Fat: An Issue in the Nation Within?

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141 Responses to “Fat: An Issue in the Nation Within?”

  1. O'Howlers
    8:12 am on October 10th, 2013

    Good morning! We have no fat 4-leggeds here: only fat 2-leggeds. The moral to that story: Desk jobs are bad; outdoors physical labor is good.

    Lots of rain here today.

  2. B. Stover
    8:36 am on October 10th, 2013

    Good morning all.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:40 am on October 10th, 2013

    Good morning, everyone! Pookey was pudgy but the pot-belliled pig look this spring , she has worked hard to get her svelt, girlish figure back and, voila! She has. Now if the peeps could do the same!

    Said it in the middle of the night, but will say it again: have a tremendous Thursday. BBL

  4. Rose
    8:54 am on October 10th, 2013

    Greetings!

    Can’t wait for the Seattle meeting today! Hope there are lots of pictures.

    Rebecca: Red Velvet Cake is one of my faves. Cheesecake Factory does make a Red Velvet Cheescake. Wonder if I can express mail one to Alaska. Please do go the doctor when you get home. Grizz and I are very worrit.

    Belle Starr: I suggest you check the Pixie’s baggage when she returns home. There might be tons of sparkles in there.

    Yucky, cloudy day here.

    Everyone, have a good day, and to those under the quilt sending good thoughts for speedy recoveries.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    8:55 am on October 10th, 2013

    Ah, um, as Bernie would say. Fat? Who’s fat? Not moi, maybe just a little fluffy. Now, my roomie needs some serious work before heading north.

    If the market doesn’t start heading north, Barb may not be able to do so. Wish those dorks in Washington would get over themselves so Wall Street would settle down, and all those federal employees would be able to get back to work.

    Just heard that the spa and gym that Congress uses has NOT shut down, and in fact, some new equipment and upgrades were just installed. Gah!

  6. SnowBella
    10:24 am on October 10th, 2013

    Golinka: Thanks for the information last night. I spent the evening being sick and am again this morning. Let them eat cake!

    Today is a very big day, a big day indeed. This afternoon, I will get to meet BSD and Masquer’s maw. I can’t wait. Yeep! Twirl! Splort!

  7. O'Howlers
    10:30 am on October 10th, 2013

    Just don’t splort all over Nana, Bella!

  8. Rose
    10:30 am on October 10th, 2013

    Rebecca: After your big Seattle meeting (pictures please!) get thee to the quilt!

    Hey youse guys, look to the right. Contest today!

  9. Rose
    10:32 am on October 10th, 2013

    No splorting on the plane, either!

  10. Melanie (Woman in Waiting)
    10:37 am on October 10th, 2013

    Good Morning All! Zombie Sharon, but no Zombie Melanie!!

    Resting today. Hopefully. Only a short walk. snicker

    The gym is open. The swimming bool, basketball courts, paddleball courts, their sauna, and their steam room are all open. No clean towels though. The horror.

  11. Siber-H
    10:57 am on October 10th, 2013

    I am not fat. I was before Husky Rescue took me in and slimmed me down. They gave mom a picture of the old fat me.

    Mom knows a lot of people that seem to think their dog/kat will love them more if they stuff them full of goodies. Love does not work that way.

  12. Macy the min-pin
    11:27 am on October 10th, 2013

    Mr. Husky, shush your mouth! You are endangering my treat supply.

  13. B. Stover
    11:48 am on October 10th, 2013

    Alice Munro is the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature.

  14. Kat the Way Too Skinny Sibe
    11:53 am on October 10th, 2013

    Two-leggers: Do NOT listen to Siber-H. He is a heretic. The more treats you give me, the more I will love you. I swear.

  15. c.hobbit
    11:53 am on October 10th, 2013

    Reminder to those heading north in 2014: fluffy is good!

    I have a meet and greet of my own coming up: I will be seeing AJ!

  16. Siber-H
    12:03 pm on October 10th, 2013

    oops, I am in trouble. This is all my mom’s fault.

  17. Basil and Sage
    12:26 pm on October 10th, 2013

    SIBER!!! Pssssssttthhhhhhhhh!

    Humans – PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE SIBE ON A LEASH GETTING A NEW ROOF. HE IS DEMENTED! HE KNOWS NOT WHAT HE SAYS!

    sheesh – you just cannot trust dawgs for a minute!

  18. Rose
    12:29 pm on October 10th, 2013

    C.Hobbit: Give my regards to the Giant, and a special tummy rub to my VBFF, Belle Starr.

  19. Rose
    12:30 pm on October 10th, 2013

    HerbKats: You are making me laugh with your Wizard of Oz imitation.

