R.I.P. Mick

A K-9 hero:

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/04/mick_portland_dog_killed_in_th.html

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93 Responses to “R.I.P. Mick”

  1. O'Howlers
    8:47 am on April 18th, 2014

    Mick is a hero. Hands down. Sob

    We captured all three parts of AJ’s Iditarod narrative to date. We will post the entire document in Dishlickers when the story is complete. Thanks to BSD for telling us which days’ blogs those stories were to be found.
    BSD, no grains for Nana? Not even whole grains? Those are not processed and so we didn’t think there was much, if any, sugar. Mom makes whole wheat bread and puts good stuff like wheat germ, oats, flaxseed, and bran in the mix.
    Can’t Nana even have healthy stuff like quinoa?

  2. Kat
    8:52 am on April 18th, 2014

    Thank you to those who voted for me me me in the Mapaw’s Throwback Thursday contest. Unfortunately, I did not win. Fortunately, my good friend Cherokee did win. Here is his picture, which is actually a collage that tells his story:

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:53 am on April 18th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Mom won’t let us read today’s post because the words “killed in” show. Hope it isn’t true :( We are so glad to have our mom home, even after 3 days. Hope T&G’s group is doing ok without Gramps and that he gets home soon. Macy’s Mom, they are as befuddled as you. Extra love all around.
    Have a fantasmagoric Friday.

  4. Barb & Maggie
    8:56 am on April 18th, 2014

    Good morning. Poor Mick. We get so angry over stories like that. Hope the shooter got what he deserved.

    We agree with Howlers about the grain issue. Can understand some wheat allergies, and staying away from sugar and processed food. However grains seem like a part of a healthy diversified diet. Whole grains not the refined, overly processed stuff.

    The keto diet is not one that sounds healthy to us. Mostly meats and high fat foods, if we understand it correctly. We are after all, hunters and gatherers, so a balance of meats and fruits and vegetable and grains, with a small amount of dairy is what logically seems a good balance to us.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:00 am on April 18th, 2014

    Cherokee is a hero, what courage and spirit.

    Now Barb must get ready for work. Today is not a regular day, but she is filling in till 1:00.

    Only getting to the mid 50s today but 70s by Sunday. Perfect!

  6. B. Stover
    9:03 am on April 18th, 2014

    Mick was only two years old.

    Thank you for posting AJ’s narratives on Dishlicker Howlers.

    Good morning all.

  7. Macy's mom
    9:25 am on April 18th, 2014

    RIP Mick. Good dog.

    I am off to Beacon House, maybe to find a treasure. Good Friday to all.

  8. O'Howlers
    9:42 am on April 18th, 2014

    Way to go,ML.
    Mom, on the other hand, has not yet done anything but put horses out and taken care of the chickies.

  9. O'Howlers
    9:54 am on April 18th, 2014

    We are not about to give diet advice. We only asked BSD about the whole grains out of curiosity. Each person’s dietary needs and issues are unique. Mom looked at those two diets Aunt MPM mentioned. That Paleo one sounded good until she read no nuts or legumes. She LOVES nuts and she thinks legumes are the food of the gods. So you see, each of you 2-leggeds are different, just as we Members of the Nation are. Cherokee’s diet is very restrictive, and not one we would want to do, or that would be good for us.
    What our Mom needs is discipline. She knows what is good for her, but then she lives with this man that does things like bringing home ice cream because he knows she is feeling down. Once it is in the house, she knows it is dangerous, so she gets rid of all of it now now now!

  10. Mollypop's Mom
    10:24 am on April 18th, 2014

    When I had to stop eating wheat/gluten, I thought life was not worth living. The things made from other grains don’t taste the same. Plus the danger of cross-contamination is always there. Happily my taste has changed.

    Last Friday I had a gluten-free pizza at Holiday Valley. It’s one of the best! I had some left and I heated it up the next day for lunch at the pool. There must have been some contamination from the kitchen. I ate two more slices, then after one bite I felt the pressure in my stomach and had to run fast to the bathroom to splort. Some flour must have landed on part of the pizza. That’s why it’s usually easier to avoid all grains.

  11. BearSpiritDog
    10:32 am on April 18th, 2014

    What an incredibly Sad Story to start the day.
    A Brave Dog…very young and only beginning his career as a police officer. Sob.

