Snowhook Update

“Maybe we should tell newcomers about Snowhook,” Spence says.

“Don’t let me stop you,” says Admin, possibly a little grumpy today on account of something about the coffee machine.

“Snowhook is a wonderful kennel up in Willow Alaska, run by Rebecca and her husband Justin, the musher,” Spence says. “They compete in the Iditarod and other races and have become friends with this blog and a big sub-group of its community called the Plunderers. The dogs of Snowhook are beautiful and are cared for in a loving way and we try to give them some support. A race is underway at this very moment, and here’s an update from Rebecca:”

After the cancellation of two races earlier this season, Snowhook was able to secure a spot in the Northern Lights 300. By luck of the draw, Snowhook was the second to last team to leave the starting line on Friday morning, yet with a very special dog on the line.  Junior (a.k.a. Rio) named after this here blog’s resident evil pug, harnessed up along with his fellows for his first every race. I’ve attached two photos, both of Rio Jr. playing it cool—he must get his nerves of steel and good looks from his pug side of the family. 
“This means they’re racing right now?” Admin says.
“Seem to be,” says Spence. “We’ll try to have more news tomorrow. Here’s Junior, a.k.a. Rio.”
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178 Responses to “Snowhook Update”

  1. SnowBella
    8:46 am on January 26th, 2013

    Junior! He looks good in his picture this side of midnight, too! I’m waiting for updates on the leaderboard to show who has made it into the second checkpoint. AJ should be in around this time-ish.

    Good morning all!

  2. OleyHowlers
    8:47 am on January 26th, 2013

    Woo Hoo! Excellent post!
    Go Snowhook! Go Junior!
    Good morning, all. It is a beautiful, frigid, snow-covered morning (a.k.a. husky morn) here. We’re hoping it is much colder and snowier on those trails.

  3. OleyHowlers
    8:56 am on January 26th, 2013

    Teams Through Shell Lake
    Posted on January 26, 2013 by Helen| Leave a comment
    Bib #13, Nicolas Petit at 23:10
    Bib #3 Ray Redington at 23:11
    Bib #20 DeeDee Jonrowe at 23:20
    Bib #29 Justin Savidis at 23:23
    Bib #15 Jason Mackey at 23:25
    Bib #14 Stephanie Ehlenfeldt at 23:41
    Bib #24 Kelly Maixner at Shell Lake at 23:47
    Bib #27 Lev Shvarts at Shell Lake at 23:51
    Bib #8 Monica Zappa at Shell Lake at 00:24
    Bib #4 Karin Hendrickson at Shell Lake at 24:00 plus 30 seconds
    Bib #12 Charley Bejna at Shell Lake at 00:29
    Bib #1 Sarah Stokey at Shell Lake at 00:30
    Bib #19 Travis Beals at Shell Lake at 00:42
    Bib #9 Miriam Osredkar at Shell Lake at 00:43
    Bib #23 Christine Roalofs at Shell Lake at 00:44
    Bib #22 Seth Barnes at Shell Lake at 00:54
    Bib #28 Angie Taggart at Shell Lake at 00:59
    Bib #10 Cindy Abbott at Shell Lake at 01:03
    Bib #30 Laura Allaway at Shell Lake at 01:22
    Bib #21 Jimmy Lebling at Shell Lake at 02:29
    Bib #25 Luan Marques at Shell Lake at 02:40
    Bib #26 Christian Turner at Shell Lake at 02:50
    Bib #18 Vern Halter at Shell Lake at 3:00
    Bib #17 Marilyn Storey at Shell Lake at 03:02

  4. Jasper the Poodle
    9:09 am on January 26th, 2013

    Greetings plunderers from the middle of the snowy mitten. Looks like we’re finally getting some winter weather around these parts.

    Mom is feeling tip-top again. She joined some friends from her busy place for happy hour yesterday and said she really enjoyed her vodka and grapefruit juice drinkypoos. Whatev! Water is my drink.

    After two weeks of being sick as a kat, mom is planning to clean up our warm and cozy apartment, move the furniture around in the living room and then get back to her quilting projects. I’ll be trying to bite the vaccuum and run around like crazy when she moves the furniture (I don’t know why that fires me up) and then I’ll be supervising the quilting projects.

    Go Snowhook! Go Junior! Go AJ!

  5. B. Stover
    9:14 am on January 26th, 2013

    I’d be grumpy too if my coffee machine wasn’t working.

    Go Snowhook!

    Good morning all.

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:16 am on January 26th, 2013

    Are we reading this correctly? AJ was the 2nd to last to leave, but he is in #4 position? Does that mean he is racing faster than all those other teams?

    We agree, great post. Thank you Spence (and Admin).

    Doc. appt. at 10:00 for last minute instructions. Barb will tell doc where she wants to go to rehab.

  7. SnowBella
    9:24 am on January 26th, 2013

    Howlers: It’s about ten below this morning, and likely a little bit colder where AJ and the team are running. Don’t worry, he and the team are prepared. I’m waiting for a race update before catching some Melanie type ZZZZZs.

