“What’s your rule again for handling embarrassing situations?” Spence says.

“Transparency,” says Admin. “Let it rip.”

“OK, here we go. A Plunderer* sent a very nice Xmas gift, namely a Snowhook Kennel** mug. There was also a card featuring Snoopy, a card with a warm and much appreciated note. But – unsigned! And the box it came in must have gotten thrown out with a bunch of other boxes. So would the sender please self-identify at Much appreciated.”

* A wonderful sub-group here at the blog.

** A great and humane racing kennel in Willow Alaska supported by the blog.


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80 Responses to “Help!!!”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:03 am on December 27th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! We believe Bard named today’s mood already very early this a.m. We think a nap is in our future.

  2. O'Howlers
    9:06 am on December 27th, 2014

    Good morning, All! Spence and Admin, we remember someone on here saying they got you that mug. It was not us.
    Now we have to hurry outside for a trail ride. After that, we’ve been promised a hike!
    But first, a minor technical glitch…

  3. Herd of Hounds
    9:09 am on December 27th, 2014

    OH, the tech support is so cute it should be illegal 🙂 Have a great ride and a productive hike.

  4. Herd of Hounds
    9:13 am on December 27th, 2014


    Can you say alarm?

  5. Herd of Hounds
    9:14 am on December 27th, 2014

    Oops, lets try again.

  6. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:26 am on December 27th, 2014

    Good morning all. It was also not our group that sent the gift. We just sent a card.

    HOH, That was Diane that named the day.

    Here it is a Soggy Saturday. Warm temps again, but a big drop starts by the end of the day. It is scary warm here in northern Illinois.

    Does anyone like to read Jodi Picoult? I have read most of her books (refuse to read 19 Minutes). Currently reading Leaving Time, and LOVE it so far. If you like animals- doubt if there is anyone on this here blog that doesn’t- I think you will like this book.

  7. B.Stover
    9:32 am on December 27th, 2014

    I don’t know who sent the cup.

    Good morning all.

  8. Tupper and Gilly
    10:03 am on December 27th, 2014

    We know, we know. It was Santa Paws!
    (It wasn’t us)
    Howlers – love your tech support. If only they were all that helpful….or that cute.
    Diane – we admire your early rising regimine. We think you are nuts, but we admire you. tee hee
    Sunlight for the third day in a row. Woohoo

  9. BSD & Masquers
    10:33 am on December 27th, 2014

    Greetings on the day after the day after Christmas.
    and it still looks like Box(er) Day Here.
    Temps will be Going Down, down, down.

  10. Billy's Buddy
    11:06 am on December 27th, 2014

    I didn’t send the cup, Spence.

    Six inches of snow here overnight and still coming down. No sun for almost four weeks now.

    Good morning all. Wish I were there.

  11. BearSpiritDog
    11:08 am on December 27th, 2014

    Spence: Tracking the Clues…Snoopy and Snowhook…Bet We Know Who!

  12. Wose-the small and meek
    11:15 am on December 27th, 2014


    Why, BSD and Masquers! Youse have a new avatar!

    The mug did not come from this neck of the woods.

    B,M, &L: I LOVE Jodi Picoult. I was fortunate enough to attend one of her book signings many books ago. I have read just about all of her books (maybe 3 or 4 left to go). I did read 19 Minutes.

    Thieves: Please let your Lady know a package will be winging its way to your neck of the woods. Sorry…no Slim Jims or Twix bars…

  13. O'Howlers
    11:52 am on December 27th, 2014

    Back from the trail ride (and ring work). It is Springtime here!!!

  14. Martha
    11:53 am on December 27th, 2014

    We did not send it. I was all excited earlier today when I looked out the window and saw blue skies. That did not last, alas.
    Heading out today to a Messiah Sing In. A work friend is a soloist. Most of the attendees are members of the chorus that hosts. I love that because I am an alto who needs to sit next to a strong alto in order to keep up.
    Fun times!

  15. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:58 am on December 27th, 2014

    Confession!…It was not me or my friend – heck she has been too busy sending out cookies and Boutique Items and Auction Items to everyone else….snort!…Too bad though, it was a great idea for our Author’s gift…sniff!

