Go Reuben!

“Do we know about this?” says Spence. “Stem-cell therapy for members of the nation within?”

“We do not,” says Admin.

“Here’s a story out of Detroit,” Spence says (hat tip – Candice Williams, The Detroit News). “It’s all about Reuben, a 9-year-old English springer spaniel with hip dysplasia and arthritis. He went to a clinic that does in-house stem-cell therapy – harvesting and injecting stem cells the same day. Treatment  started with light anesthesia and then the vet took about a tablespoon of fat from Reuben’s back. The fat is lasered, the cells get separated out, and are injected into the joints. The vet expects Reuben to be moving better 2 or 3 weeks. Cost – about two grand.”

They both look at me. “How are those hips, big guy?”

Hips? Those are what, exactly?

Here’s wishing B. a quick recovery.

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103 Responses to “Go Reuben!”

  1. Wolfie
    9:03 am on January 13th, 2011

    Am I the first to post? Wow!

    Zoe is on her way home, Bee is getting closer to some answers, and now all we need to do is get Macy’s mom to the doctor. All is well.

  2. dawson
    9:16 am on January 13th, 2011

    Good morning Wolfie: All is well.

    Hey! That’s right! I have a new grandchild being born this morning! All is very well. Welcome to the world, Ruby Josephine.

  3. Barb & Maggie
    9:42 am on January 13th, 2011

    Welcome, Ruby! Is this your first grand, Dawson?

  4. dawson
    9:42 am on January 13th, 2011

    I’ve always liked the name Reuben. I like to eat them too. And I was born in Detroit, so I have connections to this post. Heh. But…I’m off to work.

  5. dawson
    9:45 am on January 13th, 2011

    Good Morning Barb and Maggie: No, it’s my third. :-) :-) :-) But it is the first by this couple who did everything but stand on their heads to make this happen and finally resigned themselves to not having kids…next thing you know…preggers! Yippee.

  6. B.Stover
    10:17 am on January 13th, 2011

    That is an interesting article. I’ll have to look in the Detroit News to see if I’m familiar with the clinic. One of my niece’s used to do volunteer work at a clinic here.

    There is nothing wrong with Chet’s hips! Thank you very much for the wish for quick recovery. I’m feeling better.

    Good morning all.

  7. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:33 am on January 13th, 2011

    Wha!?…. Whatever that stem cell stuff is I could use some of it….snort!… I jumped off the big bed and hurt my shoulder….grunt!… Now I’m limping around like an old guy….grump! ….She feels sorry for me but says it’s my own fault for not waiting to be lifted off the bed….dammit! … I heard food being poured in my bowl and I couldn’t wait for her to finally take me off the bed….wheeze!

  8. B.Stover
    10:52 am on January 13th, 2011

    Rio: I think you should ask you friend to get steps or a ramp for you to use on and off the bed. Tell her I said so.

    Dawson: Congratulations to you and the new parents.

    Macy: Has your mom gone to the doctor yet?

  9. Melanie
    11:04 am on January 13th, 2011

    ZOË is HOME! She looks good. She says Thank you ALL for your support.
    Only two of the Pack are speaking to her. The rest are pouting.

  10. Melanie
    11:06 am on January 13th, 2011

    That sounds great for Reuben. I have told our VET that the next thing that goes wrong with Dan, Dan is going to him. Good care, Fast care, and treats. Nothing like it.

    Hips? Hmmmm. I know it wouldn’t work for my knee but my hips??

  11. B.Stover
    11:18 am on January 13th, 2011

    I’m so glad Zoe is home!

    Melanie: Your knee procedure is still on for tomorrow right?

    Dawson: The lung specialist said that when the problem is fixed the collapsed portion of lung will….what’s the word for uncollapse? It will become inflated on its own. Also, yesterday I had 95% oxygen in my blood which is normal. The doctor said that my body is compensating for the collapsed lung. Isn’t the body amazing?

    B&M: Did you like the movie Eat, Pray Love (I think that’s the title)? I didn’t like it that well…a bit long.

  12. B.Stover
    11:20 am on January 13th, 2011

    I’m so glad Zoe is home!

    Melanie: Your knee procedure is still on for tomorrow right?

    B&M: Did you like the movie Eat, Pray Love (I think that’s the title)? I didn’t like it that well…a bit long.

    I’m being moderated again so I’ll try this. The part to Dawson I’ll attempt to put in the next message.