  20. Tupper and Gilly
    12:35 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rose – we are so happy that the Herbs make you laugh. Laughter is a good thing. You should have some every day.
    Therefore, we are willing to make a great sacrifice and ship the two Wrotten….um we mean Sweet, Funny and Cuddly Kats to you. They will make you laugh every day.
    And trust us, once they are shipped off to you, we will have lots of good, healthy laughing too!!

  21. dawson
    12:51 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Hmmmm.
    More 2 leggeds are overweight than 4 leggeds. In the U.S. many, many more. One of our cats resembles a football and one of the two leggeds may’ve swallowed a basketball. We love our sports.

    Congratulations to Alice Munro, the first Canadian woman to win a Nobel for literature. She has been writing for a long, long time and many of her books are set in rural Canada. I’ve enjoyed reading her short stories.

    To the Plunderers having a meeting with other Plunderers. Enjoy!
    Bring your passports! And your cameras. I admit, I always forget to take pictures and if Nana hadn’t remembered there would’ve been no picture of us at all.

  22. Tenzing
    1:12 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Contact! My source says contact has officially been made between my Lady and Nana. A time has been set to meet each other and then who knows where the day will take them. I have bail money in paw just in case. The Theives had to get the devil on their shoulders from someone and I’m certain it wasn’t me.

  23. c.hobbit
    1:13 pm on October 10th, 2013

    The Yukon Quest has a great poster for 2014:

  24. O'Howlers
    1:13 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Dawson! We knew you would know the Nobel Lit prize winner. Canada is so small, after all. :)

  25. O'Howlers
    1:19 pm on October 10th, 2013

    That poster is awesome.

  26. Siber-H
    1:26 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Love the poster. I want one.

  27. Rose
    1:38 pm on October 10th, 2013

    What a beautiful poster!

  28. Rose
    1:39 pm on October 10th, 2013

    T&G: I would love to have the Herbs! But won’t someone over there miss them? Besides, the Prof is allergic.

  29. Herd of Hounds
    2:18 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Allergic! Everyone always says that. Mom is seriously allergic to house work of any kind but she just pulls up her big girl panties and does it…occasionally.

    Yes, she just returned and mumbled something about a na….zzzzzz.

  30. Rose
    2:36 pm on October 10th, 2013

    I am also allergic to house work, and never pull up my big girl panties to get it done.

  31. Tupper's Mama
    2:57 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Dear Rose – sorry but Tupper and Gilly can’t respond at this time. They are both sitting in corners on a time out. Seems there was packing tape and a large box involved.

  32. Rose
    3:10 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Royal Mum, I am LOL!!!!!

  33. dawson
    3:19 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Carpola!
    I could use a housekeeper. The man here found a humongous computer table and brought it home. Unfortunately it did not fit where the old (but perfectly good) one did. We had to unload a 12 feet long times 5 feet high bookcase and move it over 5 or 6 inches to make the new desk fit. So now I have a huge desk, a really big monitor (I like), windows 8 (I don’t like) and books stacked everywhere.

    Rio: I will leave this chaos behind and go to the post office. The sun is shining.

  34. Tupper's Mama
    3:30 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Windows 8 sucks lemons and various other citrus fruits.

  35. O'Howlers
    3:37 pm on October 10th, 2013

    At the risk of someone saying this is political, we are curious about how youse guys feel about Halloween. There are schools around here who no longer allow Halloween celebrations or parades during school hours. Mom says she LOVED those days of dressing up in school, and parading from classroom to classroom. She is feeling sad for the kids who are not allowed to do that any more.

  36. Siber-H
    3:47 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Mom loved to dress up and go trick or treating…especially the trick or treating part. There is nowhere near the number of kids going door to door for goodies that there used to be.
    I would like to go trick or treating. I would dress up as the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood. heh

  37. Herd of Hounds
    4:06 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Mom loved to do the dress up and trick or treat but her folks always hid the c-a-n-d-y. (The first word she learned to spell) In 11 years in this house (the yellow brick abode) we have had a total of ZERO trick-or-treaters but 6 houses up the street the little buggers abound. Think it has something to do with houses on one side of the street only, a steep drive, a hidden porch with 15 steps, and a “trespawsers” will be eaten” sign.( Not to mention the scary Disney CD with screams and moans that mom plays at a gozillion decibles , which IS more than 2.) We of the HOH could do with a bit of respect that night. There isn’t enough room in the tub for all of us :(

  38. Herd of Hounds
    4:07 pm on October 10th, 2013

    P.S. Look at mom’s avatar. Is that a witch’s hat, or what?

  39. Barb & Maggie
    4:17 pm on October 10th, 2013

    What is the reason for not allowing Halloween? It isn’t a religious holiday, and if kids don’t want to dress up in costume then they could be excused. What is the big deal?

  40. Melanie (actually resting)
    4:19 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Doing my best to be a couch potato.

