Congratulations, Hilton!

Here’s Hilton, Chet’s January Friend of the Month, and first friend of the year.

“He looks rather equine,” says Admin. “Just sayin’.”

“Hilton will be in the special place on the right for the month, and as soon as we get an address for Hilton’s human companion (send to, a signed copy of The Sound and the Furry will be winging its way,” Spence says.

“Next month this could be you! Just upload a photo to the friends gallery. They say it’s easy!”

“And Happy New Year, everybody! Your fondness for the Chet and Bernie stories means so much to us.”


Welcome new friends Quincy, Splash, Elijah Blue, Murphy, weary celebrant, Buddy & Kaidie & Raider.



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136 Responses to “Congratulations, Hilton!”

  1. B. Stover
    8:40 am on January 1st, 2014

    Happy New Year Chet and all.

  2. O'Howlers
    8:53 am on January 1st, 2014

    Happy New Year, Bee, and Chet, Spence, Admin, and all of our Plundering friends!
    Only Pop and Dima rang in the new year. Mom took a Nyquil and collapsed with the girls.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    9:09 am on January 1st, 2014

    Happy New Year to all! Here is hoping it is a fantabulous 2014!

  4. Melanie
    9:13 am on January 1st, 2014

    Happy New Year to Chet and Bernie AND to Chet and Bernie!
    Happy New Year to Hilton. I hope we get to know a little about him.

    The prayer was beautiful last night. Thank you for your good thoughts.
    And when did we get a Checkpoint? THANK YOU!

    Bella’s reasoning on Safety mad Zoë and I cry again. This are good tears though. And then Dawson’s. Sniff . . You are Awesome, Dawson.

    Doing better today. Still tired. The storm is looking worse. The doc said he would call if I can’t make it in. I think the question is “Will he make it in?”

    Rest time again. (I have TYB on the right)

  5. BooBear
    9:49 am on January 1st, 2014

    Happy New Year, all!!!! May 2014 bless all of us with a healing of heart and body.

    Mom missed all the posting yesterday. She thinks she did a months worth of work in the 8 hours she spent at her busy place. Then when she got home, she and Dad went over to a friends house to say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014. Just a small group of 8…no big party.

    Thank you, Amalia and Leonard, for the wonderful prayer. Mom just caught up with all the posts and it was a special day on the blog. Love was evident in all the posts.

    Melanie, when 1 door closes, another will open. They will find a way to treat and beat this cancer!! Don’t be shy about leaning on all your friends for support. Believe me, it helps beyond measure.

    And always, thank you, SQ, Admin, Chet & Bernie, for this wonderful place to gather.

    Love to all this New Years Day.

    Karen, Truman and BooBear

  6. Masquers
    9:50 am on January 1st, 2014

    Happy New Year Everyone!!!

  7. Macy the min-pin
    10:08 am on January 1st, 2014

    Oo, y’all quit posting so loud…Perhaps I should not have finished off the rest of that pretty red water left in mom’s glass.

    happy new year one and all. I think I will just take a little nap now.

  8. Diane C.
    11:04 am on January 1st, 2014

    Wow–so many up so early! My very best wishes to all. Edgar, Pretty and I saw a bunny on our walk this morning, which is a most excellent portent for the year. Be well and prudent in your choices for this first day.
    Melanie–May I safely assume second opinions have been garnered?

  9. Herd of Hounds
    11:23 am on January 1st, 2014

    Mom is watching the Rose Parade…on TV. It is bringing back lots of memories. 1) Grand marshall is Vin Scully the voice of the Dodgers she grew up with, 2) Riding a bus to Pasadena with her folks in the early 60’s and sitting in the grandstands…Disney was Grand Marshall, 3) Camping on the curb o’nite with her Camp Fire group in the late 60’s…freezing and Lee Majors as GM.

  10. Wose
    11:27 am on January 1st, 2014


    Happy New Year to all!

    Dawson: if Rio really wants our checkpoint, by all means he may have it. I know Wookie meant a lot to him. I’m sure the Pixie will pick an appropriate site for me and Grizz.

    HRH, B: Check the Google doodle. Oh, and my calendar for 2014? The NEW YORK YANKEES! May I have cherry pie? Yours is delish, and it’s my favorite!
    Hope you and Charlie had a nice celebration.

    I am grateful for the family I have found here on this blog. There are times when I may lurk, but please know I always feel your love and affection, and the same is returned to you. That’s what friends are for.

  11. Wose
    11:28 am on January 1st, 2014

    Almost forgot. Congratulations to Hilton, our new FOM!

  12. Tupper's Mama
    11:32 am on January 1st, 2014

    Happy New Year. Happy New Day.

    We here feel much lighter after releasing the “bad” and the “good” last night. There was lots of Sage smoke spiraling up through the trees as we read each list and sent it on its way. We had just finished the last list when we heard the siren of a fire truck coming up the main road near our street. The Storyteller and I froze and just looked at each other. When the siren went past, we both just fell apart laughing. So know that your lists were “delivered” and the prayer ended with laughter. What could be better than that?

