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91 Responses to “Echo!”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:12 am on April 1st, 2015

    Good morning, everyone! Congrats Echo, you are gawgeous! Welcome.
    We always love trail stories by the giant. Not love like enamored, but love like being allowed to be a vicarious part of. Today even if it is April 1 is Old Fart shopping day and mom loves the discounts! Also having a late lunch/early dinner with the adopted son. Hope he likes the “eskimo nativity” we brought. Their place looks like a department store at Christmas with all the decorations!
    Have a tail wagging Wednesday.

  2. O'Howlers
    8:38 am on April 1st, 2015

    Good morning. Close, but no bananas. We like bananas. We especially like when they are mixed in with our yogurts. Where were we? Oh yeah. Congratulations to Echo, and Here’s to looking at you for the next month. Not a bad deal. Not bad at all.

  3. Billy's Buddy
    9:10 am on April 1st, 2015

    Out of town for a day and lots happens!

    Love our buddy Linus.

    Have fun ML!

    AJ, thank you for the story from the trail. It takes our breath away in a good way. I would love another Iditarod. (I already have items in paw for more mercantiles/auctions, thrifty gatherer that I am.)

    Echo is beautiful/handsome.

    Good morning HOH, O’H, and everyone.

  4. B.Stover
    9:41 am on April 1st, 2015

    Echo is very regal.

    Good morning all.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    9:52 am on April 1st, 2015

    We will miss our March “centerfolds” of the Pugs. Rio and Beau have brightened March. Oh, dog, what handfulls of trouble are on for April 🙂

  6. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:54 am on April 1st, 2015

    We will chime in with everyone else. Echo is a beauty. Congrat, Echo.

    Perfect spring day here. Will be in mid 60s today and tomorrow. First onions and first lettuce plants made their appearance this morning.

    Have fun ML, and don’t be afraid to share details.

    Wolfie, how is Jace?

    Hey, it’s April Fools Day!

  7. Tupper's Mama
    9:55 am on April 1st, 2015

    Good morning.
    We have an exciting day planned. Seems we will be traveling way up a hill, and visiting with beloved family.
    OTAS and GLAD are visiting Zoe, along with their happy, adorable ham of a baby son. Martha and her kids will be there, along with Mac and Dan the Dog.
    Woo hoo! Pictures will follow.

  8. Tyb
    10:04 am on April 1st, 2015

    Good Morning,
    Congratulations Echo, you are one handsome Friend of the Month.
    I wish our prediction for 4 inches of snow had been an April Fool Joke, but it wasn’t.
    We’re looking for a warmer weekend and further accumulation on Monday and Tuesday. Is it ever going to end? March was supposed to exit like a lamb; I suppose you could say that it did – white, soft, and fluffy.
    Here’s to a warmer April.

  9. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:04 am on April 1st, 2015

    Just went back and read the rest of the blog from last night. Didn’t even realize that I had done a DD. How did that happen?

    And speaking of Dawson, where is that girl going now? Does she ever stay home? She is hard to keep up with (sorry for the dangling thingy).

    T & G, You are going to have such fun today. We await the pictures. That River is a real cutie.

  10. BearSpiritDog
    10:07 am on April 1st, 2015

    Is anybody here an April Fool? That remains to be seen.

    Congratulations, Echo!

    Good Morning to my Fellow Plunderers.

  11. Herd of Hounds
    10:13 am on April 1st, 2015

    As usual Tyb’s calendar foto is fantastic. Does that dog ever take a bad foto? Thanks big guy.

  12. Masquers
    10:14 am on April 1st, 2015

    Tyb right on time! Thank you!
    Tupper’s Mama: Have a wonderful visit with that wonderful family.
    Friend of the Month? Heh. We have our own FOTM…the HOH on our very own Plunderer Calendar.
    (where are you Rose?)

  13. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    10:22 am on April 1st, 2015

    Funny, our families still have the calendar on February.

