Rebecca’s Iditarod “Report”

Below is a conversation that may or may not have happened between Admin and me:

“No post today,” I told him.

Admin blinked. He stared. He blinked again.

“Am I allowed to have a ‘No Post Today’ day?”

“Reason?”

“It’s twofold. Pick the one  you like best.”

“Shoot.”

“One. Wednesday is a travel day and I have a lot to do between now and when I leave for Nome. “

He raised his eyebrows. Unlike Rio, the sled dog not the evil pug, I bet Admin always knows the whereabouts of his eyebrows.

“Two. I stayed up into the wee hours watching the damn flag move across the sea ice from Shaktoolik to Koyuk. It’s a notorious section of trail.”

“Notorious?”

“Don’t believe me? Here is a link to a video made by our very own Melanie about Team Snowhook’s time on the sea ice in 2012.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmjid55gCeg

“A ‘Yeep!’ and a ‘Yark!’ might be in order. Such is the nature of a Plunderer.”

***

By the time of this report, Team Snowhook is off the sea ice and resting in Koyuk. From there it is a handful of checkpoints until the burled arch in Nome.

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118 Responses to “Rebecca’s Iditarod “Report””

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:30 am on March 18th, 2015

    Good morning, everyone! Across the ice. Let us tell y’all that was a cushion chewing part of the trail! Snowhook is still resting in Koyuk. Glad travelers are home.
    Safe trail and travels to Snowhook. A wonderful Wednesday awaits.

  2. dawson
    8:40 am on March 18th, 2015

    What!?
    Are you going to Nome?!

    So glad that AJ has that part of trail behind him and that he isresting at Koyuk which is a checkpoint sponsored by Rio, Beau and Friend. Go Snowhook!

  3. dawson
    8:42 am on March 18th, 2015

    Oh.
    Congratulations to Dallas Seavey, the bum.

    Now I’m going back to bed.

  4. Herd of Hounds
    8:43 am on March 18th, 2015

    Dawson, Nome is a dream but also a part of the Iditarod experience.
    Hobbit, last night was really overcast, phooey! Maybe the northern lights aren’t in the cards :(

  5. dawson
    8:52 am on March 18th, 2015

    There were stars in the sky but no northern lights here, either.

  6. Herd of Hounds
    8:59 am on March 18th, 2015

    Have we mentioned that crossing the ice is a cushion chewing experience? 3 of us have been through watching the race before, but this year was Blondie’s first time. We submit this fotografic evidence of how excited she was!

  7. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:33 am on March 18th, 2015

    Good morning all. Glad the icy part is behind the team.

    We didn’t see any Northern Lights here either. Evidently the polar storm was supposed to make it possible, but we didn’t see a thing.

  8. Diane C.
    9:33 am on March 18th, 2015

    Good Morning All–I fell asleep rather abruptly last night, so missed the lovely prayer (but which now enriches my Wednesday morning). Thank you.
    May you all have a wonderful day (Amalia–fluids and rest, hey?)

  9. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:34 am on March 18th, 2015

    Dawson, I think they were teasing us with the going to Nome thing.

  10. Diane C.
    9:35 am on March 18th, 2015

    Dawson–My sentiments exactly (re: DS).

  11. Tupper's Mama
    9:44 am on March 18th, 2015

    Good morning all.
    We think that conversation was between Rebecca and Admin. Rebecca is heading for Nome.
    Diane – thanks for the advice on the cold. Hope yours is improving too.
    Mama is having a hard time walking today – seems it is awkward trying to move your feet when there is a Corgi pasted to each leg, and a Wrotten Kat weaving in and out around you.
    Go figure.

    And GO Snowhook!

  12. Herd of Hounds
    9:48 am on March 18th, 2015

    T&G’s Mama, something similar happened here. Oh, and napping became a 3 dog afternoon for a few days.

  13. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:48 am on March 18th, 2015

    T & G, you are right, it is Rebecca talking. We took it as Spence saying those things to Admin. We were wrong.

