Snowhook Arrives In Ruby!

“And here’s a photo by Jeff Schultz of one of ‘our’ – meaning Justin and Rebecca Savidis’s – dogs sleeping at the Cripple checkpoint,” Admin says.

“Possibly Frank, Rebecca says,” says Spence, “but she can’t be sure. Here’s what she has to add about dogs that retire from the race before the end. And other things. I love the idea of the voice of the dropped dogs.”

Her name is Kate, but I think of her as the voice of dropped dogs.  For the third year in a row, the strong, distinct, but kind voice has called to inform me of who of the Snowhook team has arrived from the trail.  The Voice is quick to make life easier on handlers who drive long distances to pick up the dogs by trying to coordinate a carpool system of sorts.  The Voice is kind to the sleep deprived, ready with useful information, and understanding when questions are asked.  The Voice is also very busy.  Last year’s race had a lot of dropped dogs, more than we’ve seen thus far.  Kate, the Voice, told me last year on one of the many times she called that they just received and processed nearly one hundred dropped dogs—that’s a lot of phone calls to make.

Garrett, with a sore wrist, and Jesse, with a sore shoulder arrived in Anchorage not long ago and will be taken to the women’s correctional facility.  I will pick them up tomorrow and welcome them home to the kennel.  They will rest, they will recuperate and they will be loved.

AJ left Cripple after a long rest with fourteen dogs still in harness.  At the time of this email, fifty-six paws and two size thirteens are traveling to Ruby, the first checkpoint on the Yukon River.


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126 Responses to “Snowhook Arrives In Ruby!”

  1. Melanie
    9:34 am on March 10th, 2012

    Good Morning All! I’m glad to see that AJ is into the Matt Keortge’s (official Snowhook photographer) checkpoint Ruby!

    Hmmm, now that he taken a job down in the lower 48, I wonder if that job is open? Pondering …

    Found two pictures of AJ and all that I don’t think we’ve posted. Look at that “Chet the Dog” right up front!

  2. Melanie
    9:36 am on March 10th, 2012

    And the second one …

  3. BearSpiritDog
    9:45 am on March 10th, 2012

    Good Morning to Chet, Spence, Admin, Melanie and All!
    Two posts this morning and such nice ones they are. Love the photos, Melanie!

  4. Barb & Maggie
    9:52 am on March 10th, 2012

    Good morning everyone. Cool but sunny here. I think I heard possible 70 in a few days! Wow, is it March in Illinois?

    Thank you for those great photos.

    Off for errands – accountant, grocery, and then to look at some piggies.

    Oh, and we just found out that Barb’s donkey, who lives somewhere else now, just had a baby. Will be going by there Tuesday, so hopefully we can get a good photo for you. Baby donkeys are sooo cute!

  5. Melanie
    9:53 am on March 10th, 2012

    Wish I could take the credit BearSpiritDog. Sigh. Would love to be there.

    Did you guy know that AJ is mentioned in Wikipedia?

  6. B.Stover
    9:57 am on March 10th, 2012

    Thank you for the report Spence and Rebecca, and for the photos Melanie. (So you want that job do you?)

    Good morning all.

  7. Rose
    10:05 am on March 10th, 2012


    I love the photos of our handsome musher and the doggies. Thanks, Melanie. Those pictures are making me think…Could a quilt be made of the CTD patch?

    Thanks for your update, Rebecca, and everyone else on the blog. Your reports are keeping me up to date.

    B&M: Cold today, but we are in for weather in the high 60’s and 70’s next week as well. Could we see pictures of the baby donkey?

    Melanie: You can Google AJ (like I did) and find lots of neat stuff!


  8. BearSpiritDog
    10:11 am on March 10th, 2012

    Whitey-Lance! You got AJ mentioned in Wikipedia!
    Thinking back if it hadn’t of been for your 2010 Iditarod Caper we might never have known of and grown to love Snowhook, the Giant and SnowBella.
    Way to go Whitey-Lance!!!

    Good Morning Rose and B!

  9. B.Stover
    10:13 am on March 10th, 2012

    Here is a picture of the glass bookshelves that I put back together yesterday. (Just 49 books on it. One of the turn-table bookshelves is in front of it. That has just 29 books on it.) The point was to try to get some of the new carpet in the picture.

  10. Masquers
    10:15 am on March 10th, 2012

    B: Have all your many books been counted and put away? (the new carpet looks beautiful. Thanks for the photo)

    Rose: Thanks for the heads up about Googling AJ. Now why didn’t I think of that?

  11. B.Stover
    10:17 am on March 10th, 2012

    I’ll be working on the library today (the last room to get organized) and afterwards I’ll try to get a picture of it. Then I’ll count all the books. What fun! (The counting not the organizing.)

