Snowhook Update

As some of you know, this blog is an enthusiastic supporter of Snowhook Kennel, humane and dedicated sled dog racers up in Willow, Alaska. It’s run by a wonderful couple – Rebecca and AJ Savidis – and AJ sent this update into the comments section recently. Here it is for all to see. Go Snowhook!

We’ve been training like crazy. The team is routinely running 40 – 80 mile runs and looks great. We’ve been traveling over trails that climb 1000 feet, on rivers and through deep forests. It’s been great to change the routine teach the dogs to run well no matter what the circumstance. Which this year also includes cutting through trees virtually every day that keep falling down across the trail.

If you’ve been following the kennel you may already know that Phil Walters is working with us to finish up his qualifying status to run Iditarod. He’ll be running our team in the Northern Lights 300 in a couple of weeks. He also took my A team to a quick 60 mile race in Denali where they placed 4th.

My first race that I’m running in this season is coming up and is the Tustemena 200 down on the penninsula. The dogs will have just run a 300 mile race the week before so we’re not too sure what to expect out of them just yet.

Iditarod food drop preparation is now underway. In order to feed the team over a 1000 miles we send out about 1600 pounds of food and gear across Alaska. This takes us putting together countless bags of kibble, fish, beef, booties and on and on. Usually we try to get this done on days that the team has a day off. Which means a day off the runners usually starts around 8 am and finishes about 11 pm in order to get it all done by the due date.

We do have some stressful news too. Due to a handler who is no longer with the kennel we’ve had a few injuries to some key dogs. Usually it’s very small things but some times it can also be a little more serious such as a shoulder injury. Little Josephine who has been one of my main leaders this season has been off for the last month recovering. We’re just going to start running her again and so if you can keep her in your thoughts we always appreciate the extra help.

On a final more positive note…. Iditarod is a small club of people who have ever finished the race. In its history a little over 800 people have completed this trek which makes finishing a well I suppose an achievement. Don’t get me wrong I’m happy to have these finishes under my belt and to be a part of this club but on another level performing better and coming in with a better time is always on my mind. This year thanks to all of you I feel much more prepared to achieve this goal.

If you follow the race you’ll see me go out much more slowly than I have in the past. I’m trying to learn somewhat from my mistakes and will be playing a much more conservative game at first in order to help the team perform better later on in the race. The goal that I’ve set this year is to come in a full 24 hours faster than last year. Of course there are always the nagging doubts that linger when you write down a goal but that is the direction I’m heading.

And finally. Though I don’t know many of you personally I do think about you often. Your friendship, support and selflessness amaze me. I know many of you struggle with problems that as someone who has faced the challenges of Alaska I wouldn’t want to face. I’m humbled by strangers who reach out to others and embrace them as family and who go out of their way to encourage and support each other. Thank you for supporting the kennel. You don’t get to see what it means to the dogs and to us but I do everyday when I look at dogs like Leonard and Elmer who wouldn’t have had a home otherwise.

Well, it’s almost 12:30 here and we’re running dogs again tomorrow. We’ll see you on the trail and as Edward Abbey says, “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”

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116 Responses to “Snowhook Update”

  1. B. Stover
    8:44 am on January 9th, 2014

    Go Snowhook!

    Good morning all.

  2. B. Stover
    9:02 am on January 9th, 2014

    Dawson: Thank you for the explanation of my repeated comments yesterday. (I’m laughing.) It would be interesting to know why the first comment was moderated.

  3. BearSpiritDog
    9:23 am on January 9th, 2014

    Hi Everyone!

    AJ’s update on Snowhook reposted by Chet. Nice.

    B: Somehow we missed all the Multiple Postings…will have to go Back to Yesterday to check it out. It will be fun trying to figure out the Moderator’s Reasoning.

  4. Staff
    9:31 am on January 9th, 2014

    Running errands and taking Mr.Staff to work today. Darn it. No early naps. BBL

  5. Diane C.
    9:42 am on January 9th, 2014

    Good morning everyone, I wish you all a happy and safe day where you are as I brave the rigors of the Post office, carwash and ballet class.
    Now, what’s this show with evil Canadians? this isn’t about reruns of Twin Peaks, right?
    Is it true that what is called American cheese in the U.S. is called Canadian cheese there? (And if I’ve asked this before I apologize.
    Melanie, be well.
    Go Snowhook.

