Housekeeping Bulletin

“I hear you’re going to the blogpaws convention,” Admin says.

“Salt Lake City, June 21-23,” says Spence. “Really looking forward to it.”

“Anything else on the agenda?”

“Well, also around late June I believe, there’s going to be an e-only Chet and Bernie short story. This is in response to those who get a little impatient with the yearly interval between books.”

“Do we know what the short story will be about?” Admin says.

“Heh heh, as a certain pug might respond,” says Spence.

“Heh heh meaning it’s a secret, or heh heh you have no clue?”

Welcome Shelly, Iggy(!), Hershey.

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120 Responses to “Housekeeping Bulletin”

  1. Tupper and Gilly
    9:31 am on April 5th, 2012

    Salt Lake City??? Why can’t anyone hold conventions where there are Plunderers? What’s wrong with Denver or Albuquerque or North Pole Alaska – I ask ya?

    Good morning everyone.

    Mama is taking us on an adventure this morning. We are going to go get something that prevents rabbits. Well, actually Mama said it prevents rabies, but you know Mama can’t spell for beans.

  2. Melanie
    9:32 am on April 5th, 2012

    Prayers for Bluecat’s family. …

    Oh, my an e-short. Oh, My, Oh, My …

    MagPie, remind your mom about the pumpkin seeds and tell her thank you.

  3. OleyHowlers
    9:43 am on April 5th, 2012

    An e-short story about C&B!!! Holy Moley! Now we’re twirling. When is June? How long from now? Is that tomorrow or day after tomorrow?

    Welcome to 3 of the best-looking new FOC we’ve seen: Shelley, Iggy (!!!!!) and Hershey.

    Shiek ate some food overnight, and some more this morning. Mom put some of that powder in there this morning and while she was mixing it with some apple sauce to see if he would eat it all, that funny guy walked right on out of his stall and the barn and started trotting around the yard and eating grass! Then he trotted on into the pasture and yelled to the world that he was back! Crossing our paws that he ate the rest of that food…going up to look now…

  4. Rose
    9:51 am on April 5th, 2012

    Good Morning All!

    I am looking forward to the e-story…How cool is that?

    OH: Sounds like Shiek is starting to feel like his old self.

    Bluecat: My prayers and thoughts coming at you and your family.

    Rio: This one’s for you. Just grab a cold beer to wash it down.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/26-hot-dog-texas-rangers-serve-2-foot-173601862.html

  5. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:53 am on April 5th, 2012

    Clueless!…heh!heh!

    E-Only!… What does this mean? Does this mean that I will not be able to read it because I have to own a Kindle or a Nook…snort!…That’s not fair to me!me!me!…grump!…I also get a little impatient between the yearly books you know….sniff!….On the other paw, this means our MCD **mind control device** is starting to work again…heh!… Agent Molly must have set the timer to Summer-2012…chuffle!

    Utah!….How far away is Utah from my back yard?….sneeze!

  6. Snowhook Bella
    10:02 am on April 5th, 2012

    Bluecat: your step mother-in-law and your family are in my prayers.

    Rio: I also wondered how far SLC is from your backyard. I keep waiting for Willow to show up on SQPAs tour calendar, but so far no such luck.

  7. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:02 am on April 5th, 2012

    Good morning everyone!

    The ebook sounds like funny. I still have a teeny tiny bit of hope that Asrid will be back.

    Not really.

    Bluekat, I am sorry to hear about your mil. What is her name?

  8. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:04 am on April 5th, 2012

    Lol, my ipaw has a sense of humor. I wrote the word ‘fun’. Not ‘funny’. Fun.

  9. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:06 am on April 5th, 2012

    Shriveled!…Why is that hot-dawg all shriveled up?….sniff!…I bet its not a Hebrew National dawd…grunt!….I’ll stick with those because they are Chet’s favorite!…Delish!

  10. B.Stover
    10:10 am on April 5th, 2012

    Where is the e-only Chet and Bernie story going to be published? What a lovely idea! (I haven’t read comments yet.)

