Christmas Stroll in Chatham

Chatham Mass. – a lovely town on Cape Cod, with plenty of seals (and great whites) right off the beach. Every December they have a Christmas Stroll. This year it’s on Saturday and Spence will be there, signing, paw-printing, swimming with the sharks.* Where? Yellow Umbrella Books, 1-3 PM.

*metaphor alert re shark reference.


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  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:08 am on December 11th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Oooo, Spence, bundle up and button up your overcoat! Have fun and take your Airborne.
    Is it Thursday yet?

  2. B.Stover
    9:14 am on December 11th, 2014

    “Shark” as metaphor? Have a good signing.

    Good morning all.

  3. BearSpiritDog
    10:14 am on December 11th, 2014

    Maybe Land Sharks? Gasp. Be Sure to Take Chet With You!

    Good Morning to OFA and Fellow Plunderers and Lurkers.
    Yep, It’s Thursday, but we’re not sure What Kind…Hounds, a little help here?

  4. Herd of Hounds
    10:22 am on December 11th, 2014

    How about a thoughtful Thursday?

  5. BearSpiritDog
    10:25 am on December 11th, 2014

    :) Sounds Good to Us.

  6. Herd of Hounds
    10:31 am on December 11th, 2014

    BSD, sometimes you put so much day pressure on us it seems like mom’s pea brain will melt down. Heh, heh, heh We know she can’t remember what day it is without looking at the ifone :)

  7. BooBear
    10:52 am on December 11th, 2014

    Good Morning. Just caught up on last nights doings. Sounds like Macy had quite a party.

    Maggie & Lucy, Howie is a very small basset. He is also thin. He has perfect form, just in a smaller size. The basset Mom had years ago stayed at about 55 pounds and he was not a big basset either. After Howie is settled in, Mom may decide he needs a companion and will consider Otis then (if he is still available).

  8. Tupper and Gilly
    10:59 am on December 11th, 2014

    Greetings all and sundry.
    We think we will stay safely inland where the sharks won’t get us.
    Today is Cubby’s 3 week V e t checkup. Wonder what they will think of the new and improved Bartholomew Cubbins.

  9. Herd of Hounds
    11:14 am on December 11th, 2014

    BooBear, congrats on the new housemate. Remember, he not a usurper, he’s a member of the family.
    CubKat, good luck at the v e t!

  10. Buddy and Leno
    11:18 am on December 11th, 2014

    Who turned on the snow? And the wind? Ugh…Leno and I just had a nice (ahem. … For very loose definitions of the word nice) stroll to the pharmacy. At least there are only a couple inches of snow maybe. At least Leno stopped for all the curbs. We are quite frozen a mile and a half later.

  11. Masquers
    11:20 am on December 11th, 2014

    Party! Oh, my poor head…darn that Redbone Hound with his jug of shine!

  12. Buddy and Leno
    11:26 am on December 11th, 2014

    *SMH* My comment is awaiting moderation. And not a link to be seen. And not even any bad words. Good morning, stay warm y’all :)

  13. Buddy and Leno
    11:28 am on December 11th, 2014

    Oh. Maybe it was the American word for chemist. So, let’s try this.

    Who turned on the snow? And the wind? Ugh…Leno and I just had a nice (ahem. … For very loose definitions of the word nice) stroll to the chemist. At least there are only a couple inches of snow maybe. At least Leno stopped for all the curbs. We are quite frozen a mile and a half later.


  14. Herd of Hounds
    11:31 am on December 11th, 2014

    Buddy, if it is that cold, please be sure Leno is dressed for it :)

  15. Tupper and Gilly
    11:32 am on December 11th, 2014

    Yup, Buddy- you figured out the word. And you didn’t even have to mention that your s h o e s got frozen.

    We just received our perfect gift for our v e t. We got the sweet Santa statue from the boutique ( thanks BlueKat!). We will take it to the vet along with CubKat.

  16. BearSpiritDog
    11:33 am on December 11th, 2014

    Buddy&Leno: The Blog Moderator does not like Certain Words and that is one of them!
    If youse are cold come sit by the fire.

  17. Buddy and Leno
    11:37 am on December 11th, 2014

    The thing is, it’s not too awful. Sure, it’s cold enough for snow to stick, but the wind is really what does us in. Leno’s all good…everyone’s all thawed out and everything. Hey, a fire! Hmm. Hot chocolate or hot tea? This is the important question.

  18. Tupper and Gilly
    11:42 am on December 11th, 2014

    Buddy – chocolate or tea???? Surely there is only one real choice there. Besides, who ever heard of marshmallows slowly sinking down and giving up their sweet creaminess to a cup of tea?

  19. Buddy and Leno
    11:57 am on December 11th, 2014

    You make an interesting point.