    B&M: THe Smoochers are practing their growling technique for any time someone comes near the wrong knee or other body part with a sharp object. They should be ready by Tuesday morning.

  8. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:33 am on January 26th, 2013

    Sigh. Bliss. We love mushing!

  9. OleyHowlers
    9:37 am on January 26th, 2013

    The NL 300 asked on their facebookie page where everone was watching the race from. Youse should see all of the states and countries where people are watching. And Oley made that there list. 🙂

  10. Annabelle
    9:37 am on January 26th, 2013

    What’s a dog got to do to get some sleep around here? I kept My Lady company throughout the night, she on her couch and me on my loveseat, while she sneezed, coughed, and wheezed waiting for race updates. I feel a nap coming on a soon as the leaderboard is updated.

  11. SnowhookBelle
    9:40 am on January 26th, 2013

    Prussman, Pennsylvanie! I finally found you. I was looking for Oley on the list. I bet Sasha is following the race along with Wookie and Katie.

  12. B. Stover
    9:41 am on January 26th, 2013

    Rio: I loved the part when Ethan Hawkes said the “sound and fury” lines. I didn’t watch the entire episode or the one following. I’m hoping I can get in on On Demand but haven’t found it so far.

  13. OleyHowlers
    9:52 am on January 26th, 2013

    Sasha is the girl barking the orders for them to get along! She is a great lead dog.

  14. SnowhookBella
    9:53 am on January 26th, 2013

    B: I gave Charlie an extra ear scratch for you at the starting line. In fact, I harnessed and bootied him for the starting line. I told him to make a certain Professor proud.

  15. OleyHowlers
    9:55 am on January 26th, 2013

    OMD! Bella, Oley, PA is on the list, but then down near the bottom it does say Prussman, PA. What’s up with that?

  16. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:56 am on January 26th, 2013

    Hmmmm……I do believe that more than 15 dogs are running this race with AJ. Fargo, and Howard and Mollypop and Wookie and Teddie and Gracie and Bess and Brandy and Sasha and more than a few Kats. Not sure about the humans, though. Knowing my mom, they have special wide screen viewing with plenty of snacks.

  17. OleyHowlers
    10:03 am on January 26th, 2013

    If Sasha is running, you better believe Misha is right next to her.

    It is cold enough here that the barn is below freezing, meaning it is difficult to keep the horses’ water buckets from freezing. So that has us wondering how Bella keeps the kennel’s water bowls from freezing, or how often she has to swap them out, or what the logistics are. And why don’t we have cheesecake?

  18. SnowhookBella
    10:11 am on January 26th, 2013

    cheeseecake! Don’t remind me I need to pick up some cheesecake st the store

  19. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:26 am on January 26th, 2013

    Facebookie mentions that the Northern Lights were spectacular last night.

  20. OleyHowlers
    10:34 am on January 26th, 2013

    Are youse guys going as crazy as us waiting for that leaderbord to update? We hate a race without the tracker flag thingies.

  21. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:53 am on January 26th, 2013

    Tap tap tap tap, this waiting business is not easy!

    By the way, Junior is almost as good looking as his namesake!

  22. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:56 am on January 26th, 2013

    The Leaderboard is being updated!

  23. B. Stover
    10:57 am on January 26th, 2013

    I’ll have to make my special cheesecake for everyone…and Charlie.

  24. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:08 am on January 26th, 2013


  25. Siber-H
    11:20 am on January 26th, 2013

    GO JUNIOR!!!

    Fellow Sibers, If it isn’t too much trouble, could you please put my name as following the Northern Lights 300 Race on their facebookie page.

    I think the bootie fund must have met their goal by now, so I will donate $25.00 to the Feed the Giant Fund in memory of Katie.
    Rebecca, I will do this online when mom isn’t watching.

  26. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:26 am on January 26th, 2013

    Where is Rio?

  27. Siber-H
    11:28 am on January 26th, 2013

    Rio is going to yeep for joy when he sees today’s blog.

  28. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:45 am on January 26th, 2013

    Wooooo!…. What a great post….Wow!….JUNIOR! What an athletic looking young guy!…snort!snort!….I’m so proud of him!…Yeeep!

    Leaderbored!….I finally got to check the leaderbored and The Giant came into Finger Lake just a few minutes after Jason Mackey….Woooo!….He is only 40 minutes behind the leader….wheeze!….Does this mean anything? Have they adjusted everyone’s time? Is the order on the leaderbored the order of the first place and last place teams? …grunt!.

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:49 am on January 26th, 2013

    Shakespear!…We tried to stay up and watch the second tour of Twelth Night, but in the end we had to go to bed…sniff!…So this morning all of us slept in for a change….chuffle!…Somehow through the night both Beau and I ended up on the big bed…heh!…We pretty much had her shoved all the way over onto the edge by morning…snorkel!

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:58 am on January 26th, 2013

    Donations!…WooooHoooo!…I had two more donations in my SDD this morning…snort!snort!…Feed The Giant!!!!

  31. Siber-H
    12:12 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Rio, I didn’t send you an SDD but count my $25.00 that I mentioned earlier.

