Snowhook, Iditarod, Plunderers

Newcomers to this blog might not know that we’re big supporters of Snowhook – a wonderfully humane kennel in Willow, AK. The Iditarod – greatest dog sled race in the world – is coming up in a few days and a bunch of Plunderers (an energetic and creative sub-group here) are already assembling up there. We’re jealous.

Good luck to Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook, AJ, musher extraordinaire, and all those beautiful and athletic members of the nation within. We’ll have some up-to-the-minute reports and analysis from Rebecca during the race. Go Snowhook!


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104 Responses to “Snowhook, Iditarod, Plunderers”

  1. B. Stover
    7:59 am on February 26th, 2014

    Good morning Spence and all.

    Go Snowhook!

  2. bluecat
    8:46 am on February 26th, 2014

    Good morning Spence, Bee and all.

    Great reporting and wonderful pictures last evening, Alaska Plunderers. Glad everyone got there safely.

    CHobbit, your hotel looks quite elegant.

    Baby Jace is so cute. “Someone” will want one like him, or be in a very bad mood.

    Warm thoughts to quilt-dwellers. May you be at peace.

  3. BooBear
    9:09 am on February 26th, 2014

    Good Morning here and up North in Alaska!!! Vet checks today and then we will find out the starting line-up for the great race to Nome. I wonder if Jem and his nose will make the cut.

  4. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    9:13 am on February 26th, 2014

    Since the Alaska contingent is still asleep (with or without baseball toys), I thought I’d post a couple of photos from back in the mainland USA. Teddy and Zeta again — a play date this past weekend. Zeta is a bit of a tease playing keepaway from Teddy with the baseball glove that some kid left at the schoolyard.

  5. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    9:15 am on February 26th, 2014

    And now Zeta is playing keepaway with a big stick.

  6. BooBear
    9:24 am on February 26th, 2014

    Zeta is definitely a little tease! Looks like she has Teddy tripping over his toes to follow her!

  7. Wose-the small and meek
    9:33 am on February 26th, 2014


    What a wonderful picture of baby Jace!! He will be stealing hearts.

    Plunderers at the Hobbit Hotel! Great pictures, and the Hobbit hotel looks lovely.
    Terrific pictures from all youse in Alaska! Rio! You are doing a wonderful job with air traffic tracking. You look very much at home in the Hobbit hotel!

    Teddy’s and Wookie’s Pop, Love the pictures! Keep them coming !

  8. Basil and Sage
    9:50 am on February 26th, 2014

    All we can say about all the pictures is”awwwwww”

    Cute baby, sweet snow sculptures, hunky state trooper, great friendship gatherings, adorable Teddy and Zeta, and Pugs left out in the snow. What could be better?

  9. ML
    9:58 am on February 26th, 2014

    Worse, have you been to see the wizard?

    Awake at 5:30, what to do? Check the blog of course.
    The group will be assembling in a couple of hours for breakfast, then later off to vet checks!

  10. Herd of Hounds
    10:04 am on February 26th, 2014

    GAH! The sun hasn’t even thought of coming up yet 🙁 Just wanted to let y’all know we are okay. Haven’t read yeaterday’s posts yet but will catch up later. Crawling back to bed for another hour or so 🙂

    Whoo hoo, V e t check Vednesday (apologies to Natasha).

  11. Elliot
    10:12 am on February 26th, 2014

    Staff – so sorry you are missing the trip north. Catty Librarian wants to know if there’s anything she can bring you from MT?

  12. Barb & Maggie
    10:13 am on February 26th, 2014

    Great pictures last night and this morning. Teddy, where is the snow?

    Glad everyone got there yesterday. Have fun at the check-in.

    How is Rebecca?

  13. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:15 am on February 26th, 2014

    SNORT!….I think I will go wake up everyone in the house right now!….GRUNT!SNUFFLE!…I need to go OUT!OUT!OUT!….oHHHHH CHobbit!….OUT!OUT!OUT!…wheeze!

  14. Wose-the small and meek
    10:19 am on February 26th, 2014

    RIO! What is your wake-up method? A blast of gas in the face?

  15. Wose-the small and meek
    10:20 am on February 26th, 2014

    Yes, how is our Pixie??

    Elliot, it is good to see you on the blog.

  16. O'Howlers' Mom
    10:35 am on February 26th, 2014

    Rio!!!! We here need our sleep! Did you have to play that damn song at 6:30? !!!!

