Bayou Country

“I understand that a lot of The Sound and the Furry – the new Chet and Bernie novel, coming in Sept. – takes place down in bayou country,” Admin says.

“True,” says Spence.

“Does food play a role?”


“How about music?”

“That, too.”

“Don’t tell me Chet and Bernie go to Jazz Fest.”

“I won’t.”

Welcome Darah, Lucy Lou, Pookey, Emma P.


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170 Responses to “Bayou Country”

  1. O'Howlers
    9:27 am on July 12th, 2013

    Good morning! HOH are FOCs! Hurray! (but that better not give them 16 legs up on FOM).
    Windows are open here. Mom is working here with us, but she won’t let us out. Something about a Meter Reader being afraid of us. Really, us ????

  2. Herd of Hounds
    9:37 am on July 12th, 2013

    Whoo hoo, we are gooood looookin’ OH: we only get a 15 leg advantage as Pookey is a tri-paw. Mom is in the weed garden for a short (read till too hot), trying t turn it back into an herb garden,

    Gooood morning, everyone! Have a fun-filled Friday

  3. O'Howlers
    9:42 am on July 12th, 2013

    Oh yeah. We miscounted.

  4. Princess Sam
    9:46 am on July 12th, 2013

    HOH, great pictures. How about the parrots too?

  5. Herd of Hounds
    9:49 am on July 12th, 2013

    Princess, we’ll get mom to try but the peck is shy and peckish AND Chet doesn’t like birds.

  6. B. Stover
    9:52 am on July 12th, 2013

    The food in New Orleans is superb, second only to the food in France. I’ll bet Chet finds the Bayou food delish.

    Good morning all.

  7. O'Howlers
    10:06 am on July 12th, 2013

    Bee, Mom says she agrees with you 100%. On both counts. Us? We can’t even count once.

  8. O'Howlers
    10:08 am on July 12th, 2013

    Princess Sam, Here is the new vestibule:

  9. Rose
    10:17 am on July 12th, 2013

    HOHs: You sure are a good-looking bunch!! Nice to see on FOCs!!!

  10. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:23 am on July 12th, 2013

    Vestibule!…That looks like something a husky could jump over or knock down…heh!heh!

  11. Rose
    10:34 am on July 12th, 2013

    RIO! Please check your SDD when able.

    Siber-H, please check your SDD when able.

  12. Princess Sam
    10:35 am on July 12th, 2013

    Have the chickies tried it out yet?

  13. O'Howlers
    10:42 am on July 12th, 2013

    Mom is not quite ready for those chickies to be out in such a vulnerable area. It is merely there to trap them should any of them get out of the gate when she opens it.
    Rio, we do start to see our opening…

  14. Masquers
    10:42 am on July 12th, 2013

    Is it Friday yet? Yes, yes it is…and, thank you to HOH, a fun filled one at that.

    Riö & Rose: What is the latest tally on HHWT?

    Chet: We’ll meet you down at the Bayou.

  15. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:54 am on July 12th, 2013

    Maskers!…I’ve been waiting for you to show up…grunt!…Do youse guys watch that show Under The Dome?…sniff!

  16. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:05 am on July 12th, 2013


    I am pleased to report that I am now Grandpaw Wolfie!

    Jace Lee Ray McClour was born on 7-11-13 at 11:20 pm, 7lbs 7oz and 20″ long.

    I am told the whippersnapper is absolutely perfect. Mom says she will will post photos somehow. (meaning she will send an email to Melanie)

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    11:11 am on July 12th, 2013

    Wolfie – we are so pleased to hear that little Jace is here, healthy and perfect.
    And we think you look way too young to be a Grand!

    HOH – what a bunch of beautiful pups. Congrats on your new tech skills. Next think we know, Siber will be writing computer code.

    Or not.

  18. Herd of Hounds
    11:13 am on July 12th, 2013

    Wolfie: Wowser, that is great you techno-challenged grand you…ah, mom’s world.Welcome Jace Lee Ray!

    Mom is hoping the fun-filled gets better…right now score: Weed Garden 2, mom 1. Ah one step ahead.

    Rose, Tanks for the compliment.

    Mom needs to do some snail mail communication now to her BFF who teaches in a 1 room school (K-8) and has no cell phone or email! And ya’ll thought mom was backwards!

  19. Herd of Hounds
    11:18 am on July 12th, 2013

    BTW: that 1 rm school isn’t in TN…it is in Washington State!

  20. O'Howlers
    11:24 am on July 12th, 2013

    Congratulations to Wolfie and your mom! Jayce sounds perfect, and we here can’t wait to see her picture.

    Rio, we watch Under the Dome. We like it.

  21. O'Howlers
    11:24 am on July 12th, 2013

    OMD! We mistyped her name: Jace!!!

  22. dawson
    11:30 am on July 12th, 2013

    I love food and I love music. Anticipating The Sound and the Furry!
    Mighty good looking new FOC this morning. Worth waiting for. They all look wonderfluffed to the max for their debut. Very nice.

    I like those two black and white new FOC, too. The BB’s.

    Grandpa Wolfie and family: A sweet new addition. Hip hip hooray!

    O’Howlers: Your coop and vestibule look like a chicken palace. Have the huskies practiced jumping over that fence yet?

  23. Rose
    11:33 am on July 12th, 2013

    Oh, Wolfie! Congratulations to you and your mom becoming grandparents. I agree, you are way too young to be a grandpop. Glad Jace was delivered into this world perfect and with no problems.

  24. Rose
    11:34 am on July 12th, 2013

    Nasquers, I believe Rio will be making an announcement reagrding the HHWT fund later. Don’t forget to bring your sax and bass when you meet Chet!