  6. Wose
    10:04 am on January 9th, 2014

    Greetings!

    Melanie: Loving on you.
    Royal Mum: Hope you are closer to tip-top.
    Wolfie: How dare anyone walk into your house uninvited. You gave that Goliath what for. Hope you are back to tip-top soon.

    RIO! You hunk of pug. You’ve been ignoring me. Hope Beau and you friend are doing well.

  7. Herd of Hounds
    10:38 am on January 9th, 2014

    Good morning,everyone! Love the Snowhook update.
    Have a twirling Thursday!

  8. Tupper and Gilly
    10:44 am on January 9th, 2014

    Hi everyone.
    Mama is just one or two steps from tip-top. She will be Melanie home after the PET scan today. Why does Melanue have to go to the hospital for a PET scan. Mac and Mattie could do it just as well at home.

    And Basil and Sage offered to do a KAT scan for free. They must really like Melanie. Those two don’t ever offer to do ANYTHING nice for anyone.

  9. dawson
    11:04 am on January 9th, 2014

    Go Snowhook! I like AJ’s plan to start out at slower pace during this years Iditarod. It will be interesting to see how it works out. Also, with the new sled for the last stretch, I have high hopes of him reaching his goal.

    DianeC: American cheese in Canada is still called American cheese. I don’t know of any Canadian cheese, per se.
    The show with evil Canadians is Justified.

    Melanie: May the trip to and fro and the pet scan all proceed as smoothly as butterscotch pudding without lumps.

    Wolfie: Hope you heal quickly and that Great Dane stays away from your house. If he visits again, sic all the kats on him.

  10. Barb & Maggie
    11:17 am on January 9th, 2014

    Have to go back and catch up on later posts later. Dashing in and out this morning.

    Remember the other day when Rio commented that there would be broken water pipes when things started to warm up? Well this morning Barb got a call from Josh who was rushing to the bike shop. Water was pouring from the ceiling and there is 6″ of water in parts of the shop. They rent the space, so landlord will be responsible for repair of building, but they have a huge mess to contend with today. Barb canceled plans to watch Lily ride this afternoon, and will be picking up kids instead. Will BBL.

  11. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:37 am on January 9th, 2014

    Snowhook!…Front and center!…snort!snort!…Dawson, I checked under my warm soft cushion on my bed and I found a $25.00 bill…sniff!…I suppose I would like to donate that to the Elder Checkpoint in honor of Grandma, who I miss very much…sniffle!snuff! …I will send you an official SDD so that it is official…grunt!

  12. O'Howlers
    11:37 am on January 9th, 2014

    Good morning. We haven’t had a chance to catch up on last night’s yet. The ‘rents took Fern somewhere. Carpola! We wanted to go for a ride.

    Onward Snowhook

  13. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:38 am on January 9th, 2014

    Rose!…Just so youse know, my friend hung up her Rockies calendar over her desk at the busy place…snort!… She found it under my warm soft cushion on my bed…grunt!

  14. Barb & Maggie
    11:57 am on January 9th, 2014

    Dawson, Barb just mailed her other check for $25 this morning, but will get the 2nd one sent off in the next day or 2.

    Hope Wolfie is feeling OK. Did the visitor come with his 2 legged or was he be himself?

    Melanie, our thoughts will be with you this morning. Will you get results right away, or will it be several days? Will this scan determine what type of tumor it is, so the docs will know the best type of chemo?

    Good luck to Fern this morning too. We wish her and her folks the best.

    Off to pick up the Jackster.

  15. Masquers
    12:02 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Dawson: We also “found” $25 for the Elder checkpoint that Wolfie is sponsoring. Sure hope Mom wasn’t saving it for anything special. I ask youse…what could be more special than this?

  16. O'Howlers
    12:04 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Wolfie, jeepers! We hope that other guy looks worse.

