Here’s To Patrick

“I just don’t understand,” Bernie says. He and Suzie are out on the patio drinking coffee. It’s early: mist is rising from the canyon, a very pretty sight, with the sun just poking up and making gold streaks in the mist here and there.

Bernie tosses the paper aside. “It’s this horribly abused pit bull found at the bottom of a trash chute in New Jersey. According to the vet where he’s being treated – they named him Patrick – the doctors at the clinic thought he’d be dead within the hour, he was in such awful shape. Starved and emaciated, curled up in a ball, couldn’t walk. What’s in some people?”

Suzie takes Bernie’s hand. I kind of squeeze in between them.

Welcome dude with orange toy.

And here’s a thought for Wookie’s grandpa; and another for C. Harris and father.



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93 Responses to “Here’s To Patrick”

  1. Tupper and Gilly
    9:13 am on April 8th, 2011

    First?? Really?
    Bernie, there are some dogs, as well as some people who just won’t give up, or give in.
    And there are some people who really need to be horsewhipped!

  2. Lola and Franklin
    9:14 am on April 8th, 2011

    We just read about him this morning. We considered posting it on our blog but ran out of time. We are so hoping that he continues to make a full recovery so he can go to a great home. Like Tivi did. Have you read Tivi’s Tumbr blog? He was burned and abused and almost dead and now he’s living a great life in Oregon with his best friend, Jonathan.

  3. Melanie
    9:17 am on April 8th, 2011

    Well folks, I read the blog from last night and started crying. This is NOT how I want to start my morning. Reading Riö’s synopsis of the members in this blog, then Rebecca’s reply was great. But I’m shaking my head here . . .

    Stepping out of the virtual reality of our world here, Riö is a character with a grumpy disposition. THAT does not mean his FRIEND is. ALL of US who are using our dogs or Kats or pigs or whatever as our avatars are doing it from THEIR point of view.

    As C.Harris said we have plenty of troubles of our own.

    We have learned not to talk about politics, we can get through this. I thought we supported each other here.

    But I’m crying, and I don’t like it.

    Chet, that’s good of you to give yourself to give hugs. That poor dog.

    Signing off for most of the day. Melanie

  4. Tupper and Gilly
    9:33 am on April 8th, 2011

    C.Harris – we just went to read last night’s late postings. We are so sorry to hear about your Dad and we will send up prayers for him and for you.

  5. B.Stover
    9:35 am on April 8th, 2011

    I think Patrick sounds like a Plunderer. Chet, Bernie, Spence and Admin are wonderful and balanced and keep this blog a fun spot. Thank you. And in addition to that they give us novels with great stories and adventures! Thank you again.

    Best wishes to Wookie’s grandpa and to CHarris’ father.

    Dawson: I love your comment from this morning (on yesterday’s post).

    No need to cry Melanie. We’ll keep plundering on.

  6. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:40 am on April 8th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! It’s such a beautiful morning here — I hope all of you are having a beautiful spring day!

    CHarris: I was so sorry to hear about your father. I hope he’s doing well.

    Wookie: I hope you get to see your grandpa this weekend. Tummies are great!

    My best to each and every dog, kat and two-legged on the blog. Have a great, great day!!!

  7. Tupper and Gilly
    9:58 am on April 8th, 2011

    Kirby – we do love you for your cheerfulness! You have a wonderful day too!
    (Now, Mama is off to work for the Crazy Lady….)

  8. Barb & Maggie
    9:58 am on April 8th, 2011

    C. Harris, Human and doggie prayers going out to you and your father today. Also to Wookie’s Grandpa. Get some tummies, Wookie!

    I went back and read Dawson’s earlier entry and I can’t add much to that. Melanie, as usual, has a heart of gold and a forgiving nature, but we tend to side with Dawson on this one.

    Barb speaking here – I get the grumpy pug persona, and Rio is quite humorous and funny MOST of the time. When his humor spills over into biting cruelty, and yes, rudeness, that is uncomfortable for me and others, and doesn’t have a place on the blog.

    Last week, Maggie made a comment, funny I thought, that she aspires to be like Natasha. Rio said Barb and Natasha’s intelligence were as far apart as the Grand Canyon, and Barb could only reach that height by pack mule. No one came to my defense, so I thought maybe I was being too sensitive. But you know what? I was hurt and offended. I realize that I am not the creative writer that some here are, but I feel that I have as much right to be here as anyone else. And I do add positive things to the blog, in my own way.

    I also totallly enjoy the dialogue with other blog members and feel that this experience has enriched my life. I don’t feel that I, or anyone else, deserves to by bullied. We don’t have many rules here, and we are a pretty liberal group, so I don’t think it is too much to ask to refrain from meaness.

    If Rio and friend are having troubles, just come out with it, and everyone will be more than supportive. We are a good group!

