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Mushin' Down a Dream in the Wilds of Alaska

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Hey was that Theresa Russell?

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Hey was that Theresea Russell? If you are old enough or corny enough to remember the 1987 movie staring Dennis Hopper, Theresa Russell and Debra Winger, called Black Widow, or at least know the story about the famous spider: “she mates and she kills,” you would understand what I went through over the past …

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The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Dont Fear the Repo Man

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Dont Fear the Repo Man Well I guess the people that rented the place before I bought it were not only bad housekeepers but bad bookkeepers as well. Last night at about 9:30 pm a tow truck driver pulled into the driveway and had his flashlight on (in the daylight) and walked up to …

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The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Cheese Pizza in Paradise

The Future of Iditarod Dreams: Cheese Pizza in Paradise There is a famous Jimmy Buffet song: Cheeseburger in Paradise. One of the lines says: Heaven on Earth with an Onion Slice. I am living my own version of Cheeseburger in Paradise, except I fancy cheese pizza instead of a burger. I was sitting on the deck of the house last …

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The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: When it Rains it Pours

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: When it Rains it Pours I got an early start yesterday, hopefully to miss some of the rain that just so happens to fall every day here in Willow. It reminds me so much when I lived in Portland. As I was walking around the property I heard something that sounded like a turkey …

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The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: When a Plan Comes Together

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: When a Plan Comes Together I love it when a plan comes together. That was a famous line said by Hannibal in the 1980s TV series the A-Team. Yesterday was just that; plans coming together. I never thought I would get so excited to get a box of tools from the post office but …

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The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Welcome to the Neighborhood

Welcome to the Neighborhood! Today was a good day. I got the doors painted and met the neighbors. This truly is a mushers paradise. There are mushers all around me. Three that I know of and two of them run Siberians! I can sit in my quasi-living room and see the tallest peak in North America, Mount McKinley, some call …

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The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: August 8, 2010

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Team Ineka in Alaska August 8, 2010 I have been in Alaska for seven days. As I sit here in my new home I can only conger images of DIY Network’s Renovation Reality show. It is a show that follows the exploits of homeowners as they “try”, yes the operative word is TRY to …

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Training in the Midst of Chaos

By Robert Forto Are you tired of the endless stream of negativity, stress and confusion created by the chaos? I don’t care if you are talking about the economy, job, boss, colleague, your dog, or anything else. Thriving in chaos is a decision not to get sucked into a negative spiral. The choice is personal responsibility. There are ten considerations …

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The Best of the Dog Doctor Radio Show: Cowboy and Wills

The Best of the Dog Doctor Radio Show: Cowboy and Wills This week we are packing for my first trip to Alaska to get our new house in order before the snow sets in and it makes it too difficult to do any of the many construction projects required to make the house a home. On the Dog Doctor Radio Show …

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Give a Dog a Bone, Just Dont Take it Away!

By Robert Forto As a canine behaviorist at Alaska Dog Works I see a lot of dog problems. I deal primarily with canine aggression and nothing can be more frightening than a dog that is possessive. I had a client whose dog was so aggressive if disrupted their entire family’s lifestyle. The client approached me about two years ago and to …

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