  13. BearSpiritDog
    11:34 am on January 1st, 2014

    Harness the Power and Magnificence of the Horse and gallop into your New Year with fresh energy, looking forward to a calmer year, one full of new hope and successes. Ride that Horse barebacked…run through the fields of life, splash through the cleansing rivers, and let Horse take you on that new journey you have been waiting to take with your life.

  14. Siber-H
    11:40 am on January 1st, 2014

    Happy New year Everyone!!
    We love the Chet and Bernie stories!
    (and PA’s other books as well)

    Question? You guys keep telling Rebecca to avoid a dry socket, but how do you prevent them?
    I have never had a tooth pulled but mom has and she has never had a dry socket.

  15. Masquers
    11:41 am on January 1st, 2014

    Golinka & Storyteller: Thank you for helping all of us to release the past so that we may begin this new year fresh & new.

  16. Macy the min-pin
    11:50 am on January 1st, 2014

    The main prevention for dry socket is NO STRAWS. none, nada, zip

  17. O'Howlers
    11:58 am on January 1st, 2014

    Woo Hoo !!!!! Chet and Bernie of the Little Detective Agency litter are the FB FOM!!!!!

  18. Siber-H
    11:58 am on January 1st, 2014

    Another Siber mom (mine) on Nyquil. gah

    DianeC. asked this question. How do we donate to the checkpoints?

    Dawson is keeping track of who pledges to a checkpoint and which checkpoint. We then send a check for the amount we pledged to Snowhook in Alaska.

    Justin and Rebecca Savidis
    P.O. Box 1179
    Willow, Alaska 99688

    The checks should be made out to Justin and Rebecca Savidis

  19. Herd of Hounds
    11:59 am on January 1st, 2014

    AND no smoking! Avoid any way to suck, it can pull the scabs out of the sockets. Mom has had several and they hurt.

  20. O'Howlers
    12:02 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Diane, If you want to donate to Snowhook, you can also donate online instead of mailing a check. Here is the link:

  21. Masquers
    12:04 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Howlers: WoooHooo for the new facebookie FOTM!!! It doesn’t get any better than this.

  22. Siber-H
    12:07 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Is the Safety checkpoint fully funded?

  23. Siber-H
    12:11 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Congradulations to the Snowhook dogs, Chet and Bernie!!!

  24. Masquers
    12:24 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Dawson: Safety checkpoint…if not fully funded we would like to make a donation.

  25. Herd of Hounds
    12:42 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Bluekat, we saw a high school marching from your home town 🙂

  26. Melanie
    1:03 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Diane, I will be talking to the doc on Friday. Either at his office or by phone. The Lahey Clinic is a fur way from here, and they are calling for the first major snowstorm of the season. YIKES!

    Grace is on the right!

  27. Herd of Hounds
    1:06 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Rio, card came in yesterday’s post. Old Fart brought it up today (TY).

  28. Macy the min-pin
    1:08 pm on January 1st, 2014

    I just noticed that the Iditarider bid for AJ is only at $500. Wouldn’t it be cool if a Plunderer got to be the lucky one?

  29. B. Stover
    1:08 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Rose: One cherry pie coming up.

  30. Macy the min-pin
    1:09 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Melanie, big difference between MA and TX. EVERY snow you have had so far would be major here!

  31. Masquers
    1:15 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Melanie: Good to hear you will be staying home and talking to the doc on the phone instead. After hearing Amalia’s story of racing home ahead of the road closures we were worried!

  32. Masquers
    1:16 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Macy: A Plunderer Iditaroder on the back of AJ’s sled would be very kool indeed!

  33. Macy the min-pin
    1:27 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Rio, look what I found! At Wallyworld.

  34. Macy the min-pin
    1:31 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Does anyone have the name of a good tailor?

  35. Barb & Maggie
    1:39 pm on January 1st, 2014

    T & G’s fire truck story is a great one.

    Still having heavy snow fall here. I was sitting outside and didn’t want to come in. There were 2 fuzzbutts in the tree next to my yard, which needed guarding. Barb had to keep yelling “treat” to get me back in. I was all white on top.

  36. Barb & Maggie
    1:52 pm on January 1st, 2014

    I think the coat looks perfect just the way it is, Macy.

    Just to lighten her spirits Barb ordered 5 packets of tomato seeds for varieties she wants for our garden. Her old client and organic farmer, Gary Gauger, is going to grow them for her and then she will get the plants for free. She will take 5 plants, and he can sell the others. Works well for the boat of um, as they say in Chicago.

  37. Beau - The Black Pug
    1:58 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Detectives!….WOWOWOWOW!…The Little Detective Litter hit it big on that facebookie thing….snort!…I wonder if Rebecca has seen it yet?….chuffle!…Won’t she be thrilled to pieces….Wooooo!

  38. dawson
    1:58 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Well – it is still morning here but I did sleep in after my late night.

    Congratulations to Hilton and to Chet and Bernie of Snowhook Kennels!

