“The race is on,” Spence says. “And they covered the first two hundred miles in record time, something about a river being very smooth this year.”

“Think Chet would be interested in that sort of competition?” says Admin.

What a question! And now that I know a little about snow – that’s in The Dog Who Knew Too Much – I’m more interested than ever. Where’s Alaska and how long will it take to get there in the Porsche? Although now that I think of it, the Porsche is a bit of a problem right now.

“Pretty eventful so far,” Spence is saying. “Five time winner Rick Swenson fell between the Finger Lake and Rainy Pass checkpoints – “

“Love those names!” says Admin.

” – maybe breaking his collarbone, and four-time champ Martin Buser arrived at Rainy Pass with only eleven dogs, five somehow getting loose and checking in later on their own. Remind you of anybody?”

For some reason they’re both suddenly gazing at me. I gaze at them right back.

Welcome dude with large treat.


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132 Responses to “Iditarod”

  1. B.Stover
    8:26 am on March 8th, 2011

    Chet you are wonderful. I too like a dog with a mind of his own.

    SH is going to love this post. Guess I’ll have to do some research especially about the five dogs that got loose. I like those place names also.

    Good morning all.

  2. B.Stover
    8:27 am on March 8th, 2011

    The Porsche is always in convertible mode isn’t it? Alaska…that would be interesting.

    Admin: When is the Robbie novel coming out?

  3. Rose
    8:50 am on March 8th, 2011

    Good Morning Everyone, and Happy Fat Tuesday!!

  4. B.Stover
    8:51 am on March 8th, 2011

    Erin Brockovich was interviewed on CNN. She has written a new novel, Rock Bottom, about an environmental crusader.

    Rio: I missed The Event. You didn’t remind me.

  5. B.Stover
    8:53 am on March 8th, 2011

    Good morning Rose. Someone I know is eating punchkis…..not me.

  6. Melanie
    8:54 am on March 8th, 2011

    Morning Chet!
    I think that if the Porsche was working you could put in a bunch of straw and a lot of blankets. That’s what some of the mushers use for their dogs. Then when it snows, Bernie and Chet would have a layer of 32 degrees on them so they wouldn’t feel the wind chill. Bernie might not be able to see anything, so he would need goggles.

    Wow, I love trying to think before I’ve had cocoa!

    Morning B. Stover, Off to read the last page from yesterday.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    8:56 am on March 8th, 2011

    Good morning everyone. Bee, we were going to say the same about today’s post. Siber loves the Iditarod. Glad those 5 dogs made it back ok. Wonder if they just followed the rest of their team in to the next check point.

  8. Melanie
    9:04 am on March 8th, 2011

    Hi Rose, I’m thinking pancakes tonight!

    Morning B & M!

    Zoë snitched the “Hotel at . .” book and finished it while I was finishing another. She really liked it. One of her childhood friends was in the camps.

  9. Rose
    9:11 am on March 8th, 2011

    Hi Bee:

    Forgive my ignorance. Punchkis? I may partake in a bit of debauchery and some snacking before Lent.

  10. Wolfie
    9:12 am on March 8th, 2011

    Good Morning, all.

    My guess is that the Wandering Five had themselves one fabulous day. I can just picture themselves trotting into camp grinning from ear to ear.

  11. Melanie
    9:13 am on March 8th, 2011

    C.Harris: I’m sorry for your community’s loss.

    Macy: why was Belle bummed again?

    Siber-H: “slowberians” snicker, in obedience trials when Newfoundland are working, they will do tasks perfectly but in “Newfy time”!
    So sled with Newfoundlands pulling would be due in around May.

  12. Melanie
    9:14 am on March 8th, 2011

    Morning Wölfie!

  13. Rose
    9:20 am on March 8th, 2011

    Hi Melanie!

    Chocolate chip?

  14. Melanie
    9:28 am on March 8th, 2011

    Nope, just non-gluten pancakes with real maple syrup from this area!

  15. Siber-H
    9:34 am on March 8th, 2011

    C.Harris, Found your link from last night, thanks. I try to remember to check that Anchorage newspaper every day during the Iditarod because they have such good coverage. I also like to look at that newspaper online throughout the year.

    We are very sorry about the loss of the teacher. That is going to be hard on all of you.

  16. Rose
    9:38 am on March 8th, 2011


    We only use real maple syrup at our house too! (My hubby uses it to sweeten his tea). It is very yummy, but VERY expensive to buy in NY.

