Stay Off The Ice, Pifas!

“Have we done a dog on the ice story this winter?” Admin says. “Here’s one from Lake Michigan. Pifas is the name – kind of looks like Rufus, another Nova Scotia duck trolling retriever of our acquaintance.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-dog-back-with-owner-after-lake-michigan-ice-romp-20130225,0,4702826.story

Welcome Honey (and in answer to your question, the next Chet and Bernie mystery is The Sound and the Furry, coming in Sept.):

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131 Responses to “Stay Off The Ice, Pifas!”

  1. BearSpiritDog
    8:42 am on February 26th, 2013

    First? Me?

    ZenKat is back in back the sack after some early morning tweaking of the FTD…aka the Flight Tracking Device.

  2. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    8:46 am on February 26th, 2013

    Another busy night! Safe trip to Rose & fam. Macy’s news was great :) OH, must have been a beautiful ceremony. T&G’s mom is a word artist.

  3. B. Stover
    8:51 am on February 26th, 2013

    I’m glad Pifas is back. There is a picture of another dog that seemed to be involved in the rescue but the story didn’t cover that.

    Good morning all.

  4. Rose
    8:52 am on February 26th, 2013

    Greetings!

    Macy: It is nice to wake up to good news!

    Bear: Thanks Masquers for all his hard work!

    HOH: Thanks! Hopefully our trip will have no more schedule changes!

  5. Barb & Maggie
    8:55 am on February 26th, 2013

    Actually the Chicago dog is more red and white. Saw him several times on the Chi news. He had been missing for 9 days when he was rescued from Lake Michigan. One interesting comment – they said on the news that he was required to be chipped and neutered before Animal Control would release him to his owner. What if he was planning to use him for breeding? That seems questionable to us.

    Jaye will be here in 5 minutes, then a Service Master guy is coming to clean sofa and chair in the den.

    Storm is due at noon. Looks like it will not be as bad as in Kansas and Nebraska. Mix of rain/sleet/snow.

    Finished The Secret Keeper yesterday and LOVED it!

    Hope Melanie and Zoe and Rick are having a good day. Happy travels to Rose and The Prof.

  6. BearSpiritDog
    8:57 am on February 26th, 2013

    Pifas, Thank Dog you are back Safe at Home. Quite the Adventure you had out there on the lake.

    And Rufus, You are a Fine Looking member of the nation within.

    Macy: Good News about your Dad!

    Wose: Heh. We didn’t expect to see you on the blog this morning. Please check your SDD.

  7. Wose
    9:40 am on February 26th, 2013

    Bear: Checked. Responded with new flight info. Thanks for having my back!

  8. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:43 am on February 26th, 2013

    Rose!… When do you guys leave?…snort!…Did your first flight get cancelled?…wheeze!

    Snow!…Its snowing here again and someone was not happy at all when she left early this morning…grump!

  9. Tupper and Gilly
    9:57 am on February 26th, 2013

    Good morning all.
    Macy – WooHooo! Glad your Dad is through all the nasty stuff and now just has to heal. His doggie will be glad to see him too.
    Rose – flight delays….sigh. But you will have a wonderful time when you get there.
    HOH – awww gee, blush, blush, blush
    We have seen a number of “dog on ice” stories. Well, to be honest, we have seen the teasers on the news – we can’t bear to watch the stories, just in case it doesn’t come out right.
    Rio – tell your friend to be extra careful on the roads.
    Everyone in the path of this storm – DUCK!

    Off into the world. On to PT for the arm. Two weeks today…only 4 more to go….arrrggghhhh!!!!

  10. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:04 am on February 26th, 2013

    Good Morning, everyone!

    Mom had a gallbladder that went bad also, and she felt better once it was gone, gone, gone! Better to have a bad gallbladder than a bad heart!

    Poor Bellie. She is going think that tomorrow will never come.

  11. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:05 am on February 26th, 2013

    By the way, that was a beautiful prayer last night. Mom cried.

