Friend of the Month Reminder

“End of the month coming up,” says Admin. “How about reminding everyone about the Friend of the Month contest?”

“While you do what?” Spence says.

“Help myself to the last of the bacon,” says Admin.

Spence sighs. “OK. It’s easy. To be eligible, all you have to do is upload a photo in the Friends of Chet gallery. Then, on the last day of every month we crank up the random number generator and presto! The winner gets displayed in the special Friend of the Month spot, and the winner’s human companion gets a signed copy of the latest Chet and Bernie mystery, in this case The Dog Who Knew Too Much. And now for a nice new video from Melanie.”

Welcome Eleanor and Abby the hiker.


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72 Responses to “Friend of the Month Reminder”

  1. Tyb
    8:30 am on December 28th, 2011

    Thanks, Melanie, for the video. You’ve got a great bunch there and obviously they’re having a great time. They are probably wishing for snow as we are here in ski country.
    We did get a start overnight. About 2 inches is all we got, but as I say it’s a start.
    Happy New Year to you all.

  2. bluecat
    8:45 am on December 28th, 2011

    Good morning, all.

    Melanie – Your Eleanor has a certain stately presence. Love it and love the plumy tails wagging.

    Bee – as you re-read HP with Satan in mind, will you please talk to us about her other literary references? You’re so good with words and ideas.

  3. Melanie
    8:54 am on December 28th, 2011

    Cool, the video is thumbs up!

    Morning all, busy right now. The Guys and Guyette are leaving this morning. YSAS and I are taking Patsy for a walk to check out some old apple trees.


  4. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:33 am on December 28th, 2011

    Guyettes!…heh!snort!heh!…Melanie I have a big complaint about your video…grunt!…It is far too short…sniff!…Couldn’t you make the next one a lot longer? Don’t be so stingy…gruffle!

    Clarkson!…Please give Clarkson a big slurpy pug kiss from me and tell him my pug prayers will be especially strong for him in the coming New Year. It will be the Year of Clarkson!….Woooo!

  5. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:35 am on December 28th, 2011

    Wonderful video, Melanie!

    2012 is the Year of the Dragon. I need to look that up sometime.

    2011, the Year of the Bunny Rabbit wasn’t nearly as fuzzy as I had hoped for.

  6. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 am on December 28th, 2011

    FOM!… Just another opportunity for me to Lose!….grumble!….Some other Joker who we don’t know will probably win the signed copy of Chet’s Book….grump!…. I need a cuppa cawfee and a Zinger…sniffle!

  7. B.Stover
    9:48 am on December 28th, 2011

    Good morning all.

    Bluecat: Thank you and I’d love to share ideas about HP and literature. (There is a course on HP at Eastern Michigan U but I could never convince my department to offer such a course. Blast!)

  8. Mollypop's Mom
    10:03 am on December 28th, 2011

    Good morning. I’m back and I have Internet – sort of. My MacAir is on the Internet but my iPad and iPhone can’t connect.

    B. – Last night I posted from my iPhone. The screen and keypad are too small to be able to do much. The next iPhone is rumored to have a .5 inch larger screen. That would make me happy.

  9. Masquers
    10:12 am on December 28th, 2011

    Good morning – all is serene.
    Melanie LOVE the video especially the Rose fly-by.

  10. B.Stover
    10:53 am on December 28th, 2011

    The document Rio mentioned regarding the Astrid case is on Dishlickers under its own file: Astrid Case. It’s 20 pages long.

  11. B.Stover
    10:55 am on December 28th, 2011

    Hope your iPad and iPhone get internet connection soon Mollypop’s mom. Wonder what the problem is.

  12. B.Stover
    10:56 am on December 28th, 2011

    Yes! Masquers survived the storm last night.

  13. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:03 am on December 28th, 2011

    Maskers!… He is down to 8 lives now…sniff!

  14. Melanie
    11:05 am on December 28th, 2011

    Glad you’re going to keep us informed B. Stover. Love hearing your ideas. Keeps me thinking.

    MollyPop’s Mom; OTAS and FOTAS have appointments later today with the mac store to get their new iPhones. YSAS loves his android and will go and make pithy comments.

    Zoë gave YSAS a teeshirt that says “Sarcasm: Just another service I provide.” Very funny!

    Dan had a not so good day and then better day yesterday. The Guys and Guyette were visiting when my sister and Zoe walked in. Dan wanted to have a “conversation” just with Zoe. She knew what was up and told him to say what he had to in front of everyone. Dan wants to come home. He is trying to convince everyone that it is possible. It is not. Even though he knows his leg is not ready he wants to come home anyway.

