I know that those of you that have spent any time with me in person know Ė
and those of you who read my ramblings on the Ďnet must suspect Ė I do
love to tell stories. So it may come as a surprise to many to know that there
is the odd occasion that I get tongue-tied. Biggest among them is the Iditarod
Banquet, each year I plan out wonderful speeches in my head and find myself
fumbling over my words at the microphone. Maybe it is because, as a long time
Iditarod fan, I still find myself in awe of the fact that I am a part of this
all. Maybe it is all for the best anyway, as the list of people I have to
thank is so long that they would probably have to postpone the start of the
Race if I ever did find my tongue.
morning I would like to take the opportunity to Ďdo it rightí. Iím a
little scatterbrained this morning, so if I forget anyone on this list, it is
because of that, not because I donít appreciate you.
off the top I have to thank
makes no big deal out of what she does for us, but trust me - it
is a big deal. She has been our biggest backer since the 2003 season. I can
never thank you enough Dawne. Iíll see you in April Ė you bring THAT
cheese and Iíll bring the wine. (Dawne is an owner/handler
of Norwegian Buhunds & Carelian Bear Dogs).
Dawne Deeley & Ch
Kyons Freidige SIV
thanks to my most distant sponsor Ė Cudos Rigs in the UK. Iím
missing your company in Alaska this year Andrew!
my thanks to Eagle Pet Food products and the Westlock Veterinary
Clinic. Both allow us to do the very best by our dogs Ė and that is no
small thing to me.
has donated all our harnesses and those terrific blankets to toss over the
dogs in checkpoints. I am very grateful Louise.
Finner sews up all our dog booties and bandanas Ė it is a tremendous
time and financial commitment, which we are very grateful for.
thank you kiss to Donna F from
handywork on display
thanks to Jamie West and Harry Banks. Not only have they opened their
home to us, they have welcomed us into their lives. Far beyond what we
expected guys. (Jamie is busy cooking us all breakfast as I type)
Jamie (pictured here with Karen's mother
was Karen's 2004 Idita-Rider
Jamie, and Sue (Karen's 2005 Idita-Rider)
and Krista Grillot have basically bent over backwards for us the whole
time Iíve been in Alaska. From meals to firearms to trucks to TVís Ö if
they have it, we have been welcome to it. Great people and we are very lucky
to have them for friends. Iíll sure miss you on the trail this year Doug.
Raise a glass to me while you are sitting on that beach in Mexico.
Doug & Karen
thanks to Ann Hernandez who will post this and a million other things
to my website while Iím gone and throughout the year.
everyone in Alaska that makes this place really feel like a second home to us.
To Barb Veenstra for taking such wonderful care of our dogs and our
place while we are in Alaska. You give me peace of mind Barb!
thanks to Shawn Sidelinger. For those of you that donít know
it is his record time with Siberians from the 1998 Iditarod that I am trying
(WorkingDogWeb coverage of Shawn
& Iditarod 1998). At our Open House Shawn came by and gave me his bib from that year to
carry on the trail this year. Is that a cool gesture or what??? He said it
worked for him in í98, maybe it can do the same for me this year. I was
to everyone else listed on my website.
Our Iditarod 2005 Sponsor-A-Dog List
Iditarod 2005 -
Iím afraid time doesnít allow me to
retype all the names here, but all the things all of you do from cheering us
on to sending money is very, very much appreciated. I know we couldnít do it
without any of you.