A Thing Of Beauty

“Don’t you just love it?” says Spence.

“I do,” says Admin.

“Chet seems to love it, too.”

“From the way he’s eyeing it like that?”

“Yup. How about we try hanging it a little higher? On account of his leaping ability, and all.”

Yes, I love leaping, no doubt about it. But why would I want to nibble at this beautiful quilt, for example over here, where this tiny baseball seems to be sticking out, practically asking to be –


Quilt Quote of the Day (from the back of the quilt): Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job – Franklin P. Jones.

Request from Admin: Is there already a good photo of the quilt out there? David at Atria wants to see it and our photo capability quotient is low for the next day or two.


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149 Responses to “A Thing Of Beauty”

  1. Riö - The Evil
    4:48 am on September 16th, 2010

    Admin!…Tell David at Atria to go to http://www.2kniwits.blogspot.com for some quilt photos… grunt!… I am so thrilled and happy that all the guys love The Quilt!… snort! … Damn fine Mission Accomplished!…woooo!

  2. Riö - The Evil
    4:54 am on September 16th, 2010

    Hmmm!…. I tried the link and it didn’t work… Maybe use this one?


  3. B.Stover
    4:57 am on September 16th, 2010

    Love the title of the post and the quilt quote.

    Chet: Those little baseballs would not be good for you.

    As Rio wrote above, Staff's website has a good picture of the final quilt. Wonder why David from Atria (the publisher!) wants to see it.

    Yes, Rio, mission accomplished. It was your idea and a very fine one. (Loved Rockie's report from yesterday.)

  4. Riö - The Evil
    5:00 am on September 16th, 2010

    Yes!… The second one worked!…snort!…I must have missed a special character in the address…sniff!…Sometimes my claws get too long and typing is harder than normal…grunt!

  5. Riö - The Evil
    5:02 am on September 16th, 2010

    Quilt Quote!… I love the quote too! I did not see it on the original version of the label, she must have added it later…snort!

  6. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    5:21 am on September 16th, 2010

    Thanks to all the plunderes (and my mom and Staff too); we should be very proud of the wonderful creation that we have produced through our collective efforts. It just shows how totally special our blog family has become.

    And a very special separate thanks to Commander Rio, our fearless leader and inspiration, who make it all possible. And insured that the marauding goats did not mess it up in the end.

    Rockie — you can have the rest of the day off. I think there may be some interesting wine corks around.


  7. B.Stover
    5:25 am on September 16th, 2010

    Yes, Staff, did you add the quotation later?

    Kirby: To answser your question from last night about stopping the underlining of text: To start it you used a paranthesis and the icon I don't know the name of (sideways carrot) and then the instruction icon and then closed paranthesis. You do the same to stop it but after the first paranthesis you have to use the backslash icon.

  8. B.Stover
    5:30 am on September 16th, 2010

    Kirby: Heck….I didn't mean paranthesis above. To start the underlining you used the sideways carrot icon, then the instruction icon then the closed sideways carrot icon. You do the same to stop it but you put a backslash icon right after the first sideways carrot icon and before the information icon.

    Good grief! Does any of that makes sense? Let me see if I can use the icons in paranthesis–which you should not use–and hopefully it won't perform the task. ( )

  9. B.Stover
    5:32 am on September 16th, 2010

    Sorry Kirby but I can't use an illustration because it doesn't work. Above it just put the parantheses.

  10. Riö - The Evil
    5:33 am on September 16th, 2010

    Stover!… It’s tricky business trying to explain tags on a live webpage…heh!…Best thing to do is send MinPin the link someone put up for you that day you were questioning the tags….grunt!

  11. C. Harris
    5:37 am on September 16th, 2010

    Chet is so busy seeing the baseballs he must not have yet noticed that there are cats in the quilt. :-}

  12. Sam
    5:53 am on September 16th, 2010

    I'm being hauled off to the groomer now, so I have to be quick. My family won't take me to Salem, Mass. on Saturday. If there's a Princess look-alike contest, please use my picture from the quilt as an entry. Even though they keep cutting my hair, this is what I would look like if it grew. Unfortunately I have to post the picture of that shameless Babycakes, raising her paw to try to con the judges. I would never do that.

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1284648746-Maltese Show Dog.jpg[/img]

  13. Mollie (a black pood
    6:18 am on September 16th, 2010

    The quilt is A Thing of Beauty. I don't remember that quote either. Maybe there will be a picture of the quilt in every book store across the country…

    Macy: Thanks, I had to time it just right to post in between the baseball reports.

  14. B.Stover
    6:19 am on September 16th, 2010

    Rio and Kirby: The problem with that website which I no longer have (did FK post the address?) was that an ad was right on top of the text and I couldn't close it or remove it. I'll see if I can find another site.

  15. Staff
    6:26 am on September 16th, 2010

    Hi guys,

    The quotes from the back of the quilt are from a strip of fabric that was sewn in to be a tube for hanging the quilt on a curtain hanger. I was not sure if they would need it, but I put it on just in case.

    It was from a piece of fabric that Wookie's Mom sent along. There were quotes from lots of people about dogs on it. I think there are 10 across the upper back of the quilt.