    Found this . . Photgrapher is Maciej Dakowicz
    She is on the internet

  41. Herd of Hounds
    4:21 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Dawg-on-pedal is toooo cute to believe. Tanks Melanie.

  42. Rose
    4:26 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Love the photo, Melanie!

    Halloween was such a big night in my childhood!! When I lived in New Jersey in the early 60’s, I would go out with my sister and brother. We would come back several times during the night to empty our bags and go to another neighborhood. It is very sad what Halloween has come to. Kids don’t seem to be kids anymore.

  43. Rose
    4:28 pm on October 10th, 2013

    The Prof has no love for Windows 8 either.

  44. Belle Starr
    4:37 pm on October 10th, 2013

    I think we should have a Howl-o-ween party on this here blog. I need to work on a costume.

    SiberH: A few years ago Tenzing was Little Red Riding Wolf. My Two-legged made a costume that had a red cape and then hung a little dress she made from Tenzing’s collar. It had hands at the ends of the sleeves, and little legs clad in bloomers. He is always a good sport when it comes to my Two-legged.

  45. Barb & Maggie
    4:39 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Barb has no problems with W 8. However, it is probably because she is not using it the right way. Instead of clicking on one of those bright colored squares on the opening screen, she just clicks on Desktop and it takes her back to her old familiar screens. Basically she uses Yahoo, her financial sites, and Chet’s blog.

  46. Herd of Hounds
    4:40 pm on October 10th, 2013

    All Saint’s Eve (AKA Halloween) is the Daddy Dawg’s b-day, so of course we celebrate. Except for the stinking rackety coon. Check the foto. Mom had the BIG punkin, 3 we-be-littles, and 2 pie/turbans. That silly coon has bounced the big pumpkin all over the front porch….watch out pumpkin butter……

  47. Herd of Hounds
    4:43 pm on October 10th, 2013
  48. Herd of Hounds
    5:12 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Howl- o wienie ? We vote yeah. Mom says she has all kinds of stuff for us to use. Ok, ok, ok?

  49. Pancho
    5:15 pm on October 10th, 2013

    I could go as a tan pug dressed as a black pug. Lefty can go as me.

  50. dawson
    5:16 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Halloween was a big deal when I was young because, of course, candy limited only by the speed with which we could run from house to house. I only remember one house that we skipped because the man who lived there was scary (in what way I don’t recall). In Montana, after we took the kids out the adults went out (in costume) and partied. Somewhere along the way razor blades were stuck into apples and candy was tampered with in some ways so community parties became popular and less children went from house to house.
    Here, there is a community party for the young ones but we may get one or two children knocking on the door.
    It is a pagan holiday so some religions are anti-Halloween.
    Now that I am too old to collect candy, I would have no trouble if this holiday went the way of the dinosaurs.

  51. Staff
    5:39 pm on October 10th, 2013

    I have been reading about the Salmonella outbreak in many states. It took me some research to find out that Alaska is one of those states. This is from NBC news:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/health/usda-threatens-shutter-foster-farms-plants-tied-salmonella-outbreak-8C11363370

    “Investigations found that 80 percent of those who got sick consumed chicken at home the week before illness, compared with 65 percent of a healthy control group. At the same time, nearly 80 percent of those who provided information about the brand of chicken named Foster Farms or another brand likely produced by Foster Farms.

    States with reported illnesses include Alaska (2), Arkansas (1), Arizona (11), California (213), Colorado (4), Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Hawaii (1), Idaho (2), Michigan (2), North Carolina (1), Nevada (8), Oregon (8), Texas (5), Utah (2), Washington (15) and Wisconsin (1).

    Raw chicken products from the three plants bear the following USDA inspection marks: P6137, P6137A, and P7632.”

    It also said that it was an antibiotic resistant strain of Salmonella. It made me think of Snowbella. I hope she is feeling better today.

    Dawson. I remember cruising the neighborhood for Pennies for Unicef. (I am older you know and couldn’t get away with the candy thing) But the people would almost always give me candy too… 😀

  52. Barb & Maggie
    5:47 pm on October 10th, 2013

    We had just read abut a recall for Foster Farms. Might have been chicken nuggets, which are not consumed in this house. We have been getting chicken from Fresh Market or our local gal that raises her own birds organically. $3.00 a lb, but so what, more humanely raised and tastes better.

    I know Halloween is pagan, but people get too poodled up over fun kid holidays. Santa is not really a religious figure either, but a big part of children’s joy at Christmas.

    And how about them there Easter bunnies!

  53. The Chickens
    5:57 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Serves ’em right. Stick to cows!!!!

  54. Tenzing
    6:36 pm on October 10th, 2013

    The pug has snorted. I repeat, the pug has snorted. In other words Nana and my Lady are together. No laws have been broken. Yet.