  17. Barb & Maggie
    9:39 am on March 8th, 2011

    Read about some of the Iditarod dogs on C.Harris’s link from last night. Some of those dogs weigh only 35-40 lbs. That is much smaller than we thought they would be. Would have guessed 50-60 lbs.

    Where will Natasha show up today?

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:42 am on March 8th, 2011

    Iditarod!… I bet those five guys are Whitey’s fan club!…heh!… Just running around doing what their idol did last year, only they were smart enough to find their way to a checkpoint…snort!…These are trained Huskies. I can’t even imagine what a non-trained husky or SiberH would be like….wheeze!

  19. B.Stover
    9:43 am on March 8th, 2011

    Rose: I’m spelling it phonetically. It’s really paczki with a diacritical mark (ogonek) under the “a” which I can’t produce with my keyboard.

    I read a really interesting article about them. They were originally made to use up the lard and sweets in the house before Lent. The article has pictures. mardi gras!

  20. Siber-H
    9:46 am on March 8th, 2011

    Thanks for remembering the Iditarod, Chet. Here is wishing all the dogs a safe and happy journey.

  21. Siber-H
    9:52 am on March 8th, 2011

    I was wrong last week when I said that Whitey’s musher wasn’t doing the Iditarod this year. He is and Whitey is in the team. I’ll keep you guys posted as to how they are doing.

  22. Rose
    9:54 am on March 8th, 2011

    Thanks, Bee! Looks and sounds yummy!!

  23. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:57 am on March 8th, 2011

    SiberH!… …Now I will have to follow the race. Who is Whitey’s musher? How do we know what team that crazy guy is on?….snorkel!

  24. Melanie
    9:59 am on March 8th, 2011

    Siber-H: I can’t find Rogue Kennels doing the race. Last year they had they dogs that were shelter, not wanted and rescued. Am I just not seeing them?

  25. Wolfie
    9:59 am on March 8th, 2011

    I was hoping that we would have some confirmation of the inside joke.

    This is my guess:

    I don’t have my book in front of me, but one of the duckie fans is reading a book while watching the game. She is sitting on the far right hand side of the page.
    (Confession: when the boys were playing football and little league, mom always brought a book and read whenever they weren’t on the field.)

  26. Melanie
    10:00 am on March 8th, 2011

    B. Stover: Those look great. Bet they have no calories or salt or fat, right?

  27. B.Stover
    10:00 am on March 8th, 2011

    “Donuts” especially jelly donuts have always been one of my downfalls. Paczkis are even better!

    I also love real maple syrup but as I understand it, it contains sulfites. (Four-letter word here!)

  28. B.Stover
    10:01 am on March 8th, 2011

    Melanie: They used to be made with lard, as did my grandmother’s piecrust….heavenly!

  29. Wolfie
    10:04 am on March 8th, 2011

    Mardi = Tuesday

    Gras = Fat

    Now we know.

  30. Wolfie
    10:05 am on March 8th, 2011

    GO WHITEY!!!!!!

  31. Siberian Husky
    10:14 am on March 8th, 2011

    Rio, Whitey’s musher is Justin Savidis and Whitey is in his team. As of right now, they are running in 37th place which is darn good because Justin and his team are still considered rookies. Justin is still a rookie because Whitey’s great escape last year caused him to have to scratch and go look for Whitey.

    Melanie, I don’t know the answer to your question but I will look into it. Do you remember the name of the musher from Rogue Kennels?

  32. Siberian Husky
    10:21 am on March 8th, 2011

    I found Rogue Kennels website. It doesn’t say anything about doing the Iditarod this year, but it says they are mostly into mid-distance racing and doing rescue.

  33. Sam
    10:28 am on March 8th, 2011

    My Mom makes fastnachts which are punchkis. One is German and the other is Polish. They taste great no matter what they are called and I always get some.

  34. C. Harris
    10:46 am on March 8th, 2011

    Chet: driving to Alaska in an iffy car….hmm, noooo. How many miles does a Porsche get anyway when it is running? A lot of services are closed in the winter. I can’t exactly imagine a Porsche on mountain roads in the snow and ice. I don’t know the current rules of crossing into Canada with a dog but I think it involves a vet certificate. And Bernie’s gun would need special clearances also.

    I’ve driven the Alaska Highway many times in June/July but never in the middle of winter. In the summer I’ve never driven less than 12 hours straight and sometimes I drove 18 hours. It still seemed to take me three very long days from Seattle-Anchorage counting roadwork. Once I passed on a smoker’s hotel room (the only one available) and it was 3 hours to the next stop. I almost pulled off the road and slept sitting in my car.

