A Special Moment at Anderson’s

Here’s Spence with Barb & Maggie and the wonderful family at Anderson’s in Naperville.

Welcome Bob the Cavalier, Gabriel – lover of fine literature.

Coming soon: photos of some beautiful blocks from down Houston way.


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73 Responses to “A Special Moment at Anderson’s”

  1. B.Stover
    9:53 am on September 21st, 2012

    Good morning all.

  2. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:05 am on September 21st, 2012

    Photo!…And no chickens!…heh!

  3. OleyHowlers
    10:46 am on September 21st, 2012

    Good morning. No matter how many times we see that picture, we still love it love it love it.

  4. dawson
    10:55 am on September 21st, 2012

    Special moments all around!

    Melanie: Hoping you, Zoe and Dan got some rest last night and have a better day today.

    MacyMinPin: TGIF!

    Rio: No rest for your friend. You’ll have to be o

  5. dawson
    10:56 am on September 21st, 2012

    Barb & family: You’re a special moment!

  6. Barb & Maggie
    10:56 am on September 21st, 2012

    Too bad we didn’t have more variety of pictures. We tried!

    Good morning all. Barb is going to try to savor the new book and make it last, but maybe like MPM she won’t be able to control herself. She has just read one chapter so far, but it is early.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    11:10 am on September 21st, 2012

    We just went back and read Melanie’s 4:30 a.m. post. Hope Dan is resting better now, and that you all have a peaceful day. Many Plunderer prayers are being sent your way.

  8. BearSpiritDog
    11:25 am on September 21st, 2012

    Melanie: We just read your early, early morning post. Many Healing Prayers are coming your way today. Praying the report for Dan will be Good. All of you stay safe under the Quilt and get some much needed rest. Wish the Plunderers could be there to take turns helping and to take some of the stress off you and Zoe.

  9. SnowBella
    11:58 am on September 21st, 2012

    I’m worried about the Pack and their humans. Anyone up for a Plunderer prayer tonight?

  10. Masquers
    12:12 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Bella: We share your concern and will be standing by at the usual time and place for Prayer-time.

  11. Melanie
    12:17 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Dear Plunderers and All,
    Please check the Dishlickers SSD.

    Not sure when I’ll be back on. Dan is resting comfortably.

  12. Siber-H
    12:39 pm on September 21st, 2012

    We just read Melanie’s note. Hugs and prayers going out to the family. Please know that all of us are with you and love you.

  13. OleyHowlers
    12:51 pm on September 21st, 2012

    We read it too. All is quiet here as we send up our hopes and prayers for all of Melanie’s family.

  14. Rose
    1:05 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Melanie, sending you love, hugs, and prayers to your family.


  15. BearSpiritDog
    1:19 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Melanie: Sending our Love, Good Thoughts and continuing Prayers to you and your family.

  16. Barb & Maggie
    1:22 pm on September 21st, 2012

    We read it too. Thinking of all of you, Melanie. Know that we all care about you, Zoe, Dan and your family.

  17. CHH
    2:02 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Love and Prayers and Peace to Zoe, Dan and Melanie.

  18. SnowBella
    2:57 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Dear Plunderers,

    I spoke with Amalia moments ago. She and Leonard are making their way to Melanie’s house. They are preparing to offer up a very special prayer tonight. Leonard is preparing the necessary elements such as sweetgrass and tabacco. Amalia said that a prayer will be posted at 9pm (EST) tonight so we can join in the offering.


  19. OleyHowlers
    3:00 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Mom and Pop will not be here, but we Howlers will pray along. Mom and Pop will say their prayer on their own, and then read Amalia’s as soon as they get back home (after 10:00)

  20. Siber-H
    3:01 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Count us in, Rebecca

  21. dawson
    3:23 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Rebecca: Yes, I will be here. Prayers for Melanie & family.

  22. Barb & Maggie
    3:36 pm on September 21st, 2012

    We will be able to join in at 8:00 central time. Thank you A & L.

  23. BearSpiritDog
    5:02 pm on September 21st, 2012

    We will be joining in at 6 pm here on the West Coast.

  24. Princess Sam
    5:15 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Molly’s Mom got here a little while ago. We will be in on the prayers at 9 p.m.

  25. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    5:16 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Rebecca, thanks for letting us know and special thanks to Amalia and Leonard for the prayer tonight. Definitely count us in here in Chevy Chase. Melanie, our thoughts and prayers are with you constantly.

