Tut-Tut and Silas: From Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood Street

Then came a big surprise. Tut-Tut opened his mouth and sang, “Home, home on the range, where the deer and the antelope play; Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day.”

Tut-Tut could sing? Sing without the slightest hint of stuttering? And hit every note, besides? “You can sing?” I said. “You’ve been able to sing all this time?”

“Y-y-y-ye-ye-,” he said.

Silas snapped his fingers—a snap, since he was wearing gloves, that made no sound. “Wait a minute,” he said. “All you’ve got to do is sing whatever it is you want to say.”

Tut-Tut shook his head.

“Like if you want to say, ‘Another chocolate chip cookie for me,’ all you’d have to do is sing it.”

Tut-Tut kept shaking his head, but Silas didn’t seem to notice. “Like this,” he said, and sang, “Another chocolate chip cookie for me,” in a grating voice, hitting none of the notes.

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  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:18 am on February 4th, 2012

    Good morning, y’all! Mom still hasn’t gotten me that book yet, so I can tell I’ve gotta put on my “please, please, please” look — you know, the one where I flop my ear and tilt my head. She never can resist that one!

    Well, Mom’s off to work, so it’ll be a while before I get back. Hope y’all have a great day!!!

  2. Jasper the Poodle
    9:19 am on February 4th, 2012

    Morning. Woke up with a jolt today. Mom’s radio started blaring Bad, Bad Leroy Brown. That’ll get the heart pumping. No one should mess with Slim ’cause he’s meaner than a junk yard dog.

  3. dawson
    9:54 am on February 4th, 2012

    Donna, new Friend of Chet: You are beautiful.

    Jasper: Yikes! That’ll turn your brown eyes green.

    Kirby: I don’t have the Robbie book either. I’m hoping Staff will have it when I go to the States. The sneak peeks are fun.

    Yippee! Today a big truck is coming from the South for recyclables. I am going to load up the car with batteries, cans, cardboard, glass, and a tv, among other things.

  4. Melanie
    9:59 am on February 4th, 2012

    Dan is now reading Robbie on his iPad. He’s loving it! (I love it all and Pendleton really reminds me of a certain nine …)

    Sound like the Party is On! I am bringing New York Chocolate Cheesecake for the two footed and New England Clam Chowder for everyone! Both honor the two teams.

    HI KirbyT, Jasper and Dawson!

    Oh, and I meant to comment on the last FOC on the table. Bess’s Dad decided he was a centerpiece. He never bothered the food (unusual in a Newf) and would climb onto the table and stretch himself out and bask in adoration. People would pass food around him.

  5. dawson
    10:10 am on February 4th, 2012

    Bess! She came from good stock. A Newf as centerpiece? Priceless.

  6. B.Stover
    10:26 am on February 4th, 2012

    I already read Robbie and enjoyed it.

    Good morning all.

  7. Masquers
    10:55 am on February 4th, 2012

    We were very fortunate to have had an early sneak peak at Robbie thanks to a certain kat named Blu.
    A shout-out to BluKat: Hip, hip, hurray!!!
    Mom also ordered (and received) the book from Amazon.

    How about Steak and Lobster…Sound good?

  8. B.Stover
    10:57 am on February 4th, 2012

    Speaking of Robbie and Bluecat–I mailed Robbie back to you a while ago Bluecat. I’m assuming you’ve received it.

  9. Siber-H
    11:04 am on February 4th, 2012

    Good Morning everyone

    Clam chowder, steak and lobster…Yum
    I’ll bring Texas barbecue with coleslaw and the Royal’s Mum’s favorite chips from NM
    I’ve had this probelem before, but where is the Superbowl party?
    Can Alice pick me up?

  10. Masquers
    11:08 am on February 4th, 2012

    SnowBella: Your link to the raffle is working!
    http://www.snowhookkennel.blogspot.com

  11. Siber-H
    11:09 am on February 4th, 2012

    The Yukon Quest begins in less than 3 hours! The season of long distance sleddog racing is underway in Alaska! WOO WOO
    There are only two…the Quest and the Iditarod.

  12. Melanie
    11:11 am on February 4th, 2012

    Those of you who are on Facebook, I’ve just put up a picture of the quilt and a link to Snowhook so people can get raffle tickets. I know, I know, this might lessen our changes to get it, but the money does go to our wonderful musher and Best Damned Handler Wife!