    If Chet would give up the shotgun seat and there be a second driver, you might be able to make it up here before the race is over. Watch for moose on the road. If you hit one the Porsche would be toast once again.

  35. B.Stover
    11:21 am on March 8th, 2011

    Given CHarris’ description, I would definitely cancel any plans to travel to Alaska Chet. I believe it also takes a passport to cross into Canada now.

  36. Melanie
    11:31 am on March 8th, 2011

    Siber-H: It was Collen Robertia. She also has a husband, but his name escapes

  37. Mollypop
    11:35 am on March 8th, 2011

    My family doesn’t go into Canada very often anymore. It’s just too difficult. A couple of years ago, before Mom’s Nexus pass expired, I could go through that lane with no questions asked.

    Last year the family had dinner reservations on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. It took over an hour to get across the bridge and they lost their reservation.

  38. Melanie
    11:50 am on March 8th, 2011

    Switch drivers going on.
    Zoë is staying home and I’m going down the hill again.
    Dan’s got an appointment about this rare thing he has that no one figured out in the hospital.
    Doc is checking to see if the meds are working.


  39. Siberian Husky
    12:06 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Melanie, Collen isn’t running the Iditarod this year. It costs so much is my best guess as to why she isn’t entered in the race.

    We are wishing Dan good luck at the doctor…hope they can figure it out.

  40. Mollie (a black poodle)
    12:32 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Siber-H: Just looked at the Do the dogs have to wear those boots all the time? Don’t they make running slower? Does it bother them to wear the boots? Is there a map where you can see where they are and who is winning? I have never watched it before. Are we cheering for Whitey’s team? Did they find the 5 dogs? Sorry about all the questions. Do they like to run the race?

  41. Siberian Husky
    12:56 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Hi Mollie!!

    Yes, the dogs have to wear those booties all the time to protect their feet from the tough trail. Each bootie only lasts for about 100 miles…some dogs hate the booties, some are ok with them, but as long as a husky is moving in a forward direction and not stopped, they will tolerate the booties. I don’t think it makes the dogs run slower. The mushers don’t want the dogs going too fast, anyway.
    I think most of here are cheering for Whitey’s team, but all you can hope for a rookie is to finish the race. That is a big accomplishment.
    Yes, they found the 5 dogs. I believe two came into the checkpoint on their own and the other 3 were brought in by a musher.
    Yes, the dogs love to run the race. Watch video somewhere on the internet of sled dogs at the starting line.
    If the dogs spirits get down and they are no longer having fun or if the wind is too much for them or whatever…The whole team will stop and refuse to go any further. This has happened. It is really the dogs that are calling the shots. They are not going to do anything they don’t want to do.
    In the Yukon Quest this year, two teams of very experienced mushers refused to go over a summit.
    The mushers had to listen to their dogs, and they scratched from the race.

  42. Siberian Husky
    12:58 pm on March 8th, 2011

    I’ll be back…I’m looking for maps for Mollie.

  43. Mollie (a black poodle)
    1:03 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Siber-H: Thanks. That is so interesting. Do they have a lead dog, or two lead dogs, that decides to stop or do they all just stop? Why do the dogs leave, like Whitey, just to go and look around? I guess the team that stopped because of the dogs was very disappointed. I wonder why one team would stop and the others keep going. What beautiful dogs they all are.

  44. Siberian Husky
    1:19 pm on March 8th, 2011

    A long-distance team usually has several dogs in the team that can be leaders. Some lead dogs are best at finding a snowed over trail, others excell at traveling in the wind, and so on. Usually, though, a team will have a couple of leaders that are the stars of the team.
    It is the musher that stops the dogs verbally while using a snow hook and a brake. When the dogs are fresh, it is almost impossible to stop them until they run off some energy. The number one rule of dog mushing is to never, ever let go of the sled, even if you are being dragged along, holding on with one hand and the dogs are going 90 miles an hour down the trail.
    Huskies are travelers, always wanting to see what is over the next mountain range and around the next bend in the river… that is why we will take off. We also aren’t very obedient.

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:20 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Dear Plunderers – I vas so wrong! Natasha is not only the most brilliant undercover spy, she is most gorgeous creature ever to valk the face of earth.
    I am completely at her service. I suggust that all of you follow her directions to the letter.
    Remember – this is your commander speaking

  46. Siberian Husky
    1:27 pm on March 8th, 2011


    Go to the home page of the Anchorage Daily News. You will see a box that says Iditarod 39…you can click on the standings and see who is ahead and who is behind. Then, you can click on that little box that says more+ and find a really good map.
    This is easier than spending hours hunting and pecking all over the Iditarod’s website. You can learn a lot from their website, but it can take time.