  32. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:14 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Hey, are we keeping a list of the food that we are purchasing for the Giant? Mom is going to Costco next week and we want to make sure AJ gets a nice variety. We will get our check for everything mailed on Tuesday.

  33. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:16 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I am worried about Melanie. This is too much to bear…….

  34. Melanie
    12:27 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I am okay Wölfie, and yes, sometimes it does feel like it’s too much to bear. But, I keep Plundering On.

    Gracie is okay. She is still in post-op conditions here at the house. No playing or jumping for a week. Going to be a long week.

    Am I correct at seeing that Snowhook (plus Junion!) is in second place?

  35. Tupper and Gilly
    12:37 pm on January 26th, 2013

    whispering – wooo hoooo

    Mama is kind of under the weather, so we have to be very quiet. Nothing serious, she just had the full round of doctors the other day and she is medicated and poked and prodded and shot to within an inch of her life. She thought she was so smart yesterday – feeling pretty good after all that. Then today, everything jumped on her and has put her back in the “wet noodle” category. But she is still cheering for Snowhook – albeit quietly.

  36. SnowhookBella
    12:41 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I am so happy to see Spence’s post today. I sent him the email, but I didn’t want to interrup what he already had planned. I’m glad Rio likes the post. I gave all the dogs loves before leaving the starting like and gave an extra scritch to Junior for Rio and Charlie for B.

    T&G: There is plenty of room under the quilt for us sickies. We can keep the broken hearted heart friend company.

  37. Siber-H
    12:46 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I think AJ and the dogs are in fifth place.

    This is not the easiest route and map to figure out.

  38. Rose
    12:55 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Wow, I’m missing all the excitement here!

    GO AJ!

    Thanks Spence and Admin for the post!

    Miss Macy, I love your new avatar!

    I love the picture of Beau in his bed last night. What a cutie!

  39. Staff
    12:56 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Yawn…. I went back to my warm cozy bed without the baseball toys in it so I am just catching up with my SDD messages from last night and this morning.

    Whooo Hooo I am sure there will be good news ahead.

    I just have to organize it and count it and stuff….

    I am ON THE JOB!


  40. Melanie
    12:57 pm on January 26th, 2013


  41. Whitey-Lance
    1:05 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I have it on good authority that Quig and Twig were in lead. They are a good match and I agree with AJ’s choice to put them in lead. He had Bjourn and Bridger’s son, Fritz in swing. I bet Bridger is watching this race with pride. I am watching with pride, that’s for sure. In first team were Elim and B Stover’s Charlie who can run lead along with the four others already named. Jesse as in James and Louisa Mae are in second team followed by…drum roll, please…Junior and Doc in what My Lady is calling fifth lead for Rio. The thieves, Pancho and Lefty are behind them, followed by Jem and my son, Marco. The wheel dogs, also from the fruit of my looms are Garrett and Abe. This has been Whitey-Lance reporting from Race Watching Central. W.L. out.

  42. Siber-H
    1:15 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Fine Reporting Whitey-Lance. Thank you.

  43. OleyHowlers
    1:18 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Thank you thank you, W-L !!!!!

    And Louisa Mae! We really ought to sponsor her. We love little Louisa Mae!

  44. B. Stover
    1:18 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I just renewed my subscription to the Iditarod Insider.

    “Shakespeare Uncovered” will be repeated on Sunday on PBS at 4 and 5 PM EST.

  45. Whitey-Lance
    1:19 pm on January 26th, 2013

    SiberH: It’s part of being a good coach. I sure wish Lefty hadn’t swallowed my whistle, though.

  46. OleyHowlers
    1:22 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Whitey-Lance, Have you learned which dog was dropped?

  47. Melanie
    1:23 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I think from the picture above from the site that Snowhook is in SECOND PLACE!

  48. Whitey-Lance
    1:41 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Melanie: I think the team is among the leaders, but no longer in second place. I think they are currently in fifth place. My Lady says two things: 1) a lot can happen between the runners and the finish line so she tries not to pay attention to placement this early on in the race—tries, and 2) AJ’s race strategy is to run this races as a training run and not push the dogs as if he were competing in a race. That doesn’t make sense to me, but she says to trust here. AJ wants to get miles on the dogs and this race is a good way to get back to back long runs on the team and see how they will perform in a race.

    Melanie: My Lady says she is sending you love. I am sending you hugs. I am the best hugger in the kennel, rivaled only by Tomboy. I think I could take her if it came to it, but for now, I’m happy to share the title with her.

  49. Belle Starr
    1:48 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Wose: I am in Trouble! If you ask me Trouble looks a lot like Willow, but what do I know? Last night when my two-legged pulled onto the half mile long driveway, I jumped out of the trees. This is not allowed, me to be so far away from the Kennel and My Four-legged, you understand. I ran as fast as I could up the driveway towards the kennel, but my Two-legged says she saw me. I scurried, yes scurried, into my house with my four-legged, but my two-legged still says she saw me. Grump. When I pick you up at the airport this afternoon, can you tell my Two-legged she didn’t see what she thinks she saw?