    Sorry you didn’t win the contest Kat, but Hurray for Cherokee a Friend and Fellow Plunderer, who did win.

    Barb&Magpie & O’Howlers: For some strange reason Bread & Grains are on the list of Problem Foods. Nana has tried all kinds. She is still in the process of compiling a list of foods that are safe. According to MollyPop’s Mom this looks like a long process.
    (whispering) getting rid of dangerous foods like ice cream in one fell swoop is one way to do it, O’Howler’s Mom. heh,heh.

    B: How is this day in Michigan? What carpola weather youse are having this year.
    The Farmer’s Almanac was talking about a year with No Summer that occurred sometime in the 1800s.

    Rio: My late night Snack was a bowl of Trail Mix. Come to think of it that would make a much better breakfast.
    Now off to slurp down that morning bowl of cawfee…heh, heh just kidding…my drink of choice is cool, cool water.

    Hounds & POP: We here know how great it is to have your mom home and we missed her on the Blog if only for one day.
    Big Smiles all around.

    Macy & Mom: Sending Hugs your way every day.

    Good Morning, Wose!

  12. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:52 am on April 18th, 2014

    Good!…Friday everybody!…snorkel!

  13. B. Stover
    10:52 am on April 18th, 2014

    Bear: It’s been raining here–April showers. It’s 56 and cloudy. The birds are building nests.

  14. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:02 am on April 18th, 2014

    Story!…I’m not reading any damned sad story to start my Good Friday…grunt!

    Housing!…My friend fixed and hung 3 bird houses but its been so windy we do not think anyone has moved in yet….sniff!…They would all be very sea-sick if they did…heh!heh!

  15. Staff
    11:04 am on April 18th, 2014

    Went to bed late, got up early, a nap is luring me into the bed. Abbie the Kitty is waiting there for me.
    BBL

    Billy’s Buddy is Linda the Lurker uncloaked. She was a lurker for years but is now out out out of the closet.

    Rose sending cheery thoughts to you. Hope they land softly.
    Boobear thinking of your family too…

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  16. dawson
    11:06 am on April 18th, 2014

    I’m with HOH. I Cannot read the story this morning. Perhaps later in the afternoon.
    HOH: Are you really home? I suggest you take it easy and let DDD do all the heavy lifting for awhile.
    Macy’s Mom: Good for you! I hope you find a treasure.
    Barb&Maggie: Oh oh. Be very careful or soon you will be working more days than not!

    I’m off for a walk in the sunshine. 😀

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    11:17 am on April 18th, 2014

    Hi everyone – nope – not reading the sad story either. We are much happier with stories that are like the one of Cherokee.

    BSD – there is a website that you might find helpful. It is mostly about sugar-free, but there are lots of posters who contribute other allergy avoidance advice:
    http://www.sugarfreemom.com/

    Also – most hospitals have a nutritionist on staff who will work with patients to devise a workable diet. It’s worth a call.

    And on this front – Gramp is still in the hospital. His surgery really did go sideways, and his recovery has been very slow. Callie visits him daily, and she has developed quite a fan club at the hospital. She gets to the 3rd floor, and the nurses start calling and tweeting each other that the “gentle polar bear” has arrived.
    Gramp is a tough guy, and he is still fighting hard to get better. The good news is that once he is over this recovery period, he should be good as new. He says his warranty has been extended for another 10 years. What a character.

  18. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:29 am on April 18th, 2014

    Gramps!….Get well soon Gramps! I miss sitting on yer lap and licking your arm…sniff!….Gramps is good-stuff!

  19. Herd of Hounds
    11:54 am on April 18th, 2014

    Dawson, yes, home, complete with her own personal drain :( She is not to lift much or bend. Asked DDD about house, he said it is ok. Mom saw leaves, sand and rolling balls of ebony Canadian hair! How do men see?

  20. Tupper and Gilly
    12:00 pm on April 18th, 2014

    HOH – that is exactly how we end up with four or five jars of mustard – a certain Storyteller, who shall remain (kinda) nameless is forever telling us that we are out of mustard, when it is actually just behind the relish or some such.

    sigh…..

  21. ALR
    12:01 pm on April 18th, 2014

    The sad story up top did happen here in my part of the world….well, at least close by. The statement by the officer who feels Mick saved his life, and the way all involved proceeded in the wake of this tragic event were heartrending for sure. But we know that Mick found his way over the bridge and we know he was cared for and will be honored by folks he served with.

