Congratulations Malachy

“So the Peke wins Westminster,” Admin says. “Who was your favorite handler?”

“Not sure,” says Spence, “but in the nation within, I liked the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever – is that the name? Didn’t even know about the breed. And also that Doberman was pretty impressive.”

“What’s with the mouth on the Dogue de Bordeaux?”

“No idea. Now I’m looking forward to the Iditarod, next big event on the canine calendar.”

“Go Snowhook!”


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106 Responses to “Congratulations Malachy”

  1. OleyHowlers
    9:00 am on February 15th, 2012

    GO SNOWHOOK! Now we will see what a true “Working Dog” is !

    Good morning to all!

  2. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:01 am on February 15th, 2012

    The Peke is not dog! Is fur muff vith feet. Ve think there are feet. Maybe is just big dust ball on leash.
    Bah! Is not Natasha’s Best In Show!

    Oh vell.

  3. Sam
    9:04 am on February 15th, 2012

    Awww. Today in Dog Eat Doug dot com, the husky puppy is pulling a sled.

  4. OleyHowlers
    9:19 am on February 15th, 2012

    awwww We love that husky! We all dream of pulling a sled too…all the way to Nome.

  5. Rose
    9:25 am on February 15th, 2012

    GO SNOWHOOK! Where real dogs work and play. No fou fou’s there!

    Good Morning ALL!

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:36 am on February 15th, 2012

    We said it last night and will say it again, the Peke was our last choice. Toys and terriers have lots of wins at Westminster, herding group only 1 we think. The Dobie was our first choice of the 7.

    T & G mentioned that the Poodle was not in the hunting group, so why do they talk about that cut being for hunting. Here is what we think happened: They started with 1 big group, then they split dogs that were used heavily for hunting into the sporting group. Eventually they took out the terriers, toys, etc. Eventually all that remained was the Non-Sporting group. That is why there is such a variance of type in that group. The Standard Poodle remained in that original group. Actually Poodles could be used for water retrieving, and the Airedale Terrier, was said to perhaps be the best all around hunting dog.

  7. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:00 am on February 15th, 2012

    Focus!….It is time, as Admin and Spence have pointed out, to focus all of our attention on Snowhook!….snort!… I can tell Rebecca is either very, very busy packing up stuff for the Giant and the A-Team or she is sick…sniff!… I sure hope she is not sick. She has no time to be sick….snort!

    Booties!…What’s the word on the Booty shipment? Has it arrived?….grunt!…Alice needs to keep her hypnotic eyes on this and report back to us what is happening with the Thousand Booties….snort!…Or someone else on her team needs to step up and fill in….grunt!

    Food!… Sources tell me that all of Team Feed the Giants packages of food have arrived in Willow safe and sound. Not one bite was missing per Marauding Goats ….snort!… So unless we hear otherwise it is All Systems Go! Snowhook!…..Woooooo!

  8. Staff
    10:07 am on February 15th, 2012

    Good morning, I feel better than yesterday and now I am going back to bed. I missed Westminster completely and my fingers can hardly type. I wonder why it is affecting my fingers? Do you think there is some connection between fingers and tummy?

    I know all those dogs see a connection. Fingers = food.

  9. Alice M. Johnson
    10:10 am on February 15th, 2012

    Thank goodness Staff is getting her sickness out of the way before the iditarod. The booties are going to be there soon if they have not already come. Don’t worry Rio.

    Rebecca will you back me up on this as Staff is going to turn off the computer NOW!


  10. Mollypop's Mom
    10:11 am on February 15th, 2012

    The Standard Poodle cut is not for hunting, it’s for retrieving dead ducks from the water. Mollypop didn’t have to worry about any of this so she had a nice short haircut with her poufy (fierce) tail.

    The Standard Poodle was first bred in Germany and then came to France. The French word for duck is canard and the poodle is a caniche, meaning duck dog.

  11. B.Stover
    10:16 am on February 15th, 2012

    My favorite was the Doberman.

    There is a picture of the booties, which I assume have arrived, on the Snowhook blog.

    Good morning all.

  12. Barb & Maggie
    10:21 am on February 15th, 2012

    We mentioned last night that the Peke was bred to live in Chinese royalty sleeves. Actually, the small ones were called “Sleeve Dogs” because the emperors carried them in their gown sleeves. What a life. They were also bred to have bowed legs so they could not move fast, thus the rolling gait.