  50. Staff
    2:03 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Well I got sidetracked by Dad who fell in the bedroom. I heard this suspicious sound from upstairs and came down and peeked in the bedroom and there he was sitting on the floor.

    We used the method Dawson taught us for how to get him up and he is up and fine and walking around. Then he wanted breakfast (at noon) so I did that. Now I am back with the news about the Booty Fund.

    There were Six (6) donations between last night and this morning. We added donations from Mr.Redbone Hound, Gus & BooBear, CHobbit Harris, O’Howlers, Bluecat, and Wolfie. (I am putting the names up in case I missed one that posted only on the blog. If your name is not on the list let me know)

    We are now at 1460.00. I can smell the finish. YEEP. I am posting this video that Melanie found for me instead of 6 different photo’s. This video is ggrrrreeeeaaAAATTT!

    I will match the next 20 dollars donated…heh. C’mon folks, we can do this thing!

  51. c.hobbit
    2:04 pm on January 26th, 2013

    -48 {{{{sigh}}}}

    BelleStarr: With your 2-legged being sick and overworked, I am sure she was hallucinating. She is just tired and seeing things amongst the shadows.

  52. SnowBella
    2:16 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I am in trying to thaw water so I can do the rest of the dog chores.

    Staff: I hope your dad is alright. That dog took to snow like a pug to hotwings or Luna to water. Ha! I want to thank all of you for donating to the Shake your Bootie team! We plan to order booties for the big race this week. THANK YOU!

  53. Belle Starr
    2:21 pm on January 26th, 2013

    CHH: That’s what I told my Two-legged. She said, “I know when I see a Belle Starr being bad, thank you very much.” You can’t reason with the unreasonable. I’ll let her go on thinking what she thinks as long as it doesn’t infringe on my adoration and belly rubs. Trouble is nice this time of year. I hope the word doesn’t get out, or it will become a tourist trap.

  54. Siber-H
    2:24 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Staff, Check your SDD

  55. Belle Starr
    2:24 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I’ve seen Dima and Mama Mesh up top this morning. This is undoubtedly a sign of good things to come.

  56. Staff
    2:24 pm on January 26th, 2013

    This is for Rio. (And Basil and Sage) heh

    I like this kitten. He shows initiative.

  57. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:28 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Yay, mom says we can go another $20!

  58. Staff
    2:32 pm on January 26th, 2013

    YES! We have made our goal! YEEEHAAWWWW. I am so excited!

    Well since I put the video up already youse guys will just have to watch it TWICE!.

    Now I have to get to work putting 50.00 different pieces of paper in a hat for Dad to pull one out. That will happen later today.


  59. Rose
    2:34 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Belle Starr, I’ll back you up. I am sick too, and I see things that are not what they seem. I know that you are a very good dog, and Smoocher.

  60. Melanie
    2:36 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Well, I’m certainly NOT understanding that leader board. Doesn’t surprise me because I haven’t had much sleep in the last three nights.

    ZOE WALKED WITHOUT THE WALKER! She just used a bannister!

    Awesome woman.

    Trying to get everything done by 4:00. I will then sit down with a glass of fake wine and probably nap.

  61. OleyHowlers
    3:20 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Melanie, we know why you are not understanding that leader board. You are seeing the checkpoint where AJ was in 2nd place as the last checkpoint when in fact it was the first checkpoint. The next checkpoint is then Finger Lake, which is the halfway point in the race, but the lates checkpoint reported. And he is in 5th place at this latest one.

  62. OleyHowlers
    3:21 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Hurray for Zoe walking without the walker!

  63. OleyHowlers
    3:24 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Woo Hoo! AJ is back thru Shell Lake at 10:38, tie with Jason Mackey.

  64. Basil and Sage
    3:26 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Hooray for Zoe!!!

    Hooray for the Bootie Fund!!

    Hooray for AJ and the team (even if they ARE mere dogs)!!

    And Hooray for that Very Intelligent Kitten!! It helps to show your human exactly who the boss is right from the start.

    (oops – Mama just told us to quit yelling. But, heck, we’re KATS. We can yell if we want to)

  65. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:34 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Staff, instead of my name, put in Zoe’s. I want her to win.

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:37 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Staff!…You forgot my 10.00…sniff!….Re-read last nights posts and you will see I lead the rally for 10 donors of 10.00….wooooooo!…So we got 7 donors and need 3 more 10 dollar bills!..snort!snort!

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:41 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Staff!…NEVER MIND!….Woooooo!….And DO NOT check your SDD…heh!heh!…Beau and I will use our 10.00 on something else…wheeze!

  68. Siber-H
    3:42 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Wose? Is it time to go to the doctor like the Prof. did?

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:51 pm on January 26th, 2013

    News!….My friend has been looking for an exercise machine that is not humongous…snort!…Well, today they stopped at the ARC and she got a real bargain…sniff!…$5.00 for a cool machine. One that she has never seen before. It stretches her back out real nicely while working the arms and legs and butt..heh!heh!…Five Bucks!

  70. Siber-H
    4:10 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Rio, Are you reembering my$25.00 for the Feed the Giant Fund?

