Colonoscopies Are What, Again?

“Well, well,” Bernie says, “here’s a study that seems to show that the sniffing powers of some members of the nation within might equal colonoscopies in accuracy when it comes to detecting the big C.”

What’s he talking about? You tell me.

“So maybe I’ll postpone the test for a few more years,” he says, “let these new canine clinics get established.”

Sounds like good thinking to me.

“How do I smell, Chet? Healthy?”

How does Bernie smell? He has the best human smell there is; I must have mentioned that already.

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111 Responses to “Colonoscopies Are What, Again?”

  1. dawson
    8:46 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Bernie: I do not recommend putting off tests. However, being sniffed by a dog (fun) does beat a colonoscopy (torture), paws down.

  2. Tyb
    9:05 am on February 3rd, 2011

    The worst part of a colonoscopy is the preparation. Even that is no so bad anymore.
    I agree with Dawson on my first one, the prep was torture. The last one I had in August was a piece of cake. No problem at all. Whatever the case, they certainly beat the big C.

    As for our sniffing powers: I have met service dogs that smell low blood sugar and warn their people of the danger. I know others that smell a seizure or a heart attack coming on and alert their “charges” to take recommended action. Someone about to have a heart attack can take medication, and depending on the situation anyone about to have a seizure should sit down or move to a cleared area so that he doesn’t hurt himself by falling on or against something. i even know a lady who has a service dog that’s trained to jump into the clothes dryer and bring her clothes to her
    because she can’t bend down to reach into the dryer herself. We are incredibly trainable to do things for our people.

  3. Wolfie
    9:14 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Go ahead with the tests, Bernie. Cheat needs you.

  4. Wolfie
    9:16 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Groan. Chet. I meant Chet. Honest.

  5. Wolfie
    9:17 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Dang this iPad, anyway.

  6. B.Stover
    9:23 am on February 3rd, 2011

    I much prefer dogs to doctors.

    Good morning all.

  7. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:31 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Wolfie my friend, don’t be too hard on yourself. They need to invent a dpad with a nice big keypad for our paws. Cheat, heh, heh.

    Day 3 of Iceapallooza 2011. Even mom, who likes to stay at home is getting a little cabin fever.

  8. Sam
    10:02 am on February 3rd, 2011

    I have small paws but iPad has a mind of it’s own. My Mom has sent some strange emails to her friends.

  9. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:11 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Sniffing!…. I bet the reason Cassie the Butt Sniffing Dog was always sniffing everyone was to make sure they were healthy….heh! …It all makes sense now…snort!

  10. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:45 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Wolfie — I have the same problem when I post off of my dad’s iPad. It keeps wanting to call me Skokie or Wilke, but after correcting it enough times, I think it has finally figured out that my name is Wookie. It’s a great device, but sometimes I think Steve Jobs is just a little too smart for his own good. Wookie

  11. Staff
    10:48 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Hi all,
    I am not scheduled at the busy place today so I have been talking things over with my insurance company. They have been denying some claims and we are NOT amused. They SAY they will do “some legwork” and get it fixed. We shall see.

    Anyway.

    Last summer, a few months after the transplant, I met one of those service dogs who can sniff out illness. He came into the quilt shop with his friend who was a quilter.
    His job was to tell his friend when she needed her medicine. You could just see the intelligence and kindness in his eyes. There were two of us from the shop talking to his friend. Buddy, the service dog, just sat there until she gave him permission to meet us.
    He walked over to the two of us, ignored my friend, came up to me and put his nose up close to my transplant incision and gave it a few gentle sniffs. I petted him and he went back and sat down by his friend. I told his friend I had just had a transplant and she said “Oh, that’s why he wanted to smell you.”

    She also said dogs can’t be trained to do it. They just are naturally that way or not and they can test for the ability and then work with the dog to enhance it.

    I think it is amazing.

  12. Tupper and Gilly
    10:52 am on February 3rd, 2011

    We used to know a weiner dog who like to sniff men’s parts…hmmm. Come to think of it, the dog’s name was Doc, although as one of 7 pups in a litter, he had been named for Snow White’s dwarf.
    Wonder if he was trying to live up to his name?

