Congratulations, Winky!

“The random number generator has spoken,” Spence says, “and – “

“Have you ever noticed how it speaks an obscure Lower Silesian dialect forgotten everywhere except for one Black Forest hamlet?” says Admin.

” – the word it uttered was: Winky! Winky will be in the special place over on the right for the month of March and as soon as Winky’s human companion sends a mailing address to a signed – “

” – and paw-printed – “

” – copy of A Fistful of Collars will be on it’s way.”

“It’s easy, fun and non-taxable,” Admin says. “Just upload a pic to the Friends gallery. The R#G does the rest. Next month we’ll consider throwing in a no-expenses-paid trip to the Black Forest.”

“Go Winky!”

Welcome listening dude, Remi (a Gordon Setter), Scooby D. Labbe, Sweet Dax, Zippy, Tia from Ottawa Canada, Godiva Handley from Hawaii, Einstein (first Einstein in the gallery!), Holiday, Spencer (!), Toto, Sammy.



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151 Responses to “Congratulations, Winky!”

  1. OleyHowlers
    8:16 am on March 1st, 2013

    Congratulations to Winky.
    Lots of new FOCs this morning! All of them look great, but we have a partiality to the Listening Dude for some reason. 🙂

    34! How close is that to 2? And, more importantly, how high do the numbers go?

  2. OleyHowlers
    8:18 am on March 1st, 2013

    Oh! 34 out of 67! Not bad. Mom says that’s in the middle, which might be the best.

  3. Tupper and Gilly
    9:20 am on March 1st, 2013

    There is a baby seal as FOC!
    A Corgi would have been better.
    Oh well – guess our Plunder thoughts must have gotten skewed in transmission. They must have thought we were counting and got stuck. You know – we had TWO. They came back with THREE FOUR. It’s better than 66.

  4. OleyHowlers
    9:24 am on March 1st, 2013

    T&G! Good one! 2 2 2 2 ….. 3 4 ….

  5. B. Stover
    9:27 am on March 1st, 2013

    Winky is a cutie. Congratulations. (I’m going to look up Silesian.)

    Good morning all.

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:29 am on March 1st, 2013

    Good morning and congrats to Winky.

    A little light snow coming down but pretty quiet here. Wonder what the temp is way up north.

  7. B. Stover
    9:40 am on March 1st, 2013

    Barb: How are you doing with the cane?

  8. B. Stover
    9:50 am on March 1st, 2013

    Staff: To copy something on my computer, I select what I want to copy (you can sometimes highlight it if “select” is not available), right click and select “copy” or if that is not available, select and then ctrl c and then use the ctrl v to paste unto a Word document.

    This is an article on Silesian:

  9. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:50 am on March 1st, 2013

    Winky!…What the hell?!…snort! … Winky my @ss…sniff!

    Bibb!…So the chosen number for our team is 34?..wheeze!..Right smack in the middle of the pack..grunt!

  10. BearSpiritDog
    10:02 am on March 1st, 2013

    Happy Friday to All!
    Hey! Tomorrow’s the Big Day!!!

    Congratulations to the New FOC! Winky Rules for the next 31 Days.

    34 is not 2…but nevertheless it’s a Good Number…right in the middle.

    Wose: Good Morning! What did youse have to eat at the Banquet?

  11. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    10:04 am on March 1st, 2013

    HOH is really thinking about race and Alaska (never been there) and it must be working! It SNOWED at out dog house here for 40 minutes. Mom said so. Nothing stayed, ha, we stay better. Welcome Winky.

  12. OleyHowlers
    10:04 am on March 1st, 2013

    We can’t wait to get the skinny from Rose on the banquet and the mushers.
    This one’s for Rio:

  13. bluecat
    10:07 am on March 1st, 2013

    Hi all and a couple of good ones, T&G.

    Winky’s (almost) as cute as our Princess Sam.

    Bee. Thanks for the language info. Is there anything OFA doesn’t know?

    34 – onward from there, Snowhook!

  14. Macy the min-pin
    10:09 am on March 1st, 2013

    Royals, lol, we had the same thought about (1,2) 34. Mom sees patterns in numbers everywhere.

    SNOWhook, SNOWhook, SNOWhook! Get plenty of rest, guys and gals, it is almost SHOWTIME! (breathe, Macy, breathe)

  15. Princess Sam
    10:10 am on March 1st, 2013


  16. Alice M. Johnson
    10:25 am on March 1st, 2013

    Watza matter Sam?

