Iditarod …

… greatest sled dog race on earth. For many years we’ve cheered on Snowhook Kennel – run by our friends AJ and Rebecca. AJ is not mushing this year but the team is still in there with Dr. Joe at the controls. Go dogs of Snowhook! One of whom is named Iggy!

(If we’ve gotten any of this wrong, please let us know.)


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65 Responses to “Iditarod …”

  1. B.Stover
    9:08 am on March 7th, 2017

    Love that first picture!

    According to the Iditarod Insider, Joe checked out of Nenana at 01:23…so 5:23 A.M. Eastern time…I think.

    Good morning all.

  2. BooBear
    9:24 am on March 7th, 2017

    Admin, there is also a member of Snowhook’s team named CHET!!

  3. Chet The Dog
    9:40 am on March 7th, 2017

    Is there a list of all the names somewhere, BooBear? Also, does the sled have “Snowhook” on the side -or anything like that?

  4. dawson
    9:57 am on March 7th, 2017

    And Bernie, don’t forget him. And Little. And the Plunderers are represented too: Harris, Maury and Hawks.

    Here is a list from the Snowhook Kennels facebook page of the dogs who are on the great race:
    Amy, Bernie, Bev, Bjourn, Chet, Clyde, Hawks, Fritz, Harris, Iggy, Little, Louisa Mae, Maury, Mick, Nate and Wilson.

    Good morning all and Go Snowhook!

  5. Wose-the small and meek
    11:19 am on March 7th, 2017


    I woke up with this song in my head today. It is called “Smooth Sailing”, and is a favorite of ours here. It has a very Motown 60s feel to it…Hoping Dr. Joe enjoys some smooth sailing…

    Go Dr Joe!

    * I thought Rio Jr. was on the team…

  6. BearSpiritDog
    11:34 am on March 7th, 2017

    Good Morning! Chet, Thanks for the link!

    Wose: We thought he was Racing too.

    Dawson: That’s Seventeen Dogs minus Rio’s Namesake. Will they take turns Riding on the Back of the Sled?

    Snowhook Reporters: We would like to know more about the Giant’s Duties as Race Judge and When and Where he will next appear.

  7. c.hobbitz
    12:05 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Here is the FB photo of dogs running with their ages and gender. If you click on photo, it should enlarge

  8. c.hobbitz
    12:06 pm on March 7th, 2017

    For your daily motivation:

  9. BooBear
    12:19 pm on March 7th, 2017

    I thin Rio, Jr ran in the ceremonial start, but not in the big race.

  10. c.hobbitz
    12:19 pm on March 7th, 2017

    My sister is a part of a group called Anchorage Guerilla Knitters.” Once a year they do a public art installation involving knitting. Unlike other guerilla knitting groups across the country, they always get permits and blessings of whatever public space they use. Last month they knitted sweaters for trees along the Winchester Lagoon (a rich part of town). Within 24 hours someone had cut them down and put them in the trash can nearby. This month they regrouped and did it again and they were once again cut down with 24 hours. The Park Service really liked the idea and they were to be up for two months and they were to be part of a public art tour. Phooey.
    Here is my sister on television and I will try to find more photos to post

  11. BooBear
    12:20 pm on March 7th, 2017

    On Dawson’s list, she added Clyde (you can see his tag) but he’s not on the actual list.

  12. c.hobbitz
    12:22 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Tree sweaters

  13. BooBear
    12:22 pm on March 7th, 2017

    That’s terrible, Hobbit! Do they have any idea who cut them down?

  14. c.hobbitz
    12:23 pm on March 7th, 2017

    More tree sweaters

  15. c.hobbitz
    12:29 pm on March 7th, 2017

    BooBear: no idea but it wasn’t just a normal vandal. The first time the sweaters were mostly cut along the joined seam. Someone knows something but it is not like it is important enough for a police investigation or a Crime Stoppers award. I thought CCTV cameras were everywhere but I guess not

  16. Howlers
    12:33 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Good morning! We are so out of the loop on the Iditarod this year. Have youse guys gotten Insider subscriptions? We miss the tracker.
    BooBear, Clyde is in the list Dawson posted, as well as the lost Hobbit posted. Where is he missing? He is Mom’s favorite now that W-L no longer races.

  17. BearSpiritDog
    12:33 pm on March 7th, 2017

    CHobbitz: Thank You for the Photos and Link.
    A Beautiful Idea only to be vandalized. Who would do such a thing?
    None from the Nation Within that is for certain.

  18. Masquers
    12:40 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Howlers: Good morning! Iditaod fever hits about this time every year…so yes, once again…we here subscribed to the infamous Insider. Paws crossed there will be no disappointments.

