From To Fetch A Thief: A Bit Of Running (For Marathon Day)

Peanut’s eyes opened. She watched me drink. I watched her watching. She dipped her trunk in the pool, so of course I thought she was taking another drink. Surprise: her trunk bent in my direction and out came a jet of water, soaking me through and through. Bernie sometimes did that with the garden hose: it was one of my favorite games. I started running around that water hole, darting this way and that at my very fastest, Peanut sitting on her butt and spraying me whenever I got near. Were we having fun or what?

Welcome Max. Sleeper: please try again.

Silent auction sounds good.



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141 Responses to “From To Fetch A Thief: A Bit Of Running (For Marathon Day)”

  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:38 am on April 18th, 2011

    Happy Tax Day, y’all! I thought if a day had a special name that makes it a holiday, which is a good thing. But for some reason Mom isn’t looking too happy. She has the checkbook out and she’s grumbling — something about not letting Uncle Sam get his hands on our money a minute sooner than necessary. I have Uncle Michael, Uncle Doug, Uncle Chris, Uncle David and a cousin Sam — not too sure who this Uncle Sam character is! I just hope our finances aren’t as messed up as Bernie’s are!!!

  2. Rose
    8:43 am on April 18th, 2011

    Good Morning Everyone:

    Kirby: I also have an Uncle Sam that I am not very fond of. The Prof and I owed him some money as well. We had to open an IRA so we wouldn’t have to owe as much…

  3. Melanie
    8:43 am on April 18th, 2011

    Tell your mom Good Luck, Kirby T!

    The silent auction has a nod from on high! Cool!

    Snowhook!!!! Being myself, I would bid on the dog tag that got chewed up . . . More story there!

    Loved Natasha’s report. snicker.

    For the Silent Auction (at this point)
    A framed 11 by 14 of Newfoundlands.
    Signed pic (suitable for framing) of YSAS.

    Now what do you think of a signed book of Dan’s For The Love of Puppies?

    Eagle pic of the morning . . .

  4. Melanie
    8:48 am on April 18th, 2011

    Morning Rose!

    Also for our cookbook, I thought I’d ask YSAS for his recipe for twice battered tofu. I hate tofu, but love that stuff!

    And OTAS has several good recipes.

    Dan has one we call “Dancing Chicken”, I’ll have to ask him how he does that.

    I’ll ask Zoë which recipe she wants to add. Of course, what we go for now is quick and easy.

    Hmmm. Can you tell I’m not a chef?

  5. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:50 am on April 18th, 2011

    Melanie: I haven’t turned the eagle cam on for awhile — it was messing up my computer — but I’ve only seen a couple of birds in your last few pictures. Is the third baby under the mama bird, or did something happen to it…shudder?

  6. Barb & Maggie
    8:50 am on April 18th, 2011

    Good morning Kirby. Sorry about the checkbook thing! How come we all have to send money to that Uncle Sam?

    Barb just said to me “Guess who’s coming this morning? The Goaty-goats! I know Goaty-goats, so I started my straight up and down springing-jump and barked a few times. Nothing happened, no goaties, so not sure what she is talking about. Humans, sometimes they are hard to figure. She said something about 9:00 but that’s more than 2 so not sure what it means.

    Melanie, can you post a picture of a brown and white Boer goat for us?

    Barb says they both may have twins, so then we will have more than two!

  7. OleyHowlers
    8:53 am on April 18th, 2011

    Hello all! Lost our internet yesterday right after we posted. Looked this a.m. and awoooo to Siber !
    Did you see that Snowhook is selling their calendar??? That sounds like something we have to have!
    Mom & Dad went to work same as every day, so we don’t think this is a holiday here at Howling Arabians.
    About the Silent Auction: we think the items you guys are mentioning all sound great, but we can’t think of anything we can sell. Mom & Dad are not artistic, and the only thing us huskies do is kill critters and bury our bones. We asked Mom to put the horses up for auction but she didn’t think that was funny in the least.

  8. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:58 am on April 18th, 2011

    Recipes! Mom and Dad have a special bean recipe. After their wedding reception they had family and friends come to grandma and grandpa’s house for an after-party. One of grandma’s friends wanted to do something to help, so she volunteered to bring beans. The next day all Dad could talk about were those beans. So Mom wrote to Mrs. Knox and said if there was any hope of her marriage lasting, she had to have that recipe! Mom and Dad served those beans at their restaurant, and people would buy containers of them to take home. Then a few weeks ago when we all met my girl’s boyfriend, Mom and Dad made those beans. The next day my girl texted Mom and said all her boyfriend could talk about were those beans — and could Dad make a batch to give him when they met again the next week? Mom and Dad laughed because they said the boyfriend passed the bean test!!!

  9. Melanie
    9:15 am on April 18th, 2011

    KirbyT: Three eaglets! One’s trying to sleep.
    Also DO the beans!

    OleyHowlers: Maybe a tape of you guys howling at the moon?

    Barb & MagPie: I LOVE baby goats. They way they try to jump around as soon as they are born . . . Somewhere I must have a picture of our baby goats, but it would be in the attic. I can’t go in the attic because I’m allergic to dust and pink insulation. 🙁

    Anyhoo: Here you go!

  10. Barb & Maggie
    9:28 am on April 18th, 2011

    Thank you Melanie. Rio will think that is way too many goats. Stormy and Sandy (AKA Baby Goat) will be here in a bit. Stormy is a dairy goat of some breed, and B.G. is half dairy, half Boer, so her babies will be 3/4 Boer. Daddy looks like the ones that are white with the brown head and neck.