  14. O'Howlers
    10:22 am on April 1st, 2015

    Thank you for the calendar, Tyb. Boo to the snow that you got and to the snow in your Monday forecast. We are having an almost Spring-like day here.
    We have the HOH gracing our April calendar downstairs, and Snowhook is running into the sunset up here in the office.
    T&G, Give our virtual nephew a kiss from us Plunderers.
    BM&L, So glad we are not the only ones who missed the info on Dawson’s travels.
    ML, This sounds fun and egg-citing.
    BooBear, how are things there? We are thinking of you and sending our love.

  15. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    10:33 am on April 1st, 2015

    Dawson said she was going to Minneapolis to help close up her father’s house.

    CHobbit, thank you for the goodies from Alaska. Fond memories!

  16. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:17 am on April 1st, 2015

    Early!…My friend just sent me a text on my little Go-Phone…snort!…She says she is coming home early today…yippee!

  17. Masquers
    11:25 am on April 1st, 2015

    Riõ: You don’t think your friend is pulling your little curly pug tail do you?

    CHobbiti: Yesterday we received our left-behind-because-of-no-room-in-suitcase package too. Thanks a bunch!

  18. ML
    11:42 am on April 1st, 2015

    Good morning all, I have the day off to take my mom for her treatment, but, once again, they are out of it. At least I have the day off! She has another doc to see in a bit, then I see the one about my shoulder, then I will finally get her to get wonderfluffed. She has been griping about her hair for months.
    Gary sent me a text this morn that he is thinking about me, dog what have I gotten myself into?

  19. Herd of Hounds
    12:11 pm on April 1st, 2015

    ML, breathe in breathe out. This ain’t high school and you’ll have a good time.

  20. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    12:17 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Rio, Do you think your friend quit today?

    TYB, Darling picture with the little bunnies.

    ML, Gary might be really nice, and then again he might be a little too needy for your taste. If that ends up being the case, don’t be afraid to stand up and speak your mind.

    One time years ago Barb had been having phone conversations with this guy who a mutual friend wanted her to date. She had been talking to him for about a week, but they hadn’t yet met. One day she stopped for a drink with a girl friend and when she got home this guy called and said “WHERE IN THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN, I have been calling you for hours!!!” Guess what…..they never met.

  21. Herd of Hounds
    12:19 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Barb good move on your part!

  22. Siber's Mom
    12:28 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Congratulations Echo! I wish your picture could be up every day of this month on Chet’s blog.

    TYB, Thank you…very cute picture with the bunnies.

    ML, Have fun tomorrow! I agree with HOH, you will have good time.

    BooBear, Thinking of you and your family.

  23. Staff
    12:54 pm on April 1st, 2015

    DAWSON!!! We will meet you at the airport tonight. We will be outside door # 4 on the baggage claim level about 20 minutes after you plane arrives. Look for us. DO NOT TAKE A CAB.
    That Husky up top is a beauty.
    I had a long post written and then several times I hit a wrong button and it disappeared. I am writing this on wordpad and will cut and paste. grump.

    Here is the quilt top I spent all day helping sew yesterday.

    This morning I was out at the fence cutting fuzzy willow branches from the neighbors bushes. She says we can cut all we and this will be the last time we are here during fuzzy willow blooming time.

    If you use the correct term for fuzzy willows you get moderated. Evidently that is a very dangerous plant.

  24. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    12:54 pm on April 1st, 2015

    CHobbit, I forgot to say that Loulou was extra interested in what you sent. She slowly sniffed every square inch. I can guess that she remembers that smell fom my suitcase – Sadie, you, your house. And now here it is again.

  25. Staff
    12:59 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Here is the quilt top I spent all of yesterday helping to sew…

    There. That sounds better.

  26. Staff
    12:59 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Here is the quilt top I spent all of yesterday helping to sew…

    There. That sounds better.

    phuzzy willows…

  27. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    1:04 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Staff, we called them kitty willows last year, and that passed moderation. We planted on in our yard but the bunnies cut about half of the branches off, so we only 3 or 4 branches with the fuzzies. Next year we will wrap it for protection.

    Is your dad’s home going to go on the market?

    Leaving soon for a wonderfluffing.

  28. Dawson
    1:23 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Congratulations to Echo, one awesome-looking dog.

