“With the Gettysburg anniversary and all,” says Admin, “have we ever discussed Fido, Lincoln’s dog?”

“Not to my knowledge,” says Spence. “But we could search the site.”

“Where’s the fun in that?” says Admin. “Lincoln loved Fido (Fido as the pre-eminent generic dog name dates from this particular dog) but Mary Todd L. refused to let Fido come to Washington when Lincoln won the presidency. He had photos of Fido taken in Springfield as a comfort for his sons (3 still alive at that point). Apparently Mary Todd L. had concerns about muddy tracks in the White House. Fido was still living in Springfield when they brought the body back.”



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80 Responses to “Fido”

  1. B. Stover
    8:27 am on November 21st, 2013

    I think Fido should have lived in the White House.

    Good morning all.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:29 am on November 21st, 2013

    Good morning, everyone! How sad for Fido. Mary Todd Lincoln may have needed meds. Just saying. Boys (and girls) need their pets to learn love and responsibility.
    Thursday, wow so soon. Macy’s mom…get thee to someone in the medical profession…NOW! B&M: Hope the B part is feeling better. Health to all for there’s no other who’ll take the place of our dearest friends (yes, being silly/serious)
    Have an untainted Thursday!

  3. Herd of Hounds
    9:10 am on November 21st, 2013

    Macy’s Mom: Know it is still early your time but you NEED to see some sort of quack, errr Dr. Get on the phone, get moving. Do Not procrastinate.

  4. Luna
    9:30 am on November 21st, 2013

    Welcome back Nana!

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:50 am on November 21st, 2013

    Have to go back and see what Macy posted. Her mom was under the weather when they had their meet and greet. Barb is feeling much better this morning, just lots of coughing, but we can deal with that.
    Mary Lincoln was said to need some meds. Fido should have come to Washington. She had her priorities messed up!

  6. Tupper and Gilly
    9:58 am on November 21st, 2013

    Interesting thing – Fido is generally considered to translate to “always faithful” However, the “o” on the end makes the word a personal trait, so the more accurate translation would be “I trust”.

    Wonder what Lincoln had in mind when he named that little guy.

    And Macy – doctor! Now!

  7. Barb & Maggie
    10:03 am on November 21st, 2013

    We agree, Macy’s mom, you need a doctor and quick.

    We have been trying to upload a fun picture from the wedding. Can’t get it done. The photographer said photos can be shared and put on F.B. We can email it from our computer but can’t get in on here. Maybe Melanie can put it on for us.

  8. Wose
    11:01 am on November 21st, 2013


    Mama Luna! Big hugs and tummies for you. I miss you when you are not on the blog. I miss Belle Starr too .

    Macy, please! please! PLEASE go to the ER! A regular MD is just going to send you there anyway.

    Yes, Fido should have lived in the White House? Does anyone know if he was really the first FIRST DOG?

  9. Luna
    11:06 am on November 21st, 2013

    Macy: Please give your mom dainty licks and let me know if you need help forcing, er blurring her to the doctor.

    B&M: I hope you’re feeling tip-top soon.

    Wose: Don’t beat yourself up about the job situation. Your job right now is to never forget you are loved.

    Wolfie: We are thinking of your family.

    My mama is heading to the top of the world again this morning. With the windchill it is -42.

    Has anyone seen the Thieves? I haven’t seen hide nor hair of them since they left to help break Nana out of rehab.

  10. Staff
    11:07 am on November 21st, 2013

    Macy we agree. Emergency room or urgent care. Really! please!

  11. Luna
    11:12 am on November 21st, 2013

    Wose: Belle Starr is sulking. Yesterday, a couple of people were trying to describe my mama as part of her leadership program. They had trouble finding a word and finally one of them said she has glimpses of some kind of magic. Belle Starr has taken this as proof positive that my mama stole Belle’s sparkles to make fairy dust.

  12. Wose
    11:21 am on November 21st, 2013

    Mama Luna: thanks for reminding me of that. I know there are some who love me and I love them back.

    Yes, your mama is a Pixie Sprite , and best damn handler’s wife. I am sorry I said a bad word, but I mean it in a good way for your mama. She is just magic! I think she does have a magic wand with a big sparkly star on top!

