Congratulations To Rev, Maple, Lance, And The Whole Team (Revised)

“An amazing race,” Bernie says. He’s talking about the Iditarod, kind of hard to follow from here in the Valley. “Why isn’t it on TV like the cross-country skiing in the Olympics? Anyway, Lance Mackey and his team of eleven dogs, led by Rev and Maple, won the race, pulling into Nome in just under nine days. The big move was a run of 140 miles with almost no rest from Nulato to Unalakleet. Am I saying it right?”

Bernie’s asking me if he’s saying something right?

“Where are these places?” Now he’s busy with maps. “If we weren’t so caught up in this Jason thing, we could make a quick trip up there. Alaska sounds good.”

The Jason thing, so hard to keep all the details straight. For starters, he’s Colonel Bob’s son. Ray’s his first name. The Jason part comes from this woman we’re also looking for.

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46 Responses to “Congratulations To Rev, Maple, Lance, And The Whole Team (Revised)”

  1. Melanie
    5:05 am on March 17th, 2010

    Ah Ha! More information! A name and another person who is missing.

    I have to agree with Bernie about not showing the race. When I think of how many hours and hours and hours they showed Curling.

    Commander Rio, was it the mind control chippy thing that made Chet give us the info on Ray Jason?

  2. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:09 am on March 17th, 2010

    Kiss me!… I’m Irish!…snort!

  3. Melanie
    5:18 am on March 17th, 2010

    Rio!!! Irish!!! Had some Irish setter in your ancestors? Maybe some Irish water spaniel?

    I could see that!

  4. B. Stover
    5:22 am on March 17th, 2010

    Ray Jason's mother is also missing. A two-missing-people case. Very interesting. More please…..

  5. dawson
    6:17 am on March 17th, 2010


    A two-persons-missing case and a circus!

    And Rio: I'd rather kiss a Newf. (Less bending).

    Melanie: If I had my choice of watching the iditarod or curling, it would sure be the iditarod.

  6. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:43 am on March 17th, 2010

    Dawson!… I could climb up your leg and sit in your lap!… Aye Lassie?

    Laddies!… I wonder if the boys on Cape Cod will be a drinkin’ green beer today?

  7. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:14 am on March 17th, 2010

    Ray!… this gets better and better!… snort!… A two person missing case, a circus, an Elephant!…grunt !… and don’t forget the Baboon!… wheeze! … and somewhere in there is a Pitch Fork!….yikes!

  8. dawson
    7:30 am on March 17th, 2010


    Rio: Are you saying I have legs like a tree trunk? and…There's no way you are sitting on my lap after having drank a snootful of green beer, snarfed a half dozen sausages whole, no chewing involved and investigated baboons and elephants with a pitchfork!


  9. Siberian Husky
    7:37 am on March 17th, 2010

    The iditarod does not have any tv coverage in the lower 48 because animal rights groups like PETA have gotten to the sponsors. A long time ago, one of the networks gave it some coverage. the Discovery channel tried it one year, and some obscure sports channel gave it some coverage just last year. That is why I subscribe to the Iditarod Insider, which I pay for out of my own allowance. I get to see all the videos that way, and follow the gps trackers they put on every sled. To watch those little green flags on the map of Alaska slowly move across the state may sound boring, but if you are a nutcase like me, it is addictive.

    The Iditarod is not dog abuse. Those dogs love doing it. Yes, sometimes a dog will die, but take 1000 dogs in the lower 48 and the 1000 dogs doing the Iditarod for 2 weeks, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which group of dogs have the highest mortality rate. The Iditarod dogs get better vet care, better food, more human interaction, than a lot of so called pets. Just watch some of the Iditarod videos to see really happy dogs.

    If groups like PETA would focus their energies on real wrongs, like puppy mills, the world would be a better place for dogs.

  10. Siberian Husky
    7:45 am on March 17th, 2010

    ok, that was my serious moment for the day. It is time now to see how the Siberians are doing out on the Bering Sea Ice. Even though we have a winner, the journery goes on.

    You don't have to be Irish to drink green beer. I'm having some later. I'm also going to think about the Col. Bob thing later.

  11. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:46 am on March 17th, 2010

    Siber-H! … is awesome when he gets on a Soap Box!… snort!… and I am sure we can all agree with him too!…wheeze!

    Spring!…. No beer drinking for me … yet!…grunt!… I’m just happy Spring is right around the corner!… heh!

