Dedicated To Buford, In Memory

Home is our place on Mesquite Road. Our part of the Valley isn’t fancy like Beaumont Hills, but who would want to live anywhere else? For one thing, we’ve got the canyon out back, open country that goes on and on, plus more lizards, javelinas and coyotes than you could shake a stick at. That’s something humans say, but I’ve gotten lots of sticks in my mouth and could have shaken them at all kinds of creatures if I’d wanted. Once I actually did shake a squirrel. Was that bad? I was so surprised I’d caught the little bugger, first and only time!

Another good thing about our place is that my bowls are in the kitchen. And then there’s Iggy. Iggy’s my pal. He lives next door with this old couple, Mr. and Mrs. Parsons. Not too long ago they got an electric fence and Iggy had some problems with it. Now he doesn’t come outside, just watches from the window, which was what he was doing when Bernie and I drove up. He barked and wagged his tail. I did the same. Iggy barked back and wagged some more. I did the same again. We could keep this up for ages, me and Iggy, and I was looking forward to that, when he suddenly disappeared from the front window. A few moments later he popped up in the side window. Maybe he could see me better from there or maybe – what was this? Now Iggy had something in his mouth, possibly a bedroom slipper. Yes, a bedroom slipper for sure. I wanted badly to take it away from him, but how could I? So when I heard Bernie saying, “For the last time, Chet, get in here,” I went bounding into the house.

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97 Responses to “Dedicated To Buford, In Memory”

  1. B.Stover
    4:43 am on November 27th, 2010

    Thanks for the dedication Spence. Good morning Chet and everyone.

  2. Riö - The Evil
    5:05 am on November 27th, 2010

    Memory!… Now Buford has a little bit of THAT all for himself….sniff!…I wonder what will happen to me when I have to follow Buford….snuffle!…ah well, my friend will remember me. Once she turns that big plant around, I’m sure she will remember me…heh!

    Trees!… Today someone here gets to go have lunch with her friend from the farm and then we are going to the “Festival of Trees”….grunt!…We have done this every year since we moved here….sniff!…These are not trees that I can go up to and leave my mark on. Oh No! I learned that one real quick the first time around…heh!

  3. Mollypop
    5:06 am on November 27th, 2010

    Good morning B. That is a wonderful dedication for our Buford.

  4. Barb & Maggie
    5:12 am on November 27th, 2010

    Thank you Spence. Buford was well loved, and we are glad he is immortalized on The Quilt.

    Beautiful, non-windy but cold day here. Barb is going to take the neighbors for Chinese at lunch today, as a thank you for helping her out. Diane (Tolby, the Maltese's mom) has been coming over every morning to open the pull-up hatch door on the chicken coop. That is the only thing that has to be done that Barb still can not do.

    Melanie, that photo of OTAS and F could be used as an engagement picture for the paper, if they do that out there. I bet you took it!

    Bee, glad you are all better!

  5. Barb & Maggie
    5:17 am on November 27th, 2010

    Yesterday our little bitty town of Lena, Illinois made some local history. Our football team just won the state football championship in the 1-A Class (smallest school division). First time in school history,and they beat the other team by over 30 points.

    Barb didn't really get into it, since her kids didn't go to school here, but it was BIG!!!! Half the town went down state for the game, and believe me, there will be huge celabrations!

  6. B.Stover
    5:23 am on November 27th, 2010

    Mollypop: That picture last night was dramatically beautiful. How is the snow situation today?

    Enjoy the lunch Barb and the Festival of Trees Rio. (Any pictures?)

    I'm going to make beef soup. It's very cold here but sunny.

  7. Riö - The Evil
    5:34 am on November 27th, 2010

    Stover!… She might remember to take her camera, but I’m not going to remind her because I don’t want my picture taken…snort!

  8. bluecat
    5:40 am on November 27th, 2010

    Spence & Chet – thank you for honoring Buford.

    I'm a Bad Kitty. For the first time since I've been here I chomped on a poinsettia and I had to stand on my back legs to get to it. Mom gave it to a neighbor. Mom says my attitude is too Siamese but that doesn't compute. I'm only one Kat.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend, Everybody.

  9. Mollypop
    5:45 am on November 27th, 2010

    B. – Here is the latest photo, but not as pretty as it was last night. However, Siber-H will like it. Mom is pretty excited too, because Mother Nature helped out.

