Amtrak and the Nation Within

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2013/11/21/congressmen-use-adorable-dogs-to-persuade-amtrak-to-allow-pets-on-trains/

– hat tip Teddy’s Dad.

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  1. Tupper's Mama
    10:05 am on December 10th, 2013

    Well of COURSE members of the Nation Within should be allowed on trains. And planes for that matter.

    Good morning all

  2. Alice M. Johnson
    10:07 am on December 10th, 2013

    yawn. Staff made me get up early because she is going out into the slippery ice filled roads to go to a restaurant with friends who collect sewing machines. What a dope!

  3. Alice M. Johnson
    10:10 am on December 10th, 2013

    Hey Tupper’s Mama, Can Tupper do this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib_dMmr6qDM

    If she can then I want her for the Shake Your Booty campaign.

  4. B. Stover
    10:22 am on December 10th, 2013

    I’d rather travel with dogs and cats than with children.

    Good morning all.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    10:23 am on December 10th, 2013

    Good article on Amtrak. Isn’t Winston just adorable?

    Remember the article about dogs waging their tails to the right when they are being friendly? Well, Barb says she can tell that my tail is going from center to right, but how can you tell with a Corgi?

  6. BearSpiritDog
    10:24 am on December 10th, 2013

    What Talent! But, of course, this is only to be expected from us Royals they say.

    B: We agree.

    Barb&Magpie: It’s that Slow Wag that you should be careful of.

    And a quick note to Alice: Tell your Staff to stay home today.

    Ho Ho still No Snow.

  7. BearSpiritDog
    10:26 am on December 10th, 2013

    Or, is the slow wag a Kat thing? Pondering.

  8. Barb & Maggie
    10:27 am on December 10th, 2013

    BSD, We have lots of snow and more expected. Flurries today, 2-4″ tomorrow and then some more on the weekend.

    Barb agrees with Bee. Children on trains and planes can be annoying.

  9. Melanie
    10:31 am on December 10th, 2013

    Good Morning All!

    Little snow and ice, ice, ice. It’s a skating rink out there.

    I would like dogs on trains. Planes? Not so much. We have only sent one puppy by plane. She was the littlest of the litter, her parents were here visiting their parents, the grands had visited the litter twice, and she was able to fit under the plane seat. Not that she stayed there. Everyone wanted to meet the Ewok. She did NOT stay small.

    After talking with LLL, who has read about airline travel in the cargo area for animals for law classes, said she would NEVER send any animal that way.

    I’m with her.

    Acupuncture today.

  10. Masquers
    10:51 am on December 10th, 2013

    Melanie: Don’t some airlines specialize in transporting pets? I wonder if they are any better. I agree with LLL…sending pets by air is NOT an option.
    School closures south of here because of icy road conditions. Supposed to warm up this afternoon.
    In an unrelated incident…a boy was suspended from school for kissing a girl on the cheek.

  11. Barb & Maggie
    11:04 am on December 10th, 2013

    Masquers, Whaaa? Was that considered sexual abuse?

    Barb’s first ever dog of her very own was shipped out from Denver to St. Louis by train when Barb was 14. Sibby, a Welsh Terrier, was 9 months old at the time. For about a year after the trip she would run and hide whenever there was a little noise in the house, for instance, toast popping up in the toaster. Poor thing must have terrorized!

  12. Masquers
    11:25 am on December 10th, 2013

    B&M: Kat only knows what the school officials were thinking.
    Common sense has left the room.
    Okay…it’s a new day…what do you say we try an upload?

  13. Masquers
    11:26 am on December 10th, 2013

    Bear’s tree. It worked!

  14. Tupper
    11:32 am on December 10th, 2013

    Dear Alice M. Johnson,
    Yes, I can most certainly do that. And in my younger days, frequently did. However, I am now an older and more responsible Royal – surely you would not expect Queen Elizabeth to cut a rug the way she must have as a young woman.

    Unfortunately, Gilly has not seen fit to mature into the proper Royal personage that she should have. Her back end is still known to accomplish the wiggling perambulations shown in that video. Just ask Rebecca – she calls it Gilly’s on/off switch, except that it is never off, unless she is sleeping.

