A Fetch Too Far

“Here’s a nice story,” Spence says.

“The moral being – don’t litter,” says Admin.

“And we’re glad Lola’s okay.”


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145 Responses to “A Fetch Too Far”

  1. Masquers
    9:00 am on December 30th, 2011

    That is a nice story Spence.
    Admin, you’re not mocking me
    Are you?

  2. T.C.
    9:05 am on December 30th, 2011

    Good morning, Masquers, Chet, Spence and Admin, and everybody,

    How is Admin mocking you, Masquers?

    Hey, look at this great gift that we received for Christmas…sort of says it all, doesn’t it?

  3. Melanie
    9:17 am on December 30th, 2011

    Will look at all the links from last night and this morning after back from a good time. Some info on Johnny Depp.

    He’s a producer on at least 13 films up through 2015. He’s acting in at least 5 films through 2013. There’s going to be a Pirate of the Caribbean 5. He’s in it.

    And he couldn’t let a Native American play Tonto????

  4. OleyHowlers
    9:27 am on December 30th, 2011

    We have missed a lot during our Christmas vacation sounds like…are we complaining about Johnny Depp? Mom says she never understood why so many people are infatuated with him.

    As promised, Mom’s favorite Christmas gift…

  5. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:38 am on December 30th, 2011

    I have never understood the whole Johnny Dep thing. We did not like the pirate movies, Alice, or any of his other movies.

    And don’t even get me started about Tom Cruise!

    That was a great rescue strict! I hope the dad feels bad!

  6. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:40 am on December 30th, 2011

    Cliff!…And that folks is what you get for littering…grunt!

  7. dawson
    9:41 am on December 30th, 2011

    Is that the manuscript for Book 5 in that folder?!

  8. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:42 am on December 30th, 2011

    Nice hat!

  9. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:44 am on December 30th, 2011

    It’s a little thin for a book. Maybe it’s that new short story!

  10. B.Stover
    9:48 am on December 30th, 2011

    Good morning all.

    Dawson’s question is also my question…ms for book 5??

  11. B.Stover
    9:50 am on December 30th, 2011

    I can’t really see how thick or thin the file is Wolfie.

    Howlers: That is exactly what my Stormy Kromer looks like.

  12. B.Stover
    9:53 am on December 30th, 2011

    And I can’t read all of the words on the picture TC posted. “Dogs
    come to their owners. Cats….”??

  13. Sam
    10:00 am on December 30th, 2011

    Hi Everybody. We don’t like Johnny Depp either.

  14. B.Stover
    10:05 am on December 30th, 2011

    Dawson: I have a paperback copy of Lighthouse that I’d be happy to give you. It isn’t the one I used for teaching so it’s not filled with notes but there are a few notes in it. I’d need your address. If either Wolfie or Melanie has your address I could get it from one of them via email.

  15. T.C.
    10:14 am on December 30th, 2011

    If you double-click the picture, I think you can read it, but it says:
    Dogs come to their owners.
    Cats summon their staff.

  16. OleyHowlers
    10:16 am on December 30th, 2011

    Bee, you probably can’t tell from the SK picture, but it is Blue Spruce (sort of green).

  17. Mollypop's Mom
    10:20 am on December 30th, 2011

    That looks like my SK hat but mine is black. Kat’s hat looks black in the picture.

  18. OleyHowlers
    10:44 am on December 30th, 2011

    Yes, it does look black. Its a very dark green (sort of blue-green). Mom loves it. But get this…when she asked our pop to get it for her as a Christmas present, he thought it was goofy, but he ordered it from stormykromer.com as a present for her. Now, he is so jealous of this hat that he ordered himself one! It is the greatest, most comfortable hat that either of them ever had! The ease of a baseball cap, and the warmth of a wool cap.

    p.s. Kat really didn’t enjoy wearing it though.

  19. B.Stover
    10:48 am on December 30th, 2011

    I just read Masquers link from yesterday about cats on book covers. That was brilliant!

    I also like the title on today’s blog.

  20. B.Stover
    10:52 am on December 30th, 2011

    Howlers: I could tell that Kat didn’t enjoy wearing the SK. It does look black which is the color of mine. Your description of it is wonderful. I think you should send it to SK.

  21. B.Stover
    10:59 am on December 30th, 2011

    Thanks TC. I just single clicked on the picture before. That is funny! (As with the Hitchens quotation yesterday from Bluecat contrasting cats and dogs’ personalities, I wonder if it’s true. Is it, instead, the human’s perception of the difference? I’ve had cats that were very loving though independent. Perhaps it’s “independence” that needs clarification.)

