Many Thanks To Rebecca

CEO of Snowhook. Here’s her overnight report on Snowhook and the Iditarod. (Manley Hot Springs sounds like a good winter stop-off place.)

At the time of drafting this report, Team Snowhook is on their way from Huslia to Koyukuk. From there they will meet the traditional Iditarod trail.

When it was announced that the restart was to move from Willow to Fairbanks, it was no surprise. However, I was asked several times about the inconvenience of starting in Fairbanks rather than across the street from our property. Inconvenience? Maybe, but I find harm coming our dogs or AJ much more of an inconvenience. With that in mind, we approached the new trail as an adventure. As we made our way to Fairbanks it felt a lot like being a rookie team again. There were a lot of unknowns.

What is not unknown is the welcome that mushers receive on the trail. The villages that serve as a checkpoint often rally around the race. Huslia was a new checkpoint in the new race route this year, as was Nenana, Manley Hot Springs and Tanana. As the team has traveled through Athabascan country, they left the river to run overland to Huslia and from Huslia to Koyukuk. Upon arriving in Koyukuk, they will run many mores of river travel and trail known to the team and familiar to the Plunderers.

While river travel may seem boring, there is also a comfort that comes with familiarity. It is easier to plan a run and rest schedule, and the layout of known checkpoints offers an ease of navigation.

With Team Snowhook’s mandatory twenty-four and eight hour layovers behind them, we will watch the team travel along familiar trail.

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http://iditarod.com/race/2015/standings/

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126 Responses to “Many Thanks To Rebecca”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:28 am on March 15th, 2015

    Good morning, everyone. Be sure to check the stats as they seem to be updated now. All of our thoughts and pawryers are with AJ on the trail. Here’s hoping Philip and the B Team arrive home safely.
    Mom gave us eggs with our kibble then went back to the race stats. Guess we will have to entertain ourselves until she shows us more videos.
    AJ, have a safe and speedy Sunday.

  2. Buddy, Leno, and Hilda
    8:43 am on March 15th, 2015

    *YAWN* I did finally get to sleep, sometime after 1:30 in the morning. Up at 5 to take Hilda out, then back to bed for a little while as Hilda expressed her displeasure. Now it’s just Alena and Fiona to get up, and you know teenagers.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:49 am on March 15th, 2015

    Buddy, Darah and Hilde must have been conspiring this morning. She tried the 5 AM stuff too. Fortunately mom knows she just wants to honk at the deer, so ,
    “Go to bed!” usually works for an hour.

  4. O'Howlers
    8:50 am on March 15th, 2015

    Good morning, all. The ITC still has not credited Sibe musher Lisbet Norris with her 24 or her 8, both of which she has obviously served. Aily is back in front! YAY! Mom keeps wearing her new long-sleeve Snowhook shirt, but underneath it, she has on her “…and women win the Iditarod” shirt. Go Aily! Go Snowhook!

    Buddy, Mom had to be up during the night to log into work. Before she went back to bed, she read about your Melanie. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you both.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    9:11 am on March 15th, 2015

    Looks like AJ has about 8 miles to his next checkpoint. Should arrive there in a bit over an hour.

  6. O'Howlers
    9:14 am on March 15th, 2015

    Philip scratched outside of Galena! His fb page says he and the team are all fine, so we don’t yet know why he had to scratch.

    Bella, any updates on dropped dogs on either team yet?

  7. Herd of Hounds
    9:25 am on March 15th, 2015

    CHobbit posted in the wee small hours of yesterday’s blog about Philip but nothing else. Hopefully no news is good news.

  8. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:13 am on March 15th, 2015

    Good morning all and Happy Egg Day. We here had bacon, eggs and rye toast.

    Sorry to hear about Philip, but glad they are OK.

    Howlers, how is Fern doing living with her sisters? How are the raised gardens looking? Are you still thinking potatoes and onions soon?

    Going to go work on tax information, for appointment on Friday.

  9. Herd of Hounds
    10:20 am on March 15th, 2015

    AJ is resting in Koyukuk.

  10. O'Howlers
    10:21 am on March 15th, 2015

    Barb, the ‘rents haven’t gotten near those beds yet. We are still snow and ice covered, with mud and water where snow has disappeared. We still have lots of potatoes, so we aren’t planning to plant any this year. We will be planting onions, and lots of them, as well as lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers. That leaves one bed, but they don’t want peas or beans or zukes, because they never can keep up with them. They are talking about a CSA for their other veggies.

    Fern is still on her own. Yesterday, Pop opened her gate and her sisters inteuded. Fern seemed very intimidated and traumatized, so Mom kicked them out.