  16. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:59 am on December 27th, 2014

    Stuck!…Beau and I are snowed in here….grunt!…Neither of us will go Out!Out!Out! and do our business…wheeze!…Too much snow!…grump!

  17. Masquers
    12:06 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Riö: Hopefully your friend has a ficus tree…otherwise known as…indoor plumbing for dawgs (just don’t eat it).

  18. Herd of Hounds
    12:34 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Watch out where those huskies go. Don’t you eat that yellow snow! Heh, heh, heh.

  19. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:41 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Maskers!…I have not been able to find my big plant ever since I moved here from my other house….grump!

  20. Thieves!
    1:04 pm on December 27th, 2014

    We were just about claim credit for the nice gift to Spence, but we got the look from Luna that reminded us we may be thieves, but we aren’t liars. We didn’t send the gift although we wish we had been that thoughtful, and that’s the honest to pug truth.

  21. Siber-H
    1:31 pm on December 27th, 2014

    I didn’t send the mug to Spence, but I am sure the mystery will be solved

    Rio, I wish I was there to make a trail for you and Beau in the snow.
    Sun is out here but only a high of 35 degrees. Mom thinks she is cold…gah

    Mom tried a Jodi Picoult book. About every third paragraph, some character in the book started crying. Mom thought this was too much false high drama, didn’t finish the book, and will never read another one.

    Howlers and HOH, Those are cute pictures.

  22. Chet The Dog
    1:44 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Mystery solved! Thanks, everybody. And to Barb, Maggie and Lucy for a great dog and cat (and mouse) themed card!

  23. Mollypop's Mom
    1:49 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Well I have lectured and lectured about how to avoid identity theft.

    Now here is Exhibit A – a real Identity Thief.

  24. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    2:05 pm on December 27th, 2014

    That looks a lot like Jay to me!

    Just to clarify, we did send a card, but not the gift.

    Siber, this new book of J.P.’s does not have hardly any crying. It does have a lot of really cool information about elephants. You might give it a try.

  25. Siber-H
    2:34 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Barb, Elephants are much preferred to crying.
    Mollypop’s Mom might like the book because she likes elephants.
    Sometimes I have a great memory, don’t I?

  26. Staff
    2:36 pm on December 27th, 2014

    When I queried the blog about Pot Pie last night I should have said what spices would you use? I know what I use for the Chicken Pot Pie, but I don’t cook that way with beef usually so I was looking for some spice guidance.

    There is a cool video on you tube about 8 ways your cat is a dog. I have two more.

    *If they turn over and then dig in the garbage
    *If they ‘clean up’ any food scraps that land on the floor.
    *If they eat anything (except carrots for Thing One)

    I am beginning to think Thing One and Thing Two spent their first 7 weeks being fostered by a dog

    The beef soup will be done as soon as the wild rice pilaf mix finished cooking…about 45 more minutes. I don’t seem to be able to cook a small amount of soup. I had to move up to the bigger pot. There is probably 1.5 gallons in the big pot right now. But the fridge is a lot emptier.

  27. Tupper and Gilly
    2:53 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Staff – when in doubt about spices, use tarragon and white wine for chicken and turkey….marjoram and red wine or sherry for beef. Rosemary and sherry for pork and garlic, rosemary and strong coffee for lamb.

  28. Thieves!
    3:11 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Staff: When in doubt, blur to Golinka’s for dinner. That’s our newly adopted policy.

  29. Herd of Hounds
    3:27 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Yep, not only can Golinka say thinks good, she cooks things good.

  30. Masquers
    3:27 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Alice & Abbie: Have youse read this book?

  31. BearSpiritDog
    3:31 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Golinka: Wine is a Fine Ingredient for any dish.

  32. Staff
    3:40 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Golinka. I am copying and pasting your words of wisdom on spices. Thank you!

    The soup is great tasting and I have tons. Everyone stop over for a sip.

    I found three things Keiko and Henry do like a dog and forgot to change the number in the post. Did any of youse notice?