  12. Melanie
    10:32 am on March 10th, 2012

    Book envy here! The carpet looks great. I bet it feels good. I will not be bringing the Newf up to shed on it.

    For Alice (or was it Abbie or Staff?) A link to last night’s Auroras from Chena Hot Springs, AK. Hmmm, hot springs, I love hot springs. We don’t have any here. 🙁

  13. Gus & BooBear
    10:42 am on March 10th, 2012

    Beautiful, B! Love the bookshelf (and the new carpet.) We see crystal stuff in your bookshelf. Do you collect that too? Mom has a display cabinet with all kind of “Pretties”. They look very special. She learned that they had to be displayed in a closed cabinet after accident #1 (antique crystal compote went flying….flying wasn’t the problem, it was the landing).

    Go Snowhook!


  14. BearSpiritDog
    10:43 am on March 10th, 2012

    We are looking forward to hearing that final count, B. (some of those books look mighty heavy)

    Rose: Hmm…A Chet quilt…something to be auctioned off perhaps?

    And what about a puzzle? Alice and Abbie you could come up with a Chet the Dog puzzle (in a baby version for Bear please)

    Melanie: We love hot springs too. Lots in CA…but not here.

  15. AbbietheKitty
    10:46 am on March 10th, 2012

    Melanie, thanks for the Aurora pictures. Wow, even the rare red colored ones!

    I thought that last picture (up above) could be a good puzzle, but I don’t have the rights to it. I am trying to be careful about that and only use photo’s I took or ones I have permission to use. I am not always succeeding but I am trying. (pic of AJ and dogs for instance)

  16. Masquers
    10:48 am on March 10th, 2012

    We’ve got Ally checking out of the Storyteller & Golinka’s checkpoint, Nulato, at 6:20.

  17. B.Stover
    11:04 am on March 10th, 2012

    Melanie: LOL! I think the Newfs would love the new carpet. It would be easier to keep clean than the old carpet–a medium shag in red. (What a difference a carpet makes!) Love the story about YSAS and the rude man.

    G&BB: Most of the crystal was my mother’s. The bowls were gifts from school.

    Bear: The heaviest books I own are the twenty volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary. (I still remember the poor UPS guy delivering the boxes.)

  18. BearSpiritDog
    11:33 am on March 10th, 2012

    B: One book at a time we think. lol

  19. AbbietheKitty
    11:37 am on March 10th, 2012

    I suppose you have seen this and Staff just for got, but she told me to post it anyway.

    Alaska Daily News, Meet the Sled Dogs.

  20. B.Stover
    11:40 am on March 10th, 2012

    After Ruby Lance Mackey has only ten dogs. Nicholas Petit has only nine.

  21. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:47 am on March 10th, 2012

    Fence!…Those two were outside fiddling around with a lot of fencing…snort!…Seems they want to keep Beau out of the upcoming garden area…heh!

    AJ!…In Ruby!…Wooooo!….If he rests all day there we won’t miss much…snort!… My friend has a full schedule today, the fence thing was not planned – so shes already behind…heh!…Good ole Beau!…wuffle!

  22. Jasper the Poodle
    11:54 am on March 10th, 2012

    Greetings from the west side of the mitten, plunderers. Sissy just had a shower and is feeling better. She moves slowly and is taking a muscle relaxer plus the tylenol. She can only sleep on her back, and for a side sleeper, that is very difficult for her.

    I have a pork roast in the crockpot, with homemade chicken stock and seasonings. Will pair that with mashed potatoes and carrots. Laundry is spinning, dogs are on laps, sun is shining, all is well.

  23. Jasper the Poodle
    11:56 am on March 10th, 2012

    Go Snowhook!

  24. B.Stover
    12:11 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Jasper’s mom: You’re a good sister. I’m glad Sissy is doing well.

  25. OleyHowlers
    12:12 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Bee, your carpet looks lovely and goes so well with your furniture.

    We love the Northern Lights picture…Mom keeps singing that Neil Young song.

    Jasper, glad Sissy is doing so well. We would have trouble sleeping on our backs too. We love love love the “Husky” picture. Thanks for posting it!

  26. OleyHowlers
    12:21 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Mom and Pop drove off with the horse trailer this morning, and just returnrd…with a new horse!!!! His name is Ned, but we all call him Mr. Ned. Heh heh We are waiting for him to talk. We’ll post a pic later. For some reason this blog doesn’t allow pictures to be posted from the iPaw.

  27. OleyHowlers
    12:49 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Lots of Idarpuppies expected!

  28. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:58 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Alone!…Her mother has left the house!..Repeat! Her mother has left the house!…Wooooo!….My friend wants to know why we are perfect angels when her mother leaves and act up when she is here…heh!heh!