  25. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:36 am on July 12th, 2013

    Howlers!…I was asking Maskers about the Dome because there is a major actor on the show that is also on Breaking Bad and I wanted to get that Jazz-Kats opinion on him in this new show…heh!heh!…I don’t think anyone else watches Breaking Bad except me and Bear and Maskers…sniff!

  26. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:39 am on July 12th, 2013

    Chet!…What’s this?? Maskers will be meeting and greeting Chet in Kat-person?….grunt! …How did I miss this news?…sneeze!

  27. O'Howlers
    11:48 am on July 12th, 2013

    We love New Orleans music. Yes to jazz, but what we love is Zydeco! And the food is scrumpdillyicious!

  28. Herd of Hounds
    11:52 am on July 12th, 2013

    OH: first time mom hit N’arlins she stayed in Slidell, LA. In 3 minutes, thought the ‘skeeters would carry her sweet, new meat off! Lots of fun in NOLA. (Just take step-kids and see how fun!)

  29. Tupper and Gilly
    11:56 am on July 12th, 2013

    psst – Howlers….Jace is a little boy.

    Mama was in Nawlins once – dealing with an art gallery. It was a little overwhelming, and very expensive. But a good time was had by all.

  30. O'Howlers
    11:57 am on July 12th, 2013

    OMD! We are striking out on all fronts. Sorry Wolfie. 🙁

    But at least we posted a great Zydeco video.

  31. Herd of Hounds
    12:03 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Mom is still dancing to the video!

  32. SnowBella
    12:05 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Wolfie: Congratulations! Belle Starr thinks Jace must be something special because they are both a litter of one.

    Masquers: Good to see you on this here blog again. You and BSD been missed.

  33. Barb & Maggie
    12:08 pm on July 12th, 2013

    We are late getting here today, so good morning and good afternoon to all. Barb sprayed up and went outside for some lawn mowing earlier.

    She is going to slip me a couple of happy pills at 2:00 so I can go to the v*e*t at 4:00. More nail cutting and a checkup, nothing serious.

    Wolfie, congrats on the arrival of little Jace. Glad he in healthy and doing well. Was your mom there to welcome him?

    Oleys, the chicken yard looks nice. They will enjoy all that gren grass once they can get out.

  34. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:25 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Howlers!…Did you hear that?? “Once they get out!”…snort!

  35. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:28 pm on July 12th, 2013

    SiberH!…Where is that guy? I hope his roof did not cave in…grunt!

  36. O'Howlers
    12:37 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Rio, we’re counting on them getting out. heh heh!

  37. B. Stover
    12:42 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Wolfie: That is wonderful. Congratulations.

    The Herd of Hounds look extremely happy.

  38. Charlie
    12:52 pm on July 12th, 2013

    HOH: Lucy Lou has a great smile.

    B: Do we need to wait until a little later in the day to raise a glass or dish to Wolfie becoming a grandpaw?

  39. Macy
    12:52 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Nice looking herd, hounds!

    WTG Wolfie, I bet they will be asking you to puppy sit soon.

    We watch UTD too, but are a week behind. Will catch up on that and Burn Notice tonight.

  40. O'Howlers
    1:18 pm on July 12th, 2013

    But Charlie, don’t you just love Emma’s ‘tude?

  41. Siber-H
    1:25 pm on July 12th, 2013

    I’m finally here.
    Rose, I replied to your SDD, Mom just now got the computer turned on for me.
    The roof hasn’t caved in yet, but it might before the very busy roofers can put a new one on.
    I missed all the drinking yesterday evening. gah
    Siber will not be writing computer code.

    Food and Zydeco and The Sound and The Fury…YES!!!

    Howlers, That chicken house….come on now, you guys can figure that out.

  42. Siber-H
    1:30 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Wolfie, Congratulations to you and your family! We are so glad everything went well, and we like the name Jace.

  43. Charlie
    1:47 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Howlers: What I love about Emma is her ears. Just look at them. They flip and flop in all the right places, just like mine. My Lady says Darah looks like she wants to wrassle and Pookey needs a tummy.

  44. Herd of Hounds
    2:05 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Whoa, the Plundrers have said too many nice things about the HOH…it is going to their heads and they are spoiled enough as it is! -Sharon

  45. Masquers
    2:12 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Riö: It is good to see Breaking Bad brother-in-law in Under the Dome. We like the show, but there is no comparison to BB.

    Rose: Thanks for the heads up.

    Siber: You wished for rain…now look what happened.
    We missed the Plunderer toasts, started by B with her glass of fine wine, yesterday too.

  46. Rose
    2:25 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Siber-H: Would you check your SDD when able? Thanks!

  47. B. Stover
    2:29 pm on July 12th, 2013

    We will have to have another toast later today in honor of Wolfie’s Jace.

  48. BearSpiritDog
    2:35 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Wolfie! Congrats! Jace Lee Ray is a fine name for that Perfect Grand. Looking forward to the photos.

    O’Howlers: You have your work cut out for youse. Those Chickies have it made.

    Magpie: We have heard tails of your Encounter with the Varmint. Good Work!

  49. Siber-H
    2:38 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Wose, I checked and replied

    Mom and I are thinking about all these sayings that are coming true:

    Be careful what you wish for.
    It never rains but it pours (our monsoon)
    Saving for a rainy day (new roof)

  50. Herd of Hounds
    2:44 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Oh, Siber, Mr. Husky, we know xactly what you feel like. Some times ya’ll just can’t win for losin’.

  51. Gus & BooBear
    2:46 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Congrats, Grandpaw Wolfie!!!! Glad baby Jace is A-OK!!