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1290872718-snow start 2.jpg[/img]

  10. Mollypop
    5:47 am on November 27th, 2010

    Melanie – Your photo last night is beautiful and perfectly captured the moment.

  11. Riö - The Evil
    6:07 am on November 27th, 2010

    Snow!…Shudder!

  12. Barb & Maggie
    6:07 am on November 27th, 2010

    Bluecat, Don't you know poinsettia leaves are not good for dogs and kats!

  13. Siber-H
    6:14 am on November 27th, 2010

    Thank you for the dedication to Buford, Chet.

    The snow picture is pretty! That's enough snow for a team of sled dogs, but is it enough snow for the ski area to open? We are totally impressed with last night's picture of the imminent storm.

    Melanie's picture of the happy couple is also outstanding. That is one they will always treasure.

    We have some talented photographers here on the blog and we appreciate the photos.

    Bluecat, I can't imagine you being a bad kitty. Some strange cat must have sneaked in and taken a bite out of the plant.

    I've just been informed that this is one of those BBL days.

  14. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:17 am on November 27th, 2010

    Good Morning everybody!

    I totally understand where Bluecat was coming from. I tend to want to find out things for myself. I am not trusting by nature or rather by past experience, so I don't take everything as gospel. Somebody told me pizza wasn't good for me, but after a little research, YES, IT IS! It makes my teeth and tongue happy in a way that kibble just can't match. So, bluecat, you are NOT a bad kitty, just a curious one. Oh, no, wait, didn't I hear somewhere that curiousity, uh…extinguished the cat? Oh dear…..

  15. B.Stover
    6:34 am on November 27th, 2010

    Snow for Mollypop! It looks very cold there.

    Bluecat, be careful.

    We didn't hear from Liz last night. Wonder how her turkey dinner went.

    Rio: I'd like to see a picture of the Festival of Trees. Are they decorated?

  16. Mollypop
    6:47 am on November 27th, 2010

    It's 28 degrees here and anything below 30 is good for making snow. They plan to stockpile this snow until it warms up into the 40's at the beginning of next week. Later next week it will be cold enough and they will blast away, hoping to open by the weekend.

    Two years ago we had 7 feet of snow a week before Thanksgiving. It was only the second time Holiday Valley had been able to open before schedule but it was so nice.

  17. Riö - The Evil
    6:49 am on November 27th, 2010

    Stover!… I guess so. They are indoor trees and look different from the outdoor trees and way different than our little bitty Christmas tree…snort! …. For someone who always wants to see our photos, we never ever see any of your photos…grunt!…Don’t you have a digital camera?…sneeze!

  18. dawson
    6:51 am on November 27th, 2010

    Buford: Immortalised on the quilt and on the blog. We will not forget our Buford.

    Rio: What is the "Festival of Trees"?

    I'm on the legacy computer, which is working after 30 minutes of warm-up exercises. Today the Librarian, Staff and Sailorman are taking me to the computer store. I might buy one.

  19. Riö - The Evil
    7:02 am on November 27th, 2010

    Dawson!… It’s that place we go every year after Thanksgiving to get in the mood for the next holiday…grunt!… It’s a bunch of trees indoors that everyone gawks at and all kinds of other stuff that I’m not allowed to sniff or even go near….grump!…I don’t know why she insists on dragging me along. All I want is the car ride there and back again…snort!

  20. Gus & BooBear
    7:06 am on November 27th, 2010

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everybody. We had company all day Thursday and couldn't even take a minute to read the posts and stories. Yesterday, Mom tried to read the posts at work on her Iphone and immediately started crying reading about Buford. (We are so sorry for your loss, KirbyT and family) so she put the blog aside to work and just this am is getting caught up.

    Great pics the last few days. Beautiful scenery and a beautiful couple! AND we did not notice a dirty stuffed animal in SiberH's pic and we think the pile looks small so more stuffed animals should be on his Christmas list along with that snow gun!

    Mom and Dad had to make the same decision about little Sammie yesterday. We had not had him for 15 wonderful years, and it still is tough on the heart. He fought a good fight, but in the end, could not win the war. We are sure that he is rubbing up against Buford's legs on the "other side" of that rainbow bridge.

    Hopefully, all of the plunderers will have good times and health to post about for the remainder of the holiday season. This year has been hard on a lot of us, and happiness, goodwill and laughs are needed.