    Something very strange is happening here…it is raining. Gah

  71. Siber-H
    4:10 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Rio, Are you reembering my$25.00 for the Feed the Giant Fund?

    Something very strange is happening here…it is raining. Gah

  72. Staff
    4:13 pm on January 26th, 2013

    A pure double Dawson…

  73. Masquers
    4:14 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Siber! Something strange indeed…not one, but two Double D’s as of late. This is not like you.

  74. Masquers
    4:15 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Slip of the paw perhaps?

  75. Staff
    4:15 pm on January 26th, 2013

    OK Wolfie. You’ve got it. I think that hat would certainly help Zoe. But I will put your name in and you can transfer ownership if it happens. Off to make name slips….

  76. BearSpiritDog
    4:18 pm on January 26th, 2013

    The Good News about Zoe walking has us beaming from ear to ear.

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:21 pm on January 26th, 2013

    SiberH!….So that’s 50.00 for Feed The Giant, right??…snort!snort!

  78. Masquers
    4:27 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Siber: It’s the fault of the gate keeper…he must have left his post unattended.

  79. Masquers
    4:28 pm on January 26th, 2013


  80. Sanny
    4:28 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Oooh! Snowhookers! Wonder if those boots are comfy. They look like they might be. Run, Puppies! Run!

  81. Melanie
    4:29 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Siber-H, I didn’t even understand your comment. Sigh.

    Well, it’s almost 4:30. Still haven’t stopped. I will soon. I promise.

    My sister is coming over to dog sit tomorrow while I go see Zoë. Pizza and tears. It’s The Raven’s and his Woman’s 62nd Anniversary. She has the tissues and I’m getting the Pizza.

  82. Melanie
    4:36 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Hi Sanny! Welcome . .

    Staff, put in $10 from me, but put in Zoë’s name.


  83. dawson
    4:53 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Admin: I hope that coffee machine gets fixed in a hurry.

    Spence: Thanks for today’s post with the pictures of Rio Junior.

    C.HobbitHarris: Brrrr!

    Staff: Hurrah for getting those booties funded!
    (Dad may be more sore than usual tomorrow.)

    Way to Go Team Snowhook: I am so so proud of all of you. Our Chet the Dog sponsored dogs Quig and Twig, Orion, Handsome Charlie and Teenage Rio Junior are joining with the rest of the team to show AJ that they are real troopers. Whitey-Lance, thanks for the excellent reporting.

    Melanie: Congratulations to Zoe for walking with only the aid of a bannister!

  84. Rose
    4:56 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Zoe, you are amazing!

    Siber-H, Prof had bronchitis. I am very far from that point.


  85. Siber-H
    5:03 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Rio, It is $25.00.

    Melanie, I didn’t understand my comment either. It is one of those days. I don’t do rain well.

  86. Staff
    5:19 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I was wondering if youse guys would think it fair if I put Zoe’s name in the hat for my donations to the booty fund. I am not putting mine in for conflict of interest issues. (Although I LOVE that cap.)

  87. OleyHowlers
    5:26 pm on January 26th, 2013

    It is fair. And it is right.

  88. Staff
    5:44 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Heh, Thanks O’Howlers, that is good enough for me. All in favor say EYE. All opposed (Silence) The motion passes…..YaHoooo.

  89. dawson
    5:53 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I’m with Melanie on reading the Leaderboard. It makes no sense to me. I will stick with Whitey-Lance’s updates. I hope he tells Rebecca to drink fluids and get some sleep.

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:55 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Staff!…Can Feed the Giant have Melanie’s late donation of $10.00?…sniffle!…Since your campaign is already totally funded….hmmmm?

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:56 pm on January 26th, 2013

    SiberH!…I could have sworn I saw you post $25.00 twice….sniff!

  92. Siber-H
    5:56 pm on January 26th, 2013

    It is difficult to match the leaderboard with the route and the map

    Staff. EYE

  93. Siber-H
    5:58 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Rio, I didn’t do it. The ghost in the blog did it.

  94. Masquers
    6:00 pm on January 26th, 2013

    We here will wait for Whitey-Lance’s excellent updates.

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:02 pm on January 26th, 2013

    SiberH!…I have you down for 25.00…sniff!….We are only $1.01 away from $400.00 in the Feed the Giant fund….wooooooo!

  96. Barb & Maggie
    6:05 pm on January 26th, 2013

    We are in favor of adding Zoe’s name for Staff’s contributions. You go girl!

  97. OleyHowlers
    6:09 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Staff, Mom is loving your Irish-ification of our handle. O’Howlers we are!

  98. Barb & Maggie
    6:09 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Doctor approved of the facility Barb wants for rehab. He said it is a good one. Evidently he thinks the hospital pushes their own rehab for monitary reasons. He was not trying to be controlling. He comes in personallly and writes his initials on the knee before surgery. That is a good thing.

    Barb was tempeted to run in the oppisite direction when he told her about infections and pulmonary embolisims (fatal strokes). Scary S**t!

  99. Masquers
    6:11 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Riö: We will donate $12.01 to take you over the top.