    I took pictures of it when I took the photo of the label, but it was so long(39") that they didn't show up well. And my camera wasn't about to take 10 individual photos and upload them in a timely manner. So I didn't put them up on the blog.

    I hope Spence will dole them out eventually.


  16. dawson
    6:27 am on September 16th, 2010

    Chet: Do you smell cat?

    B. Stover: I was just about to congratulate you on explaining to Macy Min Pin (not Kirby) how to stop the special instructions when you posted a second time and came up with a sideways carrot. What is a sideways carrot? I've always used the parentheses for this.

    Rio: Thanks for the original idea of the quilt. As Staff has said: "It's all your fault."

    B. Stover: I don't know whether to put a period inside the quotation marks or outside quotation marks.

    C.Harris: There's frost on the pumpkin this morning.

  17. Staff
    6:29 am on September 16th, 2010


    Whenever I get an ad like that I hit control and then W and it will go away. I love using Control/W. It gives me a great feeling of power.


  18. Riö - The Evil
    6:30 am on September 16th, 2010

    Tags!… Tring something here. <code> </code> …test.

  19. Siberian Husky
    6:32 am on September 16th, 2010

    Yes, it was FK that posted the link to the website. It's a good website but one look at it, and I knew I didn't have the patience for that kind of stuff. I have ADD just like Chet.

    Chet likes our baseballs! (Rio's and Staff's baseballs)

    I like Molly's (ABP) idea of a picture of the quilt in every bookstore.

    I think Sam should be allowed to enter the look alike contest with her quilt photo since she can't find a driver. I would go up there and drive her, but mom says, NO. Mom's afraid I would take a very long way home with her credit card. Sorry Sam, I tried.

  20. Riö - The Evil
    6:38 am on September 16th, 2010

    Okay!… To close a Tag, here are a few examples of tags, <code> </code> …. Put a “/” (forward slash ) after the <code><</code> in the ending tag right after the words you want highlighted.

  21. Melanie
    6:38 am on September 16th, 2010

    The Pack asked if they could pick up Sam, but Zoë said we need both vehicles right now. Bummer Sam, sorry.

  22. Staff
    6:40 am on September 16th, 2010

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1284651574-ATT000099.jpg[/img]

    A friend just sent me some funny signs. This was one of them….

  23. Riö - The Evil
    6:41 am on September 16th, 2010

    Sammie!….I have a strong feeling that the look-alike contest is one where you have to Be Present To Win….heh!….Sorry cupcake, another missed opportunity for fame and glory….snicker!

  24. Siberian Husky
    6:45 am on September 16th, 2010

    I just had a thought, when David from Artia sees the quilt, maybe he will see how much we appreciate Spence, and give him more money next time. We love Chet! (and all the other books)

  25. Melanie
    6:49 am on September 16th, 2010

    Someone in the government with a sense of humor!!!

  26. Melanie
    6:51 am on September 16th, 2010

    I'm all for giving the publishing company to give Spence more money. Maybe he could buy a few thousand Hawaiian pants and help Bernie out a bit.

  27. Siberian Husky
    6:52 am on September 16th, 2010

    Rio? Where was Rocky last night? A goat was killed here in a drive by shooting last night. The goat was the intended target.

  28. Mollie (a black pood
    6:55 am on September 16th, 2010

    Staff: Love the sign, love the quote. I hope we get to read a quote a day. No, Rio, I have not had a Martini…yet…

  29. Siberian Husky
    6:59 am on September 16th, 2010

    That's a cute sign, and they can spell. At my dog park, the city has spelled legal, "leagal".

  30. Riö - The Evil
    7:07 am on September 16th, 2010

    Shot!…. A goat was shot? I wonder if he was caught stealing mail. It is a federal offence you know…grunt! …As far as I know Rockie was out with his Hillbilly friends last night so he probably has an iron clad alibi…snort!

  31. Siberian Husky
    7:11 am on September 16th, 2010

    It is more likely that whoever shot the goat was so drunk or strung out on drugs that they thought they were shooting a rival gang member. I think Rocky is innocent, this time.

  32. B.Stover
    7:11 am on September 16th, 2010

    Brilliant Rio! How did you do it?

    Dawson: In Rio's post of 11:30 above he shows what I'm calling a sideways carrot and what web designers seem to call a bracket.

    Staff: Thank you for the tip about the control W.

    I've been having fun, but got carried away looking at websites about web designing. It looks fascinating but as confusing and difficult as tin futures. Anyway, here is a site that shows the "appearance" of a beginning tag and an ending tag. I chose the "strike" example.


  33. B.Stover
    7:13 am on September 16th, 2010

    Now I'm testing the superscript tag to see what happens.

  34. B.Stover
    7:15 am on September 16th, 2010

    Nothing happened. However, the dvd of season one of The Good Wife arrived (as did the dvd for season two of Fringe)!!

  35. Riö - The Evil
    7:20 am on September 16th, 2010

    Stover!… To show the tags in the text I had to put a set of different tags around them…heh!… Programming! What a hoot!…snort!