  13. BearSpiritDog
    11:13 am on February 4th, 2012

    SnowBella: the link is working!
    http://www.snowhookkennel.blogspot.com

  14. BearSpiritDog
    11:18 am on February 4th, 2012

    Grrrr…This is no way to start the day…in a Moderation.
    Trying again: http://www.snowhookkennel.blogspot.com

  15. BearSpiritDog
    11:20 am on February 4th, 2012

    Grrrr…This is no way to start the day…in a Moderation.
    Trying again: http://www.snowhookkennel.blogspot.com

  16. bluecat
    11:20 am on February 4th, 2012

    Hi Bee. Yes, Robbie arrived in very good condition with fun notes from readers. I thought I mentioned that the same day, but maybe not. I can be distracted by pretend mice. :-)

  17. BearSpiritDog
    11:23 am on February 4th, 2012

    SnowBella: It is working now!

  18. BearSpiritDog
    11:30 am on February 4th, 2012

    Melanie: My comment was being moderated until the link was posted separately from the picture. Well anyway…folks who don’t have access to facebookie (Siber-H) will be able to see it.

  19. B.Stover
    11:39 am on February 4th, 2012

    Bluecat: Thank you. I don’t remember you mentioning it but that would be my bad memory. (“I have a great memory, it’s just short.”)

    Is there a website for the Yukon Quest and is AJ in it?

  20. B.Stover
    11:41 am on February 4th, 2012

    Excellent Bear!

  21. BearSpiritDog
    11:55 am on February 4th, 2012

    B: Nana says that short-term memory is a good thing. It’s when you start remembering yesteryear like it was today, but can’t recall what happened yesterday, that you’re in trouble! lol

  22. Siber-H
    11:55 am on February 4th, 2012

    Thanks Bear, I will be going there sometime this weekend and purchasing my tickets. The quilt is totally beautiful and unique!

    Stover, No AJ isn’t in the Yukon Quest. Yes, they have a fairly good website…just google Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race. Their GPS tracking and videos are free. For those of you that want to play around with another GPS tracker before the Iditarod starts you can go to the Quest’s website and click on live tracking. I would’t try it until tomorrow, though, because it will take that long for the teams to start getting sorted out and the tracker will make more sense.
    You can also go to the Quest’s facebookie page if you want to know what is going on. It is open to all.
    I am only allowed to go to their page on facebookie and Snowhook’s page.

  23. Alice M. Johnson
    12:00 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Mr.Husky I will be glad to pick you up any time. Is the party tomorrow afternoon? Puppy Bowl starts at 2:00 according to Mr.Staff so we will want to be in place before that happens.

    http://animal.discovery.com/tv/puppy-bowl/

    Staff read in the paper this morning that people eat 3 days worth of food while watching the supper bowl. Maybe if we Puppy Bowl first we can make it 4 days worth.

    Snicker.

  24. Masquers
    12:04 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Siber: You just answered my question about the Yukon Quest, but I have another. We are already signed up as Iditarod Insiders, but wanted to know if it is a considerable advantage to purchasing the complete package vs only the GPS (or is that a stupid question?)

  25. B.Stover
    12:14 pm on February 4th, 2012

    I’m making banana cake and I’m going to frost it!

    Thank you for the info SH.

  26. Masquers
    12:20 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Alice: Bear says he can understand the compulsion to stuff your face with food, after all, it is the Supper Bowl!
    Then too, there is really no opportunity to leave the room during commercials, as they are one of the top attractions of the day.

  27. Snowhook Bella
    1:13 pm on February 4th, 2012

    I’m glad I was able to get the link for the quilt drawing working even if it isn’t as I had first planned. My very fancy marketing friend said I need to call it a drawing instead of a raffle because I need some sort of permit to have a raffle. I think the drawing was a bit of a kerfuffle yesterday, but I don’t think I need a permit for that.

    B Stover: AJ isn’t in the Quest this year, but we’ve talked about doing it at some point in the near future.

    Masquers: The full package allows you to see videos from along the trail as well as have the GPS tracker. Last year, AJ was in two of the videos: 1) an interview between his camerman twin and 2) at the finish line. Jodi, friend of the kennel watched AJ come across the finish line and saw the video. She sent me a text while I was still in Nome that congratulated the team and said she cried, too. I didn’t remember anyone crying at the finish line, but when I saw the video there was the proof. It was me wiping away a tear. AJ was also in a montage of crashes down the Steps—he is the last musher shown in the clip. He is holding onto the handle bar with one hand, getting dragged along on his stomach and calmly saying, “Here we go.” Speaking of Steps…

    SiberH: Did you hear, this year the trail is going to be routed differently around the Steps?