  55. dawson
    6:40 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Barb&Maggie: I think all those holidays are pagan to some people. That shouldn’t have to stop those who do celebrate them.

    Rio: Zip, nada, zilch.

  56. dawson
    6:41 pm on October 10th, 2013

    The pug has snorted!

  57. Herd of Hounds
    6:50 pm on October 10th, 2013

    The pug has snorted!
    Every religion mimics another’s religion.
    Chickies, bunnies, pumpkins, turkeys, reindeer (sssss) goatees, piggies, puglets. So what critters?
    The pug as snorted!

  58. c.hobbit
    6:53 pm on October 10th, 2013

    I always did a great Halloween display in the main display case at my school highlighting different aspects of Halloween and featuring books from the library. Year after year, each year different and creative. Then one year the principal asked me to take it down “due to parent complaints.” He would never tell me how many parents or what the complaint was. I always suspected it was just one parent (and the principal was also conservative). I asked teachers to look at the display and let me know if there was a problem or something that caused offence, and everyone thought it was fine. One said she thought a non-fiction book about the devil was the problem. I managed to delay for a week due to being very busy but then the principal reiterated that it had to come down. However, the school allowed costumes–no face masks–and even hosted a Halloween carnival each year. Go figure.

  59. Herd of Hounds
    6:55 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Why should a kid’s celebration day upset adults? Halloween is for children to be empowered once a year. A day to get goodies while threatening the big bad peoples. Really, a day to let the grumpy old farts down the block know that there are still kiddos in the world. Ain’t it grand!

  60. c.hobbit
    6:56 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Guess who came and visit ME, ME, ME? Perfect house guests, so well mannered inside and outside. In the meantime my dog was in the car parked away from the house. I just don’t know how she is around other dogs yet. Here is AJ, Luna and BelleStarr.

  61. c.hobbit
    6:58 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Photo of BelleStarr and Luna at my side door.

  62. Princess Sam
    7:06 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Loulou came over to play with me so I gave in and played with her, but she’s still so obnoxious. She’s such a petit monstre that she killed my Mr. Carrot and Molly’s Mom had to buy another one. His days are probably numbered too.

  63. Tupper's Mama
    7:15 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Halloween – ok, give me a minute to get up on my soapbox…grunt, huff, puff, creak…..

    Many of us on this hear blog are of similar generation and fondly remember the days of carving pumpkins into grinning jack-o-lanterns, urgent discussions of the perfect costume, and plotting the route to ensure the best haul of candy.
    They were days of scary stories about the old witch who lived in the tumble down house, or the grizzled and grumpy old guy who was rumored to chase children with a pitchfork. They were days when pillowcases did double duty as candy bags, and it was ok to eat the home packed bags of candy corn given by the neighbors.

    Nowadays, there is so much concern about keeping children safe, that they are no longer allowed to be the children that we were. True, this is a different world, with new concerns. But with just a little parental involvement, children could still have the joy of being out long after the streetlights have come on, running house to house in the mysterious darkness. They could play out their fantasies of being superheroes or princesses or ninja turtles.
    Imagination and play are a huge part of the process of growing up. Children who have not had the opportunity to be creative, to have imaginary friends, to just pretend, those children lack an aspect of childhood that has made me and all of my contemporaries who we are today.
    We work so hard to protect children from danger; a local school has just sent a memo to all parents that the game of Tag will no longer be allowed on the playground because there have been skinned knees and elbows. But no matter how many things we take for granted as being a part of our childhood that we now forbid to the children of today, we cannot shield them from every danger that might cross their path. And we may be hindering them with our restrictions. There is great concern about childhood obesity, yet schools have dropped physical education, and now even restrict the pure joy of running and playing Tag. There is concern about children spending too much time with TV, Xbox and video games, but creative outlets found in the form of art and music classes is disappearing from the American educational landscape.
    There will be people who decry Halloween celebrations for their pagan background. Those people fear anything that is outside their narrow field of acceptable joyous occasions.
    Maybe there should be a shift from handing out candy and sugar in huge quantities to something more healthy. Maybe some other type of token could be given to the little ghosts and goulies that show up on your doorstep.
    But lets not take away one of the things that made our childhood so memorable. Lets not say that just because we had ours, we don’t care if they get theirs. Maybe, if we start to encourage children to imagine, to pretend, and to run and play and climb trees and build forts like we did, maybe we will have an upcoming generation that is less rigid and more creative when they are the ones in charge of the future.

    Ok – had my say. Now I have to figure out how to get down off this dang soap box without falling on my face.

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:26 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Giant!…CHobbit had a Giant of a visitor!…Wow!Wow!…Bellie Starr and Luna, oh and AJ too!…snort!