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    12:24 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Wolfie – we just got caught up on last night too. Oh, poor puppy. Are your cheeks all swollen like Bella’s? Maybe you are twins. Feel better very soon. And if you want we will come and show that not so “Great” Dane how it feels to have your ankles gnawed.

  18. Siber-H
    12:46 pm on January 9th, 2014

    I, a Husky living in the desert who knows nothing, thinks A,J’s plan to start out slower is a good one. I do know a past Iditarod winner’s plan to move really fast at the beginning of the race has not worked out for him at all.

    That is such a great update from AJ. Thank you Spence for making it front page news.

    Wolfie, We are sorry about the stitches in the nose. I agree, the dog’s owner should pay the vet bill.

    Melanie, Thinking of you. I do not know what a PET scan is so I hope there is nothing to it. I know what an MRI is, but not a PET scan.

  19. Masquers
    12:52 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Siber: Recently I saw somewhere that a sports channel will be televising the Iditarod this year, but believe there is a delay in the coverage of it. Do you know anything about this?
    Paws crossed all goes well for Melanie and that she gets some answers.

  20. Siber-H
    1:04 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Masquers, Wow! I have not heard anything about any of the Iditarod being televised, but I will be on the lookout for any news about it.
    I imagine there will be news about it on the Iditarod’s official website, and for sure people will start mentioning it on the Iditarod’s message boards.
    There has never been live coverage of the Iditarod except the start and finish streaming. The tv channels just edit the video they take and show us highlights. The video and knowing what is happening in the Iditarod in real time have always seemed to compliment one another.

  21. Masquers
    1:11 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Siber: Hope we haven’t gotten everyone’s hopes up prematurely. I will attempt to find the source of this report. In any event being that it will be late coverage of the race, the Iditarod Insider is still our best bet. Which reminds me…time to renew our subscription!

  22. Masquers
    1:13 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Here is the link: http://www.adn.com/iditarod/

  23. Wose
    1:13 pm on January 9th, 2014

    RIO! I hope her favorite players, and yours are on that calendar. I got myself a Yankee calendar, and half the team has been traded.

  24. Masquers
    1:17 pm on January 9th, 2014
  25. Macy the min-pin
    1:20 pm on January 9th, 2014

    I would be a little leary of the pug’s $25 bill. Maybe it is Canadian.

    I recently heard on a show that Cheeze Whiz is popular on Philly Cheese Steaks. Can that be true? Never had one myself.

    Gah! Last night dad asked if the top rack of the dishwasher had been emptied. Then this morning she realized that it had been not, so she emptied it. Just talked to dad, he said he put more in the DW, now mom has no idea which is clean and which is not, and all the glasses are in the cabinet. That is what she gets for trying. I have advised that she go back to sleeping all day, which has been her situation all week.

    As the Snowhook dogs are rugged individualists, I imagine that dust-ups can occur from time to time. For some reason, I had the impression that the latest handler was a female. Maybe not.

  26. Wose
    1:22 pm on January 9th, 2014

    http://www.multichannel.com/content/sportsman-channel-unleash-iditarod-programming/147549

    This is the information I have found about the Iditarod being televised.

  27. dawson
    1:23 pm on January 9th, 2014

    WhoooHooo and Thank you!
    Rio&Beau & Masquers&BearSpiritDog: Way to find those 25.$ bills. I didn’t even know they made them. I haven’t had a chance to look under the couch cushions yet but I hope I will find a 25.$ bill too.
    We have a handy man in the house. Remember that leaking pipe I noticed a few weeks back? It is fixed but now half the wall is off and there is no bathtub or toilet in there. This is going to cost a few of those 25.$ bills before everything is back together.

    Barb&Maggie: Hope Josh is able to get that mess cleaned up pronto. I imagine that sort of thing is happening all around you. Why? Doesn’t Chicago have freezing cold weather every winter?

  28. Siber-H
    1:28 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Masquers, Great detective work! YES!!! It is gonna happen! The news about the Iditarod being televised is also on Yahoo.
    I found the Sportsman channel on Direct tv. Yippie!!!

    Wose, You too, Thanks!!

