Snowhook (10): Any Moment Now Edition

Overnight report from Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook:

I have recounted the story many times that when AJ told me he wanted to run Iditarod, I made him a promise. I told him that I would do everything in my power to get the team to the starting line, he has to get the team to the finish line. In Nome, we are a team even though some of our work is the same, some of it is different.

Following my arrival in Nome on Wednesday morning, the preparations to welcome the team began with the mantra repeating through my mind: make things easy for the dogs, make things easy for AJ. I do not want him to worry a weary body or mind with with locating the space for the dogs or spend additional effort assembling crates.

I learned a lot of things the hard way with his first finish, yet much of it is now more of a routine. I know the dog lot managers by sight and they know me although without our arctic gear on we admitted today we could not pick each other out of a line up. My back up plan to transporting crates from the airport to the dog lot is multiple trips in a cab with a good tip, and I know the hours of the closest market so I can secure a congratulatory Diet Pepsi to give to AJ at the finish line. And, the same advice I give to AJ, I try to give to myself—Please and thank you go a long way. All these things, I like to think I have dialed in when it comes to my role in Nome.

Shortly after landing in Nome and thanks to our host family, I was able to transport dog crates to the airport. Once at the dog lot, I looked for one of two yellow parkas—the garb worn by the couple who have served as the dog lot managers since our first finish. The wife of the dog lot managing duo promptly directed me to space designated for our team. If you can have prime real estate in a dog lot, ours is it. Joe (as in the good doctor who completed all three of his qualifiers running out of our kennel this season) helped me assemble crates and put straw in each. As I re-labled the faded marker on the top of each crate with our last name, the husband of the same duo spoke from over my shoulder, “Well, it’s one of our favorites.” As I continued my work, he told me that they always liked when our team comes into the dog lot—they like that we keep and leave it clean and appreciate the care we give to our dogs. I felt proud not only of Snowhook, but of myself in fulfilling my role in Nome. I could not help it.

Joe and I left the dog lot completely prepared for the team. All that remains to be done is for them to arrive. From the finishing chute, I will direct the team to our holdings in the dog lot. A meal will be prepared for the dogs, massages given and soft words spoken to each. And, after a couple of hours’ work in the dog lot we will welcome sleep.

After leaving its mandatory 8 hour layover in White Mountain, I expect the team to arrive between 5:00 and 7:00 on Thursday morning. Due to the earlier hour, I will not have access to the tracker so it will be up to my mental calculations that take into account a good run and a bad run. I employed the same method last year, and calculated to within 20 minutes of the team’s finish. In case basic math fails both Joe and I, we plan to gear up and begin waiting under the arch in the wee hours of the morning. A best-damn-handling-wife can never be too careful.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some Diet Pepsi and ice cream to procure…

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Thanks to the Plunderers and Chet the Jet for helping me keep my promise to AJ and for making Snowhook ‘your’ team—that is the other thing of which I can not help but be proud.

AJ:

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111 Responses to “Snowhook (10): Any Moment Now Edition”

  1. BearSpiritDog
    8:31 am on March 17th, 2016

    Good Morning!

    9 Miles to Go!!

  2. Linda
    8:52 am on March 17th, 2016

    Good morning!

    We’re proud of Team Snowhook!

  3. Howlers
    8:59 am on March 17th, 2016

    Good morning. Almost home!

  4. dawson
    9:04 am on March 17th, 2016

    Whoooohooooo!

  5. Howlers
    9:27 am on March 17th, 2016

    Rebecca! We can’t see you!

  6. BooBear
    9:42 am on March 17th, 2016

    Good Morning! Yes, this race did seem to go too quickly. Mom did not get the Insider with the tracker this year, but has felt the loss greatly. Next year, that will be a required purchase. Please let us know when AJ is close.

  7. BearSpiritDog
    9:44 am on March 17th, 2016

    WOOOHOOO!!!

    After many days on the Trail, there’s No Place Like Nome. 🙂

    Well Done, AJ and Team Snowhook, Well Done.