  52. O'Howlers
    2:55 pm on July 12th, 2013

    While Mom was having lunch, a car pulled in. We did our Official Greeting Job, until Mom came out, still in her nightshirt, to see why someone drove into our very private farm. She did not know the 2 women that got out of their car, with no fear of us, who are known to be such fierce watchdogs, you know. They were here to ask Mom to join the Farm Bureau. Mom is still spitting mad about the audacity of strangers feeling they have the right to drive into this here farm and get out of their car with us guys out there and all. What do youse think of that? Shouldn’t people not drive into a very private farm unannounced, and even worse, shouldn’t they show some healthy respect for guys of our stature?

  53. Masquers
    3:02 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Siber: Ah, but there’s nothing like the sound of pouring rain on a hot summer day.
    Is that anything like the sound of a kat on a hot tin roof?
    I wonder…….

  54. Masquers
    3:07 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Howlers: If this here were the olden, golden days those brazen visitors would have been greeted staring down the barrel of a gunwith your maw standing Annie Oakley style,

  55. Siber-H
    3:11 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Masquers, I could drown before they get a new roof put on.

    Fellow Sibers, We agree with your mom. People need to stay off of private property. We don’t want strangers at our front door.
    Maybe your unwelcome visitors knew about Siberian Huskies. Mom says she would get out of a car if she was surrounded by 10 of us.
    (whispering) We have no stature in the world of guard dogs, but we are very good looking.

  56. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:12 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Maskers!…Do you feel like you are watching Hank from Breaking Bad when you watch Under the Dome?…heh!…I mean, the actor wears the same kind of clothes, and does the same tough-act in both shows…snort!…I keep thinking,”Go back to the really good show” while watching him under the dome…grunt!

    this guy!

  57. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:14 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Good news, Rio. Twinkies will be hitting the grocery shelves any day now. Tell your friend’s mother that you are hungry now, now, now!

  58. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:15 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Pointy!…Hey, Hank has a pointy head just like someone else we all know…snort!

  59. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:19 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Twinkies!…I’m sure our cupboards will be stocked with twinkies soon!…snort!….Beau will be really happy about that. Maybe I will forget to tell him…heh!

  60. Rose
    3:23 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Twinkies are do back on the shelves on July 15th!

  61. Rose
    3:27 pm on July 12th, 2013

    O’Howlers: I am mad, and I wasn’t even there! Things like respect for people and privacy, courtesy, and being well-mannered seem to be a thing of the past.
    GRRRRRRRRR…..I feel like a need to bite a pant leg.

  62. Rose
    3:27 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Twinkies are DUE back on July 15th.

  63. Melanie
    3:31 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Good Afternoon All!

    Jace? Welcome to the World. May you find peace, harmony and love in your life always.

    O’Howlers, we had a woman walk into our front door and let ALL THE PACK OUT. That was when there were nine. She never apologized. She said she was supposed to be there. Where she was SUPPOSED to be was across the street.

    Love the video.

    HOH, you are a great looking bunch.

    Luna and her dog. I noticed your picture too. Patiently waiting ? ? ?

  64. O'Howlers
    3:31 pm on July 12th, 2013

    We understand when people go door to door for selling or petitions or something. We really do. But where we live is very private back a very very long lane. It is pretty scary when a stranger (or 2 in this case!) come back here unannounced. Mom may need to get shooting lessons from Bella or HOH !

  65. Melanie
    3:34 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Which leads me to ponder . . If a patient is someone who is receiving health care, where does patiently come in? Because I know when I’m a patient, I am not waiting patiently.

    Spent the morning at a cell phone store. I am now on YSAS’s plan. Took forever.

    Spent the afternoon in the pool vacuuming. Almost done . . Those new brushes are a great help. Got too cold.

    WHAT? Yup, I got too cold. Felt good.

  66. Mollypop's Mom
    3:43 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Here’s the good Momma Hen brooding her babies, keeping then warm until their feathers grow in.

  67. Barb & Maggie
    3:52 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Oley, I know we are bucking the tide here, but we don’t feel that the farm bureau folks driving up was so bad. If someone walked into your house like at Melanie’s, then that would be another thing. They maybe should have stayed in their car and honked. Now, if you have a closed gate at the entrance and they opened it and drove in, again another story. Maybe it is partially because it was the Farm Bureau. Barb has been a member for over 30 years and there are many advantages to being a menber. It probably wouldn’t bother me.

  68. Rose
    3:54 pm on July 12th, 2013

    MPH, those kitties are adorable!

  69. Barb & Maggie
    3:54 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Love the hen picture. They will really do things like that if they are in a setting mood.

  70. Rose
    4:02 pm on July 12th, 2013

    I bet Belle Starr would love one of those kitties! So would I !

  71. SnowBella
    4:03 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Howlers: In our neck of the woods, you don’t make a practice of showing up announced. It seems to be the way to meet strangers and even friends in the driveway when they arrive on the property; I can’t remember the last time I knocked on a door.

    On the day of the Restart of the race this year, we returned home after seeing the team leave the starting line to find two snowmachiners on our private trail behind the kennel. I set my jaw, acted tougher than I felt (I do that a lot), and left Wose, Grizz, Mick, Jodi and others at the house and hiked to the wayward snowmachiners. I asked all sorts of questions—Any reason you are on my property? Did you not realize you were driving up a half mile long driveway? What, the three ‘no tresspasssing’ signs didn’t make you think we were serious? Would a fourth sign have helped? I made them turn their machines around and head back the way they came despite their request to continue on our private trail—nope, not going to happen. A short while later, a van showed up on our property. They told me they were invited to the property across from the church. More questions: Was a church built across from our property since we got home? Nope?—Then you need to leave.