    I have always said that Dan is a social butterfly. First Zoe and Martha told him that the doctor had said that it was probably going to be closer to the end of February before he came home. All depended on the x-ray at the end of January, and there was no changing that.

    YSAS said I understand not being able to talk to people when you want to (he is also a social butterfly, well, maybe a moth because he’s up late at night) and told him he needed to eat in the common area, to make friends, to talk to people AND if he got frustrated to call him.

    FOTAS said that he had to stay in because he HAD to come to the wedding in style. Dan said he probably wouldn’t be able to. And she said YOU ARE COMING!

    OTAS said he loved him and needed to get well.

    All of them gave him their numbers, he wrote them down.

    Then my sister, Zoe and Dan went in for the meeting. Dan will be eating in the common room. Will be able to go where he wants to in the home using the wheelchair and can do the activities if he wants.

    He is feeling better.

    Zoe slept for the first time in weeks.

    I love my guys and guyette!

  15. Mollypop's Mom
    11:07 am on December 28th, 2011

    B. – I tried shutting down the wifi on my iPad and iPhone and then reconnecting. That worked.

    I was annoyed because I wasn’t able to use the iCloud to wirelessly send my Christmas pictures to my Lightroom database. How spoiled I am! I would have had to use a cable and that was just so yesterday.

  16. Tupper and Gilly
    11:12 am on December 28th, 2011

    Melanie – the video is fabulous as usual.
    For all of you who have not met the Pack, we can tell you that it is impossible to not smile when they all come at you, grinning and wagging and telling you in Newf-lish just how pleased with life they are.
    Had Charles Dickens known the Pack, The Christmas Carole might have had a different take on the “spirits” who change Scrooge.

    Glad Dan had a United Front to talk him into being sensible. Bet Zoe was happy they were there too!

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    11:13 am on December 28th, 2011

    MollyPop’s Mom – our Mama wants to come sit at your feet and gaze up at you in wonder as you teach her the intricacies of “real” computer use.

  18. Mollypop's Mom
    11:15 am on December 28th, 2011

    Melanie – I understand how YSAS loves his Android phone. I loved mine too, except for the pictures it took. I went to the iPhone because of the camera. Mine is the iPhone 4 and now the iPhone 4s is out and has a way better camera. Even Annie Liebowitz has sung its praises. Sam’s boy has the 4s and we took side-by-side pictures in a fairly difficult light and his were much better. OTAS and FOTAS will be very happy with the iPhone 4s.

  19. Mollypop's Mom
    11:19 am on December 28th, 2011

    Royal Corgis – I would be sitting at your Mama’s feet, believe me. She has talent just oozing out of her pores.

  20. Basil and Sage
    11:29 am on December 28th, 2011


  21. Barb & Maggie
    11:32 am on December 28th, 2011

    Melanie, Your video was fantastic as always. We have two Newfies and the family, so just mutiply the fun at your place!

    Glad you are standing firm on Dan staying. What if he came home and tried to walk before his leg was ready! It is hard for them to remember to use the wheel chair, but necessary.

    Snow – we remember that stuff. In 2009 we had 24″ by this time; in 2010 we had 19″ be end of December. This year we have had 1.7 inches. Son, who does snow plowing is not happy! Although with moving the bike shop from one location to the new one, this is probably best. We will hope for snow in January.

  22. Rose
    11:41 am on December 28th, 2011

    Morning All!

    Loved NEWF Cinema! I love that there is a Newf named after me. Please tell Dan he needs to listen to the advice he was given. We all love him and want him to get better SOON!

    Belle: I definitely could have used you last night. My poor heart, broken by Playdog and pug!

    Having a relaxing time in the little cottage in Warwick, NY!

  23. Tupper and Gilly
    11:42 am on December 28th, 2011

    Barb and Maggie – you can have our share of any January snow. We would be just as happy if we dont have to freeze our Royal underbits by going out in the snow!

  24. dawson
    11:48 am on December 28th, 2011

    Melanie: I love to start the day out with one of your videos. It led to re-visiting some of your older videos. Great fun!
    I like the way each of your family members gave Dan their own reasonable thoughts on why he had to stay in rehab. Hopefully everything sunk in and stays in. Zoe is next: get some good sleep, treat yourself to Newfie fun and games and spend some relaxation time every day. That better go for you too, Melanie. We want everyone tip-top for the wedding. We want pictures!
    Kirby T Penworthy’s picture, drawn by FOTAS, is up top. Cool.