  13. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:28 am on February 15th, 2012

    Photos!…Now I feel better knowing that all the Booties have arrived and been sorted….snort!… What all goes into the drop bags anyways?….sniff!… If its food for AJ and the A-Team, is it all kept frozen?…wuffle!

  14. OleyHowlers
    10:29 am on February 15th, 2012

    Some 2-leggeds really messed up our Nation.

    By the way Maggie, Mom and Pop were checking out Chipotle’s website. The owner talks exactly the same way as Will Clower, their Mediterranean Diet Dude. That is, he talks about wasted calories (fake food) vs. real calories (real food) and how Chipotle’s strives to server real food from family-run, humane farms.

  15. Barb & Maggie
    10:30 am on February 15th, 2012

    Bee, Good morning. We agree, the Doberman embodied power, strenght and beauty. What a magnificant dog, or correctly bitch. The Irish Setter was our 2nd choice. The Kerry Blue was nice too, but I think they have had some recent wins. When Barb was a teenager and was looking for her first dog of her very own, she considered the Kerry Blue. She eventually picked the Welsh Terrier. She loved the Airedale but her folks thought it was too big for their home.

  16. Barb & Maggie
    10:38 am on February 15th, 2012

    Oley, Barb’s daughter said the same thing about Chipotle Grill. They stress good, fresh food obtained locally, and promote sustainable ag. and humane treatment of animals destined for meat. Yea for them! We still buy ground turkey and fish from the grocery, because that is our only choice. Beef, pork and chicken is locally and naturally grown. Better for all concerned.

  17. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:39 am on February 15th, 2012

    Raffle!….I just bought Beau and I each an entry into the Snowhook Quilt Raffle!…heh!heh!….I believe the deadline is tomorrow, so if you have not been entered into the contest, get a move on!….grunt!

  18. B.Stover
    10:41 am on February 15th, 2012

    I liked the Irish Setter also.

    On Snowhook’s blog there are “Preparation Pictures” that include 83 oranges that have been peeled and frozen and drop bags filled (don’t know if they get frozen).

  19. Mollypop's Mom
    11:03 am on February 15th, 2012

    Oley’s – How is your family doing now that they’re not eating any manufactured food-like substances?

  20. Mollypop's Mom
    11:14 am on February 15th, 2012

    Sammie took very good care of me last weekend. All of that hard hard work had her all tired out.

  21. Tyb
    11:23 am on February 15th, 2012

    Good Morning,
    We’ve been our of the loop again for a couple of days, but we’re back for now.
    After all those trips last week, my dad and I decided on Friday that we’d stick close to home for a while and take it easy. On Saturday we changed our minds. My friend who owns a toy store had to drive to NYC for the annual Toy Show and invited us to go along to help drive. We accepted and had a great trip. We met some great dogs that were in New York for the Westminster Show in and around the hotel, For several years my dad took Blou to New York for trade shows. When they started going, they had really hard times finding a hotel that would accept pets. The first time Blou went, the hotel charged almost 3 times the normal room rate for an accompanying pet. Now there are probably as many hotels that accept pets as there are hotels that exclude them. Many charge a refundable “damage” fee and an extra cleaning fee, but there are quite a few that welcome us with open arms. We spent most of our time at Toy Fair where I made some great new friends. Here’s a shot
    showing my humble accommodations and the view from the 25th floor.

  22. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:34 am on February 15th, 2012

    Mr. Tibbs!…I hope you checked for Bed-Bugs while you were there…heh!…Good to know you are feeling tip-top again…snort!

  23. Tyb
    11:39 am on February 15th, 2012

    i heard a lot of talk about bed bugs and checking for them while on the road, but by the time we got there we were all so tired we crashed. Now I’m wondering how long does it take for an itch to start if you got one. I think we lucked out and avoided them.
    Here’s the first picture from the show. Who else would you expect to be at the premier Toy Show of the year?

  24. Barb & Maggie
    11:48 am on February 15th, 2012

    Great snaps, TYB! You’ll have to ask Rio and Rocky, the bed bug experts, but I think they will jump into suitcases, too. They are not like fleas who usually go for the live host. Great view of NYC, too.

    Barb is off to the li-berry. She is picking up Andy Carpenter
    # 4, Sudden Death. There are only 10 in the series, so she is seriously out-pacing the author. He seems to be like our esteemed favorite author, and writes 1 book per year in the series. Unlike a certain J.P. who pumps out 1 a month. We wouldn’t touch one of his books with a ten foot pole!

