“We’re in Orlando next weekend?” Admin says.

“Sleuthfest, Friday and Saturday,” Spence says. “We’re both on panels, three in all, I think. It takes place at the Royal Plaza Hotel, which I believe is in Walt Disney World.”



“I was just thinking about Donald Duck versus Daffy Duck, the whole Disney/Warner Brothers discussion.”

“You met Chuck Jones at some point?”

“Had drinks with him on several occasions,” Admin says. “Once he drew me Bugs Bunny with a codfish. A codfish codpiece, actually.”

“We’ve veered off-topic.”

“Call it mental off-roading.”

Welcome Hezzie.


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119 Responses to “Sleuthfest”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    9:09 am on February 26th, 2012

    Good morning, looks like an interesting program. Does Chet get to go too?

    Windy Acres should be the name of our place today. I think we got Rio’s wind, so to speak, from the other day.

  2. Tyb
    9:13 am on February 26th, 2012

    Good Morning, Barb and Maggie,

    Spence and Admin, Sleuthfest sound like fun. Have a safe trip and enjoy the conference. Say hello to Pluto.

  3. B.Stover
    9:23 am on February 26th, 2012

    Have a great time Spence. Does anyone know what the Donald Duck versus Daffy Duck discussion is about?

    Good morning all.

  4. Jasper the Poodle
    9:30 am on February 26th, 2012

    Good morning all. Sunshiny day here in the middle of the mitten. Mom is finishing up her spicy black bean and smoked sausage soup, and starting her chicken tortilla soup. Mom is freezing all this stuff for her sister and family.

    Sissy has a tentative surgery date of 3/7 for a double mastectomy and reconstruction. Sissy opted to remove her other breast as doc said she had a 50/50 chance of developing cancer in the other breast as well.

    Mom is gearing up to watch the Daytona 500 today. Me? I’m gearing up to nap during the race. The sound of engines lull me to dreamland.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:36 am on February 26th, 2012

    Jasper’s Mom, That was a wise decision to do a double. That way no more worries in the future. Get it all over with at once and move on.

  6. OleyHowlers
    9:56 am on February 26th, 2012

    Good morning, all.

    We hope Chet gets to go to Disney World. That sounds like lots of fun.

    Sorry we ended up posting and running yesterday. It was terribly windy, so we all burrowed in and watched Lord of the Rings. That movie is wicked scary.

    About a possible new horse: Pop needs a horse to ride safely so he and Mom can get back to trail riding. They are hoping to adopt from a rescue so chances are it won’t be an Arab. Pop had two big hurts on his current horse and is not confident about riding him these days. It is hard to get over one of those incidents; two are even more difficult to get past. The rescue has one in mind for him, and they are going to meet him next weekend. We’ll keep you all posted.

    Staff, how kool is it that you got to go to SHamus’ bookstar on the exact day he was posted on Chet’s blog! Too bad he was not there that day. We are hoping you’ll get to meet him soon.

    It is a nice, tho chilly day here today, so we need to get to breakfast now. BBL

  7. OleyHowlers
    9:57 am on February 26th, 2012

    Sorry about all of our typos. Our paws are still not awake or thawed out from yesterday’s wind chills. (does that sound believable?)

  8. B.Stover
    9:58 am on February 26th, 2012

    Jasper: All the best to Sissy. I’ll be thinking about her.

  9. BearSpiritDog
    10:00 am on February 26th, 2012

    Admin: Mental off-roading…that’s too funny!
    Say, isn’t the Academy Award ceremony coming up tonight?
    Hi Everyone!

  10. B.Stover
    10:05 am on February 26th, 2012

    Staff: According to “shamus” is pronounced with a short “a.” They give the phonetic spelling as “shahmuhs” but they also list “shey.” The Irish name Seamus (James) often has the accent mark over the “e” making it sound like long “a.” I’ve always pronounced it long “a.”

  11. BearSpiritDog
    10:27 am on February 26th, 2012

    B: Interesting. I didn’t know Seamus was the Irish version of James. Since we’re not working on all cylinders yet this morning…do you mean to say you pronounce Seamus as See-mus, or Say-mus…is that the long a? Good Grief! Now I’m thoroughly confused…..

  12. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:29 am on February 26th, 2012

    I wonder if Admin and Spence are going to review Chapter 1 of the DWKTM. It might not be a bad idea to take notes on what not to do.

    Our library has a Kat named Charlotte. I have never met her because dogs are not allowed except on days when members of the Nation are being read to.