  17. OleyHowlers
    10:26 am on March 1st, 2013

    NEWS: on her way back from Masquers mom’s house, Kat got to drop by the Mushers’ lunch, and snapped this picture of The Giant and friends. He is against the wall. Tallest (and smartest) guy in the room.

  18. Siber-H
    10:30 am on March 1st, 2013

    Alice, Sam lost the monthly drawing is what is the matter with her.

    Congratulations Winky.


  19. Barb & Maggie
    10:42 am on March 1st, 2013
  20. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:43 am on March 1st, 2013

    Wow!…Look at all that Beer!…Woooooo!

  21. Masquers
    10:45 am on March 1st, 2013

    Howlers: There’s the Giant and Bella by his side…our Rose is in there somewhere…and the Professor too.
    Huge glasses of brew…heh, heh…and a good time was had by all.
    Macy: If we are watching the race as Iditarod Insiders, TV reception will not be an issue, will it?
    B&M: Same goes for kats. We are an early warning system too.
    Kats of the Blog: Do I say it true?

  22. Siber-H
    11:01 am on March 1st, 2013

    GAH, GAH, GAH,

    The Iditarod has changed the design of its Iditarod Forums. They are now a facebookie wannabe.

  23. dawson
    11:03 am on March 1st, 2013

    Good morning.
    Winky was up top twice yesterday. I was wondering if she was a seal pup because I saw no legs. Congratulations Winky (and if you are a male, my apologies).

    #34! That’s the best number yet. The first year AJ was #63, then #38. #34 out of 67 is perfect. I wonder what is the largest number of mushers ever signed up for the Iditarod? 67 has got to be close.

    I’m going to get a cup of cawfee and take a look at all the new Friends of Chet.

  24. Melanie
    11:08 am on March 1st, 2013

    Hi Winky, we might have to get another saddle for the Newfs if you decide to join our parties!

    Being of a curious mind set, I looked up to see if there were any dogs from Silesian and there are! One is a rare breed and I will need the large computer for more info, but here is the link for the Wolf (dog) of Silesian.

  25. Tyb
    11:23 am on March 1st, 2013

    We’re working today and Mollypop’s mom just stopped to remind me to put up a
    calendar page today. My watch says it’s only Feb. 29th, but here it is.

  26. BearSpiritDog
    11:26 am on March 1st, 2013

    Amon! What a Great Bio! He doesn’t seem to have any of the usual traits of the Wolf Ancestry.
    Thanks for the info on the Silesian Wolfdog, Melanie.
    Very interesting.

    As usual, Spence and Admin are on Top of Things when it comes to the nation within.

  27. BearSpiritDog
    11:32 am on March 1st, 2013

    Thanks, TYB! We thought it was February 29th today too, but then that happened Last Year…2012…a Leap Year.

  28. B. Stover
    12:08 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Amon is very beautiful. Thank you Melanie. It says that he has a “good mask.” What does that mean?

  29. OleyHowlers
    12:16 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Amon is a good-looking member of the Nation Within. We hope he is not kept tethered all the time. Speaking of tethering, some of our state senators have introduced an anti-tethering bill. We hope it gets passed.

    March 2nd is Read Across America Day! That is in addition to the day of the ceremonial Iditarod Start, AND Pop’s Birthday! What a great day!

  30. Whitey-Lance
    12:23 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Yawn. Stretch. Shake.

    The Giant and my Lady got home in the middle of the night after seeing Wose and the professor to their hotel. The banquet ended late last night. We here at the kennel have not met Wose and the Professor, yet. The four of them were in town all day yesterday. I can report my Lady says Wose and the Professor are the nicest people. My mama smiled when she told us that maybe if we try real hard to put him at ease, the Professor will come out of his shell. I can also report that Wose wore her SK hat yesterday. Our mama said she looked great!

    Wose and the Professor are coming out today. We can’t wait to see Wose in her SK and Pancho and Lefty at eager to have Rose’s take on which of two is better looking. My money is on me.

    Belle Starr is beside herself. I’ve been beside myself before when I was on a bit of a wanderabout. It doesn’t tickle.

  31. Tupper and Gilly
    12:37 pm on March 1st, 2013
  32. OleyHowlers
    12:41 pm on March 1st, 2013

    T&G, That is very sad.

    W-L, Do you know if Wose or the Prof ate any moose?

  33. OleyHowlers
    12:52 pm on March 1st, 2013

    There is a race preview video file available to Insiders. You have to download it, but we can’t seem to figure out what link gets you to the menu that lets you download and save it. Have any of youse been able to do this?