    On a better note, the first true cold front made it all the way to Houston yesterday. It actually hit freezing last night and there was frost on the ground. It makes it more fun decorating for christmas when it's not 80+ degrees.

  21. Riö - The Evil
    7:48 am on November 27th, 2010

    Cold!….Why do all you guys who live down south wish for cold weather!…grump!…Count your blessings that you are not freezing to death all the time like I am right now….snort!

  22. Gus & BooBear
    7:54 am on November 27th, 2010

    Rio, Mom always wanted to move up north for the seasons until she read alot of the posts last winter from you guys!! Now we think she's way to much of a pansy to make it in a real winter.

  23. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    8:14 am on November 27th, 2010

    Gus and Boo Bear. We are so sorry about little Sammie. But he is in good company with Buford, and with many other creatures connected to those on the blog, including Bear, Jamielee and Kelly Green who we learned about from Dan Montague's wonderful For the Love of Puppies, as well as Rio's old friend Cassie. Whether with us for a long or short time span, it's so difficult to say goodbye to those we love and care about so deeply. I still miss my best friend Casey very much, but knowing that he was there to greet Buford and Sammie too, makes it a little bit easier to deal with. Wookie

  24. Barb & Maggie
    8:22 am on November 27th, 2010

    Wookie, Barb wants your dad to know that she just got another Tony Hillerman book at the library yesterday. She finished First Eagle, The Fallen Man, and now has Hunting Badger. Those are all in the Leaphorn/Chee series, and she thinks they are really good. Thanks for telling us about them.

    Barb is leaving for Chinese now. She is going to do a tiny bit of Christmas shopping too, and then she will need a nap. BBL

  25. B.Stover
    8:57 am on November 27th, 2010

    G&BB: I'm sorry about Sammie.

    Rio: I do have a digital camera. I'm not sure how to post pictures on the blog.

  26. Alice Johnson
    9:31 am on November 27th, 2010

    Dear Gus and BooBear,

    I am glad that you tried to help Sammie and I am sure he felt the love during his last days before the Rainbow Bridge. I bet Fatty Kitty is up there bossing er, teaching the new arrivals all they need to know about the other side of the rainbow.

    As long as they respect his naptime of course.

    I know Staff is always thankful when she can help a Dog or a Kat. And she once helped an immature Red-Tailed Hawk. Her cousin Mike helped a Cooper's Hawk that got iced up. He had to use a hair dryer.

  27. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:39 am on November 27th, 2010

    repost from last night:

    Wookie, mom was telling dad about your charming bow ties, and he suggested that you might try a festive ascot for entertaining at home.

  28. Wolfie
    10:03 am on November 27th, 2010

    Gosh, I am so sorry to hear about little Sammie. Sniff. It is especially sad to lose loved ones right around the holidays, isn't it?

  29. Mollypop
    10:24 am on November 27th, 2010

    G&BB – Your family gave little Sammie so much love in his short little life.

  30. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    10:26 am on November 27th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie. So glad to hear that Hillerman is turning into such a hit. He has a very readable writing style and is a terrific storyteller as he weaves the Southwestern Indian culture into his stories. He reportedly was a real gentleman in life too, and well respected by his fellow mystery writers. He died about 2 years ago, so no more Chee and Leaphorn novels are in the pipeline, but his collected body of work is outstanding and lengthy, so there are a lot more books for Barb to read if she is so inclined.

    Macy, I'll have to check with my fashion consultant (mom) on the ascot thing and get back to you on it, but thank your dad for the suggestion.

    Wookie

  31. Mollypop
    10:29 am on November 27th, 2010

    B. – After you put your photos on the PC, you go below the "Submit Comment" button to "Upload Files." Then click on "Browse" to locate the picture. The picture stuff will then come into the comment box so wait for it to appear and then Submit.

  32. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    10:39 am on November 27th, 2010

    Stover — Mollypop explained it very well. Just one final thing. Sometimes it may take the picture stuff a minute or longer to appear in the comment box, so you need to wait and not lose patience. This is from someone who isn't always good at waiting and has been known to lose patience waiting for the picture stuff to appear. Wookie

  33. B.Stover
    10:44 am on November 27th, 2010

    Thanks Mollypop and Wookie. None of my pictures are on this computer. I'll download some and try it out later.