    Masquers, I have not read that book.

    To the winner of the bootie prize last night, this is what it looks like. And it would make a great attachment to any collar!

    Oh, Golinka I am sending you the shipping info for our latest winner!

  33. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:41 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Snort!…What a great title for a Kat Book…chorkel!

  34. Herd of Hounds
    4:09 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Cooking rule number 5

  35. O'Howlers
    4:43 pm on December 27th, 2014

    We are on our way home from a great hike on a beautiful new to us trail.
    We copied Amalia’s cooking advice, and pasted for future reference. Mom likes to cook with wine. Some times, she even adds some to the food. Heh!

  36. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:47 pm on December 27th, 2014


  37. Wose-the small and meek
    5:13 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Grizz and I did a bit of mall walking this afternoon. Barnes and Noble is allowing you to trade in an old nook for a new one. I am now the proud owner of a new nook. I traded in the very first model. To be nice, I gave Grizz the first color nook which he gave me for Christmas a few years ago. I also have a little tiny nook. If only I could find some time to read….chuffle!

  38. Wose-the small and meek
    5:15 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Masquers: Love that book!

    Staff: I am sure my godkitties are angels….

  39. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:19 pm on December 27th, 2014

    When I roast meat I usuallly keep it pretty simple. Love garlic with pork roast. My go to spice for roast chicken or even chicken on the grill, is Herbs De Provence. I do a heavy sprinkling over a whole roast chicken, throw a peeled onion in the cavity and use a little butter to keep it moist. I also use fresh ground pepper and course kosher salt on everything.

    I didn’t remember that MPM liked elephants, so my memory must not be like theirs.

  40. Herd of Hounds
    5:25 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Barb, always remember, the elephant never forgets! Just ask Peanut.

  41. Tupper and Gilly
    5:30 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Thieves – y0u are welcome here any time for any meal. But if you have to short stop it, we would suggest that Barb, Maggie and Lucy’s place sounds like it is an excellent place to grab a bite too.

    Love the name of that book – almost sounds like a Spencer Quinn type of title.

    Staff – do Keiko and Henry roll over on their backs for tummy rubs? Sage does that. But if you touch Basil’s tummy, he will rip your arm off. Kats. Go figure.

  42. O'Howlers
    5:44 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Staffie does not learn her own lesson.

    (Whispering) SDD, Staff.

  43. O'Howlers
    5:48 pm on December 27th, 2014

    From our hike…

  44. dawson
    6:10 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Barb, Maggie & Lucy: I found some chocolate with lavender in it at the Farmer’s Market in Minneapolis. It was delish! There is a bottle of lavender in the spice cupboard with which I didn’t know what to do. I used my leftover egg whites to make meringue, folding in minced pecans, lavender and dark cocoa. It also is delish. I may finish it off by frosting with chocolate buttercream and topping with whipped cream but they may not make it that far.

    I have officially caught “the crud”. I slept fitfully and finally, tired of tossing and turning I got up and into a hot bath. Then back to bed. I’m up to get some food and water, then back under the quilt.

  45. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:16 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Pure serenity Howlers! Can you walk to that view from your property or is it a drive?

    That book title does sound like something in the C & B series. Didn’t someone suggest that once?

    One of the main characters in Leaving Time is Jenna, a 13 year old girl who is smart, witty and determined. She reminds me a lot of Ingrid in P.A.’s series. Each of the main characters narrates in his or her chapters. Interesting technique.

  46. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:18 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Brown!…What I would give to see brown grass again…sob!…Nothing will melt. It is too cold here….shudder!

  47. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:26 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Dawson, hope you feel better. There is a lot of The Crud going on around here too.

    The lavender you mentioned is a main ingredient in Herbs de Provence. You can find it in most specialty stores, and even Home Goods and T J Maxx carry it in their gourmet food section. I get a jar for about $5-$6 and it lasts a year. It is also good on grilled pork chops.

  48. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:36 pm on December 27th, 2014

    SiberH!….Can I switch places with you? I will live with your Maw for the winter and you can come here and live with my friend and Beau….snort!…It’s a Deal? Right?…shiver!