  14. Alice M. Johnson
    9:52 am on March 18th, 2015

    grump.

  15. O'Howlers
    9:58 am on March 18th, 2015

    Double-Grump!

  16. bluecat
    10:03 am on March 18th, 2015

    grump and a snort.

  17. Tupper's Mama
    10:41 am on March 18th, 2015

    We’ll see your grump and snort, and raise you one chuffle

  18. B.Stover
    10:51 am on March 18th, 2015

    Hope Rebecca has a good trip to Nome. I’m also glad the team is off the ice.

    Good morning all.

  19. BooBear
    11:01 am on March 18th, 2015

    Good Morning, All.

    Mom is seriously bummed. Her work schedule has been so hectic and she has had to work late everynight so she hasn’t been able to keep up with the little green flag. Thank Dog, y’all have been keeping us up to date.

    Go Snowhook!!!

  20. BearSpiritDog
    11:19 am on March 18th, 2015

    Whoa…My Ears Perked Up big time there for a minute. We thought for sure Spence was Going to Nome. Snort.

    Our resident Kat is still snoozing. I had to listen to him go on For Hours telling me about the Canadian Kat who Runs a Sibe Kennel.

  21. Siber's Mom
    11:54 am on March 18th, 2015

    Yark! Grump! Snort! Yeep!

    I’m so happy Dallas won…NOT

    Masquers, Thank you for the info on Rob Cooke and his Sibers last night.

    GO SNOWHOOK!!!

  22. Masquers
    12:35 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Hi, SHM! You are very welcome.
    Were you able to read the whole article on the Sibe teams in Unalakleet?

  23. Meashka
    12:44 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Did youse know that Wade Marrs entire team is female? I think they should win too.

    Never a dull moment around here. Mom just matched a found Siberian Husky up with her frantic owner who was looking for her. A guy stopped by here to see if the dog he found was one of us. Of course, it was not. Mom got all of his information, and posted it on FB. When she went to one of the Lost Dogs of our Area pages, lo and behold! There was the lost dog posted by her owner. She lives very close to where the guy lives who stopped by, so it was a no-brainer. The girl Sibe is blind and diabetic. She listed our v-e-t as one of her contact places, so Mom called them, and now everyone is reunited and happy! Mom says Facebook is magic for this stuff. We here are relieved

  24. Buddy, Leno, and Hilda
    12:44 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Howdy y’all, glad the dangerous bit is behind our guys. Also, happy anniversary late to Staff and Mr. FireSlippers. Ugh…have to do laundry. And vacuum the downstairs.

  25. Herd of Hounds
    12:49 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Is the GPS correct? AJ is still in Koyuk.

  26. Masquers
    12:54 pm on March 18th, 2015

    HOH: Is anything the Insider posts correct?
    Why are they not set up to show the live finish now when the leaders are coming in?

  27. BearSpiritDog
    12:58 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Buddy,Leno,Hilda: You are having a Busy Morning.
    We are so Happy You & Melanie were able to spend some time together yesterday.

    GO SNOWHOOK!!!

  28. Siber's Mom
    12:59 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Masquers, Yes, The news is free on the Iditarod’s website.
    You know, using SHM is a good way to shorten my otherwise long name on this blog.

    Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Staff!

    The Siber girls…the little angels. Their mom calls me every day to see how they are doing, and I don’t think she quite believes the glowing behavior reports I am giving her.
    They are digging, but I don’t count that as undesirable behavior. It is normal.

  29. Masquers
    1:12 pm on March 18th, 2015

    SHM: I am amazed the Insider offers anything for free!
    Siber must be so proud of his fellow Sibes in the race…
    and happy to see the girls are faithfully carrying on his construction projects in the backyard. I’m sure he is supervising.

