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64 Responses to “Frida”

  1. BMALS
    8:23 am on September 29th, 2017

    Good dog, Frida. Interesting article. Hope Frida can continue to do the good work for another couple of years, at least.

    So sorry to hear Buddy’s sad new last night. My heart goes out to his family at this extremely difficult time.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:36 am on September 29th, 2017

    Good morning BMALS and everyone! Frida’s story is heartwarming.
    Here we are on BooBear’s favorite day of the week.
    Cool morning here and beginning to feel like fall.
    Enjoy Friday.

  3. Michael Baker
    9:37 am on September 29th, 2017

    Hello – this is a test to see if I have to re-enter name / email ………….. test 123

  4. Michael Baker
    9:37 am on September 29th, 2017

    Let me go for 456

  5. Michael Baker
    9:37 am on September 29th, 2017


  6. BearSpiritDog
    9:56 am on September 29th, 2017

    Good Morning to BMALS, HOH, and all.

    Michael Baker…Sounds like you’ve been up all nigh Working on our Blog Bug.
    Paws crossed.

  7. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:09 am on September 29th, 2017

    Bear!…Somehow I doubt that…grunt!….But let’s give it a try shall we.

  8. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:10 am on September 29th, 2017

    Quick!…Someone post something so I can see if I loose all my important info…snort!

  9. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:15 am on September 29th, 2017

    Drat!…All I needed to do to lose my info was refresh the page…grump!…Up all Night my ass…

  10. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:17 am on September 29th, 2017

    Baker!…Counting to 9 isn’t going to fix the bug…wheeze!

  11. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:23 am on September 29th, 2017

    Refreshed!…And Gone!Gone!Gone!…Name and Email Gone..sniff!

  12. BooBear
    10:35 am on September 29th, 2017

    Buddy, just caught up with yesterday evening’s posts. My heart hurts for you and Melanie. As I learned 3 years ago, you will be as strong as you need to be for her. Hugs, purrs and prayers for you and yours.

  13. Masquers
    11:08 am on September 29th, 2017

    BooBear! Happy birthday to your mom!

  14. BearSpiritDog
    11:09 am on September 29th, 2017

    You too, Howler Mom!

  15. BearSpiritDog
    11:15 am on September 29th, 2017

    Rio: We are Okay Here. Name and Email Fields are still intact after refreshing.
    BUT…as soon as we open a New Page…the Info is gone, Gone, GONE.

  16. BooBear
    12:04 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Thank you BSD & Masquers!!

    Happy Birthday to the Howlers Mom! At least no hurricane for the birthday celebrations!

  17. Buddy, Hilde, Leno, Melanie, Alena, Fiona, Jasper, Abigail, Mimi, and Rocky
    12:04 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Melanie got home aat 8 last night.

    We spent a sleepless night last night. Melanie’s happy to be home!

    Thanks y’all for the prayers, thoughts, vibes, and all the rest.

  18. BSD&Masquers
    12:32 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Dear Buddy, Etal: We know you are Thankful to have Your Melanie Home with all of you who love her dearly.
    We continue to have you and your family in our Thoughts and Prayers. May you find Comfort in the presence of each other.

  19. Howlers
    1:01 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Thank you for the birthday wishes for Mom.

    Buddy, our love and prayers and husky kisses are winging there way to you and your Melanie. This would be the most difficult thing we can imagine. Take care of yourself, Friend, and enjoy the time left.

  20. Herd of Hounds
    1:51 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Wow, two b-days today! Happiness to BooBear’s mom and Howlers mom. Enjoy your day.

  21. Thieves!
    2:53 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Happy birthday to Howlers’ maw and Nana!

    Buddy: We have our best people on prayer duty for you and yours. Our Lady’s parents, Coach and Bev are praying for you. We also have it on good authority that the Storyteller is including you and your family in his nightly prayer offerings.