  13. B.Stover
    11:21 am on January 13th, 2011

    Dawson: The lung specialist said that when the problem is fixed the collapsed portion of lung will….what’s the word for uncollapse? It will become inflated on its own. Also, yesterday I had 95% oxygen in my blood which is normal. The doctor said that my body is compensating for the collapsed lung. Isn’t the body amazing?

  14. B.Stover
    11:23 am on January 13th, 2011

    It didn’t work. I’ll try rephrasing.

    Dawson: When the problem is fixed the collapsed portion of lung will….what’s the word for uncollapse? It will become inflated on its own. Also, yesterday I had 95% oxygen count which is normal. The doctor said that my body is compensating for the collapsed lung. Isn’t the body amazing?

  15. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:25 am on January 13th, 2011

    Stover!…My friend said “No more big bed for you fat boy.”….snort!… So I will be sleeping in my own warm soft bed for quite a while it sounds like….grunt!

  16. B.Stover
    11:35 am on January 13th, 2011

    Rio: Your own bed–being warm and soft and containing all of your baseball toys in just the correct places–sounds good. However, I think we should keep working on your friend.

    I have to go get perscriptions filled.

  17. Barb & Maggie
    11:48 am on January 13th, 2011

    Glad Zoe is back home and doing well.

    Bee, Barb actually did not watch the whole movie, Eat, Pray, Love. She turned it off when she was in the love stage. Julia Roberts did a good job, but the movie did sort of drag a bit.

  18. Siber-H
    11:52 am on January 13th, 2011

    Mom first read about the stem cell therapy for dogs in the monthly publication she subscribes to from the Cummings School of Vet Medicine. More clinics are starting to do this “in house” instead of sending the stem cells away to a lab. I think this treatment shows great promise for dogs with hip dysplasia and arthritis. Maybe the price of the treatment will come down, but, then again, maybe not. I wonder if they will every try this procedure on two-leggeds.

  19. Siber-H
    12:02 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Welcome Home, Zoe!

    Congratulations on your new grandbaby, Dawson! We like the name Ruby.

    Macy? Is your mom going to the doctor?

  20. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    12:17 pm on January 13th, 2011

    We are so glad that the “trend level” on this blog is going is a positive direction, for Zoe, Dan, Stover and Dawson too with the new grandchild. And Ruby is a terrific name, as we all know from The Tutor by you-know-who. All we need to do is to get Macy’s mom to take better care of herself and everything will be tip-top for awhile.

    We dodged another bullet here in terms of snow. Only got about three inches or so. Dad did a great shoveling job, but others in the neighborhood didn’t, so grandpa is grounded for awhile, which is just fine because he can spend more time petting me. My back in bothering me again so I am not doing too much myself anyway, but I know it will get better. Mom is really busy with quilt guild stuff for the next couple of days (workshops put on by an out-of-twon speaker), so she isn’t around very much, but dad and grandpa will try to compensate. i’ll milk it for all its worth.
    Wookie

  21. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:29 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Wookie!… Do you think this stem-cell thing would help your back?…snort!…Maybe you should email your V-E-T and find out about it….sniff!… I want my best Special Agent in top form at all times big guy!…sneeze!

  22. Mollypop
    12:35 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Wow, a good day finally! Zoe is home, Dawson has a new grand baby, and B is feeling better.

    But Rio, now what about your shoulder? When your friend gets out of bed, she shoud put you on the floor right away – then you can’t think that you’re Super Dog.

  23. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:52 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Molly!… No offense but, are you crazy?…snort!… I don’t want to get out of bed till I absolutely have to…grunt!….She has tried to pull me out from under the covers before and I growled at her…sniff!…So she gave up on that idea…sneeze!…. She messed up the routine by pouring food in my bowl earlier than usual. Typically I am outside doing my business when she decides to put the food out…grunt! ….It’s all her fault that I am hurting now….grump!

  24. Staff
    1:03 pm on January 13th, 2011

    HI Zoe, Welcome back. You had us all excited for the last two days. Jeez. Now all you have to do is relax! ahahahahahahahahha.
    Well I hope you are on the couch with a good book or some nice knitting and a Newf or two is holding you down. I think a Newf anchor would be quite effective myself.

    Ruby Josephine, we are waiting for the news. Are you here yet kiddo? This is your GREATaunt Nancy asking.

    Rio you are so difficult. I think your friend must be a saint. Alice agrees with me.