  29. dawson
    1:28 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Wose:
    That is exciting news about Iditarod coverage on tv. I’ve never heard of the Sportsman Channel. I hope I can get it but, yes, I will be renewing my subscription to the Iditarod Insider. Wait! I’m going to be in Minnesota during the Iditarod. Maybe I can share with my sister. Heh, heh.

  30. Macy the min-pin
    1:44 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Mom has found a potential flaw in her Alaska plans. Does the tracker work on the iPaw? She will be in AK for the entire race as it stands now. The thought of not following the little dots makes her breathe hard, and see spots before her eyes.

  31. Barb & Maggie
    1:50 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Dawson, Yes it always freezes in Chi town, but I think the extra 15-20 degrees colder is what makes the difference in the # of frozen pipes. They are getting the mess cleaned up, but may have to close the shop for a couple of weeks to repair damage. They have plenty of insurance coverage for items for sale, but not sure what their policy covers for “build-out” damage to the interior. Cabinets are soaked as is drywall, plus the flooring is shot. Could be worse – they could have forgotten to pay their ins. premium!

    Dawson, are you still planning to go to the Iditarod?

    Macy, Barb did the same think the other day, but remembered after putting only 6-8 things away. Duh, getting old sucks!

  32. Macy the min-pin
    1:51 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Siber-H thought you might be interested.

    Musher Yvonne Dubakk
    “All our dogs are NKC registered Siberian huskies that we joined us to Alaska from Norway. Together we will go as far and fast as they want to go, always with a happy, healthy team as our first priority!”

  33. Masquers
    1:58 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Good thinking Dawson. You can also catch up on Justified when you are there. ☺
    We probably don’t get the Sportsman channel either, but should be able to catch the action online.
    Insider subscription has been renewed!
    Now direct from the dog’s mouth so to speak is more than youse ever wanted to know about the 2014 TV coverage of the race. http://www.thesportsmanchannel.com/newsandevents/pressroom/news.php?ID=947
    (Diane, Can you tell we are avid fans?)

  34. Macy the min-pin
    1:59 pm on January 9th, 2014

    It is official, we are not sponsors of Snowhook. We are a little sad, but we will still be rooting for them all the same.

  35. Masquers
    2:03 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Min-Pin: Not to worry. You will still be at the front line to cheer them on. Won’t you?

  36. dawson
    2:12 pm on January 9th, 2014

    MacyMinPin: What are you talking about, not sponsors? First of all, you won a contest and donated the $50 to a checkpoint. That is called sponsorship. What do you mean?

    Barb&Maggie: Yes, I am going to the Iditarod. My tickets are booked. I have a space reserved at the Hobbit Hotel. Annabelle is going to be my escort! Yippee! Everyone around here is booking trips to Hawaii and think I am crazy to be going to Alaska in the winter. They may be right. I don’t like winter, crowds or noise but I do love Snowhook Kennels so I’m hoping it balances out.

  37. Barb & Maggie
    2:16 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Yes, Macy we are confused by your comment too. Splain!

  38. Siber-H
    2:17 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Macy’s Mom, Thank You! There will be a team of Sibers in the Iditarod!! WOO WOO
    I say this every year, but to repeat myself, they will be no competition for Snowhook.
    Gosh, I guess these dogs will speak Norwegian.

    Someone will come along who can answer your question about the Tracker and the iPaw.

  39. Siber-H
    2:22 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Masquers, Thanks for the link to the article. This sounds like it is going to be good!!

  40. Wose
    2:24 pm on January 9th, 2014

    I hope I get the Sportman’s Channel. Gotta check.

  41. Wose
    2:25 pm on January 9th, 2014

    WooooooooHooooooo! Awesome Dawson at the Iditarod!

  42. Macy the min-pin
    2:29 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Oh we were just being silly. We are not listed on the official bio of AJ as sponsors, but that only makes sense, since we did not send any money.

    We have been reading all the bios of people that we never heard of. Can you tell we are bored?