  30. c.hobbit
    1:26 pm on March 18th, 2015

    After a beautiful clear, sunny day, the clouds rolled in after supper so I didn’t see northern lights either. However, here is a photo from Fairbanks taken last night:

  31. Tupper's Mama
    1:31 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Howler’sMom – you rock!

  32. Lefty, the Left Behind
    1:33 pm on March 18th, 2015

    I am left behind no more. Brother Pancho returned home to me, me, me late last night. Since then we have been trying to convince Rio that our musher and mutts are off the sea ice. He is slow to believe.

  33. O'Howlers
    1:40 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Happy Homecoming, Pancho! Good job!

  34. BearSpiritDog
    1:50 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Twig, Pancho, Charlie…we have Forgotten who is the Other Dropped Team Member.
    Lefty or Rio, Can you help us out?

  35. Buddy, Leno, and Hilda
    1:55 pm on March 18th, 2015

    LOL, this is funny. Pet Life Radio has an interview playing with a guy who has the same name as the Count in *Thereby Hangs A Tail*. Except this is a good guy. Heh…Spence having a bit of fun?

  36. Lefty, the Left Behind
    2:50 pm on March 18th, 2015

    BSD: We didn’t know the identity of the other dropped dog of Team Snowhook until the wee hours of this morning. Brother Frank, a subgroup of the Outlaw litter returned home. Did my Lady give him the once over? Of course. That is her way.

  37. Lefty, the Left Behind
    2:54 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Did Frank eat like nobody’s business? Of course. This is his way.

  38. Herd of Hounds
    2:55 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Twig, Pancho, Charlie and Frank..who are good dogs? Y’all are. nice work out there on there on the trail!

  39. Thieves and Outlaw, Frank
    3:00 pm on March 18th, 2015

    HOH: Of course we are good dogs! Any reports you have heard to the contrary are false.

  40. Thieves and Outlaw, Frank
    3:14 pm on March 18th, 2015

    HOH: Except I did have the one–ONE—incident with Rio’s Friend. I just wanted to keep her and all the contents of her pockets for my very own.

    Staff: When you locate Mr. Fireslippers can you please send him her for safe keeping. I can’t wait to meet that guy. In case you’re worrit, I will be in charge of our food preparation. Heh.

  41. BearSpiritDog
    3:41 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Lefty: Rio’s Friend Knows first hand the Wiles of Your Ways.

  42. BearSpiritDog
    3:54 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Meashka: Forgot to say…for Helping to Return that Lost Sibe to her worried companion…You and your mom are My Heroes!

    Buddy,Leno,Hilda: Will try to listen to that clip from Pet Life Radio…it Sounds Very Funny.

    Waiting Patiently for that little Orange Flag to turn to Green.

  43. Buddy, Leno, and Hilda
    4:05 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Not really funny, it’s a real interview with a real guy. The show is “Your Pets, My Dogs”, and you should be able to find the interview from its page. The interview with Spence is on “Animal Writes”, second show back I think.

  44. BearSpiritDog
    4:31 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Buddy,Leno,Hilda: Thank You for the Clarification about the Show.
    Sometimes I get confused.

  45. Herd of Hounds
    4:35 pm on March 18th, 2015

    We are wondering if Harris, the second hand sled dog has had her litter of pups yet. She is such a willing runner and seems to take joy in the run. Hope she and the pups are or will be ok/

  46. Tupper's Mama
    4:40 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Harris is having puppies? How did we miss out on that news?

    Frank – welcome home. Good doggie!

  47. Tupper's Mama
    4:41 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Thieves – question for you. Has Phillip’s team returned home? Or did we miss out on that while we were traveling?

  48. Tupper's Mama
    4:44 pm on March 18th, 2015

    PUPPIES!!!! Rebecca has a picture of new puppies over on facebook!
    Woo hoo! Puppies!

  49. O'Howlers
    4:54 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Harris…puppies??? We must have been reading every other sentence again.

  50. Masquers
    5:06 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Welcome to the world, little guys and gal!
    Another musher scratched…Jim Lanier in Unalakleet.
    If that little green flag doesn’t move very soon I’m going to be in a very bad mood.

  51. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    5:07 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Puppies! Who knew?

