Congratulations Poochie!

The random number generator has spoken and it said: “Poochie!” Poochie is Chet’s March Friend of the Month. He’ll be over in the special place on the right for the month, and as soon as we get a mailing address for his human companion, a signed and paw-printed copy of The Sound and the Furry, the latest Chet and Bernie mystery, will be on its way.

Next month this could be you! Just think. All you have to do is send in a photo to the Friends gallery. The random number generator – see pic in yesterday’s post – does the rest.

Welcome new friends Chico, Maya, Trixie.

And here’s Poochie:



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195 Responses to “Congratulations Poochie!”

  1. O'Howlers' Mom
    8:54 am on March 1st, 2014

    Good morning, All. Congratulations, Poochie. Wasn’t it just a few days ago that the first-ever Poochie was a FOC?
    I posted a whole lot of photos at the end of yesterday, but here is one more, of me me me, having the time of my life. Oh, and there is the Howlers’ Pop still upright on the sled. Tee hee.

  2. Diane C.
    8:56 am on March 1st, 2014

    Whoa! I’m first!?! Hello to all and congratulations to Poochie.
    I’m deriving great vicarious enjoyment from everyone’s posts (and pictures) from Alaska, and will be thinking of EVERYONE and especially the Snowhook Team this afternoon.
    Go Snowhook.

  3. Diane C.
    8:57 am on March 1st, 2014

    OK, not first (but I swear that photo wasn’t there when I started).
    Excellent balance, Mr. HOH…

  4. Barb & Maggie
    8:58 am on March 1st, 2014

    Congrats, Poochie. Rio probably will not be happy about this. Grump he will say.

    Great way to start the day with a picture of Howler’s folks. So glad you were able to go.

  5. O'Howlers
    9:09 am on March 1st, 2014

    Diane, That is not Mr. HOH. It is our Pop. And hows come we don’t get to pull them around like that? Oh yeah, we do. We just don’t put them on a sled. Heh!

  6. Thieves!
    9:09 am on March 1st, 2014

    Good thing Rio isn’t driving in with the team today. We were told team have to be in Anchorage by 8 a.m. whatever that means. Mick’s shine can pack a punch.

  7. O'Howlers
    9:11 am on March 1st, 2014

    Thieves! Does Mom still have her gloves?

  8. Tyb
    9:15 am on March 1st, 2014

    Congratulations, Poochie and Good Luck Snowhook. I certainly hope this March lion goes out like a lamb and that the transformation comes quickly.

  9. Thieves!
    9:26 am on March 1st, 2014

    Howlers: Yes, but only because we are in the luring-in-for-a-false-sense-of-security stage—we call it the romance phase. It is a process. It can’t be rushed. For a brief moment yesterday, Macy’s maw couldn’t find one of her gloves. What did our Lady do?—immediately look over at us. For one of the few times in our lives we can say we were innocent. The hole in a coat pocket was to blame.

  10. B. Stover
    9:33 am on March 1st, 2014

    Well done Poochie.

    Everyone have fun at today’s ceremonial start. (I can watch it via the Iditarod Insider.)

    Good morning all.

  11. O'Howlers' Mom
    9:36 am on March 1st, 2014

    Cough cough. I think I must have kept the whole house awake last night. Pop went out to find me some cough/congestion meds so I can make it thru the day. Carpola.

  12. Tupper and Gilly
    9:41 am on March 1st, 2014

    Morning everyone.
    What wonderful pictures! And we know exactly what Amalia the puppy not the person was saying in her picture – “it’s COLD out there. I think I will stay here in this nice warm doghouse for now”.
    She’s a pup after our Mama’s own heart.

    Ceremonial start – woo hooo!


  13. B. Stover
    9:44 am on March 1st, 2014

    Charlie: Thank you for the Rupert Brooke poem!

    Howler’s Mom: Thank you for the pictures and video. The puppies are adorable…and noisy.

  14. Barb & Maggie
    9:59 am on March 1st, 2014

    Ditto what Bee said. We loved the pictures and video from yesterday. Puppies are so cute and friendly (and noisy).

    Howler’s mom, feel better. No fun to travel when you feel sick.

  15. Wose-the small and meek
    10:14 am on March 1st, 2014


    Congratulations to Poochie!

    Grizz and I are enjoying the pictures from Plunderfest 2014!
    Didn’t I tell youse guys you would have a great time?!

    SNOWHOOK! Show them the stuff you are made from at the Ceremonial start this morning!!

    OHs Mom and Pop, youse look great on the sled! Did youse really eat moose??

    Mama Luna and Belle Starr, I hope Dawson gave you all my tummies!!

    The puppies are so cute! I did not see a sparkly collar on any one of those puppies. I would like to see Rose or I’ll will be in a very bad mood.