    You are right, baby goats are adorable and they love to skip and jump. They love life. Do you think we should enter one of them in the auction?

  11. Wolfie
    10:18 am on April 18th, 2011


    I happen to be fond of beans. Can you please post that recipe asap so that mom can make me a batch?

    Mom and dad have a friend, Eva, who is running the Boston Marathon today.

    Go Eva!

  12. OleyHowlers
    10:21 am on April 18th, 2011

    Kirby: Beans are our most favorite food. We eat all beans, made all sorts of ways. So we are looking forward to that recipe as well.
    Melanie: We do great howling at the moon, but not so sure anyone would want to bid on that.

  13. Tupper and Gilly
    10:24 am on April 18th, 2011

    Morning everyone –
    Kirby – please do share the recipe for beans – Mama would love it for her collection, but for some reason, she says Gilly and I aren’t allowed to have any…something about us sleeping on her side of the bed. We have NO idea what sleeping has to do with beans, but she gave our Dad a long hard look when she was saying it….
    Macy – just checking in with you..are you ok out there in Texas with the wildfires? The weather channel says that all but two of Texas’ counties are affected. One of the women who comes to Crazy Lady land is a Information Specialist for the National Fire something office, and she is on her way out to Texas to help deal with all this. Stay safe, little one.
    Barb – how about a video of baby goats playing, set to music, a la Melanie’s Walking with Newfs?
    Rio – speaking of auctions, two thoughts that woke Mama in the middle of the night (as thoughts often do). She thinks it might be good to space the offerings out; maybe offer 3 or 4 things for a week or two, then move on to the next batch. Give people a chance to find out about the auctions and keep them coming back to the Snowhook page more often. Also, she says we need to think of a standarized format to submit with the items – about the donator, the size of the item, the opening bid.
    Just some thoughts.
    Melanie – Good Morning!! do you have this gorgeous sunlight up there too? Mama keeps saying “I don’t WANNA go to work”….too bad for her. Gilly and I are going to spend the day on the deck – in the sun – with BONES!

  14. Tupper and Gilly
    10:28 am on April 18th, 2011

    RATS!!! Being moderated AGAIN! And we didn’t mention a word about closets or anything!
    Hopefully it will show up later.
    Anyway, hi everyone.

  15. B.Stover
    10:28 am on April 18th, 2011

    Good morning Chet and everyone. Go Eva!

    It’s snowing here….three to five inches…….

  16. BearSpiritDog
    10:29 am on April 18th, 2011

    Good Morning!

    O.Howlers: We join your in the dilemma of what to offer for the auction What to do – what to do! We ordered the 2011 calendar from Snowhook a while back and are looking forward to receiving it in the mail (Rebecca said it would be out mid April)

    Melanie: That’s a lot of goats! Liked the update on the eagles too. An autographed copy of Dan’s book would be great! So now you have 3 really good ideas.

    Kirby: That bean recipe must be really good! Please submit it for the recipe book.

    Hi, B&M & Rose and Everyone!

  17. Wolfie
    10:35 am on April 18th, 2011

    Wookie’s grandpa comes home today!

    Welcome home!

    And Wookie, how are you feeling? Is this a chemotherapy week for you? I will be so glad when this ordeal is over – I worry about you.

  18. dawson
    10:39 am on April 18th, 2011

    Kirby: I bid 22 thousand kopeks on the bean recipe! 24! 26!
    Oh wait, I don’t have kopeks. I have Canadian dollars. $5.00, $10.00, $15.00! Oh? They aren’t in the auction? They’re in the nominally priced cookbook to be? Oh, well…that’s good then. I’ll buy that.
    Snowhook Bella: Me too, I’d bid on the chewed up tag.
    Melanie: Yes! An autographed copy of Dan’s book would be great. And a framed Newfoundland picture! And Rio will have some competition for that picture of McKey.

  19. Barb & Maggie
    10:39 am on April 18th, 2011

    Yes, we want the bean recipe too. Love beans!

    Barb liked the idea of doing some type of garden basket for auction, but that would have to be later in the year.

    Have to go – goats are here!

  20. B.Stover
    10:41 am on April 18th, 2011

    Here’s what Snowhook posted on Facebook:

    Countdown to Iditarod 2012 calendars (April, 2011 to March, 2012) available now! Join Snowhook as we finish one Iditarod and plan for the next!

    Calendars can be purchased at —start counting down to the next race today!

    COMING SOON: Snowhook Kennel t-shirts and hoodies

  21. Tupper and Gilly
    10:57 am on April 18th, 2011

    oh poop! Our totally innocent comments are still being moderated.
    We are going to blame Natasha (she is never up this early anyway)
    We were just visiting Snowhook’s blog spot. Reading through their descriptions of their dogs over the years, we were struck with how much their descriptions sounded like Chet. They talk about one dog who looks like he is about to divuldge the secrets of life, only to be distracted by something shiny. Love it!

  22. Wolfie
    10:59 am on April 18th, 2011

    Did anyone notice that we are now officially listed as 2012 sponsors!!!

    (Modestly) We are in a class all our own.

    And mom says we can buy the calendar. It looks AWESOME!

    I wonder if they can see Russia from their backyard?

