Feline Review Of Dog On It (From Anipal Times) (Revised)

Book Review: Dog on It

20 NOVEMBER 2010

written by MAGGIE TORTIE KAT in the Books section of The Anipal Times

Let’s get this straight upfront. I am a cat who doesn’t care for dogs. I mean, get that nose out of my butt! Mom brought home “Dog on It” by Spencer Quinn from Barkworld 2010, and all I could do was glare. A DOG book. However, the cover looked intriguing and I can’t let a dog get the upper hand.

I read the first page, and didn’t put it down. The book is told from the point of view of Chet, the dog, who brings a new meaning to hard-boiled detective lingo. He’s seems to be well trained, but didn’t pass the police dog exam due to some squirrel. Chet is absolutely loveable, his narration witty, and exhibits dog qualities such as not realizing he is barking until called on it.  His human, Bernie, is a private investigator with a cash-flow problem, but a big heart and strong ethics.

Chet and Bernie make quite a team for sniffing out the final conclusions. It takes both to handle Russian gangsters, survive a kidnapping, make it through the southwestern dessert in a beat up Porsche and solve the mystery.

I rate this book 4 Paws Up. If that isn’t high enough praise, I don’t know what else I can do to encourage you to pick up this wonderful book. Maybe, I would even allow Chet a butt sniff!

“Dog on It” is a selection for the December #ReadPawty to be discussed the second Monday in February. I hope to see everyone there! If you can’t wait till then, you can always check out Spencer Quinn’s blog.

Please note: Mike Baker will be testing the new commenting system over the holiday.


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141 Responses to “Feline Review Of Dog On It (From Anipal Times) (Revised)”

  1. Riö - The Evil
    4:17 am on November 24th, 2010

    Squirrel!…heh!snort!heh!…Unbelievable! Two reviews mentioning a squirrel instead of a Kat!…grunt!…This one was written by a Kat! So much for Kats and Details…heh!

  2. Melanie
    4:18 am on November 24th, 2010

    When did Spencer get a blog?

    Morning Riö! Got your horror story?

  3. Barb & Maggie
    4:23 am on November 24th, 2010

    Very nice review, especially from a KAT! However, why does that pesky squirrel issue keep popping up? Squirrels and cats are very different, aren't they?

    We hope the three sisters are enjoying each others company, and having fun around the cauldron (according to Rio).

    Special thanks to Nancy, Abbie and Alice for the cute card received yesterday. Staff, tell us more about the winter place where you live. Is it in the same town? Close to the farm? Does it just get too snowy to stay out there in the winter?

    I don't mind the snow, but Barb wishes she could move into town during the winter.

    She said we have a showing Friday, so we will have to leave for a little bit Friday afternoon. Cleaning lady is coming today, so Barb will not over do it.

  4. Riö - The Evil
    4:25 am on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie!… It will take me awhile to remember that story…grunt!….It’s too early to think about that right now…yawn! …I’m having a bowl of cawfee. Wish I had a donut…grump!….Can you believe that Kat reviewer thought it was a squirrel who messed up Chets diploma?…snort!…That Kat missed a golden opportunity to gloat!…sneeze!

  5. Melanie
    4:32 am on November 24th, 2010

    Zoë has taken Dan to the doctor. We're hoping it is for just a pulled muscle. He certainly doesn't look sick.

    I read my Thanksgiving Horror story to Dan, he really laughed.

    So in honor of Dan and hopefully just a pulled muscle. My next post is the story.

    I hope all enjoy it, including Chet and Bernie (no firetrucks where involved.)

  6. B.Stover
    4:35 am on November 24th, 2010

    I love the review. Perhaps the cat reviewer didn't want to claim that a cat caused Chet's problems at final exam.

    Rio: Thanks for your concern. I'm really feeling better just not quite tip-top yet. I go back to the doctor Friday. And I'm looking forward to watching Luther. You didn't spoil anything.

    I enjoyed reading last night's discussions of brined turkey and deep fried turkey. I've never had it either way. I don't have thanksgiving horror stories, just three snippets that I remember. Once I was making four pecan pies two of which I was going to give to friends. Because of that I bought two aluminum tins that had plastic tops–easy transporting them. They also came with two plastic inserts and I thought that was great because the crust would be smooth instead of wrinkled from the aluminum. Just before I put them in the oven I thought, "But the plastic will melt into the pastry!" No way I could lift the crust out, so I spooned out the filling, peeled off that crust and made two more batches. The pies turned out well and I made cinnamon, sugar and pecan pastry knots with the peeled off crust. I called it the mistake. Also, once my mom forgot to put sage in the dressing–she made the best dressing I've ever tasted. Another time I forgot to put yeast in bread dough. I had to knead it into the dough. Good grief!

  7. Melanie
    4:36 am on November 24th, 2010

    “Why is that child’s head so big?”

    “I don’t know. Why’s yours so small?” I replied to the matriarch of the Southern Baptist family I had married into. Proving again why I was not good enough for the favored only Grandson of the Family; not only an outsider but a Yankee.

    Everyone, all the brothers, sisters, cousins, first cousins, first cousins once removed, second cousins, grandchildren and great grandchildren, heard me. The child whom the Grandma had tried to diss was OTAS.

    I was not the only one with whom she acted this way, it’s just that no one ever talked back to her until I did. I couldn’t tell if the others were just shocked or secretly cheering me.

    The family never used my name. I was known as “OTAS’s mother” before he was born, I was “you know, ex’s wife”. I had a Brother-in-Law who had never spoke to me. This Thanksgiving I was determined to make him talk.

    I had a cousin’s recipe for BiL’s favorite pie. Strawberry cream pie. I was set. Unfortunately the cousin thought I had some basic knowledge of cooking. I didn’t.

    I did have “magical thinking” though, and figured that while in the refrigerator, it would work out.

    After the main courses, we brought out the desserts. Pineapple upside down cake, pumpkin pie, mince meat pie, hot spicy apples and my two strawberry cream pies.

    Silence. “Magical thinking” had not helped. I had used strawberries that the ex and I had put up in the summer. When the recipe had said “add strawberries to the cream cheese mixture” I could now see that the perhaps the cousin had meant “blend in the strawberries by mixing rapidly with a spoon” and when she had said put in pie shell, she probably meant one that was already cooked.

    What I had were bloody islands with boats of pieces of uncooked pie crusts floating on a sea of cream cheese.