    Wookie, mom and dad

  26. Gus & BooBear
    5:19 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Melanie, our hearts and prayers are with you, Zoe and Dan tonight as always. He can still feel the wonderful love you have for him. We will be gone at prayer time, but a special prayer will be said from us until we can get back and read Leonard’s.

    Never doubt that your friends here love you all.

    Karen, G&BB

  27. SnowBella
    5:32 pm on September 21st, 2012

    CHH: Please check in with this here blog. I heard a flood warning has been issued in or near your neck of the woods.

    The quilt has been stocked with gluten-free snacks.

  28. bluecat
    5:46 pm on September 21st, 2012

    We’ll be here at 9. Meanwhile we continue to pray for Dan and Zoe and Melanie and the family to be at peace, and give thanks to A&L and Rebecca.

  29. Staff
    6:13 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Peace to Melanie, Zoe and Dan. Will meet you here at 8 p.m. Central.

  30. SnowBella
    6:16 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Bluecat: There is no need to thank me. Amalia and Leonard are very special. I feel like they are able to be the Plunderers’ proxy as we are separated by geography but want to be near to support Melanie and her family.

  31. Wose
    6:34 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Melanie, please know that my prayers continue to be with you and your family.
    I may or may not be able to attend, but I will say a special prayer tonight .

    Thank you, Rebecca for setting up the prayer, and special thanks to Amalia and Leonard for the loving hearts, and healing prayers.

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:30 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Dan!…The Man…sniffle!…I am thinking of Zoe, sending her pug kisses. I know Melanie is watching over Zoe too…snorkel!

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:32 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Home!…My freind finally got home from the damned-place and she is exhausted…sniff!… Has to do it all over again tomorrow…wheeze!…Her mother is upstairs crash-banging around making something for supper. Why is she so damned noisy all the time…huffle!

  34. SnowBella
    8:20 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Rose: The prayer offering was already in motion, I merely shared the message that it will be happening tonight.

    Rio: I am trying to think on the bright side for your friend and your treat budget. At least she will earn some good overtime.

  35. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:24 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Money!…The extra money will be nice but her days are filled with troubles. Over and over and over – trouble. People having trouble doing their jobs, can she help?…snort!..Hell, she can’t even do her own job, but she has to help everyone else she is supposed to “watch-over” …grunt!…Its very exhausting and frustrating to say the very least…wuffle!

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:27 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Game!…Oh praise dawg! The Rockies game is on…heh!…This will help my friend relax…snorkel!…I bet she will want to go on a long walk tonight too. She says that helps a lot…grump!

  37. SnowBella
    8:30 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Rio: I bet a pug kiss wouldn’t hurt either.

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Rebecca!…Actually they do hurt. Pug kisses, I mean….heh!…What with my snaggle-tooth teeth, they can hurt like hell…chorkel!

  39. SnowBella
    8:56 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Rio: Let me rephrase, I bet your pug kisses would make your friend feel better.

  40. Tupper and Gilly
    8:58 pm on September 21st, 2012

    We will be posting a traditional song of passing for Dan in just a minute

    He is still on this earth, but he is taking his leave. Please join in that his Spirit will feel free to go when it is time.

  41. Tupper and Gilly
    9:00 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Dan’s Passing Song

    Only the Mountains live forever
    Only the Rocks endure all time
    The Rivers pass, always changing
    The Trees first grow then wither with age

    The life we live upon this Earth
    Is just a moment in all of time
    We live to learn and share our wisdom
    We live to be who we should be

    For only the Mountains live forever
    Only the Rocks endure all time
    A life is passing this world we know
    To start again beyond the stars

    We sing the path of the life that is leaving
    To light the fires that will show his way
    His feet may dance along that highway
    We lift our hearts to sing his songs

    For only the Mountains live forever
    Only the Rocks endure all time
    We sing to the Spirits to guide this passing
    Watch for his Spirit and show him the way

    We sing of the youngest of four children
    Who grew to know the love of his life
    The Northern Lights sang and danced above them
    The night their hearts were first entwined

    Only the Mountains live forever
    Only the Rocks endure all time
    A Warrior willing to protect his people
    A Holy Man who honored the Creator’s ways

    His legacy is in his three children
    His legacy is in his other two
    His legacy is in the next generations
    Who learn of justice, honor and faith

    Only the Mountains live forever
    Only the Rocks endure all time
    His Spirit will soon be traveling on
    Always doing things in his own way

    This Spirit loved boats, and flying on water
    This Spirit loved planes and flying through air
    This Spirit loved building and planning and inventing
    This Spirit loved adventure, and puppies and words

    Only the Mountains live forever
    Only the Rocks endure all time
    We sing of the passing of the Great Raven
    We sing his fires to light his way

    We ask for the Spirits to come and guide him
    Take his hand, and dance him along
    Along the path to the next adventure
    Ease his path, remove his fears
    Let his last breath here be one of peace

    For only the Mountains live forever
    Only the Rocks endure all time
    The Rivers pass and Trees grow old
    In Creator’s hands, we live our lives.