    That’s the way I like it uh huh uh huh. Who knew you like disco. Oh alright, I’ll let you out. And fix you something for your hangover. Grumble

  17. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:37 am on February 26th, 2014

    Hey!….Let me in!…snort!snort!…CHobbit, you better not have gone back to bed!…grump!

  18. O'Howlers' Mom
    10:38 am on February 26th, 2014

    Jeez! I just let you out!

  19. Herd of Hounds
    10:41 am on February 26th, 2014

    Real HOH here. Can you believe that mom not only too the I Paw and left us the pig computer and laptop but she is even using our name? We’ll straighten her out. Darah only ate 1 book yesterday (fortunately not OFA) and went swimming for the sitter. The POP has bone a lot of “ARRRKKKKK”ing.

  20. Wose-the small and meek
    10:49 am on February 26th, 2014


  21. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:00 am on February 26th, 2014

    Howlers-Maw!…Sloppy pug-kiss! SLLUURRRP!…You are way better at this In-Out thing than CHobbit. She gets all grumpy…sniff!…Now what’s up for breakfast!…snort!

  22. Herd of Hounds
    11:14 am on February 26th, 2014

    Well, I have been told in no uncertain terms to keep my paws off the girls’ name. Await ing sunrise at 8 AM and meeting Plunderers not long after that 🙂
    High ho, Hi HOH.

  23. O'Howlers' Mom
    11:42 am on February 26th, 2014

    Teddy and Zeta were having a blast! In typical girl Sibe fashion, Zeta is in charge. Heh!

  24. Herd's Mom
    11:49 am on February 26th, 2014

    Saw yesterday’s fotos. Jace looks so happy and yes, he needs more toys. Plunder pics were super. Loved Teddy and Wesminster and today with his girl pal Zeta. Rio, don’t freeze your pug butt 🙂

    Morning OH’s Mom hard to believe we are so close now. See you soon.
    (And Dawson and Hobbit and ML and???)

  25. ML
    12:04 pm on February 26th, 2014

    And Howlers pop. I am all dressed and ready for breakfast. I don’t think Rio knows that he is not going with us. I can hear howler ‘rents upstairs, but not a peep from Dawson. May have to get the pug into her room.

  26. ML
    12:11 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Call off the pug. Dawson is up. Repeat, call off the pug…hey, wrong room. Out Out OUT!

  27. Riö -The Evil Pug
    12:18 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Dawson!…Is Dawson up?…snort!snort!…I need to lick her face….burp!belch!

  28. c.hobbit
    12:34 pm on February 26th, 2014

    The O’Howlers are residing in my master bedroom. I had forgotten to turn off the radio alarm that went off at 6:30 am. Oops. I hope they liked classic rock

  29. Diane C.
    12:46 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Hello everyone–I can only echo the sentiments of other–loving the pictures of Alaska, the Hobbit Hotel (and news of safe arrivals), the illustrated Rio saga, and news of all that leads up to the race. Everyone under various quilts (or the big collective symbolic one) continue on my pawrayer list and I’m shaking out my purple wardrobe in anticipation.
    Be safe an happy. (And WE’RE expecting RAIN!!! tonight. I’m so excited I’m even willing to drive through it!!!)
    Be well and happy, everyone.

  30. Diane C.
    12:54 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Wait–what news of the Pixie?

  31. Siber-H
    1:41 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Thanks for all the pictures you guys. We are enjoying all of them. Macy’s mom even got one of an Alaska State Trooper.

    Always love the pictures of Teddy and Zeta. They are the world’s cutest young couple.

  32. Barb & Maggie
    1:42 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Diane, Yesterday it was on the blog that Rebecca was going back to the doctor for more tests. She still is not feeling well.

  33. Tupper and Gilly
    2:03 pm on February 26th, 2014

    So much looking forward to more Alaska pictures.

    Mama and the Storyteller are off to do MORE shopping for the new room décor.
    Before Mama stated her redecorating bulldozer….um we mean “suggestions”, every thing in this house was blue – her mother’s favorite color. Well, blue is all nice and good, but these rooms haven’t been redone in over 40 years. It’s time for something different!

    Gramp is having kind of a hard time with it. For so many years, he has just switched paintings around, and rearranged furniture. So, this is al a BIG step for him. But we will say, he is being a good (if hesitant) sport about it all. Just wit till he sees what is coming from Amazon….