  22. Wose-the small and meek
    12:03 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Greetings!

    Mick: What a noble dog. sob
    Kat: Sorry you didn’t win, but it is a great honor for Cherokee.
    Gramps: Healing thoughts to you. Good dog, Callie!
    Loving thoughts to ML, Truman, Karen, and Zoe.

    Slept better last night. Kool jazz lullabies from Grizz and Masquers. Lots of belly rubs (for Belle Starr).

  23. Tupper and Gilly
    12:06 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Hi ALR – how are things in Yellowstone?

  24. c.hobbit
    12:37 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Perfect dog bed:

  25. Siber-H
    12:48 pm on April 18th, 2014

    I am not going to read the story either, but I am glad Spence posted it. I know, that doesn’t make sense.

    Congratulations Cherokee! We are cheering for you! I am sure Kat doesn’t mind that you won. Mom thinks Cherokee is one of the best looking Siberian guys she has ever seen.

    Feel better soon, Gramps. You are in our prayers. I am so glad Callie is able to visit him daily.

  26. BearSpiritDog
    12:51 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Wose: Good to hear my Feline Friend and Belle Starr are helping to Brighten your Days and Nights.
    (have I told you how much we love having you back on the blog?)

    Tupper&Gilly: Please tell your Mama Thank You for that cool link to the sugar-free recipes. They all look yummy and Nana cannot wait to try them.

    ALR: Love hearing from you. Your Words are Wise and True.

    Diane: (from yesterday) Sounds like your Work Week is similar to Maggie’s Barb. Part-time employment filling up most of the days.

    ML: Speaking of Employment…have you considered keeping the Knife Shop?

    C.Hobbit! OMD!!!

  27. dawson
    12:56 pm on April 18th, 2014

    CHobbit: That is a perfect bed for dogs but if I had to look at that all day I would gain 30 pounds in no time at all.

    T&G: I love mustard! I wouldn’t want to run out.

    ALR: Mick is a very handsome dog.

    Wose: Hooray for a decent sleep. Masquers and Grizz will hopefully do a repeat concert tonight.

    I do not know how my bum got into this chair. I am supposed to be working at getting rid of clutter, not posting on Chet the Dog blog!

  28. dawson
    12:57 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Nana: Step away from the pizza!

  29. AJ
    1:11 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Good Morning All,

    We still have a couple of days left of the season so I’d better finish this narrative up today so I can get out on the trail at least one more time…

    As I wss saying we had come into Elim and found everyone asleep. I had thought that maybe I might have missed an opportunity to pass these guys earlier but here it was to jump ahead a little bit. Keep in mind at this stage of the game it really didn’t matter if I left early or late as the race had finished up already but there is something in a racer that you want to finish as well as possible regardless of whether the race is over or not.

    Packing things up I left quietly and headed out onto the sea ice for a few miles. The sun came up and the wind died and we went from a storm to a comparitevly warm summer day in a few hours. This is significant because you make climb up over Little Mckinley and travel over a low mountain range to get to Golovin Bay. When you get to the top of this climb you can see in all directions and it is one of the more beautiful isolated spots in this world. Worth seeing but you still can’t see Russia if you were getting your hopes up.

    Coming down off this range we hit Golovin Bay and found it without a skiff of snow and no trail over glare ice. And yet the team just set off in the right direction without hesitation. I’m always amazed at their capacity to keep going and their abilities.

    As we were on ice we went fast over the trail and made excellent time over to White Mountain. The only hitch is that you pass through Golovin Bay village and onto the other side where the team suddenly came to a stop at the edge of the village. I later found out many teams stopped here and had trouble getting going but here is where your attitude plays a real factor in motivating your team. I got off the sled and simply went up to pet each dog, give them a rub and played with them. A few minutes later I gave the command and the dogs took off. And on we went to White Mountain.

    Once in White Mountain we are required to stay there for an 8 hour break. You also have to do a pee test for all the illicit drugs that mushers take. (In all seriousness this is actually something that happens unfortunately.) Being dehydrated after 1000 miles it does make me laugh that they choose this spot but on we go.