  34. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:54 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Tupper!…Its a Murder Mystery…snort!…Where’s Chet?

  35. Whitey-Lance
    12:57 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Howlers: I can report that steak was served last night at the banquet. I can also report that the Professor said on the car ride home, “I assume that was beef.” Yes, indeed. It was beef.

    I can also report that my mama says Rose is tiny like Belle Starr.

  36. BearSpiritDog
    12:59 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Tupper&Gilly: No, No, No. Say it isn’t true! The Nation Within is now Not Safe at the prestigious Westminster Dog Show?
    One of my very Best Friends is a Samoyed who has gone over the Bridge.

  37. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:03 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Whitey!…Is that the only thing the Prof said all night long?…snort!…Not a bad question to ask, but I would have asked it before eating..heh!

  38. Tupper and Gilly
    1:05 pm on March 1st, 2013

    “It WAS beef, wasn’t it?” tee hee…….

    Well Prof, if you are driving down the road, and there is a giant moose looking angrily at you – RUN!!!!!

    Rose is indeed tiny. She and Belle will be giggling in the corner together, swapping pink, sparkly things.

  39. Masquers
    1:07 pm on March 1st, 2013

    What’s up with the blog? This first page is not refreshing as usual.
    Siber: Seems every year the Insider changes its format in what I can only assume is an attempt to make it user friendly, but ends up causing frustration instead.

  40. Siber-H
    1:12 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Masquers, refesh is working for me now, but I have had problems with it from time to time.

  41. OleyHowlers
    1:18 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Siber, The Forums look the same to us. And Mom just started a Justin Savidis topic under the Root for your Favorite Musher. Quick, everybody go add a comment in that one!!!!!

  42. Siber-H
    1:23 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Fellow Sibers, The Forums are different than last year. Your mom’s full name is now appearing with her post.
    I always logged in before. I was snowdog.

  43. OleyHowlers
    1:28 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Yes you are right about the name. Ours may have been just OleyHowlers before. But we think maybe we can correct that.

  44. OleyHowlers
    1:30 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Siber, Now are posts shows as Oley Howlers.

  45. OleyHowlers
    1:30 pm on March 1st, 2013

    OUR posts. Grrrr…honest Bee, it was a typo.

  46. Whitey-Lance
    1:31 pm on March 1st, 2013

    SiberH: My mama says sometimes change is good. She says sometimes it isn’t for the best. She is not a big fan of some the recent changes with the race’s media and communications. She was upset when she saw that AJ’s official bio was changed for the race guide. She found out yesterday that AJ’s bio wasn’t the only one changed. She also found out that others are upset about the changes made to their bio. Grumpity, grump, grump, grump. She misses the old look of the website and forum, too. I remind her that we will plunder on through the changes—hey, that’s what we do!

  47. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    1:32 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Wow…reading the 1:07 and 1:12 posts was like Greek to the HOH!

  48. OleyHowlers
    1:40 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Come on Race Fans. So far we are the only Savidis fans in the forum. Get it up for Snowhook!

  49. Masquers
    1:49 pm on March 1st, 2013

    HOH: Normally when refreshing the first page it will bring you back to the last post. Today that is not happening.

  50. Melanie
    2:01 pm on March 1st, 2013

    B.Stover, the mask is the markings on a dog’s face. Sibers have masks. Newfs don’t.

    Finished doing Stuff. Tired of doing stuff! But the sun is out and I’m about to read T&G’s link and then head over to the Iditarod.

    Now if I can just remember to what I changed my ID.

  51. c.HBHB
    2:06 pm on March 1st, 2013

    I am trying out c.HBHB (c. Honbit Hobbit)
    Oley: I posted on your Iditarod musher page so now there are two posts!

  52. B. Stover
    2:14 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Thanks Melanie.

    Howlers, I knew that it was a typo.

  53. Siber-H
    2:15 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Whitey-Lance—Very well said.
    Right now I am on strike and not messing with the Iditarod Forums. I may get over it and I may not.

    HOH, The refresh problem I have is a white page coming up sometimes instead of the blog.
    Do you know what the refresh button is? Don’t feel bad if you don’t. I have a long history of not knowing a whole lot of computer stuff.

  54. Melanie
    2:16 pm on March 1st, 2013

    For those of you having trouble finding where to download their Race Review . .
    I went to my-account then premium content and then (because it was Mac) did the Control Key + while clicking where it says “click here”.

  55. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:17 pm on March 1st, 2013

    C.Hobbit!..I do not like it…sniff!