  8. Masquers
    9:48 am on March 17th, 2016

    Yark! Live feed turned off just as our team crossed the finish line!
    (on the plus side…nice interview with Rebecca a few minutes ago. ^..^)

  9. Masquers
    9:50 am on March 17th, 2016

    Yes, Dawson, that’s what I say, “Phooey!”

  10. Howlers
    9:51 am on March 17th, 2016

    Total Phooey!!! Hope we can catch the video later

  11. dawson
    9:56 am on March 17th, 2016

    Snowhook team is in Nome. BDHW there to meet them! Hooray for our team. Rest now, Snowhook doggies. We are very proud of you.

    Boo to the live feed that went dead.

  12. Masquers
    10:10 am on March 17th, 2016

    Boo, hiss, spit…the moment we all have waited for is denied us.

    Off to wonderfluffing appointment in a few. Hope to see video of our team’s finish when I return.

  13. Tupper and Gilly
    10:17 am on March 17th, 2016

    We are so glad he and the team are safe in Nome.
    Any bets on which doggie’s paw touched the Burled arch?

  14. B.Stover
    10:20 am on March 17th, 2016

    Well done Snowhook!

    Good morning all.

  15. Howlers
    10:23 am on March 17th, 2016

    Oh!!! We are so anxious to learn who was this year’s star! BooBear, can you re-post the names of the starters?

  16. dawson
    11:05 am on March 17th, 2016
  17. Howlers
    11:05 am on March 17th, 2016
  18. dawson
    11:07 am on March 17th, 2016

    Ooops! That is 2015’s line up.

  19. dawson
    11:09 am on March 17th, 2016
  20. Howlers
    11:10 am on March 17th, 2016

    We wanted to pick Josephine, but Mom over-ruled us. She is picking her Alaskan love, Clyde, who we all know is too big for The Giant to lift up to The Burled Arch (isn’t he?)

  21. Tupper and Gilly
    11:19 am on March 17th, 2016

    Our money (or dog biscuits) are on Harris, the Second Hand Sled Dog

  22. dawson
    11:20 am on March 17th, 2016

    I thought Josephine too. But if this video from the Iditarod.com site shows up you will see the surprising heroine of the race.

    http://iditarod.com/race/?vid=166815

  23. Howlers
    11:29 am on March 17th, 2016

    Awesome!!! We couldn’t think of one more fitting, now we see it.
    Did we ever learn who came home after Garrett and Abe? Who finished.

  24. dawson
    11:30 am on March 17th, 2016

    Does anyone know the two dogs besides Abe and Garrett who were dropped from the race?

    There was a moment of concern when the Snowhook team showed up at the chute escorted by police cars! Not sure what that was about or if any Thieves were involved but everyone on the team is healthy (more or less) and no one was arrested so maybe it was like an honor guard.

  25. Tupper and Gilly
    11:33 am on March 17th, 2016

    awww – we can’t see more than 10 seconds of the video – who was it? You gotta tell us.

  26. Howlers
    11:34 am on March 17th, 2016

    T&G, you won!!!!

  27. bluecat
    11:35 am on March 17th, 2016

    Job well done Snowhook.

    Many thanks to Rebecca for superb overnight reports and to Spence for posting them.

    Rebecca will care for AJ and the doggies have their very own concierge v*e*t, Dr. Joe. All is well!

  28. Zoe Montague
    11:40 am on March 17th, 2016

    Congratulations Snowhook! India and I are happy for you.

  29. Howlers
    11:41 am on March 17th, 2016

    Those of you who know us, and know your dog breeds, know that we Howlers are Irish Huskies. Today is our most special day, so it is fitting that Team Snowhok finished today.

    Irish Proverbs

    Man’s Best Friend

    An Irish hunting dog.
    An Irish hunting dog.

