Friend of the Month Reminder & Mushers Banquet

First, here’s Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook (“our” team in the Iditarod, world’s greatest dog sled race):

Following the mandatory mushers’ meeting, the mushers banquet was held. It is an evening packed with entertainment, food, autographs, photos and fans. It is also where mushers draw their bib number.

For the second year in a row, AJ drew bib #34. This is a good starting number. Not only does it keep the dogs from running earlier and in the heat of the day, but trails should still be in fairly good condition. Teams will leave the starting line every two minutes so Team Snowhook will leave the starting line shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. AJ has built his race schedule around leaving at 3:00 p.m. so this bib number suits us just fine.

After drawing his bib number, AJ shared that his race is dedicated to Melanie and that the team will be running in purple collars in honor of our dear friend.

Thanks, Rebecca! And special mention today of the Plunderers who have gathered in Alaska for the race: Jennifer, Mary Lou, Eileen and Ray, Sharon and Digger, Carol. Hope we didn’t leave anyone out. Good news on the bib number, especially with how conditions sound this year. And now, it’s the last day of the month, and therefore time for the Friend of the Month reminder. See Alex over there on the right? He’s Chet’s Friend of the Month for February. All his human companion did was send in a photo to the gallery. The random number generator (see below) did the rest, and Alex’s human companion got a signed and paw-printed copy of The Sound and the Furry. This could be you! Just send in a photo!

Welcome new friend Ginger.

Random number generator:



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120 Responses to “Friend of the Month Reminder & Mushers Banquet”

  1. BearSpiritDog
    8:15 am on February 28th, 2014

    Good Morning Everybody!

    A Good Day to the Plunderers in Alaska.
    And All the Plunderers Here too.


  2. Melanie
    8:25 am on February 28th, 2014

    Good morning to the other side of the country!

    Sunny skies and cold. Wish we could send some of this north.

    Wonderful pictures last night. Congratulations on AJ getting the number he had trained for.

    Now for a nap!

  3. B. Stover
    8:29 am on February 28th, 2014

    It took me a minute to figure out who Jennifer is. I’m glad that AJ likes his starting position. Go Plunderers and go Snowhook!

    Good morning Bear and all.

  4. B. Stover
    8:41 am on February 28th, 2014

    Melanie: I love your sled dog Mekanue. LOL! I’m glad YSAS is there also.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:02 am on February 28th, 2014

    Have to go back and see if there are some good banquet pictures last night.

    Bee, we were right with you on Jennifer. Figured it out, but first thought was who is Jennifer.

    #34 will be a good starting spot.

    And hope Mekanue snuggled with Melanie during the night. Enjoy your visit with YSAS.

    Go Snowhook!

  6. BearSpiritDog
    9:02 am on February 28th, 2014

    Good Morning, Melanie
    Since We Here have been up since the the Wee Small Hours,
    I’ll be joining you for that Nap!

  7. Tupper and Gilly
    9:07 am on February 28th, 2014

    We loved the pictures from last night. That Rio – what a ham. Hope the late night coffee didn’t keep him ( and therefore all of you) up all night.

    Congratulations AJ. We are glad you got the spot you wanted. We will be right there with you.

    GO SNOWHOOK!!!!!

  8. BooBear
    9:39 am on February 28th, 2014

    Wonderful reporting from Rio and the Plunderers up North in Alaska!!! It is really helping to take the sting out of missing the vacation of a lifetime. Was that Jodi, the person not the dog, in one of the pictures? And I bet AJ’s supporters were the life of the party.

    DirectTV users, what channel is the coverage of the race on? Mom wants to be prepared!!

  9. Wose-the small and meek
    9:47 am on February 28th, 2014


    We love all the pictures from the Musher’s Banquet! Rio seems to be on his way to celebrity status! We are glad that the Giant is happy with his number, that was his number last year as well.

    Melanie, Good morning! Have a good visit with YSAS! We love the Melanie Race button.

    Staff: I hope you are getting closer to tip-top everyday.


  10. Barb & Maggie
    10:04 am on February 28th, 2014

    Great reporting and pictures from last night. So glad Rio was able to attend. Did he make it thru the evening without having to go OUT, OUT, OUT?

    Melanie’s pin is great. How can we get one?

    Rebecca is having her MRI today. Good luck, hope all goes well.

  11. Kat
    10:50 am on February 28th, 2014

    So that’s where my momma and dad are. Hmmmm. I hope they bring me something.

