Happy Birthday, Zimmie!

“Can you believe he’s 70?” says Spence.

“The times they are a’changin’,” says Admin. “Better head over to BEA.”

“Bye.”

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193 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Zimmie!”

  1. Tyb
    10:26 am on May 24th, 2011

    Good Morning, All,
    It’s been a too long since my last visit, not because we’ve lost interest, but because life has been in kind of a turmoil since our return from Florida. Since my dad retired for the 4th time and is working only a few days a week, all of his friends think that he has nothing to do, and they try to help out by keeping him busy. He has been filling in various ways for friends who for one reason or another can’t be where they are supposed to be. We enjoy doing it and have been meeting a lot of new people, but are guilty of not doing some of the things that we should do (clean the attic and cellar) and/or want to do (keep in touch with friends). We did make a short trip to Kentucky last week which was fun. We went to help friends celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. The celebrants are dog people; as a matter of fact they used to breed borzois and my dad got two from them about 45 years ago. He named the dogs Tasha and Czar. We aren’t party people but we like this couple more than we dislike parties. It was a long trip for a 3 hour open house. We had a good time though and are glad we made the trip.
    I see that there is a cookbook being planned to help Snowhook and I’d like
    to share a couple of recipes. How do I do that? Do I just post them here on the blog or
    is there a better way of getting them to the editor of the book. For the other list I want
    to report that I live northwest Pennsylvania about 4 miles from the New York state line and 26 miles from Mollypop’s ski country where we used to have a gallery and a frame shop.
    By the way, Rio, I like your philosophy from yesterday.

  2. Snowhook Bella
    10:30 am on May 24th, 2011

    Dear Plunderers,

    Before we were married, AJ held his large and calloused hands in front of me as he explained he didn’t have much to offer, but would give me everything that his hands could provide. He has lived up to this promise, and so it was without hesitation that I made my own promise a few years ago when he said he wanted to race the Iditarod. I promised I would do everything in my power to get the team to the starting line. I come to you today with my hat in my hand at the thought of a favor I must ask.

    The cache of cash I’ve stored away for the entrance fee was quickly depleted by a transmission, our dog truck transmission to be specific. Reviewing our finances following the repairs of the dog truck and with June 25th, the first day to enter the race only one month away, I’ve come to the uncomfortable realization that it will be a battle of living expenses vs. entrance fee in the month of June—I can’t do both. As we understand it, mushers who are signed up (and paid in full) on June 25th will have their names put into a drawing where, if their name is pulled will essentially win their entrance fee — freeing up the funds for other race expenses.

    I’ve been sick to my stomach trying to figure out how to make the entrance fee. I hate to ask—I’m embarrassed to ask especially after all that the support the Plunderers have shown: Would you be willing to move the silent auction to June 4th rather than July?

    If so, a lot needs to happen between now and then. I’ve spoken with Rio’s friend who is drafting the auction rules and the formatting guidelines for item descriptions. Those submitting auction items would need to have final photos and descriptions sent in by June 2nd.

    I know I am asking a lot, yet I made a promise to AJ. He hasn’t faltered on his promise and I don’t want to falter on mine. Can we make it happen?

    Humbly,
    Rebecca

  3. BearSpiritDog
    10:31 am on May 24th, 2011

    I don’t know what to say…except I think it may have been YOUR birthday yesterday, Liz, yes? (the reference to morning birthday tea) If so – a Very Happy B-lated to you! And a happy 70th to you Zimmie! You always tell it like it is.

    Good Morning Fellow Plunderers!

  4. Barb & Maggie
    10:38 am on May 24th, 2011

    Not sure if I will have anything to auction, but I am ready and willing to bid!

    Happy birthday, Liz, if it was your b-day and we didn’t know.

  5. Tyb
    10:38 am on May 24th, 2011

    Obviously i missed the discussion about the silent auction for Snowhook in my absence.I think I might be able to help out if someone wants to fill me in on the details.

  6. BearSpiritDog
    10:40 am on May 24th, 2011

    Good Grief! That last comment sounded like I don’t know what to say about what you said Rebecca. That’s not the case, as I was seemly first on the blog and was typing away when you and Kirby sneaked in on me. I say YES! If the auction can be moved up we are certainly willing to do our part. We are behind you, AJ and Snowhook 100%!

  7. B.Stover
    10:44 am on May 24th, 2011

    Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles….”Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I’m 64?” (Sorry, got carried away.)

    Wonder what’s happening at the BEA today.

  8. B.Stover
    10:50 am on May 24th, 2011

    Good morning all.

    Rebecca: You should never feel humble. June 4 is fine with me.

    Tyb: Could you give me a bit more for the list?

    I’ve titled our list “Plunderers’ Who’s Who” and have posted it on dishlickers twice, the first time as an attachment which I could not open. So I posted it as an email. The problem with that is I couldn’t put double spaces between entries so it may be hard to read. If someone could tell me what I need to do to post it as an attachment please do so. (I’m afraid if I send it as an attachment to Spence, he won’t be able to open it.) I wrote it as a “Word Processor” document. Perhaps I should have made it a Microsoft Office Word document (I have Office 3 but not the most current one.) I could easily copy and paste if so.

    If anyone wants changes to his/her entry let me know.

  9. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:55 am on May 24th, 2011

    Auction!….Rebecca and AJ need our help….snort!… I’m up for it if everyone else is. This will mean all who have Auction Items need to get their photos to Melanie ASAP!! if you think she can enhance them for you. ….grunt!…. She will be sending them back to you after she finishes “fixing” them. Keep them safe. …sneeze!… Today or tonight at the latest, I will have the Official Description format everyone will use to Name and describe their auction item. We want them to be in a standard format so that potential bidders know where to look for the info they need. (i.e., size, starting Bid, minimum bid, color, etc)….wheeze!

    Dates!… Is everyone is on board to help these guys reach their goal of entering the race by June 25th??…snort!snort!….If so here are the new Auction deadline dates.

    This week : Send photos of your Item(s) to Melanie.

    May24th: Description format revealed….heh!

    June 2: All enhanced photos with their descriptions need to be sent to Rebecca. If you have more than one item, please send each item in a separate email.

    June 3: We will be doing some dry-run testing Friday night on Snowhook’s blog which you guys can watch if you want.

    June 4th: Time To Be Determined. When Rebecca feels all is good with each item, she will post the Items on her blog along with the rules and regulations. Let the Bidding Begin!….woooooo!

  10. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:01 am on May 24th, 2011

    Agent Molly!….Will you be available this week and next to help anyone who needs assistance sending their photos to Melanie, and or Rebecca when the time comes?….snort!