    But tell Belle Starr that she is still my Sparkiest VBFF!

  13. Wose
    11:23 am on November 21st, 2013

    Mama Luna: Please make sure your Pixie Sprite take her Airborne before she goes to the top of the world. I am worrit that she has been getting sick a lot lately.

  14. Belle Starr
    11:25 am on November 21st, 2013

    Wose: Can I come stay with you? I have my sparkly pink back pack ready to go. I will bring all of what is left for my sparkles so you know who can’t get her paws on them.

  15. Herd of Hounds
    11:31 am on November 21st, 2013

    We think that Belle and Wose were made for each other.
    Hopefully the lack of communication from Macy’s mom means she is at a medical place. Paws crossed here and pawsitive thoughts.

  16. Tupper and Gilly
    11:48 am on November 21st, 2013

    Picture from Barb and Maggie of the family fun wedding.

  17. Barb & Maggie
    12:00 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Thank you T & G for the assist!

  18. BearSpiritDog
    12:04 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Good Morning, Good Morning!!!
    The Sun is Shining here in Seattle,
    Nana is up and about with a Smile on her face.
    What could be better than that? You tell me.

    Royals: Great photo of Barb’s family wedding! And, thanks for the info on the First Dogs Name.

    Barb&Magpie: What a Fun Wedding that must have been! Great news…you are feeling better…almost tip-top?

    Staff: Are you in Mpls? (must catch up on the posts)

    B: Yes, Fido should have been allowed to live in the
    White House. In our opinion Faithful Fido was treated most shamefully by Mary Todd Lincoln. Sniff.

    What’s this about our Min-Pin? You know who had better be talking to the Doc as we speak. Or Else!

    Luna: Thanks for the update. Pancho & Lefty are enjoying waiting on Nana hand in paw. They promise to return home soon. I was about to say welcome home to SnowBella, but here she is taking off for the top of the world once again. Tell her to take some Magic Fairy Dust with her and Stay Safe.

    Wose: What did we miss? Will have to go back and read last nights comments. There are more than Some that love you. You Know you are Loved so much by All the Plunderers. Especially Masquers and me.

    Herd of Hounds: You are so right. Belle Starr and Wose are Soul-Mates.

  19. Siber-H
    12:04 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Macy’s Mom, If you can’t get into see your doctor, maybe you can get into Urgent Care. If now that, then the ER. Go this morning!!!! NOW!!!!

    Barb, Glad you are feeling better.

    Wose, ditto to what Luna said.

    We didn’t know Lincoln had a dog named Fido. Lincoln could have used the comfort and companionship of a dog. We know we are narrow minded and prejudiced, but we don’t like Mary Todd Lincoln anymore. gah She would have had servants to clean up dog tracks in the White House.

  20. BearSpiritDog
    12:08 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Siber-H: Servants and Dog Booties would have solved the dog tracks problem. She was a mean uncaring woman in IMHO.

  21. Siber-H
    12:08 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Bear, Woo Hoo and Hi!! It is so good to have you back with us.

    We have a 50% chance of Snow for 3 days starting tomorrow. I’m waiting.

  22. Barb & Maggie
    12:09 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Siber, We agree about Mary Todd Lincoln. She was heartless.

  23. Basil and Sage
    12:13 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Maybe she was a Kat person

  24. Siber-H
    12:18 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Herbs, Stranger things have been known to happen in the Universe.

  25. Herd of Hounds
    12:26 pm on November 21st, 2013

    In our sometimes NOT so humble opinion, Mary Todd Lincoln should have been medicated when young, but they didn’t have our plethora of pharmacopeia. So, instead of being a productive human, she was a nitwit, a silly socks, a negative nellie, and a dumb donkey. There, now we of the HOH have got that (word Bernie says is ok), out of our systems.

  26. Herd of Hounds
    12:33 pm on November 21st, 2013

    OK, HOH voiced their opinions, now it is mom’s turn. I think Mrs. Lincoln had a lot in common with my adopted son. He is a bipolar and scitzoaffective (sp?) person who I have frequently reminded to take his meds (thank Dawg for pharmaceuticals) orally or I would give them to him rectally since I sleep a lot less. Perhaps today, she would have been more humane.