  34. O'Howlers' Mom
    2:07 pm on February 26th, 2014
  35. Melanie
    2:12 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Please tell me that isn’t the Hobbit Hotel. And that large thing on the wall isn’t something that Sadie brought back from a walk.

  36. Wose-the small and meek
    2:20 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Melanie, hopefully none of the Plunderers are eating moose head and eggs!

    Great picture, youse guys!

  37. Riö -The Evil Pug
    2:21 pm on February 26th, 2014

    MIA!….Hey! I am not in that photo…sniff!…It is because they left me at the Hobbit Hotel…sob!sob!sob!


  38. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    2:32 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Vhat is this means, Natasha must have vet check to run vith Snowhook doggies? Ve have never heard of such thing. After all, ve are very important spy!
    VAIT! Vhat are you doing putting Natasha up on this table? Of COURSE heartbeat is strong. Of course eyes are clear.
    VAIT VON FREAKIN MINUTE!!! You are putting your finger VHERE????

    Not vithout a ring you are not. Or at least dinner and movie!

  39. Siber-H
    2:34 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Hey Rio! Thanks for the right-side-up picture. That is like magic. ummm Can you keep doing this with the photos? please

  40. Melanie
    2:39 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Of. Course, I see it upside down in the second go around!

    Poor Natasha . . Snicker

  41. Riö -The Evil Pug
    2:40 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Natasha!…snort!…I just spit cawfee all over CHobbits nice white rug…heh!heh!

    SiberH!…Only for you Siber-Pal…sneeze!

  42. Siber-H
    2:43 pm on February 26th, 2014

    WOW! Thank You, Rio….Yippie!!

  43. Siber-H
    2:53 pm on February 26th, 2014

    I was starting to make myself sick trying to turn upside down to look at the pictures.

  44. Riö -The Evil Pug
    3:20 pm on February 26th, 2014

    SiberH!…snort!…You didn’t really do that, did you…chorkel!…Reminds me of when Agent Wookie was hanging upside down by his tail in his first adventure…chuffle!

  45. O'Howlers' Mom
    3:33 pm on February 26th, 2014

    We all love the Plunder Shuttle…all 7 of us together to go for breakfast at Gwennies. And yummm for the reindeer sausage!!!!!

  46. Belle Starr
    3:43 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Wolfman: I am going to need a baby Jace or I am going to be in a very bad mood. I am also going to need as many toys as he has or I’m going to be in a very bad mood.

  47. Riö -The Evil Pug
    3:48 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Reindeer Sausage!…gurgle!…I can’t believe youse guys are eating Rudolf the Reindeer for breakfast…wheeze!gag!spit!

  48. Riö -The Evil Pug
    4:03 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Bellie!…I didn’t want to mention it but this morning I woke up with this sparkly think on my neck….grunt!…Did you perchance happen to drop-in when I was sleeping last night?…sniff!

  49. Princess Sam
    4:18 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Rio, you look beautiful wearing sparkles!

  50. Belle Starr
    4:27 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Rio: Yes! I knew you would love being sparkly and pretty and glittery and glamorous!

  51. Barb & Maggie
    4:34 pm on February 26th, 2014

    We like the sparkles – can you give him a little splash of purple?

    We have tried venison, so would probable try reindeer, and yeah, maybe even some moose. NOT moose head stew however.

    Looks like the group is having so much fun being together.

    Nattie, get yourself a pair of Uggs!

  52. Siber-H
    4:36 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Rio, Bling looks good on you. You can wear it to the next World Series we go to.

  53. B. Stover
    4:42 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Natasha is cracking me up.

  54. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    4:55 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Commander Bee- is NOT funny!
    You could not believe indignities.

    And then they started the exam!

  55. Melanie
    4:55 pm on February 26th, 2014

    How did the reindeer sausage taste?

  56. Riö -The Evil Pug
    5:03 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Sparkles!…I cannot get this damned thing off…sniff!…Hopefully the Thieves will help me out when I get over to Snowhook…grunt!

  57. Belle Starr
    5:06 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Rio: The team is loaded up and headed for vet checks. You are going to meet the Giant soon I bet.

  58. Riö -The Evil Pug
    5:13 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Yeeeep!….I love that there Giant!…snorkel!

