Sunday, January 31, 2010

Fargo & Friends

We purchased this experienced team of dogs in October of 2005 from a junior musher.

Rebecca has often said she would clone Fargo if she could. As Rebecca’s main leader (retiring 2010), Fargo has proven himself to be confident, with great instincts. Fargo and Rebecca adored each other from the beginning, and well, AJ and Fargo have an understanding to be civil---Fargo is a female’s dog all the way.

Fargo, the alpha of the kennel is the stud of choice by any females in heat. No one messes with Fargo; he has the full respect of the kennel. Ah, it’s good to be king.

Song: Built to Last by the Grateful Dead

Position: lead, and nothing but lead

The second in command of the kennel, Bridger is strong, his brother’s keeper, and in his quiet confidence has nothing to prove to anyone. He is a protector. Rebecca says if Bridger were a human he would be AJ, or if AJ were a dog he would be Bridger---they broke the mold with both.

Bridger and Rowdy have always been best buds, and Bridger keeps an eye out for Rowdy.

Position: lead, team (retiring 2010)

Song: Trouble Me by 10,000 Maniacs and Terry’s Song by Bruce Springsteen

Like Pooh Bear, Rowdy is our dog of very little brain. He’s not the dog you will put in charge of the strategy of the team, but he has a big heart and he’ll give you everything he has. He is more than a wonderful dog. Rowdy sometimes looks as though he is about to tell you the secret to life, but gets distracted by something shiny and forgets the secret.

Hobbies: Hugging, calculating complex derivatives, and standing outside in rain storms.

Position: before retirement he ran team, wheel

Professional Profile: Major contributor to “RowdyPedia” (future addition to the Snowhook Kennel blog)

Song: The Monkey and the Engineer by the Grateful Dead, and Back to Pooh Corner by Kenny Loggins

With one blue eye and one brown eye, this sweet girl lives to please. She enjoys running lead next to her father, Fargo, and just when you thing she is not paying attention, she will respond to a command without hesitation. Getting belly rubs and giving hugs are part of this girl’s daily requirements.

Song: Tigger song from Winnie- the- Pooh

Position: lead, swing

Petit, fine featured and high strung, Annabelle lives to run in lead and for fresh straw in her dog house. Each winter when frigid temperatures set in, we place fabric doors on the dog houses to trap in the heat. Annabelle dances around waiting for her door to be installed. With an “I’ll see you in March,” she darts in her dog house and settles in the straw.

Song: From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come) by Bruce Springsteen

Position: lead, swing

* Contender for the 2010 Iditarod team

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