    Snowing here. About 1 inch so far. Dawson’s father has a new treadmill. It was delivered today. The previous one was being annoyingly difficult about starting up.

  25. Melanie
    1:04 pm on January 13th, 2011

    I am home, happy to be here and wondering what to do about getting rid of stress. Your messages are prime de-stressors. Melanie reads them to me and we laugh and pet the dogs. That ought to take care of stress!

    Rio, your prayers are very special.

    Thank you all so very much. Zoe
    (now getting over Tako-Tsubo, or Broken Heart Syndrome..) REALLY .. I have something named after a Japanese Octopus Trap and a romance novel!)

  26. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:19 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Zoe!… Anything for you my dear….snuffle!… I hope you are feeling tip top and will try and relax and stay calm….snort!…Life is too short to spend any more of it than you have to in a hospital or a V-E-T-S office…grunt!

  27. Tupper & Gilly
    1:25 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Hi everyone – Tupper here. Zoe, we are so glad you are home. And now you are part of our inner circle;that of having a great deal of weird-osity in medical issues. (Franklin-be nice!She didn’t go away on purpose)
    Rio – I have stairs to get on my sofa cuz I have bad knees. But gilly and I sleep in our snuggly beds with our own blankies. That way we don’t have to share.

  28. Siber-H
    1:26 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Hi Zoe!! Petting us dogs is a great de-stressor. We want you to relax and take it easy. We are very glad you are home now.

    Maybe if we nag enough that Zoe should relax, and Macy’s mom should go to the doctor, we can make it happen.

  29. Sam
    1:31 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Rio, I have stairs to get up on the bed. Why don’t you have stairs? I don’t understand. They let you zoom up and down whenever you want. I don’t like waiting for my lazy, slow family to do something for me.

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:44 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Sammie!… For one thing I am not a Princess and do not get special stairs. Usually, I sleep in my own bed but it has been so cold that she let me up on the big bed for the last few days….grunt!… The weather is warming up now so I will go back to sleeping in my own little bed with my sore shoulder…wheeze!… I do however encourage you to call her and tell her off….sniff!…Here is her phone number: 555-555-5555. This is the one she put in my little Go Phone so I could contact her in case of an emergency…..snorkel!

  31. Tupper & Gilly
    1:52 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Attention please – this blog has been taken over by Basil and Sage the Aristocats. You dogs are just ridiculous. If you were superior being like us Cats, you could jump up on whatever bed, sofa or refridgerator you wanted to. Whats more, WE don’t have to be so undignified to go out in the snow for personal business – we have humans trained to take care of those needs for us. And begging for food – why, thats just low class. If you act like you are doing them a favor by eating, they will give you all kinds of wonderful things. And everyone knows that Cats are better de-stressors than dogs…we PURR back…what do you do? Ooops – here comes Tupper….gotta run…literally

  32. Siber-H
    2:19 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Hi Sage and Basil!

    Can cats pull a sled and get the diptheria serum to Nome in time to save lives? Can cats rescue people trapped in avalances? Can cats assist people with physical disabilities? Can cats save drowning swimmers?

    I could go on but here comes my mom.

  33. Sam
    3:11 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Basil and Sage, I hope you are not the Kats that got marinated in the trunk of that awful man’s car. Oh dear, oh dear. That happened right here in Buffalo where we have drunken Russians, beheadings, and the fun never ends.

  34. Melanie
    3:25 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Sam: you live in a very weird place . . .

    The Pack is now talking to Zoë again. She fed them; it worked like magic.

    Tomorrow I’m out of here very early. Not sure when I get home. Hopefully, T&G will let you know that I get through ok.

    Pretty sure that any message from me tomorrow will be incomprehensible. Snicker.

  35. Melanie
    3:27 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Oh, for B. Stover’s physics friend, and other science enthusiasts . . .
    http://www.space.com/10602-antimatter-beams-thunderstorms-nasa.html

    Turns out that some thunderstorms spit out antimatter into space.

    That is soooooo ScFi!

  36. Mollypop
    3:35 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Melanie – Good luck tomorrow!

  37. Siber-H
    3:38 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Best of luck tomorrow, Melanie. You will be in all our thoughts, and we are looking forward to hearing from you when you feel up to it.

  38. B.Stover
    3:41 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Are we having a cat and dog fight?

    Zoe: So great to have you online. There are all kinds of de-stressing methods. I think the one thing they all have in common is transferring thoughts through concentration on one thing. Anything you enjoy would work. Bookworm works for me…or research. I’m very glad that you’re feeling better.