  12. Melanie
    7:53 am on March 17th, 2010

    S.Husky, I'm doing the Insider thing next year. Can't wait. Puppy Mills . . . Yuck. I wish Chet could do something about the Puppy Mills.

    I can't remember which team 2 had the puppies on the team. They were training. The musher was to make sure they had a great time. Four older dogs on the team and the rest around 20 months. The musher sang to, played with and is having a wonderful time making sure that team has a wonderful time.

    Then I see a 'family' pet tied up in the backyard with nothing to do.

  13. Barb & Maggie
    8:08 am on March 17th, 2010

    My Mom and I agree with you Siber-H. Puppy mill people should receive the same treatment they give their dogs, when they are caught. Wonder how they would like living in a little cage and standing in poop. Happy St. Pats everyone, and Mom says just for today I can be an Irish Shepherd. I think she is going to give me a little dish of corned beef later. Wags, Maggie

  14. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:26 am on March 17th, 2010

    Come On!…Dawson!… Live on the wild side!… snort!… I can see your Irish eyes are smilin’…

    Bless your little Irish heart and every other Irish part…snicker!

  15. Barb & Maggie
    8:28 am on March 17th, 2010

    Hey, Rio. Dog World mag has a Pug puppy on the cover this month. Bet it looks just you back in the day, before all the beer and sausages!

  16. B. Stover
    9:43 am on March 17th, 2010

    Col. Bob’s son is Ray Jason…..

  17. Siberian Husky
    9:12 am on March 17th, 2010

    Melanie: You and the newfs will enjoy the Iditarod Insider thing. Somtimes, they have a few interesting technical glitches, but that has just become part of the Iditarod for me. They get them fixed one way or another.

    Mom is cooking corned beef and cabbage today. That should be a simple dish to fix, right? What I am saying is. she probably can't mess this one up too much. I hope.

  18. Siberian Husky
    9:32 am on March 17th, 2010

    gasp…the team of Siberians are out there all alone on the sea ice with just their dad–no other teams and mushers around. It is back to toenail biting time till they get safely onshore.

  19. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:38 am on March 17th, 2010

    Magpie!…. are you calling me a Pudgy Pug?…snort!… I resemble that remark!….hmmmpf!

    –Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left?–

    Answer: five.

    Why? Because there's a difference between deciding & doing.

  20. Mollypop
    10:43 am on March 17th, 2010

    Well Rio – If you eat pasta and anti-pasta, do they cancel each other out?

  21. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:53 am on March 17th, 2010

    Snort!…. Zero Calories!…burp!…not counting the beer.

  22. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:27 am on March 17th, 2010

    An Irish Pub Joke…snort!

    An Irishman, an Englishman and a Scotsman go into a pub. Each orders a pint of Guinness. Just as the bartender hands them over, three flies buzz down and land– one, two, three– in each of the pints.

    The Englishman looks disgusted, pushes his pint away and demands another… the Scotsman picks out the fly, shrugs, and takes a long swallow.

    The Irishman reaches in to the glass, grabs the fly between his fingers and shakes him as hard as he can, shouting 'Spit it out, ya bloody bastard! Spit it out!'

  23. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:39 am on March 17th, 2010

    Another Irish Joke!….snort!…. stop me stop me!…grunt!

    For a holiday, Mulvaney decided to go to Switzerland to fulfill a lifelong dream and climb the Matterhorn. He hired a guide and just as they neared the top, the men were caught in a snow slide.

    Three hours later, a Saint Bernard plowed through to them, a keg of brandy tied under his chin.

    "Hooray!" shouted the guide. "Here comes man's best friend!"

    "Yeah," said Mulvaney. "An' look at the size of the dog that's bringin' it!"

  24. Melanie
    11:40 am on March 17th, 2010

    LOL Rio,

    So we are of Irish descent. We are eating Chinese tonight!

    Didn't have to cook!!

  25. Mollypop
    12:42 pm on March 17th, 2010

    It's not Irish, but we're on a roll.

    What do you call a dyslexic, agnostic, insomniac?

  26. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:49 pm on March 17th, 2010

    Snort!…I'll bite!… what?

  27. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:58 pm on March 17th, 2010

    hmmm!… well while she is thinking up an answer!…snort!.. here's an old one!