  22. B.Stover
    11:04 am on December 30th, 2011

    The clumber spaniel is named after the estate where they were first bred in, I think, the 19th Century–Clumber Estate, Nottinghamshire, England.

  23. Buddy
    11:07 am on December 30th, 2011

    Hey Guys, sorry I’ve been away from the blog all week. I was too busy enjoying my mommy’s lap while she was enjoying her book. It’s been a very satisfying week for us cats. I just went back and looked at Masquer’s link to the cat covers…love them! And then we looked at Alice’s video of the cat and the card…hysterical!

    As to Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise…Mom and I don’t like either of them.

    Mom says to tell Barb that the book with the date in the title was the best book she has read in years, other than C&B books, of course. Daddy is finishing it up now too. She says to tell Rio that she has not read SK books in a long time because he got too gorey(sp?) and wierd, but this book is excellent…even better than his previous masterpiece IT.

  24. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:52 am on December 30th, 2011

    King!… I think the last book we really enjoyed of King’s was IT…snort!…Although, the giant spider part was a big let-down in my opinion…sniff!….The clown scared the fur right off of me…wuffle!…Maybe if she sees this latest one on the Bargain Books table at some point, she will buy it and we will give that guy one more chance….grunt!

    Kromer!…I think the Howlers should send Kats photo to the Stormy Kromer people…sniff!…Who knows, they might use her in their advertising…heh!

  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:55 am on December 30th, 2011

    Hats!…My friend is not a Hat person, she is more an earmuffs type…sniff!….But for the trip up North she says she will purchase a Stormy Kromer hat if AJ wins the Living Legend award…..chuffle!… Boy, oh boy I hope he wins!….Woooo! ….That would be a real feather in his cap to take with him on the Iditarod Trail!…snorkel!

  26. B.Stover
    11:59 am on December 30th, 2011

    Rio: The Stormy Kromer has a flap that you can pull down and it covers the ears.

  27. Tupper and Gilly
    12:07 pm on December 30th, 2011

    On movie celebs – sometimes people mistake the character for the actor and only think of the actor in terms of their roles.
    We like to see some of these celebs on talk shows like Letterman. Then the real personality comes out. Depp was on recently – he does have just a touch of egomania(understatement). Mark Harmon,(who we really like in NCIS) has got to be one of the world’s most boring interviews ever. There was a popular sitcom actor on recently who got big applause when he came out, and then he proceded to make a complete a s s of himself – rude, high, not funny, gross. By the time he was done
    the audience wasn’t laughing, or clapping or even paying attention. Bet the ratings go down on whatever his show is.

    We need a (photoshopped?) group portrait of Plunderers in their Stormy Kromers. Melanie is adorable in her eggplant hat. So pretty with her dark hair, dark eyes and fair skin.

  28. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:12 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Closing!….The year is quickly coming to a close…sniff!… Here is a card that someone picked out for me and Beau to send to all of youse…grunt!…It’s not really my style, but it will do I guess…wuffle!


  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:15 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Celebs!….The only celebs that someone I know fawns over are of course, Kevin Spacey and Kiefer Sutherland….snort!…Top notch actors and she has met both of them….wheeze!…The stories she could tell, but probably won’t….heh!

  30. Barb & Maggie
    12:25 pm on December 30th, 2011

    We don’t have much to add to the discussion about the actors. I like Depp better than I used to, just because he seems to have a stable family life and is a seemingly good parent. At lease he is still wtith his children’s mother. That, in itself, is unusual in Hollywood.

    Can’t stand Tom Cruise. Yuck.

    As far as choosing an actor for Tonto, unfortunately the movie moguls look more at a star’s popluarity and ability to draw an audience to the theaters. Unless it a documentary, they don’t seem to be too concerned about political correctness or accuracy. $$$$ is what it is all about.

  31. Siber-H
    12:26 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Thanks for the link, Chet. Mom was going to watch this on the news this morning but we had to leave for the dog park. We are very glad that Lola was rescued and we hope her family is a little wiser on their next hike.

    I like Rio’s idea of sending Kat’s picture to SK.

  32. Masquers
    12:35 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Rio: Thank you for the Happy New Year card. That was very nice of you and Beau – you even included the Lurkers.

    T.C. The remark pertained to “litter” as in Kitty Lit…from yesterday. I must say your kat gift was great and says it purfectly.
    BTW: Thank all youse for the nice comments. I feel much better today. (And, to Macy’s Mom, the scritch was very appreciated!)