  25. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:51 am on February 15th, 2012

    Toys!…Mr. Tibbs, did you snag any of those toys for yourself and yer good freinds here at Chets?…snort!

  26. Tyb
    11:52 am on February 15th, 2012

    One more and that’s it for the day. Here’s a puppy I met in New York. I don’t think he was there for the Westminster Show.

  27. BearSpiritDog
    11:58 am on February 15th, 2012

    Sammy? Is that you? You’ve become “one” with the pillow. Heh!

    Dog show, smog show. The Sibes aren’t allowed to wear eye makeup, the German Shepard Dog has a sloping back, the winner…a foo foo type…doesn’t even look REAL for Dog’s Sake! The Doberman…a true representative of the Nation Within…should have won.

    Oley and Barb: There are slso huge problems with contamination from the fish hatcheries here on the West Coast. It is difficult to find wild salmon these days. It seems the more we look into our food sources the more disturbing facts we discover. Today’s consumers must be very aware of where their food purchases have originated.

    TYB! On the road again! This is excellent news! We noticed even as long ago as the late ’90s pet accommodations were becoming easier to find…even among the more upscale hotels. Our motto was: If I, Bear, am welcome, then my family is too. Great pics by the way!

    Barb&Magpie: James Patterson…Ugh! What a farce. We’ve heard he doesn’t even write his own books…just a big factory of writers turning out fluff…which I guess fits right in with today’s standards.

    Enough of this! GO SNOWHOOK!!!

  28. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:59 am on February 15th, 2012

    Mr.Tibbs!…Here is my business card in case you ever need it next time you are in NYC….snort!

  29. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:07 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Movies!…Seeing Mr. Tibbs on this here blog again reminds me we want to watch both Mister Tibbs movies…snort!…My friend and I don’t think we have ever seen them and we are in the mood for some good detective work…..heh!

  30. Sam
    12:08 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Bear, I wasn’t really sleeping. I was just resting my eyes.

  31. dawson
    12:20 pm on February 15th, 2012

    The paypal would not accept my credit card for snowhook kennel quilt draw. Bummer. So I had to apply for Paypal. Wow! It was easy to pay after that. But I have a question. I want some watercolor magnets and decals…do I have to pay for one at a time? Does anyone know?

    AJ: You, your love and all the dogs are meant to be together. It is written in the stars under which you sled. As a Plunderer, I am honored to be a part of your journey.

    Melanie: Hopefully that mischievous Dan remembers to play by the book when he comes home. You will have a written copy, won’t you?
    Glad to hear he is getting stronger.

    Nice photos today. I have to go for a long walk in the sunshine.

  32. Tyb
    12:22 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Had I had your card earlier, I would have prevailed on you for the trip. I don’t know what’s gotten into my dad. Two years ago when he had his gallery, he paid in advance for three nights in a NY hotel during the frame show. He had to pay in advance to snag a reasonable rate during a very busy time in NY, The provision was advance payment, no change, no cancellation, no refund. He was so concerned about bed bugs that the forfeited the payment and did not go to the show. I guess maybe this happened so suddenly he cast caution aside and played the odds. We have checked the bed bug registry since coming home and the hotel we stayed in has not reported an incident.
    I don’t know whether the report is a legal or voluntary thing. I doubt that it’s voluntary; there are too many hotels listed.

  33. OleyHowlers
    12:35 pm on February 15th, 2012

    MollysMom, Mom and Pop not only gave up eating manufactured foods; they also gave up all vitaman/mineral supplements and any prescriptions. Mom says she is feeling much much better. Little things that were a bother, and the reason for 2 of her prescriptions, have ceased to be problems! Other problems also disappeared. And, as icing on the cake, she says she has already dropped 9 pounds. Now we are looking for the icing and the cake!

  34. Siber-H
    12:38 pm on February 15th, 2012

    None of the humans or dogs at the dog park this morning thought the Peke should have won.

    I’m ready for the Iditarod!!!

    The 30 minute documentary, “Why They Run”, on the Insider’s website is very educational and does an excellent job of answering the critics of long distance sled dog racing.

  35. Siber-H
    12:50 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Dawson? Do you know who the Canadian singer, Tim Hus, is? I’d describe him as similar to Ian Tyson. I ordered a cd of his based on just one song that the Quest used for one of their videos.

  36. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:52 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Oley!…How long has your Maw been on this new way of eating?…sniff!…Someone here wants to know…grunt!