  27. Barb & Maggie
    12:36 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Wasn’t she bi-polar of did she suffer from depression? I know she had an issue that modern drugs could have helped.

  28. Masquers
    12:38 pm on November 21st, 2013

    HOH: Silly Socks. Love that one!
    Siber: Snow! How exciting for you. I have faith it will happen (eventually). Kool runnings.
    Herbs: Mrs. Lincoln may have liked kats, but WE would not have liked her. Sniff.

  29. Barb & Maggie
    1:07 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Here is a question for a birder, most likely Staff. One of Barb’s Grands want a 2-way bird house for Christmas. It attaches to a window and you can view the birds nesting inside. There is some type of shield that prevents the birds from seeing you. Our concern is that the birds might hit the window and get injured or die, while flying to the bird house. Most likely sparrows will use the nest, and maybe they are better at nesting close to a house. What is your opinion.

  30. Basil and Sage
    1:54 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Barb – birds are no more likely to hit the window the bird house is mounted on than they would be to hit a wall.

    But we volunteer to wait underneath to “assist” any discombobulated snacks….um, we mean dear, little birdies.

  31. Wose
    2:08 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Belle Starr, You know you are ALWAYS welcome at our place! I might have some sparkly stuff for your here.

    Barb, That is a great photograph. Looks like everyone had a good time!

    WooooooooHoooooo! Bear and Masquers back on the blog!

    HOH: Belle Starr and I are sisters of a different mother.

    Thanks all youse guys for always thinking of me,

  32. Barb & Maggie
    2:12 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Herbs, We were thinking that since birds will sometimes fly into a clear window that it could be a problem. Other concern we just read about is that the suction cups don’t hold and the bird houses have a tendency to fall. Then the poor snacks, err, babies, might be in trouble.

  33. Barb & Maggie
    2:20 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Just saw FOCs Patch, Baxter and Mick up above. One of them is definitely and English Shepherd. Looks a lot like moi.

  34. Herd of Hounds
    3:02 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Wose, we would say SAME sisters of a different mother. Two peas from the same pod. A pair of … Ya know. We love all y ‘all.

  35. Basil and Sage
    3:17 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Has everyone see the Kmart Joe Boxer Jingle Bells commercial.
    As Mama says, “Holy Cats!”

  36. Staff
    3:36 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Barb, about your birdhouse question.

    Usually it is suggested that bird feeders (so I assume houses) be either far away or very close to windows. If they are close the birds are going so slowly that if they miss their home (unlikely) they will be uninjured. Far enough away and it won’t be a problem either.

    You usually only have to worry about bird strikes if they can see light through one window and then out through another. If they see light they think there is a route through the window. So don’t put it on a window where you can see through the house and out another window.

    Another concern is heat. Do not put the bird house on the south or west facing windows. The direct sun can be too hot for the birds. The directions will probably mention this.

    Your grands will learn about life (and death) with something like this. Their Mom might be annoyed. I remember you posted that she didn’t like them seeing reality. Nature can be cruel. It might be the most wonderful experience so don’t it deter you.

  37. Wose
    3:39 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Yes, HOH, Belle Starr and I are very much alike.

  38. Herd of Hounds
    3:41 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Herb kats: Saw the commercial. Shook our booties and WOW!

  39. Barb & Maggie
    3:59 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Staff, Thanks for the good information. Didn’t know that about birds seeing the pass thru. We just thought they were seeing tree reflections and flying into the glass. On your comment about life and death – one review we read said the parent birds left the nest due to too much noise or being able to see into the house. They left the hatchling to die. That could be a little upsetting for the kiddies. Barb said she could see Jack constantly pecking on the glass and Lyla yelling at him, creating havoc.

  40. dawson
    4:25 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Computer is down (again). I’m at library to let you know not to worry.