    The moon is none the worse for having the dogs bark at her.
    A slow hound is often lucky.
    Better for a man to have even a dog welcome him than a dog bark at him.
    The dog that’s always on the go, is better than the one that’s always curled up.
    A masterless dog will travel far.
    There’s no point in keeping a dog if you are going to do your own barking.
    An old dog cannot alter his way of barking.
    A little dog can start a hare, but it takes a big one to catch it.
    One who is cowless must be his own dog.
    One dog can’t fight.
    Keep the bone and the dog will follow you.
    Nature will come through the claws, and the hound will follow the hare.
    The dog follows the man who has the bone.
    It’s a bad hound that’s not worth the whistling.
    When your hand is in the dog’s mouth, withdraw it gently.
    A greyhound finds its food in its feet.
    The race of the hound through the bog is the harvest of night falling.
    Autumn days come quickly like the running of a hound on the moor.
    Threatened dogs live long.
    Every dog is brave on his own doorstep.
    Every hound is a pup until he hunts.
    It is for the sake of company dogs go to church.
    It is hard to put a dog off his track.
    What should you expect from a cat but a kitten?
    The cat is always dignified, until the dog comes by.
    Every cat is grey at night.
    Too many cats are worse than rats.
    If a cat had a dowry, she would often be kissed.
    Everything troubles you and the cat breaks your heart.
    If the cat sits long enough at the hole, she will catch the mouse.
    To please herself only does the cat purr.
    What would a cat’s son do but kill a rat?
    There is a crock of gold in the tomb of every chieftain, but they are all guarded by cats and fairies.
    The law of heredity runs through the cat’s eyes.
    As honest as a cat when the meat is out of reach.

  30. Tupper and Gilly
    11:54 am on March 17th, 2016

    Faith and begora – tis a grand day for all.

    (Even those of us of a Welsh persuassion)

  31. BooBear
    12:15 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Congrats, AJ and Snowhook!! We are very proud of you (and yes, we think you should consider running the last great race again next year!!)

    And Harris, the 2nd hand sled dog is lifted to touch the arch. We need to hear the story about her race!

  32. B.Stover
    12:15 pm on March 17th, 2016

    I like today’s Google Doodle.

  33. Linda
    12:35 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Rest well, Team Snowhook!

    We are relieved and proud that you are safe.

    Next year?

  34. Tupper and Gilly
    12:58 pm on March 17th, 2016

    From the Washington Post – especially for MollyPop’s Mom, Jasper, Mollie, a Black Poodle, and any others of French ancestry

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/03/17/once-upon-a-time-poodles-raced-in-the-iditarod-they-werent-half-bad/

  35. Martha
    1:01 pm on March 17th, 2016

    I have my free period now and just finished watching the video of AJ coming in and the Burled Arch. Now I am quietly crying here in my empty room.
    GO SNOWHOOK!

    Congratulations!

  36. Herd's Mom
    1:32 pm on March 17th, 2016

    We are soooooooo proud of Team Snowhook and Harris the triple threat, second hand super dog.
    WE are going to the Sea Life Center in a bit. should be fun. BBML

  37. dawson
    1:37 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Dear Zoe, Martha, OTAS, YSAS and all our Heart-Friends extended family: Thinking of you with love.

  38. BearSpiritDog
    1:42 pm on March 17th, 2016

    WOOOOhOOOO!!! HARRIS!!!

  39. Tupper and Gilly
    1:46 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Ooooo – the SeaLife Center. We are such jellyfish!

    Mama is really kind of afraid of actually being IN the ocean, but she loves and has a strong connection with the creatures that live there. When she went to SeaWorld in Florida, she was in tears when a stingray came and ate from her hand. And then one of the manatees attached to her, and followed her from one pool to the next and back again.

  40. Masquers
    1:49 pm on March 17th, 2016

    “There is a crock of gold in the tomb of every chieftain, but they are all guarded by cats and fairies.”
    Heh. How very interesting.

    Zoë: Thinking of you and your family.

  41. Masquers
    1:52 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Hobbit and Harris…both winners and very special in our book.