  9. Wolfie
    9:59 am on April 8th, 2011

    What we do know is that we all care about each other. We will get through this. And why? Because we are the Plunderers and that is what we do. We Plunder on, through good times and bad.

  10. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:24 am on April 8th, 2011

    Hey Plunderers! My boy is on his way to his third interview for a job with the public defenders office. This one is with the “big boss.” Please keep your paws crossed for him!!!

  11. Mollypop
    10:26 am on April 8th, 2011

    MagPie! When I read the comment on Barb’s intelligence, I interpreted it as Barb being the higher one. I don’t remember the part about the pack mule – I was probably reading every other word.

  12. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:26 am on April 8th, 2011

    B&M: I was going to go back and look at that, but I couldn’t remember when it was. I thought it was the other way around, that Natasha couldn’t reach that height. Cuz Barb knows all about tin futures, but Natasha gets everything wrong! I hope that’s what Rio meant!!!

  13. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:29 am on April 8th, 2011

    Has anyone noticed that the Facebook friends number jumped? I remember looking at it the other day and it was 747, like the plane. Today it’s at 862. Come on, friends! I’m ready for a contest!!!

  14. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:35 am on April 8th, 2011

    OK, I’m off to supervise Mom’s painting. It’s a boring job, but someone’s gotta do it!

  15. Barb & Maggie
    10:38 am on April 8th, 2011

    I don’t want to beat a dead horse or a dead pack mule….but the first part of his comment was that our intelligence was as far apart as the Grand Canyon.Funny so far. The 2nd part said Barb could only reach that height by pack mule. That was the part that stung! Good analogy, I guess, but I took it as mean-spirited.

  16. Barb & Maggie
    10:46 am on April 8th, 2011

    Good luck today to Kirby’s boy!

  17. Wolfie
    10:51 am on April 8th, 2011

    Well said, Barb. I apologize for not coming to your defense. I almost did, but sometimes i can be a coward.

    You know, I think that now is a good time to address this issue in an honest and loving manner.

    This is where I stand:

    Rio…I am so amazed by your brilliant creativity. In so many ways, you are the heart of our blog. You have the best ideas, the best prayers, and you are so special. You make me laugh in ways that no one else can. I love you, even though we have never met.

    When I first started following the blog, I lurked for serveral months before I started posting. It was such fun trying to figure out who everyone was. I finally jumped in, and immediately felt welcomed. Until you told me that I had overstepped my bounds. You were rude to me.

    I cried.

    Here’s what you don’t know about me. I don’t cry. The last time I cried was in 2004 when my little brother died of pancreatic cancer. The last time I cried before that was in 1993, when my nephew died. He had survived cancer, was in a car accident, was in a coma, and then died six weeks later. He wa seventeen.

    I haven’t cried throughout this ordeal with my sons. Not when they were arrested. Not when they were sent to rehab as part of their probation. Not when they have been stoned and called me every name in the book. Not when we went to court and petitioned for a restraining order. Not when they told me that I was no longer their mother.

    Nor did I cry yesterday during the emails that I sent to our drug agency at the sheriff’s office where I turned my sons in for being drug dealers.

    But you made me cry. I was in St George at the time, visiting my sons. I was shocked and hurt. I would have quit the blog then and there had it not been for Melanie. She stood up for me, and so did others. It took me a long time to feel safe.

    Rio, life is so hard. This blog MUST be a place of safety. For the record, I am not a baseball fan. I don’t need to hear the score of every Rockies game. I don’t. But I know it’s important to you, so I hold my peace. I respect you.

    Remember, this is Chet’s blog. Not Rio’s blog. We don’t have rules. If we want to post one word or one hundred, who cares? And why does it matter to you? I love the days when we have lots of postings. I love going to the dark side.

    If you are hurting, tell us you are having a bad day. But don’t take it out on us.
    Especially the newcomers. DEFINATELY not the newcomers. They don’t deserve it. Actually, none of us do.

    I’d like to share a story with you. Last winter, I was going through hell with my sons. Christmas was coming and I needed to do something to make the holidays fun. Quite frankly, I needed some oooohs and ahhhhhhhs. And who did I turn to? The Plunderers. And you didn’t let me down. I had a need to give and a need to feel appreciated and a need to make some toffee. Honestly, sending out the toffee was the best part of Christmas for me. You came through. You met that need. You were awesome. Thank you so much,

    You know, sometimes our families let us down. I recently made my niece a very cute diaper bag and filled it with baby clothes and clothes for her two year old. That was back in February. I still haven’t heard back from her. And yes, my feelings are hurt.

    But the Plunderers loved my toffee and told me so. That is what is so wonderful about us – we support each other.

    So we must, at all costs, keep this site sacred. We must be kind and loving and positive and honest.

