Here’s a quick update from New Zealand:

Moira is enjoying another season of winter with her fantastic retired sled dog: ‘Six Grand Spicy’. They have been exploring some of the fun trails in and around their home and work.

Both human and dog are happy and healthy and enjoying a little downtime from the hustle and bustle of the full blown mushing season at SP Kennel.

Currently, Moira has only one full-time job not a full, full, full any-and-all time consuming position like she does here at SP. But, no fear… she is simply ‘resting up’ for her return to the kennel next season.

Spicy, on the other hand, is still happily committed to her retired life. She spends much of the time bonding with her Kiwi accented BBF, Lexie, the beautiful Gordon Setter. She also occasionally relaxes on the couch or strolls the beach when her schedule permits.

In all honesty, New Zealand does seem a far distance from Two Rivers, Alaska.

But in our global world today… we are all really neighbors, right? Care for a cup of tea?

17 Responses

  • Woof, woof, woof!!! Thanks for the news, Aliy!

    So glad to hear about Spicy and her friend Lexie, and especially of Moira's plans – what a gorgeous environment in NZ!!!

    Best to all,


  • Hi Moira,
    We're happy to hear you're enjoying your "first home" in NZ with Spicy, but even happier to hear that you will be back with SPK next winter. It wouldn't be the same for all us supporters without you. If all goes well, I hope to catch up with you at the Iditarod.
    Take care,
    Ann and Tom Shillington

  • Hey there Moira and Spicey!!! Glad to see you all are enjoy your time in NZ! Looks like a lot of fun hiking and hanging out!

  • I'll put the jug on for a brew, for you Ali – just around the corner from Spicey 😉

  • Hi Moira,
    Enjoy your time off–looks like you are having fun. Your
    lovely cabin at SPK is waiting for you when you return I'm sure.
    Love the pictures!

  • Miss you, Moira! Glad all is well. Hauntingly stunning photo of Spicy on the bridge. Amazing.

  • Wonderful news about wonderful Moira! She is the best!

    Lisa & Charlene
    Erie PA

  • Hey Moira! It looks like you & Spicy are enjoying some down time. I'm happy to know you'll be back at SP Kennel this coming race season. Looking forward to having you keep us up-to-date- you do such a great job!! Hoping to see you again! ~Barbara

  • Hi Moria , Lexie & Spicy where practically neighbours so pop over for a play and a walk …..Aliy do you and Allen ever visit Moria in N.Z. I don't know if it's been done but l would like to read how Moria became part of the SPK family 😊. G'day from Denali 🐾🐾and Joanne , Caulfield South , Melbourne , Australia 🇦🇺

  • Yes, another vote here for hearing (or learning how to find) the story of how Moira became part of the SPK family. I'm a new Zealander too and fan of SPK and Iditarod – so of real interest. Moira, Spicy and Lexie live about 5 hours drive from me. I've visited Alaska so know it's hardly just around the corner from NZ – but internet makes our world 'small'. :-)) Marie, Napier, NZ

  • Love it, Moira & Spicy! You guys looks to good together and happy! I'll see you next Iditarod! Love, Laurie Larson, Matson

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