  23. Tupper and Gilly
    11:00 am on April 18th, 2011

    No Wolfie – we think they are smarter than that…

  24. BearSpiritDog
    11:05 am on April 18th, 2011

    Hey! Check out the Snowhook Blog. Rebecca has posted the Plunderers under donations. Can’t wait for the T-shirts and Hoodies.

    B: Seems to me a while back you were mentioning something about it being such a nice day with temps in the 70’s and asking when is it going to snow…

    Kirby: On second though don’t wait for the cookbook – post the bean recipe now.

    Wookie: You must be very excited – Grandpa coming home today!

  25. Mollypop
    11:17 am on April 18th, 2011

    Kirby – We loved you telling about the needlepoint of the American Eagle. Mom knows how hard that was to make because when the books give the design on graph paper, it still has to be drawn onto the needlepoint canvas. And that’s all before the stitching can begin.

  26. B.Stover
    11:17 am on April 18th, 2011

    Bear: LOL!

  27. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:30 am on April 18th, 2011

    Mollypop: Mom says it was a little tricky. Mostly, though, she was amazed that this retired truck driver wanted to do it in the first place, and that he not only learned to needlepoint for the project, but stayed with it until it was finished — about 20 inches square! That’s a big project for your first try! As far as she knows, though, that was the only needlepoint he ever did!

  28. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:32 am on April 18th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! I gotta go. Mom has to stop at the accountant’s and the post office before she goes to work — and she doesn’t seem real happy about it. So I’ve gotta turn off the computer. I’ll try to post the bean recipe tonight, if Mom has recovered from Tax Day enough to turn the computer on for me!!!

  29. OleyHowlers
    11:35 am on April 18th, 2011

    Hey !!!! We are listed on Snowhook too! AWOOOOO

    And, we figured out what we will auction. We will put together a gift basket of items from Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue…benefit our favorite charity and help with Snowhook sponsorship at the same time! What do you all think? They have an awesome “Got Snow” t-shirt that will be included.

  30. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:40 am on April 18th, 2011

    Wolfie — Thanks for your concern. I had my eighth treatment last week and so this is an off week (just a blood test but no chemo). Which is a good thing because mom has gone away for a couple of days with her oldest friend (they have known each other since fourth grade which all I am authorized to say is a long time ago) and her friend’s father — who grew up in Western Maryland but hasn’t been back in many, many years — kind of a rediscover your roots trip for him with my mom as tour guide and chauffeur. That mean’s me and dad are “bach’ing” it (plus grandpa too once my dad picks him up later this afternoon). That’s okay but I already miss my mom a lot. (I think she left enough food but dad, bless his heart, is not as food savvy as mom is.)

    I am so excited about the silent auction and how everybody has been so supportive. We are also going to go to the Snowhook web page to order the calendar just as soon as I finish posting here.

    I also loved Melanie’s video about the Newfs. They are definitely my kind of guys and gals.

    Be back later after grandpa gets picked up.


  31. Siber-H
    12:08 pm on April 18th, 2011

    We are ordering the calendar!!
    We will be ordering the clothing!
    Rio, I have had to do more than break into my piggy bank. I have had to memorize mom’s credit card and bank account numbers…no memory problem when it concerns stuff I want.

    I like Melanie’s auction items, but that is too many goats for a Monday morning. I can almost smell them.

  32. Barb & Maggie
    12:20 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Goats are here, now Barb has to get ready for work this afternoon. Stormy may have her babies today or tomorrow. She isn’t traumatized about being here, cause she remembers from last fall. She is standing in the corner of the barn, staring at the wall. Pondering….

  33. OleyHowlers
    12:33 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Snowhook Bella: That chewed-up dog tag is going to get the highest bid we think….we want it too.

  34. Siber-H
    12:38 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Howlers, I think auctioning off a basket from your Husky Rescue is a very good idea. That is something mom and I would like.

    Mom is already pointing out to me that she foresees a problem…I want most of what people are deciding to auction off. All of it sounds like great stuff.

  35. OleyHowlers
    12:38 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Calendar ordered. Mom did it but says don’t tell Dad.

  36. Barb & Maggie
    12:55 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Siber, You know you secretly love those baby goats and covet one (or two) for your very own!

  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:07 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Details!…I want to nail down the Auction details this week. I have some questions for everyone to think about. Once you’ve thought about them, let me know what you think…..grunt!

    1. With the entry fee due in June, should we try and have an auction in May?

    2. Some of us will not have our Items ready for auction until later. Should we have another auction in the summer?

    3. Who among you would have an item ready by the first week of May? This means having a nice photograph(.jpg) of it along with a short description and a minimum bidding price.

    4. Who among you would be willing to volunteer to help with the auction in a larger capacity than just donating an item? Or if you do not have anything to auction, would you be willing to volunteer your time instead?

    5. How long should the Items be up for auction? One week? Two weeks? Or more?

    Questions!….If we can answer these questions we will be a lot closer to kicking this thing off…heh!..Please answer the questions in one post…snort!…Don’t answer one and then 2 house later answer another one….wheeze!…I will be trying to keep track of what everyone thinks…sniff!

  38. Siber-H
    1:14 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Barb, I was thinking that maybe we could get people in other countries, like on the other side of the world, to bid on those goats for Snowhook’s auction.

    I ordered the calendar…Don’t tell mom. By the time she gets the bill, it will be too late.
    Thanks for letting us know about it, Stover.

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:25 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Calendar!…How did you guys order calendars?….sneeze!….Did you use Pay Pal or email Rebecca and say you wanted one?….snort!

