The Womens Correctional Institute and the Iditarod

A new wrinkle! Will we see Twig and Charlie in orange jump suits? Here’s the overnight report from Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook, our team in the Iditarod. Snowhook’s care for the members of the nation within is self-evident in this report.

If I was not a witness to it, I would not have believed it. Upon her return from the trail, Twig stole retired dog, Doc’s loveseat which he rightfully commandeered when their mother, Annabelle passed away. Twig appears to consider it payment for her services as one of Snowhook’s lead dogs. And, she makes no apologies.
Dropped dogs are sent home from the trail for a variety of reasons—injury, illness, fatigue or poor appetite. Our approach is a conservative one when it comes to dog care. It is not about pushing, but preventing. It is much easier to keep a dog healthy than it is to get a dog healthy. This is AJ’s way. And, I have complete trust in how AJ cares for our family on the trail.

At the time of this report, AJ has dropped four dogs. Only two—Twig and Charlie—have returned home. I have not received the call from race volunteers to inform me who else has been dropped.

A dropped dog is not a lesser dog. In fact, the canines sent home from the trail receive quality care at the women’s correctional facility until they can be collected by handlers and taken home. Released for time served and good behavior, the dogs’ stay at the prison is brief.

While the reasons for dropping a dog may vary, what does not vary is the welcome each receives upon their return. The dogs returning to our kennel are greeted with extra food and water, belly rubs, a motherly once over, and then more belly rubs. This is my way.

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Welcome home, welcome home.

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126 Responses to “The Womens Correctional Institute and the Iditarod”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:11 am on March 17th, 2015

    Good morning, everyone! Orange jump suits for St. Patrick’s Day? Good that Twig and Charlie are home safe and sound. We see AJ and team resting in UNK (hard to spell whole word). Happy anniversary to Buddy and his Melanie. She is sure to be with you today.
    The luck of the Irish to all on the TuesSt.Pat’sday.

  2. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:19 am on March 17th, 2015

    Good morning all, and Happy St. Patty Day. Thank you for another good report, Rebecca.

    How many dogs can AJ drop and still continue to race? I believe it is a minimum of 6 dogs, but not positive.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:38 am on March 17th, 2015

    Barb, you are correct-6.

  4. O'Howlers
    9:16 am on March 17th, 2015

    Good morning! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! One of Mom’s faavorite days of the year, and both she and Kat wear GREEN!
    Good job, Twig and Charlie. Welcome home.

  5. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:19 am on March 17th, 2015

    Barb rummaged thru her closet and found a green striped shirt. Ready to head off to work. Have a good day and a safe one.

  6. Billy's Buddy
    9:20 am on March 17th, 2015

    Amen to the beautiful prayer last night.

    Happy anniversary to Buddy and Melanie.

    Welcome home, Twig and Charlie.

    Happy St. Patrick’s day to all.

    Go Snowhook!

  7. O'Howlers
    9:38 am on March 17th, 2015

    Somebody! Slow down Dallas!!!!

  8. Herd of Hounds
    9:53 am on March 17th, 2015

    O’H, we don’t think that is possible.

  9. ML
    10:19 am on March 17th, 2015

    Good morning fellow flag watchers. I missed most of yesterday due to work and falling out after work. I don’t go in until 4 today so I have to catch up on all the “poop”

    Later taters

    BlueKat, you are my salvation, and your mama too.

    Oh, and I got my post card. Pretty. Thank you.

  10. B.Stover
    10:21 am on March 17th, 2015

    Charlie! Welcome home to you and Twig. You both did an excellent job I know. Go Snowhook!

    Good morning all.

  11. Diane C.
    10:55 am on March 17th, 2015

    Hello All–I’m glad they’re home and hope that Twig didn’t comandeer the loveseat because she was feeling exceptionally poorly (B. Stove–it’s a colloquial expression, so grammar is ignored–adv. used as an adjective w/implied
    “like she was doing” between “feeling” and “poorly”)
    Whoever sent the postcard from the Iditarod did wonders for my day! Thank you, mysterious stranger!
    Taking Conan to Dr. mike for a re-check…Later…

  12. Herd of Hounds
    11:03 am on March 17th, 2015

    We’ll keep Conan on our thoughts.