  52. BearSpiritDog
    5:08 pm on March 18th, 2015

    O’Howlers: What Happens in Snowhook Stays in Snowhook.

  53. O'Howlers
    5:15 pm on March 18th, 2015

    BSD! Snort!

  54. O'Howlers
    5:33 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Mom just got out her green sharpie, and is coloring in that #19 flag right now.

  55. BooBear
    5:43 pm on March 18th, 2015

    I can’t tell. 4 or 5 puppies??

  56. Herd of Hounds
    5:48 pm on March 18th, 2015

    1) Mom is driving the DDD nuttier than usual trying to get him to go to facebookie so she can see Harris the second hands’ kids.
    2) She is with O’H’s mom and the green sharpie. Enough is enough already! We think it is the tracker, NOT the musher. Pooh, grumble grunt! (as a pug would say)

  57. dawson
    5:52 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Puppies!?!

    I’ve been gone all day and just got home. Has the flag moved yet?

  58. Herd of Hounds
    5:53 pm on March 18th, 2015

    It seems to us, humbly speaking, of course, that last year the camera feeds from the checkpoints were LIVE and BETTER and EXISTED! Oops, guess mom’s filter isn’t working….again!

  59. Herd of Hounds
    5:57 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Daaaaaw son! No flag movement :( AJ was giving Harris, the dog not the Hobbit, heck on the runs the day before the race. He thought she might run them out on the loop they were doing with us, us, us. He said they were due in the next week, which is NOW! How exciting! :) :) :) Ya gotta love puppies!

  60. Masquers
    6:07 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Gah! If it weren’t for Dawson’s buddy, Sebastian Schnuelle, on facebookie we’d be out of the loop for sure.
    The stupid Insider is surpassing even their incompetence this year.
    I can hear Siber saying, “I told you so.” now.

  61. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    6:08 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Back you hounds…back. Your mom wants to see the puppies! I haven’t see such new ones since winter 1955 when the “cute little boy cocker spaniel” Mama brought home from the pound gave birth during dinner to 10 little cocker mixes. (Okay, my mother was a naieve ditz!) Good thing my folks insisted that I have doll crud or those little puppies would have starved! I’ve been a dog fool ever since!

  62. Masquers
    6:20 pm on March 18th, 2015

    I don’t know what to say except, if the Insider was within reach there would be an angry mob outside their door screaming, “We want our money back!”
    The tracker listing still shows Jim Lanier, who scratched hours ago as “resting” and all the others from Koyuk (except Charlie and AJ) have long since hit the trail.

  63. dawson
    6:21 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Aliy will be coming in shortly. There is starting to be some movement at the finish line.

    I watched Melanie’s video of Snowhook from this morning’s link. It gets better every time I watch it. It’s amazing the amount of talent that woman had.

    The more I think about it, I really think that AJ rescued Charlie Benja last night out on the sea ice. Benja was stopped for over 2 hours with no one passing near him then Justin came by. Within minutes, both teams were moving and hours later they came into Koyuk with a minute of each other.

  64. O'Howlers
    6:25 pm on March 18th, 2015

    AJ’s tracker has not updated for 2 hours!
    Dawson, where are you watching the finish? We do remember watching Snowhook finish last year, but we din’t know if they are showing live finishes this time around. Somebody?

  65. O'Howlers
    6:26 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Never mind. We found it. We have been way too busy to focus this year. Need to start focusing NOW.

  66. dawson
    6:28 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Iditarod .com has a link “live feed” right under the word Iditarod on their site.
    Aliy’s 2 miles out.

  67. dawson
    6:29 pm on March 18th, 2015

    “live Finish”, not “live feed”.

  68. O'Howlers
    6:48 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Yay Aily!

  69. Herd of Hounds' Mom
    6:49 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Aily just came into Nome and finished. Still waiting to see AJ and 3 others move.
    Note to Harris, the second hand sled dog…Who is a goo dog? YOU! 4 beautiful little ones!