    Snowhook!…Sammie and BluKat are missing from the Plunderers Support section on snowhooks blog….sniffle!

  40. B.Stover
    1:27 pm on April 18th, 2011

    B&M: Is it a serious problem if Stormy is standing in the corner staring at the wall?

  41. B.Stover
    1:32 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Rio: BlueCat is on the Snowhook list right after my name. Their site offers credit card payment rather than PayPal which is what I used.

  42. Wolfie
    1:43 pm on April 18th, 2011


    I think we should have the auction from June 1 to June 15. Most everyone should be ready. If we are successful, we can have another one later.

    My toffee will be ready by then. I will auction off two batches, packaged in one pound boxes, and will ship anywhere. (I will donate all shipping costs.) I will need to find some cute boxes though.

    I can email a photo to someone and hopefully they can post it for me. My ipaw has limitations. Perhaps Melanie or Mollypop can help post?

    I wonder if it would be possible to post a link to the auction on ctd?

  43. Siber-H
    1:45 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Good planning and good questions, Rio.

    I have never taken part in an auction of any kind so I DO NOT KNOW how they work, but here are my pathetic answers:
    1. Yes
    2. Yes
    3. Don’t know
    4. We can’t come up with a single item to auction, but mom says I can spend money on it, and maybe I could help in some other way.
    5. I don’t think the items need to be up for auction any longer than two weeks…one week might be enough.

    Since we all want Snowhook to be able to pay the entry fee in June, I am sending them another donation the first week or so in May.

  44. Melanie
    1:48 pm on April 18th, 2011

    B.Stover: I think Stormy is just getting ready. Our ladies sit, pant heavily and stare at nothing.

    MagPie: One of the babies would be great for the auction. (But only if we make sure Riö gets it even if he doesn’t bid!)

    Riö: Thinking on your post.

  45. Siber-H
    1:50 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Rio, I used the credit card option instead of pay pal to order the calendar. I see Stover did the same thing, which will make mom feel better (once she finds out about it) about ordering it online instead of snail mail.

  46. B.Stover
    1:54 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Rio: It may be better to wait until everyone is ready for the auction. Unless Rebecca tells us otherwise, the entry free may already be well supported.

    The only think I can think of to put up for auction is a poem or a short story.(I can post it any time.) I’m not sure how to go about doing that though. Posting either here could take up too much space. Any ideas tech people?

    What would volunteering to help with the auction entail?

    I think one week for the auction is sufficient time.

  47. B.Stover
    1:58 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Melanie: That explains it. I hope Stormy’s ordeal is over soon.

  48. Siber-H
    2:03 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Excellent thought, Stover…if Snowhook already has the entry fee, there is no need to rush the auction.

  49. Siber-H
    2:07 pm on April 18th, 2011

    The first day to offically enter the 2012 Iditarod is June 25th.

  50. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:08 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Thanks for the concern regarding th fires. As we live in the middle of the cities, there is little danger of wildfires here. Ft. Worth is where the west begins, and a lot of that reason is because to the west of use the air is a lot drier and dustier. Those people can’t even have a heated conversation without starting a fire. One firefighter has died, which made dad very sad. Hopefully no new ones will start today.

  51. Wolfie
    2:12 pm on April 18th, 2011

    I think we should check with with Rebecca regarding the entry fee. The last time she mentioned it, Snowhook was about halfway to the goal. I think the auction might be helpful, and since we have some momentenum building, we may want to run with it! Lol, we may be the primary bidders!

  52. Wolfie
    2:17 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Too bad we can’t get an ARC of CB4. That would bring in some big money!

    ( I just don’t want to wait until September. I am going through withdrawals!)

  53. Wolfie
    2:28 pm on April 18th, 2011


    I’m glad that you are okay. Wildfire is one of our biggest concerns here. It has been over 50 years since we have had a big burn and we are overdue.

    2:29 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Rio 1-maybe, 2 summer yes, 3 no, 5, 1 week

    Bee, Staring at the corner and just being pensive is ok. She is just being quiet, not in stress.
    Having babies is not a huge ordeal for them, after you notice labor, maybe 1 hour, with about 30 minutes tops between births. Usually first will be standing and trying to nurse by the time the second comes.

  55. BearSpiritDog
    2:31 pm on April 18th, 2011

    I like Wolfie’s idea about providing a link to the auction on CTD.

    Rio: We ordered our calendar through paypal. The calendar sales should help Snowhook too. Still pondering your questions about the auction.

  56. Mollypop
    2:32 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Rio – Sam had a conniption this morning when she saw her name wasn’t on the Snowhook web site. It was Mom’s fault because she didn’t tell them our donations were from Sam and me. Mom emailed Rebecca to let her know and to ask her to please change it.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:40 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Volunteers!….After thinking about it, I probably will only need one or two guys to help me keep the bidding up to date….snort!..I will write up an explanation of how this Silent Auction will actually work….yawn!…In a while.

  58. Mollypop
    2:44 pm on April 18th, 2011

    1. yes
    2. yes
    3. no
    4. need more info
    5. 1 week

  59. Wolfie
    2:56 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Did you guys notice that Natasha donated? I wonder if she paid in US $ or in kopeks?

    Not to dimish my feelings towards Sam, but I think that Nattie is mighty fine. I’m not saying that I would pay to go on a date with her, but I’m not saying that I wouldn’t, either. There is something mysterious and worldly and exotic about our dashing spy…..

