Saturday, March 8, 2014

ID: Dropped Dog Update #3

We have had unofficial confirmation that it is BISCUIT that was dropped from Aliy's team in Ruby. We've also seen enough videos and pictures of the team since then to be sure.

Biscuit is a mega-star and we believe it could be the first time he has EVER been dropped from a race. He's a Yukon Quest, Copper Basin 300 and Two Rivers Solstice champion this season and ran in Aliy's runner-up Iditarod team in 2012 and 2013. It will have broken Aliy's heart to leave him behind. We're not sure why he was dropped and we're eager to see him as soon as he's back from the trail.

L-R: Biscuit and Tatfish

We've also had confirmation that TATFISH was dropped from Allen's team in Cripple. Tatfish and Biscuit are brothers and are our oldest racing dogs at eight years old. Tatfish and Allen are great mates and he'll be so very sorry to leave him. It seems to make that picture of Mismo and Felix singing the other day a little more poignant - as Mickey said, it's like they are saying to their Papa and Uncle Tatfish "Well take this one from here…"

DINGLE (right) was the one Allen dropped from the Black Team in Ophir. "Ding Ding" is honestly one of the best SP dogs and has been for a number of years and Allen will of course be sad to see him left behind.

He ran on Meghan's Copper Basin 300 team and with Ryne Olson from Ryno Kennel in the Yukon Quest 300 this year leading a team of youngsters.

We look forward to meeting them all once they are back in Anchorage.

We're still waiting news on the two in Aliy's team in Nulato or the one from Kaltag. As always, we'll let you know.

An update on the other dropped dogs: Scout and Scooter are out with SP Kennel friend Margie who has a beautiful kennel out on the Knik arm and they are happy and having fun. She looks after our dropped dogs until we can return them home to Two Rivers and it's like holiday camp for them there. Thank you Margie. Boris is back! He's still not feeling 100% but was so pleased to see us. All the vets and volunteers fell in love with him!

Boris with Meghan and Moira


A-town's Becky said...

Aw, I'm all teary eyed now.
If I can do .005% of what Tatfish and Biscuit can do, when I'm almost 60, I'll feel like superwoman.

Super work by all Red and Black team members.
Good to see Boris.
They have been rocking the trail.

Nessmuk said...

It must have been hard to leave these awesome dogs behind for Aliy and Allen......I'm sure they are being loved on by their Dog Drop Volunteers! Sending healing energy their way....GOOD DAWGS!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for news and pictures of the brave membrs of the Red and Black Reams who couldn't make it to the end of the trail, but surely made a big difference to the performance of each squad along the way.

Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof!!! And another Woof!!! for good luck!!!


Lourdes, VT said...

So sorry to hear about Biscuit, Tatfish and Dingle!!! They are so wonderful and honest and charming!!!!
Glad to hear Boris is home!
I'm sure Aliy and Allen miss them much! And, Im also sure they dropped them because it was the best for them beautiful dogs. This Iditarod is taking a toll on mushers and dogs alike!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Anonymous said...

Refresh, refresh, refresh...come on Aliy, go dogs...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Aliy! Now rest well and eat well, dogs...

marilyn cozzens said...

Thanks for the update on the dropped dogs. It is sad when any of the superstars don't finish the race. May they all be quickly back at SPK. Thanks.

JettieG said...

Thank you for the dog update! So sad that Ms Quito's husband was dropped.
Go, Aliy! So happy she arrived first in Unk.

Anonymous said...

I know it is hard to leave dogs behind and keep going. It is hard on the musher and the fog as well. Having done it myself in the past on different journeys I have had. Congratulations you have some great momentum going with your run to Unalakleet GO GET THEM Aliy. Ron in AZ