Iditarod and Sleep

Here is another great overnight report from Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook Kennel, our team in the Iditarod. As of now, Snowhook seems to be in 22nd place (out of 78) which is pretty damn good! No point in competing without wanting to win, of course, but just finishing this particular race is a triumph, especially with the whole team happy and healthy – which is the Snowhook way.

Sleep is a wonderful thing. And, hopefully, that is what the dogs and AJ will find while they take their twenty-four in Galena. It may sound strange, but conserving energy is part of the training that AJ does with the dogs. Running and resting and part of Team Snowhook’s race strategy.

AJ will stop throughout a run to give the dogs a break and a chance to play, but there are times when he wants them to rest. More often than not, these times of extended rest are signaled by snacks of beef or fish. When AJ arrives at a checkpoint or a place he intends to camp, he will snack the dogs first, then tend to making them a larger meal, providing straw for bedding, removing booties, examining the dogs’ condition, and massaging muscles. Once the meal is devoured—a too tired dog will not eat—conserving energy is the focus. This can come, and usually does, in the form of sleep. This is preferable to a dog barking or jumping throughout the rest. AJ will try to match the rest time with the time spent running such as five hours running equals five hours of rest. It is not always an exact match.

The musher needs his rest, too. It is easy to begin the race already sleep deprived from the pre-race festivities and last minute preparations. While AJ will not be able to sleep as much as the dogs during the twenty-four because of seeing to their care, he will catch up on much needed rest. Sleep deprivation catches up to you on a race. It can lead to poor decision making, clouded judgment and even hallucinations.

Rested up, Team Snowhook will finish their twenty-four midday Friday and will make the trek to Huslia.


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98 Responses to “Iditarod and Sleep”

  1. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:44 am on March 13th, 2015

    Thank you for another good report. Rest up team.

    Traveling Tennessee folks should be close to home again. They will need to rest up too. Hopefully there will be some more pics first.

  2. O'Howlers
    8:55 am on March 13th, 2015

    Good morning! Thanks for the update, Rebecca and Spence.
    Mom is working at home today, but she has to leave for several appointments (and a lunch date!) throughout the day.

  3. Masquers
    9:18 am on March 13th, 2015

    Good morning everyone and welcome home to the HOH (who may have run into some weather around the Atlanta area)
    And a good night to LizF and Ruby in Oz.
    Sadie Bear: If we were back at the Hobbit Hotel you would have your morning bacon bites.
    Hope Riõ is not wasting away from lack of treats.
    We are off to a wonderfluffing appointment soon…will return in a couple of hours ^..^

  4. Herd of Hounds, Mom
    9:21 am on March 13th, 2015

    HOME! At least in Town and on the ground. Will post more when we are actually in the house.

  5. Herd of Hounds, Mom
    9:23 am on March 13th, 2015

    Good morning everyone. Masquers thanks for keeping track of us.

  6. B.Stover
    9:41 am on March 13th, 2015

    According to the email alert I received from the Insider, AJ was only in Galena for 14 minutes.

    Good morning all.

  7. O'Howlers
    9:59 am on March 13th, 2015

    Yep, Bee. We received those emails also. Insider is having issues this year, we think.

  8. Billy's Buddy
    10:09 am on March 13th, 2015

    BSD, Thank you for the loving prayer last night. Amen.

    HOH, we are happy you are back home on solid ground.

    Good morning all.

    Go Snowhook!

  9. Tupper and Gilly
    10:09 am on March 13th, 2015

    Howlers – “insider is having issues this year”???? Snort, giggle, gaffaw.
    HOH – glad you are hone safe and sound.
    Good morning everyone. We are off for today’s adventures.

  10. B.Stover
    10:19 am on March 13th, 2015

    Yes….According to the “Standings,” AJ is still in Galena with 14 dogs.

    The robins are back.

  11. BearSpiritDog
    10:31 am on March 13th, 2015

    We said the Heck with the Emails this time around and are relaying on Favorite Musher List instead, which seems to be Accurate.

    B: It has been such a Mild Winter in the Pacific NW, I don’t think our Robins ever left.

