Sneak Peek: Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood Street


No response.

“You’ve done something bad, haven’t you, Pendleton?”


“And now you’re feeling guilty.”

I heard him on the stairs to the top floor, meaning he’d been in one of the two bedrooms—mine or my parents’—or possibly the tiny bathroom up there.

He came around the corner, into the living room where I could see him. Yes, bad and feeling guilty. The thing with Pendleton was that doing bad and feeling guilty about it often happened at the same time for him—more than once, just watching him, I was pretty sure he sometimes actually felt guilty first. Another thing about Pendleton was how often he was the first to provide the evidence of his misdoings, sort of cop and perp in one body; one huge body in his case. Right now, for example, he was dragging along my dad’s favorite bathrobe, soft white terrycloth with the words Hotel Amanjena, Marrakech, stitched over the chest pocket, a pocket no longer quite attached.


He turned away, but didn’t go anywhere. His head swiveled back to give me a sheepish look. Maybe not the right word, sheepish, since sheep were probably fiercer than Pendleton. But never having been close up to a sheep, I couldn’t be sure.

“Drop it.”

Pendleton sank down to the floor, rolled onto his side.

“For God’s sake.” The fabric had gotten hung up on one of Pendleton’s teeth, not a first and no surprise at all, on account of how enormous his teeth were. I knelt down and got everything untangled, then held up what was left of the robe. “Realize the kind of trouble you’re in? Look what you’ve done.”

Pendleton showed no interest in doing that. Instead he stuck out his pink tongue and gave me a lick.

“That won’t work with Dad,” I told him.

Coming January 19.



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310 Responses to “Sneak Peek: Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood Street”

  1. Snowhook Bella
    9:30 am on January 8th, 2012

    Pendleton, what have you done? It sounds Pendleton had a similar experience to Tenzing except Tenz’s involved a batch of toiletpaper from Costco—perhaps a story for another time…

    I’m glad Spence posted for today. I was going to grab a lantern before we headed further into the the darkest of darks.

  2. Melanie
    9:41 am on January 8th, 2012

    Actually we hit the Darkest of Darks! I noticed the update to the tracker just before I read your comment. Glad he’s on the road again!

    Pendleton. What a great name for a member of the Nation Within!

    It just sounds so familiar. . . Like something any one of nine could get up to!

  3. Melanie
    9:42 am on January 8th, 2012

    Did you sleep at all, Bella?

  4. Melanie
    9:48 am on January 8th, 2012

    Glad you found both ends of the knot and that you got some release with the prayer. Wish I had been awake for that, but I was there in my way. . .

    Feeling better today! Still not going to do much. Going to try to take Patsy for our walk today. NOT the Walk/Run, just around our neighborhood.

  5. OleyHowlers
    10:04 am on January 8th, 2012

    If we had not already been looking forward to Robbie Forester, this excerpt would definitely put us over the edge! We love Pendleton! And Robbie!

    AJ back on the trail…yippee! What about Handler Jeremy?

  6. OleyHowlers
    10:18 am on January 8th, 2012

    We had no idea youse were posting on page 5 this morning. We were up early, watching AJ and Jeremy sleep.

  7. Melanie
    10:20 am on January 8th, 2012

    Morning OleyHowlers!

    I finally got Dan’s iPad working. Mail and Internet! I had to download the new software and restore! But it worked.

    Thanks for helping MollyPop’s Mom.

  8. Melanie
    10:24 am on January 8th, 2012

    I stole the picture from Snowhook’s Facebook and put it up on mine with a link. One of my facebookie friends said this about the picture. “Yeah, wouldn’t the ability to levitate be some sort of rules violation?”


  9. Snowhook Bella
    10:40 am on January 8th, 2012

    The idea of a 6 hour layover sounds nice, yet once the team reaches a layover, there is still much work to be done. They will do chores to tend to the dogs and then before they leave will likely feed and water again as well as bootie up the dogs. The dogs rest much more than the musher does.

  10. Melanie
    10:47 am on January 8th, 2012

    Where do you guys using the iPaw have AJ? I have him in 15th place.

  11. Snowhook Bella
    10:55 am on January 8th, 2012

    I show him in 16th place. I like what your magic 8 ball says better.

  12. OleyHowlers
    10:58 am on January 8th, 2012

    The map on the app is showing him in 14th, but the “Tracked” is showing him in 2nd for some mysterious reason.

  13. Staff
    10:59 am on January 8th, 2012

    It is getting so interesting. I have to turn off the laptop and pack the car and get on the road. Darn it.
    Here’s hoping AJ stays happy and healthy and turns in a great run with those young dogs.

    Robbie looks great. I have to go order her at the local kids bookstore A Wild Rumpus. It is a great store…

    Stay well everyone. BBL

  14. OleyHowlers
    10:59 am on January 8th, 2012

    Bre Staff. Godd trip!

  15. OleyHowlers
    11:00 am on January 8th, 2012

    Bye that is. Sigh

  16. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:03 am on January 8th, 2012

    The dogs have to be rebooted. Did they crash?

    Morning! Happy trails for all.

  17. Mollypop's Mom
    11:17 am on January 8th, 2012

    Boy, I leave you guys alone for a while and look at the goings on! This race is so exciting, even if I’m coming in late.

    Melanie’s picture of those happy happy dogs at the start of the race is priceless. That says it all.

  18. Melanie
    11:24 am on January 8th, 2012

    This came in through a friend’s email. . .


  19. Melanie
    11:25 am on January 8th, 2012

    Have to deliver Gracie to the G*R*O*O*M*E*R.


  20. BearSpiritDog
    11:26 am on January 8th, 2012

    SnowBella: Seems like most of you were up all night, but then we see you rolled right into morning!
    This is going to be an exciting race day. We are slow getting started (again), but will soon be set up with the the 3 different views of Live Tracking.
    Go Snowhook!!!

  21. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:28 am on January 8th, 2012

    I have a question. During the Iditarod, do the dogs realize that they are running a race? Do they have a competitive edge? Or are they just happy to be out on the trail with a bunch of the members within?

  22. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:30 am on January 8th, 2012

    Ha ha ha, Macy. That is a good one. Love it!

  23. Tupper and Gi8lly
    11:32 am on January 8th, 2012

    Today is our turn to follow the race. But first we have to go back and see what happened late last night.

    We prefer to believe the “tracker” thingie that has AJ in 2nd!

    Macy – good one – rebooted -teehee

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    11:41 am on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie – hahahahaha ka-BOOM!

  25. Snowhook Bella
    11:45 am on January 8th, 2012

    Macy: To reboot it inludes scritch/hug/tummy instead of control/alt/delete.

    Wolfie: I have always said that if dogs had a game face, my main leader, Fargo had it. It was as if he stared down other dogs and set the tone for our team—he ran lead the first time Belle Starr ever ran in team and had her running like a pro, but like I’ve said before, perhaps a story for another day. I believe that the dogs understand the difference between a training run and running a race; there is a different engery.

  26. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:46 am on January 8th, 2012

    Race!…..Woooooo!….We here are tracking too…sniff!….She is still working on finishing some projects, but I am glued to the Race!….snort!….Go AJ and TEAM!….WOOOOOO!

    Robbie!…BTW, Robbie sounds great!great!great!…snort!…I love that there is another guy in the story…heh!

  27. B.Stover
    11:50 am on January 8th, 2012

    Excellent novel!

    Good morning all.

  28. Masquers
    11:58 am on January 8th, 2012

    Getting the tracking device set up today is proving to be somewhat of a challenge. The comments are up-to-date, but the map placements, even after refreshing, are not.
    Hmm…wonder what I’m doing wrong?

  29. Snowhook Bella
    12:06 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Handler Jeremy is on the move!

    Masquers: Thanks for bringing the comments to my attention. They’re great!

  30. Masquers
    12:06 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Now the map shows Lance Mackey in last place and AJ as not having reached the layover location. Yet the stats are showing correctly…..

  31. OleyHowlers
    12:06 pm on January 8th, 2012

    We are also having trouble, Masquers. Where are you seeing up-to-date comments?