    Though it appeared that my BiL was going to talk. With a look of disgust on his face, he opened his mouth. That’s when OTAS says to Granddaddy, “You old Trucker!” Except that wasn’t the word he used. Stunned, Southern Baptist faces look at OTAS and then look at Granddaddy. OTAS is smiling away at his Great-Grandfather. His cousin was rapidly sinking under the table.

    Granddaddy started laughing. I don’t think I’d every heard him laugh that hard. I could see OTAS ramping up for another performance and I said, “Once is enough, dear.”

    Saved by a swearing five year old!

  8. B.Stover
    4:38 am on November 24th, 2010

    Forgot: I agree with Staff. I like to roast turkey in a turkey bag. It seems to collect more of the juices so you can make delish gravy.

  9. Riö - The Evil
    4:45 am on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie!…Heh! snort! heh!….That was a good story….grunt…Now where did that dear child (shudder) learn to cuss like a biker dude?…..snort!

  10. B.Stover
    4:48 am on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie: Aren't you glad that you're out of that family! The mistakes of our youth. By the way, there is an excellent recipe for strawberry cream pie in the Better Homes and Garden cookbook.

  11. Staff
    4:51 am on November 24th, 2010

    Again with the Squirrel. You would think a Kat could pay attention more than that. She was probably so flummoxed by a dog that can write….

    Melanie. Heh. Sounds like the Thanksgiving from Hell. Teehee.

    good for OTAS.

    Here's hoping Dan pulled a muscle.

    B. Way too creative with the pies crusts.

  12. B.Stover
    4:51 am on November 24th, 2010

    I can't find anything on the #ReadPawtry mentioned in today's post. Has anyone heard of it?

  13. Barb & Maggie
    5:03 am on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie, You had us laughing so hard that Barb had to stop due to the pain! I bet the old coot deserved the title bestowed upon him by OTAS. We agree with Rio, he might have heard that name somewhere. No wonder you have remained happily single. Barb says she likes that status too.

    The strawberry pie might have been a bit lacking but you have probably improved since then. Sometimes instructions don't make sense to a novice cook. When Barb told her daughter-in-law how to stew the chicken last week, she had the chicken suspended above the water for 4 hours, instead of in it. She didn't understand that a stewing hen is suppposed to be cooked in liquid.

  14. Melanie
    5:05 am on November 24th, 2010

    Okay Barb & MagPie! You got me back. That is funny! A Hanging Stewing Chicken!!

    Laughing here!

  15. Riö - The Evil
    5:09 am on November 24th, 2010

    Wha!?…. How in the world did she suspend a chicken over a boiling pot of water?…. grunt!…Now that really takes the cake!…wheeze

  16. B.Stover
    5:11 am on November 24th, 2010

    The Read Pawtry has something to do with Twittering.


    Also, one of the comments in the review of DOI said that Bernie was an irresponsible owner. I, of course, had to reply.


  17. B.Stover
    5:13 am on November 24th, 2010

    I have an 10:11 AM comment awaiting moderation–I've posted a link to the review of DOI and my comment to a comment.

  18. Melanie
    5:13 am on November 24th, 2010

    Riö, now every time you are stewing about something . .

    I hate to say it . . .

    I'm going to see you suspended over a pot of water!! LOL

  19. Melanie
    5:14 am on November 24th, 2010

    B.Stover: I will check it later. Wish me luck, going to make the peanut brittle!

  20. B.Stover
    5:19 am on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie: What a wonderful card!! It reminds me of the way Molly Weasley cooks? Thank you so much!

  21. B.Stover
    5:22 am on November 24th, 2010

    I love the image of Rio "stewing"!! (And there should not be a question mark after Molly Weasley above.)

    Stop moderating me Admin. It's just a link to Anipal Times.

  22. Staff
    5:23 am on November 24th, 2010

    Thanks for the card Melanie! I agree with the Molly Weasley comment by B.

  23. dawson
    5:34 am on November 24th, 2010

    Again with the squirrel!

    This is Rocky's doing for sure. Rio: contain that varmint.

    Melanie: Good for you and OTAS. Calling a spade a spade. That family did not deserve you but…you did get those amazing talented good looking boys out of the deal. Tell Dan to get better soon. I'm savoring his book. I read to Chapter 7 (Patsy) last night and decided to save Patsy for tonight. Anticipation is wonderful.

  24. Riö - The Evil
    5:37 am on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie!…Thank you for the card!…snort!…Now I’m so hungry I could die!…sniff!sniff!

    Card!…Here is a card for all you guys from me, Rio…snort!…It’s a little early because I’m not sure what are plans are for tomorrow morning…grunt!…We might leave early or we might not….cough!


  25. dawson
    5:43 am on November 24th, 2010

    The Chicago brother and his wife came in at 7 ish this morning. Staff had made her egg bake last night and got up and put it in the oven at 6 ish so they would have a good breakfast. What a thoughtful person she is. It was delish.

    Siber H: Thinking of you and your dad. Hope he is improving.

    Kirby T.: Thinking of Buford too and his recovery.

  26. Melanie
    5:49 am on November 24th, 2010

    So now there is the Chicago brother and wife?? How many people are in your family?

    B.Stover: I agree with you. I wish my kitchen did that. I'm on the internet right now because someone (4 legged) ate 1/2 the recipe for my peanut brittle. I am now reprinting it.

    Zoë and I are working on the Summoning charm "Accio". Nothing yet. Though the Pack might be intercepting what we are trying to summon.

    Okay, printing done. BBL

  27. dawson
    5:56 am on November 24th, 2010

    Rio: The card is a riot. I love the saxaphone player.

    I, too, am thankful for all the Plunderers and Lurkers and Friends of Chet who have lightened my load when it seems too heavy.

  28. Riö - The Evil
    6:23 am on November 24th, 2010

    Dawson!…Just put AbbieTheKat down and your load will really be lightened!…heh!

    Hey!…My friend says she will be home really early today!….Woooo!…Dhe is still at the not-so-busy place right now, but will soon be on the road…grunt! … I probably shouldn’t have kicked my water bowl over this morning after she left…snort!

  29. Mollie (a black pood
    6:32 am on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie & Rio: Thanks for the lovely Thanksgiving Cards. Mom has been mostly resting as she had to go back re surgery bleeding and her arm is very sore. I rest with her of course. Reading the blog cheers her up. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!

  30. Barb & Maggie
    6:47 am on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie, We sent you an email, but thank you again. Also, thanks to Rio and friend for your card. Happy Thanksgiving early to all of you.

