Go Snowhook!

As some of you know, the Iditarod – greatest dog sled race in the known universe – starts today. In Fairbanks, not Anchorage this time, due to poor snow conditions. “They could race here in our yard on Cape Cod if they’re  looking for snow conditions,” Admin says. This blog and a lot of people here are big supporters of Snowhook Kennel up in Willow, run by a wonderfully humane couple named Justin (AJ) and Rebecca Savidis. We wish them all the luck in the world, and we’ll be following the race closely. There are ways to do that, but for now here are 2 links. A special highlight here will be overnight reports from Rebecca. And we’ll have pictures of the beautiful and brave members of the nation within, the stars of the show.




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127 Responses to “Go Snowhook!”

  1. Diane C.
    8:10 am on March 7th, 2015

    Woo-hoo! I’m first and ready to cheer for Snowhook’s team!
    Have a great morning, everyone!

  2. C.hobbit
    8:25 am on March 7th, 2015

    Good morning all. Just up for a minute. Make sure you see the late postings of photos from last night, More to come today

  3. Tupper and Gilly
    9:06 am on March 7th, 2015

    Morning all. We are here at the show, waiting for the doors to open and the crowds to descend.

    Question: today is the Ceremonial Start? Is that taking place in Fairbanks too? We have had a lot going on around here and may have lost track. We thought Ceremonial was today in Willow, Official is Monday in Fairbanks? Would someone be kind enough to set us straight?

  4. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    9:18 am on March 7th, 2015

    T&G, the Ceremonial start is in Anchorage, then they head out to Fairbanks for the Official start on Monday. Sunday is travel day.

  5. B.Stover
    9:42 am on March 7th, 2015

    Yes, go Snowhook!

    Good morning all.

  6. Tupper and Gilly
    9:57 am on March 7th, 2015

    Thanks MPM! Hope it is not having the predicted rain in Anchorage.

  7. B.Stover
    10:03 am on March 7th, 2015

    Thank you for the picture of Charlie Dawson.

    I wonder why the ravens love the kennels.

  8. Billy's Buddy
    10:06 am on March 7th, 2015

    Thanks for all of the wonderful photos. What an exciting time!

    Nana, you sly fox, you!

    Good morning all.

  9. Wolfie
    10:15 am on March 7th, 2015

    We are so proud of Snowhook! And we will be cheering Phillip on also!

  10. Wolfie
    10:16 am on March 7th, 2015

    Great photos and on-the-spot photos, everyone! Thank you for sharing!

  11. Wolfie
    10:17 am on March 7th, 2015

    Gah, I meant to say reporting!

  12. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:57 am on March 7th, 2015

    Good morning all. Nice to hear from you, Wolfie. How are things in your neck of the woods?

    Go Snowhook! No rain, please!

  13. C.hobbit
    11:03 am on March 7th, 2015

    B: a raven followed the team home from a run way back when. They are smart birds and know that a dog team equals food. SnowBella says that in no time at all they had their own murder of ravens (A group of ravens is called a raven.)

  14. Diane C.
    11:11 am on March 7th, 2015

    C. Hobbit–I think it’s a murder of crows. Audubon society says “a conspiracy of ravens” or–wait for it! “a storytelling of ravens”. Weird.

  15. Rose-the small and meek
    11:20 am on March 7th, 2015


    Hey there, Wolfie! I have missed you on this here blog!

    Thank youse all for the wonderful pictures!

    Going to vent my spleen at the psychiatrist this morning, and then I am getting wonderfluffed.

    To AJ and Rebecca, we here in New York will be cheering AJ from the sidelines. Does AJ have any Swedish fish with him?

    Good luck to Philip!

    Good day to all!

  16. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    11:23 am on March 7th, 2015

    Good morning, everyone! Snow elves worked all night to snow down 4th here in Anchorage for the Ceremonial start today at 10 AKST. Currently 39*F with scattered showers 🙁
    Bell Starr supplied the sparkels and approved of the Plunderer B-day card.

