E-Story Two

“How about we do the Teitelbaum divorce?” Spence says. “It was one of Chet and Bernie’s first cases together.”

“Don’t see why not,” says Admin. “You get cracking and I’ll take a little nap. Wasn’t that how we divided it up for A Cat Was Involved?”


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170 Responses to “E-Story Two”

  1. OleyHowlers
    10:56 am on February 9th, 2013

    Hurray! The Teitelbaum Divorce! Can’t wait. When can we expect to have it available?

    Chet, did you leave Communicado? Is your Cape house o.k.?

  2. OleyHowlers
    10:58 am on February 9th, 2013

    Here is our own e-story about how Kat became one of the Howlers. (So, okay, we stole it).

  3. Tupper and Gilly
    11:03 am on February 9th, 2013
  4. OleyHowlers
    11:04 am on February 9th, 2013

    YK just posted this article on Rob Cooke on their facebookie page.

  5. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:06 am on February 9th, 2013

    Yawn!…Sun is shining and there is NO snow here!…yipppeee!…Corgi in Snow looks like my worst nightmare…sniff!

  6. OleyHowlers
    11:07 am on February 9th, 2013

    heh heh! Great video. Which of you is that, and did Grampa have to shovel that trail first?

    We are so glad you are not one of the 650,000 homes without power, T&G.

  7. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:07 am on February 9th, 2013

    Teitelbaum!…Heh!snort!heh!…This is going to be good!…snort!

  8. Gus and BooBear
    11:08 am on February 9th, 2013

    Little late with this but we want to donate $20 to Feed the Giant and $20 to help sponsor Jem! Official emails to follow to OHs and Rio. PayPal to Rebecca this afternoon.

    A little bit cooler here today but we think winter is over in southeast Texas.

    When will that estory be ready?? Inquiring minds want to know!

  9. OleyHowlers
    11:09 am on February 9th, 2013

    ***************** ANNOUNCEMENT ******************

    Jem sponsorship is Open For Business. Ole Blue Eyes is already at 8%. Wooo!!!

    Jem reminds us of a cross between Sinatra and Durante. heh heh!

  10. OleyHowlers
    11:11 am on February 9th, 2013

    Hah! 8% was before we saw G&BB’s post….will have to re-calibrate or something.

  11. Buddy
    11:16 am on February 9th, 2013

    T.C. just made off with the credit card, while I held Mom down on her lap.
    Why? We just realized we are not even mentioned in Snowhook’s list of sponsors. So the next Jem donation is coming from us!

  12. T.C.
    11:21 am on February 9th, 2013

    Yeah, and we want to be listed ahead of those worthless Howlers in the credits when the movie comes out.

  13. Melanie
    11:25 am on February 9th, 2013

    What a morning! 22 to 24 inches of snow, depending on which side of the house you are on. The dog door was unusable as was the human door next to it. I HAD to get Ellie out. When you are 13 1/2 years old it is important to GOOOOOO when you need to. I put her out the dining room door. She sunk.

    I grabbed the snow shovel and shoveled a path for her to get to the back deck. Then I shoveled the deck so the doors are usable. This took a while. Ellie barked for me to hurry up and the other members of the Pack helped by always being where I wanted to shovel. Finally got it done.

    Have to go get Ellie and hold her tail up so her back legs would work. Got her in. Dogs pilled and then fed, cleaned the kitchen, ate some breakfast.

    I’m now going to take a nap. Corgis in the snow are adorable.

  14. BearSpiritDog
    11:29 am on February 9th, 2013

    Youse were up late last night.

    Jem…Gem to us…will soon be off and running.
    Look at that Smile!

    O’Howlers: Reading about Rob Cooke…he bought a Zoo? Could he be the inspiration behind the movie?
    Funny off the lease cartoon…Dog De Niro & Barking Scorsese…Smirk.

    Melanie: Sorry to hear of the roof damage to your friend’s house.

    Storm reports are coming in…wonder how Terry is doing.

    Royal(s) in the snow!

  15. Melanie
    11:39 am on February 9th, 2013

    Looks like Alaska is getting some snow!

  16. Wose
    11:47 am on February 9th, 2013


    Hope that the storm did not do too much damage, and that everyone still has power. Sorry to hear about your friend’s house, Melanie. My estimate is that we have about a foot of snow here in Croton on Huudson. The fir trees (maybe evergreens) look very pretty with the snow cover.

    Prof and I watched a great film- noir lat night, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, with Van Heflin, and Barbara Stanwyck. This was The first film for Kirk Douglas.
    Two thumbs up! Siber-H hung around to do some civil engineering with the Prof, then he and my dear friend Masquers, blurred into the sun. It was nice to have you both as guests.

    Eighteen days and counting…..