  11. B.Stover
    11:01 am on May 24th, 2011

    Here’s a NYTimes article about the Saudi Arabian government arresting a woman for driving. Women there are banned from driving and from voting.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/24/world/middleeast/24saudi.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha22

  12. B.Stover
    11:05 am on May 24th, 2011

    Sounds like fun Rio. I, of course, won’t have a photo since my item is a short story. I’ll post the description after you give the format to us.

  13. BearSpiritDog
    11:15 am on May 24th, 2011

    Mom says to tell you right now that she will probably need help sending in her description of the auction item, so be on standby alert, MollyPop, we will be contacting you!

  14. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:15 am on May 24th, 2011

    Fun!…It will be Loads of Fun!…snort!….Yes indeed!….wooooo!

    Concern!… My only concern is if we let the auction run through June 12th, will Rebecca receive all the monies in time for the entry deadline?…sniff!…This is what I worry about.

  15. Barb & Maggie
    11:20 am on May 24th, 2011

    Nice to hear from TYB, and we know he will have some auction items. Do you think anyone would be interested in bidding on heirloom tomato seeds? We gave thme away last fall, so feel funny about charging for them.

    Just planted some basil and green beans. Having fun playing out in the garden and enjoying the sunny, quiet day.

    Have to work this afternoon, but a friend is dropping by the office and bringing some home grown organic asparagus. She is also picking up the first 2 C & B books to read. She is a total dog person and an avid reader, so she will love them.

  16. Siber-H
    11:29 am on May 24th, 2011

    Is simply sending more donations right now a better option than trying to do the silent auction so quickly?

    Rebecca, I know this is not what you asked, but I am throwing it out on the blog as another idea. I don’t know how much you need to raise right now for the entry fee, but I’m sure that the transmission for the dog truck was costly.

  17. Siber-H
    11:31 am on May 24th, 2011

    Barb, I think the heirloom tomato seds would be a good auction item. The people you gave them away to last year will know that it is for a good cause this year.

  18. Siber-H
    11:46 am on May 24th, 2011

    Rio said that he is concerned about Rebecca receiving the money in time…so am I. Another concern of mine is that the auction would bring in more money if it was allowed to go on longer.

    Here is another idea (and these are only ideas for you to think about) What if those of us that could advanced Snowhook some money from the silent auction…I guess you could call it a loan to be paid back from the silent auction.

    These are the options I can come up with so far.

    Move the date of the silent auction up
    Donations
    Loan

  19. B.Stover
    11:46 am on May 24th, 2011

    Tyb: You should send recipes to Barb and Maggie. You can use the dishlickers site or Mollypop may have Barb’s email address. Any pictures should be sent to Melanie.

  20. Sam
    11:47 am on May 24th, 2011

    I’m ready for the auction. Melanie has fixed my photos of the picture to be auctioned. Just let me know what to do next.

  21. Mollypop
    11:56 am on May 24th, 2011

    I will be available to help in any way I can and will be at Sam’s house this Thursday and Friday.

    I agree with Siber-H that we may be rushing the auction and donations may be better. We could donate what we would have spent on the auction and then hold the auction in July.

  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:02 pm on May 24th, 2011

    SiberH!… From what I’ve seen and heard, I think most everyone is ready for the Auction….snort!…Except for my friend. She still has to finish her project…grump!… She assures me she will do that this week…huffle!

    Loans!… I know you are also worried about them missing the June 25th deadline SiberH….snort!….Remember, even if they miss this deadline, they will still have plenty of time to enter the race. They just will not be eligible for the drawing to win back the entry fee. Taking loans from some of you is something Rebecca and AJ would have to address….snuff!

    Donations!… Of course everyone can still send in their individual checks plus bid on the auction…snort!….If you got the cash and want to do that, by all means GO FOR IT!….Wooooo! ….We here can only do so much, sadly….snuffle! …My treat fund has been depleted before the end of the month got here…grump!

  23. Barb & Maggie
    12:06 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Molly’s idea is fine with us. Also, we did receive 1 recipe from TYB this morning. Thank you.
    Note: We have more desserts and sides than main courses. Does anyone have some favorite family casseroles or crock pot recipes? We here are not huge crock pot fans, but we do have 1 recipe we aree going to write up.

  24. Siber-H
    12:06 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Rio, Don’t you think we would raise more money from the auction if we let it go on longer? I am just asking because I have never taken part in an auction of any kind.

  25. Mollie (a black poodle)
    12:09 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Hello everyone..This is a busy blog, can’t keep up with you all. I received my “surprise”. Love it..WL has a lovely smile.

    Rio: Do you miss Justified? Great scene with Mags in the final show.

    I am glad to see Rebecca on the blog & even A.J. I love to hear about the dogs & the Iditerod.
    Rebecca, I am sure the blog will figure out something for you.

    Siber-H. You taught me everything I know re the Iditerod. Another question..when will the dogs be coming home from the glacier?

  26. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:11 pm on May 24th, 2011

    July!….The thing is, Rebecca will be on vacation down here in the lower 48 the week I had initially planned to do the auction. July 4th – July 12th….grunt!…. Her access to a computer was iffy…sniffy!

    Ready!….Tell me now, who is not ready with their Item(s) besides my friend?….grunt! … Remember, we have all this week and next week to prepare for this….wheeze!

    Reservations!….If there are those with strong reservations about holding the auction in June – please speak your mind….sniff! …But remember not all of us can send Snowhook a lot of cash and bid on the auction later. (Well, we can’t anyways)….snort!

  27. Siber-H
    12:14 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Mollie(ABP) I am so glad to see you! I was worried about you.

    Rebecca can answer your question better than I can about the dogs coming home..It will be at the end of the tourist season

  28. Siber-H
    12:16 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Rio, What if Snowhook came up the money from another way instead of having the auction so soon. Could you put back the time one week from when you had planned since Rebecca will be in the lower 48 at that time?

  29. Barb & Maggie
    12:22 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Melanie, If we want to aution the tomoto seed for fall delivery, can you come up with a nice tomato picture for us? Maybe a bowl of different colored fruits?

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:24 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Length!…. Eight days should be plenty of time for everyone to bid on what they want. When I asked this question before, hardly anyone responded. So I am not ready to open it up for discussion again at this point in the game….growl!… Plus, those of us working behind the scenes to keep the bidding updated cannot (will not!) put our lives on hold for 2 weeks or more waiting on slow bidders.….grunt!

  31. Siber-H
    12:28 pm on May 24th, 2011

    okay, well, that is what I said…I don’t really know how auctions work. I’m all for doing now if that is what we need to do.

    TYB, I’m glad to have you back with us also, but I knew you were okay and busy and traveling.

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:29 pm on May 24th, 2011

    SiberH!….If Rebecca thought she could come up with the money another way, do you think she would be asking us to hold the auction sooner??….snort!