  22. Thieves!
    2:54 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Mike Baker: Thank you for not playing keep away with our name and email address anymore. For the first time in days, it didn’t disappear on us. Once we are certain the blog is fixed, the first round of Slim Jims are on us. We will make yours a double.

  23. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:06 pm on September 29th, 2017


    Wow! Lots of September birthdays! Many happy returns of the day to BooBear’s Mom and the Howler’s Mom!

    Buddy: Strong WosenGrizz prayers continue for you and Melanie.

    Now, let’s see if I still have to play “What’s My Line”…

  24. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:07 pm on September 29th, 2017


  25. Thieves!
    3:12 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Bah! Our name and email has gone on the run again.

    Mr. Baker: We are putting an APB out for our name and email address. Reward offered.

  26. Michael Baker
    3:36 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Test 10 – 9 – 8

  27. Michael Baker
    3:37 pm on September 29th, 2017

    I have run a few tests – I am confident it’s fixed but not 100% sure. Maybe we could have a new blog post dedicated to this test 🙂

  28. Herd of Hounds
    3:53 pm on September 29th, 2017

    HOH will the test subjects. Hope it works.

  29. Herd of Hounds
    3:54 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Wowser, we refreshed and we are still here 🤗

  30. BooBear
    3:56 pm on September 29th, 2017


  31. BooBear
    3:57 pm on September 29th, 2017

    So far, so good. Will see what happens when someone else posts

  32. Thieves!
    4:04 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Mr. Baker: We will be test subjects as long as we don’t end up in a cone.

  33. c.hobbitz
    4:14 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Sadie and I returned from a walk and I stepped on Mr. Big in the entryway. I made amends with petting and extra love. Then I went and put treaties in his bowl. Darn if I didn’t turn around and step on his tail! Trust is a tenuous thing with cats (unlike dogs) and Mr. Big has lost whatever little remained after me taking on Denali and then a mom cat with 5 kittens.

  34. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:19 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Ouch! Poor Mr. Big!

    Bah! I had to enter and sign in again…

  35. Herd of Hounds
    4:19 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Now we’re gone again 😕

  36. Chet The Dog
    4:22 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Is it working now?

  37. c.hobbitz
    4:23 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Went to another website and when I returned to the blog, my name and email had disappeared

  38. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:47 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Birthdayz!….Everyone is getting older and older on this here blog!…grunt!…Hope Howlers and BooBear are having great Birth Days….chuffle!

  39. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:49 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Sniff!….sniff!….Testing 10-11-12

  40. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:51 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Work!….My friend finished her work-week today but now she is telling me she will be “volunteering” at the library tomorrow….grump!…There is a 25 year jubilee thingy and she will be helping with the drinks….groan!…I bet it is a big ole Vat O’ Beer she will be diving into without me!….sob!

  41. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:53 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Chet!…Quick! Post something about steak tips so I can tell whether my info is still sticking like llama poop on my pawz….snort!

  42. c.hobbitz
    4:57 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Autumn is past it’s prime in Alaska and leaves are falling like rain. Except I have one tree still completely green. Part of me admires its spirit but the other part of me wants to say, “get with the program already and face reality!”
    Trying to approach and pet Mr. Big…

  43. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:59 pm on September 29th, 2017

    NOOOO!…Well CHobbit posted and ALL MY INFO IS GONE!…Bug is still with us….drat!

  44. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:00 pm on September 29th, 2017

    NOOOO!…Well CHobbit posted and ALL MY INFO IS GONE! Plus, I left the website and checked my new Fitbit app. Bug is still with us….drat!

  45. Thieves!
    5:44 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Gone! Poof! Just like that we are nameless and emailless. Bah!

  46. Wose-The Small and Meek
    5:45 pm on September 29th, 2017

    RIO! The horror!

    I just tried to post this a minute ago, and when I hit submit, everything vanished!!!

  47. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:04 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Fix!…It’s one thing to say you’ve fixed the Bug and another to actually have fixed it….bah!…Baker!