  11. B.Stover
    10:30 am on March 15th, 2015

    Thank you Spence and Rebecca. I hope Philip and team are okay.

    Good morning all.

  12. dawson
    11:12 am on March 15th, 2015

    Thank you To Spence and Rebecca for the report on the Trail.

    Team Snowhook, #19, is resting at Koyukuk, the last of the unfamiliar checkpoints in this year’s race. This checkpoint was sponsored by Leonard and Amalia in honor of the Navajo Code Talkers. The last Code Talker passed away last year. It is fitting that our team came into Koyukuk with the Northern lights leading the way to the checkpoint sponsored for the Navajo Code Talkers. We welcome and are humbled by having the Code Talkers and the Northern lights on the Trail with us.

    Good morning to everyone.

  13. dawson
    11:16 am on March 15th, 2015

    I’m sorry to hear about Philip scratching. That can never be an easy decision to make. He can be proud of all the hard work he and the team accomplished. I am glad that musher and doggies are fine.

  14. dawson
    11:17 am on March 15th, 2015

    Oh yeah, I have a link to the Code Talkers:

    http://navajocodetalkers.org/

  15. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    11:48 am on March 15th, 2015

    Buddy, Leno & Hilda, this blog prayer is from November, 2011. I’m sequentially scanning the old blog and I’m up to 2012. I look out for the prayer you requested.

    Creator – Thank you for this glorious day. We awoke, and breathed in the air that you have created. We have touched our feet on the glorious earth that you have created. We have seen the sky and the waters that you have created. We know that we are most fortunate to live in your world.
Creator – we also thank you for the friends we have in this world. 
We have found each other in your world. You have brought us together and stitched our lives together like a most wondrous and glorious quilt. Each one of us, although we are made up of different colors, different patterns and designs, with different backgrounds, each one of us has been incorporated into this quilt, where each part touches many others, where the beauty of the whole comes from the blending of all the parts. Our quilt spreads over all who seek its warmth, leaving none to face the cold alone.
Creator – just as with any quilt sewn together with care and love, when it is so well used, there may need to be some repairs. We ask you to bring us together with the thread of this prayer so any parts of the quilt that are a little frayed or tattered, any colors that have faded and stitches that have come undone may be made whole again; may be made strong by virtue of our unity. We ask you to hear our hearts beating together, united to pray for the good of our friends.
Creator – we ask you to light your lamp on the path of some of our friends so they will know that they are not lost and alone. Help them to find the gathering place where there will be good things waiting for their arrival. Where Macy’s family has felt the coldness and uncertainty of dark waters, please grant them your warm light and help them find the sun on their faces again.
Where Wolfie’s boys have struggled through the jungle of addiction, please give them the tools they need to finally cut through the grasping vines that hold them back. Let Bella’s beloved brother see through the fog to your light, and know that he can travel safely. We ask that you watch over Macy’s friend Marilyn’s mother, and be with her in this difficult time.
Creator – we ask you to be with each one of us as we work to be the best we can. We ask you to guide us to opportunities that will fulfill what is in our hearts. Please let there be open doorways for McKey, and let there be eagles’ wings soaring along the Iditarod path with AJ and the Huskies. 
Creator – We thank you for granting talent to our hands and minds. Bless and guide the hands that sew and knit and quill and cook and paint. Bless the hands that garden and harvest and write and sculpt. Bless the hands that teach, the hands that sooth, and the hands that reach out to help others.
Creator – we are so thankful for the continued good health of our friends. You have brought Barb and Staff, Wookie and BlueCat back to good health, and we ask you to continue to shelter them in your hands. We bring to you prayers for those beloved ones in our circle who need you most – please gently hold Dan and Patsy on their journey. Let them feel only your love and ours. We ask you to hear our prayers as a healing for Wolfie’s mom Mary, Melanie and Zoe, and for BearSpiritDog /Barb’s second son and Liz’s dear Cricket. We ask you to watch over Dawson’s brother and sister in law, and Nana’s sister and brother in law. We ask that BlueCat’s dad will only need to remember this biopsy for the scar upon his skin, and not for the need for any further treatment.
Creator – we ask you to take the strength of our unity, and give it to those who care for others. Let Zoe and Melanie, Kelly, Dawson and Staff, Wolfie and all who give of themselves know that they have our strength to draw from and to lean upon.
Creator – we thank you for the wonderful gift you have given us in the companionship of our beloved animals. They are in your image that they judge us not, and love us no matter our faults. We ask you to watch over them, both in this life and the next. As we honor the memories of loyal Blou, fierce MollyPop, gentle Bess and all the others who have gone before us, they remain in our hearts. Bless those who rescue the abandoned, the abused and the homeless. Bless those who give more to their beloved animals than they give to themselves.
Creator – you have created this wonderful quilt of people, who while we may never meet, will always be joined together in more important ways. In honor of the many gifts you have bestowed on us, our gift will be the warmth and comfort that this quilt provides. We will shelter within its folds our many friends and family members who need our support.
Creator – we lift this prayer to you in unison. We ask you to hear our love and concern for our Circle of Loved Ones. We ask you to grant our requests and be with each one of us in our needs.
Creator – we thank you for this glorious day. We have breathed deeply of the air you have created. We have walked upon the sacred earth you have created. We have gazed upon the sky you set above us and been surrounded this day with your love. We know we are most fortunate to live in your world.
Amen