    Miracle!…If there are those out there that can come up with enough cash to cover the entrance fee before June 4th arrives, then we can post-pone the Silent Auction….gruff!…. All you rich guys get together and decide what you want to do, but it has to be before June 4th!….Woooo! That would be a blessed miracle!….Wooooo!

  33. Rose
    12:34 pm on May 24th, 2011

    To borrow a snort and a grunt from Rio: I am in the middle of copying four files with about 600 pages in each file. Haven’t had time to read the blog, but I just wanted to say hello to you guys…

  34. B.Stover
    12:36 pm on May 24th, 2011

    MollieABP: Good to hear from you. Could you give me an entry for the Plunderers’ Who’s Who? We were working it out on yesterday’s blog and the first draft is on the dishlickers site.

    Does anyone want to help me sponsor Snowhook’s Charlie?

  35. B.Stover
    12:37 pm on May 24th, 2011

    What is the amount of the entry fee?

  36. Siber-H
    12:43 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Rio, check your secret decoder device.

    Stover, It is $3000 this year.

  37. Melanie
    1:27 pm on May 24th, 2011

    I wish I had the cash to just give!!! Darnation!!

    Send pics to me. Will send them back.

    Had fun, hmmm. BTW, the woman on top of the backhoe / bulldozer that might be seen at a later time, she actually has much less gray hair and thinner.

    (Darn at not being to exercise for two years!)

    BEHIND YOU SNOWHOOK!

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:27 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Mollie!… We have been keeping up with Justified and we did see Megs take that drink….snort!…Just for a second, I was terrified…gulp!

  39. dawson
    1:38 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Let’s see…if he’s 70 years old…that makes me… Yikes! When did I get so old?
    Snowhook Bella: We are behind you. You can count on all our paws, fingers and toes.
    I have nothing for auction but planned on out-bidding y’all on the good stuff. My problem is that between May 29 and June 6th I will be traveling in possible no computer land. But since the auction will last a week anyway…there is no problem.

  40. Alice M. Johnson
    1:43 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Staff says to tell you she has everything done and sent to Melanie except the pillow. She can get that done in a week no problem. I hope everyone is going to let their friends know about the auction and the items in it so we can drum up a lot of business for the auction.

    Advertising will be important. (that’s what she says anyway) Now I have to go take a nap.

  41. Melanie
    2:08 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Zimmie? Who’s Zimmie?

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:14 pm on May 24th, 2011

    SiberH!….I checked my secret decoder device and I responded to your valid points about the auction….grunt!….Please check yours and let me know what you think….sniff!

  43. Siber-H
    2:18 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Done, Commander Rio

    Rebecca, Check your secret decoder device.

  44. Melanie
    2:18 pm on May 24th, 2011

    “Go to Guy” Tom on his machine!

  45. Volfie Vigglebutt
    2:19 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Okay, guys, we are the Plunderers! We can do this! We can help Snowhook make the goal!

    Moving the date up will help me, because I have been worried about the toffee melting in the summer heat. It still might be a little iffy. But I’ll be ready to go.

  46. Melanie
    2:21 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Mac making sure Tom does everything correctly.

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:37 pm on May 24th, 2011

    AHEM!…..snort!snort!… IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

    Snowhook!…. An anonymous donor has contacted Rebecca, AJ and myself, Rio…ahem!…to say they will be paying the full Entrance Fee for Snowhook!….WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!WHEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
    Auction! …This means we can go back to planning the Silent Auction for July!…snort!….What a bloody MIRACLE!….Wow! Wow! Wow!…. We here at Chet’s Blog are very blessed today and everyday ….sniff! ….I could just …sob!sob!sob! …I’m so happy for Rebecca and AJ right now… snort! …. I can’t wait to read her reaction when she finds out!…..WOOOOOOO!

    Everybody!….CELEBRATE!… Yes!

  48. Melanie
    2:53 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Hip Hip Hurrah! Hip Hip Hurrah! Hip Hip Hurrah!

    http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/FYl0BTEx2sVbwZziczIR

  49. Mollie (a black poodle)
    2:57 pm on May 24th, 2011

    I can’t believe it…it is a “bloody miracle”, as Rio says, for sure! Rebecca will be so happy. Thank you so much “anonymous donor”.

  50. Siber-H
    2:59 pm on May 24th, 2011

    That is a cute card, Melanie. I am enjoying the photos, from this distance, of the swimming pool under construction and Mac watching. I hope the doctor is of some help to Dan today, but you probably won’t know anything right away.

    Mom says I may get extra chew strips to help celebrate. I am a HAPPY HUSKY!!!

  51. Siber-H
    3:05 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Wolfie, I agree with you about the toffee and the summer heat. What if whoever wins it agrees to not have you mail it to them until Autumn? We trust you. Waiting would be hard, though.

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:05 pm on May 24th, 2011

    SiberH!… Heh!snort!heh! …You can relax now! We don’t have to mess with the auction date….snorkel!…I know this was bugging you, but I couldn’t say anything about the donation till I was absolutely sure it was going to happen!…..Wooooooo! Wheeeee!

  53. Siber-H
    3:11 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Yeah, thanks Rio!! I am very happy and this will give people more time for the auction. So, the cookbook will still come before the auction? You know how I get easily confused.

  54. B.Stover
    3:15 pm on May 24th, 2011

    I’ve sent a second draft of the Plunderers’ Who’s Who to dishlickers and attached it as an Office document. I was able to open this one. It contains entries for Natasha and Tyb. I’m going to send it to Spence tomorrow unless anyone wants me to make any changes.

  55. Siber-H
    3:21 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Thanks for all the work you did, Stover. I enjoyed reading everyones information yesterday, and it caught some of the newcomers up on all of us.

  56. dawson
    3:26 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Yippee!!
    Thank you to the anonymous donor and hooray for Snowhook. I didn’t want to let on but I was getting a little bit anxious about this.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Zimmie has to be Robert Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan.

    Hi Tyb!

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:32 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Anxious! …. You thought you were anxious….snort!… I was having anxiety attacks all night long…grunt! ….I kept waking my friend up wimpering…sniff! ….Needless to say, she is still pissed off at me for that….wheeze!

  58. B.Stover
    3:38 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Wonderful! Thank you anon.

  59. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    3:53 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Wow — this is just terrific news — thank you anonymous donor whoever you are. And Rio and friend, thanks for your incredible efforts to figure out what to do. Wookie

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:55 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Exhausted!…. snort!…I don’t know about you guys, but I am exhausted….wuffle!….All that stress and worry over the Auction and then all the adrenalin and excitement over the Anonymous Donor showing up….sigh!….What a big relief. I can only imagine the relief Rebecca will feel when she finally finds out!…sneeze!….Come on Rebecca, read the blog!!!!…heh! …It’s like waiting for the guest at a big Surprise Party!…snorkel!