    If my instructions aren’t very clear, I will try again or maybe Mollypop can come along and help.

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:27 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Whitey!….Seems his full name is Whitey-Lance. Here is the Savidis blog if you want a daily update on Justin and his team….snort!… If Whitey gets away again, I’m sure this blog will detail it…heh!

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:36 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Snowhook!… I think all us guys should post on their blog showing our support for Whitey during the race….snort!….So far they have no comments at all. What do you guys think?….gruffle!

    Crap!…This is post # 4….sniff!….I’ll keep checking, but she said I can’t post anymore on this blog today…grump!

  49. Siberian Husky
    1:40 pm on March 8th, 2011

    I’m with you, Rio, we should support Whitey and his team. From what I have read, Whitey’s human family was just heartbroken about him running off last year.

  50. Mollypop
    1:44 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Iditarod – Start here:

  51. Mollypop
    1:45 pm on March 8th, 2011
  52. Mollypop
    1:45 pm on March 8th, 2011
  53. Mollie (a black poodle)
    1:47 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Siber-H & Rio: Thanks. I found the Leaderboard & map. It says Justin is #38. Is this up to date I wonder. I wish this was on TV. It should be. Yes, we should support Whitey & his team. That’s sure a long race. I wonder how often they stop to give the dogs a drink.

  54. Mollypop
    1:47 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Rio – It seems you have gone over your posting limit – saying all of those wonderful things about Natasha. snicker

  55. Siberian Husky
    1:49 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Yippie!!! There is Mollypop! Thanks!

    Mollie(ABP) if you want to spend some money, you can join the Iditarod Insider and have access to all the videos and the GPS Tracker. I am hooked on the tracker…I see little green flags in my sleep.

  56. Mollie (a black poodle)
    2:01 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Thanks Mollypop! What a race, I guess you never know what will happen.
    I guess this Mackey usually wins?

  57. Siberian Husky
    2:04 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Mollie(ABP) The Leaderboard is as up to date as they can keep it.
    The best way to keep as up to date as if you had the GPS Tracker is to go to the Iditarod Discussion forums…the link to those is on the Iditarod’s home page. When you get there, click on Race Talk and then click on 2011 Iditarod Updates. I think those people are up to page 60 or so by now. They post the standings from the GPS Tracker itself and there are a lot of knowledgeable people on those message boards.

    Yes, the mushers work very hard to keep enough fluids in those dogs. There are vets all along the trail that are checking the dogs. The mushers don’t have people doctors, but there are lots and lots of vets.

  58. B.Stover
    2:04 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Natasha: Just because you’ve typed in Rio’s name you don’t have his avatar and it’s obvious it isn’t Rio.

  59. Siberian Husky
    2:10 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Lance Mackey has won the last 4 Iditarods in a row. We will see if he can make history this time and win 5 in a row. He seems to be a really good guy and loves those dogs and has some sort of magical connection to them. He is a cancer survivor and credits his dogs with pulling him through and saving his life. I’m sure they did.

  60. B.Stover
    2:12 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Wolfie: I saw the picture of the duck reading a book in Quacky. For some reason I thought the joke would be in the writing rather than in the illustrations. I’d like to know definitely…sigh.

  61. Mollie (a black poodle)
    2:36 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Siber-H: I found a picture of Whitey-Lance as we will be cheering for him. (How long does the race last?)
    Mollypop: There is a picture of him on the Snowhook Kennel facebook page with a red & white coat on & something written on it. (Maybe return this dog if lost?) I don’t do Facebook-can you go on and see what it says?

  62. B.Stover
    2:39 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Whitey-Lance is beautiful. I think the race lasts nine to fifteen days…but SH will know.

  63. Siberian Husky
    2:44 pm on March 8th, 2011

    He’s so cute!!!
    The race could last a long as a week and a half for Whitey and his team. The winners will get to Nome before that, but it is fun to watch all the teams make it to Nome.
    I did read somewhere that they had a jacket special made for Whitey that says something to the effect of “If found, please return to Snowhook Kennels.”
    I don’t do facebook either. I am not allowed to go there.

  64. B.Stover
    3:02 pm on March 8th, 2011

    This is from Snowhook Kennel Facebook page. (The lettering on the picture is too small to read but whoever is running the page wrote this.)