  37. Rose
    12:53 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Tyb: It is great to see you up and about again. Missed your handsome face on the blog!

    Masquers: I think you asked if Zelda and I will be on the sled in Nome. Yes we will, thanks to Tyb’s dad! Thanks again, Jay!

    Rio: Do you do personal bed-bug inspections? Love your business card.

    Rebecca: Hope all is well. Please check your SDD when able.

  38. BearSpiritDog
    12:55 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Dawson: Rebecca would be the final authority on this, but hazarding a guess here, there is the “instructions to the seller” on PayPal where you should be able to specify which kind and how many decal and magnets you are ordering. If something goes awry you can always email Rebecca to let her know.

    Siber-H: I agree. The Iditarod documentary is both exciting and informative to watch. On a side note: My Musical Montague #1 has disappeared from the computer. sob.

  39. B.Stover
    1:00 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Mollypop’s Mom: That is interesting about the Standard Poodle. Thank you.

    Sam and Tyb both look very comfortable.

  40. B.Stover
    1:08 pm on February 15th, 2012

    I hope Melanie is doing okay. She and T&G’s mom may be going off to lunch about now.

  41. OleyHowlers
    1:27 pm on February 15th, 2012

    We have no idea what was to be smashed.
    Lots of great pics today: Tyb’s toy trip, Sammie’s recovery from hard nursing work, and Rio’s business card.
    Siber, we watched that video last week, and we agree that the Iditarod people did an excellent job of answering the critics. Unfortunately though, not all of the precautions taken today were taken by earlier mushers and vets.
    Rio, tell your friend that, while the finding local, humane, non-hormoned meat products is not a new endeavor for Mom, they have only been following the Will Clower Mediterranean Diet program officially for 2 weeks, but read the book and started putting some of it into practice about 4 weeks ago. The name of the book is “The French Don’t Diet Book”, and besides being educational, it is very entertaining to read. It also makes you hungry when reading it, but fortunately you are only hungry for good, high-quality, “real” food.

  42. BearSpiritDog
    1:33 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Younger one of Snowhook’s loves has gone over the Bridge. Many of us have sensed something to be wrong for the last couple of days…this was it. Rebecca just posted the news on F/b.
    AJ and Rebecca: Our hearts are with you.

  43. Barb & Maggie
    1:42 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Bear, We have read about problems with the fishing industry – overfishing, contamination etc. We have also heard that farm raised salmon (which one would think would be safer) is actually higher in mercury than wildcaught. How can this be?

    Oley, We believe Melanie was getting a mammogram. She was getting some underbits smashed, so that is our assumption.

    Did anyone read about the Argentine Mastiff that bit the newswomen on live tv last week? She had to have 70 stitches in her mouth and face! Well the dog was stressed, had just been rescued from falling thru the ice, had bright lights shinning on it and was in a strange place. Not a good time for to lean over and try to hug and kiss him on the face!

  44. B.Stover
    1:49 pm on February 15th, 2012

    I’m so sorry Rebecca and AJ.

  45. OleyHowlers
    1:54 pm on February 15th, 2012

    No words here to express our sorrow. There is lots of support under the quilt, AJ and Rebecca.

  46. Siber-H
    2:30 pm on February 15th, 2012

    This is heartbreaking. We are so sorry AJ and Rebecca. Our hearts are with you and your canine family.

  47. Staff
    2:33 pm on February 15th, 2012

    So sad to hear the news about Younger. That is always a hard decision. We have had to make it also.

    Melanie, Hope your underbits don’t hurt anymore. Here are some aurora for you. Watch it on the expanded screen. Wonderful

  48. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:05 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Face-Off!….That news woman who stupidly tried to hug a stressed out Mastiff who had just been rescued was one of our local and well known news personalities, Kyle Dyer….grunt!…What, did she think he was gonna react like a little kid?….snort!

    Sad!…My sympathies are with Snowhook. I have not gone out to read Rebeccas report on Younger yet…sob!

  49. dawson
    3:21 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Very sad news from Snowhook. Younger will be going on the Iditarod trail with all of us. Sob, sob. Everyone meet under the quilt.

  50. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:25 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Unexpected!…If Younger was part of the A-Team, this must be a very unexpected turn of events, don’t you think?…wuffle!….I wonder what happened to the guy…sniffle!

  51. Siber-H
    3:29 pm on February 15th, 2012

    That is what I think, Rio. It was unexpected. It wasn’t old age.