  20. Herd of Hounds
    12:00 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Especially in a Snowhook mug!

  21. BearSpiritDog
    12:07 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Of Course…Hot Chocolate in a Snowhook Mug!…and That Reminds Us>>>>>

  22. Tupper and Gilly
    1:05 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Oooo- wait. We have to rethink the tea/chocolate thing again. Right now, a lovely cup of tea sounds just perfect. Especially since Mama just got a surprise package of the adorable little tea duckie from the boutique.

    The note said it was from an *anonymous friend and fellow Plunderer. So, whoever is being anonymous, THANK YOU!!!!!! We loved that little tea duckie and we promise to make use of him often.

  23. BearSpiritDog
    1:17 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Royals: Hot Chocolate in front of a Cozy Fireplace and the Lovely Afternoon Tea experience are both highlights of our day.

  24. BearSpiritDog
    1:21 pm on December 11th, 2014

    And the hot chocolate is Cacoa Dark Chocolate, the Very Best Kind.

  25. dawson
    1:50 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Ah shore am glad ‘ol Redbone Hound secured the perimeter of Macy’s house last night. A’hm still full of cookies this morning. Hope Macy’s Mom managed to get a couple for herself! I picked up a bit of his Southern accent.

    I would love to visit Chatham, Massachusetts, just not today. I will follow that link to Yellow Umbrella books.

    Last night a Christmas tree was procured and decorated. I was allowed to hang the Beatles and the Maurice Sendak ornaments and many glass balls. Fun!

  26. BearSpiritDog
    2:08 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Hey, Dawson! Are you still Due South?

  27. BooBear
    2:11 pm on December 11th, 2014

    BluKat, Mom wants to apologize for the delay in sending the bracelet. She was sitting there last night wondering when her stuff would get there and realized that, holy Toledo, she hasn’t even boxed hers up to send. All sold items that have been cleared by Rebecca to mail will be sent tomorrow by priority mail. Mom will let you know tracking numbers.

    If this is what the prospect of getting a dog is doing to her, what will she be like when he is here? I don’t think this is a good idea at all.

  28. Herd of Hounds
    2:35 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Hope you are safe and warm
    During this storm!

  29. Herd of Hounds
    2:37 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Batten down the hatches
    Rain is coming in batches!

  30. Herd of Hounds
    2:39 pm on December 11th, 2014

    BSD and Masquers and Nana, Oh my,
    Find some place safe so you don’t have to fly!

  31. Herd of Hounds
    2:42 pm on December 11th, 2014

    For those in the northeast and midwest so fine,
    Be sure to take YOUR coat and leave me with mine.

  32. Herd of Hounds
    2:43 pm on December 11th, 2014

    And those that are in the southern tier
    When others get snow, be sure not to jeer.

  33. Herd of Hounds
    2:47 pm on December 11th, 2014

    And to our international friends,
    All of our paws we will extend (s).

  34. Masquers
    2:50 pm on December 11th, 2014

    HOH: Dawson too!
    Thunderstorms this afternoon and high wind advisory tonight with possible gusts of up to 60 mpr. Yeep!
    Signing off for now – Weatherkat

  35. Herd of Hounds
    3:00 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Masquers, the Awesome one fits into both midwest and international :)

  36. Herd of Hounds
    3:01 pm on December 11th, 2014

    And should those silly, gaseous pugs
    Feel left out, we send them HUGS!

  37. BearSpiritDog
    3:22 pm on December 11th, 2014

    One Pug in particular may be nursing a Shine-Hangover.

  38. Herd of Hounds
    3:28 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Quite possibly.

  39. dawson
    3:38 pm on December 11th, 2014

    BearSpiritDog: I am still in rainy Bellingham. The weather cat has mentioned that it is supposed to be nice tomorrow but I will be heading North by then. Luckily, the sun will be shining for my return home, although the temps will not be as warm. I have not seen the sun for a week so it will be a welcome sight indeed.

  40. BearSpiritDog
    4:29 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Dawson: Check Your SDD pronto!

  41. Tupper's Mama
    4:37 pm on December 11th, 2014

    BlueKat – your Santa was a hit at the V E T’s office. He is now sitting right up front on the reception counter. The woman coming in with her doggie spotted it right away and wanted to know the folks got it.
    The receptionist told her that Cubbins brought it. tee hee

  42. BearSpiritDog
    5:01 pm on December 11th, 2014

    CubKat is now on the V E T’s TopKat list and sure to get the very best of service.

    Thinking of Wolfie and other friends in Northern Climes being pelted by sheet of rain.
    Hope youse are high up and Out of Harm’s Way.

  43. bluecat
    5:15 pm on December 11th, 2014

    T&G’s Mama – I’m glad they liked the Santa. Cubbins will be famous in the office as a giver. Hope he got a good v*e*t report, too.