  12. Herd's Mom
    10:53 am on February 28th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Tons of fun was had yesterday, sightseeing, laughing, eating, laughing, playing cards, laughing and maybe laughing some more. Today the Plunderfest moves to Willow to meet the dogs then to Wausilla tocook out with Mick and Jody, the people, not the dogs. One more foto from the banquet…check the camera for a double of Rio.

    Plunderfest will have a fun-filled, frabjous, fantastic Friday. You too 🙂

  13. O'Howlers' Mom
    11:02 am on February 28th, 2014

    Whew! Glad HOH didn’t talk about the tunnel to Whittier we took her thru, against her will and with her face hidden. Heh!
    We love Mick and Jodi, the people not the dogs. Next stop: Snowhook! (Or a drug store for some cough/cold meds). 🙁

  14. Melanie
    11:03 am on February 28th, 2014

    Make sure you guys give tummies to the – four footed members – of the SnowHook pack from ME!

  15. Masquers
    11:30 am on February 28th, 2014

    Same question as Rose. Where can we get one of those kool buttons?
    Herd’s Mom: Yes! Another laughing & fun-filled day for Plunderfest…and for us too…because we are living the Alaskan trip vicariously through you!

  16. Siber-H
    11:42 am on February 28th, 2014

    BooBear, The Sportsman Channel is number 605 on Direct tv. You have to have what they call the choice xtra package to get that channel.
    If anyone wants to get the choice xtra package, one phone call to direct tv is all it takes, and you will start immediately getting those extra channels.

  17. Herd's Mom
    11:44 am on February 28th, 2014

    So that’s why my drag around bag is soooOOOooo full! Guess I’ll call it the Plunderer Purse now. O.K. Jump on in everyone and come along to Snowhook in an hour or so. Hope everyone charged their cameras and phones!

  18. BearSpiritDog
    11:46 am on February 28th, 2014

    The Dream Trip North to Alaska! It doesn’t get any better than this. Enjoying every single minute with our fellow Plunderers.

    All we can say is: Rio, You are one Lucky Dawg, and Becoming quite Famous we see. Everywhere you go you are getting everyone’s attention.
    Thanks for being such a Good Mascot & Ambassador for Snowhook!

  19. BooBear
    12:03 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Thank you, SiberH!! I will have Mom check tonight and if we don’t get it, we will!

    I want a button too!

  20. Riö -The Evil Pug
    12:08 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Snowhook!….Here I come!…snort!….After some unfinished business is taken care of…wheeze!

  21. O'Howlers' Mom
    12:09 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Thanks for the info, Siber. We just signed up for Choice Xtra. But the Guide does not show anything Saturday or Sunday.

  22. Riö -The Evil Pug
    12:10 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Done!…Let me in now!…grump!

  23. Wose-the small and meek
    12:13 pm on February 28th, 2014

    I want a Melanie button too!

    I am really loving the pictures and seeing everyone have a good time. Wish I could be there!
    Looks like there will be a snow-b-que at Mick and Jodi’s tonight. Rio, you will be able to sample Mick’s smooth as silk shine. Everyone should have a fun time!

    Dawson, remember! lots of tummies for mama Luna and my VBFF, Belle Starr.
    Take lots of pictures of the Plunderfest litter too! Puppy breath, there is nothing else like it….it is the meaning of life.

    Belle Starr, I want you to take good care of Rose. Make sure she has a sparkly collar, and gets lots of tummies.

    Youse guys, make sure the Pixie is eating and resting. Although she looks beautiful as always, she does look a bit tired.

    Maybe when youse get to Mick and Jodi’s, we can set up a Skype meeting. Would love to say hi to you all. And you will be amazed at M&J’s house. They are good folk!

  24. Herd's Mom
    12:14 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Hold on Rio, you will be rescued so you can see Jr. later 🙂

  25. Wose-the small and meek
    12:16 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Siber-H, Do you know if the race is being covered only by Direct TV users?
    We here have Cablevision.

  26. C.hobbit
    12:23 pm on February 28th, 2014

    I just have to go to another store and get more buttons and then make them. The first craft store just had 9 buttons which were enough for last night. I had no time to hunt down more before the banquet. No worries. They will get done and mailed to all of youse.

  27. C.hobbit
    12:25 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Rebecca is improving so the doc says the MRI can wait until after the Iditarod. Yay! She looked very beautiful last night.