  12. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:28 am on February 26th, 2013

    Calculations!…If my calculations are correct, Rose and the Prof will finally get to Anchorage around 3:00am EST…snort!cough!…They have a very long day ahead of them, so everyone please keep them in your pug-prayers…wuffle!

  13. BearSpiritDog
    10:35 am on February 26th, 2013

    Wolfie: We quite agree.
    The Royal Mum writes the Most Beautiful Prayers. The Plunderers are so very fortunate to have her as one of us.

    Paws crossed, everyone, that the weather gods cooperate and Wose’s Flights today are As Scheduled and On Time!

  14. Masquers
    10:38 am on February 26th, 2013

    Riö: Fortunately that would be 11pm Rebecca’s time. Cough.

  15. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:55 am on February 26th, 2013

    Maskers!…Yes, it will be 11:00 Alaska time, but to Rose and the Prof it will be 3:00am…sniff!

  16. SnowBella
    11:30 am on February 26th, 2013

    Following Rose’s progress will be good training for watching the race. I hope Rose has enough booties packed for the journey.

  17. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:42 am on February 26th, 2013

    Rebecca!…When is the Mushers Banquet?..snort!…Will they be serving Moose-Head Stew?…heh!

  18. SnowBella
    11:56 am on February 26th, 2013

    Rio: The banquet is in Thursday night. The second round of vet checks are tomorrow. We are going to invite Rose and the Professor to join us for vet checks. Believe it or not, a lot of fans show up at the vet checks. Elim doesn’t understand why anyone would want to see him get poked and prodded, but there you have it.

    Moose head stew! No, they won’t be serving such a delicacy at the banquet. Jodi, the person not the puppy, talked last night about having a snowBQ or a regular BBQ while Wose and the professor are here. Moose head stew came up as a culinary option to give Rose the real experience, but we put that idea on the back burner. When I was north last week I had muktuk, which I’ve had before, but I also had whale meat for the first time. It was good.

  19. Masquers
    12:03 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Gah! The flight from NY has been delayed! Scheduled departure time is now 1:41pm.

  20. Masquers
    12:07 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Chicago O’Hare Intl (KORD) is currently experiencing inbound flights delayed at their origin due to low clouds.

  21. SnowBella
    12:10 pm on February 26th, 2013

    We got through the team being on the sea ice last year, we can get through this. What I’m not see about is life with Belle Starr between now and finally meeting Wose.

  22. O'Howlers
    12:21 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Good Morning, All. So how much has Rose’s flight been delayed?
    Mom had an informal “informational” interview today, about a new job at her company. She told us she has to do a lot of thinking.

  23. Masquers
    12:23 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Howlers: Delayed by over an hour.

    Mom is off to an appointment in Seattle.
    See youse later this afternoon.
    Rose: Hopefully you and the Prof will be in Denver by that time.
    Paws crossed.

  24. Siber-H
    12:25 pm on February 26th, 2013

    I’m here with the rest of you now waiting for Rose’s plane to take off.

  25. SnowBella
    12:27 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Rose was supposed to leave early this morning, but at present won’t take off until early afternoon. Belle Starr is not happy.

  26. Staff
    12:28 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Wose! How annoying to have your plans be all mixed up like this. Gosh darn it all. I hope that you are able to get it all straightened out.

    I got a facebookie from Missoula Public Library where A Catty Librarian works. They have a new Youtube video out and A Catty is in it. Right at the beginning she is the librarian with the short red hair and the grey sweater and she is stamping books.

    Heh heh heh.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQC1imH_i0I

  27. Belle Starr
    12:31 pm on February 26th, 2013

    I am trying to look on the bright side—like having more time to prepare for my very, most special, best friend Wose—but my Two-legged isn’t making it easy. I told her we should get Yummy Chummies as a gift for Wose, but she said she didn’t think Rose would like them. I am so embarrassed. What if Wose doesn’t think I’m a good host. SiberH, maybe you could help my Two-legged see reason and convince her of the importance of having yummy Chummies on paw for one’s guest.