    Checkpoints! As of now Rio and Beau are the owners of Golovin Checkpoint even though I told Wose and Grizzly it was theirs. That was before I refreshed and saw in black and white that Rio had beat out Wose by a nose. Or, as Wose put it, by a pug’s tail.
    Anyway, if you guys want to switch it go ahead but I am officially going to stay out of assigning Checkpoints from now on. It only gets me in trouble.
    The Safety checkpoint is fully funded. Do you want me to have that donor move some of the donation to another checkpoint? That could happen.
    DianeC: You can donate to Snowhook Kennels at the address that SiberH gave. Checks made out to Rebecca or Justin Savidis. Or by Paypal at the Snowhook Kennels Blog. On Chet’s Blog we have three different fundraisers: Checkpoints, Booties (for the dogs feet) and Dog Sponsorship. They all involve letting us know how much you want to donate where and then sending a check or paypal amount to Snowhook Kennels. Basically all the money goes to where Snowhook Kennels needs it most. Dog food, booties, harnesses (Hey, there’s a Have Harness, Will Travel fundraiser too – or is that one over?) and other equipment is purchased with our donations.

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:59 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Grump!….Beau left his logon on again….grumble!

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:01 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Yipppeeee!…I am the official owner of the Golovin checkpoint…snort!snort!…Excellent!

  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:05 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Macy!…Zingers!…snort!…I bet her mother does not know they exist, again….heh!heh!…Not one has shown up in this house in quite some time…sniff!

  42. Staff
    2:47 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Whoo Hooo! Last night I heard there was a 50 dollar donation to the bootie fund but just now I checked my SDD and discovered there were matching funds for that donation so I am correcting the booty total. It now stands at


  43. dawson
    2:51 pm on January 1st, 2014
  44. Pancho & Lefty
    3:03 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Yeep! Chet and Bernie are friends of Chet and Bernie! What an honor!

  45. Staff
    3:12 pm on January 1st, 2014

    For those of you who don’t do Facebookie here is a bit from Phillip Walters page. Pictures of the 4 week old puppies from Snowhook’s Bonnie.

    “In the theme of new beginnings for 2014, here are some photos of the newest Snowhook Kennel puppies! These guys are about 4 weeks old at this point, and they are FREAKING HUGE. Their mama, Bonnie, is also the mother of Snowhook’s last litter, and those puppies are AWESOME, so we have high hopes for these little cuties!”

  46. Staff
    3:13 pm on January 1st, 2014
  47. Staff
    3:13 pm on January 1st, 2014
  48. Staff
    3:13 pm on January 1st, 2014
  49. Barb & Maggie
    3:18 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Magnificent horse picture, Bear.

    Yup, still snowing here. Maybe we’ll make some turkey soup for dinner. Or turkey potpie. Pondering.

  50. Pancho & Lefty
    3:18 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Puppies! Some of the puppies already have been named by the CNO (Chief Naming Officer), but she has sworn us to secrecy. What torture!

  51. Tupper and Gilly
    3:19 pm on January 1st, 2014


    Belle Starr – to quote you, we want one of those puppies, and if we don’t get one, we are going to be in a very bad mood.

  52. dawson
    3:23 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Staff: Cute giant puppy pictures.

  53. Herd of Hounds
    3:24 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Adorable pups and a nice lineage.

  54. Tupper and Gilly
    3:25 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Oh dear – speaking of being in a bad mood, Mama was going to cook a turkey today. She went to preheat the over, and found that something has gone dreadfully wrong – her oven’s digital readout is saying “Function not available”.

    Rut ro

  55. Belle Starr
    3:27 pm on January 1st, 2014

    T&G: Is nice that someone knows how I feel. (whispering) I’ve already called dibs on one of the pups, but haven’t told anyone, yet.

  56. Siber-H
    3:49 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Staff, Thanks for the cute puppy pictures and Dawson…thanks for the video.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:05 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Puppies!…snorkel!…Freakin’ Huge puppies!…heh!heh!…Iditarod Champions is what they are…chuffle!

  58. Barb & Maggie
    4:38 pm on January 1st, 2014

    We love puppies. And puppy breath….don’t even get me started!
    That is a healthy, as well as cute, litter.

    Yup, still snowing. We must be the only ones in the neighborhood feeding the birds. We are going back out to refill feeders again.

  59. c.hobbit
    5:01 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Dawson: I am sending Snowhook a check for my ticket to the Musher’s Banquet and am including an extra $20 for the bootie fund.

    When will the Feed the Giant fund start this year? I figure that the Plunderers at the Hobbit Hotel might as well be segmenting oranges, packing jerky, buying candy bars etc while they are here 🙂

  60. Teddy Ruff Rider
    5:10 pm on January 1st, 2014

    I realized that I have yet to introduce myself to Diane C. I am Teddy Ruff Rider, a seven month old golden retriever puppy and the prematurely deposed December 2013 Friend of the Month. I live with my mom and dad (and grandpa too, who gives great tummies) in Chevy Chase, MD, in the same house where one the very original Plunderers lived before me, Wookie of Chevy Chase, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge slightly over a year ago.

    Wookie was also known as Agent 00Wookie, formerly of her Majesty’s Secret Service, but more recently working under the able command of Commander Rio to perform various missions on behalf of the Plunderers, usually related to extracting information from OFA (our favorite author) about the next upcoming book. He also liked his martinis shaken, not stirred, so as not to bruise the gin, just like that other guy. He drove the Wookiemobile on many of his missions, and provided transport to various events, including taking Rio, SiberH and Wolfie Wigglebutt to a World Series game a couple of years ago. In his spare time he served as quilt tester extraordinaire for my mom, who is also one of the original Plunderers, posting then under the moniker of Debbie LM. (My dad now posts as well as Wookie’s and Teddy’s Dad.) He also supervised all the quilt ladies in my mom’s quilting guild, a near full time job in its own right. As you can tell, he was quite a guy, and I have very big paws to follow in, in order to live up to the wonderful presence he brought to the blog, but I will try my vey best to honor his memory that way.