    I had to beat up the keurig coffee machine in this hotel room because I don’t know how to work it. Well, it did work for the first cup of awful coffee. The second cup had grounds all over the place. Then I went out and found a Tim Horton’s coffee.

    I would like nothing better than to be at home but I’m heading to Mpls again, where All the family is gathering to help Dad move to his new home and empty the old homestead. A u-haul will be involved, going from Mpls to Montana and Bellingham, WA.

    AJ: Thanks for the rest of the story. I’m in for another year. Go Snowhook! Thanks to you, Rebecca and Mick & Jody for being excellent hosts and hostesses. It is so fun to see some of the behind-the-scenes activity that goes into getting a team to the starting line. And, of course, to CHobbit and her hotel, who makes it all possible. My favorite part of the trip is getting to love all the dogs, up close and personal, and to get sled rides, oh, and the bacon at the hotel, and beating Digger at crib and NOT beating Sharon at crib. And the scenery. And Sadie dog.
    And visiting with Masquers and Nana. And, yes, even Rio. I swear I’m not lying.


  29. Herd of Hounds
    1:27 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Kitty willows, fuzzy willows…Kind of like mom’s p/kitty patrol or sitting for the grandkats!

  30. Herd of Hounds
    1:30 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Whoo hoo, are we ladie of a certain age, or what? Go Snowhook, Go Plunderers!

  31. Tyb
    1:33 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Thanks for the Alaska surprise we found in the mail this morning. We appreciate your thoughtfulness.

  32. Masquers
    1:34 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Staff & Barb: Furry kitty willows…our fav!

    Dawson: RioMas will be tracking you!
    Ditto to everything you said.

  33. Dawson
    1:38 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Staff: If you insist, I am on Alaska Airlines flight number 28 that is due in Mpls at 11:57.

    Linus is in my thoughts and prayers and that reminds me of Snoopy and Woodstock and that reminds me of Wose. More thoughts and prayers.

    Tyb: Thanks for the calendar page. I am away from my Plunderer and Snowhook calendars so Tyb’s calendar page is needed. I feel for you guys every time I hear another storm is heading your way – that seems to be happening at least once a week.

    I broke down and planted sunflowers and mini pepper plants before I left. I have so many flower seeds to plant but they may wait until next year.

  34. Dawson
    1:44 pm on April 1st, 2015

    ML: Oops, I submitted my comment before I typed anything to you. That is called an empty Dawson (as in empty head). I wanted to say, no worries. Relax and enjoy your date with an old friend.

  35. BearSpiritDog
    1:49 pm on April 1st, 2015

    AJ: We have a Title for Your New Book! (when you retire from the Iditarod)
    Last Run From White Mountain

  36. Herd of Hounds
    2:03 pm on April 1st, 2015

    BSD, wonderful silhouette and shadow shot! ML it is AOK to talk about old, similar memories. It doesn’t mean disloyalty and it doesn’t mean an obligation.
    It means having a nice time, which you are entitled to!

  37. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    3:49 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Agree, at the very least it will be interesting and fun to talk about old times.

    MPLM, we got our package too, and thank you. It is mighty tempting. Will have to see what this years brings. Brother and sister want me to come to North Carolina in Sept. to celebrate the “Big One”. Does anyone know if Amtrak goes that way?

    Off again to pick up the grand kids and play in Jessica’s garden for a bit. BBL

  38. Tupper and Gilly
    5:38 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Mama is home from visiting up on the hill. She smells suspiciously of Another Dog or Two. And there is another strange smell that we are not familiar with – she says it is Baby Smell. Hmmm. But at least she came home without a new dog OR a baby.
    Pictures coming up.

  39. Tupper's Mama
    5:39 pm on April 1st, 2015

    The family greeting

  40. Tupper's Mama
    5:40 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Auntie Martha is in love

  41. Tupper's Mama
    5:40 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Zoe kinda likes the little guy too

  42. Tupper's Mama
    5:42 pm on April 1st, 2015

    River is enchanting OTAS, Mac, Zoe

  43. Tupper's Mama
    5:44 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Even the Storyteller fell in love.

  44. Dawson
    5:56 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama: Awww. Love the pictures of the family from up on the hill.
    My bum hurts from sitting so much. I’m going to walk around until it is time to go.