  17. OleyHowlers
    11:48 am on February 9th, 2013

    OMD! We forgot that Terry must have been in the worst part of that storm!

    We had very little snow here. What there is is very hard and frozen. The wind chills are excruciating. Poor horses had to be put out. The REDs don’t even want out today. We can’t begin to imagine how cold and snowy for all of youse guys northeast of us. Take care. Wait it out if you can. It is supposed to be much warmer tomorrow.

  18. Wose
    11:49 am on February 9th, 2013

    Wow! Masquers and Siber-H must have blurred at Siber speed. Siber-H is up top with his toys.

  19. Staff
    11:50 am on February 9th, 2013

    Melanie, when you get up Dilbert has something to say about the power posing today. snicker


    Off to read about Rob Cooke

  20. B. Stover
    12:00 pm on February 9th, 2013

    E-story two! Wonderful!

    I ran errands and went through one of our parkways. The sun on the snow is beautiful but I didn’t have my camera. Tomorrow it’s supposed to rain.

    Found a biography of Richard the Third that I forgot I had. It’s by Paul Murray Kendall. The cover has the portrait of Richard putting the ring on his finger.

    Good almost afternoon all.

  21. B. Stover
    12:02 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Wolfie: I’m going to send you a card with the picture I was describing in the poem Rio used for the third prize quilling project.

  22. Siber-H
    12:08 pm on February 9th, 2013

    I really hated to leave Rose and the Prof. I am coming home to sun and a sandstorm this afternoon. Mom will make me stay inside.

    We have heard from everyone but Terry, and I think he lives in an area that got hit pretty hard.

    Barb returns home today!!!

    Off to read about Rob Cooke.

  23. Siber-H
    12:19 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Since the first e-story was released in August and the book in September, maybe the second e-story will follow the same schedule.

  24. Wose
    12:51 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Siber-H, I miss you already!

  25. dawson
    12:52 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Snowed in!
    My thoughts are with all those who are in the path of the storm. Hunker down and read a good book and if you have to shovel snow, do it a little at a time.

    E-book in August!
    Way too far away. I think the e-book could be ready tomorrow or the next day.

    All this heavy thinking has me a bit fatiqued. Naptime is nigh.

  26. Wose
    12:53 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Wolfie, congrats!!

  27. Siber-H
    12:53 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Me too, Wose, I miss you. I’d ask you to come visit me, but who in their right mind wants to get sandblasted.

  28. bluecat
    12:59 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Bella – there’s a package at the Willow P.O. for you when you have time for a pickup.

    I’m glad everyone’s okay after the storm and hope to hear that Terry and all and OFA’s home are okay too.

    Siber-H – I have a question about Rob Cooke’s statement that he thinks the YQ is a tougher race than the Iditarod. True? I think it’s terrific that he’s following his dream but I think the Iditarod is plenty tough! I understand why it might be better for his Siberians – is it the altitude that’s harder?

  29. OleyHowlers
    1:05 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Bluecat, we have heard that the Quest is even harder than the Iditarod, but we will let Siber-H tell us his thoughts. But we are curious why Rob Cooke says it is better for Sibes? Why would that be?

  30. Tupper and Gilly
    1:11 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Whew – its been a tough morning of supervising all the shoveling and brushing and snow-blowing.
    That video was (of course) Silly Gilly. I am MUCH to dignified to go bouncing around in the snow. I wait until a path is shoveled for my little Royal feet.
    And the dam street snowplow took down our mailbox AGAIN!!! Every single snowstorm for the past three years. Every time. And no one else on the street ever gets hit.
    We think its a conspiracy against Corgis!

  31. Siber-H
    1:32 pm on February 9th, 2013

    I’ll try to answer the question: Yes, I think the Yukon Quest is tougher than the Iditarod, but the Iditarod is not for the faint of heart either. The Quest has several tough summits that must be climbed. There is nothing like American or Eagle Summits on the Iditarod trail. A person would have trouble just hiking to the top of these summits unless they were very fit. Also, I think the overflow problems may be even worse on the Quest Trail than the Iditarod Trail. A third reason is that there are fewer checkpoints on the Quest Trail than the Iditarod Trail.

    People do bike the Iditarod Trail but I have never heard of anyone doing it on the Yukon Quest Trail.

    My guess as to why Rob Cooke said that about his Siberians in the Yukon Quest is that we may not be as fast as the Alaskan Huskies, but we are a tougher dog and our feet are tougher than theirs.
    I am only repeating what I have read Siberian long distance dog mushers say about the breed.

  32. Siber-H
    1:41 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Also, Maybe Rob Cooke was thinking about what Mike Ellis and his team of Siberians have accomplished in the Quest. They did better than Siberian teams in the Iditarod have done.