  59. Riö -The Evil Pug
    5:14 pm on February 26th, 2014

    SiberH!….Quick like an upside-down Siber, check your SDD…snort!

  60. Thieves!
    5:18 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Rio: We make no promises. Heh!

  61. Siber-H
    5:21 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Rio, Checked and replied.

  62. Barb & Maggie
    5:26 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Natasha, Were you singing the Beyoncé song “Shoulda Put a Ring On IT”? Oh oh oh – oh oh oh!

  63. Riö -The Evil Pug
    5:26 pm on February 26th, 2014

    SiberH!….That is not the news I wanted to hear….sob!…It’s just a rumor, right?…wheeze!

  64. Siber-H
    5:30 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Rio, In the article they used both words…rumor and talk.

  65. Staff
    6:20 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Wonderful picture of breakfast. snurffle. Lots of purple around that table. I think the Plunder Shuttle was a brilliant idea. Thank dog they gave away your SUV. snicker.

    Alice is sitting right here next to the computer checking out the pictures with me. She is glad I didn’t go to AK. grump.

    Turtleman has been checking out the blog too. He said it was really exciting yesterday during all the travels. It was!

    Elliot the Massage kat. If you come prepared to cook a few low sodium meals for Dad (or low sodium sides) I will be happy as a clam. Also no crunchy, seedy or too chewy in any way food. Somehow when my tummy is this icky I don’t feel at all like cooking. His bp is @ 200 over something right now and he won’t take bp meds. so far. And he has gotten the low sodium religion again. Be ready to read labels. sigh.

  66. O'Howlers' Mom
    8:04 pm on February 26th, 2014


  67. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:10 pm on February 26th, 2014


  68. BooBear
    8:26 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Vet checks! They have become popular. Mom is wishing she was there to meet all the dogs. Sniff! Oh, and she is missing meeting the Plunderers and Rebecca and AJ too.

  69. Siber-H
    8:36 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Rio, lol That is a classic.

  70. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:41 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Staff!…I am so sorry you and Mr. Staff did not come up here for all the fun…sniffle!…I was really looking forward to drinking beer and listening to some Anchorage Blue Grass music with Mr. Staff!…snort!…The fun we would have had…wheeeze!

  71. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:48 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Staffie!…I was really hoping to whip your butt in some good old-fashioned Poker while you were up here visiting…sniff!…I need to replenish my Treatie Fund but quick…snort!

  72. O'Howlers' Mom
    9:16 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Rio Jr. !

  73. Barb & Maggie
    9:27 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Love the pictures!

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:29 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Junior!….I seriously hope someone took a photo of you and me together…sniff!….If not today, sometime later when we are all out at Snowhook Kennels later this week…wheeze!…I would treasure it always, son!…snuffle!

  75. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:31 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Paws!….Look at the size of Junior’s Paws….snort!snort!

  76. Wolfie
    9:32 pm on February 26th, 2014

    I’m still worrit that Rio will get in trouble once his friend realizes that he has left the yard!


    What if Rio cloned himself and he is living in Colorado AND Alaska? What if there are two Rios!

    Yikes. I had better sit down.

  77. Tenzing
    9:33 pm on February 26th, 2014

    My Lady and I met the Plunderers today. We are tired about from all the excitement. Yark! Nap! Snooze!

  78. Wolfie
    9:39 pm on February 26th, 2014

    I can’t wait to see photos of the Meet and Greet!

  79. O'Howlers' Mom
    9:45 pm on February 26th, 2014
  80. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:47 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Mr. Tenzing!!….Make sure you both get a lot of rest tonight…sniffle!…I’d offer you my bed but it is all I can do to keep Sadie out of it…grump!

  81. BooBear
    9:53 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Love the pics! Where are AJ and the other guys? Rebecca, hope you are feeling better!

  82. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:54 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Right-Side-UP!….For SiberH!…sneeze!

  83. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on February 26th, 2014

    SiberH!…Remember to click on the photo and it will enlarge to show 5 lovely ladies…snorkel!…I really like how the Snowhook guys are in the truck looking out…heh!heh!

  84. Siber-H
    10:06 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Thank you, Rio. I enlarged it. That is a good picture of all of them and the Snowhook dogs. That is also a great picture of Junior and his paws.

  85. Barb & Maggie
    10:08 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Thank you for making it right side up. Greatly appreciated.