  56. OleyHowlers
    2:19 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Siber (and all): do youse remember how the Iditarod announcer from last year sort of dissed ourfavorite? Well, if we let them know how damn popular he is, maybe they will stand up and take notice!
    Tthanks c.HBHB (that’s hard to get right).

  57. OleyHowlers
    2:24 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Melanie, We try that on our p.c., but the dropdown doesn’t give us any download options. If we select Open in new window, it just spins.

  58. Siber-H
    2:27 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Fellow Sibers, I do remember, but mom does not want her name up there on the forums.
    There is a discussion somewhere on the new forums about privacy issues. I am not the only one that is unhappy.

  59. Melanie
    2:29 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Okay, I believe I have picked my five . .

    AJ (well duh)
    John Baker (loved his comment when he won in 2011)
    Paige Drobny (she finished the Yukon Quest with a happy healthy team.)
    Newton Marshal (He’s from Jamaica, what’s not to love)
    Mikhail Telpin (from Russia with Chukchi sled dogs. Togo was a Chukchi dog!)

  60. Melanie
    2:33 pm on March 1st, 2013

    I do have to say it’s taking a Looonnnnggg time to download, but it’s getting there.

    If you just click the link (don’t know how that would work with those left and right clickers) it shows up on your screen as a streaming video.

  61. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    2:35 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Masquers: TY, we are begining to understand (somethings).
    S-H: Have seen refresh, just didn’t know it was for anything.

  62. BearSpiritDog
    2:37 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Melanie: PawWords! We here can relate. For some Strange Reason (security no doubt) we have been requested to change passwords on most of our accounts of late. Of course, since Someone has forgotten the original passwords, this is becoming a problem. And yes, before you ask, they ARE written down someplace…albeit in teeny, tiny print.

    c.HBHB: You will always be C.Hobbit to us.

  63. OleyHowlers
    2:41 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Siber, All you have to do is click on Community…Profile…Edit. Then you can change your name back to Snow Dog or whatever. That is what will show on hour pists.

  64. OleyHowlers
    2:42 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Trying again: Siber, All you have to do is click on Community…Profile…Edit. Then you can change your name back to Snow Dog or whatever. That is what will show on your posts.

  65. BearSpiritDog
    2:46 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Hounds: I myself found the Refresh Button only last year. It is definitely the shorter version of refreshing the page.

    Here’s something of interest for the Quilters on the Blog:

  66. Melanie
    2:50 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Hmm, so is pists the past tense of what the Pack likes to do outside?

    Also for the quilters, The Royals’ Mum sent me a bag of books and one is “The Dead of Winter” by Paula Gosling. One of the protagonists is a quilter and she is making on of the ice fishing huts on the lake. I thought that was cool. No pictures of the quilt though. Just a glove on the front with footprints.

  67. Melanie
    2:52 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Hi HOH!

    BearSpiritDog, where is this refresh button of which you speak? (or type)

  68. B. Stover
    2:59 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Melanie: My refresh “button” is an icon up by the http address line. There is a magnifying glass, a broken page, a partial circle with an arrow (that’s the refresh icon) and an X which closes the page.

  69. Siber-H
    3:06 pm on March 1st, 2013

    HOH Just click on the refresh button when you want to see the
    newest posts on the blog. The referesh button is the easiest way to do this.

    Ok Fellow Sibers, I will go back to the Forums and check out what you said.

  70. Melanie
    3:18 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Oh, I know about that refresh item, I thought I was supposed to be seeing something on the blog page.

    Going to watch a new series (for us) called “New Tricks”. BBC Netflix disc.

    Zoë and I figure if we start this early, we might not fall asleep.

  71. Siber-H
    3:18 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Fellow Sibers, Well, what do you know. I did it!
    I could never have done it without you guys telling me each step.
    I still don’t like the way they have redesigned the forums.

  72. Siber-H
    3:29 pm on March 1st, 2013

    I notice I am now also snowdog when I hit the Iditarod’s home page. That is more entertaining than seeing my mom’s name up there.

  73. dawson
    3:31 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Arrrgh! I sent a letter to the Iditaroder Insider because I cannot access the videos.
    The five Mushers I am going to watch are AJ, Mike Williams, Jr.& Sr. (father/son native mushers), Luan Ramos Marques (from Brazil!), and Joar Leifseth Ulsom (from Norway).

    I like all Melanie’s picks, too.

  74. Whitey-Lance
    3:38 pm on March 1st, 2013

    My mama is waiting until the last possible minute before the start of the race to become an insider, but she saw a place for a coupon code for ordering the insider. Did anyone get a coupon code? We here don’t recall receiving said code.

