Allen and Aliy were in New England for just over four days. It was a whirlwind trip. Aliy has lots of "history" in area. She was born in New Hampshire and lived in the area as a youngster. (Although at a breakfast gathering her old family friends couldn't decide what kind of "accent" she now has!)
However, one of the best moments of the trip was seeing Hoss - an SP Kennel retiree who, after finishing Iditarod in lead, went to live with Tom and Cindy in Pennsylvania. He has had a rough year with shoulder surgery and a cancer scare. So, it was absolutely delightful to see him (and his humans)!
But, that wasn't all...
Other kennel retirees: KitKat, Garlic and Heidi came to join in the fun. And, Hunter, who is now the only brown dog in an all white dog kennel really stood out! Even Lourdes brought kennel mascot "Nome" to visit the mushers. What a treat! Aliy and Allen even ran into SP K dog sponsors and many website enthusiasts.
L-R: Hunter is ready to race; Kitkat, Garlic and Heidi show some love.
But, visiting old friends was only part of the trip. Aliy and Allen were graciously hosted by Christine and Kip at Seal Cove Kennel. The old New England farm house and barn are home to about 30 fantastic dogs and two humans. Breakfast was oatmeal topped with their homemade Maple Syrup and dinner was lobster (Kip and Christine are also fisherman) and beef from the local fields. It was hard to leave!
L-R: Christine's comfy old Farm House; Lobster dinner with friends.
Let's just say... Allen and Aliy left New England with a warm feeling from past times, present situations and future possibilities. It was a GREAT trip!