  17. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    11:32 am on March 7th, 2015
  18. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    11:34 am on March 7th, 2015
  19. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    11:39 am on March 7th, 2015

    Iditarod.com will be streaming the Ceremonial start to apple and android fones and pads (we hope) Their coverage starts about 1 hour before the race start. Hope you can watch the 2 short videos. To get the effect, put your volume on high and your ear on the steaker 🙂

  20. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    11:41 am on March 7th, 2015


  21. B.Stover
    11:43 am on March 7th, 2015

    Thank you C. Hobbit and Diane.

  22. bluecat
    11:56 am on March 7th, 2015

    HOHs’ Mom- love the videos! Those puppies are ready to go, everybody encouraging everybody else – lucky Staff 🙂

    Thanks for reporting and pictures.

    Onward, Showhook!

  23. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    12:02 pm on March 7th, 2015

    8AM in beautiful but soggy downtown Anchorage and the arriving dogs can be herd “singing” and talking like on the videos. What a cacophony!

  24. Staff
    12:10 pm on March 7th, 2015

    I am watching downtown Anchorage live on a webcam. google 4th street webcam anchorage AK and you can watch too.

    Oh, here is the link…


  25. Staff
    12:23 pm on March 7th, 2015

    According to the Anchorage Dispatch, google Street view will be filming the start and part of the restart so people will be able to take to the trail on google maps. they don’t know when it will go live so it doesn’t sound like it will be up immediately.

  26. ALR
    12:35 pm on March 7th, 2015

    That street is filling up, Staff. Thanks for the link.

  27. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    12:50 pm on March 7th, 2015

    A Plunderer meet and greet of the 4 legged variety

  28. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    1:07 pm on March 7th, 2015

    After Wyatt, Ole Doc, Elim and Rio finished shaking hands, they settled down on the front porch.

  29. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    1:13 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Masquers decided to relax in the house while Rio and Ricky Bobby Joe from Tennessee toured the dog yard and inspected Belle Starr’s condo.

  30. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    1:15 pm on March 7th, 2015

    The it was off to greet Rico

  31. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    1:21 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Rio decided to try Snowhook food and said, “Patooey!, even kibble is better than these fish heads!”

  32. O'Howlers
    1:41 pm on March 7th, 2015

    We are watching live ia Insider to Chromecast to our big 46″ t.v. screen. Woo Hoo!

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:46 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Live!…My friend cannot find the link to the live-stream…gah!…Can someone help?…yeeep!

  34. Diane C.
    1:47 pm on March 7th, 2015

    HOH et al–I’m loving the photos (has the pug taken permanent possession of that bewitching hat?)
    Rose–Do you realize that you’ve shifted from “getting your head shrunk” to “venting your spleen”? that sounds like genuine progress…

  35. O'Howlers
    1:49 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Rio, we got to it right from the home screen of iditarod.com

  36. O'Howlers
    2:00 pm on March 7th, 2015

    There are 4 Sibe teams this year. The first team up is #2, Rob Cooke, who is one of the Sibe mushers.

  37. O'Howlers
    2:04 pm on March 7th, 2015

    How cool was that? A team of purebred Sibes, our tribe, leading off The Iditarod!

  38. C.hobbit
    2:06 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Bernie, the dog, is wearing an Hawaiian shirt dog jacket. Heh

  39. C.hobbit
    2:08 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Dogs have green booties.

    Blue skies appearing. Windy as heck though

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:09 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Found it!.. …Wow! What a difference from last year. This is awesome!….WOOOOO

  41. O'Howlers
    2:10 pm on March 7th, 2015

    For Siber’s Maw: the other 3 Sibe teams are Lisbet, Yvonne, and Isabelle Travadon, a rookie from France.
    Karen Ramstead is not racing, but she is judging, and her first assignment is at Tenana, the checkpoint sponsored in Dima and Cherokee’s name. By the way, Karen’s PCTs and her Aussie dog Bet are rooting for Philip Walters according to her Facebook page.

  42. C.hobbit
    2:11 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Bernie in all his glory

  43. O'Howlers
    2:12 pm on March 7th, 2015

    OMD! Hobbit! That is awesome. Bernie, in a Hawaiian shirt!! Hysterical!