  28. Staff
    12:31 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Heh, I am pretty sure she is also the one in the blue bathrobe with the shower cap and the red dunce hat. Great moves A Catty!

    Heh heh heh

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

    How many times does Rose have to change planes? I am guessing Denver and Seattle?

  30. Siber-H
    12:36 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Belle Starr, I am sure Rose would be honored to be offered some Yummy Chummies. You two-legged should leave the hosting duties to you.
    Also, You might want to consider a good nap today because who knows when Rose will get there, but keep the faith, she will get there.

  31. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    12:37 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Rose isn”t even off the ground yet and there is almost as much excitement as the race!

  32. Belle Starr
    12:38 pm on February 26th, 2013

    After leaving, she has a stop in Chicago, then Denver and then finally Anchorage. I know this because I’m trying to convince my Four-legged to blur me onto Wose’s planes so I can keep her company. My Four-legged said she wanted to, but didn’t think she could blur Wose and the Professor and all their luggage. Wose promised to obey all the rules, but the Professor looks like a wiggler—just like the Giant.

  33. Siber-H
    12:41 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Thanks Belle Starr…That flight isn’t too complicated then. We just need Rose up in the air and on her way.

  34. O'Howlers
    12:49 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Wose, it will happen! You’ll be there in no time.
    (Whispering) We don’t blame Belly for being unhappy about this delay. Sheesh.

  35. Tupper and Gilly
    1:07 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Staff – we were rolling on the floor with that video! We think your sister is the coolest librarian we know.
    Our Gramp is on the board of our local (stodgy, old-fashioned, stale, dull) library. He has been trying to talk to the rest of the board about getting more “with-it”. So we sent the link to the video to all the board members. Of course we had to explain what the Harlem Shake is – they would never have heard of it.

  36. SnowBella
    1:14 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Stamping to the beat! Catty Librarian looks like she is having fun, and we can say we knew her (virtually) when.

  37. Staff
    1:28 pm on February 26th, 2013

    A Catty is a reference librarian, but she is also the media/advertising/publicity person so I think this might have been her idea. She is just learning the publicity part.

    I think she is going great!

  38. Staff
    1:34 pm on February 26th, 2013

    She is also Doing great….heh

  39. Tupper and Gilly
    1:51 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Attention Please – Calling All Plunderers

    We need strong prayers, right now. Melanie is rushing her beloved Franklin to the vet with a suspected case of bloat. Please, please, take a minute and say a prayer for all of them. We are not sure how much more Melanie can take, and we certainly want dear Frank to be ok.

    We are going outside to burn sage and sweetgrass and send our best thoughts up. We will let you know whatever we can, whenever we can.

  40. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:59 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Franklin!…Oh no!…sob!

    News!…Some good news: Rose and the Prof are enroute to O’Hare right now…snort!…They have been in the air about 17 minutes so far. One hour and a half to go before landing…wheeze!…Ground crews are standing by.

  41. SnowBella
    1:59 pm on February 26th, 2013

    T&G: A constant prayer is in my heart for Melanie, Zoe, Franklin and the pack as well as the vet to guide him or her in treating the gentle giant.

  42. SnowBella
    2:21 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Rio: They are on their way! When they are flying over your backyard, are you going to run out and wave?

  43. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:23 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Backyard!…I might run out and fart with joy!…heh!heh!

  44. SnowBella
    2:39 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Um, I am sure Wose will appreciate the gesture…

  45. Macy the min-pin
    2:43 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Franklin, heal. Powerful prayers being sent from Texas.

  46. Tupper and Gilly
    3:06 pm on February 26th, 2013

    FRANKLIN DOES NOT HAVE BLOAT.
    sob, sob
    He is going to be ok. Melanie is on the way home with one very very drugged out newf in the back.
    We will report more in a little bit.
    Oh, he’s ok – sob, sob

  47. Siber-H
    3:12 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Thank Dog, Franklin is going to be okay. I just got back to the computer and got really scared when I read T&G’s first post about Franklin. I wasn’t in time to say a prayer of protection, but I can say a prayer of thanks. sob

  48. SnowBella
    3:37 pm on February 26th, 2013

    A drugged up Newf! Melanie, like Rose may be in for a long day, but for different reasons. How many Plunderers does it take to lift a drugged up Newf?

