Chena, earned "love bug" status 2016-2017, dreams of playing Maggie.  Would change the name of the play to "Dog On A Hot Tin Roof".
     


S I G N - U P S    F O R   I D I T A R O D   X L V I .      " T H E    G R E A T E S T    R A C E "    H O P E S    T O    H A V E    2    Y E A R S    I N    A   R O W   O N    S O U T H E R N    R O U T E                   
"About Weston" webpage and "Woofsite" - Official
SP Kennel
.website; 

 
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
― George Orwell, Animal Farm;


Weston CT Dog Ordinance in full
CT Animal Control Taskforce  

"DOG ORDINANCE PURPOSE" -
"FOUR LEGS GOOD, TWO LEGS BAD"  from Animal Farm:  BREAKING NEWS
Chena's favourite short stories:  https://sherlock-holm.es/stories/html/advs.html
 

D N N    M A S T H E A D 





EDITOR-IN-CHIEF - Chena. This season she is hoping to integrate new dogs into the staff, as she observes them over October and November.  Pledge to not make stuff up still holds.  Favourite author for quick mysteries...
VISITING EDITORS - Beemer (Car Litter), former Editor-in Chief, ret.;  ChaCha (R.I.P., in previous years), coming from "legacy media" would actually check her spelling.
ASSISTANT EDITOR:  MAC (Ret.)!!!
RESEARCH:  EAGLES ON THE JOB FOR IDITAROD
SENIOR FIELD REPORTER - Job restructured

FIELD REPORTER Younger dogs in training to try out - Chena to assess their skills during Iditarod if she is on the Black Team.
ASSISTANT RUNNER:  Job restructured.



Iditarod XLIV (2016) Red & Black Team reports from woof-master.
Iditarod XLV Red & Black Team 2017 reports.

Iditarod XLVI Re-Start Sunday! 
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CHACHA FOREVER - please note that Oct. 1 is the date dogs can go to Compo Beach.  No limitation on use by Weston dogs.


" D O G    D A Y S "  . . . G O    T O    T H E    S P    K E N N E L    N E W S    S O U R C E    H E R E :     http://spkenneldoglog.blogspot.com/









MORE NEWS:  Chena excited she can finally begin collecting for the Weston Dog Park from her buddies!

NEWS:  Suit filed in May 2018 over  Conservation Commission votes "yes" on Dog Park at Moore Property.

WESTON VOTERS SAY "WOOF" - VOTING 888 to 798 IN FAVOR OF A DOG PARK


CHENA HAD ALREADY TOLD THEM THAT BUT THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE HER
Not to be allowed to vote absentee, SP Kennel racing dogs and Chica (ret.) are upset.  WOOF WOOF





Percy De Wolfe 2018 - the other race to cross the border!!!



Which dogs are still in line for SP Kennel at The Percy? 
That is a tricky question:  Willie is on the team 2018 and was in 2014.  Izzy is not in 2018  Clyde was on it as was brother Outlaw in 2014.  All others have retired from racing.












T H E    I D I T A R O D     X L V I     S L E D     D O G     R A C E     O V E R  




DOG PARK MOVES FORWARD - IN MONTVILLE, CT
https://www.theday.com/local-news/20180312/montville-dog-park-moving-forward









WILLIE GETS INFO HOT OFF THE PRESS - MARCH 10 (SAT. 12-8pm)  MACHINE VOTE - PUBLIC HEARING MARCH 9th., 7pm, WHS cafeteria.
A double-feature of dog park matters at public meetings and Public Hearing Thursday Feb. 22, 2018...Willie assigned to cover both...he asks "WOOF?"
Chena translates:  "What possible action can the Conservation Commission take to object to the Dog Park on a site that does not have wetlands affected?"  Ans.  Delay.  And more delay.  If that doesn't work, more delay.  Ask for extension.  Delay...








Congratulations to Dutch and Commando, "Golden Harness" winners, for their leadership!!!

  
Sons of Olivia and Nacho led the Black Team to victory in the Yukon Quest 2018!!!







WOOF WOOF WOOF DOG PARK BACK IN THE NEWS?
Although Chena knows this is not a holiday for dogs, because they can't or shouldn't eat chocolate, she knows the rest of the 2-legged team at SP Kennel are into it!



BACKGROUND:  We note that Editor Chena's ears (above, her formal portrait) are in the "alert" position and check out her finish line snap here!

Now she can plan for Weston-related dog matters, after winning the Yukon Quest 1000
a.  P&Z received dog park application for 8-24 review scheduled at Weston Library, 7:15pm, March 1 P.H.   All written testimony/evidence must be available by Feb. 26.  The Black Team will consider submitting a statement  after YQ1000 is over.
b.  Conservation Commission "walking" wetlands Saturday Feb. 10. 
c.  Park & Rec meeting notice for Feb. 12th here











CLICK ABOVE TO SP KENNEL WEBSITE

NEXT UP:  IDITAROD 2018



A MAGNIFICENT WIN FOR ALL:  14  4-LEGGED TEAM MEMBERS PLUS GREAT MUSHER OF BLACK TEAM


NEW PAGE CREATED FOR THIS YEAR'S YQ1000!!!
"This is a challenge because it is not only really really remote, but it requires field reporters to be on their booties!" she remarked. Eagle gathering-place.
 



BLACK TEAM ONLY IN YUKON QUEST (for the long race - the 1000 miler);  logistics too much to handle for very young team to be able to do their best in the YQ300, so Red Team withdraws.  HOWEVER...Red Teammates will run the 300 mile jaunt - their own "no pressure" equivalent YQ300 ("YQ" standing for "Yo - Quickies!!!" as opposed to "Dos Equis" which sort of sounds the same)!  GO BLACK TEAM!!!


We note for the record:  Red Team Leader is the only woman to have ever won the Yukon Quest 1000 - in Year 2000.  Although not as "historic" and well-recorded for posterity as Iditarod, this race is both an endurance test and a real physical challenge for 2 and 4-legged athletes. 








T.R.D.M.A. 200/100  BRAVO SP KENNEL WEBSITE!!!  "ASSISTANT RUNNER" FOR WOOFSITE (R) WILLIE GAINS PRAISE FOR HIS INTERPRETIVE SKILLS
CONGRATS T.R.D.M.A.!!!  NO G.I.S. BUT...PROMPT AND FULL REPORT  BY CHECKPOINT OF TIMES, RANKINGS, DOGS IN AND OUT AND EXPLANATION OF RULES!!!
 

          
1.  OFF THEY GO!!!  Red Team on the move running as #1 out of the starting gate!!!

2.  UPDATE:  Red Team now at 10 dogs.  Three hours plus start time adjustment (since they started #1 and 2 minute differential between teams that makes 30 minutes added on to Red Team rest at last stop) before the 70 plus last uphill leg.finish @70 miles away...R&B going along according to game plan, 11 strong!!!
3.  NEXT UPDATE:  At last checkpoint, it is reported that the team may be 9 dogs strong when the get ready to rumble for the last leg...but no, 10 dogs made it to the finish line.  Which was a slog through wet snow.  Uphill.  No secret here!  Nothing fancy and no heroics so early in the season!!!  Expected time of Red Team finish is after midnight east-coast time.  Got nipped for fifth by one minute (if my math is correct).
4.  FINAL:  Lovely race and both teams learned a lot and doggies dropped as soon as they exhibited anything less than 100% well-being!  Which is as it should be when you are running youngsters, inexperienced dogs/racers and elders especially early in the racing season - WOOF WOOF!!!  "Willie was awesome managing data for website applications" stated Editor-in-Chief Chena. 

5.  R&B's scratch at Angel Creek (last checkpoint before the long uphill drive to the finish) - as temperatures plunge downward - good call, right thing to do for this very very young team.
     
6.  Olivia and Schmoe agree - "WOOF!!!"  (Translation - "Great job Teams!!!")

Best thing about the race:  T.R.D.M.A. WEBSITE - very well presented results by check point, coupled with the SP Kennel website was AWESOME.






    

2 0 1 8    C O P P E R    B A S I N    3 0 0 :      3rd and 6th (Chena in lead on this team)

How will we follow this race? VRRRRM VRRRRM...the answer to "how are Red and Black teams doing?" is like an Abbott and Costello routine.  

   
New transport recommended by Honda, son of ChaCha ("Woof, woof")
"Hatchback" recently purchased in Red and Black, can carry one team at a time.  Elevation of race trail (c);  "Rally Cap (s)" at right above.  If memory serves, this race extends into a Monday (EST) finish.

THIS IS THE LINK TO EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW RE:  DATA POINTS


 

 "CHECKPOINT TIMES"
Where you can find out size of teams after checkpoint departure, other data.  Not as up to the minute as "tracking info"


        
Here's the deal:   Beginning, middle and end.
Below are two charts and leaderboard snap.  Stats from link - left, real times, center, requirements - "calculations" after the race is over. 


     

WHO LETS THE DOGS OUT? 



Didn't pan out this way.






BLACK TEAM DRAWS BIB #5.  FINISHES IN THIRD PLACE

1.  Vrrrroom - Chena's brother and best friend Commando is in lead with Junior (her "sister" one year older). 
2.  They are into our sponsored stop!!!  WOOF WOOF WOOF. 
3.  And after a 5 hr rest, out again in the lead - at least prior to the arithmetic for required rest/other rest is concerned.  (We figure Black Team is going for it all in this leg - then they'll take their long required rest plus compensation.)
4.  Having rested the Black Team is back on track to run down the field.
5.  Black Team into Mendeltna...for how long?
6.  Black Team on the road again - third out of Mendeltna, catches second and...
7.  Black Team trying to hold off the thundering herd and keep second place with @18 miles to go in a 300 mile race...








RED TEAM DRAWS BIB #13.  FINISHES "OUT OF THE MONEY" BUT AN AWESOME SIXTH PLACE

1.  Chena makes the Team!!!  WOOF WOOF WOOF. 
2.  "Ice is going to be tricky" she observes, after checking forecast...pre-race.  She recalls that the elevation between Red Eagle Lodge and Meiers Lake Roadhouse should take the team into colder territory.
 
3.  Chena giving "sleeping lessons" to young dogs. "Well, it is exciting to be in your first CB300" she notes, remembering doing the "Pasodoble" instead of resting on her first CB300. 
4.  Refreshed from a nice long rest, Red Team is on to Sourdough!
5.  And as we retired for the night, on the road to Mendeltna Creek Lodge...and now late morning, approaching Mendeltna Creek Lodge.  With 4 hrs rest coming?  ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
6.  And once again it is growing late (9:44pm) as the Red Team, in a "dog fight" the entire trip from Mendeltna keeps coming back and won't give up - will it be 5th or 6th place???  WOOF WOOF WOOF
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STRATEGY:  In the past, SP Kennel has tended to take rest time early in this race, although if memory serves, they were rethinking this strategy.

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Two SP Kennel teams in the mix - Red and Black. 

This is a race that is supposed to be
easy to follow on the computer.  Like a tune-up race for fans planning to follow along on the long-distance events to come.  There is a first class race map, all teams are tracked via location spotting mechanism. 

In years past, SPK has had on the spot commentary relayed to website
manager where possible in the mountainous course.  By now in 2018, races have FACEBOOK pages with photos posted.  Other SPK Red Team pix available if camera is neither broken nor frozen.

It is amazing to watch Red Team video during a race - you have no idea how FAST these puppies run!!!  WOOF WOOF WOOF.









FIRST RACE OVER!!! 

Black Team 3rd, Red Team 4th, R&B 9th in T.R.D.M.A. 50. 

And we are pretty certain Chena "took the bit [proverbially] by her teeth" to make sure the Red Team didn't get passed.

"We knew that start time would appear to gain us some advantage, (#19 in a field of 29) but we raced hard to the finish none the less" she said. 

Statistics proved her correct.




TO COME - OVER.


Black Team 3rd, Red Team 4th, R&B 9th in T.R.D.M.A. 50. 


We note that Copper Basin 300 begins January 13, 2018 - both Red Team and Black Team are entered.

The T.R.D.M.A. 200 and 100 mile races come January 19, 2017.

YUKON QUEST 1000    
Yukon Quest 300 as well:  http://www.yukonquest.com/race-central/yq300

February 3, 2018


IDITAROD
 
March 4, 2018 (re-start) - March 3 "Start" in downtown Anchorage.  Southern Route 2018 as well as 2019.  News of reservations for the Teams, 2 and 4 legged - WOOF!!!
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BUSBY BERKLEY HAD NOTHING ON THE CHOREOGRAPHER OF THIS VIDEO - IT WAS IZZY!!!
You have to watch this wonderful video complete with guitar picker and the SP Kennel 4-legged dancers high stepping, tail wagging the whole time!!!  WOOF!!!







Bravo to Iditarod Trail Committee!!!  It is about time!!!  WOOF WOOF WOOF
Method for inspection of kennels to protect health and well-being of the animals created. Three different-sized operations on advisory group to look after welfare of dogs.  Peach wins!





Waylon goes "down under" in the sense of below the equator (not to Australia) or becomes a Kiwi (we are using the right nomenclature here) - another son of ChaCha retires from racing.