    My friend is on his way back from Germany and has a nine-hour layover in Amsterdam. I'm trying to get him to go to the VanGogh Museum but….it's closed. It's almost 10PM there.

  34. Mollypop
    10:47 am on November 27th, 2010

    Siber-H – Don't ask for a snow gun, they're for wusses. Holiday Valley also uses snow cannons. They're portable and you just hook them up to the hose. This is what you should have:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUR5grmMotk&NR

  35. Wolfie
    11:31 am on November 27th, 2010

    *****Important*****

    (Ahem)

    Mom doesn't like to brag, but she is somewhat famous for her English Toffee. She would love to send a small box to everyone as a token of Christmas cheer. If you would like to receive a box, please send your snail mail address to: marya@stcg.net

  36. bluecat
    11:37 am on November 27th, 2010

    G&BB and family – please know we're sorry with you about little Sammie.

    2010 has been a such roller coaster year for the blog. Here's hoping December will be quieter, so we can concentrate on friends and family and movies like National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation", which is almost memorized in this house…not inspiring, but funny!

  37. B.Stover
    12:32 pm on November 27th, 2010

    How nice Wolfie!

    I'm watching Luther.

  38. LizF
    12:46 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Such sad posts here the last two days, Buford and now Sammie. So sorry to hear about both of them.

    But the humans seem to be more healthy this week, that's good!

    Thanksgiving dinner went well thank you B, my dad dressed the turkey but i did all the other bits and pieces and cooked it all here. The pumpkin pie was great! I had to be very restrained and not have it for breakfast.

    That Van Gogh museum is terrific, shame your friend can't get to it!

  39. Barb & Maggie
    1:09 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Wolfie, We sent an email and got an auto response about being out of the office till Monday. Will it be there, or should we send another one after the 29th?

  40. Siber-H
    1:32 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Gus&BooBear, We are so sorry about little Sammie. We know your family did everything they could for him. Bless all of you for that effort.

  41. Riö - The Evil
    1:34 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Back!… We are finally back and I am exhausted…grump!…And damned hungry as well as thirsty…snuff!… Luckily all the kids were busy with craft stations or getting their faces painted to bother much with me…heh!….Where’s my supper!?…dammit!

  42. B.Stover
    1:36 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Liz: I'm glad your Thanksgiving dinner was good. Pumpkin pie is okay ocassionally for breadfast! I'm going to the VanGogh Museum in Amsterdam one of these days. How big is it?

  43. Siber-H
    1:46 pm on November 27th, 2010

    hee hee, Molly That is it! That is what I want..a SNOW CANNON!

    pssst Molly, could you please ask your mom if she knows how much they cost. I asked my mom to call the ski areas in our state to find out and she just rolled her eyes at me and walked away.

    That youtube video is funny but I would be a good dog and not pull any pranks with one.

    Bluecat, you and my mom have the same taste in favorite Christmas movies. Mom says that since you admitted it first, I could post this.

  44. Mollie (a black pood
    1:47 pm on November 27th, 2010

    G&BB and family: I am so sorry about little Sammie. I am sure he appreciated all the love you gave him.

  45. Siber-H
    1:52 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Wolfie!!! Thank You! That is important and we will be emailing.

  46. Mollypop
    2:02 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Siber-H – I asked Mom about buying a snow cannon and she also rolled her eyes. What's up with that?

  47. Riö - The Evil
    2:13 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Dumb!…I just realized that I said something that was totally Wrong this morning…grunt!…It does not happen often but here is my mistake….sniff!… For some reason I thought the post dedicated to Buford was from ThereBy Hangs a Tail…snort!…Dumb! Right at the bottom it says From To Fetch A Thief…sniffle!…Sorry Buford, I messed up….grunt!

    Movie!….I finally got fed and now we are settling in for the evening with a movie that she says she has not seen in probably well over 20 years…snort!… I have never seen it. It is called, How To Murder Your Wife with Jack Lemmon…wheeze!…So far his life is perfect. He is a very rich, single cartoonist who acts out all his comic strip stories..heh!

  48. Siber-H
    2:31 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Thanks for trying, Molly. I'll come up with something, hmmm maybe I could "borrow" one from a ski area for the season.

  49. Gus & BooBear
    2:35 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Thanks for all the good thoughts, guys. Hopefully, that is the last sad note for the plunderers this holiday season. Wolfie, we will definitely be sending an snail mail address to you. Thank you so much. Mom would send out something if she could cook, but instant mashed potatoes isn't much to brag about.