    Whitey-Lance wore a “Where’s Waldo” inspired jacket with a note that read, “Hello, my name is Whitey-Lance. If found, please return me to Snowhook Kennel. Thanks, W.L.”

  65. Mollie (a black poodle)
    3:24 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Thanks Bee. I was dying to know what it read. That is so cute. Who is WL I wonder.

  66. Rose
    3:28 pm on March 8th, 2011
  67. Rose
    3:30 pm on March 8th, 2011

    BTW-Whitey is very handsome.

    3:35 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Molly ABP, WL has got to be Whitey Lance.

    Mollypop always likes pictures of Lily, so here is one with Peaches, Queen of Poultry Day. This is an update from an older picture.

    3:37 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Another couple from same visit.

  70. B.Stover
    3:42 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Mollie: I think W.L. is for Whitey Lance. He “wrote” the message in other words so he could get home.

    3:42 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Last one. This was taken after Gus and I had been tearing around the yard for a bit.

  72. Melanie
    3:48 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Barb, Is it Poultry Day all ready??

    Back from the valley. They have a lot less snow than we do. BTW, I hate frost heaves in the road. And the pot holes???? There are couple you could lose the van in.

    WL is cool. I have a few teams I keep an eye on. There’s a guy from Scotland and one from Jamaca. I don’t think their dogs are from there.

    The river broke last night. Nice to see free running water again, though it’s all ready beginning to ice up. When I get back downstairs I’ll put a picture up of it.

    Have to say that it took almost everything that the Beaver was working on, with it.

  73. Mollie (a black poodle)
    3:52 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Thanks Barb&Maggie&Bee. I should have figured that out.

  74. B.Stover
    4:07 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Melanie: What are frost heaves? How is Dan?

    I know I shouldn’t but I feel sorry for the beaver.

  75. B.Stover
    4:09 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Mollie: Not to worry. You know what I am with initials and acronyms.

  76. B.Stover
    4:11 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Rio: I’m going to watch the two episodes of The Event that I missed yesterday. It’s on On Demand with the other ten episodes.

  77. Melanie
    4:15 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Break up: I like this one. It’s about 60 yards behind the house. The slab is ice. Not sure how that happened.

  78. Melanie
    4:17 pm on March 8th, 2011

    The break up has revealed more beaver damage.

  79. Melanie
    4:19 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Last photo. The ice is all ready forming again!

  80. Melanie
    4:24 pm on March 8th, 2011

    B.Stover: Dan’s doc says that the stuff in his lungs might be almost gone. Another x-ray will determine that. He does get to stop the heavy duty antibiotic.

    Frost heaves. We live in the mountains of Western MA, to some of you that would be the “hills”, but around here they are the highest things we’ve got.

    Most of the time the road is the stage road from the 1600’s. It winds it’s way hugging the side of the hills with a drop off to the other side. Not a bad drop off but you don’t want to go off it in the dark.

    Because of this the melting snow and rain go under the surface of the road. It freezes then melts and freezes and melts causing the road surface to lift up in chunks.

    This is not fixed because by Spring when the freezing stops the road goes back in place. Bumpy during the early Spring though.

    4:38 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Melanie, Great photos! Poultry Day is March 19th.

  82. Dawson
    4:46 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Stopped at a bookstore and asked for Quacky Baseball. Nope. Laura Levine? Nope.
    I will have to catch up on the Iditarod when I get back home because I’m here on someone else’s dime and they want all my time. I want to root for Kathy Somebody (forgot her name again) and Mike Ellis if he’s racing (Siber?).
    I was sitting on the fence about watching the Iditarod because I found the Yukon Quest very emotionally draining to follow. Hope the weather cooperates for the Iditarod. I’m rooting for all the dogs to have fun.
    C.Harris: Do you have a favorite musher?

  83. Dawson
    4:51 pm on March 8th, 2011

    B. Stover: I always admired beaver’s before I saw them ravaging Melanie’s trees. Mostly I liked their tails. 🙂 I don’t feel sorry for them because beavers always have to stay busy so now they have something to do.

  84. Dawson
    4:54 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Siber H, Rio, Mollypop and whoever else: Thanks for the links and information on the iditarod. I will check them out.

  85. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    5:37 pm on March 8th, 2011

    We have spent the entire afternoon reading the blog from Snowhook Kennels from last years race with WL causing trouble all the way up to the latest post. I don’t think we could possibly follow any other team at this point.

    GO DOG GO!

  86. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    5:39 pm on March 8th, 2011

    OK very funny. Somevone tinks to steal Natasha’s name now. OK, good vone now knock it off, I mean it! Natasha is supreme number vone spy, not you.