  49. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:54 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Update!…Rose and the Prof should be landing at O’Hare in about 12 minutes…woooo!

    Franklin!….Oh thank dawg…snuffle!

  50. Whitey-Lance
    3:56 pm on February 26th, 2013

    We here are watching Rose and the Professor’s progress along the trail with great interest. According to Masquer’s FTD, Wose and the Professor will be landing in Chicago in eleven minutes. Luna and Belle Starr blurred to the airport to great them when they land.

  51. Whitey-Lance
    3:57 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Rio: Do you think Masquers will bring back some hot wings when he returns to Mission Control?

  52. Whitey-Lance
    4:03 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Yark! Rose’s connecting flight leave at 25 after the hour giving her only 20 minuets to make her connecting flight. Let’s hope her gates are near each other.

  53. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    4:08 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Great news about Franklin! Melanie & pack encouraged us to join in and hate the tough time they’ve had.

    Glad Rose & Prof are in Chicago now. That is progress.

  54. Melanie
    4:08 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Thank you Friends, been a very difficult time here for the past week and a half.

    Franklin has an infection, most likely the prostrate, that is causing severe pain in his muscles and joints. His hunched over position looked like the beginning of bloat. Our vet, 35 minutes away, was surprised to see me and Frank 20 minutes after she said to come in, but we are not going to talk about that trip. He is now on two different pain meds, an antibiotic and muscle relaxant. I believe he is seeing some of Tenzing’s giraffes.

    The map is almost done. I will be finishing it tomorrow. We will be able to call the checkpoints by their correct names.

    Zoe and I are okay, just too much sadness in too short of time.

    Safe Travels to Rose and the Prof.

  55. Tenzing
    4:16 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Franklin: That giraffe is a great dancer, no? See if he’ll teach you some moves. Glad you’re going to be okay, bud. What was scarier—the time you spent with the vet, or the time you spent in the car getting to the vet? My Lady has made similar drives and has said if she sees red and blue lights flashing behind her, they can follower her to the vets and help her carry our family member in the building. Mothers—they are funny creatures. Bless them.

  56. Princess Sam
    4:17 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Molly’s Mom is here today. She had a doctor’s appointment and got a different antibiotic. I didn’t mention the word bloat until all was well.

  57. B. Stover
    4:17 pm on February 26th, 2013

    I’m glad Franklin will be okay. Take care Melanie.

    It is icing here…very noisy.

  58. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    4:18 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Wow! Flying Newf, what a sight :) Glad landing was safe.

  59. Whitey-Lance
    4:33 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Chicago airport is experiencing delays of 30-45 minutes and may increase due to the weather. Commander Rio, do you think we should prepare to dispatch the team to pick up Rose and the Professor?

  60. Tupper and Gilly
    4:43 pm on February 26th, 2013

    We think maybe AJ should take a team on a practice run to Chicago to pick up Rose and the Prof. Otherwise, the whole race might be over before they get to Alaska.

    Melanie called us to ask how she was going to get a very happy, and relaxed Newf out of the car. We suggested pouring. Cant you just see a giant, smiling, black, furry bag of Newf hair, sans bones just sliding jelly-like off the tailgate?

  61. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:50 pm on February 26th, 2013

    YEEEEP!…Rose was circling the airport but she finally landed…grunt!…She might just make her connecting flight. Lets hope that one is late too…sniff!…This is too stressful – Where is Maskers at when you really need him?…wheeze! gasp!

  62. Barb & Maggie
    4:52 pm on February 26th, 2013

    So happy to hear about Franklin not having bloat. Thank Dog!

    We are concerned about Rose making her connecting flight. We are looking out the windows and snow is coming down fast and sideways. If their flight is delayed, hopefully the connecting flight will be delayed too. This is our biggest snow of the season so far. It is a doozie!