  13. BearSpiritDog
    11:07 am on March 17th, 2015

    Tis the Day of the Wearing of the Green.
    Happy St. Paddy’s Day Everyone.

    Happy Anniversary to Buddy & Melanie!!

    GO SNOWHOOK!!!

  14. Herd of Hounds
    11:16 am on March 17th, 2015

    Buddy, clever of you to pick an anniversary date that is easily remembered!

  15. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:18 am on March 17th, 2015

    Team!…Looks like AJ and the A-Team are heading for the Ice!…shudder!…I was hoping to sleep through this – no such luck…snort!

  16. Masquers
    11:18 am on March 17th, 2015

    Racing!

  17. Masquers
    11:21 am on March 17th, 2015

    Riõ: Last night a couple of mushers got caught in a storm on the Sound. They were finally able to hunker down in a grove of trees until it passed. Luckily they had each other for company!

  18. BooBear
    11:22 am on March 17th, 2015

    Good Morning, all and Go Snowhook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yesterday was Dad’s birthday so another milestone to get past. We have had our first holiday season without him and now his birthday. Mom was okay but she did get teary a couple of times.

    One of my brothers (cat) is getting weak and will probably be going to keep Dad company pretty soon. He is one of Mom’s favorites so that will be tough too. His name is Linus and keep paws crossed that his passing is easy on him.

    And the postcard came! Thank you for thinking of all us while North in Alaska!

  19. dawson
    11:35 am on March 17th, 2015

    Hooray for the women at the Correctional Institute. They gave Twig and Charlie some excellent tummies.

    Happy Anniversary to Buddy and Melanie.

    Happy St.Patricks Day.

    The team pulled into Unalakleet in the wee hours of the morning. Teddy, Zeta and all the friends handed the reins over to BearSpiritDog, Masquers and Nana. SiberH decided to stay with the team on the Trail. His excuse (as if he needed one) is that they are headed to Shatoolik, which checkpoint SiberH sponsored for Chet the Jet. Go Snowhook!

    BooBear: Prayers being sent for you and for Linus.

    ML: What do you mean a “falling out after work”? Does that mean you were exhausted? Or that somebody was bugging you? If you need me to send someone to grab a pantleg, let me know.

  20. BearSpiritDog
    11:38 am on March 17th, 2015

    Dear BooBear: Linus and Your Mom will be in Our Thoughts & Prayers.

  21. dawson
    12:13 pm on March 17th, 2015

    While our team is on the ice I am going to go for a walk in the sunshine.

  22. B.Stover
    12:28 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Red-winged blackbirds are back. Love the sound the male makes.

  23. Siber's Mom
    12:33 pm on March 17th, 2015

    I totally agree with AJ that prevention is so much better than trying to fix a health problem once it occurs. That is what I try to teach people that don’t take their dogs to the vet, but they really don’t listen.

    BooBear, I will keep your mom and Linus in my prayers. Hugs

    Many thanks to you Alaska guys for the pretty postcard.

    Happy Anniversary to Buddy and Melanie!

  24. Siber's Mom
    12:44 pm on March 17th, 2015

    The Siber girls are doing great. They have a doggie door at home, but they quickly figured out how to live without one here and let me know when they want to go out or come in. They slept like little logs last night. In fact, I woke up before they did.
    All houseguests should be so easy.

  25. BearSpiritDog
    1:06 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Siber-H’s Mom: Are the Girls Behaving?

  26. BearSpiritDog
    1:07 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Gah. Forgot to Refresh!

  27. Tupper's Mama
    1:35 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Hey everyone. We are at the airport, getting ready to board. Depending on layover time in Chicago, we will try to check back in. After that, we will be in the road till the wee hours.
    Can’t wait to hear how AJ is doing by then.
    Happy Anniversary Buddy and Melanie
    BooBear – hugs
    ML – hugs and “atta girl!”
    And love to all of you.

  28. BearSpiritDog
    1:48 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Have a Great Flight!!

    OMD! Dallas Seavey is Almost to White Mountain. What can stop him now? Only the Mandatory 8 Hour Layover.

