Good Luck, Anapka!

“Hey,” Bernie says. “Remember that donkey?”

Donkey? The donkey we ran into on the Nuggets Bolliterri case who took an instant dislike to me just because I tried to herd him the tiniest bit? A kick like that? Hard to forget.

“The one they sent up parasailing for some publicity stunt at the Sea of Azov in Russia.”

I kind of remember. Just a little. Was it important? I could try harder … okay, that didn’t work.

“Well,” says Bernie, “there’s good news. The donkey, name of Anapka, has been bought by a British newspaper called the Sun, and flown to Moscow where a vet examined her and said she’s all right. Looks like she’ll be living in an animal sanctuary in the U.K. A happy ending, big guy.”

Love happy endings. What the rest of it was about I’m not sure.

Bernie gets a funny look in his eye. “The Sun,” he says. “Is that the paper with a different topless photo every day?”

Can’t help him there. We handle some things differently in the nation within the nation.


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82 Responses to “Good Luck, Anapka!”

  1. dawson
    4:20 am on August 5th, 2010


    At least I won't be late for work pondering the Foster/Astrid case.

  2. Melanie
    4:29 am on August 5th, 2010

    A Happy Ending, that's great.

    I wondered about that donkey. Did he break his legs? Did he land on his deirriere? That would mean that a donkey landed on his . . . oh, never mind.

    I had all sorts of things to comment on last night's blog posts, but I read it 2 hours ago and now I don't remember them.

    Got up early and helped get Grace and 12 pups into the car for their heart checks. They are at the vets now (a wrong turn somewhere made the trip longer) and checking 12 squirmy active pups's hearts will take awhile.

    I'll look back later after I do everything and WRITE IT DOWN.

    My brain has expanded . . . to a pad of paper and pen.

  3. FattyKitty
    4:51 am on August 5th, 2010

    I am not entirely trusting of the words "Animal Sanctuary." That is ambiguous, in a 1984ish kind of way. Reminds me of Wicked (by Gregory Maguire) where a political backlash against Animals forced them out of politics and public life. Not that I care to enter politics.


    Fatty Kitty for President?

    Puurrrrrrrrrr. Only if there's tuna for life.

    Ooo. For Staff's kitties – propaganda (I might be better at politics than I thought) for lap-sitting:

  4. Riö - The Evil
    5:12 am on August 5th, 2010

    Donkey!…HeeHaw!. ..I am so glad she is going to be okay and will never have to parasail again in her life… snort! …I wouldn’t wish that parasailing business on my worst enemy, or even Alice… grunt!

  5. B. Stover
    5:23 am on August 5th, 2010

    Is Bernie going to get a subscription to The Sun now? (And yes that is asked in a sarcastic tone and may have to be rhetorical.)

  6. B. Stover
    5:38 am on August 5th, 2010

    I just googled The Sun. It looks extremely trashy but at least they don discriminate. They have both male and female nudes. Chet is right: Clothes were an excellent invention.

  7. B. Stover
    5:39 am on August 5th, 2010

    Wonder why the apostrophe "t" didn't work.

    5:57 am on August 5th, 2010

    We are happy for Anapka. We especially like donkeys since we had a mini donkey for several years. She now lives with a herd of 5 donkeys and will have a little one next spring. Everyone should have a cute little ass at some time in their life.

  9. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:02 am on August 5th, 2010

    Stover — The Sun is what we would call a Tabloid here, but God bless them nonetheless for what they have done for Anapka.

    Staff — Regarding Cosmo, I think Rio raised a valid point. I believe that Cosmo's owner uses him as an art subject in her own business, thus I think it would not be appropriate to include him without some consent. At the same time, I think there was a link to her web page associated with her postings, so it may be pretty easy to check with her to see if she would consent. My dad says that he would be more than willing to try to contact her to find out if she would consent to a block being included with Cosmo's picture.