  13. Barb & Maggie
    10:55 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Good morning everyone and Happy New Year! Year of the Rabbit, as we already know. Time to relect, focus on home and family, and have a calm and peaceful year. Dog knows we could all use this time of peace and reflection. Barb is going to try that full moon/garden thing each month and see what that brings. When is the full moon in Feb? Her garden is pretty snow covered right now.

    Re: colonoscopies -not the most fun but TYB is right. The one Barb had in 2005 was worse than the one in 2010. Unfortunately, because of her breast cancer and some polyps, the doc wants her to have another one later this year. She is not thrilled.

  14. Siber-H
    11:11 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Mom is like Bernie…she will wait until you can be checked by dogs. I think my mom and Bernie have too much in common sometimes.

    My tribe won’t be taking part in the sniffing for medical reasons…that is something else that we won’t do. Mom doesn’t know if it is can’t or won’t.

  15. Melanie
    11:13 am on February 3rd, 2011

    >b>Not for Riö’s eyes. I am already setting up the wonderfluffing for Riö. Please do not tell him. I need to email his friend and get one more picture . . .

    Good Morning everyone: Good news for Dan. He has been having trouble with confusion and anxiety. He went to the heart doc this morning and things are looking so good that he was taken off some of the meds causing this problem. Whew.

  16. Melanie
    11:14 am on February 3rd, 2011

    whoops! that should be in bold

  17. Barb & Maggie
    11:15 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Good news about Dan.

    Can’t wait to see you know who at half time.

    Staff, have started the book and it is really good, plus informative.

  18. Melanie
    11:18 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Riö, I don’t have the pic of you in the bow tie. Here’s your pic in your baseball cap.

  19. Mollypop
    11:20 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Mom ordered the new Verizon iPhone this morning, but not at 3 a.m. EST when it first went on sale. They said they had a limited number of phones available for pre-sale to existing customers, but even if they had fifty million, that’s still a limited number.

  20. Siber-H
    11:24 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Ten below zero last night…Awesome!! After the dog park this morning, we drove down to the Rio Grande to see all the ice in it…very impressive. Only us Huskies were out at the dog park at dawn.

    T&G, Mom knew a Corgi named Doc. He belonged to her vet and came to work with him. Doc and mom were friends, but he has since gone to Rainbow Bridge.

  21. Tupper and Gilly
    11:25 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Our Mama saw a commercial last night for a phone that swipes credit cards! Since she travels to art shows, she is very interested in that. Do any of the Plunderers know anything about it? We need to watch for the commercial again since we didn’t see even the name of the product.

  22. Siber-H
    11:34 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Very happy to hear the good news about Dan!

    Mollypop, I hope your mom lets you use her new phone. You and I could really use a phone that lets you swipe credit cards. hee hee

  23. Mollypop
    11:36 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Tup ‘n Gil – That’s an app on a smartphone, Blackberry and iPhone. Does your Mama have one of those?

  24. Mollypop
    11:41 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Siber-H – Mom is on to us, ever since I sent you those dog toys. Mom’s current phone is an Android and if I got my paws on it, I could order stuff online. She’s so mean.

  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:41 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Grump!… My friend is not happy about this training thing she has to go to….snort!… Her knees hurt and there is only one break at noon for lunch….grunt!

  26. Mollypop
    11:45 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Tup ‘n Gil – Here’s a video that shows how Smart Swipe works. It has already been in use at Starbucks and Target.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vsfj8ZV4YzA

  27. B.Stover
    11:46 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Could someone explain to me the practical uses of the iphone? (I hate talking on the phone and I have never sent a text since I don’t pay for that.) I have a simple cell phone.

  28. Barb & Maggie
    11:59 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Bee, You and Barb may be the only 2 two-leggeds on this blog that have never texted. Barb does not text, does not take pictures, or anything else except talk on her phone. She says she does not care to make her life any more complex. Simple pleasures, that’s all. Good dog, good books, good food and good friends. Nuff said.