  44. C.hobbit
    2:22 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Plunders acted as handlers. Will post a series of photos

  45. O'Howlers
    2:23 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Iditarod Trail Committee just posted this photo of Snowhook hooking up.

  46. C.hobbit
    2:25 pm on March 7th, 2015


  47. C.hobbit
    2:26 pm on March 7th, 2015
  48. C.hobbit
    2:27 pm on March 7th, 2015
  49. C.hobbit
    2:28 pm on March 7th, 2015
  50. C.hobbit
    2:29 pm on March 7th, 2015
  51. C.hobbit
    2:32 pm on March 7th, 2015
  52. C.hobbit
    2:33 pm on March 7th, 2015
  53. C.hobbit
    2:35 pm on March 7th, 2015
  54. C.hobbit
    2:37 pm on March 7th, 2015
  55. O'Howlers
    2:40 pm on March 7th, 2015

    These announcers are doing a great job. We like how well they spoke about AJ.

  56. Turtleman Fred
    2:43 pm on March 7th, 2015

    WhooooHooo, just saw the Snowhook team leave the C.S.
    still looking to find Dawson, Staff & Mr. F.S. I fully expect to see Rio’s fave sticking out of a sled. WhooooHooo.

  57. Wolfie
    2:47 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Great reporting, C.Hobbit! This is so exciting!

  58. O'Howlers
    2:48 pm on March 7th, 2015

    We saw Bernie in his Hawaiian shirt, running Wheel! Was Chet the other Wheel Dog?

  59. Turtleman Fred
    2:49 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Face…Rio’s face…

  60. B.Stover
    2:53 pm on March 7th, 2015

    I think that was Nana riding in the sled.

  61. BooBear
    2:54 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Mom is such a dork! We were sitting here watching the race starts on the ipaw and we were on number 8 I think. Mom closed her eyes for JUST A SECOND and woke up to number 21! How could she have missed it! If she re-ups for the insider, she should be able to see it, right?

  62. B.Stover
    2:55 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Love the Hawaiian shirt!

  63. C.hobbit
    3:07 pm on March 7th, 2015

    The sled Iditarod rider is Paula. She and her husband are from Chicago. She is a teacher and he is in some kind of ministerial work. They picked Justin specifically to bid on as they like that he had worked years with troubled youth. Paula is turning 60 this summer and retiring and this was a gift from her husband. They have been here all well. Paula uses the Insider for educational materials and classrooms pick mushers to follow during the race.. We met them at the vet checks and again at Mick and Jodi’s.

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:34 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Video!….Well the video has gone to hell for me here…sniff!…Lucky it was sharp and clear during AJ’s sendoff….wheeze!

  65. O'Howlers
    3:37 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Our video is still good.
    Lisbet just left, and her Sibes looked great.

  66. Herd of Hounds'
    3:42 pm on March 7th, 2015
  67. O'Howlers
    3:47 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Good video, Sharon.

  68. Masquers
    4:05 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Gah Having problems with wifi connection. Again My posts may be few and far betwixt and between. Hi eveveryone. I’m here! WoooHooo!!!

  69. Teddy Ruff Rider
    4:10 pm on March 7th, 2015

    BooBear’s mom. I think you can go back on the live feed and watch earlier things. We missed the live start for AJ but was able to go back and see it on the live feed. We did see the live start for Philip though, just a couple of minutes ago. Have we found out who his team is yet? Inquiring minds want to know.

  70. Billy's Buddy
    4:16 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Wonderful photos, wonderful video, wonderful Hawaiian shirt.

    Thank youse!

  71. Siber's Mom
    4:43 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Just a quick check-in. Company arriving soon.

    Howlers, Thanks for the info about the Siber teams. I am writing down their names so I don’t forget.

    Thank you guys for all the wonderful pictures. Belle Starr is really beautiful.


  72. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    4:58 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Thanks for the great reporting and video. Not much snow on the street there. Good luck Snowhook.

  73. Wolfie
    5:07 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Thanks, HOH, for the video. Made us feel as if we were right there on 4th Street!