  65. O'Howlers
    7:31 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Thank you all for answering. We heartily agree, especially with Tupper’s mom. Halloween has always been Mom’s very favorite holiday, even more than Christmas. We don’t get any trick or treaters all the way back on this farm, but if we go stand on Main St, the one and only street in our nearby village, all the trick or treaters come to us. That’s what everyone does around here. But these schools and those uptight parents are killing the joys of childhood.
    We also think that there are way too many organized activities for kids nowadays, which takes away from their imaginations and creativity. And parents all seem to be helicopters who rearrange their entire existence around those organized activities. Just our 2 cents.

  66. Herd of Hounds
    7:35 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Golinka: Loved the soapbox diatribe. Just not literate enough here to go on like that.

  67. O'Howlers
    7:35 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Belle Starr and Luna and AJ!!! It must feel great to live in Anchorage!

  68. Barb & Maggie
    7:55 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Amen, Golinka, Amen! So well said, as always!

    We know a couple of helicopter parents and their kids are a hot mess!

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:02 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Bah-humbug!…We here hate Holloween and everything it stands for…grunt!…Even as a kid my friend hated it…sniff!…I hate it cuz little beggars think they can come to my door demanding candy or else…sniff!…The little beggars are not all that little usually…grump!…HATE IT!

  70. Melanie (Yawning)
    8:14 pm on October 10th, 2013

    What wonderful pictures! Thise Snowhook Team gets around!

    I know that Chet does not like Halloween, but I have always loved it. I loved going out as a kid. Two bags of candy in one night. When my guys were young, I loved making costumes!

    We haven’t had a trick or treater for over ten years. :(

    I still light the pumpkin candles, and buy the candy. I just buy the kind of candy I like. snicker

  71. Riö - Farting
    8:18 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Candy!…Well, I don’t get any of the so-called candy either so there is nothing innit for me what-so-ever…grunt!…A good waste of a holiday if you ask me…sniff!

  72. Tupper and Gilly
    8:20 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rio – if people gave out Slim Jims for Halloween, we bet your little Puggie tail would be in costume faster than you snort.

  73. Wose
    8:22 pm on October 10th, 2013

    The pug has snorted! Hi, Rio!

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:22 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Dawson!…Hey, we agree on something – down with Hollow-ween….snort!….Actually the one thing we used to enjoy was they would show the “Sleepy Hollow” movie – the one with Jeff Goldblume as Icabod Crane…wheeze!…That is one of our favorite movies…heh!

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:23 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Tupper!…Yeah, but they don’t, so what’s a Pug to do?…sniff!

  76. c.hobbit
    8:23 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Princess Sammie: I bet someday the playing will outweigh the pouting. A long, long way off but it might happen.

    Rip: I have to ask someone in the neighborhood about tricker treaters as I never had any in North Pole. I enjoy the little ones, the littler the better. I think teens should do their own parties and not go door to door especially if they make no effort to be in costume and especially if they don’t even live in the neighborhood and are just aiming at getting a year’s supply of candy. I am old enough to remember homemade candies and treats. Yum!

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:26 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rip!?…heh!heh!…Fitting I guess – as in “let er’ rip!”….chorkel!

  78. Wose
    8:26 pm on October 10th, 2013

    C.Hobbit: How exciting to have the Giant, mama Luna, and my VBFF visit you.
    Belle Starr looked like she was enjoying tummies from the Giant.

  79. Wose
    8:29 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Belle Starr, do you do any trick-or-treating like Tenzing? Who do you dress as? I know your costume would have to involve sparkles…

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:29 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rose!…If the Giant showed up on my doorstep I am pretty certain me and my friend would keel over with all our paws straight up in the air…heh!heh!

  81. Wose
    8:33 pm on October 10th, 2013

    RIO! When the Grizz and I met the Giant and the Pixie, I thought I would keel over.

    If you and your friend ever showed up at my door, someone might have to do CPR. Teddy’s pop and I both agree we really want to meet you!

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:36 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rose!…I am pretty unforgettable…snort!…Everyone says there is part of me that lingers in every room…heh!heh!

  83. Herd of Hounds
    8:36 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Try living with someone who thinks the whole point of the holiday is to celebrate him :(

  84. c.hobbit
    8:36 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Wose: Belle Starr was very special and Luna was wonderful. Luna snagged one of Sadie’s toys (a froggie that croaked) and I meant to let her take it home but I forgot. It is one that Sadie doesn’t play with. Oh we’ll, I’ll take it with me when I return the visit.

    My house was a move-in mess but AJ did a couple of “tall person” jobs for me. I have a living room with cathedral ceilings and two of the spotlights needed changing. I couldn’t find the right spotlights so I had AJ change all of them out to LEDs which the electrical store says won’t need changing for 22 years! We will see. Since even standing on the top of a ladder doesn’t get me anywhere close to the spotlights, I needed something that won’t burn out and need changing. I told AJ that I would call him in 22 years to change the bulbs again.