  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:05 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Techie!…MollysMom please check your SDD…snort!…Although, the message may have been eaten during your internet troubles…sniff!

  26. B.Stover
    12:44 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Melanie: Does Dan have access to email? Perhaps we could send him email messages periodically.

    Mollypop’s Mom: I’m glad you are reconnected again.

  27. Siber-H
    12:55 pm on December 28th, 2011

    I have a weather announcement for all of you that are lacking snow and cooler temperatures. This morning the headlines on the front page of our paper said our weather was returning to normal…no snow, sunshine, and warmer temperatures. Perhaps your weather will now return to normal.
    Ours was fun while it lasted…sob, sob, sob

    And now Rose is calling me a Playdog. sniff

    The good news is that Dan may be happier now that he can move around the rehab. His wanting to come home is understandable, but the leg needs to heal.
    Great new Newf video! We never see any Newfs here.

  28. Masquers
    12:59 pm on December 28th, 2011

    It is 52 degrees. The warmest December we have had in years.
    Off to run errands B4 it starts raining.

  29. Siber-H
    1:00 pm on December 28th, 2011

    There is a new picture of Pearl up there! She looks like she is having a lot of fun.

  30. Rose
    1:39 pm on December 28th, 2011

    SiberH: I believe that was the title you gave yourself, while you were seductively dancing with that borzoi. She was probably holding Rio’s ornament between her teeth while your limbs were entagled, and you were dancing cheek to cheek whispering sweet nothings in her ear….

    But you are forgiven. It’s just too hard to stay mad at you!

    I like Pearl’s new picture too!

  31. Rose
    1:42 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Rio: When you become FOTM, I hope they use your black-tie picture.

  32. Melanie
    1:43 pm on December 28th, 2011

    B.Stover, yes, he has email. He just doesn’t remember how to use it. Have to think on that one.

    Dan went to the dinning room for breakfast and discovered he could order exactly what he wanted. He liked that. He sat with two people (who he SAID was much older than he is) and had a good time talking.

    Siber-H and The OleyHowers. YSAS was talking about what kind of dogs (we do things in multiples in this family) he wanted when he had room and a place for them. Newfoundland first, then a SH! Pretty cool! (He is debating on a pug)

    Masquers: It’s weird here. Blowing snow flurries, LOTS and LOTS of wind. Nothing sticking though. Last year we had snow on the ground before Christmas lasting through April.

  33. Melanie
    1:46 pm on December 28th, 2011

    The dinning room? The DINNING room? What the heck is a dinning room?
    Auto check my Newfoundland’s butt!

    DINING ROOM! Jeez Louise.

  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:54 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Debating!….Clarkson is debating on getting a Pug?….grunt!… Well, I have just the fellow for him…sniff!… I could have Beau trapped wrapped and mailed directly to his apartment…snort!….Beau is used to being alone all day and night, so he wouldn’t mind sitting there looking out the window waiting for Clarkson to come home….gruffle!….I promise!

  35. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:07 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Rebecca!…Does anyone know if Rebecca traveling back home?….snort!

  36. Siber-H
    2:39 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Rose, It was the vorld’s greatest spy that first called me a Playdog. She was, as usual, unhappy over something I had done or didn’t do. Gah I can’t remember.

    Melanie, YSAS has splendid taste in dogs, if I do say so myself.
    Unless a Siber has a full-time mom like I do, we don’t do very well alone. We don’t seem to care what kind of canine company we have…it doesn’t have to be another Siber.

  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:01 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Sibers!…That’s why SiberH and I get along so well…heh!heh!

  38. B.Stover
    3:43 pm on December 28th, 2011

    I’d love to hear some of YSAS’s pithy comments.

  39. Macy's Mom
    3:56 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Love the videos. The only problem is that once I go to look at one of ours, I spend an hour looking at everything under the sun!

    Since Macy saw fit to post a less than flattering picture than me, fair is fair. She is really enjoying her new blanket.

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:57 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Pity!…What exactly is a “Pity Comment”?…grunt!

  41. Snowhook Bella
    4:03 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Rio: I’m still in the lower 48. I won’t head home until next year. 🙂

    Macy: What you have there is a south end of a north bound min-pin.