  70. Masquers
    7:17 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Dawson: That is what I believe too.

    Hurray for Aily and Joar is coming in next!

  71. Lucy Lou the Labradoo
    7:21 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Harris, sweetie, if mom would let me travel unattended, I’d be there with you. Mmm? Maybe I will blur up when she isn’t looking and help you with that pawful of pups. You just give me the bark.

  72. Tupper's Mama
    7:41 pm on March 18th, 2015

    We will be doing a prayer from our home base tonight.

    Maybe we should send up a prayer that the Insider get their act together.

    Except we are taught to not ask for things that are totally and completely impossible.

  73. Herd of Hounds
    7:54 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama… :) nudge, nudge, wink, wink…know what you mean!

  74. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:15 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Happening!….What the heck is happening?…grunt!…Does anyone know where #19 is at right now?…sniff!…I find it hard to believe they are still “Resting”….gasp!

  75. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:23 pm on March 18th, 2015

    MollysMaw!….Drat! and Phooey!…sniff!….Idol is not on tonight because of that other show’s season finale….grumble!…So far this evening is a bust.

  76. Herd of Hounds
    8:23 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Before we get really serious in about 37 minutes, we would just like to say: Thank Dog For Beautiful Puppies!

  77. Herd of Hounds
    8:43 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Oh, and whenever we see #50 Len Shvarts, all mom can think of is “Spaceballs: the Movie”…may the Shvarts be with you. O.K. We told y’all, mom is a sick puppy.

  78. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    8:45 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Rio, that’s good because I forgot about american idol. Now I haven’t missed anything.

  79. O'Howlers
    8:47 pm on March 18th, 2015

    We are hitting the hay, Guys. It has been a tiring day here. We will pray on our own, as we lay in our warm beds, and we will read Amalia’s words when we wake. G’night.

  80. Tupper's Mama
    9:00 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Creator, we thank you on this night for the small things that are so large in life. We thank you for the sweet, skunky breath of baby puppies, for the sweeping wag of tails, for soft fur, and softer eyes, for nickers, and purrs and clucks and yeeps , for drooping ears, and cold wet noses. We thank you for giving to the world the gift of our animal companions who make our lives better.
    We lift our prayers to you for AJ and his loyal team. We ask you to watch over them, as we wait for word of their progress. Creator, we know you will hold them safely, and we ask you to lift them and carry them over the last miles of their journey. He is Not Cold for He Has Good Dogs, and he cares for them just as they take care of him. Please ease any sore muscles, soothe tired legs, warm cold ears, and bring the dogs home where they will always be loved and cared for.
    Creator – we have joy in each new day with the animals that look to us. They give us love, free of condition, unknowing of jealousy, without limit or judgement. We ask that we be worthy of all we are given by these gentle hearts, and return to them the same devotion and care.
    We ask that the spirits run with AJ as he heads toward the finish line. Let the Buffalo Spirit imbue them with endurance. Let the Salmon Spirit inspire them to finish their journey. Let the Raven Spirit lift them with his wings and carry them through the night.
    Creator – we also ask for prayers for our Rebecca. Hold her gently, sooth her worries, lift her heart with the joy she will have in welcoming home her family. As each dog returns to her side, let them fill her with the tales of the adventure they have had, the thrill of running free through the beautiful Alaskan wilderness. Let their eyes shine with delight at being home, and let her find her peace in their presence.
    We also ask you to rest gentle hands on BooBear’s brother. As he makes his way toward the Bridge, let his last thoughts be of the kindness shown to him these years.
    We ask for your blessings on Dan the Newf in his new life, and on little Beverly and her brothers. We ask you to guide little Hildegard in her very important role in Buddy’s life. Let them all know that they have found perfect homes, and will live lives full of love. Please give to each animal we love a strong and sure knowledge that their time on this earth will be the best we can provide, that they will be loved and nurtured.
    Creator, we thank you on this night for the small things that are so large in life. We thank you for the sweet, skunky breath of baby puppies, for the sweeping wag of tails, for soft fur, and softer eyes, for nickers, and purrs and clucks and yeeps , for drooping ears, and cold wet noses. We thank you for giving to the world the gift of our animal companions. Let them make us be better in our souls.

