Well, the decision has been made for sure – I intend to go back and run the Race again next year. We had originally hoped to take 2001 off of Iditarod and recoup financially, but now this seems like unfinished business that we need to take care of sooner rather then later.
Sundance, Norman, Rowdy, Slik, and, possibly, Sammie are also looking for new homes.
Gilligan has moved into a retirement home down the road from us with Roger and Pauline Morey. Roger is the gentleman responsible for our great looking dog boxes.
Buddy, Spud, Howl, and Breezy have all also retired. They will all be living out their retirement years with us. Breezy actually went out a few weeks after we got home from Alaska and took a Best of Opposite Sex win at a regional Siberian Husky Specialty in Edmonton. Not bad for an old, workin’ dog.
Oreo turned out not to be pregnant. Sissy was, but sadly her 2 pups died shortly before they were born. That was a sad thing – we were looking forward to Iditarod babies. She is doing well – we had her spayed, so I won’t run into the same problem next year.
Keesa whelped 5 adorable pups on May 27th. In addition, we had had Jetti bred while we were up in Alaska. Her 5 babies are now almost 8 weeks old. I’m having a blast playing with puppies!
I like to thank everyone that has been so supportive of us over the last year. I hope that telling some of the stories of the trail has, in some small way, paid back some of this.
We will be starting our 2001 fundraising shortly. Denise is working on a new limited edition print for us. This one will depict one of my favorite memories from the 2000 Race. Please keep watching this site for all the new information! The diaries will continue, after all, I’m already training for next year!