    Rio, please, please, don’t quit the blog. But please recognize that many of us are fragile and meanness has no place here.


  18. Barb & Maggie
    11:01 am on April 8th, 2011

    Mary, You expressed your feelings so well, and you made me cry. We are so, so sorry for what you have had to go through. And we love your toffee! Hope you have better days ahead.

  19. B.Stover
    11:32 am on April 8th, 2011

    Wolfie/Mary: You are kindness itself and deserve nothing but warmth and kindness in return. Hopefully your boys will come to realize that. (And you make the best toffee I’ve ever tasted!)

    B&M: I also thought the comment was directed against Natasha who came back with a vise and vonderfully sassy reply. You are one of the smartest people I know and please never think otherwise. (I’ve been having fun with “nitpicker” by the way and wrote about it today on my blog.)

  20. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:38 am on April 8th, 2011

    Mary: You’re right. I try to make allowances for Rio because he’s just a grumpy kind of guy, but he has hurt my feelings on more than one occasion. But then he says something funny or inspirational and all is forgiven. I just wish there were more of the latter and less of the former.

    Barb: I’m truly sorry I read the post wrong the other day. I thought he was “dissing” Natasha, and since Natasha is kind of a mystery element, it didn’t bother me. I think you bring a lot to the blog!

  21. Barb & Maggie
    12:12 pm on April 8th, 2011

    One more Natasha vs. Barb comment then we are finished with that topic. It’s ok to say we are different, because we are. Natasha is far more imaginative and funny than Barb. Barb could not write Natasha’s reports (even if they are slightly off base). We love the diversity. But to imply that one is less than, that is something that we find offensive. Both elements add to the blog. OK, finished!

    Thank you for the support everyone, and Bee, coming from a college professor, that was quite a compliment! Barb is going to be feeling good all day. And she will try not to nitpick!

  22. Wolfie
    12:26 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Okay, it’s time for some warm and fuzzy stuff:

  23. Barb & Maggie
    12:29 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Is anyone watching the Kennedys? We are and are liking it.

    Did anyone see Hop? Big box office success this week, and very cute. Worth watching, even without the kiddies.

    Our Decorah eagles made the Today show this morning! They are famous.

    Funny story about the eagle cam – Barb’s s-i-l Chad, (who is quite intelligent), said to Kelly “Those look just like Bald Eagles”. She said, “They are Bald Eagles”. So he said “Then why are they calling them Decorah Eagles?”

  24. Wolfie
    12:38 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Barb, that is a great story. I am also glad that the third eaglet hatched safely.

  25. Barb & Maggie
    12:42 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Wolfie, We are also glad little brother or sister did not get devoured by its siblings!

  26. Barb & Maggie
    12:50 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Wolfie, That video was definitely warm and fuzzy! We watched it 3 times b-4 we noticed the collar part. Very cool. Good thing Maggie was not in the audience!

    Off to work. BBL

  27. B.Stover
    1:35 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Literally warm and fuzzy Wolfie. Of course, I’m wondering how it was done.

  28. Siber-H
    3:02 pm on April 8th, 2011

    I hope Patrick recovers. If anyone hears any news about him, please let us know.

    CHarris, Sorry to hear about your dad. Keep in touch.
    Wookie, How is grandpa doing? Prayers for both guys and their families.

    I think I have found a dog with one black ear and one white ear. Go to the home page of and see what you think. It is a cute doggy.

  29. Siber-H
    3:06 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Kirby, best of luck to your boy and I think it is this interview that is going to get him the job.

  30. OleyHowlers
    3:15 pm on April 8th, 2011

    We have a Facebook friend who updates on Patrick every day for quite awhile now. There is a facebook page for “The Patrick Miracle”. He has been improving but still only weighs 20 lbs. His owner has been found and charged.
    The latest we read says that “Some groups and out-of-state shelters are cashing in by using Patrick’s image to lead donors to believe their contributions will go toward the rescued pit bull” so be careful.
    This friend is always posting horrible stories about abused and neglected dogs. Thats too much for us to comprehend. Mom says she can only make sure that all dogs in her care are happy and healthy, but we wish we could somehow help all those that are sad and unhealthy and scared.

    3:38 pm on April 8th, 2011

    This morning’s post reminded us of another NBC Chicago News story about dog abuse this week. Some woman, in her 50s threw her dog out her moving car window, and then tried to run it over. The dog was several years old, and was a cute little cocker spaniel type. She got a little bitty fine and a misdemeanor charge against her. The dog survived and is up for adoption.

  32. OleyHowlers
    4:06 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Chet, these are the cases you should go after. Maybe with your and Bernie’s smarts you could stop them before they happen.

  33. B.Stover
    4:23 pm on April 8th, 2011

    I haven’t seen Hop yet but plan to. It looks cute. (I still want to see Jane Eyre but it isn’t around here yet.)