  33. Masquers
    1:55 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Late to the blog this morning…slept in after the East Coast trip. The snow was very pretty in Croton on Hudson…Siber and I enjoyed our visit with Rose and the Prof very much.
    Staff: Yoga Kat…very funny.
    Loved your “looking for the door to summer” sentiment from last evening.
    Terry mentioned buying a snow blower in preparation for the storm. Hope his power didn’t go out as he feared.
    Rob Cooke seems to be holding his own.

  34. Belle Starr
    2:20 pm on February 9th, 2013

    When she was out doing dog chores this morning, my Two-Legged informed Jem this morning that his sponsorship is open for busines. He tackled her to celebrate! She is tired so she almost ended up on the ground. She stayed up until the wee hours and got all but 200 booties powdered, sorted and packaged. She hopes to finish reparing dog jackets and harnesses today when she gets back from town. She is going to pick up some meals for AJ, vacuum seal them and put them in the freezer. Her hair is pointing is curly and pointing in every which direction and she has dark circles under her eyes. I think I’ll take nap to make her feel better.

  35. SnowBella
    2:22 pm on February 9th, 2013

    I shouldn’t let Belle Starr post when I’m tired. She makes so many typos.

  36. Melanie
    2:33 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Hang in there SnowBella. Heard from Terry on Facebook. He is okay and has power. My friend has no power and a tree on her house. At least it’s just the top branches and not the trunk.

    Our neighbor arrived and snow blowed our two driveways and across the front. Then my sister and her son arrived and they are digging out the cars and the ramp. Now if I have to take Zoë any where I can. The Pack are chewing frozen marrow bones. They are happy. My nap was for an hour. Heaven.

    Here’s our Knight in Orange Armor . .


  37. B. Stover
    2:42 pm on February 9th, 2013

    I loved the Yoga cat. Was that really Gilly in the snow? She looked very happy.

  38. OleyHowlers
    2:54 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Snowbella sure made us laugh.

  39. OleyHowlers
    2:56 pm on February 9th, 2013

    And Jem is at 18%. That is almost his entire nose!

  40. Jem
    2:58 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Jem or Gem? A nose by either name would smell as sweet.

  41. Staff
    3:02 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Men with tools, Gotta love ’em.

    I have been playing on youtube and found this. It is the Crups small dog agility contest. I love the second team of all small poodles.


  42. Staff
    3:03 pm on February 9th, 2013

    It is Crufts, not crups…sorry

  43. Masquers
    3:08 pm on February 9th, 2013
  44. Melanie
    3:26 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Here’s a picture from the town we used to live when we lived North of Boston.
    This restaurant does get slammed during storms. This one seems a tad worse!

  45. Melanie
    3:27 pm on February 9th, 2013

    And here is a street. Yes, a street just down the way from the last shot.

  46. Melanie
    3:28 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Loving the Crufts’ video

  47. Masquers
    3:37 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Staff: The small dog agility video really had Mom chuckling.
    Melanie: Love those restaurants right on the ocean with the waves crashing on the rocks.
    Jem, You are a Gem that’s for sure! I’m putting in ten to show you how much I care.

  48. Melanie
    3:43 pm on February 9th, 2013

    The little poodle did a Franklin size “p”!

    Here’s my brother’s house in Maine. Still having the blizzard there.

  49. Melanie
    3:44 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Jeeze Louise. Now again . .

  50. OleyHowlers
    4:02 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Jem is 20% sponsored. We think that fully gets his nose to the Start! Yippee!

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:26 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Figure!…Here’s an awesome figure to contemplate…snort!….Feed The Giant is 96% funded!…WOOOOOOOOO!…We are soooooo very close!..wheeze!

  52. Masquers
    4:32 pm on February 9th, 2013
  53. Masquers
    4:39 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Melanie: Just looked at your last photo. Looks like they won’t be going anyplace anytime soon…he is snowed in!

    Go Jem!!!

  54. Masquers
    4:47 pm on February 9th, 2013

    !Here is a satellite photo of Nemo east of Cape Cod today.

  55. Terry Ballard
    5:08 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Oley – actually we got off pretty good – there was about a foot of pretty dense snow on our lawn. Miraculously, I managed to go to an electronic store web site and buy an electric snow blower on Thursday, and that made a huge difference. It came with two pages of safety instructions – wonderful things like “Don’t stick your hand in the chute when the blade is running,” or “How not to get electrocuted, and notifying next of kin if you do.” I was a little nervous, but it worked just fine. Afterwards, I made bloody marys and we went to the basement to see the Lion King on Blu_ray on our new 50 inch set. The people at Netflix think I’m going through a second childhood.

  56. Melanie
    5:10 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Good Od, that looks just like a hurricane.

    Rio, count me in on $15 for Feed The Giant. I’ll go over and pay now.