  29. Tupper and Gilly
    12:08 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Hi Barb and Maggie – you can add our Mama to the list with you and Bee. Have we mentioned “luddite”? tee hee.
    MollyPop – thanks for the youtube, but thats not what we saw. All we can tell you is that the commercial showed a guy with a lunchwagon taking people’s credit cards and swiping them through a slot on his phone. WE WANT THAT!! Right now when they are at a show, they still have to do the paper slider thing and lots of people tease them about being oldfashioned.

  30. Lola and Franklin
    12:21 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    I think Daddy’s human vet wants him to have a colonoscopy. He didn’t seem too happy about the idea. If he decides to have a dog sniff him instead, it’s got to be Franklin. I, Lola, am simply not going there.

    We both wanted to thank everyone for the nice welcome yesterday. I think our second post saying Thanks didn’t go through. Anyway, thanks very much.

  31. Melanie
    12:23 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Here is a picture taken this morning from a friend you lives in Tucson!

    Coldest ever.

  32. B.Stover
    12:25 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    I’m laughing at Lola: “Simply not going there.” LOL

  33. Siber-H
    12:26 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    You can add #4 to the list of plunderers that don’t and won’t text…my mom. Mom also has a simple cell phone and the only pictures she has in it are of me and my two best Husky friends at the dog park. When people start whipping out their cell phones to show mom pictures of their kids and grandkids, you can guess what mom does.

  34. Mollypop
    12:38 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Tup ‘n Gil – Maybe the Veriphone is what Mama saw. Their website doesn’t tell what the sevice costs.

    http://www.paywaremobile.com/so2011.aspx?utm_source=google-display&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=generic&utm_campaign=NAFG-PWM-jan11

  35. Siber-H
    12:39 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    T&G I know that using your phone to swipe a credit card is very common in Japan, so surely it won’t be too long before the USA adopts the technology.

  36. Mollypop
    12:43 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    B. – People buy smartphones for many different reasons. Mom got hers last year because she wanted to have a camera with her all the time. She picked the Droid Incredible because it has an 8 megapixel camera and the ads all showed great photos. What a disappointment! That’s why Mom is trading it in for the iPhone, which has been out since last June and she knows it takes good pictures.

  37. Staff
    12:45 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    I have a trak phone. It is per minute, so I don’t talk on it much. I had it cause it was needed so I could be notified if a kidney was available. Now I have a kidney so I thought I could ditch the phone, but, who knew, it is a wonderful alarm clock to tell me when to take my pills.
    I have texted on it, with great difficulty,just because it is cheaper than talking. (only 30 seconds per text)

    My phone is $1 per minute roaming and it is roaming at home in ND and here in MN. The only place it is not roaming is at the quilt shop in Mayville ND.
    That is why I go there a lot.
    Not because of my friends or all the quilt toys there.
    Really.
    That is why.

  38. Staff
    12:49 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Mr.Staff is too cheap to pay a monthly charge. The trak phone service we have is $5 a month. Mr.Staff loves it. Pictures are not included.

    He says you just can’t get that price anymore and he is keeping it until they make him quit.

    Staff is too lazy to fight about it. When they started this Mr.Staff said she could have a monthly DSL charge or a monthly phone charge but not both.

    She chose DSL. Dial up is a waste of time. (Do any of you remember dial up?)

  39. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    12:50 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    My dad who is kind of tech savvy (although mom is the real pro there) has only sent two text messages in his entire life and that was because it was the absolute only way he could communicate with a particular client abroad, and I am pretty sure that my mom has never sent a text message at all, so put them on the list too. Same on the camera thing too, the only time my dad even used the camera on his phone was when he accidentally turned it on and then had to figure out how to turn it off. Me, I’m a big fan of pee mail, but that is something else entirely. Wookie

    P.S. For Stover, to try to respond to your question, the iPhone’s functionality is really intended for people who want to use their phone as a sort of mini-computer, including sending and receiving emails as well as texting. A lot of the functinality you have on your iPad, including many apps, photo album etc., are essentially the same that you would get on an iPhone, only the screen is a lot smaller and the storage capacity in the iPhone is probably quite a bit less (i.e., while perhaps technically feasible, I doubt if you would want to either store or read e-books on your iPhone). The iPhone also has a GPS capability, but again the screen is probably smaller than many GPS devices (like Nuvi or TomTom or Magellan) and probably more difficult to use while driving than a dedicated GPS device.