    After running errands I walked around one of the lakes and came upon one of the Canada geese sitting on a nest. I didn’t see her until she hissed at me. She was very big and the nest was made of loose twigs on the ground. It was off the path and in some brush. First time I’ve seen one. I’m going to try to keep checking on the nest. Did anyone know that Canada geese have red tongues?

  34. BearSpiritDog
    4:53 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Note to Rio:
    A message from Bear: You are a most Important part of this blog! If you leave it will be more hurtful than any words ever spoken.

    Thank you all for your kindness and support. This is a most Exceptional and Loving group of Kindred Spirits. The sometimes grumpy, often funny, Rio keeps us on our toes. I cannot imagine this blog without his postings.

    Loving, Healing thougts go out to Wolfie & Family, Wookie & Grandpa, C.Harris & Father and little St. Patrick – the Miracle Dog.

  35. Tupper and Gilly
    5:25 pm on April 8th, 2011

    B.Stover – Our Dad was a Park Ranger for many years and had to deal with herds of Canada geese (we know they are flocks, but we ARE Corgis, so herding just comes naturally). He had to shoo them off fields, off the playgrounds – here’s a visual, Canada geese on a seesaw – yup it really happened – and out of picnic sites when city folks were intimidated by the “giant bird” that they thought might be an eagle. (Really….Park Rangers do see it all)
    But with all his experience, even HE didn’t know that they had red tongues. Now, he wants to go back to the park and see if he can get a hiss out of one of them.

  36. B.Stover
    5:49 pm on April 8th, 2011

    T&G: They’ve hissed at me before when they’re just standing on the grass eating. I’ll try to get a picture next time I go there.

  37. Barb & Maggie
    6:56 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Bee, I looked them up, still haven’t found anything about red tongues. Will keep looking. That is interesting.

  38. B.Stover
    7:11 pm on April 8th, 2011

    B&M: I found this picture that shows the red tongue.

  39. dawson
    7:34 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Chet and Bernie: I will always love you

    Rio: You are a genius, no doubt. You have earned the title of “Commander” of this blog. If you disappear, the blog will never be the same.
    Me? I’m a garden variety poster. One of many peas in a pod.
    I understand that your character is a grumpy pug. That is not the same as being a bully. Grumpy pug is funny and makes us laugh. Bully is abusive and makes us cry.
    I’m crying now. I am going to bid all my close friends (including you) goodbye. My heart is broken in a million pieces, but I did not come to this blog to feel pain.

  40. Barb & Maggie
    7:36 pm on April 8th, 2011

    You are so right. Never realized that about Canada Geese. See all the things we learn on the blog!

  41. Barb & Maggie
    7:41 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Dawson, Please, please do not go away!

    It won’t be the same without you or Rio (funny, grumpy Rio, not mean Rio).

    I can only speak for myself, but I love your contributions to the blog, whether they be 1-word or multi-word contributions. What if we have a blog vote?

  42. B.Stover
    7:49 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Dawson: Today has been very difficult but I feel that if I stopped coming to the blog I’d be letting Chet down. I hope you stay.

  43. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    7:55 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Report to Home Office
    Re: Special Request
    From: Natasha, Vorld’s Most Concerned Undercover Spy

    Mission Central;
    Natasha vould like permission to break off from surveillance of Plunderers to undertake special peace keeping mission.
    Commander Rio has felt descension among troops. Some of troops feel unrest. Is very necesary to vork on this problem if Mission Plunderers is to go forvard.
    Please send Natasha the secret formula for healing vounds. Big vounds, little vounds, invisible vounds. Too, too many vounds in this vorld, and these people have alvays healed each others vounds, so now they are vithout means to heal themselves.
    Ve never vant tears from blog. Too many tears in life for so many of these peoples. Some have been sick, some have lost loved vones, some have lost vay of life. But they have alvays been able to come to each other for support; for prayers, for laughter, for advice.
    These are people who come to love underdog mushers and send them money to keep their dream alive. These are people who drop everything to come together in prayer vhen von member is sick. Is not possible to forget these things even vhen times are not so good.
    So please, give Natasha some time off so maybe she can find vay to help heal vounds and bring all Plunderers back together for good time again.
    After all – to err is human, to forgive…canine.

  44. Rio's Friend
    7:58 pm on April 8th, 2011

    From what I can make out you guys are having trouble distinguishing between a character on a blog and reality. That’s the best I can get out of a certain Pug here who is very upset with many of you.

    Now Bear, whom many (the same many from up above) of you so righteously stood up for, is okay with everything, and asking for Rio to come back to the blog. So, as far as I can see if you had stayed out of it everything would be okay. It was between those two and nobody else.