    After my break we set out early in the morning. A little wind was beginning to pick up as we started out over the Topkok hills. Up and down these icy hills we went and over each hill the wind picked up steadily. By the time we got to the last descent down onto the coast the wind was starting to blow us back up hill.

    In the dark just before dawn we came down onto the glare ice and rocks of the beaches that extend out towards Nome. As you travel through this area the landscape is wide and featureless with the exception of the hills off in the distance you’ve just come over which extend parallel to the trail. In this range there are two valleys which funnel the wind into targeted and hurricane forces known as Solomon’s Blowhole right at you. In previous years as I’ve crossed these areas there is a distinct line in the sand where you have no wind and then you have wind until you pass out of range. It has been bad but this year was something else.

    In case I hadn’t had enough this was the trail’s idea of a parting shot. Just before the blowhole we had wind but it was manageable. Moving into the hole we had real wind. In the darkness my headlamp was barely illuninating the fixed markers at every 20 feet. The wind then picked up and I couldn’t see my dogs anymore. They were there and then obscurred in the snow and wind. Moving marker to marker they fought their way through the hole while I tried to stay low and keep us moving. It is worth mentioning here that I found this to be a struggle and for the first time on any Iditarod I’ve done I thought we might be in trouble.

    Suddenly though you get to the other side of the hole and the dogs reappeared from the spin drift and the wind died down a little. My team was moving on as if they were just going to work. Little Mae and Clyde were up front who are my two yougest leaders. Ice, driftwood, no visability and they just kept going.

    Now on past Safety and the last 20 miles. Sometimes it can be hard after getting to Safety to get your team going but these guys kept going right on by. Relieved we turned toward Cape Nome the last hill to climb.

    Short but steep I got to the top and breathed a little sigh of relief. I was almost there and even feeling a little reminiscent of the experience. It had been hard, easy, better, worse and well insert your desciptive sentance here than any other year. Mixed feelings about this year other than I knew at last I was going to finish this one.

    But here also is where 7 miles can be a long, long time. As you travel towards Nome you go across the gold beaches and you start seeing cabins and signs of getting there. It’s hard to describe accurately but it goes on forever and the initial excitement the dogs felt about coming over the hill had wained with a noticeable drop in speed.

    Breaking out the ski pole I started to pushing along as I had so many times on the race. I could really only push from my left side as I was having trouble raising my right arm up enough on that side. I was worn out but we picked up a little bit. Which was good because the folks behind me were closing in.

    Like I said it didn’t matter too much but competition is competition….

    Now the last mile you come up on the ocean side and come up a ramp into town. Usually there is well wishers there and it’s a a warm welcome. This year however I found a church group on the ramp of more than 30 people completely blocking the trail with cameras and chaos.

    Mae and Clyde stopped dead, Rio decided to talk to Mae and almost within sight of the finish line I had a knot in the line admidst a crowd of fans pushing in from all sides. Taking a deep breath I sorted it out, asked the people to step back and finally we were on front street.

    But wait, now we have cars and four wheelers whipping around us after everything Mae decided to take the first exit she could down an alley. We were 100 yards from the arch.

    I couldn’t blame her a bit but stopping the sled on asphalt I couldn’t get off to redirect her either. Rebecca came running and with a friendly face to pull her back on the trail Mae along with Clyde and everyone else ran through the arch.

    A little tradition of mine at this moment under the arch is to scoop up a dog that has meant a lot to me on the trail and touch their paw to the arch. After all no musher would get there without that dog and their team. This year I chose Mae and with a soft touch of her paw to the burled arch it was all over.

    You’re done and it’s all over. The team is parked and set to a well deserved rest. Immediately I start to reflect on the trail and trip. At least a hundred times you’ve thought to yourself that you would never do this race again. And yet as I looked at the team I finished with and what they accomplished I started to think “one more”.

    Which brings me to the conclusion and the proverbial what I learned section….

    I’ve realized a few things about this race that I haven’t from other years. I’ve been set on finishing the race and learning about it rather than acting like a competitor. While this may sound strange, belief in your dogs is one thing but belief in yourself is also required. This thought is starting to come along with experience and settle into my mind set about really competing.

    I also have a team that is all starting to gel. There are some trully great dogs on this team along with some up and comers that are going to do great things. My regret about this is that when Quig and Twig were younger along with the outlaws they were all amazing dogs but I lacked the experience to drive them at their capacity. While they are still great age is slowing them down and they will take Phillip to Nome next year. I’m sure they will teach him a thing or two as they did for me.