  61. Mollie (a black poodle)
    3:56 pm on May 24th, 2011

    B.Stover for the Who’s Who. We live a few miles north of San Francisco. Mom likes to read mysteries and is a S.F. Giants Baseball fan. She also likes to visit the wine country for some french bread, cheese and wine.

  62. Mollie (a black poodle)
    3:59 pm on May 24th, 2011

    B. Stover again: What is dishlickers and am I supposed to go there and how do I get there?

  63. B.Stover
    4:00 pm on May 24th, 2011

    B&M: There are two recipes on dishlickers: one from Bear and another from Dawson. I’ll send a main course recipe tomorrow…for steak.

  64. Mollypop
    4:03 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Wow! We go out for a while and look what happens! A million thanks to the anonymous donor.

  65. Melanie
    4:05 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Tom, the guy on the machine, told me a rescue story today. His driveway alarm kept going off in the middle of the night, so he sat on his porch with a big flashlight and waited. The alarm went off! He was expecting a deer, raccoon or bear, but there was a very skinny gray cat with white paws and a white mustache and no tail.

    He said the little guy didn’t weigh 7 pounds and you could see every rib. Tom and his wife enticed him with a bowl of milk. He drank 1/2 a quart. The cat went into the house and found Cinnamon, Tom’s 15 year old Chow, and curled right up and went to sleep.

    Tom’s wife wanted to name him Mittens because of the white paws, but Tom put his foot down. This was a manly cat. He had lived in the woods. So he named him after his Uncle. Frank.

    I saw Frank this morning. He is sleek and happy. Cinnamon has gone to the Rainbow Bridge (16!) and Tom and his wife have Frank to keep them company.

  66. B.Stover
    4:07 pm on May 24th, 2011

    MollieABP: I’ve put your entry in. Dishlickers is a site where we put some of our stuff. You need the address and password. Does someone here have your email address?

  67. B.Stover
    4:26 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Lovely story Melanie.

  68. Alice M. Johnson
    4:43 pm on May 24th, 2011

    WooHoo on the donation to AJ and Rebecca. We are sure powerful when we band together. Thank you to the wonderful Anonymous!

    BStover:

    I think we should have a plunderers entry for Peter Abrahams/Spencer Quinn who lives in Mass and writes books and has a big black dog named Audrey. Audrey helps us on our missions.

  69. B.Stover
    4:46 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Alice: Okay–does anyone (Spence?) want to add anything to that?

  70. Wölfie
    4:51 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Awe, I think I am going to cry! The fee is paid! And let us all pray that Snowhook wins the fee back in the contest!!!

    But I must admit that I am extremely curious as to who the donor is. Hmmmmmm…..

    Let us just say that they are wonderful and generous and an answer to pray. Sniff. Whoever you are, thank you so very much!!

  71. Wölfie
    4:52 pm on May 24th, 2011

    PS Bee, I agree that Charlie needs a sponsor. I’ll send a check in! Anyone else want to throw their hat in towards Charlie?

  72. Wölfie
    4:54 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Oh, and we can’t forget about Macy. I just skimmed the directory last night but I don’t remember seeing Macy’s name. Macy lives in the Dallas area.

  73. Tyb
    4:57 pm on May 24th, 2011

    I, too, want to add my thanks to anonymous and to congratulate all of you who worked
    so hard to make it happen. Bravissimo!

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:57 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Spencer!… You might want to put “he writes New York Times Best Selling books”…heh!….We don’t want to sell him “short”…snort! … A pun! A pun! …I think I’m still giddy over the donation…wooo!

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:03 pm on May 24th, 2011

    SiberH!….We are going to watch the game together tonight …snort!…So don’t be spilling any beans, okay?…sniff!

  76. Mollypop
    5:09 pm on May 24th, 2011

    I’m waiting and waiting for Rebecca to come in here. Where is she?

  77. Siber-H
    5:15 pm on May 24th, 2011

    I won’t, Rio. I won’t….except that it is a double header today so you will be watching the second game of the double header instead of watching a replay of this one.

    Mollypop, Could you please fill TYB in on the cookbook and the silent auction. He asked about them earlier today. I wouldn’t know exactly where to start in telling him about it, and my brain is running down with all the excitement.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:17 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Wha!?….Well in that case I am going to go get my little headphones and listen to the game that’s on right now….grunt!

  79. Melanie
    5:18 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Did anyone else have trouble with the link to the card?

    Riö can’t open it..

    MollyPop, I think she’s probably hugging her dogs!

    Thunderstorms now . . . We should have a great MUD space for the dogs tomorrow.

  80. BearSpiritDog
    5:40 pm on May 24th, 2011

    WOW! I left for a bit and while I was gone that Miracle happened! Anonymous Donor Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!

  81. BearSpiritDog
    6:03 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Melanie: I don’t see a link to the card, of course I’m in such a state of excitement right now am probably not seeing it. Woozer!
    What a day! Thank you too, Siber-H, for suggesting the donation idea in the first place.

    BBL – Bear

  82. dawson
    6:08 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Melanie: Great Card! I can just picture McKey saying those lines.
    Oh Boy! Looking forward to some pictures of your new pool being used by the nine Newfs.

  83. B.Stover
    6:25 pm on May 24th, 2011

    I added Spence’s entry.

    Cute card Melanie.

  84. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    6:52 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Ve are humbled and honored to be in presence of such generosity and caring as vith the Plunderers.
    to the Anonymous Donor – Natasha is in awe of your giant heart.
    Ve thank you for keeping dream of Snowhook and Plunderers alive.

  85. Melanie
    6:58 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Siber-H: ARE YOU OKAY? A great deal of NM has red flag warnings. Not sure what those are, but OK is NOT doing okay.

  86. Siber-H
    7:24 pm on May 24th, 2011

    I’m ok, thanks, Melanie. Red flags warnings mean that the fire danger is at the highest level. It means we have nasty wind today…gusts of 50 mph where I live and very low humidity. Sigh, we have had many days of red flag warnings this spring. I am not in any danger where I live of forest or grassland wildfires. I don’t even think that there are any wildland fires of a serious nature burning in the state right now.
    The red flag warnings are to caution the humans to be very careful with any kind of fire on days like today.

  87. Liz
    7:28 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Zimmie, huh? thanks for clearing that up Dawson!

    So many dramas in the chat room today, well done and thanks to Anon. I’m ready for the auction whenever. Also Wolfie, when I put in the winning bid on the toffee, you can send it whenever suits you, I know it’s worth waiting for!

  88. Melanie
    7:36 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Siber-H, I wish I could send you some rain and humidity!

  89. Barb & Maggie
    7:39 pm on May 24th, 2011

    We are totally amazed and in awe over such incredible generosity. Just unbelievable. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    I did get some recipes today from TYB. Will check dishlickers and copy those later. Have to sign out of my regular email to check them.