  42. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    1:53 pm on March 17th, 2016

    What a wonderful ending to an incredible journey. I missed the actual crossing of the finish line by a few minutes (although it sounds like I might have been disappointed had I been on line), but the video is just terrific. Team Snowhook did a spectacular job and once again did not disappoint. And so wonderful for Harris to get to touch the burled arch; clearly a real team leader in the making!

  43. Herd's Mom
    1:54 pm on March 17th, 2016

    One last thought before we go do touristy things. Last year, when we were at Snowhook and got to ride the sled, Harris was expecting the puppies so AJ wasn’t using her. She ran with the sled, actually ahead of the team. AJ told her to go home, but did she listen? Nope, she kept trying to lead the pack and now she really has! Go Harris, Go Snowhook!

  44. C.Hobbitz
    1:55 pm on March 17th, 2016

    That’s my dog! Sniffles

  45. BooBear
    2:03 pm on March 17th, 2016

    I think Harris, the second hand sled dog, is a favorite of AJ’s. Mom has pictures of them kissing!

  46. B.Stover
    2:12 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Once when I was scuba diving off of Catalina Island (California), I was swimming above a stingray. The way they move is really fascinating–they seem paper thin and ripple their bodies to move.

  47. Howlers
    2:19 pm on March 17th, 2016

    We have no doubt that Harris is AJ’s very favorite. He posts about her at every opportunity. And she is a rescue, right? Giant KUDOS!
    And this makes Hobbit a celebrity also. Yay Hobbit!!!!!

  48. BooBear
    2:19 pm on March 17th, 2016

    We don’t have the Insider this year (next year a must have if AJ runs again) but the little clip we could see shows Amy and Harris in the lead slots. I wonder if Wilson (who started in lead with Amy) got dropped or rotated to another position.

  49. Masquers
    2:23 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Next up…DeeDee Jonroe is galloping toward the last checkpoint.
    And, looks like Nathan Schroeder, no. 4, is finally on the move again. We are looking forward to hearing what happened to him yesterday.

  50. Masquers
    2:29 pm on March 17th, 2016
  51. Masquers
    2:32 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Is that link working for youse without the Insider?

  52. Tupper and Gilly
    2:37 pm on March 17th, 2016

    sigh – fraid not Masquers. We can only see the 10 seconds that us “outsiders” are allowed.

  53. BooBear
    2:38 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Masquers, it worked but Mom broke down and bought the cheap insider before you posted that just so she could see the whole clip. Sounds like Wilson got sent home. And, it looks a whole lot colder in Nome than it was in Willow at the start.

  54. Masquers
    2:51 pm on March 17th, 2016
  55. Masquers
    2:54 pm on March 17th, 2016

    No. 4 may be moving, but it’s at a snail’s pace…more like walking than racing.

  56. B.Stover
    3:03 pm on March 17th, 2016

    The dogs and mushers are coming in with frost and icicles on their faces.

  57. BooBear
    3:17 pm on March 17th, 2016

    B., in response to the earlier post you made regarding stingrays…years ago, Mom and Dad went on a vacation to the Cayman Island. They went on a boat tour that involved getting in the water with the stingrays. The tour guides would feed the stingrays and they just kept coming. Looking back on that, I’m surprised that Mom got in the water. She and Dad concluded that the stingrays were attracted to the color purple. Mom’s friend had on a purple swimsuit and they were all over her.

  58. BooBear
    3:22 pm on March 17th, 2016

    B, I also think I saw Charlie’s floppy ears go by in the video of the end of the race. Looks like he made it the whole race.

  59. Howlers
    3:34 pm on March 17th, 2016

    We know Maury went all the way. We heard Rebecca talk to him.

  60. B.Stover
    3:38 pm on March 17th, 2016

    BooBear: I don’t think I’d want stingrays all over me! But that is interesting about the purple. They have long, thin tails also which I think help them steer.

    I’ll have to watch the video again to see Charlie. Yes!!