  16. Diane C.
    12:14 pm on March 15th, 2015

    A belated good Morning to Everyone–I was catching up on yesterday and the day before–Amalia’s Grammie Melanie post gave me chills, and I was touched (and made a little teary) by BSD’s comment to Siber-H about them both running alongside the Snowhook dogs. I’ll bet Dima’s there, too…

  17. Diane C.
    12:16 pm on March 15th, 2015

    I’m also happy to hear that the TN folks are safely back home and hoping the jet lag is now gone.
    Does anyone else think this (taken out of context) extract from two days ago is pretty funny?
    “Delta does make every effort to get all passengers on the plane.” (As opposed to what–having them hang on to the landing gear like windsurfers?) OK, maybe it’s just me.
    I’m going to go meditate on how the Team has moved up slightly in the standings…

  18. Staff
    12:52 pm on March 15th, 2015

    My sister, the Librarian, is going through Dad’s books. Dawson, check your SDD please.

  19. Buddy, Leno, and Hilda
    12:54 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Thanks MPop’s Ma. I feel blessed and honored to be connected to one who writes such beautiful and powerful prayers. And to be a part of this quilt, goes without saying.

  20. Tupper's Mama
    1:10 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Greetings all. Sunday. Everything in small town New Mexico is closed. Except the Walmart and grocery stores, neither of which we need. So, today is a hang-out, start-to-pack, relaxing kind of day.
    Which is OK, cuz I have come down with a whopping cold. (Yes, Rio – I was taking Airborne)
    Sorry to hear that Phillip had to scratch, but at least he and the pups are OK. (Heaven help him if anything had gone wrong with Rebecca’s doggies).
    Meanwhile,AJ is plundering on. Go, Snowhook!!!

  21. Siber's Mom
    1:11 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Rebecca, Thank you! I am so glad you are doing this daily reporting.

    DianeC, I started laughing. I think it is funny.

    A friend and I are cleaning out the garage today, so back to work now.

    Molly and Rudy arrive tomorrow for their official stay. This is no longer practice run.

  22. Herd of Hounds
    1:18 pm on March 15th, 2015

    DianeC. we are ROFL our donkeys off! Siber’s Mom, you go ’cause we know you can do this! We love that Dawson is mom’s friend and took care of her in Fairbanks when the costume malfunction happened! At least body parts weren’t showing!
    Hey, CHobbit, we think mom is looking forward to 2016, too!

  23. BearSpiritDog
    1:25 pm on March 15th, 2015

    AJ & the Dogs are Resting in Koyukuk in the Best of Company…Lance & Jason MacKey and Dee Dee Jonrowe.

    GO SNOWHOOK!!!

  24. Herd of Hounds
    1:40 pm on March 15th, 2015

    DianeC. I can just see us running down the ramp and grabbing the landing gear, the wind in what little hair we have and the DDD’s flowing beard. Chorkle, snort, gawfaw!

  25. Masquers
    1:52 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Okay, you guys, fun at the kat’s expense. sniff.

  26. Masquers
    1:54 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Gah! What happened to my post!

  27. BearSpiritDog
    1:55 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Happy Birthday to Rio!!!

  28. Billy's Buddy
    2:01 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Thank you all for all of the news today!

    Amalia, feel better please.

    MP and LL’s mom, thank you for posting that powerful prayer. It soothes the heart and soul.

    Some of the family here will be watching the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team playing in a big title game this afternoon. The other buddy is a big fan. This buddy (moi) thinks any opportunity to snack and watch TV is okeydokey.

  29. BearSpiritDog
    2:07 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Golinka: Airborne, Rest, Repeat.

  30. Diane C.
    2:21 pm on March 15th, 2015

    HOH and Siber’s Mom–Thank Heaven–I thought it was just me.
    HOH–Costume malfunction? Details (I must have read too fast–just point me to the right day) Picture?
    Golinka–Fluids, fluids, fluids and I’ll be drinking along with you to keep a scratchy throat from developing into something else.
    Masquers–LOVE the pugcakes.