WEATHER REPORT - SUN RISE AND SUN SET
And it has snowed in central Alaska several times - pictures center and to the right taken on runs at longer distances in White Mountain national park in AK.  Denali far distant, as the sun sets...








SOME HUSKIES USE THE EXPERIENTIAL APPROACH TO RESEARCH - WOOF
While other institutions stay in the lab and make stuff up, SP Kennel goes out in the field to form predictive models. 

For example, Chena has always thought that a race that stretches 1000 miles cannot be run without an honour system for dogs and mushers.  What about protecting food drops along the trail?
Chena has a better idea, and she will be discussing it offline with Police dogs in the future.  In fact, these investigative skills are inbred into German Shepherds...hmmm. 

And Lab work can be needed, too in many Police cases.  Not to mention...CT scans.



 



As the song says, who let the dogs out?
SP Kennel racers revel in snowfall - and we've heard this might be a snowy winter for a change!









NEW SP KENNEL WEBSITE FULL OF NEWS!
  DRUG TEST FROM 2017 REVEALS IDITAROD VIOLATION...
Chena learns to pose for her formal portrait as a confident, in-your-face leader.   What does Chena think about new California law?







BREAKING NEWS:  Got questions?  WOOF!!!

Neighbors go to court as intervenors against Conservation Commission decision: 
https://aspetuck.news/lead-news/lawsuit-filed-over-weston-dog-park-105904?utm_source=Aspetuck+News&utm_campaign=abc680e2ab-AN+ONLINE+TODAY%2C+1%2F2%2F18_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c214c84c57-abc680e2ab-200859481


WOOF WOOF WOOF - Weston votes yes for a dog park!!!  P&Z positive 8-24, and Conservation says "yes."


VOTE IN ADJOURNED TOWN MEETING WEDNESDAY IN TOWN HALL - 6AM TO 8PM...AND THEN IT WAS OVER.  WOOF.  BUT WAIT...



Chena so proud of the people of Weston for coming out to vote 4-4-18.

When the Registrar read the numbers out there was a silence and respect for the process.

Both pro and con arguments, over the past two years brought out a real crowd.  Thank you to all who participated in this exercise in four-legged democracy.  The Town spoke.  1686 voters - 888 YES and 798 NO. 








IDEA FROM ALASKA - COULD THIS BE A COMPROMISE?
As requested online, closer to home, Chena asks if re-invisioning Anchorage green space can include space for dogs?


WESTON DOG PARK ON MOORE PROPERTY SPECIAL TOWN MEETING MARCH 22nd, WMS Cafeteria

In order to hold a special town meeting within the 30 day window required by petition it was necessary to schedule it for...the next forecast snow storm.  Which thank goodness did not drop much if anything on Weston.  But we digress, as we are wont to do...

Now maybe I missed it, but no one covered this meeting live.  So we are happy to provide this service thanks to WGTV.  It isn't that long, so you can watch it!!!

My first impression was that the Town of Weston knew what it was doing.  In fact, the First Selectman was heard at least twice suggesting another revision to the Charter to assure that it would always be possible to have absentee ballots.  The real problem is absentee ballots must first be requested, then sent out to absentee, returned in time to be counted the day of the Referendum, or as per CT Statutes


FIRST SELECTMAN OPENS MEETING
Calls for election of Moderator and answers question on why no absentee ballots by suggesting that we would have to revise the Charter.  Again.



   
Town Administrator
Did an excellent job describing how we got to this point as well as parrying arguments...




THE ATTORNEY
Resident and attorney for neighbors asks all the right questions.


GREAT INPUT!
"No problem" getting access to dog park site for EMS.


Sometimes it is so important to get real life experience with the subject matter
Proponent of dog parks in general, having lived in communities that have them, tries to explain that dog owners pick up after their pets.

WELL RUN MEETING

Naturally, there were procedural maneuvers attempted, by the usual suspects and those with knowledge of the process.  Standing count needed to adjourn to the machine vote April 4th - we thought the "no" voices were louder, FWIW - but the "yes" won on actual votes.  Will this all prove anything more than that there are dogs owners who are willing to put up $80 thousand dollars to defray expenses??? Public-private partnerships are in vogue as finances get tight in government, so an excellent speaker (not pictured) made that point to great effect. 




 MACHINE VOTE MARCH 10 CANCELLED - RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IDITAROD - CHENA ASKS IF ABSENTEE BALLOTS AVAILABLE?




Planning for it seemingly taking a dog's life-span.  Will it happen in 2018?   Commando thought he had the correct answers - but things have a way of changing whenever Mother Nature is involved:

HOLD THE PHONE...


Petition submitted with sufficient number of signatures to hold a Special Town Meeting (and Referendum to be included?)...







     

Cat got their tongue?
Curious.  Is the Dog Park a dead issue?




NEXT:  Special Town Meeting October 4th now delayed.   Wetlands changes, traffic complaints from Davis Hill;  new entry from Lord's Highway East must go back to Conservation (and also  P&Z???)

PUBLIC COMMENT SUMMARY
No dogs spoke.  One resident to stand up for 3 minutes noted that his cat was unconvinced.  "If you know cats, you know that they would not be interested in any 'organized play'" Chena noted.  This news is very upsetting for all animals at SP Kennel.




GREENWICH has a dog park:  http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Pet-owners-Greenwich-dog-park-in-ruff-shape-12169213.php

FROM OUR REPORT IN FULL: 
Since dogs live in the moment and seek to please those they love, in that spirit, we offer this research:  WestonDogCensusAugust2017.docx

A PLACE TO PLAY:  "Rascal" the Jack Russell
He is 13 years old and lives on the east side of town.  There are 16 such terriers in Weston.  Three live in the Lyons Plains Valley.

How Weston goes about finding places for uses they don't really want to have...
The biggest and longest such effort involved a moral question:  Should the town care about where people are placed after they can no longer pay taxes?  This was answered with the drum beat of money only for the schools...




BOTH EVENTS TO BE HELD IN THE CAFETERIA OF WESTON HIGH SCHOOL...PUBLIC HEARING SEPTEMBER 9 AND NOW, SPECIAL TOWN MEETING OCTOBER 4
D O G    P A R K    D A T E S    F O R    P U B L I C    H E A R I N G    A N D    S P E C I A L    T O W N    M E E T I N G    S E T  - Sept. 9 (Sat. 10:30am) and no longer Sept. 28, NOW OCT. 4 (Thurs. 7:30pm)



BOARD OF SELECTMEN MEETING: ENGINEER'S COST ESTIMATE & BACKUP PLUS BOARD OF FINANCE GIVING HIS TAKE OF WHAT WE SHOULD DO CONSIDERING STATE OF CT SITUATION.
Hot time in the old town tonight!  All the dogs and puppies at SP Kennel in Alaska are watching Weston with an eagle eye.  AGENDA for the meeting included Chairman of Board of Finance giving us all the lowdown. on Budget.

This data and more online at the Town of Weston website since at least yesterday - when we first checked.






EVERYBODY'S NEIGHBOR IN ALASKA, OCCASIONAL VISITOR IN WESTON ...






NO DOUBT ANOTHER REDOUBT ?
Chena quite concerned about the eruptions in ocean - Bering Sea - without warning and bad air it produces, too.  Not to mention effects on animals in the region.










There's a story here - "Scruggs' Big Vacation in the Metropolis" perhaps?
Olivia is so thrilled for brother Scruggs!  And so proud of her man Nacho on his elevation to "All Star" status!!!






Chena visits Southern California vicariously
"Isn't this the place that Izzy is always talking about?" she remarks.







DUTCH TELLS THE STORY...
Dutch Harbor is now known as a stop on the transportation route for ships carrying oil - but before that there was the WWII raid June second thru 4th and evacuation of Aleutian.  A longer story from 2012 describes it in more detail.








"IS IT LIKE ICE CREAM?"
When asked about this feature of the Alaska environment, QT says "Woof" quietly, as she is not sure what "permafrost" is.  Mommy Quito isn't sure either, but she thinks it is related to how trees look.

IMPENDING DOOM?
https://www.adn.com/arctic/2017/05/20/state-looks-for-help-fighting-mile-long-blob-oozing-toward-dalton-highway/
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/rural-alaska/2017/07/07/the-permafrost-is-dying-bethel-sees-increased-shifting-of-roads-and-buildings/







Bruno disappointed in P&Z.   But he is cheered by the fact that the Parks & Rec Commission is still interested!

Encourages dogs to support ALT, develop doggie tours of available preserves in Weston (16)*   And what's this?  First Selectman not giving up on the idea for a dog park!
"Weston dogs are offended that they are not welcome on Town Open Space" he said, while acknowledging that ALT properties, which he discovered online, still his favorite ramble spots!
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*Rules found here - dogs must follow special ones on only 3 of the 16.  Paw print required before access to maps.  Bruno would rather make use of existing town facilities.




TIPPY HEARS FROM HER AUNT, AND ASKS IF BRUNO MIGHT BE AVAILABLE TO TAKE A FIRST STAB AT WRITING UP A NEW ZONE FOR DOGS....






CEMETERY v. DOG PARK and threat of negative 8-24 setting up a Special Town Meeting to overturn their decision...
John Conte, Town Engineer sets everybody straight.  Then there is a question about site evaluation cemetery v. dog park.  Moore Property analysis by neighbors' consultant submitted.  We tuned out halfway through.  Not going to happen - JMO. 

As we said...here is BREAKING NEWS from the FORUM of 8-24 report (negative):
http://www.thewestonforum.com/77611/breaking-news-weston-pz-rejects-dog-park/?utm_source=Weston+Forum&utm_campaign=210d49c364-FO_ONLINE_TODAY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_848b12f59d-210d49c364-193260349



     
Easter Week in Florida watercolor series using three primary colors.
"West Coast Series" (not California) FLA visit views from a few years ago.  Afterward, I thought it was an excellent illustration of what makes color (primaries and secondaries) so clearly identifiable with locations?  Hue is the color wheel (COLOR OR HUE:  blue, yellow, red are primaries, orange, purple, green are secondaries), value (light/dark of a color) and intensity (in watercolor, easy to do - add water). 


CONTINUATION OF PUBLIC HEARING TO APRIL 17th IN WESTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Based upon our instincts, this will be a "no" forcing the Town to call a Special Town Meeting to override...blame the Governor for this, too.  Here is link to FORUM report:  http://www.thewestonforum.com/77441/weston-officials-ponder-dog-park/





Chena is all excited. 
And we have the right song for her, too!!!  The performers use the name of a breed of animals that might be part of the mix in Alaskan Huskies - WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!

Unfortunately we cannot attend - will be attending the Board of Finance "Deliberation" meeting.

T O    T H E    R E S C U E
  

How will the Board of Selectmen cover the dual meetings?  They actually will share responsibilities!

NOTE:  W.H.S. cafeteria where ATBM held the time all money for purchase of Lachat was removed from budget - pictured above.







Chena now available for following bills from Committee to Committee and back and forth to the floor:  "WOOF!!!"


 
  
Chena to lobby for alternate language ("Woof").  "TRAINING TO RUN THE IDITAROD" language can be added in section one in red; 

Her first bill located on the House Calendar is Substitute H.B. 6999:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF THERAPY DOGS TO COMFORT CHILDREN TESTIFYING IN CERTAIN CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2017) (a) The Judicial Branch shall maintain on its Internet web site a section providing information regarding the availability of an accommodation, granted at the court's discretion, for the presence of a dog to provide comfort and support for a child under the age of eighteen during such child's testimony in the criminal prosecution of an offense involving the alleged assault, abuse or sexual abuse of such child. Said web site shall also provide contact information for organizations that provide, free of charge, the use of a dog trained to comfort individuals who have experienced mental, physical or emotional trauma, perhaps caused by running very very long distances or witnessed or been victims of assault, abuse or sexual abuse.

(b) Not later than January 1, 2019, the Chief Court Administrator shall, within available appropriations, develop and implement training for the judges of the Superior Court on (1) the healing value of the human-animal bond for children, (2) the value of therapy animals in dealing with traumatic situations, and (3) the benefits of animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy.
 






NEWS:  2017 VALLEY FUNALE LOTS OF FUN!!!

As reported on the SP Kennel website:  http://spkenneldoglog.blogspot.com/2017/03/two-rivers-valley-funale.html

Chena misses this event as she is competing in the Nome-Council 200 (in lead).  "One of the things our mushers have always wanted is for us to feel free to lead at a fast pace (unless we are going crazy at the beginning of a long-distance event like Iditarod)" she stated.  That being said, the Nome-Council race is short but for much of the way familiar.  At its beginning and end it covers the most meteorologically challenging part of the greatest race on earth.






     


HOW MANY TIMES THROUGH THE BLOW-HOLE CAN THE SP KENNEL RACERS MAKE WITHOUT ENCOUNTERING FIERCE WIND GUSTS?
Check the link at the right below provided by SP Kennel website - each set of anemometer and other observation numbers applies to a separate indication by hour.



R A C I N G    N O T   O V E R    F O R    S O M E    M E M B E R S    O F    T H E    R E D    A N D    B L A C K    T E A M S . . . O N C E    O R    I S    T H A T    T W I C E    M O R E    I N T O    T H E    B L O W  -  H O L E ?