    BooBear – As long as it gets here by the 25th, no worries. Please tell you mom all is well. We had a neighbor dog, Gertie, a basset. She was a sweetheart. Lucky Howie to find a forever home with kats.

    HOH- nice weather-related poetry today. Stay safe, Everybody.

  44. Staff
    5:34 pm on December 11th, 2014

    sniff sniff sniff, I need a hug….WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. Nobody loves me.

  45. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:43 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Dawg!…Someone’s been baking cookies all damn day!…snort!…And I’ve been begging for cookies all damned day too…heh!heh!…There are six lucky Plunderers who are in for a cookie treat come next week. She perfected the new recipe and it is DELISH!….WOOOOO!

  46. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:44 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Staff!…The mailman delivered your pillow today – and someone thinks it is absolutely Adorable and love!Love!LOVES! it!…snorkel!

  47. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:44 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Awwwww!…Too bad about the Kat Pillow…heh!heh!chorkel!

  48. Mollypop's Mom
    5:47 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Rio, did she make it gluten free?

  49. Herd of Hounds
    5:48 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Does the above message mean that the first to order cookies will get substandard ones?
    Staff, we think that too but are sure someone with good taste will get those things that are still available soon.

  50. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:58 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Cookies!…All of these Boutique Cookies are the best. The first recipe was the one the Giant tested and Approved. Someone here thinks these turned out better…heh!heh!burp!

  51. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:00 pm on December 11th, 2014

    MollysMaw!…I don’t even know what Gluten Free means…wuffle!…Sorry! But that there is an idea someone here can work on after Christmas-time…chuffle!

  52. O'Howlers
    6:14 pm on December 11th, 2014

    O.K. Veggie gurus. Name this veggie. Please?

  53. Herd of Hounds
    6:17 pm on December 11th, 2014

    George sounds like a good name :)

    Is it a “jicama”?

  54. BooBear
    6:28 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Staff, just checked the boutique and the cat pillow is sold! Thank goodness or Mom would have broken down and bought it.

  55. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:28 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Howlers!…Are you sure that isn’t a Rock from Mars?…gah!

  56. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:31 pm on December 11th, 2014

    BooBear!…Your Maw has far too many Kats as it is…sniff!

  57. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:37 pm on December 11th, 2014

    could it be a jerusalem artichoke?

  58. Tupper and Gilly
    6:47 pm on December 11th, 2014

    We think it is celeriac

  59. Tupper and Gilly
    6:52 pm on December 11th, 2014

    check it out on a search engine. Celeriac is a great alternative starch that is very low in calories

  60. Tupper and Gilly
    6:57 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Do we win a prize if we’re right? A big Zeus kiss maybe?

  61. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:00 pm on December 11th, 2014

    T & G, we were just coming back to say that we were sure it was celeriac! It can be peeled and sauteed or mashed like potatoes. It is the celery root I believe. Popular in Turkey as a side dish.

  62. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:01 pm on December 11th, 2014

    This CSA is a learning experience. They have some weird stuff!

  63. Thieves!
    7:09 pm on December 11th, 2014

    A mystery shopper visited the boutique today and purchased the Kat pillow.

  64. O'Howlers
    7:14 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Zeus wants to kiss all 4 of you!

  65. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:20 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Hey, does runner up get anything?

  66. O'Howlers
    7:20 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Besides the celeraic, this week’s csa had brussels sprouts, turnips (again), onions, squash, lettuce, and spinach.
    Tonight, they are eating a Will Clower cabbage salad from last week’s csa.

  67. Zeus
    7:24 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Maggie and Lucy, you are 2 of the 4 I will be kissing.

  68. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:25 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Torture!…Why are the Howler’s Maw and Paw torturing themselves?….gasp!

  69. Staff
    7:33 pm on December 11th, 2014

    yay! The cat pillow will be finding it’s furever home!

  70. Zeus
    7:37 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Rio, These guys love these wierd veggies. Why? You tell me.

  71. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:57 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Zeus, we thought you meant T & G and the Herb Kats.

  72. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:01 pm on December 11th, 2014


    Beau!…Posing (again by himself) under the little finished Christmas Tree….heh!

  73. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:03 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Pillow!….My friend’s gift to herself under the little Christmas Tree….snort!…Thanks be to Staff!…snorkel!

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:04 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Cute!….Pillow up close and personal – although the lighting is darkish…grunt!…My friend thinks it is the best pillow EVER!…heh!heh!…I say it would be if that were a Pug on the front…sneeze!

  75. bluecat
    8:13 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Rio – everything looks so pretty in the pictures; it’s a cozy scene. Mom’s envious of your large poinsettias. I chew on ’em, so she has dinky plants up where I don’t climb.

    Do I see another, smaller pug on the chair? Snort!