  31. c.hobbit
    2:22 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Here are a couple of excerpts from an article about putting together a champion sled dog team. Full article found at: http://www.adn.com/article/20150314/assemble-championship-iditarod-dog-team-musher-needs-savvy-and-cash

    “Most competitive teams have a good number of dogs to choose from in their own kennel. A look at the top of the Iditarod field will show dog yards with at least 50 adult running-age dogs available to train. The kennel may also have puppies and yearlings, plus retirees…

    But most Iditarod teams are composed of a preponderance of males. A few years ago, an Iditarod study showed that among the top 20 finishers, one place was dropped for every female in the team. Males generally have a better muscle mass to bone weight ratio than females, though, by all means, this is far from definitive.

    Perhaps the most important aspect of a competitive Iditarod team is funding. The cost of feeding and caring for a single sled dog is approximately $750 annually. That doesn’t include the cost of entering the Iditarod…

    A few teams in the field are composed of dogs that individual mushers bred and raised themselves. (I am excepting large, well-funded kennels that can afford to breed and raise relatively large numbers of animals.) These teams are generally a bit farther back in the pack. Occasionally one or two sneak up into the top end of the field on the strength of a particularly good litter of puppies or an excellent training regime.

    However, putting together a winning team of one’s own group of pups is like trying to take high school basketball players from a single school and attempt to compete with a college team that has recruited from all over the country. There was only one LeBron James at his high school.”

  32. c.hobbit
    2:29 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Philip’s webpage is now posting updates on Justin and his team. Philip should be home later today. I am sure he will post as soon as he can. He has to be disappointed especially with friends, family, co-workers and students cheering his dream on. I never envisioned him *not* ending up in Nome so I am curious to hear what happened.

  33. Herd of Hounds
    2:53 pm on March 15th, 2015

    “Oh my stars and garters” yelled mom (or something like that). Know that spring is here. Mom was opening windows to air out the house. When she got to the garden door (solid core with a storm door) she found a garter snake coming between the wall and the molding. (Through the frame). She grabbed a spoon and poked, shoved and banged. Hopefully the snake got the message and returned to the garden.

  34. Herd of Hounds
    3:06 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Diane, check your SDD.

  35. Diane C.
    3:11 pm on March 15th, 2015

    HOH–Checked and responded. Let’s hope Mr. or Ms. snake is long gone…

  36. Herd of Hounds
    3:30 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Snake didn’t come in far enough to determine sex. I could just envision the dogs playing “tug o’ war” with him/her and me cleaningn up snake guts. My life is nothing if not a barrel of chuckles!

  37. Masquers
    3:34 pm on March 15th, 2015

    CHobbiti: Waiting to hear the latest.
    Don’t forget the kats and equines!
    HOH: Snakes…not my favorite, but godspeed, mr/ms snake.

  38. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:42 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Maskers!….What is wrong with Bear today?….grunt!

  39. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:44 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Favorites!….Both are resting….snorkel!

  40. Masquers
    3:46 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Riõ: Bear? Who nose.

  41. BearSpiritDog
    3:50 pm on March 15th, 2015

    MollyPop’s Mom: Thank You for the Blast from the Past.

  42. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:50 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Maskers!…Please inform him it is not my birthday, but I will be accepting cake! and presents!….snort!

  43. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:54 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Adjustment!…..Has the start-time adjustments happened yet? Are we really seeing who is first and who is last?….sniff!

  44. BearSpiritDog
    3:58 pm on March 15th, 2015

    My Intel is Incorrect? Bear Swears today is Your Birthday…Tax Day…the 15th??
    But…NO…Tax Day is the 15th April. Gah and Double Gah.

  45. BearSpiritDog
    4:03 pm on March 15th, 2015

    On the Plus Side…Nana has finished her taxes.

  46. BearSpiritDog
    4:08 pm on March 15th, 2015

    and…Let’s All Enjoy the Pug Cupcakes.

  47. BooBear
    4:26 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Happy Sunday, all. Mom slept in very late today so is trying to get things done. We have not received a post card yet (I’m sure it’s coming?) but mail can be slow!

    Mom is leaving to make a run to but pet food and people food. Be back in a little while. Hope to hear what happened to Philip and that all dogs are ok.

    Go Snowhook! Run, dogs, run!!!!

  48. dawson
    4:37 pm on March 15th, 2015

    I’ll have a pug cake!

    There is one benefit to having all this snow around. No snakes!