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:30 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Teddy!….snorkel!sniffle!…I truly miss my best Agent and my very very best pal, Wookie…sniffle!…Your words brought back fond memories of Agent 00Wookie…snuffle!

  62. O'Howlers
    5:31 pm on January 1st, 2014

    This place smells great! Pork is cooking in the sauerkraut, and the potatoes just went on. WE CAN’T WAIT!
    Our teensy weensie tree is away, along with all of our other decorations, except 3 wreaths. We don’t go for that Jan 6th thing; never did. We were worried about the big snowstorm covering up all of our cords tomorrow.
    Question: if the 12 days of Christmas go from 12/25, then wouldn’t they end the day before Epiphany?

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:32 pm on January 1st, 2014

    CHobbit!…Gasp!…. I got so caught up in the Check Point fundraiser – those matching dollars were awesome! – that I completely forgot about the Feed The Giant Campaign!!!….gurgle!… We all know The Giant needs a lot of energy to compete in The Great Race so this is very important….sniffle!

    Taste!… The Giant likes beef jerkey, cookies, candy bars, oranges, burritos ….actually anything that can be handheld while mushing and is very tasty would be a good choice….heh!heh!…So be thinking about what you can make, bake, buy or steal to send to The Giants wife so she can freeze and package it appropriately….chuffle!….Money is also a very good choice as he can choose exactly what he wants with it…chorkel!….We have to keep him healthy and happy while on the Trail…snort!

    Rebecca!….Please let us know when it would be a good time to start sending actual food stuffs your way….sniff!….Money can be sent anytime. If you want me to keep track of how much, what kind and total dollars raised, I will be happy to do that. Otherwise, it is totally up to you individuals to send what you can afford and feel happy about…..wheeze!

  64. BearSpiritDog
    5:33 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Teddy: Speaking of Agent 00Wookie…there he is at the top of the page! (Prematurely disposed FOTM. Lol. Don’t you know it!)

  65. T.C.
    5:37 pm on January 1st, 2014

    BSD, Don’t forget about Buddy, my partner and Chet’s very very first Friend of the Month who got deposed days before his month was over. I never thought i’d say it, but I really miss that guy. He lived like a dog, and he thought he was a dog,but he and I were best friends. Now I can’t wait to hear which checkpoint will be assigned to his memory. Sniff

  66. Masquers
    5:40 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Riö: We will be sending the Giant his favorite trail treat…Snickers!…again this year.
    Howlers: You are correct…the tradition of the 25 days of Christmas is that the tree must be taken down before January 6th to stave off bad luck in the new year. And, yours is down before that day so it’s all good.

  67. Mama Meash
    5:42 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Those puppies are adorable. Thanks for posting the pictures, Staff. In my experience, pups need a strong hand to guide them on the Straight and Narrow. If youse guys at Snowhook would like an experienced puppy Disciplinarian Trainer, I’m your gal. Say the word, and my bags are packed.

  68. Masquers
    5:42 pm on January 1st, 2014

    T.C: As soon as we hear which checkpoint has been assigned to our pal, Buddy, we will be sending in a donation in his memory.
    We miss him too.

  69. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    5:43 pm on January 1st, 2014

    In light of yesterday’s posting by Spence regarding “The Quilt”, I thought I would provide a guided tour of the quilt to those who may not have been around at the time. The quilt was a collaborative effort by the Plunderers as a group at the time, but spearheaded by Staff (Nancy Drew), who assembled the quilt blocks together and quilted the quilt while recovering from her kidney transplant, assisted by Debbie LM who helped with the design of a number of the individual blocks. Some of the names on the quilt have moved on, either having crossed the bridge or otherwise. There is also an inscription on the back dedicated to Spence expressing our appreciation for the Chet and Bernie series. A series of close up photos of the blocks can be found in a folder in Dishlickers for those who want to see individual blocks more clearly.

    At the very top of the quilt:
    Rio at Rockies Stadium
    Chet the Jet Banner

    First Full Row:
    Wolfie Wigglebutt
    Rio the Evil Pug
    Gus and BooBear
    SiberH (signature)

    Second Full Row:
    Rio (Official Plunderer ID Card)
    Alice Johnson
    Wookie of Chevy Chase
    Abbie the Kitty
    Princess Sam

    Third Full Row:
    Buford (a blind dog who lived with Kirby T. Pentworthy)
    Molly, a Black Poodle
    Macy the Min Pin
    Kirby T. Pentworthy

    Fourth Row:
    Alice Johnson
    Mollypop (a very fierce poodle indeed)
    Rio (Bed Bug Removal Service)
    Jasper the Poodle

    Fifth Row:
    Plunderer Motto (per B. Stover)
    Newf Puppies (last litter from the Pack, on puppy quilts made by Debbie LM)
    Melanie and The Pack
    Maggie (of Barb and Maggie)
    B. Stover

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:49 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Maskers!….Snickers!…Got it!…snort!