  39. B.Stover
    3:45 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Melanie: You’ll have all the Plunderers’ thoughts backing you up completely tomorrow. Let us hear from you when you can.

  40. BARB & MAGGIE
    3:50 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Welcome back, Zoe, and good luck tomorrow, Melanie.

    Staff, are we confused? Isn’t Dawson’s father your father, too?

  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:02 pm on January 13th, 2011

    MagPie!…What’s so confusing about that?…grunt!

  42. B.Stover
    4:03 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Interesting article Melanie. I sent it to my physics friend with this comment: “I don’t believe in antimatter. How can antimatter have particles? That’s a contradiction in terms.” That will exasperate him. Heh!

  43. Staff
    4:07 pm on January 13th, 2011

    BStover, Heh, I wondered if anyone would notice that.
    Yes he is. We blame him for all of us.

  44. Mollypop
    4:20 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Melanie – Mom loves that article on antimatter.

    I don’t think I like antimatter. Mom says it could come into our house and head for my food bowl. She thinks it would really like my food bowl. Then, poof!, in a flash of energy, my food would be gone.

  45. BARB & MAGGIE
    4:46 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Rio, Staff referred to him as “Dawson’s father”, not “our father”, that is why we questioned it.

    Staff, it was Barb who was on the ball. Can’t slip much by that one!

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:59 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Grunt!…Oh Brother!

  47. BARB & MAGGIE
    5:02 pm on January 13th, 2011

    What is the oh brother for?

  48. BARB & MAGGIE
    5:05 pm on January 13th, 2011

    I know we don’t post 2 legged pics very often, but here is a photo of 3 of Barb’s grands–these are from our Newfie family branch.

  49. Tupper & Gilly
    5:08 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Hi Siber! Thanks for telling off those two rotten kats. They think that they just know so much. Sage says that he sure could do all those things…he just chooses not to. But since the one time he escaped into the snow, he totally panicked when his foot touched the snow, we don’t think he would be much good for getting to Nome.
    And Sam – eeewwwwww
    Mama says she is going to be at the hospital with our friend Melanie tomorrow and will let you all know how things go. We love Melanie – she smells so wonderfully of big dogs. But we don’t like it when Mama smells like those dogs – she belongs to US!

  50. LizF
    5:31 pm on January 13th, 2011

    I wonder when I can get stem cell therapy for Cricket’s arthritis? That would be wonderful.

    It’s great to see good news in the chat room today, except for poor Rio’s gluttony-related incident.

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:37 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Liz!…I resemble that remark….grunt!

  52. LizF
    5:41 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Grunt back atcha!

    Hey Sam, thank you for another reason not to visit Buffalo.

  53. Siber-H
    5:47 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Liz, you can start by asking Cricket’s vet what he/she knows about the stem cell therapy. I don’t know how far you are from a vet school. I’m around 480 miles from the nearest vet school.

  54. LizF
    6:02 pm on January 13th, 2011

    I have no idea about where the vet schools are, probably Sydney…but yes, that’s a good idea, I’ll ask her.

    For all the dogs today, here is an artwork.

  55. Mollypop
    6:10 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Liz – That is beautiful! You are so talented!

  56. Mollypop
    6:12 pm on January 13th, 2011

    MagPie! Is one of those girls Lily who was in that wonderful picture of Peaches the Chicken? Could you post that one again please?

  57. LizF
    6:13 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Thanks Mollypop!

  58. Mollypop
    6:25 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Now Liz, I’m not a real art critic, as I said your picture is awesome, but it could be awesomer. What if the dog was a great big poodle?

  59. LizF
    6:45 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Ah, I see your point. I’ve never painted a poodle. It would be pretty hard to capture that gorgeous curly hair.

  60. Mollie (a black poodle)
    7:03 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Zoe: Glad you are feeling better.
    Melanie: Good luck tomorrow.
    Liz: Great picture!

  61. Mollie (a black poodle)
    7:27 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Rio: When you said “I resemble that remark” it made me think of one of my favorite TV shows, “Are You Being Served”. Someone on that show used to say things like that. My friend named her cat Mr. Humphries. I don’t think there are any re-runs of it anymore.

  62. dawson
    7:41 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Staff: You are an auntie. Ruby Josephine was born at 8:08 this morning and weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces. All is well. The new father says she is the most beautiful baby he has ever seen. Baby is named after A Catty Librarian who was named after my mom’s sister.

