Skunked!

Post-skunking solutions, anybody? Spence’s dog Pearl would like to know.

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104 Responses to “Skunked!”

  1. Thieves!
    7:08 am on April 7th, 2014

    Skunked! Having never been skunked before, we are no help. If we are not mistaken, this is SiberH’s time to shine.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:18 am on April 7th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Poor Pearl :( Sure you and OFA will get lots of tips. We know of a Pet Odor & Stain Elimination that is “green”, all natural and works on urine, vomit, feces, skunk odors, etc. It is called Unique and is U.S. made. Good luck Pearl!
    Let’s NOT have a malodorous Monday!

  3. O'Howlers
    8:19 am on April 7th, 2014

    Spence: we are all very familiar with skunks. We don’t mind their perfume scent, but apparently the ‘rents do. So here is what they do:

    Hose dog down (carpola!)
    Mix
    1 quart hydrogen peroxide (3%)
    1/4 cup baking soda
    1 tsp liquid soap (we use Dawn dish soap)

    Slowly pour mixture over Pearl, rubbing it into her fur
    After she is all bathed in the solutuin, rinse it off well

    Voila! Time for her to find another skunk

    (Sometimes we ned to make another mix later and use in a spray bottle for a bit.)

  4. Barb & Maggie
    8:25 am on April 7th, 2014

    Howler’s mix sounds good and better than the old tomato juice remedy.

    Even though we lived in the country my first 3 years, I never encountered a skunk. Barb is very glad!

    Today is cold, won’t reach 50, but by Wednesday, it is going to be a fabulous week.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    8:31 am on April 7th, 2014

    Just read ML’s comments from later last night. Wish we lived closer so we could do more to help, but we are always here to listen.

  6. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    9:14 am on April 7th, 2014

    Tomato juice is awfully messy; when Wookie got skunked in Vermont, we used a milk bath and that worked quite well. So far, thank dog, not an issue we have had to deal with for Teddy RR. Siber H may be the real expert here (from experience, unfortunately).

  7. B. Stover
    9:23 am on April 7th, 2014

    Poor Pearl or should that be poor Spence?

    Good morning all.

  8. Thieves!
    9:27 am on April 7th, 2014

    Our first thought when we read about being skunked was ‘Poor Spence.’ Our second thought was for Pearl, ‘Who’s a good girl?’

  9. O'Howlers
    9:32 am on April 7th, 2014

    Hey Wookie’s and Teddy’s Paw! You are severely underrating our abilities!!! We Howlers are responsible for keeping 16 acres of farmland, woodland, and wetland critter-free, for Dogs sake. Are skunks considered critters? Why yes they are. Case closed.

  10. Tupper and Gilly
    9:47 am on April 7th, 2014

    Good morning everyone.
    We were raided by bears last night! They came right up on the deck and ripped down Gramp’s high flying bird feeders. Gilly heard them and climbed up into Mama’s bed. Mama just figured that there were coyotes wandering. She didn’t think of bears.
    Or maybe is was Bigfoot.

    Anyway, ML – some of the best moments for members of the Nation Within is when we serve as crying towels. And we do not mind one little bit, oh no we do not.

  11. Staff
    10:03 am on April 7th, 2014

    Bears…oh my. I stood on that deck! Gosh allmighty that seems awfully close to home. (At least it wasn’t skunks.)

    The O’Howlers remedy it what our vet told us to use when Gypsy got skunked. Poor baby. She was our out-of-the-woods kat before Alice.

  12. Diane C.
    10:25 am on April 7th, 2014

    Good Morning All–Prayers for Macy’s Mom, Zoe, family et al to find serenity. Wyatt is a Faithful Friend.
    I wish I could offer some help on the skunk issue, but I have no firsthand experience (always heard tomato juice was the answer, but that’s apparently been superseded). Good luck (and of course, if all else fails Time will perform the necessary magic–not that that’s much help right now).
    Conan is due for sedated dental this a.m. and I’m having mixed feelings because of his age. Any advice in the next 15 minutes?