  15. Herd of Hounds
    11:37 am on December 10th, 2013

    GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE Mom just got home from the oncology place. She had a kitty scan on Friday. Doctor told her that he saw nothing unsusal EXCEPT for a few missing bits, spleen, appendix. Everyone is a comedian. 6 months of freedom. Down side. Still have a lump on face and that dr doesn’t feel it is cancerous and not in salivary gland. Did ultrasound. Trying antibiotic to see if it shrinks. If not??? They call me Lumpy.

  16. Macy the min-pin
    11:52 am on December 10th, 2013

    Good news, Lumpy!

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    11:52 am on December 10th, 2013

    Sharon – SOOOOOO Glad the kitty scan was good news.

    We have some good news to share too. Our roommate Callie had to go for another tumor removal today. It was a very large tumor that was impeding her ability to walk. The vet was very honest with us, and told us her chance of coming through the surgery was not great at her age, but the alternative was to watch her decline from pain and immobility. (we didn’t want to mention it because we didn’t know what the outcome was going to be)

    The surgeon just called. The giant tumor is gone, and Callie is awake and her vitals are fine. WHEW! She really is a marvelous puppy, and we were worried sick, but she is going to be fine.
    twirling, twirling, happy Corgi dance

  18. Masquers
    11:54 am on December 10th, 2013

    Welcome good news from HOH and the Royals!

  19. dawson
    12:27 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Great news regarding Callie and Lumpy!

    I used to take my 2 young boys from Montana to Minnesota on the train. We enjoyed the trips but not sure if the ones who sat nearby could say the same. Heh, heh.

    More snow shoveling on the agenda today. The good news is the sun is shining. It is minus 2 F (minus 20 C).

  20. Barb & Maggie
    12:40 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Good news from T & G and HOH.

    How is Boobear’s dad doing? And we haven’t heard from Wolfie lately either.

    Barb has to venture out later to the grocery store and to a short music program for Lyla. Christmas carols will be sung by a bunch of littles. Yesterday Lyla said she couldn’t remember any of the songs, so we will see.

  21. Macy the min-pin
    12:48 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Happy Min-pin dance from Macy and Annie, and Belle looked less disagreeable than usual. We just finished a Dingo fresh breath chew so it is minty around here. Annie and I went out to frolic in the melting ice. The sun is out, so our ice time is limited. Some of the area schools stayed closed today, but not dad’s. We are happy about that, too.

  22. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    12:55 pm on December 10th, 2013

    WARNING — SERIOUS CUTENESS ALARM — WARNING

    Teddy has a girlfriend Her name is Zeta (I may have mistakenly referred to her at Zada in a previous posting). She is a 7 month old Siberian Husky and she is absolutely adorable. They had met a couple of times in Rock Creek Park previously, but today had a real play date at a nearby elementary school (closed because of the snow here in the DC area). Some photos will follow.

    !

  23. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    12:56 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Here’s a second one:

  24. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    12:58 pm on December 10th, 2013

    And just one more. Just a little tired and running and running and running some more.

  25. Macy the min-pin
    1:07 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Teddy and Zeta,
    Sitting in the snow
    Cuter than they even know.
    First come romps,
    Then come licks
    Then come Golden Sibers six!

  26. Barb & Maggie
    1:16 pm on December 10th, 2013

    On no, Teddy and Zeta may get kicked out of school after that second picture. Seriously they are adorable. I wish they could come over to my yard and play!

  27. Herd of Hounds
    1:18 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Royals, great news, we understand the feeling. Teddy is too cute! Mom brought us, us, us home a present to celebrate, an electric bone baker with 34 recipes including vegetarian and gluten free. (Has Melanie started eating doggy bones?)

  28. Herd of Hounds
    1:20 pm on December 10th, 2013

    And, the SUN came out today, thank you Masquers and BSD for that gift:)

  29. BooBear
    1:38 pm on December 10th, 2013

    How cute are Teddy and Zeta!!! Reminds me of Junior and Kat’s first outing. Young love…ain’t it great!!

    Yeah for Sharon and Yeah for Callie! Royals, how old is Callie now? He’s your Gramps’ dog, isn’t she?

  30. Masquers
    1:45 pm on December 10th, 2013

    TeddyRR % Zeta! Can’t wait til Siber sees these photos.
    Oh, Macy, You said it here first.