  13. BearSpiritDog
    10:33 am on February 26th, 2012

    or Sigh-mus?

  14. B.Stover
    10:36 am on February 26th, 2012

    Bear: I pronounce it “Shaymus”–the “sh” sound and long “a.”

  15. Barb & Maggie
    10:41 am on February 26th, 2012

    Oley, We would think the perfect horse for your dad would be a nice 12-15 yr. old Qaurter Horse gelding. Well broke, trail ridden, easy going, unshakable. Just our opinion.

  16. Siber-H
    10:47 am on February 26th, 2012

    Good One…Mental Off-roading. I do a lot of that.

    Fellow Sibers? How is Kat doing today?

  17. B.Stover
    10:59 am on February 26th, 2012

    In the Wikipedia article on Seamus you’ll see that the pronunciation in squared brackets after the word shows what looks like a funny “f” or elongated “s.” That’s the International Phonetic Alphabet symbol for “sh.” It also has “ei” for the “ea”in Seamus. The “ei” is the IPA symbol for long “a” as in “pay.” The accent mark (‘) above the “e” indicates that that vowel is stressed (as the last “e” in Rene). The Great Vowel Shift affected only the English language not the “Romance” languages.

    I think I need more coffee.

  18. Basil and Sage
    11:11 am on February 26th, 2012

    We wanna know if Spence is gonna go down the street to SeaWorld while he’s in Florida. Maybe he could pick us up a take-out bag.

  19. Masquers
    11:19 am on February 26th, 2012

    B: What exactly did The Great Vowel Shift (love that!) entail and why was it deemed necessary?…to simplify the language?
    Heh, heh. We may doing some mental off-roading of our own this morning.

  20. B.Stover
    11:39 am on February 26th, 2012
  21. Trooper
    11:45 am on February 26th, 2012

    Morning all ! Do you know of any “Sleuthfest” out in PA, sure would like to investigate them.

  22. B.Stover
    11:49 am on February 26th, 2012

    Masquers: The Great Vowel Shift was unintentional and it’s not really known why it occurred. It may have been caused by the sudden population movement southeast-ward in England during or after the Black Death. Here’s a brief explanation from a Wikipedia article:

    This means that the vowel in the English word date was in Middle English pronounced [aː] (similar to modern non-rhotic dart); the vowel in feet was [eː] (similar to modern fate); the vowel in wipe was [iː] (similar to modern weep); the vowel in boot was [oː] (similar to modern boat); and the vowel in house was [uː] (similar to modern whose).

  23. B.Stover
    11:58 am on February 26th, 2012

    Hi Trooper!

  24. Masquers
    12:01 pm on February 26th, 2012

    B: Thank you for the explanation. Fascinating stuff!
    I’m not a weepy sort of kat, but The Power of Words video made me grab that box of tissues. Beautiful!

  25. dawson
    12:06 pm on February 26th, 2012

    B.Stover: Clear as mud!

  26. B.Stover
    12:12 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Sorry Dawson. It is complex. It has to do with the way the mouth and tongue (position in the mouth) form words. Wonder if I can make it clearer. Pondering.

  27. B.Stover
    12:17 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Masquers: I was wondering why the different sign in that film caused the change. I guess it’s because the new sign made the people feel not only sympathy but empathy.

  28. Masquers
    12:18 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Trooper! Hello & Welcome. Thought you were the infamous Trigger there for a minute. (where is that guy anyway…)

  29. OleyHowlers
    12:22 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Hello Trooper. We don’t know of a sleuthfest near us in PA, but would love to find one too. Especially if Spencer would be there.
    Barb and Maggie: We agree. The horse that the rescue has in mind is a 10-year old Quarterhorse (we said we would consider 10-15 years old). They say he is absolutely bomb-proof, great on trails, and can be left sitting for weeks and then still be a safe ride. Mom is pretty excited at the prospect. We do think Arabs get a bad rap though, from people who only know the high-strung ones they see in horse shows. Those horses are “trained” to look “high-spirited” (read: strung-out) by the Arab trainers. Mom does not like or agree with the way they do things. Mom’s Arab mare, Annie, was mostly trained by Mom since she was a weanling. She is very calm and unafraid under saddle. Her old gelding, Shiek, was a show horse, and could be pretty c-o-c-k-y in his day. But she and Shiek were a well-bonded team.

  30. Masquers
    12:23 pm on February 26th, 2012

    My impression is that the first sign was seen as “begging”…the revised version (as you say) gave passers-by a instant connection with the man. A very moving short film.