  43. dawson
    2:43 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Checkpoint Update!
    Another checkpoint has been fully funded!
    Congratulations to the O’Howlers household for donating the full amount of a checkpoint in honor and memory of their beloved God-dog Cherokee.
    Also the Elders Checkpoint and Shiek, Leo & Equines Checkpointhas received donations today. The Checkpoints that are open for donations are the two mentioned above plus Buddy, The Giants (AJ&Rebecca) and Rescues.
    Those five have not been assigned Checkpoints as of yet. If any of them would like to choose their own checkpoint they are welcome to do so. These are the checkpoints available: Yentna, Skwentna, Finger Lake, Rainy Pass, Rohn, Nikolai, Takotna (has been offered to Equines…waiting), Cripple and Nome. I think Nome should go to the Giants, if no one has any objections. If my math is correct and I wouldn’t bet on it, that leaves only 4 checkpoints yet to be sponsored.
    WhoooHooo! Youse guys are the best! Go Snowhook!

  44. dawson
    2:53 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Whoops!
    Forgot to turn off that pretty pink print and also I forgot to use it for Cherokee, Cherokee, Cherokee!

    MacyMinPin: I will make sure the record is changed to reflect that you have donated to Snowhook. I haven’t sent the latest numbers to Rebecca as she is way too busy to crunch them anyways. Money is not the only way Plunderers can donate to Snowhook. Some of youse donate by making us laugh with your wonderful witty sense of humors, or by keeping pugs in line, or by posting videos and links to (usually) funny places and in many ways that I can’t think of right this minute.

  45. Siber-H
    3:04 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Macy, I ditto everything Dawson said so much better than I can. You make us laugh all the time. One of the funniest things I ever read on this blog was your description of Siberian Huskies in high school. That was a long time ago. Being a Plunderer means you are a sponsor of Snowhook.

  46. Macy the min-pin
    3:06 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Aw shuckins…

    On one of the mushers websites I saw something cute. B.A.R.K – Buy a round of kibble.

  47. Macy the min-pin
    3:08 pm on January 9th, 2014

    And here is Lisbet Norris.
    “In the fall of 2012, I moved from Fairbanks to the Mat-Su Valley to work at the family business, Underdog Feeds, and run dogs from our kennel, Alaskan Kennels, the oldest Siberian Husky kennel in the world. I qualified for Iditarod this past season and am proud and excited to field a team of AKC registered Siberian Huskies in the 2014 Iditarod.”

  48. BearSpiritDog
    3:22 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Iditarod Fever is Running Rampant on the Blog! (as in unrestrained) GO SNOWHOOK!!!

  49. BearSpiritDog
    3:30 pm on January 9th, 2014

    B: We did go Back to Yesterday to try and figure out the reasoning behind the Moderation of your post. The Conclusion is: We Haven’t a Clue. Maybe we can post word by word and see what comes up.
    “ghost story”

  50. BearSpiritDog
    3:30 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Nope. That wasn’t it.

  51. dawson
    3:31 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Spencer Quinn’s checkpoint, Ruby, Alaska: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP6-t3_629I

  52. Macy the min-pin
    3:35 pm on January 9th, 2014

    And this from Marcelle Fressineau (English is not her first language)
    “Dee Dee Jonrowe as well as other mushers : Aaron Burmeister, Aly Zirkle, Jack Berkowitz and Justin Savidis, came to share their experience.
    I appreciated also to meet the other rookies. It is better than only at the banquet.
    Now we have the feeling that we are a part of the Iditarod family!
    Thank you!”

  53. dawson
    3:38 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Here is an article referencing Kaltag, KirbyTPenworthy, MacyMinPin and the small Dogs Checkpoint: http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/can-fish-wheels-save-alaskas-yukon-river-salmon-fishery

  54. Macy the min-pin
    3:43 pm on January 9th, 2014

    I am planning on stowing away in mom’s luggage, and joining the team at the last minute. Wait. Do booties come in small, cuz I’m not freezing my tootsies off.

  55. Siber-H
    3:43 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Two Siberian Husky teams in the Iditarod!
    They will all be rookies. I may be chewing my toenails.

    I don’t worry about AJ because I know he knows what he is doing.
    I pray, but I don’t worry.

  56. dawson
    4:03 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Nulato, the Native American Veterans/Navajo Code Talkers Checkpoint through the eyes of a young Head Start teacher: http://thenorthernmostlovejoys.blogspot.ca/2009/10/nulato.html
    This blog is “video intensive”.