  31. Masquers
    2:11 pm on December 10th, 2013

    HOH: You are welcome. The upside of no sunshine is the warmer temperatures. This I can live with.

  32. dawson
    2:14 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Teddy + Zeta = fun, fun, fun!

  33. Princess Sam
    2:18 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Look at how trampled the snow is Teddy RR pic #3.

  34. B. Stover
    2:21 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Love the pictures of Teddy and Zeta.

  35. Herd of Hounds
    2:42 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Hey, wait, I’m 11 months old (is that good) today. Mom took these fotos of me wrestling with the Daddy Dawg who for some reason is in a good mood.

  36. c.hobbit
    2:43 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Teddy is living the life! (sorry Siber-H) Congrats HOH!

    Just mailed most of my Christmas cards. A couple of envelopes were addressed upside down. I might have forgotten to sign a couple. Ran out of Christmas stamps. Misplaced mailing labels so had to hand-write my return address. {{{sigh}}} business as usual in the Hobbit household.

  37. Herd of Hounds
    2:45 pm on December 10th, 2013


    Daddy Dawg and his Darling Darah!

  38. Melanie
    2:45 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Congratulations to Callie and Lumpy!

    Love Bear’s Tree.

    Those pictures are adorable. Teddy Ruff Rider you are a lovely dog and for girlfriend, Zeta is beautiful. What kind of harnesses are you wearing?

    Made it to acupuncture. Started snowing huge flakes, now snowing small flakes. Sideways.

  39. Herd of Hounds
    2:47 pm on December 10th, 2013


    I’m growing, aren’t I ?

  40. Melanie
    2:57 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Happy 11 months to Darah. A Newf always on the move. Not sure I’ve seen a picture of her un-blurred.

    Train ride. We went from VA to MA to see Zoë and the Raven. Just my guys and me. YSAS’s (5 years old) cuteness factor was well above 100. An old man, who spoke no English, got a long great with him. The man was traveling with his son. The son had lived here for many years. The wife/mother had been able to escape from one of the then Eastern Block countries. The father had finally made it out.

    He was quite taken with YSAS, and when my little guy decided to nap, the old man took a newspaper and folded it around YSAS to keep him warm. His son explained that in the country his father was from it was how they kept warm on the train.

    Of course, OTAS was a tad concerned. But, he listened to the man and decided it was okay.

  41. Melanie
    2:58 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Then Darah appears un-blurred. You are a good looking Newf little one!

  42. Herd of Hounds
    3:05 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Ah, Melanie, you are wise beyond your year, pismire.

  43. Siber-H
    3:07 pm on December 10th, 2013

    OMD!! TeddyRR and Zeta have got to be the cutest young couple on the planet. I wish you could see mom smiling. Thanks for the pictures. I hope they get to play together often.

    Darah is also a large adorable who sometimes looks like a bear in pictures.

    Very good news about both Callie and Sharon.

  44. Masquers
    3:14 pm on December 10th, 2013

    HOH: Very soon Darah will be as tall as Daddy Dawg.
    Melanie; We like your philosophy.
    Hi, Siber-H!

  45. Herd of Hounds
    3:18 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Darah tells people she is a TN long tailed black bear heh, heh,heh.

  46. Siber-H
    3:19 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Hi Masquers!!!

  47. Tupper and Gilly
    3:38 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Oh, the pictures are too wonderful.
    And Macy – we love your song – Along comes Golden Sibers six….tee hee.

    Yes, Callie is Gramp’s beloved, and devoted puppy. Gramp has been a wreck for the past couple of weeks, but all is well now. Callie will be 11 this February and weighs in at 117 pounds of cuddle.

  48. Siber-H
    3:55 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Husky Rescue here once had a dog that was half Golden and half Siber up for adoption. The Golden in it helped to cancel out some of the more undesirable Siber quirks.
    The dog was adopted within a short period of time.

  49. Herd of Hounds
    4:27 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Mom has had Siber-wolf and Siber_GShepherd mixes. Sweet but not Golden-like. I still think my kind…long tailed black bears…are best.Took a nap ON mom today. A first.