  60. Wolfie
    2:59 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Would it be possible to set the auction site up so that each bidder could post their own bid? That way we could watch the bidding grow and mebbe even have bidding wars? I’m not sure how these things work, but I’m just tossing ideas out there…..

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:08 pm on April 18th, 2011


  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:11 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Wolfie!…I should also say that you will be able to watch the bidding grow. ….snort!…Just not the way Ebay does it….grunt! …The whole point is to get as many bids as possible on the Items. More bids, more $$’s….wheeze!

  63. BearSpiritDog
    3:12 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Rio: Auction!

    1. yes
    2. yes
    3. no
    4. how can we help?
    5. 5/15 – 6/15

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:39 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Auction!….My friend wrote this up to try and explain first what a Silent Auction is and how we will be able to handle it through a blog….snort!

    Silent auctions are a great way to raise money. Everyone always over-pays for the item they want because they bid against others who also want that same item. Usually, one signs in and receives a ticket or piece of paper with an identifying number on it. Then they walk around looking at the donated items and if something catches their eye and they can’t live without it, they will bid on it. This means writing down the dollar amount they will pay for it on a sheet of paper along with their assigned identifying number.

    So say you see one of Debbie’s quilts and you want it. You look at the sheet of paper with all the bids on it and under the last bid entered you put in an amount that is higher. Later you come back and check the sheet. Damn! Someone else wants this quilt really badly too and they have upped the bid by 25.00. Now you have to decide if you want to bid more to try and win the quilt.

    We have to do this on Snowhook’s blog, and use photos and written descriptions of our donated items. The identifying number of the bidder will instead be their email address/name. The Item will have a number. The bidder will email the amount over the minimum starting bid and the number of the Item they want to the “bid keeper”. The one who volunteers for this job will update Snowhook’s blog with the newest bid amounts that come in. We can use the “Comments” section for this. All bidders must check the “Comments” section to see what amount their desired Item is up to. Hopefully, there will be a few bidding wars going on.

    Snowhook will post a link on their Facebookie page and announce the auction. Chet will post a link and an announcement of the auction also. Maybe he will even Tweet about it. The rules etc. will be laid out before the photos of the donated items are displayed on the blog. We will have a time limit on the bidding. One week sounds about right. It will start on a Sunday and end the following Saturday. Exact time of day to be determined. Once it is over the winners will be announced and they will promptly send their money to Snowhook. Once Snowhook receives the money they will email the bid-keeper with the mailing address of the winner. The bid-keeper will give this info to the Plunderer who donated the item. They will be responsible for mailing the item to the winner.

    Snort!wheeze!….Any questions?….cough!

  65. Wolfie
    3:58 pm on April 18th, 2011

    You are a genius. The only suggestion I have is that we end the auction on a Sunday instead of Saturday. Gives us another day to collect bids and it seems as if most folks are off on the weekend.

    I like it.

  66. Melanie
    4:27 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Riö (bowing here to your ability to think and do) you are wonderful.

    I am NOT going to volunteer for the “bid keeper”. I’m doing better, but good dog, I get so tired and when I get tired my dyslexia hits. Not a good idea.

    I would like to help though. Perhaps with taking photos of the auction items that need some work. I would not change color or anything like that but could crop and stuff.

    Would that help?

  67. Melanie
    4:28 pm on April 18th, 2011

    B.Stover: I might have missed it, but did you have a good meeting with your student?

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:34 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Melanie!… Fixing the photos would be a wonderful thing for you to do….snort!….One of my biggest fears is that some of them won’t display the day of the auction….wheeze!…You could make completely sure that they are .jpg’s and will indeed show up in a browser….Excellant! …Woooooo!

  69. FattyKitty
    4:46 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Egad! If SQ could write as many words as the Plunderers do in a day, there’d be two new Chet and Bernie books a year. Silent Auctions! Iditarod Sponsors! Cookbooks! Being a Plunderer is a full time job. If I hadn’t gone already, you’d put me over the rainbow.

    The only reason I have so much time today is that the Catty Librarian messed up her computer and is spending her whole day off reconfiguring the software. Thank dog, it’s working.

  70. Siber-H
    4:52 pm on April 18th, 2011

    That is pretty darn brilliant, Rio. I agree with Wolfie about maybe ending it on a Sunday.

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:58 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Fatty!…I’ve missed you, you old Ghost!…heh!…What have you been up to?…snort!…We’ve been busy around here as you can see…wheeze!

  72. Siber-H
    5:08 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Hi Fatty!! We have missed you around here.

    Here is what I like about the way Rio’s friend figured out how to do the auction: It won’t be too much work for Rebecca. All she has to do is collect the money and send off some emails.
    Rebecca and A.J. both have jobs and ALL those dogs to care for so I want this auction to be easy for them.

  73. Melanie
    5:12 pm on April 18th, 2011

    FATTY KITTY!! Back from the Rainbow Bridge!

    5:29 pm on April 18th, 2011

    F.K. Hey there, big guy! We missed you. Stick around and meet some of the new bloggers. Oley, Bear and Natasha are newbies, maybe Tupper and Gilly and Basil and Sage, (The Herbs)too. B&S are your kind, except they are still on this side of the Bridge.

  75. Wolfie
    5:31 pm on April 18th, 2011


    (from mom)

    It is good to hear from you! Have you seen any of my first or second packs lately? (Honey, Winnie, Paddy, Ginger, Sandy, Iris, Zilly and Samson?) If so, tell them that I miss them still.

    Plus I miss all of my lovely Kats who have skipped across the rainbow bridge.