           
R&B's HIT THE TRAIL THIS COMING WEEKEND 3-25-26
So 1000 miles wasn't enough for eleven members of the SP Kennel racing sled dog phalanxChemo, Chena, Outlaw, Clyde, Chipper, Amber, Iron, Driver, Lydia, Willie and Nomex.  The Nome-Council "200" doesn't appear to actually be 200 miles...but it sure is steep!   It is 174 miles - along the Iditarod route thru Topkok cabin.



"Hey - we've just been here before but in the opposite direction!"  For those who do Facebook, the Nome Kennel Club has a page.
Chena will wonder if she is being asked to run all the way home.  At least until they make a left at White Mountain - the Iditarod trail keeps following the Bering Sea coast all the way to Unalakleet.

"Topkok Shelter Cabin"  twice and "Council CP"  the checkpoints - we assume there is an amount of time required rest at the latter - if only to equalize start times?  We get the impression that this post-Iditarod event does not get too many takers???  Even with prizes for first to Council (halfway) and an amount of prize money as much as other races we've watched!

AND THEY'RE OFF AT 2PM
Two observation points so far - one at 5:45pm and the other at 10:45pm.  Presently, R&B has a seven mile lead.  If this was the end of the Iditarod, that would be an hour lead - but the dogs are motoring at much higher speeds here.

                             
THEY'RE ON IDITAROD FINAL LEG AGAIN;  ABOUT TO HEAD NORTH TO COUNCIL MAKING A LEFT BEFORE WHITE MOUNTAIN  HEADING UP THE FISH RIVER...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ IN TO COUNCIL.
Other details - R&B took one hour less rest in Topkok Cabin.  We assume there is a scheduled number of hours rest at the halfway point in Council (YES 8hrs.).  In the morning EDT both teams resting for 8 hrs. in Council.


EDITOR'S NOTE:  "Thanks Moira for all you've done this season!!!" Chena exclaimed as she finished up this report preliminary to preparing for the second half of the race.


IT AIN'T OVER 'TIL IT'S OVER - DOGS FIRST
As the 8hr rest for defending champ is coming to a close, it looks like second place - but you never know with the blow-hole still to be negotiated for R&B Team.  As with all races SP Kennel runs, its teams are in it to finish but not to win it (at any cost).

Some may say this wasn't a "race" but Chena, speaking for her mates, says "Whenever you get into harness it is a race for us - we compete among ourselves to see which of us can please our mushers the most."

WOOF!!!

 
Hourly Data Indicators
A sudden drop in temperatures might indicate sharp wind gusts from the north???  Hourly numbers most significant.


More analysis:  Closer together the lines (RGB) the more like a weather event for mushers?
On the way to Topkok cabin, when R&B's spent @3hrs on the way out, we wonder if they rest for as long or longer now?  Ans.  No, less.

Presently they enjoy a lead of 23 miles or so.  This is about a four hour lead give or take...our guess is that R&B's will depart Topkok before the chasing team hoves into view.  (This is only our "armchair musher" theory...).  As it turns out, second place team was tired and resting longer in Topkok cabin.  They finished in the dark - nice video on Facebook page of Nome Kennel Club.

      
WATCH THAT WIND DIRECTION OR DROP IN TEMPERATURE!
Motoring right along, defending champ keeps on racing, knowing that a two hour lead can disappear in the blow-hole!!!  From the reports above, only a dramatic shift in the direction of the winds might be sufficient to bring the convergence of statistic data that would be negative to the R&B's.  J.M.O.  R&B's resting in Topkuk cabin before final push.


Last nine miles...AND NO IT WAS NOT DARK - see below (r) - and please note Chena and musher both looking straight at the camera!!!
Is it dark in Nome?  Maybe not!!!  Hope we get finishing video - well, a person can dream -and dreams can sometimes come true.  Most important to tend to the doggies!!!

  
AND CHENA ALSO WANTS TO RECOGNIZE HER WONDERFUL MUSHER, DAUGHTER OF BLACK TEAM LEADER!!!  AND CHEERING "GO CHIPPER!!!"
OK R&B get your speeches ready (""Woof, woof woof woof woof" said Chena, so excited to be finishing Iditarod yet again!!!  And so soon!!!). 

Chena is upset.  Why are her teammates taking the time to rehearse statements for the press?

"What do they think this is - Iditarod?" she exclaimed.  Upon second thought, she apologizes to her teammates - it is understandable that they might have mistaken the Nome-Council 200 for the finish of Iditarod - "It is on the same glide path to the Burled Arch" she noted, albeit there was no arch or press coverage visible after all!!!  "It was also up hill to the finish, and hard to tell who or what was over the hill..." it is reported leaders both confirmed.

"No crowds were there and certainly not Joe Runyan" (she knows Clyde had a few things to discuss with that former Iditarod champion).  Or did the team get caught in a mini-blow-hole experience?  We'll find out when musher's report comes in.

And then, after a painful wait for the tracker for those armchair mushers watching (doesn't it always do this at the end of races???) bingo!  The bouncing bib number 3 at the flag - a win for Chena - her first, we believe.  Several of her teammates have had this experience at the Yukon Quest and Copper Basin, and they have assured her that the difference seems to mean most...to the fans of SP Kennel.

  
CHENA NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT...

How does she feel?  Any different than finishing any other race?  In the morning Chena reviews the stats.  Graphics above show R&B Team starting (l) and finishing (r) 2017 Nome-Council 200.

"It was the speed we showed in the early section that made the difference as well as our musher's decision to take advantage of our Iditarod XLV training."

This means, we think, that the R&B's could have kept up its speed with less time for breaks.  And shorter ones at that.  Which is similar to anyone well trained with 2 or 4 legs.



THIS YEAR THE HALFWAY AWARD AT NOME-COUNCIL 200...
The best part of this all is that Chipper, a previously established leader on Iditarod, who was in lead with Chena at the end of Nome 200, can present her Daddy Biscuit with the "Golden Canine" award!!!

Chena notes that winning this race was good Karma, too. 

"We prepared a speech for future halfway awards.  For example, at Yukon Quest and Iditarod."  It goes like this:

"Woof!!!"

Woof, woof...woof.  WOOF!!!"

(Translation:  Thanks so much for this lovely gift!  We tried our best and couldn't have done it without the great training from SP Kennel's Crew.  And of course, our mushers.)

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A work in progress...
M. Clyde has researched how to represent the French language accents on the computer - in preparation for the writing of his menu for "SP Brasserie" - his bistro.



  

COMING SOON:  M. Clyde of SP BRASSERIE, chef extraordinaire, and his review of trattorias, restaurants and humble home-cooked fare along the "Alternate Route 2017."







  



H O W    I S   T H E     I D I T A R O D     L I K E   W A S H I N G T O N    D . C .  ?   A   S N O W    J O B     I S    I N    T H E    F O R E C A S T

Although "Making America Great Again" should be left to Quito - ChaCha was heard to say so from time to time - (we source our reports) nonetheless the Red Team cheers for all our leaders!!!   WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!




CONSERVATION COMMISSION WALKED DOG PARK SITE - WOOF!!!  DID IT LOOK LIKE THE YUKON QUEST WITH ALL THE SNOW?   G U E S S    S O ! ! !

        

F I R S T    R A C E    /      2 0 1 7    C O P P E R    B A S I N   3 0 0 :  OVER...

S E C O N D    R A C E  /  T W O   R I V E R S    2 0 0 / 1 0 0 :  OVER...NEW RACE ADDED - over.
 
Who will make the team?  WOOF WOOF WOOF - now over.
T H I R D    R A C E  /   N O R T H E R N    L I G H T S   3 0 0   -
getting started @3pm in Weston CTt-time.  Chena reports from off-site.

F O U R T H   R A C E  /  Y u k o n   Q u e s t    1 0 0 0   &   3 0 0 - BIG races, both over. 

F I F T H    R A C E    -   A D D E D   T O    M E N U   -   T R    F U N ! ! !

S I X T H  R A C E  /   I d i t a r o d  /   G O    T O    P A G E    F O R    R E D    T E A M    V I D E O


S U R P R I S E    S E V E N T H    R A C E  /   N o m e   -   C o u n c i l     2 0 0
 
 
              
Chena  - WOOF.  Click here for NORAD.  RED TEAM wins Two Rivers 100, Chena shares lead in 200 with Chemo and Mommy Olivia right behind!
Found this story on her Mom.
 
"I learned so much watching Mommy Olivia in theCB300 - had a great time with Woody, and was amazed at all the snow - I though Climate Change meant no more snow storms?" Chena stated.

T O P    S T O R Y    T O D A Y


       


D o g s    F i r s t    N E X T  

W O O F    W O O F   W O O F  ! ! !


 

COPPER BASIN 300
14 January 2017






ACTUAL RESULTS AT 2AM HAVE ALLEN 4TH - BUT HE HAD THE FASTEST CUMULATIVE RUN TIMES - AWESOME BLACK TEAM, WOOF, WOOF, WOOF!!! 

HERE'S THE STATS ON DROPPED DOGS BUT ALSO TIMES BY CHECKPOINT
And the race folks are just now realizing that doing the math properly will be how the results may end of being determined - so now Bruno with his law school degree he got in the mail from University of Phoenix is going to make his mark!  WOOF! (Translation: "Point of ordure")

   

CHEMO IN LEAD  WITH SPARK
First this year Jan. 14th the COPPER BASIN 300 TRACKER new; and everybody is in it (those mushers from Interior AK and Yukon Territory).  This should be, as is said in traffic planning, like a 90th highest hour situation - slowdowns from sheer numbers of mushers???  Red Team and Black Team entered and R&B/Chris.  No warm up races at shorter distances this season.


According to official race P.R. for CB300, Black Team has established stars, R&B as well, but we don't know that for a fact, and Red Team has experienced yet young up-and-comers with some cuties.  ChaCha reads between the lines of her son Willie's analysis and hopes to see all 4 x 36 doggie legs doing their best...24 plus 120 = 144 (Willie made an arithmetic boo-boo) Total 150 incl. mushers (3 x 2 legs).

Macgellan notes #36 was Black Team's number in 2015 when they won...RED TEAM was #34 finishing 5th
ChaCha used to recall Macgellan advice on CB300 keeping score on who's ahead...just count run time and forget about rest time because it is a short race and leaders don't use more time than they have to (compared to YQ and Idit).  ChaCha remembered sometimes when it was hot in the flat and snowing in the mountains in this race...
WHO IS ON WHICH TEAM?  Chena says "300 miles is a long distance - but 60 miles is DEFINITELY a sprint!!!"  You gotta know when to hold'm and when to let 'm RUN RUN RUN. 

EVALUATION BY MUSHER:  Dogs were super, musher plan did them a disservice 'cause 4-legged team members were all FABULOUS!!!
BLACK TEAM #6 
Musher:  Allen - CB300 info shows Allen dropped another dog, don't know who yet.
Leaders:  Junior, Kodiak
Swing:  Commando, Dutch
Team:  Mismo, Izzy, Daisy, Rodney, Tinder, Champ
Wheel: Chipper, Felix


RED TEAM #31
Musher:  Aliy - had to drop one dog at Tolsana and...it was Sissy, who developed the exact same thing as in the first leg off the race (snow ball in her sock) so will ride shotgun to the end of the race! 
Leaders:  Lydia, Spark
Swing:  Amber, Chemo
Team:  Nomex, Violet, Sissy, Scooter, Clyde, Driver
Wheel:  Iron, Sandy

R&B  #37  - Chena makes the R&B's, formally handing off the duties of Editor to Ret. Editor Beemer, who shares this:  "Woof" (Translation:  Impressive showing, R&B!!!")
Musher:  Chris - Made the decision to SCRATCH at Lake Louise Lodge, halfway to Mendeltna from Tolsona .
Leaders:  Scout, Scruggs
Swing:  Olivia, Nelson
Team:  Woody, Chena, Hotshot, Outlaw, Ginger, Five
Wheel:  Cayenne, Ernie

NOTE:  With heavy snow altho' light in feel, the going is pretty tough.  And we got a report - see SCRATCH for the R&B.  WHAT A RACE 



RED TEAM LEADER GETS VET AWARD;  WINS TR100
TWO RIVERS DOG MUSHERS' ASSOC. 200 AND 100 MILE RACES
20 January 2017


COLD WEATHER COMING THIS WEEK...
SP Kennel's finest - marvelous veterans showing what they can do!!!  Chena grateful for tips in last year's Iditarod from Quito


Race or FACTOR #2 is what comes next (Two Rivers)?  When?  January 20th to 22nd, TR200.  Red Team in 100 miler;  R&B/Ruth in 200 miler and TR100 also for (R&B/Chris) - QUITO pairing with Waylon on R&B/ Chris.  No NACHO to appear in TR200/100 races, we believe because of the super cold weather or because he honored Quito's yearling "QT" by giving up his place on the RED TEAM?


      

                  

TR100

Willie is racing and will have a report, we are sure.  "Woof, Woof, Woof..." (Translation:  "I was right - Quito asked for Waylon as co-leader in the TR100).   Now where else will you get news like this???  And perhaps Willie is on the money here - puppies on these teams.  A really, really young bunch for Red Team dozen, too - with Junior in lead and six Olivia and Nacho doggies out of 12...