    Last fall, we were warned of robberies going around our area. It seems the perps would go to a property pretending to be lost, or selling something, etc and later other perps would go back to do the heavy lifting. It was suspected they were using the private trail systems to leave with the stolen property.

    Locked and loaded,

  72. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:04 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Commingled!….Kat poop and chicken poop commingled together…gah! & double gah!

  73. Barb & Maggie
    4:05 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Dawson, We went back and read your comments last night about the Caesar salad problem. Years ago, when there were not so many commercial salad dressings on the shelves, Barb used to make her own Caesar dressing. She did it in a blender and it had raw egg and anchovies in it. She usually put a few on the top, but everyone doesn’t like those little fishies. Personally, we love them. It is still hard to find a good bottled Caesar dressing today. Most of them taste more like a garlicy ranch dressing.

  74. O'Howlers
    4:08 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Barb, the FB woman said their mission was to keep their farms and to keep the E.P.A. out of their business. Mom thinks that the E.P.A, should be doing more to protect our health from some of the bad farming practices, such as spreading human sludge on the fields we border, and all of the pesticides and the polluting of the waterways. The woman told her that if that’s the way she feels, she should still join and make her voice and vote known, mom thinks her vote wouldn’tcount for mush in that group. She is still pondering it though. She has been known to oppose a lot of her associates who want to impose stupid regulations that infringe on the farmers’ needs to make a good living.

  75. Barb & Maggie
    4:11 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Again, when we lived in the country, Barb did not have a problem with someone coming down the driveway. On a couple of occasions, someone attempted to unlock the fence gate and walk into the yard. Some how that seems more intrusive to us. We we had found someone standing in our yard looking at the chickens, we would have been pissed.

  76. Siber-H
    4:12 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Rebecca, Mom believes in the locked and loaded approach and has done it. Good for you!!

    Mom has also told people that I don’t make a sound, but I do attack strangers. ha ha That is a good one.

  77. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:14 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Trust!…I don’t trust anybody, ever….sniff!…But I let Beau do all the dirty work – he is still a youngster. He throws himself at the door whenever anyone or any Kat comes up the driveway….snort!…He is very believable as a vicious watch-dawg until the perps enter the house and then he just wants to yeep and carry on like they are his long lost pals…grump!

  78. O'Howlers
    4:18 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Our local newspaper just posted an article about a rash of burglaries in our area. Our farm is remote. We have a 1/4 mile lane and nobody can see what you’re up to once you’re back here. For that reason, we take it as intrusive when any stranger drives back here without our prior knowledge. We do not have a fence once you’re back here. Once you’re here, you are here. Mom feels free to walk around this farm in a nightshirt any time she wants, because nobody can see her, and nobody has a right to be here. She will now be putting up some No Trespassing signs, and we are feeling like we failed her. 🙁

  79. Siber-H
    4:23 pm on July 12th, 2013

    I have a question for you chicken people:

    Is it true that when it rains a chicken will point their beak to the sky and drown? Or, is this an old wives tale?
    Am I the only one that has heard this?

  80. Staff
    4:24 pm on July 12th, 2013

    It is 90+ degrees here today. But it is not humid. Mr.Staff has a hanging tray of sunflower seeds in the lilac bush outside the bathroom window. A few minutes ago I saw the little red squirrel jump into it for a snack. Then I saw the wren Daddy creep down the hanger and jump onto the red squirrel and peck his head. Three times! Too funny. The squirrel left. There is a wren house on the front porch fairly close to that feeder. I suppose there are babies in there.

  81. Princess Sam
    4:29 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Cardini’s Caesar dressing is gluten-free and has anchovies in it. Of course, there’s nothing like homemade.

  82. Siber-H
    4:30 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Fellow Sibers, You guys did not fail your mom. Guard dog is not in our job description. We pull sleds.
    No trespassing signs are a good idea. We also like a “survivors will be prosecuted” sign.

  83. Staff
    4:33 pm on July 12th, 2013

    O’Howlers. I am well known (in the family) for wearing my pajamas into the yard and garden. I am almost always in the back of the house sheltered by the woods and the hedge, or by a mile of farmland on the other side.
    I do not like it if strangers come by but I have realized after talking to neighbors that I neglected to ‘dress’ that day. Mr Staff has been known to ask if I was going to ‘dress’ today. Heh heh heh. The answer is usually no. (I am still wearing my pj’s today) I did buy pj’s that are pants and tee shirts so I tell myself that it looks like ‘clothes’.

    I remember being very embarrassed when I had to fight a fire and then entertain the neighbors and fire fighters in my pj’s. (I should at least put on undies) snicker. Almost a year ago. I remember it well. Mr.Staff was commenting on his fireproof slippers just yesterday.

  84. Rose
    4:35 pm on July 12th, 2013

    You better believe our SnowBella is one tough lady!

  85. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:42 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Beau!…Speaking of toughness…sneeze!…Beau jumped off the chair when the glass-guy showed up this morning and threw his back leg out of joint…grunt!…He’s been hobbling around here all day now. Her mother felt sorry for him and finally called my friend at the busy-place…grunt!…So now my friend has to stop at the V-E-T’s place and get some pain meds for tough ole Beau….sniff!…She says she is trying to get out of that damned busy-place early because the vet closes at 4:00 – but that would take a minor miracle…grump!

  86. Princess Sam
    6:12 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Poor Beau. I hope he didn’t actually damage something.

  87. dawson
    6:15 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Staff: That story is even funnier the second time around. Is our niece at your farmhouse now?

    Barb&Maggie and Princess Sam: I do like to make my own Caesar dressing. Then it has the right amount of garlic. Lots.