    Mom wants to order a SK, in pink like Bella’s, to match her pink snow boots. Haven’t had much use for winter gear so far, but the hat is so kool looking it won’t matter.

  33. Barb & Maggie
    12:38 pm on December 30th, 2011

    I was confused at first, thought why are they sending Kat’s pictures to Stephen King.

    Should we check out IT? Is it as good as that date book?

    Yes, we hope Lola’s folks don’t make that same mistake again. Take your garbage home or to a trash can!!!

  34. Siber-H
    12:38 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Whoops, It was Stover’s idea to send Kat’s photo to SK. Good idea.

    Mom and I both think Kat is a whole lot better looking than Johnny Depp. So is The Hot One, Dima, and all the rest of you dogs and kats on the blog.

    Yark! Rio and Beau’s card won’t open for me.

    TC, This is just a heads up here, but not all dogs come to their owners when called.

  35. T.C.
    12:49 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Siber, it says “dogs” not “huskies”….very much 2 different entities in my experience. Buddy comes when he is called way better than any of those huskies. LOL

  36. Barb & Maggie
    12:52 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Rio, thank you for the very nice New Year’s card.

    Are we having any sort of par-tee tomorrow or Sunday?

  37. BearSpiritDog
    12:55 pm on December 30th, 2011

    O.Howlers: It’s nice to have you back. Kat does look a little po’ed about wearing the hat (lol)
    Yes, it would be a great pic to send to the Stormy Kromer folks. Only 10 more days and we’ll know who won the contest!

    Alice: Your link from yesterday was one of the best we’ve seen in a long time and Basil’s reaction to it was priceless!

    Barb&Magpie: Depp definitely has big financial interest in the movie. We agree – He no doubt thinks he will be a big box office sensation.

  38. OleyHowlers
    12:57 pm on December 30th, 2011

    The New Year’s card is very nice. We love how it goes thru all the seasons, ending with our personal favorite: winter!

    Barb, IT was very good, but it is very scary too.

    It just occurred to us that we have not yet posted a picture of our Iditarod Dreams dreamcatcher hanging in our living room, so here it is. Can’t see it’s detail, but that was visible on the auction site. We just wanted to show youse how beautiful it looks on our wall.

  39. Mollypop's Mom
    1:03 pm on December 30th, 2011

    I’m going to an interesting party tonight. A friend of mine has spent three years writing a play and tonight, at the party, is the first reading. I have a part in the play.

    None of us has seen the script. I don’t even know what it’s about, but who cares.

    I can’t wait. This will be so much fun!

  40. Barb & Maggie
    1:22 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Oley, Lovely. Is that a water color of your home?

    Molly’s Mom, Barb says she is much too shy to act in a play like you are doing. Bravo!

  41. Masquers
    1:37 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Mollypop’s Mom: A play – how fun!

    T&G: My interest is piqued. What was this actor’s name, play tell, who made a fool of himself on national tv?

    Did someone mention Partee?

  42. OleyHowlers
    1:41 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Barb, that is not our home. It is another home in our area, painted by Julia Longacre…we have a bunch of her paintings in our house.

    We think the idea of acting in a play at a party sounds like fun fun fun ! Let us know what it is about afterward, MollysMom!

  43. Masquers
    1:50 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Yes, “pray” tell. We may as well stop worrying about the iPaw errors. I know when anyone else makes them we automatically read it correctly. Hope you guys do the same.

    B&M: That is a funny though – sending Kat’s photo in the hat to S. King instead of S. Kromer. Doesn’t Stephen King have Corgis?
    IT was very good and also scary. We read the book along time ago. Were you the ones who said to read Water for Elephants before watching the movie? Now we are in a conundrum – suddenly having both on hand.

  44. Masquers
    1:53 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Hey, Kat in the Hat, tee hee.

  45. dawson
    2:00 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Is that the same Lola that Chet was…er…running around with in Mexico?
    B.Stover: I printed the rest of the book off last night so no need to send it.

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:14 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Called!…. I never come when called…snort!…I might turn my head and look and then quickly look away, but I never ever come….sniff! ….Neither does Beau. Although, he turns and stares blankly at whoever is calling him…heh!… I don’t know which of these actions is most irritating…chorkel!