  49. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    4:45 pm on March 15th, 2015

    In the interest of a little sidebar humor, the two-leggeds in this household had a busy weekend. Ms. Zeta’s maw and paw had to go out of town, so Zeta stayed here over the weekend. While they had been together in Vermont (but with Zeta;s maw and paw present too), this was the first time that Zeta had been away from home overnight without her parents. They are just fine, but us two-leggeds are totally exhausted. In addition to numerous lengthy walkies, including one in the rain (Ms. Zeta looking adorable as ever in her raincoat while Teddy was au natural), they played for about 13 hours straight yesterday before resting. Debbie wound up sleeping downstairs with them last night, and they only woke her for breakfast starting at about 4:30 am or so. And with a hat tip to SiberH’s mom, we now have a much clearer understanding of the phrase “construction projects”. Lest there be no doubt, Zeta even got Teddy to help.

  50. Herd of Hounds
    4:49 pm on March 15th, 2015

    One year we thought we found a rattler in the back yord. Turns out it was a diamond back fishing snake trying to partake of the sushi. Marking was spookey like rattlers but the head was pointy and not the pit viper shape.

  51. Herd of Hounds
    4:52 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Sounds like the 4 leggers really enjoyed their sleepover. Also like the excavation was a real success :)

  52. BooBear
    4:59 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Wookie and Texdy’s Dad, any pictures?

  53. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:16 pm on March 15th, 2015

    A-Team!…Is on the Move!…snort!snort!…They are out of Koyukuk!….WoOOOoooo!

  54. Siber's Mom
    5:24 pm on March 15th, 2015

    I’m laughing about Bear, and Rio’s birthday, and tax day. I am not laughing about Debbie getting woke up at 4:30 in the morning. I fear that will be my fate will Molly and Rudy.

    Teddy, I am sure Zeta had a good time at your house.

  55. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:32 pm on March 15th, 2015

    I wonder why Sibes like to dig so much. Is it a part of their genetics? Will the Sibe girls be with you for one week? Lucy doesn’t dig at all, and Maggie just a little, mostly if she thinks there is a critter worthy of her efforts in the ground.

    Our initial planting is done – 300 onions, a dozen garlic cloves, a few shallots and 2 little rows of radishes.

    Does anyone have a good recipe for a Carolina bar-b-que sauce (mustard based)? We got a jar as a gift, but haven’t been able to find any more. It is called Wild Thymes Whistlin’ Dixie Bar-b-que Sauce. May have to try to make some from scratch. It is great on pork and chicken.

  56. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:40 pm on March 15th, 2015

    We have a very large garter snake that lives under a board in our raised garden. Barb trims that area by hand so she doesn’t accidentally hit him with the weed eater cord. Josh did that several years ago and killed a poor snake. We here are a live and let live group (except for squirrels – Mags and Lucy draw the line there).

  57. BearSpiritDog
    5:42 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Barb,Magpie,Lucy: Spring is Here!

  58. O'Howlers
    5:42 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Why do we like to dig so much? Why not? Barb, don’t you love digging in the dirt? Isn’t it lots of fun? Why ask why?

  59. BearSpiritDog
    5:45 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Bless You for Caring for All Creatures Great & Small.

  60. BearSpiritDog
    5:46 pm on March 15th, 2015

    O’Howlers! We are Twins!

  61. Siber's Mom
    5:54 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Barb, I am sure it is Siber genetics to dig. It is a trait that has stayed with them long after they left the snow and cold of Siberia.

    I am not sure how long the Siber girls will be staying with me. It will be no longer than a week.

  62. O'Howlers
    5:55 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Why isn’t the GPS page telling us what mile AJ is at? (Sorry Bee)

  63. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:02 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Yes, I LOVE playing in the dirt, but my digging usually has a purpose – planting things.

    I was just wondering if Sibes are genetically predisposed to digging for some reason. Terriers, for instance, were bred to “go to ground”, and they are famous diggers. One time my Airedale, Lexie, sat and watched me plant a bunch of flowers in a bed. A few minutes later I came back and the plants were all flying across the yard, thanks to Lexie’s helps. Never could let her watch me dig after that.

  64. O'Howlers
    6:05 pm on March 15th, 2015

    In the winter, it is warmer down deep. In the summer it is cooler.

  65. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:13 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Maybe Siberians dug into the snow to make their beds, and to stay out of the cold temps. Usually dog behavior can be traced back to their roots. Probably why Maggie would love to come over and chase vermin in your barn. She would rate that a 10 for entertainment, but your guys, not so much.

  66. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:14 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Duh, you answered why I was typing.

  67. O'Howlers
    6:18 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Barb, Sometimes it is just a case of being bored. Digging is our form of quilting, or gardening, or reading. When we are otherwise occupied, we do not feel the need to dig. But when left to our own devices, digging nice, neat little tunnels can be mighty addictive.