    Staff does make wonderful pillows.

  76. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:19 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Blu-Kat!….Just for youse!…snorkel!

  77. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:27 pm on December 11th, 2014

    We are watching the 200th show on Bones. They are doing a flashback to the 40s. Pretty cool.

    Did someone say on the blog that they had seen the movie Birdman, and thought it was really bad? Can’t remember if we heard it here or somewhere else. Anyway, it just got nominated for a lot of awards today.

    Tonight is the series finale for Gracepoint. Can’t wait!

  78. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:59 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Golinka!…You are very lucky to have that unique and awesome Tea Duckie!…Wow!…Tea time will never be the same. No not ever…heh heh!

  79. Tupper and Gilly
    9:04 pm on December 11th, 2014

    We found it!
    A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sims is on right now on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel (HMM)

    We are transfixed!

  80. Zeus
    9:12 pm on December 11th, 2014

    It was Wose who did not like Birdman.

    Over and out. ZZZzzzzzzz

  81. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:13 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Rio, Beautiful tree and poinsettias.

  82. Staff
    9:39 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Rio, I am quite proud that you have the dog pillow under the tree. I did think of you as soon as I saw that dog fabric with all the pugs on it. snicker.

    I considered trying to do a pug dog pillow but the directions said to use the cat design and then make a few alterations and I KNEW that Rio would not accept a Cat/Pug into his home no matter what.

  83. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:54 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Gah!….Making a Pug out of a Kat…gasp!…Who would create such a design?….yeeep!

  84. BooBear
    9:56 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Here is the picture of Howie from the rescue site that convinced Mom.

  85. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:13 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Howie is absolutely adorable! Who could say no to that face. I think he will fill out a little after he gets settled.

    Watched the end of Gracepoint. Boy, sure didn’t see that one coming!

    So now the girls are heading outside one more time for a little recon, and then we are off to bed, where visions of sugarplums will dance in our heads.

  86. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:22 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Howie!…I think Howie and I could become really good friends if he can type and has a guys voice (not a Kat’s voice – poor fellow)…snort!

  87. Tupper and Gilly
    10:30 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Howie! Can’t wait to meet you, pal. We can show you the ropes about dealing with a bunch of Wrotten Kats.

    HMM has succeeded in ruining this movie. They have a commercial every 5 minutes – even if it right in the middle of a scene. They should be ashamed.

  88. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:37 pm on December 11th, 2014

    Stover!…We here found a new show OnDemand that is looking promising…heh!…It is called, “The Game” and offered up by BBC which is available to us without any other secret charges…snort!…So far it is looking very good..heh!heh!

  89. Buddy and Leno
    12:25 am on December 12th, 2014

    What, is that BBC America, or some online thingy? How come the Brits have better TV shows than we do, I just wanna know.

  90. AJ
    2:50 am on December 12th, 2014

    Hello All,

    Hopefully this holiday season finds all of you well. We here at the kennel are thinking of all of you and hoping you are all in good spirits.

    By way of an update for training. We finally have enough snow to run sleds instead of four wheelers. Sort of. We had about 16 inches fall but that compacted down to about 4 and now with warmer weather it’s about 2 inches deep in places. None the less, we are getting out there and training daily. Right now I’m running about 4 hours everyday with the team. At least that’s the average. Soon we will be jumping that number all the way up to 8 hours which is our target goal for running in Iditarod. I’m feeling a good about the team and they are stronger than I’ve ever had them before. We would like it to cool down and snow a little though before Iditarod this year.

    In the near future much has to happen to get the team ready from not only a training point of view but also a logistical point as well. Coming up we’ve got food drops to get ready for my team as well as teaching Phil how to do his own. That means cutting up nearly 4000 pounds of meat into little 1/4 inch squares. The dogs also receive a vet check as well as each dog receiving an EKG and blood tests to ensure health. And of course the many other little details that go into this race. 87 days to get it all done.

    At least every day is interesting. This week I’ve put in trails with the dogs which means they break open the trail for the first time after a new snow fall. In this case for the first time this season. I’ve picked up 2000 pounds of fish and it’s all finally put away. That is after all a lot of fish to have all over the driveway. And on and on.

    I’m dropping off here so I’ll wrap things up. Training is going well. Pray for more snow except to fall on my driveway. I find it pays to be specific about this point and of course thank you as always for your support.

    All the best,


  91. Kat with a Husky Voice
    6:46 am on December 12th, 2014

    Thanks for the update, AJ. I am so excited to see for this year’s Iditarod. Will Rio Jr. be on your team?
    I hope I have not distracted him from getting into tiptop shape.

    Howie looks like a very special boy. His soulful eyes would melt any heart.

    Rio, what is wrong with a Kat’s voice, anyhow? Huh????

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