  47. BearSpiritDog
    2:34 pm on December 30th, 2011

    The more we look at that folder on Bernie’s desk, the fatter it gets. Imagination in overdrive! Definitely a story in there somewhere.
    Dawson: So, you are thinking Chet’s mini is somehow the result of his rendezvous with Lola? Then too, there’s those midnight canyon escapades…..

  48. Melanie
    2:41 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Love Kat in your mom’s hat, OleyHowlers. She’s a beauty!

    Had a great time today. Lots of decorated Christmas trees. After a while you just thought, “Okay, seen that one” even if you hadn’t.

    Went out to lunch and had a prosciutto, montery jack cheese, roasted garlic spread and arugala on gluten free bread. Yum.


  49. Snowhook Bella
    2:48 pm on December 30th, 2011

    I’m glad those of you with SK hats like them. I would never point you in the wrong direction with a SK hat. When they called AJ to notify them he was a finalist, they asked him if he was aware that I was wearing a SK hat in the picture Melanie sent in. He replied that my hat had sparked somewhat of a following.

    In case anyone is interested, AJ’s Iditarod bio has been updated. http://www.iditarod.com. Its under the 2012 race information, musher listing. 🙂

    Wookie: Looking good at the top of my page.

  50. B.Stover
    2:58 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Wonderful card Rio. Thank you.

    SH: It was Rio who suggested that Kat’s picture in the Stormy Kromer be sent to SK. I suggested that Howlers send the description of the hat: “The ease of a baseball cap, and the warmth of a wool cap.”

    I wasn’t going to comment on this. However….I like Johnny Depp and think he is a fine actor. I am sorry, though, that they did not cast a Native American for the part of Tonto in the film.

  51. Siber-H
    2:59 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Thanks Rebecca! I’m interested…I went there immediately.


    We are now listed with AJ on his Iditarod bio page!!
    How cool is that!
    We have now made the big time in dog mushing along with Snowhook!

  52. B.Stover
    3:03 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Melanie posted a picture of one of the Newfs–Patsy, I think–in her SK. Patsy looked pleased to be wearing it, or should I say, to be showing it off.

    We haven’t heard from Wookie for a while, or from Kirby T.

  53. Siber-H
    3:10 pm on December 30th, 2011

    We really like the title of Chet’s post today, “A Fetch Too Far”. It would make a good book title.

    “A Bridge Too Far” is a good movie, but a loooong movie.

    I was thinking about Wookie this morning.

  54. B.Stover
    3:19 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Thank you Rebecca. Cool!

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:40 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Iditarod!….WooooHoooo!….snort!….My name is beside Spencer Quinns on AJ’s Iditarod page!….sniff!…It doesn’t get much better than that!…heh!heh!

  56. OleyHowlers
    3:43 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Very cool that all of the Plunderers are listed on A.J.’s official Iditarod page.

  57. B.Stover
    3:47 pm on December 30th, 2011

    I don’t remember who mentioned the phrase “pray tell” but it made me curious so I did some research. In Medieval England, “pray” meant “please” and was probably derived from “prithee” meaning “I pray thee” as supplication.

    Here is a quotation which I think is hilarious. It’s Benedick to Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing: “I pray thee now, tell me for which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?”

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:47 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Kool!…It’s Below Zero Cool!…heh!

  59. Melanie
    3:50 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Love the card (and it’s from BOTH Riö and Beau!).

    AJ, looking good. He’s got a race this weekend.
    Bella, how do we follow it?

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:44 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Umlaut!…Beäu’s name needs an Umlaut…heh!

  61. Barb & Maggie
    4:59 pm on December 30th, 2011

    What pray tell is a umlaut?

  62. BearSpiritDog
    5:07 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Siber-H: Sounds like a book title to us too!

    Rio: And that would be pronounced as…..no wonder Beau has that look when he’s called.

    SnowBella: How are the musher numbers assigned?

    Where is that Wookie…..

  63. bluecat
    5:12 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Rio (and Beau) love the card. Iditarod info is exciting and SK hats must be very comfortable. Kat is adorable.

    Speaking of the other SK, is IT really that good? I haven’t read SK but the numbers one is waiting on a Kindle for us.

    Bee – have you lived with a cat? It seems to me dogs want to be with their people most of the time and cats want to be with their people some of the time, at the cat’s convenience. I wasn’t going to comment either (the Plunderers are a tough crowd!) but I liked Chocolat and Finding Neverland and I enjoy Depp’s performances. He is making a mistake with Lone Ranger casting. Mom faithfully watched the Lone Ranger on Saturday mornings, back in the day. Yes, she’s older than dirt.