  88. O'Howlers
    6:20 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Staff! We remember that fire story and the fireproof slippers quite well. LOL!
    Youse guys would not believe the nighty Mom was wearing…she hardly ever gets dressed when she works from home, at least not until she is done her workday.,384&T1=B46629+SMD

  89. Herd of Hounds
    6:38 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Daddy Dawg believes in signs that say “to heck with the dog, beware of the owner” and if mom never climbed out of a caftan again, she’d be happy. !We bark at intruders but mom tells then that she wants them to move on as she isn’t sure about the dogs.

  90. O'Howlers
    6:40 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Siber, we here never heard that story, but here’s the thing: It’s raining here (again) and Mom and Pop made those chickies go inside. So maybe they know something we don’t know?

  91. Herd of Hounds
    6:43 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Mom went on kitchen strike tonight. 2 leggers went to local Italian. We got eggplant rollitini 🙂 Peck of ‘rots got bruschetta. Who does she love more?

  92. O'Howlers
    6:52 pm on July 12th, 2013

    What did youse get, HOH?
    Pop is bring pizza! Yumm. Mom has the wine out: Chianti. Pop is on call, so he will be drinking grape juice. Ha Ha !

  93. O'Howlers
    6:55 pm on July 12th, 2013

    BringING. Ugh

  94. Wose
    7:00 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Poor, Beau. Rest under the quilt. Hope you are tip-top soon!

  95. Herd of Hounds
    7:22 pm on July 12th, 2013

    OH: Pizza bones, mmm. One of our favorites.

    Beau: Take care and take no guff from Rio.

    Staff:Loved the fire story. Glad it was you and not us!

  96. Macy
    7:26 pm on July 12th, 2013

    At two o’clock this morning mom and I were awakened by dad saying that someone was in our back yard. There is a gate with an unusual latch, so nobody is going to just wander in. Dad hit the big spotlights on all four corners of the house. He was a little pi$$ed when he came in to discover that mom did not have the phone in hand to call 911. She does not do her best thinking when roused out of a deep sleep.
    *our deadbeat neighbor was rearranging his driveway. On HIS side of the fence. Apparently dad does not do HIS best thinking when roused out of a deep sleep. We barked a minute, but saw no danger and went back to sleep.

  97. Belle Starr
    7:26 pm on July 12th, 2013

    I wonder if Rio will be waiting on Beau tail and paw while he recovers…nah.

    Wose: My Two-legged isn’t tough. She says, ‘Fake it until you make it,’ whatever that means. But, the Giant on the other paw, now that is tough. A few years back, a couple of more wayward snowmachiners came up our private trail. The Giant heard them long before he saw them. He stood and waited. As the first of the snowmachiners appraoched, the Giant stepped onto the trail and put his foot on the hood of the snowmachine. The snowmachiner did not expect that, no he did not. I believe a one-sided conversation took place with the Giant doing all the talking. He made them turn around and go back the way they came—I think that’s where my Two-legged got it from.

  98. Belle Starr
    7:45 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Macy: It was a good thing the ‘rents have you on the scene to determine the threat level. The electric company was servicing our line—we’re the only house on the line—a few years ago. What was the first thing they said when the Giant met them down the driveway?—“Electric company! Don’t shoot!” The Giant was unarmed, but they had their paws in the air. The Giant laughed and asked if they have to say that line a lot in their job. The answer was yes.

    B: Charlie is wondering what book the two of you might be reading this weekend? He says you don’t have a lot of picture books so he just listens to your voice.

  99. Melanie
    7:50 pm on July 12th, 2013

    I thought “Fake it until you make it” was what every Mother told their children.

    Locked and Loaded . . Once one of the Newfs came and got me. Everyone was barking! A strange man (actually I don’t know if he was strange, we just didn’t know him) had come in the dog room door. He was up against the door (holding a certain area, snicker). That was when we had ten Newfs. He wasn’t going anywhere, and I certainly didn’t make the Pack behave.

    He was just trying to get my attention, and said he had tried the other doors. There was a bad accident (and there was a very nasty one) just up the road. This was before we had cell phone coverage. I told him I would call 911, and to please leave. He did. In quite a hurry!

    After I called I drove up there. Not pretty. Someone went to the hospital, a semi truck had jack knifed into a car. Everyone survived.

    The Pack were heroes!

  100. Melanie
    7:51 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Staff, I remember that story! A picture of the famous slippers was posted here. Don’t remember anything about the way YOU were dressed. snicker

  101. SnowBella
    7:51 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Sweet tooth! Since the mention of Twinkies, I feel like if I don’t get a taste soon I could be in a bad mood. I also wouldn’t say no to a Swedish fish, come to that. Oddly enough, I’m not craving chicken or racoon like the Howlers and Huntress Maggie.

  102. Tenzing
    7:55 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Staff: If it makes you feel better, I rarely dress for the day. A collar and a smile, that’s all I need.

    Melanie: That guy certainly had a tale to tell. Maybe by the time he told it, the accident was secondary and the twenty—no, make it 25— attack newfs took center stage.

  103. Tupper and Gilly
    7:55 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Siber – chickens are dumb, but not quite that dumb. And some, like Peaches are preset dam smart.
    That story is about the white, farm raised turkeys that are in huge flocks on feed farms. They have to be kept in pens with rounded corners, cuz they will all herd into a corner and suffocate before they find their way out. And they will drown in a heavy rain.
    Apparently by creating the white feathers preferable for turkeys used for cooking, the trade off was brains. Wild turkeys are incredibly smart and wiley. Domestic turkeys – not so much.