  76. BearSpiritDog
    5:44 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Fatty Kitty! How very nice to meet you. We may have passed on the Bridge.

    Rio & Friend: You have done a lot of work planning this auction for Snowhook. This is so exciting!

  77. Wolfie
    5:55 pm on April 18th, 2011

    This is so exciting! I like that we are making this easy for Rebecca and AJ. The most work that they should have to do is deposit the checks at the bank. Right, guys?

  78. Wolfie
    6:02 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Mom is in a bad mood today also. She did her taxes a month ago and went to e-file today but then found out that she had to mail the taxes in due to some change in the law regarding the adoption credit.

    Only dad used up all the ink printing out church bulletins so they had to use the old printer. But then dad had to install a new driver and also download adobe flash and then she had to rush.

    If you ask me, that’s what she gets for procrastinating. Dad is at the post office now.

  79. B.Stover
    6:04 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Sounds like a good plan Rio.

    It’s nice to hear from you Fatty Kitty.

    Melanie: Yes, the meeting with my student went well. Both of her projects are going to be fun. She asked questions about teaching that I take for granted: how do you know how long to schedule each text covered on the syllabus, how do you come up with exam questions. That kind of thing. I’m having her do research on the artwork–which she will choose–for each period covered.

  80. OleyHowlers
    6:22 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Rio, you asked earlier how we paid for the calendar … paypal or credit card. We couldn’t answer because Mom had to go back to work and she doesn’t let us post when we are here alone.
    We used paypal. We are never given a credit card…ever since that incident with the 100 dozen pig ears…we didn’t know how large 100 is let alone a dozen.

  81. Wolfie
    6:34 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Let’s see……100 dozen pig ears is……a lot. More than two, certainly.

    Bee, I’m glad your meeting went well. If your student gets stuck with test questions, we can always jump in and help. Of course, the questions might be a little bit interesting.

  82. OleyHowlers
    6:34 pm on April 18th, 2011

    1. We like the idea of starting in May and running until beginning of June (in case we aren’t ready at the start).

    2. only if there are a lot more items by then.

    3. We will try to get our items ready by then, but since we must wait for TOTTSHR we aren’t sure.

    4. Not us…no time

    5. The longer the better … more bids

  83. Gus and BooBear
    6:59 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Whoa! BearSD, have you gone over the Rainbow Bridge? What about Masquers? Guess the name should have been a clue, but we seriously had no idea.

  84. Liz
    7:07 pm on April 18th, 2011

    May, yes
    Item ready now, yes (an artwork)
    Duration: One week
    Second auction: Maybe

    So if I win a bid (that toffee is MINE!) I can send money via PayPal?

  85. Gus & BooBear
    7:12 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Rio, what happens when the bid-keeper receives several identical bids? Does he/she accept the first bid and reply to the other bidders that someelse already has made their bid?

  86. Gus & BooBear
    7:13 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Don’t count on it Liz!! That toffee is going to be the source of some serious bidding by more than one of us!

  87. Liz
    7:33 pm on April 18th, 2011


    I can’t wait til they go commercial and i see Wolfie’s Toffee on the supermarket shelves!

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:34 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Puss N’ Boots!…Yes! Exactly that…snort!

  89. Melanie
    7:42 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Just read Natasha’s weekly report to Zoë.

    Lots of laughing!

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:54 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Liz!…I will have to ask Rebecca about Pay Pal and how that would work paying for auction items….snort!…She is indisposed this week and may not get to check in till Saturday….grunt!…Remember we do want to have all the Auction proceeds added to our final Sponsorship total…heh!

  91. Siber-H
    8:00 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Rio, Mom and I may have come up with an item for for the auction.
    Do you think a necklace, Native American made here in NM would be appropiate for the auction? It wouldn’t be a super expensive one but it would be authentic with genuine stones in it.

    Mom has some jewelry like this and does she wear it, not really.

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:09 pm on April 18th, 2011

    SiberH!…That sounds like a great idea pal!….snort!…I think personal items of the Plunderers could actually go over really well…heh!…I have this coat of many colors…hmmm!

  93. B.Stover
    8:10 pm on April 18th, 2011

    SH: I think the necklace would be a great item for the auction.

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:20 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Tup N’ Gilly!….I finally got to read your post from 10:24….snort!…These are all things I have thought about. There will be a “standard” of submission for auction items, believe me!…wheeze!…No adlibbing when it comes to the real deal..heh!…I had the same thought about spacing out the Items…sniff!….Five or six at a time and have several auctions. To give it time for word of mouth to spread. If an Item doesn’t get any bids in one auction, it can be displayed again and maybe go gangbusters the second time around. Although, most of you aren’t really leaning this way, are you?…sneeze!

  95. Barb & Maggie
    8:23 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Siber, We agree, necklace is in! Silver and turquoise would be lovely!

    G & B, We are in shock too, over Bear’s comment to F.K. Guess the name slipped by us as well. We were thinking more along the line of him being a dog with a bear spirit, not that he was Bear, the Spirit Dog. Now we are feeling sad.

  96. Siber-H
    8:24 pm on April 18th, 2011

    I think that plan makes a great deal of sense, Rio.

    Thanks for your replies about the necklace…that is what we will donate.

  97. Liz
    8:32 pm on April 18th, 2011

    As long as I can pay somehow, that’s fine. I suppose i can always send a money order, they’re pricey though.

  98. Melanie
    8:38 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Whew, just finished the third episode of “Firefly”. Lots of dark humor in these. Enjoying it.