  36. B.Stover
    7:27 am on September 16th, 2010

    Sorry Kirby and Macy. I thought it was Kirby who asked about the strike out line.

    Dawson: In American usage the general rule about punctuation and quotation marks is, periods and commas go inside the quotation mark; question marks and exclamation marks go outside unless either is part of the quotation in which case it goes inside. If you are citing the source of a quotation, however, I'd have to change this explanation. I assume you aren't citing a source.

    Rockie's alibi would probably be all of the wine corks….

  37. Riö - The Evil
    7:30 am on September 16th, 2010

    Grunt!… another test!…

    value=Sammie, Lexi, Min Pin

  38. Riö - The Evil
    7:31 am on September 16th, 2010

    Nope! …Didn't work…grunt!

  39. Mollie (a black pood
    7:38 am on September 16th, 2010

    Like Siber H, I don't have patience for the tag stuff, so here is a nice site to look at baby animals – http://www.zooborns.com/
    You can choose an animal or a zoo. I chose baby Otters and they are the cutest things I have seen.

  40. Gus and BooBear
    7:54 am on September 16th, 2010

    B, we hope u like "The Good Wife". We think it is a great show! Did we punctuate that correctly?

  41. B.Stover
    7:55 am on September 16th, 2010

    Thank you Mollie ABP. I like the Komodo dragons. (Betty White is holding one.) I've never heard of them so will have to do further research. First I have to run errands.

  42. B.Stover
    7:57 am on September 16th, 2010

    G&BB: Actually the period should be inside the quotation mark, like so–We hope you like "The Good Wife."

    8:26 am on September 16th, 2010

    Rio, We finally went back and saw Rockie when he was in his Chimp disguise. What a hoot!

    Here is a photo of me guarding our coop against rattys and even marauding goats!

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1284657993-Maggie at the Coop (Small).jpg[/img]

    8:28 am on September 16th, 2010

    And here is another one of me with little 3 month old Topaz who came to play with me recently.

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1284658096-Maggie and Topaz (Small).jpg[/img]

    8:31 am on September 16th, 2010

    Will try again.

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1284658304-Maggie and Topaz (Small).jpg[/img]

  46. Bluecat
    8:40 am on September 16th, 2010

    awwww…mom wants a puppy and a Maggie. You're beautiful and that's one nice looking coop.

    Bee – Komodo dragons have been known to bite humans.

  47. Jasper the Poodle
    8:45 am on September 16th, 2010

    Love the quilt, love all the photos! Reading Nancy's blog was cool too. My mom spent a bit of her morning at the dentist getting something called "crown prep." She took 2 shots and the gas and spent an hour and a half in her happy place with a hammock on the beach and Rob Pattinson. Huh! Then she gave the dentist another $600, then decided it was time for breakfast and had bacon. BACON! What a wonderful reward. Mom said she'd rather of had some Pattinson, but me, bacon makes me feel tip top.

  48. Siberian Husky
    9:27 am on September 16th, 2010

    What cute pictures! Maggie, you are urgently needed in England. Prince Charlie's garden has become infested with very large rats. I imagine the Royal family would spare no expense to get rid of them.

    Stover, I think Komodo Dragons have killed people. I learned that on the National Geographic channel. They are neat lizzards, though. I'll look at them on Molly's link…maybe I can find some wolf puppies.

  49. Gus and BooBear
    9:28 am on September 16th, 2010

    B., we thought that since "The Good Wife" was a title that it should be enclosed in the quotation marks and then the period to end the sentence. Guess all those years since college (too many to mention) have left knowledge gaps. In high school Mom used to love to diagram sentences. Do they even do that anymore?

    Magpie, you are gorgeous. Is the puppy another child of the gentleman that sired you?

  50. Siberian Husky
    9:40 am on September 16th, 2010

    Found wolf puppies and dingo puppies!!! CUTE!!!!

    9:43 am on September 16th, 2010

    G & B, No she isn't closely related. We might share some greats or great-greats.

    Siber-H, We think you are right about the Komodos. We saw a show on Animal Planet or Discovery, and I think they give off some sort of paralyzing poison in their bite. Not positive.

  52. dawson
    9:43 am on September 16th, 2010

    Maggie and Topaz: What beautiful coats you have!

    Barb: That's a chicken coop? Looks like a palace. No wonder the rats keep trying to move in.

    9:45 am on September 16th, 2010

    Bluecat, Thank you, thank you.

  54. B.Stover
    9:49 am on September 16th, 2010

    G&BB: Depending on the "style sheet" you are following, titles of tv shows could be put in italics. (That would be the case if you were using MLA–Modern Language Association–which is what most English departments use.) AP (Associated Press) however, would put those titles in quotation marks.

    In my answer to Dawson, the reason I said "American usage" is because in England they do the opposite. If we were in England, your example of the period outside of the quotation mark would be correct. I don't know what they do in Canada. Life would be much simpler if everyone used one standard style sheet.

  55. Melanie
    9:58 am on September 16th, 2010

    Bluecat: I agree. That chicken coop is awesome!