  29. O'Howlers
    2:00 pm on March 17th, 2015

    BooBear, Linus is in our prayers, as are you.

    Yeep! Almost to the ICE!

  30. BooBear
    2:03 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Hey, guys. The cover for the new Chet and Bernie mystery is on FB. Way different but pretty neat!

  31. Meashka
    2:22 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Thanks for the heads up, BooBear. You probably think that is Chet on the cover, but I say it is me me me, the She-Dog across the canyon!

  32. BearSpiritDog
    2:31 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Meashka! You & Chet?

  33. Meashka
    2:52 pm on March 17th, 2015

    No. It is the product of Chet and my “love”. Heh!

  34. Herd of Hounds
    2:57 pm on March 17th, 2015

    We like the phrase “drool worthy”, reminds us of our favorite goofey Newfie!

  35. B.Stover
    2:59 pm on March 17th, 2015

    The cover is up on Amazon also. It seems to me that Chet wouldn’t jump on a fence and bark so I think he is the one in the back with just his head and ears showing as usual. We won’t know, of course, until we can read the new novel. I like it.

  36. Herd of Hounds
    3:00 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Buddy and his Miss Melanie,we know it is an anniversary but we don’t know if it is paper or rice or silver or mustard. We, some who want to know…how many wonderful years?

  37. B.Stover
    3:04 pm on March 17th, 2015

    I meant to add that Chet would jump over any fence…easy.

  38. Herd of Hounds
    3:06 pm on March 17th, 2015

    HRH B, easy peasy, unless the fence is+ 8 feet.

  39. Masquers
    3:08 pm on March 17th, 2015

    And they’re off to Chicago!

  40. BearSpiritDog
    3:19 pm on March 17th, 2015

    We Agree…that Looks Like Chet in the Background on the New Cover.

  41. Masquers
    3:27 pm on March 17th, 2015

    AA3157 In Air Albuquerque, NM (ABQ) 1:13 PM
    Mar 17 Chicago, IL (ORD) 4:27 PM
    Mar 17 2 hr 1 min

  42. Masquers
    4:15 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Computer is SLOW! Too many apps open?..maybe…but closing some down doesn’t seem to help.
    TechNoKat crossing paws and hoping for the best.

  43. Masquers
    4:36 pm on March 17th, 2015


    Avoiding the weather and half way there.

  44. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    4:43 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Masquers, try a reboot.

  45. Masquers
    4:48 pm on March 17th, 2015

    MPM: Thanks, will do.

  46. Masquers
    5:18 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Arrival time…any minute!

  47. Masquers
    5:38 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Our travelers on their separate trails due to reach their next checkpoints at almost the same time.

  48. Masquers
    6:03 pm on March 17th, 2015

    American Airlines 4370 scheduled to depart Chicago in 1 hr. 30 minutes.

  49. Tupper's Mama
    6:44 pm on March 17th, 2015

    We would like to know why is us ALWAYS that we come in to one concourse and our outgoing flight is at the absolute furthest gate.

    How is AJ doing?

  50. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    7:02 pm on March 17th, 2015

    I received a beautiful postcard from Alaska. Thank you Alaska travelers. I’m going to guess that’s Nana’s handwriting.

  51. Diane C.
    7:03 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Happy Anniversary to Buddy and Melanie.
    Safe travels to EVERYONE travelling (including the Snowhook Team).
    HOH and others–Conan was judged “fine” but will have to have some gum overgrowth removed in future, which means bloodwork and anaesthesia, so for now he’s having a spa day in the capable hands of Mr. Larry, his stylist.
    Not that anyone asked, but I did not fall down in ballet today despite a cold, and since I avoided doing any turning there were no awkward mucous incidents.
    Still catching up…

  52. Diane C.
    7:04 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Just in case any of you were wondering what’s new at LA Opera, PLEASE click on the link below (I think I can promise you’ll enjoy it–even without dogs.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BatDbPk1WDk

  53. BearSpiritDog
    7:11 pm on March 17th, 2015

    MP&LL’s Mom: Nana would like to take the credit, but she says it was most likely Staff who Addressed the Card.