    Jasper!…Could you have your mom come and stay with us every weekend?…snort!…That would be amazing!..sniff!

  29. Snowhook Bella
    1:16 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Rio: When I leave the kennel for more than a day for work, for example, I go to each dog and tell them that he or she is in charge. I then tell AJ that he is also in charge and I just let it work itself out.

  30. B.Stover
    1:21 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Rebecca: That is an excellent scheme!

  31. Macy the Min-pin
    1:34 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Iditapuppies indeed! One guy says there are pills to keep the girls from unpleasantness? Wouldn’t that mean just a bunch of b***ches PMSing? heh heh

    Dawson let me rephrase the question. Is there a weight limit for the dogs, ie, would I have to compete against a Newf?

  32. Macy the Min-pin
    1:37 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Staff, perhaps you could puzzlize one of CHarris’ pictures. And Bear, you can change the difficulty of them..

  33. Snowhook Bella
    1:42 pm on March 10th, 2012

    BStover: I like to keep them—especially the two legged—on their toes.

  34. Rose
    1:45 pm on March 10th, 2012

    B: Your bookshelves are beautiful, as is the carpet. A book shelf in my house is called stuffing them in closets, or a big kind of tupperware container that a bought at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

    Masquers, I was a mom to a kat a long time ago. We were both very kurious (nosy). 🙂

    Jasper, may I come to dinner at your house? So happy to hear Sissy is doing well.

    Bear: That was my thought exactly. (whispering) I would need to win it!

  35. Rose
    1:49 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Rio: Maybe your friend’s mother has behavioral problems, not Beau.

    Rebecca (and you can jump in here too, SiberH): Is the second half of the trail any easier than the first?

  36. Belle Starr
    2:19 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Rose: Let me tell you what I’ve had to endure. My two-legged mama is on a cheesecake diet, but does she share with me? No. Not even when I jump in her lap and lick her face. Nothing. She stares at the computer screen saying things like, “Move!” and “Damn green flag just stays still.” I move and wiggle, but she only has eyes for the computer screen. They she becomes overjoyed with the ‘damn green flag’ starts moving. And, do I need to mention last night? I had to get aggressive with her and call in back-up so she would lock the doors. Something was out there, I know it, but she had no clue. I had to get tough with mama and show my ‘get the perp’ face.

    When this is done, can I come stay with you for a while? I need a vacation.

  37. C.Harris
    2:19 pm on March 10th, 2012

    I think the quilt idea of the Chet patch is excellent. Also puzzles….aren’t there companies that turn a photo into a puzzle?

    Shoveled driveway AGAIN plus some of the dog paths in the back yard. Some of my young 6′ trees are in danger of being covered up with the snow I am depositing to clear paths. There is no place to put more snow and if it snows too much more, my mailbox on the road won’t open and I will have to cancel my newspaper delivery (yes, I get my news online but I feel sorry for newspapers so take a subscription to the paper). My fuel intake pipe is covered…dread breakup in May and it will be a mosquito summer. Crap.

  38. C.Harris
    2:25 pm on March 10th, 2012

    When I lived more rural, I never locked my house. The couple of times I did because people would get on me about it I managed to lock myself out and then had to pry open a window to get inside. Now I live with neighbors and it was hard for me to get in the habit of locking the front door. I leave the back door unlocked because when I find myself locked out {{{sigh}}}, I can go around the house, climb over the fence and get inside). I don’t think you can teach an old dog new tricks. (Rebecca, I am talking about me, not you)

  39. BearSpiritDog
    2:25 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Jasper: Always love your cute photos!
    May Sissy get stronger every day.
    Perhaps your mom could host our next get-to-gether?

    Rose: Our kind doesn’t take well to those forced attitude adjustments.
    Rio: Your friend’s mother may need some training if you all are going to get along.
    We think it’s obvious to Rio and Beau that the mother is not Alpha Dog and they are just having some fun.

    C.Harris: We swear we don’t know how you do it!

  40. Snowhook Bella
    2:29 pm on March 10th, 2012

    I look away for one minute and Belle Starr jumps on Chet’s.