         
TR200 LEADER MODE
Chena is on the trail in lead of a team of nine (could have had 12);  one dog is dropped with Chemo and the team includes her mother Olivia and Bean, Sanka, and Hotshot.  

CHENA SAYS "WOOF!!!" AND HAS FUN FUN FUN IN SWING, TOO
100 mi race is over...200 over with SCRATCH because it would take too long for young dogs to complete it and have FUN!  Red Team wins the 100 miler

              


Breaking news...on the trail again - closed it out

      


Way the heck across Alaska - about the same distance my Daddy would drive to our summer rental in the Adirondacks every weekend.  Shorter trip if you are a crow (Fairbanks to Anchorage) - GO R&B

                

LEADERBOARD

NORTHERN LIGHTS 300 A NEW RACE FOR SP KENNEL!!!  Starts Friday - so team will be on the road way before that...
Chris and R&B Team on a road trip!!!  MAP at right links to distances.  FINGER LAKE, an Iditarod stop, is included (we note that the Happy River Steps are after Finger Lake in Iditarod).

Rules are sportsmanlike;  two mandatory six hour rests plus others total 18 hours.   See map at right showing R&B Team is traveling a bit further to mush than the actual race distance - 300 miles!!!

Chena sitting this one out.  Glad to see that news will be flowing from SP Kennel website too!!!

THE R&B TEAM RUNNING A LONG RACE AND... FYI - we think Waylon and Scout poured it on in the stretch run and so the kids learned what it means to PASS.

     

THEY ARE OFF!!!  WAYLON EAGER TO SHOW HE IS JUST AS AWESOME EVEN WITHOUT ONE TOE!!!
Inquiring minds wonder how many youngsters will take part? A baker's dozen
Who's in lead?  Scout and Waylon.
Who's in Swing?  Woody and Sanka.  
Who's in Wheel?  Perky and Barista.
How are they doing?  See analysis!

Chena says not to worry.  "A 300 mile race for youngsters is a big adventure" she explains.  "I did the CB300 when I was a year old, and got pooped just before the end - ended up in the sled watching the race from the musher's perspective" which was a bit of a giggle she noted.


THE SUN IS UP...the R&B team members who did not complete the race... but the cheered on their mates!!!

What an interesting race!  Designed by some famous mushers to give all dogs a chance at a really long race - but no pressure - this is a doggie delight!!!  WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!

R&B sticking to its plan!  (NOTE:  They made it up and down the really big hill...) This was a test for the young dogs especially and what an adventure - picture book finish!!!  And they passed a team in the last leg, pretty close to the finish!!!

  
COOL LEADERS TO CLOSE IT OUT -
That darn wabbit showed up again in next to last leg!
Exactly where it was outbound!!!  But this time Schmoe was in lead with Scout and he said firmly "That piece of fluff ain't worth more than a bark or 2."










BREAKING NEWS:  Chena gets the call to share lead on Red Team!!!  WOOF!!!  Thanks Uncle Beemer for temporarily assuming his Editor (emeritus) position.  Chena to return to Editorial spot by Dawson City check point arrival of Black Team .

    


L O N G    D I S T A N C E    R A C E S   U P  -  C O M I N G    S A T U R D A Y  -  B E G I N N I N G    I N    W H I T E  H  O R S E ,    Y U K O N   T E R R I T O R Y  /  F A I R B A N K S    F I N I S H   
As the season progresses, we remind everyone Y2K ("Year 2000") Winner of Yukon Quest 1000 was...RED TEAM LEADER (the only woman to have won this long distance race ever!!!)  Black Team Leader has won twice.

    

Y U K O N    Q U E S T    2 0 1 7   N E X T    O N    T H E    S C H E D U L E :   See the map above and link to distance chart of check points.
SP Kennel in both YUKON QUEST 1000 and YUKON QUEST 300;  this year there was some drama as the Red Team was on the wait list (delay in signing up post operation on foot).


         

WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!  READY TO RUMBLE!!!
Race or FACTOR #3 is the Yukon Quest (1000 and 300) - two races, two teams - since it starts on Feb. 4th, no dog entered will be allowed to attend Speak Up, or as ChaCha calls it, BARK UP.   56 legs +2 and 48 legs +2 participating -  note from Willie. 






Even younger on average than the Red Team!!!
T H I R D    P L A C E    F O R    T H E    V E R Y    Y O U N G    B L A C K    T E A M

B L A C K    T E A M    N U M B E R     E I G H T 
And they are off!!!

    
Black Teamhttp://spkenneldoglog.blogspot.ca/p/race-rosters-2.html


Y U K O N    Q U E S T   1 0 0 0 


R A C E    T R A C K E R


W H O  'S    A H E A D    A N D     N U M B E R    O F    D O G S

SUPPLEMENT TO SPK WEB OFFICIAL REPORTS:  DNN COMMENTARY FOR PART TWO OF YQ1000

    
DNN
Editor-in-Chief Chena says "WOOF"  (Translation: "Back to work on DNN this year with Grandma ChaCha").  Now on a brief vacation in the luxurious Doggie ("Doge's") Palazzo.

Y U K O N    Q U E S T   1 0 0 0    P A R T    T W O   -   R O A D    T R I P    C O M I N G 
Staff: 
  • Spark, field reporter for Black Team;  Izzy for "colour commentary" on social aspects of race;
  • Schmoe, historical reference reporter; 
  • M. Clyde, food critic; 
  • ChaCha available as needed for the real story.  ChaCha says "Woof" ("thanks") to son Beemer for being acting Editor for the first half of the race.

REPORT FROM DAWSON CAMP, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017:  "ZZZZZZZZZZZ" as the Black Team rests up for part two...

SP BRASSERIE
  1. Chef Clyde is in with a special report:  "WOOF WOOF WOOF" - which means that the first meal was fantastic, according to sources - WOOF (Translation:  "First of all, it was as much as they desired - plus it was served with 'massages' which made them happy!")
  2. On Chef Clyde's suggestion, the handlers and mushers sit down for a fine meal in Dawson City "Woof" (Translation:  "An international eatery with ample portions and great French-Canadian Fries").
  3. "It was the French-Canadian Fries" Chef Clyde suggests, although no one is sure what cause temporary distress all through the team that slowed them down on the way to Circle City.
  4. BREAKING NEWS:  Chef Clyde has a hot tip from an eagle - YES - it is turkey skins and broth being served at the "trail-side trattoria" approaching Eagle Summit!  "Woof" says M. Clyde!  (Translation:  "Although it can get windy here. the view and ambiance is excellent!")


    
DOGGIE YQ IS LIKE HUMAN IQ.
  1. Schmoe notes his YQ was much shorter than he remembers the race being - "Woof" (Translation:  "Woody ran so fast we finished in what seemed like less than one third the time!").
  2. Schmoe is so sensitive he tries to make comparisons for the 4-legged folks - "Woof"  (Translation: "King Solomon's Dome is 3500 feet high [five such peaks in the race] - Mount Rainer is 14,000 high - we climbed higher!!!").
  3. With all his experience and sensitivity, Schmoe is alarmed at the Black Team's pace on Saturday.  "WOOF WOOF" (Translation:  "Speed and rests suggest some one is being 'carried' - important to rest the team because after Circle City will be a another couple of very steep mountain climbs").
  4. Schmoe's analysis in Circle City prior to actual reports is this:  "WOOF WOOF"  (Translation:  "That's SP Kennel Black Team - cares first for doggies, then fellow 2-legged competitors - great idea to run the windy icy miles to Circle City with a buddy.")
  5. Upon second thought, Schmoe notes that he is a team dog, and never had to lead the way up the twin peaks, which he, as a thoughtful animal, has been worried about.  He said:  "WOOF WOOF WOOF"  (Translation:  "Ask Quito, Izzy's Mom, who is a two-time Golden Harness winner here, what it is like!")
  6. Here in the end of the race, Schmoe comes up with a terrific idea!  "Woof, woof?"  (Translation:  "Since there is nothing in the rules that expressly forbids it, Bruno has suggested to me that Eagle Brigade develop procedures for next year's YQ1000").  Eagle Summer School suggested.


             
Social media Izzy gets her picture taken (this is the link) in lead up Eagle Summit (SP Kennel photo 2015 [l]) looks for data sources for Spark (pic center - left doggie) to research!  Bald Eagles join DNN!!!
  1. First word from Izzy picked up from an eagle who reports:  "Cheep!!!"  (Translation:  "Great glowing green necklaces - we'll follow Black Team all the way in and report to Izzy").
  2. Izzy does a deal to trade info for glow-in-the-dark green necklaces for eagle-eye on the team!!!  "WOOF"  (Translation [showing sensitivity to air force animals]:  "The crows can have my pink and white blanket, too!!!").

SPARK'S REPORTS FROM IZZY'S LEADS:
First his up close and personal report on the sleepover in Dawson:  http://spkenneldoglog.blogspot.com/2017/02/yq-dawson-dog-camp.html

YQ1000 PART TWO BEGINS

AMERICAN SUMMIT LOOMS (L).  SPARK REPORTS "WOOF" - ON THE WAY UP (C) FRIDAY A.M. (EST) AND ON THE WAY DOWN (R) @3PM...team slows down...

  1. Spark reports they are on their way 150 miles ahead to the next stop...and he was told there are eagles there "Woof" (Translation:  "Since we are all tied together in a line including the sled we do not fear individual eagle attacks").  Bravely spoken, Spark!
  2. And this morning we see that race leader, after a long rest at the base, is now taking another rest after completing American Summit.
  3. This afternoon the tracker has "dog fight" between first two mushers - Black Team hangs back, saving their strength for last two of the five uphill climbs???  (This observation from viewing tracker, not from Spark, confirmed by YQ1000.)

WHAT'S NEXT?  From experience I have observed all three leaders have not spared their teams engaging in "race" techniques.
ChaCha offers her ideas..."Woof"  (Translation:  "It is always down to the number of dogs").  As we call it a day, we note that the leader dropped another dog.  But you never know - the final two hills at the very end of 900 miles will be the test. 

And then, how much will the 4-legged athletes have left in the "tank" to use an expression. 

Chena pipes up with the fact the the trail goes through the "Chena River Recreation area" and hopes this inspired her brothers and sister (Commando, Spark and Amber) who are still with the team on the trail!!!  At that point, eagles will flood the skies for Black Team!!!

DATA MISSING?  BUT WAIT - WE FOUND IT!!!

   

When we got to update Sunday...


    

Chena says to keep up hope for a healthy Black Team!!!  Black Team spent less time in check points than other leading teams.
Based upon her analysis, it may be significant that Black Team may have been taking breaks more often.  We say that because as was pointed out by SP Kennel, the teams are incommunicado until Circle City so it is anybody's guess!!!  Leaders are chasing each other out of Circle City...all the way up the twin peaks?

Here's hoping all SP Kennel athletes - 12 doggies in the line and their two-legged musher - are OK!!!  Extreme cold (and reportedly windy on the river...).

   

Has the Black Team been camping out along the way?  Or just going a bit slowly?  Chasing moose?  We'll find out soon!!!

  • While Spark is getting some food and liquid and rest prior to reporting, Chena prepared her own comments based upon previous YQ events. 
  • "Last year, when the YQ300 began in Fairbanks, I was dropped at Mile 101 - because my Musher detected that I had developed a limp on the way to the line to leave.  So I did not get to experience the twin peaks."
  • Schmoe was consulted.  He suggested asking Quito as well (above right).
  • Quito had a lot to say.  First of all, she noted that gamesmanship prevails with 2-legged Mushers at the Yukon Quest more than other races. 
  • Quito notes that one time the leader fell asleep in a cabin and Black Team passed them without even noticing - "But we finished 2nd.  I took the wrong turn on purpose toward the end - we didn't want to win that way."

  
ON TO CENTRAL!
Black Team healthy now.  So happy all dozen are continuing on!!!  It isn't fun when you have the runs in 40 degrees below zero.
 
       
First cold and wet, then "twin peaks" of Eagle Summit...Izzy's "eye in the sky" reporters gets to the top before lead teams do.
In years past it has happened, if we recall correctly, that 2017 number two and number three teams' Mushers at this point helped each other over Eagle Summit.  Eagle Brigade shown above offers their services to ferry full team AROUND the Summit.

 
Whoa!  Procedures not made official BUT a great way to involve more animals in YQ!!!
With the previously mentioned number two musher out of the race now due to concern for dogs, the previously mentioned number three musher is in hot (or cold) pursuit of leader.  Considering that the topo seems to suggest a sharp uphill coming for the leader (s), we hope no further doggie problems will occur.  Winning isn't everything!!!  Chena sends her best and warmest thoughts to Black Team, however.  SP Kennel prepares to cheer for the Black Team as it may or may not pass their mailbox.
BREAKING STORY ON TRATTORIA!