    Little things slow you down and waste time. Many times I found myself engaged in clearing Rio’s tangle or switching runner plastic out or in some cases putting my sled back together. It’s noteworthy to mention that these things at the begining of the race may seem without importance but if I hadn’t stopped as often I would have been on the other side of the bay before the storm hit. One small decision days earlier does impact what happens at the end.

    I did many things better this year though too. As I said the team is really starting to come together and we did make better moves both the dogs in their training and myself in decision making. This has influenced my thoughts on training and running for this race heavily and now I can see a better path for competition.

    Rebecca is always telling me to “act as if” which while it’s easy to say is hard to do. If there is an Iditarod next year I believe now however that we be a team that acts and performs as a top competitor with integrity and always an eye on caring for the dogs best interest.

    Thank you all for your dedication, sacrifices and support so we can make this race happen. Easy words to type but I want all of you to know that we are grateful for all you do for our team.

    See you on the trail….

    AJ


  30. AJ
    1:16 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Btw,

    Thank you for posting it one place but as I read through these the spelling and grammar is terrible…. Sorry about that… Flow of thought type of writing…

    Also, the above map of the trail I thought you might all find interesting. It relates the snow totals throughout the state during the race…

    AJ

  31. BearSpiritDog
    2:00 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Dawson: Bet the Pug likes that pillow!

    AJ: We could not even begin to imagine what you and the team went through during this race, but your Wonderful Narrative has brought it all to life.
    Thank You for taking the time to tell it.

  32. B. Stover
    2:14 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Thank you AJ.

    I love the picture under the burled arch.

    One of the guys who follows the race (his name begins with an S but I can’t remember it and can’t find it but it was on the Iditarod site), saw you lifting Mae to the arch and he said–and wrote on the site–that he liked that and was going to watch for you in the future.

  33. Tyb
    2:18 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Wishing Everyone a Happy Passover, a Happy Easter, and a Happy Spring. I think it might be here even though we had to scrape ice off the windshield this morning.

  34. Staff
    2:43 pm on April 18th, 2014

    AJ, thank you for your recap of the 2014 race. It was great reading and interesting to see your conclusions at the end. I too have been just happy that you were able to race and really never worried about your competing. It is interesting to think that you are at a point where that could change.

    Rebecca, Mr.Staff is also a proponent of the ‘ACT AS IF’ policy. I have started to use it in my life. I used it on the trip to Alaska and it (darn it) didn’t work because of my illness. But it almost always does work and I really believe it is a useful tool in life.
    He first told it to me over 25 years ago when I was contemplating getting married to him. It would have been a second marriage for me and I wasn’t sure about anything. He told me to just act as if it would happen. I tried and it did. Best thing I ever did.

  35. O'Howlers
    3:03 pm on April 18th, 2014

    AJ, there is no way to adequately tell you how much it means to read your narrative, and get a glimmer of understanding of what it is like on the Iditarod Trail. Mom relates to all those mushers who began their fascination with the Iditarod when it was shown on Wide World of Sports in the 90s. If she were more athletic and a competent outdoorswoman (and braver), she would have gone North to Alaska and tried mushing. As she did not, she really feels she comes closest to feeling it by reading your story. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
    The full document was emailed to dishlickers. Feel free to file it where appropriate.

  36. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:15 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Bravo!…clap!clap!clap!-clap!clap!clap!….snort!…What a great story AJ. What an amazing adventure. Thank you for sharing it. That means the world to me and my friend….snorkel!…I’ve said it once and i will say it again, You are a Giant of a Man! And I’m proud to know ya…chuffle!

  37. Siber-H
    3:16 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Thank you, AJ.
    I think of the Iditarod as a never ending learning experience. Each race will be different and unique. This is what makes it so special. We know you put the dogs’ health and welfare first.

    TYB, Happy Easter to you and thank you for the cute card.
    I want one of those stuffed bunnies.

  38. Tyb
    3:33 pm on April 18th, 2014

    AJ
    Thanks for filling us in on the 2014 race and for the great picture of Mae under the arch.

  39. B. Stover
    3:45 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Thank you for the card Tyb.

  40. B. Stover
    3:47 pm on April 18th, 2014

    I love the nurses’ description of Callie as the “gentle polar bear.”