    To answer the stewing hen question. She put it in a roasting pan on a roasting rack, then filled the roasting pan with 4-5 cups of water, per instructions, covered with foil, and then cooked the hell out of it! By the time it was finished, all the water was gone, and the bird a bit dry (heh) but they were able to make some gravy with the pan drippings, and turn it into a chicken pot pie. She said Barb didn't tell her to put the chicken IN the water. Probably not alot of 27 year old girls today have even heard of a stewing hen!

  31. B.Stover
    7:03 am on November 24th, 2010

    Great card Rio! I love the silence after the chandelier falls on the potatoe.

    MollieABP's mom: Please take care and get better.

    I'm still being moderated. In the review at Anipal Times of DOI a person commented that Bernie is an irresponsible owner. I sent a reply to the comment.

  32. Melanie
    7:03 am on November 24th, 2010

    I hate to say thing but OTAS and OTAS'F and YSAS have no idea how to make popcorn unless there's a microwave involved.

    Poor AbbieTheKat, though Riö, you had me laughing.

    I never knew that turkeys could get the moves while playing the horn! Thanks, Riö.

    The 1st batch of Peanut Brittle is done. AND I didn't burn myself. Awesome.

    Next . . to get the trash ready for the dump.

    Zoë called. Nothing yet on Dan. Waiting on the chest x-ray. He might join you, B.Stover, with walking pneumonia.

  33. Barb & Maggie
    7:15 am on November 24th, 2010

    Let's say a T.G.Day prayer tomorrow that we all can be healthy at the same time!

  34. Melanie
    7:16 am on November 24th, 2010

    Well, I was going to do the trash, until I refreshed and saw B.Stover's comment.

    Needless to say, I also added to the comment area of the review. . .

    Molly (ABP): When is the surgery? Licks from the Newf Pack coming her way.

  35. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:24 am on November 24th, 2010

    Good morning everyone,

    Mom is back from The Big Orange Box and is suppposed to be cleaning, but dad has the day off, and he snarls like a member of the nation everytime we go in there, so we are pouting in the bedroom. Not sure how many words are in that sentence, but it is way too many.

    Rio, loved the card.

    Melanie, loved the story. We are wondering if there was brittle on the recipe that caused the anonymous Newf to snack on it, or just a taste for paper.

    BBL, must concentrate on our pouting.

  36. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:25 am on November 24th, 2010

    BTW, mom wanted to make the cornbread for the dressing and dad informed her that HE was using the kitchen today. hmph snort.

  37. B.Stover
    7:31 am on November 24th, 2010

    Good comment Melanie.

    Oh dear…Macy's dad doesn't like anyone else in the kitchen.

  38. Melanie
    7:59 am on November 24th, 2010

    Is anyone else wonder what "Please note: Mike Baker will be testing the new commenting system over the holiday." means?

  39. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    8:08 am on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie. What a wonderful story and thank you for the card; it brought a real smile to our faces. Looks like OTAS got his start early in life. The worst thing that ever happened to my mom at Thanksgiving was making mince meat bisquits one year that wound up a bit denser then she had wanted — she forgot to add the baking powder. My dad and one of the other guests that was there (the husband of my mom's best friend) thought they were still tasty, although a bit chewy, but in a pinch could easily be used as hockey pucks as well. My mom was not amused.

    Rio. Thanks also for the hilarious card and very special Thanksgiving wishes. And from last night, my friend, please know that you and your friend are welcome at any time you wish for any celebration (or no celebration at all) at Casa Wookie. You can sleep on my bed if you wish (or even the big bed); there are now even stairs next to it to help members of the nation in the nation get up on it. We even had some guests stay with us recently for whom my mom and dad gave up their bedroom, and because their bed is so high, one of the guests had to use the stairs as well. As to toys, I don't keep them on my bed, but have a great big basket of toys in the great room, easy to access at any time. My favorite is actually my hedgehog, which I grab and do loops around the main floor whenever I get over-excited, like when anybody comes to visit me. Definitely a woo woo moment. Wookie

  40. dawson
    8:12 am on November 24th, 2010


    Looks like we will be having 3 kinds of cranberry sauce because there are differences of opinion on this subject. It is much easier at the Canadian Thanksgiving. A can is opened, the sauce is put in a bowl being careful to leave the can rings undisturbed until chow time.

  41. Mollie (a black pood
    8:15 am on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie: Mom had MOHS (skin cancer) surgery on her nose. They said it was not supposed to bleed after, but of course it did. She has had to go back 3 times for bleeding. Hopefully that will not happen anymore. Also she dislocated her shoulder falling down & her arm is very sore. Other than that she is OK. I hope Mike Baker does not change anything on the blog.

  42. Melanie
    8:20 am on November 24th, 2010

    "Other than that she is OK."

    Jeez we are plunderers aren't we.

    Dawson: As a kid I used to LOVE the rings on the cranberry sauce.

  43. B.Stover
    8:35 am on November 24th, 2010

    Dawson: I love differences of opinion! What are the other two opinions?

    Mike Baker: I'm still being moderated and if I had a tail it would be drooping. It may be a good idea to let us have veto power regarding any changes to the comment section. What do you have in mind?

  44. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:54 am on November 24th, 2010

    Wookie, I find it impossible to imagine you doing anything undignified. Nope, just can't picture it.

    Molly "Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play"?

    My girl Angie thought the rings were slicing guides.

    we added a comment on the Anipal page also.

  45. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:04 am on November 24th, 2010

    In case you didn't know, Alice Johnson has not always lived the good life.

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1290625445-alice.jpg[/img]

  46. B.Stover
    9:20 am on November 24th, 2010

    Good comment Macy. I fear, however, that that commentator has done much worse than poodle up. And I'm afraid that I'm fast losing all patience for the sanctimonious attitude of people such as that commentator. She wants all animal recue agencies to give "this author [Spence] an education on responsible dog ownership." I'm grinding my teeth here. Next I'll have to start sharpening my claws.

  47. Riö - The Evil
    9:31 am on November 24th, 2010

    Wookie!….That is One Big Bed!…heh!snort!heh!….Stairs! Now that is an excellent idea. I need stairs. I either have to settle for my warm soft bed or beg and beg to be lifted onto the big bed…grump!…Lately, she has not been lifting me cuz of that time when I was a little heavier she pulled a muscle in her back…snort!…Not my fault! Everyone knows you have to bend your knees before lifting heavy objects…wheeze!

  48. Riö - The Evil
    9:35 am on November 24th, 2010

    Stover!… I am waiting for that link to the Anipal page so I can get in on the big fight!…heh! ….It sounds like you guys are having way to much fun!…grunt!