  28. Siber-H
    1:16 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Masquers, There are no stupid questions. I don’t think it is a considerable advantage to signing up for the GPS tracking if you do not want to. Those of us that have it will be reporting every move Snowhook makes during the Iditarod on the blog. I’m sure we will also be reporting on who is in the lead in the race and all that good stuff.
    I am addicted to following those little green flags as they move across Alaska on the GPS tracking page.

    Alice, Thanks for offering to pick me up. I don’t know what time the party starts and I still don’t know where the party is being held. I hope you know.

  29. Siber-H
    1:22 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Rebecca! Those Steps are legend in the lore of the Iditarod, but it is probably for the best that they are bypassing them.
    I’ll miss the videos from the Steps, but I know mushers have been injured on the Steps.

    Masquers, Since you are signed up for the Iditarod Insider, you can go to last year’s videos and watch the videos of AJ.

  30. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:34 pm on February 4th, 2012

    We are big fans of the Hunger Games here. We are now reading Catching Fire, book 2 of the trilogy. Can’t wait for the movie!

  31. Siber-H
    1:36 pm on February 4th, 2012

    ok, and duh I just re-read Masquers post. You have signed up for the GPS but not the videos? Yes, I would also sign up for the videos as Rebecca said. There will be videos of AJ and the team, all the mushers and teams, and hopefully some nice scenery. Also, with the video package you will get to see the live streaming starts of the race (all the teams and mushers) on both Sat. and Sunday.
    The weekend the race starts, I just put aside time on both Sat. and Sun. to watch the starts. It is very exciting and it isn’t like baseball, it moves along fast.

  32. Masquers
    2:41 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Siber: You were correct the first time. Mom signed up for the whole enchilada…GPS and videos. Hey! we can see videos from last year’s race too! WoooooHoooo!

    Alice: The Puppy Bowl VIII link was kool! And, with two Subaru Dog Commercials…Priceless!

  33. Siber-H
    2:45 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Masquers, Good, I’m glad you could make sense of what I said. I think you will enjoy all of it. I’m going to check out the video of AJ going down the Steps.

  34. Snowhook Bella
    2:52 pm on February 4th, 2012

    SiberH: I just looked at the video. It is the Montage #1 on the free videos. You can’t hear him too well because his voice is low, but if you concentrate you can hear AJ say, “Here we go.”

  35. Siber-H
    2:56 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Oh, Thanks, Rebecca…I don’t have to search and search now.

  36. Gus & BooBear
    3:07 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Hi, guys!! Mom and Dad just got back from a meat market where they bought AJ some jerkey for the big race. When they told the guys where the jerkey was headed and what it was for, the guys at the market packaged it by vacuum sealing it with 2 or 3 pieces in each pack so Rebecca won’t have to break it down. We’re going to print out a picture of AJ and the dogs that was posted earlier and frame it for them to hang in their shop! Rebecca, we will be mailing the package with the Snickers and Jerkey today or tomorrow along with our Feed the Giant check donation. We will mail it priority so it should reach you soon enough.

    Used the link up above and bought a couple of chances on the drawing coming up for the quilt (very pretty quilt, Rebecca.) And YEAH!! Our pictures made it to Snowhook and we’re going to be “on the trail”.

    G&BB

  37. dawson
    3:11 pm on February 4th, 2012

    The Steps!
    I remember looking at that video last year and thinking “This is crazy!” Those dogs are dragging the Giant along like he’s a raggedy andy doll, but at least he still has hold of his sled.

    Recycle! There was a Landseer at the recycle truck. A 12 year old named Mollie. She got a good neck scratch and gave me a “rower” in return. No, she was not being recycled.

  38. Masquers
    3:15 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Gah! I’m on page one of the Insider. Where do I go from here?

  39. Siber-H
    3:16 pm on February 4th, 2012

    I watched the video several times. I heard AJ…boy, was he calm. Many a fine musher has gone down the Steps in a position other than standing on the sled.
    You guys should watch this video.

  40. Siber-H
    3:18 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Masquers, Go to the home page (instead of the Insider page) of the Iditarod and click on the free video, Music Montage #1.

  41. dawson
    3:19 pm on February 4th, 2012

    This is for the Yukon Quest.

    http://www.explorefairbanks.com/go/information/chena-river-webcam/82

    I hope it is a link.