  57. B. Stover
    5:11 pm on February 9th, 2013

    ATTENTION PLEASE: We are EXTREMELY close to having a fourth prize winner for the Feed the Giant Fund. Keep your donations coming in.

    Rio will be posting pictures of the third and fourth prizes as soon as the finishing touches are done. As I’ve done with the first three prizes, I’ll send the winner of the fourth prize a card with the picture that I was describing in the poem.

    Go Snowhook!

  58. Masquers
    5:13 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Terry: We see Yuji’s getting a lift.
    Heh. the bloody marys saved the day!

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:16 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Gasp!…We are now 98% funded…wheeze!

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:17 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Bloody!…Mary’s!…snort!….I could go for a couple of those or some beer…sniff!

  61. BearSpiritDog
    5:17 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Yipee! There is still a chance for Me! We will toss in ten more for Feed The Giant.

  62. Melanie
    5:22 pm on February 9th, 2013

    All paid to Feed The Giant.

    Terry, how do you get in touch with your next of kin if you have been electrocuted? Glad you are safe.

  63. B. Stover
    5:25 pm on February 9th, 2013

    I’m laughing. I was going to ask Terry the same question Melanie asked.

  64. bluecat
    5:26 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Siber-H – thanks for the YQ info. I still shudder when I remember the ice big-as-houses from last year. All the mushers and teams are brave and heroes to me.

    Staff – very fun video of the cute doggies who love to run fast. Thanks.

    Stay warm and safe, Everybody.

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:26 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Bear!….Arrrgh!…Check your SDD…sniff!

  66. B. Stover
    5:33 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Blast! I just realized that I haven’t sent my check for the patches to Snowhook. I’ll send it on Monday Rebecca.

    I’m having a delightful glass of Alambrado Malbec…and I’m not even snow-bound.

  67. Tupper and Gilly
    5:37 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Back in after more shoveling. Everything is pretty much cleared. We have lots of huge, pine trees in the back yard. Their branches are loaded with snow. Fortunately, it is light, fluffy powder, so the branches aren’t breaking. UN-fortunately, there is a lot of wind, so every time we got the deck and back patio cleared, the wind would knock a ton of snow off the branches back onto the deck, and would pile up outside the back door. So – back out to clear it all again.

    Bee – yes, that really is Gilly. She in one of the happiest Corgis we have ever met. When Bella was visiting, Gilly made her laugh with how fast that little bitty tail can go. Bella said that if it was a full size tail, Gilly could be jet propelled.

  68. Terry Ballard
    5:42 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Maybe a little hyperbole going down with my bloody mary. Another favorite was about not letting domestic animals get near your work. Does this mean that farm animals and circus animals are okay?

  69. OleyHowlers
    5:46 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Mom has heard from our cousins. The one in Boston got 21.7″ but he didn’t lose power. His brother in the burbs did lose power, so they are all together now. The one in Boston got frostbite in his fingers while shoveling, even though he had gloves on. Yikes!
    The rents are meeting friends for dinner at a place nearby. This is unusual for Mom to go out when it’s this cold, but she said she is missing those guys.

  70. Melanie
    5:47 pm on February 9th, 2013

    I’m hoping that part of this snowfall turns to ice. I want a video of Gilly sliding down the hill, coming inside and up the stairs to do it again!

  71. OleyHowlers
    5:48 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Terry, Glad you and Yuji are o.k. We don’t understand the hyperbole statement tho.

  72. B. Stover
    5:55 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Terry: In a course called “Technical Writing” I used to teach how to write user manuals. I think those instructions need to be rewritten! Whoever wrote those would have failed my course.

  73. Barb & Maggie
    5:58 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Good afternoon everyone! Home at last!

    Kelly picked up Barb at the rehab at 10:00, stoped by the drug store and McD’s for coffee. Then they came home, and let me tell you, I was mighty glad to see her! Lots of tail wagging and whinning (by me,not Barb) then Kelly helped her put stuff away and start a load of laundry. Next it waas vacuum and dusting time and then finally lunch. By 2:00 Barb needed a nap, and Kelly headed for home. Things are running smoothly here. Delivered a knee machine this afternoon. It takes up half the bed and bends and straightens Barb’s knee. She is supposed to go in it 3 times a day. Boring!
    Josh is stopping over in a minute, then chill time for the evening.
    We are glad to be back and will start posting more tomorrow. Missed youse guys!

  74. OleyHowlers
    5:58 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Melanie, a nor’easter is the same thing as a hurricane, except it is a winter storm.

  75. OleyHowlers
    6:01 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Happy Day, Maggie! Glad to hear.

    And speaking of rehabbers, how is Zoe?

  76. Siber-H
    6:03 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Welcome back Barb and Maggie!!!

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:04 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Home!…Barb’s finally home…snort!snort!…I bet she doesn’t get in that leg machine 3 times a day…heh!heh!