    Had to get poked today. Staff: more power to you for being nice about being poked so much!

  56. dawson
    10:03 am on September 16th, 2010

    B. Stover: Thank goodness I am a dual citizen. That means I can put the punctuation wherever I think is best at that moment in time. 🙂

  57. B.Stover
    10:15 am on September 16th, 2010

    Dawson: Not in my class! (Just kidding.)

    Komodo dragons grow to be huge! One could swallow a goat whole. Here is the Wikipedia article.


  58. Siberian Husky
    10:16 am on September 16th, 2010

    I'm going to get poked today. It is off to the vet soon to get one vaccination and my heartworm test. I know I'm minority of one here, but I like going to the vet.

    I like Dawson's solution to punctuation, so I am going to declare myself a dual citizen.

    10:20 am on September 16th, 2010

    Dawson, You are funny. We like your solution to punctuation.

    Barb had our coop made to match our house. She figured that if we ever move, someone else might use it as a playhouse, garden shed, etc. Just on the outside chance that they didn't like chickens. Hee

  60. B.Stover
    10:32 am on September 16th, 2010

    Melanie: I hope you're okay….regardless of the poke.

    SH: Why do you like going to the vet?

  61. Mollypop
    10:44 am on September 16th, 2010

    This was a travel day for us to come back to Buffalo and to Sam's house, the little diva. She's off getting groomed and playing with her friend Jack (sorry Wolfie). She thought she was going for hair extentions but I really think she's getting clipped.

  62. Mollie (a black pood
    11:06 am on September 16th, 2010

    Siber H: Been there, done that, not fun. (Went last week as it was rabies shot time. Have to get them to get a license. It was not too bad, though, my vet is very nice and I get treats afterward)

    Saw the wolf puppies, very cute, liked the Red Wolf ones.

    For the Cats on the blog, the cats are cute too, especially the Clouded Leopard one.

  63. Wölfie Wigglebu
    11:06 am on September 16th, 2010

    Are we allowed to vote for the "Look Alike Contest"? If so, I cast 1,000 for Sammie as princess and 1,000 votes for Kirby for best ears.

    (I don't it's fair that we have to be there in person. It isn't our fault that we are not allowed to drive or own cars!!)

  64. Wölfie Wigglebu
    11:08 am on September 16th, 2010

    And just to clarify….those wolfie puppies don't belong to me! I've been neutered!

    Wha….?? You mean to say that you are talking about wolf puppies and not wolfie puppies?

    Oh. I knew that.


  65. Riö - The Evil
    11:09 am on September 16th, 2010

    Uh oh!…. Lil Sammie’s going to be pissed!… snort!… It’s sort of like being told you are going to the baseball game and then ending up with a thermometer up your butt…grunt!

  66. Riö - The Evil
    11:13 am on September 16th, 2010

    Snort!… I may have just figured out why SiberH likes going to the Vet….grunt!

  67. Wölfie Wigglebu
    11:21 am on September 16th, 2010

    Rio! I'm shocked!

  68. Wölfie Wigglebu
    11:26 am on September 16th, 2010

    Guess what? Mom justed ordered her TFAT from the Poisoned Pen!!

    Spence will be there on October 2nd!

    The lady at the bookstore was very nice and had already talked to one of us plunderers. (Sorry Bee, that doesn't look quite right.)

    She had a copy of the book but hadn't read it yet. She was savoring it.

  69. dawson
    11:27 am on September 16th, 2010

    Me too! And I'm happy to say that I have never been told I was going to a baseball game and then…..have THAT happen to me

  70. Riö - The Evil
    11:27 am on September 16th, 2010

    What!?… You’ve never had to endure “the” thermometer?…snort!,,,, Aren’t you the lucky fellow.

  71. Wölfie Wigglebu
    11:27 am on September 16th, 2010

    Barb – I love your coop! I would love to see a photo of your house too!

  72. Melanie
    11:30 am on September 16th, 2010

    Fast talk with YSAS between takes. He's in a courtroom scene (in the background, not the jury) and Michael J. Fox is in it. He doesn't know when it will show.

    my Punctuation differs from hour to Hour; depending ON "the tiredness factor." !! ?

  73. dawson
    11:35 am on September 16th, 2010

    Malanie: You make me laugh!

  74. Riö - The Evil
    11:38 am on September 16th, 2010

    Wow!… Clarkson is in the same room with all the big actors then. Possibly for hours and hours, maybe even days!!….snort!… He is the coolest young actor I’ve ever known!…. heh! … Ask him how Michael J. is doing physically these days?….wheeze!

  75. Barb & Maggie
    11:52 am on September 16th, 2010

    Wolfie, I will see what I can find for a pic of the house. Why did Staff call you Wolfie WW, and not WB? Where is the Poisoned Pen? Barb ordered a copy from either the signing on 10/2 or 10/3. She thinks it was the TX location.

  76. Barb & Maggie
    12:10 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Rio, Barb and I watched The Long Long Trailer the other night, per your recommendation. It was quite entertaining, and still good after 56 years. People realy used to get dressed up like that in those days, which looks weird now.