  
TEN DAYS ON THE TRAIL - DOGGIES MUST RUN PAST KENNEL - THE TOUGHEST THING FOR A DOG TO DO AFTER 912 PLUS MILES!!!
Snap shot of train in Eagle Summit general area.  Rooster below want to organize eagles for summer training prior to next year's Yukon Quest 1000.  Into Mile 101 at 10pm EST Monday.  We checked at 4am EST Tuesday and they had arrived Two Rivers!  FYI - Chena has asked the more mature dogs back at the kennel and they are thinking that this race was very long.  Can't wait to hear stories!!!! 




S E C O N D    P L A C E   F O R    T H E    V E R Y    Y O U N G    R E D    T E A M
Woody finishes in single lead.
                   
R E D    T E A M   N U M B E R    S I X   -   R E P O R T    C A R D S    I S S U E D :  http://spkenneldoglog.blogspot.com/2017/02/yq300-red-team-wrap-up.html


   
Red Team :    http://spkenneldoglog.blogspot.ca/p/race-rosters-2.html

Red Team dropped a dog in Carmacks (and another before the last push plus a brief ride in the sled toward the end for another youngster). 

YQ300 RACE UPDATE LINK

TRACKER (FOLLOW THE DOGGIES)
Chena is so very proud.  See her musher's report.





Chena "flips" for R&B TEAM
"What a performance" ...joking that this is a Kiwi version of "What I Did On My Summer Vacation!"


       

               

B U R G E R    R U N   S A T U R D A Y   M O I R A   I N    C H A R G E    M U S H I N G
She will be taking a team of nine: Quito, Nacho, Woody, Hotshot, Five, Cayenne, Ernie, Dancer and Jefe (pictured above).  And Chris for crew...






T H E    I D I T A R O D



FACTOR #4 is The Iditarod. 

WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!

This is such a special event we make up a special page for it each and every year now...





EDITOR CHENA is so pleased that Willie has so quickly assessed the season: 
"WOOF."  (Translation: 4 races with sub-races built in;  multiplied by numbers of teams fielded per race per dog multiplied by number of legs [not toes]).  Editor Chena notes ChaCha's correction, suggesting that Willie does his stuff "on the fly" and is remarkably accurate all things considered.
     


AND THE COURIER GOES BY DOG SLED.  Bruno signs up for N.Y. TIMES summer program.
“I don’t care what they say, no computer is safe...I have a boy who’s 10 years old; he can do anything with a computer. You want something to really go without detection, write it out and have it sent by courier.”

And furthermore, ChaCha would like to say that the Great Grey Times (no relative to SPK Leader Quito) has a columnist who insults dogs:

...For too much of 2016, we in the news media — with many stellar exceptions — sometimes were mindless mutts that barked at everything. Partly because of that lapse, the country today needs a robust fourth estate more than ever. We should be infused with a renewed sense of mission. So, for a New Year’s resolution, let’s try harder to be watchdogs, not lap dogs.
But of course, the press were lapdogs in the end.  Which is why they made sure the GOP candidate chosen would be someone they felt was unfit, unqualified and un-Republican enough to pose a threat in the general election to Democrat...Hillary!




  
   
Now three, Chena just joined the Dog Fan Club on her own as a "fan" of McCaw. Happy Solstice!!!  Woof!!!  Merry Xmas & Happy New Year 2017!!!




  


WOOF WOOF WOOF  Check out the sunset - that's the Alaska Range in the distance in violet...
PORTRAIT OF CHA CHA'S AWESOME SON SCOUT, FROM PHOTO DURING RECENT "WRAP" SESSION!
FYI - CHA CHA is the mother of 4 litters of wonderful dogs, among them:  Olivia and Clyde who are carrying through her genes.  Iditarod 2017 coming...







2016 QUITO-CLYDE BABIES - "Prata" (above, line drawing)  is a chip off the old block!!!  And sister "Bronze" is a looker, too!  And how about "Gold" - the big boy.


SNOW WATCH:
Oh my - this is not good news, we think!  But our snow dance having some effect...in CT
https://www.adn.com/arctic/2016/11/17/the-north-pole-is-an-insane-36-degrees-warmer-than-normal-as-winter-descends/





Clyde is thrilled to let everyone know that The Tree will remain!!!  Tree Warden Public Hearing that Clyde watched online here.

TREE WARDEN DECISION HERE.





Yearlings Rule - names added based upon ID from 300% version of pic!





   

Uncle Rambler (R.I.P.) was ready for his closeup.  News on Waylon and DR. TIG!
According to the SP Kennel website, Rambler has been battling serious imbalances that affect his coat.  But he looked really good at "Photo Day" recently! 


FYI - Waylon comes thru emergency surgery by DR. TIG and does NOT have cancer!!!  OK - now do your SNOW dance!!!








      
Bruno expresses interest in going into real estate profession!  Recovering from trauma of Iditarod 44, Waylon has same operation as his musher.
Chena finds a post-sled dog racing career for Bruno - real estate!  "After all, who knows about real estate better than SP Kennel racing teams who cross Alaska every year!" she stated.

Co-ops discriminate in the lower 48.  Condominium ownership, however, is easier for dogs - woof!!!  WOOFSTER STREET CONDO in NYC  available in DOG FAN CLUB DRAW!!!






              
RURAL WESTON CT, ON AN UNPAVED TOWN ROAD...AND A FAVORITE TREE OF HER BROTHERS' IS DOOMED...JUST BECAUSE IT CANNOT SPEAK
Chena shocked by mistreatment of animals in Weston.  "First they came for the birds and snakes and no one complained" but in Weston, a tree now calls out for your help!!!






ALASKA RANGEGo direct to FIRE WARNINGS
   
             
WOOF, WOOF, WOOF!!! 
In an excellent series of "getting to know them as families" videos, that are on the SP KENNEL website, above are Woody, Dutch, Mismo, Clyde and Schmoe, representing their siblings!  And the eight and nine year olds by ChaCha and Oddball - the Cars and Honkey Tonks.  Plus great birthday #3 story for FIRE LITTER at SP KENNEL website, too!
And veterans who are 8 and 9 (plus, of course, Nacho, Quito whether advising or whatever);  Olivia, Waylon, Scout, Willie and Scruggs still in the line!!! These are "senior members" and still in harness...in the first installment of the interviews, Woody is not present, but it is reported by his musher that he has been spending the summer on the glacier "at camp" - reading "Call of the Wild" before lights out!  Above left, this "portrait" of Woody as protagonist "Buck" from "Call of the Wild" fame...

Interviews with the racing team 2016-2017 at SP Kennel website!!! 

 


CONNECTICUT STATUTES ON DOGS
Are towns allowed to be stricter or is this the most strict regulations can get?  And here is a most recent (2015) amalgam of the laws in CT for your use:  https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/Notebooks/Pathfinders/Dogs.pdf

Breaking News from elsewhere:
We haven't heard any more on this...Channel 12 covering Stamford Board of Representatives meeting where new animal control regs are on the agenda for approval:  http://connecticut.news12.com/news/stamford-to-vote-on-new-regulations-for-pet-owners-1.12118974#autoplay=true






WOOF, WOOF, WOOF!!! (Gold, Prata and Bronze are the names...two boys and a girl.)

   
PROUD PARENTS OF "OLYMPIC LITTER"
Poquita gave birth to 3 puppies by Clyde July 25, 2016 - first pix here.   In 2012 portrait at SPK's award for "MVD" and her babies' Daddy Mr. Clyde.  Or "Chef Clyde" and his story.





    
CHENA CONSIDERING LAW SCHOOL
Chena dips her paws into politics - saying "I'm for her" meaning, of course, Queen Quito!!!  We are delighted to hear that Chena is a "free howler" - similar to Uncle Schmoe, who can also respond to howl requests first!




Waiting for Quito to give birth to litter by Clyde, Lydia considers snipping off a lovely Peony...that she sees as greenish-yellow, not red!



Chena thinks the world of Queen Quito, who was so generous on Iditarod sharing leader secrets.

    

Now this is really news - congratulations!!!*

Mr. Clyde, or Chef Clyde of the SP Brasserie, established post-Iditarod#44 - is awaiting his second set of children, this time by none other than...Queen Quito!!! 

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He was chosen for this role because he is an awesome eater, comes from an excellent family tree, brings the "strong silent type" gene - and is the hero of Iditarod #44.






 

JULY 4th news item
"Canada geese are stupid" says Chena.  "They think they can poop in the 'fairway' as an "inalienable right" (i.e. "Life, liberty and...").




       
  
NACHO

Nacho's son's - Dutch (see near top) and Kodiak and there are lots more, too!!!  Olivia is their Mommy. 
This is the "Secret Litter."
  
   




THE YOUNGEST FATHER NOW AT SP KENNEL

Clyde calls out his Mom for credit - "I was brought up without a father figure - but ChaCha imbued me with self-confidence."

 

And a Father for the second time...
The greatest honor of all given to Mr. Clyde - he is the Daddy of the "Olympics Litter" by Queen Quito!!!






BISCUIT
Biscuit's boys...and there are more, too!!!  Mommy is Quito!!!  Biscuits daughter Izzy apparently has turned a few heads around The Yard...and now we expect Felix has an agent! 


Felix from the Latinos is a star.



Woody from the Golf Litter gets treats upon return:  http://bluebuffalo.com/natural-dog-treats/wilderness-rocky-mountain-recipe-bison-biscuits/
 

"CALL OF THE WILD" protagonist was "Buck" who was dog-napped - Woody does his Buck imitation above here.  "Latino" Felix is a looker and a lover. 
For those who never read the book, in summary, Buck gets hijacked to Alaska, where dogs are put into slavery, serving miners and gold prospectors and other not very stable people.  Eventually Buck has been through so much that he joins a wolf pack.





                       
IN TRAINING FOR IDITAROD 45?  Or not?
Spicey is in training in New Zealand and Clyde is hoping for take-out.  OMG - Chica retires with All-Star ranking!!!  WOOF!!!  Efficiency over the long haul department!!!





Summer exercise program:  Youngest team members' "graphic portraits" project!  Don't these pups look surprised at how big they are getting?  Click on pix to enlarge!

 Golden Harness Litter
 

                                     
2015:  GOLDEN HARNESS  LITTER - Mommy Quito (Daddy Kosak is from another kennel - new bloodline), son McCaw, QT is a shy little girl, "Chevie" and "Dancer (we may do this one again)"  and "Jefe"...and "Bruno" - woof, woof, woof!!!

Coffee Litter


                     
2015:  COFFEE LITTER,
Mommy Olivia - who got back together with "B.M.O.C." Nacho for a litter of 6 this time - including "Perky" and "Decaf" - "Barista" (looks like ChaCha)..."Bean" & "Creamer" look like Mommy;  so does "Sanka"...WOOF!!!

If it is summer on the way, then it is usually time for play and birth of a new set of pups (or two sets)! 
 






Chena of the FIRE LITTER of 2013 notes that Alaska fire season has begun.

"To give you an idea of the vastness of Alaska" Chena says "report of a ' small fire' of 500 acres" means by comparison a third of the Nature Conservancy.

June 2, 2016:  http://www.adn.com/alaska-news/rural-alaska/2016/06/01/the-embers-of-last-years-wildfires-are-coming-back-with-a-vengeance/







All-Star ChaCha notes that SP Kennel families stick together, race together and get a boost from cross-generational training...
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/goodbye-empty-nest-millennials-staying-140038879.html#

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"Anything that slithers is a bad animal" ChaCha has said.  Do crocodiles slither?
Chena reads the I-BBC in the off season, because she has the time - and she found an interesting story - wants to let Florida residents know about this:  http://www.bbc.com/news/36349031







IT IS DOGWOOD TIME IN CT AGAIN
Dog Festival Set for June 5
WestportNow
Posted 05/18/16 at 07:38 PM

With Fairfield’s Dogwood Festival in the rear view mirror, Westport is ready to unleash an event with some real bark—a Dog Festival on Sunday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Winslow Park...

Chena is excited about this, but since the cost of admission that day to Winslow (dog) Park is not inconsiderable, she has decided not to tell her brothers and sisters.

"When you come from a litter of eleven (11) you learn pretty fast how to say 'thanks but no thanks' to invitations like this! 

"Besides that, the air fare alone for the FIRE LITTER would make this a 'no go'" she exclaimed.  Woof!!!




Chena thought this was funny!




         
      

 
"O.M.G. IT IS MOTHER'S DAY." 

Honoring her Mommy Olivia on Mother's Day, Chena commissions a decorative graphic portrait for the occasion!  

And not to ignore the other mother of significance in terms of numbers of children who are competitors to-be or now on the racing team, Chena offers the portrait, in a different style, of Quito.

In a third graphic style, she shows here a portrait done in yet a third and very "realistic" style of ChaCha!






SATURDAY FEB. 11 AT 8AM CONSERVATION WALKS DOG PARK SITE
Will Chena fly in from Two Rivers, AK for this?  Or will she delegate the job to a local dog?  With snow cover can Conservation do this walk?



CONSERVATION COMMISSION welcomes public but no comments - WOOF!!!
http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/ConservationCommSiteWalk.pdf





SP Kennel to watch on VIMEO to review June 30, 2016 meeting of Board of Selectmen!  Chena delighted there is an identifying map as well as a volunteer group including police dogs available!
SP Kennel 4-legged members now understand Weston dog park issue and in fact, the need for one!  Reporting from Town Hall tonight will be About Town.  And after full presentation, unanimous vote to send to P&Z, Conservation.
 