  57. Macy the min-pin
    4:11 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Every time I come back to the blog, there is a FR in yaFRhoo, which is messing with my avatar. Knock it off.

  58. BearSpiritDog
    4:24 pm on January 9th, 2014

    The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. (Folks don’t mind me)

  59. BearSpiritDog
    4:25 pm on January 9th, 2014

    …set in 19th-century New Zealand.

  60. BearSpiritDog
    4:26 pm on January 9th, 2014

    …It won the 2013 Man Booker Prize.

  61. BearSpiritDog
    4:29 pm on January 9th, 2014

    I Found It! (at least the Sentence, which is the Last One in BStover’s post)

  62. BearSpiritDog
    4:30 pm on January 9th, 2014

    …It won the 2013

  63. BearSpiritDog
    4:31 pm on January 9th, 2014

    …Man Booker Prize.

  64. BearSpiritDog
    4:33 pm on January 9th, 2014

    And now we see that the Last 3 Words are the ones offending the Blog Moderator. Why? Haven’t a Clue. Back now to square one. Gah.

  65. BearSpiritDog
    4:35 pm on January 9th, 2014

    As HRH B would say…Okay I’ll stop now.

  66. dawson
    4:39 pm on January 9th, 2014

    BSD: Man Booker Prize?

  67. dawson
    4:42 pm on January 9th, 2014

    BSD: Isn’t that strange? You are a little strange too, but not as strange as moderating those three words. (I’m under moderation, too, for writing them.)

    The two pure Siberian Husky Iditarod teams both have female mushers. Karen Ramstead and Yvonne Dabakk. Cool.

    I wonder how CHobbit is faring in California and Melanie at the Petting Zoo.

  68. Macy the min-pin
    4:51 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Lisbet Norris is the other musher that I referred to with Sibers. Are you reading every other word? heh-heh. And what about that shout out from Marcelle Fresseneau?

  69. Siber-H
    5:03 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Does this mean there are 3 Siberian teams i this year’s Iditarod?

  70. Macy the min-pin
    5:06 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Indeed, Mr. Husky, it does appear that there are at least three women running Sibers! How aboout that.

  71. Tupper and Gilly
    5:07 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Hey folks – just a shout out to let you know Melanie is home, safe and sound, and well tucked under the quilt.
    She is supposed to hear from the doctor on Monday with a definition of what the heck this thing is so they can start treatment.
    We hope to be back on later to catch up on videos and donations and Iditarod news.

  72. dawson
    5:11 pm on January 9th, 2014

    MacyMinPin: Oh, I really am reading every other word. I found a major error in my Checkpoint accounting but I am going to leave it until a later date as my mind seems to be swirling and needs a break.

  73. dawson
    5:23 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Okay Macy: I see where I missed one of your posts and the other one went in one ear and out the other. Heh, heh. Three Siberian Husky teams…so far.

  74. Barb & Maggie
    5:25 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Test

  75. Tupper and Gilly
    5:31 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Barb – you passed the test. With flying colors

  76. O'Howlers
    5:39 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Good photo, Barb!
    Siber, we also saw Sportsman Channel on our Direct TV, but when we went there, we found that we do not get it. We would have to upgrade our package, which we will probably do, just for February-March.
    Fern is back home. We were so sure she would either be staying at Penn, or saying Adios. But it turns out she likely has a muscle pull, not a dislocated hip, and is on an anti-inflammatory and pain med, and will be doing some PT. 2014 just may be a good year!

  77. Masquers
    5:41 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Bear has some exciting news to tell you, but he was twirling so fast he just spun out of sight.
    Poor Melanie has to wait for answers. Again.
    B&M: That’s a cute photo of the two of you.
    Howlers: PT for chickens! Who would have thought.

  78. Masquers
    5:44 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Riö: Check your SDD.

  79. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:48 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Fern!….Chicken Physical Therapy?…snort!…Now I’ve heard everthing…heh!heh!

  80. O'Howlers
    5:52 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Her PT will be at home. Three times a day. Fun.