  42. B.Stover
    4:53 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Macy’s mom has me laughing.

    Rio: It is pithy not pity.

  43. Melanie
    4:53 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Pithy comment, Riö. And B.Stover as soon as you said you wanted to hear some, they all went out of my head. Hmmmm. Need to exchange at that store I found.

    Just finished the entire “Due South”. Wonderful!

    FOTAS and OTAS now have new phones. They went to two stores to find a sofa. They will be double checking the measurements of the wall before they buy. Next is a trip to the not Orange store. They have a lot of gift cards.

    All of this after driving 4 hours home! Oh, to be young again.

  44. Barb & Maggie
    5:23 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Rio, Maybe she meant pissy comments. You know that Bee!

    I know they say be careful what you wish for, but we really would like some snow. It is supposed to be near 50 New Year’s Eve. That’s just not right.

    Where is the picture of Macy’s mom?

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:30 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Pithy!…. That’s a pity… snort!

    Quote!…. “Let others either envy or pity me; I care not, so long as I enjoy myself.”…chuffle!

  46. Siber-H
    6:04 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Barb, The picture of Macy’s mom is two days ago at the end of that day’s post. It is a cute one.

  47. Barb & Maggie
    7:07 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Siber, Thanks, found the picture, and it is cute. Also the one of Macy hiding. Here is one Barb took at a friend’s house over Christmas. They have a neddllepoint pillow that has written on it “Sofas are for dogs”. This photo was snapped with about 30 people milling around.

  48. Snowhook Bella
    7:11 pm on December 28th, 2011

    B&M: That is a great picture. Sofas are for dogs, but the way I understand it, right now I might as well have a cross-stitch pillow that says my side of the bed is for Tenzing, Luna and Belle Starr.

  49. Melanie
    7:31 pm on December 28th, 2011

    I didn’t realize that there was furniture that was only made for human use.

    Headed to bed. I did have YSAS look at the computer monitor upstairs and the button seems to have gotten stuck. Put that on a list of things to do so I can go upstairs and talk.

    Anyhoo, Hitting the Hay, Catching some AAA’s, Saw some Logs, TTFN

  50. Melanie
    7:32 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Catching some AAA’s???? Snigglefritz! Carpola.
    Catching some zZZZs


  51. Barb & Maggie
    8:10 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Thanks Melanie, that would have driven me CRAZY trying to figure out what AAAs were!

  52. Tyb
    8:21 pm on December 28th, 2011

    If it were made only for people it wouldn’t be called FURniture.

  53. Staff
    8:34 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Macy I had to go back and look at your photo. You do certainly look worn out. But darn it I couldn’t see your face. Drat it all.

    Just talked to Dawson on the phone and they only have 12 inches of snow and no one feels like it is winter. Snicker. I would be happy with 12 inches. We are supposed to get freezing rain tonight which will melt tomorrow. New Years Eve day is supposed to have a high of 44.


  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:40 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Fur!… My friend says a little fur on the furniture ain’t bad, but when she found out that Beau decided to lift his leg on one of her nice living room chairs today she was not happy at all….grunt!… So he is on the SOL list tonight….snort!

    Tooth!….Then on top of that disturbing news, she was just eating supper and one of her front bottom teeth crumbled and chipped off… gurgle!….It was the back of the tooths edge, so her smile doesn’t look any different, but the ruff edges will drive her completely nuts till she gets to the dentist….grump!

  55. Barb & Maggie
    8:42 pm on December 28th, 2011

    I know Staff, it will be upper 40s here Saturday. I don’t mind mild weather, but am concerned about these unusual weather patterns.

  56. Staff
    9:14 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Gosh my eyes are closing and I must get ready for bed. (((YAWN)))
    goodnight all youse guys.

  57. Mollypop's Mom
    9:45 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Staff – Your WTF = Whiskey Tango Foxtrot when we’re in a sailboat race. That’s International Radio Code. I also use it on land.

  58. Tupper and Gilly
    9:51 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Well, we get to get on the FURniture, but ya wanna hear about Mama’s day in the wacky world of furniture?
    She bought a (plush, posh, once in a lifetime expensive) sectional sofa two years ago. They have had to have service fixes on it 6 times in two years; seams opening, connectors breaking off, recliner not working, etc.. Then in November they noticed that the wood was sticking through the back of Dad’s part of the sectional, and Mama’s place had dropped so far, she could barely get out of it. They went to the furniture store – they were offered 30% off their NEXT purchase. Mama got mad. She does that a lot. She researched consumer laws, talked to Consumer Protection at the Attorney General’s office and found out that in this state, she was well protected. She wrote the furniture place a letter – they sent her a full refund.
    So today, she and Dad gave the furniture store the benefit of the doubt that they didn’t know their supplier was making carpola, and they went over there to talk about buying a new sectional.
    So the owner of the store tells Mama and Dad that all the problems they had with their sectional were their fault! Seems that they were abusing the sectional by (gasp!) actually SITTING on it. He said that of COURSE it would wear out and get soft and fall apart if they SAT on it.