    Rose: Much of the middle stretch of the race is on the Yukon River. The team will travel on the frozen river from checkpoint to checkpoint until he reaches Kaltag. When I traveled from Kaltage to Unalakleet in 2007 the Kaltag Portage was difficult. It was a long stretch of mogul after mogul. This stretch has been known to break sled runners (the parts of the sled that AJ stands on). The Coasat is a story all it’s own as is the weather. Depending on how the trail is routed, teams will travel across sea ice in some stretches. When I was on the trail by snowmachine the stretch from Golovin to White Mountain was my worst day. The wind was blowing on a white on white landscape. There was no horizon line and I felt like I was spinning and falling. I was fine once I made it to land. One this same stretch another snowmachiner that I traveled with noticed a brief glimpse of yellow in the distance. One of the mushers had a yellow sled bag and was being blown off trail. The wind was so bad, I was almost blown off my snowmachine but was able to hold onto the handlebars at the last moment. We were able to lead her back, but it was a harsh day. I frostbite the tips of my fingers on both hands that day. The coast is known for wind. Last year the wind wasn’t as bad as compared to some years.

  41. Masquers
    2:31 pm on March 10th, 2012

    CHarris: That’s a funny story about you locking yourself out of the house. Mom would be laughing harder if she hadn’t had similar experiences. When you are trying to break into your own house it is likely to be mistaken for a burgler.

  42. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:33 pm on March 10th, 2012


    Blankie photo alert!

    There is a great photo of some familiar blankies in the Iditarod photo section!

    Love the alien blankie! And the dogs look very grateful for the extra warmth!

  43. Snowhook Bella
    2:41 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Charris: AJ is what we’ll call over protective. He’s kind of known for it. When we bought our property there were bars on the first floor windows—the guy traveled a lot for work and the woman was by herself a lot. I wanted to take them off. AJ said not a chance. AJ insists I lock the doors because even though we’re on the road system, we’re still a bit secluded and he’s chased a guy off our property a few times. The guy has since taken off, but comes back to the area every now and again. When we lived on a mountain we never locked the doors. Our nearest neighbor then and now was about a half mile away.

  44. Snowhook Bella
    2:47 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Wolfie: Thanks for letting us know about the photo. That black dot in the background is a certain Giant. I believe that the lump under the red blanket next to Quig is his sister, Twig.

  45. Masquers
    2:48 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Hey! He’s on the move!

  46. Masquers
    2:50 pm on March 10th, 2012

    wooooo! at 9.1 mph.

  47. BearSpiritDog
    2:54 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Gulp. SnowBella, that first coastal section you are talking about is our checkpoint, Unalakeet. I hope it will be more welcoming this year.

  48. AbbietheKitty
    3:02 pm on March 10th, 2012

    A row of strawed dogs with a giant for a tail. snicker…

  49. Alice M. Johnson
    3:05 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Yep, he is moving out fast! Those dots (and dogs) are stretching out.

  50. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:06 pm on March 10th, 2012

    It is a sweet photo of AJ working his way down the line, tucking the team in for a nap, isn’t it?

    I wonder if Melanie can get a close up of the giant?

  51. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:08 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Abbie read my mind!

  52. Masquers
    3:17 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Roll’n, roll’n, roll’n on the (Yukon) River.

  53. Masquers
    3:21 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Yes! A zoom in on the Giant tucking the Team in for the night please. Nice photo copy Abbie.

  54. B.Stover
    3:53 pm on March 10th, 2012

    The books are all organized. There are a few more things to do but I’m too tired.

  55. Melanie
    4:00 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Back from errands. yuck

    Patsy is talking to me again. She woke up the morning in a bad mood. Then she had to stay in while some on the Pack went on the walk/run. She was not pleased. I hadn’t taken her in the car with me since YESTErDAY. How horrible.

    She went on the long haul of errands. She had a bone, toast, yogurt and water. She feels fulfilled. Or just full, I’m not sure which.

    I can’t make AJ any better. It is a small picture with a very small AJ. We would have a black blob.

    Jasper, sending Franklin over to blur back some supper. Tell your mom thanks!

    Getting the heating pad. Then relax. First I have to find out what AJ is up to!

  56. Snowhook Bella
    4:11 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Melanie: AJ is up to 6’4″. 🙂

    I love that picture of Quigley-Bear in his blanket.

  57. Barb & Maggie
    4:24 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Love the bookshelf and the new carpet, Bee.

    Kelly is thinking about getting a smaller dog (everything is smaller than a Newfie). We suggested a British Golden Retriever, like Pearl. She said all her carpets have black backgrounds so dog hair doesn’t show! Does that mean dogs and carpet should be color coordinated?

    G & B, You call them “Pretties”. When Baye was about 5 or 6 she started collecting crystal and china pieces in a cabinet in her bedroom. She called them her “Fragiles”. I don’t think she ever broke any!

    Lily is starting tomatoes, peppers and herbs inside. We get a daily report of what has sprouted.

    Love the picture of the dogs being tucked in with their baby blankets on!

  58. Snowhook Bella
    4:40 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Taking a close look at the Quig in a Blanket picture, it looks like AJ is working on his sled while the dogs rest. The sled is on its side. He might be making further repairs or simply changing the runner plastic for the snow conditions.