    Rio wants to come back to the blog only to be able to talk to his friends. And after last night and today, he knows exactly who those guys are. He will be back on a limited basis though, because he thinks he has given his heart and soul to this blog only to find out many of you despise him. So be it. He is not an easy dog to live, but I still love him and if he wants to go back to that environment, I will let him.

    Dawson please, do not be heart broken. Rio would never ever wish that upon you or anyone on Chet’s Blog. Believe me, I know.

    This post will probably be moderated.

  45. B.Stover
    8:26 pm on April 8th, 2011

    The post wasn’t moderated Rio’s friend. I hope he’s feeling better.

    Natasha: To forgive is canine…I love it!

  46. B.Stover
    8:31 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Rebecca posted this on Facebook:

    “Snow! But not just any snow—thigh-deep snow—as Rebecca found out when she stepped out of the car she so expertly got stuck in our half mile long driveway.”

  47. Rio's Friend
    8:48 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Betty, he is okay. No worries. We are going for a long walk despite his loathing of anything physical. I think he is waiting for his good friends Wookie or Siber-H to post so he can jump in and talk with them. I don’t know. It’s hard trying to figure out a dog who likes to blog.

  48. B.Stover
    9:00 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Rio’s Friend: Perhaps you should join this blog.

  49. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:08 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Liz – ve don’t understand. Natasha is not rock. Natasha is Borzoi.

  50. Barb & Maggie
    9:12 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Nattie, We also like to err is human, to forgive …canine. How profound and how true!

  51. Rio's Friend
    9:13 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Betty, no I am boring, shy and usually very tired. I would bring nothing of interest to this blog. I told Rio he has to behave and try to be nicer. But I have serious doubts about how long that will last. You should see how he treats his good friend Pepper.

  52. BearSpiritDog
    9:16 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Rio’s Friend: I hope the walk cheered him up. Please tell him for me there are no hard feelings here (tail wagging). I know he was just being Rio.

  53. B.Stover
    9:17 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Rio’s Friend: We’ve heard about Pepper but I thought Pepper stomped on Rio?? I’m sorry that you’re tired but I don’t believe that you’re boring. I’m shy also under some circumstances.

  54. AbbietheKitty
    9:24 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Staff was checking out the Fargo flood news and found this in their local paper….

    Watch out!

    BUFFALO, N.D. – Two Buffalo men who went missing after going beaver hunting on the flooded Maple River were found dead this morning, Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney said.

    Those beavers are scarey. Be careful of them. I think you are safe as long as you have a newfie with you and don’t go to close to the water.

  55. Tupper and Gilly
    9:26 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Well, there’s a lot we don’t understand, but one thing we do know is that NO ONE who lives with Rio could ever possibly be boring….

  56. Wolfie
    9:35 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Top Secret Report from Home Office

    To: Natasha.

    sent mysteriously via Volfie’s Viggle Butt

    Tashie, Big Boss here makes big confesstion. Ve ver jealous of Plumderers and put Grump Grumble Juice in water supply. Ve did not vang them to be happy. Now are very sorry. Did not mean to cause such trouble. Plunderer’s are very special people with very tender hearts. Also special dogs and Kats too.

    Plunderers love each other very much. But only like nice verds. Grumble Juice make for not nice verds. Causes problem with twisted under garments too. Not nice.

    Have put special potion in water supply to make hearts happy again. Permission granted to our dear Tashie to heal vounds. Only Tashie know how to do this.
    Give special tummies to Commander Rio, Dawson (formerly Noswad), Spirit, and the long bonded volfie.

    Then you will resume mission.

  57. Rio's Friend
    9:41 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Betty, we really do need to go on that walk, but I will say this one thing before we leave. Yes! Pepper does stomp on Rio. It is hilarious. Rio will be outrageously mad at Pepper for something stupid, like squeaking a toy non-stop, and start barking madly and intensely in Pepper’s face. Well, Pepper just looks at Rio and lifts one of her big ole dusty paws and pushes down on Rio’s head. He either goes down on the ground under the weight or gets away. It’s serious fun. I hope to video it one day. Maybe you guys should take a lesson from Pepper. Just Paw-Down if he gets out of control. That’s my advice anyway.

  58. Staff
    9:43 pm on April 8th, 2011

    I am inclined not to get into the fight on the blog. I know fights like this can ruin blogs and it makes me very sad to see people unhappy with each other on the blog. It is different from any other group I have ever been on.

    We do things together. Quilts and Snowhook are two examples. I have only been on one other group this diverse that did things together.

    I hope we can all be nice to each other and understand that the blog is important to each one of us in a way that we probably can’t even start to understand.

    It is not that we don’t have real friends. It is not that we all agree on anything except that dogs rule (although those kats don’t believe it). Somehow this blog just seems to touch a chord in each of us. I would like for us all to try to be more understanding of the other dog or cats point of view. Play nice with each other.