  12. Herd of Hound
    10:39 am on March 13th, 2015

    Our peepppppppppppppppppps are home, Home, HOME! Don’t know why they are so tired but we love them anyway and we make great pillows!
    No emails here even though we have the “ultimate” insider 🙁

  13. B.Stover
    10:42 am on March 13th, 2015

    Bear: We still have lots of snow on the ground here in piles. Grass is showing in some patchy areas. It’s always fun seeing the robins back–a sure sign of spring. Geese have been flying in formation also–even though many never left the area. I’ve seen them all winter.

    The robins are eating bread that I put out.

  14. O'Howlers
    11:06 am on March 13th, 2015

    It is Mud Season here. sigh. But we also have lots of gueese flying and landing. Snow gueese and Canadian gueese. It is Partay Time for them!

    HOH good to know your peeps are home safe & sound.

  15. O'Howlers
    11:07 am on March 13th, 2015

    Sorry abt typos we are using our tiny phone while Mom is at the Hand Surgeon.

  16. O'Howlers
    11:13 am on March 13th, 2015

    Did you read about Lance Mackey’s dog Wyatt? So sad.

  17. Tupper's Mama
    11:14 am on March 13th, 2015

    Howlers – “insider is having issues this year”???? Snort, giggle, gaffaw.
    HOH – glad you are home safe and sound.
    Barb – we cannot spell (or pronounce) the original name given to AJ. It was not in our language. And it was much shorter. In most Native languages, a single word will contain both noun and adjective. For example there will be a word that designates a tall, young man as opposed to the word that describes a short, older man. The word that refered to AJ means that he is a man with dog companions, and anorher word of his name means that he is (for lack of better translation) content. Therefore, in his situation of being in Alaska, content means ” warm” or “not cold” or even “in a good frame of mind”.
    We had given this elder the tobacco and sage we brought, and told him about our friend who was out reliving that historic serum run commemorated by Iditarod. We told him about how the dogs love to run, and how Rebecca and AJ love their dogs. He thought about this for a while, and we kind of think he “went” to Alaska to see for himself. Thats when he told us he was going to give AJ this name in his prayers.

    Good morning everyone. We are off for today’s adventures.

  18. dawson
    1:05 pm on March 13th, 2015

    HOH: Hooray! You are home safe and after a rest you will be able to watch the Snowhoook team head for your historic Huslia checkpoint. Heh! What a great adventure.

  19. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:22 pm on March 13th, 2015

    FROZEN!…Is anyone elses GPS Tracker frozen in time?….grump!

  20. c.hobbit
    1:24 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Welcome home, Sharon and Digger. Sadie thinks the furnace guys are actually more guests who have arrived at the Hobbit Hotel rather than workers. She will soon see that I am not cooking food and that she is not being petted by all these extra hands. I should have toasty radiant-heated floors on the first floor by the end of the day. I am also having my furnace ductwork sealed so as to optimize the heat efficiency from leaks at all the joists.

    My plan today is to be lazier than usual.

  21. Siber's Mom
    1:35 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Rebecca, Thank You!

    The Insider has a long history of “having issues”.

    HOH, Welcome home and get some rest now. That was a long trip home.

    Molly has already dug a hole down to the riser on my septic tank.
    Siber-H never bothered with that. He was focused on constructing a basement for our house.

  22. B.Stover
    1:47 pm on March 13th, 2015

    I’m having fun on the Richard III course. Currently, they have a video of the new tomb for Richard and the commentators are arguing about it. (I like the tomb–very simple and dignified.)

  23. B.Stover
    1:54 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Rio: According to the Tracker, Philip is in Ruby (resting) and he wasn’t yet there the previous time I looked.

  24. BearSpiritDog
    2:09 pm on March 13th, 2015

    O’Howlers: What Happened to Lance’s Dog?!

  25. Masquers
    2:17 pm on March 13th, 2015

    As we told the HOH last night, their flight experience wasn’t much different than flying standby. Delta does make every effort to get all passengers on the plane. Our gate attendant in Anchorage went out of his way to accommodate everyone and we are forever grateful.