  28. O'Howlers' Mom
    12:27 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Here is the one-lane tunnel to Wittier. It switches which direction every half-hour.

  29. O'Howlers' Mom
    12:28 pm on February 28th, 2014

    On the way to Whittier.

  30. Siber-H
    12:30 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Wose, The race will be covered by all satellite and cable tv providers as long as they offer the Sportsman Channel to their customers. Call Cablevision.

    The Howlers are correct. There is no coverage of the Iditarod this weekend on the Sportsman channel. Perhaps the Sportsman Channel will cover the Iditarod the way the Discovery Channel did several years ago…assemble all the video they take, edit it, and give us one or two hour Iditarod programs.

    If we are lucky they might even get some of the coverage up on their website.

    The Sportsman Channel has taken out one page ads in sporting magazines about their coverage of the Iditarod.

  31. O'Howlers' Mom
    12:32 pm on February 28th, 2014
  32. Siber-H
    12:39 pm on February 28th, 2014

    The Anchorage Daily News has posted the complete starting order of the teams tomorrow.

  33. Herd's Mom
    12:43 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Plunderers in the lower 48 and Liz. If you were concerned about room for you in the Plunderer Purse, rest assured, it is gigantifical! Just look at whar Rio is using as a “booster seat” in this foto.

    And look, OH’s mom and the Pixie in the background 🙂

  34. O'Howlers' Mom
    12:43 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Siber, check your SDD.

  35. Masquers
    12:52 pm on February 28th, 2014

    CHobbit: Thank you for thinking of us who are asking (begging) for the buttons.
    Very good news about Rebecca! Yay!
    Siber: I think you are right about the Sportmans Channel delayed broadcast. It may be up to two weeks before we will see anything. Luckily we have the Iditarod Insider to see live coverage of the event.
    One More Day!!!

  36. C.hobbit
    12:54 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Look what we scored for our friend Siberia-H: an Iditarod program, a Siber table decoration, and a banquet ticket autographed by the 3 mushers running Sibes in the race! This is a heartfelt thank you for introducing us to Snowhook Kennel and making us so knowledgeable about the Iditarod and answering all our questions. Plant not included.

  37. Dawson
    12:54 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Rio and Sadie have been let out and in and out and in and given leftover steak for breakfast.

    I met every musher at the banquet last night. Aliy Zirkle looks strong and O’Howler’s Mom and I think she is good to win this year. I bid on a beautiful painting of the Iditarod Trail through the sunlit mountains, signed by Susan Butcher and Libby Riddles but I did not win.

  38. Tupper and Gilly
    12:58 pm on February 28th, 2014

    We need a bigger font to say WOOO HOOOOO for Siber!!!!

    And another Wooo Hoooo for our own dear Hobbit and the Plunderers who scored such a fabulous gift for Siber!

  39. Riö -The Evil Pug
    1:03 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Rest Stop!…That photo of my and my Gal-Pals at the Alaskan Highway Rest Stop is my favorite so far….snorkel!…We all had a really great time. HoHo was laughing so hard I thought she was going to wet her pants…heh!heh!cough!…I wish I had remembered my Coat Of Many Colors though. It was cold!…wheeze!

  40. BooBear
    1:04 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Wow! Mom did not recognize the Pixie in that picture when she first saw it. She thought Rebecca has curly hair. She is as pretty and AJ is handsome. No wonder they look so good together.

  41. Melanie
    1:04 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Dawson, are you able to keep a certain pug in line? Or is it taking all of you?

    Nice haul for Siber-H!

    Good news for TBDHW!

    Hey, some good news on me .. .. Still veery exhausted, but today I ate more than I have in weeks. Hurrah!

  42. O'Howlers' Mom
    1:05 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Melanie, YAY!!!!

  43. Melanie
    1:07 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Oh, I forgot, O’ Howlers’ Mom? How long is the tunnel?

  44. O'Howlers' Mom
    1:08 pm on February 28th, 2014

    The tunnel takes 6 minutes at 25 mph. Too early here to do the math.

  45. Dawson
    1:09 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Melanie: When the pug gets out of line, I hand him over to HOH’s Mom and her high energy antics wear him right out.

  46. Tupper and Gilly
    1:10 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Melanie and Mekanue – good for you! But what the heck is TBDHW?
    Oh – never mind.
    The Best Dam Handler Wife aka Bella

    And we agree – YAY!