  42. Masquers
    3:20 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Okay. Is it the free Music Montague #1 where everyone is being dragged behind the dogs? I can’t really hear his voice because of the music overlay.

  43. Masquers
    3:25 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Is he the last one? It’s really kool that the video can be enlarged. It’s like you are right there!

  44. dawson
    3:26 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Yes, Masquers: That is it. Or is it Music Montage #3 which is the top one. The last scene is a musher being dragged on his stomach while hanging onto his sled. This is rough stuff.

  45. Gus & BooBear
    3:32 pm on February 4th, 2012

    How do you enlarge the video? We’ve been watching it several times but can’t pick out AJ’s voice. Is he the last musher in montage #1?

  46. Gus & BooBear
    3:34 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Oh, well, never mind. We just saw the instructions that say “click to enlarge video” DUH

  47. Siber-H
    3:38 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Yes, AJ is the last musher and it is Music Montage #1.
    Gus&BooBear, I haven’t figured out how to enlarge that video yet either and I don’t know why, because I always have in the past.

    I have been watching the Quest webcam. I’ll be glad when they get some video up, but they really keep their facebookie page updated.

  48. Gus & BooBear
    3:45 pm on February 4th, 2012

    SiberH, there is a big light blue area on the right of the screen that says “click to enlarge video” If it was a snake it, it would bite you. It certainly could have bit us before we saw it.

    We still can’t access anything on the Insider. We click on it and get a blank screen with no place to login. Know we’re registered because we got the acknowledgement. I guess we will email them and ask about it.

  49. Siber-H
    3:46 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Duh I’m laughing because I just found the instructions on how to enlarge the video. The instructions are where they have always been. Duh again

  50. Siber-H
    3:47 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Gus&BooBear, yes…email them.

  51. Siber-H
    3:50 pm on February 4th, 2012

    GO TEAM SIBERIANS!!! They are on their way!! WOO WOO

  52. Snowhook Bella
    3:59 pm on February 4th, 2012

    G&BB: Thank you in advance for providing the Giant with jerky for the trail, and a special thank you to the folks at the market who made my job easier. That was very kind of them. My Insider has expired and I won’t update it until closer to the race, but if I remember correctly, the first time I logged in it took a while for the option to come up. I also remember minimizing my screen to find another log in screen. I’m not sure it’s the same for you, but it’s worth a try.

    During the race last year I don’t know how many times I watched the montage video just for a glimpse of the dogs and AJ. The same was true when the interview with the camerman was posted. I played it over and over, just to see him. I love the music in the montage. It reminds me of my heartbeat when I’m going down a steep hill. There is a hill nearby that AJ will go down at the beginning of the Iditarod that strikes fear into the heart of this musher. I don’t run dogs much anymore and never alone anymore because of my back, but that hill still scares me when I think about it. I’ve only run it with eight dogs and it is nothing compared to what I’ve heard of the Steps. Keep in mind, AJ ran the Steps with 16 dogs. I’ve never attempted that many dogs on a sled.

    I need to get to sewing and repairing AJ’s gear…must refrain from watching montage…okay, just one more time.

  53. B.Stover
    4:08 pm on February 4th, 2012

    I watched all of the videos. Don’t know why, but I never thought about the dogs and mushers falling down. In some areas they are really going fast.

  54. dawson
    4:17 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Masquers & Gus and BooBear: Thanks for pointing out that the video can be enlarged. That music does get the heart pumping. I need to calm down so I’m going into the kitchen to make some dip for tonight’s card game.

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:20 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Whew!…Time for someone to sit down and have a rest…snort!… Me too! Between shoveling everything once again this morning, getting packages ready to mail, grocery shopping, lunch, doing a walk-through at the rental house and signing the new 6 month, then the bank….grunt!…Tired and pooped. The only thing that didn’t get done in time was going to the post office and mailing off 2 packages…drat! ….It closed just before we got there…sniff!

    Yukon!…Quest! Sounds like SiberH is in heaven this weekend…snort!…I remember seeing that guy going down the steps hanging onto the sled!…wheeze!… When I watched it last year I had no idea that was AJ the Giant!….chorkel!

    Project! ….She has started a new project…heh!… The paper trail continues!…wuffle!

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:24 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Puss N’ Boots!….What a great story about the meat market….snort!…Team Feed The Giant just keeps on Giving!….Wooooo!

  57. Snowhook Bella
    4:28 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Okay, maybe I watched it twice. At one point during the race last year they had two montages of the Steps. Crashing, dragging, bumping, falling.