  26. Masquers
    2:23 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Gah. We spoke too soon…musher updates are delayed.

  27. Siber's Mom
    2:44 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Bear, Lance’s dog died while on the trail. They don’t know why yet, but a necropsy will be done on the dog.

  28. BearSpiritDog
    2:46 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Thank you, SiberH’s Mom. That is So Sad. Lance is having many problems this year.

  29. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    2:46 pm on March 13th, 2015

    What happened to Wyatt?

    T & G, thanks for the explanation.

    Beautiful day here, going to reach 60s. Still on the lookout for the first spring robins
    . The male cardinals are becoming quite vocal.

  30. O'Howlers
    2:48 pm on March 13th, 2015
  31. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    2:49 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Sorry, you answered before I posted.

  32. BearSpiritDog
    3:00 pm on March 13th, 2015

    O’Howlers: Thank You so much for the Update on Wyatt. This is a Devastating Blow…Our Hearts go out to Lance and his Team.

  33. Herd of Hound
    3:45 pm on March 13th, 2015

    SadieBear is the hostess with the mostess! (as is her Hobbit) Our time in Alaska was a joy and we will miss our blog family in person.

  34. O'Howlers
    5:10 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Crap. Some guy named Matt asked if he could hunt these beautiful snow geese. Trouble is, the field where they are is not ord. mom said he can’t use our drive to get there.

  35. O'Howlers
    5:10 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Crap. Some guy named Matt asked if he could hunt these beautiful snow geese. Trouble is, the field where they are is not OURS. mom said he can’t use our drive to get there.

  36. Masquers
    5:17 pm on March 13th, 2015

    I spent the last half hour searching for my cell phone…finally found it but it is still not ringing although the volume is on (??)

  37. BearSpiritDog
    5:19 pm on March 13th, 2015

    O’Howlers: We can only Hope He is Hunting with his Camera.

    Hounds: Nana says she Knows What You Mean. Sniff.

  38. c.hobbit
    5:21 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Masquers: check your settings. Phone might be in vibrate or mute or airplane mode.

    I didn’t realize that having my ductwork sealed would result in walls and furniture covered in plastic in case there is leakage. Less than 10% chance of that happening. Phooey. I want to take a nap

  39. Herd of Hounds
    5:26 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Our mom said the red eye flight has her completely out of sorts. L O N G travel day and when she got home to us, us, us she said the clocks hadn’t sprung ahead. We have never seen a clock do that. Now she says she is doubly tired and the DDD is looking hungry. She said they will go out one more time and today we, we, we will get goodies. It’s about time.
    Plunderers who were in Anchorage and ALR mom wants to thank you all for making a carpola b-day into a very special and memorable day with precious family and friends.
    Now if she can just get the Insider to load at all, grrrr.

  40. Herd of Hounds
    5:32 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Hey, mom just noticed that today’s post has to do with sleep. She and the dogs must be twins. We all held the peeps down for a good nap but if they think they can escape us again in the near future, they have another think coming.

  41. Masquers
    5:38 pm on March 13th, 2015

    CHobbiti: Thanks. Cell is working now.

  42. BearSpiritDog
    6:31 pm on March 13th, 2015

    CHobbiti: Yeep! Don’t forget the foto from the kennel (you can post here if you like)

  43. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    6:43 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Rio, I think Clark, Joey, and Tyanna will all do well. Since most contestants improve during the contest, this will be interesting to watch.

  44. Tupper's Mama
    6:46 pm on March 13th, 2015

    We are done (in) for the day. Been running hither and you and back to hither again.
    Good news for the day: green chili stew again. And I won $15 on scratch tickets. Of course, I spent $20 to get the tickets.
    And the bad news: there isn’t any. It’s all good.

    Can someone tell us the latest on the team? They are still on their 24? And heading out later today?

  45. Tupper's Mama
    6:52 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Howlers please ask your mom to check her SDD

  46. c.hobbit
    7:23 pm on March 13th, 2015

    BSD: photo coming soon via your SDD.