  10. Riö - The Evil
    6:27 am on August 5th, 2010

    Wookie!…. Maybe in your free time you could work for the United Nations and bring about World Peace?…. snort!…What a guy!

  11. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:38 am on August 5th, 2010

    Rio — That is actually my project for the afternoon, but let's get this sorted out first. Wookie

  12. Siberian Husky
    6:44 am on August 5th, 2010

    From what I heard, it was the readers of The Sun that begged for the "newspaper" to do something to save the donkey. Their hearts are in the right place. I don't think there was any outcry from the readers of the New York Times or the Albuquerque Journal.

    I also read that Anapka is 17 years old. Is that middle age for a donkey? I'm glad she is going to be in safe place now.

    6:53 am on August 5th, 2010

    You won't believe what I have to put up with around here! Barb has been incubating chicken eggs for the past 20 days for a friend of hers. She had to turn them 5 times a day for 18 days, and now they are starting to hatch. There is A LOT OF CHEEPING coming from that incubator!!! And she has the nerve to tell me to leave it alone. How does she expect me to ignore all that noise? She won't let me in the laundry room by myself. Do you think she doesn't trust me, the MagPie?

  14. B. Stover
    6:55 am on August 5th, 2010

    The readers' actions for Anapka may be laudable, but The Sun is still trashy.

    7:00 am on August 5th, 2010

    Siber H. Yes that is middle aged. They have about the same life span as a horse – 30 to 35 years if well cared for.

  16. FattyKitty
    7:08 am on August 5th, 2010

    I never met a chicken I didn't want to bite. But the Librarian thinks chicks are cute. Sigh. She asks, "Are there are any pictures?"

    7:17 am on August 5th, 2010

    Pictures can be posted in the future. Give us a little time for hatching and fluffing.

  18. Siberian Husky
    7:22 am on August 5th, 2010

    Thanks for the answer on the donkey age, Maggie. Uh, Maggie, I don't think Barb trusts you, but that would be true of a lot of us here on Chet's blog. Barb couldn't trust us either. Pictures in the future would be fun.

  19. Riö - The Evil
    7:27 am on August 5th, 2010

    Tweat!… Hey Barb! Do you think you could throw up a photo of all the little chicks once they are all hatched? …snort!…Since we have no mystery to talk about we might as well look at some chicks!…heh!

  20. Riö - The Evil
    7:28 am on August 5th, 2010

    Heh!…We all need to get a life!…snort!

    7:33 am on August 5th, 2010

    Rio, See above you re: Chix pix.

  22. B. Stover
    7:35 am on August 5th, 2010

    Why do you say that Rio?

  23. Staff
    7:44 am on August 5th, 2010

    Well Rio I am too full of life right now. I sort of wish it would become boring and mundane. This excitement stuff is overrated.

    Mr Staff vacuumed around my quilt/computer/reading area today and took a picture of me tucked into my chair with all my stuff around me.

    I will try to get it up on the caring bridge site later on.


  24. Riö - The Evil
    7:45 am on August 5th, 2010

    Barb!… I know, I forgot the golden rules, Refresh, Read, Post… heh!

  25. Staff
    7:46 am on August 5th, 2010


    Given your talent with other creatures I would not trust you an inch with a little fluffy chick. You know how we two-legged ones are about fluffy things. We don't want to shake them.

  26. Riö - The Evil
    7:47 am on August 5th, 2010

    Staff!… Has my package arrived yet??!….Huh? Has it!?….snort!… It should be there any second now!…sniffle!

  27. B. Stover
    7:58 am on August 5th, 2010

    We haven't heard from Mollypop or Sam for ages.

  28. Riö - The Evil
    8:04 am on August 5th, 2010

    Missing!…. I was just thinking of them this morning…snort!….Last we heard, I think, was that they were working on Sam’s princessy quilt square !… grunt!….Too bad Lil Lexi doesn’t want to participate …sniff!…I guess some princesses are very fickle.