  47. Siber-H
    1:10 pm on February 28th, 2014

    sob, sob, sob, Thank you guys !!! I appreciate it more than I could ever put into words. I will tell all the dogs at the dog park tomorrow. WOO WOO sniff
    It is so neat to have all these reporters on the scene with their cameras.

    Dawson, This has to be Aliy’s year to win.

  48. Riö -The Evil Pug
    1:11 pm on February 28th, 2014

    OOooooOOOO MELANIE!…I have ate more this week than I have in weeks too!….WOOOOHOOOOO!snorkel!burp!

  49. Riö -The Evil Pug
    1:16 pm on February 28th, 2014


  50. Siber-H
    1:22 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Melanie, Good for you and keep up the good work!

  51. Riö -The Evil Pug
    1:33 pm on February 28th, 2014

    SiberH!….That is quite a haul you got!….snort!… You lucky lucky dawg, you!…chuffle!

  52. c.hobbit
    1:50 pm on February 28th, 2014

    To give credit where credit is due, it was Rio who kept yammering at us to get the autographs for his friend Siber-H. And he was the one having me walking around 200 tables at the end of the banquet scoring extra table decorations, placemats, etc. Next year I will have to remember to bring carry-on luggage.

  53. Siber-H
    1:52 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Rio, I am grateful lucky dawg.

  54. Riö -The Evil Pug
    2:10 pm on February 28th, 2014


  55. Riö -The Evil Pug
    3:04 pm on February 28th, 2014

    HEY!…Where is everybody?…sniff!sniff!… I thougth we were going to the Snowhook Kennels?…wheeze! puffle!….I’ve searched the house and no one is here except for CHobbit. She is laying down resting cuz she has a cold…sniffle!

    CHOBBIT!…Those guys left without me!….dammit!!…CHOBBIT wake up!…grunt!…Maybe if I go grunt and spit-up on her bedroom carpet she will get up and take me to Snowhook…grumble!

  56. Riö -The Evil Pug
    3:13 pm on February 28th, 2014

    GASP!…The Mini-Van is gone!…gasp!wheeze!…They left without me….sob!sob!sob!…It’s too far to walk…wuffle!…

    CHOBBIT!…They left me behind…grump!

  57. c.hobbit
    3:17 pm on February 28th, 2014

    I guess it is time to take off in the Hobbitmobile. Warp speed ahead! Very similar to O’Howler’s Dad’s driving (snort!)

  58. Riö -The Evil Pug
    3:19 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Hurry!….CHOBBIT!…Hurry up!…grunt!…Lets Go!Go!Go!

  59. Riö -The Evil Pug
    3:28 pm on February 28th, 2014

    WooHooo!….I am finally on my way to Snowhook…snort!….Put the pedal to the metal CHobbit!…honk!sneeze!

  60. BearSpiritDog
    3:47 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Melanie: WoooHooo!!! I knew my Good Eating habits would rub off on you. Is it Time for Another Nap?

    The Hobbitmobile takes off at Warp Speed. Next Stop Snowhook Kennels!

    Let’s see…we have the Wookiemobile, the Beausmobile…and now the Hobbitmobile. Coast to coast, north & south, the Plunderer’s modes of travel are covered.
    Not to forget Alice’s Lear Jet and Siber-H’s & Nattie’s Porches. (one borrowed, one new)

  61. Staff
    3:57 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Hey Melanie, Me too. I am eating up a storm. I was even HUNGRY yesterday! This morning I had pancakes with real maple syrup and I am quilting again.
    thank dog

    I cannot express my appreciation enough for all the wonderful posting y’all are doing. I am sorry not to be there but not as sad as I thought I would feel. You guys are just doing a phenomonal job. I wonder if Rio wants to come on the trip to Massachusetts with us? Maybe Alice could fly him to Minneapolis. heh heh heh.
    Or he would stow away in Dawson’s back pack. hmmmmmm?

  62. Tupper and Gilly
    4:02 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Oh yes, please Rio – Come to Massachusetts for the Plunder Party. (I happen to know that Sharon has a room all to herself. There should be room for a wayward Pug to sneak in)

    Have a grand time at the kennel. We want pictures of the Most Beautiful Puppies Since Belle Starr Was Born. And pictures of Whitely Lance, and Jem’s Nose, and Pancho and Lefty, and Leonard the Dog Not The Storyteller, and Charlie of the Adorable Ears, and…..