  50. O'Howlers
    5:37 pm on December 10th, 2013

    What awesome photos!!! We love all of them, including bear’s tree and darah on her 11th birthday, and OMD! Young puppy love. Sigh
    We are thrilled by Sharon’s and Callie’s great news, and by Melanie’s wisdom that we live by, and our Mom and Pop struggle with.
    We had about 4″ of beautiful snow today. Mom and Pop had to go to work, but we Sibes played and played and played. And, now that we’ve eaten supper, guess what. We are going back out to play!
    One question though: are Teddy and Zeta tied together?

  51. Masquers
    5:49 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Help! I can’t get into Dish on yahoo. Can someone send a SDD?

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:53 pm on December 10th, 2013

    TEST!….grunt!

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:55 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Results!….I can upload photos using Internet Explorer (IE) 8 but I cannot upload using IE 11….grump!

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:55 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Barb!…Which version of IE are you using on your new computer?…sniff!

  55. Wose
    6:17 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Greetings!
    I have been having Wi-Fi issues all day.
    Doing the Snoopy dance for Callie and Sharon!

    Darah: You are beautiful, and you have lovely brown eyes!

    Teddy: You are a real ladie’s man, just like Wookie! Grizz and I loved your pictures, especially the one where you are getting a kiss. Looks like you both had a fun time!

  56. Masquers
    6:18 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Anyone?

  57. Wose
    6:18 pm on December 10th, 2013

    RIO! Can you post your little Christmas tree?

  58. Wose
    6:22 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Masquers, please check your SDD when able.

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:27 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Rose!…sniffle!…Nope. I would have to send it to my friends busy-place so she could post it for me…grump!…At least until Mike Baker gets this photo upload problem sorted out…wheeze!

  60. Wose
    6:28 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Sammie, How is your girl?

    MPH, How is LouLou?

  61. Wose
    6:29 pm on December 10th, 2013

    RIO! Grrrrrrr.

  62. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    6:35 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Thanks everyone for your comments about Teddy and Zeta.

    OH — No, they are not tied together. Zeta’s owner kept her lease on her initially while they were playing. As we have heard, Sibers are not always great at coming back, so this was a precaution. However, later on, when Zeta got a bit tired, her owner did take the leash off. We also understand that Zeta is an apprentice construction projecteer. Sound like someone else we know.

    Macy — Sweet thoughts, but Teddy was a perfect gentleman at all times. Also, I think that has already been taken care of as regards Zeta.

    We were also very ecstatic about the good news re Callie (Wookie was always sweet on Callie) and Sharon.

  63. Masquers
    6:54 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Rose: Checked and responded.

  64. Wose
    7:01 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Masquers, SDD checked and responded.

  65. Wose
    7:04 pm on December 10th, 2013

    O’Howlers: I was watching the news this evening, and someone sent in a picture of chickens walking in snow. Do your chickies like the snow? BTW, how is Fern?

  66. Barb & Maggie
    7:04 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Rio, We are pretty clueless on computers. Our new computer is an hp and it says E1 Vison on the side. It is Windows 8. Don’t know what else to tell you. Does that help?

  67. Barb & Maggie
    7:24 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Wose, Not sure about Howler’s chickens, but ours most definitely did not like snow. If there was snow outside their door, and then a grassy area beyond, most would not venture thru the snow to get to the other side. Sometimes if a brave soul would go across the others would follow, but they usually would try to fly across the snowy area.

  68. BearSpiritDog
    7:28 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Our Memory finally kicked in and we were able to get into Dish.

    Barb&Magpie: We can tell…you Miss your chickens!

  69. BearSpiritDog
    7:30 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Time Keeps on Slipping slipping into the Future.

  70. Wose
    7:32 pm on December 10th, 2013

    BSD: The Steve Miller Band

  71. Masquers
    7:34 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Thanks for the help with Dish, Rose!

  72. Masquers
    7:35 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Our memory kicked in? Yes, with a little help from a friend. Heh.

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:36 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Miller!…snort!…I want to fly like an eagle
    To the sea…chuffle!

  74. Masquers
    7:57 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Another meteor shower on Friday.

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:59 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Maskers!…What version of IE are you using these days?…sniff!

  76. Masquers
    8:01 pm on December 10th, 2013
  77. Masquers
    8:01 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Riö: We use Firefox.