    Tupper’s Mama: It’s Murphy’s Law. Say…Wasn’t he Irish?
    AJ & the Team are Resting in Shaktoolik.

    DianeC: Going Now to check out your link.

  54. dawson
    7:16 pm on March 17th, 2015

    AJ and the Snowhook Team have arrived in Shatoolik. Shatoolik is the 2015 Chet the Jet checkpoint!
    SiberH got a checkpoint for a birthday present one year and had so much fun he “borrowed” his mom’s checkbook to sponsor a checkpoint for Chet the Jet. After that, SiberH. was a repeat customer. His mom would leave the checkbook where SiberH. could find it and SiberH would sponsor a checkpoint for Chet the Jet. Sometimes he would sponsor one for himself too, if his mom was slow about doing it, and once or twice he accidentally sponsored another one, because he’d forgotten that he had already done it.

  55. Tupper's Mama
    7:17 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Thanks for the update. Now boarded on Inept Airline Flight #0 0

    Jeeze, it will be good to get home

  56. BearSpiritDog
    7:23 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama: We know 2 Royals, 2 HerbKats, and a Callie & Gramp who will be equally Delighted to See Youse.

  57. BearSpiritDog
    7:25 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Dawson: Love Your Siber-H Stories!

  58. Siber's Mom
    7:31 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Dawson, Me too. I’m laughing. All of Dawson’s Siber-H’s stories are true.

  59. Herd of Hounds
    7:35 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Glad travellers are getting home safe. We understand inept airlines :-/
    Still and all we are looking foreward to 2016 and Anchorage and possibly Nome! This year was a trial and a privilege and we are glad to have been a small part of it all.
    Rebecca, hope our mom didn’t blow up your computer sending the fotos she thought were shareable…many didn’t go because of blurriness or not specifically
    Snowhook. We love the air jump one! Use any and all in good health.

  60. Herd of Hounds
    7:36 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Dawson, since everyone loves your stories, keep the mouth closed about the costume.

  61. Herd of Hounds
    7:39 pm on March 17th, 2015

    P.S. It was 77*F here today :( Just a week after -22*F. Mom doesn’t know whether to sneeze, cry or put on sun screen! Tomorrow should be 50*F. Ah, Spring!

  62. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    7:55 pm on March 17th, 2015

    I guess I won’t be hired by Bernie and Chet. I tried to play detective by comparing the handwriting on the postcard with my plunderer passport. It didn’t match any entries. So still playing detective, I figured it was either Nana, Mr. FireSlippers or Digger.

  63. Herd of Hounds
    8:10 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Divergent concourses is an airline trick to keep trevellers from making connections. Ha Ha we figued it out! Will go forward. Hopefully.

  64. ALR
    8:14 pm on March 17th, 2015

    HOH Mom…..as inept as the airlines are, they did create a great opportunity for me, me, me to get to know you, you, you! So if anyone ever gets sidelined at PDX again you know who to call on!

  65. dawson
    8:21 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Poop happens! What to do if you’re on the trail when it happens:

    http://leaddoglessons.com/blog1/2012/01/24/the-artful-dodger/

  66. Buddy, Leno, and Hilda
    8:22 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Thanks for the anniversary wishes. Hounds, it’s $14. 14 years married, 17 years she’s been putting up with me, and she ain’t kicked me to the curb yet. And not today either. I was able to get to the hospital to at least spend an hour or so, then had to head back to be sure Alena got home OK from girl scouts. And let Hilda out. Don’t let anybody tell you puppies are easy. I seriously can’t wait until puppy class, maybe then I’ll get a clue.

  67. Buddy, Leno, and Hilda
    8:26 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Make that #14. I might be cheap, but not that cheap.Thanks for the anniversary wishes. Hounds, it’s $14. 14 years married, 17 years she’s been putting up with me, and she ain’t kicked me to the curb yet. And not today either. I was able to get to the hospital to at least spend an hour or so, then had to head back to be sure Alena got home OK from girl scouts. And let Hilda out. Don’t let anybody tell you puppies are easy. I seriously can’t wait until puppy class, maybe then I’ll get a clue.