    Hmmm. I thought BearSpiritDog meant he was coming to be in the real world when he passed FattyKitty going the other way.

    Told YSAS that I was shamelessly using him and his autography. snicker!

    Headed to bed. TTFN

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:46 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Melanie!…Use him, use him for all you got!…heh! …I want an autographed photo dammit!…growl!

  100. OleyHowlers
    8:48 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Siber: necklace is a splendid idea!
    We had no idea BearSpiritDog was on the other side of the Bridge. We just thought it was sort-of Native-American or something. Bear, please fill us in.
    We have 2 brothers (and lots of cats) on the other side of the Bridge. We look forward to all being united again one day.

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:50 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Bidding!….We will need to have a bidding rule….snort!… To ‘Up a Bid’ should the minimum be at least $5.00? I would hate for it to be much less, because that could cause so many headaches for the Bid-Keeper… gruffle!

  102. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:53 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Rockeeees!….I have to go! The Giants are pulling the rug out from under the Rockies right off the Bat!…gulp!…They need my full attention and rooting powers….gruff! yikes! Arrrrrrrgh!

  103. Siber-H
    8:59 pm on April 18th, 2011

    I’m watching the game with you, Rio. YIKES!!!

    Yes, a $5.00 minimum bid would be reasonable.

  104. Liz
    9:01 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Yes, $5 minimum.

    BSD – spooky! I thought you were really here…

  105. dawson
    9:06 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Re auction: 1. yes. 2. yes. 3. no. 4. maybe. 5. no longer than 2 weeks.
    I’ve been gone and haven’t caught up on all the posts today but…I will.

  106. C. Harris
    9:27 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Rio: yes to $5 increments in bidding unless the person who donated the item wants less or more depending on the item. Otherwise, you get people bidding a penny more to get something.

    I haven’t thought of anything yet. Maybe I can freeze some snowballs and Siber-H can bid on them? It will be summer by then and he will be hot. [whisper… this is just a joke; I could freeze snowballs but how could they be mailed without melting?]

  107. C. Harris
    9:31 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Could someone check with Rebecca and see what the Plunderer total is at this point? I know that a kennel has ongoing expenses beyond the Iditarod entry fees even though that is our goal at the moment.

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:34 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Charris!…You live in Alaska, isn’t there something unique from there that you could put up as a donation?….snort!…Something that might seem ‘everyday’ to you, but not to us…sniff!

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:36 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Reba!…She is indisposed till this Saturday unless she can get to a computer in a small village…heh!

  110. Siber-H
    9:43 pm on April 18th, 2011

    CHarris, I thought the same thing about snowballs from above the Arctic Circle. I would bid on them. It got up to 82 degress here today.
    Siber-H’s mom here: You might be able to get him to bid on rocks if they come from above the Arctic Circle.

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:49 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Gah!….Good thing the jagged edge of the bat didn’t get Lincecum in the leg…hmmphf!

  112. Mollypop
    9:51 pm on April 18th, 2011

    I think the bidding increment should be $2. $5 seems like too much. I agree with C Harris that we don’t want bidding in pennies.

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:52 pm on April 18th, 2011

    SiberH!…heh!snort!heh!….This one here wants me to auction off my smelly baseball toys…grunt!…There is no way in hell I would ever do that!…grump! …Are you watching this Game From Hell right now?….snort!….I keep thinking someone will step forward and stop the Madness….yeep!yeep!

  114. Tupper and Gilly
    9:56 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Ok – its late, but we are here. Mama is going to be doing double shifts again this week after all…sigh….we NEVER get enough tummies when she is working this much.
    Rio – we bow down to your organizational skills! Great job, and this project will truly be a boon to Snowhook.
    Answers to your questions –
    1,We like the idea of starting auctions in May, but we still think it would be better to have a few items each week, and stretch it out for a while. But we will go along with whatever the group decides.
    2. Yes to more than one auction
    3. We could have an item for the beginning of May, but we do want to create something special for the auction and even if we start that tonight, it wouldn’t be ready and photographed by the first of May.
    4. Volunteering – well, maybe not, but we will contribute
    5. Length of auctions – whatever you all decide, we’re good with it.

    Wolfie – you mentioned finding cute boxes…is there a Michael’s Craft Store near you? They have a line of fillable containers that are quite reasonable.

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:00 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Nightmare!….Did the Rockies change their name to the “Red Sox”?….huffle!!

    Molly!….I hear you, but I also hear a lot of others saying they like the 5.00 to Up It…snort!…Give us your reasons for the 2.00 minimum to Up It bid….sniff!

  116. Siber-H
    10:00 pm on April 18th, 2011

    I’m watching this game, Rio, but I find myself shutting my eyes at times just like in a horror movie.

  117. Tupper and Gilly
    10:12 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Rio – about the $5 or $2 increment discussion…much to be said on both sides of the coin. But we think the suggested value of the item should determine the increment amount. If someone donates something that is worth say 25.00, the $5 increment might be a bit much. But say Liz donates one of her incredible paintings, $5 increments would be quite reasonable.
    Its gonna be a tough call no matter what.

  118. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:14 pm on April 18th, 2011

    SiberH!….The only thing I am thinking right now is “Do Not Let Lincecum Have A NO-HITTER!!!!”….grump!stomp!gasp!

  119. C. Harris
    10:14 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Hmmm….I have “fur flowers.” Crafted flowers made from lynx, bear, fox, mink, etc. But that is not very animal friendly. Still thinking….