  59. Masquers
    4:43 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Melanie: A small AJ the Giant…isn’t that a contradiction in terms? snicker (I know, I know…you can’t make him any bigger. Even the Magical Melanie has her limitations)

  60. Gus & BooBear
    4:53 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Barb & Maggie, that was the one and only accident for the pretties and it was “cat caused.” It was years ago. Mom had the compote sitting on top a small cabinet all by itself. She heard a crash but couldn’t figure out what broke. Then she thought “oh,no” and sure enough it had been knocked off and broke when it hit the floor. It made her really sad since that piece had come from her grandmother. She still looks for another one to replace it.

    Good for Baye that she takes care of her things. Does she still collect or has she moved on to other things?

    Go, AJ1

  61. OleyHowlers
    5:36 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Just watched the video of Mackey frustrared. Is he a grump? And what is the deal he has with Dallas Seavy?

  62. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:42 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Quiq in a Blanket, heh, I like that. Quiq looks like her eyes are getting heavy…sleepy….yawn……

    I like the idea of having a photo of AJ tucking them in, but it does look like he is working on his sled. He probably didn’t have time to read them bedtime stories, either, lol.

  63. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:45 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Bella, sometime we would love to hear how you and AJ met and fell in love.

  64. Barb & Maggie
    5:46 pm on March 10th, 2012

    G & B, We didn’t mean to imply that you were not being careful! We just thought it was strange that Baye never had an accident. Once her stuff was put into her cabinet I don’t think anyone was allowed to touch it ever again. Not sure if she is still actively collecting, she seems to have moved on to books. However, she knows the names Waterford, Lladro and Christopher Radko!

    Rose, Hoping to get a picture of the donkey foal on Tuesday. Going that direction and will take the camera along.

    Today Barb visited the piggies. Oleys will be happy. We found a place that pasture raises a heritage breed, Berkshire, and he is getting a “certified humane” desigination this week. He also is going to grow his own corn to get away from the GMO corn that is normally available, so Barb, Kelly and Jessica are all happy.

  65. Barb & Maggie
    6:01 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Wolfie, What is going on with your boys? Have we missed an update?

  66. Rose
    6:02 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Wolfie, I would like to hear that story too! And that is a very sweet pictures of the doggies all tucked in.

    Rebecca: Sounds like this is a very tough leg of the trip for AJ and the team. How many miles does he have left until Nome?

    Belle Starr: Your two-legged mama is very worried about your two-legged Pop. I’m sure she doesn’t mean to be mean to you, and I’m glad that you are keeping her safe. I need a vacation too…(whisper) when you get here, we’ll do some fun stuff…

  67. OleyHowlers
    6:12 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Adorable picture of Quig in the blanket.

    Mom & Pop are going out to a Siberian Husky Rescue Fundraiser Beef & Beer tonight (why wouldn’t Sibes be invited to a Sibe rescue event???)

    Here is a picture of Ned.

  68. OleyHowlers
    6:13 pm on March 10th, 2012

    And one more of Kat introducing herself:

  69. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:16 pm on March 10th, 2012

    A warm welcome to Mr Ned!

    And we love your bookshelves and carpeting, Bee. That’s a big job!

  70. Snowhook Bella
    6:23 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Is Mr. Ned still a horse of few words?

  71. Barb & Maggie
    6:26 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Mr. Ned looks very healthy, not underwright at all. And very calm standing next to a dog he doesn’t know! Looks like he has his winter coat on. Mr. Ned has found a good spot!

  72. Tupper and Gilly
    6:27 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Greetings all –
    Mama had kind of a trying afternoon – but then she got her 2 cents in, whatever that means and she feels much better. Still a little poufy, but better.
    She was at the clay place, and went to the restaurant next door for a quick cup of coffee. Checked the race on her ipaw, and someone looking over her shoulder asked her if she was watching the race.
    This (sub) human starts going on about how dog sledding is such a cruel sport. How “sledders” go to animal shelters and get all the big strong dogs and force them to drag heavy sleds for miles through the snow drifts, all the time beating them with whips.
    When he took a breath, Mama asked him when he last saw a dog sled event.
    Oh, never?
    Ok, so which documentaries have you seen about dog sledding?
    Oh, none?
    So, in other words, you have NO idea of what you are talking about?
    Well, I know what I’ve heard! he decleared.
    So Mama said to him – ok, now hear THIS – and told him (and the other people who had been listening to this blowhard) about how huskies love to run, about how mushers would go hungry before they would let their dogs not have enough to eat, about how the ideas of whips and shelter dogs was beyond absurd,about the care and love that goes into mushing, about the stupidity of people who expounded on subjects of which they knew NOTHING, and about how foolish people are responsible for so many of the misunderstandings and further falsehoods that get spread.
    (but she was polite – she didn’t swear or raise her voice even once. AND some people said thank you to her and said they would check out the Iditarod web site)

  73. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:28 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Wolfie’s boys……sigh.