  32. Masquers
    12:10 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Howlers: Click on AJ’s name and it takes you to his personal information – which is accurate – showing today’s date and time.

  33. dawson
    12:12 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Love the sneak peek of Robbie. Pendleton is a pussy-cat.

    Liz sends her love and a g’day to the Plunderers. The time difference has been getting in the way of her posting on the blog lately.

    Off to the races!

  34. OleyHowlers
    12:12 pm on January 8th, 2012

    What we are seeing shows his tracker did not update fo 44 minutes.

  35. dawson
    12:14 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Hmmmm. I’m being moderated at 12:12. A summary:

    Love Robbie

    G’day from Liz.

    I’m off to the races!

  36. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:17 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I know that Fargo is unreplacable, but who will be running lead this year. I know it is something that can’t be taught, either you have it or you don’t, but does anyone else posess the same Fargo qualities?

  37. Snowhook Bella
    12:18 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Masquers: The race trail loops back on itself so it appears that Mackey is in last place based on how we were looking at the map yesterday, but he is actually in lead.

    AJ’s tracker hasn’t updated for over an hour. Grump!

  38. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:22 pm on January 8th, 2012

    So many exciting things are coming our way….the race today, the SK announcment tomorrow, Robbie on January 19, and the big race in March. I am so grateful to you all.

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:25 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Tracker!….Everybody’s tracking has been updated except for AJ’s….yeep!….Do you think it fell off of him?…snort!… Now we don’t really know where he is in the race…wuffle!

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:26 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Maskers!…You dork!…heh!…Mackey last, my foot…snort!

  41. Snowhook Bella
    12:27 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Wolfie: It’s to the benefit of the team to have as many leaders as possible. Some leaders prefer running rivers where others don’t. You can also cycle through leaders to give them a mental break—except for Fargo—he ran lead and only lead. Fargo was my leader though and through—he toyed with AJ, but they did respect each other. Our kennel leaders are: Annabell, Rory, Quig, Twig, Elim, and Tomboy. Others that are coming into their own as leaders or have shown an interest are: Zebbe, Wyatt, Patsy Ann, and Natty.

  42. BearSpiritDog
    12:38 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Macy: Funny reboot comment!

    Staff: Safe trip to you. (whispering) why do the docs insist on seeing you in the dead of winter…can’t they schedule your appointment for a more auspicious time…as in warmer weather?

    Melanie: Have a great walk with Patsy. Happy to hear you are feeling better today. (btw) Time for breakfast here, but are rethinking the oatmeal. snicker.

    SnowBella & Dawson: Thank you for the race information last night re the checkpoints and layovers. Not that we will remember much of the details, but at least can print it out for reference.

  43. Snowhook Bella
    12:40 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I needed to borrow Masquer’s paws in the middle of the night to cover my face. Only after AJ reached the layover did I realize that there was an automatic refresh option for the map. You mean I didn’t have to keep clicking that button?

    Snigglefritz! I want AJ’s tracker to update now!!

  44. Barb & Maggie
    12:44 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Busy day on the blog yesterday! hELLO TO ALL.

    What time does the race end?

    We were lurking a bit yesterday, but had company and didn’t post. Did Kirby ever show up?

  45. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:00 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Hi Barb and Maggie. No, no word from Kirby yet. Sigh.

    AJ hasn’t posted in one hour and forty five minutes.

  46. BearSpiritDog
    1:01 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Barb&Magpie: Good Morning (or afternoon as it soon will be). No Kirby yet, but Rebecca sent a message via SDD.

    B: Looks like you are enjoying the book!

  47. Snowhook Bella
    1:10 pm on January 8th, 2012

    No word from Kirby-T, yet.

  48. Sam
    1:11 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Whee, look at me! I’m a sled dog. I’m running all around the house while my Girl yells Mush. This is fun!

  49. dawson
    1:16 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Go Sam Go! My computer shows you in First Place!

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:18 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Dammit!….Can anyone tell where AJ is?…snort!

  51. OleyHowlers
    1:23 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Mom posted on the race’s FB page, asking about AJ’s tracker.

  52. Snowhook Bella
    1:23 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Sam: Whitey-Lance would be so proud.

    We’re going on two hours now with no update on the Giant. Jeremy is moving along the trail.

  53. Melanie
    1:26 pm on January 8th, 2012

    ARRRGGGG! Want news, must be okay, where is he!!

  54. dawson
    1:27 pm on January 8th, 2012

    His information hasn’t been updated in more than 2 hours.

  55. Masquers
    1:33 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Rio: Mackey-Last. Obviously an optical illusion…nice while it lasted. heh.

  56. B.Stover
    1:33 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Wolfie: We’re glad to have you here also.

    Rebecca: How did Fargo toy with AJ?

    Bear: I am enjoying the book.

  57. Masquers
    1:46 pm on January 8th, 2012

    MUST have update soon…..

  58. dawson
    1:56 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Okay…everyone remain calm…AJ’s tracking device is on the blink. He had been holding a steady pace right behind the leaders up until the device went on the blink. That has probably not changed. Let’s all think positive thoughts for AJ and the dogs. We will have to put some trust in the Giant. He will bring the doggies home. Faster, doggies! Faster! Go Snowhook!

  59. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:02 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Dawson is right. AJ is a giant, and he has done this many times. We haven’t. Maybe the tracker fell off in the snow or the battery went dead.

    I would love to hear about Fargo and AJ also.

  60. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:05 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Sam, you would look adorable in a tiny pink shimmering snowsuit. I mean fierce. Very fierce.

  61. Snowhook Bella
    2:05 pm on January 8th, 2012

    B. Stover: Part of Fargo’s charm was that he adored me and tolerated AJ. He would toy with AJ by doing the exact opposite of what AJ wanted. Shortly after Fargo came to us, AJ said he wanted to try him in lead. I was running the team behind. The trail forked and AJ called out the command to go right, Fargo went left. AJ continued to call, Fargo continued to refuse. Finally, AJ set the hook, walked to the front of the team, picked up Fargo and placed him on the trail he wanted. There Fargo stood. I could almost hear the grumbling from my Fargo as AJ made his way back to the sled. AJ pulled the hook and Fargo jumped to the left hand trail. AJ turned around and called, “Can you help me?” Sure I could. I could have helped him long ago, “Fargo! Gee!” I called and Fargo pointed AJ’s team in the right direction on the right trail. I love that dog.

  62. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:10 pm on January 8th, 2012

    My boys are 19 years old today. Mom is going to celebrate with them (take them to lunch and a movie) but dad is not happy about this. He is still angry. I wonder what it will take for us to have harmony in this family.

  63. Masquers
    2:11 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Jeremy’s tracker seems to be working okay.
    Howlers: Have you gotten any response to your inquiry?

  64. B.Stover
    2:17 pm on January 8th, 2012

    That’s a great story Rebecca! Thank you.

    Wolfie: Wish your boys happy birthday.

  65. Snowhook Bella
    2:20 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Happy birthday to Wolfie’s boys!

    Wolfie: Hurts of the heart, which can include anger, takes time to heal just like a broken leg.

  66. BearSpiritDog
    2:21 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Happy Birthday to Wolfie’s Boys! We are sorry to hear of the disharmony in your home. Papa Wolf no doubt feels betrayed, but the boys are doing the best they can at this time. We continue to send prayers for your family to heal and become whole once more.

  67. BearSpiritDog
    2:25 pm on January 8th, 2012

    SnowBella: Loved your story about Fargo & the Giant. What a Magnificent Dog he is!

  68. Gus & BooBear
    2:28 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Just caught up on everything since Thursday! Mom is tired of working to hard and then having to “catch up” every weekend. The race is so exciting. We have tried to find the various updates you guys are talking about on the race website but can only find the make where if you click on AJ’s name, his bubble jumps up and down. So keep posting, guys, so we will know what is happening.

    Go AJ and Snowhook!!

  69. Siber-H
    2:46 pm on January 8th, 2012

    This is maddening, but trackers do go on the blink.

  70. dawson
    2:46 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Wolfie: Happy Birthday to your guys. Prayers being sent for your family.
    Snowhook Bella: That Fargo story is hilarious. AJ must’ve been shaking his head over that one.