    Barb Googled Lucy and Desi – she was quite a business woman, and ahead of her times. Television was in its infancy in 1951 when I Love Lucy started. The network wanted it filmed in New York, and they lived in LA, so as part of the negotiations, Desilu got ownership of the shows. The rerun concept was unheard of, and the newwork big wigs didn't think there was much value to the shows. As they said, who would want to watch a show they had already seen! Of course the shows have been in syndication for well over 50 years and have made millions!

    The other thing that she thought was funny, is that Lucy was actually pregnant with her 2nd child when they made her pregnacy part of the show. First they said a pregnant woman could NOT be shown on tv, then they relented but you had to say "expecting" as the p word could not be spoken on the air. Have we come a long way or what?

  77. B.Stover
    12:12 pm on September 16th, 2010

    The Poison Pen is in Arizona and I believe that's the Oct. 2 signing. I ordered my copy there also via email.

    Wolfie: Your sentence is grammatically correct. The subject of the compound sentence is "Lady" and, therefore, "us plunderers" is correct since it is the object of the sentence. ("Us" is the objective case. "We" is the subjective case–subject of a sentence.)

  78. Riö - The Evil
    12:14 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Lucy!… My friend could watch that movie over and over and over….snort!… And she does! Wasn’t the Ceasar Salad scene too funny!…heh! …Parts of the movie were actually filmed here in our state….wheeze!

  79. Jasper the Poodle
    12:23 pm on September 16th, 2010

    My mom went to the locally owned bookstore to buy hardcovers of DOI, THAT, and to preorder TFAT, (she has read library copies of the first 2) but the only book available was a paperback of THAT. Mom came home and ordered what she wanted from Amazon instead. Me? I don't mind when mom is on the laptop because I just lay on the left arm of her chair and snuggle up to her arm and snooze away. Which, of course is exactly what I'm doing right now.

  80. Riö - The Evil
    12:29 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Coop!…Geeze, Barbs chickens are living the life!… snort!… Their house is bigger and better than ours here. Too bad it is infested with baby rats!…heh! …Although, all those babies are probably quite big and long by now… yeep!

  81. Barb & Maggie
    12:40 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Rio, The Ceasar salad scene was the best part. Really funny. Only thing Barb couldn't get used to was the names Nicky and Tracy, instead of Ricky and Lucy. Did you read all that stuff Barb wrote about them? Interesting, we thought. Also, their idea for a show didn't go over at first, because the network didn't think the public would watch a show about "a redhead married to a Cuban".

  82. B.Stover
    12:51 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Hi Jasper. Are things okay after the dentist?

  83. Gus and BooBear
    1:04 pm on September 16th, 2010

    SiberH…how strange you like going to the vet, but not the groomer. Must be the water factor.

  84. Melanie
    1:34 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Barb & MagPie: I told Zoë to look at your chicken coop. She is very impressed.

    Riö: MJF's role has the same disease, so he need not hide it. YSAS says it does not seem to slow MJF down at all.

  85. Mollypop
    1:43 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Barb and MagPie! Love the coop. What a place! I'm sure the chickens also have TV.

  86. Barb & Maggie
    2:00 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Mollypop, There is no TV, as chickens have a very short attention span and probably would lose focus. They do however, have a couple of chicken pictures hanging on the walls. Barb did not realize how much dust chickens make, so the pictures are usally hard to see.

  87. B.Stover
    2:28 pm on September 16th, 2010

    I've been watching The Good Wife and really like it. Court scenes are always enjoyable. Mr. Big was really a jerk in this series.

  88. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:35 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Hey everybody! Thanks for all the "best ears" talk! Too bad I don't have a webcam — you'd see me blushing! I really don't remember what happened to break my ear — that happened before I got my forever home — but since everyone seems to like it, I guess it was a happy accident. At least I'm going to view it that way!

  89. Barb & Maggie
    2:43 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Kirby, Never realized that you had an accident. Just thought you had a cute little floppy ear!

  90. Jasper the Poodle
    2:44 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Hi B. I, and the dentist, continue to plunder on. I have appt in 2 weeks for a crown and then this crazy journey can end. I wouldn't mind a different kind of trip…like shotgun in a Porsche with my nose in the air…

  91. Siberian Husky
    2:45 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Stover, Mom thinks I like going to the vet because the moment I walk in the door they start stuffing treats in my mouth and keep on doing it the whole time I am there. I have mastered the art of being irresistible at the vet clinic, and I have them well trained there. Also, mom uses a lot of "happy talk" with dogs, which she learned about a lot time ago by reading books on dog mushing. "Happy talk" is much different than sympathizing with the dog.

    Rio, They use the kind of thermometer that they stick in your ear at my clinic. ha ha

    Gus&BooBear, You guessed it…it is the water at the groomers. I like to be brushed.

  92. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:50 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: I can't remember back that far, but I've heard Mom and Dad talking about what might have happened to my ear. Since Dad found me on the loose, they just figured that something had happened to me, since only one ear flops. The other one is perfect — although I kind of think they're both perfect, because Mom always says it was that floppy ear that made her break down and let me stay, even though they already had two dogs!

