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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ID: A Visit To The Dog Yard

During our latest visit to the dog yard a few of them woke to say hi. Others, not so much. In case you are wondering: the wind is not blowing in Nome right now. It's mild and calm. Go figure.


Boondocks napping, sleepy puppy Clyde


Mac rests his heavy head; Sissy can't quite believe what she just did!


Meghan tends to Willie, Nacho is still flirting


Olivia looking like a supermodel, Pud the Stud


Quito takes her rest seriously, Little Lion-Heart Waylon in his day-bed (he'll be back in bed tonight)

36 comments:

Angela Faulhaber said...

they all looks so tired. Good job, the Philly huskies were watching you!!

Anonymous said...

Love those doggie pics! You are an awesome musher. . . So close ... thanks for a great race!

Nessmuk said...

A well deserved rest! Lol...Waylon gets extra special sleeping accomodations...wonder if the rest of the Team is like "now where is he going off to again tonight"? Do these pups know how special they all are!! We absolutely love them!

Anonymous said...

Love all the dogs.

Amy Falise said...

The most awesome dogs in the world! I hope they enjoyed their steak dinner. They earned so much more than that. Way to go pups!

Theresa said...

I know most dogs run in their sleep w/legs twitching. Wonder if Iditarod dogs do that after a race. Hope not. They deserve a break. Wonderful run & we so appreciate ur caution at Safety. Dog/Musher bond, that's what it's about. They trust u Aliy & u'll never let them down.

dragonfly domain said...

All of you pups are my hero's ... together you got Aliy Nome safe... thank you so much for keeping good track of her. well deserved rest for all of you. :)

Anonymous said...

Now we ALL need to start ski poling and pedaling again to lighten the Black team's load and speed them to Nome.

Kris said...

I'm such a fan of Aliy and her pups. I am so proud of all of you and so thankful you were safe in the wind. Totally logical there is none at the moment of your blog, though. shaking head at irony of weather. Off to cheer for the Black Team!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting these pics. Such amazing athletes these doggies are. All of you did it. You brought yourselves and Mom safely into Nome. I know you can all feel the love. Sleep and rest well little buddies.

JudyGee said...

I love these dogs. They ask so little but give so much!
And, after watching Aliy's interview with the Alaska Dispatch, I am grateful that they they watched over her on the trail-- just as she did them.

Rest well, Aliy and team mates.

Anonymous said...

Awwwww<3<3<3<3

Lourdes, VT said...

Those campions deserve anything and everything they could possibly want !!! They are true Champions!!!!

tmcaleer said...

Thanks for the doggie update! Glad they all had steaks. We're all thinking about you and grateful Aliy and the dogs got in safe and sound. Time to celebrate that and the fact that they made it through one really tough looking race!

Best, Trish McAleer

Sandy Landrum (friend of Karin Hendrickson's from So. Cal.) said...

Such beautiful dogs! Congratulations on a great race!

Kathryn Goodman said...

I want to pick each one up and nuzzle them! Thanks for the wonderful pictures.

Anonymous said...

Love seeing you take such great care of your dogs! I'm a fan! You ran a great race! You should be proud!

Joyce said...

Aliy and pups, what an awesome job running this race. You've won much more than first place, you've won the hearts of soooo... many people. Thank you for sharing the mushing world with an old armchair musher. Kudos to the entire SP kennel team!!

Susan (and SmokeyBlue in spirit) said...

You ran a great race. Many of us on Ravelry, in a parallel forum called Iknitarod, a knitting social media site, were rooting and following you throughout the race. We are relieved you and all your pups are safe and resting now.

(Karen) Lisa Daley said...

You and your team rocked it - your New England fans are proud of you, especially us women!

Anonymous said...

So beautiful! So very proud of you all. I could give you all a hug! I could give the Red Team deer jerky! Aliy for you a big chocolate bar!

Kathy Simpson said...

This is the best update of the entire iditarod! Melted my heart to see all the sleepy pups getting their rest. I hope Aliy takes their lead!

Leanna said...

This year I was able to recognize more dogs on the Iditarod and Insider sites. I would play them back and forth looking for the SPK athletes (including Aliy and Allen!)Olivia with her ice blue eyes and Quito got a lot of media attention. I felt like an Auntie!

Terry Plumart said...

What a great team and what a fantastic race! Such excitement, right up to the last minutes! What a wonderful job you did for the dogs and what a great job they did for you, Aliy! It is wonderful to watch. You truly ran a spectacular race in some of the worse conditions I've ever seen and you brought the team through! You're always saying, "good dogs", ... well, here's to you... Good Aliy!!!

Cathy Pearson said...

Lol, Iknitarod! I wish I knew, I would have burned some of the nervous energy knitting! I'll check it out.

Cathy Pearson said...

Waylon sleeping in the bed 2 nights in a row? People are gonna talk! Well deserved good night's sleep youngster.

Anonymous said...

Aily I just watched the VIDEO: Musher Aliy Zirkle explains why she stopped in Safety during Iditarod 2014. Please know I could empathize with you. You are such a wonderful person and champ! Watching that video which I did 2x brought tears. I could hear, feel and see your raw emotions, Thanks for being real! Ron in AZ ragodfrey@yahoo.com. Aliy thank you for a wonderful 8 days. I was there form the beginning to the end. Yes 2014 Iditarod will be one to remember.

Lisa B said...

After every Iditarod I look forward to the post that shows the dogs resting in Nome - so glad to see the athletes getting pampered. Oh Waylon, you really are a sweet boy, but I think your ears alone don't leave much room for Meghan in the bed!

stormy said...

NACHO!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Aliy and Red Team: I am so very impressed with the teamness you al had the humanitarian efforts Aliy you went for yur dogs, truly an example. I am touched, Thank You. So beautiful! So very proud of you all. I could give you all a hug! I could give the Red Team deer jerky! Aliy for you a big chocolate bar! A big hug for you all! Ron in AZ ragodfrey@yahoo.com

Sue said...

Well done dogs, Well done!!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome race, awesome musher and awesome dogs.

Beyond awesome, actually. Ditto to everything already said!

--Margaret

Anonymous said...

Woof, woof, woof!!!

Chica got her steak!!!

And, JMO, if Chica had not had a problem, maybe the Red Team would not have stopped at Safety for her to be dropped...and then who knows WHAT might have happened.

BTW: That fantastic pic of the back end of the Black Team gives me hope for next season's Red Team Iditarod xliii.

--Margaret

Anonymous said...

SP Kennels, you show all of us who live with dogs that they want and deserve to be our respected companions. Our canine partners bring joy and strength to our lives. You are ambassadors for dogs worldwide. Congratulations, you are champions.

marilyn cozzens said...

Oh thanks so much for the adorable pictures of the fantastic dogs. They look tired but comfortable. Great race SPK.

A-town's Becky said...

So proud that Boondocks, Sissy, Pud and Waylon made it all the way with the Red Team. What a feat! No one will be able to convince them they are little doggies now. They've joined the ranks of the Big Dogs.