  16. Herd's Mom
    10:22 am on March 1st, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Welcome Poochie. Yesterday the kennels and all the dogs was overwhelming. AJ gave sled rides around the property. Frank James doing lead dog got loose and was running down the road. I leaned down and called him like I used to do with one of mine and he flew right to me like he was trained to 🙂
    Started at one side of the dog yard and worked my way around greeting, giving: knuckle noggins, ear rubbeers, chest rubbers and the infamous butt rubbers. A good time was had by all. I had to quit when I got to Chet and Bernie, those rambunctious teenagers (that Rose and Grizz held last year). They wanted to hold me down and give me a saliva facial. No thank you.
    I must rely on other’s fotos since I didn’t carry the I Paw near the dogs…dangerous and dumb.

  17. O'Howlers' Mom
    10:24 am on March 1st, 2014

    Wose, why are you calling yourself the small and meek? Did I miss something?
    We did not eat moose. The no-snow-beque featured hamburgers and hot dogs and beans and you name it. But no moose.
    One of those pups is Rose the Not Meek, but Bella will have to tell us which one. There were so many dogs and pups giving hugs and kisses to me me me that I overdosed and my brain is still on overload, albeit a very happy overload.

  18. O'Howlers' Mom
    10:28 am on March 1st, 2014

    Wose, you would not believe how big and strong the LDA “pups” are this year. Before my sled ride, AJ changed dogs, and put Chet, Bernie, and Little on the line. Awesome!!!

  19. Herd's Mom
    10:35 am on March 1st, 2014

    Iggy was on the sled line with the first group. He and Chet get goofy with each other so they don’t work together. I took fotos of the pups (Rose, Melanie, Zoe, Amalia, Dawson and Maurry for sure) but they are on a digital camera that will have to be down loaded.
    P.S. Mr. OH dove off the sled because he thought there we a tree with his name on it heading toward them 🙂

  20. Masquers
    10:43 am on March 1st, 2014

    Thieves! How did this happen? Mom is missing one of her gloves!
    What a long reach youse have.
    A million thanks for all the kool photos and videos of all the Plunderfest fun, fun, fun.
    Tyb: Right on time with your new calendar page for March and the Ceremonial Start today.
    Hi Blou!

  21. Herd's Mom
    10:57 am on March 1st, 2014

    I almost forgot to say: 1) Thanks Tyb for the March calendar, 2) I got to wear dog nose art on my glasses all day and Rio laughed so hard his tail almost straightened out and 3) The Dirty Daddy Dawg and I walked downtown Anchorage after dark (not hard) and saw some of the set-up for today and stopped and split an Alaskan crab cake at a place here downtown.
    Our hotel is 2 blocks from the “START” line and is Plunderer Central for rests, warm-ups and time outs if a certain pug misbehaves.

  22. Oley Howlers' Pop
    10:59 am on March 1st, 2014

    The Welcome sign at the Hobbit Hotel

  23. Thieves!
    11:00 am on March 1st, 2014

    Masquers: Burp!

  24. Masquers
    11:00 am on March 1st, 2014

    Rose: My dear friend, I ask you, what is this small & meek business?
    You may not be tall, but small & meek? Never!
    (whispering) Belle Starr is going to be in a VBM if she hears you talking this way.
    Herd’s Mom: Plunderer Central! Kool setup.

  25. Barb & Maggie
    11:16 am on March 1st, 2014

    We will join the bandwagon for this small and meek stuff. How did that get started? You may be height challenged, but we say no way to the meek part.

  26. Herd's Mom
    11:26 am on March 1st, 2014

    Rose, You are just like Dorothy! You think small and meek, but you are a dynamo!
    Fotos of Plunderer Central:

  27. BearSpiritDog
    11:27 am on March 1st, 2014

    Love the Sign at the Hobbit Hotel!!!
    O’Howler’s Pop: Thanks for the Photo of it.

    Thinking the Alaskan Contingent are sure Early Risers, but then remembered they are used to existing in a Different Time (zone).

    Looking forward to the Ceremonial Start!!!
    Now I am off for that Most Important Meal of the day.

  28. Herd's Mom
    11:27 am on March 1st, 2014
  29. Herd's Mom
    11:29 am on March 1st, 2014

    Bedroom is messy (like home), no foto.

  30. Masquers
    11:32 am on March 1st, 2014

    HOH: Cozy setup your mom & daddy dog have there.
    Howler’s Mom: Hope you were able to get some cough relief medicine from that special store with the name that cannot be mentioned (at least on this here blog) ^..^

  31. O'Howlers' Mom
    11:41 am on March 1st, 2014

    Our Hostess with the Mostest. And Hobbit! Heh heh!

  32. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:46 am on March 1st, 2014

    Yawn!…What time is the Start? ….snort!…You guys better not forget me today…wheeze!

  33. Siber-H
    12:30 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Rio, The start is at 12:00 our time.
    I am looking forward to seeing the Snowhook dogs in their purple collars.