  68. BearSpiritDog
    6:48 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Nice to see AJ Running in the midst of the Front Runners with the likes of Lance MacKey and Dee Jonrowe!

  69. BearSpiritDog
    6:50 pm on March 15th, 2015

    O’Howlers: Quilting and such…Good analogy

  70. BearSpiritDog
    6:52 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Siber’s Mom: Heh, heh.

  71. Siber's Mom
    6:54 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Bear, I thought it was cute.

  72. BearSpiritDog
    6:57 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Siber’s Mom: :)

  73. Herd of Hounds
    7:16 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Rio, AJ is at mile 599.

  74. dawson
    7:33 pm on March 15th, 2015

    BStover’s Brandy is challenging the Equines to races while they wait for #19 to show up at their checkpoint of Nulato. Back to familiar territory for AJ and many of the dogs. Go Snowhook!

  75. bluecat
    7:46 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Leo is honored to be with Brandy and the other Equines. He loves the cold weather, probably because his first three years were spent in North Dakota. He dislikes hot weather and intensely dislikes flies!

    Onward Snowhook!

  76. Wolfie
    7:48 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Mom and dad met a lady from Whidbey Island who was returning home after picking up a service dog from Bakersfield. Pi is a small black Standard Poodle who will be working Search and Rescue and with Wounded Warriors. This lady had just lost her dog Cosmo to an alien abduction. Apparently the only perfect genetics on earth belong to dogs. She was an interesting character and perfectly serious about the aliens.

  77. Diane C.
    7:56 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Wookie’s and Teddy’s Dad–You are an exemplary dog parent–like all on this blog–and will be enjying a well-earned rest soon. (Construction! Hah!)
    HOH–Geez, the markings alone would have had me in hysterics. I can’t imagine getting close enough to check out the head shape. (Your life is truly crowded with incident.)

  78. B.Stover
    7:57 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Dawson: Yes! Brandy loves horses.

  79. Diane C.
    8:01 pm on March 15th, 2015

    B, M and L–I am in awe of your special efforts to protect your snake. I would hope to do the same, but am unlikely to be tested in this (overdeveloped) part of the country. (Getting better at protectively ushering spiders outside, though–almost never scream when I see them…)

  80. O'Howlers
    8:11 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Shiek loves running thru snow. He’ll take Brandy up on racing.

    How did AJ make it thru there so fast? Onward Snowhook! Woo Hooo!

  81. Tupper's Mama
    8:13 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Rio – YEEP. SDD. Quick

  82. Tupper's Mama
    8:33 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Folks – we have no power and no internet at our hotel. The iPhone still works but needs charging. So a prayer tonight is probably not possible from here.
    May we suggest that at prayer time, each of you post one thing you are grateful for, and one thing you are praying for.
    We will try to check back later

  83. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:36 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Wolfie , Aliens, really? I am sorry, I do believe there is other life out there in the universe. However, if I was in charge of placing a therapy dog, and someone told me they lost their last dog to aliens, I would be very hesitant to place another dog with them. At the least, I would be checking more.

  84. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    8:45 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Barb, here in Buffalo, dogs disappear from their yards. It has to do with fog fighting, but some people may think it was aliens.

  85. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    8:46 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Barb, here in Buffalo, dogs disappear from their yards. It has to do with dog fighting, but some people may think it was aliens.

  86. Herd of Hounds
    9:01 pm on March 15th, 2015

    We are truly grateful for having found such a positive and extended “family” here.
    WE have ML in our prayers each day. We’d love to have her spirit and humor restored.

  87. BSD & Masquers
    9:02 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Creator, We are Grateful for All Life on this Beautiful Earth and Thankful to be sharing it with Dear Friends and Family.
    Our Prayers are for AJ and the Team on the Iditarod Trail and for his Beloved SnowBella who follows his little Green Glag at home.
    Amen.

  88. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:05 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Sneeze!….As youse are all gathered heres together to hear Golinkas prayer I need to say to youse she has had some necessities gone which makes it implausible for hers to write and send an Iditarod Prayer….cough!…I would like to ask all of youse to post a little prayer here on dis blog just espressing your fears or things you hope dat team of ours can over-come…sneeze!…I for one pray to Da Lord of All Creation dat AJ can over-comes da sleep deprived state and can continue to fully funtion and take care of dat A+ Team….sneeze!

  89. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:07 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Amens!….To dat Bear an kitty-kat Maskers prayer….snuffle!cough!

  90. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:10 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Lord!…I prays very strongly dat I will never ever get taken from my back yards to go fight a fog….sneeze!….I do not know what a fog is an I do not know if I could lick it….cough!