  100. BearSpiritDog
    6:13 pm on January 26th, 2013

    O’Howlers it shall be.

  101. dawson
    6:17 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Masquers: You are the zen kat! You must keep your cool. Why were you saying “damit” anyways? Is it the leaderbored?

    Hi Sannie: Our Snowhook doggies are sure to be comfortable with musher AJ looking after their needs.

  102. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:19 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Donations!….I appreciate you telling me on the blog what you want to donate, but because I am keeping track of the total so closely, I would also like to have an “official” SDD from you stating how much you want to contribute. This way I can always refigure out the final winning numbers….sniff!…This means you too SiberH!…grunt!

  103. Masquers
    6:20 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Maggie: Tell Barb not to be scared…remember the Smoochers are on the case. The Doc is just giving her the small percentage worst case scenario. Our faith in him has sky rocketed with the initialing of the knee.

  104. Barb & Maggie
    6:28 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Thanks Masquers. Barb is trying to stay calm.
    Hey you Sibes, and everyone else. Tonight is the Full Wolf Moon, so get out there and give it your best howls!

  105. dawson
    6:28 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I agree!
    Barb&Maggie: Your doctor is smart to initial the correct knee on which to operate.
    OleyHowlers: Love that petite Louisa May.
    Melanie: You’d better be resting.

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:36 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Barb!…You are a strong ole farm gal who used to raise goats for pete’s sake…sniff!….A little knee surgery won’t knock you down for long…grunt!…Hell, grandma had almost every thing replaced at one time or another – everyone called her the titanium woman…heh!heh!

  107. Staff
    6:44 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Dear Rio,
    It is OK with me if it is OK with Melanie. I think she just wanted Zoe’s name in the hat for the cap. Why don’t you SDD her and ask. She did put me over 1500, to 1510.00.

    Waiting for decisions to be made before Dad draws the name…

  108. Whitey-Lance
    6:49 pm on January 26th, 2013

    My Lady just returned from picking up our dropped dog from a very caring volunteer. Who was the dropee? Elim. AJ sent him home because of a sore wrist. He will be fine, no doubt about it. Right now, he conned his way to a spot on the couch and is sleeping. I may have added a little of personal feeling into my last sentence.

    My Lady has been going, going, going, all day and stayed up much of the night. She is going to try to get some sleep once it is confirmed AJ is into the next checkpoint.

    B&M: I am to tell you the Smoochers will put sparkly stickers on your knee next to the surgeon’s initials so there is no question.

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:50 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Staff!….Throw Zoe’s name in the pot and I will put the 10.00 on my spreadsheet…sniff!…It’s called creative accounting…chuffle!

  110. OleyHowlers
    6:58 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Elim? We never would have guessed Elim.

    Who wants to nominate Louisa Mae?

  111. Melanie
    6:59 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Glad your figured it out. My brain is already sleeping. I am resting. Soon to get up pill the dogs, get fresh water, put the laundry away, put clothes out for tomorrow, and go to bed on the fainting couch.

  112. Macy the min-pin
    7:02 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Aww, somebody beat us to it. We were going to contribute the .01 needed to tidy the sum up.

    And now, just because we can…

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:08 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Louisa May!…Does anyone have a photo of Louisa May that they can post on this here blog?…snort!

    Walk!…We went on a long walk today and someone my friend knows from the busy-place is practically our neighbors only way over on another block…sniff!…Anyways she came running out of her house today when we walked by and she gave us each a biscuit…snort!…Beau and I politely refused as neither of us knew where her hands had been…grunt!…But my friend brought the biscuits home for us to enjoy and fight over later…heh!heh!

  114. Masquers
    7:09 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Barb: Riö’s right…it’s all good…you will be the next bionic woman.
    Dawson: No, not the leaderbored, curses because the avatar mix-up.
    Whitey-Lance: Thanks for the update on the dropped team member, Elim. Thank Kat it wasn’t Junior…he is so jazzed about his big chance.

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:10 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Junior!…I knew it wouldn’t be Junior who had been dropped…snort!…Are you kidding? That guys likes to finish what he starts and thats that!….wheeze!

  116. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:16 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Hi Sanny! Welcome!

    Melanie and Bella, house guys need to get some rest!

  117. dawson
    7:23 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Well…since we are a “literary internet group” I will put up the money to start off the sponsorship of Louisa Mae.

    I am glad that Melanie is getting a few moments of rest. And that Rebecca is going to get some rest as soon as we are updated. And that Jasper’s mom is feeling well enough to rearrange the furniture.

    MacyMinPin: That poor bloodhound.

  118. Louisa Mae
    7:26 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Did someone say my name?

  119. Staff
    7:28 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I agree with Dawson about MacyMinPins poor bloodhound. I am glad she has some standards. heh.

    I know that when Abbie and Alice M. sleep on clothes they always choose the CLEAN clothes. I do not take it personally. sniff.

  120. Staff
    7:33 pm on January 26th, 2013

    And the winner is…


    This was a perfectly fair and random drawing as the draw-er is blind. He laughed out loud at Kirby T’s name.