    Heck, AJ might as well put Rio in the sled and take him all the way to Nome. Rio, This is your chance for a trip of a lifetime.

  34. Wose-the small and meek
    12:35 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Great pictures, everyone,

    Yes, I am the small (5′ 1″).
    Yes, I am meek (adj, showing patience and humility, submissive, passive).
    Even after 4 years of head-shrinking, I am these things.
    But, I look on the bright side, as the Bible says the meek shall inherit the earth.
    (I hope Beau can back me here, and tell me what part of the Bible that comes from).

  35. Masquers
    12:35 pm on March 1st, 2014

    What’s this? Little tiny bits of hail falling from the sky.
    It had better not snow that’s all I can say.
    Siber: 12PM your time is 11AM mine, right?
    You mean the pug could be on his way to Nome? Wow!
    This could be big, really big.

  36. Tupper and Gilly
    12:37 pm on March 1st, 2014

    HOH – what a nice hotel set up. Hope you are having a fabulous time.

    Ceremonial Start today – woo hoooo

    Howler’s Mom – we LOVE your picture on the sled. Bet it was a blast.

    And Hobbit – you are as lovely as your home, and the views from your deck. And Sadie is a sweetheart too.

  37. Masquers
    12:37 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Rose! We posted side-by-side at the very same time! What could be better than that?

  38. Wose-the small and meek
    12:37 pm on March 1st, 2014

    NOW, that would be something! Pug finishes the Iditarod! I can see the headline now,

  39. Wose-the small and meek
    12:39 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Masquers! A double side-by-side. Nothing could be better!!

  40. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:39 pm on March 1st, 2014

    SiberH!….I might be at the ceremonial start right now, I just don’t know it…heh!heh!…My friend thinks Nome is a good place for me…grunt!

  41. Herd's Mom
    12:43 pm on March 1st, 2014

    News form Plunderer Central……….Gang arriving as I post. Here is the north east view from the living room. Alaska Railroad building in the background. Coldest today it has been.

  42. Herd's Mom
    12:44 pm on March 1st, 2014
  43. Wose-the small and meek
    12:45 pm on March 1st, 2014

    How rude of me, thank you Tyb, for the wonderful calendar page!

  44. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:46 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Rose!…Now you and I posted at the very same time. You in New York, your starting time would be 2:00pm…sniff!…You are two hours ahead of me and SiberH. It is only 8:43am here in Alaska…YAWN!wheeze!

    Sleep!….Last night someone kept coughing all night long, then someone else got up and went out and drove off and came back again…sniff!…I finally fell asleep because of all those moose burgers and shine I had at the BBQ….chuffle!

  45. Siber-H
    12:47 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Masquers, Yes, It will start at 11:00 your time.

  46. Siber-H
    12:51 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Wose, It is Mathew 5.5 in the Bible. It is found in the Sermon on the Mount.

  47. B. Stover
    12:52 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Rose: Matthew 5, verse 3.

  48. B. Stover
    12:53 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Siber-H: LOL! (Verse 3 is the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount.)

  49. Masquers
    12:55 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Thanks, Siber, Since Bear is off stuffing his face, I have no one to consult on the time differences.
    Just clicked on the Insider…1 hr. 5 min. and counting!

  50. Siber-H
    1:00 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Stover, We are both correct!

    This is a reminder: The Anchorage Daily News is probably the best website to get up-to-date coverage of the Iditarod.

  51. Wose-the small and meek
    1:07 pm on March 1st, 2014

    RIO! A moment of serendipity !

    Thank you Siber-H, and HRH, B!

  52. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:11 pm on March 1st, 2014

    SiberH!…Are you watching the Broadcast Schedule on the Insiders Page right now?? ….sniff!…When will I be on camera, do you know??…heh!heh!

  53. Siber-H
    1:15 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Rio, I have been watching Insider videos. umm You should be on whenever they talk about Snowhook. You will need your purple collar for that interview.

  54. Masquers
    1:24 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Interview! There will be no doubt in his friend’s mind about where Riö has gone when she sees that interview. Yeep!

  55. Siber-H
    1:30 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Rio is going to be on deep doggie do do.
    He might as well climb in the sled tomorrow and high-tail it out for Nome.

  56. Masquers
    1:30 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Macy’s Mom: How rude! Someone here forgot to say thank you for the kool postcard from Alaska and the card you held up in the restaurant to say hi to me, me, me.

  57. BearSpiritDog
    1:33 pm on March 1st, 2014

    The Live Stream is On!!!

  58. Siber-H
    1:39 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Thanks Bear! I found it once I refreshed the page.

  59. Tupper and Gilly
    1:41 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Woooo hoooo – Ceremonial Start!!!

  60. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:52 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Banner!….Check out the Snowhook Banner!….Woooo!