  68. Siber's Mom
    8:28 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Correct…Puppies are NOT easy.

  69. Herd of Hounds
    8:28 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Several notes to friends tonight…
    ALR: You watched the inept air ;ines and I thank DOG ya did. Wowser! a new plunderer in the Passport. P.S. Truly enjoued the time!
    Buddy: hope that 14 on St. Paddy’s day was great. You and your Melanie need to know y’all re x-tra special!
    And Dawson, we love ya, what else can we say? You goof!

  70. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:31 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Iced!….Not on the ice yet….snort!….I refuse to watch when they do get on the ice….wheeze!

  71. Herd of Hounds
    8:32 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Yes, Dawson, CACA occures!

  72. Herd of Hounds
    8:42 pm on March 17th, 2015

    AJ is just out of Shaktoolik but resting on the coast. the scary ice starts tomorrow. Please all dogs, keep our musher and team safe!

  73. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:51 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Golinka!….She is still in the airways!….snort!snort!

  74. Wolfie
    9:00 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Creator,

    We thank you for this beautiful day on a planet that is vast and amazing. We thank you for warmth of friendship found on this blog. We thank you for the cold nights in the far and away that spawn the most magical of Northern Lights. And we thank you for everything in between.

    Tonight, the thirteen members of Snowhook’s team are turning towards home, along the coast. The end is in sight. Although we wish we could race alongside our Giant in real time, we cannot. Instead we send our good wishes and the spirits of those who have gone before, and the Spirits of those who remain. The Giant is traveling with splendid company.

    We are reminded of many journeys tonight. There are those who are traveling through the dark night of the soul, seeking light. There are those who are ill, seeking health. There are those who remember loved ones who are no longer in this realm. Those hearts are heavy. Some of us are caregivers, who are seeking balance. All of us, in one way or another, are facing challenges, seeking strength.

    And so tonight, on this beautiful planet, we ask for light, health, lightness of hearts, balance, and strength. We embrace these gifts, and are grateful for our bounty. We are blessed.

    The Giant and the Pixie remind us of all that is right and good. We especially ask for you to watch over them, and keep them safe. Thank you. Amen.

    And tonight, we especially

  75. Wolfie
    9:02 pm on March 17th, 2015

    thank you for our bond with each other.

  76. Herd of Hounds
    9:05 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Wolfie, Amen and Amen…you have said all we ever coujld have hoped to say!

  77. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Wolfie!….Amen to that!….WOOOOOOO!….That was a wonderful prayer…snorkel!

  78. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:08 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Amens!….Dat Wolfies hit it right on my flat nose….sneeze!….Dat is a very goodly prayer for all of us…snuffle!

  79. Lefty, the Left Behind
    9:09 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Amen. Sniff.

  80. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Home!….Golinka is almost home!home!home!…snort!…Only a few more minutes till touchdown…grunt!…Unless that pilot veers really really far off course…sniff!

  81. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    9:23 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Wolfie. Thanks for the wonderful prayer. Amen.

  82. BSD & Masquers
    9:24 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Wolfie: Amen and amen.
    Your Prayer was All We Had Hoped For and More.
    Thank you.

  83. Siber's Mom
    9:25 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Amen, Thank you, Wolfie, for the beautiful prayer

  84. Herd of Hounds
    9:27 pm on March 17th, 2015

    We are all one together and part. We are on with and without. We are one. We are Snowhook.

  85. Wolfie
    9:30 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Before I forget, thank you for the postcard! You are very thoughtful!

  86. ALR
    9:32 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Amen Wolfie and all, especially my fav little black pug.

  87. Billy's Buddy
    9:39 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Thank you, Dear Wolfie. Amen.

  88. Wolfie
    9:39 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Costume?

  89. bluecat
    9:41 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Amen. Thank you, Wolfie :-)

  90. Martha
    10:08 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Amen, say Scout and I.

  91. Buddy, Leno, and Hilda
    10:10 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Amen, and thanks as ever. Good night y’all!