    Christmas movies are standard around here during December. We also start with National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation….because Mom & Dad almost live it!! This whole weekend is dedicated to putting up lights outside. This is the first Christmas in the new house so some experimenting is going on. So far it looks pretty good.

  50. Mollypop
    2:44 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Siber-H – You gotta get practised up. The sled dog races are scheduled for February. They're not right here this year, but close by. Here's the schedule:

    http://ww2.cattco.org/aggregator/sources/1

  51. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:17 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Liz, what did your turkey wear? I thought it was nice your dad to dress it, even though it no longer had a head.

    Mom is at The Big Orange Box, and she must be getting tired since she did not turn the computer off again. I have looked low and low for another charge card, but no luck. We can send each other virutal gifts, like a virtual snow machine that makes virtual snow. (I do not think that is what mr. husky had in mind, however.)

  52. Siber-H
    3:19 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Are you gonna go, Molly? Take pictures if you do. That would be so much fun. I'll start running extra laps around the snowless dog park to practice.

    Maybe my vet's nephew will be there. The nephew lives in New England, got one Siberian, got a second Siberian, and then got a few more. Then he bought some land in Maine to run the dogs on. It's addictive.

  53. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:20 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Wolfie, can't you just blur by our homes and drop of your mom's gift?

  54. Riö - The Evil
    3:32 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Addicted!…To SiberH’s!…snort!…That’s a new one..heh!..I’ve never met anyone who says they are addicted to Pugs….grunt! …Probably never will. …sniff!

  55. Wolfie
    3:36 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Mom is on vacation until Monday morning, but your addresses are safely stored in her inbox.

    Macy, I could blur by but Mom seems to have a trust issue. The last time we attempted a blurry drop off, there was nothing to drop off. Somehow or other, Someone ate it on the way, and it was mighty tasty! So, now she is sticking to the USPS.

  56. Siber-H
    3:38 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Rio, sometimes we see a lady walking 4 pugs down the street past the dog park. Actually, they are walking her instead of her walking them. I'd like to make friends with them, but the lady won't let me near them.

  57. Barb & Maggie
    3:53 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Macy, We weren't quite sure what dressing the turkey was either. Is that preparing it, or carving it? Or both? Maybe Liz could clue us Yankees in.

  58. Riö - The Evil
    3:57 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Walking!….Those four guys were out walking in front of the human?…grunt!… I am usually lagging behind and being drug along…grunt!…This is an interesting concept indeed…snort!..Maybe if I lose a few more pounds and gain more muscle I can walk in the front like I should be doing!…Goal! Maybe I have a goal to obtain the Walking In Front status!… gruff!… The wintertime is so hard to have a regular schedule though…hmmm!

  59. Melanie
    3:59 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Hey all, I will catch up tomorrow. Obviously, many things have happened for all of us this weekend, the good, the bad and the "not so pretty."

    Wölfie, your mom will be hearing from us, but I'm on the wrong computer right now.

    OTAS and OTAS'F should be back in NJ now. They left during the "sunny skies" we were supposed to be having. But MollyPop and Sam sent us some Lake Effect snow all the way from were they live. We had about an inch (not much for here) and as soon as the two were down off the hill, it cleared up.

    YSAS and GF are still here. We all went up to a summer camp with Mac and Patsy. I'll post a picture of YSAS and GF and of Patsy in her red vest. Quite beautiful, and then the wind picked up and the snow started. The dogs loved it.

    Dan has been having some health issues. He is now back in the hospital, but one near us for now. He looks healthy, has good color, not dehydrated, O level is great, the pneumonia is in the right lung. He has a normal temperature and normal blood count, but he does have a pain in his left side that makes him not breathe deeply.

    Or that could be the other way around, pain in right side and pneumonia in the other.

    So we are waiting on tests. He's getting the help he needs, Zoë is getting rest, and I've lost my brain somewhere.

  60. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:00 pm on November 27th, 2010

    I picture it looking a little like Wookie with a little bow tie, unless it is a hen, then my imagination plays out. Perhaps, some leg warmers.

  61. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:01 pm on November 27th, 2010

    The turkey that is!

