Hi SP Fans! This is Kennel Mom checking in. As of Saturday at noon I was the last SP Family Member in Anchorage. I am fortunate to be able to make the Clarion Suites my headquarters as I wait for dropped dogs to be transported here from the Iditarod Trail. Then I can arrange for their transfer to a 'home away from home' at Margie's beautiful kennel in Wasilla.
I am pleased to report that Dingle and Tatfish were happily playing in Margie's yard by about 5 PM yesterday. Both dogs were dropped for sore shoulders and both were fine by the time I collected them from the Iditarod vets. Tatfish and Scooter were so happy to see each other that they never stopped romping together the whole time I was there. Scout looks great and seems about ready to run another race! They thrive at Margie's.
Then today, Sunday, in the afternoon, Boris was individually chauffeured to Margie's. He is such a mellow guy and truly enjoyed sightseeing out the back window of a Subaru wagon.
Then, as a special surprise, Biscuit showed up in Anchorage on the evening flight from McGrath. He is currently enjoying a rest in our suite at the Clarion. He is the perfect evening companion - strong, handsome and silent. He will head out to Margie's tomorrow morning.
So now we only have Scruggs, Chemo and Schmoe to be returned to Anchorage. The Iditarod Dog Drop Office reported that all three are in McGrath and will likely be in Anchorage tomorrow. If they arrive after I depart for Nome (at 5 PM) our good friends the Miller Family (AKA Team Miller) will transport our SP racers out to Wasilla. Thanks, Millers, for many years of support.
Also, sincere thanks from SP to the the veterinarians, dog drop volunteers, pilots and Iditarod staff who diligently care for the health and safety of our canine racers. You are truly stars in this great endeavor, the Iditarod.