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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Iditarod 2010: Bosses At Rest

(Spoiler warning: If you want the story behind this photo, read below. If you just want to enjoy its pricelessness, don't!)



Aliy texted me a little while ago: "I'm awake... Wanna chat?" So, I went to Bridgett's place and sat down with "the Boss" to talk about dropped dogs. After only a minute or two, it became clear to me that I was alone in our conversation.

At that moment, Bridgett came in from feeding the dogs -- again! -- and had Cha with her. For no reason other than my own pleasure, I picked Cha up and held her in my lap... All the while reassuring her that it was okay to be a "pet dog" for a few minutes.

Not very much to my surprise, Cha sighed heavily a couple of times and settled right in. I couldn't stay there because I had to get back to work, so I picked Cha up and put her on the couch with "Boss Aliy."

Apparently, Cha has very quickly adapted to the idea of being a "pet dog" for a while.

I still don't have the whole story to share with you about dropped dogs, but they really are fine... One in particular, if you know what I mean!

14 comments:

sarsmile said...

You might have missed your chance at that chat, Mac - I'll be impressed if Aliy is still talking to you once she realizes you posted that photo online!

I'm laughing out loud, literally.

Lynn said...

I think YOU are going to be sleeping in Cha Cha's dog house from now on! Love the color coordinating "red" blanket ~ does Allen have a "black" blanket?

Mel Bowman said...

Great photo! Thanks for sharing :).

papa steve said...

Hi Aliy. Our 5th grade class in Kansas has been following the Iditarod. All of the students have their musher. I have you. I just wanted to say you did great! I'm proud of you! --Steve

Libby the Lab said...

Ditto was Sars said :)
Really a very well deserved rest and we can all wait for the stories.

Pia said...

Why din't you ask Cha for details?

Anonymous said...

Wish you a good sleep and sweet dreams :o)

Maika Germany

Anonymous said...

That is a very funny photo. A tough musher and her tough lead dog sleeping on the sofa...
But they deserve a bit of comfort after their hard race.
From Chloe and Indigo

River Bluff said...

You both look so relaxed and so comfortable! Well deserved rest! Looking forward to seeing the remainder of the video footage and the last comments, but then what.......will miss the excitement of following the team all the way from last Fall until now!

Any chance you or Aliy can post pictures from the Natural Extremes trip from Nome to the Springs? Would love to see what that trip looks like!

ChaCha's fan said...

all right!
here we have Cha, very content.
and now we know that Aliy likes Macs:
-MacG
-Mac computer ....

and we know that she is so devoted to sp that she even wears an sp cap when sleeping.
funny :o)

but where is Rosie? did she get punished? :o)

Anonymous said...

Last year, Aliy had a pie waiting for her in Nome. Did she have pie waiting for her again this year?

Pia said...

ChaCha fan: She also has a Mack dog! LoL

Casey said...

Fabulous photo. Love the dog snoozing too. If they aren't tired, nobody is ever allowed to be tired. Thanks for all the great video commentary Aliy...we heard you speak at The Clarion and have followed ever since. Great races by all of SP Kennel. Congrats.

Tom said...

If Aliy wasn't sore about the library shot last year, she won't mind this one either. Great cameo!!