    Annabelle is helping my mama sew dog jackets right now. So far, the division of duties appears to be one does the sewing and one curls up on the couch and goes to sleep.

  75. Siber-H
    3:42 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Whitey-Lance, I have never seen a coupon code, but I did get a lot of emails from them advertising their $150.00 package that includes the Insider.

  76. Whitey-Lance
    3:44 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Sneak peek! Here is a sneak peek at a story that is going to appear on the news tonight. I flashed my press pass and received permission from the reporter to post this link.

  77. Masquers
    4:14 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Whitey! Is that a tear I see in Mom’s eye? Why yes, yes it is.
    Thanks for the GREAT video of AJ, Rebecca and the team!!

  78. Masquers
    4:16 pm on March 1st, 2013

    What’s up with the coupon codes? They are popping up everywhere.

  79. Siber-H
    4:19 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Thank you, Whitey-Lance. Love that video! I think the tv station did an excellent and intelligent job on Snowhoook’s video.

  80. Melanie
    4:19 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Well, looks like “New Tricks” is good. Unfortunately, the disc is scratched. Sigh

  81. Princess Sam
    4:25 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Wow! Molly’s Mom told me how beautiful Rebecca is, and yes, she sure is.

  82. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    4:26 pm on March 1st, 2013

    S-H, Mel & WL: Thanks for taking inme to teach an old hound new tricks.

  83. BearSpiritDog
    4:27 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Warning, Warning!! We just received a Fraudulent Email saying Nana’s banking password had been changed. It advised us to click on a link if we indeed had not changed it. Nana opted to call the bank to report it instead.
    Heh. Someone here is smarter than the average Bear.

    Melanie: The Scratched Disc problem is usually discovered after it has been sitting around a couple of days, which in turn causes Big viewing delays.

  84. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    4:27 pm on March 1st, 2013

    S-H, Mel & WL: Thanks for taking TIME to teach an old hound new tricks. Maybe should take keyboarding too.

  85. OleyHowlers
    4:53 pm on March 1st, 2013

    We here didn’t get any coupon codes for Insider.
    We just watched Argo…what a great movie!
    Going to go watch W-L’s link now, and then see what anyone of youse posted on AJ’s forum page, bbl.

  86. Tupper and Gilly
    4:57 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Oh my, what a wonderful video! And yes, Rebecca is absolutely gorgeous. Pictures do not do her justice!

    Meanwhile, we are reporting to you from under the bed. Mama says there’s gonna be murder and mayhem around here before long, and we want to stay out of the path.
    Seems that Dad’s back is really hurting today, so he is staying on the couch with a heating pad and a blankie, watching bad movies. And being grumpy.
    So Mama went to the other part of the house, and Gramp is complaining that his eyeglasses aren’t giving him the 20/20 vision that he had 50 years ago. And he is being grumpy.
    So, Mama went back downstairs where Dad was sulking. She asked him what was wrong, and he said “You have no idea how frustrating it is to not be able to do the things you want to do.” And he said it with a straight face, looking directly at her with the big white thingie on her arm that keeps her from building pots, or painting and decorating them, or working on jewelry, or really stirring up a storm in the kitchen.
    Instead of whomping him with the big white thingie, she went BACK to the other part of the house, where Gramp was grumping. And he said to her, “You don’t understand. I want to do things and I can’t”.
    Right now, Mama is in the Mud Room, rummaging around for fast acting glue to put on their chairs at dinnertime. If they want to REALLY understand frustration….well, so be it.

  87. OleyHowlers
    5:07 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Oh no! War at T&G’s house! heh heh

    Great video. We here just love Bella and her Giant. Go Snowhook!
    Also, we got another Insider hooked on our team, thanks to all of our posts on the Forum!!!!

  88. Mollypop's Mom
    5:10 pm on March 1st, 2013

    That video! Seeing Rebecca again made me cry. It was so hard to say goodbye to her last summer and I fought the tears back then. Today those tears came in a flood.

  89. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:11 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Rebecca!…She will be cussing like a trooper on the news tonight…heh!heh!…I’ve taught her well…sniff!

  90. BearSpiritDog
    5:12 pm on March 1st, 2013

    O’Howlers and Siber-H: Help! We are having a Stressful Day Here…Can’t find the forum for 2013, only last years.

  91. OleyHowlers
    5:15 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Bear, Sign into your Insider account. Click on Community, then Forums.

  92. B. Stover
    5:22 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Rebecca: Thank you for the link. You guys did an excellent job.