  87. B.Stover
    5:48 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Frost heaves sound bad.

    Lovely pictures B&M.

  88. LizF
    6:25 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Lovely photos Melanie, I can’t imagine that cold and that much snow.

    WHiteyLance is so handsome. Thank you for all the Iditarod info, I didn’t know any of that either. What beautiful, brave, amazing dogs.

    Barb, whoa, those girls are stuuuuuuuuunnning. Wow… (Maggie too!)

    Here’s the cover of TFAT in paperback.

  89. Melanie
    6:39 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Thanks LizF for uploading that. It’s cool. I might have to ask for all of them from “down under” for Christmas.

    I have all the Harry Potter from America and from England I have the adult version. Different cover, same book.

  90. Melanie
    6:41 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Whew, I’m going to grab some dinner. The pancake idea got thrown out after I had to drive again. I was zonked, Dan was zonked and Zoë slept all day. We’re hoping she’s not getting sick. She looks better than she did this morning.

  91. boris
    6:41 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Natasha, darlink, I misses you. Vhy you go on spy mission?

  92. LizF
    6:55 pm on March 8th, 2011

    That’s a shame, I was vicariously excited about those pancakes! Those punchkis look really delumptious…

    Happy International Women’s Day everyone.

  93. Mollypop
    7:29 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Boris and Natasha, you had better be careful I have Moose and Squirrel right here. They’re on to you.

  94. Siberian Husky
    7:31 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Thanks for all the photos today. I really like the one of Gus, Maggie, and the girls. Mom likes the ones of the river.

    Whitey and his team are really sailing along the Iditarod Trail. They are doing great so far!

    Dawson, Mike Ellis has never run the Iditarod. I’m almost glad no Sibes are doing it this year because it makes for a more relaxing race for me…sort of relaxing because it is starting to get really interesting.

  95. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:32 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! I’m here, but Mom’s not making pancakes tonight, she’s making a chocolate truffle cake. They’re closing all the library branches on Thursday and having a “Customer Service Improvement Day,” where they’ll do some team-building stuff and some work at their branch. So she’s making the cake tonight and frosting it tomorrow night so she can take it Thursday for their potluck lunch. But she says I can’t have any. I’m pouting, but she says she’s doing it for my own good. How good is it to leave me hungry?

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:48 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Spys!… Boris and Natasha?….heh!snort!heh!….Now this is getting interesting…snort!… Unless they are just making fun of my friend Rockie the Undercover Squirrel….grunt! ….I wonder what those two are up to, hmmm. Although, Boris doesn’t seem to be in on anything, just wants Natasha to go home with him and give up this farce of hers…wheeze!

    Fedora!… Now why in the world is there a picture of something that resembles a dawg with a Fedora on his head on the cover of a Chet and Bernie mystery?….grunt!….There is Never any mention that Chet wears hats in any of the books. We think the Aussie illustrator is taking quite a lot of liberties with this portrayal (I almost said, betrayal)….groan! …The cover is just weird as hell – not an elephant in sight.…sniff!…I do like Bernie’s shirt though! …Martinis!

    Plus!…I can’t believe you guys only left me 4 or 5 comfortable posting opportunities tonight…grump! ….ANIMALS!

  97. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:56 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Yes, Rio, but do you picture Bernie as that uncoordinated, sartorially speaking? I know he likes the Hawaiian prints, but would he really take a blue martini-glass shirt and mix it (not shake it!) with pink-and-orange-flowered trousers? I truly hope not!!!

  98. LizF
    8:01 pm on March 8th, 2011

    There’s a picture of peanut on the back cover…

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:06 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Stover!…. I wanted to tell you that we did watch bits and pieces of The Event last night, but there was so much kitchen activity that we missed most of it…heh!…So tonight we will be watching it from front to end and everything in-between…snorkel! ….Did you enjoy it today?…sniff!

    Whitey!… I also wanted to say that Wookie and I have posted out on Whiteys blog and we thought you guys were going to show your support too….wuffle!…Last I looked it was just me and Wookie over there cheering ole Whitey face on….grump!….What gives…SiberH? Where were you?…(ask Molly she will get you all set up with a login…good grief!!!)…snort!

    Kirby!….Oh my gosh! I didn’t notice the trousers until you mentioned them….grunt!…Gawd awful. Makes the whole cover even worse…heh!

    Consolidation!…Why can’t you guys consolidate your posts like I do???…huffle!…It would take us far longer to get to the dreaded dark-side, don’t you think???…sniff!