    Happy 2012 to all. May each of us find exactly what our hearts desire in the coming year – may there be peace and prosperity and love and laughter. Thanks for friendship, Plunderers.

  64. Tupper and Gilly
    5:20 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Just catching up – slow day in CLL.
    Masquers- lol- Kat in the Hat. Tee hee

    We would tell you the name of the actor that was such a jerk on Letterman , but we don’t remember it. Might have been Josh? He had curly, dark hair and an obnoxious, self congratulatory, nervous laugh.

    Mama is woefully ignorant of tv actors names. She watches both NCIS, Bones, Mentalist, Castle and sometimes CSI. But she can only name Ted Danson, Paulie Perrette , Mark Harmon and LL Cool J. She just doesn’t pay attention. She doesn’t watch sitcoms or reality shows, so she doesn’t know any of those folks either.

    (but she does pretty good on Jeopardy)

  65. Melanie
    5:26 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Plant alert:
    So far for FOTAS and OTAS I have identified a cherry tree and a magnolia tree (and I’ve never seen the place!)
    This plant has me stumped though. Anyone know what it is?

  66. Barb & Maggie
    5:29 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Ok, Rio, you were not fast enough for us so we answered our own question. An umlaut is a diacritical accent that makes a vowel sound differently. Sooo, how would Beau be pronounced? An umlaut sounds like it should be an Icelandic spear.

    T & G’s Mom, we like many of the same shows. We love Bones, The Closer and The Mentalist. Don’t watch Castle. Also will not watch reality shows or sitcoms. We don’t like the super shoot-um-ups violent ones either.

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:32 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Umlaut!…It’s word Bling!…snort!

  68. dawson
    5:39 pm on December 30th, 2011

    BearSpiritDog: I was thinking that Lola sure gets around. I wasn’t thinking of puppy-that-looks-like-Chet at all. But now that you mention it…

  69. Barb & Maggie
    5:47 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Melanie, I think it might be Ajuga, a shade or sun ground cover.

  70. Siber-H
    5:53 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Melanie? What is the name of the race AJ has entered this weekend? They usually have their own website even if it isn’t a fancy one.

  71. Melanie
    6:04 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Here’s the link: (Thanks Siber-H) http://www.knik200sleddograce.com

  72. Melanie
    6:10 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Barb and MagPie, I think you are right!

    Also Barb . . . Zoë’s name has an umlaut. So we added one to Riö’s and Wölfies and Wöökie’s names! Usually I remember to do it!

  73. Siber-H
    6:12 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Thanks Melanie…I have heard of this one and recognize the names of some of the mushers.


  74. Melanie
    6:14 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Not this weekend, next. Next weekend is next weekend not this weekend.
    Hitting head against keyboard now.9huien,adu09[w3hgkl

  75. Melanie
    6:16 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Hey Siber-H, did you notice they are going to have LIVE TRACKING! We can worry about AJ in real time!

  76. OleyHowlers
    6:21 pm on December 30th, 2011

    That is not a small race! It is 200 miles. Buser, Dee Dee…lots of Big Names. Go Snowhook!

  77. Macy's Mom
    6:22 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Hey watch it, I resemble that remark!

    And on the 3rd day of the new year, I will be yet another year older. Sheesh! (but it beats the alternative)

  78. Macy's Mom
    6:23 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Rebecca, I noticed that more mushers live in Willow than anywhere else. Are there more people or dogs there?

  79. Melanie
    6:29 pm on December 30th, 2011

    I’m betting dogs. We have more dogs than people here in our part of the village.
    16 people vs 20 dogs!
    going to make more Family recipe Eggnog!

  80. Siber-H
    6:31 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Yeah, I just noticed that the race is on Jan 7. Rebecca will be back in AK by then.

    Woo Hoo, Melanie! Live Tracking!! We will, umm, not plan on doing anything else that day. This will be fun, fun, fun!

    Macy, Mom says that is funny.

  81. dawson
    6:36 pm on December 30th, 2011

    The Plunderer’s are in the Iditarod Insider pages. Cool.

    Melanie: Thanks for the link to next weekends race.

    Macy’s Mom: Enjoy New Year’s while you are still relatively young.

    Rio and Beau: Thanks for the sweet New Year’s card.

    I like: T.C.’s cat; Kat’s SK hat; OleyHowler’s dream catcher and Mollypop’s mom in a play. I wonder if she has a speaking role?

    I’m going for a nap because there is a big card game tonight, involving lots of quarters.