    Well, you get the picture. We WANT the pictures. You all are so wonderful!

  63. Masquers
    4:15 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Siber! We are so happy for you…all the Sibe Teams autographs…WoooHooo!
    Dawson: Please check your SDD.
    Macy’s Mom: You too.

  64. Wose-the small and meek
    4:25 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Yay, Melanie!

    Woooohoooo! Siber-H, you will have some nice swag coming back from Alaska!

    Hobbit and Rio! Thanks for doing such a nice thing for Siber-H!

    Staff: Yay! Real food! Pancakes, yum!

  65. Masquers
    4:33 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Oh Siber: You will be the envy of all the dogs at the dog park.
    T&G: If Riö joins you on the East Coast in March this will, no doubt, be the most traveling he has done in as long as we can remember.
    Quite the world traveler he is becoming…and an Ace-1 reporter too.
    Hi Rose!

  66. Wose-the small and meek
    4:55 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Hi Masquers!

    ML: Thanks for the postcard. I must have one of those baby animals, or I will be in a very bad mood.

  67. Melanie
    4:57 pm on February 28th, 2014

    I hope Riö gets to see Riö, Jr. If the Plunderers thought he was needing to go in and out before!!!

    I wish I was hungry. Though looking at those pancakes . .

    BearSpiritDog, not quite up there with you and Riö on food intake, but I’m with you on the napping.

  68. Princess Sam
    4:59 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Rio, stow away in Dawson’s backpack then you will be on the east trip with everybody. You will meet me, me, me, Loulou and Tyb. Then they all head to Massachusetts where you will meet Newfs, Tupper, Gilly, Basil, Sage and Callie. Maybe even Kat and Meashka. You will have a full passport.

  69. O'Howlers' Mom
    5:18 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Double Dawson

  70. Riö -The Evil Pug
    5:34 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Dawson!…She is in the Kennels unsupervised!…Wow!…Not me. I have to wait till someone says I can meet and greet…sniff!

    Here she is right-side-up!…snort!

  71. Tupper and Gilly
    5:38 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Oh Wow!

    We want one of those too! Oh wait…..

  72. Masquers
    6:49 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Hey! Dawson & namesake. How kool is that!

  73. Siber-H
    7:02 pm on February 28th, 2014

    ML, Thank you for the postcard! Mine has a sled dog on it!!

    Staff, I am so glad you are feeling better.

  74. BearSpiritDog
    7:12 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Rio: Thanks for posting the Photos Right-Side up! How they end up that way is a Mystery.

    Staff: You will be Tip-Top for the Trip next month. This is the Best News Ever!

    Melanie: I’m blurring over for a chat with Mac & Mattie and a Bear Hug from you.

  75. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:16 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Purple!….Look what I got to wear today….heh!heh!….Real Iditarod Collars….chuffle!…Rebecca, you can take them off now. They are mighty heavy…wheeze!…I have some exploring to do…sniff!sniff!

  76. c.hobbit
    7:22 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Isn’t that a wonderful photo of Rio? Wooo Whooo

  77. Tupper and Gilly
    7:29 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Rio – you wear the royal purple well.

  78. BearSpiritDog
    7:33 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Melanie: I will be Bringing Snacks.

  79. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:49 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Coat!….I even got to try on one of the official racing coats…chuffle!…Okay, Take It Off!Off!Off!…grunt!

  80. Wose-the small and meek
    7:52 pm on February 28th, 2014

    RIO! you look quite fetching in the team jacket!

  81. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:52 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Treaties!….While I was sniffing around the house I came upon the Giants stash of Treaties!…Woooo!….The Giant looked at me looking at his treaties and I looked at him looking at me and then I backed out of the room very quickly….wheeze!

  82. Tupper and Gilly
    7:55 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Ummmm Rio – you may want to see if you can find a mirror. It seems your tail has not returned to its naturally curly magnificence.

  83. BearSpiritDog
    7:56 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Ooooh, Rio, Be careful of the Giant’s Snacks. You know how Hungry he gets out On the Trail.

  84. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:17 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Beer!….CHobbit and I picked up some beer on the way over ….snort!snort!…Then I saw the Cupcakes!….Woooo!….But they won’t let me have any of those…dammit!…The snowbank used to keep the beer cold isn’t very big here. It’s 45 degrees!!…grunt!