    Baker!…Oh noooo! The Fabulous Baker Boy will be fiddling with our beloved blog…wheeze!…Hold onto your hats everybody, its going to be a bumpy ride!….snort!

    Home!….My friend is home and contemplating baking a pumpkin pie!….Woooo!…My vote is YES!…pie!pie!pie!….snort!

  49. Gus and BooBear
    9:39 am on November 24th, 2010

    Mom is at work and will wait to see the cards this pm on a real sized computer. Her horror story isn't quite as good as Melanie's but here goes….

    Dad is the chef at our house. Mom is totally lost in the kitchen but our house is holiday central and the extended family always has a blast. A couple of years ago, Dad decided he wanted Rosemary new potatoes instead of Mom's instant mashed. Because we had a huge gathering, there were alot of little potatoes cooking…or actually, NOT cooking in the oven. Dad thought that if he poked holes in the little guys, they may cook faster. He actually poked the holes all the way thru the pans holding the pototoes. Something leaked thru and caught on fire. We didn't see it at first until one of the wine drinking nieces says very calmly " I see flames in there". The house rapidly filled with smoke. Nephews watching football right by the kitchen never noticed they were watching thru smoke. And we all had crappy raw potatoes with dinner. Ever since, Dad buys lots of instant pototoes for Mom to "cook".

    We have a blast at holidays!! Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We will be back later!


  50. Siber-H
    9:41 am on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie, Thank you for the Thanksgiving card and the story. My mom says kisses to all the Newfs. Hope Dan checks out ok.

    Rio, Thank you for the Thanksgiving card. Mom says she hasn't heard that song in a long time. I am impressed that a whole song is devoted to mashed potatoes. My kind of song!

    After those cards and stories, I am starving!

    We cracked up reading the horror stories. Barb, you mde my mom feel better after reading the suspended chicken story. Mom is not very domestic, but she has never done anything that strange and funny.

    We are thankful for all of you and Chet, Bernie, PA and Spence, and Mike, who must be the one that keeps the blog running. Great authors like PA/Spence make our lives more fun, and friends like you guys make life run more smoothly and warmly. We love all of you! We love Chet!

    I am getting weak from hunger.

  51. B.Stover
    9:48 am on November 24th, 2010

    With all the baking I had to get in on the act. I made banana nut bread. Tomorrow I'll make banana cream (I have many very ripe bananas) pie…or possibly just the banana cream without the pastry.

  52. B.Stover
    9:50 am on November 24th, 2010

    Rio: I'm trying to post the Anipal site again. Let's see what happens.


  53. Riö - The Evil
    9:53 am on November 24th, 2010

    Gah!….Stop it with the food!….snort!… Me and Siberh are dying of starvation….dammit!…No pie in the oven yet. The smell will probably put me over the edge…grump!

  54. B.Stover
    9:54 am on November 24th, 2010

    G&BB: Good story. It's made me wonder if new potatoes can only be cooked by boiling or by cutting up and roasting rather than roasting whole.

  55. Riö - The Evil
    10:02 am on November 24th, 2010

    Wookie!… My little knapsack is all packed and I am waiting by the door for her to take me to your house for the holidays….snort!… Spencer never did come and get me the last time I was all packed for a big trip…grump!….I waited and waited for him, but he was a no-show! … cough!…She’s still contemplating that pie…sniff!sniff!…and doesn’t even see me over here by the door…grunt! …Don’t worry Wookie, I will get there somehow!…wooo! … Put the hedgehog aside for me, would ya pal?…sneeze!

  56. Siber-H
    10:04 am on November 24th, 2010

    The next turkey mom cooks, she will use one of those bags. See what you can learn on this blog. We are glad you guys went into more detail last night about how to brine the turkey because mom and I visualized it soaking in the bathtub or something equally strange. We'd probably get along really good with Barb's daughter-in-law.

    Stover, I'll back you up with my fangs. I am still waiting on your link to appear. I can't believe this dope thinks that Spence needs to be educated on responsible dog ownership. I wish for all dogs the fun Chet has and I am sure Audrey lacks for nothing…just like the rest of us dogs and cats on the blog.

    Mollie(APB) Tell your mom that we are thinking of her and wishing her a speedy and complete recovery.

  57. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:08 am on November 24th, 2010

    Somebody hand SiberH a piece of banana bread, stat, we're losing him, stay with us boy, food is on its way.

  58. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:12 am on November 24th, 2010

    Mom can't believe that no one has commented on Alice Johnson in her less refined days picture. I mean, really, who knew a cat could clean up so well.

    Gus and BB,

    Mom doesn't cook either. Dad won't even let her make the cornbread, which she has been making since she was 10. Apparently, those Texas gals know how to find me to cook for them. (even if they are a little puggish)

  59. Siber-H
    10:14 am on November 24th, 2010

    Thanks Macy, banana bread would be wonderful or, perhaps, a piece of one of Stover's pies.

    Stover's link worked for me and I will leave a comment later. Mom has to get at least a snack to me before I topple over here at the computer.

    Rio, go leave a pug like comment.

  60. Riö - The Evil
    10:17 am on November 24th, 2010

    Pie!….The pumpkin pie is in the oven!…snort!… Now I will go check out the fight…heh!

  61. dawson
    10:25 am on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie: Besides the 3 sisters, there are 2 brothers in this family. One lives in Minneapolis and one in Chicago. How'd the peanut brittle turn out?

    Stover: I make a cranberry sauce recipe that my dad found. It has horseradish, onions and yogurt in it. Dad and I are the only ones who eat it. Staff has made one with an orange, an apple, cinnamon, dried cherries, walnuts and cider. It is very yummy. The third one is going to be made by the male staff and I only know it involves raspberry jello.

    I'll have to check out Stover's link later, the family is all gathering now. 🙂

  62. dawson
    10:32 am on November 24th, 2010


    This is Alice here. Dawson just showed me the most horrible picture of some poor fat cat. It is not me.

    It will never be me. I am 8 years old and still only 7+ pounds.

    I don't know who Macy coerced into that photo. Poor thing.

    Macy you better watch out. I don't want to have to give you 'the eye'.

    OK Dawson, You can have the computer back. We are going to play a game of cards…

    Oh! She will play too.


  63. Barb & Maggie
    10:41 am on November 24th, 2010

    OK, Barb is a big animal rights person, and she can not find anything about Bernie that would be irresponsible. He loves Chet and treats him like his equal. Most dogs should be so lucky. Only thing she can think of is that Chet apparantly is still intact, judging from his last Mexico experience. Maybe that is what she is referring to. Anyone have any thoughts?