    Barb and Maggie: I love those smiling faces. If there is a Newfie in the family the joyfulness and friendliness shines out.

    LizF. Wow. Very impressive. The background and outline really make the “Dorg” stand out. I’d like to give that dorg a pat. Is that drawn with pencil?!

    Hoorah! Zoe is home already. The pack didn’t take too long to welcome her home. Heh! Good luck tomorrow Melanie.

    B.Stover: I will be relieved when your lung is re-inflated but 95% is good.

  63. dawson
    7:45 pm on January 13th, 2011

    I still get “Are You Being Served” reruns.

    Rio: Take care of that shoulder. Tell your friend she’s got me hooked. I came home with green onions and cottage cheese to bring for my lunch tomorrow. The bonus is I get to breathe my onion breath on everybody afterwards.

  64. Barb & Maggie
    8:07 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Molly, The picture of Lily (on the right) and Peaches is on my work computer, so I will look for it tomorrow.

    Dawson, Congrats on the new baby! Glad Mom, Dad and Baby are good. The grands have 2 Newfies in their family, so there is lots of joyfulness shining out of their home!

    Liz is the dorg in your picture a Cattle Dog?

    Hope all are feeling well tonight.

  65. Wölfie
    8:14 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Welcome home, Zoe!

    I think we ought to have a party to celebrate the Year of Rabbit, which begins on January 3!! We haven’t had a proper blow out since the puppy shower.

    Here is some information:
    According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. It is a time for negotiation. Don’t try to force issues, because if you do you will ultimately fail. To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise.

    Not many people know that the Rabbit is the symbol of the Moon, while the Peacock is the symbol of the Sun, and that together, these two animal signs signify the start of day and night, represent the Yin and Yang of life. It is said that anyone making supplications for wishes to be fulfilled are certain to get what they want… and in the Year of the Rabbit, the wish-granting aspect of the Sun and the Moon combined is multiplied. The Moon is YIN and this is the Yin of Heaven, signifying magic. Thus on each of the Full Moon nights of this year, go out into your garden to gaze into the Full Moon and visualize plenty of Moon dust and Moon glow flowing into you, filling your whole body with bright white light and granting you fearlessness, love and courage. This will not only strengthen your inner “Chi” energy, it will also bring wisdom into your life.

  66. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:18 pm on January 13th, 2011

    I would like to paint a poodle. Could someone please hold her for me while I get my supplies. Is acrylic or oil more suitable for washing out of their hair later?

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:20 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Grunt!… Oh brother!….sniff!…That New Age shit really leaves me cold and grumpy!…grump!

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:21 pm on January 13th, 2011

    MinPin!…heh!snort!heh!…good one!

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:23 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Mollie!… We used to watch that old British show but as you say we can’t seem to find any re-runs running anymore…drat!

    Liz!…You know, that dog could have just as easily been Me!…grump!… Now you will have to make a whole new unique one to showcase Me!…snorke!…I know you are up to it, because you are very talented!…sniff!

    Dawson!… Ugh! I will let her know you like it. I do not care for the cottage and green myself…snort!… She loves it and grew up eating it…sniff!…Her Great Grandmother was very fond of the recipe. Someone her says she likes black pepper on it with a little salt….grunt!

  70. dawson
    8:23 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Good one Macy MinPin.

    Wolfie: You mean February 3rd, I think, for the beginning of Chinese New Year.

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:30 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Wolfie!… I do like a good party though…chorkel!…Even if it is for a Rabbit…grunt!

  72. Siber-H
    8:39 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Would we get to hunt rabbits at the party?

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Sibero-H!…Think of him as more of a Bugs Bunny type of Wabbit!…heh!…No hunting allowed unless you are Elmer Fudd…snort!

  74. Siber-H
    9:10 pm on January 13th, 2011

    drat

  75. Melanie
    9:13 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Everyone CONGRATULATIONS!!

    Lovely picture of dog!
    Lovely picture of extended Newf family!
    Lovely picture, in words, of new baby!
    B.Stover: Glad you get to “get to” your friend.
    Macy: That is funny!

    Ummm, if the Year of the Rabbit came on the 3rd. We’re late. AND Riö, how can it be New Age stuff if the Chinese have been doing this for centuries!

    Anyhoo, Zoë is yelling for me to get off the computer. I have to get up at 5 am.