    Does anyone else have Dish Network? We have been unable to get Fox for the last 2 weeks, and they put up a message saying don’t call they are working on it. We like House and Chicago Code, so missed the last 2 weeks (including Season Finale) of both. Does anyone know what is going on, before we call and waste an hour waiting on the phone?

    We just picked some arugula and spinach from the garden and are going to try sauteeing with some garlic and pine nuts. Serving with grilled salmon and roasted asparagus. Yum!

  90. Siber-H
    7:40 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Oh boy, Melanie. To have rain, I would even put up with the wetness of it. Mom could use an umbrella for me like T&G’s mom does.

  91. B.Stover
    7:50 pm on May 24th, 2011

    B&M: Sounds delish. I love arugula. I don’t have Dish Network. Do you have On Demand?

  92. Liz
    7:59 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Thanks for the birthday wishes Bear and Barb! but it wasn’t mine (it was one of our tech guys). Mine was back in April.

  93. Melanie
    8:03 pm on May 24th, 2011

    For Siber-H: I found this on the web . . .

  94. OleyHowlers
    8:05 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Good Evening to everybody. Mom was at the office all day, so this is the first time we were able to get on the computer. My my what a day we were missing. Rebecca had us heartbroken about her finances. We were worried that transmission was going to break her and A.J. So as we are thinking should we beg Mom to let us put still more money on our credit card, we read that an anonymous doner came up with all the registration money. That is unbelievable and indeed its a miracle. Thank you to whomever.

    Mom is so busy keeping up with the farm and horses and cats and Pop while he is on crutches. Good thing we Sibes are able to help her out. But she says to apologize that when she is not working at home, she can’t let us on the computer.

    B: sponsoring Charlie does seem like a good idea.

  95. Siber-H
    8:06 pm on May 24th, 2011

    We have that all the time here, Melanie,…rain that doesn’t reach the ground. It will even show up on weather radar as rain, but it still isn’t reaching the ground.

  96. OleyHowlers
    8:13 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Siber, with all that dry heat, we are wondering if you ever grow a winter undercoat like we do. Mom just started brushing us and says we are way behind in blowing our coat. That made us think that you maybe don’t have to go thru that.

  97. Siber-H
    8:24 pm on May 24th, 2011

    I do put on a winter coat, but I am sure it is not as thick as yours. I am blowing my coat now. There were a couple of huskies with Husky Rescue that blew their coats last Feb. and some are doing it now. My two best Husky friends at the dog park haven’t really started blowing their coats yet.
    The hair comes out in gobs, doesn’t it. I wonder if the Newfs shed like that.

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:25 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Shedding!….I bet ole SiberH sheds at some point because he is in air-conditioning all summer and fall…heh!

    Rebecca!…WHERE ARE YOU!????….grunt! ….I thought for sure she would have come to the surprise party by now!….huffle!

    Rockies!…This day just gets better and better!…snort!…Another Rockies game coming right up…heh!

  99. OleyHowlers
    8:26 pm on May 24th, 2011

    When its time to blow our coats, Mom sheds us under this big Maple tree every evening, and the birds clean up the fur, using it for their nests. But we think maybe we are too late this year for the birds to use in their nests. Our house is filled with Husky tumbleweeds during shedding time.

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:33 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Coat!….If I blew my coat I’d be naked….shiver!

  101. Siber-H
    8:36 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Rebecca is, I think, 3 hours earlier than you and I are Rio. They are probably still at work and then they have to come home and do chores.

    They birds are lucky to have such luxury as Husky hair. I’ve seen the birds picking it up in my yard.

  102. Melanie
    8:39 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Once when Ellie was blowing her coat we decided to wash and then dry her to get a lot of the fur off.

    Snicker . . .

    Well, we learned on that one! Our dryer is a llama dryer (two motors) and fur started flying! We quickly closed the door to the rest of the house. Fur was hanging in the air! It attached to the ceiling and the walls and the floor!

    Now when blowing coats, The Pack is brushed out, then washed, then brushed and THEN the dryer is used.

    When OTAS went away to school, Zoë took a whole mess of fur and mailed it to him. She didn’t want him to be lonesome.

    I’m off to bed. Long day . . .

    But certainly blessed! Thanks again Amon!

  103. dawson
    8:50 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Dad has Dish network and I had no problem watching the Season Finale of Chicago Code…2 parts… last week and last night.

  104. Tupper and Gilly
    8:52 pm on May 24th, 2011

    We are with Melanie – it HAS been a long day, albeit a fun one (with Melanie and the backhoe/bulldozer) and then a dramatic one (with Rebecca’s plea) and then a happy one (the Anon donor – sorry can’t spell the whole word)
    Wow!
    Well, the only thing that we can think of to top off this whole day is pictures of Melanie playing with the dozer…wish you could all have seen her face – she was grinning and giggling and having a wonderful time.

  105. Tupper and Gilly
    8:53 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Is this a happy face, or what?

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Dozer!….How the heck did she get up there? Thats what I want to know…heh!

    SiberH!…I was wondering if it is 2 hours or 3 hours that Rebecca is behind us…sigh!….Thanks, I will just have to be patient…grump!

  107. dawson
    9:05 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Yikes!
    Melanie: Be careful!
    Actually, you may have found a cool new career. Dozer operator.

  108. Tupper and Gilly
    9:05 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Rio – we know that you are just the soul of patience….
    yeah, right….
    tee hee

  109. BearSpiritDog
    9:06 pm on May 24th, 2011

    We’re ready for bedtime here too, but are waiting up for Rebecca. She usually comes on about the time we’re signing off, so it should be any time now.

  110. Siber-H
    9:10 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Thanks for the photos! What a great ending to this day because Melanie is having such fun. The only problem is that my mom now wants to do that.

  111. Macy the Min Pin
    9:11 pm on May 24th, 2011

    we are in our tornado shelter otherwise known as the powder room pray for us

  112. OleyHowlers
    9:12 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Good nite all. Just watched American Idol finale, and Mom has to start work at 5:45 tomorrow morning.

  113. Tupper and Gilly
    9:15 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Siber – it was just wonderful seeing her have such a good time. We love it when Melanie laughs – sometimes, we think that Gilly does silly stuff just so Mama can tell Melanie about it and make her laugh.
    Tell your mom to come visit – our Mama and Melanie are planning a raid on the bulldozer’s home so they can paint it pink, and “liberate” back to the PAck’s house so they can use it all the time.

  114. Tupper and Gilly
    9:16 pm on May 24th, 2011

    MACY – do you have tornados in the area. Please please be safe…we will send up prayers for you. Get in the bathtub and keep your head down!