  64. Barb & Maggie
    10:52 am on November 24th, 2010

    Molly ABP, Did your Mom's MOHS clear up, or did all of this happen just before her fall?

  65. Siber-H
    10:57 am on November 24th, 2010

    Barb, I am pretty sure the fact that Chet is an intact male is what she is referring to. I would gather from the type of she- bark that the female is also intact.

    I may live…mom went out and got us some Chinese food.


  66. B.Stover
    11:02 am on November 24th, 2010

    Reproduction is natural. Castration is man-made and is not natural and I have a problem with it. (And I understand the argument about population control.) That doesn't seem to be the commentor's problem. She seems to think that Bernie/Spence is irresponsible because Chet got loose.

  67. B.Stover
    11:06 am on November 24th, 2010

    She refers to "dog safety."

    The really frustrating thing about this is that I want to reason with her. Then I realize that it isn't possible to reason with such people and that I've wasted my time and energy. I hate wasting time and energy.

  68. Riö - The Evil
    11:07 am on November 24th, 2010

    Hey!…Thanks for clearing up what the trouble was with that ONE PERSON in the world who has a problem with the Chet and Bernie books…heh!…I read and re-read that Selmaaah’s post and I just didn’t get it. …grunt!…I still do not get it. Chet is my Hero! He can leap tall fences and piss anywhere he wants whenever he wants and he has girl-dog friends!….Wooooo!… No me. I can’t do any of that fun stuff….snort! … My life is CRAP compared to his!…grump!

  69. Riö - The Evil
    11:17 am on November 24th, 2010

    Stover!… We are getting ready to watch the latest episode of The Event. You jogged my memory a while back about my thoughts on the old powerful guy pulling all the strings….snort!… We here think he is using the visitors to produce a Youth Serum…grunt!….Not the most original of plots, but that’s what it looks like….wheeze!…Did you see all the “children” who had aged dramatically?….sniff!…PIE PIE PIE!…got to go!

  70. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    11:17 am on November 24th, 2010

    Stover, I'm with you in terms of wasted efforts; I think you would stand a better chance of reasoning with Rio than with the commenter you are referring to. I have to admit, however, to getting a real chuckle over the "intact" euphemism, and this is coming from a guy who in that vernacular has not been intact for nearly nine years.

    Rio, I don't think your life is all that bad — you have all your baseball toys and your warm soft bed and your Rockies cap and what about Bess, not to mention a friend who loves you and takes care of you. Compared to a lot of the members of the nation within a nation, I think the dogs (and Kats too) on this blog in particular are extremely well blessed (plus we have each other to boot). Wookie

  71. Barb & Maggie
    11:19 am on November 24th, 2010

    OK, have to admit, we didn't read the person's comments, but still…Bernie is not irresponsible for not having Chet on a LEASH! Chet is well trained and goes with Bernie as his partner. He doesn't need a leash. Barb says if she took me out in public sans leash, she would be acting irresponsibly, due to the fact that she says I am not well trained. Wha! Whasup with that comment?

    Some people just look for something to complain about, if you ask me.

  72. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:19 am on November 24th, 2010

    Can you just imagine the scene in DWKTM where Bernie takes Chet to be "fixed"?!

  73. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:21 am on November 24th, 2010

    Wookie, please do not boot me!

    I am glad you are not intact. I have met some very rude males. (see puppies)

    Reasoning with Rio = juggling cats.

  74. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:23 am on November 24th, 2010

    You do have to admit though, that DOI featured Chet nearly crossing the bridge due to his hearing the she-bark.

  75. Riö - The Evil
    11:31 am on November 24th, 2010

    Wookie!…I’m still here at home with my little knapsack on…grunt!…No one is making moves to take me anywhere. What does a guy have to do to get a ride out of this town?…snort!

  76. Barb & Maggie
    11:31 am on November 24th, 2010

    Macy, A real bridge or do you mean the rainbow bridge?

  77. Riö - The Evil
    11:33 am on November 24th, 2010

    Sniff!…Well, she did it. She burnt the pumpkin pie!…snort!….How in the world she did it is beyond me!…snuffle!

  78. B.Stover
    11:34 am on November 24th, 2010

    Macy: When did Chet nearly cross the bridge???

    Rio: I like your idea and it connects with those aged children. I think I'll watch The Event in a bit also.

  79. Barb & Maggie
    12:01 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Macy, Barb got an email with a bunch of the Invisable Cat pictures. They were really funny. We dogs dow not do such silly things!

  80. Mollypop
    12:05 pm on November 24th, 2010

    We're back in God's Country and Mom became more serene the farther we got away from the city.

    Now I have a mental picture of Rio leaping tall fences in a single bound.

  81. Mollypop
    12:10 pm on November 24th, 2010

    I see Mike Baker is going to be testing. Maybe he is finally going to give us avatars.

  82. Riö - The Evil
    12:14 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Molly!…Heh!snort!heh!…Baker Boy – Gawd knows what he will be up to…yeeeee!

    Poinsettias!….She hesitates to let me post this photo of the finished project….snort!…Just remember it is only the 2nd one she has completed so far…grunt!…She wants to do another one and improve upon it. It really is striking if you could see it in person. The colors are richer and over-all my friend is almost happy with it…heh! …Onward to the next project!…woooo!

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1290636867-poinsettias.jpg[/img]

  83. Barb & Maggie
    12:28 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Rio, We think she did a beautiful job. Is it in a wood frame?

  84. Riö - The Evil
    12:50 pm on November 24th, 2010

    MagPie!…No, it’s in a cheap other kind of frame…grunt!…She can’t put the glass on or it will squash the paper….snort!…I’ve heard talk of a Shadow Box type frame being bought this weekend….sniff!….This is going to be someone’s Christmas present…It really does look better in person. Its supposed to look like a stained glass window…heh!…I don’t think that part came across very well in this version…wheeze!

  85. Mollypop
    1:02 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Rio – We were thinking it looked like a stained glass window. Mom always clicks on the picture to bring it up BIG so she can look at all the details. It is beautiful!

  86. Macy the Min-Pin
    1:06 pm on November 24th, 2010

    We agree, this is beautiful, Rio.

    B..when Chet was on the table about to be put down and Suzy found him, it was more like he was about to be hurled over the Rainbow Bridge..

  87. Sam
    1:16 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Aunt Mollysmom came in today with Chinese food for lunch and I love that stuff. She had a big apple pie in her car to take to Ellicottville and the wonderful smell as she was driving was making her crazy. Fortunately my girl had some apple pie left over from work and we all ate some of that.

