot at the busy-place said he had read it and asked my friend if this was her team…heh!heh!…I was wondering if youse guys seen it or not…sniff! sniff!

  97. BearSpiritDog
    9:15 pm on March 11th, 2015

    We Here are at a loss as to how to Request Favorite Musher Updates and, for that matter, How to Use the Tracker.
    Everything is Different this year!

  98. bluecat
    9:16 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Amen. Thank you.

  99. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:20 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Dawson, that was truly wonderful. Thank you and Amen.

  100. O'Howlers
    9:21 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Rio, we saw that interview too.
    To set your favorite mushers, click on Insider, then Musher Favorites. Number 1-5 on your faves, and check the Email button if you want the email updates.

  101. Billy's Buddy
    9:49 pm on March 11th, 2015


  102. Billy's Buddy
    9:50 pm on March 11th, 2015

    I was 101. Does that mean I get a kiss from Rio?

  103. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:54 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Lurker!….My favorite Lurker gets a slobbery, slimy and long distance slurpy pug-kiss from Alaska!….snort!snort!…

    Tin!…I am here with Ole Doc and Rebecca. She has a honking big tin of something which smells a lot like cookies. She will not share with me and Ole Doc…grunt!…Wot’s up with that?…wheeze!

  104. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:55 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Howlers!…Do you have a link to that MSN interview?…grunt!…My friend could not find it the other day, but she was buried at the busy-place and could hardly breathe…sniff!

  105. Billy's Buddy
    9:59 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Whoa — slobber in my ears and up my nose. Thank you, Rio — that is positively — uh — dazzling!

  106. c.hobbit
    10:04 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Thank you Dawson.

    Made discovery today that Mr. Big is terrified of men. He growls and runs under the nearest piece of furniture. I am trying to find out more info from alcoholic owner who surrendered him. He has no problem with women and has become very purry sense he has been shaved.

  107. BearSpiritDog
    10:06 pm on March 11th, 2015

    O’Howlers: Thank You for the info. Now it is all coming back to me.
    Sleep Deprived is What I am.

    If you can Post a Link that would be Great!

  108. dawson
    10:11 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Rio: There was a guy taking pictures of Twig and he also took some of Bernie and/or Chet letting a fan pet them. He said he was from Reuters and that the photographers loved the Snowhook Dog Truck. It might’ve been the same guy.

  109. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    10:16 pm on March 11th, 2015

    The Snowhook dogs are in the Creators hands since Amalia has made a charm for each one…

  110. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:23 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Dawson!….Wow! You talked to the reported who did the story?…snort!snort!….I hope we can find the link. I bet even Rebecca does not know about this ((yet))!!…heh!heh!

  111. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:25 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Impressed!….The HotShot was impressed because our team was on national news….snort!….And this may lead to a very generous sponsor he knows who is interested in Snowhoook…CHUFFLE!….Will keep you all posted on how this pans out…snort!

  112. ML
    10:25 pm on March 11th, 2015

    I saw a picture of our dog truck on the USA Today website, with two of our guys looking out.

    How is Lefty taking being left behind? How many dogs are still in the kennel? How many in the house? Are all of Phillipsdog’s from SH.? Did he have to rent a dog truck? Ok that is it for tonight’s round of 20questions

  113. dawson
    10:26 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Here he is. Pictures from Mark Meyer of Reuters:

    I don’t see the Snowhook truck or dogs though.

    Tupper’s Mama: Love the tags!

  114. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    10:31 pm on March 11th, 2015

    And their toesies are dry and protected

  115. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    10:33 pm on March 11th, 2015

    We even saw our Giant being interviewed for a video.

  116. dawson
    10:39 pm on March 11th, 2015

    ML: Is that a pop quiz? I’m failing it. Those are all good questions.

  117. c.hobbit
    10:49 pm on March 11th, 2015

    ML: here are my guesses…
    Lefty developed a ankle/wrist problem and isn’t fully healed
    53 dogs
    8 in the house
    All of Philip’s dogs are from Snowhook
    He built the dog truck to go on top of his pickup truck

    SnowBella will have to check how many answers I got right. lol

  118. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on March 11th, 2015

    MSN!…I will have to have my friend ask the Hotshot for the link to the interview…grunt!…I looked through Rueters photos and did not see Snowhook…wheeze!….I must be blinded by Ole Doc’s farts…gasp!…He is worse than me…sneeze!cough!