  19. dawson
    12:41 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Ionlysee16namesonthelistIposted. You may be counting Louisa Mae as two names when it is only one. Clyde is on the actual list right after Chet.

    My space key is not working properly.

    CHobbitz: What a crummy thing for someone to do.

    Go Snowhook!

    It has warmed up to -18 F. I think we are getting Fairbank’s weather. I am going out and about. Shopping, fitness and cribbage.

  20. c.hobbitz
    12:45 pm on March 7th, 2017

    -14 here first thing this morning. Now it is -7. Will warm up into the teens with the afternoon sun. Can spring be far behind?

  21. Howlers
    1:05 pm on March 7th, 2017

    We like those tree sweaters, and would like to grab the perp who cut them down by the pants leg.
    It is currently a chilly +70 here. Heh heh heh!

  22. HOH's mom
    1:46 pm on March 7th, 2017

    A little late here…I slept in here at the Hobbit Hotel…ah, luxury! Sadie and the Hobbit are the hostesses with the mostests. Mr.Big is a character but not prone to change. We are heading out to Wasilla this afternoon to the Iditarod headquarters and store. The DDD made date pancakes, scrambled eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast. No diet for this herd. Must catch up on the race BBL

  23. Masquers
    2:03 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Aliy is in the lead.
    Martin Buser taking his 24 at Manley Hot Springs.
    Dr. Joe resting at mile 109.

  24. Masquers
    2:07 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Now passed by Joar Leifseth Ulsom!

  25. Masquers
    2:15 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Yark!..maybe not.

  26. BearSpiritDog
    2:29 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Team Snowhook is Off and Racing!

  27. HOH's mom
    2:31 pm on March 7th, 2017

    We are learning the Insider…again…every year. Guess we have something in common with Chet, the Jet, not the racing dog. Don’t know if the Insider is touching or if it is the working iPad. I keep jumping around. I will get this sooner of later. In the meantime: GO SNOWHOOK!

  28. Macy the racing min pin
    2:34 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Masquers, I had no idea you could Yark. Maybe part Husky?

  29. Macy the racing min pin
    2:34 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Masquers, I had no idea you could Yark. Maybe part Husky?

  30. Macy the racing min pin
    2:35 pm on March 7th, 2017

    my first double Dawson. BTW where is staff?

  31. HOH's mom
    2:36 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Snow hook is on the move again . Macy, Nice double Dawson!

  32. BooBear
    2:55 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Dawson, you are correct. I didn’t see Clyde on the list, just on the tag. And yes, I counted Louisa Mae as 2 names since it split to a different line in between the two words.

  33. Masquers
    2:55 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Macy: SiberH taught me to yark! Quite sure there is a bit of Husky in my DNA somewhere. And after all, I am a Snowkat.

  34. Masquers
    2:58 pm on March 7th, 2017

    btw…congrats on your first Double Dawson…it was purrfect!

  35. HOH's mom
    3:23 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Masques, without your lovely contrasting color, we would loose you in the snow ????⛷

  36. HOH's mom
    3:25 pm on March 7th, 2017

    BTW, it looks like Dr. Joe and Team Snowhook are stepping out at 9.6 MPH now. Wowser!

  37. Wee Nigel atop Belle Starr atop Ole Doc
    4:06 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Report! We can report that it was a very cold restart yesterday. The Giant and Our Lady were covered in frost after doing morning chores before taking the team to the staging area. Our Lady requested ten handlers to get the team to the starting line as it is a very long stretch before even getting to the chute. Did she think she’d get ten? No. But, sure enough as she and the Giant were harnessing dogs, she looked up to see a wall of ten volunteer handlers. They also adopted a few more before pulling away from the truck and making there way to the finishing chute. Our Lady told the army of handlers, “We are going to take a controlled, slow, Sunday stroll to the starting line,” and a Sunday stroll they took. It was great.

    It was difficult for both the Giant and our Lady to see the dogs leave the starting line without AJ on the runners. Were there emotions? Yes. Did one of them get teary eyed? Possibly. It’s all a blur. Did Our Lady tell the Giant, “Welcome to my world.” Youse tell us.

    The Giant helped a couple of more teams get to the starting line while our Lady prepped the dog trailer to leave so they could meet the team at the first checkpoint. After the Giant and our Lady hauled 26 of us to the lower 48 by themselves, they have this down to a science. Once they arrived, they loaded up straw and supplies Joe would need for the next section of trail and waited for Joe. It is a long haul so he is prepped to camp. Once he cared for the dogs—he couldn’t have any help for the Giant or our Lady—they made sure Joe got something to eat and told him to rest so he could be ready to leave around midnight. The Giant and our Lady left the checkpoint and drove home. They arrived home in the wee hours of the morning to us being very happy to see them.