  93. BearSpiritDog
    5:26 pm on March 1st, 2013

    O’Howlers: Thanks for bearing with us…after Someone here calmed down we found the link you posted earlier in the day…Easy-peasy.

  94. Siber-H
    5:30 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Bear, Or you could click on 2013 Race at the top of the Iditarod’s home page and then click on forums in the drop down menu.
    The strange thing is you want to click on the pale one (you can barely see it) that says Iditarod Forums and not the one that says Forum Archive.

  95. B. Stover
    5:35 pm on March 1st, 2013

    T&G: Males do not handle frustration well…never have and never will. (It’s a fact.)

  96. B. Stover
    5:38 pm on March 1st, 2013

    I commented on the forum.

  97. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:46 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Forum!…I’m not supposed to comment on Forums because someone says I will get in trouble….sniff!…So i have to wait for her to get home from the busy-place and all that jazz…grump!

  98. OleyHowlers
    5:52 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Rio, We almost aked you why your friend is at the busy place on a Saturday. Then we remembered this is a Friday that feels like a Saturday because the rents are home for the Big Birthday Weekend. heh heh

  99. Masquers
    5:52 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Siber: Thanks to your kool tip Mom was able to change her member name on the Insider.
    The excitement is building…only 20 hrs to go!!!

  100. Melanie
    6:09 pm on March 1st, 2013

    So let’s see . . a word problem.

    We are in a different time zone than Alaska.
    The Ceremonial Start begins at 10 am Alaska time.
    AJ will be the 34th to start.
    What time will he be starting at our time?


    The sound of my head exploding.

    Link was great. Added it to Facebook. OH went a step further and sent it on to Stormy Kromer’s.

    I have the same neck gator as Rebecca. Not surprising since she made mine.

  101. OleyHowlers
    6:20 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Mom has that same neck gator. It looks so much better on Rebecca. We think Mom’s neck must be short. (Whispering) shhhh she’s coming over here.

  102. OleyHowlers
    6:23 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Bear, What tip did Siber give you?

  103. OleyHowlers
    6:28 pm on March 1st, 2013

    We forgot to tell youse which 5 mushers we picked to follow:
    1. AJ
    2. Mike Ellis
    3. Martin Buser
    4. Ally Zirkle
    5. Brent Sass

  104. Masquers
    6:39 pm on March 1st, 2013

    What’s this? More tears? Mom says she never tires of watching this excellent video made by a Plunderer Extraordinaire.

    Howlers: Siber’s tip was for moi.
    He said we could change our name on the Insider page.

  105. Siber-H
    6:44 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Masquers, I wish I could take the credit, but it was the Howlers that taught me how to change my name.

    Fellow Sibers, That is very close to the same mushers I would pick.

  106. Masquers
    6:45 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Thanks Howlers!

  107. BearSpiritDog
    6:51 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Besides AJ, we like Martin Buser too and Allie is always a favorite. All we need now is 2 More. But this will have to be After Supper. I’m Hungry!


  108. OleyHowlers
    7:32 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Let us know who you pick. We are so excited now!

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:32 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Burgers!…I sniff! some friday night burgers being made…Wooooooo!….And some frenchie frys…snort!snort!…Friday nights are the Best!

  110. Barb & Maggie
    8:02 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Good night all, we are turning in early. Sorry to be party poopers!

  111. B. Stover
    8:07 pm on March 1st, 2013

    I picked AJ and no other musher. (Mainly because I don’t want all of those email messages.)

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:14 pm on March 1st, 2013


  113. Siber-H
    8:15 pm on March 1st, 2013

    I don’t pick the 5 mushers for the same reason…I do not want all the emails. I am already following on the GPS tracker the mushers I am interested in so I don’t see how the email messages can tell me anything I don’t already know.

  114. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:16 pm on March 1st, 2013

    SiberH!…High-Paws!….snort!burp! (burgers!)

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:19 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Rose!…I wonder what Rose and the Prof are doing this afternoon as it is only 4:17pm in Alaska?…snort!…Are they at Snowhook meeting and greeting the gang, maybe helping to sew jackets or any other last minute details…sniff!…I sure hope they remember to take photo after photo…grunt!

  116. Masquers
    8:36 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Wasn’t this the day Rose was going for the sled ride?

    Ceremonial Start in 17 and counting!

  117. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:44 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Gah!…That Mackey is right behind us in voices for Root for yer Musher on the Forum…sniff!