    Cody is being evicted in nine days. We found out from his landlady (who may or may not be telling the truth) that he and gf never really stopped using.

    He has a plan, and mom is providing groceries but nothing else. He’ll figure it out.

    We took Chad in for all the medical tests needed for detox, but Chad has decided to do things “on his own terms”, whatever the heck that means. (Actually, it means he wants mom to butt out, which is fine by us.) He never did go in to get his TB test read, which means that it doesn’t count.

    Like his brother, he’ll figure it out also, one way or another.

    In the meantime, mom is eating lots of Easter candy. It is almost as good as cheesecake.

  74. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:36 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Mom has the same conversation a few months ago. About how they train the dogs to endure the trails. How they train the dogs to enjoy it. The inhumanity of it all!

    It made mom smile. She thought about trying to ‘train’ Teddie to run in the snow. Ha ha. She hated going for walkies. She literally dug her heels in and would not go forward. So the idea of training a dog to have passion for running is absurb!


  75. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:38 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Howlers, I didn’t like the way that Lance blamed his dogs for everything.

  76. Melanie
    6:45 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Woo!!!! The Pink Bulldozer on a roll (so to speak). Got to love that Royals’ Mum!

    Wölfie, sorry to hear about the guys. Perhaps Chad is trying to take some responsibilities. On the other paw, it would be a lot easier just to knock heads together.

    What kind of Easter candy? Inquiring minds want to know.

    You know how Newfoundlands are water dogs? Well, try to get Ellie in any deeper than her tummy! Some dogs do water and love it, others take over the sofa.

  77. Melanie
    6:49 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Love Mr. Ned. He looks very friendly and talkative.

    Barb and MagPie, yes. When owning Newfies it is best to have everything matching the fur. Also mud. It is good to match with mud. Oh, and drool. Never understood about people wanting Landseers from the rug, sofa matching situation. If you got something for the black fur, what do you do with the white?

    I think we should write a story about “The Meeting of AJ and Rebecca”.

  78. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:55 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Melanie, good idea. I’ll start……

    Once upon a time………

  79. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:58 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Easter candy: mom likes the malt ball Easter eggs and reeces Easter egg candy.

    She won’t share.

  80. Barb & Maggie
    7:02 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Melanie, Maybe a faux zebra rug would be the decorator’c choice on that one. If you could just get the dog to position himself properly to line up with the black and white!

    Yes, when Rebecca has time, a love story is requested.

    We sort of look at the sled dogs in the Iditarod the same as human athletes in the Olympics. Not only are they the best, they train to be at their peak for the event.

    Wolfie, your mom can only do so much to make the sobriety happen. She cannot drag them there kicking and screaming. They have to go when they are ready. It sounds like they are not at that point yet.

  81. Melanie
    7:20 pm on March 10th, 2012

    …. a young woman named Rebecca was walking a beautiful Alaskan Sled Dog …

  82. B.Stover
    7:25 pm on March 10th, 2012

    I really like Mr. Ned. He looks calm and content.

  83. Melanie
    7:42 pm on March 10th, 2012

    It was night with a light snow falling. But, strangely there were no clouds just the beautiful undulating green, blue, and red streams of the Northern Lights.

  84. Redbone Hound
    7:43 pm on March 10th, 2012

    this here dog was tryin to pull her over to a cheesecake shop

  85. Melanie
    7:46 pm on March 10th, 2012

    I looked up the Google directions for AJ for getting from Ruby, AK to Galena, AK.

    We could not calculate directions between Ruby, AK and Galena, AK.

  86. Melanie
    7:48 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Hi Mr. Redbone Hound! Thanks for joining in! (You have so much experience with romance).

  87. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:51 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Just as she reached for the door of the cheese cake shop, she heard a herd of doggies

  88. Tupper and Gilly
    8:04 pm on March 10th, 2012

    They were heading to the Salmon Bon Bon shop across the street….

  89. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:10 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Galena!… AJ and the A-Team are on the way to Galena!…snort!snort!….That is Rose’s checkpoint…WOOOOOO! ….Tonight will be fun tracking him into the check point…wheeze!

    Blankies!….I love the photo of Quig and Twig under the blankets that Rebecca made for them…snort!…Although, it would have been better if AJ would have put the Baseball Blanket on them…grunt!…I will have to speak to him about that once this race is over…sniff!