  31. BearSpiritDog
    12:32 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Wolfie: I said good morning to you, but my post disappeared into siberspace.

    Jasper: Nana thinks your auntie is very brave. We are thinking positive thoughts for her in the up-coming weeks.
    Enjoy your race day. Zoom, zoom!

  32. Kat
    12:32 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Thank you everybody, for asking about how I’m feeling. I feel tip-top, but Mom is still giving me that boring rice with a little bit of burger mixed in. I am really missing my good puppy kibble. And Mom and Pop have this fascination with the look of my poop. How wierd is that?
    Here’s hoping my kibble is in my bowl for dinner.

  33. Jasper the Poodle
    12:34 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Greetings from the middle of the mitten, Trooper. Welcome to the blog.

    Oh, yeah, where is this guy?

  34. T.C.
    12:37 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Hello Jasper. I am looking forward to catching up on Danica’s raceday today. Hope she makes those guys eat her dust. tee hee!

    I am also sending postive T.C. thoughts your aunt’s way. She is a brave woman, and I relate to those. Buddy, quit laughing!

  35. Barb & Maggie
    12:37 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Bee, That sounds a lot like the Canadians still speak today.

    Oley, Barb remembers going to a horse sale (mostly high quality Arabians and Saddlebreds) years and years ago. She remembers groomers or trainers taking a piece of metal and rubbing it all along the stall doors, making a lot of racket. It was supposed to hype the horse and make them sort of crazy before they would bring them out into the sale ring. Then the horse would come out prancing, blowing and snorting. The crowd loved it, but Barb though it was cruel.

  36. Jasper the Poodle
    12:41 pm on February 26th, 2012

    We are not mentioning the word p*o*o*p here. Mom’s reached that age where the doc wants her to have a certain screening test ifyouknowwhatImeanandIthinkyoudo. Mom is eating light today, then clear liquids only tomorrow, then test day on Tuesday.

    Let’s hope that her test turns out better than my dental cleaning that turned into the weekend-that-cannot-be-remembered.

    I keep on trying to get mom to play tug. She just sighs and then plays fetch. She says I have another week before she’ll even try to play tug.

    Guess Rio must be recovering from last evening.

  37. OleyHowlers
    12:43 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Barb, Mom says that a lot of the Arab trainers have cans filled with stones that they shake all around the halter horses just before they are taken into the show ring. A lot of those horses also show up with whip marks, which is supposed to disqualify them. Those Arab horse people who continue to reinforce the stereotype of the “Crazy Arabians” infuriate our mom. In her opinion, Arabians are the smartest, most trainable, most personable and safest horses when treated with kindness and respect.

  38. BearSpiritDog
    12:44 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Barb&Magpie: Down right cruel, I’d say! Those show-breeder types go too far in our opinion.

  39. BearSpiritDog
    12:52 pm on February 26th, 2012

    O.Howlers: Now we’re really mad! So many things go on behind the scenes that the public is not aware of and would be appalled if they only knew. Thank Dog this is coming to national attention, as is the plight of the draft horses.

    Jasper: OMD! That photo someone snapped of Rio without his knowledge is too cute!

  40. Tyb
    1:09 pm on February 26th, 2012

    just want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are and will be with Sissy. She is a brave woman. We wish her nothing but the best.

  41. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:46 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Impressed!….We here are very impressed that Admin actually met Chuck Jones!…snort!…Sounds like they drank together often….burp!…I bet he keeps that Bugs Bunny drawing in a very safe place or on his wall with the Quilt…snorkel!

    Downstairs!….We are downstairs early today as she is very behind in her projects…grunt!…Yesterday someone spun her wheels making all the wrong size pieces and parts…sniff!…Today she is back on track but way behind…sniffle!

    Cars!….And Movies today…yeep!…Daytona 500 and the Acadamy Awards! Excitement abounds here. We are curious to see how that young girl does in the big race. She wrecked her Indy car and has to drive a back-up today…wuffle!…I bet Jasper knows her name…sniff!

    Jasper!…My friend says thanks for the great Pug-drinking wine photo. She says that will help her alot when she goes to Quill me and Beau…heh!heh!

  42. Masquers
    2:05 pm on February 26th, 2012

    B: Isn’t it amazing what a simple shift in perception can do for one’s perspective. Something to think about. Thanks again for posting that link.