  118. Tupper and Gilly
    8:58 pm on March 1st, 2013


    Gramp and Dad are glued to their chairs and there’s nothing they can do about us getting into the treat jar and harassing the Wrotten Kats and digging on the carpet and jumping on the furniture and….


    Mama is sitting in a corner, rocking and giggling.

  119. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:07 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Forum!….I went out on a limb and started a topic under “Race Talk”….wuffle!…It’s called, “Does Money Matter?”…heh!…Just because I am curious I guess and because Snowhook never has enough money but they do have a lot of heart…wheeze!…Please add a comment or 10 to get the ball rolling, if you want…grunt!

  120. Gus and BooBear
    9:08 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Rebecca, either after the race starts or before if you know at the time, could you please list the starting line up of the Ateam and what position they each are running? Did Jr make the final cut? And what about Jem of the rather large nose?

    Did y’all notice that both AJ and Rebecca have Chet patches on their coats?

  121. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:08 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Tupper!… Stinky Mama sounds like maybe she’s gone off the deep end just a tad…sniff!… Hope no one gits hurt tonight….heh!snort!heh!

  122. Melanie
    9:22 pm on March 1st, 2013

    I think you’re right, Rio.
    It concerns me that I aent her the keys to the backhoe.
    Going to bed. Big goings on tomorrow.. Not only the Cermonial Start,but I’m doing wedding things with my niece!

  123. Whitey-Lance
    9:36 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Ahem…The Giant, my Lady, Wose and the Professor just came back to the kennel. Where were they? On the trail! They did a ten mile loop and get this—Wose and the Professor both drove a dog team! My mama said she was on the sled when Wose was driving and she was a natural. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that she was wearing my mama’s neck gator. Who knows. The Professor also took to it like a pro. What was he wearing for luck? My mama’s old mushing hat.

    Now, they are off to Mick and Jodi’s —- the peoople, not the puppies—for a snowBQ and a bonfire.

    Woo and hoo!

  124. Siber-H
    9:36 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Rio, That is an excelent topic you started. I replied to it.
    You are getting some posts from Iditarod Forum veterans on it.

  125. BearSpiritDog
    9:38 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Thinking about the comments regarding Favorite Mushers. It does get annoying receiving multiple emails.
    Thanks, B, it’s all coming back to us now.

    Justified! We finally have the previous seasons DVD from Netflix so now are Backtracking to Season 3.

    Tomorrow is the Big Day! See youse then – Bear

  126. Siber-H
    9:42 pm on March 1st, 2013

    T&G My mom says to tell your mom that she thoroughly understands her feelings right now.

  127. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:45 pm on March 1st, 2013

    SiberH!…Your comment was amazing!…snort!…Do you think we can work Baseball into the thread somehow?…heh!

  128. OleyHowlers
    9:47 pm on March 1st, 2013

    For some reason, we didn’t hardly get any email updates last year. So we’ll keep our five and if the emails get too much, we can drop them.

    Rose and the Prof sure are living the life! Hope A.J. Gets lots of sleep though. Can you believe the Iditarod Ceremonial Start is tomorrow? Yowser!

  129. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:55 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Happy!…My pug-heart is bursting with joy for Rose right now…snort!…She so deserves all the happiness she is experiencing – without me…wuffle!…Big slurpy pug kisses go out to her right now…wheeze!burp!

  130. Siber-H
    9:56 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Thank you, Rio
    Baseball…we could try.

  131. OleyHowlers
    9:59 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Tomorrow is a big day, so we’re turning in. Nighty night, all.

  132. Siber-H
    10:36 pm on March 1st, 2013

    I’m turning in also. See you guys tomorrow.

    Night All


  133. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:40 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Webcams!…There is a Forum where a TON of checkpoint webcam links are posted…snort!snort!…Rebecca, this is your dream come true. Although, you probably know all about these webcams already…heh!…Anyways, for the rest of us go to the Forums, “Racetalk” and then “Post webcam links here” to see them all…wow!

  134. Tupper and Gilly
    10:59 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Mama is now outisde, revving the backhoe. We sure hope she is just planning to move some of the snow that is still piled up around here.

    Anyway, she wanted us to tell all ofn you that the Official Plunderers’ Prayer Circle for the benefit of AJ, the A-Team and Rebecca waiting at home, will be opening tomorrow night, before the Official Start.

    Any special concerns that anyone would like addressed during the race days, please send Mama an email anytime.

  135. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on March 1st, 2013

    SiberH!….I did it!…chorkel!…I’m almost giddy, it came so naturally…snort!…I worked baseball into a thread on an Iditarod website, plus some good plugs for Snowhook…wheeze!…Check it out… heh!heh!heh!

