SP Kennel is a premier sled dog racing kennel in Two Rivers, Alaska, dedicated to the individual dog through excellent health, nutrition, training and specialized care.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Santa borrowed the team last night!

This morning we walked out into the dog yard and found some very peculiar evidence that someone had taken a small team of our sled dogs out for a long run last night. No one ever comes to SP Kennel without permission so... after hours of looking at clues, we think we have it figured out:

Santa had an emergency crash landing at SP Kennel last night. SP Kennel isn't too far from North Pole so if he had technical difficulties, the kennel would be a logical spot to land. His reindeer obviously needed to recuperate. So, he borrowed nine SP Kennel sled dogs to continue his delivery route. He must have brought them home just before we woke up this morning.

I know, I know... I can’t believe it either but the evidence is undeniable!

The Two Rivers C.S.I. Unit (see Security Access Photos above) were immediately called to the kennel to investigate. After hours of looking at details and quizzing all of the dogs a few significant clues were discovered:
  • There were strange and chaotic sled tracks in the hook up area. These unfamiliar runners tracks were set wider than a normal dog sled and the marks in the snow suggested that the sled was carrying a very heavy load. It was determined that whatever sled made the tracks, came into the yard very hard and very fast - creating somewhat of a crash landing! There were bits of Christmas wrapping paper high up in the spruce trees above the dog yard and the tops of the tallest trees were even clipped.
  • Then, from the looks of it, Santa’s reindeer were not able to continue any more miles in harness. We found frozen carrots thrown around the yard in haste and several empty bottles of Algaval muscle liniment tossed about. TRose Veterinary Service said they got a late night frantic phone message from an old man asking about the best way to treat reindeer hoof soreness. So, whether Santa’s team was sore, hungry or just plain old tired, we don’t know! But this morning, it was confirmed that they were in fact nearby because our neighbor said that she chased nine reindeer out of her Peonie field at daybreak! She only noticed them because one had a very bright red nose.
  • We found nine of our Howling Dog Alaska sled dog harnesses hung on our harness rack but they were extremely caked with snow and had jingle bells sewn into the top D rings.
  • But, the biggest ‘tell-tale’ sign was that Rambler’s nose had a bit of a red glow this morning. He seemed extremely tired, a little bit sore and started the morning dog howl in the melody of ‘Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ but... it seemed to have a different twist. 

You know Driver and Daisy and Pepe and Viper,

you know Chemo and Chipper and Dutch and Biscuit,
But do you recall
The most famous sled dog of all

Rambler the Red-Nosed Sled Dog

Merry Christmas from everyone at SP Kennel. And we hope that Santa got to your house on time!


Harry and Diana W. in Colorado said...

That is a cute message. Hope all the SP Kennel crew (2 legged and 4 legged) have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Successful New Year!

Heidi Phillips said...

Awesome!!! I bet Rambler and the other pups are sharing with all their kennel mates how much fun it was to help Santa out in his time of need. He could not have picked a better kennel to seek assistance than at SPK!!!

Merry Christmas to you all!!


Margaret said...

Thanks so much for delivering this present of a great post this morning!

And a Merry Xmas 2014 to those who live close by the North Pole - woof, woof, woof!!! Glad your vet could help the reindeer!

All the very best to the entire SP Kennel family, 2-legs and four generations and all the 4-legged heroes and heroines with the strength to sub in for Santa's crew!!!

And Red-nosed Rambler did a great imitation of Rudolph - a steady leader, loved by all!!!

A-town's Becky said...

Soooo CUTE!!!
Thank you :-)

Merry Christmas to everyone at SPK.

Fay Wenger said...

I believe - thank you for making my Chrustmas complete!

0300jh JeanneHammel said...

What a great report to see on this holiday morning! Thank goodness the SPK dogs were ready to help! Especially love Rambler's glowing red nose!

Ruth said...

As if this mornings festivities weren't enough to smile about, reading this was a great topper! Large grin now. Thanks for your creativity. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Amy Falise said...

Ha ha! Merry Christmas to you all at SP Kennel! Those pups deserve extra treats!

Mary Lynn Roush said...

Love it! Thank you to the nine Santa's helpers, thank you SP Kennel for sharing, and a Merry Christmas to all!

Dryden Family said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. Our boys were so excited to see that 'their dog', Rambler led Santa's team for some of his deliveries! Merry Christmas to everyone (human and canine) at SPKennel!

Anonymous said...

Morning! I was hoping for a Xmas story from the Kennel. fantastic one for sure. Have a hoooowwwwling good time training today. I will always cherish my xmas there 2 yrs ago. Go get'em Doggies!
Padee Santa Rosa, Ca

Judy in Virginia said...

I'm so glad your dogs were able to help Santa last night. With their knowledge of the terrain and their ability to withstand the climate, they were perfect for the job.

Special thanks go to Rambler who must have surely led the sleigh!

Merry Christmas to all of you at SP Kennels!

Richard Willis said...

Great job! Glad you were able to provide the assist and Santa was smart enough to choose SP Kennels as his fall back plan. Hmm, I wonder if you can apply the new skill set to the Quest and Iditarod?

Dawn E said...

Well, that was just awesome! Merry Christmas all!

Anonymous said...

That a boy Rambler!
Great post!

Nessmuk said...

Love the Xmas story!!! Good thing Santa had SPK to pitch in and help out! Happy Holidays to all!

Anonymous said...

So many talents at SP Kennel - creativity is certainly one of them. What a wonderful story for Christmas morning.
Ann and Tom

Cal OSME said...

Moira----thank you so much for helping to make my Christmas so special and to you as well Aily for the personal note to Lisa for the suprise Christmas gift from my family. What a suprise to open the package and find that they have given me the gift of a Red Team Sponsor. I am so excited!! I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas and can't thank you enough for helping to make mine a special one.

Charlene, Erie PA

Lourdes, VT said...

Well now, that explains everything!!! I thought I had a dream where SP Kennel dogs driven by Santa, was among the trees in my backyard!!! Now I know that it wasn't a dream, the dogs came to VT for a Christmas visit with Santa!!!! Thank you pups and thank you Santa πŸΎπŸΎπŸŽ…πŸŽ„❄️⛄️

marilyn cozzens said...

What a creative Christmas story. Thanks Rambler and the rest of the SPK dogs for giving Santa a helping paw. Merry Christmas to you all.

MG said...

You all come up with the best things to share. Love SP Kennel.