Posts Tagged ‘Snowhook Kennel’



December 27th, 2014 Posted 9:00 am

“What’s your rule again for handling embarrassing situations?” Spence says.

“Transparency,” says Admin. “Let it rip.”

“OK, here we go. A Plunderer* sent a very nice Xmas gift, namely a Snowhook Kennel** mug. There was also a card featuring Snoopy, a card with a warm and much appreciated note. But – unsigned! And the box it came in must have gotten thrown out with a bunch of other boxes. So would the sender please self-identify at Much appreciated.”

* A wonderful sub-group here at the blog.

** A great and humane racing kennel in Willow Alaska supported by the blog.




July 3rd, 2014 Posted 8:35 am

Have we mentioned Snowhook lately? It’s a racing kennel up in Alaska that we and some people here at the blog help sponsor. A wonderfully humane kennel, we should point out. They’re having a fundraiser starting today – the auction link will be up at one o’clock –

Have a great day before the 4th, everybody!


Tucson Festival of Books


March 15th, 2014 Posted 11:18 am

Spence will be signing today from 11-noon at the Sisters in Crime booth. At 4 he’ll be on this panel at the student union – all of this on the U of A campus:

Saturday, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Spencer Quinn, Richard Lange, C.E. Poverman
Cara Black


He may have something unusual to say! Or not.

Many, many thanks to Rebecca Savidis of Snowhook Kennel for the wonderful reporting on the Iditarod race that she did over the past 2 weeks for this blog. Get some rest!

Welcome new friends Nippe from Finland, Calder the Toller boy, Marcus.





March 14th, 2014 Posted 10:07 am

To our great sorrow we have to record the death of our dear friend Melanie Montague Carpenter, a vibrant, brave, funny woman: a true original. Everyone here at this blog will miss her very much.


And congratulations to Snowhook Kennel – musher Justin Savidis, CEO Rebecca, and those terrific dogs – led in the end by a surprising member of the team, as you’ll see from Rebecca’s overnight report – on the courageous race they ran this year. A real triumph, given the conditions:

“The dogs did exactly as I trained them to run,” AJ said shortly before he fell asleep. Yes, the dogs did quite well. They led him through terrain, the likes of which he hopes never to see again. They darted through ferocious winds to deliver him to the next checkpoint. And, in the final seventy-seven mile stretch, caught in a blow hole, AJ trusted the dogs he could no longer see in the whiteout conditions. Out of a band of amazing canine athletes and partners who did he choose to lift above his head to touch paw to burled arch?—The whimsical Louisa Mae. Having led sporadically throughout the season she did not rank among his main leaders going into the race. Yet, this sweet girl led the team for the final 200 miles of the race and across the finish line in a race that will go down in Iditarod history.

Stories are slowly being shared about the difficulty of the race, yet each tale is punctuated by the black bruises that span the length of AJ’s body. It was a hard fought finish line.

And now, we rest.

Thank you to the Plunderers who made our race possible. It was an honor to dedicate our 2014 Iditarod to Melanie.


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