    A man with a banana stuck in his ear and a green bean stuffed up each nostril walks into the doctor's office. The doctor looks at him and asks what he can do for him. "Doctor, I just haven't been feeling well lately." "Well, I can see you are not eating right."

  28. Mollypop
    12:59 pm on March 17th, 2010

    Answer: A person who lies awake at night wondering if there really is a Dog.

  29. Rio - The Evil Pug
    1:05 pm on March 17th, 2010

    Snort!… good one!

  30. Siberian Husky
    1:14 pm on March 17th, 2010

    Those jokes are funny! I'll have to come up with a way to remember them so I can tell them to the gang at the dog park. Then there is my dad, who really does need to learn some new jokes.

  31. Melanie
    1:52 pm on March 17th, 2010

    Very good all. I can never remember jokes. I can remember laughing at jokes and then trying to tell them to someone else. The key word there is trying.

  32. Melanie
    1:54 pm on March 17th, 2010

    S. Husky, what happened to the musher and Siberian Huskies???

    Did they make it?

    I don't know which team they are so I don't know if they've come in.

  33. Lexi
    2:01 pm on March 17th, 2010

    Kiss me! My humans are Irish!

  34. Siberian Husky
    3:26 pm on March 17th, 2010

    Melanie: Yes, the Siberians are safely off the sea ice, and on the shore resting in a village. It is Blake Freaking and his team. They are not rookies and have done this race before. They are trying to beat their own time to Nome, which is a record for a purebred team. So far, so good.

    Newton Marshall (the dude from Jamacia) is running a good race for a rookie. He is running Lance Mackey's dogs. If Newton keeps this up, year after year, he might be first to Nome someday.

  35. Siberian Husky
    3:27 pm on March 17th, 2010

    Here's a big smooch for you Lexi.

  36. Melanie
    3:34 pm on March 17th, 2010


    I will put Freaking on my watch list and cross fingers and paws for him to break his record. I'm also watching Newton Marshall. In the pics, he looks happy and cold. His dogs look great. 4 of my 9 have made it to Nome.

  37. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:40 pm on March 17th, 2010

    Heeeeyyyy!… How come that little miss prissy cutie pie only has to ask once and she gets a big smooch??… snort!…Not that I want Siber-H or Wookie anywhere near me!… damn!…. No green beer for us tonight!… Next!… best thing!… Bacon egg and cheese sandwiches!… yum!… Sounded good at the time, till some of the bacon got burned…yuck!… Guess who got that sprinkled on their kibble??… crap!

  38. Mollypop
    4:18 pm on March 17th, 2010

    Idol is getting rid of people – but Mom loves Crystal Bowersox.

  39. Siberian Husky
    4:20 pm on March 17th, 2010

    and a big St. Patrick's Day smooch to Rio. Sorry, sorry sorry, Rio. I couldn't resist.

  40. Mollypop
    4:34 pm on March 17th, 2010

    Siber H. – You rock!

  41. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:12 pm on March 17th, 2010

    Ewwwww!… I’ve been busy with the mission plans and this is what I come back to!?…. poooey!. pew! .pooey!.. My own agent … Freaking should be your name dude! Watch yer step pal….ugh.

  42. Georgette Madak
    6:41 pm on March 17th, 2010

    People always say that dogs love the Iditarod. Sure, the dogs love to run and that's great. Do they love running 11 hundred miles at top speed? Somehow I'm not so sure.

  43. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:46 pm on March 17th, 2010

    We will let Siber-H answer that question Miss Georgette. In fact he has already answered it in a Post up above…snort!..

  44. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:35 pm on March 17th, 2010

    Night all… achin' back..been up all night.. working on the mission plan. snicker! fun times hopefully.

  45. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:33 am on March 18th, 2010

    Chet!…I forgot to mention to you, what another great post today for all of us here at your blog. You Rock Chet!… But watch out for Siber-H, he will try to give you a big SMOOCH! unexpectedly! … dodge ball it!

  46. Georgette Madak
    6:42 pm on March 18th, 2010

    Well Mr Evil Pug, I re-read SH's post and I'm seeing:

    "Yes, sometimes a dog will die…"

    and some stuff about "mortality rate".

    As I said, go-for-it if they like to run. It's the humans who decided on 1100 miles.

    Oh, and please don't insult me. I am NOT (shiver) a member of PETA. Excuse me while I throw up.

    Better, Now I'm going to look for a snack – maybe some uncooked bacon to settle my stomach.


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