  13. Wose-the small and meek
    10:30 am on April 7th, 2014

    Greetings!

    Pearl, SKUNKED! GAH!

    RIP, Mickey Rooney. I loved him and Boys Town, and his perfect partner was Judy Garland.

    If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.– Winnie the Pooh
    ( For ML)

  14. Wose-the small and meek
    10:32 am on April 7th, 2014

    Love that picture of the Giant and Rio!

  15. Barb & Maggie
    10:49 am on April 7th, 2014

    Nice quote from Winnie.

    Mickey Rooney, great and talented man, in show biz for over 80 years. Married 8 times, one marriage only lasting 3 months! I think they said he had 11 kids too.

    Jessica finally got back in town last night after 7:00. Good thing other Grandma picked Jack up in the afternoon! Can’t imagine shopping 8 hours with a 7 year old, toss up with root canal!

  16. BearSpiritDog
    11:06 am on April 7th, 2014

    Good Morning Everyone.
    Looks like a Sunny Day (outside)
    Heh. We see Pearl is following in Audrey’s paw-steps.

    Thinking of you, ML & Sending Good Thoughts your way.

  17. Thieves!
    11:12 am on April 7th, 2014

    T&G: Maybe it wasn’t bears. Maybe it was those questionable looking scamps you told us about last night. One can never be too sure when scamps are involved especially those of the questionable variety.

  18. Wyatt
    11:22 am on April 7th, 2014

    Diane: A true friend—thank you for such high praise. It makes my tail wag without my permission.

  19. Siber-H
    11:32 am on April 7th, 2014

    Pearl!! Way To Go Girl!!
    Spence, Mom extends her deepest sympathy.

    Mom has tried all the de-skunking ideas floating around and thinks they all work about the same. However, you might want to try Teddy’s dad’s method.
    Mom’s most favorite method of de-skunking has become find a groomer and fast. That is really because mom can’t give me a bath by herself but then neither can the groomer, which makes mom feel better.

  20. C.hobbiti
    11:39 am on April 7th, 2014

    I just read that Coca Cola is good for getting deskunked.

    Diane C: hopefully your vet wouldn’t sedate an old dog if there was any concern.

    Off to drive back to Anchorage. Several inches of new snow on the ground so it might be slow going

  21. Siber-H
    11:45 am on April 7th, 2014

    Diane, Your vet will know if a dog is healthy enough, no matter the age, to be sedated. The vet will have done bloodwork and an exam. Mom has had teeth cleaning done on old dogs and there were no problems.

  22. Barb & Maggie
    11:51 am on April 7th, 2014

    Good luck with the de-skunking. You’ll have to let us know how it works.

    Barb is off to have lunch with her new boss, and his M-W-F girl.
    Just a meet and greet and going over some procedures. Back a little later.

    Happy Monday everyone.

  23. Masquers
    12:04 pm on April 7th, 2014

    New movie! Riö 2! starring a POP & Fern(?).

  24. Luna
    12:07 pm on April 7th, 2014

    I have a theory that the best way to de-skunk is to not get skunked in the first place.

  25. Wose-the small and meek
    12:08 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Re: Different look for Paw and Order (over on the right)….
    Chet is now on the right hand side of the cover where Bernie usually is.
    Do I win a prize! Spence?

  26. Wose-the small and meek
    12:09 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Ooops! Chet is on the left hand side where Bernie usually is. Do I still win a prize ?

  27. Wose-the small and meek
    12:13 pm on April 7th, 2014

    I am helping Belle Starr replenish her sparkle supply. We love on-line shopping!

  28. Staff
    12:34 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Dawson, your package with the glasses in it made it to Canada yesterday. Now it just has to get up to you. I guess once it leaves the US they don’t track ’em anymore.