  100. Siberian Husky
    8:13 pm on March 8th, 2011

    You guessed it Rio…I don’t have an account with google or whatever it is they want me to have in order to comment. Maybe tomorrow Mollypop can help me figure it out. I really do want to comment and I think Justin and team would get a big boost knowing an entire blog is cheering for them.

  101. B.Stover
    8:15 pm on March 8th, 2011

    I haven’t watched The Event yet Rio. I’m so tired that I think I’ll have to watch it tomorrow.

    Good night all.

  102. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:30 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Oh no! The Dreaded Dark Side!!!

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:37 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Stover!…. I hope she is not coming down with something. It seems awful early to be so tired and going to bed already…sniff!… Stover, when you have time tomorrow, watch episode 111 of The Event (that’s where we are starting tonight), at the very beginning they have different news channels on from different states….snort!…Well, the little guy from Denver is really on the news channel here, and her dad used to call him “The Chip Monk”, even though he actually got a kick out of the little guys antics…wheeze!…He reports more about the entertainment world and never any real news stories…heh! …We were so surprised to see him on an episode of The Event,/I>!….gruff!

  104. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:03 pm on March 8th, 2011

    We showed our support of Whitey-Lance on his facebook page. You guys do not need to be afraid of Facebook, it is really quite simple, and no more dangerous than you make it. I will be happy to give you any help you need.

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:07 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Theory!… She left her lasagna like casserole at her mothers this morning and told her it was probably too salty…gah!….But tonight, her mom said it tasted really good and not salty at all. Her mom even gave her beloved neighbor some of it for lunch today and she said she enjoyed it too…grunt!…So my friend is happy because this means her palate is changing and what used to be just right, is now very salty to her…heh!…I have no idea how this is good news, but she is happy so I am happy too!…snorkel!

    Staff!… I bet this will make Squiffy Staff happy too!…snort!… Staff, I was supposed to say “Howdy Do” to you from Liz today because she keeps missing you and your weird time-lines, but you have yet to show up….grunt!

  106. Mollie (a black poodle)
    9:07 pm on March 8th, 2011

    I tried to comment on the blog but got sent someplace else.
    It says they will have Whitey-Lance T-shirts later.

  107. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:10 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Boris – I have told you – NOT call me at vork! I have very important mission to accomplish. Ve must stop these Plunderers! Ve must get manuscript before publishing date and edit out the things that point to us!
    Besides, Natasha has told you – it is over betveeen us! Ivan is more exciting and can keep up with me. You need to stop little puppy sniveling and go find somevon else.
    Make sure you leave decoder ring and shoe phone on your vay out.

  108. C. Harris
    9:16 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Dawson: re mushers….there are several I like but I just want everyone (especially the dogs) to finish the race safe and sound. I was a big fan of Susan Butcher (who died 5 years ago). She started out training under Rick Swenson. Her husband, David Monson, is a top musher but I don’t think he has been racing much –perhaps he is busy raising their two girls.

  109. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:17 pm on March 8th, 2011

    So, now that everyvon has seen pictures of pretty chickens, ve have some things to tell you. Natasha seems like a really vonderful Borzoi. She is so smart and beautiful. Ve think it is best if ve help her in anything she vants to do. Ve should all give her the keys to our houses and cars and our bankbooks. Ve are sure that she will only do good things and ve respect her.
    Maybe if we are good to her, she vill bring us caviar, and let us be Borzois!

  110. Mollypop
    9:17 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Siber-H – I see you’re back to being Siberian Husky.

    Here’s where you create a google account.

  111. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:20 pm on March 8th, 2011

    This is Barb and Maggie telling you this. Really, it is us, you can believe that. For sure. Its us. Yes, Barb and Maggie.

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:41 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Gilly!…Stop it!…grunt!… You gave yourself away right off the bat….sniff!… Don’t go making more of a fool of yourself any longer…heh!…Strange how Tupper and Gilly and Herbal and Sage (whatever) don’t seem to have time to post anymore because they are all so busy pretending to be someone else on the blog….grunt!… What the hell photo did you use for me anyways? Jabba The Hut?…gruff!

    Confess!…Come klean and no charges will be brought against you for fraud…grunt!

  113. Siberian Husky
    9:42 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Mollypop, I am back to being Siberian Husky for now because I am having to use internet explorer to sign in to the Iditarod Insider.

    Thanks for the link…ummm someone (anyone)here needs to get me convinced that it is okay to set up a google account.

    I’m glad us Siberians got out of Russia when we did. The Russians are nuts from what I am seeing here on the blog.