  40. B.Stover
    12:57 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    I remember dial up but sooooo sloooooow.

    I like taking pictures with my Nikon. I’d hate to have people texting me all the time. Email is the communication of preference. Guess I’ll keep my Jitterbug cell phone.

    Nice picture Melanie. I have a pine tree that looks like a “waterfall of icicles” as Dawson said. (I posted the picture several days ago. There are more icicles on it now.)

  41. B.Stover
    1:00 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Thanks Wookie. I’m still laughing about the iphone camera experience.

    I’ll stick with my Kindle and my laptop. (Though I may still get an ipad when the new ones come out.)

  42. Melanie
    1:03 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Dial Up . . . shutter.

    When we first started the web site, we had dial up. It took FOREVER to get the pictures up. And then someone would call. Then I’d have to start all over again.

  43. Siber-H
    1:09 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Mom remembers dial up. I’m glad she got rid of it before she adopted me. I could not have handled dial up.

  44. Tupper and Gilly
    1:16 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    MollyPop – thanks – that may be the one. We will look into it.
    DSL vs Dial up???? No contest.
    Mama says that a young kid made her feel so old the other day. They were having a conversation about a commercial that said” Dial 1-800 etc. The kid looks at Mama and asks , “So why do they say to ‘dial’ a phone?” Sheesh…does no one remember the old black box with the big round dial?
    Have to go for now. Mama is taking me (Tupper) to the vet. I pulled a Rio and jumped off the couch wrong. Even though they have been carrying me up and down the stairs for a week (tee hee – THAT has been fun), I’m still a little ouchy. And as I am getting up in years, Mama wants the vet to check me out. Sigh.
    I hope I don’ need any shots!
    ttfn – bbl

  45. Siber-H
    1:20 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    I have to go to the vet this afternoon for the bordetella vaccine. It is up the nose…no big deal. I hope they have the teat jar ready for me.

  46. Siber-H
    1:20 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    treat jar

  47. Melanie
    1:25 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    That was a really funny mind picture Siber-H.

  48. Tyb
    1:30 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Add us to the growing group of folks who don’t and probably won’t text. We’re probably the over 30 crowd.

  49. B.Stover
    1:48 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    I can’t stop laughing over SH’s typo…..

  50. Lola and Franklin
    1:54 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Our humans don’t text either. My Mom says maybe she would, at least to her human son, but a keyboard that size is out of the question. She can’t see it. To say that they’re the in the over 30 crowd would be a gross understatement.

  51. Melanie
    2:20 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    My sister refused to get a cell phone because then her children (all over 18) could get ahold of her.

    They gave her one for Christmas and text things to her as “My sister isn’t nice to me” “It’s his turn to do the dishes”

    I am a non-texter and proud of it.

  52. BARB & MAGGIE
    3:40 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Well, Barb says she is in good company with the oldies byt goodies crowd.

    Siber, We love your typo too. Also, they can’t give me the up the nose bordetella stuff. Shots only, according to my file. Something to do with one vet, one vet tech and Barb trying to hold me down last year. Wasn’t going to happen on my watch!

    Here is a picture of Rt. 20, the main hwy from Rockford to Iowa, taken yesterday. The area between the fences is the highway! The car is almost completely buried. Top of the picture is the crossroad going to our place.

  53. BARB & MAGGIE
    3:45 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Above picture was taken from a county plow truck.

  54. Mollie (a black poodle)
    3:53 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Another simple cell phone user here. Mom does not text. She tried it but on her phone it takes forever as it does not have a regular keyboard thing. The iphones look like fun though.

    Mollypop: Let me know if the Verizon iphone is good. My boy has Verizon.

    I am a minature poodle so does that count as being #2 in the smart dog breeds like Mollypop?

    Good news about Dan.

    Is tonight the night we are supposed to look at the moon?

  55. Siber-H
    3:56 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Barb, Can you get out yet? That is a lot of snow!! This husky is impressed.

    I was hoping my typo would go unnoticed.

    We haven’t heard from C.Harris. I hope she is feeling better.