  78. B. Stover
    6:07 pm on February 9th, 2013

    A suggestion: Mittens should be worn in this weather rather than gloves, especially when shoveling snow. Keeping the fingers touching keeps them warm.

  79. Terry Ballard
    6:15 pm on February 9th, 2013

    The hyperbole was about turning around their actually sensible statements about not being electrocuted and mining it for a cheap laugh. The amazing news out of all finding Nemo is that the weathermen were talking about hurricane force winds, and that never happened. We had four trees when we bought this house – lost one with Irene and one with Sandy. Hurricane force winds predictions get our attention.

  80. Melanie
    6:19 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Oh, Mac told me hyperbole was a ver active rodent.

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:22 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Hyperbowl!…I thought that was when Beau spins out of control through the kitchen and his food bowl goes airborn during a Kat-Watch alert…snort!…

  82. Melanie
    6:23 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Welcome back Barb! Zoe says to keep up the PT because a friend of hers didn’t and now has to start over.

    B.Stover, what can I say? Great minds think alike.

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:27 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Supper!….Yipppeee!…It’s one of those days when her mother gets her time screwed up and makes supper at 4:30…heh!heh!….You got to love that!

  84. B. Stover
    6:34 pm on February 9th, 2013

    It’s good to have you back Barb. We missed you as well.

  85. Barb & Maggie
    6:40 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Rio, That is a pretty good bet! Home health starts tomorrow or Monday, and we know p.t. is important, but there are mixed reviews on how much the knee machine helps long term. Barb said she needs a day of rest and then will look at that machine tomorrow. Barb was supposed to us it 6 hours a day at trehab, and the gal in the next room was at 2 hours.

  86. Gus and BooBear
    6:41 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Welcome home, Barb! We bet Maggie was over the top excited!

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:46 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Barb!…Just do it while you read a book…sniff!…It might work wonders…wuffle!

  88. B. Stover
    7:12 pm on February 9th, 2013

    I love the word “hyperbole.” Here’s an example given in the Encylopedia Britannica regarding Portia in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice: “Why if two gods should play some heavenly match/ And on the wager lay two heavenly women/ And Portia be one, there must be something else/ Pawned with the other, for the poor rude world/ Hath not her fellow.”

  89. B. Stover
    7:15 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Portia is one of my favorite characters in Shakespeare.

  90. B. Stover
    7:16 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Barb: Please follow Rio’s advice about the knee machine and reading a book.

  91. Tupper and Gilly
    7:24 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Bee – one word. HUH???

    Barb- WELCOME HOME!!!! We did miss you. And you better use that knee machine there missy. You have to make your knee as young and strong as the rest of you.

    Melanie – if there is ice, we will get video. And by the way- did you hear the weather report tonight? We are supposed to get an ice storm on Monday. Here we go again.

  92. Wose
    7:28 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Barb, welcome home! Missed you and Maggie on this here blog. Rio’s advice is good. Prof is still doing PT on his wrist, and he does admit doing it is a pain, but it has helped him get his flexibility almost back to normal.

  93. BearSpiritDog
    7:28 pm on February 9th, 2013

    O’Howlers: We love this one: “It was so cold I saw Polar Bears wearing jackets.”

    Terry: You mean those weren’t Actual Instructions? Sheesh. You had us going there.

    Woooo!!! Barb&Magpie are HOME!

  94. B. Stover
    7:33 pm on February 9th, 2013

    T&G: You’ll have to explain the “HUH?” (Really….What are you asking?)

  95. Masquers
    7:41 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Here getting ready to send the check off to Snowhook for Gem.
    Oh, oh…I see someone has been borrowing from my treat jar. He says it is only a loan. I’ve heard that one before.

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:55 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Maskers!…Did you read your SDD?…sniff!

  97. Masquers
    8:02 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Riö: What? I don’t see any new messages flashing on my SDD. When did you send it?

  98. SnowBella
    8:03 pm on February 9th, 2013

    I picked up AJ’s food from town and have vacuumed sealed the meals. Jodi, the person not the puppy was a huge help and picked up clementines in Anchorage yesterday. Let the peeling begin!

    Care packages from Team Feed the Giant! Our P.O. Box runneth over. Thanks for those of you who have sent astornaut ice cream, cookies, candy bars, and all manner of things for AJ to enjoy on the trail. And, er, thanks to Staff who sent Nut Rolls. They aren’t AJ’s treat of choice, but they have served as breakfast, lunch and dinner of late, like last night for instance when I was surrounded by dog booties and covered in powder. Thanks to each of you!

    AJ had to work until late last night and left for work early this morning. I’d like to finish sorting an packing the booties and peeling clementines before he gets home. I better get to it.