  29. Tupper's Mama
    12:57 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Well, the Pink Bulldozer has taken the hospital by storm.
    The doctor on duty today is “check em out Charlie” – known for telling patients they don’t need hospital care.
    When he started his foolishness today, he was told rather firmly that until a pulmonary specialist and an infectious disease did a consult, and an answer was found for the third recurrence, that the Storyteller WOULD remain remain firmly ensconced in Club Med. And furthermore, it was strongly suggested that it was time to start thinking OUTSIDE the box and work as a diagnostician as opposed to a passive reader of lab results.
    Said doctor has now ordered more wide ranging bloodwork including tests for parasites and Lyme disease, and scheduled the specialists to come for consult.
    Shall we say that the doctor left the room with his white coat tucked firmly between his legs?
    Harrumph!

  30. Tupper's Mama
    1:00 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Well, the Pink Bulldozer has taken the hospital by storm.
    The doctor on duty today is “check em out Charlie” – known for telling patients they don’t need hospital care.
    When he started his foolishness today, he was told rather firmly that until a pulmonary special doc and an infectious disease doc did a consult, and an answer was found for the third recurrence, that the Storyteller WOULD remain remain firmly ensconced in Club Med. And furthermore, it was strongly suggested that it was time to start thinking OUTSIDE the box and work as a diagnos tician as opposed to a passive reader of lab results.
    Said doctor has now ordered more wide ranging bloodwork including tests for parasites and Lyme disease, and scheduled the special docs to come for consult.
    Shall we say that the doctor left the room with his white coat tucked firmly between his legs?
    Harrumph!

  31. ALR
    1:35 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama! …..If I ever check in to Club Med I want Tupper’s Mama to be my concierge, chef and body guard!

    May the answers reveal themselves and the Storyteller find himself soon in tip top shape.

  32. BearSpiritDog
    1:51 pm on April 7th, 2014

    The Pink Bulldozer strikes again! No wonder The Storyteller is so calm and relaxed with such a formidable force on his side.
    Tupper’s Mama: We’re with ALR…if a Vacation at Club Med is ever needed again we want you in our corner.
    and if you ever need assistance…there are a lot of us on this here blog who are Ready, Able & Willing to bite a pants leg or two.

  33. Herd of Hounds
    1:51 pm on April 7th, 2014

    A pink bulldozer and hostess with the mostess to bears. What a full and rewarding weekend you had. Our mom would cower :)

  34. Wose-the small and meek
    2:02 pm on April 7th, 2014

    You show them, Royal Mum!

  35. Staff
    2:55 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Yay Amalia, They won’t know what you expect unless you tell them. Over and over sometimes. You ROCK!

  36. Tupper and Gilly
    3:08 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Isn’t it a shame that medical care now needs advocacy on behalf of the patient? What happened to doctors that searched for answers instead of just treating the symptoms you report? When did doctors start confusing “do no harm” with “do nothing that might possibly be construed as questionable”? How do hospitals justify sending 12 year-old “hospitalist” doctors in to deal with patients with whom they have no history and no one-on-one relationship?

    (and how do we get down off this soapbox – some help here please for the short legged Corgis….)

  37. Herd of Hounds
    3:18 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Perhaps a soapbox is just what is needed in conjunction with a pink bulldozer!

  38. Wose-the small and meek
    3:27 pm on April 7th, 2014

    RIO! Please check your SDD, quick like a curly tailed pug.

  39. Mollypop's Mom
    3:27 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Staff, you need to get on the train and get back here quickly! And be sure to bring Mr. Fire Slippers too. There is a bluegrass festival this coming weekend at Holiday Valley.

  40. Diane C.
    3:32 pm on April 7th, 2014

    T and G’s Mom–My compliments on the bulldozer technique. I hope the Storyteller is out and about soon, but not until everyone is sure he’s ready, wheelchair races notwithstanding.
    siber-H and C. Hobbitt (and anyone in range, actually)–He’s awake, although I can’t fetch him home yet, and needed only one extraction. Plus, since he was out, his face was trimmed, claws clipped, and glands expressed, so he should be feeling like a new man. I’ll still feel better once he’s home–having separation anxiety…

  41. Herd of Hounds
    3:39 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Diane C. Mom’s answer to anxiety is to put on the weather channel…softly and hum to herself until an answer presents itself or something explodes! Go figure.