  85. c.hobbit
    8:39 pm on October 10th, 2013

    AJ tried to show me a trick they had been teaching Luna. He pretends to shoot her and she keels over dead. She did it pretty well but was still too excited from meeting me to be 100%. :-)

  86. Wose
    8:43 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Hobbit, I just love Luna and Belle Starr. Your home looks lovely. I really like the side door. Thank dog AJ is not vertically challenged like us.

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:45 pm on October 10th, 2013

    CHobbit!…We need a tall person around here too!…sniff!….Seems those two can’t even reach most of the cupboards without a stool, and don’t get me started on changing light bulbs or washing windows, or practically everything except putting on their shoes….grunt!

  88. SnowBella
    8:45 pm on October 10th, 2013

    What a wonderful afternoon spent with a wonderful person. Neither Nana or I are feeling well so we huddled under the quilt and ate clam chowdah and drank hot chocolate. Is Nana beautiful inside and out?—Does a certain pug linger in every room?

    CHH: Is AJ still handsome? It has been a long time since I’ve seen him in person. I’ll sign him up in for the tall person task in 22 years. My guess is that he’ll still be tall.

    I have it on good authority that BSD is going to take a nap.

  89. Wose
    8:46 pm on October 10th, 2013

    RIO! I’m sure your “musk” is very unforgettable .

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:46 pm on October 10th, 2013

    GAH!….Moderated!…grump!…I wrote the multiple sh-oe word…sniff!…Here it is again modified.

    CHobbit!…We need a tall person around here too!…sniff!….Seems those two can’t even reach most of the cupboards without a stool, and don’t get me started on changing light bulbs or washing windows, or practically everything except putting on their shoe-s….grunt!

  91. Wose
    8:51 pm on October 10th, 2013

    What a great picture of our Pixie and Nana!

    Rebecca, I hope AJ won’t get jealous….the Grizz said you are very beautiful. Your haircut is great.

    Where is my dear friend Masquers.

    Oh, and don’t get jealous, AJ is very handsome!

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rebecca!…You are taller than Nana!…snort!…This probably means you are taller than everyone on this here blog except maybe Maury…heh!heh!….Plus, you both look pretty darn good for not feeling well at all…wheeze!

  93. Tupper and Gilly
    9:00 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Woo hooo – Nana and the Pixie pictures on the same day as a Long- Haired Giant and Sparkly Dogs.
    What a great day!

  94. Belle Starr
    9:06 pm on October 10th, 2013

    What am I?—a pug with a straight tail? No one said anything about jealousy, my fur or heighth. Grump.

    Rio: I think my Two- legged sees eye to eye with Wookie’s maw and Melanie. She does look up to Teddy’s paw, but who doesn’t?

  95. O'Howlers
    9:07 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Great pictures of BSD and masquer mom with Snowhook mom, nighty night from here.

  96. SnowBella
    9:08 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Wose: Grizz is making me blush. I’ve grown accustomed to people think AJ is handsome. I am of the opinion that he is the best looking person in the room. Any room.

  97. dawson
    9:11 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rio: I don’t hate Halloween, Easter, Christmas, and all the holidays. I just believe that they are all about selling us junk. Things have changed from the days when homemade goodies and decorations were made and children ran free without fear except from that one big kid who would grab your bag of candy and run.

    Mom used to make popcorn balls or caramel apples and give them away. She loved Halloween and all the little kiddies. I do love seeing little ones in costumes but I haven’t seen that here in years. Everyone goes to the haunted house at the Rec Centre. I think they probably have as much fun as we did, although I’ve never attended.
    It’s too bad when one or two parents can shut down the fun for many others.
    Also, I must say that bats are my friends and this is their holiday so it isn’t all bad.

    There is a very important Tigers ballgame on and Cabrera just hit a homer! 2 – 0. Go Tigers!

  98. c.hobbit
    9:19 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rebecca: yes, AJ is as handsome as you remember. I think he got his nickname, Prince Charming, not only for his long hair but his good looks and manners. Hope you are reunited sooner rather than later.

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:22 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Tigers!…Go!Go!Go!…snort!heh!

  100. Wose
    9:23 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rebecca: Yes, he is!

    Belle Starr: You looked sparkly and lovely,

  101. dawson
    9:23 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Nana & Snowbella both are beautiful. I see raincoats are on. I wonder who took the picture.

    The Giant is a very handy guy to visit the Hobbit just when some height is needed.

    Belle Starr: Your height is perfect, your fur so shiny, your tail is sublime! And your mama is beautiful. I am not jealous, though.

  102. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on October 10th, 2013

    AJ!….snort!….I bet he can even hold us Pugs correctly….chorkel!