  56. Mollypop
    3:58 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    The news said that Verizon’s servers crashed shortly after Mom placed her order. They couldn’t handle the load.

  57. Siber-H
    3:58 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Mollie (ABP) It counts in my book.
    off to the vet

  58. BARB & MAGGIE
    4:11 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    We can get out today. Parts of the state highway shown are still closed, but most are open. All the trucks that were headed west on Hwy 20 yesterday either turned around or parked in the parking lot of our local grocery store. We heard that the lot was filled with semis!

  59. Mollypop
    4:23 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    MagPie! That snow picture is amazing. I’m in ski country and we don’t have that. Boy, don’t we wish we did.

  60. B.Stover
    4:36 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    The moon is in the new phase. In other words, we can’t see it.

  61. B.Stover
    4:38 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    I just checked again. The moon is in waxing crescent, 1% of full.

  62. BARB & MAGGIE
    5:09 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    OK Bee, when is the full moon in Feb? We want to do the full moon – garden thing for the Year of the Rabbit.

    Molly, we had lots of blowing out here, but Chicagoland area actually had heavier snow fall than we did.

  63. BARB & MAGGIE
    5:30 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Here are a couple of Newfie photos for you from the Blizzard of 2011.

  64. BARB & MAGGIE
    5:32 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Here are a couple of Newfie photos for you from the Blizzard of 2011.

  65. BARB & MAGGIE
    5:32 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Here are a couple of Newfie photos for you from the Blizzard of 2011.

  66. Gus and BooBear
    5:39 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    SiberH….teat jar?? LOL.

    Mom got the IPhone when her workplace put a block on certain websites on the work computers. They did that because of the younger crowd and Facebook. But the block included Chets blog. She doesn’t get a lot of free time at work, but every once in a while she can read the blog.

    She has also learned to text. She likes that because she isn’t much of a phone talker and it’s a quick way to communicate. Some of the girls she works with ( younger than she is) text all the time. Mom doesn’t have that much to say to people.!

  67. BARB & MAGGIE
    5:40 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Will try first one again.

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:44 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Phone!…. I have a little Go Phone that my friend bought me….snort!… She said I could use it to call her at the boring-as-all-get-out place in case of an emergency….sniff!…So I tried calling her to tell her I was hungry and I needed her to come home and feed me, but the call won’t go through….grunt!….She put the number(555-555-5555) in the phone for me and everything,.…gruffle!

  69. B.Stover
    6:07 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Barb: The full moon will be Feb. 18. Here’s a chart:

    http://www.almanac.com/moon/full/NH/Dublin

  70. Barb & Maggie
    6:33 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Bee, Thank you, have marked my dates for the year.

  71. LizF
    6:36 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Barb, the full moon in Feb is on the 18th, at 08.36 GMT. Great photo too.

    Staff, I love that story about the service dog.

  72. Melanie
    6:58 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    What a great Newf picture. All the pictures are great.

    Barb and MagPie: Were you in that area during the 1967 storm? We lived there then. That was amazing. We could jump down two feet to the snow drift. And that was from the second floor!

    We were talking about it yesterday and I remembered how they got rid of the snow. (Not sure how I remembered, one of those weird facts stuck in my head) They put the snow in empty box cars and sent the trains south. I think that is really cool.

  73. Siber-H
    7:04 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    We go out and do errands and go to the vet, come home, turn on the local news and find out a State of Emergency has been declared in NM. Thousands are without natural gas and/or electricity because of shortages of both. We have natural gas and electricity right now, but if I disappear, you will know why. We will be fine; mom has sleeping bags rated to 50 below or some such nonsense.
    Thirty percent of our natural gas is stuck in Texas. That is what they are saying. I say they are probably blaming Texas for NM’s lack of planning.

  74. Melanie
    7:20 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Goodness Siber-H: Keep your mom and dad warm. You could let them stay in your holes in the yard.

    When you wrote “stuck in Texas” I was wondering how natural gas got stuck.

    Of course, if Wölfie blurred the Newfs over to you and you gave them chili, you’d have a lot of natural gas!!