  29. Mollie (a black pood
    8:26 am on August 5th, 2010

    Jasper: Very nice picture. What kind of poodle are you? I don't think a Standard one.

    Glad Anapka is O.K. I hope we get back to Astrid tomorrow.

  30. Staff
    8:56 am on August 5th, 2010

    I called Shelia at the post office and she had two suspicious packages for me so Mr.Staff had to go in and pick them up before it closed at 1:30.

    Siber-H and BStovers blocks have arrived.

    Sorry Rio,

    I expect yours will come tomorrow. Hopefully we will be back from the poking in time to get it out of the Post office. Otherwise we won't be able to get it until Saturday. I think you would have a conniption fit if that happened.


    So I hope it doesn't.


  31. B. Stover
    9:00 am on August 5th, 2010

    Staff: Did you like the stamps on my envelope?

  32. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:14 am on August 5th, 2010

    Can you just imagine if Rio had a conniption? Would we be able to tell it apart from any other day?

    We are so glad the donkey is ok. Mom says para-sailing is fun. Was the donkey, para-sailing or parachuting? Either way, it was probably without informed consent.

    9:23 am on August 5th, 2010

    Staff, I think you are right, my reputation precedes me. Or perhaps I am just a ledgend in my own mind. TeeHee

  34. Staff
    9:25 am on August 5th, 2010

    Dear B.

    The stamps were lovely. I am glad you chose those four too. Nice to see you are paying attention!

    (She sent me 4 feline stamps from the current shelter pet series.)

  35. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:30 am on August 5th, 2010

    Stover!… I’m miffed too. This Astrid business is starting to wear on my nerves… grunt!… I mean she’s been missing for months and months and months now…. snort!… Can’t Bernie work a little quicker? I wish he would stop reading the newspaper…dammit! … I thought The Sun was like the Enquirer only 10 times worse!… cough!

  36. Riö - The Evil
    9:48 am on August 5th, 2010

    GASP!…. Oh no! My package is lost in the mail!!!… AAAAARGH!… I won’t be on the quilt like I wanted to be… AAAAARRRRRGH!…. All her hard work will be lost! lost! lost! for good in the dead letter bin!…. wheeze! … Staff I sure hope you get home in time to check your mail tomorrow…sniff!.. I cannot endure this fretting forever you know!….sniffle!

  37. Alice Johnson
    9:53 am on August 5th, 2010

    Yup, that was the perfect conniption fit. Good work Rio.

    9:54 am on August 5th, 2010

    Oh oh, Staff, I think Rio's conniption fit is already starting!

    9:55 am on August 5th, 2010

    Alice posted 1 minute before me!

  40. Jasper the Poodle
    10:44 am on August 5th, 2010

    Mollypop, I am a black poodle. My mom says I am the perfect size at 12 pounds. My Aunt Mimi thinks I am fat.

  41. Riö - The Evil
    10:50 am on August 5th, 2010

    Snorkel!… I always feel so much better after having a conniption fit….sneeze!

  42. Riö - The Evil
    12:38 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Melanie!…There is another story about rats in NYC by Rosie….snort!… Just a heads up in case you want to send it to Clarkson. (please tell him Hello for me!)… grunt!

  43. Melanie
    2:06 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Whew, all the pups' hearts check out. The person who was coming tomorrow is now coming Saturday so we have one more day with all the pups and Dan comes in the afternoon. Should be a time . . .

    Riö, I will check Rosie's work, I looked early this morning, and enjoyed what she had there, but missed that.

    By the way, you are very good at fits. Sure hope the package get there tomorrow.

  44. Melanie
    2:22 pm on August 5th, 2010

    The rat survey is awesome. Did you SEE all those stops on the subway where people have seen them? I love Rosie's commentary.

    I've sent it on to YSAS.

    Dan read a book called "Rats: Observations on History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants" by Robert Sullivan. He thought it was fascinating.