  62. Gus & BooBear
    4:27 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Night all, more light doings tomorrow.

  63. Riö - The Evil
    4:34 pm on November 27th, 2010

    MinPin!…I’m glad you explained your comment!…snort!…Sometimes you are just off the wall and I cannot make sense of what you are referring to without the help of Molly. my interpreter…heh!…This time you did explain yourself!…sneeze!

    Melanie!….I am very worried about Dan…sniffle!…Very worried indeed…snuff…Please keep us informed….sniffle.

  64. Riö - The Evil
    4:38 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Photos!… She did take some photos of todays outing…snort!….They will probably not get posted till tomorrow morning…grunt!…Unless some magical energy kicks in after the movie is over …grunt!

  65. Melanie
    4:40 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Oh, a funny story. OTAS and F asked a family friend to officiate at the wedding (May, 2012, she's a planner that F!) He and his wife were up last night to for family time and then settle in to find out what kind of wedding they wanted.

    Whoops. Let me rephrase that. What kind of wedding OTAS'F wanted, because OTAS said just tell me what to wear and when to show up.

    So we're talking wedding and having a great time. The younger generation males were in the other room doing MANLY THINGS. But OTAS started hanging around in the room. Then he got closer and closer. And being so nervous that he was messing around with stuff in the room.Then he started talking about what he could wear, and some music choices and doing a great deal of listening. A good time was had by all.

    EXCEPT somehow in his nervous activity, he managed to set it an alarm clock for very early this morning. At 4 am I heard Ros running up and down the stairs whimpering and went out in the hall where I could then hear the alarm.

    Before I got downstairs, it stopped. I have no idea how long it had been going off, but Ros did NOT approve.

  66. LizF
    4:41 pm on November 27th, 2010

    I had to go out to the movies, so i couldn't answer earlier.

    Don't you guys 'dress' turkeys?? maybe it's an expression that is meant for something else and it has become scrambled in my brain… Unlike what we're all now picturing, tutus, leg warmers, bowties etc, it means getting the turkey cleaned out, stuffed, tied up – you know, getting it ready for its big occasion.

    I wonder what i'm thinking of??

    B – it's a long time since i was at the VG museum but from memory, it's large but manageable. I suppose because he died young and was so troubled i thought his output was smaller than it really was. Anyway, it's a real treat to see so many altogether. And easy to do in an afternoon.

  67. Melanie
    4:45 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Thank you Riö, I will keep you informed about Dan. Did you behave yourself around all those trees?

    I introduced YSAS and GF to Sherlock tonight. I've been trying to get him to watch it, but it was me, you know his mother, and what kind of taste to I have?

    Well, he may have a point because I am known to watch all Sci Fy movies from the 50's and 60's.

    Anyhoo, they loved it! Thought the writing and acting and humor and lighting and (on and on) were superb. Now he wants Sherlock's coat.

  68. Siber-H
    4:45 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Rio, how about just walking along beside your friend. That is the way I walk with mom. She says it is one of my finest traits. The lady that is walking those 4 pugs has absolutely no control over them..the leashes get tangled up, and we are afraid we will be calling an ambulance for her someday.

    Melanie, our thoughts are with Dan and your family. I hope they can keep him close to home.

  69. Debbie LM
    4:51 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Melanie – good thoughts coming your way from here in Chevy Chase regarding Dan. Glad he is in the hospital, pneumonia can be tricky and nowadays too often people are left home to cope with an illness such as this that should be observed by health care professionals. Know you and pack miss him but hopefully he'll be home and healthy very soon. Debbie

  70. Melanie
    4:52 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Hmm, LizF. I'm thinking. . . Well, I stuff a turkey and to me that means doing everything to the turkey to get it ready.

    I googled "Dress a Turkey" and got how to field dress a turkey, which to my way of thinking is way too much information.

    Then I got "What Women Wear in Turkey".

    There were also contests about people dressing turkeys. Didn't want to go there. A Betsy Ross Turkey?

    I think I'll stick with stuffing the turkey.

    Well, zonked out again. Someday I'll have rest and sleep and find my brain and my knee will work, and I'll be able to create rainbows with my eyes.

    TTFN

  71. Melanie
    4:55 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Just refreshed. Thanks for the support.

    Zoë or I will be going in tomorrow and will tell him that he's getting licks and tailwags from all over the country.

    Siber-H: Been really tired. Any news on your dad? He's been on my mind. (along with Molly's mom, and Jasper's mom and everyone else.)