  85. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:39 pm on February 28th, 2014

    BBQ!…We are all at Mick and Jodi’s for a BBQ Cookout!…sneeze!

    Shine!…OMDAWG!..I never thought I would see it with my own pug eyes….snort!….SHINE. Honest to goodness SHINE!…Wow!Wow!Wow!….Bottoms Up!

  86. Redbone Hound
    8:43 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Hey Brother Rio – are you plannin’ on sharin some of that there ‘shine?

  87. Wose-the small and meek
    8:48 pm on February 28th, 2014

    RIO! Have some of that Apple Pie for me, and give that rascal Mick a slurpy kiss from me, and one for Jodi too.

  88. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:01 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Brother!….Redbone! Come on up to Alaska and join me in some good old down-home fun!….WooooHoooo!….That Shine is mighty smooth and goes down like nuthing….chuffle!….I hope Dawson doesn’t drink too much of it. You know how those Canadian women get when they drink…heh!heh!

  89. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:04 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Rose!…I offered both Mick and Jody a big sloppy kiss, but they refused me at the time….burp!belch!…Maybe they will change their minds later. I might start looking more handsome after they’ve had enough Shine go down…..wheeze!

  90. Wose-the small and meek
    9:07 pm on February 28th, 2014

    RIO! Can youse guys Skype? We could talk to you, and you could see me and Grizz .

    I’m missing that ole shine.

  91. Masquers
    9:15 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Are youse looking for a kat with a kool sax? Siber could bring his tambourines. Rose guarantees that shine is good for what ails ya.

  92. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Rose!…We are outside sitting around a campfire drinking Shine and eating Moose…snort!…I do not think anyone wants to Skype right now ….heh!heh!burp!

  93. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:27 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Maskers!….The medicinal properties of Shine are far too numerous to recount…gurgle!slurp!….I am feeling Tip-Top myself right now to tell youse the truth!…slurp!burp!

  94. Wose-the small and meek
    9:35 pm on February 28th, 2014

    RIO! Moose? REALLY?

  95. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:46 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Moose!…I think there is some potato salad and some baked beans…snort!….I’m liking the BBQ’d Moose myself…burp!

  96. c.hobbit
    10:09 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Rose: no one seems techno enough to Skype. Maybe it’s the shine

  97. Staff
    10:10 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Awwww Dawson, You look so cute. Which puppy is that? He/she/it looks so cute also. Speaking of which, is the Giant trying to breed for his favorite color team? Or is it just luck?

    Mr. Staff is hearing about the BBQ moose and Apple Pie beer and he suddenly is really sorry not to be there…heh heh heh. Then all we would need for him to be in heaven is some Bluegrass on the outside speakers.

    AARROOOOOOOOOOO. Good times in the outdoors. sniffle sob sob sob.

  98. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Staff!….Mr Staff is missing out on some really good times!…burp!…Mick and Jodi are great hosts and we are all having a blast!…snorkel!burp!…Some more Shine? Why I would love some more Shine and some more Moose on a Stick please…chuffle!….Awwww, this is livin’!

    Harmonica!…I did not have time to pack my little harmonica, but if I would have now would be the perfect time to pull it out and start blowing some campfire tunes… chorkel!

  99. Masquers
    10:34 pm on February 28th, 2014

    CHobbit: Siber to the rescue! (where is that guy anyway?)
    Staff: I know a couple of kats that are very happy to have youse home.

  100. c.hobbit
    10:35 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Staff: that is the new puppy, Dawson’s namesake. You are missed. Next year.

  101. Staff
    10:36 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Dear Wose,
    It is time for us to help you kick small and meek to the curb. Have we taught you nothing? You can’t do anything about small unless you want to wear stupid shoes but the meek stuff is so over. Let me know what help you need. Prayer? I’m there. grumpy grumbling? Rio will step up. Bulldozing pink or otherwise. We have just the ticket. Just let us know what you want and we will deliver…

    At Your Service.
    (Nothing personal of course)


  102. BearSpiritDog
    10:37 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Bear Hugs for Melanie. Nitey-nite for me.

  103. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on February 28th, 2014

    CHobbit!…Where are you? I can’t see you through the smoke of the big bonfire…sneeze!….You didn’t go home already, did you?…wuffle!…If you have not gone home and I just can’t see you, please do not forget to take me with you when you go!go!go!…grunt!….That happened one time already today…grump!