  74. B.Stover
    5:42 pm on March 7th, 2015

    I can’t view the video….because of Quick Time again. Grump.

  75. Herd of Hounds'
    5:59 pm on March 7th, 2015

    O’H check your SDD

  76. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:31 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Bee, we always get a message that says we can’t run it because Quick Time is out of date, but right next to it is another box that says “Run this Time”. Are you getting that. We click on that and are able to view.

  77. Staff
    6:32 pm on March 7th, 2015

    AJ, Paula and Dave. Paula is our Iditarider and Dave is her husband. You will also see him at the front of the team trying to hold them back during the start

  78. Herd of Hounds ' Mom
    6:33 pm on March 7th, 2015

    HRH B check your SDD

  79. Staff
    6:39 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Getting their harnesses on.

  80. Staff
    6:42 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Dog Handler Dawson watching over Petey. Watched over by Mick O.

  81. Staff
    6:48 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Mick and Rebecca booting up Clyde.

    We finally figured out how to tell what dog was who. If you can enlarge this photo till you can read what is on the red number tag you will see the name Clyde in silvery writing.
    Once you know that the only thing you have to do is get the dog to stay quiet long enough to actually read it.

  82. B.Stover
    6:49 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Sharon and Barb: Thank you. I saw the video by clicking “play this time.”

    What fun!

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:58 pm on March 7th, 2015

    HoHo!…Very Kool! Good job!…snort!

  84. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:59 pm on March 7th, 2015

    How cool is that arm band! You have to feel really important to have an arm band that says Musher Handler!

  85. Staff
    7:03 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Bernie the dog has the strangest spotted feet I have ever seen.

  86. Staff
    7:05 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Justin Savidis #19 is waiting in the line for the start.

  87. Staff
    7:09 pm on March 7th, 2015

    A statue on 4th Street in Anchorage.

  88. Staff
    7:11 pm on March 7th, 2015

    the legend of the Bear and the Raven

  89. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:20 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Staff, Did you rub the tummy? Rub it once for me, please.

  90. Staff
    7:25 pm on March 7th, 2015

    From yesterday…

    Tenzing being a pillow. Masquers being a blanket.

  91. Staff
    7:28 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Hey there Barb, No, I did not rub the tummy.
    I have Amalia’s bear claw necklace to keep me safe and lucky.

  92. Alice M. Johnson
    7:31 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Dear Turtleman, what is your problem with Rio’s face??? hahahahahahahahaha

  93. Tupper and Gilly
    7:45 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Hi everyone!!!
    We cannot tell you how much we are loving the pictures and stories from Alaska. We are just so very happy that everyone there is so very happy. The videos are wonderful.
    DDD – have another reindeer sausage for us!
    And we LOVE Bernie’s Hawaiian shirt – that Rebecca, what a sense of humor.
    Show is going okay. This is a first time here for us, so customers are not used to our booth. But we have gotten lots of compliments and been asked if we will come for the Christmas time show, so we take that as a good sign.
    Please keep up the great reporting. We so appreciate it.

  94. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    8:05 pm on March 7th, 2015

    And now, back to the continuing saga of Rio at Snowhook with his friends:
    Rio and the Tennessee possum, Ricky Bobby Joe, decided to ride in the sled with the Awesome one.

  95. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    8:09 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Rio decided his curly Pug tail was really cold so he grabbed Masquers from the warm house sitting on top of Ole Doc and they jumped into the van to head for a warmer place!

  96. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    8:12 pm on March 7th, 2015

    With the critters out of the way, Nana and Dawson and the Pixie get ready to sled while Wyatt watches.

  97. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    8:14 pm on March 7th, 2015

    The DDD and AJ discuss race strategy.

  98. BooBear
    8:31 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Meant to post this earlier, but AJ and Rebecca have a really nice house and kennel! Mom will get there some year!

  99. Turtleman Fred
    8:39 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Turtleman strategy is “start off sloww, then taper off”

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:41 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Nana!…She never posts much when she is on vacation. I think the different keyboard freaks her out…heh!heh!…Anyways, here she is with my Junior. They had a special “moment” together…sniffle!