  103. Wose
    9:28 pm on October 10th, 2013

    RIO! Did I ever tell you I live not very far from Sleepy Hollow? A few years ago they erected a copper Headless Horseman in the center of town. Also, if you watched Dark Shadows (the original) Collinswood is a real castle in Sleepy Hollow.

  104. Wose
    9:30 pm on October 10th, 2013

    RIO! The Giant can hold you in one hand!

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:31 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Chorkel!…Remember this?….snort!

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:33 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rose!…When I come to visit you I want to see all these great things!…snort!…Very impressive indeed!…chuffle!

  107. Wose
    9:35 pm on October 10th, 2013

    I am heading for my nice warm bed, with all the stuffed animals in just the right places.

    Rebecca: Safe travels back to your handsome Giant, and feel better soon!

    Those under the quilt, I wish you speedy recoveries.

    Belle Starr (whispering): Check the Pixie’s suitcase when she comes home. Your missing sparkles might be in there…

    Sweet dreams to youse,

  108. Wose
    9:38 pm on October 10th, 2013

    RIO! When you come to visit, we will take you to the best sights of Westchester, and New York City. Maybe even to a Yankee game!

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:42 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rose!…WOW!…My friend gets 3 whole weeks of vacation starting next year…snort!…I’m sure we can swing something…heh!heh!…Start Telling the News! New York! New York!…chuffle!

  110. Princess Sam
    9:51 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rio, tell your friend to come visit us at Niagara Falls and then we will all go east to see Rose and Griz.

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:53 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Sammie!…Hey! Another good plan!…snorkel!…Just be sure that Lulu is out of the way by then…sniff!

  112. Zzzzzzzzzz
    9:55 pm on October 10th, 2013

    I remember reading this here blog, but can’t remember any of if. . . .

    Oh wait! Popcorn balls! I loved those. They do not have the same appeal as they once did.

    Tomorrow I’m out of here to pick up Zoë’s Birthday Cake for the family celebration.
    Chocolate, with chocolate, with chocolate and pretty. That’s what she wanted and that’s what I ordered.

    TTFN

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:58 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Zombie!…I’m pretty darn sure that was Zombie-Melanie…heh!…She is pretty funny when she is in Zombie-Mode…snorkel!….Love you Melanie. And I never write that. Ever.

  114. SnowBella
    10:03 pm on October 10th, 2013

    CHH: Thank you for your assurances that AJ has maintained his good looks.

    Wose: I’m innocent, innocent I tell you.

    I love that photo of Spence.

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Spence!…I love that photo too because it shows Spencer doing everything in his power to hold onto that Pug, who is looking very unconcerned about his fate….heh!…If that were me, I would be climbing up Spencer’s chest trying to get a good grip on the guy and the guy on me…heh!…Plus, it would not smell all that great at the same time either…wheeze!…All that exertion!…sniff!

  116. SnowBella
    10:13 pm on October 10th, 2013

    I think that black pug is thinking, ‘Always hold a pug lengthwise. It’s a rookie mistake—you hate to see it.’

  117. c.hobbit
    10:14 pm on October 10th, 2013

    BelleStarr: test to see if SnowBella is guilty or not (tips from Pancho and Lefty)

    1. Does she open her eyes wide as if she doesn’t know what you are talking about? = GUILTY
    2. Does she keep protesting her innocence even with a hint of sparkle on her person? = GUILTY
    3 Does she try to place the blame on others especially Pancho and Lefty? = GUILTY

    {{{sigh}}} forgive her anyway. Maybe she couldn’t help herself. She has been under stress and as you know the world looks better with sparkles

  118. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:17 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rebecca!…In my experience, black Pugs do not think about much at all…snort!…If they do actually think, it does take quite a bit of time before they come to a conclusion…heh!heh!…Take Beau for instance. ………. yep.

  119. c.hobbit
    10:18 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Let’s try this again. First I was told “to please slow down, you are posting too fast” and then I was told that I had made a duplicate comment…

    BelleStarr: there is a test for you to see if SnowBella is guilty or not (tips from Pancho and Lefty)

    1. Does she open her eyes wide as if she doesn’t know what you are talking about? = GUILTY
    2. Does she keep protesting her innocence even with a hint of sparkle on her person? = GUILTY
    3 Does she try to place the blame on others especially Pancho and Lefty? = GUILTY

    {{{sigh}}} forgive her anyway. Maybe she couldn’t help herself. She has been under stress and as you know the world looks better with sparkles

  120. c.hobbit
    10:18 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Gah! Now I do have a duplicate post. Growl

  121. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Deliberate!… A Deliberate Double Dawson!….snort!…Only CHobbit could achieve this!…heh!

  122. Barb & Maggie
    10:24 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Love the pictures. Long day and Parenthood is on. Off to watch the show and then to bed. Sweet dreams, all.