  48. Masquers
    7:57 pm on September 29th, 2017

    If we leave the website our info has to be resubmitted…otherwise it’s okay.

  49. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:00 pm on September 29th, 2017

    My sign-in info and e-mail are gone with the wind….

  50. c.hobbitz
    8:45 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Against all odds, Mr. Big appears to have forgiven me. Although it might have been the shredded baked chicken I let him eat while he was relaxing on the dining room table!
    One of Buddy’s friends posted ideas local friends could do to help and then she added: “If you’re not local, find out what their favorite local restaurant that delivers is, and pre-pay for a meal or two. Or see if there’s a local to them laundry service that does pick-up and delivery and pre-pay that…Just don’t add to their burden by asking what they need.” Buddy thanked her for the post. As I find other info, I will pass it on for consideration.

  51. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:54 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Basics!….CHobbit thanks for digging that up. If you find out any favorites please let us know….snort!

    INFO!….GONE!GONE!GONE!….grump! … Admin didn’t take the HINT about a new blog post today to test any “fix” that might have been applied…wheeze!

  52. Staff
    8:56 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Hobbit those are great ideas for helping Buddy and anyone going through those issues.

  53. BearSpiritDog
    9:00 pm on September 29th, 2017

    CHobbitz: Thank You for passing on the Information about Buddy and Family.
    As for the Notorious Mr. Big…we all know who Rules the Hobbit Hotel these days!

  54. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on September 29th, 2017


  55. dawson
    9:39 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Page two!
    We haven’t gone to page two in many moons.

    I’m living in a construction zone again. Grump! I’ve been working today trying to stay one step ahead of the paid workers who are installing new windows, and then vacuuming up after them. My bed is piled high with stuff taken from other rooms so the windows could be reached. Now they are gone, I can put all the stuff back. Groan!

    I haven’t had a chance to read the blog today. Maybe later. Zzzzzzz.

  56. Herd of Hounds
    9:46 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Keeping Buddy family in our prayers . Mr.Big, behave or we will send Hobbitz good thoughts.

  57. BearSpiritDog
    9:59 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Dawson: Hope you are Feeling Better. A Construction Zone is Not good for what ails you.

  58. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:20 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Construction!….Pah!…We are still waiting for our guys to come back and finish the kitchen and other assorted issues….grump!…Don’t get me started…growl!r

  59. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:22 pm on September 29th, 2017

    Unfinished!…Just like this Blog Bug – my kitchen will never be finished…grump!burp!