  42. Diane C.
    3:42 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Wose–For what are you shopping? I could use some sparkles in my life about now…

  43. Diane C.
    3:44 pm on April 7th, 2014

    HOH–Weather Channel, huh? OK, I’ll try it. What if I hum the 1812 Overture softly? (Maybe not–maybe something caliming in nature…)

  44. O'Howlers
    3:47 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Diane, good news!
    P.D., you go Girl!

  45. Wose-the small and meek
    3:58 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Diane, Mostly, Belle Starr and I are buying sparkles, since it seems her supply is dwindling.
    Myself, well I have to restrain from shopping, since Grizz is not happy when too many things with my name on it are left at the door. No he is not.

    I am glad things went well for Conan.

  46. Herd of Hounds
    4:19 pm on April 7th, 2014

    DianeC. Mom suggests weather channel because it is talk, music, talk, talk, music, talk etc. NOT many weather alerts in So. Cal. so like having people around and seems to calm anxiety.

  47. Tupper and Gilly
    4:29 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Diane – glad the whole thing is over with. We felt pretty sure that with a name like Conan, he would be just fine.

    we went out and looked for bear tracks and other evidence of our visitors. Found some claw marks in the soil right at the bottom of the steps to the deck. And then there is the evidence of the bird feeder hangers – solid steel bars bent like candy canes.

    We decided not to hang out in the backyard a lot today. Just because it is kind of cool and cloudy, you understand…not because there is a distinct eau du ursine out there.

  48. Barb & Maggie
    4:50 pm on April 7th, 2014

    T & G, Glad there were no close encounters with the bear. That could be scary! When do the mamas start bringing the babies around with them?

    Speaking of doctors, just finished another Tess Gerritsen book, The Bone Garden. This is not a Rozzoli and Isles series book, but it was really good. The one we started before The Mephisto Club was taken back to the library half read. It was too weird and we didn’t like it. In this book she skips back and forth between 1830 and the present. In 1830 much of the action takes place in the hospital in a lying-in floor where women are dying left and right from “childbed fever”. Evidently doctors spread the disease by examining women without washing hands in between or wearing gloves. They also did autopsies and then examined women without cleaning up. One doctor suggested better hygiene and was laughed out of the profession. One professional stated “doctors are gentlemen, and gentlemen do not have dirty hands”. How would you like to have encountered those guys!

  49. AJ
    4:50 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Good Morning All,

    A couple of weeks have passed already and I can’t really believe another Iditarod has come and gone. When I was heading out on the trail and just leaving Willow little did I know how quickly it would go by and what would happen. I’ve shared some of this year’s race through stories here and there but I thought now that I’ve wrapped my mind around things I would provide a quick note here about everything. Well, maybe not too quick you may want to skip this story when I get through with it. So here it goes. Iditarod 2014. (Flow of though B. Stover so please pardon the grammar errors:)

    I consider myself a capable dog driver and felt more ready for this race than I’ve ever felt before. Rested and ready and was the team. Leaving Willow they moved effortlessly and smoothly through Yentna and to our first camp site about 50 miles out. Everyone went to straw and slept well. Except Rio. He barked for the full three hours we rested there. Most of that time went as follows. Me: “Rio shut up”. Rio quiets down for two minutes. Rio exactly two minutes later: “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go”. And so on.

    Proceeding onto Rainy Pass the trail was fast and smooth and the team looked great going in. So far so good. While resting there at the check point they told us that the gorge was technical but runnable. So, after a brief rest off we went. Initially, the trail was as they said but soon it became a trail that you could barely walk down let along take an exicited dog team down. Brush, trees, dirt, rocks and ice. That’s it. Imagine a gorge you’ve seen somewhere back home and then imagine taking a dog team down it. Teams were lost, lines broke and sleds came apart. Mine included.

    Breaking a runner against a tree the sled became undriveable and we went shooting out over the ice above a creek and just stopped short of going off an ice ledge suspended over that creek. (I had a little adrenaline after that.) Skating around I turned the team around and worked them off an ice ledge and back to the trail.