  63. Siber-H
    4:52 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Thanks for letting us know, Melanie. Mom and I are keeping you, Zoe, and the Newfs in our prayers. We hope Franklin starts feeling better soon.

    Whitey-Lance, We appreciate your reporting on Rose and the Journey.

  64. Whitey-Lance
    4:57 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Pardon my language, but Poop! Wose just sent a text on Mission Control’s little go-phone that they missed their connecting flight. In the words of SiberH, “Gah!”

  65. Staff
    5:03 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Oh my goodness such a scary time. I sure hope Melanie can get Franklin up and into the house before he collapses. I also hope she doesn’t hurt herself trying to lift, pull or push him.

    And Wose! OMD it sounds like she is having quite an air adventure already and she hasn’t even gotten to Alaska yet. yikes.

  66. Staff
    5:05 pm on February 26th, 2013

    OH NOOOoooooOOOooo

    Now what happens?

    Geez.

  67. Staff
    5:06 pm on February 26th, 2013

    I wonder where all their underwear is right now. And all their winter clothes?

  68. Staff
    5:06 pm on February 26th, 2013

    AND THE CAMERA!!!

  69. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:06 pm on February 26th, 2013

    What!…I just finished programming in the next leg of the journey into the FTD and it said it was Scheduled/Delayed…sniff!…How could she have missed it???

  70. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:08 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Rebecca!…Check your SDD for a FTD…grunt!

  71. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:10 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Rebecca!…Text her back and ask her to make sure because the tracking device says it will leave at 4:15 CST….yeeep!

  72. Staff
    5:12 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Rio, maybe it is delayed sitting out on the tarmac being de-iced.

  73. O'Howlers
    5:17 pm on February 26th, 2013

    OMD! We missed so much horrible news. Reading it now felt like reading it in current time. So we prayed for Franklin and Melanie and Zoe. Then we read the good news with relief. Honestly, Mom has been super-sick due to the stress she went thru in January and February, so imagine what Melanie’s stress must be doing to her emotionally, mentally, and physically. It has to be so darn hard for her. We wish we could wave a magic wand and make it better, but all we can do is offer our love and support from afar.

    And now we are worried about Rose getting to Alaska. What will she do? We aren’t seasoned travelers so we don’t know how easily she can switch flights and make it all the way there. Do youse know if there was much of a layover in Denver so that maybe she can make it there on another flight, and still hookup with the original one there? Worry worry worry….

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:18 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Flight!…All I can tell is it has not taken off yet…grump!

  75. O'Howlers
    5:18 pm on February 26th, 2013

    W-L, please tell Rose to run run run!

  76. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:37 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Frustrating!…The flight has not left yet. I wonder if there was any way for those guys to get on it…sniff!

  77. Siber-H
    5:40 pm on February 26th, 2013

    GAH!

  78. Whitey-Lance
    5:48 pm on February 26th, 2013

    SiberH: My thoughts exactly.

    Rio: Are you seeing what I’m seeing? It looks like the flight is delayed until 455 CST and arrives in Denver at 554 MST? This leaves her an hour to get to her orignal (as of this morning) flight to Anchorage. I’m nervous because my Lady says the Denver Airport is massive and she always has to run to barely catch her connecting flights.

  79. Whitey-Lance
    5:53 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Mission Control’s latest message received from Rose states she and the Professor are waiting at customer service. Maybe if she flashes her CTD badge, they will realize they are dealing with a VIP.

    Another incoming message to Mission Control: “We’re getting closer to an agent.” stop

  80. Kat
    6:03 pm on February 26th, 2013

    The CTD ID should do the trick. When Mom flashed hers last summer, we were invited into the celebrity lecturer’s private room!

  81. Barb & Maggie
    6:03 pm on February 26th, 2013

    We currently have 6″ of snow and no sign of it stopping. O’Hare has an average of 3hours 40 mins. flight delay and 330 flights are canceled. Hundreds of flights currently affected. They showed O’Hare on the news, and sky visability is totally obscured.