  71. T.C.
    5:49 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Thank you, Masquers. Buddy would be pleased and honored to share that checkpoint with the rest of his blog buddies.
    And thank you to Wookie and Teddy’s dad, for the tour of the quilt from before my time.

  72. c.hobbit
    5:51 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Wookie’s and Teddy’s Dad: if the quilt photo and information on the blocks are not on Dishlickers already, you should add it.

  73. T.C.
    5:52 pm on January 1st, 2014

    I meant to say Feline blog buddies, but then again, Buddy had nothing against any other creatures, 4-legged or 2-legged.

  74. BearSpiritDog
    5:53 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Wookie & Teddy’s Dad: Your last post is Much Appreciated.

  75. dawson
    6:05 pm on January 1st, 2014

    CHobbit: Thanks for that donation to the bootie fund. I will let Staff know via SDD.
    Staff was asking me about bringing candy bars to Alaska and I thought the drop bags would have already been made up by the time we got there. We would love to help fill drop bags or help in any way we can. Sign me up! I paid for my banquet ticket via Paypal to Snowhook even before I was sure I was going. I didn’t want to miss out.

    Checkpoint Announcement
    The McGrath checkpoint has been fully sponsored by a combination of donations for KirbyTPenworthy and MacyMinPin and will be all inclusive to small dogs. Perhaps Princess Sam and Loulou could ride in the sled. Or maybe just Princess Sam.

    Snowbella: We need checkpoints named for Buddy, for Shiek, Leo and the Equines, for Wose and Grizz and possibly for the NativeAmericanVeterans/Navajo CodeTalkers although I thought Amalia and Leonard may want to choose the last one. The last two are fully funded and the first two are still open for donations.

    I am having a lazy day. Been reading a V.I. Warshawski novel by Sara Paretsky, a series about a strong, 40-ish detective who shares a dog with a protective elderly neighbor. I like the writing and will get more of her books from the library.

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:08 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Dawson!….How many checkpoints have not been funded at all?…sniff!…That sounds so very sad…grunt!

  77. Barb & Maggie
    6:11 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Oleys, Your dinner sounds wonderful. Send some over here will you.

    We don’t even know what Epiphany is. Always thought having an epiphany meant you were having a profound or life changing thought or experience.

    We also miss Wookie so much. He was a true gentleman and such an important part of the blog. Teddy is doing a good job of stepping into his paw prints.

  78. O'Howlers
    6:15 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Maggie, Epiphany is what some call 3 Kings Day.

  79. Barb & Maggie
    6:26 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Thank you Howlers and thank you Wookie’s and Teddy’s dad for explaining The Quilt to Diane.

    How is Fern doing?

  80. O'Howlers
    6:46 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Fern is supposed to go to U of Penn Animal Hospital on friday, but the storm we are getting tomorrow thru Friday may cause that appointment to be cancelled.

  81. Wose
    6:52 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Thanks, Teddy and Wookie’s dad for a tour of the Plunderer quilt. I was not yet on the blog.

    Teddy: You are already honoring Wookie.

    Bonnie’s puppies are soooo adorable. I want one.

    Belle Starr: Weren’t you supposed to ahem…pup nap one of the puppies so we could go on the lam and raise the puppy together?

  82. Wose
    6:54 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Rebecca, don’t forget to freeze some green grapes for the Giant. They are de-lish!

  83. c.hobbit
    7:12 pm on January 1st, 2014

    We need to research the highest calorie foods for the Giant on the trail. I seem to recall that many years ago one of those ultra marathon swimmers swam the Bering Strait. I remember reading that she was fed something that was like 1,000 calories a tablespoon. Sounds impossible but I know she needed something very high in calories not only for the swim but to keep her body temperature up in the cold water. We need to find out more so that the Giant doesn’t lose the pounds he loses each year on the trail.

  84. Diane C.
    7:14 pm on January 1st, 2014

    So many lovely pics…Staff, who are thwo little white beauties?

    Also, Macy, what does “I just noticed that the Iditarider bid for AJ is only at $500. Wouldn’t it be cool if a Plunderer got to be the lucky one?” mean? I’m soo lost…

  85. dawson
    7:16 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Wose: Staff also loves to freeze grapes and eat them.

    MacyMinPin: I think you love very elegant in your jacket.

    Rio: 9 checkpoints haven’t been chosen yet. That is, there are 13 minus the 4 Snowbella has to pick for donations received. I think we are doing quite well considering we started with 25 unfunded checkpoints.

  86. Diane C.
    7:19 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Melanie–Yikes! Indeed, but let’s hope for the best next steps.

  87. Tupper and Gilly
    7:25 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Diane – while most of us have introduced ourselves, we probably haven’t explained a lot about the Iditarod. So, check back in a few minutes, and we will try to fill in the blanks for you.
    (It will take us a while to do the history and such of our connection)

  88. O'Howlers
    7:29 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Diane, let us explain in case macy is not looking at the blog at the moment. One of the iditarod race’s fundraisere is to auction off a seat in each musher’s sled for the ceremonial start thru Anchorage. It is 11 miles, and WOW! Wouldn’t we love it if Mom was on that sled with SJ and our beloved Snowhook team. Problem is that this auction usually goes pretty high, and it would cost funds we would rather put into Snowhook’s pocket. But if any of our fellow Plunderers is able to bid and win the ride as AJ’s “Iditarider”, that would indeed be cool?