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:00 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Injured!…Well, Beau is definitely injured…sniff!…Everyone thinks he hurt his back paw or ankle when he leaped off the chair…grunt!….He is trying really hard not to put any weight on it and hasn’t figured out how to take a pee yet…sniff!…She drove through a storm to get him some pain medicine. Never any rain until tonight when there is somewhere to be in a hurry…grunt!…She just made it to the v-e-ts as the gal was leaving for the night. So luckily the lady stopped and gave my friend the pills…snort!…Talk about Nick of Time…whew!

  105. Tenzing
    8:02 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Beau: Pull up a corner of the Quilt. I brought snacks.

  106. O'Howlers
    8:03 pm on July 12th, 2013

    What? No comment on Mom’s nighty? Did youse look at it?

  107. O'Howlers
    8:04 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Awww poor Beau. Rio, please be good to him.

  108. Herd of Hounds
    8:09 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Love intruder stories. We don’t have any to share, people look at our dog doooor and just go away.

  109. Tenzing
    8:09 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Howlers: My Lady tries to look more mascuiline when she meets a stranger on the property. If she has time, she’ll put her hair in a hat and put on her coveralls. Of course, one time she ended meeting a stranger that caught her unawares wearing her jammies—leggings and a t-shirt with “Irish Princess” printed on it. If that is mascuiline, I don’t know it. I’ve never seen the Giant wear a shirt like that. Or, a nighty. No, I’ve never seen him in a nighty. Of course, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. But to answer your nighty’s question—I’m always ready to horse around. Count me in.

  110. Siber-H
    8:13 pm on July 12th, 2013

    T&G Thanks for the straight story. That story is like some urban myth that got told from person to person and completely twisted out of shape.
    Mt fellow Sibers will be unhappy to learn that chickens are not as stupid as I thought they were.

    Rio, We are so glad your friend got Beau’s meds, but we are worried about Beau and his injury.

  111. Herd of Hounds
    8:13 pm on July 12th, 2013

    OH: Yip. saw the nighty. Mom likes hers ti her toes (no hard to find as she is vertically challenged).

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:15 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Horse Around!…snort!…I thought it was going to be short and see-through…huffle!

  113. Melanie
    8:16 pm on July 12th, 2013

    O’Howlers, it is difficult to know what to say . . snicker.

    Tenzing, not sure I wanted the vision of the Giant in a nighty. That’s just not right.

    Beau, Mac says he understands. He got stung by a bee today. He is not a happy camper. Make sure Riö does not get your meds and then drink beer.

    HOH, our dog door is behind the house. We now have a sign on the barn that says “Pawtected by Newfoundlands.” (Though now that they are older, they sleep through most everything)

    Snowbella, I think you are right. I know the guys who came to install the dishwasher quite awhile ago were quite surprised when the Pack broke open the door. They were doing okay until Franklin appeared. Then the hands went into protection mode.

  114. Macy
    8:17 pm on July 12th, 2013

    I looked at the nighty. Mom and i guffawed. She wondered what pop o’howler thinks about it.

    Mom here now. I need some feedback. I am feeling like a not so nice neighbor, but… The elderly lady next door has been in a facility for months now. Her *deadbeat* son moved in. At one point the sheriff was out here to evict him. They went to court and he seems to be staying. However, the water has been cut off and he calls up nightly asking The Man to turn on the hose that The Man ran over the fence. This just bugs me to no end. He also asked for money a few weeks ago, but The Man told him that $10 was it, no more. It is not like We have much of anything to spare right now. I told the dogs that we might have to let one of them go, but they know that is not happening. OK, I feel a little better just getting that off my chest. Hopefully, he will be quiet tonight.

  115. Melanie
    8:18 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Jeeze Louise, I started reading and forgot what I came on here to do . .


  116. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:18 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Melanie!….snort!heh!snort!….You’ve given me a great idea, but there is no way I can reach Beau’s pills…grunt!

  117. Wose
    8:24 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Belle Starr: If I did not know the Giant, I definitely would think twice before stepping on to your property. You know I am very tiny. The Giant is very big! I would run away very fast.

    Your two-legged is tough. She fights off moose….live or cooked!

  118. Wose
    8:26 pm on July 12th, 2013

    RIO! You wouldn’t……

  119. O'Howlers
    8:26 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Youse all are making us laugh tonight. To answer Macy’s question, when Pop is asked to horse around, he puts on his riding boots and grabs his saddle. Hmmm…that doesn’t sound good either, does it?
    Macy’s mom, you are not a bad neighbor. We’d be fed up to here with that guy.

    We are going to bed soon. Over and out.

  120. B. Stover
    8:29 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Charlie: I have lots of art books with many pictures. Let’s look at some Monet this weekend.

    I’m raising my glass in a toast to Wolfie’s Jace.

  121. Macy
    8:32 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Howlermom, lololololol

  122. Wose
    8:34 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Bed….sounds like a good idea. Time for meds and my nice warm bed.
    Sleep right, youse guys.

    Beau, be careful of your leg.

    Wish I had some Swedish Fish myself…..

    Good night!

    G’day Liz !

  123. Princess Sam
    8:40 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Macy, your neighbor needs some tough love. I know it’s easier to say than to do, but if he keeps getting handouts he’s never going to do anything for himself.

  124. Barb & Maggie
    8:42 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Macy, we agree, this guy sounds like someone who will take all that you are willing to give. Cut him off, nicely. You do not want to make an enemy.

    That is true about turkeys and chickens. Chickens will not drown outside. We have heard that domestic turkeys will. Also have heard that they put marbles in their water so they will learn to drink. They peck at the shiny marbles and then realize that the water is to drink.