  104. Tupper and Gilly
    11:03 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Wish we were there for the puppy cuddling
    Wish we were there to see AJ pick Lucky 34
    Wish we were there to join the laughter
    Wish we were there for the trip to the glacier and Whittier
    Wish we were there for reindeer sausage
    Wish we were there to sing around the campfire with Mick and Jodi(the people, not the puppies)
    Wish we were there to give you all hugs

    And then we remember – it’s COLD there, so we are glad we are at home going to our nice, warm soft bed. But we are so happy that you are having a grand time. Thanks for sharing the good times.

    G’night all

  105. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:11 pm on February 28th, 2014

    Staff!…It is not cold here….heh!heh!….Right now it is 36 degrees outside. Even warmer with the big ole campfire going…snort!…My friend and Beau would love to have this kind of warm weather…guffle!burp!…I hope the Plunderers have not all gone back to the Hobbit Hotel without me…sniff!sniff!

  106. Barb & Maggie
    11:15 pm on February 28th, 2014

    C Hobbit, Rio needs you for a ride home. Looks like great times being had by all. Wish we were there.

    More snow coming. Night all.

  107. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:17 am on March 1st, 2014

    Tomorrow!Tomorrow!…heh!…There will be more photos of the visit to Snowhook tomorrow…snort!…At least I hope so. Plus, the first Start of the Last Big Race to look forward to…wheeze!….I am very excited. I thought of nothing else when I was all alone waiting for someone to give me a ride to Snowhook today….grunt!…Well, tomorrow is a new day here at the Hobbit Hotel, so onwards and upwards. Let the Race pretend to begin!…Wooooo!

    Bed!…Soft! Warm! NOW!…Goodnight!

  108. O'Howlers' Mom
    12:33 am on March 1st, 2014

    We are home from Snowhook and Mick and Jodie’s, the people not the dogs. What a marvelous day we had. I will try to post more pictures of wonderful Snowhook dogs after I organize. Meantime, I will tell you that I had a fantastic time, meeting each and every Snowhook dogs, and the new puppies. I also had a sleddog ride, and Chet, bernie, and little were all part of the team! What a great experience!
    Then we finished up the day with a fun barbeque at Mick and Jodie. It was a fun and warm group of people and good food, and fun talking about the trails with both AJ and Phillip.
    Poor Rio. I wonder if he is still sitting by the fire…

  109. c.hobbit
    12:55 am on March 1st, 2014

    Ha, Ha. The first thing that was said as I walked into the Hobbit Hotel after dropping Sharon & Digger off was, “did you pick up Rio by the bonfire?” They were worried that he was once again left behind!

    Everyone is almost tucked into their respective beds. Sadie has decided that kibble is no longer good enough for her after two days of steak. She also turned up her nose at a milk bone. There were no leftovers to bring home from Mick & Jodie’s

  110. Dawson
    1:08 am on March 1st, 2014

    Melanie & Wose and everyone: I will add that all the Snowhook dogs received pats, ear scritches and tummies galore. O’Howler’s Dad was the ultimate dog masseuse, able to do two dogs at once without blinking an eye. Luna and Belle Starr send kisses to Wose and Charlie quoted some Rupert Brooke poem to send to BStover. Leonard the dog told us a story and Melanie the puppy fell asleep in Rebecca’s arms while getting tummies. Much more happened but my eyelids are getting heavy and tomorrow is the Ceremonial Start so I am going to climb into bed.

  111. ML
    1:50 am on March 1st, 2014

    Sorry to be so tardy, but it was such a busy day. I took part in all the exciting things you have heard about. The sled ride was super cool. And the no-snow b-q was most excellent. The Apple Pie really went down smoothly

    Rio got a little chilly and had to back his pug-butt up to the fire.

  112. O'Howlers' Mom
    8:17 am on March 1st, 2014

    Baby Melanie:

  113. O'Howlers' Mom
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  114. O'Howlers' Mom
    8:29 am on March 1st, 2014

    AJ’s license plate:

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  116. O'Howlers' Mom
    8:34 am on March 1st, 2014

    Rose or Maury or kirby…I was on Puppu overload,

  117. O'Howlers' Mom
    8:38 am on March 1st, 2014
  118. O'Howlers' Mom
    8:46 am on March 1st, 2014
  119. Staff
    12:29 am on March 4th, 2014

    A catty Librarian should be touching down in 10 minutes. Off for the airport.
    Nighty noodle, see you all tomorrow,

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