    Rio, Jasper & Howlers: Danica Patrick is a Nascar favorite of ours. Also, remembering Lyn St. James back in 1992…first woman in the Indy 500 to be named Rookie of the Year.

  43. Masquers
    2:13 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Sorry, T.C., that was you not the Howlers, that is watching the race.

  44. B.Stover
    2:53 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Dawson: Let me know if this helps. The Great Vowel Shift affected only the “long” vowels. For example, “sheep” would have sounded to us like “shape.” So, here’s a list of long vowels:

    Long a in Middle English sounded like our short a (as in “father”)
    e sounded like our long a (as in “mate”)
    i sounded like our long e (as in “meet”)
    o sounded like our short o (as in “bought”)
    u sounded like the oo in “boot”

    The Romance languages (based on the “Roman” language which was spoken after the fall of the Roman Empire when Latin was no longer spoken) French, Italian, and Spanish have vowels that sound like the English spoken before the Great Vowel Shift. So, if you know any of those languages, you know the way English sounded before 1400.

    Okay, I’m going to stop now.

  45. dawson
    3:06 pm on February 26th, 2012

    B.Stover: Yes, that helps. I apologize for being thick-headed. I stayed up way too late then got called so am sleep-deprived. Think I’ll have a nap for lunch.

  46. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:14 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Good afternoon, y’all! Yesterday, Mom and Dad took a quick trip back to the beach for a baseball game, cuz their beloved Iowa Hawkeyes were playing in the Baseball at the Beach tournament. Unfortunately, our guys lost. 🙁 It was pretty bad — the score was 12-3. Then after church today, Mom had a retreat for church council, so she’s waaaaaay late turning the computer on for me this weekend!

  47. AbbietheKitty
    3:25 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Yeah Stover,
    I was looking at your first explanation and thinking “Hey, that is how Spanish sounds now.” I enjoy learning Spanish because its vowel sounds are ALWAYS the same. None of these different a’s. A is always pronounced AH. E is always pronounced like hay (without the h). I is always pronounced EE. O is always OH, and U is always YOU. So simple to read and spell. Not like English which I think was invented by sadistic English teachers.

    I don’t know how anyone ever learns English as a second language.

    Nothing personal meant B. snicker

  48. Tupper and Gilly
    3:47 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Hi Everyone –
    Hello Trooper. Hope you jump into the blog and tell us a little about yourself.

    Jasper – we will be sending up prayers for Sissy. And for you, that you will be able to play tug before long.

    Bee – you are making our heads spin. Boy are we glad school days are long past. Mama was thinking about looking into a local “University without Walls” but now she is starting to have connips about grammar and syntax and spelling etc.

    Abbie Kitty – you think English is tough, you should try Navajo. It is said to be the hardest language in the world – but who makes that judgement? Anyway, that is what made the Navajo Code Talkers so successful – they not only used their language which confounded the enemy, but then they actually were using their language to create code words. For example – the words for a tank was “turtle with a gun”. Makes sense only if you understand the language in the first place.

  49. B.Stover
    3:48 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Sadistic English teachers…..LOL!!! In my experience, ESL (English as a Second Language) students are brilliant…lots of fun to have in class.

    I think English is difficult because it has been influenced by so many other languages: Started as Western Germanic, then Latin during Roman occupation, then French after the Norman Conquest.

    And now for American “English”–we “haven’t spoken it in years” according to Professor Higgins. Heh!

  50. B.Stover
    3:55 pm on February 26th, 2012

    “Turtle with a gun”–love that for tank.

  51. BearSpiritDog
    4:00 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Tupper&Gilly: Turtle with a Gun makes perfect sense to us! Getting a good visual here. lol

  52. B.Stover
    4:04 pm on February 26th, 2012

    T&G: Does “university without walls” refer to online programs? Your mom should definitely pursue it. I’m willing to bet she won’t have any problem because she’s brilliant.

  53. BearSpiritDog
    4:04 pm on February 26th, 2012

    …and what to our wondering eyes
    should appear? Gilly at the top
    (not some silly reindeer)

  54. Tupper and Gilly
    4:23 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Awww – Miss Bee – now you got our Mama blushing…

    UWW is not so much online as it is independant study. The main campus of UMAss is just over the bridge, so she woukd have to go to campus now and then and meet with advisors.
    Mama thinks that she is pretty well informed because she reads quite a bit, but she absolutely HATED college. Mostly because it was so big and overwhelming and she couldn’t understand how to schedule classes and what required courses she needed to take. It was a really terrible time for her. So now, she is really conflicted about “school knowledge” vs “common sense” and life experience. Still pondering.