  52. Rose
    3:29 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Snowhook: I am so sorry to hear of this news. Loving thoughts and prayers go out to you. (Sob)

  53. OleyHowlers
    3:58 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Rebecca will explain in due time. Lets just wait patiently under the quilt.

  54. Masquers
    3:58 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Rio: I was thinking the same thing. It was very sudden. Waiting to hear what Rebecca has to say when she is able to do so.

    Dawson: We are joining you.

    About the newswoman: Although she made a unwise move, I feel very bad for her. Obviously not a person who understands the four-leggeds well.

  55. Barb & Maggie
    3:59 pm on February 15th, 2012

    We were so sorry to hear about Younger. Does anyone know what happened?

  56. dawson
    4:02 pm on February 15th, 2012

    According to the Snowhook Blog, Younger was born on Valentine’s Day of 2008 the offspring of Annabelle and Tenzing. The Outlaw Litter were all contenders for the 2010 Iditarod team. Younger was a part of the 2011 Iditarod team.

  57. OleyHowlers
    4:05 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Siber, lets us go… Hank DeBruin and his team of purebred Siberian Huskies !!!

  58. Tyb
    4:08 pm on February 15th, 2012

    We are back with the ABSURDITY of the day. I stopped at the Post Office this morning to mail a photograph to Snowhook. It was in a standard envelope marked please do not bend and certainly not overweight. The clerk took it from me and said, “Since you don’t want it bent, that will be $1.95.” Jokingly I asked how much it would be if they could bend it because I didn’t think she was serious. Her answer, “Forty-five cents.” I couldn’t and can’t believe it. By the way, to the person who asked me to do the photo:
    I am not posting this to get my $1.95 back, and I’d be insulted if I did. Just want to share my disbelief.

  59. Barb & Maggie
    4:08 pm on February 15th, 2012

    They said that bite was very untypical of Max, the Mastiff. We agree, even though the newswoman’s heart was in the right place, it wasn’t the right thing to do. The dog was stressed, plus her movement was threatening. Unfortunately, a Mastiff has a large mouth and a powerful bite. If it had been Malachy, it wouldn’t have been so serious.

  60. Masquers
    4:12 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Dawson: Somehow this makes it even sadder. Born and left on the same special day.

  61. Tyb
    4:17 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Sad news about Younger, but I can guarantee that he’ll be with that team when they run.

  62. Masquers
    4:22 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Tyb: The least the postal clerk could have done was to suggest different packaging. A mote point however, as the cost would have been the same. Mom sent our photos in a cushioned envelope and the price was about what your dad paid.

  63. Tyb
    4:33 pm on February 15th, 2012

    I had no problem with the price until the clerk said, “Since you don’t want it bent…” It would have taken an effort to bend it because the photo was backed by cardboard.
    The same packagine without 4 words written on the envelope would have been a dollar and a half cheaper. The price is not the problem it’s the idea.

  64. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:54 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Bend!… Jay you should have told her to “Bend it like Beckman!” and taken your buck-fifty back….heh!

  65. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:57 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Beckham!…should’ve been Beckham!…grunt!

  66. Tupper and Gilly
    5:19 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Hey Everyone – just catching up after a fun day with Melanie

    Snowhook – please accept out sympathies for your loss. Apparently Younger wanted to be a part of this race in an overseeing, protective capacity. We know he will be there with you AJ and the team, and at the same time will be snuggled up with Rebecca as a security blanket.

    TYB- Very happy to see you up and about and “doing the town”.

    It was a great “girl’s day”. First, all the problems of the world were solved during the drive – now if only the world would listen! The it was a successful shopping trip, and everything they wanted was on sale! How perfect is that. Then on to a natural food co-op for gluten free, additive free lunch, complete with an outrageous chocolate topped peanut butter bar! And then to the second hand store to find a dining chair with arms for Dan when he gets home. Found the perfect chair. All in all – the stars were in alignment for a wonderful day.

  67. Staff
    6:00 pm on February 15th, 2012
  68. Siber-H
    6:20 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Thanks Staff, That is a fun video!

    That is a neat poster for the fund raiser for Hank DeBruin and his team. I’m up for going, but I can’t take any dates because I always end up in hot water with one of them.

  69. OleyHowlers
    6:29 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Siber, not true! The Hot One has never given you a hard time! Joie de vivre is her middle name!
    Staff, thanks for posting that video. Great music, great doggies. Just what was needed on this sad day.
    T&G, did your mama see our post a couple of days ago about the animal communicators? Mom has an appointment with Walks With Feathers. He is Cherokee…thought you might be interested.