    Walls and furniture still wrapped in plastic. Sadie and I being lazy today.

  47. Herd of Hounds
    7:34 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Hobbit I wonder why you might be bushed?
    We are turning in early tonight!

  48. O'Howlers
    7:35 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Tupper’s Maw: checked and responded.

  49. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:57 pm on March 13th, 2015

    GPS!…Is it working?….grump!….I don’t have the energy to even check right now. All I have eaten while staying here with Rebecca is the Kibble Ole’ Doc does not steal from my little bitty bowl..sniffle!

  50. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:59 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Stover!…Thanks for the updates. In the future all I want to know about is AJ and the A-Team…snort!…I really am not interested in Philip…grunt! …Oh for my friends sake you can keep us updated on Martin Buser. She thinks he is awesome…snuffle!puffle!

  51. Lefty, the Left Behind
    8:43 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Team Snowhook has completed their 24 and our back on the trail.

    Luckily, Rio has been able to supplement his kibble diet with Yummy Chummies, hot wings and cookies. One must do what one must do in order to survive.

  52. Lefty, the Left Behind
    8:43 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Rio atop Ole Doc: Pucker up!

  53. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:43 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Tracker!….grump!…Well it is updating – sort of. Every 19 – ?? who knows how many minutes apart…grumble!…This takes the fun out of “watching”….gurgle!

  54. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:45 pm on March 13th, 2015

    GAAHH!..Lefty! Get off me!….gasp!…Give me back my Go-Phone and my spending money and my hidden-from-ole-doc Slim Jim….grump!

  55. Herd of Hounds
    8:49 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Ole Doc, you enjoy those Slim Jims. Rio, like many of us this time of year, can stand to lose a bit of tonnage! Wyatt, be the distraction so the Slim Jim caper goes well.

  56. O'Howlers
    8:55 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Rio, Many of us have sponsored dogs that are running with Philip, so we do want to track them.

  57. O'Howlers
    8:56 pm on March 13th, 2015

    We will post a beautiful prayer, from our wonderful Amalia, at 9:00.

  58. O'Howlers
    9:00 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Creator – the stars are singing. The moon is singing. All around us is the music of the earth; we lift our voices to thank you for the beauty that surrounds us

    Creator, tonight our friend He Is Not Cold For He Has Good Dogs will continue on his adventure. We ask that the rest this team has taken feeds their muscles and clears their minds for the miles to come. We ask you to lift them to the songs of the stars, and let their paws skim the snow like swallows dancing in the air.

    Creator, we thank you for the lives of animals and fish whose bodies have become food for these dogs. Let their strength flow through the hearts and veins of this team, and give them the endurance to continue running mile after mile

    We thank you for all the good and generous hearts who have helped AJ live his dream. Every person gave of themselves; let their kindness and support feed AJ’s spirit when he is weary, let their love guide him on the trail.

    Creator, on this night, we also ask you to lift the heart of our beloved friend MaryLou. She is sad, and feels alone since the man she always loved had to leave her. She is lost on a path that no longer seems familiar. We ask you to bring her soul back to the music, that she will again feel the joy of life. We ask you to guide her to finding her new road, that she can continue on her own life’s journey; that she can walk that path with peace in her heart

    Creator, we thank you for the many joys we have together. This family, this strong group of hearts bound together has brought comfort to those in need, has brought laughter to times that were hard, has brought peace and reason to times of stress. Let our combined strengths be there for any who need support on this night. Please heal those whose bodies are struggling. Please lift the souls that are in despair. Please comfort those whose hearts feel empty. Let our family wrap them all in security of knowing they are not alone.

    Creator, on this dark winter night, the stars are singing. High in the velvet sky, the moon is singing. All around us is the music of the earth. We lift our voices to rejoice in the beauty that surrounds us. There is beauty above us. There is beauty below us. We are one with the universe you have created.
    We walk in beauty
    We walk in beauty
    We walk in beauty
    We walk in beauty.
    Hear our song.

  59. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:03 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Howlers!…All I said “to Stover” because her post mentioned ME, was I was Uninterested in hearing about Philip. Don’t make an issue of it…grunt!..Give him a trophy at the end of it, I don’t care….gah!