  92. ML
    10:10 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Amen

    Dawson, I meant that I came home and fell out on the couch, it was heavenly. Tonight I did not get home until after 8 and my doggies acted like they had been abandoned. Regular meal time is a thing of the past now that mom is out earning the kibble.

  93. Martha
    10:12 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Dawson, the artful dodger story is Grand!

  94. ML
    10:23 pm on March 17th, 2015

    I hate to see that Jan Steves scratched. She was one of my heros. They other,Cindy Abbott, is still hanging in there in the red lantern position

  95. Masquers
    10:30 pm on March 17th, 2015

    ML: I saw that also. Hope Cindy makes it to Nome this year. The Red Lantern position is an honor.

  96. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:32 pm on March 17th, 2015

    I am amazed that youse guys can put together these words is such a beautiful way. Amen and Thank You.

  97. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:35 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Racing!….I do believe our team is harnessed up and ready to roll!….WoOOOOooOOOOO!…snort!

  98. c.hobbit
    10:35 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Thank you and Amen.

    ATTN: This article says that an extreme solar storm hit the earth last night and northern lights might be seen tonight as far south as Tennessee!
    http://www.adn.com/article/20150317/major-solar-storm-hits-earth-may-pull-northern-lights-south

  99. Masquers
    10:40 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Dallas and team have left White Mountain. No one else is anywhere close.

  100. Masquers
    10:42 pm on March 17th, 2015

    CHobbiti: Could our dream of seeing the Northern Lights come true?

  101. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:46 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Ice!…I bet my dream will come true and I will be sound asleep on Ole’ Docs couch when the A-Team reaches and goes out on the ice..snort!….But I hate missing seeing the team in my checkpoint…grump!…Koyuk is me, my friend and Beau’s checkpoint…whuffle!

  102. Tupper and Gilly
    10:59 pm on March 17th, 2015

    HOME!!!! MAMA IS HOME!!!!
    And she is never, ever going to leave us ever ever again.

    Wolfie – that was a lovely, and very thoughtful prayer. Thank you so much.

    Mama says she now knows why you shouldn’t fly when you have a head cold. She has a froggy voice back, but now her ears are plugged tighter than a cork in a wine bottle.

    But she’s home, and stuffed full of green chili and wonderful memories, so all is good.

    And before we go to bed, we want to say Woo hoo! Go Snowhook!!!!

  103. dawson
    11:05 pm on March 17th, 2015

    CHobbit: I will look outside tonight hoping to see the n. lights.

    Tupper’s Mama: The dogs have had some rest and may be ready for the ice. The weather is not the best – cloudy and possible icy sleet and snow. There will be a few mushers on the trail so they will watch out for each other.

  104. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:27 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Ice!…gah!…I will refuse to watch while AJ and the A-Team cross it..sniff!…Once they start out on the ice I will go curl up on Ole’ Docs couch and wait them out…wuffle!….Beau will be saying prayers all night long I betcha….snuffle!

  105. Tupper and Gilly
    11:29 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Team Snowhook is on their way to Koyuk!
    Go Snowhook! Woo hoo!!

  106. Staff
    11:36 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Dad was really confused tonight. He wasn’t sure why he was in the bathroom! and couldn’t tell right from in front of him. It took 2 hours to get him into bed. Thank Dog for Kathryn, the nurse who comes to put in his eye drops. Whew.

    He is set to go into the ‘foster home’ on April 2nd.

    Buddy, we must be twins. It is our anniversary today too. Mr.Fireslippers and I went out for an anniversary dinner tonight. We walked a whole block to a very quiet Italian place and shared our plates. I got to have a lemon flan all to myself though. Heh. Mr.F was stuffed.

  107. Lefty, the Left Behind
    11:39 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Mr. Fireslippers! I was so looking forward to meeting that guy when the Plunderers visited the kennel. I never got the chance. Although I did get to meet a guy named Jim.

  108. BearSpiritDog
    11:42 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Staff & Mr.Fireslippers: Happy Anniversary to youse too!!!

  109. Tupper and Gilly
    11:51 pm on March 17th, 2015

    Aren’t anniversaries wonderful!
    Our very best wishes to you for many more! Especially if they include lemon flan.