  91. O'Howlers
    9:11 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Creator, we are so grateful for our beautiful home and family and for the richness of this earth you have given us. All else is icing on the cake for us. Life is, indeed, very good.

  92. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    9:15 pm on March 15th, 2015

    I am grateful for my family and that includes my blog family. I am also grateful for our pharmaceutical companies because they give me breath.

    I pray to have Snowhook see their dreams come true. AJ’s and Rebecca’s dogs are the best cared for in all of the iditarod teams. Bless them.

  93. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    9:18 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Beau, you wouldn’t be fighting a fog/dog. You’d be a bait dog.

  94. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:29 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Amens!….To Howlers and der perfect home and all dat icing on dose cakes…sneeze!…Amens to MPopps an her drug dealings…snuffle!…I could be a great bait guy, but I do not knows wot dat means quite exactly…gurgle!sneeze!

  95. Billy's Buddy
    9:37 pm on March 15th, 2015

    To our wonderful Blog family: I am grateful for all creatures great and small, and those of us who care about others. And please keep us all safe (including Jem and his nose)!

  96. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:43 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Amens!….To Jems an his big nose….heh!…I have seen dat nose an dat is a nose for all noses..sneeze!…I am so thankful to da Lord of All Creation dat I do not have Jems nose. I would not bees able ta walk right or chase dose rotten Kats off my porch…growl!

  97. Buddy, Leno, and Hilda
    9:46 pm on March 15th, 2015

    There’s so much I’m thankful for. My home, my wife and daughter and all the critters in our family, and friends near and far. I pray for safe journeys for our Snowhook team, and for Melanie to come home to us soon. She’s really had a bad time and needs a break.

  98. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:53 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Amens!…sneeze!…To dat Buddies and Lenos and Hildas prayer for all da critters near and far….snuffle!…Journeys which are taken to be safe, and for dat Melanie to be der home wiff her families…sniffle!..Dat Melanie, Lord I pray for Buddies Melanie, she surely needs a break today. She is long suffering and she is so loved Lord…sneeze!….Please dear Lord of All Creation, please let dat Melanie go home to her loving families….snuffle!

  99. Herd of Hounds
    9:53 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Mmm? If we all embrace each other’s prayers, Can you imagine the Plunderer Power the would be generated?

  100. bluecat
    10:09 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Amen to all.

  101. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:10 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Sneeze!….I am heres taking folks prayers on Chet’s Blog tonight for dat Golinka. She has been undeterminently unexposed for da evening…snuffle!..As such, I have been handed a brief note stating da events dat our A+ Team is experiencing as of just shortly….cough!fluffle!

    I can report dat da team are at mile marked 618, going 6.5 mile per hours as of 4 momentos ago….sneeze!

  102. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:12 pm on March 15th, 2015

    I am thankful for my family, my blog family and my continued good health for the last 5 years since the cancer scare.
    I pray for a happy and healthy year for Zoe, Karen, MaryLou and Buddy after their hardships, and for AJ’s safe travels on the trail.

  103. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:15 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Cough!…gasp!….Any prayer or requestions will be gladly taken as I am here at dis microphone live at Chet’s Blog all by my lonesome self….sneeze!…All da back-up guys are gone, Rio is in Willow wiff dat Bellie Button and Golinka is in some fancy hotel having a good ole time….churgle!…I am taking any an all prayer requestions and any questionable stuff to answer at dis time, LIVE on Chet’s Blog….cough!cough!scratch!sneeze!

  104. Tupper's Mama
    10:16 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Creator – thank you for this day, and for the homes we have to come back to. Thank you for welcoming smiles, open arms, and warm hearts. When all else makes life hard, there is always home to ease our spirit and soul.

    You have given us all our own thoughts of what home is. It may be an apartment, or a farm, a city or a village. Home may even be a state of mind, but we all have the place that means “home”.

    Creator- tonight as AJ and the team run across the ice, they are coming home. They run towards the waiting arms, and the joyous greetings of Rebecca. They run together, all hearts beating as one, all feeling the adventure and all working together to come home.

    Creator, tonight there are some of our family who are waiting to come home. We ask for your light to guide them each on their way.

    Let your light show AJ the best path to take as he races towards home. We ask for healing light to guide Melanie on her journey to get better, so she can return to the family that loves her. We ask for your light to brighten the path that MaryLou is walking, so she will know she is safe and not alone. We ask for your light to lift the darkness that has enveloped our Rose, and surround her with the glow that she so often gives to others.

    Creator, your light is our home. The light of sun, moon, stars, northern lights, lightening; all create a way for us to see, and give us proof that you will guide us.