  119. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:06 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Golinka!….Did she ever get home today?….wheeze!…Traveling by Aeroplane is so very hard…sniff!

  120. Tupper and Gilly
    11:14 pm on March 11th, 2015

    Dawson – thank you so much. Your words were perfect for this night.

    HOH – great pictures. Great captions. Thanks for all your work.

    We are thrilled, thrilled I tell ya, to hear that AJ is doing so well. His Giant heart, and Giant soul will serve him well in the coming days.

    We are home at last. Did you know that changing terminals not once, not twice, but THREE times in Dallas/Ft Worth qualifies you to run the Boston Marathon? And once we landed in Albuquerque, our gate was the furthest one from the exit of the airport. Unfortunately, I chose today to emulate Natasha, and was wearing high heel boots. Oh, my aching paws!

    So sorry that the Insider tracking has let you all down again this year. We think there are some committee pants legs that need grabbing. And chomping!

    Poor Rebecca must be beside herself. Hope there is enough cheesecake.

  121. dawson
    12:04 am on March 12th, 2015

    Rio: Here we go. In this article there is one of the pictures Mark Meyers from Reuters took of Chet (or Bernie) in the Snowhook truck before the race.

  122. Masquers
    12:19 am on March 12th, 2015

    Is that Orion on the left?

  123. Staff
    12:21 am on March 12th, 2015

    Thank you Dawson. You stepped up at the right time. AJ’s MSN interview is at this link. I didn’t know I had seen it before, but I had. Maybe there was a link to it on the Iditarod site because I never look at MSN.

  124. Masquers
    12:25 am on March 12th, 2015
  125. Staff
    12:28 am on March 12th, 2015

    ML, to save your favorites go to the top links at the site and click on the word INSIDER on the blue menu tap up top. You will be given a choice of three things one of which is “musher favorites” Click on it and you will get a screen showing all the mushers.

    You get to choose 5 favorites and they want you to rank them ! to 5. After you do that make sure you click that you want progress reports by email.

    Then make sure you click the save favorites button way at the bottom. I wouldn’t have seen it except I wanted Alie Zirkle and Philip Walters and they were down at the bottom

  126. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    12:31 am on March 12th, 2015

    Billy’s Buddy, I call that a saliva facial! Great for the complexion.

  127. BearSpiritDog
    12:33 am on March 12th, 2015

    Dawson & Staff: Thank You for the USA Today and MSN links.
    Snowhook Has Gone National Now! WhoooHooo!!!

  128. BearSpiritDog
    12:36 am on March 12th, 2015

    Happy News! Golinka & the Storyteller are at their Destination.

  129. Staff
    12:41 am on March 12th, 2015

    Dear Bear. Hope you are finally rested after you long wait in the terminal. I had two naps today and now, although it is 11:30 here, I still feel 3 hours behind. It was worth all the naps in the world to visit the Hobbit Hotel, Carol and Sadie, my sister, Nana, the Herd of Hounds and DDD.

    Did Dawson mention that when she and DDD played that game they play, (Cribbage?) she beat him twice and danced around the table? Heh. I wish I had a video of that!

  130. BearSpiritDog
    12:55 am on March 12th, 2015

    Nana just received word that Anja Jansen from the Netherlands was at the Mushers Banquet too…sitting at the table Right Behind Her! They were like Ships Passing in the Night. sniff.

    What a Wonderful Gift for Team Snowhook from Amalia!

  131. BearSpiritDog
    1:02 am on March 12th, 2015

    Staff: Nana says sleep is overrated. I must agree. Naps are better. We are Now on Alaskan Time and will be until the Last Musher passes under the Burled Arch in Nome.

  132. ALR
    1:02 am on March 12th, 2015

    Amen and amen. these prayers really do ease the stress of the trail, Dawson. Bless your heart for stepping up with such grace.

  133. Herd of Hound's Mom
    2:18 am on March 12th, 2015

    We have been watching the race news. We pray that all stay safe, 2 and 4 legged.

  134. Herd of Hound's Mom
    2:23 am on March 12th, 2015
  135. Herd of Hound's Mom
    2:48 am on March 12th, 2015
  136. O'Howlers
    5:54 am on March 12th, 2015

    Rio, We posted the limk to that MSN interview a few days ago. We are guessing it is on Tuesday’s blog, but not sure. Sorry, we fell asleep before you asked. If you still need it (it sounds like hou found another way), let us know, and we’ll see if Mom gets a timeout at her busy, depressing place.

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