    In 2010, AJ descended the steps without any problem. When he got to the camerman at the bottom he asked, “Are those the Steps?” The cameraman informed AJ that he wouldn’t make the cut because of his flawless run. Cameraman are planted on the Steps to catch the footage like you see in the montage. AJ said last year, a cameraman was in the way of the team causing them to cut a corner right before the descent. You saw the result.

    B. Stover: The team’s limited understanding of the command ‘whoa!’ becomes non-existent on a downhill like the Steps. Personally, think they have a full understanding of the command like the other commands, they just choose to ignore it.

    Rio: I was wondering when we’d see you today on this here blog.

  58. Masquers
    4:55 pm on February 4th, 2012

    GBB & Herbkats: Now we are five! Five kool kats on the Iditarod Trail.

  59. Masquers
    4:56 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Wait! Maybe there are more…Bluecat? Six kool kats, heh!

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:40 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Pink!….Who here likes the color Pink?…grunt!… Someone is going wild with pinks, all shades of pink…sniff!…Bizarre.

    Party!…So who asked where the party was going to be?…sniff!… I was assuming it would be at Tupper and Gilly’s place because it is a combined Freedom slash Supper Bowl party, right?…heh! ….We all know that Golinka can cook some really good stuff too! How’s that for killing 3 birds with one party….wooooo!

  61. Siber-H
    5:53 pm on February 4th, 2012

    It was me who asked where the party was going to be. Golinka doesn’t like sports, but she is a fantastic cook.

  62. Siber-H
    5:55 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Belle Starr loves the color pink. I do not.

  63. Siber-H
    6:12 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Gus&BooBear, I got this info from the Iditarod’s message boards:
    They are renovating their website. It is suppose to be getting a whole new look. This will take a few days.
    Some members are experiencing a server error message when trying to log in. Maybe this has something to do with the problem you are experiencing.
    I would still email them.

  64. Melanie
    6:16 pm on February 4th, 2012

    OKAY! Zoë has cooked the New York Chocolate Cheesecake with no crust.

    I have to admit both of us tasted it and it is yummers!

  65. Tupper and Gilly
    6:37 pm on February 4th, 2012

    guess what everyone??? We asked Mama and she said we CAN have the party here. The weather is so nice and unseasonable that she is getting a big tent put up in the yard with not one but TWO big screen tv’s to watch the game (or not).
    Siber – there is one giant snowbank in the side yard for you and the Howlers to play on.
    Masquers, Alice, Blue, Abbie – the Herbs are pulling out all their satin pillows for kitty lounging.
    Bee – we will have an easy chair here for you.
    Dawson – can’t wait to see how you will arrive this time
    Bella – invite all 47 if you want. We ordered extra lard
    (no, we are not talking about Basil)
    Come on everyone. Let’s PAR- TAY!

  66. Gus & BooBear
    7:04 pm on February 4th, 2012

    What bib # was AJ is last year’s race? (We would know that if we had won the tags that SiberH and the Howlers won at the auction last year). Is he in any of the other videos?

  67. B.Stover
    7:21 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Thank you T&G.

  68. dawson
    7:33 pm on February 4th, 2012

    AJ was bib #63 last year.

  69. dawson
    7:35 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Oops! I just pressed “submit” twice…and yet no double dawson.

    Melanie: That cheesecake looks super delish.

  70. Siber-H
    7:39 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Gus&BooBear, Yes, AJ is in at least two other videos from last year. If you can get into the Insider, just look for his name in the title of all their videos from 2011. When a video is about a musher, the Iditarod always names the musher. AJ speaks in those videos.
    I am doing this on memory alone, so I hope I am more or less correct about those videos.

  71. BearSpiritDog
    7:43 pm on February 4th, 2012

    This is shaping up to be great party!
    What time should we be there?

  72. Gus & BooBear
    7:44 pm on February 4th, 2012

    That would be nice IF we could get into the Insider! Drats. Hope it is what you heard…that they are just updating the site.

    Thank you, Dawson. We kept thinking 35, but think that number sticks with us because he came in 35th, right?

  73. BearSpiritDog
    7:45 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Melanie: Yummers is right!!!

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:10 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Fajitas!….Someone made her awesome fajitas and not one word was said by her mother during the whole cooking process…heh!…Maybe she finally realizes she likes the way my friend makes them….sniff!