    Limping into Rohn after a roller coaster ride the question running through my head was “Is this the end of my race?”. Pulling into the check point after climbing over a pile of boulders along the river I did indeed think that was the end as my sled collapsed into a camp site.

    After caring for the dogs I went in to the cabin to warm up and calm down. The mood in the room was gloom and doom and I could tell right away that people were talking about scratching. I’ve noticed that when people get into a group together they start to act in a “group think” manner. They try to build or solicit or force the other to think as the majority does. It acts like a virus. And so I got out of there and went to see if I could fix my sled not wanting to catch this particular virus more than I already had.

    Long story short for the Rohn area I managed to fix the runner at least enough to get the sled to go straight. I taped and worked it as best I could and without giving my situation more thought I decided to move out. And so with dogs just hooked by the collars I started out on what would become the worst part of the trail yet to come and left Rohn. 3 hours behind schedule but still going.

    Within 5 feet of leaving Rohn I lost my brake and the drag was rendered useless and my repairs started to come apart to top things off. I thought to myself that this was going to be difficult. An understatement as it would turn out.

    The trail crossed ice, and and rocks and the dogs loved it. To them it was a playground that they could move through at top speed. To me it was constantly perceiving the next challenge, getting through it and doing this over and over again as we bounced along the trail. Up and down hills we avoided fallen trees and sharp rocks with only my foot to slow the team down. The obtacles would just keep coming at us with no rest.

    I should also mention that the dogs love to chase and pass other teams and there were of course other mushers on this very narrow trail. As we caught sight of any of these teams my dogs would pick up more speed and a very uncontrolled race was on.

    Finally passing the two teams that kept stopping and starting in front of me we were on our own for the worst section of this section. You go up and over a very steep hill which has a diagnol descent that leans out over the valley. In other years there is snow there to get down it controlled but not this year.

    Before I had a chance to think much about strategy I was heading towards this descent. I remember watching the dogs make the turn, throwing my weight towards the mountain, tipping towards the valley, fallen logs to my right and incredible speed for this section. I had time for one thought as I felt the sled tip towards the valley, “this is going to kill me.”.

    As if in answer to this though though and many prayers I had been saying throughout this section, the sled hit a rut and threw us upright again. I’d like to say that it was my driving ability that pulled that off but I had help to get around this turn.

    There is of course much more that happened in this section of trail. I’m amazed that the dogs weren’t injured and we kept going mile after mile. I’ve never had so much adrenaline though my system for such a long period of time but when we eventually came to a stop in a safe place I felt drained.

    Coming down out of the burn and into the valley we eventually returned to flat bare trail which I thought after what we had been through to be the best section of trail I’d ever seen. And of course finally we returned to snow and made a great run into Nikolai.

    This was my first indication that things had gone very bad for people. Reports came back of broken ankles and concussions and flipped sleds and broken sleds and you all get the idea. We learned that 15 people had already scratched from the race and we all felt lucky to be where we were. Drivers had to let there whole team loose to get down sections of trails and crawl their way down and still some did not make it.

    As the drivers talked over their experiences we all came to same conclusion about the last stretch of trail. If we had known how bad it really was in Rainy Pass we most likely would have gone anyway. If we knew before the race started we probably wouldn’t have gone at all. That’s the paradox for this race.

    As I think about it now I remember feeling lied to by ITC about the trail conditions but that sentiment has changed much. Alaska is wild country after all and this is a tough race. I’ve come to the conclusion that we’ve become lax in what we expect out of this type of country and it is necessary to be equal to its challenges rather than to subdue it our needs.

    At any rate, I’ve gone on long enough for today and I’ll finish part two of this narrative in the next day or two if you are all still interested. Suffice it to say that the dogs were not in danger. They are so much tougher and better at this than I am. All I can do is to care and protect them and they are always sceaming to go.

    Thank you as always for your support. I know this year was not an easy year to be a part of our collective experience but there was much good that came out of this race in particular. But I digress and I’ll get to that later.

    Until later…. Milk really is the best neutralizer for acids of this nature Spence.