  71. Siber-H
    2:58 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Lance has close competition now…Dee Dee and the grandson of Joe Redington Sr.

  72. Melanie
    3:00 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Siber-H: I understand that technology can “hit the fan” so to speak, but why does it have to be AJ’s?

    Happy Birthday Wolfie Boys! Godspeed during this year.

    I think matters of the heart can heal much slower than a broken leg.

  73. Melanie
    3:06 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Bella, Can you use your super dooper high tech jaw implanted phone to talk to AJ and find out what’s going on?

  74. Snowhook Bella
    3:16 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie: I wish I could communicate with AJ, but cell phones aren’t allowed in races.

  75. Melanie
    3:22 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Cell phone? No, this is the one that Rose brought back from the future to be implanted in your jaws so you could sub-talk to AJ on runs.

    Didn’t she bring it to you?

  76. Snowhook Bella
    3:25 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie: I saw nothing of the sort. Grump! That would come in handy. I just keeping willing and wishing for an update on A to the J.

  77. BearSpiritDog
    3:38 pm on January 8th, 2012

    The GPS trackers are supposed to be our means of following the race but, in light of some of the malfunctions, wish there were some backup to this method. My tail’s in a bunch!

  78. Melanie
    3:43 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Where are you, River Bear Rosalind’d One Perfect Rose! If you have lost that phone you are in big trouble, young lady!

  79. Masquers
    3:44 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Dee Dee & Redington, Jr. are right behind Mackey.
    Wouldn’t that be kool if Redington’s grandson won the race!

  80. Snowhook Bella
    3:44 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Tails in a bunch,
    stomachs in knots.
    Oh, the discomforts of a giant’s
    race to watch.

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:47 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Bummer!…. What the hell?! This No Tracker business really puts a damper on the whole Race experience…grump!

  82. Masquers
    3:55 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Bella: You have said it well!
    I may have mispoken. There are 2 Redington’s in the race…not sure who is the grandson.

  83. OleyHowlers
    4:05 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Hi Guys, we took a stress-relieving break to follow Mom on her mini-trail ride. Now we’re back and we were sure there would be an AJ tracker update, but no dice. And we did not receive a reply crom the race people on FB.

    No need for worry. If something went wrong, we would keep seeing AJ’s tracker updating in place. Not seeing updates just means a technical malfunction. Or…could it be that AJ and the team decided to push for first and wanted to surprise everyone? Yeah, that’s the theory we’re going with.

  84. dawson
    4:20 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Oley Howlers: That’s a theory I can get behind. Go AJ! Go Jeremy! Go Snowhook Kennel Doggies!

  85. OleyHowlers
    4:36 pm on January 8th, 2012

    It is snowing heavily and they expect the lead dogs to cross the finish line in about 45 minutes.

  86. Snowhook Bella
    4:40 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Handler Jeremy has made it to the final checkpoint before the finish line.

    Do you think it’s possible the team decided to blur and took AJ with them?

  87. OleyHowlers
    4:43 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Rebecca, do the mushers wear the tracking device, or is it on the sled?

  88. Snowhook Bella
    4:47 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Howlers: In the Iditarod, it is on the sled. My guess is that it would be the same in this case.

  89. Barb & Maggie
    4:55 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Barb finally finished her other reading in the pile and is now starting White Wings. Up to Ch. 4 and it is so good! Who gets it next?

    It is so warm here that Barb cooked out yesterday and is marinating a steak for the grill for tonight. No snow in sight. This is not good for the snow plowers or farmers!

    Go AJ you are almost to the finish! We are all cheering you on.
    Loved the story of Fargo!

  90. Gus & BooBear
    4:56 pm on January 8th, 2012

    How much longer is the Iditarod than this race? The nerves on not knowing here will be 10 times worse if this happens in the big race!

  91. Gus & BooBear
    4:58 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Don’t know if we’re next, but we would love to be in line to read White Wings.

  92. Siber-H
    5:08 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Gus&BooBear, Trackers do malfunction in the Iditarod, but the race officials get them up and running again. They always have in the past.

  93. Melanie
    5:11 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I have to say that White Wings was my favorite of Dan’s books. I think it would make a great mini-series.

    The leaders are getting very close. Jake Burmeister has pulled ahead of Lance Mackey. Both are on the downward slope.

  94. Siber-H
    5:13 pm on January 8th, 2012

    The Iditarod is around 1,150 miles.

  95. Melanie
    5:22 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Stew tonight. Pretending it’s moose stew.

    Hate waiting.

  96. Siber-H
    5:23 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Great idea, Melanie…moose stew.

    This is an exciting finish to the race for first place.

  97. Melanie
    5:24 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Lance has pulled ahead!

  98. Melanie
    5:24 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Perhaps if AJ was not wearing the tin foil hat on this head?

  99. Siber-H
    5:30 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I hope the Alaska newspapers and tv stations can get some video of this race up on ther websites tomorrow.

  100. Melanie
    5:32 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I tried to find a webcam in the area. But they don’t seem to exist there. 🙁
    I’m looking at this as a practice for us on the Iditarod.

  101. Siber-H
    5:40 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Shall I voice a fear and say we might not know when AJ crosses the finish line until he calls Rebecca after completing the race.

  102. Melanie
    5:43 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Ditto on the GAH, Siber-H

  103. Melanie
    5:47 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Okay, so Jake Berkowitz was updated 15 minutes in the lead, but Lance Mackey, sort of in second, hasn’t been updated in 24 minutes. Also Ray Redington Jr’s in there, but he’s just been updated. Whew . . .

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:49 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Current!…Standings says AJ is in 15th place….grunt!…I wonder how current the Current Standings really are though…sniff!

    Broncos!….Division Play-off game!….Woooooooo!…I’ll say no more, because I do not want to Jinx the momentum they’ve got rollin!…WOOOOOOOOOO!…Interception!,.,,WOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  105. OleyHowlers
    5:49 pm on January 8th, 2012

    They will post standings when racers finish… We hope.
    Our new theory is that Whitey-Lance chewed uo the tracker like he did in his ID in last year’s Iditarod.

  106. Snowhook Bella
    5:50 pm on January 8th, 2012

    You know that Chet’s will be my first stop if we are forced to go by Plan Gah!

  107. Melanie
    5:51 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Weather, they have had snow that will have tapered to snow showers by afternoon. Accumluation of 3 to 5 inches. Highs 10 to 15 above. Light winds. (wow, balmy)
    Tonight Lows 5 below to 10 below with light winds.

    Fair mushing Snowhook.

  108. dawson
    5:52 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I don’t trust the standings at all and like SiberH and Melanie think we will find out when AJ calls Rebecca. Sob, sob. And he doesn’t have a phone!

  109. Tupper and Gilly
    5:56 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Well, we DO know that when AJ calls – it will be in triumph and we will begin the celebrations. After all that cheescake – we think t-bones are in order!

  110. Melanie
    5:56 pm on January 8th, 2012

    For the Knik-Fairview area earthquake activity is above the STATE average. From the whole US? 3365% greater. Except maybe for Wölfie. He’s might be higher.

    More men than women there. But they don’t give any of the most important stats on how many of the Nation Within there are.

  111. OleyHowlers
    5:57 pm on January 8th, 2012

    The first two have crossed the finish line. Photo finish it sounds like between Jake and Lance.

  112. Melanie
    5:59 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Jeremy did some moving since the last time I refreshed. Good on ya, mate!

  113. Melanie
    6:03 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Word has it that the first two crossed and it was neck and neck. Photo finish! Still waiting on word on who those two were!

  114. Melanie
    6:04 pm on January 8th, 2012

    OleyHowlers put up a comment about having a backup plan to malfunctioning trackers!

  115. Melanie
    6:06 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Zoya DeNure has scratched at Skwentna. Don’t know why, but she turned around and went back.

    It was snowing heavily at the time (about an hour ago)

  116. Melanie
    6:07 pm on January 8th, 2012

    The word is that the two that finished neck and neck are Jake and Lance.