  61. BearSpiritDog
    1:55 pm on March 1st, 2014

    OMD! The Snowhook Banner! Someone Here is suddenly in tears.
    Happy Tears. Sob.

  62. Siber-H
    1:59 pm on March 1st, 2014

    The Banner…Excellent!!

  63. Tupper and Gilly
    2:00 pm on March 1st, 2014


    Bless you all

  64. Wolfie
    2:12 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Someone here is In a very bad mood. She cannot find the ceremonial start on Insider. Are we too early? Help!

  65. Wolfie
    2:13 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Awwweeee… Love the banner. Sniff!

  66. Masquers
    2:13 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Mom is wearing her purple scarf for Melanie.

  67. Mollypop's Mom
    2:16 pm on March 1st, 2014

    I will give another plug to the sign store – A Touch of Ellicottville. A certain dog works there (Tyb) and he and his Dad helped me design the Hobbit Hotel sign.

    If any of you come to Western New York, this store is a must-see. If you don’t come to Western New York but need a sign, just talk to Tyb!

  68. Tupper and Gilly
    2:22 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Wolfie – have you found it?
    Go to Watch the big banner box on the right. There are rolling ads, and one of them says “watch live”. Click on that.

  69. BearSpiritDog
    2:23 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Wolfie! It’s on Livestream.

  70. B. Stover
    2:23 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Wolfie: I’m watching the Ceremonial Start at

  71. Masquers
    2:25 pm on March 1st, 2014
  72. Masquers
    2:26 pm on March 1st, 2014

    B: Lol.
    Wolfie: Heh. either/or

  73. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:41 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Signs!…Did Mr.Tybs paw make the Hobbit Hotel sign?…snort!…That is a great sign! I’ve seen it with my own pug eyes…heh!

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:43 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Foggy!…The fog bank is rolling in…sniff!sniff!….I hope I don’t get lost…wheeze!

  75. Wolfie
    2:43 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Found it!

  76. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:48 pm on March 1st, 2014

    HI!!!….From the Plunderers!….Wooooo!

  77. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:49 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Armbands!…What a great group!…snort!

  78. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:52 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Hotdawg!….Check out Digger’s hotdawg!…gurgle!…I’m starvin’ marvin!…wheeze!

  79. C.hobbit
    2:55 pm on March 1st, 2014

    They got Musher’s Handlers armbands so they can be ‘inside the fence where the action is. It is a heady experience. Dogs are getting hooked up. Won’t be long

  80. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:06 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Worried!…I always worry that they will take a Break during The Snowhook Teams start…wheeze!…Please noooo!

  81. BearSpiritDog
    3:12 pm on March 1st, 2014

    GRRRRR. Those guys are Blabbing…AGAIN!

  82. Tupper and Gilly
    3:14 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Well they didn’t take a break, but they talked all the way through – those DAM announcers.
    And we didn’t see any of our gang – sob.

    Except Rebecca who was sitting pretty.

  83. Wolfie
    3:16 pm on March 1st, 2014

    We were robbed! We wanted to hear about our team!

  84. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:17 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Seriously!…Last year those announcers talked through our team about something else instead of Snowhook…grump!….That pisses me off AGAIN!…sniff!….Maybe tomorrow will be better….grumble!

  85. Masquers
    3:19 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Moi? I’m so mad I dare not say a word…because that word would not be pretty.

  86. Masquers
    3:21 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Riö! Where are you? We didn’t see you on the sled.
    Maybe tomorrow?

  87. C.hobbit
    3:25 pm on March 1st, 2014

    No sighting of Natasha yet but everyone has orders to keep their eyes peeled. She must be being particularly clever this year. (I am sure that grammar is wrong)

  88. BearSpiritDog
    3:26 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Off to Bite Somebody’s Pant’s Leg!!!

  89. C.hobbit
    3:29 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Masques: Rebecca warned us that personal dogs are not allowed. A friend of her’s almost got arrested once because of her dog. We figured we had no chance with Rio. Plus all of us were carrying too much

  90. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    3:31 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Is not to fear. Natasha is disguised as announcer’s chair. If he does not do AJ honors tomorrow, ve vill bite him in butt.
    Very hard.

  91. Melanie
    3:35 pm on March 1st, 2014


    They look great. Thought it started at 3! So glad I didn’t miss it.

    Have not seen the Plunderers yet.

  92. B. Stover
    3:36 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Sports announcers always blab too much.

    One thing they said was that more people have climbed Mount Everest than have finished the Iditarod. I looked it up and as of February, 2014, there have been 6,871 “summits” of Everest. Snowhook has finished the Iditarod three times already.

    Go Snowhook!