  60. BearSpiritDog
    9:04 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama: A Day that ends with Green Chili ends well.

  61. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:04 pm on March 13th, 2015

    AMEN!…Thank youse for posting Amalia’s most wonderful prayer….wuffle!

  62. ALR
    9:05 pm on March 13th, 2015

    AMEN…..a beautiful song has been carried to The Creator. Thank you

  63. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:07 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Sneeze!…He Is Not dat Cold For He Has dose Good Dogs…snuffle!….Dis is a very good name and a very goodly prayer dis evening. Amens!….sneeze!

  64. BSD & Masquers
    9:07 pm on March 13th, 2015

    O’Howlers: We Thank You for that Beautiful Heartfelt Prayer.
    Amen and amen.

  65. Masquers
    9:10 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Racing! at 10 mi. per hr.!
    Go Snowhook!!!

  66. ALR
    9:11 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Beau-you are a dog amonst dogs! And you got it just right!

  67. Herd of Hounds
    9:12 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Amen, may all our friends and family hear the words of this special prayer.

  68. Siber's Mom
    9:14 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Amen…A beautiful prayer. Thank you Amalia and Howlers.

  69. bluecat
    9:19 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Amen. Thank you Amalia and Howlers.

  70. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    9:41 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Rio, I’m with you. I love Philips Snowhook dogs so I guess it wouldn’t hurt to know how he’s doing. But, and this is big, I’m supporting Snowhook financially, not Phillip.

  71. Staff
    9:41 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Thank you so much to Amalia and Leonard. Your prayers reach right into my heart. We walk in beauty, we walk in beauty, we walk in beauty.

  72. Staff
    9:42 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Dawson, I wish to ditch the fish on the porch. What do you think? May I? Or I could save it for you. But it is coming down down down.

    I wish to walk in non fishy beauty….yeep

  73. ML
    9:51 pm on March 13th, 2015

    I haven’t had time to read all today’s posts, but i can tell you it hurt my heart to see all the meat scraps go into the trash, not to mention all the lovely salmon skins and bits. I know some doggies that would partee down on all those goodies. I am going to have to put vicks in my nose to get rid of the meat smell I spent the day with. Not to mention the 3.5 gallons of krab salad I made, packaged and labeled. oh boy, I get to go back tomorrow.

    ml way out

  74. Billy's Buddy
    9:59 pm on March 13th, 2015


    And bless ML.

  75. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:04 pm on March 13th, 2015

    MollysMaw!….Very, very well said. My friend and I and Beau support Snowhook and all of the Snowhook guys and gals. Not Phillip or anyone who looks or acts like Phillip…heh!heh!…Just Snowhook. Plain and simple…snort!…I check on Phil’s Snowhook team to see how far behind he is and then I pray very hard that he is taking extremely good care of each and every team member…snuffle!

  76. BearSpiritDog
    10:07 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Big Bear Hugs to you, ML. Always Remember…your Friends are nearby in spirit.

  77. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:07 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Tracker-less!….My Tracker updates few and far apart…sniff!…Is this happening for youse guys too?…grumble!

  78. Tundra
    10:13 pm on March 13th, 2015

    My Mom read the blog to me tonight, now I shall dream about racing in the Iditarod! I know I would be a great racer!


  79. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:14 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Amen and thank you. Beautiful prayer, as always.

    ML, Hang in there, Hon. We love and support you during these difficult times.

  80. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:16 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Memories!….I was sitting here starving looking through photos from the Plunderers during their stay at the Hobbit Hotel and I came upon this one which somehow did not get posted….wheeze!…Mr FireSlippers had taken the very last beer and Maskers and I were confounded and confused…grump!

  81. Siber's Mom
    10:17 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Ditto to what Mollypop’s Mom and Rio said about not supporting Philip, and I pray along with Rio that he is taking good care of Snowhook’s dogs.

    If I were going to give financial help to another team besides Snowhook, it would be Mike Ellis and not Phillip.