    Thanks for all the good thoughts and prayers, (you too, Linda the Lurker!)

    TTFN

  76. Barb & Maggie
    9:15 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Wolfie, Do we get to go out into our gardens on full moons after the Year of the Rabbit starts next month? We don’t have to do it yet do we? There is so much snow out there.

    Does anyone read Billie Letts? She is not overly prolific but we like her books. Barb is reading Honk and Holler Opening Soon. So far it is really good. Takes place in Oklahoma, which is where Letts is from.

    Good luch tomorrow, Melanie. Glad T & G’s mom is going to keep us informed.

    Going to go read a little and say good night. Working every afternoon means no naps around here!

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:21 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Good Night!…Melanie and Barb and MagPie!…,snort!…Melanie you will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow my dear!…snorkel!

  78. bluecat
    9:24 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Wolfie – thanks for the info. Better chi from moon dust and a calmer year. What’s not to like?

    “Are You Being Served” a favorite here, too. “AbFab” anyone? And always, always, “Brideshead Revisited”, the original.

  79. Mollie (a black poodle)
    9:25 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Rio: Tell your friend we like cottage cheese with salt and pepper. We will have to try it with the green onions. It is good with fruit too.

  80. Alice Johnson
    9:36 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Tomorrow is Melanie’s very good wonderful strong and feeling better day. We kats are sending kat prayers to her. (via the newf’s)

    Abbie and I certainly sympathize with Sage and Basil. They tell the truth, and get dissed by the land bound pups. Of course Kats can jump up and down with ease. Well, I do it with ease (call it levitation) and Abbie does it carefully after putting one paw up and giving a little stretch.

    We are also impressed that B&S are Aristokats. We never met any official Aristokats before. Of course all kats are unofficial aristokats. You dogs are just jealous.

    good night everyone. Staff it going to get ready for bed early tonight. So much excitement today. And tomorrow we have to wait for T & G to report on Melanie.

  81. B.Stover
    9:36 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Good night all.

  82. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:38 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Would you say that cottage cheese and green onions is a “good eat”?

  83. LizF
    9:50 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Rio, does your friend like the cottage cheese with Lawry’s seasoned salt? that’s my favourite.

    Wolfie, i assume that’s just a slip of the tongue as the Year of the Rabbit doesn’t start til the third of NEXT month. I will definitely be taking myself out under the moonlight and making wishes, thank you for the information (Rio, you big grump!!)

    Dawson – that picture is paint (gouache) (which washes out of the fur just fine) and collage: this one below is pencil and collage. Congratulations on Ruby’s arrival! How lovely.

    Barb yes, that’s a cattle dog, a blue heeler called Resch. He lived up the road from my parent’s house and cadged food from the whole neighbourhood, including the bakery up at the shops – he’d go there every night when they started baking around midnight and they’d give him sausage rolls or a meat pie. A real operator, that dog.

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:50 pm on January 13th, 2011

    BluKat!…AbFab is a favorite of hers…sniff!…I can’t get into it as much. I like The Vicar of Dibly the best. We have a lot of the videos which is sad because our VCR is broken…heh!

    Mollie!…She says just be sure to chop the green onions into little pieces. She uses a lot of green onion, but the amount is up to your own taste…sniff!…Give it a try, it will revolutionize your experience with Cottage Cheese! (thats her talking not me!)…grunt! …She says “It is Good Eats!”…chorkel!

    Goodnight!…Stover and Staff!…snort!… Sleep tite like a kite….snorkel!

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Liz!… If I could escape my yard I could be an operator too!… snort!… Now why oh why do you insist on painting these Aussie guys over me???…sniffle!… I could beg a meat pie off of anyone up here or down under…grunt!…Don’t get me started on sausage rolls!…yeep!

  86. LizF
    10:02 pm on January 13th, 2011

    I bet you could beg very effectively off anyone! Actually that guy isn’t an Aussie, he’s a little dog from Venice, he was waiting with the commuters at the boat-stop one morning, he was a very happy little guy going to the main island for the day for a big explore.

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:17 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Liz!… I could do that too!…sniff!…I could wait with the commuters at the boatstop and try to be happy….grunt!… If we had a boatstop here, I could do it, I really could. I could beg at the same time too…heh!…Why don’t we have any boatstops here?…grump!

  88. LizF
    10:25 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Do you have canals?

    Bluecat – yeah, AbFab rocks!!