  117. OleyHowlers
    6:07 pm on January 8th, 2012

    This race is only fun for us onlookers as long as the trackers work. They said they are trying to improve things so they have more people “watching” so the obvious one is improved tracking!

  118. Melanie
    6:09 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Okay 1/2 mile from the finish there was just one team length between the two. Both teams working hard to win.

    Knik200 is asking their followers if any one has some pictures of the finish. Nothing yet.

  119. Siber-H
    6:11 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I want pictures and video of the finish.

  120. Melanie
    6:15 pm on January 8th, 2012

    You there Bella??
    There are some pictures (183) of the race at this Facebook. Any way you can take time to see if you see your giant and his helper?

  121. dawson
    6:16 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie: Zoya DeNure (I was reading her blog) had a team of rookie dogs to test out so possibly it was too rough for some of them and she was protecting her dogs.

  122. dawson
    6:18 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie: AJ is pictured from #56 to #60. Not sure about Jeremy.

  123. Melanie
    6:18 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I’m looking through pictures and also watching the Facebook of the Race to keep an eye on the winners or anything.

    About the pictures, it would be nice if the mushers wore their numbers!
    Also you should see some of the gloves or mittens these people wear.

  124. Melanie
    6:20 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Yeah, Just found him Dawson. Thanks

  125. Melanie
    6:21 pm on January 8th, 2012

    The eyes of the Pack are interesting in this one!

  126. Melanie
    6:22 pm on January 8th, 2012


  127. Masquers
    6:23 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I think I saw AJ – on the right down the page!

  128. Melanie
    6:23 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Latest rumor: Jake won…unoffical…problems with check point times…

    What that means is they are still waiting. I’d like to know who else has come in!

  129. Melanie
    6:28 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Latest latest rumor: Lance won, Jake on heels and Ray jr 3rd.

  130. dawson
    6:30 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie: Jeremy might be in pictures 66 to 69 but I’m not positive. The dogs look familiar. I’m trying to use my calendar to identify them.

  131. Melanie
    6:31 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Don’t know what Jeremy looks like so I can’t pick him out. No number 13 bib.

  132. Snowhook Bella
    6:31 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I’m here. I think I might have to accept that I can’t make AJs dot move no matter how long I stare at it? Thanks for the pictures.

    B Stover: Charlie’s ears are flying I’m the picture.

  133. Masquers
    6:35 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Dang Mackay! Couldn’t they have let Jr. win this time?

  134. Melanie
    6:36 pm on January 8th, 2012

    That could be him, Dawson. He’s laughing so hard in his ID picture it’s hard to tell. Same mustache though. I’m posting one.

  135. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    6:38 pm on January 8th, 2012

    We are on pins and needles here in Chevy Chase following the race. Go Snowhook!
    Rio. Good luck, but I don’t want to say anything more so as not to curse anything.
    Melanie. Definitely agree that White Wings would make a great mini-series. Had never thought of that before.

  136. Snowhook Bella
    6:38 pm on January 8th, 2012

    That is Handler Jeremy! He has W.L. On his team.

  137. Melanie
    6:38 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Latest official word. “Knik 200 Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race Thanks, Tamra. They’re sorting out the checkpoint times between Lance and Jake, which is why the official winner hasn’t been announced yet.”

  138. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:40 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Brilliant!….Photo of AJ and the Team!…Wow!…Thats a Keeper!…snort!

  139. B.Stover
    6:40 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Rebecca: I’m not sure which is Charlie. They all look like they’re having a fine time!

  140. Melanie
    6:42 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Is WL the one with the tongue hanging way out?

  141. Melanie
    6:46 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Let me rephrase that after looking at the picture again.

    Is W.L. the one that is 3rd of 4th down on the left hand side of the picture with his tongue hanging out on the right side of his mouth?

    Duh! Smacking forehead with hand.

  142. Snowhook Bella
    6:47 pm on January 8th, 2012

    In Jeremy’s picture WL is the dog with his face shown in between the faces of the two lead dogs.

    In th esecond picture of AJ, Charlie is the ginger dog who is on the up when everyone else looks to been the down.

  143. dawson
    6:48 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie: Just laughing about the tongue hanging out comment. I think WL is the one with fur! Heh.

  144. Snowhook Bella
    6:48 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie: I couldn’t help but laugh when I read your question. Snort!

  145. Melanie
    6:50 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Okay, problem sort of explained.

    Someone looked at the times of the start stops as posted and saw that Mackey had 1 minute on Jake on the 1st leg, but left 4 minutes ahead of Jake on the 2nd leg. This would mean (in that writer’s point of view) that Lance would have had to come in 3 minutes ahead of Jake in order to win.

    The times were not corrected. I would guess that means that instead of making people wait at the last station so the times would be corrected for leaving they didn’t do that so the first person across might actually not be the winner.

  146. dawson
    6:55 pm on January 8th, 2012

    One of Jeremy’s dogs lost his booties.

  147. Melanie
    6:55 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Okay, okay, what can I say. Talk about being focused on one thing! Snicker.
    Anyhoo, W.L. has more black and gray than the other beautiful dog I picked out. I can tell that now from my mouse pad.

    Back to the race. I did ask if anyone else had come in and if anyone had seen AJ. The one person posting that had been there only stayed for the first three that came in.

  148. Siber-H
    6:57 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I’m cracking up over Melanie’s comment about the tongue hanging out. We needed that.
    And, thanks for Melanie’s reporting on who may or may not be the winner.

    Rio, I am not watching the football game.

  149. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:04 pm on January 8th, 2012

    SiberH!….I can tell that you are far far away from the TV…sniff!… Just don’t get any closer than necessary, okay? This could very well be a nail-biter after all…grunt! …We still have part of the 3rd and all of the 4th quarters to go yet…weeeee!

  150. Mollypop's Mom
    7:06 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Wookie – While I’m waiting for the finish of the race, let me interject that I finished David Rosenfeldt’s Open and Shut. I started reading those books on your recommendation a year or two ago. I love his sense of humor in his writing.

  151. Melanie
    7:07 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Latest word. They are having trouble with snow.
    Knik 200 Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race
    Latest word: the official winner has not yet been declared. The issue is adjusted start times. The delay is being caused by the snow storm at Skwentna. Communication with that check point at this time is extremely difficult because of the storm. They are also working very hard to get the teams safely out of there that have been stuck due to the conditions. I’ve been told to expect an update on the official winner within half an hour. I know we’re all anxious to know who that is, but I ask for your patience again, and for positive thoughts for those who are right now at Skwentna.

  152. Siber-H
    7:07 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Mom and I aren’t even in the same room as the tv. We will stay in this room. I can eat my dinner in this room.

  153. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:14 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Excellant!….Very Good Agent SiberH!….snort!… I hope you know you are doing your part so that I can continue to watch football for as long as Tebowing possible….chorkel! sneeze!

  154. Masquers
    7:16 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Boy, if this shorter race is any preview of the bigger one to come, I don’t know if our hearts can take it. Yikes, Now a Storm! Hurry across the finish line everyone.

  155. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:21 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Snowstorm!….yeep!….I sure hope AJ, Jeremy and the two Teams make it to the finish line okay…wuffle!….Here is an up close look at a Snowflake to pass the time while waiting to hear the Winners of the 200 Race…grunt!

  156. Mollypop's Mom
    7:25 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Rio – Is that intricate snowflake the same size as our gift cards?

  157. Melanie
    7:25 pm on January 8th, 2012

    To pass the time away, let’s all sing!

    Sung to “Swingin’ On A Star”

    Would you like to pull on a sled
    Carry AJ home to be fed
    And be less better off than you are
    Would you rather be cat?

    A cat is an animal who lives with her staff
    Meows at everything and laughs
    Her fur is lovely, she gives herself baths
    She has a stubborn streak, finds her own paths
    And by the way, if you spit and spat
    You may grow up to be a cat.

    Or would you like to pull on a sled
    Carry AJ home to be fed
    How could you be anything better by far
    Than being the sled dog that you are!

  158. dawson
    7:26 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Rio: Do you still want to wait awhile for White Wings? If so it can go to Gus and BooBear first. What say you?