    I love you all. And Dawson, you honorary nitwit, you have to stay on the blog. This is how we keep in touch!

    So if you are tempted to take sides or say something hurtful to another one on the blog think about this first. Would I say this to my dog??? If you would then go ahead.

    Love you guys


  59. Snowhook Bella
    9:46 pm on April 8th, 2011

    We have forty-two dogs with our most recent addition of Zebbe. In the kennel you’ll find clowns who never have a bad day, two who can be best be described as their brother’s keeper, a tender-hearted infamous wanderer. We have a rescue that ranks low on any totem pole, lower than pups. We have the tough guy that could hold his own in any prison yard who secretly is a love and beyond loyal. There is the matriarch—no one messes with mama. Some need protecting and others are the protector. Dogs who are still figuring out what it means to be them, and dogs that need a little extra love when their mates aren’t looking.

    Do they always get along? No, not always. Different as they might be each with their own personalities, likes and dislikes, friends and preferred running mates, they have core elements in common. They are loved, treasured, make Snowhook, Snowhook, and exist within a bond difficult to describe.

    I consider myself very much a newbie on Chet’s blog, the community so tight knit and also existing within a bond difficult to describe, but ask two things of you: 1) remember that two dogs, sworn enemies in the morning having fought over a bone, can often be found snuggled next to each other napping in the afternoon, and 2) your forgiveness if I’m overstepping any bounds.

  60. Alice M. Johnson
    9:47 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Wolfie’s wiggle but can send messages? Is this the secret decoder device that Wookie and Rio use? I am so curious!

  61. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:58 pm on April 8th, 2011

    To Home Office
    From Natasha, Vorld’s Most Beautiful Undercover Agent

    Happy happy joy joy! Doing Happy Dance for Vound Heal Vater!

    Tell Big Boss – BAD DOG! BAD DOG! Naughty, naughty doggie to make everyvon so grumpy.

    Ve knew there vas reason everyvon so tense. Maybee all vill be ok again soon?

    Ve think Rio’s friend has very good idea. Vhen Rio is too grumpy, ve vill put pepper on his paws so he know ve are not happy.

    But. pleese – Home Office – you vill not call Natasha “Tashie” during vorking hours…you know how that makes me crazy you big handsome doggie. Oops….. Natasha means “over”.

  62. Rio's Friend
    9:59 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Alice!… I have no idea what that Wolfie used in place of the Secret Decoder Device(SDS)….grunt!… Nice (sort of ) to see you again…snort!

    Rebecca!…Thank you for your wonderful insight and telling us about your team. I’m sure we will want to be able to put names to each of these personalities as time goes by…heh!.. “…a tender –hearted infamous wanderer” is most definitely our pal Whitey…snorkel!

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:01 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Arrrgh!….My disheveled friend forgot to put my name back where it should be up above…grump! …I swear!

  64. Tupper and Gilly
    10:01 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Rebecca – we think we love you!
    And we are VERY glad that you are a part of the blog….and VERY glad that we are part of Snowhook.

  65. B.Stover
    10:06 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Rebecca, Staff, Wolfie and Natasha–Thank you. You are all very wise.

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:08 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Hand!….My friend says, if you ever need to talk to her directly, just say “I need to talk to the Hand.”…grunt!…I truly don’t know why any of you would need to talk to her, she has no idea what goes on around here….sniff!

  67. Barb & Maggie
    10:16 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Those are some very powerful words of wisdom from you guys and gals. Thank you also for the special healing water Tashie, umm, I mean Natasha.

  68. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:21 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Wow. We seemed to have gone from total harmony arising from Rio’s wonderful recounting of the story of the Plunderers to total disharmony in a blink of an eye. How could that possibly have happened? I wish I knew. There are a couple of truths I do know. First, that every relationship, whether marital, fraternal or familial (like what we have here on this wonderful blog) is extraordinarily fragile and requires hard work to make it work every day. Anything less, and it can so easily disintegrate. Second, irrespective of anything else, Rio has the biggest heart of anyone on the blog, and while that can be a blessing at times, it can also be an overwhelming burden to bear as well. At bottom, I am a rather simple creature who simply loves to greet each new day as a great adventure, with smells to be smelled, butts to be sniffed, and tails to be wagged. I love my mom and dad and grandpa and everyone on the blog. We just need to find a way to put it back together again. Wookie

  69. Wolfie
    10:25 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Whoa, guys, I have no idea how that post got here. That home office is very clever, no? I’m glad we got that water supply straightened out. This was a most distressful day. I am glad it’s almost over.

    Rebecca, you are very wise. Thank you for your input. Tell us….is the matriarch Luna?

    Mom just sent me an email that she is looking at Mt Shasta right this very second. She says that it is amazing, so white and majestic! Her and Dad are on their way to Whidbey Island, and all us get to stay home with our favorite petsitter, Carol.