  93. Masquers
    3:38 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Howler’s Mom: Yark! Please check your SDD/Mgs

  94. Siber-H
    3:38 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Go Natasha!!

  95. O'Howlers' Mom
    3:46 pm on March 1st, 2014
  96. Herd's Mom
    3:47 pm on March 1st, 2014


  97. Siber-H
    4:01 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Great Snowhook photos!

    Does Anchorage know how ugly those yellow buildings are?

  98. Masquers
    4:01 pm on March 1st, 2014

    We are so proud of our team and the lucky Plunderers who are there at the Ceremonial Start in Anchorage!
    Yay for Plunderfest!!

  99. C.hobbit
    4:03 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Yay. O’Howlers got much better photos than I did. I was in the shade

  100. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:10 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Start!….snort!….Here’s another shot of our team!…chuffle!

  101. Siber-H
    4:11 pm on March 1st, 2014

    What a great shot of Snowhook in action.

  102. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:12 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Giants!…Here come our Giants!…Wooooo!

  103. Herd's Mom
    4:12 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Siber H, if you think that yelkloq and blue bldg is bad, there is a house we say here that was that yellow with purple trim. My thought is they do those garish colors to find them in the dark and winter snow.

  104. Herd's Mom
    4:15 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Double GAH! Yelkoq=yellow say= saw

  105. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:15 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Team!…Here is a good one showing more of the Snowhook’s amazing Team….chuffle!

  106. C.hobbit
    4:22 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Siber-H: the yellow building is part of Sunshine Plaza. Great for giving directions.

  107. Siber-H
    4:22 pm on March 1st, 2014

    I am so not impressed with those announcers.

    Mike Ellis has a stuffed Siber riding in his sled with him.

  108. Siber-H
    4:25 pm on March 1st, 2014

    C.Hobbit, You are right. The yellow buildings would be great for giving directions. I do the same thing with a mountain that looms over Albuq.

  109. Wose-the small and meek
    4:29 pm on March 1st, 2014

    I love the sign on the Snowhook sled! sniff

  110. BooBear
    4:34 pm on March 1st, 2014

    I hope Rebecca feels good enough to post the starting lineup!

  111. BearSpiritDog
    4:35 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Siber-H: awwwwW A Stuffed Siber!
    Maybe there is Hope yet for Rio at the Restart in Willow tomorrow.
    Paws crossed!

  112. Masquers
    4:37 pm on March 1st, 2014

    What great fotos!!!

  113. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:38 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Bear!…I’m actually okay with staying inside watching the start on The Insider…snuffle!…I’m warm and cozy and I’ve been eating all of Sadie’s treaties…heh!heh!

  114. Masquers
    4:38 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Staff! You are at the top here!

  115. BearSpiritDog
    4:51 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Sadie Bear: You are a Gracious Hostess Dog.

  116. bluecat
    5:02 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Fabulous pictures. The team looked wonderful and ready, ready, ready to go! Have fun tonight, Plunderers in Alaska.

    Siber-H – question: will the dogs from today start tomorrow also? Is there a rule about that?

    Poochie is a cutie.

    Catch you all tomorrow 🙂

  117. Barb & Maggie
    5:29 pm on March 1st, 2014

    We are enjoying all the photos too. From the way the Snowhook dogs are straining into their harnesses, one can tell they are eager to get going.


    Yark at those yellow buildings!

  118. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    5:33 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Is better yellow buildings than yellow snow.

  119. Barb & Maggie
    5:38 pm on March 1st, 2014

    You are exactly right about that Natty!

  120. Siber-H
    5:41 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Bluekat, That is a really good question.
    Mike Ellis had his ten year old veteran leader, Stump, lead the ceremonial start today, but Stump will not be going on the journey to Nome. Mike just wanted Stump to have fun today.
    So, we know a musher can remove a dog from the ceremonial start team, but I do not know if they can add a dog at the re-start that didn’t make the ceremonial run.

  121. Siber-H
    5:44 pm on March 1st, 2014

    You guys, or girls, I should say…It is fun to make yellow snow.

  122. O'Howlers' Mom
    5:50 pm on March 1st, 2014

    I got to see almost all of the teams from right up front at the start. How cool is that. I missed a few that started early, and a few more when I went back to the car for my warmer boots. But I saw 3 out of 4 Sibe teams, and Karen Ramstead and Mike Ellis both waved to me like we are old buds. I think they smelled Sibe on me. 🙂
    I cannot believe I was so close right there at the Ceremonial Start. Unfortunately, my throat now hurts bad and I have lost my voice, so I must try to get some sleep.

  123. O'Howlers' Mom
    6:01 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Bluecat, Here is our boy Quigley:

  124. Junior
    6:03 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Sr.: I am on the dog on the left in the photo. Let me know if you can see my eyebrows? I have no idea where I put them. I do know that I had fun on the trail and I thought of you and Melanie all day to day.