  49. Billy's Buddy
    6:39 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Feel better, Dawson!

    Yesterday I made turkey/veggie/noodle soup. Used juice from the Christmas turkey (and commercial chicken broth) with bay leaves, minced onions, carrots and potatoes. Cooked broccoli and cauliflower separately because supposedly they would make the soup taste icky if cooked in it. Added the turkey and noodles and voila! Delish if I say so myself. Gave some to the other buddy’s sister to take to her daughter in Minneapolis (whose husband is fighting non-Hodgkins lymphoma and blood cancer) and thought Auntie’s soup might boost the appetite.

    The sun actually appeared for 15 minutes before sundown today.

  50. Billy's Buddy
    6:41 pm on December 27th, 2014

    I meant “Viola!” Snort.

  51. Billy's Buddy
    6:42 pm on December 27th, 2014

    And bitter, not icky.

  52. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:50 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Sun!….The Sun was out all day here but it was weak and did not good heating up my old bones…sniff!…I need New Mexico Sunshine and pronto…grump!

  53. O'Howlers
    6:52 pm on December 27th, 2014

    You are all making us hungry, particularly Dawson with the cholcolate and meringue concoction, but not with the crud. Stay under the quilt, Dawson, and we will come and eat that yummy stuff. (Actually, Mom made us say that. It will be she who scarfs it up.)
    B,M,&L, we have never seen Herbs de Provence, but we will keep looking.
    We are not within walking distance of that photo. We had to drive about 30 minutes, to a ski resort area. The same trail that Mom and Pop bike on often, has its northern part starting at that resort. Neither they, nor we, had seen this part before, but we will be returning for sure.
    We here are making butternut squash soup, with shrimp salsa, and Italian sausage and cabbage soup, too. This second soup is the dieter’s version of galumpkies.

  54. O'Howlers
    6:56 pm on December 27th, 2014

    By the way, our high was 56.5, and it was sunny, with blue sky. Over night,we are heading back into the doldrums with lots of rain.

  55. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:03 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Weather!…Sob!Sob!Sob!…Everyone is having nice Spring-like weather except for me….gruffle!…I’m freezing my kabob’s off here…sob!

  56. dawson
    7:11 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Galumpkies? I will have to look that word up in the dictionary. I like the way they sound.

    Barb, Maggie & Lucy: I was going to make my own Herbes de Provence. That’s why I had that lavender in the first place.

  57. dawson
    7:14 pm on December 27th, 2014

    I am one quarter Polish! You would think I’d know a cabbage roll when I see one. Yummers!

  58. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:18 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Tracker!…I just checked on the Giant’s Cookies and they still have not made it to Alaska….sniff!…If my friend would have paid a few more of Beau’s Bucks they would at least be in Anchorage right now…grump!

  59. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:20 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Potter!..We are watching Harry Potter movies this weekend because my friend is “tired”…snort!…Seems I have been sleeping through most of these movies as I do not remember them hardly at all!….Zow!….What a treat!

  60. Tupper and Gilly
    7:32 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Harry Potter movies are good for you any time. Golumpkies too.
    We haven’t made those around here in ages and ages. Mama and her mother used to get together and make golumpkies and pierogis from scratch. Oh my….

    Dawson – next time you make yourself a cup of tea with loose tea leaves, throw some of that lavender in there. It tastes cozy. It makes very good iced tea too, for those of you not suffering from winter blasts.

    Rio – gee, thanks for the mental image of a Pug freezing his kabobs off. We may need therapy to get over that one.

    Howlers – that scenic view is truly lovely. It is just so nice to see anything outdoors with sunlight on it after these past two weeks.

  61. Tenzing
    7:46 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Kabobs! I had those once.

    Dawson: Have I mentioned I make a great pillow?

  62. Herd of Hounds
    7:50 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Potter movies! The g son has most of them memorized.

  63. Siber-H
    7:54 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Rio, IT’S A DEAL!

  64. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:00 pm on December 27th, 2014

    SiberH!…YIPPPEEEEE!…Now I can look forward to doing my business again…heh!heh!