  42. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:04 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Beautiful. Amen


  43. Princess Sam
    9:06 pm on September 21st, 2012


  44. Barb & Maggie
    9:06 pm on September 21st, 2012

    That is truly beautiful. What a wonderful tribute to Dan. May his passing be peaceful, and may he be surrounded by family and friends who love him.

  45. dawson
    9:08 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Go in peace, surrounded by love.

  46. SnowBella
    9:08 pm on September 21st, 2012

    “For only the mountains live forever,
    Only the rocks endure all time.”


    Amalia and Leonard: Thank you for allowing us to share in the song for Dan’s release and restoration.

  47. BearSpiritDog
    9:11 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Thank you from the heart Amalia and Leonard.
    Comfort and Peace to Melanie, Zoe and Dan.

  48. Staff
    9:23 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Thank you.

  49. dawson
    9:25 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Thanks to Dan for his stories especially White Wings and also for his generosity in giving us For the Love of Puppies. You will always be remembered with love and laughter.

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Sob!…Sob!Sob!Sob!… What a thing. What a mysterious thing it is….snuffle!…Dan has a great spirit, was an awesome physical man, now his soul will live on….sob!sob!….But we will miss him, we will. Even if I never met him, I will miss him dearly…sniffle!

  51. Siber-H
    9:35 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Beautiful and Peaceful. Thank You

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:40 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Rebecca!…Way back in 2010, I believe, Yes! that was when Gracie had puppies, Melanie sent us “regulars” an autographed Memoir Dan had written called, For the Love of Puppies…snort!…It’s a great book and I treasure my copy. Have you had the chance to read it yet? If not I will send you my copy if you want, but you will have to send it back to me without any Bellie stains on it….wuffle!

  53. bluecat
    9:53 pm on September 21st, 2012


  54. Tupper and Gilly
    10:04 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Dear Friends
    We know that your prayers have been felt and heard and cherished.

    We went to say our farewells to the Raven today. It is our way to welcome the spirits that will accompany him on his path to the next world. Blue corn and pollen are the traditional gifts that Spirits enjoy. So, blue corn and pollen were left on the doorsteps that Melanie’s father walked through, and at the foot of his bed. We believe that if the Spirits are welcomed, fed and honored this way, they dance and celebrate as they take the new Spirit on to the next world, making the journey a happy one.
    Tobacco and sage were also offered. This was very interesting as we felt it best to do this outside the house, in respect for oxygen tanks and allergies, etc. Although there was not even the faintest breeze, from inside the house, we watched Leonard offer the smoke which curled around the house to go towards the windows at the head of the bed where our friend rested. The smoke stayed right there, and gently scented the room.
    We also tied a braid of sweetgrass to the bed so its scent could bring restful dreams and sleep.
    We will no longer use the name of our friend, as we do not wish his Spirit to be confused and think we need it to stay. He is now, and for at least 4 days after leaving called only by relationship names. We suggest that if you wish to speak of this man, you refer to him by a way you will remember him. Also by doing this, you keep his accomplishments at the forefront of his being. So he is Melanie, Martha and Daniel’s father, Zoe’s husband, the father figure of OTAS and YSAS, the builder of churches, the author of White Wings and For the Love of Puppies, the grandfather of 10, the fire tower watcher, the Korean Era veteran, the great communicator, the great grandfather of 4, the family chef, and the friend we will miss in days to come.
    Thank you all for joining with us tonight. we are sad that this man will no longer be among us, but we celebrate his journey, and look forward to seeing him next time.
    Right now, there are a number of furry faces turned towards this side of the Rainbow Bridge, tails waggling in anticipation as they await the arrival of their friend who will be able to run with them again.

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Sob!…Sob!Sob!Sob!…It’s so hard to say goodbye.

  56. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:12 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Melanie: Our thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be going out to you and yours.