  89. O'Howlers
    7:29 pm on January 1st, 2014

    AJ Not SJ sheesh

  90. O'Howlers
    7:30 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Please excuse our typos. We are still waiting for this huge pork roast to be done. We are starvin’ Marvins.

  91. Barb & Maggie
    7:35 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Diane, I am fairly certain that Staff’s picture was just chosen because the doggies had on booties. Staff has 2 kats and no dogs.

  92. Herd of Hounds
    7:36 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Wookie and Teddy’s Dad, thanks, we have seen the quilt before and thought we recognized most of it, but your explanation was fantastic.
    All our stormbound Plunderers, be safe in the coming storm.

  93. Staff
    7:37 pm on January 1st, 2014

    CHobbit! Yes thanks for the Bootie bucks! YaHooo!

    Our total is now 523.00

    And speaking of candy. I have been thinking that if those of us who are traveling up north to AK this February would bring up some Snickers candy bars (AJ’s favorites) we could sure load up their freezer for next year. I have heard that candy bars are very expensive up north.

    I looked online and a lot of places are willing to sell ‘wholesale’ 48 packs of snickers. This is one of the better prices. Snickers Candy Bar, 2.07-Ounce Bars (Pack of 48)$35.49 with free shipping.

  94. Barb & Maggie
    7:42 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Oh, I misspoke. I should have said the 2 kats, Alice and Abbie have Staff, not that Staff has 2 kats. Also, Abbie’s whole name is Abigale Magnolia Johnson, the Magnolia being after me. My full name is Kindred Spirit Farm’s Magnolia (aka Maggie, aka Magpie).

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:44 pm on January 1st, 2014


  96. Staff
    7:45 pm on January 1st, 2014

    CHobbit! Yes thanks for the Bootie bucks! YaHooo!

    Our total is now 523.00

  97. Staff
    7:46 pm on January 1st, 2014

    And speaking of candy. I have been thinking that if those of us who are traveling up north to AK this February would bring up some Snickers candy bars (AJ’s favorites) we could sure load up their freezer for next year. I have heard that candy bars are very expensive up north.

    I looked online and a lot of places are willing to sell ‘wholesale’ 48 packs of snickers. This is one of the better prices. Snickers Candy Bar, 2.07-Ounce Bars (Pack of 48)$35.49 with free shipping.

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:47 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Newbies!…Make me irritable….growl!….Bunch of whiners. Except for Buddy. Buddy is awesome…snort!

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:48 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Staff!…Good work!…snort!…Excellent work and a great idea too…chuffle!

  100. Staff
    7:49 pm on January 1st, 2014

    DianeC. Barb and Maggie are correct. Everytime I get a donation to the booty fund I put up a picture of dogs in snow. Or sometimes kats in snow. It sort of depends on my mood. They may or may not have on booties. Few of the 4 legged are known to me.

    (Here is a secret no one else knows. Melanie found all those photo’s for me except one or two. She is extremely useful for things having to do with photo’s) Don’t tell!

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:49 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Job!…I need to find Beau a full time job…grunt!…We need way more money if we are going to feed the giant and put booties on the A-Team….yeeep!…Beau, what are your qualifications buddy?…sniff!

  102. Alice M. Johnson
    7:55 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Rio, I was wondering what you were waiting for about the Feed the Giant fund. snicker. You know we already have more than 500 dollars for booties! heh heh heh

  103. Tupper and Gilly
    7:58 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Diane – the history of our connection with the Iditarod and Snowhook Kennel:

    A few years ago two of our Plunderers, Siber-H and Melanie, were again watching their favorite dog sled race, the Iditarod. They chatted about it a little on the blog but most of us didn’t know anything about the race.
    Then, a dog from a certain team escaped during a rest stop. This happens now and then, and the musher may take the time to look for the dog, or may ask other people to do so. But this particular musher, now known to us all as AJ of Snowhook, akaThe Giant, not only stopped his race to find his wandering Whitety-Lance, but then instead of giving up and going on without him, forfeited the race in order to stay in the area, searching for his white and grey dog, in a white and grey landscape. This was hen Siber asked all of us on n the blog to say a prayer for the lost dog, and praised the loyalty of AJ who gave up his substantial entry fee and all the other money that goes into the race in order to find Whitey-Lance. There was a happy ending when he did find W-L, safe and sound and made it home with him, even though they had to scratch from the race.
    Needless to say, all of us here on the blog fell in love with this great hearted man and knew we had found a kindred soul.
    Rebecca of Snowhook was at home, waiting for word of both her husband and her dog, and she answered emails that offered prayers, and then the ones that came in celebrating the happy rescue. Rebecca was invited to post on the blog, and she became a regular Plunderer.
    The next year, the Plunderers were educated about what it takes to run the Iditarod, not only in preparations but in finances. We do all we can to help support this small, and humane kennel to help Rebecca and AJ follow their dream of racing. We love them for all they do for their dogs, and for all the dogs they have rescued over the years, and for the delightful people they are. So, we hold auctions and boutiques online with items donated by the Plunderers and every penny goes to Snowhook to support the dogs. We also have fund drives called “Shake Your Bootie” to supply the necessary boots for the dogs in the race,plus a “Feed the Giant” fund to supply AJ with high calorie, high sugar, and good nutrition snacks – like Snickers bars. There are opportunities to donate to the checkpoints along the race trail where mushers and dogs rest, and to sponsor particular dogs in the team (we all seem to attach ourselves to particular favorites)
    Come Iditarod time, there are two starts to the race. The first is the Ceremonial Start which is a short, 11 mile run through Anchorage to celebrate this Last Great Race on Earth. At that time, the Iditarod Committee auctions off the chance to ride in the sled with your favorite musher – this is a big fund raiser for the race committee, and IditaRiders pay literally thousands of dollars to participate in this Ceremonial Start.
    The next day is the real start of the official 1000 mile race across Alaska. At this point, it is just the mushers, and their dogs, and the prayers of all their supporters. And that’s where the Plunderers come in again. Many will travel to Alaska to be at the starting line with Rebecca to send AJ off. And all of us will be glued to our computers for the next 7 to 10 days, following the GPS tracking of our team, keeping up with the reports from the rest areas, and cheering AJ and the puppies on.
    These Plunderers – these marvelous people who have connected through Chet the Dog, and this blog – these are some of the most generous and great hearted people you will ever meet. And we are glad that you and any other new bloggers and lurkers have joined us.

  104. Beau - The Black Pug
    7:58 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Sneeze!….Qualifica-what?….sniffle!….I guess you could say I like security work, I have lots of Kat-Watch experience….sniff!…I like ta lay in da sun, eat everything in my bowl and beg for more….sneeze!….Lying on my back is a hobby I have perfected….snort!…Dragging all my toys out and leaving dem in just da right places also takes up a good portion of my time. Attention to detail is required in dis process…snuffle! sneeze!…..Do I get da job??…sneeze!

  105. Macy the min-pin
    8:01 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Belle was bummed that there were no more presents.

  106. Beau - The Black Pug
    8:04 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Belle!…snort!…I felt the same way when I did not get the HD TV I wanted…grunt!

    Golinka!…Are you still pandering to Diane?….grunt!…Let her use her brain and figure it out by herself…snort!

  107. Siber-H
    8:04 pm on January 1st, 2014

    DianeC. The money bid by the riders to go that 11 miles with a musher and team goes to help support the Iditarod Race and not the individual musher and his team. Yes, The Iditarod Race always needs money, but we choose to support Snowhook instead. Some of us do support the Iditarod Race by becoming Iditarod Insiders and paying our yearly membership to them.

    Not to worry, a few years ago all the Plunderers (except me and I believe, Melanie and the Howlers) were new to the Iditarod Race. They are experienced Iditarod fans now. It didn’t take them long to learn.

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug...
    8:05 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Login!…I could have swore I removed Beau’s logon before I posted…sniff!…What the!?

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug...
    8:09 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Burned!…Speaking of being burned, Burn Notice is running a marathon it looks like….heh!…A lot of old episodes I have either forgotten about or never saw in the first place…Nice!

  110. Barb & Maggie
    8:11 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Rio, Why are you being so snarky? We enjoy telling Diane, the newbie, all this fun and interesting stuff about our history. Get over yourself, Bud! We notice that you haven’t told her anything about you and Beau.

  111. Tupper and Gilly
    8:13 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Dear Beau – we know you would never be such a grumpy old farty-pants like a certain OTHER Pug we all know and love, so we weren’t the least bit confused by him trying to abscond with your sweet little avatar.

    Rio – phhhhtttthhhhbbbbttttt!

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug...
    8:15 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Barb!…Don’t tell me to get over myself! Get over YOURSELF. You all act like big-shots telling a complete stranger all kinds of stuff about yourself just because she “shows” up here…grunt!

  113. Herd of Hounds
    8:27 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Diane, the world is a small place. You mentioned living in So. Cal…particularly O.C. Our mom lived there from ’73 to ’79 In east Anaheim and also south Anaheim (3/4 miles from the tragic kingdom). Her Papa lived 1 mile north. This before going to the San Diego area for 23 years. She moved to the scenic city a decade ago.

  114. Macy the min-pin
    8:27 pm on January 1st, 2014

    OK Rio, new year, new attitude. We are not telling Diane any secrets. We enjoy recapping who we are, in the process maybe learning something we never knew. It makes mom very uneasy when there is meanness going on, so I really hope you will take this to heart. This should be a loving, friendly place, especially now. Please?

  115. Herd of Hounds
    8:31 pm on January 1st, 2014

    What phase is the moon in? Maybe that is why Rio is being PUGnacious!

  116. Barb & Maggie
    8:33 pm on January 1st, 2014

    I don’t believe anyone has told Diane anything that threatens national security. If you don’t want to share, that is your right. As Barb told her children when they were small and acting like brats, “Go to your room and come back when you want to be nice”. We all have the right to blog what we want to blog.