    Wings!…I hope someone is going to bring the Blame it On Rio Hot Wings tomorrow night!…snort!….Wookie, Spencer and I really love those things…heh! …I will probably wear my Rockies cap tomorrow at the party…wooooo!…Its right around the corner now!…snort!

  75. Snowhook Bella
    8:28 pm on February 4th, 2012

    AJ drew the last bib, #63 in 2011. The Giant and the team finished in 39th place of the 39th running of Iditarod. The #38 place musher came in under 2 minutes ahead of him. The 38th place musher came in 2nd place in the race last weekend.

    Rio: Pink! I wonder if it is the same person that ordered a pink neck gaiter.

    I can’t wait for the party tomorrow. I bought a seven layer bean dip in the shape of a football. I asked if they had one in the shape of an evil pug. They did not. I bought two and had an artistic flair with the second dip.

    I’m going to wear my Stormy Kromer to the party tomorrow.

    T&G: 47! Are you sure? Only Luna and Belle Starr have table manners and those are questionable from time to time.

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:39 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Project!… This project has not been ordered by anyone (yet!)…snort!…It’s just something she has wanted to make for a really long time and hasn’t had the time…sniff!…I still don’t get the Pink…grunt!

    What!?….No bean dip in the shape of a pug…sniff!…What kind of store did you go to anyways Rebecca…grunt!… And remember Stormy Kromer will give you a bad case of Hat-Head…heh!

  77. BearSpiritDog
    8:40 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Wolfie; Can you stop by to blurr us over to the big bash tomorrow? We are going to have a howling good time.
    You were mentioning earlier about The Hunger Games. We read a sample over at Amazon. Looks really good…probably will end up seeing the movie before reading the book…since it is coming out soon.

  78. Macy the Min-pin
    8:48 pm on February 4th, 2012

    We will be at the party if possible. Mom and dad are going to a party, so hopefully they will leave the laptop on for us. We will also need a lift. We will bring peanut butter – pumpkin crunchy cookies in the small size for easy munching.(she put too much pumkin in last time, but we did not complain) For the two leggeds…mm…you really don’t want mom cooking for you. Maybe we should just bring a crock pot of cocktail weiners in BBQ sauce, one of mom’s favorite party snacks.

  79. Masquers
    9:02 pm on February 4th, 2012

    GBB: I had problems with an error page showing up also. Can’t remember exactly how, but finally was able to get on the Insider website…I think by following a link they sent when we signed up. Try starting over by going to insider.iditarod.com. Hope this works for you.
    Macy: A crock pot of cocktail weiners for hors d’oeuvres sounds perfect.

  80. Tupper and Gilly
    9:03 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Bella – sure, why not have all 47? Maybe Natasha will show up and she can charm all the masculine types. Belle Starr can run a Bling Clinic at one end of the tent – betcha Sammy will be in the front row.

    Rio – we will have the hot wings ready for you. We have an entire oven full of wings slowly roasting away right now. And after we finish those, we will start cooking wings for the rest of the gang coming to the party.

    Melanie – is the Pack coming by Element or by blur?

    Macy – those little weiner thingies – our Gramp could put a serious dent in that crock pot. He loves those things!

    So, who is bringing the Salmon Bon Bons?? – the Kats say they will cause all kinds of difficulties if they don’t get their Salmon Bon Bons.

  81. BearSpiritDog
    9:10 pm on February 4th, 2012

    I believe Siber-H has some kind of Yummies Salmon snack he orders online directly from the Yukon. We can help out by bringing some bon bons too.

  82. Mollypop's Mom
    9:14 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Stop it all of you about the hot wings! What, do you think you’re from Buffalo? Until you’ve had the real things you just have no idea.

  83. Melanie
    9:14 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Zoe and I are going to look at The Hunger Games tomorrow. The Pack “says” they will be on their best behavior. All I know is that my Stormy Kromer is missing and Patsy and Rose are giggling a lot.

    Two things: If you guys would hit this link (might only be for Facebookies, not sure) http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=309085789137690&set=a.303810699665199.72344.102903509755920&type=3&theater AND like it than OTAS and FOTAS’s dog Papi (and yes he’s the one in the Patriot shirt) might win.

    Also I ordered a print for someone from Ryan Marquis. His Ice Fog Sunrise will be signed and should arrive here for me to take somewhere else. Cool. He was on the blog a couple of times. He’s a photographer out of AK.

    Now up I go. I’m not saying goodnight yet. I’m hoping my new monitor which I’ve been saving up for will work and I can say good night from my computer.