      

"Good Selectmen" Chena says...
Selectmen in approving proposal report that this is intended as a public-private partnership.  Send it to P&Z for an 8-24 - and to Conservation, too.


NEWS:

City of Stamford has a dog park - and is updating its animal control regulations tonight, August 1, 2016, according to Channel 12.  Report forthcoming...http://connecticut.news12.com/news/stamford-to-vote-on-new-regulations-for-pet-owners-1.12118974#autoplay=true





CHENA VERY IMPRESSED WITH ADVOCATES HOWEVER SHE REMEMBERS HOW DIFFICULT SITE SELECTION MIGHT BE IN RESIDENTIAL WESTON FOR EVEN A QUIET USE WHICH ADDED TRAFFIC.  RECENT NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE.

We note that Stonington Borough is not the same place as "Town of Stonington" - it is the "city center" within the larger Town of Stonington (read study here), and has some powers and responsibilities of its own - but not, I would think, Planning and Zoning powers...closer to home...



Stratford to get dog park

CT POST
By John Burgeson Published 1:15 pm, Friday, June 24, 2016

STRATFORD — Pet lovers in town have for years sought to create a dog park, and now it looks like that dream will finally become a reality...story in full:  http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Stratford-to-get-dog-park-8323288.php

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Closer to home:  http://www.stonington-ct.gov/sites/stoningtonct/files/file/file/03142016_draft_stonington_dog_park_analysis.pdf

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ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

INTRODUCTION
Dog parks have grown in popularity throughout the country as more people have pets and are asking that communities provide recreational opportunities for them. The City of Ann Arbor is no exception. This planning document has been developed in response to resident advocacy for additional dog parks and to assure that, moving forward, the existing and proposed dog park areas are successful and well received.

The City of Ann Arbor currently has 158 parks covering 2,118 acres. Two of these parks contain fenced off-leash dog run areas, known as dog parks. These include 10-acre Swift Run Park and .7-acre Olson Park.

These parks are located at the extreme south and north of the City, and residents have requested that new dog park areas be more accessible to their residence.  This document provides historical information on the background leading up to the development of the existing dog parks, information about the existing dog parks in the City, data about dog parks in other cities, guidelines for the location and design of any new off-leash dog parks, and guidelines for how to improve existing dog parks. In addition, details are provided
about the process that the City’s dog park subcommittee went through to establish these guidelines...

REPORT IN FULL:  http://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/play/Documents/Recommendations%20and%20Guidelines%20for%20Dog%20Park%20Site%20Selection%20updated%204-10-15.pdf






ABOVE NOT A WEASEL - CHENA ALWAYS READY TO HELP WITH ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION...

From I-BBC:  The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator at Cern is offline after a short circuit - caused by a weasel...http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36173247



OMG - RED TEAM MUSHER BIG TOE BOO-BOO'D
Just in case anyone in Weston heard about this...Red Team musher had a broken big toe prior to (we think for at least a year) Iditarod 44, but participated, finishing third. 




CHENA WILL BE THERE!  AT LEAST IN SPIRIT!!!
She is pleased that humans in the lower 48 are interested to learn what dogs see, hear, smell and feel out in the open spaces or greensward!

http://www.thewestonforum.com/62503/environmental-hike-for-dog-owners-in-westport/




WHO IS FUNDING CT GOVERNMENT?  ONLY FAIRFIELD COUNTY?  WOOF!!!  CORRECT!!!

Governor wields an axe to education dollars - no more money to "wealthy" towns - will Legislature demand return of construction money previously granted? 

Chena disturbed, because one article she saw but did not read, related to dental care for poor young CT residents.  Is this like the Alaska villagers' program to get dental care instruction and its importance to healthy development?









PARKS AND RECREATION MUST WITHDRAW OFFER - WITH IMPENDING CT BUDGET CUTS, MAY NOT HAPPEN 2016!!!

Was Breaking News - it is widely reported that Weston Parks & Rec will provide swimming lessons to all Alaska Huskies in reciprocal agreement! 

Chena is two years old, and says "the 'doggie paddle' is usually the first stroke taught to young humans."  If Mac is available, he will be the outside consultant selected if his responsibilities in Two Rivers Alaska permit.







A QUESTION:  WOULD NOT POWER LINE "HUM" BE HEARD ON HUMID DAYS BY DOGS, AND THUS NOT BE A GOOD  PLACE  FOR  PARK?  SOME DIDN'T EVEN WANT A TOWN CEMETERY HERE.     
                        
Mr. Clyde says "YES" about Dog Park.  Refers to ChaCha who asks that Quito be consulted, too.  ChaCha's quick question to Town consultants:  "WOOF?  WOOF?"  (Translation:  Community septic?  Common well?  Buzz?)

BREAKING NEWS

Chena follows news in Weston most deeply when the AK mushing season is not ongoing.  So... 

She is proud to report that her Uncle Clyde is keeping an open mind regarding the dog park suggested at Fromson-Strassler!  But he doesn't understand the implications of being near power lines.

Although he would prefer something closer to the center of town, and directly off a state highway to minimize disruption to residential area, because he is very careful to protect families. 

One of Chena's concerns is that Fromson-Strassler is in the watershed of the Norwalk River and she wouldn't want dogs to pollute a drinking source for other 4-legged creatures.  She knows that there are creatures of all kinds there, including box turtles, who would be upset.

Chena also refers the Weston authorities to this proposal from the last of several town committees studying cemeteries, for part of this site:  idea for cemetery.

She also notes that learnig fr5rom the experien ces of neighboring Westport is always wise Weston policy:  http://www.westport-news.com/news/article/Letter-Better-behaved-pets-and-owners-7239539.php








ZONING ALWAYS IN DEEP WATER

Chena explains, and we quote her directly, the triptych above "Weather Forecast" for Weston:

"First we see the shadow and gloom of the Budget Process with a hint of red ink (l). 

"It is balanced by the hot discussion/drama in any debate of changes to Zoning Regs (r). 

"And then the central panel depicts sunlight and peace, as opposed to other weather events."









    

Chena reports Scruggs, Woody, Junior, Kodiak and Spark participated in the "Valley Funale" to end the racing season!!!

She also notes that the FORUM recently included an article about participation in the Memorial Day Parade by interested organizations.  Will SP Kennel Red Team or Black Team apply for work permits? 

"The Historical Society could use either team - either Red or Black could move faster than that other animal" says ChaCha, proud of her grandchildren and children.








Chena announces that Quito has graciously given legal rights for her portrait to be displayed here.





OMG - Looking a gift dog in the mouth is the THIRD SEAVEY?  Iditarod replies - perhaps rethinking Grandson Danny as voice of the Iditarod with J.R.? 

Iditarod Trail: Proposed pipeline to Donlin gold mine would ruin a piece of history
Dan Seavey
February 17, 2016

It was that Northland poet, Robert Service, who wrote: “There are strange things done in the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold.” The latter-day moilers in this case are two private corporations, namely Donlin Gold LLC and Calista Corp...http://www.adn.com/article/20160217/iditarod-trail-proposed-pipeline-donlin-gold-mine-would-ruin-piece-history


 


Muzzling the mushers? New Iditarod rule prohibits disparaging comments from mushers

Suzanna Caldwell, Alaska Dispatch News
March 1, 2016

Iditarod mushers have a new rule to contend with during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race this year: Keeping their opinions to themselves.

Rule 53, the “personal conduct policy,” states from the date a musher signs up for the 1,000-mile sled dog race until 45 days after the last entrant completes the event, mushers shall “not make public statements or engage in any public conduct injurious to and in reckless disregard of the best interests of the race” or its sponsors...Story in full:  http://www.adn.com/article/20160301/muzzling-mushers-new-iditarod-rule-prohibits-disparaging-comments-mushers





Welcome back Editor-in-Chief Chena - first post here since finish of IDITAROD XLIV:



   


Warning to residents especially in the Northern part of Weston: 





 
New page for DNN reports on Iditarod 2016, here, graphic above of ChaCha's fan Charlie. 

WESTON DOG ORDINANCE AS RELATES TO TROUT BROOK VALLEY:
Important reminder to all Dog Owners:  As of March 5, 2016, the regulations pertaining to all dogs on leashes in Trout Brook Valley, in addition to the removal of waste, will be strictly enforced as per the Town's Dog Ordinance.


        
MESSAGE FROM THE TOWN OF WESTON WEBSITE ABOUT LEASH  LAW PLUS... 
"Hibernation season is ending!  Please bring in your bird feeders and garbage cans to keep bear from visiting your property" says Animal Control Officer

Grandma ChaCha, subbing for Chena,  reports: "No news on leash law yet!  But wait!"  Close observation of Trout Brook Valley after Ceremonial Start of Iditarod...






OMG Iditarod is almost here!!! 
Chena has just had a confab with Grandma ChaCha, so she knows the answer..."Although so many stars are coming from the other line lately - that would be awesome Quito out of Zorro (Lance Mackey's great leader who was killed by a car), my Mom Olivia is willing to bet the farm on this one - she is sure there will be more of the ChaCha line than the Quito line."  Of course, Chena realizes that this is a totally faulty piece of logic, but just wants to get everyone excited!!!  WOOF!!!

ChaCha is making book on this and says "It is a lock that some of my progeny from various generations will appear in both teams...but can you guess what percentage of the Red and Black Teams will be my kids and how many will be Quito's?"  WARNING:  This is a trick question, of course.  Olivia is ChaCha's daughter and is mother of quite a few candidates and ChaCha will probably have children from all 4 litters running, who may have children of their own running...anyway, ChaCha is the winner, of course.  WOOF!!!





CHENA REPORTS:  SNOW IN WESTON THEN EARLY SPRING, NOW WINTER AGAIN...

Not a big snow, but enough to remind us winter is not over yet!  As cold in Weston as in Alaska, almost...






Chena leads the SP Kennel dogs in a "Flash Mob" PASO DOBLE outside the Hound Hotel.

"It is critical that the two teams in the Iditarod 2016 learn the tricky moves of the 'Paso Doble' in time for the big race" - why?  Chena has reported to all who will listen that with 84 teams entered it will be rush hour-like conditions out on the trail.

"You have to really enjoy passing teams" she stated. 






 

YQ 1000 THIRD PLACE TO THE YOUNGSTERS OF THE BLACK TEAM!!!  CHENA SAYS "WOOF!!!"





YQ1000:  Young BLACK TEAM hung on to third place easily...average age of 4.35 years.  That's young!!!

What is a "young team?"  First place team has an 8-year old leader and all other dogs are, if memory serves, having read the Fairbanks News Miner the other day, 5 and 6 years old.

OMG the last leg or two coming...it is about to become a dog race!!!  Above where things stand in the last leg to Whitehorse...






FOLLOWING THE YQ:

CHENA DIRECTS ALL VISITORS TO FOOTNOTES:  "This is how to follow the long-distance races" says Chena, who did not expect to be racing in them, but has been selected to report from the "campaign trail" covering the happenings online here!  YUKON QUEST and IDITAROD

BEEMER OUT OF RETIREMENT TO TRACK YQ1000 - WOOF!!!

Chena thought you might like to know this - a link to an interesting article about earthquakes!

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What is it about the Yukon Quest 1000 that differentiates it from the Iditarod?

P R E - Y U K O N   Q U E S T    2 0 1 6   N E W S  : Start moved a bit  because of  JUMBLE ICE  - video - (1 0 0 0   &   3 0 0 ) - so how's the snow conditions?  Ice on Chena River in a "jumble"



BUILDING A RESUME AND MUSCLES AND LOVE OF TEAM...PASO DOBLE ALWAYS AN INSPIRING THEME...

         
Did the Paso Doble inspire Chena?  








EARLIER RACES IN THE 2015-2016 SEASON


TWO RIVERS 200, R&B - CHENA IN LEAD:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvoMxeZWBmI
Chena reports that she really, really likes Chris: 
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CHENA IN LEAD ALL THE WAY FROM #27 to #9 in this 200 MILER WITH LESTER SHOWING MUSHER AND CHENA THE ROPES.
Two Rivers 100/200 ended January 23rd.  SP Kennel Red Team came in 2nd, catching and passing and then holding off
recent winner of Copper Basin 300.




 


CHENA REMINDS US: "Everyone working hard to prepare for long-distance competitions" and her comments on the races today:

"YOU HAVE TO SHOW UP WITH YOUR BEST STUFF" - report on the results and in-progress comment for TRM races under "breaking news" as this is a test and not a race.  This is a test similar to the examinations at Juilliard Preparatory Division for piano students, IIRC - go through your paces according to what the review panel asks, you have to know your music by heart (no sheet music allowed) and then await your result...weeks later.

CHECK OUT SP KENNEL:  Find link to TRDMA website/page that has rankings as the races proceed!





BLM "Chat" dominated by "Skunk" from another kennel!
What more can Chena say but "WOOF!!!"  She was very impressed with Schmoe and his competitive spirit!  Good dog, Schmoe!!!