  159. Staff
    7:29 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Oh my I am back on line finally. Can anyone give me a summary of where AJ and Jeremy are. My link says AJ in way behind and that his last update was 10 hours ago.
    Love the pictures Melanie.
    I snuck back to page 3 to see if I could catch up. I will start at the morning and see if I can figure it out and then be back.

  160. Siber-H
    7:35 pm on January 8th, 2012

    WOW! That snowflake is beautiful!

    Staff, about the race…we can’t figure it out.

  161. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:35 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Wings!… Yes, please send it to Puss N’ Boots first…snort!….We are just getting in to another good book…heh!…One of Dan The Man’s by the way…snorkel!

    Snowflake!… MollysMom, this is a bit larger than the gift cards at 3 ½ x 3 ½ inches…sneeze!

  162. dawson
    7:36 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Masquers: We will have to practice our Zen relaxation techniques before the Iditarod. How can I slow my heartbeat down?

    Rio: Your friend’s snowflake is excellent.

    Melanie: I’ll sing if you want but don’t blame me if it sounds like a cat whose tail just got stepped on.

  163. Staff
    7:36 pm on January 8th, 2012


    Melanie I thought you were my FRIEND! 😉

  164. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:38 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Star!….Melanie! I love love love that song…heh!heh!….I wonder how Alice feels about it…chorkel!

  165. Siber-H
    7:39 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I would like to assume that AJ is still running ahead of Jeremy.

  166. dawson
    7:45 pm on January 8th, 2012

    SiberH: Me too. I would like to assume that AJ will cross the finish line within an hour or at the most 2.

  167. OleyHowlers
    7:48 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Kudos to Melanie for finding those pictures. It’s great to see our guys working hard and having so much fun.

  168. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:51 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Finish!…. I sure hope AJ, Jeremy and of course the two teams finish before I go to bed tonight…grunt!….I don’t want to have to worry about those guys being exhausted and out in a snowstorm in the dark…wheeze!….Plus, Rebecca needs to get some sleep, I’m sure…wuffle!….Maybe she has passed out at her computer, because she hasn’t posted in a while now… chuffle!

    YEEP!…Back to the Game…huffle!

  169. Barb & Maggie
    7:52 pm on January 8th, 2012

    We love the snowflake! After having a set of the cards and being able to see them up close and personal, we can realy appreciate the detail invloved.

    OK, when done with White Wings, we will wing it on to Gus and Boobear. After signing it first, of course.

  170. Melanie
    7:52 pm on January 8th, 2012

    The Pack is howling the song! Especially at the moon.

    Another thing while we wait. I started watching “Kingdom” with Stephan Fry (?) on Netflix streaming while I was sick. Excellent.

    I made Zoë watch the first one today. She is hooked!

  171. dawson
    7:54 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie: Thanks for posting those pictures of the mushers and dogs. The dogs look like they are having fun. Not sure about the mushers. 🙂

  172. Melanie
    7:54 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Riö, is that what a snowflake looks like? It’s been so long since we’ve actually seen one . . .

    I’m going to try to stay awake. Not sure I’m capable of that, but going to try.

  173. Snowhook Bella
    7:55 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Rio: That is a beautiful snowflake. The detail is stunning.

    Speaking of snow, I’m hoping that AJ and Jeremy are ahead of the storm at least to some degree. I’m getting grumpy without any updates, without much sleep and without cheesecake.

    Melanie: That was a great song!

    Dawson: You and I can stand by each other in the choir and sound like two cats with sore tails.

  174. dawson
    7:56 pm on January 8th, 2012

    The Downton Abby series resumes tonight.

  175. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:58 pm on January 8th, 2012


  176. Melanie
    8:00 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Siber-H or Bella, would I be correct in thinking that the reason it LOOKS like AJ has not gone through the last checkpoint is because it is updated by the Tracking people and not the race people?

  177. Siber-H
    8:01 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Tell Me, Rio!

  178. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:01 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Over-Time!….yeeeeeeeep!…We are going to over-time in the play-off game. I can’t bear this anymore…wheeze!

  179. Masquers
    8:04 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Dawson: Ah, yes…you have just reminded me. I am a ZenKat. Come join me. Oooommm…

  180. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:05 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Possession! ….Denver won the toss…wheeze!

  181. Melanie
    8:05 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Check list for the Iditarod:

    * need to get Masquers to teach zen classes
    * need to get the jaw implant phones from Rose (not sure who she’s talking to) and give to AJ and Rebecca
    * need to write songs to sing
    * Get Dawson to figure out some virtual card games we can play together
    * lots and lots and lots and lots of cheesecake

    What have I forgotten furry and non furry folks?

  182. OleyHowlers
    8:06 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Elway looks OLD!

  183. Siber-H
    8:07 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I can’t stand this. We have two suspenseful dramas going on here.

    Melanie, I am not sure about the answer to your question. I am guessing that the race people rely on their sign in and sign out sheets at the checkpoints rather than the tracking system.
    The did say they were having communication problems because of the storm. AJ could have gone through and it still not be posted. They can be slow.

  184. Melanie
    8:07 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Again, thank you so much for your patience. Here are the official standings for the first three teams who crossed this year’s Knik 200 finish line:

    First Place: Jake Berkowitz
    Second Place: Lance Mackey
    Third Place: Ray Redington Jr.

    Though Lance crossed the line first, the Race Marshall penalized him 3 minutes for not signing out of the Skwentna checkpoint. Jake was about 20 yards behind Lance at the finish. Because it was such a close race, the time penalty is what made the difference.

  185. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:08 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Holy! …And I mean HOLY Crap!….snort! ….Denver scores a touchdown on the first play of Over-time!…,.WOOOOOOOO!WHEEEEEEE! …I’ve never seen that before…heh!heh!.

  186. Melanie
    8:08 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Knik 200 Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race
    All teams have now safely left the Skwentna checkpoint. All 18 dropped dogs at the checkpoint have also been safely transported out of Skwentna. They are still trying to get the remaining race personnel out.

  187. Snowhook Bella
    8:10 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie: That is my interpretation. I believe the stats updated on the tracking site are based solely on what the tracker reads. What’s a Plunderer and wife of AJ to do when the tracker doesn’t track. The race standings liksted under ‘current standings’ on the race website are more stats than standings. I lists the musher by bib number, not place in the race. My guess is that they might be taking this information from the tracker, but I know that for sure. AJ should have signed into the checkpoints; old school (being just last year) the stats would be communicated by radio and posted on the website.

    Rio: Yeep! I saw the game of which you speak.

  188. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:11 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Elway!….John Elway goes crazy!….Wow!Wow!Wow!

  189. OleyHowlers
    8:13 pm on January 8th, 2012

    That was some exciting finish to the playoff game!

    AJ where are you?

  190. Siber-H
    8:13 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I am stunned…DENVER WON!!!
    (I did my part to help them)

    Thanks for the reporting, Melanie.

    Now all we have to do is worry about AJ and Jeremy.

  191. Melanie
    8:16 pm on January 8th, 2012

    For our Facebookie people . . .

    Knik 200 Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race
    I’ll be updating the Current Standings on the webpage as they’re made official. But between you and me, I’ll be coming here to Facebook to let you know first. So, more to come as the night goes on.

  192. Melanie
    8:23 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Bella, old school sounds like it might have been a problem with the weather. I still think that AJ should take off his tin foil hat so the tracker will work. Though if you tell him that, please say that Riö said it.

  193. Masquers
    8:24 pm on January 8th, 2012

    What a play, WHAT A PLAY! 80 yard touchdown!!!

  194. Melanie
    8:25 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Now someone is mad because they “say” that the rules don’t say you have to sign out of Skwentana. Snicker. Must be a Lance fan.

  195. Melanie
    8:30 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Ahh, a change in reasoning of the winners. Not a penalty for Lance. It was a time run and Jake was 6 minutes faster than Lance and that’s why he won.

    Fascinating (as Mr. Spock would say)

    Also besides the DeNure Scratch, Corinne Zurflueh was disqualified for dropping a dog at the Yentna checkpoint on the return leg.