  90. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:31 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Yes, racing at full speed, (approx 9.9 mph), dragging an empty sled, and chased by a wheezing Giant, they came to an abrupt stop when they noticed Redbone.

  91. Alice M. Johnson
    8:38 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Melanie, Ruby to Galena shows as 50 miles when you click on the 2012 race and choose ‘check points’ from the drop down links. You have to scroll down below the map to get the miles. And then if you clik on the one you are interested in you will get a detailed description of that particular run.

    Here is a link to the Ruby-Galena run:

  92. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:47 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Melanie. Just exactly what is wrong with the sofa. I think me and Ms. Ellie think alike. Wading in to stomach height is a great way to cool off; anything beyond that completely unnecessary. Just one dog’s opinion . . . Wookie

  93. B.Stover
    8:49 pm on March 10th, 2012

    I wonder where Siber H is.

  94. Melanie
    8:52 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Ummm, Alice? I know. I was just having fun.

    Wöökie, Ellie says she totally agrees with you.

    The wheezing Giant ran into the stopped sled, fell, skidded twenty feet and stopped at Rebecca’s feet.

  95. Melanie
    8:56 pm on March 10th, 2012

    When I do the close up on the last few updates for AJ it looks like he did a short cut over a smaller stream.

  96. Tupper and Gilly
    8:59 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Creator – thank you for giving us this day of bright hope on your beautiful earth. The buds are emerging on the trees; the small shoots of green push aside the thawing earth to meet the sun. We watch the changes around us and our hearts soar with the hope of the coming season.

    Creator – hope is the never ending gift you have given us. Each morning we can awaken with new hope for a good day. Each season, we can look forward with hope to the gifts of that time of year. Each year, we can have hope for the life ahead of us. This is what makes our trials bearable; it gives us the chance to believe all things are possible.

    Creator – there are times that it is hard to keep hope. Times when we have been let down, times when there seems to be no end to the things that make our life hard. These are the times when we must thank you most for your gift, for by having hope, we can go on.

    Creator – we ask you to return the gift of hope to the empty souls of Chad and Cody. Let them see a better way of life and know that they can reach for it. Let hope lighten the burdens of all those who feel lost and help them find ways to fulfill their dreams.

    We ask that you let our good hopes and wishes be medicine for healing Sissy and Nana and any others in need. We ask that our good hopes and wishes surround Rebecca and Rose with comfort and give peace to those in turmoil. We ask that our good hopes and wishes lessen the burdens of illness on Dan and Patsy, and maintain the wellness of Staff, Wookie and BlueCat’s Dad and all the others who may need this support.

    Creator – we also ask that our hopes lift AJ and the team on their journey. Let their time together on the trail be filled with camaraderie, joy, and satisfaction. We ask that their hopes for a safe and swift run come true. We ask that this team understand that the hopes of all who support them have already been met and filled, and that they can run with contentment in their hearts.

    Creator – our hope for AJ and the team is that they enjoy the final part of this race, and get safely to Nome in their own best time.

    Creator – thank you for giving us this day of bright hope on your beautiful earth. The buds are emerging on the trees; the small shoots of green push aside the thawing earth to meet the sun. We watch the changes around us and our hearts soar with the hope of the coming season and all the good things that will be in our paths.


  97. Barb & Maggie
    9:00 pm on March 10th, 2012

    We are here, waiting for our evening prayer.

  98. Masquers
    9:03 pm on March 10th, 2012


  99. Melanie
    9:05 pm on March 10th, 2012


  100. BearSpiritDog
    9:05 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Dear Storyteller and Amalia
    Thank you from our Hearts.

  101. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:06 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Amen. So be it.

    Thank you.


  102. Barb & Maggie
    9:07 pm on March 10th, 2012

    By the time we posted the prayer was already there.

    Amen, and thank you both.

  103. Alice M. Johnson
    9:14 pm on March 10th, 2012

    And now AJ is just a mile or so out of Galena.

  104. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Timing!…Why oh why (after almost a week now) do some still insist on posting comments right during the prayer?…grunt!…At least it wasn’t Dawson…heh!…At least it wasn’t Dawson!…heh!

    Golinka!…Thanks to you and thanks to StoryTeller so much once again for an amazing prayer…snuffle1

  105. Snowhook Bella
    9:31 pm on March 10th, 2012

    T&G: Thank you for the prayer of hope. Truly beautiful.

    The story of AJ and I—it’s like you were there. I must have told you the story before. 🙂

    Rose: I hope you’re watching—the team just arrived at the Galena checkpoint. He will likely rest the dogs for some time before heading onto Nuluato. By the way, Belle Starr seems to think that she is sharing the Galena with you.