  136. Masquers
    11:12 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Riö: What a sly pug you are! slipping that in there as smooth as silk.

  137. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:18 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Maskers!…You need to voice your Kat opinion out there by golly…sniff!…It was smooth, wasn’t it? Although, they may be scritching their heads over the semi-famous part…heh!

  138. Alice M. Johnson
    11:28 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Here is the webcam that shows the view of the Start. I sure wish Rose and the Professor would stand under it and wave and jump up and down. sniff

    That would be cool.

  139. Alice M. Johnson
    11:30 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Dear Mike Baker.
    Thanks so much for making the blue on the links and our names a little lighter. I can see it MUCH better now.

    Alice, Abbie and Staff

  140. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:54 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Heh! Now AJ has the most voices! As well he should.

  141. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:59 pm on March 1st, 2013

    Wolfie!…I just saw your post!….woooooo!…We HAVE to stay ahead of that Mackey guy…sniff!

  142. Masquers
    12:00 am on March 2nd, 2013

    Riö: Siber is definitely going to appreciate your effort when he checks it out in the morning.
    Alice: Hey, you can enlarge the webcam at the start to mega size. This is going to be good!

    See youse tomorrow bright and early.
    Go Snowhook!!!

  143. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:05 am on March 2nd, 2013

    Maskers!…SiberH deserves all the credit for all of this….sniff!…Without him we would never have known about Whitey-Lance gone missing. No we would not have had the least idea…snort!

  144. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:12 am on March 2nd, 2013

    Goodnight!….All!…My bed is calling my name…woooOOrioOOOOrioOOoooburp!

  145. Alice M. Johnson
    12:18 am on March 2nd, 2013

    Sob, Staff is giving up for tonight. No video yet on her computer. sniff sniff sob

    Maybe tomorrow. She looked up the error message on google and it said that it might be her JW thingy and then it said some things she didn’t understand about how to fix it. It didn’t help her much. She will look at it again in the morning and see if her brain has started to work better.

    Nighty noodle head y’all.

  146. Macy the min-pin
    12:48 am on March 2nd, 2013

    Where you pick your mushers to watch you can deselect email, and you won’t get any. Our follow list is AJ, the jamaican, jan steves, and leader plus last place.

    Rebecca , how do you pronounce your last name?
    The news story was UnBeLeivable! To actually hear the voices, just…wow!

  147. Melanie
    12:54 am on March 2nd, 2013

    Hope your brain works in the morning, Staff, and thank you for the web cam link. I have bookmarked on my iPaw.

    Dawson, you are awesome. My only question about hydrating more . . When I have to get up in the middle of the night, how do I move a deeply sleeping Patsy back on her side of the bed?

  148. Melanie
    12:56 am on March 2nd, 2013

    Hi and good night to Macy! Hope your Dad is doing better.

  149. Rose
    3:06 am on March 2nd, 2013


    OMD! Today was a dday filled with fun and excitement for the Prof and me!! Today, we visited the Snowhook Kennel and met the doggies. It was so much fun to meet and greet every dog that I have read about on this here blog. The Prof and I held the puppies (they are so cute!).

    Rio and Siber-H: Junior is a very handsome guy, and you should be very proud of him. He made the team.

    The Giant and Rebecca took us out on the trail today. There are no words to express how awesome, exciting, and thrilling it was to be out on the trail. The scenery is gorgeous, and it snowed while we were out. The Prof and I both got the opportunity to be mushers. That was absolutely the greatest!!!

    We accompanied AJ, Rebecca, and handler Nick, to Mick and Jodi’s house for a snow-b-que, that was just awesome. Micck and Jodi, the persons, not the puppies are really nice people.

    AJ and Rebecca have been wonderful hosts…so nice and kind. For as beautiful as Rebecca may seem in pictures, she is a hundred times more beautiful in peron. And AJ! Well, he is very tall, very, very handsome, and he smells good too!

    The mushers banquet was a lot of fun. It is exciting to meet all the mushers. Dinner was yummy (steak, potatoes,veggies, and salad). So far, we have not eaten any moose head stew….

  150. Whitey-Lance
    3:32 am on March 2nd, 2013

    Wose: My Lady is still beaming from ear to ear at the time spent with you and the Professor today. She is so glad you had fun. You have a very big day ahead of you, so get in the nice, warm, soft hotel bed and get some rest.

  151. Alice M. Johnson
    10:19 am on March 2nd, 2013

    They have snow down on the road in Anchorage!!!

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