  196. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:32 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Bella – ve vere not avare that you had beautiful lead sled doggie named for Natasha. If our namesake vas in lead for this race, AJ vould have been home by now vith feet up in front of place of fire. Natasha does NOT like to be out in snowstorm and vould run like h e l l to get home!

    Ve are standing on by vhile ve vait for further vord. Is good thing Natasha does not have cheesecake nearby – none of Vorld Class disguises vould fit by now.

  197. Staff
    8:32 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Bear Spirit. The doctors want to see my every 3 months now that I am in the second year after my transplant. I also get to give them blood every two months. My doc in Fargo let me check in by phone in the middle of the winter last year and I will be talking about that with him on Tuesday at the next checkup. After a while I will only have to go every 4 months and then only twice a year. But not for a year or so yet.
    I feel safer with them keeping an eye on me. I have questions every time I go in.

    Rio. Mr.Staff was quite happy to get here in time to see the end of the game. It was very exciting (to people who like football).

    Also the end of the snowsled race is very exciting. That Lance probably thought 3 minutes wouldn’t matter. Or he just forgot. Either way I bet he is in a tizzy.

    Now I will do some more waiting.

  198. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:33 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Rio – is BE-UUUTIFUL snowflake!

    Melanie – is very good song!

    Dawson – is okay – you do not have to sing….please…

  199. Masquers
    8:34 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Dogs can’t be dropped on the return?

    Rio: Your friend has done it again! Beautiful.

  200. Snowhook Bella
    8:34 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie: Perhaps I should cite an confidential source for the tin-foil tip. When I get home, I’ll check his parka for a tin-foil lining.

  201. Barb & Maggie
    8:37 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie, LOVED you Swinging on a Star song!
    We are about to pass 200 posts!

  202. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:38 pm on January 8th, 2012

    AJ!…. I’m still worried and concerned for AJ and the Teams, but we here are also totally overwhelmed with joy over the Bronco win tonight….heh!…It’s been so very very long since this team has done anything worth celebrating over…chorkel!….

    Lance!…Heh!…That fact that Lance lost also tickles us for some reason…chorkel!

  203. Masquers
    8:39 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie: I loved your song and thank you for the great reporting job.

  204. Melanie
    8:45 pm on January 8th, 2012


    Says there was confusion at the checkpoints about the time adjustments. (doesn’t mention what they were) Communications still stink because they are trying to get the volunteers home. So they got the first three as soon as they could and will update.

  205. Melanie
    8:46 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Oh, and Jasper’s mom has cheesecake in the oven!

  206. BearSpiritDog
    8:47 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Staff: Glad to hear you and Mr. Staff arrived safely. Thank you for your explanation about the doctors.

    It’s getting very dark in here…is this The Black Hole?

  207. Snowhook Bella
    8:50 pm on January 8th, 2012

    BSD: I’ve got my headlamp handy. It feels like it could get very dark, very quick.

    Melanie: You are doing an awesome job reporting on the musher beat. I’ve been trying to update our facebookie and write a little bit to stay distracted. You’re doing a great job.

    Rio: The thought of you being tickled, tickles me.

  208. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:53 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Black!….No, no this is not the Black Hole…heh!….I hope someone wrote down the stages of “Dark”….sniff!….I’m pretty sure it is not at the 200 mark though…wuffle!

  209. Masquers
    9:08 pm on January 8th, 2012

    (searching) we know they are written down somewhere…..

  210. Snowhook Bella
    9:12 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Dark is dark especially when there are things that go burp in the night!

    It looks like Jeremy has stopped for a break.

  211. Melanie
    9:16 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Finished in order by Tracker thingy
    1. Jake Berkowitz
    1. Lance Mackey
    1. Ray Redington Jr.
    4. DeeDee Jonrowe
    5. Ken Anderson
    6. Trent Herbst
    7. Mike Santos
    8. Clint Warnke
    9. Seth Barnes
    10. Jason Mackey
    11. Aaron Burmeister
    12. Nicolas Petit
    13. Jim Lanier

  212. Masquers
    9:17 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Bella: Is that update accurate…Jeremy won’t reach the finish line until tomorrow morning?

  213. Snowhook Bella
    9:28 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Masquers: I’m going to say that I think that projection is incorrect. I think things would have to go very south for him to finish sometime tomorrow morning. I think has approximately 30 miles left to go so sometime late tonight would be my hope and guess.

  214. Tupper and Gilly
    9:31 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Checking in – but also checking out….cannot keep eyes open…sending up (yaaaawnnn) prayers for AJ to cross the finish line soon so all can sleep peacefully.

    good night friends – see ya tomorrow

  215. Siber-H
    9:33 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I didn’t get to see the end of the football game. I didn’t get to see any of the football game. Maybe that last touchdown will be up on the interenet tomorrow.

    Vhat? Natasha does not like snowstorm?

  216. Masquers
    9:36 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Bella: That is a huge relief!
    Good night to T&G.

  217. Macy the Min-pin
    9:36 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I see we have not missed the finish yet. Mom finally got “The Help” from the library on her iPaw today and she was neglecting the blog. She finally came up for air. Hang in there doggies!

  218. OleyHowlers
    9:40 pm on January 8th, 2012

    We are struggling to stay awake. 4:45 comes very early. Come on, AJ!

    He was running with the ones that have finished…or at least in that position. So we think he will finish very soon. But will we know?

  219. Melanie
    9:41 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Good night T&G. Now that they are safely tucked away . . . (whispering: The Royals’s Dad has a BD coming up on the 17th!)

    Back to the news: The Knik people are thanking everyone who helped them. Which I believe would be a whole heck of a lot of people!

    Also they have no word on the two (AJ being one) without tracking devices. Because of the bad weather communications are poor. They just know as I posted before that The last word I received was that all teams had left the Skwentna checkpoint and were on their way to the finish line.

  220. Masquers
    9:42 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Jeremy is on the move again!

  221. Melanie
    9:50 pm on January 8th, 2012

    By Live Tracking . .
    Lev Shvarts has finished

  222. Melanie
    10:00 pm on January 8th, 2012

    By Facebook:
    Yes, as I get official word I’ll be updating final results and times. I expect this will take awhile as there’s still a lot going on and many of the volunteers need to call it a night. (But Bob will be on station and I’ll be here at the computer and phone for however long it takes. We want to get you as much information as we can as fast as possible.)

    Not sure how much longer I can stay awake though!

  223. Melanie
    10:03 pm on January 8th, 2012

    By Facebook about the weather on the trail:

    I’d be surprised if the wind and snow weren’t still blowing hard. If anyone is there who can comment on that, please post.

  224. Snowhook Bella
    10:04 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I think Dawson was on the graveyard shift with me and Melanie has pulled a double shift that started early and is lasting well past Patsy’s bed time.

    I would have hoped that AJ would have been in by now and to have word who has finished even if it’s not official race standings.

    What works when you don’t have cheesecake? Chocolate covered cinnimon bears.

  225. Melanie
    10:09 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I hadn’t thought of Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Bears . . .

    I just had a cup of low fat strawberry yogurt.

    I’m figuring that if i go to bed AJ will come in, but then I wouldn’t be here. If I stay up and wait I’m I keeping him from coming to the finish?

    It’s like when your company is late and they come just when you finally have to go to the bathroom. . . Or doesn’t that happen to anyone else?

  226. OleyHowlers
    10:13 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Mom says we can sleep with the iPaw under our pillow.

  227. Melanie
    10:13 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Jeremy has started the last climb before the finish.

  228. BearSpiritDog
    10:15 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie: You are not alone. Those things happen to us all the time. Problem with late nights is the munchies. BBL

  229. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on January 8th, 2012

    JUSTIN!…Where the heck is AJ?…wuffle!snuffle!….Shouldn’t he be finished by now? Huh!? Huh!? HUH!!!!….grunt!…I hope Rebecca gets a chance to stomp on that damned Tracking Device he was given once this is all over…grump!… I know I want to chew it to pieces and spit it out in the trash…grumble!….AJ Check in please!!!!…snort!…Jeremy keep going!…woooooo!