    The Cardini Caesar dressing is the one that we have had and think is almost as good as homemade.

    Now time for some pizza. Nighty noodles (or pizza).

  125. Herd of Hounds
    8:42 pm on July 12th, 2013

    To Jace, clink.

  126. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:46 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Confused!….So is Macy’s Paw watering that deadbeat neighbor guy?…sniff!….If he has no water he will leave within about 3 days guaranteed…heh!heh!…Unless he spends that 10.00 on bottled water, then it could take a little longer…snort!…Too bad about the elderly lady in the home who doesn’t have anyone to lookout for her home…gruffle!

  127. Siber-H
    8:46 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Macy, That neighbor is a jerk of the worst kind. You are not obligated to do anything to help him. We know you would be a good neighbor to someone in need, but this guy is trouble. I hope the sheriff can get rid of him.
    I repeat…You are not a bad person by not wanting to help him out. I hope he leaves your family alone. I wish we could send Chet to put the fear of Dog into him.

  128. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:49 pm on July 12th, 2013

    SiberH!…It rained big-time here!…snort!snort!…And our roof did not leak. How about that!?….chuffle!

  129. Melanie
    8:53 pm on July 12th, 2013

    To Jace, clink.

    “Lucky stars above you
    Sunshine on your way
    Many friends to love you
    Joy in work and play
    Laughter to outweigh each care
    In your heart a song
    And gladness waiting everywhere
    All your whole life long!”*

    *Irish proverb

  130. Mollypop's Mom
    8:58 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Macy – All the suggestions to refuse help are correct, but I particularly like Rio’s, because no water and he’ll be gone in 3 days. Bring the hose in the garage and keep it locked. If you hear water running during the night, call the police.

  131. Barb & Maggie
    9:02 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Macy, we agree with Siber. The only point we were trying to make about saying no nicely is that Barb never wants to have a nut job made at her. She always tried to stay on the good side of the teenage boys and troublemakers in the area. They have more time to stay awake and plot pay-backs, so better to stay on their good sides. Just say we wish we coud do more, blah blah.

  132. Herd of Hounds
    9:12 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Macy: No is sometimes had to say, but necessay,

    Nighty night.

  133. Siber-H
    9:13 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Macy, I agree with Barb and her reasons about the need for being as nice as possible while saying no. Mom doesn’t like to be nice, but you have to be realistic.

    Rio, Your roof did not leak because your friend was not stupid enough to buy a flat roofed house.

  134. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:15 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Macy!…Turn off his water and then leave a basket of salty crackers, potato chips, hot wings and slim jims on his front porch…heh!…He will eat these and then leave even sooner…snort!

  135. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:16 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Nice!…The basket of salty food takes care of the Nice Factor…snort!

  136. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:42 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Rebecca!…If you are still up, and I know you are, check your SDD…burp!

  137. Barb & Maggie
    9:48 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Rio, Barb is not nice to these folks because she is a push-over. She just doesn’t want to worry about poison in the yard, open gates, or chicken or goat heads in her bed. Let them think she is the nice old lady in the neighborhood. It works.

  138. Staff
    10:13 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Dawson, the niece is expected here on Monday.

    Melanie I believe I didn’t want the fact that I fought the fire in my pj’s (with no ahem…never mind) out in the public.

  139. Staff
    10:20 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Welcome to little Jace. (I forgot earlier)

  140. Siber-H
    10:26 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Rio must be doing his brutal walk, and the Rockies are ahead by 2 runs.

  141. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:32 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Walk!…No walk tonight – it’s raining!…snort!…We were all out on the patio waiting and hoping Beau would go pee…sniff!…He finally did figure it out, but it took a long time..grump!

    Gasp!…Beau just came down the stairs…snort!…What is WRONG with that guy. Now he will never get back up them…gah!

  142. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:34 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Unbelievable!…snort!…What a stupid brat he is…sniff!..My friend is beside herself now….gah!

  143. Macy
    10:38 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Clink! toasting with water that WE paid for. Now dad is ticked at mom for talking about dbn (dead beat neighbor). BTW he is about as old as mom, not a kid. Dad just went out and turned off the water for the night. Mom has asked dad to give dbn a special ring on the phone so she doesn’t have to get upset EVERY time the phone rings.

    I am gnawing on a stick in honor of mom, whose gnawing abilities are lacking.

  144. Luna
    10:42 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Macy: “If you can’t say anything nice, come sit by me.” Name that movie.

    Rio: My mama just finished her last meeting of the day. She will check and respond soon, soon, soon. First, she wants to clean the house before the Giant gets home tonight.

  145. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:43 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Macy!…I can just hear your Paw, “Why are you asking those @ssholes for advice, they are just a bunch of dawgs and kats. What do they know?” …grunt!

  146. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:47 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Rebecca!…Nothing urgent in the SDD. Continue cleaning as long as you need to…snort!…Now please tell us how to git a gimpy fat pug up a bunch of stairs?…wheeze!…A fat pug who does not like to be lifted up and carried, by the way…sniff!…Me, I like being carried around, but Beau gets all huffled up and bites…gruffle!…What a pain in the @ss he is…grunt!

    Bed!…Her mother said we might all have to sleep down here tonight if we can’t get fat-boy-beau up the stairs…gah!…My warm soft bed! My toys!…yeeeep!

  147. Siber-H
    10:48 pm on July 12th, 2013

    We are the most intelligent group of dogs and kats the world has ever seen.

  148. SnowBella
    10:52 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Rio: Put a slim jim at the top of the stairs. He might be motivated enough to overlook the indignity of being carried.

  149. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:54 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Rebecca!…We are all out of slim jims….burp!…I have not idea why and I didn’t do it…sniff!…Next idea please.