    Thank you one and all for your lovely donations. I am glad that the dogs will have their booties.

    And O’Howlers, please check your SDD in a minute. I have always loved Louisa Mae Alcott.

  121. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:34 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Louisa-May-I!…snort!… You have dark circles under your eyes, but you look like you could be Juniors Maw…wheeze!…Those eyebrows!

  122. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:35 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Grump!…Kirby always wins everything…grumble!huffle!puffle!…Heck, he doesn’t even post much anymore…wheeze!

  123. Staff
    7:35 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Dear Royals.
    Check YOUR SDD in a few.

  124. Melanie
    7:37 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I love Louisa May! She looks like I do when I sleep while still wearing mascara. The look is better on her.

    Yawning here. When is that next checkpoint coming up? It won’t be exact, but just wondering on a time range.

  125. Melanie
    7:39 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Congratulations to Mr. Kirby T. Penworthy the Third!

  126. Masquers
    7:43 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Congratulations to Kirby T.!

  127. dawson
    7:45 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Kirby: Lucky dawg!

    I saw the almost full moon yesterday on my leisurely walk. Tonight I am going gamboling and I will howl at that moon on the way home.

  128. Siber-H
    7:54 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I will not be seeing the Wolf Moon tonight. It is freakin raining.

  129. OleyHowlers
    7:57 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Woo Hoo! Louisa Mae has been nominated and seconded! Don’t miss out on your piece of sponsorship for this up-and-coming leader-to-be. Email our mom for your piece of the action. Woo Hoo!

  130. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:59 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Yay for Kirby T!!

    Louisa Mae is a beauty! We’re in for $10, but I don’t know Dawson’s address!

  131. SnowBella
    7:59 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I want to express my gratitude for all those who shook your booties to help us meet race expenses of booting the dogs. We are planning on placing our order this week, and it is with all honesty, I can say we couldn’t do this without you. A special thank you to Staff for all her work tracking pledges, the friendly reminders and nudges, and finding such wonderful photos to make us smile.

    Congrats to KirbyT!

  132. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:00 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Or the O’Howler’s address!

  133. OleyHowlers
    8:01 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Wolfie, we got your pledge for Louisa Mae. Thanks!

  134. Staff
    8:04 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Wolfie, check your SDD. Dawson isn’t doing dogs. She was checkpoints.

  135. Gus & BooBear
    8:07 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Congrats, Kirby T!!

  136. Staff
    8:08 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Never mind Wolfie. snicker

    By the way the Northern Light 300 is updating the next checkpoint

  137. SnowBella
    8:10 pm on January 26th, 2013

    AJ is into the last checkpoint before the finish line. He has been there for about an hour. The team has a mandatory six hour layover before they can leave. He is ahead of schedule, but right now looks like he should reach the finish line in the middle of the night if things continue at this pace.


  138. OleyHowlers
    8:15 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Go AJ! Go Snowhook! Go Rio Jr. Go Twig Go Quig! Go Louisa Mae!

  139. Barb & Maggie
    8:23 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Congrats to Kirby!

    Nighty night! Ice and snow coming tomorrow morning.

  140. Kat
    8:25 pm on January 26th, 2013

    My money is on little Louisa Mae, Go LM!

  141. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:25 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Dawson!…Someone here wishes she was with you gambolng and howling at the moon!…snort!…But I won’t say who it is…heh!

  142. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:28 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Giant!….The team is looking Good!….Wooooooo!Hoooooooo!

  143. Kat
    8:28 pm on January 26th, 2013

    That there moon is beautiful here. We have been howling our hearts out. Now let’s get LM to the Iditarod. Awooooo!

  144. BearSpiritDog
    8:29 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Making preparations here for the big Wolf Moon Howl.
    Will be back in the morning after Sunday Brunch – Bear

  145. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:38 pm on January 26th, 2013

    A Wolfie Moon! Named after me me me!

  146. Wose
    8:50 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Congratulations, Kirby T!


  147. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:55 pm on January 26th, 2013

    GO! Rose!…snort!..Go to bed and get all better…wheeze!…Be sure to drink Gram’s recipe with honey…heh!…A double dose!

  148. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:55 pm on January 26th, 2013

    SiberH!…Please go quickly and check your SDD…sniff!

  149. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:58 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Staff!…Does Feed The Giant get Melanies 10 dollars or do we not??…grunt!

  150. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:59 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Staff!…Timing is everything in our contest, so let me know ASAP….grump!

  151. Siber-H
    9:08 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Rio, I sent you an SDD. I hope it makes sense. I think it all does.

  152. Siber-H
    9:15 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Rio, Ignore the first SDD I just sent you. The second SDD is the correct one, with the correct amount I donated to the Food Fund today.

  153. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:15 pm on January 26th, 2013

    SiberH!…Yes, it all makes sense now..wheeze!…And I’ve gotten some other donations today as well….WoooooOOOOooooOOOO!…Thanks to all of youse, but there is still no second place winner…snort!

  154. Siber-H
    9:17 pm on January 26th, 2013

    I should never try to do even simple math this late in the day…sigh

  155. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:17 pm on January 26th, 2013

    SiberH!…You are killing me here!…grunt!