  115. Macy the Min Pin
    9:17 pm on May 24th, 2011

    still here still scared

  116. Macy the Min Pin
    9:18 pm on May 24th, 2011

    No bathtub just 3 dogs mom and blanket

  117. BearSpiritDog
    9:19 pm on May 24th, 2011

    OMG! Macy, I was wondering where you were. Stay safe!

  118. Wölfie
    9:19 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Macy, are you okay?

  119. OleyHowlers
    9:20 pm on May 24th, 2011

    O before we go to bed, we opened up Melanie’s card. Melanie, you rock!

  120. Barb & Maggie
    9:20 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Wow, Melanie, You look like you are having a blast! You could have a whole new career!

    Where is Rebecca. Do you think we will ever know who the Anon. doner is?

  121. Macy the Min Pin
    9:22 pm on May 24th, 2011

    still headed this way too much excitement mom did not get a flashlite not going out now

  122. Siber-H
    9:24 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Macy, We are prayin for you and all the others that are having severe weather. Stay safe!

    Mom would come visit if she could, T&G. There are the Newfs and now there will be a bulldozer!

  123. Wölfie
    9:27 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Now I am really worried! Thank goodness you have the computer!
    What is happening now?

  124. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:27 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Crap!….Jim Tracey just got thrown out of the game!…yeep!…Dexter was safe at home and that’s all there is to that argument…grump!…Umpires suck. When they know they are wrong they get all defensive and throw out anyone who dares to argue with them….Assholes!

    Tornados!…yeep!…Dallas is under severe tornado warnings…yelp!…Get in the bathtub Macy!…snort!

  125. Siber-H
    9:28 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Macy, You know us, so you know you will need to check in with us when you are in the all clear.
    Tornadoes have already struck in Okoahoma.

  126. Macy the Min Pin
    9:33 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Still here . Cozy

  127. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:35 pm on May 24th, 2011

    OMG!….Do you think we will get a ‘play-by-play’ action packed commentary of a tornado tonight?…yeep!…I sure hope not…sniffle!

  128. Snowhook Bella
    9:35 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Sitting in a seminar today, I thought I would sneak a peek at Chet’s blog—an addictive habit. Keeping my cell phone low to my lap, I scanned the rallying comments, the different options voiced, the words of support, and then I saw a special announcement from Rio. The words beyond the first few lines of Rio’s post were made illegible with the tears that began to flow. I started to shake. The tears were not those of embarrassment—I lost my pride long ago when I realized I had little coordination—the tears cried were those of overwhelming gratitude and relief. Sitting next to my dear friend in the meeting, I showed her the screen on my fancy work cell phone—her reaction was the same, but a muted version of mine.

    In the middle of the large room with many people, I didn’t have the chance to read the entire blog and the email from the anonymous donor until I was I was in the parking lot following the seminar. I called AJ. Silence. He was as stunned as I was, as grateful as I was, and merely replied, “So, we’ll be able to run after all?”

    I left work as soon as possible, desperate to say thank you, but while I usually find peace in the hour and half drive between work and home, the drive seemed far too long today.

    Words cannot express my gratitude for not only the anonymous donor, but for each of you who rose to the occasion, who were willing to make my troubles your own. I can’t stop crying and my words of gratitude will never be enough.

    Anonymous Donor: I owe you an email, yet I wanted to check in with all the Plunderers before many of them turned in for the night.

    Thank you, to each of you so very, very much.

  129. BearSpiritDog
    9:36 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Macy: We’ll wait up with you until the all clear.

  130. Macy the Min Pin
    9:37 pm on May 24th, 2011

    No comp. Just phone yeep new torn warn but not come this way. Euless bout 1 1.2 mile can hear hail

  131. Snowhook Bella
    9:38 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Agree with BearSpiritDog: I can be up quite late for a check-in from Macy.

  132. Barb & Maggie
    9:39 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Macy, Stay in there till it’s all clear. Be safe.

    Dawson, We have two Fox channels, one is WFLD, not sure about the other. Both had House and Chicago Code on last night at 7:00 and 8:00. Missed the last 2 shows. We were pissed! Not sure why we are having the problem, but their message just keeps saying “No need to call us, we are working on the problem, blah, blah” Guess we will have to call and find out.

  133. Tupper and Gilly
    9:41 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Stay on line Macy – we are holding your paws in spirit.

    (Rio – hush – This is really scary stuff. Baseball play by play can wait)

  134. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:42 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Mom and Dad are gone, but I finally got my boy to turn the computer on for me, and I just spent the last few minutes catching up on today’s news. What a roller coaster! Mom’s working on our contribution to the auction, but I was worried about how she could possibly finish in time for the new date when she’s on vacation! But then someone so generously stepped in to pay the fee. What a great, great thing!

    Macy: Hang in there — grab the faucet and hold on for dear life!!!

  135. Liz
    9:45 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Keep safe Macy!

  136. Macy the Min Pin
    9:48 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Just as comingoutnew warning getting very stuffy in here

  137. Macy the Min Pin
    9:51 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Mom here Macy and belle leashed to my leg Annie on retract so will just have to hold on for dear life blasted hail again

  138. Wölfie
    9:53 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Oh no!!

  139. BearSpiritDog
    9:54 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Rebecca: Thank you for waiting with us. We’ll talk later.

  140. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:55 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Rebecca!… Your thank you post made my friend cry….sob!sob!sob!…Now I have to go comfort her…sniffle!sneeze!cough!

  141. Snowhook Bella
    10:03 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Rio: My eyes haven’t been dry since I left work today.

    I have so much I want to say after today that I could go on and one, but Macy and her mom are the priority.

  142. Wölfie
    10:04 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Macy, What is happening now?????

  143. Siber-H
    10:11 pm on May 24th, 2011

    I just flipped it on the weather channel. It looks like the worst of it has passed over Macy. Dallas is now in the bullseye.

  144. Sam
    10:13 pm on May 24th, 2011

    They just showed the Dallas area tornado warnings on TV and said stay in the bathtub. The whole area is in danger.

    Just stay put Macy.

  145. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:15 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Snort!…They are probably all sleeping in the bathtub by now….grunt!

  146. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:16 pm on May 24th, 2011

    You are correct Mr. Husky. You may note that we are making complete sentences now. Another round coming but it is not currently tornadic, thank dog. Thanks for all the concern. Mom does not like being alone with us, but dad is responsible for the entire city, so we don’t get any special treatment.

  147. Snowhook Bella
    10:17 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Not being from tornado country I have a silly question—does anyone know how long the threat of a tornadoe usually lasts? Maybe it varies to much to say for certain.

  148. Wölfie
    10:18 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Macy?

  149. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:18 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Wait!…She said she doesn’t have a bathtub..sniff!…what a strange powder room…I hope there is a shower stall..grunt!