  125. Junior
    6:06 pm on March 1st, 2014
  126. O'Howlers' Mom
    6:09 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Here is Bella waving at all of the Plunderers:

  127. SnowBella
    6:33 pm on March 1st, 2014

    I thought I heard a rumor that a pug and a Digger were touring the reindeer hot dog cuisine today, but I don’t know this for certain. They must be taking cloak and dagger lessons from Natasha.

  128. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    6:37 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Vait just minutes!
    Vhere is Nstasha’s cloak? Vhere is dagger?
    Oh no! High heel boots are missing!
    Vhat is going on, and vhy does it smell like reindeer sausage in here?

  129. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:43 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Junior!…Does this mean what I think it means?…snort!…You are going to race in the Big Race!….WoOOOoooOOOooo!…I am a very proud Pug…snorkel!

  130. Junior
    6:53 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Senior: Key member of the team had been mentioned. What does this mean?

  131. Melanie
    7:06 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Dear Junior,
    The key member of the team is the person in charge.
    Hagrid, from HP, was keeper of the keys!

    It is a vert important job. Please tell the The Thieves that the keys are not theirs.

    And be very sure you don’t but any sparkles on the keys.

  132. Princess Sam
    7:10 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Switching momentarily to another sport: oh no! Pat La Fontaine has resigned as president of hockey operations for the Buffalo Sabres. What to do! What to do!

    Okay, back to the Iditarod.

  133. Tupper and Gilly
    7:10 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Rio Jr – we know there are wheels on the team, but wheels can’t go anywhere without keys. So DO NOT PUT THE KEYS WITH YOUR EYEBROWS!

  134. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:14 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Junior!….I’m so proud I could YEEEEP for joy!….Wooooo!…Key member of the team is very, very important business! Especially if he Giant himself said this…snort!snort!…I wonder if there is anyway to get a photo of you and me together son before you take off for Nome…sniffle!…I know it’s a long-shot, but that is what I really want. Yesterday those guys left me behind and we did not get to visit like I had hoped we would…grump!…Anyway, I sure wish I could have a photo of you out of the Box with me right beside you…chuffle!

  135. Masquers
    7:15 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Howler’s Mom: Thanks for the extra effort. You are the BEST! sniff.

  136. Tupper and Gilly
    7:41 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Mama has awarded the Howler’s Mom an Honorary Bulldozer Status.

  137. Wose-the small and meek
    7:48 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Howlers Mom, I hope you will feel better soon. Take care of yourself.

  138. Siber-H
    7:49 pm on March 1st, 2014

    I second the idea of the award for the Howlers mom.
    I do not want her to get sick.

    Yes, a picture of Junior out of the box with Rio would be welcome.

  139. ML
    8:15 pm on March 1st, 2014

    I have the small and meek iPaw which does not have the ability to post without wifi, which is why I don’t post until late, back at the Hobbit Hotel. And I have to download the pictures from the day off my camera card. But never fear, I, too, am having the time of my life.

    The burled gazebo? at Mick and Jodi’s, the people not the puppies.

  140. c.hobbit
    8:48 pm on March 1st, 2014

    For Staff (quilt on wall in material store):

  141. c.hobbit
    8:50 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Card sharks are at it again:

  142. ML
    9:03 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Great minds think alike, Staff.

  143. ML
    9:05 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Not cool Alaska , not cool.

  144. Dawson
    9:08 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Twenty dogs were microchipped at the final vet check. The lucky 16 dogs that get to run the race can be any of those dogs. They do not have to have run in the ceremonial start. AJ only ran 12 dogs this morning. (I think that is right)
    It is naptime at the Hobbit Hotel.

    Congratulations to Poochie and thanks to Tyb.

    Staff: We found an nteresting quilt shop and we did spend some money.

    Wose: Rest assured that special tummies were given to Belle Star and Mama Luna from you.

  145. Junior
    9:08 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Eyebrows separate from my keys. Got it.

    Melanie: I am so glad you got to see the team! Did you see me wag my tail at you? I did it once, but I wasn’t sure you saw it so I did it again. Then, I couldn’t stop. I kept wagging until the Giant told us it was time to go, go, go!

  146. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Dawson!…Gee. You finally posted….grunt!…Were your fingers all tired out now from shuffling cards…snort! ….By the way, are we going to have a big ole poker game tonight? Count me in!In!IN! if you are…heh!heh!

  147. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:14 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Thirsty!….Hey, can someone poor one of those Alaskan beers into my bowl?…grunt!…I’m pretty sure my friend is not reading this here blog right now. So she will never know…heh!heh!

  148. Thieves!
    9:15 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Natasha: Where does one, or in this case two sign up for your Cloak and Dagger certificate program? We would like to earn some fancy letters behind my our names and the Cloakiness and Dagger Tactics Specialist or CATS—the D is silent—for short seems like a good place to start.