    Well, we do have a new sectional being delivered sometime next week. Its from a different store.

  59. Macy's Mom
    10:04 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Trust me. You saw the best of me in that picture!

    We have the same problem with our recliner couch. Perhaps if someone had told us not to sit on it, everything would be fine.

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:10 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Golinka!….You have the best stories…heh!snort!heh!… Imagine wanting to sit on furniture that you’ve bought…snort!….Who does that? Only Golinka and her guy…heh!

    Project!….Someone tried to take some photos of the Snowflake she made ….snort!… Apparently she can’t take a focused photo tonight if her life depended on it…grunt!….I was going to post it, but it hurts my eyes to look at it…sniff!

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:13 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Project!….Someone tried to take some photos of the Snowflake she made ….snort!… Apparently she can’t take a focused photo tonight if her life depended on it…grunt!….I was going to post it, but it hurts my eyes to look at it…sniff!

    Revenge!….Can anyone explain to me what the show called Revenge is all about?….snort!… And don’t say “Revenge”…..grunt!….There seems to be a big story controlling all the little stories…wuffle!….Confusing! But nothing else is on right now…grumble!…I hate Winter.

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:17 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Double!….That’s not a Double Dawson…sniff!…That’s a cut and paste error. Damn these long toe nails…grunt!

  63. Tupper and Gilly
    10:18 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Rio – tell your friend to get you a Roku so you can stream Netflix. Our Dad is twirling over his.

    And Mama says she would just as soon not have any stories. She would like to just have a boring little life where everything goes right for a change.

  64. Barb & Maggie
    10:21 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Did Rio just do a partial Double Dawson? We are having the same problem finding something to watch. Finally decided to watch a repeat CSA, since we already saw the repeat SVU. And we don’t understand Revenge either. Going to call it a night shortly.

    Rio, will check out your snow flakes tomorrow.

    Night all.

  65. dawson
    10:30 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Even though I never do Double Dawsons anymore, I always have a sense of pride when someone else does one, even a partial.

  66. dawson
    10:33 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Dawson Creek is a city in the middle of B.C. I occasionally shop there.
    Dawson City is a city in the middle of the Yukon. The Yukon Quest goes through Dawson City. I have never been there.

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Grim!….Oh no….gulp!…She has found an episode of Grimm that we have not seen…snuff!… Now we can have bad dreams all night long after watching this show….wuffle!

    City!…I think there is a town called Dawson in New Mexico too…heh!

  68. Tupper and Gilly
    10:50 pm on December 28th, 2011

    And LOTS of places called Rio!

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:52 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Pugitos!…The 3 Pugitos photo came up when I refreshed…heh!heh!…Those guys rock. And the one guy sits like I do…snort!

    Bed!… My friend says she is taking her bad eyesight and her bad tooth and going to bed….grunt!…If Beau and I want to stay down here in the dark watching Grimm we are welcome to it…wuffle!… Get out of my way pal, I’m first up the stairs!….wheeze!

  70. Tupper and Gilly
    11:08 pm on December 28th, 2011

    Yup – good night all.

  71. Redbone Hound
    12:05 am on December 29th, 2011

    greetins y’all
    Miz Macy. That is quite a pitchure of yur nether regions. You shameless hussy. Now don’t be takin that wrong. This ole hound happens to LIKE shameless hussies. Specially when they’re just as cute as a bug.
    You go right on with some more pitchures like that and I’ll have em clipped on the backside of the visor in my pickup.

  72. Macy the Min-pin
    12:39 am on December 29th, 2011

    **blush*** I wasn’t trying to be a pinup girl. Just sometimes I find it difficult to toss the blanket just right so that I am all tucked in. I do like the idea of being on your visor, tee hee.
    I am so glad to hear from you. I thought for sure you were gone for good. I guess it just takes the right motivation to get you to speak up. ROCL

    Nighty-night Mr. Hound *smooch*

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