  89. Siber-H
    10:26 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Because we live in the inter-mountain west and we don’t have any water.

  90. Tupper & Gilly
    10:31 pm on January 13th, 2011

    From Basil and Sage – Abbie and Alice Johnson sound like highly intelligent and discerning kitties. We are pleased to meet you.

    From Tupper and Gilly –
    Liz – lovely artwork
    Siber – we can’t hunt the rabbits…can we at least herd them??
    Rio – Vicar of Dibley is the best. As Time Goes By is good too.
    Macy – tee hee

    From Amalia – we will be in touch as soon as Melanie’s surgery is done.
    Good night all

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:38 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Liz!….Here is a video of my asking you to please, please make a sketch of me…snort!…It doesn’t have to be for your gallery show or what not…grunt!….Just a simple sketch of me doing something – simple!..heh!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT3N87J7V0Q

    Liz!…I also have an unknown video of me begging for cookies…grunt!…I won’t release this unless I absolutely have to…sniffle!

  92. LizF
    10:44 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Good answer, SiberH!

    Rio, that is sooooooo cute. Aren’t you a dear little thing!

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:47 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Gruff!….Now you want to sketch me, right?…snort!

  94. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:52 pm on January 13th, 2011

    We are big fans of a lot of the Brit comedies as well. VIcar of Dibley is probably our favorite (Dawn French is just awesome and the jokes at the end of each episode are hilarious), but Are You Being Served is great as is Keeping Up Appearances. And of course Fawlty Towers. Although it is not a comedy per se, but actually a mystery, we are big fans of Heddy Wainthropp as well (Patricia Routledge starring in both Heddy and in Keeping up Appearances as Hyacinth Bucket). Pip, pip and Cheerio. Wookie

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:00 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Wookie!… Why are you up so late?…snort!…You need to be resting your back Agent Wookie! You never know when another Mission will have your name on it Big Yellar!…grunt!…Now go get some rest and quit pipping on about English Comedies Chappy!…sniff! ….Tally ho and diddly squat!…heh!

  96. LizF
    11:07 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Toodlepip, Wookie old bean.

    Rio, i can hardly wait, but i need more photos of you, email a couple of jpegs to me. Not too huge though.

  97. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:22 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Speaking of beans..We like Mr. Bean..and pops has a big crush on Felicity Kendall from “The Good Neighbors”..He got a dvd for christmas of “mulberry” which while not on that long, was very fun to watch. Our current favorite britcom is “Last of the Summer Wine”
    macy really truly out.

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:32 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Huh?…sniff!… Does this mean what I think it means?…heh!…Liz, are you going to Sketch me? Maybe even Paint me?….wooooo!… I’m skipping! I’m skipping! I’m Totally hopping! Now I’m Spinning, I’m Spinning!….woooo!.. heh!snort!heh!…dizzy.

    Liz!… I will send my portfolio to you as soon as possible! Which means tomorrow because we are almost off to bed and I need her help to find the photos… gruff!

  99. LizF
    11:39 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Don’t get too excited just yet, i’ve still got to look at the source material!

    Sleep well.

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:45 pm on January 13th, 2011

    Yeep!…I’m skipping, I’m skipping!…snort!snort!…Off to bed I skip…I din’t even remember my sore shoulder until NOW…Ouch! Ouch!…grunt!…Goodnight all!…I’m going to be SKETCHED AND MAYBE PAINTED!….WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!…heh!

  101. LizF
    12:16 am on January 14th, 2011

    Dang.

  102. Melanie
    5:59 am on January 14th, 2011

    LizF: Give that Pug a millimeter and he takes thousands of Kilometers!

    Thanks everyone. Upstairs right now, going downstairs to make a snack to take with me. After surgery people get all upset when you say, I can’t have crackers or toast. And then they take for ever getting a piece of rice bread that tastes like cardboard.
    Yuck!
    So I’m fixing me a chicken and avocado sandwich on really good homemade gluten free bread!

    Got my Kindle, got my iPod with healing music, ready to go!

    Thanks again

  103. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:10 am on January 14th, 2011

    I hope I haven’t missed you, Melanie. Mom went out to dinner with some friends last night and didn’t turn the computer on for me. Please, please remember to put a big sign saying, “Not this knee!” on the good one! Good luck with your surgery — we’ll be waiting by the computer to hear the good news! (I hope this isn’t the same hospital that lost Dan!!!)

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