  123. Tupper and Gilly
    10:31 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rio – after you do Niagaea Falls and then visit Rose and Sleepy Hollow, you can work your way east and see us and Melanie’s Pack. Then ( if it is October) you could go north and see Teddy and his folks. Or if it’s another month, you could go east and camp on OFA’s doorstep.

    Sheesh – think of all the passport stamps. It boggles the mind.

  124. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:32 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Busy-Story!….I have to tell youse guys what my friend found out today about her new boss….snort!…He used to be a Hotshot Firefighter for quite a long time….chuffle!… From Wiki – “Hotshot crews are considered an elite group among wildland firefighters, due to their extensive training, high physical fitness standards, and ability to undertake difficult, dangerous, and stressful assignments. They often respond to large, high-priority fires and are trained and equipped to work in remote areas for extended periods of time with little logistical support”…..Snort!

    Food!…Today he said, “I can still eat my lunch in 4 minutes, Hotshot style.”….chorkel!….My friend really likes working with this guy. He is amazing ….heh!…He makes her laugh out loud every day and I think that is a really good thing…chuffle!

  125. Belle Starr
    10:34 pm on October 10th, 2013

    CHH: She is guilty until proven unsparkly. I can’t blame her. You are right—the world looks better with sparkles. I just don’t want her to be the sparkliest one in the room—that should be me, me, me.

  126. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:37 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Tupper!…I will be working on our itenarary through-out the Winter…snort!….See, her new busy season is October thru May…heh!…So that opens up the whole summer and for vacation time….wOOOOooooOOO!…Totally opposite what she her options used to be…chorkel!…Excited? Yes, someone here is very excited to meet and greet. Meeeee Tooooo!..sniff!

  127. Junior
    10:51 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Senior: What about a trip north to Alaska?

  128. c.hobbit
    10:57 pm on October 10th, 2013

    I am just getting around to today’s comic page. This is complements of Mutts: “a cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution”

    I am sure T&G would say the solution is to be found in packing tape and a box. Heh

  129. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:58 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Trip!….North, South, East or West!…heh!…She says it is an open book…snorkel!…Hopefully “family” will not mess it all up…grunt!…Do not even think that or go “there”…heh!

  130. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Plus!…sniff!…And I hate to bring it up, but there are those Aero-planes to consider…grunt!…Someone here has a hard time boarding them…huffle!

  131. Junior
    11:06 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Senior: If my Lady could, she would fly with your friend on one of those aero-planes if it would help.

  132. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:10 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Alone!…Well, my friend just needs to come to grips with the fact that her traveling partner is gone and if she wants to go and Meet-N-Greet she will have to travel Alone….sniff!…Scary Stuff, for her…wheeze!…But where there is a Will there is a Way…heh!…She got a new job, she can do almost anything, right?…grunt!

  133. Junior
    11:15 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Senior: My Lady says your Friend is amazing and she wouldn’t lie.

  134. dawson
    11:23 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rio: You could go by train. Let me know if you need a traveling partner.

  135. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:24 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Junior!…Well, I will tell you this in all confidence….sniff!…The minute my friend starts to think of the logistics of “actual” travel, she freezes…grunt!…She wants to go, she NEEDS to go but, she can’t seem to go….huffle!…It is very frustrating, to say the least….I say GO!GO!GO! and take me with you….burp!…I could be of help, really. Maybe…heh!

  136. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:30 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Train!…gah!…We tried getting the Iowa relatives here and back there again by ‘Train’ a few times. Let me just say, Train Travel in the US of A is not reliable at all…sniff!

    Partner!…But a travel partner would be a great thing for my friend…heh!

  137. Junior
    11:32 pm on October 10th, 2013

    That’s it. I’m going to send my Lady to throw your Friend over her shoulder and get her on a plane.

  138. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:41 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Snort!….And chorkel!….Junior, tell your Rebecca she better get in bed and get some rest…dammit!

    Bed!…I am going up to my warm soft bed where all my baseball toys are all in their right places …sniff!…My friend mentioned that she may be home even later tomorrow night because Mr.Hotshot and the gal who is training her might want to go out for drinks after the busy-place tomorrow night…grunt!….If they really decide to do this, my friend will be there!…grump!…Never mind about me – here at home – waiting – all alone – with Beau – and her mother…sniff!

  139. dawson
    11:54 pm on October 10th, 2013

    Rio: Okay…I can be a travel partner but I must warn you. I have a backward sense of direction. Heh, heh.

    Night all. A fine hot day for for LizF.

  140. dawson
    11:57 pm on October 10th, 2013

    LizF: I bought a frame for my “Dorg” while I was in the city but somehow Dorg grew while I was gone! I don’t think he wants to be boxed in…

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