  72. Siber-H
    5:13 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Thanks, Melanie, Dad is getting stronger all the time.

    I am sure you are very tired…get some rest. All of us on this blog are with you and your family. We are worried about you because mom knows how tired you must be. Husky hugs from me to you.

  73. Riö - The Evil
    5:23 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Scrambled!…Oh my…heh!… Liz, we here have heard Martha Stewart say “Dressing the Turkey”….grunt!….So pay no attention to those below the Dixie Line, meaning Texas…snort!…Dressing a Turkey is a well known phrase and I bet if the Kat Klan ever wake up and post today (again) they will reaffirm this information…wheeze!

    Wild!…Hey, The Wild from Minnesota are playing the Avalanche from here in Hockey…heh!…Aves ahead by 2!…sniff!…She works with a young fellow who is an avid Wild fan. He even flew to Switzerland or some Land to watch them practice before the season started…grunt!…He told my friend he even got to Eat Lunch with the Players…heh!…He is a FANatic. The thing novels are written about by great authors and then turned into crap movies…gasp!

  74. LizF
    5:25 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Does 'field dress a turkey' mean if you shoot it?? Have just googled it myself and that is what it means, AWFUL!

    So much for that. Dad Stuffed the Turkey!

  75. Mollie (a black pood
    5:31 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Melanie: I'm sorry to hear Dan is in the hosital. So many health issues on the blog this year…I hope he is out and back home very soon.

  76. Riö - The Evil
    5:42 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Liz!…Heh. Please do not give into the gruff! way we Americans talk about everything…snort! …If you want to say ‘Dress a Turkey’, go ahead…sniff!…Don’t let some miniature pincer tell you what to do, just because she does not understand your dialect…grunt!

  77. LizF
    5:48 pm on November 27th, 2010

    PHEW!! thanks Rio! I was just reflecting on the mistranslations that can occur in a chat room…I'm glad someone else has heard that!

  78. Barb & Maggie
    5:54 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Good cheer to Dan, and may he be back home soon. Glad he is a better hospital this time. Good night all. We are off to bed.

  79. dawson
    5:56 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Gus and BooBear: You did your best with Sammie, poor little guy.

    LizF: Turkey dressing = turkey stuffing. Stuff a turkey = dress a turkey. Same thing. A rose by any other name… Field dressing is a different animal altogether. I'll dress a turkey but I won't field dress a turkey!

    Melanie: You and Zoe try to get some good rest. Dan too, although he's not where he wants to be.

    Rio: I do think some 2 leggeds get addicted to pugs, because often I see more than one pug leading a 2 legged around.

  80. LizF
    6:01 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Good point, R, next time i'll say it's a local Aussie thing and leave it at that!

    I'll just googled miniature pincer, that is one cute dog.

    Hey Cricket attacked a pug the other day, not sure why – well, when i say attacked… he was wandering around off leash and without his person, out front of his house, so she had harsh words at him about leaving me alone. I thought he was really cute and had a lovely little husky voice, quite soft compared to Crick's. Is yours like that?

  81. LizF
    6:12 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Hooray for all you night owls, who know how ze English is spoke…

    By the way, have you seen Made in Dagenham? a cute movie.

  82. Riö - The Evil
    6:22 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Liz!…I swear I have not been anywhere near Australia this weekend….grunt!…She’s had a tight rein on me for 4 days going on 5…snort!… I don’t know about the voice thing, I’m more of a “Yeep” high pitched sort of guy when I really want something. – like cookies…heh! ..When I am not begging and just gruffling around, my voice is a lot lower, I guess…sniff!..She says I snore a lot, but I don’t believe that for one moment!..,humphf!

  83. LizF
    6:25 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Ah, well. It must have been someone else.

    I liked that way your friend wrote yesterday about her previous dog – it was very sad, but made me laugh at the end.

  84. Riö - The Evil
    6:30 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Liz!…Did you ever read “Cassie The Butt Sniffing Dog” story?…heh!

  85. LizF
    6:33 pm on November 27th, 2010

    No, i didn't. Gee it sounds great!!

  86. Riö - The Evil
    6:51 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Re-Run!… With the apologies to all the others who have already read this story, I present it again for Liz. grunt!… It was first written to cheer Melanie up at the beginning of Dan’s illness this past summer….snuffle!…maybe it will help again this time around?…snuffle!