  88. Riö - The Evil
    1:24 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Pie!…My pie is burnt!…grump!

  89. B.Stover
    1:41 pm on November 24th, 2010

    I watched the latest episode of The Event. Do we have any evidence that the visitors know about the Hal Holbrook character?

  90. Riö - The Evil
    1:53 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Stover!… I don’t think they know about him as yet… grunt!…Maybe he doesn’t know about them and my first assumption was wrong…sniff!…Interesting, Mommie dearest is stronger than I first suspected…yeep!

    Stover!…How long has it been since you’ve watched The Out Of Towners with Jack Lemmon?…snort!snort!… It is a free movie On Demand…heh!…We are going to watch it because she loves Jack Lemmon, bless his heart….sigh.

  91. Debbie LM
    2:02 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Poinsettias are just gorgeous! We are having a New Mexico at Christmas theme for our holiday party this year and they would look wonderful – you could bring them when you come for Thanksgiving dinner.

    My favorite Thanksgiving horror story actually happened to my Mom and her Mother-in-law from heck (my grandmother). Mom was a new homemaker in the 1950's and was following all sorts of hygienic and clever advise regarding putting together your kitchen as a new homemaker. Well she had placed all her staples (flour, sugar etc) into glass jars. Well Mom was making her first turkey and of course gravy was to accompany this wonderful golden bird. With Mother in Law from Heck peering over the shoulder my Mom was stirring and stirring her gravy but it wouldn't thicken. She added more 'flour' but it still failed to thicken. "My dear stand aside and let me taste it" was my Grandmother's comment. "It is sweet!" after she tasted it – seems Mom had mixed up confectioner's sugar and flour – no gravy that year and a story that was oft repeated at the holiday table to my Mom's everlasting chagrin!

  92. LizF
    2:09 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie, thank you for the lovely card!! And Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

    Rio, do you tip your bowl over every day? The poinsettias look great.

    Wolfie, was it you who has a new puppy in the house? how's that working out? And G&BB, how's Sammie? Sorry if you've posted about this already, it's busy in here today and i haven't got time to go back and check details.

    I've just reached that part in TFAT (thank you again, B) where Chet almost crossed the bridge, it's horrible! i hate it when he and Bernie get split up.

  93. B.Stover
    2:30 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Yes the poinsettia is lovely.

  94. Riö - The Evil
    2:41 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Horrors!… The only story(s) I have ever heard from my friend go like this:

    One year, her younger sister surprised everyone and announced that she would be making Thanksgiving dinner. Well, it was a well known fact that when my friend and her sister lived together when they were very young and in their twenties put on “The Dinner” for the whole family, her sister was tasked with peeling potatoes and serving drinks. Other than that, she had not a clue. So everyone speculated that maybe she had become a good cook after being married. On the morning of Thanksgiving that year, my friend received a desperate phone call from her little sister saying in no uncertain terms she was not going to make dinner. She said she was ill, but my friend knew she was terrified and could not go through with it.

    The news spread and the troops rallied. Grandma, then still married to her second husband, Bob (whom my friend loved and adored) said she had roasted a small turkey the night before so the both of them could have leftovers. Her mom said she had roast beef left over. My friend actually had a pie that wasn’t burnt (grump!) and her brother and his family brought all the other stuff. So they all gathered at Grandma’s house and had a mish-mash of foods all made by everyone. It actually turned out to be a very memorable Thanksgiving day.

    A few years later, her sister decided to try it again. Every one had a backup plan just in case. They all arrived at her sister’s house that day and the smell of turkey was wonderful. Grandma and Bob arrived last. Bob proudly held up and displayed two lovely pies that Grandma had made for the occasion. One pie balanced on each of his huge paws. Her sister had a tri-level house at the time and there was a set of stairs going down right off the living room area and before the kitchen part started. Bob stepped one step too far to the left, being a little wobbly on his feet, right above those stairs and lost his balance. Both pies went flying threw the air and landed everywhere, including and mostly on my friends little bitty niece who was sitting right at the bottom of the stairs in her little toy walker thingy looking straight up at Bob and his pies…heh!

  95. Melanie
    2:46 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Wow, have you guys been busy!

    Dan is okay. He has a touch of pneumonia in his right lung, making it painful to breathe. He had to spend 5 hours at the ER while waiting for his test results.

    Zoë is the one who is exhausted. She had to drive AND wait, while being sure he was going to end up in the hospital again.

    When they got home I went off to get tonight's dinner, tomorrow's dinner and a few more groceries. I took Frank and Patsy so Zoë would have two less of the Pack trying to help.

    We were in the van. I had two bags that keep things cold. One was a fabric bag and the other was that foil type.

    Went into the seafood market (where some guy looked at me and said, "Hello, Melanie!" I, of course, had NO idea who he was, and said, "Hi, I should know who you are, but I don't remember." Turns out I had met him for 5 minutes 60 miles away, two days ago. Snicker, I don't even remember my OWN children's names. He's got to be a salesman) and got my eleven pounds of little neck clams.

    Got back to the van, when I notice that Frank and Patsy have ripped into the foil bag. I put the clams into the fabric bag and say, MINE. But Frank's nose was glued to the bag. Which left me in a quandary about what to do at the small community grocery store.

    I get there and take the bag of eleven pounds of clams in with me (remember I limp and have a cane, who's going to say no) set them down, do the shopping and ask for a box. I put the ice cream (rum raisin, local maple, local blueberry and vanilla) into the ripped up foil bag and then have to explain the whole thing to a mess of people who thought the whole thing was hilarious. Luckily they got involved and got me a box.

    I limp with the box, groceries and clams in a shopping cart over to the van and someone wants to help me. I said sure, but you better love dogs and I open the passenger door.

    Frank has got to have the largest head in the world and he was DROOLING everywhere. The woman says "Isn't he the cutest thing!" I think she's hit the eggnog a bit early. He has got his duffus look on. I thanked her.

    Put the clams and the groceries on the seat and then set the box upside down over them with the gallon of milk on top.

    Off to the Chinese restaurant. Now, I had two pears for the nuts in the van, hoped that would slow them down enough so I could pick up the food and get back BEFORE they ate through the box.

    I made it!

    Whew, this has taken forever to write, because the dog door got stuck, YSAS is bored because he got to Penn Station early and called, and washing machine decided to get unbalanced.

    I'm going upstairs and read what everyone wrote, I noticed more stories and such, so BBL.