  82. B. Stover
    6:07 pm on February 26th, 2013

    You guys worry too much. Rose will make it, if not on one flight then on another. Airlines take responsibility if passengers miss flights due to delay.

  83. OleyHowlers
    6:07 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Carpola! Mom has to rush off to a meeting and she insisting that she needs our iPaw with her. We won’t know how Rose makes out in Chi-town!!!!!!

  84. Staff
    6:12 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Yeep.

    I can’t watch any more. (I have to go make supper)
    Good luck Rose and the Professor.

  85. Alice M. Johnson
    6:14 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Rio, (whispering) What is the FTD that Rebecca was supposed to check her SDD for?

  86. Whitey-Lance
    6:17 pm on February 26th, 2013

    My mama says she might be picking up two weary travelers in the wee hours of the morning and she will be happy to do so!

    Kat: My mama said she flashed her CTD badge last summer with the hopes of being let into the private room of a celebrity lecturer, but said person never showed. She hung out in the room until you arrived!

  87. Whitey-Lance
    6:22 pm on February 26th, 2013

    AliceM: The FTD is Masquer’s Flight Tracking Device.

  88. Whitey-Lance
    6:28 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Rio: Red lights just started flashing at Mission Control. Please check your SDD. Over and out.

  89. Barb & Maggie
    6:29 pm on February 26th, 2013

    B. Stover is the voice of reason in the midst of all our worry! Rose will make it sooner or later.

  90. Siber-H
    6:40 pm on February 26th, 2013

    I hope Stover is right. With the way the airlines operate these days, I figured they might just toss Rose and the Prof. out into the snow and charge them for it.

  91. Charlie
    7:16 pm on February 26th, 2013

    I know that Professor B always makes me feel better.

  92. dawson
    7:16 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Staff: That is definitely our sister in the blue bathrobe and red pointy hat in that video. I recognize her dance moves.

    T&G: You made my heart jump into my mouth for a minute there.
    Thank goodness Franklin will be fine.

    Wose: Carpola! I do hope you have caught the plane but not if it is going to sit on the tarmac for hours.

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:32 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Yeep!…The FTD has smoke coming out of it and we will have to shut it down for the night…grunt!…Rose and the Prof did not make the flight, so plan B is being hatched…snort!…The will not be landing in Anchorage tonight or in the wee hours of the morning either…wheeze!…Hopefully, the storm will be over and done with by the time they get a flight out of Chicago Town…sniff!

    Weather!…The weather over DIA is not good right now. Snowing and blowing. You do not want to be in an airplane coming into DIA with weather like this…gurgle!…It can get very ruff!

  94. Whitey-Lance
    7:35 pm on February 26th, 2013

    I’m not sure if air travel has mandatory layovers like our races, but if that is the case, Rose and the Professor are resting at the Chicago checkpoint until tomorrow. If they are lucky like us, they will get fresh straw to lay on and be wrapped in jackets and blankets. AJ also rubs our muscles and feet; I sure hope Wose and the Professor get the same kind of treatment.

    What’s that? What? Oh, my mama says I need to offer a translation of what I wrote above. I don’t know why, but here goes. We recieved a transmission from Rose saying they have to stay the night at a hotel. Grump.

  95. Gus and BooBear
    7:38 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Years ago, mom and dad flew to Alaska. They missed their connecting flight in St Louis due to a delay in Houston. The airline put them on another flight. They ended up flying to Anchorage in first class. Sweet!!

    Thank Dog Franklin is going to be okay. So scary for Zoe and Melanie.

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:41 pm on February 26th, 2013

    First!…Class! Lets hope Rose and the Prof get excellant treatment by the airlines…wheeze!…I hope they are going to have a nice hotel room and a lovely supper tonight…sneeze!

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:43 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Whitey!…You might want to put out the fires on the FTD…sniff!…Maskers is going to be very mad about all that damage…huffle!puffle!

  98. B. Stover
    7:55 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Hi Charlie.

  99. bluecat
    7:58 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Whew. Thank Dog Franklin is okay. Thinking of you, Melanie and Zoe.