  78. Herd of Hounds
    8:03 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Hope all love them as much as us….sometimes. Please1

  79. Melanie
    8:06 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Thank you, Masquers. I hope we have clear skies.

    My acupuncturist’s chickens do not like the snow. He puts down hay to get them to walk to different areas. (Plus they like the hay)

    Getting colder. I’m headed up to my nice warm bed.

  80. Masquers
    8:11 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Ta Ta, Melanie, sweet Newf dreams.

  81. Tupper and Gilly
    8:28 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Hey everyone – well, Callie is home and is playing Dancing With The Giraffes.

    The vest said the tumor weighed over a pound and a half, but went deep instead of across the surface of her shoulder. Poor puppy is pretty uncomfortable right now, but we have lots of happy pills for her. And she is in fine shape for the shape she’s in.

    Rio – love Pugaritaville.

    We are heading to bed too as we are all going to take shifts with watching over Callie. See youse guys tomorrow.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:30 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Rebecca!….Where in the world is Rebecca?…sniff!sniff!…Has anyone heard from her lately?…wuffle!

  83. Barb & Maggie
    8:37 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Poor Callie. Picture a pound and a half of ground beef. That is big! Glad it is out of her. Sleep well, big girl.

    Snow will be starting around midnight. Hope we don’t have to go any where tomorrow.

  84. Masquers
    8:38 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Riö: The last we heard she had just returned from the Top of the World. We were thinking about her today.

  85. Princess Sam
    8:38 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Callie, take your happy pills and get better.

  86. BearSpiritDog
    8:42 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Goodnight to Callie under the Quilt.

  87. Wose
    8:45 pm on December 10th, 2013

    I have been thinking about Rebecca too. I thought she was at home this week.
    REBECCA!!!!!!!!!!

  88. Wose
    8:46 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Sleep well, Callie.

  89. Siber-H
    9:05 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Belle Starr posted a couple of nights ago and said her lady might be on the blog that night, but Rebecca never made it to the blog.

    I am worried about Rebecca.

  90. Macy the min-pin
    9:05 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Dainty licks to you Callie, and your giraffe too. There is a giraffe in “Takedown Twenty”, Janet Evanovich’s latest that we got from the library.

  91. Siber-H
    9:10 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Maybe it was as much as three days ago that Belle Starr posted.

  92. Barb & Maggie
    9:38 pm on December 10th, 2013

    What is Takedown Twenty about? Should we order it?

    Night all, we hare signing off, too.

  93. Melanie
    9:53 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Riö, I thought you weren’t allowed out of your yard, and there you are partying hardy!

    I hope Rebecca’s racks aren’t bothering her.

    I have to be functioning by 9 am. The Mac Doc is coming to do an update.
    TTFN

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:00 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Melanie!…I wish!…snort!…Those are just ole pals of mine rubbing it in…grunt!

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:02 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Barb!…Probably not, unless you have read the other 19 books…heh!heh!…Evanovich just keeps pumping ’em out…grunt!

  96. dawson
    10:30 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Hmmm.
    Rebecca was taking pictures 2 days ago that were posted on Philip Walters facebook page. Evidently Philip is going to run a Snowhook Kennels team in a new race this weekend, the Alpine Creek Excursion. a 62 mile race. Hopefully Rebecca is getting some rest in between fearless flying and running around like a chicken.

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:34 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Rebecca!….Hopefully, it is her schedule that is keeping her from posting and not her health…snort!…She always has way too much on her plate. She needs to go on a diet big time…grunt!

  98. Staff
    10:38 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Just checking in to say goodnight. I got back from the fun luncheon about 4 and was so tired I had to have a nap. The roads were fine. I guess all the problems were fixed by 10 a.m. which is when we got started.

    Love Love Love the pictures of Teddy RR and his friend Z.

    Dara! Looking BIG.

    I have been wondering about Rebecca also because we never were notified of who won our prizes. She is supposed to let us know when they are paid and then we can ship. But I think some people wanted these for presents so if anyone needs their potholders, pillowcases or Christmas trees soon please SDD me. I figure you are good for it.

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:50 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Staff!…Not only am I worrit big-time about Rebecca’s health, I am also worrit about the Auction Items getting sent out on time for Christmas gifts…sniff!…Rebecca! If you need help just let us know – as Staff said, we are all good for “it”…sniffle!