  41. Barb & Maggie
    4:00 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Thank you AJ for another exciting and final chapter for the 2014 race. I hope that there will be another next year for you and for us too.

  42. Herd of Hounds
    4:18 pm on April 18th, 2014

    AJ, thanks a million. You are something :) The dogs are something else!

    At the hospital they told me I had Type A blood, but it was a Type O… bah dum dum.

  43. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:42 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Missing!…I went out to Dishlickers and copied that story that Howlers pulled together….sniff!…But they left out a big ole hunk of the story. April 17th is missing…grunt!…So if anyone has time on their paws could you fill in the gap and repost it out on Dishlickers?…snort!

  44. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:43 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Story!…AJ’s story is on April 7, 11, 17 and 18…snort!

  45. Tupper and Gilly
    4:58 pm on April 18th, 2014

    AJ – clap, clap, clap, whistle, stomp, clap, clap, clap!
    Now – if you would just come out and visit our fair commonwealth, we know of a venue where you could do a speaking program. And we could probably get you on a early morning radio show…..

    just sayin’

    We are also happy to announce that Gramp is now officially doing better. He has been disconnected from the nose tube and will now get real food, of the liquid variety, but at least it is food. All other tubes and cords have been detached and he will be moving to a rehab center in the next couple of days, maybe even on Sunday.

    Whew. There were a couple of very scary days in there. Even the doctor was pretty concerned about him pulling through. She said it was a good thing he is such an active guy, walking his dog etc. That probably saved his life. But he has turned the good corner now, and is looking good.

    Funny thing is, suddenly Mama is looking healthier too. Hmmmm..

  46. Herd of Hounds
    5:17 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Go Gramps! Go Golinka! Keep em in check, Storyteller :)

  47. BearSpiritDog
    5:39 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Royals: This is the Best News! Gramp will be sprung from the hospital. Hope he enjoys those rehab exercises…we sure did. snicker.

    AJ: We too loved the photo of Mae touching the Burled Arch.

    B: Wonder if it was that reporter who was in the photo with Dawson making the remark he would be following AJ?

    TYB: Great Card, as always.

    We will out of WIFI range for a few days so don’t worry if youse don’t hear from us until early next week.

    Have a Good Weekend Everybody – Bear

  48. bluecat
    5:42 pm on April 18th, 2014

    AJ- thank you for the rest of the story. Thanks to you and Bella for sharing your dream with us.

    Happy Easter
    Happy Passover
    Happy Spring

    Warm thoughts to Everybody. May all your rabbits be chocolate.

  49. O'Howlers
    6:31 pm on April 18th, 2014

    We just got home from playing with Sibes Sibes and more Sibes, at the Siberian Rescue near us. We had a blast!!! Mom was happy to see so many Black and Whites. Kat was very shy and intimidated at first. She kept laying down, being submissive, and attached herself to Mom’s leg. But then this dude named Zeus gave her kisses and got her playing and playing and playing. What a great threesome we made.
    Rio, we did not realize we missed a day. We will go back and look for the missing day. So sorry. We will let you know when it is resent.

    HURRAY FOR GRAMPS!!!!! He is a jolly good fellow!!,

  50. O'Howlers
    6:40 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Rio, we resent it. We think it is complete. Please double-check us as we don’t have our heads on too straight.

  51. dawson
    7:17 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Whew!
    Everyone can breathe again, Gramps pulled through! Tupper’s Mama was starting to get blue around the gills.

    AJ: Thanks for your story. It is fascinating to see you evolve as an Iditarod musher. I liked the little dig about being able to see Russia (or not) from where you were. The scenery must be sublime. I also enjoyed that you tell yourself many times that you won’t run the Iditarod again. Ha! I think I remember a question posed by one of the Plunderers on the Eastern trip, “Do you think they will ever come to their senses?” (and stop running the Iditarod.) It is clear that the answer is, not yet!

  52. Herd of Hounds
    8:15 pm on April 18th, 2014

    BDS et al; will miss your comments over the Easter weekend. Be safe with ??? family? friends?alien abduction? Let us know y’all are O K ASAP as we hounds are nosey rosies .
    GAH, Easter weekend and April nearly over. Where are the flowers, the birds? Why is that white shiitake still bugging our friends?
    Mom didn’t do much today (lazy bum!) She swept the wood floors and fed us and the POP. Other than that she just watched old movies and scratched us.