  96. Mollie (a black pood
    3:01 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Barb&Maggie: Mom fell first & dislocated a shoulder & a week later had the surgery. One of the two would have been enough.

    Rio: The poinsettias are beautiful. Looks like it would take a lot of patience to do that type of craft. It seems like she did it pretty quickly too.

    I wonder why so many think Chet did not pass the academy because of a squirrel. Loved the cat picture.

  97. Riö - The Evil
    3:07 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Mollie!…You black poodle you, please know that me and my friend are sincerely thinking and praying for you to get better…snuff!…You gave us all those wonderful baseball player photos and then the accident happened!…grunt!…We are pulling for your gal big time. What a thing to happen right around the holidays…sniffle!

  98. Riö - The Evil
    3:09 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie!… Your everyday life just exhausts me…snuffle!

  99. Sam
    3:11 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Melanie, your day-to-day life with the Newfs is a story in itself. We love to hear it. Think how much easier that all would have been if you had 10 Maltese.

  100. Sam
    3:12 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Or horrors of horrors if you had 10 Pugs!

  101. Riö - The Evil
    3:12 pm on November 24th, 2010

    DebbieLM!…My little knapsack is too small for the Poinsettias…grunt!… There may be another way…hmmmm!…We will think on this one…heh!

  102. Siber-H
    3:21 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Rio, My mom says it is very easy to burn a pumpkin pie. It's probably the easiest to burn of all pies.

    The poinsettas are beautiful! I thought it looked like stained glass.

    Melanie, No, that woman that helped you may not have been hitting the eggnog early. My mom could do something like that and she doesn't drink. "Franklin must look adorable with his duffus look on" quote mom..

    What was it about today that caused several of us to have Chinese food for lunch and then we mention it on the blog. We don't usually tell what we had for lunch. lol

  103. Siber-H
    3:27 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Very glad to hear that Dan is ok!

  104. Siber-H
    3:27 pm on November 24th, 2010

    SAM! Run like the wind because I think you were #100.

  105. Sam
    3:33 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Oh no! And I became #100 while picking on Pugs.

    I'm running, not blurry legged but in a full gallop. The dog show judges would not approve but get me outta here!

  106. Melanie
    3:38 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Sam: The ten Maltese sounds okay, I'm not sure about ten Pugs. . .

    Everyone the stories have been grand! I seem to see a running theme here. Perhaps it's just me. . but things tend to go wrong when we are trying to impress or please people. . .

    That's it! No more impressing people for me! That should be relatively easy.

    Riö: Please tell your friend that she is doing beautiful work. I love being able to click on the pictures and seeing things up close. That is very intricut work.

    DebbieL: Do you remember the ads and commercials from the 50's where all the housewives looked happy and content? Then a mother comes through and looks over the shoulders and things go to hell.

    Gus & BooBear: Love the wine drinking calm niece! I see flames. I wonder if that's like 'I see dead people'.

    Dawson and crew at the Parental Units House: Cranberry sauce with Jello? I can't picture it. So does the brother from Milwalkee have a nickname?

    Quiet has descended on the household. Whew. . . Most people don't believe me when I tell them stories of my life with the Newfs (though my life with OTAS and YSAS was a lot like this). It's great to share with people who don't scream in horror but laugh with me.

    The peanut brittle came out good. Not great, so I'm making one more batch tomorrow. It's a gift and I figure I'll give her which ever batch turns out best. Our family will eat anything.

  107. Melanie
    3:42 pm on November 24th, 2010

    B. Stover: I enjoyed raising a bit of fuss about that woman's comment. I hope I didn't "poodle up" too much!

    To all the Poodles on the blog: Our family now uses "poodled up" even to describe the Pack!

    Siber-H: Hope your Dad is okay.

    Macy: I hope the garage isn't too bad tomorrow.

    Kirby T: I hope Buford is doing well.


  108. Melanie
    3:43 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Whoops, forgot spell check! Sorry!

  109. Siber-H
    3:55 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Thanks, Melanie…Dad is getting better. I hope Buford is also

  110. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:57 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Hey y'all! I wasn't around for our horror story, but Mom told me all about it! Dad's sister decided to get married the day after Thanksgiving, so my family — this was before they were my family! — headed to Iowa for the holiday. That part wasn't so bad, the bad part was who else was there: my uncle's sister and her husband. (This is where the "Psycho" music starts playing!)

    The sister spent all Thanksgiving Day pouting because she wanted to get a new pair of shoes for the wedding, but the shoe stores were all closed for the holiday — this was back when stores were actually closed on Thanksgiving! And then when somebody stopped by to give my aunt and her fiance their wedding gift, the sister started whining about how her gift was somewhere else, and someone needed to give her a ride to pick it up. We had just finished eating Thanksgiving dinner and nobody felt like taking her anyplace, but she wouldn't stop nagging everyone, so finally someone took her just to shut her up!

    And then the next day she decided that her husband needed a trim for the wedding, so she cut his hair in the ONLY bathroom in the house, and left the clippings all over the floor and sink. GAG!!!

    To top off the whole thing, after the wedding, my aunt's new stepson was running around the reception hall and fell down the steps and broke his arm! The doctor gave him some strong pain pills and said they needed to keep a careful watch on him, so he ended up spending the wedding night sleeping in the bed between the newlyweds. Happy Thanksgiving/Wedding Day!

  111. Riö - The Evil
    3:58 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Hmmphf!…Does no one like my friends Thanksgiving day horror story(s)?…sniffle?…Nothing?…crapola.

  112. Melanie
    3:58 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Long Day, tomorrow my guys and almost daughter are arriving in the afternoon. Hopefully, they will get here before the wintery weather.

    I'm Thankful for all of you, especially that Chet and Bernie (no matter what some people say).


  113. Melanie
    3:59 pm on November 24th, 2010

    I'm sorry Riö. I love it. I can just see that poor little girl at the bottom of the stairs. . Laughing here. I wonder if she developed a distaste for pumpkin pie?

  114. B.Stover
    4:03 pm on November 24th, 2010

    I hope they gave Dan antibiotics.

  115. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:04 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Thanks to everyone for thinking about Buford, but I'm afraid he doesn't seem to be getting any better. Friday he goes back to the veterinarian for another check. We've been searching for signs of improvement, but the best we can say right now is that he seems to be comfortable, and he still has a great appetite.

  116. Riö - The Evil
    4:04 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Kirby!… heh!snort!….That sounds like the nightmare Thanksgiving and Wedding all at once…grunt! …The epitome of being way too spoilt, unlike myself…heh!