    Macy’s Mom, Hugs and love.

  82. Siber's Mom
    10:20 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Tundra, You would be a very handsome addition to any Iditarod team.

  83. c.hobbit
    10:23 pm on March 13th, 2015

    I know both Justin and Philip and wish them both successful runs. I am TEAM SNOWHOOK all the way. I worry about both of them. Yark! I don’t have time or energy to worry about each of the 78 teams but hope and pray that each musher and dog returns safe and sound to their respective houses. One dog has already died which is one too many but I know it can happen.

  84. Herd of Hounds
    10:30 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Yep, Mr. Fireslippers and Rio and Masquers look amazingly at home. Gosh only that rodent, Rickey Billy Joe is missing to make a Plunderfest of friends complete. Our mom told us that Whittier will probably be on next year’s calendar along with one or two other surprises. What could she mean?

  85. Herd of Hounds
    10:34 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Having a 3 year old sled dog die on the trail is much like having Jim Fixx die running. Unexpected and a tragedy, but doing what they loved. Mom is amazed at all the dogs but she loves the Snowhook dogs and we have smelled them and love them. too.

  86. c.hobbit
    10:54 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Staff: aurora activity is supposed to be good tonight. It is to be even better tomorrow but clouds will start moving in tomorrow. Boo

  87. c.hobbit
    10:55 pm on March 13th, 2015

    The trail has been cold this year but the villages very welcoming.

  88. Tupper's Mama
    10:56 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Dear Howlers. Thanks for your help. Internet is very spotty, and we were afraid that we would not be able to connect at prayer time. How right we were.

    We have to tell youse guys – we are having such a wonderful, joyful, magnificent time here. We do miss our puppies and kats something awful, but every other part of this trip has been like chocolate mocha chip ice cream for the soul.

  89. dawson
    11:05 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Amen and thank you, Amalia and O’Howlers for the prayer.

    I support all the Snowhook dogs, AJ and Philip. I also support a couple other teams.

  90. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:05 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Golinka!…I am so glad you are having a great time and eating chocolate mocha chip ice cream…sniff!…Me? I am starvin’ marvin and have been deprived of all necessities and comforts here – practically…grunt!

  91. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:08 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Dawson!…Good for youse!…snort!…Have you burned that hat yet?…heh!heh!

  92. Tupper's Mama
    11:12 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Rio – we think that maybe, just maybe you are telling a big, fat lie.

    We will admit, when it comes to all things mush related, AJ has our heart. But we also honor every man and woman who gives their all to their dogs, who work hard and train hard and give respect and courtesy to their mentors.
    And we support every single dog who ever set paw upon Snowhook soil, and every brave and happy dog who loves to run.

  93. dawson
    11:23 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Rio: That fashionable hat kept my ears warm while others were freezing their lobes off so, no, I haven’t burned that hat. I went back to the store and got another one in a different color!

    I haven’t been on the Insider very much but my expectations are low, very low.

  94. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:38 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Dawson!…You are nothing if not fashionable and warm above the ears…heh!heh!…Oh and very generous and realistic…chuffle!

  95. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:41 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Buser!…For my friend, Martin’s GPS has not updated in over 9 hours and 47 minutes….sniff!…She finds this quite unexceptable …grump!

  96. dawson
    11:50 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Here’s a musher from Norway that started mushing with a Newfoundland dog. He is currently in third place as a rookie in the Iditarod. There are 4 mushers from Norway in this race and they have quite a following!

  97. dawson
    11:51 pm on March 13th, 2015

    Unacceptable and unexceptional!

  98. Tupper's Mama
    12:19 am on March 14th, 2015

    We are so sad that the Insider is so inept this year. Last year, we were glued to the computer, watching those little green flags inch forward. It was a great time of sharing the excitement with all of you.
    We certainly hope all those of you who have been let down will publish your thoughts either on Facebook or by letter.
    This simply should not be happening and the fact that you have paid for a service that has not been provided constitutes at least breach of contract, at worst, fraud.
    We can’t even imagine what this ineptitude does to Rebecca and other families of the mushers.

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