  106. Tupper and Gilly
    9:34 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Rio – its ok – the prayer will show up when its supposed to.

    Clocks are just a man made device, and they can all run differently.

    And by the way, don’t forget to set your clock forward tonight.

  107. Melanie
    9:38 pm on March 10th, 2012

    More fun on google maps. I tried to get from my house to Galena. You can’t get there from here.


  108. Snowhook Bella
    9:51 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Now that the team is in Galena, likely wearing not-black dog blankets, I am going to collect our dropped dogs, Garrett and Jesse. My guess is most of youse will be in bed by the time I return so I hope you have a great night and rest well.

  109. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:12 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Clocks!…Forward!…ugh!gah!…I hate hate hate daylight freakin’ savings time…grumble!

  110. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:24 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Anchorage!…Drive safely Rebecca, be careful out there…sniff!

  111. Tupper and Gilly
    10:26 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Rio – we don’t mind it – we get to crawl into our warm bed and hour early since its gong to be an hour later, and then we get to sleep later because we can claim that it is actually earlier.

    doesn’t that make sense?

  112. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:37 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Thieves!….The way I look at it Tupper is they are stealing a whole hour from my weekend…grump!… I don’t get to spend all day long with my friend like you do..sniff!… She will have to leave one hour earlier on Monday morning and I know that pisses her off mightily…grunt!

  113. OleyHowlers
    11:06 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Mom and Pop just got back from the Sibe fundraiser. We all spent some more time in the barn with the horses.
    Beautiful prayer once again, T&G. Thank you so so much for that.

    Thanks everyone for your comments on Ned. Barb is right about his weight. The rescue says he was skin and bone when they saved him at the auction. He had been abandoned at a self-care facility. But since then, he has gotten quite a hay-belly. Mom will not let him keep that. He is sweet and adorable and totally laid-back. An answer to their prayers.

    Hurray for Rose!!! Our team is at your checkpoint!!! “Honors and benefits” to you!

  114. Staff
    11:12 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Goodness Gracious I have to adjust the time when I take my pills. I guess I will leap 1/2 hour ahead for the morning and that will really be 1/2 hour back. Then I can go back 1/2 hour to the regular time in the evening and I will have only changed up 1/2 hour each.

    I think…Jeez this is confusing.

    Good think the Royals reminded me now. I am sure I would be too fuzzy brained in the morning.

  115. Tupper and Gilly
    11:16 pm on March 10th, 2012

    Rio – so sorry that your friend will have to leave you an hour early on Monday. But won’t she get home an hour earlier too?

    Maybe we just aren;’t getting this whole daylight savings thing.

    Howlers – so glad that Ned has a good home now. Bless your Mom and Pop for all their good rescue work.

    We are going to go set clocks and call it a night. See ya all tomorrow.

  116. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:24 pm on March 10th, 2012


  117. OleyHowlers
    11:24 pm on March 10th, 2012

    We are ecstatic about Daylight Savings Time. We will get tons more time with Mom and Pop after they come home from “work”, to go for walks, trail rides, hikes, and stuff like that.

  118. Staff
    11:40 pm on March 10th, 2012

    by the way, Tupper and Gilly, I have started a folder at dishlickers and put the March 4- March 10 prayers in it.

  119. Macy the Min-pin
    12:07 am on March 11th, 2012

    Another exciting day on the trail. Luckily they have seen none of this–

  120. OleyHowlers
    7:16 am on March 11th, 2012

    Good Sunday, All! We just had our Sunday morning eggs. Yumm.
    Rose, stop playing with the team, and send them on their way. 🙂

  121. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:14 am on March 11th, 2012

    HA! Is fine thing. Natasha can run through snow and ice in HEELS but Spencer cannot be avake early to post new day???
    Silly human.

    All is vell on trail. Doggies are so brave, so strong. AJ takes very good care of them. And he shared most delicious caramello bar vith Natasha. He is good boy, no?

    Ve vill be come home soon!

  122. Staff
    9:45 am on March 11th, 2012

    AJ is out of Galena….

  123. Rose
    10:16 am on March 11th, 2012

    Good Moring Everyone:

    OH: I have to admit it was hard for me to stop playing with the team, and having a nice chat with AJ. Boy, is he tall. And very nice. And very HANDSOME! 🙂

    Mr. Ned seems like a very nice horse. I especially love the picture of Kat introducing himself.

    Belle Starr: It Galena is OUR checkpoint!

    T&G: Thank you for the prayer. Beautiful as always. Will your mum and pop post all of them to dishlickers in the future?

    Rebecca: I hope you had a safe return from Anchorage!

    Wolfie: Although I am not as eloquent as the Royals, I pray constantly for your boys.

    SiberH: Where you at????

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