    This has been Ole Doc reporting ‘neath Belle Starr ‘neath Wee Nigel.

  38. Belle Starr 'neath Wee Nigel and atop Ole Doc
    4:16 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Fashion report! Neither of my counterparts see the need of providing a fashion report, but I say these are things the people need to know.

    I can report that the Giant was dressed all in black, such is the nature of our Giant. There was nary a sparkle or ribbon to be found on him. That Damn Pixie was dressed camo bibs—yes camo!—and a coat that didn’t match. If she thinks that insulated camo bibs are going to make her butt look smaller she is wrong. There were only two redeeming elements of the wardrobe keeping her from my worst dressed list. 1) She wore her pink kromer—a girl doesn’t leave home without it, and 2) she had a purple ribbon tied to the suspended of her camo bib. This is the same ribbon she wore during Melanie’s race in 2014. I watched as she moved it from her lanyard she had for her arctic mitts and put it on her bibs.

    You can’t see Snowhook’s fashion disasters on the restart replay when they show joe, but you can see the Giant and that Damn Pixie in the replay as they could down the musher before Joe. The Giant and that Damn Pixie led the dogs the line, side by side—Ole Doc and Wee Nigel say that’s fitting, but I still say the right fit of camo bibs doesn’t help that Damn Pixie’s fashion sense.

    This is Belle Starr reporting hard hitting journalism atop Ole Doc ‘neath Wee Nigel.

  39. BooBear
    4:16 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Ole Doc beneath BelleStar beneath Wee Nigel, did the dogs see the Giant and Snowbella at the checkpoint where they couldn’t care for them? That was probably very confusing to those guys and I’m sure they were wondering why their humans weren’t giving them the loves and tummies!

    I really think AJ needs to race next year…just saying.

  40. BooBear
    4:22 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Also, did the Giant decide not to be a judge at some of the check points like he originally thought?

  41. Belle Starr 'neath Wee Nigel and atop Ole Doc
    4:35 pm on March 7th, 2017

    BooBear: It is possible that the dogs waited for the Giant to give the command to go as theh did the start-stop routine to the starting line. It is possible that the dogs got a little love as the Giant lead to team to the parking spot It is also possible that the Giant and Our Lady stayed at the back of the sled from the checkpoint so as not to confuse the dogs. It is also possible that our Lady didn’t want it to appear as though a certain race judge was giving special treatment to a certain team so our Lady told the Giant to stand back while she did a bulk of the talking to Joe.

    More to BooBear: The Giant will be a race judge at the Galena checkpoint if not one or two more depending on how the race plays out. They were not sure when he would be flying out to his checkpoint. It could have been possible as early as today. On their late night drive home, they received word that he doesn’t fly out until tomorrow. Yeep!

  42. HOH's mom
    4:39 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Belle Starr, even though you haven’t seen the HOH mom, she is doing her best to keep up the fashion presence for Snowhook. Today she has gold sparkly snow flakes on her shirt. Her scarves have lots of colors: purple, black, gold and silver. She tells everyone she meets about Snowhook and youse guys and Dr. Joe. Hey, maybe she can grow up to be the Snowhook ambassador. She has already grown out so she is now 5×5! Keep this in mind Belle, you are in charge.

    We’d like to know the giant’s judging schedule, too, if it is possible.

  43. HOH's mom
    4:42 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Belle, thanks! Hey, Galena…that is the checkpoint the HOH have sponsored in other years.

  44. Masquers
    5:03 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Bellé: We appreciate your behind the scenes race update. And thanks for confirming…knew that was AJ helping another team in the chute!

    Pete Kaiser in the lead. Many teams are resting.

  45. Masquers
    5:56 pm on March 7th, 2017

    I thought Buser declared his 24 in Manely Hot Springs…yet he is on the trail once again after only 8 hours.

  46. BearSpiritDog
    8:42 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Hounds! Is that Your Mom on the Run Dogs Run Video?

  47. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:45 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Joe!….Looks like Joe and the Team are in Manley…snort!…Not that anyone has reported on his comings and goings for us..wuffle!…We will have to trust the Race Standings I guess …grump!

  48. Masquers
    8:47 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Sorry, pal ^..^

  49. Belle Starr 'neath Wee Nigel and atop Ole Doc
    9:38 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Rio: The Thieves! went on a secret mission and procured this from our facebookie:

    “Trail Update: After 160 miles Joe is in Manley and going strong despite a couple of setbacks. Another musher slammed their sled into his sled just before Nenana on tight trails. This broke the foot board on his sled and drag plus the zipper on his sled bag. After a couple of field repairs and a little sleep Joe continued on reaching Manley at 4 today.