  57. Masquers
    10:31 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Amalia and Leonard: We are honored to have been included in the sacred ceremony this evening,.
    Thank you too for the special instructions.
    Melanie: Know that you and your dear family are surrounded by great love.

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:48 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Blog!…. Just how much happiness and sadness can this here blog take?…shuffle!…I mean together we have seen incredible highs and lows in human happiness and suffering…..wheeze!… It’s all been shared here in detail. We have all endured and taken comfort in the friendship and the quilt this blog provides. Tonight it falls short in the fact that we cannot personally hug each other and say everything will be alright. We cannot hug Zoe and Melanie and tell them we love them and we cannot bring them food or do their chores to lessen their daily burden…sniff!…This here blog is wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but it falls short during sorrowful times like this….wheeze!…It is what it is, and thank goodness that it IS. …sniffle!….But I feel so far away right now from my friends. …sob!

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:12 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Memories!….Do youse guys who have been around a long time remember when I first accused Melanie of reading only every other word of Chet’s daily post one day?….heh!…She took it very personally and started crying, Stover piped up and said, “Melanie, quit crying!”…har!… I had to apologize, sort of, to get Melanie to come back to the blog…snort!…. I immediately knew I liked Stover a lot, even though I did not know that much about her at the time. . …chuffle! …The thing is, Melanie did stay with the blog and she shared all her wonderful stories with us after that about her amazing family and the Pack. Thank Dawg!….heh!….That’s the way I remember it anyways….heh!

  60. SnowBella
    11:22 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Rio: I wish we could all be geographically close especially when hearts hurt. Tonight, in my minds eye, I can see us all with the quilt around our shoulders encircling Melanie and her family. Should to shoulder, we plunder on. (Sorry, B).

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:24 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Rebecca!…Its still not the same….sniffle!

  62. Tupper and Gilly
    11:25 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Rio – May your tail grow ever curlier as your grand little pug heart grows larger.
    We are together tonight. Mama is hugging your friend tight, and holding Melanie and Zoe too.
    We are blessed.

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:25 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Best!…It’s the best we can do, right now…sob!

  64. SnowBella
    11:28 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Rio: I know, but I am grateful for it. Life seems a little easier when you know you are cared for and care in return even if it is by and for someone you couldn’t pick out of a line up.

    A town north of us was evacuated due to flooding. I came into town south of us to get extra dog food should we lose access to roads or our driveway become impassable. Likely, by the time I return home all youse will be in bed, but know that I will be saying an extra prayer of gratitude for all youse and a prayer of comfort for Melanie and her family.

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:31 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Heavy!…Me and my friends hearts are so heavy tonight, and she tells me this is a very selfish feeling, but I feel it anyways…sniffle!…He will be going soon. And I never got to meet him….sob!

  66. Siber-H
    11:33 pm on September 21st, 2012

    I’m thankful Melanie shares her family with us.

    Night Everyopne

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:42 pm on September 21st, 2012

    Rebecca!…Get home safe!…grunt!…And lock yer doors tonight after everyone is fed and bed….whiffle!…Goodnight from us here.

  68. Tupper and Gilly
    1:19 am on September 22nd, 2012

    we know everyone is asleep tonight, but most will check in in the morning.

    Today, the world has one less Raven. He has gone with the Spirits, and is now dancing along his path.

    Farewell, Raven. Please come to guide us when it is our turn.


  69. SnowBella
    1:21 am on September 22nd, 2012

    May Dan’s journey be peaceful and his loved ones be comforted.

  70. CHH
    1:58 am on September 22nd, 2012

    I just got word that my father died in Kentucky around 8:00 KY time. Please keep me in your prayers/thoughts.

  71. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:23 am on September 22nd, 2012

    I am in tears. So strong are the bonds of love that they are carried by spirit, from Plunderer to Plunderer, from heart to heart.

    May these two good men meet on their journey.

    May the hearts of those who love them find comfort.

  72. SnowBella
    4:02 am on September 22nd, 2012

    The Bridge is a busy place tonight.

    CHH: Please take as much of the quilt as you need. There is plenty of room. My heart is full of peace and comfort for you and those greiving the passing of your father. May his journey be easy, with welcome arms on the other side.

  73. SnowBella
    5:18 am on September 22nd, 2012

    I received a text from AJ not too long ago. He made it through Canada and is back in Alaska. He offered thoughts of comfort to both Melanie and CHH.

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