  156. dawson
    9:19 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Predictions: I will win at cards tonight, howl at the moon, come home and check the race standings then howl some more in delight at the performance of Snowhook Kennels Team.
    I hope the teams get to see some exquisite northern lights again tonight.

  157. Siber-H
    9:20 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Rio, You have got to realize it is me you are dealing with here.

  158. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:21 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Accounting!…There is Creative Accounting and then there is SiberH Accounting…grunt!…SiberH, please check your SDD…wheeze!…Where is my engineering calculater?..sniff!

  159. Siber-H
    9:27 pm on January 26th, 2013

    lol Rio, I sent you a new SDD and I believe it is all straightened out now. (I hope)

  160. Melanie
    9:37 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Whoa, middle of the night there means really early tomorrow here unless you’re LizF, and then it’s tomorrow afternoon . . Fittttttzzzzzz . . There my brain goes. That was two many thinks at once.

    Good luck to all the team . .

    Say a howling prayer for T&G’s mum. She feels pukey. Sort of like Chet does when he rides in helicopters.


  161. c.hobbit
    9:41 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Siber and Rio: ha,ha. It sounds like you two need to pick up the phone and call each other to straighten things out. snickers 🙂

  162. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:47 pm on January 26th, 2013

    CHobbit!…That wouldn’t work…sniff!…I wouldn’t be able to understand a Yark! he says…chorkel!

  163. c.hobbit
    9:50 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Now I see why Siber’s mom doesn’t trust him with a credit card.

  164. Staff
    9:59 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Sure Rio. You can have her 10.

  165. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:03 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Staff!…Can you please sent that in an official SDD??…sniff!…Where is my favorite pen?…grunt!

  166. Staff
    10:42 pm on January 26th, 2013

    OK Rio,
    Sorry I know how hard it is to track promises made on the blog.

  167. Siber-H
    10:48 pm on January 26th, 2013

    T&G’s Mom Feel better, please. You too, Rose.
    I will say a howling prayer for both. I can’t see it, but I trust the Wolf moon is up there. BSD is always spot on.

    nighty bacon everyone


  168. SnowBella
    11:10 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Elim and I had a little nap. His nap started before mine, and is continuing right now. Little does he know, I’m going out to do chores soon and he has to come with me.

    I hope the Royals’ mum starts feeling better soon along with all the other sickies.

    The team should be able to leave the checkpoint in a couple of hours. Wheeze!

  169. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:20 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Rebecca!…After all your outside chores you need to get warm by the fire and rest with Elim…sniffle!…Then once AJ and the A-Team is safe at the checkpoint you need to Sleep!…dammit!

  170. SnowBella
    11:39 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Rio: Elim has convinced me to let him nap just a little bit longer before we go out to do chores. After the team leaves this checkpoint, they will be heading to the finish line. I will get in the truck and drive to the finish line four hours after the team leaves this checkpoint and will play the waiting game from there. It is going to be a long night with little sleep, but we can sleep tomorrow.

  171. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:44 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Oh!…Rebecca. I hope you can get some sleep in that four hours before you have to leave…sniff!…How will you ever get over this bad cold if you never rest??…wheeze!

  172. SnowBella
    11:53 pm on January 26th, 2013

    Rio: Right now, I’m trying to ignore my cold hoping it will go away. It isn’t working, but things are looking up. About an hour ago I thought about chocolate chip cookies. I started craving them, but don’t have the ingredients or the desire to make them. About five minutes ago, someone came by the house and gave me a bag of homemade chocolate chip cookies. Do you think if I start craving hot wings and root beer, the same thing will happen?

  173. Whitey-Lance
    1:17 am on January 27th, 2013

    The team was scheduled to leave a pawful of minutes ago. Their departure is not confirmed as the leaderboard has not been updated. The team has 47 miles to the finish line.

  174. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:05 am on January 27th, 2013

    Go Snowhook!

    Go AJ!

    Whoo Hoo!

  175. Whitey-Lance
    2:45 am on January 27th, 2013

    The team is out of the last checkpoint and headed for the finish line with fourteen dogs on the line. Who was dropped? We probably won’t know until the team crosses the finish line.

  176. dawson
    2:52 am on January 27th, 2013

    SiberH Accounting! Good one, Rio. Wait’ll his mom gets the bill for all these charges he’s been racking up!

    My predictions came true! I won both card games! Although you are only allowed to win one so the 2nd place person got the money for my 2nd win, but, technically I won them both for a total profit of $1.25. Whoooooooohoooooooo.
    I howled at the moon, and Team Snowhook is going to love the last leg of their race, I just feel it!

  177. dawson
    3:02 am on January 27th, 2013

    Whitey-Lance: So we won’t know anything until they cross the finish line, right? And that’s 47 or so miles?
    I’ll go to bed thinking of the Northern lights across the sky and the Snowhook Team mushing across the snow.

  178. Whitey-Lance
    3:27 am on January 27th, 2013

    Dawson: You are correct. But, at the time of this post, that 47 miles should be more like 35 miles.

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