    AJ

    I will

    T

  50. Tupper and Gilly
    5:07 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Wow.

    Pant, pant, pant

    Whew

  51. Siber-H
    5:38 pm on April 7th, 2014

    T&G, So glad and thankful your mom is there for the Storyteller.
    Yes, Stay out of your backyard. Bears are coming out of hibernation now and are very hungry.
    If it was really Bigfoot, call the History channel.

    DianeC. Mom says she knows about worry and separation anxiety when you have to leave a dog at the vets. Good to know Conan did fine.

  52. Wose-the small and meek
    5:43 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Whew! My heart is racing!

  53. Wose-the small and meek
    5:45 pm on April 7th, 2014

    AJ, of course we want to hear the rest. What a cliffhanger…..

  54. Siber-H
    5:55 pm on April 7th, 2014

    AJ Thank you. That was exciting, nerve wracking reading. I found myself holding my breath. I hope these trail conditions are not the “new normal” for the Iditarod. You and the Snowhook dogs did good!
    All of us trust you to put the welfare of the dogs first.

  55. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:59 pm on April 7th, 2014

    AJ!….Chalk it up to the best training you will ever have for any other race…snort!snort!…Don’t give Junior so much sugar on the trail next time so he doesn’t keep everyone up all night long!…wheeze!

  56. BearSpiritDog
    6:15 pm on April 7th, 2014

    AJ: OMD!!!

  57. Billy's Buddy
    6:29 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Thanks, AJ. Whew!

  58. Barb & Maggie
    6:29 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Of course we want to hear more, but we also home this is not the new normal for the trails (as Siber just said).

    Wow, we need to go take a few deep breaths.

  59. bluecat
    6:31 pm on April 7th, 2014

    BSD – Amen to that!

  60. Wose-the small and meek
    6:39 pm on April 7th, 2014

    RIO! Quick, like Junior, please check your SDD.

  61. O'Howlers
    6:43 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Ditto to what BSD said: OMD!
    Thank you for posting Part I of your Iditarod 2014 story, AJ. We are waiting with baity breath for Part II.
    Like Siber, we were holding our breath. We have read similar frightening stories from some of the other mushers, but somehow it seems so much more frightening when it is “our team” and our favorite musher.
    Thank you so much for putting pen to paper (digits to digital), AJ.

  62. Herd of Hounds
    7:17 pm on April 7th, 2014

    dirty Daddy Dawg and mom read your words and were impressed that you and the Snowhook team could finish. Do NOT ever think you have let any of us down…y’all were wonderful and as brave as Togo and Balto.

  63. Wose-the small and meek
    7:27 pm on April 7th, 2014

    AWWWWW, puppy Kat is up top.

  64. Herd of Hounds
    7:38 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Our peeps cannot believe how tough it trail was this year. We think anyone who finished is a true HERO! A.J.This means you !!!

  65. Masquers
    7:42 pm on April 7th, 2014

    YEEP! We can barely read AJ’s story let alone imagine experiencing it first hand. At the same time we are eagerly awaiting the next installment.
    Riö, Jr: Did you get into the Giant’s Snickers bars again?
    Diane: Happy to hear Conan is okay.

  66. O'Howlers
    8:07 pm on April 7th, 2014

    We love the part of the story where Rio Jr. Kept barking. Rio Jr. is an attention grabber. When Mom was at the Restart, she felt obliged to hug and pet him so he wouldn’t bother the team across the way. She says she did not mind hugging him and petting him. No she did not. He is such a character. Sort of like his namesake, we think. She says Clyde is just as lovable, though not as much of an attention grabber. Those two were her second and third favs. Quig remains her #1, of the A-Team that is. Whitey-Lance remains her overall favorite at Snowhook. He is quite a hugger, and she thinks he is a Sibe and they don’t know it.

  67. Herd of Hounds
    8:12 pm on April 7th, 2014

    DDD and HOH’s mom never met a Snowhook dog we didn’t like. Hope that happens next year too!