  75. Alice Johnson
    7:29 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Dear Rio,
    I am so sorry your phone isn’t working. And after your friend was so thoughtful as to pre-program her number in too.
    heh heh heh
    Alice M. Johnson

  76. Staff
    7:32 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    I was talking about our hillside tailgate party at supper today and mentioned that I had a number for the game. A guy at my busy place sells them each year.

    I am not sure how it works but Mr.Staff says he knows. My numbers are 1 and 6. So in order to win those numbers have to be the last numbers of any score anytime. Like 21 and 6 would win me $40. Mr.Staff says not to hold my breath.

    Does anyone else coming to the party have numbers?

  77. AbbietheKitty
    7:35 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Gosh Mr. Husky. I bet NM thought they wouldn’t need much of those two items since you are usually so warm. I wonder why the electricity is stuck though? Can’t it flow over wires? You certainly can’t ship it in trucks. Even I know that.

    Rio, I appreciate your restraint about pictures. That was a terrible picture of me. Staff is still in my bad books over that.

  78. B.Stover
    7:35 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    SH: Why is your natural gas stuck in Texas?

  79. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:00 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Mr. Husky, do you have mother issues?

    The NM electricy is stuck in Texas because they sent it to us to try and stop the rolling blackouts we have been having. Not sure what is plugging up the gas lines.

    Mom went to a craft fair and one of the vendors scanned her card on his eye phone. Mom gets a pop-up daily offering her the service. Not sure what she has to sell. Maybe her rocks. She did paint quite a few gray ones and is now ready to move on to beige. We took a picture, but are now sure how to load it off the camera card without loading all the pics we did yesterday..major pondering.

    Mom thinks the best thing about her iPhone is that if she is off somewhere and realizes that she forgot to harvest her Farmville crops, she can do it from her phone. Plus there are goodies to buy for FV that are only available on the iPhone, so I think she thinks she is special because she has theses things.

    She also enjoys Words With Friends, which is like an old mail chess game. You play your scrabble like word, send it, and when your opponent(s) have time they play their word. Mom usually has 5 games going at once so there is usually one that it is her turn.

    She also wishes to be added to the do not text club. She does not see the point, plus she has bad thumbs that do not cooperate.

    Tyb- I think it is safe to say there is a VERY small number of under 40’s here. Very small.

  80. Siber-H
    8:02 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    That is the expression the news is using “stuck in Texas”. I watched more news and the explanation they are giving is that there is a shortage of electricity in both Texas and NM and electricity is what gets the natural gas here from Texas. They only have enough electricity to bring a trickle of gas in.
    I am not sure why there is a shortage of electricity…something about overuse, the cold, and transformers blowing.

    They are setting up shelters all over the state for people. No Pets Allowed, but my folks wouldn’t go to a shelter anyway.

  81. Siber-H
    8:05 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Macy, yes, sometimes I have issues with my mother.

  82. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:07 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    BTW, I will not be at the stadium on Sunday. I am still having the hilltop party. Someone please at least stop by. I feel like my little party got lost somewhere along the line, but I have already placed orders, so the party goes on.

    Maggie..we are confused. Where did you get a Newfie?

    Oh, and we are expecting more snow tonight. Big talk on the local stations is that Texas will never get another Super Bowl because of this weather. Shame on us, but I am pretty sure a large part of the country got the same storm we did.

    The larger amounts of snow tonight are expected for Gus and BooBear in Houston of all places.

  83. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:10 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Mr. H..I guess that explains the jar comment?

    My dad works with the state emergency preparedness commission and at their last conference they had an entire session on dealing with pets in an emergency situation. Texas pets can expect much better treatment than the New Orleans ones did.

  84. Melanie
    8:19 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Macy: The Newf pack is coming to your hill-side party in formal wear. It’s their only wear but it’s formal.

    That’s Barb’s son’s Newf.

  85. Siber-H
    8:19 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Macy, it is your hilltop party that I am planning on coming to.
    Crap, NM is telling people that animal control will take care of their pets during this crisis…mom says over her dead body.

  86. Mollypop
    8:26 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Macy – We want to come to your hilltop party but the weather is so terrible. Little Sammie would freeze.