    He’s running a conservative plan keeping the dogs at 8 mph with an even run/rest schedule. He should be leaving this latest checkpoint around 10 PM tonight and traveling on to Tanana.

    Weather during the day is a comfortable -10 but cools to a -40 at night. It should warm up on Thursday to above zero though. With any luck he won’t have the -65 we had in 2015.”

    The update was written by the Giant. The Thieves! were the messenger to the Giant from Luna on the Other Side of the Bridge. It was a note they pinned to his lapel stating: Easy, Giant. Joe has a wife and mother that reads this page for update. Let’s try not to scare them with the truth. You will learn. Love, Mama

  50. Gomez in Proximity to Belle Starr 'neath Wee Nigel and atop Ole Doc
    10:31 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Chet the Dog: The sled doesn’t have Snowhook on the sled to signify they are from the Kennel. The dogs have Snowhook running in their veins. That is how we know they belong to us. They also smell like home even when they are not here. That is also how we know they are Snowhook dogs. SQPA might not understand smelling like home, but we know you get it.

    This has been Gomez in proximity to Belle Starr ‘neath Wee Nigel and atop Ole Doc answering questions about the race…and smells. Smells are important.

  51. HOH's mom
    10:35 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Went to Wasilla and the Iditarod headquarters this afternoon. They have remodeled. Lots more room in the store and a place for movie and history.
    Quite a bit more snow on the surrounding mountains than in the past.

  52. Gomez in Proximity to Belle Starr 'neath Wee Nigel and atop Ole Doc
    10:36 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Rio: The Thieves want me to say two words—pucker up!

  53. Gomez in Proximity to Belle Starr 'neath Wee Nigel and atop Ole Doc
    10:37 pm on March 7th, 2017


    Rio: Our Lady wants to know if she can still have a slurpy, pug kiss on account of wanting one and liking to live on the edge.

  54. HOH's mom
    10:37 pm on March 7th, 2017

    See the snow.

    Just outside Chugiak.

  55. HOH's mom
    10:39 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Three close posts. We defer to your lady. Rio would prefer to kiss her.

  56. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:15 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Smells!…Good Stuff. Good Reporting from Gomez and …ahem! Bellie Starr too…snuff!…I’m impressed every time Ole Doc Carson makes it to another checkpoint…heh!heh!…I know the Team will make it, but will he make it. That is the question…chorkel!…Hang on ole Doc Carson! Hang onto the sled for the long haul by golly!…wheeze!

  57. HOH's mom
    11:15 pm on March 7th, 2017

    BSD, not us.Did not get to Fairbanks this year. Watched the restart in a bistro called Crush. Nice food and a lovely assortment of strengthening grape juice .

  58. HOH's mom
    11:16 pm on March 7th, 2017

    It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it.

  59. Gomez in Proximity to Belle Starr 'neath Wee Nigel and atop Ole Doc
    11:17 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Rio: I made a mistake. I signed on for this reporting gig before negotiating my contract. I hope that doesn’t come back to bite me in the kibble.

    More to Rio: My Lady is still asking about that slurpy, pug kiss. I wouldn’t say no. She is sleep deprived.

  60. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:21 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Kisses!…I am licking her ears as you type Gomez!..and nibble on her earlobes…snorkel!…Then I will lick inside her nostrils cuz there is always good stuff in there…heh!heh!…Snack!

  61. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:24 pm on March 7th, 2017

    UhOh!…Beau and I have to go up to our beds…sniff!…Mine is warm and soft with all my toys in just the right places. Beau’s bed is hard and cold and his toys are all out in the living room where he left them…guffle!…He never learns.

  62. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:25 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Blue!…OFFF!…grump!…Goodnight all.

  63. Gomez in Proximity to Belle Starr 'neath Wee Nigel and atop Ole Doc
    11:28 pm on March 7th, 2017

    Rio: My Lady would like to thank you herself but she’s too busy blowing her nose. I have no idea why.

  64. HOH's mom
    11:57 pm on March 7th, 2017

    BSD, if you notice the boom with the camera in Anchorage at the Ceremonial start, I was on the other side of the street and kitty corner to that camera right by MyThai where Nana and mom had hot coffee (or tea) last March.

  65. HOH's mom
    12:35 am on March 8th, 2017

    DianeC, hope all is well in your corner of Cali. Haven’t seen much of you here since the race started so have to assume you are pouring knowledge into the minds of today’s youth. Check in when you can.

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