  61. Diane C.
    4:12 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Good Afternoon All and Congratulations and Welcome to the Noble Snowhook Team.
    The race really did pass quickly this year, but waws no less exciting for that.
    Thanks for the Onion article about Melvin and the link to the Snowhook Iditarod 2016 photo montage.
    Done with class for now; on the way home to be a librarian.
    Well done, Snowhook!

  62. Masquers
    4:23 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Rats! I keep missing seeing Charlie’s ears.

    DeeDee and Nathan almost in to Front Street.

  63. BooBear
    4:39 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Masquers & B., IF Mom is seeing correctly, Charlie is in the pair right behind the lead dogs.

  64. Howlers
    6:27 pm on March 17th, 2016

    BooBear, we can’t tell on our iPaw…we will have to get ahold of Mom’s big computer tomorrow to look at Charlie.
    Tonight, they are leaving us for food and music (and Guiness) in honor of some guy who wears gren like Kat does.
    Mom just told us that this year’s star of the Snowhook Team is the same kind of dog as us: Rescue. How cool is that!!

  65. Masquers
    7:33 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Ellen Halverson racing down from White Mountain at 53.2 mpr. You don’t say!
    Gasp! Now her GPS is up in the air and clocking in at 130.6.

  66. Masquers
    7:36 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Sadly, it looks like she has been withdrawn from the race.

  67. Mpop and Loulou's Mom
    8:09 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Rio, with all this Iditarod excitement, I almost forgot about American Idol. Just in time!

  68. BooBear
    8:16 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Spring is here in south Texas

  69. BooBear
    8:17 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Another

  70. BearSpiritDog
    8:21 pm on March 17th, 2016

    BooBear: Beautiful Photos!

  71. Herd's Mom
    8:22 pm on March 17th, 2016

    BooBear, tell your mom that her fuchsias and bouganvillas are goregous and remind me of CA.

  72. Tupper and Gilly
    8:23 pm on March 17th, 2016

    What say all of you – do we need a final prayer to close out AJ’s journey? Or did we do that with welcoming him in last night?

  73. Herd's Mom
    8:24 pm on March 17th, 2016

    I am going to take a nap after the pawrayer and before posting fotos of the Sea Life Center. It is really amazing for a city of 2528, wow!

  74. c.hobbit
    8:26 pm on March 17th, 2016

    BooBear: tell your mom it is snowing in Anchorage. Just a couple of inches and it will melt next week when it hits 43 degrees.

    I bough a new TV as my living room one is giving out. There were so many options and choices. I decided just to buy a simple flat screen that is 10″ bigger than my current TV. I think the DDD is going to help me set it up when he returns from Seward. Maybe. I hope. We’ll see. I like him regardless of his handy man capabilities. Honest.

  75. DDD
    8:38 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Ha, ha, ha. I can handel it. The handyman shall return.

  76. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:49 pm on March 17th, 2016

    We are going to say goodnight. Will check in tomorrow to see if there is a final prayer. Have hit the wall today.

  77. c.hobbit
    8:51 pm on March 17th, 2016

    I was missing having a final prayer…

  78. c.hobbit
    8:53 pm on March 17th, 2016

    DDD: I might have a list by the time you return. Heh.
    I almost made “Digger’s Mess” for supper but will fix it for Saturday night under your supervision.

  79. Tupper's Mama and the Storyteller
    9:00 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Creator – we thank you for the safe run of all who have arrived in Nome. We ask you to continue to watch over those still on the trail.

    It’s time for home, for rest and sleep
    Stories will come in days ahead
    Stories of ice and dark and cold
    And stories of brave dogs who give their all
    The stories will carry us all along
    Safe from our home, we can live the trail
    We can hear the dogs barking their joy of the run
    And feel the sled runners crunch over the ice
    Safe from our homes, we can hear about fear
    About worry and loneliness
    About hard work and fatigue
    Safe in our homes, we will hear about peace
    And solitude and beauty in Creator’s world
    We will hear stories of mushers
    Who cared best for their dogs
    And cheer for the ones still heading for home.
    Let all come home safely to the ones that they love
    Let all come home with good stories to tell
    We will listen to stories, from safe in our homes
    While just a little bit wishful
    That we had gone too
    It’s time for home and rest and sleep
    Well done, all you champions.
    Well done, welcome home.