  100. Staff
    10:55 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Oh, And Callie. Baby honey sweetie. Those darn tumors are a lot of trouble for such a fine dog. We are soooo glad you are free of it. Have fun dancing with the giraffes under the quilt. If you need any help I bet Tenzing will take care of you.

  101. Staff
    11:07 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Yes Rio. I am starting to wonder also. Hope all it fine. sniff

    Going to get ready for bed now. Stay healthy as possible all youse guys.

    And you too LizF.

  102. dawson
    11:17 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Before I forget…looking good Darah, you lap dog, you.

    Hi LizF.

  103. Buddy and Leno
    11:22 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Of course dogs should ride trains, especially if they travel as well as Leno does, he had a nice train trip. In Buddy’s perfect world, well-behaved dogs and cats would be allowed to accompany humans in all sorts of public places. Unfortunately, this isn’t Buddy’s perfect world, and even more unfortunately, too many humans don’t know how to have animals who are well behaved in public. Of course, the same is true of children, but that’s another story. Or maybe it isn’t.

    Anyway, funny Amtrak story, or not so funny. I expect that you could maybe get all manner of free trips on the train if you’re blind, not that I’d try. Because when I got on the train last Tuesday, they never scanned my ticket, and Amtrak Emailed and asked that I call immediately. They explained I didn’t show up for my train, which I was riding on. Well, that got straightened out, and I said, “Oh, well, they probably forgot, being as they were probably concerned with getting me and my Seeing Eye™ dog settled.” “What? You have a service dog?” “Yeah.” “Well, that isn’t documented here.” “Well, of course it isn’t, nothing in my reserveration asked about that, and it isn’t that inmportant anyway.” “Well, when you make a reservation, you have to call and talk to someone, and they have to document your dog.” “No,they don’t.” “Yes they do, it is required. If your dog’s small enough, he can lie in front of your seat, but depending on its size, you might need two seats.” “Come on. It’s a Labrador. He doesn’t take up that much room. And besides, there is no such legal requirement that I disclose anyway.” So he left it alone.

    Now mind you, I’ve taken trains with all three of my guides, and flown with them, even taken the Greyhound with them all, probably the worst thing ever. They’ve all traveled well, and none have taken up lots of room. An even more ridiculous assertion since the train has oodles and gobs and scads of room compared to, say, the Greyhound, certainly more than most airplanes these days. Especially since they seem to have this thing about sticking me in the “This seat is reserved for passengers with disabilities” seat, which has space to tie down a wheelchair and thus, even more room than usual. So pretty ridiculous.

    Oh hey, I found out that this interview I had last week for this other podcast posted this weekend. They tell me it even came out OK. Not a lot to do with the nation unfortunately, or travel, or, well, much of anything else really. http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/buddy-brannan/

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:27 pm on December 10th, 2013

    Buddy!…snort!…At least your guys get out of their backyard every now and then…heh!heh!…Take care my friend.

  105. Belle Starr
    2:50 am on December 11th, 2013

    My Two-Legged arrived home about 45 minutes ago from work. She has been thinking about all youse, this I know for certain. I also know she has been very busy with work and has had to drive on bad roads to and from work all week. I also know she leaves on tomorrow for the top of the world again. I know she is still dehyrdated. I have been told she has been faint, but I don’t understand this word. She went to the doctor and was told about the her continued dehydration and then added exhaustion to the mix. I don’t understant exhaustion. Me?—If I’m tired, I sleep. She does not.

    If payment has been received for auction items, the donator should have a message in their SDD. She cauhgt up on the auction payments tonight. There are still several payments that haven’t been received.

    I don’t know what her schedule or her access to this here blog will look like the rest of the week, but please know we here are thinking about youse.

    Snort, sneeze, sparkle!

  106. Herd of Hounds
    3:33 am on December 11th, 2013

    Oh look, doing another Melanie night around here (and the Herd isn’t barking) .
    Belle Star, it is so good to hear from you and the check IS in the mail.
    Ah, to sleep, perchance to dream….wait no Darling Darah the Designing Dozer just went out. Perhaps more barking is in my future. Sleepppp? For another dimension or time zone.

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