    Cassie The Butt Sniffing Dog!

    When I was just a pup, my friend also had another older dog. She was so great! She taught me lots of tricks on how to get way more food than one could imagine. Her name was Cassie. My friend called her Miss Moo, because she was so fat and she was black and white spotted like a cow! No surprise there!

    Anyway, there was one trick she could not teach me because I was so short. Cassie was a Butt Sniffer. Nothing she liked better than to sniff human butts. She could sneak up behind any given person and sniff their butt for as long as she wanted and they never knew. She had a very gentle touch, just like a pickpocket.

    Well, many a morning my friend would drop me and Cassie off to be looked after by her mom and dad while she worked. Nothing gave me more joy than to see ole Cassie lift up mom’s bathrobe unbeknownst to mom, and sniff her butt! Literally lift mom’s bathrobe up and get right up in there! Heh!

    One day!…HA!.. I will never forget it, my friend was there to pick me and Cassie up from her mom and dads house when their lovely neighbor, Jo, came over to ask something quick. She was wearing a skirt! Right in front of my friend, her mom and me, Cassie snuck around back of Jo and lifted her skirt up and Sniffed her Butt!

    Jo had no idea! It took every ounce of strength we all had not to burst out laughing right there! Cassie also had great timing she knew when to abandon the task. When Jo left we were all on the floor laughing our butts off!

  87. LizF
    6:59 pm on November 27th, 2010

    How gorgeous!!! That's really cute. I've seen dogs do it WITHOUT the gentle touch, very embarrassing for all the humans involved. That's a special skill. She sounds like a lovely older sister!

  88. Riö - The Evil
    7:05 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Cassie! …She never brought shame to our family, she only brought laughter and joy…snort!…We all miss her very much, she was a very special girl…grunt!

  89. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:20 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Ok pug, you win. I am out of here. It has been fun, but I am tired of being picked on, so, have a nice life, even if you will continue to complain about it.

    Macy out permanently.

  90. LizF
    7:31 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Very special. It does make me wonder, though, how many times i've been examined in a similar way by a dog with those skills…

    G'night, or good afternoon. I have to take some leftover turkey to dad.

  91. Riö - The Evil
    7:31 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Molly!…Your were the one to tell my friend to go back and get her MISSING Exacto knife…grunt!…Well, this weekend she spent over an hour at Michaels on Black Friday trying to get some stuff she needed for her new obsessive craft…sneeze!…When she got home the Beads she’d bought were NOT in the bad!…growl!…We are starting to think this is a conspiracy and a way for the stores to make more money…dammit!…So be warned, watch that ALL your stuff gets put in THE BAG, before you swipe the damned credit card…growl!.snarl!yeep!

  92. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:31 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Thank you Liz for your appreciation of my kind.

  93. Riö - The Evil
    7:42 pm on November 27th, 2010

    MinPin!..I win?. Was there a contest?…grunt! … What are you talking about this “permanently” stuff?…The “dressing:” joke was misunderstood because you were making fun of someone else’s normal speech…wheeze….Do we make fun of your Texan accent? NO…so why make fun of an Australian accent , I ask you?…grump!

  94. Riö - The Evil
    7:59 pm on November 27th, 2010

    So Long!….Goodbye MinPin – Fare Thee Well!…cough!….Maybe we will see you next baseball season if that’s the way you want it to be…snort…MY advice to you is grow-up and grow some thick skin…heh!

  95. Riö - The Evil
    8:28 pm on November 27th, 2010

    Rainmaker! ….Over now! Off to bed, and I will be on the Big Bed…heh!…Because it is cold outside and I am cold inside. I need to snuffle my way down under the covers to the end of the big bed Or Else!…wheeze!

  96. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:32 am on November 28th, 2010

    I was not making fun of anything. Some dogs do not understand everything like yourself. I thought the turkey was wearing clothes. Perhaps you could grow some manners instead of just expecting everyone to put up with your nonsense. Others DO have feelings, and you are NOT the center of the universe, or even the blog. AND I don't think that your opinion of me represents the entire blog. Others have troubles that you know nothing about, heartaches and illnesses too personal to talk about here. AND you made my mom cry. Bad dog Rio, bad dog.

  97. Rosann Herard
    6:42 am on March 27th, 2011

    I appreciate, cause I found exactly what I was looking for. You have ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

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