  45. BearSpiritDog
    5:58 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Royal Mum: Those Photos are Wonderful! Thank You So Much.

  46. Masquers
    6:01 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Dawson: RioMas awaiting your final boarding call for flight 2363 to Seattle.

  47. O'Howlers
    6:08 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Wonderful, happy pictures. Thanks for taking them and posting them, Tupper’s Maw.
    Hobbit! We just received a most wonderful package from you you you! We are pretending we are Way Up North right now. This was so kind and thoughtful of you. But the very coolest thing is the sled made by children in Brandywine Heights School, uo over the hill from us! Is that amazing, or what? Those were the centerpieces at the Mushers Banquet, right?

  48. Tupper and Gilly
    6:13 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Mama says that River is so cute, so sweet, so happy and delightful, that now she wants one of her own.

  49. Tupper and Gilly
    6:13 pm on April 1st, 2015

    APRIL FOOL!!!!

  50. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    6:20 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Our forecast for tomorrow is finally 65 degrees, but now that I live a few blocks from Lake Erie, that won’t be me. The lake is still all ice so downtown is always about 10 degrees colder.

  51. Masquers
    6:30 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Read recently that the temperature in Antarctica was 63.5 degrees.

  52. Staff
    7:00 pm on April 1st, 2015

    T&G…heh heh heh. We will wait to see if Luna wants a baby 2 legged.

  53. O'Howlers
    7:03 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Masquers! Is that an Spril Fools joke?
    It went up to 52 degrees here today, but it is so darn windy, Mom was freezing cold and refuses to go for a walk with us.

  54. Staff
    7:05 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Masquers. Tonight Dawson is on Alaska Airlines flight 28 to Minneapolis from Seattle. She was on that other flight yesterday. #28 leaves Seattle at 6:45 your time (Pacific time) which is 8:45 my time (Central time) and 9:45 Blog time.


  55. Masquers
    7:13 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Staff: Rats! First mission aborted. On to flight no. 2.
    RioMas over and out.

  56. Masquers
    7:16 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Wait! Staff, Are you certain? Just checked my intel which says both flights were today.

  57. Masquers
    7:21 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Howlers: I typed an answer to your question which was promptly deleted when the send button was pushed. Suffice to say, according to this Times article, it is no joke:

  58. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:26 pm on April 1st, 2015

    What!….Am I supposed to be tracking Dawson tonight?…grunt!…7:45pm flight on 28…got-it!

  59. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:27 pm on April 1st, 2015

    7:45pm!….Mountain time that is…hehheh!

  60. Staff
    7:34 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Well Dawson said she was staying in a hotel at the airport overnight. And she is coming in tonight. So therefore…

    Rio…heh. Good one!

  61. Dawson
    7:40 pm on April 1st, 2015

    My first flight was from Vancouver to Seattle. My second one leaves from Seattle at 6:45 pm and takes me to Mpls. The flight is about 3 hous long but because I am going East it will be midnight by the time I land.

    Rio: My flight doesn’t get into Mpls until midnight, much too late for you to do any tracking…unless your friend quit her job already.

    Yummy clam chowder.

  62. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:44 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Dawson!..I will be tracking till I can track no more…snort!…Then Maskers will take over cuz he never sleeps…grunt!

  63. Dawson
    7:56 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Here are some of the (final answer) Bohemian Wax Wings on the apple tree.

  64. Dawson
    8:03 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Here is the view from the plane, flying over Nana’s home. It’s down there somewhere.

  65. Martha
    8:04 pm on April 1st, 2015

    T and G’s Mama
    Thank you for posting pictures. Son William took a video of River juggling his bottle and posted it on Zoe’s Facebookie page.
    Dawson, safe travels.

  66. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    8:12 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Rio, a two-hour American Idol tonight.

  67. Wolfie
    8:15 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Jace is absolutely wonderful. Will post a new photo once we replace our ipad. (Friday, if we can live until then.)