  117. B.Stover
    4:08 pm on November 24th, 2010

    All of the stories are good.

  118. Staff
    4:12 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Rio, Your friends quilling looks like beautiful stained glass. Let her know we are impressed with her work.

    I am taking a break from the broccoli salad. I think Dawson is (again) washing dishes. She made Mr Staff wash dishes earlier because he put the coffee caraf on top of the coffee maker and it tumbled off when Dad leaned over to get a glass.

    Mr Staff has now gone out to buy another coffee maker.

    We are going to finish the broccoli salad, boil some sweet potatoes for tomorrow and Dawson made pear, gingersnap and cheesecake. (you can google it) YUM.

    Loved all the stories you guys told.

    Thank you for this blog. You helped me through my exciting/scary transplant and help keep me cheered up.

    Molly ABP we are sending you healing thoughts.

    Dan too.

    Barb too.

    Sure glad I wasn't #100. I still haven't gotten my nose clean from that one.

    Rio, we cheated and bought a pumpkin pie this year.


  119. Riö - The Evil
    4:19 pm on November 24th, 2010

    100!…I think someone did not count right, because I keep coming up # 100…grump… Crumb, I was really looking forward to giving lil Sammie the once over…heh!

  120. B.Stover
    4:21 pm on November 24th, 2010

    I've run out of energy. Everyone have a great holiday. Night all.

  121. Siber-H
    4:24 pm on November 24th, 2010

    All the stories were good! Rio, I hope there were a few dogs around to get that kid cleaned up.

    We are pulling for Buford, Kirby.

  122. B.Stover
    4:24 pm on November 24th, 2010

    I counted and Sam is 100. The two of you posted the same time Rio but hers was first….about the horror of having 10 pugs.

  123. Riö - The Evil
    4:25 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Goodnight!…Stover! Sleep tight and have a great day tomorrow….snort!…Do what you wanna do!…heh! ….Love ya!..snuffle!

  124. Siber-H
    4:26 pm on November 24th, 2010

    hmmm, Rio, I could have been wrong on the #100.

  125. Siber-H
    4:26 pm on November 24th, 2010

    If i was wrong, Sam is safe!

  126. Riö - The Evil
    4:32 pm on November 24th, 2010

    OH! SAMMIE!….heh!… I do see that you are number 100 the night before Thanksgiving!…heh!…Here I come Sammie! You are so small I can lick your whole face many times over and over again just like that!…gruff!.. Now your little ears, SLURP! SMACK! SLOBBER!…Nip Nip Nip on your earlobes and your little black nose!….heh!…Whew! That was a great Eve of Thanksgiving slobbery kiss, if I do say so myself!…gruff!

  127. B.Stover
    4:37 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Sam will have to get out her wonderfluff!

  128. Sam
    4:43 pm on November 24th, 2010

    B, I think I need more than Wonder Fluff after all those Pug slurps. Yuck yuck yucko. Now I'll have to go back to the groomer.

  129. Riö - The Evil
    4:47 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Sammie!….My friend endures this kind of lovin' everyday when she gets home…heh!,,,It can’t be that bad…snorkel!

  130. Barb & Maggie
    5:12 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Rio, We loved your story and the quilling. Barb tried to click on it to get a better look, but it made it too big and she couldn't see anything.

    We are tired and going to bed. See you all tomorrow morning.

  131. Mollypop
    5:15 pm on November 24th, 2010

    B. – Mom just got 8 million on Bookworm!

  132. Riö - The Evil
    5:29 pm on November 24th, 2010

    8,000,000!…Holy Book Worm!…snort! … I can’t even imagine that much, Molly, are you the All Time Winner so far?…snuff!…

  133. Staff
    5:54 pm on November 24th, 2010

    OH my aching feet. Dawson is still going down there. She is wearing no shoes. I am wearing shoes with orthotic supports and still I am done done done tonight.

    The giblet gravy starter is cooling on the front porch along with batches three and four of the cranberry sauce. Mr Staff is making one version with raspberry jello and one with lemon jello. It is an experiment. He is also supposed to use Henri's Tastee Dressing with it but we can't find it so he is using some other dressing that looks the same color.

    Dog help us.

    Dawson is waiting about 20 more minutes for her cheesecake to be done. It sure smells good.

    MollyPop. Wow on the bookworm. I try it on the web and get burned up. It sure would be nice to be able to save it till I could figure out a new word sometimes but I am too cheap to buy it. So far.

    This is probably goodnight to all you plucky plunderers.

    Kat Kisses to you all from Alice J. and AbbietheKitty.

  134. Riö - The Evil
    5:55 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Hmm!…It seems like all our plunderers have gone off to bed …snort!…Not surprising as most of us are recovering from some sort of ailment…grunt!… I just hope everyone is good to go tomorrow…sniff!…I want everyone on this here blog to have a great story about their Thanksgiving day. Posted either tomorrow or the next day on this blog!!…heh…Is this how it feels to be Stover!… grrruuufff!

  135. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:59 pm on November 24th, 2010

    If anyone is still here I have an amazing story. I would not believe it if someone told me, but I saw it with my own two eyes. After dad left to get More Stuff, mom went into his kitchen and COOKED. I did not even know she could do that. And without dad there to tell her what she was doing wrong. I was afraid that the house might burn down, but no, she actually seemed to know what she was doing, and even managed a little bitty bite of bacon for the 3 of us who got left behind. Belle and Holly got to go to Grandma's to get the extra tables and chairs. Dad said it was Chugs only, but I was still miffed.

  136. Riö - The Evil
    6:00 pm on November 24th, 2010

    ahem!…Good night everyone!…snort!

    Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!…gruffle!

  137. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:10 pm on November 24th, 2010

    I just typed out another long paragraph, and poof, it is now gone. hmph I do not feel like telling the story again.

    Happy and well, happy and well,

    Stories galore we hope you will tell.

    We wish you good days full of friends or of peace.

    My your pies stay on tables and not on your niece.

    Macy out.

  138. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:11 pm on November 24th, 2010

    UH, May your pies…

  139. Staff
    6:55 pm on November 24th, 2010

    That's OK Macy. When I read it I read 'May'. My brain didn't even know the a wasn't there until you mentioned it.

    Thanks for the poetry. Good one.

    I wonder if that kind of rhyme has a name like the sestina did?

    My computer thinks I spelled sestina wrong. I wonder if I did.

    Night Macy the Min Pin

  140. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:02 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Night night Staff, you girls hold the partying down, hehhe

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