  82. B.Stover
    6:41 pm on December 30th, 2011

    In English the umlaut is used to show that two vowels that are together in one syllable are pronounced separately (Noel for example. The “e” should have an umlaut.) “Eye” is an example of “glided vowels” when there is a slight shift in tongue movement to make the sound. (It’s called a dipthong.) They don’t require the umlaut.

    Here ends the phonology lesson.

  83. Siber-H
    6:52 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Thanks for the very pretty card, Rio and Beau. It finally decided to open for me.

  84. Melanie
    8:02 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Thank you B! I always wondered why people called Zoë, Zo . . . It’s because they don’t have you around.

    Dawson, good luck on the game tonight.

    If it’s a “reading” of a play, does anyone speak out loud? I asked YSAS this and he wasn’t polite.

    Macy, Zoë said, “you mean some people don’t have to scroll?”

    Barb, FOTAS said she was glad she hasn’t pulled that stuff up!

    Family Eggnog made. The alcohol version of that stuff is STRONG!

  85. Melanie
    8:05 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Being part of a Newf group, many pictures are passed around. I saved this one just for Riö (and Beau).

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:25 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Melanie!….heh!snort!heh!…I sure hope Wookie gets to see that photo of Pugs and a Newf….snort!

    Da Vinci!….Just for Rose we are now downstairs watching Decoded – DaVinci or his paintings are the subject of the show….grunt!…Apparently he was 500 years ahead of his time and they have found a new drawing that will tell all of humanities future….gurgle!….Sometimes I would slap my own flat head in disbelief if I could…grunt!

  87. Tupper and Gilly
    8:29 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Melanie – Its me – GillyFlower. I want an umlaut! Can I have one pretty please? I can sit and ask real nice….pleeeeeezzze??

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:38 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Vowels!….Tupper you have to have 2 vowels in your name to even consider getting Bling (or Umlaut) for your names….snort!…. So there!…heh!

  89. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:38 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Hi everyone. Wookie checking in here. Sorry, I didn’t mean to alarm anyone, but everything is fine here in Chevy Chase. We’ve had a quiet few days since dad took the week off from his busy place, although mom has kept him kind of busy with some early spring cleaning (me, I help supervise and then just lay low in case mom decides that I need spring cleaning too). Wookie
    BTW, I actually just posted this a few minutes ago, except my #%¥#&$ IPaw put it on the wrong page.

  90. Melanie
    8:40 pm on December 30th, 2011

    GillyFlöwër! I tried it just on Gilly, Gïlly, but it just looks like my computer screen has a spot on it.

    Gílly? or Gill∑? or Gill¥? What’ya think?

  91. Melanie
    8:47 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Too much fun today.
    Must sleep.
    good thing I’m not playing a game with quarters . . .


  92. Rose
    8:48 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Greetings All:

    The Prof and I are back from the little cottage. The R&R did us good. I have to go back to work on the 2nd, the Prof does not.

    Boy, lots of activity here on the blog. My two cents:

    Masquers: The Prof and I laughed at your book covers from yesterday. The Prof really liked “Paws.” I am sending you scritches and rubs.

    TC: I love your cat!

    Rio and Beau: That was a lovely card!

    Poor Kat. She looks highly mortified to be wearing that hat. But, I know she did it for the love of her mom.

    Speaking of actors (or so-called actors): Tom Cruise…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. And Johnny Depp, PUL-LEEZE. I don’t understand what he’s all about. I know that he was one of the producers on “Hugo.” Apparently, he was going to play a small role (Django Rhinehardt) in the film, but his schedule wouldn’t permit.

    I remember a looong time ago, Crispin Glover was on Letterman and was acting stupid. He was far from funny, and threw a karate kick at Letterman. Glover immediately got the hook. And the guy that played Kramer is not very funny being anything but Kramer.

    Rio: Please tell your friend I respect her taste in acctors. I love Kevin Spacey. When she met him, did he treat her nicely?

    OH: I really wanted the Iditarod Dreams, but I see now that it is in its proper place. It looks just beautiful!

  93. Siber-H
    8:52 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Glad you checked in Wookie.

    Hi Rose!

    I may not have an Umlaut, but I have a hyphen.

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:54 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Tub!….Lay low Agent Wookie! Lay very low…snort!….By all means do not find yourself in the tub with a bunch of bubbles on yer head….grunt! …All those secret devices that you carry around on your body at all times will short-circut and possibly cause pain and suffering….gasp!…Stay away from the Tub!…gruffle!