  70. Barb & Maggie
    6:33 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Glad to hear the the gals had fun on their day out. And what could be better than chocolate and peanut butter!

    We forgot to say that we thought the merle rough Collie was beautiful in the herding group. Somehow the GSD doesn’t seem like it belongs in the herding group any more. We think it should be transfered to the working group. I know they started out as herders, but not any more. The breed has sort of gone a different direction.

  71. Siber-H
    6:43 pm on February 15th, 2012

    pssst, Fellow Sibers, It was not The Hot One I was talking about.

  72. Mollypop's Mom
    6:55 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Rebecca and AJ – I’m so sad to hear your news. Sad, sad.

    Staff – That video puts the dogs’ fun to run right in perspective.

  73. Melanie
    6:57 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Hi all, I read about Younger on AJ’s page. It was bloat. Very difficult for all dogs. Heartbreaking for their humans. The Newf Pack has sent tail wags and drool to the Snowhook Pack.

    Will hear about the smashing sometime soon. The tech didn’t seem to upset about anything, so I figure I’m okay. She did ask me what I was going to do for the rest of the day and I told her I was getting a foundation for the “ladies”. She was funny. She you just put those ladies up and out there! Snicker

    The Rs’ Mum and I had a great time. Got the foundation and a pair of black pants! Both from outlets so got very good deals.

    Had a nice lunch at a co-op. Gluten Free! And very nice. Then we stopped at GoodWillies and got a chair for Dan. Stable dining chair with arms. This will help his balance when getting up and down.

    Started home. I”M EXHAUSTED! Tomorrow Zoë gets acupuncture and so does Rosalyn. Jesse and I are trimming the pecan and peach trees.

    Thank Dog I’m not visiting OTAS and FOTAS this weekend. I’d probably melt into a puddle in front of their fireplace.

    Rebecca? When you can visit us, let’s all get under the quilt with cheesecake. My guys used to make tents with quilts. That’s how I’m picturing our quilt right now.

  74. BearSpiritDog
    7:27 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Tupper&Gilly: Wise words as always.

    Melanie: Sounds like fun…lunch and shopping with the Royal’s Mum.
    Thank you for the additional information on Younger.

    O.Howlers: Walks With Feathers…it will be very interesting to hear what he has to say.
    The Bootie poster looks like a good idea.
    We have been thinking about trying the Mediterranean diet for some time now. Not for losing weight, but for the health benefits. The French Don’t Diet is on our list of books to read and has just been moved up based on your recommendation.

    Bend it like Beckham…Good one, Rio!

    Staff: The video was great!

  75. LizF
    7:29 pm on February 15th, 2012

    So sorry to read about Younger, only four years old. Sympathies to AJ and Rebecca.

    Hi everyone.

  76. Melanie
    7:40 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Hi Liz!

    Patsy could not come with us and she’s feels her place is with me.

    Zoë took care of her. Or at least, Patsy took care of it!

    We’ve had a tiring two days and Zoë was taken a nap. Patsy woofed. Once. Then waiting for Zoë to realize it was time for her to give Patsy a pain pill.

    Zoë did and she was fine. Most of the time Patsy can get through the night with out a pain pill. Unless, there is a front coming through. Then her pain is worse. She barks one time, wakes me up and I get her a pill. Then she’s down again for the rest of the night.

    Now, if I could just get Dan to behave like Patsy does?

  77. BearSpiritDog
    7:54 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Hi Liz! Good to hear from you and Cricket.

    Melanie: Maybe Patsy would agree to “train” Dan? Taking Barking Orders from her might be much more acceptable to him than listening to you and Zoe. tee hee.

  78. Melanie
    8:14 pm on February 15th, 2012

    BearSpiritDog, I think you’re on to something!

    I wonder if my spell check learns? As many times as I’ve spelled BearSpiritDog it now does not say it is incorrect! Same thing happened with iPaw.

    Can’t watch the video. The dogs bark and that starts up The Pack! Will look at it tomorrow.

    When I read last night’s comments about the Judge’s dress, I had an image in my mind. When I got to The Royals’, their dad was watching end of the show. I saw the dress. I have to say, that my image of the dress was not as bad as that dress. What on earth was the Judge thinking????

    That dress looked like an EXPLOSION! Yikes.