    Creator – we thank you for the safe run of all who have arrived in Nome. We ask you to continue to watch over those still on the trail.

  80. Herd's Mom
    9:02 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Amen and amen!

  81. Linda
    9:11 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Safe in our homes. Amen and thank you.

  82. BearSpiritDog
    9:12 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Amen & amen. Another Beautiful Prayer.
    Thank You so much, Amalia and Leonard, for Our Evening Blessings.

  83. BearSpiritDog
    9:13 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Now it’s Time for Rest and Sleep.

  84. dawson
    9:17 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Amen!

    Golinka and Storyteller: Thank you for the nightly prayers during this Iditarod. By the way, they were talked about on the live feed this morning. Reading last night’s prayer on the Snowhook facebook page brought someone to tears. It may have been Snowhook’s neighbor but I’m not sure.

  85. Herd's Mom
    9:31 pm on March 17th, 2016

    CHobbit, the DDD began blowing serious ZZZZZZZs right after he heard about about the list. I’ll tell him about Digger’s mess for Saturday dinner. He will be pleased.
    Dawson, thanks for the news about the evening prayer. I frequently get misty when I read the prayer. Tears of happy. And it is good news to share.
    Golinka and Storyteller, I look so forward to the evening prayer during the race that I truly miss the time “together” that it brings when the race is done. I know it will come back when AJ and the team run again, Iditarod or ??? and I look for that time.

  86. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:34 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Gah!…While I was reading the Irish thingy I thought it was Golinka and Leonard’s prayer….gasp!…I was confused and bewildered by it as it is totally not their style. I thought maybe they had had too much wine at supper…heh!heh!….Mystery cleared up now….snort!

  87. Herd's Mom
    9:47 pm on March 17th, 2016

    And speaking of Irish thingies, I had read that Seward does a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Having been to both Chicago and Montreal for St. Pat’s Days where they celebrate like crazy, I asked several people here about the parade. No one knew where or when. The owner at the Seward Hotel said it would probably be 10 cars.
    I can now report they were wrong since I just watched it start outside our new digs. We moved to get a deal on the whale watching tour tomorrow.
    The parade began at 5:10 PM at Dairy Hill Ln. and Third and was comprised of 6 cars with balloons on them, shamrocks in the windows, flashers on and horns tooting. Five of the cars were everyday cars and trucks. The 6th was a lime green ’70’s Dodge Charger with a spoiler in great condition. A sight to behold, both parade and Charger. 🙂 Oops, they all just came back up Fourth to the same parking lot they started from. Thirty-five madcap minutes in Seward.

  88. bluecat
    9:51 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Amen and thank you, Amalia & Leonard.

  89. Tupper's Mama
    10:04 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Thanks to all of you – it was YOU who made the prayers powerful.

    Dawson – thanks for telling us about the live feed. We are so honored that the prayers meant that much to people.

    And we also thank Sonny, Tom, Ramona, Wallace, Herman, Charlie, Harvey, Phillip, Marci and Theresa. Wouldn’t have been the same without them.

  90. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:30 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Celebrate!…Celebrate Me Home!…Wooooo!… So thankful the Team, AJ and Rebecca are reunited today..snort!…I am a little late to the party because I was worrit about my friend. She was this close to quitting and walking away today..This close…gasp!

  91. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:32 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Spring!…Not here BooBear…grump!…We are having a cold front with snow tonigt..grrrrr!..So fricking sick of snow….puke!

  92. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:40 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Video!…Just watched the video of Snowhook finishing…Oh bless my soul. It makes me so happy to even know the Snowhook Team…sniffle!sob!…So Happy!