  41. Barb & Maggie
    5:33 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Thanks Dawson.
    Wonder how Macy’s mom is doing?
    I think Melanie is under the Quilt today. Hope she is feeling better.
    Tonight for dinner Barb is making roast chicken and Brussels sprouts, fresh picked last night by Josh from their garden. Those babies are hardy! She is going to try a caramelized version (T & G’s recipe) with a couple of changes. Adding shallots, dried cranberries and crumbled bacon. Will give you a review later.

  42. Siber-H
    5:40 pm on November 21st, 2013

    My internet is having issues (again) so if I go offline, don’t worry. It may keep working and it may not.

  43. Barb & Maggie
    5:42 pm on November 21st, 2013

    BTW, another historic day on Wall Street. Dow closed at a new all time high!

  44. Barb & Maggie
    5:45 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Has anyone read any books by Kristin Hannah? We just finished one called Comfort & Joy, which was really good. Nice season of the year to read it. Firefly Lane is another we may get at the library.

  45. Herd of Hounds
    5:50 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Barb & Mag: Are you going to just keep looking at the historic days? Book youre North to Alaska flight NOW, Stay with Hobbit at the Hobbit Hotel or with the Old Fart and me at the Anchorage Grand. DO IT NO!W.

  46. Barb & Maggie
    5:58 pm on November 21st, 2013

    HOH, At this point Barb’s hesitation has nothing to do with finances, more to do with a few other issues. If she doesn’t make it to Alaska, she will jump an Amtrack and head east in the spring.

    When she landed safely last Sunday she was overheard to say “I will never fly again”. Just so you know, she is a big chickens**t.

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:19 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Frightful!….The weather outside is nasty!…snort!…My friend had two white knuckle drives in it today. It is only 16 degrees and snowy and icy and everything not nicey….wheeze!

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:20 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Home!…Safe now!…wheeze!….And supper is a’cookin’…slurp!

  49. BearSpiritDog
    7:37 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Rio: Thank Dog your friend is home safely.

    Wose: I went Back in Time and saw the O’Howler’s Morning Mist picture. Just to let you know…we saw Chet by the tree also…you have an excellent eye for detail.

    Where is everybody? It’s time to eat. Now.

  50. BearSpiritDog
    7:38 pm on November 21st, 2013


  51. Luna
    7:56 pm on November 21st, 2013

    I adopted Wose as my own.

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:57 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Eat!….Bear we just chowed down and now we are hunkering down in the basement to watch something and stay warm…snorkel!burrrp!

    Hockey!…The Avalanche game does not start till later so we have time to finish watching “Artists and Models” – a favorite Martina and Lewis movie…snort!snort!

  53. Herd of Hounds
    8:19 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Dawson and Siber H: TY for the heads up on internet snafu. BSD: sooooooooo good to have your comments again.
    We know Barb of B&M doesn’t fly well, but we want her to meet mom in AK in March. Mom’s B-day is that week and she isn’t sure she can get to MA for Melanie’s day. Please. Don’t make the herd beg.

  54. O'Howlers
    8:21 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Barb, mom hates flying with a passion, but we told her it is the only way to get to The Last Great Race. If she can do it (minus any finger or toe nails) , you can too.
    Nothing upbeat to report here, so we are signing off. Have a good night, everyone. It is especially comforting to hear from BSD again.

  55. Macy the min-pin
    8:28 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Mom went to the Dr, got a shot some meds, and some spray. Still feels like doggie by-product. later

  56. Staff
    8:32 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Macy I am so glad you got some meds at the Doctors. We were worried.

  57. Herd of Hounds
    8:36 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Macy’s Mom, Sorry about puppy poo. Good for meds. Thank Dawg you listened.

  58. Barb & Maggie
    8:45 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Good to hear from you Macy. Do they know what is causing this problem?

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Movie!…Over!…sniff!…I love that stupid movie. The last words sung are “But life is filled with happiness when youuuu preeeetend”…chorkel!

  60. Siber-H
    9:15 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Macy, Thanks for checking in with us. I imagine your mom had a hard night and day. We hope she will start feeling better soon.

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:15 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Doctor!…So Macy’s Maw finally got in to see a Doc and all she got was a shot, some meds and a spray? How about a diagnosis? That would have been helpful…grunt!