    We think Rio’s friend is awesome. That little pug is a very complex critter.

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:28 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Wookie!…I really want to talk to you, but the Rockies are tied at 3-3 top of the 9th!…gah!…Later dude!

  71. Gus & BooBear
    10:31 pm on April 8th, 2011

    We’re a bit confused. Rio wants to come back but only to talk to SiberH and Wookie. We all take his grumpiness and today, perhaps, let feelings be known that have previously been tucked away. We didn’t hear ANYONE say that they didn’t love Rio and think he is an important part of the plunderers. But now he wants to punish those who spoke up by excluding them from his parts of the conversation. We weren’t going to post our feelings but maybe we should. He has made Mom cry too. She is often too sensitive so thought that perhaps she was overacting. Mostly, he has made her (and us by extension) feel unimportant. When she made the map, he posted “What are we supposed to do with this?” It was just something we thought would be of interest to everyone.

    Reading Mary’s and Barb’s posts today made us realize that sometimes Mom isn’t overacting. Rio certainly has no qualms about telling us how he feels, so he should allow us the same right. Again NO ONE said they didn’t like Rio, didn’t appreciate his originality and his compassion when one of us needs support and all of this during one’s of his friend’s toughest years. But sometimes his posting has become hurtful and mean. It makes us cringe when he lashes out at a newcomer. We aren’t all writers or scholars or poets. But we ALL matter.

    Rio, we hope you don’t quit or exclude us from your postings. If you chose to do so, we’re sorry that you make that decision. But you will miss your friends and family here and we will miss you. Families, even cyber families, argue and hurt each other. But in the long run, we’re family. We all forgive and plunder on.

    Of course, after today, Chet may shut this thing down!

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:33 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Wookie!…BOTTOM OF THE 9th!…arrrgh!

  73. Jasper the Poodle
    10:33 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Exhausted! Yesterday Mom traveled to the east side of the mitten and had a long, long, long, day. She got home at 8:30p and was in bed by 9 and asleep by 9:30 so we missed the dinner. Mom drank a protein shake and went to sleep. She won’t tell me what’s going on at her busy place, she just shakes her head, mumbles something that sounds like “shenanigans,” then she says, “Stupid, stupid, stupid people.” I don’t mention too much after that.

    Mom finished the newest C.J. Box–Cold Wind. Murder mystery involving those big ass wind turbines. You ever seen one of those? Monster huge! Mom’s also finished up the latest J.D. Robb–Treachery in Death, and is working on the latest Patterson–she has forgotten the title and is refusing to get up to go in the bedroom to look at the front of the book.

    She’s watching the NASCAR race on ESPN right now, and thinking about turning it all off and going to read instead. Me? I’ve been quietly napping on her lap and the arm of her chair. What a life for a rescue poodle. It doesn’t get any better than this!

  74. BearSpiritDog
    10:43 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Natasha! Bear is joing you in Happy Dance! Thank you, Bella. You are very, very wise. Your story touched our <3.

    Yay, Rio! I knew it was you. Now I can go to bed with a Happy Heart.

    Signing off….Bear

  75. Tupper and Gilly
    10:43 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Jasper – Mama is always looking for new mystery writers to read. The one about the wind turbine sounds interesting, but we confess, Mama is kind of a wuss – she has a hard time with graphic violence or really super tense nail biters. People like JA Jance are undoubtably good writers, but Mama has yet to be able to finish one of her books.
    How would you classify CJ Box?

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:43 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Wookie!…Extra Inning time! The last one was a Close one…whew!

    Puss N’ Boots!…How many Gawd-Damned times do I need to tell you guys that I adore you…snort!…You either don’t read it or don’t understand the words…I LOVE YOU GUYS….grump!…Get over yourselves….sniff!…Baseball is on and its exciting…heh!

  77. Tyb
    10:52 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Wow! What can I say? I’m relatively new to the blog and I don’t know all of you as well as I’d like to. Not meaning to sound like Pollyanna, I have to say I like everybody, I’ve met on the blog. Yes, I felt intimidated early on, when I got a few barbs sent my way, but sticking with it and getting to know everyone better, I felt that none of the “hard stuff” was really hard. There was always someone to support me when I needed it. I truly feel that there is a rapport here that is worth sustaining.
    I hope I don’t upset you Rio, by saying that I think you are sometimes gruff and that you can be abrasive, but I think it’s all in an attempt to live up to your “Evil Pug” image. Underneath you’re a kind, caring, intelligent, kind of guy that sometimes thinks he has to come on tough. At times we accept your fire and at other times we have a day when we’re a bit more sensitive than usual and take offense at what’s said.
    Each of us is entitled to a bad day now and then. Fortunately we don’t all have them at the same time. This week, however, I think there were too many bad days at the same time and the results weren’t pleasant.
    I sincerely hope that the wounds heal and that everyone survives. I would hate to see anybody leave the group.
    I had an email from a friend today that said, “No matter how good a friend is, he’s going to hurt you from time to time, and you have to forgive him for that.” We are all friends and should remember that.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Mr.Tibbs!… I appreciate everything you just said, and please know that I consider you a true friend…. …grunt!…Now I have to get back to the most exciting game EVER!….heh!