  81. Herd of Hounds
    9:06 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Amen and amen. Thank you Golinka.

  82. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on March 18th, 2015

    YEEEP!….Golinka’s prayer has worked miracles!…snort!….AJ’s flag is Green and the team is moving!….zow!…Praise The Lord!

  83. BearSpiritDog
    9:12 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Amen and amen.
    Thank You so much.

  84. Martha
    9:14 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Amen and thank you.

  85. Herd of Hounds
    9:16 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Holy guacamole, batman…AJ shows running but not a number YET. Thank dog something has happened!

  86. bluecat
    9:20 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Amen. Thank you.

    PUPPIES!

  87. Herd of Hounds
    9:21 pm on March 18th, 2015

    GO AJ and Team SNOWHOOK!

  88. Billy's Buddy
    9:25 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Amen and thank you, Dear Golinka.

  89. Buddy, Leno, and Hilda
    9:25 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Amen. And thanks for sending up another one for us. I might have found something that gets her attention, at least some of the time. Yeah…it’s the stuffed frog that croaks. Leno has several of the quacking ducks, which he loves, so I got the frog a while ago. Of course, he wants it, too. I wonder how long it will be before Miss Hilda wants to disembowel it? But for now, she’s pretty fascinated by it.

    Looking forward to a safe finish for the team. That AJ stopped to help a guy in trouble speaks volumes, but I reckon everyone already knew what kind of guy he is.

  90. dawson
    9:26 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Amen and thank you.

  91. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Buddy!…Do youse know something we do not know?…snort!….What guy in trouble?

  92. Herd of Hounds
    9:33 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Buddy, have been reading your blog of the “Hilde Adventures”. You two are a laugh riot and she belongs with you, your girl, Leno and your Melanie. You two (or 3 or 4) are a hoot!

  93. BearSpiritDog
    9:44 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Rio: Charley Benja was Stopped on the ice for 2 Hours last night. AJ stopped and they crossed the ice together all the way to Youse’s Checkpoint.
    Dawson thinks Our Giant Rescued him. Considering that the other musher is still in Koyuk we think she is right.

    Run Team Run, Run Run Run!!!

  94. dawson
    9:50 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Yah, I started that rumor about AJ being a hero. I’m having to make things up to make up for the complete lack of any news of teams in the middle and back of the pack. Sheesh!

  95. Herd of Hounds
    9:52 pm on March 18th, 2015

    We all went out and looked at the night sky after tonight’s pawrayer. Not a star in sight. Cloud city. So, if there are northern lights, we don’t get to see them, but we will continue to hope. Iditarod 2016…beware!

  96. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:55 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Amen, thank you and good night. Safe travels to AJ and team tonight.

    BTW, we love puppy breath. Nothing better.

  97. Herd of Hounds
    9:56 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Oh no! Someone just reported a large furry lummox was approaching a house in B.C. that has strangely brown walls, freshly painted. Screms were heard. Film at some other time.
    Hey, Dawson, Is this the kind of news you want made up?

  98. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Dawson!…So this is not a fact but a rumor?…grunt!…I am confused. I’ve searched the Insider-less and they have nothing yet to say on the matter…grumble!… I hope that other musher is okay, and if AJ did help save him I will be very proud indeed of our Giant…sniffle!

  99. Buddy, Leno, and Hilda
    10:06 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Dawson, if it’s a made up story, it’s a cracking good one.

    Let’s see. There’s me and Leno and Hilda. Also Alena (the teenager), Fiona (the alarm system…meaning the other alarm system of the terrier variety), Melanie, and then Jasper and Abigail the cats. That’s, umm, well, it’s more than two.

    Puppy breath…love puppy smells. Well, most of them, anyway.