  93. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:00 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Rio: Sorry I didn't answer your questions last night, but once again Mom conked out and I couldn't get back to the computer. But not to worry, Mom was the one who was in a bad way, not me. I've always got plenty of food, water and treats! In fact — truth be told — they kind of spoil me around here!!! As for Buford, He just kind of hangs around sleeping all day. But he gets plenty of food, water and treats, too. He gets a special kind of food that keeps him from getting allergies. (I eat it, too, so Buford won't get into my food and get sick.) The store where Mom used to buy the special food closed a couple months ago, and Mom was scrambling to find another place that had it. Luckily, she was able to find a new store. (Don't tell SiberH, but it's a place where two ladies do grooming!)

  94. Barb & Maggie
    3:02 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Siber H, Ok explain the difference between happy talk and sympathizing. Barb knows she isn't supposed to do a lot of baby talking to me when there is a thunder storm, because that make me more afraid. So what is happy talk?

  95. Riö - The Evil
    3:08 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Hey!….Kirby’s back again!…snort!…Good deal. Tonight my friend brought home fried chicken and some other crappy stuff from the grocery store….wheee!… What a treat! I got some of it, I got my share, it took a lot of begging but I was relentless!…grunt!….I don’t know if you guys know how relentless I can be when I really want something…heh!

    Kirby!…We are watching the finale of Top Chef right now! ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? …grunt!….Angelo is lying in bed pretending to be sick (that’s what it looks like to us on Prep Day!) and that poor other famous Chef is doing all the hard work for him… gag!…We say Anyone but Angelo is good to win this! Those other two guys are awesome….grunt!

  96. B.Stover
    3:20 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Kirby: It is so noble of you to make sure Buford doesn't eat any of your food.

    SH: It seems to me that a thermometer put in the ear could be dangerous. What if you shook your head.

    Everyone: Do we know how relentless Rio can be when he wants something? (I'm glad your friend is eating more than cottage cheese tonight.)

  97. Riö - The Evil
    3:30 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Stover!….Are you teasing me??…sniff!…I’ll twirl around twice and YEEP at you if you are!…heh!…We are in a good mood here tonight because all her busy season place Out-Of-Towners are leaving tomorrow and she is very relieved …snort!…Plus, we have actual food to eat tonight….gruff! …And ice cream!…zow!

  98. Riö - The Evil
    3:34 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Gasp!….That whole thermometer thing just annoys me to no end (heh)… snort!….What the hell? It’s the most embarrassing thing I have to endure every time I am tricked into going to the Vet!… grunt!… SiberH’s Vet sounds like a Quacky Duck… snort!

  99. Siberian Husky
    3:37 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Barb is right about not sympathizing during a thunder storm. I'll try on this…when going to the vet, in a calm but up– beat voice, say, "Here we are at the vets"…the human needs to make like they are having fun. Mom has talked dogs into liking riding in the back of her truck by acting like it was so much fun and the dog was lucky to get to do that. Before anyone panics, mom's truck has a shell on it, is insulated, and is fixed up for dogs.

    I guess the most important thing is the human needs to act like they are very, calmly, sure of what they are doing and that this is FUN! This is never done in the high squeaky voice that some dogs owners use , but that voice is okay for praise.

    Iditarod dogs just don't make it to the finish line in Nome unless they are "Happy Talked" part of the way. Some mushers even sing to their dogs. I have asked mom not to sing to me. She can't sing and that would be torture. I hope this helps, Barb

  100. Mollypop
    3:45 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Oh B. – We do absolutely know how relentless Rio can be when he wants something. But my dog lips are sealed. (snicker)

  101. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:46 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Mmmmmm! I just had a tasty treat! Dad has duty tonight, so we're having a late supper. Mom's making a chicken casserole that has cream of mushroom soup in it — only Dad doesn't like mushrooms. So Mom puts the soup through a strainer and only uses the cream part. The mushrooms go into my food dish! Yum yum!!!

  102. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:50 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Rio: Lots of drama on "Top Chef"! (Notice the exclamation point goes outside the quotes!) Angelo's illness is just some of it. My favorite part is when Padma says, "You're our Top Chef" to…oh, wait. I guess I shouldn't say who just yet!!!

  103. Joe Erickson
    3:53 pm on September 16th, 2010

    The pictures of the quilt were great, you guys did an amazing job!

  104. Siberian Husky
    3:54 pm on September 16th, 2010

    I don't think "happy talk" will work during a thunderstorm, but if there is something that a dog really likes to do, like play ball, that might work during a thunderstorm. The human always needs to act like nothing is wrong and life is normal during a thunderstorm.

    Stover, the thermometer is just quickly touched to the tip of the inside of the ear, and gives you a reading in an instant. It is not left in the ear like it is you know where. Rio, your vet needs to get out of the middle ages.

  105. C. Harris
    3:56 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Dawson: frost on the pumpkins is right! It has been below freezing in the mornings for a couple of weeks now. Everyone I know has dug up their garden. However, the sun still warms things up during the day to around 60 although I see on the computer that next week the high is to be in the 50s. Losing daylight every day now. But we are all happy campers as it could be snowing. I have been putting off getting my winter tires on so I will probably end up with a bunch of people at the tire shop while in is blizzarding outside.