  99. dawson
    8:12 pm on February 9th, 2013

    BStover: What does “hath not her fellow” mean?

    Barb&Maggie: Ahhhh…home. Welcome back and do your rehab!

  100. Melanie
    8:15 pm on February 9th, 2013

    I get to be number 100!

  101. Melanie
    8:16 pm on February 9th, 2013

    And now # 101 and I’m off . . to bed.


  102. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:17 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Maskers!…I sent it right after Bears last donation in your name…heh!

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:21 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Maskers!…I resent it…grunt!…Damned technology!…snort!….I sure hope the Giant will have enough good food on the trail…sniff!…I hope we did enough…wheeze!

  104. Masquers
    8:22 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Riö: Yes, I see it now…Thanks…That explains a lot.

  105. BearSpiritDog
    8:32 pm on February 9th, 2013

    My stomach is Growling. That means it’s Suppertime. After which it’s Time to check this evenings TV schedule for Something (not Person) of Interest.
    Hey! Where’s my SDD?

  106. Gus and BooBear
    8:43 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Y’all keep bad mouthing Person of Interest. Mom and Dad have really liked that show since it started last year. Now Thursday night is a treat with that show and then Elementary. AND the next day is Friday….what could be better!

  107. SnowBella
    8:44 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Before I forget, welcome back, Barb.

    Smoochers: I believe Luna will be rallying the troops soon to make sure a certain someone does that one thing three times a day.

  108. BearSpiritDog
    8:54 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Gus&BooBear: Actually we aren’t disliking the show. What’s not to like with a Belgian Malinois named Bear in a starring role? Heh. Just don’t really understand the concept since we haven’t watched it from the very beginning. Maybe youse could explain?

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:01 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Valentines!…Hey, there is a Charlie Brown Valentines show on right now…wuffle!

    Person!…Of Interest. If someone could explain this show it would be appreciated…heh!

  110. Macy the min-pin
    9:05 pm on February 9th, 2013

    T&g, we doubt that your mom watches Project Runway,so we wanted to let her know about our leading contestant. She is a native lady from NM, and is no spring chicken, but she is designing the pants off some of those youngsters. She is also very artistic, just like you-know- who.

    Welcome home Barb. Did you really vacuum first thing?

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:08 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Happy!…I’m so happy I could splort!…snort!

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:12 pm on February 9th, 2013

    **************** 🙂 🙂 🙂 *****ANNOUNCEMENT!***** ****************

    Winner!…We have the Fourth and Final Winner of the Feed The Giant campaign!….Wooooo!…The winner is Dawson!Dawson!Dawson!….chuffle!….She has been a very generous donor throughout this competition. Lets all give Dawson a big hand of applause!….Clap!Clap!Clap!….Woooooo!

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:15 pm on February 9th, 2013

    **************** 🙂 🙂 🙂 *****ANNOUNCEMENT!***** 🙂 🙂 :)****************

    Funded!…With Dawson’s last generous donation the Feed The Giant is now fully funded and beyond!…Wooooo!…Please please try to get all your donations sent to Rebecca as soon as possible because the Big Race is really sneaking up on us and she needs all the extra monies she can get right now…chuffle!…Youse guys are the BEST! Now we can concentrate on getting Ole Blue Eyes sponsored…Woooooo!

  114. Gus and BooBear
    9:16 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Rio, does that mean Feed the Giant has met it’s goal?

  115. Gus and BooBear
    9:17 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Guess if we had read every word of your post,Rio, we would know the answer to our question. DUH!

  116. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:20 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Thank YOU!…To my friend Stover for donating her awesome poems for this great cause…snort!snort!

  117. B. Stover
    9:20 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Dawson: “Fellow” in that line means “equal.” In other words, there is no woman in the world to match Portia…an example of exaggeration or hyperbole.

  118. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:22 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Puss N’ Boots!…Yes!Yes!YES!….We raised $1038.00 to Feed The Giant….chuffle!…I feel confident he will not want on the trail…Wooooo!

  119. B. Stover
    9:30 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Excellent! Thank you all for donating to Feed the Giant Fund. (And my poems are made “awesome” by Rio’s friend’s exquisite quilling.)

  120. dawson
    9:43 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Wow and Yippee!
    I won a coveted collaboration by BStover and Rio’s friend and helped feed the giant musher to boot. It doesn’t get any better than this.
    BStover: That is what I thought it meant…

  121. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:47 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Dawson!…You are right! It doesn’t get any better than this!…snort!…Helping your team get to the amazing Iditarod. Being part of it! Really knowing that because of the support we’ve given to Snowhook, the road to the race has been just a little smoother than when they first ventured onto that path….chuffle!

  122. BearSpiritDog
    9:50 pm on February 9th, 2013

    It is only fitting that the Awesome One is the Winner of the Awesome prize. Sob.