 




C O P P E R    B A S I N    3 0 0

 
  
BLACK TEAM wrap up:  http://spkenneldoglog.blogspot.com/2016/01/cb300-black-team-wrap-up.html
RED TEAM wrap up:  http://spkenneldoglog.blogspot.com/2016/01/cb300-red-team-wrap-up.html

OVER NOW, SUPER FAST RACE, OR SO IT SEEMED TO ME, COPPER BASIN 300 ITSELF ESTIMATING LATE IN THE DAY FINISH MONDAY FOR WINNER.  So we ask, exactly how fast was this race???  We think SP Kennel teams ran at speeds equal to winning time (altho' the course was a bit different) in past years...or better!

As-it-happened, most recent comment at top:
REPORTAGE (not "portage" please) BY OTHER WOOFER OUTLETS:

THE RACE AS IT HAPPENED (official numbers, etc.)

PRE:  And post-race to come.

EVEN more awesome!!!  Starting Saturday...Red Team off in 9th and Black Team in 25th...
Awesome!!!  Starting Saturday, special coverage of Copper Basin 300 by Spicey!!!   Woof, woof, woof!!!






M o m s    o f    T w o    R i v e r s

OMG, The SP Kennel website updates everyone on the condition of the Two Moms, Olivia and Quito.  Chena reports here on her runs with Quito in a small team.  She says "Woof, woof" translation:  "Quito watches for both oncoming traffic and takes special care at intersections - never endangering her Musher."





FROM OUR JOURNALISM DEPT:

Purchase of News-Miner, Kodiak Daily Mirror the first major move for Fairbanks foundation
Annie Zak, Alaska Dispatch-News
December 25, 2015

News broke Dec. 21 that the Fairbanks-based Helen E. Snedden Foundation would purchase the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Kodiak Daily Mirror. The sale of the papers for an undisclosed amount is expected to close in early 2016...
http://www.adn.com/article/20151225/purchase-news-miner-kodiak-daily-mirror-first-major-move-fairbanks-foundation



TRMDA Solstice 50 results and comment:  Note that it snowed in Alaska already!

Beemer and Viper send their congratulations on jobs well done, as it appears on the DOG LOG!!!

Chena is proud of herself, joining Big Man on Campus Scruggs in lead to finish fifth by a few seconds (behind the Red Team, which took 4th).  So how fast did they run?

She thought everyone should know that "sprint" races such as the Koyukuk River Sprint are two days, with the race each day 18 miles long.  According to what Chena has been able to find, searching the files of the old About Weston website, SP Kennel entered this race in 2013 - it is in a native village where the Red Team leader had worked a long time ago. 

"Can you believe it?  SP Kennel dogs, trained for long distance races, ran it at a 15mph clip???" Chena remarked, having just completed her Solstice race of 50 miles at 5:25mph.

"That's motoring - three times as fast as at the Solstice 50!!!" she noted, pointing out the fact her mother, Olivia, was that previous team's leader.



W E S T O N    D O G    O R D I N A N C E  . . . F. Y. I .

OMG - change is afoot!

Chena reports that there has been an amazing growth in RESCUE dog adoption as a percentage of the more than 1300 4-legged Westonites registered -  so much so that it is probably correlated with social awareness of young Westonites (picked up after school began 2015-2016 year).  Definite drop in number of puppies from breeders...Chena notes that "Alaska Huskies" are not a breed or recognized by A.K.C. 




 


      
Speedily eroding North Slope river bluff offers window into ice age past
Alaska Dispatch
Yereth Rosen November 26, 2015

Alaska’s North Slope is eroding along one of its sections faster than that of any river in the permafrost regions...from Alaska Dispatch.

Does either the Yukon Quest or the Iditarod go near the Brooks Range?  What is the latest on permafrost???





What's this? 

Chena is concerned that the wild fires this summer will make all the snow and glaciers go away before she gets her chance to race in the Iditarod not to mention the Yukon Quest...and she worries that newborns from the Coffee Litter and the Golden Harness Litter may not have the same Alaska to enjoy that she has in her two years.  Chena is thoughtful and interested in studying what happens when ice melts.  She is concerned that really, really bad things might happen.

The Alaska Dispatch newspaper article ends up like this:  "
...Climate researchers are still trying to figure out how all of these factors will interrelate. But the new research -- along with developments in Indonesia -- reaffirms that fire is a powerful determinant of how much carbon resides in land, rather than in the air, across our globe."





Chena watches forum online at CT-N October 14th...

Link between animal and human abuse
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Animal Law section of the CT Bar.
Oct. 8, 2015

Chena is watching online:  her comments below, with translation by About Weston.  First speaker from animal shelter, a mirror image between animal and owner - 1980's Colorado was first to mandate punishment for animal abuse.  "Woof"  California, too, now.  "Woof, woof"  Chena says her mushers understand that animals are always first.  "Animals like toasters" by first speaker, making a lame joke, causes Chena to leave computer screen temporarily ..."Woof."  Translation:  An unfortunate comparison, as the issue goes beyond old fashioned kitchen equipment.

Two hours in, discussion of Queens, N.Y. case.  Ass't Att'y General took a Bruce Wagman webinar.  Animals not chattel.  Can't treat a dog like a car can't hit a dog with a bat, for example.  Animals can't speak, can't testify.  "Woof, woof, woof" Chena points out that people should learn how to communicate by gesture because it might be less expensive than developing an education COMMON CORE for dogs & cats.

Chena hoping to star next TV season in a new show:  "Law & Order:  P.V.U." (Law and Order: Pet Victim Unit)...for full video:  http://www.ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=12083






CHENA READS A.P. WIRE - "Chicken S--- the issue?" she asks. 
With bird flu, poultry owners asked to register flock sites
Stephen Singer
Oct. 9, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- As birds' autumn migratory patterns change, Connecticut agriculture officials are increasingly concerned about the risk of bird flu and are urging poultry owners in the state to register the location of their flocks as a precaution...story in full at A.P.




CHENA reports:

SNOW IN TWO RIVERS END OF SEPTEMBER!!!  And in the beginning of October, a visit to Sweden to see the "hundts" in land of the northern lights - across the pond!




A REMINDER AND "TIP" OR TIPPY:

October first dogs allowed back at Compo Beach in Westport!!!  Woof, woof, woof!!!  BUT...2-legged "owners" must follow these rules:  http://www.westport-news.com/news/article/Dogs-allowed-at-Compo-as-of-Oct-1-6521639.php




OMG how they have grown in under six months!!!

Yes it is true.  Chena's Mommy and Daddy had another family of puppies Sept. 23rd!   According to inside sources one looks just like Grandma in coloration!





HEADLINE "HUSKIES AUDITED IN CT"


Chena came across an interesting  example of government (s) intervention (or not) - on a cross-country-border train on a single track line:  http://wpyr.com/

NOTES:  So who doesn't know the difference between auditors and bookkeepers?  Woof!  TAKEN FROM CT MIRROR ARTICLE
The controversial financing of a $200 million outpatient facility at the University of Connecticut Health Center is the center of a dispute between the state auditors and the university.

And UConn records also show the university paid a New York investment banker $1.3 million for securing the nearly 5 percent loan that Auditors John C. Geragosian and Robert M. Ward estimate also cost the state $77 million in unnecessary interest costs.

The auditors objected this week to UConn officials’ recent assertion that the bipartisan watchdog office failed to voice objections to the financing – secured in December 2012 – during two earlier meetings with university staff.

Geragosian and Ward told The Mirror that the auditors never were apprised of the full details of the financing plan and, regardless, are prohibited from giving management advice.

They also noted that the university never made its claim about a lack of guidance in its written comments included in the audit – or in initial public statements after its publication on July 29.

A revised statement responding to the audit was issued in early August after various media reports on the financing and one legislative leader wrote to the university requesting more information on the deal.

UConn's attempt to shift some of the responsibility for its management decision to pursue this financing plan "is misguided," Ward said, adding that the auditors are prohibited from acting as a management consultant to any agency or higher education institution, given that it periodically must audit them all. “The simplest way to say that is you can’t audit your own work...

 A revised statement responding to the audit was issued in early August after various media reports on the financing and one legislative leader wrote to the university requesting more information on the deal.

UConn's attempt to shift some of the responsibility for its management decision to pursue this financing plan "is misguided," Ward said, adding that the auditors are prohibited from acting as a management consultant to any agency or higher education institution, given that it periodically must audit them all. “The simplest way to say that is you can’t audit your own work.”

Agencies and institutions occasionally request meetings with the auditors or their staff, Geragosian said, but the latter only provide guidance on which statutes, regulations or other rules govern a particular topic. “We would not provide approval, in any way,” for a financing plan or any other management decision...


Story by CT MIRROR  Keith M. Phaneuf | September 7, 2015  in full:    http://ctmirror.org/2015/09/07/uconn-auditors-clash-over-responsibility-for-financing-plan/





CHENA SAYS:  "READ THIS OPINION PIECE - WOOF": 
http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/op-ed_to_improve_democracy_lower_the_voting_age/#comments-56002

After discussing the matter with both Mom Olivia and Grandma ChaCha, Chena thinks this idea, if it gains "legs" may turn into voting rights for dogs!!!

"After all, if the voting age drops to 7 (seven), all wise SP Kennel 4-legged retirees will be eligible, especially since George Orwell supports this thought."

Chena notes that her Orwell link is only to an analysis for use by high school teachers, but she thinks this will add something to the experience of this sharp book - "Educators in high school are strictly watched by their overlords the administrators, and that is something to understand for young dogs!"

SP Kennel retirees are all over the world should appreciate it too - many are in the "Lower 48!"






OMG U MUST


Chena asks if dogs can vote if they are registered in the Town Clerk's Office: "That's the same place as 2 legged Westonites register" she notes.  "And we have to prove in writing we've had our shots."

Although Chena knows that this will probably not work out in time for the Nov. 3rd election, considering that there are legal and ethical issues involved, she reminds all dogs in Weston, nonetheless, of their rights to "BARK UP!"






Farmer's Almanac
Sunday, August 16, 2015

From what Chena could find online is that is supposed to be really, really cold in the Northeast with snow again this winter.  Searching for deeper info on Alaska, she could not find any.  But she has "crowd sourced" all dogs to dig for more information...stay tuned!

So far, retirees in PA have found many bones, preparing to send them to Chena.

P.S.  But what's this? 
UNSEASONABLY WARM WEATHER FORECAST AGAIN FOR WINTER IN ALASKA...




CT LEGISLATURE'S TASK FORCE ON HUMANE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS IN MUNICIPAL AND REGIONAL SHELTERS
Aug. 7, 2015 CT Task Force Meeting - Chena and Spicy both watched online!!!  Spicy to check on NZ laws.

HOBBY OR PROFESSIONAL BREEDING: Youtube video recommended for education.  Shelters info:  Stratford charges to volunteer;  Branford shelter discussion.  Everybody wants to come after work and weekends.
First Selectman of North Haven in charge of Task Force.  Need for web-based registry of animal abusers.  Must be run by police right now.  Spay - neuter voucher:  second phase to first phase?  Consensus on doing this.  Leaving dogs in hot car...another matter - already laws. 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

East Haven cruelty cases:  Training of animal control officers needed.  Interrogation of animals for suspected cruelty - (Chena on top of this!!!  Mutual aid needed?)
Chena is so proud of Weston Animal Control and the Police in Weston!  And Police Sgt. from New Britain knows a lot, too!  Woof, woof!!!

2 hr meeting - Spicy only watched the last half hour...





Russia demanding ownership of the North Pole
By Maria Stainer - The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Russia, while still digesting its meal of Crimea, is taking another bite at expanding its sovereignty by laying claim Tuesday to the North Pole and a large area of the Arctic Ocean — an area involving oil and gas drilling as well as fishing.

The Russian Foreign Ministry submitted its request on Tuesday to the United Nations committee that arbitrates sea boundaries...story in full:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/5/russia-demanding-ownership-north-pole/





JUSTICE FOR LAST SUMMER'S BIG FIRE?



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ALERT TO WESTONITES

Chena just got awesome report from the FORUM



Note that copperheads like to curl up in rocks like the ones shown above, not too far from The Nature Conservancy.

"Fire Departments are the best" Chena says.  "They protect us here in Alaska, too!"

Woof, woof, woof!!!





FROM THE ABOUT TOWN COLUMN July 2, 2015 edition of FORUM

...Dog Days

The “dog days” of summer are upon us.  And not just the hot and humid kind.

Looking over public record information for Weston’s four-legged residents, just by age, breed, and name, one can learn a lot about the preferences of their two legged friends!

This is not a new activity for ”About Town.”  The last time we undertook such a project was also in the summer, toward the end of the last century.  At that time Golden Retrievers outnumbered all colors of Labs, and were the most popular breed, aside of course from “Mixed.”  What’s the story in Weston in 2015?

In comparing researches undertaken during two different millennia it is necessary to simplify.  So to cut to the chase, aside from the “Mixed” non-breed, Labrador Retrievers are now numero uno, with Golden Retrievers far behind.  Collies have remained steady at, in my opinion, much too low a number.

The importance of the registration process that is required for dogs revolves around assuring that man’s best friend remains healthy, inoculated, and a good citizen.  To enforce that noble end, our Animal Control Officer has in recent times “rounded up” a few hundred four-legged violators in town.  While a recent tabulation indicates a total of 1494 properly registered canines. 