  149. Herd's Mom
    9:16 pm on March 1st, 2014

    O.K. Rio, I wondered where you and Digger/Daddy Dawg got to this morning. Hope you both enjoyed the reindeer hot dogs but remember Hobbits rule about no farts (or is that Old Farts) in the house.

  150. Thieves!
    9:17 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Moderation! Our last comment is being moderated! Was it something we said? 🙂

  151. Thieves!
    9:23 pm on March 1st, 2014

    We wonder who Rio blames for his, we, scented emissions when Beau isn’t around.

  152. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Farts!…Mine always have to ferment for a while for maximum effect for when they are finally released into the surrounding atmosphere…heh!heh!

  153. Thieves!
    9:27 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Rio: You were brought up right.

  154. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:31 pm on March 1st, 2014

    CHobbit!….She has been such a wonderful host to all of us that I do try to take “it” outside….snuffle!…But accidents do happen (all the time)…wheeze!

  155. Diane C.
    9:32 pm on March 1st, 2014

    B and M–I sooo apologize. Mr. O’H–excellent balance. I’m still catching up–was at the opera today, but got out on time to think positive thoughts for the start of Team Snowhook.

  156. Barb & Maggie
    9:32 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Thanks for more great pictures.

    Hold onto your wallet Digger, the rumor is that Dawson is a card shark!

  157. Herd's Mom
    9:32 pm on March 1st, 2014

    After the Ceremonial start and the pomp came something as silly as I have ever seen. More ridiculous than Mardi Gras and Spring Break rolled together. “The Running of the Reindeer” goes down the same street as the Start but people make silly costumes (or non-costumes…bare skin) and run down the street with poor frightened reindeer being herded behind them. I thought I saw a pug costume give Dirty/Digger/Daddy Dawg a wink. Could it have been?

  158. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:45 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Agreement!….Digger Daddy Dawg have a mutual agreement. He supplies me with bowls of beer and extra food and I agree to never sit near him when I have to release some mighty fine gas emissions…sniff!

  159. Thieves!
    9:50 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Digger: We have some extra aces if you need them while playing cards with Dawson. Say the word and they will be up your sleeve in no time.

  160. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Hey!…If I had sleeves I could use some of those Aces myself…sniff!…We won’t here from Dawson, she is far too busy to post anything more than once, and she’s already met her limit tonight….grunt!

    Digger!…I could use another beer here!…heh!heh!…It’s been a long day Daddy Dawg. A very Long day. …wheeze!

  161. Dirty Daddy Dawg
    9:58 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Rio & Thiefs thanks. I/m just waiting to reel in Dawson like a fish off my boat. Glad Rio enjoyed out morning adventure.

  162. BearSpiritDog
    10:16 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Dirty Daddy Dawg: Be very, very careful…that Crafty Card-Shark Dawson is just bidding her time. Heh.

  163. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:17 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Dawg!…When’s the card game start?…snort!…Youse guys will let me in on it, right?…heh!heh!….I have plenty of Beau’s treatie money on paw if need be….snort!…You have a Drity Dawg Boat????

  164. Masquers
    10:17 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Bear! Damit!

  165. Herd's Mom
    10:18 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Staff: I saw what Dawson got…wowzer! You’re going to love it.
    Rio: Now I know why Digger is so tired, you little scamp. Thank dod the Plunderer Central isn’t pet friendly or I’d have a sofa-pug.

  166. BearSpiritDog
    10:23 pm on March 1st, 2014

    This guy is Dawg-Tired. Headed for my warm, soft bed – Bear

  167. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:29 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Bear!…Seriously, it is only 7:35pm your time…grunt!….Is everyone dying out on me tonight? Maybe if I had gotten to go along for the Ceremonial Start I would be tired too….sniff!

  168. Dirty Daddy Dawg
    10:33 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Rio, if you can get downtown town we can enter the Alaska Hold ’em tournament tonight that ends the Fur Rondy. The thieves have all the aces under their collars so we are a shoo in to win!

  169. O'Howlers' Mom
    10:37 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Don’t lose your pants, Digger.

  170. Staff
    10:41 pm on March 1st, 2014

    OOOO Money spent at the quilt store. Yark! I hope they had some of the dog sled fabric. I love love love it. Not sure what I would do but I think some form of harmonic convergence quilt…

  171. Thieves!
    10:42 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Count us in! We also have a few UNO cards up our collars for good measure. You can never be too careful.

  172. Tupper and Gilly
    10:44 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Rio – its almost 11 here. Hope you don’t mind if we go off to our nice warm beds.

    See you all at the start tomorrow. Woo hooooo

  173. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:46 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Daddy!…Fur Rowdy!…Poker!…Aces!…Thieves!…CHobbit told me I cannot leave the Hobbit Hotel or my friend will bring the law down on her….sniff!….So I will try and creep out of an open window later Big Daddy Dawg!…snort!…Have a cold one ready for me…shuffle!