  81. Kat
    5:55 pm on January 9th, 2014

    I can’t wait to hear Bear’s news.

  82. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:55 pm on January 9th, 2014

    PT!…Maybe the Howlers can help keep her “moving”…heh!heh!snort!

  83. B. Stover
    6:01 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Bear: Thank you. I wonder why those three words were moderated. I don’t think there’s any logic to it.

  84. Siber-H
    6:12 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Miss Macy, Thank you for the Iditarod information. Karen is the experienced Iditarod Siberian musher.

    Fellow Sibers, You may not have to upgrade that much. I believe it is just one step up with Direct tv to get that channel
    because we don’t have any fancy package with them.

    Barb, Cute photo.

    T&G Thanks for the Melanie update. Paws crossed and prayers that treatment can begin soon.

  85. Kat
    6:12 pm on January 9th, 2014

    I know why those words were moderated. It is the middle word, which sounds like it has to do with betting on games and other stuff from Sin City.

  86. Princess Sam
    6:14 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Good news about Fern. We here have been worried about her.

  87. Siber-H
    6:14 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Bear, Twirl on back here and give us the news.

  88. Siber-H
    6:19 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Great close up of Dima up top.

    I hope Fern will be okay. I have gotten sorta attached to that chicken.

  89. Macy the min-pin
    6:19 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Still nothing about the musher who mentions helpful mushers?

    Dawson, read and replied, sniff.

    Before long, Fern will be able to do the Chicken Dance. Or all of their dances the same?

  90. Kat
    6:25 pm on January 9th, 2014

    The USA Ski Jumping teams will be wearing Stormy Kromers!
    http://www.stormykromer.com/benchwarmers/ski-jumping-cap

  91. Barb & Maggie
    6:26 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Rest up Melanie, we know these trips are stressful. Hopefully Monday will be the end of the waiting and they can give you a definite answer.

    Happy to hear that Fern’s leg problem may be easier to fix then you thought. Who is in charge of the P.T.? I bet the Howlers would like to help!

    We finally installed Google Chrome and tried uploading the photo that way. It worked. Simple fix, and now we will not have to ask for help uploading in the future.

  92. Meashka
    6:31 pm on January 9th, 2014

    I believe I am in charge of PT. I am not just a nurse; I am also a certified physical therapist.
    Heh Heh Heh

  93. Barb & Maggie
    6:48 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Meashka, Keep selling it girl! You may convince them.

  94. dawson
    6:52 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Melanie: I hope the doctors can figure out things by Monday. I’m glad you are back at home and under the quilt.

    O’Howlers: I would love to see video of chicken PT.

    MacyMinPin: Yes! The musher who mentioned helpful mushers…I forgot her name except that it starts with an “F”, she is right to give credit to the helpful mushers. Justin Savidis is one of the most helpful mushers!

  95. O'Howlers
    7:43 pm on January 9th, 2014

    It has been a long day here. Chicken in the big city and all that. We are sinking fast. Darn! We will have to wait until tomorrow to read of Bear’s Big News.
    Good night.

  96. BearSpiritDog
    8:09 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Look What Came in the Mail Today!!!

    I’m Twirling, I’m Twirling!!!

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:23 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Bear!…I knew your news would be something strange like this…sniff!

  98. BearSpiritDog
    8:32 pm on January 9th, 2014

    This discovery of ours is no doubt interesting only to Someone Here, but I couldn’t wait to share the news.
    Melanie, Diane-C and all those that helped us locate this Rare Book with its 1932 copyright…thank youse soooo much for the information. You have No Idea how long this search has been going on….and all because we were looking for The City instead of City.

    B: There is no accounting for the Strange Behavior of our Infamous Blog Moderator and the words that tick him off.
    Kat is most likely correct in assuming he thought it had something to do with the hated games of chance. But how about his obvious dislike of shews and p*h*a*r*m*a*c*y (what does he think we go there to buy?) My guess is we will never know.

  99. BearSpiritDog
    8:35 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Rio: Heh, heh…as Dawson observed earlier…I am in a Strange Mood today.