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:43 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Yesterday!….I got to meet Mr.Tenzing!….snort!….What a classy guy…chuffle!

  102. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:49 pm on March 7th, 2015

    I think DDD has his beard trimmed shorter. It looks really nice.

    Turtleman, your strategy sound very turtle-like.

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:53 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Barb!….I am supposed to inform you that the thing you sent arrived in the nick of time…snort!…Literally, the nick of time…heh!heh!

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Shotgun!….Finally!…snort!..Me and the Giant on the way to the Ceremonial Start…chuffel!

  105. Staff
    9:49 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Rio! That is where you are! I looked in the truck this morning and I could see Rio’s legs. I knocked on the window and tried to get him to turn over and wake up but there was no movement at all.
    Then Nana and I went off taking our pictures and now all I know is that Rio is on walkabout. Yeep!

  106. masquers
    9:57 pm on March 7th, 2015

    a whole bottle myself? Heh heh heh

  107. Herd of Hounds ' Mom
    10:03 pm on March 7th, 2015

    The 3 amigos ran Sadie off the couch.

  108. Staff
    10:06 pm on March 7th, 2015

    That picture of Rio and Masquers and Billy Bob Jo Jim was made before Rio went walkabout. Just so you know he is still running with the Kennel. (As far as I know)

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:06 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Maskers!….I am in Willow with The Giants….snort!…There is no food, and no liquor…gah!.. I am making do and helping AJ sort out his last minute gear. Everything is soaked thru from today’s run in the slush….gurgle!…These guys are trying to dry everything out, so it is hot as hell in this house….yeeep!

  110. Herd of Hounds ' Mom
    10:06 pm on March 7th, 2015

    So she helped the DDD nap!

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:08 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Maskers!…You will save me half of that bottle, right?…sniff!…My little Kat friend, please say you will…gurgle!

  112. Alice M. Johnson
    10:09 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Rio…poor baby. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Sadie!…She looks like she is laughing out loud!…heh!heh!

  114. masquers
    10:15 pm on March 7th, 2015

    What? Check back with me later…much later…Heh,heh.

  115. Mr. Ed
    10:16 pm on March 7th, 2015

    (neigh) When did they start letting horses in the Iditarod?

  116. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:26 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Rio, thank you for the update. Barb will rest easy now.

    So many great photos today. Night all.

  117. masquers
    11:07 pm on March 7th, 2015

    Goodnight Barb and Maggie and Lucy.

  118. Staff
    12:17 am on March 8th, 2015

    Youse guys all go to bed way too early! It is just so sad. Now I know how Rio feels when he whines about being alone at night.

  119. dawson
    12:45 am on March 8th, 2015

    Today’s Anchorage Ceremonial Start was sponsored by WosenGrizz, the first two Plunderers from the lower 48 to visit Snowhook Kennels and attend the start of the Iditarod. They donated a custom made finishing sled to the Kennels, which was dubbed the “WosenGrizz”. Thanks to WosenGrizz for their support of Snowhook Kennels.

  120. ALR
    12:50 am on March 8th, 2015

    Still awake here, and tomorrow is the change over to daylight savings time. All you heading to Fairbanks have a great day! And don’t forget to document document document…..we do appreciate it so much!

  121. c.hobbit
    1:25 am on March 8th, 2015

    Feeling peckish after 3 pizzas…time for ice cream and cheesecake

  122. DDD
    1:36 am on March 8th, 2015

    Barb, thank you for noticing the beard. Sharon has been after me to stop looking like Duck Dynasty.
    I’m sure glad Dawson and Sharon don’t live closer together, they could get into lots of trouble!

  123. O'Howlers
    8:49 am on March 8th, 2015

    DDD, We like your beard better shorter also. Kat wants to rub her face in it now. Then again, she rubs her face in everyone’s face.
    It is still dark Way Up North. We will have to wait forever for more pictures, more stories. Sigh

  124. O'Howlers
    9:03 am on March 8th, 2015

    Jeff Schultz is posting some incredible photos from the Ceremonial Start, including this one of a Snowhook Dog.

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