  84. dawson
    9:17 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Masquers: I can’t get into the Insider right now either although a couple days ago it was not problem. Now, after I put in my password, nothing happens.

  85. Masquers
    9:25 pm on February 4th, 2012

    hmmmm…I don’t remember having to put in a password…strange.

  86. Siber-H
    9:35 pm on February 4th, 2012

    I forgot about the Yummie Chummies…I will bring them.

    I have always had to use a password for the Insider. Man, I think they are having technical issues right now and I hope they get it all straightened out.
    I do suggest emailing them if you are having problems because they won’t know about all these issues unless we tell them.

  87. Alice M. Johnson
    9:36 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Wow I went to the Insider and listened to AJ’s video when he finished and he does have a wonderful voice. And he says he missed Rebecca every day.
    You can hear Rebecca sniffing away but you can only see her pink cap.
    Rio I too had watched that steps video 4 or 5 times and noticed the musher holding on with one hand. To know that is AJ the giant is awesome.

    I have some of those Salmon bon-bons ready to go. We put in our order weeks ago.
    http://www.k9treat.com/dog_treats/Salmon-and-Cheese-Bon-Bons.html
    I only ordered 12 dozen, I hope that is enough.

  88. Snowhook Bella
    9:40 pm on February 4th, 2012

    T&G: I have a feeling that Belle Starr and Princess Sam will get a on very well. And, if we include Rose, the two-legged, given her affinity for pretty, sparkley things, I think it’s a fair assumption that they may bling the tent when we’re not looking.

    Rio: Charris mentioned the other day that clothes shopping in Alaska doesn’t offer a lot of variety. I think the same can be said of bean dip designs.

  89. Masquers
    9:44 pm on February 4th, 2012

    There is a button to the right of my screen which says “Log out”. Don’t remember logging in…just followed a link sent by the Insider.

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Psyche!….We are watching re-runs of that show Psyche. It was a lot funnier in the early years…sniff!.

    Voice!…AJ the Giant has a very nice voice especially for a Giant. He never says ‘Fee Fi Foo Fum’ either…chorkel!

  91. Alice M. Johnson
    10:03 pm on February 4th, 2012

    From the Grand Forks North Dakota newspaper.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeuL5IGimCQ

    Champis the bunny doesn’t only hop — he also knows how to herd his masters’ flock of sheep, possibly having picked up the skill after watching trained dogs do the job.

    The 5-year-old pet rabbit from the small village of Kal in northern Sweden shot to online fame last week, having garnered more than 700,000 YouTube hits so far, after a clip of his sheep herding skills surfaced on a blog.

    The June video shows a persistent Champis running back and forth on the farm, trying to keep Nils-Erik and Greta Vigren’s sheep together.

    Greta Vigren said she first noted his talent last spring when they let out the sheep to graze for the first time after the long Swedish winter.

    “He just started to behave like a sheepdog,” she recalled, adding that while he likes to round up the sheep, he is consistent about leaving the farm’s hens alone, treating them more gently.

  92. Melanie
    10:03 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Hmmm, after looking at the budget, I will join the Insider on March 1st!

    Gus & BooBear, Good PR work!

    I found a trailer of YSAS’s first Indie movie. I do mean first … he was 16.5 years old in it. Called “The Busker”. He is a mean punk Irish kid. You can see him for sure saying something nasty. He had a hard time saying it but got it done. And then you can see his back. He and someone else are roughing up a girl. During that scene when the director would say “CUT”. He would get down and help the girl up and ask if she was all right. If you look hard you can see me too!
    http://www.circleoneone.com/the-busker-directed-by-stephen-croke/the-busker

    That’s all from up high in the house! Patsy is snoring behind me on the bed and I need to go to sleep. Had a good walk/run today, then ran in to get this monitor which had the weirdest pictures of directions.

    TTFN

  93. Siber-H
    10:05 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Alice, Thanks, I knew I could count on you.

  94. Macy the Min-pin
    10:07 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Four Truths in Life

    1. You cannot stick your tongue out and look up at the ceiling at the same time, a physical impossibility.

    2. All idiots, after reading #1 will try it.

    3. And discover #1 is a lie.

    4. You are smiling now because you are an idiot.

  95. Snowhook Bella
    10:11 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Melanie: Thank you for sharing the trailer. I saw you and YSAS. Stardom awaits!

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Trailer!…I did not see anyone I know in the Trailer…sniff!…Maybe I should watch it again…((((sigh))))

  97. Tupper and Gilly
    10:34 pm on February 4th, 2012

    WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT – RABBITS DON’T HERD SHEEP!