    Creator, thank you for this day, and for the homes each of us have to come back to. Thank you for welcoming smiles, open arms and warm hearts. When all else is hard, we thank you for having a light on that leads us home.

  105. c.hobbit
    10:17 pm on March 15th, 2015

    I am thankful for Spencer Quinn and the blog that has allowed us to become a community. I am thinking of all those among us who are hurting and are in need of healing or hope.

  106. Tupper's Mama
    10:18 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Beau – thank you so much for pugging Prayer Central while the power was out here. We are so grateful to have all of you in our lives, each and every day.

  107. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:20 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Amens!….To dat Barbs prayer, thank dawg… She is thanking for da last 5 years of being healthy an also dat dese other guys are healthy, Zoe, Karen, MaryLou and Buddy…sneeze!…Oh and she mentions safely travels for dat AJ and da A+ team while dey are on a trail…sniffle!sneeze!

  108. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:23 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Golinka!…sneeze!…Does diss mean I am off of da live Mic @ Chet da Dogs blog?….whew!….Dat was very stressful….sneeze!

  109. Billy's Buddy
    10:25 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Amen. Everyone on this Blog is exceptional.

  110. dawson
    10:26 pm on March 15th, 2015

    I am thankful for cheesecake and all of youse.

    I am asking that the teams on the trail be kept safe and have a wonderful time.

    I am asking too that Buddy’s Melanie catch a break.

  111. c.hobbit
    10:42 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Another video of northern lights. This time over Kaltag (takes a minute to load)
    http://www.adn.com/video/video-iditarod-northern-lights-over-kaltag

  112. Tupper's Mama
    10:44 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Beau – as far as we are concerned, you are never off prayer duty. You are the only Bible quoting Pug we got.

  113. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:54 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Golinkas!….As predetermined of dis LIVE on CHETs BLOG duty, you can send my check in payment as soon as possible…snuffle!…I have deez billz dat need paid soonly…sniff!…So da sooners da betters if youse get my drifting….sneeze!

  114. ALR
    10:56 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Late here, but grateful for my special places here on earth, for if I am not there I can think and dream of those places. And grateful for the folks in my life that I have met and the folks in my life I haven’t met. Seems like the most urgent prayer right now is for our Snowhook Team, it’s a big team and a team with spirit. May all be safe. Beau, you did a great job tonight, you are truly a prayerful pug.

  115. Beau - The Black Pug
    11:00 pm on March 15th, 2015

    ALRs!…..Tanks, but da LIVE with CHET DA DAWG prayer time is over now. You can come back when da Mic is on agains….sneeze!snuffle!…I do not no when dat will be doe…sniff!

  116. Tupper's Mama
    11:25 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Beau – tomorrow night?
    Same Pug time
    Same Pug channel.

  117. ML
    11:37 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Amen to all prayers, thank you for the ones on my behalf I love and appreciate you all. (Yes even you )

    Bee, regarding Sebastian ‘s reporting I think he would be the first to tell you that he is just an old musher telling stories, in musher grammar.

  118. Beau - The Black Pug
    11:40 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Golinkas!…Is da check in da mail?…sneeze!…If so, den yes I will take da LIVE @ CHETs BLOG prayer time Mic….cough!gaggle!

  119. Masquers
    11:44 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Amen to Golinka’s prayer and amen to the prayers of each and everyone on this here blog.

  120. Tupper's Mama
    11:56 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Beau – will you accept a post dated Slim Jim?

  121. Masquers
    11:57 pm on March 15th, 2015

    Information about GPS Tracker
    Posted by Diane Johnson in Iditarod
    Date: March 15, 2015 5:19 pm

    Wonder why you have experienced a lag in GPS tracker data? Since the restart of the race in Fairbanks, trackers have not always been transmitting signals properly. We are sorry for any frustration this has caused you.

    Upon investigation along the trail by our GPS team, it was discovered trackers on sleds were covered and not transmitting properly.

    Mushers have been asked to remember to keep their trackers visible so the signal is transmitted properly

    Sure…blame it on the mushers.

  122. Tupper's Mama
    12:19 am on March 16th, 2015

    Suppose the mushers are responsible for the lousy start coverage too, right?

  123. Staff
    12:48 am on March 16th, 2015

    I am thankful for my brother and sisters and for Mr.Fireslippers. They make everything so much easier

    Sorry pug, One more mike.

  124. BooBear
    1:17 am on March 16th, 2015

    Amen to all the prayers. Mom is grateful for the family and friends that have supported her since Dad died. The blog family has been a big part of that support. And, as Amalia says, thankful for my home. Mom says she always feels safe at home.

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