  100. Masquers
    10:09 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Dawson and I agree…in the wee small hours of the morning when sleep does not come…there is nothing more satisfying than to create wonderful stories…of a team, cold and alone, stranded on the ice and a Giant of a man coming to the rescue.
    This is our story and we’re sticking to it.

  101. Herd of Hounds
    10:17 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Masquers, we agree. Klondike bars then to bed…night night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed pugs bite!

  102. BearSpiritDog
    10:18 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Okay. We see now that Charley Bejna is following AJ out of Koyuk. Well not following him exactly, but on the Trail.

    Nana says she thinks AJ was waiting for the Cooler Nighttime Temperatures to hit the Trail.

  103. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:20 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Wade!….Marrs! Just finished…snort!…This is the first finish my friend has been able to watch…Damn that busy-place…grump!

  104. Buddy, Leno, and Hilda
    10:21 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Now come on….would a bedpug really bite anyone? Even Rio? Nah…can’t imagine such a thing.

  105. BearSpiritDog
    10:31 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Rio: As you said earlier, the Insider-less Coverage is Crappy. All we can hear are voices. The bad picture doesn’t count.

    Buddy,Leno,Hilda: You Have Quite the Loving Household. Sending Strong Prayers that your Melanie will be Home Soon.

    Looks like Everyone is Hitting the Hay Early tonight.
    I Hear a Snack Calling My Name. Klondike Bars? Isn’t that something a Bear Would Like?

  106. Wolfie
    10:53 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Beautiful prayer, Golinka.

    As are the puppies!

  107. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Puppies!…For the sake of Siber-Maw and myself and all those who boycott facebookie, I would love to see Harris’s puppy photos on this here blog…grunt!

  108. dawson
    11:11 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Love the puppies!

    I agree with BSD that AJ waited so as not to leave in the heat of the day when it is too hot for the dogs and the snow is heavy and slushy. Also, the dogs had a hard 8.5 hour run last evening across the sea ice. Not to mention who knows what else is happening out there in the wilds! Like I hope the team did not “catch a bug”. Anyways, they are running fine now.

    AJ is running from Koyuk, sponsored by Rio, Beau and their Friend, to Elim which was sponsored by SiberH. SiberH is out there on the trail having a blast.

  109. dawson
    11:23 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Oh yeah!
    I heard in town that there was northern lights here last night but early, like right about now. I can’t believe I missed them so am hyper-vigilant tonight.

  110. ML
    11:26 pm on March 18th, 2015

    The sound only comes on when a musher is coming in, we think. We, too got to see Wade Marrs come in. People on the chat were talking about how small the crowds were. It is not Boston people. Or even Anchorage

    We here like the bedtime story of the Giant rescue on the ice. Th end..

    Bed pugs, spit

  111. Tupper and Gilly
    11:27 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Baby Snowhook Puppies

  112. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:38 pm on March 18th, 2015

    FOUR!…I count 2 + 2 = FOUR!…snort!…Blackies! All Black! And we know how much the Giant loves Black!…snorkel!

  113. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:41 pm on March 18th, 2015

    Couch!….Doc an I have been battling it out over the couch lately…sniff!…Tonight I am climbing the stairs and I am going to YEEP!YEEEP!YEEEEEEP! till Rebecca lifts me up onto the big Giants bed….snort!…Doc can have his ole couch! ….Good-Night!

  114. O'Howlers
    5:15 am on March 19th, 2015

    Amen. And Elim.
    Good morning!

  115. Diane C.
    6:14 am on March 19th, 2015

    T and G’s Mama–Thank you for the beautiful prayer reminding us (me, especially) of what is important.
    HOH–“Large furry lummox”??? What???

  116. Diane C.
    6:17 am on March 19th, 2015

    PUPPIES!!! And so tiny! Thanks so much for the photo…
    OK, back to bed after checking who’s where on the trail.
    Glad Aliy is in.
    Wose–are you up? Probably not since it’s closer to dawn where you are…

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