  87. Tupper and Gilly
    8:27 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Hi everyone – Gilly here for a change. Tupper is kind of drowsy tonight after all her adventures at the vet. And Mama is still saying so many bad words, she probably won’t go near the computer for a while.
    Mama took Tupper to the vet that we have always gone to…except our nice old vet has retired, and sold his business to PollyAnna and her 12 year old sidekick. We have met PollyAnna before (Oh I’m just SURE that everything will be alright in a couple of days, why don’t we wait and see if it goes away….all said with a GIANT smile, in a cutsy pie voice….yuck), but the 12 year old was new to us. So Mama thought it would be good to try her. Mama explained to this vet that Tupper has sprained or wrenched her leg – that she has had this before and needs an anti-inflamatory. She told the vet that Tupper has been getting carried up and down stairs, and isn’t allowed to jump off the couch, and that her leg is lots better, but she just needs a little help.
    But the 12 year old (ok, maybe she isn’t THAT young, but she sure looks like a snot nosed little kid)decides that Tupper needs to have all kinds of bloodwork. And her rabies shot it due. And she wants to x-ray Tupper’s leg. She won’t give Mama the anti-inflamatory, or a rabies shot, or even refill our heartworm prescription unless Mama lets her do all this labwork. Mama told her that Tupper is healthy and up to date on everything, but the 12 year old says that SHE doesn’t know Tup, only our old vet did, and she needs to do all this.
    All Mama wants is for Tup to feel better, so she said go ahead, but she wouldn’t let her do the xray. Then the 12 year old said she would call us later and let us know about the tests, and then Mama could BRING TUP BACK TO THE VET for her shots and the antiinflamatory. So Tup has been to the vet twice today, and Mama is still walking around swearing about “I’ll give HER a blood test!”. Seems like Mama thought $300 was a big bill when she knew what Tupper needed when she first walked into the office.
    Oh dear….sounds like we will be looking for a new vet!

  88. Wölfie
    8:27 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Yes, I have numbers! 0 + 5 and 5 + 4. Lots of 5’s there.
    We will win $125 if it lands on our numbers.

  89. Mollypop
    8:29 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Siber-H – How long is your very dangerous cold weather supposed to last?

  90. Melanie
    8:36 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Hmm, Tupper sounds like she does need a new vet, before her mama takes the 12 year old to task!

    I have no numbers. I like the number 10 but that doesn’t work. Our family does a Superbowl themed dinner. We like the idea of cheese, but don’t think we’ll do any steel pipes.

  91. Melanie
    8:38 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Alice M. Johnson: Do you remember the Engineers and Kats video you put up? Well, they have done two web commercials for the Ford. Very funny. Here’s one of them and you can get to the other from that one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=iv&v=qxRCkd4ybCE&annotation_id=annotation_437138

  92. Barb & Maggie
    8:41 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Macy, Melanie was close – the Newfies, Joe and Gus, live with Kelly’s daughter, s-i-l, and 3 kids. One of whom is the cute little blondie that Mollypop likes so much. The other photo that Barb tried to post twice was a funny shot of Gus all covered with millions of tiny snowballs embeded in his fur.

    Also, Macy, your comment about Siber having mommy issues was funny. Are you suggesting a freudian slip?

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:46 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    GRUMP!…. My computer, now that it is finally on again, is acting up tonight….grrrrr!… She came home in a bad mood and her knees hurt and she said she needed to use it to email someone a photo…snort!…Well, that took forever! Now she is off trying to figure out some food and I finally get to see if I can post something…dammit!…Dammit to hell this old computer…bugger!…..What are we talking about?…sniff!

  94. Barb & Maggie
    8:47 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    T & G, That $300 bill is outrageous! Are they trying to pay for their new practice? We think you should look for a new vet, if there are other good choices nearby.

  95. Siber-H
    8:48 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Mollypop, I don’t think it is dangerously cold weather, but NM evidentally can’t handle this. Mom is going around muttering that this weather is perfectly normal for some parts of the U.S.
    We should have a warm up by Sat., but it still won’t be up to our normal average temperature for this time of the year.
    Schools have been closed for 3 days and will be closed again tomorrow. Pipes in the schools have burst and the school busses won’t start. We are a state of wimps when it comes to cold weather.