  60. Buddy, Melanie, Alena, Hilde, Leno, awww crap, everybody else
    10:29 pm on September 29th, 2017

    So far, I’m really not impressed with Visiting Nurse Assoc. Hospice. From start to finish, Melanie’s infusion was handled badly. Unbeknownst to me, it started yesterday, not today.
    Yesterday, our favorite nurse called the hospital social worker about Melanie’s case, as we were all set to have her come to do what will likely be Melanie’s final enzyme replacement therapy treatment. She was told, “Your services are no longer required; hospice will take care of melanie’s final treatment.” Now why either hospice or the hospital, I’m still not clear on which, would decide that having Melanie working with someone that she didn’t know, wasn’t familiar with, and who also wasn’t familiar with her, over someone who Melanie already knew and trusted, I don’t know. So much for making the dying process comfortable. I didn’t find out about this until this morning.
    At about 10:30, the hospice agency, Bonnie specifically, called to ask if Melanie still wanted hospice services. I assured she did. When is a good time to come? We aren’t going anywhere, come whenever. OK, how about 11? That’s fine, just understand that her nurse will be here to do her infusion, and that takes a little while to set up. Don’t worry, we’ve done this before, that there are two agencies involved isn’t relevant, we’ve gotten this worked out already. See you then. When 11 came and went and no sign of our favorite nurse, I called to ask where she was. She was at another patient’s house. I asked if she wasn’t supposed to be handling Melanie’s infusion today? That’s when she told me that hospice said they’d be handling it. I about hit the roof. That’s when Bonnie, along with Sam the social worker, came in. I handed Bonnie the phone and asked that they straighten this out. Well, they did, and hospice claimed they’d take care of the infusion. So apparently Bonnie is a nurse, but so is Cindy, who came in shortly. They all did paperwork.
    I fell asleep in my recliner, having gotten none the night before. I woke up around 3:30 to see Alena going off with her aid on their outing. I woke up again completely at about 4 PM and found the house to be unnaturally quiet. So I went into the room where Melanie is, knocked over the IV pole, picked up the IV pole, and wandered into the kitchen, where I found no visiting nurse. Just to be sure, I calledAlena’s aid and asked if there was anyone else in the house when they left. There was not.
    I called the hospice agency and got transferred to Bonnie. I said that no one was here. I also explained that this drug can’t be just left like that, a nurse had to be on hand to monitor it. Vitals were taken every 15 minutes for the first hour, then once an hour thereafter until the treatment is concluded. And there was nobody here. Why not? Bonnie asked, “They have to be there for the whole four hours?” Yes, of course they do. “Well,” she said in a very nonchalant fashion, “someone will be there to disconnect her.” So I asked, how will they know that it’s time to disconnect? (It’s on a timer.) OK, so what if something happens before it finishes? “Then,” she said, “I’d hope you’d call us when it started beeping, and we’d come right over.” Which would take time, time where something could have happened. I was incoherent by this point. If rage hadn’t started yet, it started then.
    Do you want me to come and check on this? She asks. I said I did. I wondered what I could believe though. She said she was on her way. She must have taken the scenic route, because I didn’t see her (with supplies in tow) for two more hours.
    A few minutes after I hung up with Bonnie, Alyssa called. Alyssa is the one bright spot in this, and we wish we’d gotten her to start the IV if our favorite nurse was definitely going to be pushed aside (for reasons I still don’t understand, especially if hospice is supposed to make the patient more comfortable on their journey). I laid out exactly why I was angry, explained the conversationI had with Bonnie, everything. and Alyssa agreed that this was absolutely unacceptable and would have the director call me. (She’s calling tomorrow, I understand, but the hospital was supposed to call me about something else in 45 minutes…about 8 hours ago.) Alyssa came in about 15-20 minutes, longer than the 10 she estimated, but I won’t hold that against her. She was competent, knew what she was doing, and got Melanie disconnected and her line flushed. Later, Bonnie came with supplies, including disposable bed pans. Is there not something in hospice about dying with dignity? I’m not sure how that principle meshes with the discussion we had, while looking for the newly acquired bed pan,, about how it’s really all right if Melanie just goes in the bed, the pads are disposable and we can just throw it out without any problem. You tell me how that’s dgnified.
    So really, all in all, I’m absolutely not impressed. Somebody better be playing some pretty damned serious makeup.

  61. dawson
    12:53 am on September 30th, 2017

    Buddy and Everybody Else: Aw Crap! I sure hope those health care workers get their act together and pronto.

    BearSpiritDog: My back is back to normal but the congestion has taken up residence in my chest for the long haul which seems to be my usual M.O. when I get sick which thankfully is not very often.

  62. Thieves!
    1:02 am on September 30th, 2017

    Buddy: We made notes of which pant legs to grab and in what order. We have plenty of teeth so we can serve up seconds if needed.

    More to Buddy: We are sorry to hear of these woes. Our prayer is that this journey would be smooth, that you could focus on savoring your time with your Melanie. In all this, know that you are loved. Never forget it.

  63. c.hobbitz
    2:21 am on September 30th, 2017

    Thieves : Amen to your words of conern and threats of pant grabbing. I myself was thinking pant legs needed to be grabbed.

  64. Michael Baker
    10:27 am on October 2nd, 2017

    3rd post info still here

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