Hearty congratulations are in order to the ladies Lily, a Golden Retriever age 18, and Fiona, a Spaniel Mix age 19, as the oldest canines registered in Weston! 




 
As Chena takes over  Editor-in-Chief responsibilities, thinking about how off-season especially, this webpage is like...SALMON SNACKS...quick energy for SP Kennel fans!


   


NEW WOOF-MASTER!

One of the first things Chena did upon receiving this promotion was to consult the Town of Weston, CT Town Clerk's Office.  It is Chena's thought that as a "news hound" she should encourage all dogs to keep in sniff, even if it is electronically done.  Here is Chena's first report:

"Hello to Lily and Fiona ("woof, woof")!

"According to our information, you are the oldest dogs licensed in Weston CT.

"And if I may divulge the number, that's 18 yrs young for Lily, the Golden Retriever, and 19 yrs young for Fiona, a Spaniel Mix. 

"Congratulations from my Grandma ChaCha, who is 14 just this month!

"Best regards,

"Chena, Woof-master"

P.S.  We note that there are 7 Siberian Husky dogs registered!  Not enough for a team in the Copper Basin 300 - yet! 







WESTON CT MEMORIAL DAY PARADE 2015
A good way to socialize, and the weather was great!  Dogs listened to speeches  (once sound file loads, go to 24.04 point for FUNKY DAWGZ)...LISTEN TO MEMORIAL DAY HERE.

     
Woof!  Woof, Woof!!!  Woof!

    

   

Woof!  Woof!   Goats unregulated by Town of Weston!!!



      
Woof, woof, woof!!!






SOME DAY A DOG PARK AT FROMSON-STRASSLER?

      
DOG RESTRICTIONS LESSENED, OWNERS SUBJECT TO HEALTH RELATED FINES
Selectmen approved revised ordinance after continued Public Hearing of 45 minutes.  Early morning romps at Bisceglie, on-leash visits (with pooper scoopers) to lower Lachat OK!  (Gardens protected by fencing.) 

The Animal Control officer not prepared to recommend a site for a dog park, fencing and parking issues must be arranged for first, but Town Owned property "Fromson-Strassler" suggested as a possible site, under power lines.  Previously, the administration had proposed spending @$30,000 for preliminary work for Town cemetery at part of Fromson-Strassler, and voters rejected that...


CHACHA REPORT:  LWV of Weston website notes on Fromson-Strassler.

Her comments:  "Woof, woof!"  Translation:  Good Board.

THURSDAY AT TOWN HALL (MAY 21, 2015) CONTINUATION FROM 7PM TO 7:45PM:  CONTINUATION OF PUBLIC HEARING:  Are there going to be changes based upon what was heard May 7?

We note that New York State is considering more open rules for dogs relating to health rules...off or on leash near diners...

Here is the revised Weston Selectmen's Dog Ordinance:  This was presented prior to the resumption of the Public Hearing and was explained briefly by the First Selectman.

Westonites spoke up again and a dog park may be in the plans for 4-legged Westonite recreation yet!  It was the testimony of new voices to the discussion about our lack of opportunity for dogs to be dogs that brought out some future-think from the Animal Control Officer and the Selectmen.  Woof, woof, woof!!!






WOOF!!!

DON'T FORGET THE CONTINUATION OF THE LEASH LAW PUBLIC HEARING THURSDAY MAY 21, 2015 AT 7PM IN TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM.

ChaCha very impressed with FORUM story - she is just happy the people and dogs of Weston made such a great impression on the Weston FORUM editor - altho' ChaCha had some unprintable comments as FORUM report claimed one resident described her Siberian huskies as "comfortable on leash" - ChaCha pointed out to us that Siberians are less interested in racing fast and more just "looking good."  Woof!!!:  An example of free-running in Alaska:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiViuA4b0IE

FORUM story announcing what happened at the first night of Public Hearing on "leash law."
http://www.thewestonforum.com/47957/hearing-continued-on-proposed-weston-dog-ordinance/?utm_source=Weston+Forum&utm_campaign=7d1b0669b6-FO_ONLINE_TODAY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_848b12f59d-7d1b0669b6-193260349


HOT OFF THE TOWN WEBSITE:  RevisedDogOrdinance050715.pdf



PUBLIC HEARING ON LEASH LAW CONTINUED TO 7PM MAY 21 AT TOWN HALL - SPECIAL MEETING OF SELECTMEN SCHEDULE TO APPROVE IT AT 7:30PM
HAD NOT THE AIR CONDITIONING BEEN ON, WE SUSPECT THIS MIGHT HAVE GONE MORE QUICKLY - BEEMER THINKS SO!  NO HOT AIR FROM DOG OWNERS, HOWEVER!

Part One of the Leash Law Public Hearing, May 7, 2015 at the Board of Selectmen. 

We had asked prior to the 7pm start if the Selectmen might consider keeping the Public Hearing open (so that letters to the editor next week might be entered into the record, for example, of why to keep it open).

With a dozen speakers and enough good points so that the fact that most if not all restrictions proposed are already in place, everyone felt a chill - perhaps the air conditioning helped?  But the further explanation that enforcement really was not active without a complaint didn't satisfy anybody.  So why bring down a more active enforcement protocol?  Indeed.

As it turned out, the main reason seems to be the inclusion of Aspetuck Land Trust property at Trout Brook Valley 45 acres in Weston.  Someone suggested that we turn Lachat into a dog park like the one in Westport.



GOLDEN MOMENT
Speaker number one was prepared, eloquent and his Golden Retriever should be proud of him!

     
NO DOGS ALLOWED AT PUBLIC PLAYING FIELDS AND TOWN PARKS NOW - SURPRISE!
Legal experts, real estate professionals and general lovers of freedom were threatened at the chilling thought of fines, hearings, penalties for free-running dogs.

      
ASPETUCK LAND TRUST
Especially at Trout Brook Valley there are dog-on-dog encounters, both in the parking lot in Weston and on the trails of 45 acres in Weston (where dogs must be on a lead or leash).


CHENA IS EXCITED TO VISIT THE AMAZON TO GET HER POOPER SCOOPER AND BAGS!
Chena is so proud of ChaCha and her Uncle Beemer for spreading the word.   According to the Weston Animal Control Officer (at a previous Board of Selectmen's meeting) there are approx. 3000 dogs in Weston.  ChaCha can do the math - that's 3400 households and 3000 dogs...





"Am I being put up for adoption?" asks Scooby.  No, just puppy grammar on Town of Weston website, remember, "online" is not official.  But ChaCha advises that you might want to buy stock in pooper scoopers.
   
NOTE:  Action was to be taken at Board of Selectmen's meeting after public hearing is closed - but it wasn't, thanks to:  FIVE, who spoke in favor of broader research and GINGER, who really wonders why dogs cannot be asked to clean up for themselves? 



BOARD OF SELECTMEN DOG ORDINANCE PRESENTED IN THIRD DRAFT...REPORTED DOG-ON-DOG FIGHTS AS NEED FOR THIS.
BOARD OF SELECTMEN DOG ORDINANCE...PUBLIC HEARING SET MAY 7, 2015 AT 7PM IN TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM.  
      
 

Board of Selectmen sets Public Hearing on ordinance that will require leashes for dogs at town parks.  And on some property, ban dogs altogether!  The assumptions:  That every dog has 2 acres for play.
SP Kennel team readying testimony for the Public Hearing, hoping to be expert witnesses on May 7th at 7pm in Town Hall.  Great  leaders Quito and ChaCha flank Commando, well trained yearling, on a gang line or "lead" with his Black Team mates, did not venture off his straw "mat" to introduce himself to the lovely member of Dee Dee Jonrowe's team (in pink).  Spring outing by mostly yearlings next...

Commando's Grandma ChaCha is suspicious.  "It was April Fool's Day Selectmen's meeting..." 

GANG LINE LESSON #1
With it still looking like winter, the yearlings are confused - "Is this still a race?" asks Hotshot - Nomex knows that if you are tied on a gang line you are supposed to be ready and rested when your musher says "Let's go!"






To the Animal Control Officer as linked to from the Town of Weston website 
See if you can find the Animal Control facility - hint:  not in the photo but at the Transfer Station site!  This is where the four-legged Friends of the Animal Control facility stay!





Willie up for journalism award!
B I G    R E P O R T S    O N    B O T H    Y Q    R A C E S    H E R E



     

DNN TEAM FOR IDITAROD INCLUDES "DATA RUNNER":   CHACHA SIGNED TO A CONTRACT AS "FLOATING EDITOR" FOR IDITAROD IN CASE CHENA MAKES ONE OF THE TEAMS
Willie's application accepted!  Chena, Editor-in-Chief, points out that Iditarod will be an opportunity to change batteries on "GO-PRO" camera, and will need quick changes - "Woof" for batteries and content exchanges (few and far between) not to be published until after the race?.Asks Grandma ChaCha to step in if she is selected for one of the Iditarod Squads...which she was!


Iditarod 2016 over now.

         






Y U K O N    Q U E S T    2 0 1 6



YUKON QUEST ALL OVER NOW!  REPORTS BELOW AND FOR ADVANCE NEWS OF IDITAROD 2016...



BEEMER TRACKED FIRST HALF OF YQ1000:
  IF YOU RECALL, TOOK EARLY RETIREMENT IN SUMMER OF 2015...STEPS IN AS CHENA IS TAPPED FOR RED TEAM ON THE YQ300.  SCOUT, SCHMOE AND WAYLON ON THE BLACK TEAM, DOING DOUBLE SERVICE - AWESOME!


    

RED TEAM FINISHES SECOND IN YQ300!!!  Chena notes that RED TEAM MUSHER actually did a Super Bowl commercial with Chica -  WOOF!!!
"We are so proud of our musher, who thinks 'Team' all the time - awesome to race for SP Kennel" says Chena, back on the job as DNN Editor-in-Chief and Producer for the network...


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4-FOOT-NOTES:  SP KENNEL is our inspiration for the "Woofsite"  YQ 1000 live tracker was available here.  YQ300 TEAM FINISHES #2. 

                            

YQ300, RACE UPDATES below left.  YQ1000 "Current standings" above for exactly that.  Or if you prefer, below for tracking purposes


                                                                                            
Millenium Year Red Team leader won Yukon Quest 1000 (only woman to ever win YQ1000). BLACK TEAM won '13 &'14.     Mismo "MVD" from SP Kennel, YQ1000 in '16.

THE YUKON QUEST 1000 began in 1984...the YQ300 came considerably later, IIRC.  This year the YQ1000 and YQ300 began Feb. 6th...and we note that Red Team musher got DOG CARE AWARD in Iditarod -= but credit went also to Black Team from YQ!!!

Chena's plan this year was to keep track of both the YQ1000 and YQ300 via the SP Kennel website and its lynx.  "Since I am running with the Red Team in the YQ300 the DNN team will pick up the slack" she stated.

"My good friend, a lynx in the neighborhood, tells me that social media and increasingly excellent GIS in Alaska (after all, they do have a lot of land to map) and the Yukon in Canada have improved the capabilities to cluster info, and makes it a waste of time to try to duplicate their great work here."  Forward thinking for a bunch of forward animals!!!


G R E A T    E X P E C T A T I O N S :   A   V E R Y    L O N G    N O V E L ,   T O O .      G R E A T    Y Q    2 0 1 6    R E S U L T S   -   B L A C K   T E A M    T H I R D   W I T H    T H E     N E W   G E N E R A T I O N

FILLED WITH YOUNGSTERS, RED TEAM EARNS SECOND PLACE IN YQ300 - THEY WERE CLOSING FAST...WOOF!!!  YQ1000 BLACK TEAM RACING THE LAST LEG TO WHITEHORSE...MORE THAN HALF THIS TEAM NEVER RAN SO FAR COMPETITIVELY BEFORE!


 
SCOUT, Senior Field Reporter

 

 
 
              

SCHMOE - Field Reporter (promoted from twitterer)




 

WAYLON - Ambassador at Large and smooth operator.



 
WILLIE - Assistant Runner

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Previously...

DNN FIELD STAFF - CHACHA'S CHILDREN & GRANDCHILDREN
Scout, field reporter,
Schmoe, "Twitter" beat, and newest in a Global Society, Ambassador at Large, Waylon the Smooth, Ret. 2017...Black Team recovers quickly!  Willie applies for job as "runner" JOB DESCRIPTION:  Get data fast.

LYNX LINKS:

http://www.yukonquest.com/







R E S E A R C H ,    D E F I N I T I O N S   A N D    O T H E R    S N A C K S ,       F O R     S T U D E N T S    O F    T H E     G A M E








Chena watched this over the weekend.


CT  LEADS THE WAY IN HUMANE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS... OR SHOULD I SAY IN LEGISLATION ABOUT IT?  WOOF!!!
During this meeting discussion about maybe changing the name came up.  Mistreatment of animals is an indicator of future violence by humans.   (We are reminded of Sherlock Homes case.)


    
IT WAS MENTIONED MORE THAN ONCE THAT CT SHOULD SEEK GRANTS AND FORM PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
Task Force hears from UCONN law school professor and State Representative who have put CT on the map for having animal friendly laws.