  45. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:05 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Good for Anapka, I'm glad she's doing well, with hopes of doing even better — NOW GET BACK TO TULIP'S MOTEL ROOM!

    There, now I feel better!

  46. Siberian Husky
    3:05 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Melanie? What is the minimum age you will let the pups go to their new homes? How many weeks old?

    Glad to know the pups' hearts are fine!

  47. Riö - The Evil
    3:09 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Melanie!…Has anyone wanted to take Greedy Guts home yet?….snort!… I will really miss that little guy…sniff!… I can relate to him entirely…snuffle.

  48. Siberian Husky
    3:12 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Has Greedy Guts turned out to be the biggest pup?

  49. Riö - The Evil
    3:13 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Kirby!… heh! It just feels good to connip sometimes, doesn’t it?…snicker! …Is Connip a word?…snort!…Where does Conniption come from anyway?

    Rockies!…Not doing all that great right now…snort!…But the night is early(ish)…grunt!…Come ON GUYS!…fret!fret!

  50. Riö - The Evil
    3:15 pm on August 5th, 2010

    SiberH!… I bet he is! I bet ole Greedy Guts is the biggest fattest pup they have!…heh!

    Melanie!…Will you please try to take a photo of ole Greedy Guts for me?… snort!… I have such fond memories of him, especially on his first mission trip!…cough!

  51. Siberian Husky
    3:16 pm on August 5th, 2010

    The Pirates are at the bottom of their division. The Rockies can win this!

  52. Siberian Husky
    3:19 pm on August 5th, 2010

    A photo of Greedy Guts would be wonderful!

  53. Riö - The Evil
    3:25 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Pirates!…Those guys don’t act like they are on the bottom of their league!…snort!…They are pretty darn sharp tonight…crap!

    Melanie!… I have thought about this and I really truly need a photo of Greedy Guts all by himself if at all possible!… snort!… I know you are so very busy, but please before you send him off to his new home take a photo of the fat guy and post it for me…Please!?…sniffle!

  54. Siberian Husky
    3:46 pm on August 5th, 2010

    The photo of Greedy Guts would be much appreciated, Melanie.

    Sob, I'm not dealing with the puppies going to their new homes any better than my mom is. sniff

    We know that Melanie has found only the best homes for them.

  55. Riö - The Evil
    3:59 pm on August 5th, 2010

    SiberH!…Seems like it is just me and you out here tonight!…snort!…So Baseball all the way baby!…heh!… I am so hungry for a Rockies Hot Dog right now…yum!…Hebrew National hot dogs are the BEST EVER!…smack!

  56. Siberian Husky
    4:11 pm on August 5th, 2010

    You mean they serve Hebrew National hot dogs at Coors Field? That sounds so good right now…course the Rockies aren't at Coors Field. They had that long flight and are having to adjust to being away from the fresh mountain air.

    I'm sneaking out to the kitchen and putting Hebrew National hot dogs on mom's grocery list.

  57. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:17 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Rio: Sorry I bugged out for awhile — you're right. It does feel good to connip every once in awhile. And if it isn't a word, it ought to be! (Mom looked it up in the Funk and Wagnalls — sorry, not in there!)

    Oh, and the Rockies aren't the only ones losing to the cellar-dwellers. Dad's going to be laughing at Mom again tonight if the Angels don't shape up quick!

    Melanie: I'm glad the pups are doing well, but we're all going to miss them when they go to their new homes. Do your pup parents ever send you progress reports?

  58. B. Stover
    4:32 pm on August 5th, 2010

    It seems to me that some are making excuses for the Rockies.

  59. Riö - The Evil
    4:34 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Crap!… They have managed to score 1 run against the Pirates so far but it is already bottom of the 8th!…grunt!…COME ON YOU GUYS!…snort!snort

    Kirby!… I am master of the conniption fits around here! …heh!…Eventually I always get my way…snort!… I have found that I have way more persistence then she does patience…heh!