  150. Macy
    10:56 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Mr. Husky, exactly! However, the salty snack idea is pretty good.

  151. Staff
    11:10 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Rio, Tell your friend to try bacon. Don’t you steal it though. After that just leave him downstairs and the food upstairs. Heh heh heh. Works with Abbie.

  152. SnowBella
    11:11 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Rio: Out of Slim Jims you say? How odd. Odd, indeed. My next idea involves replacing the Slim Jim with a kat and wearing your Friend wearing leather welding gloves. I’m still trying to flesh out the details.

    Oh, and Rio, you have Slim Jim between your teeth.

  153. SnowBella
    11:13 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Just your friend wearing leather welding gloves. Not wearing your Friend wearing…sheesh. It’s been a long coupla days.

  154. Staff
    11:14 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Macy. Together the plunderers can do ANYTHING. Not all the spouse’s know this. Some do but some are clueless. Mr.Staff wonders about us sometimes.

  155. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:18 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Staff!…My friend says she cannot just go fry up some bacon right now…grunt!…Plus, she says she will not just leave him downstairs alone, hurting and injured…grump!…I say YES leave him. I want my soft bed and my toys…dammit!

    Worse!…Her mother is throwing all our nightly provisions down here so we can “camp-out” if need be…grump!…Everyone doubts fat-boy-beau will make it back up the stairs…sniff!

  156. SnowBella
    11:21 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Staff: AJ and I never doubt the power fof the Plunderers. We learned long ago sometimes it is best just to hold on and keepy your paws and tails in the ride at all times.

  157. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:24 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Medicine!…Ever since she gave him that one pill she hoped he would lay down and fall asleep…sniff!…So now finally that he is downstairs where we DO NOT WANT HIM TO BE, he has fallen soundly asleep…grumble!…I’m tellin’ youse, I’d like to bite his ears and then kick his @ss right up those stairs…sniff!

  158. Siber-H
    11:25 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Rio, You can “rough” it downstairs until Beau feels better. I am worried about him injuring himself further if he tries to get up the stairs. I hope he feels better in the morning. Poor little guy.

    GO ROCKIES!!! (they are ahead right now)

    Night All

  159. Staff
    11:29 pm on July 12th, 2013

    How about a sling? Maybe he can be hauled up the stairs? I sure hope you are comfy in the basement Rio. Or are you going to desert your friend and go up to your warm bed with all the baseball toys just where you want them?

  160. Staff
    11:31 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Or swaddling. I have seen swaddled babies and I doubt they could get out enough to bite.

    Dawson knows about swaddling. She could blur over and help. She needs some cheering up anyway.

    I must go to bed. I am leaving you without my great advice. Good luck.

  161. SnowBella
    11:33 pm on July 12th, 2013

    I think Rio’s Friend is in for a long night. Poor Rio’s Friend. I wonder if Beau has met the dancing girrafes, yet.

  162. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:39 pm on July 12th, 2013

    OMDAWG!… Beau woke up and tried to get on one of the fluffy beds she has down here for us…sniff!…Well, he yelped out in pain cause it hurt his paw/ankle/leg when he tried to get comfortable…dummy!….So she somehow got him UP THE STAIRS….yeeep!….It took a lot out of the little guy, but he did it. I think the giraffes helped him out in this big endeavor …sniff!…Now he will lay down in her mother’s room for the night, we are hoping….wheeze!

    Later!….We are supposed to sneak up the stairs when we go to bed tonight so he does not hear us….grunt!….Right! I am nothing if not light on my paws….grunt!

  163. SnowBella
    11:47 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Oh, it hurts my heart to think of Beau hurting…sniff.

  164. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:50 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Plan!…I don’t like it one bit…sniff!…My friend thinks we might stay down here and sleep in the big scary bedroom which is pitch black at night…grunt!…This way Beau will not try to get up and come into the bedroom and weep and cry cause he wants on the big bed. He won’t let her pick him up so it’s always a mute point…grumble! …Just aggravating, that’s all. So she thinks maybe if we stay down here tonight he will rest peacefully in mothers room all night…sheesh!…I don’t like it.

  165. SnowBella
    11:59 pm on July 12th, 2013

    Rio: Break out the harmonica and consider it a dress rehersal for when you move to your little cabin in the woods.

  166. Macy
    12:01 am on July 13th, 2013

    Dainty licks for Beau and a couple for Tenzing too.

    Nighty nighties.

  167. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:04 am on July 13th, 2013

    Plans!…Seriously, I have no idea where I will be sleeping tonight…sniff!…Now she is waffeling because she does not have her lotion or teeth stuff down here…grunt!…She thinks maybe we can both sneak up really quiet and go to bed silently…heh!…I cannot imagine it.

  168. Tenzing
    12:04 am on July 13th, 2013

    Macy: I can’t speak for Beau, but I’m feeling better already.

    Beau may not know all the wonders of the quilt, yet. I’m happy to show him the ropes. For instance, if we’re lucky the Storyteller will reach out to those under the Quilt in prayer. If you feel a light scritch between the ears, that’s the Storyteller. I love that guy. Plus, we have snacks. You can’t go wrong with dainty licks, snacks and the Storyteller.

  169. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:08 am on July 13th, 2013

    Okay!…Okay!…Sneaking upstairs it is…grunt!…I will try really hard not to make and tip-tapping noises as I cross the kitchen to the hallway…sniff!…She will not use much water if any at all…wheeze!….This will never work, but here we go!…gah!

  170. Tenzing
    12:17 am on July 13th, 2013

    Dawg speed, Rio. Dawg speed.

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