  230. Snowhook Bella
    10:20 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie: I applied the same logic earlier when I decided to step away from the IPaw. I was certain that by the time I checked back,, AJ’s tracker would be fully functional. I must have done my math incorrectly.

  231. Melanie
    10:20 pm on January 8th, 2012

    There’s been some controversy on the way the finish was handled. Snicker
    Some people say that it “should” be the first nose across the line. Of course, they weren’t there during the snow storm and low temperatures but think that run times shouldn’t be.
    Other people are trying to explain the concept and why it happened they way it did.

  232. OleyHowlers
    10:22 pm on January 8th, 2012

    And now we know it is not Whitey-Lance who already chewed up that device, because he is on Jeremy’s team. Good boy, Whitey.

    This is the longest day ever.

  233. Melanie
    10:22 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Well late ones, I can’t take any more. Must sleep.

    Watch AJ call Bella within 15 minutes.


  234. dawson
    10:25 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Melanie: I can’t believe you are up this late! Thanks for all your reporting. It does sound as if it will be awhile before that facebookie guy gives us the information.

  235. OleyHowlers
    10:28 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Good night, Melanie. We are fading fast as well.

  236. Staff
    10:30 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I have decided that AJ’s tracker device became detached from his sled somehow. That is my story and I am sticking to it.

  237. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:36 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Musher!…. I’m concerned about Christina Raolofs because she is Off the Trail!…snort!…Does anyone else see this?….wuffle!…If its snowing and blowing she may be lost…yeeep!…I hope they have some volunteers to go out and find these wayward Teams…sniffle! ….This is very distressing to say the least.

    Tracker!…You’d think by now they damn well would know that AJ’s tracker is in the snow somewhere out there…grump!…And they would update that damned standings…sniff! …AJ, boy are you gonna get it when you finally check in…sniff!

  238. Snowhook Bella
    10:40 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Staff: That’s a good theory, but I don’t think AJ’s tracker is in the snow. If it were, I think it would stil be updating showing the same spot on the trail. The problem is it hasn’t updated for hours—hours I tell you. Hours! I hope you get nothing but good news from the doctor.

  239. Masquers
    10:46 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Rio! You’re right. She’s off the trail! Oh, no.

  240. Snowhook Bella
    10:47 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Rio: I hadn’t noticed that she was so far off the trail until you mentioned it. I hope she is okay. A few years ago AJ did a race, not this race that was so poorly run and the trail so poorly marked that one musher said, ‘”Forget it,” and took a different trail that led to her home 10 or 20 miles away.

  241. Siber-H
    10:50 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Rio, I see also that Christina is off the trail. She is so far off the trail that this can’t be possible, can it? I’d like to think that it isn’t possible.

  242. dawson
    10:52 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Is Christine lost? Trying to take a short cut? Or does she live nearby? Should we report it to the facebookie people?

  243. Masquers
    10:58 pm on January 8th, 2012

    According to the tracker she’s not moving.

  244. Siber-H
    11:02 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Dawson, Reporting it to the facebookie people sure couldn’t hurt anything. I’m not sure how aware these race officials are about what is going on.

    We are turning in, but saying prayers for all, including staff, before falling asleep. Staff has been doing so well that I am sure she will get a good report from the doctor.

    Night All

  245. dawson
    11:05 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Christine is from Anchorage so she isn’t heading home. She ran in the Yukon Quest last year and went off course briefly during that race before she turned around and went back.

  246. Snowhook Bella
    11:08 pm on January 8th, 2012

    From the race’s facebookie: At approximately 9PM Alaska time, the results will be made available to me and I’ll post them on our website, with as much info as I can fit onto the Facebook page as well.

  247. Staff
    11:08 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Where have you learned all this information about Christine? I also had noticed her tracker showed her off trail.

    For Rebecca…

  248. dawson
    11:13 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I googled her: Christine Roalofs + dog musher. She is a pediatric dentist from Kentucky! Can I have a piece of that yummy cheesecake?

  249. Masquers
    11:13 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Is it my imagination, or is she moving further away from the trail.

  250. Snowhook Bella
    11:14 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Staff: Now, you’re speaking my language. Everyone grab a fork, I’m happy to share.

  251. Macy the Min-pin
    11:15 pm on January 8th, 2012

    We don’t know how Bella stands the stress. We have to get away to keep from getting too anxious. AaaaaJaaaaaay phone home. (or wife as the case may be).

  252. Macy the Min-pin
    11:16 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Update on Christine Roalofs: Apparently Christine took a wrong turn and is camped out for the moment. She’ll be on her way back soon, and there’s another musher standing by to help her if necessary. Word is she’s fine.

  253. Staff
    11:16 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Masquers, she sure looks further off to me. Goodness this is scary!

    Dawson, NO problem on the cheesecake. I will have Alice lear jet some to you and drop it on your front step. In about 15 minutes OK?

  254. Macy the Min-pin
    11:19 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Is THIS the Black Hole?

  255. dawson
    11:21 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Christine has taken a wrong turn and is currently camped out. Word is she is fine. Another musher is nearby in case she needs help. Whew! It must be easy to take a wrong turn on a snowy trail with snowmachine trails going this way and that.

  256. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:22 pm on January 8th, 2012

    This is a training race not only for AJ, but also for the Plunderers. I had no idea how worrisome these races can be! We are going to have to strengthen our nerves of steel!

  257. dawson
    11:22 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Oh MacyMinPin: You are way ahead of me.

  258. Snowhook Bella
    11:23 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Whew! I’m glad to hear the Christina is accounted for and safe.

    Macy: I think it might be. I think we should use the buddy system. How do I handle this stress? Right now—barely. I just want a confirmation that a tall, red-headed angry deity has been spotted.

    Jeremy is closing the gap between him and the finish line as we speak. I’d consider taking a nap until 9pm AK time, but I want to see Jeremy and the team cross the finish line.

  259. Gus & BooBear
    11:24 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Could be, Macy. Don’t believe we’ve ever since it on page 6 before.

    We haven’t been posting, but we’ve been following with y’all on the blog. Rebecca, please be sure and post when you have word on AJ! We’re still up and awake for awhile and will keep checking back.

  260. Masquers
    11:26 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Macy & Dawson: I just saw the update on Christine. That is very good news!
    Staff: That cheesecake certainly arrived at the right time!

  261. Gus & BooBear
    11:41 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Our guess is that AJ would not be aware that his tracker is not working. As for as he knows, we have been updated on his status and possible finish of the race. He might not know that we really need him to call Rebecca ASAP.

  262. Gus & BooBear
    11:42 pm on January 8th, 2012

    “As FAR as he knows….” geez

  263. Staff
    11:45 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Gus and Boobear, At least you didn’t say ‘fur’ all we know.

  264. Staff
    11:47 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Well I don’t know how y’all are staying up, but I have to get ready to sleep now. Hope that Cheesecake holds you for a while Rebecca. And I am glad you have some west coast Plunderers to stay awake with you.

  265. Masquers
    11:50 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Good point G&BB.
    Staff: Fur all we know

    Staff: Heh, heh. I like the “fur”.
    G&BB: You make a good point.

  266. dawson
    11:50 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Thanks for the cheesecake Staff.
    Now I have the hiccups. That’ll keep me awake for a little while.

  267. Masquers
    11:52 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Good point G&BB.
    Staff: Fur all we know

    Oh, boy…..a double dawson (sort of)

  268. Snowhook Bella
    11:52 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Staff: I will stay awake and will man Race Watching Central until both Snowhook’s teams are accounted for. Get some rest and good health.

    G&BB: You’re correct. AJ may not be aware I’ve aged a couple of years since early this morning when his tracker worked, sacrificed the best years of my thighs for cheesecake and that he caused the Plunderers stress. If he only knew…

  269. Masquers
    11:54 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Yikes! A triple!

  270. Masquers
    11:56 pm on January 8th, 2012

    Rebecca: We are awake here too and will be checking in every 15 min or so.