  60. Riö - The Evil
    4:36 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Why!…Stover is still up and at it! What do you mean my dear, making excuses for the Rockies?…grunt!

    Crap!… We are into the 9th and magical inning! If not now then never…gulp!

  61. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:41 pm on August 5th, 2010

    WOW! The Angels scored 4 runs in the top of the 8th to tie it up! Maybe it's because I told them to shape up quick!

  62. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:45 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Ooooh, Rio. Sorry!

  63. Riö - The Evil
    4:47 pm on August 5th, 2010
  64. Riö - The Evil
    4:50 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Well!… I sure hope the Angels pull it out tonight for Kirby!…grump!… I don’t think the Rockies even showed up for their game… shuffle.dammit!

  65. Siberian Husky
    4:53 pm on August 5th, 2010

    That red Bob is my favorite except we only see it during trying times.

  66. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:54 pm on August 5th, 2010

    SiberH: That is a good one — maybe we should use that on mornings when Chet forgets about TULIP'S DANG MOTEL ROOM! Wow, that really does feel better.

  67. B. Stover
    4:59 pm on August 5th, 2010

    I was referring to SH saying something about the Rockies not playing in the mountain air and having to fly. Just trying to start another conniption (the origin of which is not known). Sorry they lost. I've been watching Bones.

  68. Alice Johnson
    5:02 pm on August 5th, 2010

    the twins won theirs today by hitting a light pole in the 9th. Whatever you have to do…Heh.

    They were up 0 to 6. Then tied 6 to 6 and then the light pole in the 9th.


  69. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:02 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Oh, man. The Orioles just scored in the bottom of the ninth. Orioles 5, Angels 4. Dagnabit!

  70. Riö - The Evil
    5:04 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Venting!… I’m tellin’ ya Kirby nothing is better than venting anger out through your nostrils…heh!… It relieves so much stress and pent up frustration…snort!… You do have to be careful about your wrath hurting other delicate psyches…sniff!…But with a little practice you should be on your way to healthy anger release management…heh! The best time is when someone really does deserve to be yelled at! That is a great opportunity to totally let go and no one will call you a bully later! …snicker!

  71. Siberian Husky
    5:04 pm on August 5th, 2010

    We need the red Bob again, Kirby's team lost.

  72. Siberian Husky
    5:06 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Alice, maybe the Rockies and Angels should start hitting light poles.

  73. Riö - The Evil
    5:18 pm on August 5th, 2010


  74. Riö - The Evil
    5:19 pm on August 5th, 2010
  75. staff
    6:32 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Well, I will see you all tomorrow. Chapter 5. I will start there. Unless I go back to chapter 4. I was reading sort of fast there for a while.

    Dr Appt is at 11:00 so I should be back in time to get the mail. Unless something goes wrong. I have a list of concerns.

    A list keeps them on their toes.


  76. staff
    6:33 pm on August 5th, 2010

    I don't expect anything to go wrong. I am feeling good except the side effects of the stupid BP meds.


  77. Riö - The Evil
    6:35 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Well!… In many ways this has been a disappointing blog day…grunt!…No mystery, no Molly, Sam or Lexi or “others” that I cannot name right now… sigh… I hope I am not the one making these characters forego the blog…sob!… I hope you all come back some day… sniffle!

    Goodnight All!.. Tomorrow is TGIF!…snort!… Or so I hear! …sniff!sniff!…Right now I need to go check for Bed Bugs and big Black Spiders so we can get some painless sleep!…heh!

  78. Riö - The Evil
    6:37 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Hey!…Hi Staff!…Goodnight Staff!…snort!… Please get my package tomorrow or I will Die a Sudden Death!…grunt!

  79. Riö - The Evil
    6:38 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Uh oh!…BP Meds?… gasp!…say it isn't so!

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