    Doesn’t look like a lot of snow there, not like here. But what an adventure!

    Night all.

  86. c.hobbit
    10:24 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Not back at the Hobbit Hotel 10 minutes and Dawson has roped someone into a card game!

  87. c.hobbit
    10:27 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Staff: this is for you. From the old restaurant where we all had breakfast this morning

  88. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:29 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Hero!…I got to meet my one of my biggest heros today…chuffle!.. He would not pick me up for some reason…burp!fart!

  89. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:34 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Another!….Here is me meeting another hero!….Woooo!…Rookie of The Year 2013, none other than my Junior!….wheeze!…I sort of froze and did not know what to do. Later I gave him a big sloppy slurp in both ears…heh!heh!…He knows I am awfully proud of him…snuffle!

  90. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Awsome!….I met Awsome Dawson up close and personal….Woooooo!…She says she is going to take me for everything I got in the big card game tonight…wheeze!

    Dawson!…She is really small or I have gained a lot of weight at the Hobbit Hotel…yeep!

  91. ML
    10:50 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Pug, you said that there were 5 lovely ladies in the picture. Who is the not-lovely lady?

  92. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:53 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Snort!…heh!heh!….I can only count up to five on my paw…sniff!…Faux-Paw that is…wheeze!…All 5 + 1 are lovely in my opinion and they all had treaties for me today too!…Woooo!

  93. Siber-H
    11:04 pm on February 26th, 2014

    lol The expressions on the two dogs beside Junior in the dog truck are priceless.

    night all

  94. O'Howlers' Mom
    11:07 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Siber, I met Lisbet Norris and her Sibe team today. Beautiful Sibes.

  95. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:10 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Sad!…It was kinda sad saying goodbye to Junior today….sniffle!…But I made sure he knew I would see him again soon…wheeze!coughle!….I’m sure CHobbit will take me along to the Snowhook Kennel later this week, right??…gurgle!

  96. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:24 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Day!…What a GREAT DAY!…snort!sneeze!…I am exhausted. Think I will lie down in my new warm soft bed and wait till someone wakes me up for the big card game – or not!…chuffle!wheeze!snore!

  97. Tupper and Gilly
    11:31 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Rio – you are one lucky Pug to be in such good company.
    We especially love the picture of you in the dog truck – that was truly your best side.

    tee hee

    So glad that everyone in Alaska is having a grand time. Really and truly – it does our hearts good to see all your happy, smiling faces. Enjoy! Laugh! Hug!

    And g’night

  98. Oley Howler's Pop
    11:37 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Rio waiting for card game.

  99. Oley Howler's Pop
    11:42 pm on February 26th, 2014

    Rio, now stop that!

  100. Dawson
    12:22 am on February 27th, 2014

    What a great day in Alaska. We met 19 Snowhook dogs: Junior, Nattie, Clyde, Twig Quigley Abe, Lefty, Jem, Frank, Tensing, Charlie and eight others! The final cut will be before the re-start on Sunday. Tensing, of course, will be a supervisor of the team. We also went to the official Iditarod store and acted like tourists. We met Rebecca, who is beautiful but still pretty weak ( she goes for a MRI on Friday) and AJ who one of us called ” dreamy” and the rest of us agreed.
    I let the Dirty Dawg win at cribbage so he would feel welcome. Heh, heh.

  101. AJ
    1:08 am on February 27th, 2014

    Thanks, Digger. I appreciate the dreamy compliment.

  102. Herd's Mom
    1:19 am on February 27th, 2014

    Ditto to what Dawson said about today. Plunderers sure do talk and laugh a lot 🙂
    Met Sadie (CHobbit’s dog) today and she is sweet and is letting Rio sleep over in her nice comfy bed; a real lady.
    View from CHobbit’s deck is amazing!

  103. Dirty Daddy Dawg
    1:24 am on February 27th, 2014

    Heh, heh, heh. We just calls ’em as we sees em. Boy can those Plunderer gals talk!

  104. bluecat
    6:48 am on February 27th, 2014

    LOL. Pictures from The Saga of Rio are priceless, especially the one with Dreamy.

    The Hotel Hobbit has lovely decor and what a view from the deck.

    Prayer is with the Pixie for health and with AJ for health and safety. We’re glad the Plunderers are there for support and laughter.

    Good day, Everybody.

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