  271. Macy's Mom
    11:59 pm on January 8th, 2012

    I start back to school tomorrow, so ’tis off to bed we go. Hang in there Rebecca. We are thinking warm thoughts to your guys, 2 and 4 legged.

  272. Staff
    12:00 am on January 9th, 2012

    Has anyone else noticed the … in the numbers of our post pages? I wonder what Mike Baker was thinking of when he programmed that?

  273. Snowhook Bella
    12:01 am on January 9th, 2012

    I want you to all know how much I appreciate you watching and sharing in the race with me: for the all-nighters, for the early risers, for the reporters, the lurkers, and the quick learning race watching rookies (you’re veterans now)—thank you. You have made the time pass quicker and easier than if I was plunderering on alone.

  274. Snowhook Bella
    12:03 am on January 9th, 2012

    Staff: Shouldn’t you be in bed?

  275. C. Harris
    12:05 am on January 9th, 2012

    I’ll be checking in periodically between finishing a basket of ironing. I figure I can be up anohter hour or two.

  276. Masquers
    12:08 am on January 9th, 2012

    Staff: Yes, that … is odd.

  277. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:09 am on January 9th, 2012

    I’ll be here for awhile.

    Mike Baker may want to extend our memory here before March.

  278. Snowhook Bella
    12:12 am on January 9th, 2012

    CHarris: I hope things are settling down for you. I’m glad you checked in—I’ve been thinking about you this week.

    It looks like Jeremy will be the next team slated to cross the finish line. He has just under 20 miles to go.

  279. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:14 am on January 9th, 2012

    Rebecca, does this kind of thing happen very often?

  280. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    12:15 am on January 9th, 2012

    I think the ellipsis is similar to how FOC is formatted. Yes, we are stll awake here in Chevy Chase awaiting news re AJ. Wookie

  281. Snowhook Bella
    12:22 am on January 9th, 2012

    Wolfie: A lot of things can happen, go right, go wrong in a race. In the Iditarod, AJs tracker has taken longer than the perscribed 15 minutes to update from time to time—usually after he’s picked up his drop bags at a checkpoint and covered the tracker. Oh, and there was that one race were a dog went a’wandering on his own for a few days.

    Wookie: I hope you’ve recovered from being bathwhacked. No good can ever come from that.

  282. Masquers
    12:33 am on January 9th, 2012

    Knik 200 has posted 96 photos on facebookie, which may be prior to the start of the race on Saturday.

  283. Snowhook Bella
    12:38 am on January 9th, 2012

    Masquers: I think some of the photos are from the beginning, but some of them show the neck and neck race for first place at the finish line. Pictures are a good distraction—approximately 30 minutes until the race will post the results.

    “Waiting is the hardest part.” Tom Petty sure had that right.

  284. OleyHowlers
    12:46 am on January 9th, 2012

    Is anyone still here?

  285. OleyHowlers
    12:47 am on January 9th, 2012

    Oh my we thought it was later and that page 6 was all that was allowed. We see our error now.

  286. dawson
    12:51 am on January 9th, 2012

    I’m still here. Kinda.

  287. Snowhook Bella
    12:51 am on January 9th, 2012

    I’m on the phone with AJ right now He came in 15th. I will write more in a bit.

  288. Gus & BooBear
    12:54 am on January 9th, 2012

    Yeah, AJ!!! That’s fantastic, Snowhook Team. Glad all is ok with the Giant and hope all the dogs are doing ok.

  289. Gus & BooBear
    12:56 am on January 9th, 2012

    15th in a race that was basically a training run for the newbie dogs is fantastic. We have learned that we will have alot to learn about tracking and following a race before the Iditarod.

  290. OleyHowlers
    12:57 am on January 9th, 2012

    O Thank Dog,,, YAY AJ!!!!

  291. Masquers
    12:57 am on January 9th, 2012

    Rebecca: Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    Hurray for AJ!!!
    Now we wait for Jeremy.

  292. dawson
    1:07 am on January 9th, 2012

    Thank Dog! That is excellent.

  293. Snowhook Bella
    1:41 am on January 9th, 2012

    I just got off the phone with AJ. He said he is very proud of the team; they performed just as he as trained them. He said that snow fell and the winds blew causing him to break trail for much of the way. He finished about 6 hours ago and was unaware that his tracker hadn’t worked. He took the team home and was greeted by a half mile long driveway with a couple of feet of snow on it. He worked to clear it for about three hours so he could get the dog truck to the house. He went inside, grabbed his cell phone and called me. He is now heading back to the finish line to collect Handler Jeremy at the time who should finish shortly.

  294. dawson
    1:49 am on January 9th, 2012

    Great job by dogs and AJ. Very proud of the team, including Jeremy and the 2nd team finishing soon. Thanks for letting us know, Rebecca. We’ve all learned from this race.

  295. C. Harris
    1:54 am on January 9th, 2012

    Yay! Safe and sound. I also struggled shoveling my driveway today–forvan hour at -18 and then found I had locked myself out of the front of the house and had to wade through snow to the back of the property where I keep the back door unlocked. Ah well. A hot bath helped me unfreeze.

  296. dawson
    1:58 am on January 9th, 2012

    C.Harris: Brrr! You gave me goosebumps. Do you have to work in the morning!?

  297. Masquers
    2:01 am on January 9th, 2012

    I cannot believe how emotionally involved we have gotten in the race. It was such a relief to hear Rebecca say AJ is safe. Jeremy is almost to the finish line. They all must be so tired. We are tired too, but happy to know all is well. What a day!

  298. dawson
    2:52 am on January 9th, 2012

    I figure Jeremy is at the finish line right…about…now! Congratulations Jeremy and dogs. And goodnight. I hope you can sleep in tomorrow. I’m going to.

  299. Snowhook Bella
    2:55 am on January 9th, 2012

    A headlamp of a team has been spotted approaching the finish line. I’d lay a slice of cheesecake down that it is Handler Jeremy.

  300. Snowhook Bella
    3:06 am on January 9th, 2012

    Jeremy crossed the finish lines moments ago in 21st place!

    Thanks again to all of you for your support and friendship. You are truly part of the Snowhook Kennel team.


  301. Masquers
    3:09 am on January 9th, 2012

    Good Job!!!
    Good night Dawson and Rebecca.

  302. OleyHowlers
    5:07 am on January 9th, 2012

    Hurray for Snowhook!!! And now it’s onward to work for all of us!

  303. OleyHowlers
    5:53 am on January 9th, 2012

    All of us Howlers that is.

  304. Staff
    7:07 am on January 9th, 2012


    I have been laying in the bed since about 5:00 (an hour) and decided I wasn’t going to sleep. The moon is pouring in through the west window over the bed and my knee is aching and I couldn’t stop thinking about 1- moused yarn damn it…
    2-AJ off somewhere in the snow with all the doggies
    3-the slow cooker beef roast is smelling up the house something wonderful
    4 Christina Roalofs wandering off into the snow.

    So I decided to get up and check.

    I see AJ got in about an hour after I hit the hay. And Christina in back on the trail. But some other guy is almost home to Willow (Justin High) but since he is at a road I am not going to worry that he fell into an avalanche. The knee stops aching when I walk around and I think I might check the roast and take a really deep sniff. Do you think that will make me believe I had something to eat?

    As for the yarn…snarl…If I could catch those mice I would feed them to Alice M.

    OK that’s all for now. I can go back to bed till my pill time at 8. Catch you all tomorrow. Errrrrr today…:-)

  305. Staff
    7:53 am on January 9th, 2012

    I wonder if this will work…

  306. Staff
    7:54 am on January 9th, 2012
  307. Staff
    7:55 am on January 9th, 2012

    Heh heh heh. Alice made me do it.

    Night all….

  308. Melanie
    8:56 am on January 9th, 2012

    Whew, Zoe and I can breathe now. Can’t wait to read it all, have to do all those things I do before I sit down to the computer.

    Also Patsy wants a tummy to celebrate!

  309. Basil and Sage
    9:20 am on January 9th, 2012

    Whew! We never slept a wink! Not a wink I tell ya!

    Purrs and headbumps to AJ, Bella and Jeremy!

    And now – NAPTIME!

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