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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