  55. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:25 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Mom is cooking 1/2 a turkey breast in a crock pot. According to TYB, we cook it all by itself, right? No liquids? As is the crock pot on low or high?

  56. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:27 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Hi Trooper!

    And healing prayers to Sissy.

  57. B.Stover
    4:27 pm on February 26th, 2012

    As a student I loved independent studies. Meeting periodically with the prof was like having a private tutor. UWW sounds exciting to me.

  58. Tupper and Gilly
    4:28 pm on February 26th, 2012

    BearSpiritDog – our Dad really looks up to the Code Talkers as heroes. He has met a few of them, and did a speech at a gathering where they were being honored. The Code Talkers gave him a blanket that has a lot of the code symbols as pictograghs, such as the Turtle with a gun. Its one of Dad’s most precious things.
    (thanks for telling us Gilly was up top – we never get to see her. Now she’s strutting around the house cuz she is a FOC)

  59. B.Stover
    4:31 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Wolfie: I thought crockpot cooking required a bit of liquid??

  60. Rose
    4:53 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Jasper: Prayers and good thoughts going out to Sissy from here.

    I heard that Rio….No drinking on the job.

  61. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:55 pm on February 26th, 2012

    I did too, but I am having a vague memory…..

    I hope TYB posts soon, or hopefully somebody else will remember. He said it was the best turkey ever.

  62. BearSpiritDog
    5:14 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Wolfie: We really must start writing these things down. sigh.

  63. Snowhook Bella
    5:42 pm on February 26th, 2012

    T&G: Please check your SDD.

    We received a foot of snow over night and it is still snowing. It is predicted that we’ll get about 20″ of snow with this storm.

  64. Siber-H
    5:49 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Wolfie, I think that TYB said no liquids and he must have cooked the turkey on low because he wrote about it cooking all day long.
    The reason I am remembering the “no liquids” is because it was so unusual.

    Rebecca is having great weather!
    60 degress and sunshine here.

  65. OleyHowlers
    5:58 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Hi Guys. We just got back from a trail ride with Mom and Annie, followed by a beer in the ” summer tavern” (with Watching Eyes). What a great day.

  66. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:04 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Bella, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

  67. dawson
    6:06 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Wolfie: “No liquids” is what I remember. No nothing, just the turkey breast.

  68. Gus & BooBear
    6:28 pm on February 26th, 2012

    We just caught up on the last couple of days postings and have lots of thoughts and things that need to be said but what comes to mind most is:

    C.Harris, THAT was too harsh for you??? What do you call -50 degree weather???

  69. OleyHowlers
    6:30 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Definitely no liquids. We remember that part too, because it was so counter-intuitive.

  70. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:34 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Crock!….I seem to remember Mr. Tibbs saying something about the best turkey breast he ever had was a fresh one with skin cooked in a crockpot – no liquid or “anything” was added to it….snort!…I have a hard time believing that, and am hoping someone else tries it before my friend decides to…heh!

  71. Gus & BooBear
    6:37 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Wolfie, is it too late to order magnets and decals?

    Rio, Mom didn’t make it to the post office last week, but hopes to go tomorrow at lunch to get White Wings in the mail to your friend.

  72. Masquers
    6:42 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Hi Bella! Thanks again for the reminder about the Monday ordering deadline for the hoodie. Good thing I was able to find Mom’s credit card in time.
    Tell Jodie “Friend of the Kennel” we are very happy to “meet” her also.
    About that Weather…20″ of snow…Yikes!
    Do not go anywhere. I repeat DO NOT GO ANYWHERE.

  73. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:42 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Carpet!….We are cuddled together watching the Red Carpet pre-Academy awards show right now…snorkel!…Beau is upstairs waiting for supper, which is in the oven baking…sniff!sniff!… We love the award shows and this one is like the Super Bowl of award shows…heh!…Someone always writes down all the movies we will order from Netflix this coming year…wheeze!

    Project!…grunt!….She worked and worked and worked this weekend and has nothing put together for show and tell…heh!… Next weekend all the pieces and parts should be done and something will finally be done. That’s the story and she’s sticking to it…wuffle!

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:46 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Puss N’ Boots!….We are backed up right now with books, so no need to rush to the post office with that book…grunt!… This quilling stuff is taking over someone’s free time, which means we do not read as much as we used to….grump!gurgle!