  68. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:24 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Proud!…Of my Junior, even if he is a show-off…snort!snort!…I always let him know he has to stand out in a crowd to be noticed – just didn’t know how far he would take that behavior…..heh!heh!….Barking all night long, keeping team-maties awake for pities sake…sneeze!

  69. c.hobbit
    8:41 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Yeepers! I knew AJ was trying to collect his thoughts to write about his Iditarod story but it is somehow worse reading about it than hearing about it. Go figure.

    Just got home from Fairbanks. The 2+hour trip south to Healy took 4 hours due to icy roads. I was going 35-45mph instead of 55-70mph and I was stopped for 30 minutes due to an accident on mountain road (driver ok). When I stopped in Healy, the gunwales of the tires (or whatever they are called) were packed with snow. I am surprised the tires could moved. Spent some time digging all the snow out. South of Denali the roads finally were blessedly clear. Off to nap with Sadie.

  70. Herd of Hounds
    8:57 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Sweet nap, sweet girls. will talk with y’all t’marraw.

  71. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:59 pm on April 7th, 2014

    CHobbit!….Just stay home, like I do…sniff!…Then you would not be chipping ice from your car…wheeze!

  72. Kat
    9:04 pm on April 7th, 2014

    I am so proud of RJ. I am sure he is the one who convinced the Giant to plunder on. I am hoping that, now that race season is over, he will be calling me me me.

  73. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Kat!…snort!….Kool down girlie. My Junior needs his rest and plenty to eat and drink till the next big race…snuffle!…Youse gals just tire him out…heh!…But you are right, I think Junior has a Plunder-On attitude in a big way…chuffle!

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on April 7th, 2014

    SiberH!…Are you watching the game right now?…heh!heh!…Cargo does it again!…snort!

  75. Tupper and Gilly
    9:12 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Wonder how Pearl is smelling right about now.

    Wonder which remedy Spence decided to take. (We’re betting groomer)

  76. Kat
    9:15 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Rio, RJ will be all rested up by now, and ready to go out dancing. Or running, which is way more fun.
    Momma says it is bedtime. I will dream about my brave boy. Sigh
    Goodnight all.

  77. Barb & Maggie
    9:16 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Nighty noodles, all.

  78. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Hmmmm!….I feel Kat-Trouble brewing…sniff!sniff!…It’s a good thing Junior does not check the blog as often as the Snowhook-house-dawgs do…snort!…Or that pair of Thieves!…grunt!

  79. Staff
    9:26 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Mollypop’s Mom. I am not going to tell Mr.FireSlippers about the Bluegrass Festival. He mentioned today that he was totally booked through the end of the tax season. Strange how that always happens this time of year. He has to work work work so we can afford to stay on the farm.

    AJ! Did Rio Jr. ever stop barking? How long did it take? He sure enjoys life doesn’t he?

  80. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Pearl!….I wonder if she sleeps in Spencer’s bedroom…heheheheheh!…chorkel!

  81. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:43 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Staff!…..heh!…The nickname FireSlippers is pretty funny – I almost laughed out loud, and I never laugh out loud…heh!heh!…It’s a good take-off on the movie, “Fire Starter”…snort!

  82. Staff
    9:50 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Rio, I liked that nickname the minute I saw it on the page. I think he finally has his own name on the blog instead of being Mr.Staff.

    For those of you who weren’t here (DianeC.) when it happened, here is a link…
    http://2knitwits.blogspot.com/2012/08/exciting-times.html

  83. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:55 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Staff!….I never read that on your blog before till now! I just remember your account of FireSlippers ordeal…chorkel!…One of the unforgettable times…heh!heh!…Although, in my mind his slippers were black and smokin’…cough!

  84. dawson
    10:02 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Yikes!
    Skunks, bears, stupid hospital doctors and an icy snowless Iditarod Trail. Rank-smelling and life-threatening stuff.