  114. Melanie
    9:52 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Rio – last check in before bed. Its not Gilly and Co. Her Mum and Dad are out of town for a couple of days.
    Maybe its beavers.

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:54 pm on March 8th, 2011

    SiberH!…Here’s a tip. To create your google login, use the exact same email address you use here at Chet’s blog…snort!…Come up with a password, write it down, how simple is that?…gruffle!

  116. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:04 pm on March 8th, 2011


  117. Siberian Husky
    10:08 pm on March 8th, 2011

    It could be beyond me, Rio…just joking. I’ll have a go at the google account tomorrow.

  118. Barb & Maggie
    10:15 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Whaaaa! Our Avatar has been dognapped. Now we are really baffled. This is the real Maggie here, not some Russian wannabee.

  119. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    10:16 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Siberian Husky -you must not say such things. Your family still lives in Mother Russia, no? How shamed they vould be to hear you say such things.
    Ve are prepared to offer you a vonderful home in Siberia – all the snow you could vant. And nice, squishy hay to sleep in. And no von to call you and make you come inside, ven you vant to dig nice big holes and stay in icey snowbank.
    You like dried duck jerkey. Ve have lots and lots – give you all you vant, and time you vant.

  120. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    10:18 pm on March 8th, 2011

    HA ! Ve told you Barb and Maggie – Natasha is Greatest Undercover Spy in the Vorld! You vill never catch us!

  121. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:33 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Nattie!… What exactly do you want?….sniff!… What threat do the Plunderers make towards your – existence?…grunt!… Was it your company that made those miniature baseball camera’s that don’t work? I do recall they were made in Russia…heh!…Are you afraid we will defame your spy accessory business and you will lose all your allied clients?…wheeze!

  122. Siberian Husky
    10:35 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Good Night All!
    See you tomorrow.

  123. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:41 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Why would anybody buy anything from Russia. Somebody opened a big bag of trouble.

    Nite, nite

    Macy out.

  124. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    10:42 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Rio my little pudgie blintz. In this vorld of secret missions and Plunderers, it is not necessary for you to know for why I am here. Just know, little Commander that Natasha sees all. Natasha is alvays vatching.
    I hope you vill sleep vell vith all your baseball toys. Good night, my worthy foe.

  125. Staff
    10:58 pm on March 8th, 2011

    It looks like Natasha the Nefarious has taken over the blog while I was at the sewing class tonight.

    I haven’t had a chance to read the first page. You guys all sleep well and thank you Liz for saying Hi to me (via Rio). I have been going to bed rather early lately but I am feeling perkier so maybe I have been getting enough food.

    And Rio, the fact that you can taste the salt does mean that you are adjusting. Aren’t you glad? It does make it easier.
    Mr Staff brought me One 2 inch square of what used to be my favorite pizza (pepperoni and green olives) and it was so salty it felt like it was burning my mouth.

    See you tomorrow.

    Rio, It is nice that Nat the Nef wants to play with you since I am not turning the computer on for the Kats during the daytime.

  126. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:01 pm on March 8th, 2011

    MinPin!…Good point!…grunt!

    Nattie!… Pudgie blintz?… Heh!snort!heh!… Oh now I cannot stop laughing, and I never laugh…chorkel!… Worthy foe I am indeed!…snort!

    Melanie!…You better not be lying to me! That would be the end of our friendship – no excuses….grunt!…If Gilly and friends have been out of town THE WHOLE TIME that Nattie has been cropping up, as you say, I am willing to believe you and take on the challenge of The Russian Spy Who Knows Me….sneeze!

  127. Barb & Maggie
    11:03 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Must go to bed and ponder.

  128. Wolfie
    11:11 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Oh me, oh my.

    Only Rio would call the notorious Natasha “Nattie”!

    I like it!!!

  129. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:13 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Bedtime!… A tad early, but someone here is tired and wants to go to bed right after we watch the final scene of The Event…..grunt!…I sure wish I wasn’t restricted to 4 posts during the daytime…heh!…Maybe I can get away with 5…sniff!…I will push it one day at a time…gruffle!

    Night all! … Happy bourgeoisie days to Nattie and pals!…heh!

  130. LizF
    11:35 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Thanks Rio for being the messenger. ‘Night.

  131. BearSpiritDog
    8:48 pm on March 9th, 2011

    My feline friend, Masquerade, was to know how to upload my avatar. Natasha?, B.Stover? any tips…

  132. Reatha Cardle
    6:36 pm on August 17th, 2011

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