    Busy!…Here is how busy she is – we have hardly started the Charming Mr. Abrahams latest book…wheeeze!…Now that is Busy…sniffle!

  75. Barb & Maggie
    6:46 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Rebecca, Did you ever deposit the check that we sent you on 2/1? Barb checked the other day and doesn’t think it has cleared our bank. She sent you a picture of me, Maggie, at the same time. If you have my picture, you must have gotten the chek.

    Note to Melanie: Jung Nursery has all their 2 yr asparagus roots 20% off till 3/15, if she hasn’t ordered yet.

    Got to get out and do chores so we can settle in and watch the Awards. BBL

  76. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:52 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Barb!….Are you going to watch the Awards with me tonight??….woooo!…At least I have one person who will know what I am talking about later…heh!

  77. Siber-H
    7:29 pm on February 26th, 2012

    We actually know someone that knows someone that is up for an Award tonight. It is a nephew of a nice guy that comes to the dog park. He is up for special effects on whatever the latest Planet of the Apes movie is called.

    We are not going to watch the Awards so if any of you happen to catch that Planet of the Apes won the special effects Award, would you please let us know so we can make an intelligent remark when we get to the dog park in the morning.

    Rio, I hope you do your usual reporting on the Awards tonight.

  78. BearSpiritDog
    7:32 pm on February 26th, 2012

    No TV reception here to watch the Oscars live, but we have a online Back Stage Pass, which will have to do. Just watched the nine trailers for Best Picture. Wow! What a impressing line-up!

    We are depending on youse for minute-2-minute updates.

  79. Sam
    7:49 pm on February 26th, 2012

    The turkey breast with skin on is in a dry crock pot and cooked on low. It comes out perfect!

  80. Snowhook Bella
    7:51 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Wolfie: Snow can be a good thing, it can be a not-so-good thing. It depends on the type, amount, etc. If the snow is too fluffy, it may be difficult for the trail to set up. Having a soft trail requires more work for dog and musher and may be difficult setting the snowhook when you want to stop the team. Different types of snow can effect the dogs’ paws as well. These are all things AJ will be aware of on the trail. It hasn’t stopped snowing all day. Our best vehicle stopped working today, so we tried to jump it with our circling-the-drain vehicle. No luck. We were able to move the good car out of the way through this deep snow using the four-wheeler, AJ’s leg strength and my good looks—I was in charge of holding the breaks on the four-wheeler as AJ wedged himself between the car and the four-wheeler and pushed. We got it moved out of the way so AJ could to town to run errands.

    Masquers: I really hope you have a way to pay your mom back for your shopping spree. Remember when Wolfie treated the entire stadium to beers?—I think he’s still working off the credit card bill.

    Chicken Lady Barb: Please check your SDD.

    The view out of our living room window:

  81. dawson
    7:51 pm on February 26th, 2012

    SiberH: There was an article about Karen Ramstead’s Siberian team being attacked by a moose in the Anchorage Daily News as well as video’s of her team. She is pulling one of her dogs from the Iditarod because of injuries sustained in the attack.

  82. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:00 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Sammie!…Just how long does someone cook at turkey breast on low so that it comes out perfect??…grunt!

  83. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:02 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Rebecca!…Soon you won’t have any view at all out that window…wheeze!…That’s a lot of Snow!…gasp!

  84. Siber-H
    8:02 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Thanks for the news, Dawson. It is sad news. I will check out the article. I am concerned about moose this year.

    Susan Butcher, a long time ago, had at least one dog killed by moose and had to scratch from the race.

  85. Snowhook Bella
    8:06 pm on February 26th, 2012

    This is the most snowfall in one season that we can recall since we’ve been here. High snowfall brings the moose into more populated areas and seeking easier access on trails. AJ had another moose challenge the team this past week. It kept charging, backing off and charging again. I am very concerned about moose during the race.

  86. Siber-H
    8:18 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Fellow Sibers, You should watch that video of Karen and her Siber team that Dawson mentioned. Karen says we are slower, but we are TOUGHER.

    I have more faith in AJ’s ability to handle a moose problem than I do some of the other mushers.

  87. Sam
    8:22 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Rio, it’s Tyb’s recipe. Mom made it with large chicken breasts and cooked those on low for 4 hours.

  88. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:33 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Moose!…The thought of anyone going up against a Moose scares the hell outta me…snort!…Unless the moose’s name is Bullwinkle…sniff!

    Billy!…Crystal is Back!….Woooooo!