  79. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:03 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Rio. Following the game on my IPaw. I thought when they had the 3-0 lead early, it was in the bag. The top of the 10th was so close, but no cigar. Wookie

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:11 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Wookie!….We are into the 11th now!….snort!…I am chewing on the newly replaced cough covers….shiver!

  81. Barb & Maggie
    11:20 pm on April 8th, 2011

    G & B, We understand and empathize with your comments. We also agree with the third paragraph in your last post. We are all equals here, and no one deserves to have their feelings hurt. Also, we would like to see a new updated map when you have the time.

    Let’s hope the air is cleared now and tomorrow we can start a new day with a clean slate. It has been a long tiring day, and we will be back tomorrow morning. Peace to all.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:29 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Huff!… Cough = Couch. Neither of those words ever look quite right to me. Just like bowl and bowel.…sniff…I must have a bit of dyslexia…grunt! …Crap! Now the Pirates are up…gasp! …If they score, they win!….arrrgh!

    Barb…for once today, just shut-up!

  83. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:43 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Rioooooo – don’t make me get the pepper for your paws….

  84. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:44 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! It’s been a long day — Mom and Dad were working hard so I had a lot of supervising to do. The reward was that we had pizza crust for dinner — actually, they had pizza, I got the crust!

    My boy said he thought his interview went well, but there are still a couple other people in the running for the job. He’s supposed to hear sometime next week, so keep your paws crossed!

    After all that hard work, I’m going to turn in now. That cough — I mean couch! — with the Iowa blanket is calling to me!!! GOod night, y’all!!!

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:49 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Cleared!…Well, the air will be cleared if barb quits referring to it in any shape or form she can…grunt!

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:55 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Kirby!…boy oh boy!…snort!..Yourboy has come a long way closer to a great job!…snort!…I will definitely be saying my prayers again for that guy…whooooo!…He is almost there…gruff!…I really want him to be “there” for good…snort!

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:59 pm on April 8th, 2011

    Fourteenth! …Inning…heh!… My friend is really glad its Friday night…snort!

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:16 am on April 9th, 2011

    Natasha!…heh!…You are a great addition to the blog. Don’t let lesser ones imitate you at all costs…chorkel!…That would be a disgrace. …sniff!

    Game!…Still on in the bottom of the 14th inning…heh!

  89. OleyHowlers
    12:21 am on April 9th, 2011

    Hello All: Tonite was pizza nite at our place. That usually means we don’t get close to the computer, because a lot of wine accompanies that pizza. So we missed all that was being said today. Wow
    Just want to say we loved Rebecca’s comment to remember that two dogs, sworn enemies in the morning having fought over a bone, can often be found snuggled next to each other napping in the afternoon. That is so true!!!! Happens at Howling Arabians all the time. We fight like crazy but we can’t be apart. Its like Rebecca knows us !!!!
    So its snuggle time…goodnite to you all and we think we are growing to love each and every one of you. Of course, don’t go messing with our bones.

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:24 am on April 9th, 2011

    Pirates! …Those robbers!

  91. Alice M. Johnson
    1:40 am on April 9th, 2011

    Oh dear, Rio,
    I am sorry your team lost tonight. For once this season, well really twice the Twins won. Hopefully they will keep on winning for a while. I am tired of being in the cellar.

    Barb I should have told you that my little tiny tomato plants were up the end of last week and now they are growing like mad. I only planted the mortgage lifter and the purple cherokee’s.
    I am also going to get a couple of Early Girl plants from Gurneys because they are only 52 days!!!

    I also learned, finally, the difference between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes. Thanks to the Gurney’s catalog I now know that determinate tomatoes ripen all at once. Indeterminate ones ripen all year long.

    See you all tomorrow. And, as Scarlett says. “Tomorrow is another day”

    Good night all.

  92. Melanie
    6:40 am on April 9th, 2011

    Folks and furry folks, you won’t hear from me today.

    NYC! Leaving in just a few minutes. I spent a great deal of yesterday sewing pockets back in my vest. Zoë had left treats in them. I was able to save one pocket.

    I’m taking treats to YSAS. We’re going to “stoop sit” and Chinatown and the park if there’s time.

    I won’t be back until VERY late! I hear tour buses are good to sleep in.

    Love you all. . .

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