    CORGIS HERD SHEEP. And ducks, and cows, and rabbits too. And the occasional snake.

    But rabbits herding sheep?? That is just WRONG!

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:40 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Tupper!… That is definitely a Rabbit suit…sniff!… No self respecting Rabbit would herd anything…snort!

    Weird!…This weird scenario reminds me of something I neglected to tell you guys last week…snort!…There was a guy Walking his Billy Goat when my friend and I were on our walk….grunt!…Now that was a head turner. In fact I had to stop and just stare forever because I could not believe my eyes…sniff!

  99. Siber-H
    10:45 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Mom says she does not want to run into a Billy Goat when she has me on a leash.

    We are falling asleep…

    Night All

  100. BearSpiritDog
    10:50 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Alice: We saw the herding bunny on facebookie just a bit ago.
    Here’s one for Staff:

  101. Tupper and Gilly
    10:52 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Rio – bet that goat was staring back at you, thinking “what the h e l l is THAT?”

  102. BearSpiritDog
    10:56 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Early to bed we go. Tomorrow will be a late-nighter – Bear

  103. BearSpiritDog
    10:57 pm on February 4th, 2012

    why are we on page 3 at 99 comments?

  104. Tupper and Gilly
    11:08 pm on February 4th, 2012

    We are going to have a big day tomorrow. Have to put the streamers up on the tent, make another ginormous batch of hot wings, blow up balloons, put out the portable dance floor and make sure Bee’s easy chair is in front of the non-football tv.

    Game starts at 6 – puppy bowl starts at 2. You all can show up anytime you want. Music will be on, and the hor d’oerve thingies will be out.

    So, for now g’night all. See you tomorrow!

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:11 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Bear!…Go to bed you are seeing things…sniff!…Now we will be on Page 3…heh!

    Tupper!….That goat took no mind of me…grunt!…He just trotted down the sidewalk on his lease like he had been doing this for a long time…sniff!… My friend said she would never leave the house again without her kamera when we go on our long walks….heh! …The proof is always in the pudding…uh huh!

  106. Snowhook Bella
    11:29 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Mmm….maybe I’ll bring pudding to the party tomorrow, too.

  107. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:45 pm on February 4th, 2012

    Pudding!…Rebecca, I am telling the Dawgs honest truth about the Billy Goat…snort!

    Question!….How long did it take AJ to get his guys under control after shooting down the Steps in that infamous video?….snort!… I mean how far did he have to hang on to the the sled with one hand?….heh!…I have wondered that for a very long time. Even before I knew that guy was AJ….chuffle!

  108. Snowhook Bella
    12:02 am on February 5th, 2012

    Rio: I believe you about the billy goat. Pudding sounds good right now. That is a good question about AJ and the Steps. He isn’t home right now—he had to go to Anchorage today for work and a work event tonight. I will go by what I know of AJ and mushing. The sled being on its side helps slow down the team, but like I said earlier, the dogs pretend not to understand the meaning of the word ‘whoa’ when a down hill is involved. My guess is once the team reached the bottom of the hill, AJ righted and sled and continued on. The first rule of mushing is don’t ever let go of your sled. Years ago, my sled tipped on a downhil and the runner got caught in a rut made by a snowmachine, I couldn’t right it and knew that I was heading for a tree. The handlebar was kind enough to introduce the tree to my face. My first instinct was to let go of the sled and hold the pain I felt on my face, but I didn’t. I knew if I let go, I was going to be in a lot more trouble. I held on as the team dragged me to the bottom of the hill. AJ was some distance ahead of me. It was a frigid night and I couldn’t feel my face after a while, nor could I tell if I had my front teeth, but I could taste blood. The team ran swift, and we caught up to AJ a couple of miles ahead. I waved him down and asked, “Do I have all my teeth?” as I pulled down my neck gaiter. He turned on his head lamp, shone it in my face, said, “Yep, let’s get home,” turned off his headlamp and off we went.

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:12 am on February 5th, 2012

    Wow!….What a story!…snort!…Wow!

    Interesting!…grummp!…Just as things are getting interesting here on the blog, we have to say Goodnight!…sniff!…Seems all that busy stuff and all that shoveling of snow has caught up to someone here…wuffle!…Goodnight All!

  110. Snowhook Bella
    12:16 am on February 5th, 2012

    It’s early yet for me, but I’m going to read until AJ gets home. Night all.

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