  89. Snowhook Bella
    8:33 pm on February 26th, 2012

    SiberH: I’ve been meaning to tell you that AJ is friends with Karen. We ate at the same table for the awards dinner of the race that AJ won in January. She is a very nice person.

    Rio: Have you seen the latest episode of Grimm. My, oh my!

    Jasper: Prayers of health and healing for your mom’s sissy.

    Photos! I purchased a small plastic photo album to help protect the photos for the trail. In it there are pictures of:
    Jazzy Jasper
    Blou and Tyb
    BearSpiritDog and Masquers
    the Howlers
    Gus and BooBear
    Bluecat and Foxy Leo
    Rose and her friend, Zelda
    a family photo of Linda the Lurker and her family
    the Newf Pack—yep, all nine of them in the same photo
    the Royals and Herbs
    Miss Maggie
    Wolfie’s parents
    Macy and her pack
    Charris’ pups, Lady and Sadie Bear
    Wookie enjoying his first snowfall
    Rio and—cover your pug ears, Rio—Beau
    Mollypop’s tag
    two four leaf clovers

    If I’m missting someone’s photos, please let me know.

  90. Snowhook Bella
    8:43 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Did I mention that there is a certain decal placed in the cover of the Plunderers’ photo album?

  91. Tupper and Gilly
    8:46 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Sorry – we were in the Mud Room with Mama.

    Bella – SDD checked and understood.

    Trooper asked a question this morning about Sleuthfest having an event in PA. We kind of wondered ourselves, so we looked it up. There is Mystery Writers organization that sponsors this event in Florida. There are not others called the same name, but there are other events run by the organization – one of them may be near you. Here is their website:

    We just heard from Melanie. She is having a wonderful time. Said the shower was great fun and FOTAS is just beautiful. She was very comfortable in her “grown-up, dress-up clothes”. And she will be home tomorrow afternoon.

  92. Siber-H
    9:05 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Rebecca, Thanks for the news about Karen.
    Four of us Sibers are going with AJ on the Iditarod.
    Beau is going along! It will be good for him.
    T&G Thanks for the Melanie news. We are very glad she is having fun.
    I hope Melanie can show us the picture sometime of all 9 Newfs together.

  93. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Make-up!…I was listening closely to the Make-up artist category because I thought SiberH knew a friend of a friend who was nominated for Make-Up…heh!snort!heh!….I was thinking, isn’t it fitting that SiberH would know someone in Make-up that was up for an Oscar…snort!… Well, they announced the make-up artists but there was no one there for Planet of the Apes…grunt!…I re-read his post and sure enough, it is Special Effects his friend is nominated for…wuffle!…

  94. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:20 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Hey!…How come Alice and AbbieTheKat are not going with us to Nome?…snort!…What’s up with that? And how the Hell did Beau get his photo in there?…grunt!…None of this makes any sense to me right now…gruffle!…I am glad the four leaf clovers made it to Willow…sniff!

  95. Snowhook Bella
    9:25 pm on February 26th, 2012

    SiberH: There will be five sibers (you plus the Howlers) and two pugs on the trail although one doesn’t know about the other—I do hope it will be good for Beau.

  96. Snowhook Bella
    9:33 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Rio: I don’t think you should underestimate Beau.

  97. Siber-H
    9:46 pm on February 26th, 2012

    lol Right, Rebecca, I miscounted.
    That is quite a few Sibers going with AJ

  98. AbbietheKitty
    9:51 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Rio, Staff says she just kept thinking that her heart is going on the trip and she doesn’t need to send her picture. Or our picture. She didn’t ask us of course. Sniff.

    I am not sure Alice and I agree but what can we do? We are just sending our hearts along too. Hearts weigh less. Staff can’t get over the weight thing even though Rebecca said it didn’t matter. She is so silly sometimes.

    She says she knows that she is a part of the trip and doesn’t need the picture to remember. Well. I bet she will be sorry.

    However her 4-leaf clovers are going along. so there. And her lucky penny will be close to the action. Or at any rate close to the cheesecake. snicker.

  99. Barb & Maggie
    9:58 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Rio, We are watching the Awards but will not be posting. TV is is one room, computer in another, so we will check in tomorrow. Love Billy Crystal. The Artist is being by passed for Huego so far. Night all.

  100. Snowhook Bella
    10:00 pm on February 26th, 2012

    SiberH: Math has never been my strong point, but I’m pretty sure I calculated correctly.