  150. Wölfie
    10:20 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Whew. That was really scary. I’m glad that you are okay. That must be a terrible feeling, Macy.

  151. Barb & Maggie
    10:21 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Hang on Macy, just a little longer and it will be past you.

    Rebecca’s post made us all teary too.

    Bad thunder and lightning here, may lose computer.

  152. B.Stover
    10:21 pm on May 24th, 2011

    I’m glad you’re okay Macy.

  153. BearSpiritDog
    10:24 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Macy! Thank Dog you’re ok! I just left a Severe Storm Tracker page on the Weather Channel with minute to minute update. They were saying the hail was baseball size! Also, 100 mi. hr. winds in Kansas!
    Rio: She said it was a powder room – so no bathtub or shower.

  154. Siber-H
    10:25 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Rebecca, it usually doesn’t last that long, even if it seems to be a long time. Those clouds with super cells in them will just move on by within a reasonable length of time. All of this reminds mom of her childhood because she grew up in Tornado Alley.

    I think Macy may have some more rain headed her way, but no danger.

  155. Tupper and Gilly
    10:29 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Macy – we know how scary this is – hang on just a while more. Do NOT go out to see how big the hail is – it is bigger than you little one, and can cause real damage.
    Your mom is one brave woman!

  156. Snowhook Bella
    10:30 pm on May 24th, 2011

    SiberH: Thanks for the info. My experience with tornadoes is limited and includes a rare warning where I grew up in Southeast Idaho. I remember insisting that I sleep with my hiking boots on, and tying the apron strings of my life-size Raggedy-Ann doll around my waist, certain that if I was going to go the way of Dot and Toto, I wasn’t going alone.

    Macy: please keep us posted.

  157. Liz
    10:46 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Phew. What a dramatic day! I’m glad you’re all okay Macy.

  158. BearSpiritDog
    10:46 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Good Dog! What a day this has been! Who needs TV! We have some storm stories of our own, but that can wait for another day.

    Rebecca: Your post made us all teary eyed too. We are all so happy to see you so happy!

    Now that we know Macy, her mom, Annie & Belle are safe we can breathe a big sigh of relief.

    I don’t know about all of you, but we here are exhausted! Talk to you in the morning. You guys are the best! – Bear

  159. BearSpiritDog
    10:50 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Macy! Can you believe it! Your picture was just at the top of the page!

  160. BearSpiritDog
    10:54 pm on May 24th, 2011

    And is that Siber-H with a Rockies cap on? Ok I’m outa here!

  161. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:55 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Blast, a new storm is on us now, but no tornado. Yes, powder room, just for “powdering your nose”. Usually the tornado threat is brief, but tonight the systems just kept coming. We are exhausted, but happy to read the good snowhook news. Mom plays a game where she has a husky dog named Snowhook.

  162. Siber-H
    10:56 pm on May 24th, 2011

    I’m with Bear, I am exhausted
    We are very thankful that Macy and family and Ft. Worth are safe and that all the plunderers are accounted for, like Mollie(ABP).
    We are very happy that all of us can breath a sigh of relief about Snowhook and they can continue on with their Iditarod Dreams.
    I am thankful that they are getting my air conditioner (swamp cooler) up and running tomorrow. It is about time.

    Night Everyone!

  163. Barb & Maggie
    11:00 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Now that we know Macy is ok we are going to bed. What a day!

  164. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:00 pm on May 24th, 2011

    I’m going to have to sign off now. My best to y’all — I hope everyone with bad weather enjoys a rainbow at the end! Do those happen at night?

    Rebecca: I hope you and AJ have happy dreams tonight! I’m so glad everything has worked out for you!

    And to Anon: Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  165. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:02 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Night!….The game is still on but she thinks we can listen to it in bed…sniff!….What with how tired we both are I doubt we will be awake to hear the end of the game, which might be a good thing…grunt!… It’s been a very blessed day for everyone, but especially for Snowhook!…gruff! …Thank you anonymous donor! You’ve made us all very happy and believer’s in miracles!…snuffle!

  166. Tupper and Gilly
    11:02 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Ok – yup we are emotionally exhausted. Up – down – up – worried – relieved – up – tense.
    Dang, we have had it all.
    Thank dog Macy and company are ok.
    Thank dog we have a generous hearted Plunderer who is keeping all our dreams up and running.
    Thank dog for friends – even if we never meet face to face, we are thankful on a daily basis for the friends we have made here.
    Thank dog those blasted Wrotten Kats are staying off the blog tonight!

    So now – Rio – how’s that baseball game…..?

  167. Snowhook Bella
    11:06 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Macy: If you’re on storm alert, I will be up for a while if you need company or need to keep your mind distracted. Let me know.

    To everyone else: Good night and thank you for everything. It means the world.

  168. Wölfie
    11:15 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Wow, what a day!

    So much to be grateful for! First, for the annon Donor who has restored our faith in the goodness of life, and who has given all of us a chance to see a miracle. And has given us a chance to help some dreams come true. We have all been blessed.

    Second, I am grateful that we are all safe, especially Macy!!

  169. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:21 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Add to our bio: Macy is mother of Annie and Biddie. Belle and Holly are Chugs (chihuahua pug)

  170. Tupper and Gilly
    11:22 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Macy and Rebecca – we are hanging out for a little bit more too. We have an art show this weekend so its “midnight oil” time as we try to get as many things ready as possible.
    So, here’s a conversation starter:
    Anything interesting happen to you today?

  171. Snowhook Bella
    11:37 pm on May 24th, 2011

    T&G: Come to think ot it… :) You never fail to make me laugh out loud.

  172. Alice M. Johnson
    11:51 pm on May 24th, 2011

    Whew!
    I was having trouble connecting and decided to write up the words for my auction items. Finally went down and rebooted the router. For about the 4th time today and it finally took. Then when I try to read the blog I hear about Macy down there in Fort Worth cozied up in the powder room.
    What a scary time. I would not want to have only a powder room to hide in. It sounds very scary. I hope it is better now Macy and Mom. I have just checked the noaa.gov site and it shows the thunderstorms just moving past Fort Worth now.

  173. Tupper and Gilly
    12:01 am on May 25th, 2011

    Rebecca – this blog is truly a discovery every day. The serendipitous things that happen…..
    So Siber got interested in the Iditarod
    And by him talking about it, the rest of the Plunderers got interested.
    And you have Whitey-Lance,a dog who is quite the character.
    And Whitey-Lance decided to do a side trip during the race.
    And the Plunderers got more involved.
    Then there is the picture of AJ and W-L at the Arch.
    And that is exactly the kind of thing all of us here love.
    And a new friendship and connection was born.
    How cool is this whole thing?
    Your first blog entry this morning was so much from the heart and just spoke of the love you and AJ have for each other and for your dogs. Every single one of us wished we had the money to give you. We are sending blessings and thanks to Anon, and we are so very happy for you and AJ.
    Good people deserve to get their dreams – especially when they work so hard for them.