  174. Staff
    10:50 pm on March 1st, 2014

    I have a confession to make. I missed the ceremonial start. I thought I knew what time it started. Yark. I was wrong. sob sob sob.

    I will be ready tomorrow though. I will listen to the bad announcers and complain and dream of a dark blue night sky convergence quilt with northern lights and dogs running under the stars…Yeep.

    Good night all.


  175. Herd's Mom
    10:50 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Whoa, what’s all this about the Old Fart sneaking out to play cards with a pug? I don’t think so, not tonight. There is a race to start in the A.M. so I am chasing the Daddy Dawg off to bed and am not too far behind.
    Ceremonial start was fun and the morning was Alaska temperature-like
    Nighty night.

  176. Dawson
    10:52 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Say Plunderers! Why are y’all on Digger’s side? He is 2 games ahead of me.

  177. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:00 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Staff!…You are batting a big fat ZERO so far…grunt!…What is up with you lately?…sniff!

    Dawson!…You have a bone-a-fied adversary now…heh!heh!…Someone can actually beat you in cards – TWICE…snort!…I love it! And he has a boat for a quick get-away…chuffle!

  178. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:02 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Go Dawson Go!
    Go Dawson Go!

    (ve dont’ know vhere, but ve cheer for you)

  179. Masquers
    11:10 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Awesome One: We thought you were letting him win.

  180. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:12 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Maskers!…It sounds like the Thieves! were helping Daddy Dawg…snort!… But I still believe in him and I hope there is a card game show-down before everyone has to take off for parts unknown…sniff!

  181. Tenzing
    11:14 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Dawson: I am cheering for you. You earned my respect when you bested me at the first 113 games we played together.

  182. Barb & Maggie
    11:19 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Diane we are confused. Why are you apologizing to us?

    Saying good night. Sweet dreams to all.

  183. O'Howlers' Mom
    11:45 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Dawson is not taking iteasy on ML and me. She is whooping us in thiscard game she taught us.

    We have to leave Anchorage for Snowhook tomorrow at 7:15 am!!!

  184. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:47 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Early!…Howlers-Maw, why the hell are you NOT in bed right now?…grunt!…Get your little butt to bed or else…sniff!

  185. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:50 pm on March 1st, 2014

    Time!…I know it is only barely 8:00pm here in Alaska, but if you are not feeling well, and I know you are NOT, you should be in bed getting some rest…sniffle!…I myself am up and feeling Tip-Top, but there is no one around here to play cards with….grunt!grumble!…Bunch of ole folks, I swear….sniff!

  186. O'Howlers' Mom
    12:05 am on March 2nd, 2014

    Rio, I was in bed earlier. I need to stay up for a bit or I will havetroublesleeping thru the night.

  187. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:07 am on March 2nd, 2014

    ((((sigh))))!…sniff!…Well, until someone gets up to raid CHobbit’s fridge later tonight, I will be lying down in Sadie’s warm soft bed…snort!…Gooodnight all!…Early morning around here tomorrow…groan!…But it will be exciting to say the least!..chuffle!

    Bed!…Sadie is a bit confused tonight….grump!

  188. Elliot
    12:10 am on March 2nd, 2014

    Thanks for all the pictures, Plunderers. Even though I prefer to chase a laser beam I can relate to those dogs wanting to go, go, go!

  189. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:10 am on March 2nd, 2014

    MY BED!…All sorted out now…snort!sneeze!

  190. Dawson
    12:16 am on March 2nd, 2014

    I did let Digger win the first two games, then I won the next two and finally he beat me two more times, the dirty Dawg.

  191. ML
    12:18 am on March 2nd, 2014

    Dawson won the game SHE taught us, I think she made up the rules as she went along, heh heh.

  192. C.hobbiti
    2:47 am on March 2nd, 2014

    A few of us have been dealing with congestion and scratchy throats. Tonight Sadie had a late supper and a few minutes later threw it up. Too much excitement between race day and card playing I guess. The Hobbit Hotel is going to lose one of its rating stars if residents keep getting sick. I do dearly love my guests and am going to feel sad and lonely at checkout time

    It all leads up to tomorrow GO SNOWHOOK!

  193. bluecat
    7:45 am on March 2nd, 2014

    Howlers’ Mom – many thanks for the Quig picture. He looks very content with a petting hand on his head.

    Thanks for all the pictures and the reporting. You guys rock.

    Big day ahead. All of us here are with all of you there, two-legged and four-legged.

    Onward Snowhook, in Melanie’s race…

  194. Diane C.
    9:21 am on March 2nd, 2014

    B and M–Because you pointed out the error.

    Now–Rio has a son? Really?

  195. Masquers
    10:38 am on March 2nd, 2014

    Good morning to youse, Blukat & DianeC and Plunderers all.
    (except for LizF in Oz, G’night to you)

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