  65. Siber-H
    8:28 pm on December 27th, 2014

    And I will have SNOW!!!

  66. B.Stover
    8:29 pm on December 27th, 2014

    I’m watching the Potter movies also.

  67. Staff
    8:32 pm on December 27th, 2014


    A wonderful Plunderer, you’ll never guess who, snorkle, has given 100 dollars to the bootie fund if it is matched. That makes a total of 105 matching funds and we need to match it and we will be over our goal of 1500 bootie bucks by 5 dollars! The donor says she will defer any prizes won to the matchee. So step right up there are two prizes left to be won.

    Next is the silver feather keychain shown earlier and the second is this beautiful butterfly keychain. The butterfly is on porcelain with a frame of silver around it. Way cool.

  68. Staff
    8:39 pm on December 27th, 2014


    AND! Because Trisha in the UK (who has the neat vintage jaguar automobile) won a prize (and traded it for a bookmark and a Little Detective Agency business card) we have that prize left to give away. It is this Chet the Dog necklace.

    You can tell it is Chet because he has one white ear!

    The first matchee of almost ANY AMOUNT. Even 2.50! (Just to make it easy for the accountant) will receive that beautiful necklace


  69. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:50 pm on December 27th, 2014

    WOOOOO!…Bootie Fund sounds so CLOSE!…WOOOOWWWW!…That is a big one to fund….snort!…But next up will be the actual Team Members, right? Am I right?….heh!heh!….But of course we will need to know the team members. Maybe not all at once but one at a time..snorkel!

  70. Staff
    8:56 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Yup. Next is the team itself. Not counting the Giant. But I don’t know if AJ has made any decisions on team members yet.

    Belle Starr do you know who the leaders are going to be at the start yet? And those strong fast and smart wheel dogs? We are wondering!

  71. Mollypop's Mom
    9:28 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Siber-H, you have a good memory. I supported the elephant sanctuary in Tennessee for a long time. Then, people got stupid and lost my support.

    I also want the elephants in the Buffalo Zoo to go to a sanctuary. I used to dress up in an elephant costume for the zoo’s Christmas breakfast.

  72. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on December 27th, 2014

    MollysMaw!…The unfortunate thing is the Elephants did not get stupid but they lost your support….sniff~!

  73. Mollypop's Mom
    9:37 pm on December 27th, 2014

    I want to march and carry a big sign. I could use my ’60s Stop the War signs and say Free the Elephants. Sammie’s Mom is mortified.

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:40 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Working!…Beau has been working extra hard so as to be able to co-sponsor some of the A-Team members….chuffle!…If anyone is interested in co-sponsoring or triple or quadriple sponsoring some A-Team Members, please email mail me and I will sift through all the junk mail for Beau…gruffle!

  75. Mollypop's Mom
    9:50 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Rio, the elephant sanctuary started when Carol Buckley rescued Baby Tarra from a circus. They got together with Scott Blais, got 2700 acres and about 30 more elephants, all from captivity. But then came the dreaded board of directors. They didn’t like Carol and fired her, separating her from Terra. She was basically Tarra’s Momma. I cried for weeks. How could they do such a thing if they really cared for elephants?

  76. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on December 27th, 2014

    Directors!….But who hired the Directors? Aren’t they recruited for money>…sniff?….Sounds to me like Carol and Scott needed money badly and made bad choices…sniffle!…That is very sad indeed….snuffle!

  77. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:19 pm on December 27th, 2014

    In this book I am reading, she talks about their elephants being sent to a sanctuary in Tennessee. She blends a lot of fact and fiction. The characters are fiction but I think the elephant facts she relates are real.

  78. ML
    12:09 am on December 28th, 2014

    Hi all. Sorry to beAWOL but we have been keeping pretty busy. Niki goes home tomorrow, sob. Thie girls made me a big pot of chicken chili tonight , so I should not starve for a couple of days.

    Just want to say a belated Merry Christmas to anyone we missed. Love you guys.

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