    Siber-Husky: you really have to plan to visit and bring your owner. I feel for huskies who are away from their "natural home," something just isn't right. How did you manage to live in the 'lower 48' ???

  106. Siberian Husky
    4:14 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, C.Harris for understanding. Thank you for your invitation to visit. I may gripe a lot about our non-weather, but us huskies do okay here as long as our owners are careful with us in the heat, and as long as our owners find lots of other good stuff for us to do since there is no snow here. Mom does drive me up into the mountains to see the snow. People do have huskies in places like Florida and southern Arizona, but mom and I don't know how they manage there.

    Truth be told, I would rather not live in the lower 48. I have saved up a lot of books about the Arctic to read this winter.

    Our daily high temperature is still around 90 degrees, but it was 102 in Phoenix yesterday.

  107. Riö - The Evil
    4:17 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Wow!…C. Harris must be drinking Martinis tonight !… snort!…That is the most she has posted in a very long time.. Hi C. Harris! We Love hearing from you as far away as the Arctic!!!… wheeze!…. I hope Chet is paying attention and knows about you! As far as I am concerned you are one of the Plunderers too! …sniff!

  108. Riö - The Evil
    4:21 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Kirby!…Regarding Top Chef!…snort!snort!…We are Very Happy Indeed!…sigh!

  109. Mollypop
    4:21 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Siber-H – Don't forget that I asked you to come here for a visit last winter. It was a warm winter so let's try again. Here at the Holiday Valley ski resort they have sled dog races. Mom has met the dogs while she was Safety Patrolling. She said they pull up in pick-up trucks with cabs that have a window for each dog.

  110. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:26 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Rio: We were rooting for Tiffany here, but once she packed her knives and left we were leaning toward Ed — especially when he started winning so many challenges. I would have liked it if he had won, but we were with you in the anybody-but-Angelo camp! Kevin annoyed me a little with the "nobody wants to win as much as I do" garbage, over and over again — why else would everybody else be there if they didn't want to win?! And other people had big plans for that money, too! Oh well, I can live with Ed — but not literally!!!

  111. B.Stover
    4:26 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Thanks Joe Erickson.

    SH: Okay. I feel better about the thermometer.

    Rio: Yes, please twirl around twice and YEEP.

  112. Riö - The Evil
    4:34 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Hey!… Her next door neighbor just brought over 4 home grown tomatoes!…sniff!sniff!… I don’t like tomatoes but she does and she is so happy right now cutting up tomato and avacado topped with cottage cheese (disgusting!). and some simple pasta along with parm cheese…golly!

  113. Alice Johnson
    4:41 pm on September 16th, 2010

    I too would like to see Rio twirl around twice and yeep. Do you do it for ice cream, Rio? Maybe your friend can get us a video of it.

    And Yes! I do know how Rio is when he wants something. That is the reason we have a Plunderer's Quilt. 😀

  114. Siberian Husky
    4:47 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Thank you Molly. I can't believe that my friends are inviting me to come see them. My mom hates it when I invite myself. You may have more snow this winter because we are suppose to have even less moisture than normal. We love those dog trucks.

  115. Riö - The Evil
    5:03 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Hmmmphf!…As I get the feeling I am being ridiculed because of my special communication techniques, I will Not be Twirling or Yeeping anytime soon in front of a Kamera, hidden or Not!…snuff!…Besides, she doesn’t really know how to use the kamera part very well!…heh!

    Yes!… Persistence vs Patience – I’ll take Persistence very time… dammit!… Patience is for those nasty bad tempered birds that fly around and crap on cars out of spite… grunt! …Why do you think they are so pissed off anyway???….cough!

  116. Sam
    5:14 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Rio being relentless about wanting something? Pick me, pick me. Oh wait, Mom is saying, well, oh nevermind.

  117. Riö - The Evil
    5:16 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Kirby!…Regarding Ed on Top Chef!… snort! … His Pro-Helper produced one of the most boring looking desserts we have ever seen on Top Chef!….cough!…It seemed almost like a “set-up” for poor Ed. Which given the fact that it is a “Reality Show” is quite believable….grunt!…We here tend to believe about ¼ of what we are seeing on this show…. Heh!…Somehow, it still manages to be one of the most entertaining foodie shows out there so far…How many Emmys???

  118. Riö - The Evil
    5:23 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Sammie!…Believe me, there are a lot of disappointments in this here life…snort!… Even people you think you can trust will stab you in the back at the most unexpected times…sniff!…They will disappoint you and then act like nothing they did was wrong in any way shape or form…grunt!…So what you have to do is grow some “persistence” and get what you want. Albeit, in a nice, freindly and respectful way, not annoying in any shape or form. It really is an Art that can be Mastered if you stick with me…heh!

  119. B.Stover
    5:25 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Rio: Ridiculing and teasing are not the same thing. I was teasing and you said that if I were teasing you you would twirl and yeep.