  110. Tupper and Gilly
    12:01 am on March 18th, 2015

    G’night, family.

  111. BearSpiritDog
    12:09 am on March 18th, 2015

    Goodnight!

  112. Staff
    12:09 am on March 18th, 2015

    Goodnight.

  113. dawson
    12:20 am on March 18th, 2015

    Lemon Flan!

  114. dawson
    2:24 am on March 18th, 2015

    Yeep!
    Why do all the other mushers that AJ has been traveling around with manage to disappear when AJ gets onto the ice? He was the last musher to leave Shatoolik and the ones that were ahead of him are long gone except for Charley Benja who was stopped about a quarter of the way across the ice. AJ came up to him then slowed, then they both took off toward Koyuk. I hope all is okay with Benja and that they both get to Koyuk asap.

    I’m going to bed, if I can sleep. Dam ice.

  115. Masquers
    2:41 am on March 18th, 2015

    Dawson, Yeep! Now you’ve gone to bed and I can’t sleep. Benja and AJ!
    Those guys are traveling so close together they could be twins.

  116. Masquers
    3:03 am on March 18th, 2015


    Heh, heh…listen to this from the Insider…”Rob Cooke is a rookie in the 2015 Iditarod but he’s no stranger to 1,000 miles races. He’s finished the Yukon Quest in 2013 and 2014. Cooke came to Whitehorse, YT with nine Siberians from the United Kingdom. Now he has 44 Siberians managed by one kat.”

  117. Masquers
    3:04 am on March 18th, 2015

    Eye on the Trail: Siberians in UNK: http://iditarod.com/eye-on-the-trail-siberians-in-unk/

  118. dawson
    3:36 am on March 18th, 2015

    I think something was wrong with Charlie Benja’s sled or team to be stopped like that for a couple hours on the ice. I think AJ hooked him up to his sled or…their sleds are just so close together with no variation between them since they both started up so…maybe they are just being companionable. I’d sure want as many companions as possible going across the ice.

    Masquers: That must be a tiger cat to manage 44 Siberians!

    Going back to bed…

  119. Masquers
    3:47 am on March 18th, 2015

    Dawson: It will be an interesting story hearing about their trek across the ice. AJ would never leave a fellow musher in distress, so my guess is he has slowed down to keep pace with the other team.

    On another front…Dallas is getting very close to Safety. I am wondering how long he will stop at this checkpoint, lest what happened to Aily last year happen to him, and his tale of the ghost of his father chasing him become a biting reality.
    Nome is set up for the first musher to arrive tomorrow. There may yet be some surprises in store.

  120. dawson
    3:52 am on March 18th, 2015

    Charlie Benja is from Illinois. He was a rookie in 2013 when he xcratched between Unalakleet and Shatoolik. In 2014 he finished the race.
    http://www.go2moon.com/image/Misc/Iditarod/Page-BejnaCharley.html

    I’m going to try for a couple hours sleep, I hope.

  121. Masquers
    4:20 am on March 18th, 2015

    Good luck with that. I may do the same. Now that I see AJ is traveling with a fellow musher sleep may be a possibility.

  122. Masquers
    4:27 am on March 18th, 2015

    …..telling myself…a watched flag never seems to move.

  123. Alice M. Johnson
    4:42 am on March 18th, 2015

    Heh, Hi Masquers. Nice article about the Kat that runs the Sibe kennel.

  124. T.C.
    7:04 am on March 18th, 2015

    Amen to Wolfie’s beautiful prayer.
    I love hearing about another cat in charge of Siberians. Tee heee!!
    Happy Anniversary to Buddy & Melanie and Staff and Mr. Fireslippers.
    We didn’t know about Northern Lights last night, darn it. Mommy and Daddy were out listening to Irish music, eating Irish food, and drinking Guinness.

    AJ is off the ice!!! Woo Hooo! On his way to Rio and Beau’s checkpoint. Onward Snowhook!

  125. T.C.
    7:21 am on March 18th, 2015

    Snowhook have arrived in Koyuk!!!! Woo! Hooo!!!

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