  53. O'Howlers
    8:34 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Here is our threesome from today. What do you all think? We will have a new brother!

  54. dawson
    8:40 pm on April 18th, 2014

    O’Howlers: What!? Who is that handsome fellow?

  55. Mollypop's Mom
    8:43 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Is that Zeus?

  56. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Out!….My friend went out for a birthday supper…sniff!…It was seafood so I do not feel like I missed anything…grunt!

    Howlers!…Is your family growing or is that just a visiting pal. Beau was just a visitor and now look what happened…gruffle!

    Game!…Rockies vs The Phillies just started….snort!

  57. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:48 pm on April 18th, 2014

    MollysMaw!…Did you see where the Avalanche won their first play-off game last night?….hmmmmmm?

  58. Kat
    8:49 pm on April 18th, 2014

    That is Zeus, and Momma and Dad says he is coming here to live with us us, so we will once again be us us us !!! Here is another photo of us us us, with Anastasia directing.

  59. Mollypop's Mom
    8:55 pm on April 18th, 2014

    O’Howlers, that is a beautiful family!

  60. Tupper and Gilly
    9:01 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Howlers – HOORAAAAYYYY! Good for you, having a new brother in the pack. He is beautiful, and we are sure that in time, you will teach him all your rotten tricks….ummmm…we mean your brave endeavors protecting your farm from intruders.

  61. Mollypop's Mom
    9:05 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Rio, I have been a big hockey fan for 50 years. 30 years ago played hockey on a women’s team. Now I’m done! Terry Pegula bought the Sabres a few years ago and we all had high hopes. Things weren’t going well so this year he brought back Ted Nolan and Pat La Fontaine. All of Buffalo was so excited they put up billboards saying welcome back Pat and Ted. We started winning games! Then the owner’s cronies got involved. One of them had coached his son’s hockey team. Impressive. He fired Pat La Fontaine and we went into a tailspin. I give up.

    I will still talk about Sidney Crosby and the Penguins and Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks. That’s it.

  62. Siber-H
    9:08 pm on April 18th, 2014

    WOO WOO!!
    We love Zeus!
    Tell us about him when you are able.

  63. Meashka
    9:17 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Mom does not like his name, but he knows it so well. Out of all those dozen huskies, when she said Zeus…poof! There he was.
    Pop asked him if he liked to lay on a sofa. He said YES. Done deal.

  64. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:18 pm on April 18th, 2014

    MollysMaw!…You can root!root!root! for the Avalanche….snort!…My friend says she has given up on Football, much to Beau’s chagrin…chorkel!

    Story!…My friend sent the Hot-Shot the link to Philip Walters video. The one that was shot at Snowhook Kennels….heh!….She found out today he thought those were real eyebrows on the guy at the end. He was remarking on how strange they were …heh!heh!…She got a good chorkel out of that one…heh!

  65. Kat
    9:20 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Rio, (whispering) does this mean RJ’s eyebrows never were real?

  66. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:21 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Howlers!…I have not looked but I trust that the whole story and nothing but the whole story is out there now on Dishlickers!…snort!…When I first re-read it I thought, this seems short…heh!

  67. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:22 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Kat!…Junior is the real-deal, even his wondering eyebrows….heh!heh!…I do wander if he has aspirations of being something more than a Wheel-Dawg….grunt!

  68. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Rocks!….UP by 4 ta Nuthin’….Woooooo!…Pass me that bowl of beer…burp!

  69. O'Howlers
    9:31 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Enjoy that beer while you can, Rio.
    Heh Heh!

  70. O'Howlers
    9:35 pm on April 18th, 2014

    OMD! It is 7-zip now!!!! We better go to bed now, and hide under our covers!!!! Gah!!!!

  71. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Yup!…Beer is flowing for me tonight!…gurgle!burp!….Tulo just hit a homerun ….heh!…I love it when my team is winning, it happens so rarely…gurgle!

  72. Tupper and Gilly
    9:42 pm on April 18th, 2014

    We gotta go to bed. Mama says she is just plain tuckered out. so why does that mean that WE have to go to bed?
    It’s unfair, we tell ya – unfair.
    yaaaawwwwnnnn
    But maybe it’s a good idea after all.
    g’night, family

  73. Siber-H
    9:50 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Is that really the Rockies playing tonight?

  74. Barb & Maggie
    9:51 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Welcome to your new home Zeus and also to the blog. We want to know all about you! Barb is fading fast.