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:31 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Hot-Shot!….Too funny how the Avalanche coach looks like my friends new boss 20+ years from now…snort!…Game On! Are those Black Hawks still in first place?…grunt!

    Melanie!….I see there has been no word from Melanie today. Is that because she went to see The Good Doctor? …grunt!….I know she has been preparing for a meeting with him…sniff!…I hope she finds out something substantial and does not come away with just a shot, some meds and a spray…wheeze!

  63. Siber-H
    9:37 pm on November 21st, 2013

    The Black Hawkes are in first place and Colorado is in 4th place…snort

  64. Siber-H
    9:41 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Buffalo is in last place. Rio and I know all about last place.

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:49 pm on November 21st, 2013

    SiberH!….grunt!…There is Always Next Year…sniff!

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:50 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Maskers!…Check your SDD when you get back from the Jazz Club…snort!

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Buffalo!…Last place?…sniff!…That does not seem right, does it Sammie?…wheeze!…I thought you told us the team was right on track this season…grunt!

  68. Herd of Hounds
    9:54 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Melanie sees the liver Dr on Mon,P\Maybe she is just too pooped to pop. And speaking of pooped, Nighty night.

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on November 21st, 2013

    HoHo!…Yeah, right. You will be back about 3 ta 4 times tonight…sniff!…Your nighty-night does not mean anything…grunt!

  70. Princess Sam
    9:57 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Rio, yes Buffalo is in last place. We are a big Hockeytown and that’s why heads had to roll. The coach was fired and the general manager was fired. Pat La Fontaine and Ted Nolan have been brought back and we are finally excited.

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:00 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Sammie!…Good to hear. Agent SiberH will keep me informed of your teams climb up the ladder this season. …snort!…Maybe the Aves and I will see youse guys in the play-offs…heh!heh!

  72. Barb & Maggie
    10:31 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Rio, We are saying good night, once and only once (probably).

    Hope all youse guys under the Quilt are feeling tip top by tomorrow.

  73. Masquers
    10:34 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Macy: Yay for your mom. She listened and went to the vet. Now we can stop worrying. Somehow we missed the start of this problem. Our problem may be we are reading every other word. Barb did mention she wasn’t feeling tip-top at the Texas Trio meetup, right? BooBear, your mom’s stamp is purrfect. Loved the photos of the Plunderer passports. More photos of the meeting with Rebecca to post but have to wait until we get home to our own computer.
    There is so much catching up to do! Never fear…we can do it.
    Riö: SDD checked. Tomorrow night the sax comes out. Let the good times roll. Heh.
    Nighty, night.

  74. Staff
    10:37 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Just talked to the Dawson. She is sleeping a lot in the dark and says Hi to all youse guys. She said the sun is supposed to come out next week and she can’t wait. I am sure her computer will be fixed by then. She has to go see the evil dentist again tomorrow. Poor Baby.
    I am going to bed early also so nighty noodle all and g’day to LizF.

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Beau!…My friend says she “recorded” Beau down here playing one night by himself…grunt!…She is trying to upload it to Utube and it is taking forever….sniff!…This is like all of Beau’s video’s. A tad boring….heh!heh!….She may or may not post it depending on how boring it is…wheeze!…heh!

  76. Siber-H
    10:58 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Staff, Thanks for the Dawson update.

    A Beau video would be fun.

    We are joining all of you guys who are turning in.
    Night All

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:06 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Turn-in Coats!…grunt!…It is still early here as far as I can tell…sniffle!…I’m still confused by the whole video thing. I know for a fact I have never been video’d. But I do know that Beau has been a couple times now…grunt!…What a Fool!..heh!

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:21 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Beau!….Still loading…grunt!…Not even halfway through…sniff!…She says we might have to leave the damn computer on tonight just for this. Not sure..sniff!

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:29 pm on November 21st, 2013

    Rebecca!…I sure hope she arrived safe and sound up at the top o’ the world. today…sniff!…And she better have drank an Airborne, or else we here will be all gurzuffled over that state of affairs…sniff…Goodnight!

  80. Angelo
    7:41 am on November 25th, 2013

    What’s up, nice website you’ve here.

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