  79. dawson
    8:14 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Hi Liz! Nothing important in the mail today. 🙁 I do have my Genuine Anti Marauding Goat Charm, that accompanied Birch Bark Woman to Canada, front and center on my desk. She is cute and effective so I expect Resch soon!

    Melanie: Shopping is hard work! You might bring that up with Dan. Patience, man! I’m having oranges dipped in chocolate. Yummy.

    Staff: Thanks for the Dogs video.

    I have spent the day looking at Snowhook Kennels, Yukon Quest and Iditarod sites.

  80. Macy the Min-pin
    8:21 pm on February 15th, 2012

    So, so sad for Snowhook. Just…sad.

  81. Melanie
    8:32 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Good night all.

    To Younger …


  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:53 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Bloat!…grump!…Isn’t that the same thing we lost our beloved Agent Molly to?….sniffle!grump!…How does a guy get this Dreaded Bloat anyways?….snuffle!

  83. Gus & BooBear
    8:58 pm on February 15th, 2012

    We are so sorry for your loss, Rebecca and AJ! How hard to have to handle this at a time when you need to focus on preparation. Younger will still be racing with you. Look to the stars.
    Gus & BooBear

  84. Macy the Min-pin
    9:06 pm on February 15th, 2012

    This came from You can see the cartoon of it there. You can also contribute your own photo to be cartooned. Pretty cute, but they do not have any min-pin cartoons. *must send pics*

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:08 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Younger!… I don’t know what to say to make things better for Rebecca, who has such a tender heart for all her guys and gals, and AJ who knows how to train each of them and build that unique bond of trust to the point where he relies on his team for his life out there on the trail. I don’t know the words to say to make it feel better when they lose one of their own….sniff!…But I do know that me and my friend want to sponsor a Checkpoint in honor of Younger very badly….wuffle!…But we cannot afford to do this thing on our own. So if any of youse guys want to go in with us and help sponsor this special Younger Checkpoint, that would be amazing….snort! ….Please email me at if you want to help us to do this for Rebecca and AJ….wuffle!

  86. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:15 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Our deepest sympathies to Rebecca, AJ, and the whole Snowhook team. Wookie, mom, dad and grandpa

  87. OleyHowlers
    9:15 pm on February 15th, 2012

    The dreaded bloat. That is what got Fierce Molly too. I had never even heard of it until then. Now we will all fear it. Poor Rebecca and AJ.

    Barb and Maggie, Mom and Pop just returnrd from…..Chipotle!! They loved it, altho they didn’t bring anything back for us. How can they rave and rave about food when they know there is none for us? They tell us that the young people working ther were the nicest they have ever encountered. One guy asked Mom all about the Iditarod because he saw her Chet the Dog patch. Hesaid he dreams of going to that. Another guy (manager?) talked to her all about what a great company Chipotle is and so wonderful to work for. He pointed out that even their shirts are made from organic material. Then he gave them their tacos for free!!!! They can’t wait to return.
    By the way, we all stayed indoors while they were gone, and there was no krate involved. WOOO HOOOO! Our Pipsqueak is really growing up fast!

  88. Barb & Maggie
    9:19 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Rio, I think bloat occurs when part of the intestine twists. Larger breeds are more prone to it I believe. Yes, that is what Molly had, the dreaded bloat.

    Prayers for AJ and Rebecca.

  89. Staff
    9:27 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Rio, Check your SDD

  90. Masquers
    9:34 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Rio: Check your SDD

  91. BearSpiritDog
    9:40 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Melanie: Your sign-off has us tearing up again.

    Rio: This is a wonderful thing you are doing.

  92. Staff
    9:48 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Lance and Allen Moore about how to race your dogs. From half way on the Yukon Quest.

    I can’t remember how I got all these links. I think I subscribed to them on YouTube. All I did was click a link that said subscribe. Then they send the links to my email.

  93. Tupper and Gilly
    9:49 pm on February 15th, 2012

    We are sad all over again for MollyPop’s mom and now for Snowhook. We decided we needed to learn about bloat. We found this website and read a lot about it, and we know we will be checking the ingredients on our kibble. Its hard to read, but rather than risk doing something that might be dangerous, we read it. Here is a link, if you want to read it too.

  94. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:58 pm on February 15th, 2012

    My heart aches for Rebecca and AJ.

    There are no words…….

  95. Siber-H
    10:15 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Rio, Check your SDD

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:33 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Idol!….We are watching American Idol tonight…sniff!…There are more than one who are from my state, so we are hoping they do well.…grunt!…We’ve had so many interruptions during this show that we are not sure if they got through or not…wuffle!