    Thinking of Wose and the Prof in a cozy hotel room, hoping for them a peaceful night’s sleep and smooth travel tomorrow. Interrupted travel – Gah – never fun.

    Thinking of Macy’s mom & dad.

  100. Siber-H
    8:11 pm on February 26th, 2013

    I’m glad Rose and the Prof. are staying at a hotel instead of the airport.

  101. Whitey-Lance
    8:22 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Rio: There I was waiting not so patiently for an incoming transmission from Rose and the next thing I knew, red lights started flashing, a distress signal alarmed and the FTD started smoking. I grabbed the fire put-outer—Belle’s so it was covered in sparkly stickers—and prevented a fire. It did get quite hot and the stickiness on the stickers loosened and well, long story short, the FTD and most of my tail are covered in sparkles. The FTD still works. It’s just sparkly. Do you think Masquers will notice?

  102. Barb & Maggie
    8:24 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Well at least they have safe and warm accomodations for the night. Tomorrow should be better. Night all.

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:25 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Gah!…A sparkly FTD. What could be worse?…sniff!

  104. Tupper and Gilly
    8:28 pm on February 26th, 2013

    We got bumped off a flight in Chi-town a couple of years ago. The airport put us in a 4star hotel with a $50 voucher for the hotel restaurant. Plus we got $400 each and were put in first class the next day. This is why we always volunteer to get bumped off if they have overbooked the flight.

    Not sure if a weather delay will give Rose and the Prof all those goodies, but they will be comfortable tonight.

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:29 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Whitey!…Git that thing cleaned up before Maskers gets home…sniff!…The FTD is his pride and joy right along with his saxophone….grunt!…I don’t care where you put those sparles, just get them off of the Device…wheeze!

  106. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    8:38 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Funny how the day b egan with a dog in Chicago on Lake Michigan and has gone clear up to Rose & the Prof in a hotel in Chicago.

  107. Whitey-Lance
    8:51 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Rio: The FTD sparkles have joined the sparkles on my tail. The FTD is fine, but I worry my tail will never be the same.

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:52 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Whitey!…Sometimes I wonder about the choices you make….sneeze!

  109. dawson
    9:05 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Zen Kat Masquers up top!

    Wose & the Professor: The weather has downed your plane but your adventure goes on.

  110. Whitey-Lance
    9:06 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Rio: Truth be told, sometimes I worry about my choices, too. However, given the quick clean-up required I did the best with the options I had on paw.

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:12 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Adventure!…Yes, just imagine what will happen when Rose and the Prof get to Alaska…snort!…They are having so much fun now, it’s hard to believe…heh!

  112. Whitey-Lance
    9:29 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Sniff…I have an announcement to make. My Lady spoke with Wose and the Professor on speaker phone. She said they both sound so nice, but that’s not the announcement. The real announcement is that they are staying in what they called a ‘No Tell Motel’ tonight and are booked on a flight leaving early tomorrow afternoon. Yes, that’s right folks, afternoon! Sniff! They will have a long, long day of travel of them before arriving in Anchorage late, late tomorrow night. Wheeze.

    I can report that, according to my Lady, they both sound tired, but in good spirits. There was a fair bit of giggling on the phone. They are plundering on!

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:34 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Whitey!….Do you think they were drunk?…heh!heh!..I sure hope so…chorkel!

  114. OleyHowlers
    9:38 pm on February 26th, 2013

    We just got our iPad back, and what’s this? Wose and the Prod in a “No Tell Motel” in Chi-Town and telling about it! And W-L with a pink sparkly tail! Now we are worried about the vet check logistics and coordinating with the Travelers.

  115. Gus and BooBear
    9:46 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Whitey Lance, when is the mushers banquet and the vet checks? Will Wose and the Prof get to participate in any of these activities? Also, what actual day is the start of the race?

  116. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:49 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Puss N’ Boots!… http://www.iditarod.com …grunt!

  117. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Banquet!…Sounds like Rose and the Prof will make it just in time for the Banquet…Woooo!…It would be a darn shame to miss that by golly.