  117. Herd of Hounds
    9:01 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Don’t know about anyone else but we are tired here. Lots of noise, us barking, cooking and so on. Nighty night.

  118. Junior
    9:39 pm on January 1st, 2014

    The first rule if being a super spy that the thieves told me was to trust no one unless they smell like Slim Jims. They said they learned this at the curly tail of Commander Rio. I know that being a commander comes with the stress of divulging too many secrets like am I more pug than sled dog. I also know that a certain evil pug has a heart of gold. I also also know that Snowhook is public so all youse can find out all about us at your willy nilly. What I don’t know is what eyebrows are. This troubles me because my Lady says they are one of my best features.

    Diane: For the record, I am not Snowhook’s infamous wanderer. That was before I was a wag in anyone’s tail. Said wander is a fellow by the name of Whitey-Lance. He helps coach the team and is sweet on Princess Sam. He also known as one of the best huggers in the kennel. He is not part pug and as far as I am aware, does not have eyebrows whatever they are.

  119. Junior
    9:45 pm on January 1st, 2014

    More for the record! All Plunderers have a heart of gold jus like Rio, but thy may lack the odoriferous emissions of Commander Rio.

  120. Alice M. Johnson
    9:46 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Heh Rio. That’s telling you. Snicker. Are you being paranoid Pug also dear Evil one?


    I think you need a time out. However now DianeC knows why your name is followed by the words “the evil Pug” And you told her yourself.

  121. Junior
    10:20 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Mr. Staff! In fear of dry sockets and solid food, my lady bought a lot of jello today in preparation of loosing all her smarts tomorrow. She couldn’t help but think of Mr. Staff and his culinary endeavors.

  122. Staff
    10:42 pm on January 1st, 2014

    I put a box of jello and a can of fruit salad out on the counter this afternoon. No action so far.

    Seeing as it is very cold here I have been making luminaries like mad. I made 3 overnight. They almost became too frozen in only 16 hours. I am working on another set of 3 right now.
    This afternoon, in only 6 hours, I made a round luminary. It isn’t really thick. Only about a half inch. It is working fine although I don’t expect it to last a long time. And the plus is that I can carry it around easily! Heh.

    It really is perfect luminary weather. I am catching up with Dawson even though two of my round luminaries melted in that heat wave last week. They not only melted into non spheres but then they refroze into the metal they are seated on. I will have to bring them into the house to melt them off of the bases so I can put new luminaries on them. An artists work is never done.

  123. Staff
    10:45 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Snowbella and Junior,
    The last time I had a tooth pulled. About 6 years ago, I lived in deadly fear of those dry sockets. It is amazing how much a person wants to suck up stuff in a person’s mouth when a person is not supposed to SUCK! And they talk about hot liquids too! I hope, Snowbella, you are not a coffee addict. Or cocoa. Or tea. Or hot cider.

    I am getting thirsty.

  124. Junior
    10:50 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Growl! I have decided to growl at my lady every time she thinks about thinking about something she shouldn’t do like suck hot liquid through straws.

  125. Barb & Maggie
    10:56 pm on January 1st, 2014

    Good luck, Rebecca. We will be thinking about you when you have your dental surgery.

    Night all, peace out.

  126. Zombie Melanie
    12:03 am on January 2nd, 2014

    Hmm, I think the sedatives they gave me on Monday have finally worn off.
    Timing is a bit screwy.
    Why didn’t this happen this morning?

    Jeeze Louise.

    Diane, Riö has bling on his name because he noticed that my mother, Zoë, had bling on her name.

    Wöökie of Chevy Chase, and Wölfie Wigglebut also received bling.

    I am plain Melanie. Maybe I should try some bling.
    Mëlänïë . . Nope, takes too long to write.

    I was watching a Hercule Poirot episode. The BBC are usually very good at keeping the time setting. But I don’t believe they had speed bumps during the ages of early cars and horse drawn carriages!

    Hi LizF! Good to hear from you!

    Now it’s time to try to sleep once again.

  127. Macy the min-pin
    12:57 am on January 2nd, 2014

    Nighty night Melanie and all. I hope you are able to sleep.

  128. SnowBella
    1:21 am on January 2nd, 2014

    Thank you for all the well wishes and advice that have been posted on this here blog and via SDD about having my wisdom teeth pulled. I will be fine. Tonight my heart is with Melanie and all those who are tucked under the Quilt whether they know it or not.

    The Giant will wait for me tomorrow while I have my teeth yanked, er, pulled. He is a love.

    Nighty noodles.

  129. Diane C.
    8:17 am on January 2nd, 2014

    Everyone who clarified–thanks so much for the information (only why is Rio seemingly irritated with me?).
    If the “guest only goes the first 11 miles from the start, what happens next? Does s/he walk back to the starting line?

  130. Diane C.
    8:20 am on January 2nd, 2014

    Tupper and Gully (and everyone)–Please ignore my last question about what happens after the first 11 miles. I should have read further before I asked.

  131. Diane EAC
    8:34 am on January 2nd, 2014

    OK (and thanks again) I think I’m starting to find my way, and I loved hearing about the dramatic rescue of W-L by the noble Giant.
    One more question: are all of you the Plunderers? That’s not the name of another kennel?

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