  100. dawson
    8:57 pm on January 9th, 2014

    BearSpiritDog: That’s great! The black dog on the front of the book looks like he has been to the p h a r m a c y sampling the d r u g s! Seriously, the reviews for that book sounded very interesting. Enjoy reading it again after so many years. I love your Spirit Bear.

  101. Barb & Maggie
    9:02 pm on January 9th, 2014

    We are happy for you Bear.

    We are watching Red Dog, at Bear’s recommendation, and then will tune in Parenthood.

    Nighty noodles.

  102. Herd of Hounds
    9:05 pm on January 9th, 2014

    A strange mood id better than no mood.

  103. Staff
    9:27 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Clifford D. Simak wrote for the Minneapolis newspapers for many years. I will have to read City. I have read some of his work but don’t remember that one specifically. Mr.Staff has read it. He was a member of the Science Fiction book club in his younger years.

  104. Barb & Maggie
    9:51 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Barb just finished watching Red Dog. It was good, but you didn’t tell us that it would make her cry.

    OK, off again. Sweet dreams.

  105. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:18 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Macy, to answer your question, the Tracker works just fine on the IPaw. It’s the only computer that mom uses at home.

    I am feeling Tip Top once again. Mom keeps shoving pills down my throat but that’s my only complaint.

    Ohhhh….mom told me that I need to set the record straight. She wraps the pills in either cheese or lunch meat and I gobble them down lickiry split.

  106. Herd of Hounds
    10:48 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Wollfie…good for youu

  107. Staff
    10:57 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Saw this site while browsing one of my sewing machine links. All I can say is WOW.

    Wood boxes. http://www.rayjoneswoodboxes.com/

  108. BearSpiritDog
    11:05 pm on January 9th, 2014

    That’s Great News, Wolfie. We were worried.

    Staff: City was Recommended to Nana by her college roommate. She has never forgotten it. BTW…that 1932 date we quoted earlier was a misprint…it should have read 1952.
    Wow is Right! Those Wooden Boxes are Cool. I love wood carving too.

    Now…Off to Watch a Movie.
    BBML (Like Tomorrow)

  109. Tupper and Gilly
    11:14 pm on January 9th, 2014

    BSD – we are twirling for you.

    Wolfie – Good doggie taking your pills. Callie has been on pills for so long after her surgery that nothing short of sheer force will get a pill past her lips. We have tried liverwurst, cheese, pill pockets, mashed potatoes, spam, you name it. Tonight Mama simply jammed the pills down her throat, and then gave her some French fries to make up with her. Callie is a sucker for potatoes – except if there are pills hidden in them.

  110. Macy the min-pin
    11:26 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Here is a little something for Mr. Staff… heh-heh

  111. Tupper and Gilly
    11:40 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Macy – you naughty puppy.

    tee hee

  112. Macy the min-pin
    11:56 pm on January 9th, 2014

    Exhibit A as to why green jello is an abomination.

    nightly jiggles

  113. Melanie
    12:13 am on January 10th, 2014

    What wonderful and divergent types of news from youse guys.

    I was actually asleep for quite awhile until my body woke me up and said, “Hey you! You were strapped down unable to move for forty-five minutes. Did you know that? Let’s throw some pain at ya now!”

    Bodies. Can’t live without them, and they sure are weird.

    OTAS and GLAD are back home. Her car battery was dead. It is working now, but she’s going to get a new one. It’s five years old.

    Waiting for the meds to kick in, but I thought I would say hi. Zoë took me down and Golinka brought me back. Both were highly entertaining.

    TTFN & G’Day to Liz.

  114. Macy the min-pin
    12:16 am on January 10th, 2014

    Jello ad, from the days when grammar mattered.

  115. Macy the min-pin
    12:19 am on January 10th, 2014

    I had no idea this was a real word.

    Full Definition of WORRIT

    transitive verb
    dial Eng : vex, distress, worry
    intransitive verb
    dial Eng : to become worried or show anxiety or concern
    Origin of WORRIT

    alter. of 1worry

  116. Прогулки с динозаврами 3D трейлер ЮВе
    8:50 pm on February 4th, 2014

    Лидеры проката!…

    Смотрите фильмы…

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