    Staff: I am still debating on whether or not to send the lucky penny or keep it with me. I still have it in my coveralls. I was wearing them the night that Younger died. I came out when I pulled out my debit card out of my pocket as I was trying to figure out how to afford a surgery. As odd as it sounds, I comforted me. I felt fortunate that we made the call to take him the ER rather than wait until his appointment the next day, I felf blessed that we stayed on the road even though it was icy and that our mad dash was free from moose crossing the road. I also felt fortunate that the vet was candid enough to tell me that it was a problem all the money in the world wouldn’t help. I felt blessed that we were with him in his final moments. T

  101. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:02 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Wow!….Christopher Plummer just won an Oscar. He is 82 and the Oscar is 84 years old….heh!heh!

  102. Tupper and Gilly
    10:16 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Wolfie – please check your SDD as soon as you get a chance. We are really looking forward to your reply

  103. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:25 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Penny!…I think you should keep the Lucky Penny Rebecca…sniff!…AJ already has the lucky photos and the lucky four leaf clovers….chuffle!…You need something (besides us!)…heh!

    Song!…Best song was Man or Muppet….chorkel!….Can you believe it? Although, the guy who wrote it had the funniest acceptance speech of the night….heh!….He said stuff like, I was nervous about meeting Kermit for the first time, but he’s just like any other frog. And like most actors here, he is shorter in real-life…heh!heh!

  104. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:31 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Woody!…Has Woody Allen ever shown up for an Awards show?…snort!

  105. Snowhook Bella
    10:34 pm on February 26th, 2012

    It is still snow, snow, snowing!

    It’s settled. The lucky penny stays with me and my cheesecake.

    Speaking of cheesecake, people from AJ’s work sent home a small individual sized creme brule cheesecake and a plush throw blanket that has ‘relax’ printed on it over and over. Jodi gave us an old wireless router they don’t use anymore so I am set for the upcoming ‘race and pace.’

  106. Siber-H
    11:00 pm on February 26th, 2012

    We are turning in now and will read all blog reports on the Awards tomorrow.

    Rebecca, Don’t go to work tomorrow…the snow may be too deep.

    Night All

  107. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:10 pm on February 26th, 2012

    T and G, can you resend that email to my other SDD,

    I am waiting anxiously!

  108. AbbietheKitty
    11:22 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Humph. He didn’t mention Uggie. Sniff.

  109. Tupper and Gilly
    11:25 pm on February 26th, 2012

    Wolfie – secret agent message received and acted upon

  110. Snowhook Bella
    11:36 pm on February 26th, 2012

    T&G: Do you know if YSAS heard anything about his audtion?

  111. Tupper and Gilly
    11:52 pm on February 26th, 2012

    We haven’t heard anything – so, unfortunatly, that probably means not good news. We are pretty sure that he would have contacted Melanie and his brother if he had heard, and Melanie has told us in the past that auditions usually get positive word for acceptance or at least a callback within a day or two.
    Still – we haven’t heard that they definatly said no…..

  112. Snowhook Bella
    12:02 am on February 27th, 2012

    Hmmm…would it be too much to hope that since the audition was on a Friday that we could still hear the good news tomorrow or Tuesday. If they pass on him…fools, such fools.

    The winter warning is supposed to be lifted at 9 pm. The guy who was trying to clear our driveway got his front-end loader stuck halfway up. AJ was on the other side.

  113. C.Harris
    12:35 am on February 27th, 2012

    Article in Anchorage paper: “Alaska Moose Federation Begins Feeding Moose to Protect Drivers.” I remember one year up here with deep snow and starving moose. Everyone was cutting tree twig branches and laying them out for moose to eat.

    Rebecca: when I took photos of my dogs to send to you, I realized that I have been over-treating them this freezing winter. I hope that they will lose some weight on the Iditarod trail by virtually running.

  114. Snowhook Bella
    2:12 am on February 27th, 2012

    Charris: If they are like the rest of the team, musher included, they will burn some calories. AJ has already reminded me to bring a belt to Nome.

  115. Snowhook Bella
    2:12 am on February 27th, 2012

    Charris: If they are like the rest of the team, musher included, they will burn some calories. AJ has already reminded me to bring a belt to Nome.

  116. C.Harris
    3:11 am on February 27th, 2012

    Rebecca: tsk, tsk…you pulled a double Dawson. However, no one is around to witness it.

  117. Snowhook Bella
    3:40 am on February 27th, 2012

    My very own Double Dawson!—tha must mean it was a very important message.

    More sewing tonight. Will it ever end? I could ask the same thing of snow.

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