  93. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:43 pm on March 17th, 2016

    Harris!..Impressive!…She goes from an unwanted dawg to a wanted dawg to a mother to a sled dawg…TO a Team LEADER…Yeeep!…She is a great thing. And has been truly honored by AJ….snuffle!

  94. dawson
    11:24 pm on March 17th, 2016

    True to form I am two checkpoints behind the team but they were two that must be mentioned.

    The Safety checkpoint was for SiberH.(in spirit). I hoped to hear from his maw during the race but it was not to be. They started us on this Iditarod Trail and we are grateful.

    The Nome checkpoint was for our Heart-Friend, a most faithful and loving supporter of Snowhook Kennels, Chet the Dog, OFA and each one of the Plunderers.

  95. Macy the Min Pin
    12:23 am on March 18th, 2016

    Yes Wyatt ,rubbing your belly makes me feel better. Thanks.
    Yea SNOWHOOK ! Way to go I bet y’all have the best manners in the dog lot.

    I would love to know what Lance thought of the Onion article.

    Too much excitement Must sleep. Niters

  96. Staff
    12:55 am on March 18th, 2016

    I too am grateful for the prayers. They are the best prayers ever. Please let Sonny, Tom, Ramona, Wallace, Herman, Charlie, Harvey, Phillip, Marci and Theresa know we treasure and appreciate their help!

    I was quilting at the Retreat Center at Faye’s Henhouse today. I will be doing it tomorrow and Saturday and even Sunday. Too Much Fun.

    My spot on the table from my side.

  97. Staff
    12:55 am on March 18th, 2016

    My spot on the table from Deb’s side.

  98. Staff
    12:56 am on March 18th, 2016

    Keiko missed me. She is helping me post.

  99. SnowBella
    12:58 am on March 18th, 2016

    Amen.

  100. Herd's Mom
    1:31 am on March 18th, 2016

    This little town has lots of stuff…I noticed a cery colorful building. It turns out it is the community library and museum.

  101. Herd's Mom
    1:37 am on March 18th, 2016

    The only problem is that the museum is open in the winter only by appointment. Sheesh, we didn’t know. The colorful tiles around the building look like the northern lights.

  102. Herd's Mom
    1:56 am on March 18th, 2016

    This is the front of the Sea Life Center.

  103. Herd's Mom
    2:02 am on March 18th, 2016

    The center encourages interactive play See the big kid in the fishing boat? There are life jackets and bean bag fish and crab. The tarp in the backgrounde is one of several exhibits being updated.

  104. Herd's Mom
    2:06 am on March 18th, 2016

    The center promotes sustainable fisheries. They show Alaska products.

  105. Herd's Mom
    2:08 am on March 18th, 2016

    A typical fresh catch of the day…

  106. Herd's Mom
    2:09 am on March 18th, 2016

    And crab legs just like Dawson devoured in Fairbanks last year!

  107. Herd's Mom
    2:10 am on March 18th, 2016
  108. Herd's Mom
    2:15 am on March 18th, 2016

    Now the Wifi here is getting tired, not to mention me, so I’ll finish the tour before the whale watching tomorrow.

  109. C.Hobbitz
    2:15 am on March 18th, 2016

    Thank you Herd’s Mom for the photos. Last year I drove down to Seward to surprise my sister in a band concert but couldn’t stay to see much. So Seward is still on my list to explore

  110. Howlers
    7:05 am on March 18th, 2016

    Amen. Thank you for the prayers, Tupper’s Maw and Storyteller. We haven’t been able to stay up most nights, but like waking to them.
    Seward looks like a very cool town, HOH. We are glad you and DDD are getting out and about in Alaska.
    Lucky BooBear. We have Spring flowers up, lime daffodils, and trees are starting to bloom. But snow is in the forecast for the weekend. Mom was not happy, but we told her that we ordered that snow for the Donut’s first birthday.

  111. Staff
    11:04 am on March 18th, 2016

    http://nature365.tv/march-18-2016/

    snow and sky. A perfect example of a sun dog at the end. Good thing it is a video not real or it would burn your eyes out.

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