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:44 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Report!… heh!… I think this is funny and I have to blab about it because my friend was happy and disgusted at the same time…snort!… When we were finally able to go downstairs tonight, she sat in her Easy Down Boy chair, Beau jumped right up in her lap and gave her several slurrppy pug kisses right on the kisser …heh!… I could tell she was glad and yet totally disgusted by his breath. She asked both of us, “ What the hell did you guys eat today??” …heh!…I’m not saying….

  98. Siber-H
    10:54 pm on February 15th, 2012

    night all

    Thinking of Rebecca and AJ.

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:27 pm on February 15th, 2012

    SiberH!….Goodnight my good friend!…snort!…We are all downstairs right now watching I>Grimm…heh!…Her mother is in a really bad mood so even Beau is down here with us farting and snoring up the place…grunt!…I would never ever do that…sniff!

  100. Tupper and Gilly
    11:46 pm on February 15th, 2012

    Rio – if you guys are both snoring and farting, your friend should be very grateful that Beau used his front part to greet her – not the other end.

    Good night little Pugster. Sleep well everyone.

  101. BearSpiritDog
    12:20 am on February 16th, 2012

    Good night here too – Bear
    Rebecca: Rest well under the Quilt.

  102. Snowhook Bella
    1:28 am on February 16th, 2012

    Dear Plunderers,

    Yesterday held two suprises. The first was AJ’s heartfelt message to me; he articulated something I haven’t been able to put into words, yet I know well that line that he crosses at a certain point of the race. That line, even though with each step he is running further and further from me speaks of reunion rather than separation. I truly love him and am honored to call him my husband.

    The second unexpected, and quite unwelcome ocurrance was the loss of Younger. He was born on Valentine’s day in 2008 along with all members of the Outlaw litter. He died shortly after midnight, at four years and one day old. He had a loss of appetite on Monday and Tuesday. AJ made an appointment for him at the vet; the earliest he could be seen was Wednesday morning. Yesterday, AJ cared for him while I was away at work, giving him fluids and keeping an eye on him while still trying to prepare for the race and complete drop bags that are due tomorrow. As I drove home, I had an ache in my heart, but didn’t know why.

    When I returned home, AJ carried Younger from our handler’s cabin to the house so I could be with him. I stroked his ears, rubbed his belly, recalled his birth and prayed. The prayer was one of health and healing and recovery. When I opened my eyes, I knew he couldn’t wait. I called the vet and she agreed to meet us at the hospital. We made the 20 mile drive in record time despite the dark, the ice and the threat of moose. Younger was declining. He was put on fluids while AJ and I waited. And waited. Despite one or two instances of false hope that all would be fine, the night did not end the way we wanted.

    Did he have an ulcer, a perforation, had his stomach turned and twisted? The vet wouldn’t know for sure until she was able to open him up. My mind started working on how to make it financially possible. The money just wasn’t there. The thought that Younger might not come home with us couldn’t find a seat in my brain. I cried. The vet explained that Younger didn’t have good odds to survive the surgery and said he may have to be euthanized on the table. Then she added, “There are some problems even all the money in the world wouldn’t fix.” I cried even more.

    AJ and I held Younger, stroked his fur, looked in his eyes as he crossed the Bridge. I felt Howard, Fargo and others, and while I didn’t hear it, the phrase came to my mind sitting there on the floor, holding our boy, “We’ve got him. We’ve got him.”

    I miss him. I miss them.

    When we arrived home in the wee hours of the morning, AJ sat on the couch, emotionally and mentally exhausted. I climbed on his lap and we held each other in silence for a long time. He showed his strength in his tears.

    Thank you to each of you for your kind words. They have brought me comfort on a dark day. I think AJ and I are in shock; at times I feel nothing and the next moment the pain of his loss is acute and burning. I’ve checked in on the blog throughout the day, yet didn’t and couldn’t post. I have spent the day under the quilt and guarded in your strength. Thank you.

    AJ will carry Younger’s collar with him on the trail to honor him.

  103. OleyHowlers
    5:15 am on February 16th, 2012

    Please try to find peace, Rebecca. It is so hard…so hard. Younger is once again his 3-year old self, playing on the Bridge with his pack.

  104. Rose
    6:36 am on February 16th, 2012


    When you toward the evening skies, Younger will be the brightest star in the sky.

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    8:19 pm on February 18th, 2012

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