  123. dawson
    9:51 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Many thanks to Rio for keeping track of the Feed the Giant Fund, now 100% funded, plus some! And for BStover and Rio’s Friend for donating their time and their art for prizes. Kept me coming back, heh! I’ll send a check for all my charges Monday.

  124. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Dawson!…If you need to know the exact amount that you pledged I can add it up for you on the calculator in my little Go-Phone…snort!

  125. Staff
    10:00 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Dawson, Congratulations Sis.

    Barb and Maggie, glad you two are back together. Now Maggie, make sure she does her exercises OK?

    YAY feed the giant. Uh Rebecca, the Salted Nut Rolls were for YOU YOU YOU. We figured it would be a break from the Cheese Cake. AJ can have a few if he wants.

  126. Gus and BooBear
    10:07 pm on February 9th, 2013

    We were just looking at the Snowhook blog/website and it shows 3 checkpoints not sponsored. We did get all of that done, right? And Rebecca has just been too busy to update it.

  127. BearSpiritDog
    10:10 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Gus&BooBear: 3 Without Names. We were wondering the same thing.

  128. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:13 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Bear!…We here are settling down to watch the latest episode of Justified…snort!…Quite a surprising turn of events regarding the bartender…sniff!

  129. dawson
    10:19 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Snowhook Bella: There are still 3 checkpoints that have been funded but not yet assigned. They are: Rescues; Zoe, Melanie & the River Bear Newfs, and; MacyMinPin & the Small Dogs Iditarod.

    The checkpoints are Finger Lake, Anvik, and Grayling.

  130. Barb & Maggie
    10:25 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Ready for bed. Home therapy is coming over at 9:00 a.m. to meet and greet. I will make sure Barb does her exercises, don’t worry. TTFN

  131. BearSpiritDog
    10:25 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Rio: The Bartender…we didn’t see that one coming. It’s a Great 4th season of Justified! A Mystery to be solved. We love the Frenemy relationship between Boyd Crowder and Raylan.

  132. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:32 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Boyd!…We here have a definite affection for that Boyd Crowder…sniff!…We know he is bad to the bone, but dammit, we just love him. ….heh heh!

  133. BearSpiritDog
    10:37 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Goodnight, Magpie. We are confident Barb will be doing her Exercises with you back in control and supervising.

    Now it’s Time for me to head that way also – Bear

  134. BearSpiritDog
    10:39 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Heh. Boyd tried to be Good, but it just didn’t work out for him. Goodnight, Rio.

  135. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:49 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Barb, welcome home!

    Mom broke her broke her knee many years ago and has had many surgeries. They put on on that machine full time and she is still mobile.

    How is your pain level?

  136. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:52 pm on February 9th, 2013

    I am thrilled and honored to have a Rio / Bee masterpiece! And I am so looking forward to seeing the inspiration photo, Bee.

  137. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:54 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Wolfie!…Don’t hold yer breath!…heh!

  138. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Quote!….Raylan, from Justified, “You say one more word about chickens and I’m gonna shoot you again…” And he did say one more word….grunt!

  139. SnowBella
    11:06 pm on February 9th, 2013

    I agree with Rio—because of all youse, the Giant’s stomach will want for nothing on the trail. Thank you from the bottom of my sled dog heart.

    Staff: I should clarify. The Giant didn’t eat any of the nut rolls for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It was me, me, me!

    Sixty oranges down. Twenty or so to go.

  140. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:08 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Rebecca!…Do you freeze the oranges? Do they taste good once they are defrosted?…sniff!

  141. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:10 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Wow!….Justified always leaves us wanting for more and more…snort!…I wish I knew who the writers were. Must do some research…heh!

  142. Tupper and Gilly
    11:14 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Heading off to bed ourselves – Mama says that shoveling all day has found muscles that she has forgotten about having.
    Congratulations to everyone for Feeding the Giant!
    G’night gnocchi.

  143. Staff
    11:16 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Suddenly very tired here. Nighty Noodle and G’day to Liz in Oz.

  144. SnowBella
    11:42 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Night all youse who are going to bed.

    Rio: The answer to your question is yes. I peel the clementines, split them in halves, put four halves in a little baggie, and put them in the freezer. They are the right size for AJ to put a half in his mouth. It will thaw in his mouth. He craves citrus on the trail.

  145. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:45 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Rebecca!…Does he take vitamins while on the trail?…snort!

  146. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:47 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Unusual!…Tonight, like last night, Beau is down here with us…sniff!…Usually, he is up in bed way before we get there…heh!…Today he has been downstairs a lot even hogging my friends lap for hours earlier…grump!

  147. SnowBella
    11:52 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Rio: AJ doesn’t take vitamins on the trail, be he makes sure the dogs do. He’s prepared meatballs with vitamin E tablets in them.