  96. dawson
    8:50 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Some interesting typos today. :-)
    I have never had a cell phone. When I try to answer one I usually hang up on the caller accidentally.
    I agree with Macy. I prefer to be on the hilltop for the Supper Bowl. The boxes sound nice but I like the open air, truth to tell.

  97. Melanie
    8:50 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    A kenning for B. Stover:

    I am headed to warm-wrappings.

    TTFN

  98. Tupper and Gilly
    8:53 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Oh dear..we are very sad here. Mama has been talking to a rescue shelter for two weeks about adopting a sweet little Corgi that they had. We have been so excited to have a new baby sister.
    But the rescue people just emailed…they won’t adopt her out as she has bad seizures and some other depressing stuff. Mama is crying and we have to go sit and cuddle with her.

  99. B.Stover
    8:56 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    LOL Melanie! Good night all.

  100. Siber-H
    8:57 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    T&G Mom had a similar experience when her vet retired and sold his practice. Hang in there..you will find a vet you like but having to deal with this is the pits.

  101. Siber-H
    9:01 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    T&G again, The rescue group is doing the right thing about not adopting her out. Mom had ten years of bad seizures and other stuff with a dog…that is ten years of heartbreak.

  102. Alice M. Johnson
    9:02 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Thanks Melanie,
    I followed your link. Those guys must have a great sense of humor. They are so deadpan.

    OOO Wow, look out for that tachion beam!

    Well Abbie, Staff and I are planning to fly in on a lear jet. The airports here are open and doing just fine. We only got 6 inches off the edge of the storm. We will be bringing in some treats. Let us know if you need any of those hot air blower thingys to keep the air warm up on the hill by Macy’s place. I think we will all have a great time as long as the electricity doesn’t all go to New Mexico.

    I am thinking salmon cupcakes and lobster patties for all. Should be a great time.

  103. Barb & Maggie
    9:14 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    It is probably too late to respond to Melanie’s question about 1967. Barb said she was not in Illinois then. She moved here in 1971. Also, in order to get rid of some of the snow, they put it in this big melter thingy that can melt tons of it really fast. Then it gets poured into Lake Michigan. Some of the smaller communities still have to truck it away.

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:43 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Football!…As for the party, I’d like to be inside and served by waiters and pampered…heh!…It’s cold down in Houston right now and I am not sitting outside…grump!…Unless Dawson says I can sit on her bony lap with a big blanket around me…grunt!… She seems like someone who generates heat, and I need a lot of it…snort!

  105. Siber-H
    9:47 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Rio, All you need to do is set between a couple of Newfs.
    We aren’t going to Houston. We are going to Dallas and Ft. Worth.

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:18 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Dallas!…heh! Well, whatever city MinPin is freezing in, that’s where we will be…grunt!…I was hoping for some really warm weather for the Supper Bowl….brrrr!…It snowed here again today just to cheer us all up even more….growl!

  107. Siber-H
    10:43 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    The forecast for Dallas is a high of 46 degrees on Sunday. That is not real warm, but better than today.

    We are signing off now…Rio, Good Luck to your friend at the doctor tomorrow. I know they will figure out why her knees are hurting. I hope she also doesn’t have to do training tomorrow.

    Night all

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:02 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Transportation! …So I can just make up my own transport to ..Dallas like Abbie, Staff and Alice are doing?…ridiculous!…Utterly impossible. I still need a ride….dammit!

  109. Barb & Maggie
    11:16 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    We are going to bed, also. Rio, tell your friend we will be thinking about her tomorrow at the doctor appointment. Good luck.

  110. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:20 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Sunday is supposed to be 45. You northern pups surely have warm weather wear. We have rented a tend with a couple of outdoor heaters so we should be just great.

    I will be wearing my traditional black with brown accents. I am not sure if I have an appropriate bandana, but my green Christmas sweater should be good for a Packer supporter.

    Freudian slip indeed Maggie, tee hee

    So sorry T and G. Give mama lots of kissies.

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:27 pm on February 3rd, 2011

    Night!…all, she is mucking about now getting ready for bed and worrying about the doctors visit…sniff!…Poor thing. Life sucks right now for all that’s left of us in this family…sniffle!

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