    AJ: Thanks (I think) for that exciting tale of the trail. I personally am still upset at the ITC for sending mushers out on that dangerous trail. It was pure luck that someone wasn’t killed. Sure, it’s the Iditarod and not a walk in the park but I would think that there would be some bare minimum of standards for the trail and there just wasn’t this year. I am so glad you had that helmet and wonder if it managed to stay on your head during the first part of the race. It’s a good thing you were not seriously hurt or Chet and friends may have had to grab a few folks by the pant legs!
    Yes! I do want to hear about the rest of the race, anxious though it makes me.

  85. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:11 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Dawson!….Are you enjoying being home!home!home! and loving your newly remodeled bathroom…snort!

  86. BearSpiritDog
    10:24 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Next Up! Nebraska!
    Barb&Magpie: Did You Like 12 Years a Slave?

  87. BearSpiritDog
    10:27 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Mr. FireSlippers. Pretty Funny.

    C.Hobbit: Glad you are Home Safe with Sadie.

    G’night All.

  88. dawson
    10:38 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Rio: Yes!

    Mr. FireSlippers! Heh, heh, heh!

  89. Siber-H
    10:47 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Rio, Yes I am watching the game and the Rockies are far enough ahead that I am feeling slightly comfortable with it.

  90. Staff
    10:48 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Dear Rio, His slippers were black. I suppose they smoked a little. He put them in the washing machine and sent them through a cycle before that picture was taken.

  91. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:49 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Dawson!… From conversations I have gleamed that my friend is in the process of having the little bathroom in my other house semi-re-done…sniff!…Whatever that means…grunt!…But semi is still expensive no matter what….grunt!…Plus, there is a garage door to be fixed and a back-storm door to be fixed and the stove seems to be in dire-straights…grunt!…Lots to do, no time to do it…wuffle!…Help! We need some miracle workers…sniffle!

  92. Siber-H
    10:50 pm on April 7th, 2014

    I also liked the part of AJ’s story where Junior kept barking, but I can understand that AJ was not amused.

  93. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Staff!…I knew it!…I knew my memory had not failed me (yet!)….snorkel!…Poor FireSlippers. This whole thing brings back bad memories for him…oh wait, he is still hard at work paying for all those old sewing machines out on the farm…chorkel!

  94. Siber-H
    11:07 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Macy’s Mom and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you.

    Night All

  95. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:16 pm on April 7th, 2014

    Salty!….ML, I an known far and wide for my love of salt…heh!heh!…So I can lick up any of your excess tears tonight, just say the Pug-Go! word…wuffle!…Goodnight all!…Rocks are winning and we will listen to the sweet ending on the radio upstairs in bed…chuffle!

  96. Macy's mom
    12:25 am on April 8th, 2014

    AJ, Macy says “pant, pant, pant” then she said something else that I didn’t get and then “pant, pant, pant” again. Doggy adrenaline.

    Royal Bulldozer, I am as perplexed as you. When did doctors stop seeing their patients in the hospital? However, Rick’s doc did come visit as a long-time friend and I thought that was special. You do what you gotta do for your man!

    I have never needed skunk solution, but I thought of one that seems like it would be fun, if not effective. Cover dog in baking soda. Spray on vinegar. Video and post on You Tube and wait to go viral.

    Today Angie and I accomplished a lot. We went to the church to firm up plans there,and the funeral home, same story. Niki threaten me before she left to make my past due appt for a mammogram. I couldn’t remember the new name of the place so we went over there, and they said how about now? Why not? Then I went upstairs to make an appointment with my dental hygenist and guess what? Another “step right this way” More than I planned to do but they are both out of the way now. Tomorrow must tackled bank and credit union regarding Rick’s pride and joy truck. So sad to see it go, but it is not paid for so, bye bye Blue Baby. Angie’s bf is going to drive it in the procession from the funeral home to the church and Niki will be driving Old Red, the previous truck.

    Ok, I am just rambling now, so I will think about going to bed so that I can start another fun packed day tomorrow.

    Go to sleep Rio, you are keeping the whole kennel up!

  97. Macy's mom
    12:40 am on April 8th, 2014


    Only now it says “Rick’s Knife Shop” all across the back window. Oy Vey have I ever got a truckload of knives here.

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    5:35 pm on April 8th, 2014
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