    Philip, the guy who ran the team in the T200, came by tonight. We were standing around talking tonight near Junior. Philip and Junior couldn’t give enough of each other. Philip said at one checkpoint, he curled up on the straw by Junior and they slept side by side. I almost asked if he made sure to bring the baseball toys, but I didn’t want to have to explain myself.

  148. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:57 pm on February 9th, 2013

    Junior!….Hooo! I love that story about Junior and Philip…heh!heh!…I’m so glad Phil took good care of the A-Team while he was on the trail…snuffle!

    Team!…When will AJ the Giant annound the official A-Team for the Last Big Race?…snort!

  149. SnowBella
    12:12 am on February 10th, 2013

    Rio: We have the first round of vet checks on Tuesday. Their hearts will be monitored, they will be micro-chipped if they are rookie’s and their blood will be drawn. We will get the results later. We can have 24 dogs at this vet check. At the second round of vet checks just a couple of days before the race where the dogs will be poked and prodded by a team of volunteer vets; the team will be narrowed down to 20 from the original 24. AJ will make the final decision the morning of the restart.

  150. Pancho
    1:54 am on February 10th, 2013

    I ate Lefty’s candy tonight! Ha! I stole it right out of AJs pocket and before he knew it…burp. It’s a new candy on the market called antibiotic. Delish!

  151. Macy the min-pin
    1:57 am on February 10th, 2013

    T and G………..

    We wrote you a note earlier

  152. OleyHowlers
    2:09 am on February 10th, 2013

    Burp. The rents say they had a wonderful dinner with 4 of their friends last evening, but now Mom can’t sleep so of course neither can we. Thought we would catch up on this here blog and we see that the Feed the Giant Fund is Fully Funded!!!! Zowie! Great work and congratulations to all, especially Rio and Bee. And Congrats to Dawson on winning the fourth and final prize.

    Onward Snowhook!

  153. OleyHowlers
    2:13 am on February 10th, 2013

    About the new Forever Patch: can we get magnets and/or stickers like we did with last year’s patch? We forget who did the ordering of those.

  154. BearSpiritDog
    10:33 am on February 10th, 2013

    Good Morning.
    Chet, Where are You?

  155. Wose
    10:44 am on February 10th, 2013

    Greetings, Bear!

    Seems like it has been a late night for everyone, except you and me.

    Lots of good news on this here blog last night. Whoooohoooo. Feed the Giant totally funded, Awesome one of the winners of the beautiful pieces by Stover and Rio’s friend. Good stuff!

    Bella: Do you ever freeze grapes for the Giant. The Prof and I like frozen grapes a lot. We do the green ones.

    Rio! Heh! I thought your splorting animation was really funny!!! snort!

  156. Masquers
    11:11 am on February 10th, 2013
  157. Masquers
    11:15 am on February 10th, 2013

    Rose, The frozen grapes sound really good…will have to try that.
    Here is a photo of NY in the snow to keep in memory before it all melts away:

  158. Staff
    11:18 am on February 10th, 2013

    B I would also like some pie…this is for the NM and CO group.


  159. Staff
    11:19 am on February 10th, 2013

    B I would also like some pie…this is for the eastern teams.


  160. Gus and BooBear
    11:27 am on February 10th, 2013

    Good morning! Last night on the Antiques Roadshow, someone brought in an antique quilling piece. Mom felt so smart that she knew a little about quilling and it’s history (thank you, Rio)!

    Staff, how is Mr Staff’s knee?

  161. Masquers
    11:30 am on February 10th, 2013

    Staff: Two pies for you!

  162. B. Stover
    11:31 am on February 10th, 2013

    It seems like a good day for apple pie.

  163. Masquers
    11:32 am on February 10th, 2013

    G&BB: Another early bird.

  164. Wose
    11:32 am on February 10th, 2013

    Masquers, thank you for that lovely photo.

  165. Wose
    11:34 am on February 10th, 2013

    G&BB, Good morning! How is your pop doing?

    Hey, there Staff! Are those under the quilt starting to feel better?

  166. BearSpiritDog
    11:35 am on February 10th, 2013

    B: Baseball spring training soon. (Made that Apple Pie Ala Mode. Yum!)

  167. Staff
    11:36 am on February 10th, 2013

    Mr.Staff says he knee is fine. He says he could walk without the brace. I am not in favor of this (It was 4 weeks yesterday that he fell) He has another appt to be x-rayed and see how it is healing on Monday. He seems pretty happy with it now but he hasn’t bent it at the knee for that time so that will be the big test. The Dr. said keep the brace on for about 6 weeks and then check it.

  168. Staff
    12:03 pm on February 10th, 2013

    Hey Chet finally posted….move over to today now.

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