  120. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:27 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Rio: I couldn't believe that Ed was turning his whole dessert over to his "sous chef"! And then when he said that he really wanted to make a lemon dessert, but that he thought he was better off with a sure thing than something that might fail, Dad just groaned. He couldn't believe Ed had said that. Aren't they supposed to put themselves out there in the finale?

    And then there's the big question: When the three finalists were told that they'd have to have a dessert as their fourth course, why the heck were they so shocked?! Season after season the contestants have to do a dessert at some point. Why haven't they figured that out? Shouldn't they all have one or two wowwy (is that a word?) desserts that they can throw together at a moment's notice????

    As for the show in general — it's one of those we won't miss! Dad even has a Top Chef game for his computer!

  121. Barb & Maggie
    5:34 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Siber-H Thanks for the good advise about happy talk.

    Rio, Barb's mother used to say genius is persistence in disguise.

    She is gone now but she was a very wise woman and we miss her.

  122. Siberian Husky
    5:38 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Rio? Has the rockies game started? It is not showing up anywhere on the internet. Crap…I think this blackout BS is dog abuse.

  123. Siberian Husky
    5:41 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Oh, I just figured out that the Rockies have a day off. The vet must have sliped something in one of my treats.

  124. Siberian Husky
    5:43 pm on September 16th, 2010

    slipped…that should be slipped.

  125. Riö - The Evil
    5:48 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Stover!… Alright dammit!…I was trying to make you feel bad, but you caught the distinction between the two words, as I suspected you would!… dammit!… I do tease all of you guys a lot and I should be able to handle being teased, but I do Not!.…heh!… All I can say is NO there will be NOT be video of my twirling and yeeping antics when she teases me. Which is almost non-stop some nights. I do have to say…grunt! …I get her back in other devious ways…heh! …The 2:00 am – HAVE TO PEE OR ELSE ALARM – always works very well…snicker!

  126. Riö - The Evil
    5:56 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Kirby!… I think Ed just isn’t a dessert kind of Chef and was very uncertain about that course…snort!…But given the damn fact that it is the Top Chef, I think anyone would have brushed up on their pastry skills before showing up for the first show….grunt!… Which leads me and my friend to believe a lot of it is scripted…grunt!… YET, we continue to watch because they do an excellent job of making it suspenseful and entertaining….wheeze! …Plus, where could you get these real life Chef characters!…heh! …They are truly Chefs.

  127. Riö - The Evil
    6:02 pm on September 16th, 2010

    MagPie!…Everybody read Barb and MagPie’s post!…snort!… I am not a crazy. I am a Genius! …heh!heh!

  128. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:09 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Rio: Do you ever watch "Hell's Kitchen"?

  129. Riö - The Evil
    6:15 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Hells!…Kitchen! We used to love that show. That was Right up My alley…heh!…The Verbal abuse was amazing!…grunt!…Plus my friend had a crush on that English guy (who really is a softie), but for some reason (baseball?) we have not seen it all summer long this year or even last….wheeze!

  130. Barb & Maggie
    7:19 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Melanie, Hope you are feeling ok. How is Dan doing?

  131. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:25 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Rio: Mom likes watching HK — but she's real glad for the beeps! You'd have to be made of pretty tough stuff to take his abuse day in and day out. Dad always wonders about how his sous chefs feel about these upstarts who cook for a few weeks, then get a head chef's job at some fantastic restaurant in a magnificent location. Wouldn't you think one of them would want one of those jobs instead of always being Chef Ramsey's assistant? Especially Scott, since he's been around since the first season. (We also wonder about all the wasted food on that show. Ramsey tends to throw a lot of it at — not necessarily in — the trash cans!)

  132. Riö - The Evil
    6:29 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Kirby!… We here believe they do not really get their own big-time restaurant, but are instead managing a Village Inn somewhere recovering from the whole experience…heh!

  133. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:37 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Rio: I'm not a big Wikipedia fan, but they do have a chart on the past winners — what prize they got and what they're doing now. According to that the first season winner, Michael Wray, went to work with Chef Ramsay in London, but left after a few days to make custom knives instead. What the heck happened to drive him away — and out of food prep — so quickly?! Several of them are still working for him — it looks like a $250,000 salary is the norm for his sous chefs! Wow, I wish I could cook — that would buy me a lot of Slim Jims!

  134. Riö - The Evil
    6:47 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Rockie!… I’ve had reports from his Hillbilly friends that he is still “recovering” from the Goat Mission after party…grump!…So there will not be any Bed Bug business in the next day or so if any of you were wondering… grump!…

    Gah!… I need a personal assistant to deal with all this Human Resource stuff!…dammit!…Admin, don’t suppose you are available on a part-time basis???… sniff!… Are you at all interested in Bed Bugs and the Destruction of?

    Night All!

  135. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:55 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Niters everyone! Mom has been playing around on Facebook all evening and not sharing the computer.

    test/ test

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  137. Macy the Min-Pin
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  138. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:57 pm on September 16th, 2010

    I give up.

    Macy out.

  139. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:03 pm on September 16th, 2010

    Night, y'all!

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