  95. noswad
    8:59 pm on December 30th, 2011

    I don’t have an um-a-lot or a hyphen but I can spell my name backwards! Please note: there is no “e” in noswad.
    I’m off gamboling.

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:03 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Noswad!…..Awwww, that brings back memories…snort!….Well, not really, but it does give me a feeling of nostalgia….sniff!

  97. BearSpiritDog
    9:04 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Barb&Magpie & Tupper&Gilly: Lots of shows we don’t watch anymore because of no longer having cable. Either we see it online or wait for it on dvd. Same with the news. There is a small tv for local news and weather, but most anything can be tracked online these days. Soon the new tvs will connect directly to the internet. The death of cable as predicted.
    Tomorrow is the end of 2011. Does everyone take down their decorations before the new year, or wait until the week after?
    Getting ready to watch The Adjustment Bureau.
    But first a bite to eat – Bear

  98. Rose
    9:12 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Rio: That show sounds interesting.

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Man!….Bear is always eating…sniff!… Shouldn’t he be hibernating right now instead of shoving food into his face every evening…chorkel!… Lets see, sleep or eat? Sleep or Eat?…grunt!… I love both so much it is almost hard to decide. EAT! I would EAT over sleeping….slurp!

    Decorations!….Her mother has already boxed up the tree, the candles, the figurines, the poinsettias, and the Christmas cards have probably gone into the trash. Oh and she has eaten every bit of Chistmas candy including MY Toffee….grumble!….When we lived away from this women, we prolonged Christmas till after the New Years…sniff! ….Not here. Boy oh boy. Its all back to gloomy normal again quick as that! ..grumble!

  100. B.Stover
    9:14 pm on December 30th, 2011

    I’m trying to work this through….”Gilly” doesn’t need an umlaut because the two vowels are separated by the two “l’s” so an umlaut isn’t needed for pronunciation. You just want the bling, right Gilly?

    Mollypop’s Mom: Let us know what the play is about and what your part is.

  101. Barb & Maggie
    9:16 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Good one Dawson, er I mean Noswad.

    Glad you checked in, Wookster.

    We must have a moment of silence here. Barb just ate the last piece of toffee. No more till next December. She is going into mourning. Snuffle!

  102. Tupper and GillyFlöwe
    9:16 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Look! Look what Melanie gave me for Christmas! GillyFlöwer!
    I got an umlaut, I got an umlaut!

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:20 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Gillyflowe?….heh!…Nice try but no respecting Umlaut will stick around for that name….grunt!

  104. Alice M. Johnson
    9:21 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Melanie, Has anyone suggested Coral Bells, see the 6th picture down on this blog. Latin name Heuchera. They are a low mounting plant with the thin flower stalks held high above the leaves. They are not a ground cover though and this does look a little like a ground cover….

  105. Tupper and GillyFlöwer
    9:22 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Yes, Miss Bee – I just wanted my name to be decorated.
    Tupper has a diamond studded collar, but all I have is just a plain old cloth one. Mama says maybe when I grow up. Tupper says over her plumb body…SHE is the Queen around here…I am just a junior (tomboy) princess.
    But now my name is Diamond Studded! Ha ha Tuppence

  106. Barb & Maggie
    9:22 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Our decorations will be up till sometime next week. We will probably take them down on the 3rd or 4th.

    Gilly, We are glad you got an umlaut, since you wanted one so badly.We don’t know how to make one on our computer. How do you do it?

  107. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Umlaut!…That last sentence should have been “…no self respecting Umlaut would stick around for that name.”…Gillyflowe?…heh!

  108. Tupper and GillyFlöwer
    9:26 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Rio – ppphhhhhbbbbbtttttt!!!

    (whispering – Barb, we cut and pasted Melanie’s and then edited it. You can type it on a pc by holding down the ALT and typing a four digit code like 0246 for a small o with umlaut. Its different for Macs,laptops and notebooks. You can do a search on “how do I type an umlaut?” and get all the info.)

    Our decorations are still up – and they will stay up until we have a day off….

  109. Alice M. Johnson
    9:31 pm on December 30th, 2011

    I agree with Barb, (now that I caught up on the blog) Here is some news about Ajuga…


    Fotas might want to pull up some of it. Snicker…

  110. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on December 30th, 2011

    OMG!…You are going to keep the name GillyFlower just so you can have an Umlaut…grunt!…Of all the Corgi hair-brained ideas…sniff! …Back to Da Vinci. He is more believeable than Gillys new name…snuff!