  118. Whitey-Lance
    9:53 pm on February 26th, 2013

    G&BB: The Prof had the same questions. Did I mention how nice he sounds on the phone? Anyway, the vet checks are tomorrow which they will miss. There plane will be taking off just as the team is rolling up to race headquarters to be poked and prodded. I don’t mind the poking so much, but I could do without the prodding. The banquet is on Thursday night. They will be able to get some rest before then and my Lady says if they feel up to it, they can do some Anchorage sight seeing before the banquet. The Giant and my mama plan to have then out on Friday to take them on a sled ride! And, then the ceremonial start is on Saturday in Anchorage and the real start the follow day in Willow. Wheeze!!

    here’s a hyper-pathetic question: Anyone know how to get glitter out of one’s tail?

  119. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Whitey!…Shake Rattle and Roll…heh!

  120. Gus and BooBear
    9:57 pm on February 26th, 2013

    WL, sounds like they still have lots to look forward to! Mom and Dad hope to make it to the start of the race one year. Is CHobbitt planning on being there again?

  121. Tupper and Gilly
    10:13 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Whitey-Lance – we know that if you get bubble gum in your fur, rubbing peanut butter on it will take it out. Bet it would work for glitter too. Plus your tail end would be delish!
    tee hee

  122. Whitey-Lance
    10:23 pm on February 26th, 2013

    T&G: Now, I have sparkles and peanuts in my tail. Maybe I should have opted for creamy.

    G&BB: My mama says she is leaving the light on for you and all the Plunderers!

  123. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:25 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Whitey!…Oh my dawg. I hope you get cleaned up by Saturday….sniff!…First start and as coach, I think you should be there sparkle and peanut free…sniff!

  124. Alice M. Johnson
    10:35 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Whitey-Lance. Watch this video and keep your eye on the tail of the Golden Retriever. This may help. Do not use anymore food items on/in your tail.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBXewdgkyfo

    Alice

  125. Alice M. Johnson
    10:37 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Whitey, I think that post about the peanut butter was really sent by Basil and Sage. You should be more careful about things like that…

  126. Gus and BooBear
    10:50 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Good night, all. Sleep tight, Wose. Sleep well, Franklin! Trying day for all if you.

    G&BB

  127. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:58 pm on February 26th, 2013

    My heart stopped beating when I read about Franklin. So very glad that all is well.

    We are all on edge, I think. Thank goodness for Bee!

    It is going to be an exciting race for sure!

  128. Alice M. Johnson
    11:07 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Getting ready for bedtime here. Everyone tuck under the quilt and stay warm and safe all night.
    Special Goodnight to Rose and Prof.(the stories you will tell about this trip!)
    Special Goodnight to Franklin, Zoe and Melanie.
    Special Goodnight to Macy and her ‘rents.

    Special Goodnight to Staff

    Sniff, and all the rest of youse guys too.

    (((yawn)))

  129. Whitey-Lance
    12:15 am on February 27th, 2013

    Rio and the Wookster up top! That does my sled dog heart good.

    I figured out the trick to clean my tail—puppies! The little tikes had a grand old time following me—or, more to the point, my tail—around. Now, my tail is sparkle and peanut free. I can’t say the same for the pups, but they’re young and can get away with it.

  130. c.hobbit
    12:21 am on February 27th, 2013

    G&BB: I found out a couple of days ago that a dear friend decided to celebrate her birthday a few days late. It is one of those important birthdays and she picked Sat. night to celebrate with friends. So I have been in a quandary about my being in Willow on Sunday. {{{{sigh}}}} It doesn’t look good but I know Rose and the Prof will have a fabulous time. I am hoping that they will get an Iditarod program signed by a lot of mushers so that it can be put in a future Snowhook auction. Life…twists and turns and surprises–good and bad.

  131. OleyHowlers
    6:55 am on February 27th, 2013

    Good morning. We are used to seeing a Rose post by now. Hope she and the Prof had a good night’s sleep.

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