  174. Snowhook Bella
    12:12 am on May 25th, 2011

    T&G: It makes sense when you say it, but trying to explain the Plunderers to a non-Plunderer is a different story.

  175. Staff
    12:14 am on May 25th, 2011

    Dear Tupper and Gilly,
    You are so right. I know both Dawson and I were wishing we had a spare 3000 around that we could donate. I too was thinking that Mr Husky is the one to blame for this. He got Rio interested along with the rest of us. And once Rio is interested you just sort of get out of the way. He is sure a force to be reckoned with. What a pair. Mr. Husky and the pugbutt. Makes me laugh to think of them hatching this up. I am sure Mr.Husky is as surprised as anyone.
    Hugs to you all!
    AbbietheKitty, Alice M. Johnson and Staff

    Macy check in please once more before bed.

  176. Staff
    12:21 am on May 25th, 2011

    Oh Bella, You are so right. Several of us have tried explaining this blog and our fellowship to others. Some are relatives and some just friends. It can’t be explained. It must be experienced.

    When I had my kidney transplant last summer I had a caring bridge site and I had this blog. My brother (turtlemanFred) wanted to know how I was doing and was told by one of my sister’s that if he wanted to know the latest he had to check ChettheDog. To say that he was confused is mild. “You mean some DOG on the COMPUTER knows more than I do about my SISTER???”
    He was very indignant.
    It makes me laugh to think about it but I can’t explain it either. It just is.

    I totally understand why Macy talks to us during a terrifying tornado warning. Who else would she talk to but us? We are her friends.

    Well Alice is sitting here purring really loudly so I know she wants her supper. Got to go. See you all tomorrow.

  177. Snowhook Bella
    12:23 am on May 25th, 2011

    As Rio’s friend told me, it was meant to be…

    I keep lurking in hopes of one last post from Macy. Perhaps all is well and she is asleep, safe and sound.

  178. Tupper and Gilly
    12:26 am on May 25th, 2011

    Rebecca – how well do you know the movie “Mary Poppins”? There is a line in there that I just love that applies to your question about Plunderers vs non-Plunderers.
    Mary Poppins is being scolded by her employer for the bizarre happenings in his household and demands an explanation.
    Mary Poppins says “First off – I NEVER explain”, and she turns and leaves the room.
    So, when a non-Plunderer looks at me with that little cock to their head that clearly says they think I am a little off kilter, I just explain that I never explain.
    They are usually so befuddled, they give up.

  179. Alice Johnson
    12:29 am on May 25th, 2011

    Tupper and Gilly, Something tells me you let Basil and Sage in on your little never explaining line. Heh heh heh.

  180. Snowhook Bella
    12:41 am on May 25th, 2011

    I might have to steal said line…it could come in handy in several situations like when one brings home a stray and the husband starts to make useless inquiries as to the reasonableness of such actions.

  181. Basil and Sage
    12:44 am on May 25th, 2011

    Hello Alice – you got that right. When Mama comes home and finds shredded kleenex, icky hair balls and stuff knocked off all tables and other flat surfaces, we give her a look to remind her that we NEVER explain, and then we stalk off, tails held high, and a sassy swing to our butts.
    Drives her crazy.

  182. Basil and Sage
    12:47 am on May 25th, 2011

    In the world of husbands and wives – women should absolutely take a lesson from us Kats. Face it – the men are really just wasting their breath, so ….
    (the swing as you walk away is very effective too)

  183. Snowhook Bella
    12:47 am on May 25th, 2011

    Luna and her dog have that same sassy walk thing mastered…it is usually put into play after convincing another dog to engage in some tom-foolery and then they back away just as the other dog gets caught.

  184. Snowhook Bella
    12:50 am on May 25th, 2011

    Basil and Sage: the best piece of marriage advice I received was: you can’t nag a man across the room, but you can sweet talk him around the world.

    Seems to work given we’re in AK with 40+ dogs…my idea.

  185. Gus & BooBear
    12:58 am on May 25th, 2011

    Well, we’re here for our usual very late post! You guys are right…what a roller coaster of a day! Macy, we are very grateful that you, your mom and your girls are okay. How scary that must have been for you. And as someone posted earlier, who else would you “call”? We are and always will be your friends.

    It is hard to explain the connection we all have here at Chet the Dog. How can people one has never met in person become some of the best friends one has? We’re sure Chet must wonder sometimes what in the world he has started!

    Thank you, Anonymous Donor!! Your gift to Snowhook is a Godsend for them!! We wish we were in the position to be able to make that kind of donation, but aren’t quite that lucky. Thank goodness for your very generous heart. And we still have the auction to help raise more money for them. Rio, we are ready for either June or July. (We actually thought it was going to be June). SiberH, a shorter auction (2 weeks or so) is usually better because interest doesn’t lag and people get right on with the bidding. We do need to send our pictures to Melanie to see if she thinks they can be spruced up a bit. Having trouble getting the one with the model to forward from the phone camera to the computer so we can send it. Rio, as soon as you give us the format for the item description, we will get that done and posted for editing by those with better writing skills than our Mom.

    We also thought that the plunderers were trying to sponsor Orion as well as Whitey-Lance. Have we already raised that money? We sent in our 2nd donation a couple of weeks ago to help with that. Did we skip him to move to Charlie or did we miss something?

    B., if it’s not too late, please add to our bio that Mom and Dad are very active in giving rescued cats a good home…ours!!

  186. Basil and Sage
    1:05 am on May 25th, 2011

    Yup – thats a good one.
    Did you know that is basically how Melanie’s mother and father came to their current home. Dan asked Zoe what would make her happy – Newfs in the countryside, she said – and then there they were.
    (and we still say the swing in the walk away is very important!)

    Ok – so now we need to call it a night. Wish Macy had stopped by, but hopefully all the storms have moved away from her.

    We are going to bed to dream of bulldozers, and benefactors and blogging friends.

  187. Snowhook Bella
    1:07 am on May 25th, 2011

    I need to call it a night, too.

  188. Basil and Sage
    1:09 am on May 25th, 2011

    G + BB – good to hear from you. Whats the latest on the new kitten? Does he have a name yet?

  189. Gus & BooBear
    1:18 am on May 25th, 2011

    Herbs, looks like Ishmael is going to stick. Sometimes, Mom and Dad start with a name and it morphs into another shorter/longer nickname so we’ll see what happens. He’s quite the happy-go-lucky kitten. Not intimidated by the big cats and seems to love both the company of cats and people.

    Mom still misses Toes, though, alot.

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