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:44 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Show!…..Oh good grief. She turned that Grimm show on again from the beginning…grunt!… This show really scares Beäu…sniff!…I really wish she would not make him watch it…grumble!

  112. Tupper and GillyFlöwer
    9:54 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Rio – Tupper here. Actually, Gilly’s name has always been GillyFlower (sans the umlaut)
    When Mama adopted her, she wanted a name that spoke to our Welsh heritage, but none of the Welsh names she could pronounce seemed to fit.
    Then Mama came across a web site that talked about how in Wales, Corgis are considered to be the steeds of the little folk and fairies. When the fairies ride them, they decorate the Corgis with wreaths of bright colored flowers, which the Welsh call gilly flowers.
    Of course, when Mama gave her that name, she thought this poor abused little baby dog was going to be a delicate little lady…
    Well, not so much.
    So most of the time now, we refer to her as the GillyMonster.

  113. Barb & Maggie
    9:54 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Rio, You are being so thoughtful of your lil’bro. I bet that show doesn’t scare you at all!

    Those umlauts seem like a lot of work. Maybe we will reconsider.

    Does anyone have any leftover toffee?

  114. Siber-H
    10:04 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Barb, In my house, the toffee is gone, gone, gone. I didn’t get a bite of it. Mom stored it way up high, almost as high as the stuffed huskies.

    I like the story about Gillyflower’s name.

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:08 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Barb!…Of course that show with all those monsters does not scare Me…sniff!…It’s Beäu I am concerned about…sneeze!cough!…. And just to be clear, Beäu is not my brother…sniff!

    Monster!…. GillyMonster I can live with…heh!…That Gillyflower name I have a hard time swallowing…snort!

  116. OleyHowlers
    10:11 pm on December 30th, 2011

    We love the story of how Gillyflower got her name. How did Tupper’s name come about?

  117. Tupper and GillyMönster
    10:12 pm on December 30th, 2011

    OK? Is that better?

  118. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:15 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Hmmm…If you get rid of the illegal Umlaut over the single “o” it will be accurate…snort!

  119. Tupper and GillyMönster
    10:20 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Hi Howlers – When Mama adopted Tupper, her name was (ick) “Dusty Rose” Can you beleive it?
    Mama is a big fan of Agatha Christie, but the idea of calling such a pretty little Corgi “Agatha” or “Miss Marple” didn’t seem to work. But she always liked the Tommy and Tuppance series of Agatha’s books – and she thought she might get a second Corgi some day – maybe a boy.
    Oh well, so she got a tom-boy instead.

  120. Tupper and GillyMönster
    10:21 pm on December 30th, 2011

    snort yourself Pug Butt!
    I’m keeping my bling!

  121. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:23 pm on December 30th, 2011


  122. OleyHowlers
    10:25 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Tupper and Gillyflower are both great Corgi names.

  123. Alice M. Johnson
    10:31 pm on December 30th, 2011

    That’s the way, Tupper and Gilly. Rio loves it when you stand up to him….
    ; -)

  124. Buddy
    10:33 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Mommy & Daddy just got back from a big scrumptious meal. BYOB (and they did). So I’m taking it upon myself to sign off for the Howlers, T.C., Mommy and Daddy. G’nite all.

  125. Buddy
    10:35 pm on December 30th, 2011

    My last comment is in moderation so here goes Try #2:
    Mommy & Daddy just got back from a big scrumptious meal. B.Y.O.B (and they did). So I’m taking it upon myself to sign off for the Howlers, T.C., Mommy and Daddy. G’nite all.

  126. B.Stover
    10:37 pm on December 30th, 2011

    My toffee has been gone for a week.

  127. Barb & Maggie
    10:37 pm on December 30th, 2011

    You guys are in rare form tonight, but we are getting very sleepy, so will catch up tomorrow.

  128. Staff
    11:19 pm on December 30th, 2011

    Our eyes are getting droopy here also. See you all tomorrow. I am excited for the tune up race that Justin and the team will be running next weekend.

  129. Macy's Mom
    1:35 am on December 31st, 2011

    Ok, I hate to go all English prof on my dear friend, but by Bee’s definition, there have to be two vowels, together, with the second one being sounded, with only one syllable, so the pug is right. BUT, by the same rule, Beau would be pronounced beeoww with the umlaut. Is he part Kat?

  130. Macy's Mom
    1:37 am on December 31st, 2011

    And the first vowel is sounded as well. Phew, too much grammar makes my head hurt.

    Mom and Macy out.

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