    Echo is a beauty!

  68. Dawson
    8:36 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Staff or Mr Fireslippers: Can you record American Idol for me tonight?

  69. Masquers
    9:18 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Just in: Minneapolis/St Paul Intl is experiencing arrival flight delays. The average delay is 00:25:00 This may affect your tracked flight.

  70. Martha
    9:18 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Speaking of American Idol, I just recently discovered that Katherine Winston, one of the top 24, is from our county in western Mass. Our local paper covered the story after she came back here. Hurrah for her for doing so well!

  71. Staff
    9:26 pm on April 1st, 2015

    dawson, Mr. Fireslippers has gone to see what he can do about America Idol. It is already after 8 p.m. here though.

    henry took the opportunity to lick at MrF’s cherry pie with vanilla ice cream. I removed Henry and hopefully MrF won’t notice when he comes back down from playing with the TV.

    removing Henry again!

    MrF says he is already taping something else at that time. You are SOL

    He is happily eating his pie and I.C. so all is well.

  72. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:30 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Mr Fireslippers!…Your pie and ice cream are covered in Kat Germs!….Yeeeep!

  73. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:30 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Idol!….We are watching it right now!…snort!snort!

  74. Masquers
    9:54 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Staff: Do you have On Demand? Dawson could watch American Idol later.

  75. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Delayed!…Dawson’s flight seems to be in delayed motion…sniff!…I hope Staff and Mr.Fireslippers are prepared to be Up All Night…heh!heh!

  76. Masquers
    10:06 pm on April 1st, 2015

    ASA28 now has departed for MPLS.

  77. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:42 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Dawson!….Is well on her way!…snort!

  78. Staff
    10:44 pm on April 1st, 2015

    We do not have on demand. I am taking a nap now. BBL

  79. c.hobbit
    10:50 pm on April 1st, 2015

    O’Howlers: wow, your package arrived so much later after the other 13 and I sent them all at the same time. The more recent mailings of poster and map went out to 6 and I have a couple of more to send. It is taking me a while.

    I feel behind in everything and don’t understand how that can be since I am retired. Geez.

  80. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:15 pm on April 1st, 2015

    Montana!…Is HUGE!…snort!

  81. Masquers
    12:10 am on April 2nd, 2015

    Alaska Airlines #28 is expected to arrive at Minneapolis/St Paul Intl (KMSP) in 45 minutes at 11:52PM CDT

  82. Staff
    12:18 am on April 2nd, 2015

    We will be leaving for the airport at 11:50 and expect to meet Dawson at door number 4 in the baggage claim area.

    Tomorrow should be an intersting day!

  83. Staff
    12:18 am on April 2nd, 2015

    Here is the “e” I left out of interesting.

  84. Staff
    12:20 am on April 2nd, 2015

    Masquers. You are doing a superb job of tracking!

  85. Masquers
    12:27 am on April 2nd, 2015

    Arrival delays previously reported at KMSP are not affecting flights coming in from the west, such as Dawson’s, because the storm is moving east.
    Her plane is now crossing over from North Dakota into Minnesota.
    About 25 more minutes to touchdown.

  86. Masquers
    12:34 am on April 2nd, 2015

    Thanks, Staff! Riõ works the early shift showing the visuals and I do the audio portion on the night shift.
    We make a good team.

  87. Masquers
    1:03 am on April 2nd, 2015

    Alaska Airlines #28 arrived at Minneapolis/St Paul Intl (KMSP) at 11:55PM CDT from KSEA (Seattle-Tacoma Intl) at Gate e-1

  88. Masquers
    1:05 am on April 2nd, 2015

    Dawson, Staff, Mr.Fireslippers..big hugs to all of youse.
    RioMas signing off.

  89. Masquers
    1:12 am on April 2nd, 2015

    At Gate Time: 12:01 AM, Apr 02
    Terminal – Gate: Terminal 1 – e1
    Baggage Claim: 10

    Goodnight for reals ^..^

  90. Staff
    2:03 am on April 2nd, 2015

    The awesome one is back on the old homestead. She is saying goodnight to Dad.

    See you all later today.

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