    Night all and G’Day Liz.

  75. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on April 18th, 2014

    SiberH!…snort!…I wish you were here eating nachos and cracking beers with me and Beau tonight…heh!heh!….Well, Beau is not a beer drinker but he cracks them open just fine!…chuffle!

  76. Siber-H
    10:05 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Friday night and the Rockies are ahead. It would be a great night for a baseball party.

  77. Wyatt
    10:23 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Act as if! That is what my Lady taught me. I acted as if I were a dainty licker and look at me now—I’m a full fledged dainty licker. Speaking of which, today was take your dainty licker to the treasure shop day. I stayed close to ML all day.

    I am so glad Gramps is doing better. What a relief. My Lady says he is the nicest man and Callie is a love.

  78. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Act!…Hey, I act as if I Rule The Roost and guess what? I do…heh!heh!….Beau, crack me another of those there beers buddy…grunt!

  79. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:31 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Snap!…Popple! Crack!…sneeze!

  80. BooBear
    10:37 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Welcome to Zeus! Wonder if he realizes how lucky he is yet!

    Thank you, AJ, for the wonderful narrative. Mom is ashamed to admit it but she didn’t realize how rough a ride the musher had until seeing some of the videos this year. I think she thought you just hopped on and rode the rails. Ha! Lesson learned and even more respect for what y’all experience/endure during the race.

  81. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:46 pm on April 18th, 2014

    BooBear!…That’s okay. In my long-snaggle-tooth experience, Kats are always lacking in the Empathy department and end up being pretty Clueless about the real facts of life….grunt!

  82. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:47 pm on April 18th, 2014

    GAH!..Beau. Get off of my crappy laptop….sniff!

  83. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:50 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Although!…I must say I do agree whole heartedly with Beau’s Kat-Assessment of life….grunt!

  84. Alice M. Johnson
    11:00 pm on April 18th, 2014

    O’Howlers, How about calling him Deuce? I bet it is close enough to Zeus. Although I sort of like Zeuz.

  85. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:03 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Alice!…O’Brother…grunt!…Why? The guy has a name and he likes it. Just change the spelling like someone did for Beau, thanks to Golinka for that there save….heh!

  86. Siber-H
    11:11 pm on April 18th, 2014

    We are so thankful Gramps is getting better and will be out of Club Med soon.

    It has been a good day.

    Zeus has found a new forever home.

    The Rockies are actually going to win this game. Yes, they are.

    Night All

  87. Wyatt
    11:17 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Zeus: Score one for you! Welcome to your forever home.

  88. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:31 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Zeus!…Dawg of Thunder!…snort!…I know not what I speak. The Greek Gawds are Greek to me…heh!…But Zeus is a strong name and he does have two female Sibers to get along with…heh!heh!…I’m thinking he better have a strong personality and take charge or he will be Zeus the Whipping Post Boy real quick…chorkel!

    Rockies!…WINNIT!..snorkel!…finally.

  89. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:44 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Gramps!…Relieved. I knew you could do it!…snort!

  90. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:48 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Goodnight!…Do not let the Bed-Bugs bite or the Bed-Pugs bite…heh!…When Beau first came here he got to sleep on the big bed and that really pissed me off so I got to sleep on the big bed too. Well Beau would BITE my friends toes if he was close enough and she happened to move her toes, which she almost always does…heh!heh!…Needless to say our stint on the big-bed did not last too long, thanks to Beau the Bed Pug Biter…grump!

  91. Macy's mom
    11:59 pm on April 18th, 2014

    Hooray for Gramps, keep on keeping on.

    Wonderful narrative AJ. I felt like I was there, only not wet, or cold, or windblown, or tired…

    Big family thing tomorrow. It will be hard.

    Night night, my big extended, just-like family.

  92. Macy's mom
    12:07 am on April 19th, 2014

    I must have missed the eyebrow video. When was it?

  93. Wyatt
    12:22 am on April 19th, 2014

    ML: I think it was posted on Tuesday. The link is also on our facebookie.

    CHobbit: Safe travels! Don’t forget your camera!

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