  120. Staff
    10:16 pm on April 18th, 2011

    1. With the entry fee due in June, should we try and have an auction in May? Well I have mine ready except it is at the farm. I would have to get it and photo it first. Only if it is late May. June is really better for me.

    2. Some of us will not have our Items ready for auction until later. Should we have another auction in the summer? This might be the way to handle it.

    3. Who among you would have an item ready by the first week of May? This means having a nice photograph(.jpg) of it along with a short description and a minimum bidding price. Not Staff

    4. Who among you would be willing to volunteer to help with the auction in a larger capacity than just donating an item? Or if you do not have anything to auction, would you be willing to volunteer your time instead? Ahhh, I would have to rest up before I can even start thinking about that.

    5. How long should the Items be up for auction? One week? Two weeks? Or more? How about 2 weeks. One week goes by so fast for us old folks.

  121. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:17 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Bidding!… This does need more thought. I can see both sides for sure…snort!…How to make it clear to the bidder will have to come down to an entry in the Items Description’, I guess….sniff!…Part of the Standard Entry will be the determination of the amount of minimum upper bids…sniff!

  122. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:21 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Staff!….She is Alive and Here Again!….Woooo!…Tell Alice we do not want her to be a Fan of The Rockies…grunt!…I bet Alice is at the Game tonight, that’s the only way I can explain what is happening to our team….SOB!SOB!SOB!

  123. Barb & Maggie
    10:22 pm on April 18th, 2011

    I vote for $2.00 increases. Many of the items are not going to be super expensive so I think $5.00 seems like too much. How do you determine a minimum bid for starting? Lets say it is something you can price check on ebay and the average selling price for the item is $100. Where wuould you place the minimum starting bid? And again what if no one bids past an opening bid, then what? I think with some auctions, if the seller doesn’t get a certain minimum price, then they just pay some sort of fee. Or will this be what they call an absolute auction?

  124. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on April 18th, 2011

    YES!…Cargo has foiled the NO HITTER for Lincecum!…..Hoooray! Wooooo! …The tide is turning…heh!heh!

  125. Liz
    10:27 pm on April 18th, 2011

    T&G – thanks !! 🙂 I agree it would depend on the set value of the item whether the increments should be $5 or $2, but then maybe that doesn’t matter – if something is only worth $25 or so, it would either sell quickly or make lots of extra money!

    This could be a very valuable box of toffee!

    Maybe we should do two auctions because there would be a lot of lessons learnt from the first one.

    I wonder if Chet might donate something…

  126. Staff
    10:32 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Whoo Hooo and ARC of The Dog Who Knew Too Much.!!!!!!
    There would sure be a lot of fighting for that one.

    Alice indeed has deserted the Twins and they have won their last two games. Hee hee hee hee.

    Hopefully you can protect you players from the AliceEyes, Rio. Do they all wear the special sunglasses?

  127. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:32 pm on April 18th, 2011

    YES!…Now the Shut-Out is gone!…snort!….Alice must have gone home for the night…WOOOOOOOOOOO!….I’ve seen the Rockies hit for 9 in one inning. Anything is possible yet!…snort!

  128. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:35 pm on April 18th, 2011

    OH Gah!…I can’t look at her!…yeeep!

  129. Barb & Maggie
    10:38 pm on April 18th, 2011

    We are still waiting to see if BSD will give us mere details about his name.

    Lots of good input on the auction, but now we need to go to bed. Night all, sweet dreams

  130. Siber-H
    10:40 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Mortensen is doing a good job pitching for the Rockies.

  131. Liz
    10:47 pm on April 18th, 2011

    And the bean recipe – was it posted and i skimmed past? What sort of beans are we talking about?

  132. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:50 pm on April 18th, 2011

    SiberH!….Yes, Mortensen is doing very good!… wuffle! … They put in the wrong pitcher at the wrong time to begin with tonight….dammit!…He was not ready for the Giants…grump!! …Can they over-come the big deficit against Lincecum? Odds are against them…snort! …It would be something though if a couple of miracles happened…heh!

  133. Siber-H
    10:52 pm on April 18th, 2011

    The bean recipe hasn’t been posted yet, Liz, but not to worry, Kirby will come through for us. I have no idea what kind of beans we are talking about, but they sound good.

    I thought it was nice that a lot of the crowd at Coors Field applauded Lincecum when he left the mound.

  134. Basil and Sage
    11:17 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Hahahahahahaa Sic’em Alice! Go get that snortin’ little pug!

  135. Siber-H
    11:20 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Night all

    Ubaldo will be pitching tomorrow, whew

  136. Siber-H
    11:21 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Herbs, Isn’t it past your bedtime.

  137. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:22 pm on April 18th, 2011

    Rockies!….It was like watching another team play tonight, one that I didn’t recognize ….snuff!…I didn’t see the Rockies out there on the field, that’s for sure….dammit! grrrrr!

  138. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:28 pm on April 18th, 2011

    SiberH!…No doubt about it, we all admire Lincecum…snort!…He is amazing, no question….Heh!…I love to watch him pitch. He bobbled one time, did you see that?…heh!

    Goodnight!…Everyone keep thinking of Auction Questions. The more we can answer up front the better…Woooo!

  139. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:15 am on April 19th, 2011
  140. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:16 am on April 19th, 2011

    Please disregard the above post. Annie was playing with the keyboard.

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    1:13 am on June 8th, 2011

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