    Good morning all.

  11. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:11 am on April 5th, 2012

    Rebecca!…Check your SDD ASAP!…grunt!…The rest of you should also check just in case…sniff!

  12. OleyHowlers
    10:15 am on April 5th, 2012

    Bluecat, in case you didn’t see our response from this morning (on yesterday’s blog), know that our thoughts are with you and yours.

  13. Steve
    10:15 am on April 5th, 2012

    Good morning everyone!

    I am excited about the e-book. I’ve been quiet and learning. I have two bird feeders on one of mt home office windows. One is for hummingbirds. I have a cat tree just inside by the window. The cats and I love watching the wild birds. Just about every day this same bird came to eat. I named it Enza. One morning I must have left the window open a little because (I apologize)
    in-flew-Enza.

  14. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:17 am on April 5th, 2012

    Band!…I bet youse guys didn’t know I was in a real live band, huh?…heh!…Well here is an early Easter Card we created. I was a tad miffed that Morty had to play the harmonica because that’s the only instrument he knows….grunt!

    http://www.americangreetings.com/ecards/view.pd?i=563817307&m=9432&rr=y&source=ag999

  15. C.Hobbit
    10:21 am on April 5th, 2012

    Bluecat: we care so take care. our thoughts are with you.

  16. Snowhook Bella
    10:27 am on April 5th, 2012

    Rio: Checked and decoded.

  17. B.Stover
    10:30 am on April 5th, 2012

    I love the image of Shiek yelling to the world.

    Bluecat: I’m sorry about your mother-in-law. Please take care.

    Steve: I love your word play.

    Rio: I’ve responded to your email.

  18. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:41 am on April 5th, 2012

    BluKat!…I just read your post from last night…sniff!…I’m sorry to hear about your maw-in-law. It must be a very difficult time for your family….wuffle!…Please take care and know we are thinking of you.

  19. Barb & Maggie
    10:47 am on April 5th, 2012

    Bluecat, Our thoughts are with you.

    Oley, Glad Shiek is better. Tell your mom we enjoyed her diary last night on her FB page. How true!

    Melanie, Have an envelope ready to go out in the mail today. 2 pumpkin and 1 squash. Old seeds, but should be fine. We just planted some Arugula seeds from 2008 and they germinated as well as the new 2012 seeds we have. Barb saved some Cinderella pumpkin seeds from one she grew and the other is Spirit pumpkin.

  20. Rose
    10:47 am on April 5th, 2012

    In-flew-Enza….Good one Steve!

  21. dawson
    10:53 am on April 5th, 2012

    Oh boy!An e-only short story! Now…what is that, exactly?

    Yippee! Shiek is up and at ’em.

    Wow! Rio gets quoted (again) by Spence. Heh!

    Bluecat: Prayers and quilt offered.

    Steve:Thanks for the laugh. I needed that.

  22. B.Stover
    11:01 am on April 5th, 2012

    “Cinderella pumpkin seeds”….Now where did they come up with that I wonder……

  23. BearSpiritDog
    11:01 am on April 5th, 2012

    Nice Surprise from Chet to start our day.
    ebook in June. Hey! That’s only 2 months away!

    Rio; Great Card! Thanks!
    Wolfie: Whatever it was it’s gone now.

    A Thank You Prayer for Shiek. (whispering) Bet the O.Howler’s mom sang their special song to him last night.
    a Prayer of Peace for BlueCat’s step mother-in-law.

  24. Siber-H
    11:02 am on April 5th, 2012

    We do not own a Nook or a Kindle. This isn’t fair!!!

    Rio, It is around 540 miles from your backyard to Salt Lake City. You and Beau could take turns driving.

    Sounds like Shiek is feeling much better.

    Bluecat, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. This is never easy to go through.

  25. Siber-H
    11:09 am on April 5th, 2012

    In-flew-enza is a cute one. We needed a laugh after finding out out about the e-book.

    Well, it is Thursday.

  26. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:14 am on April 5th, 2012

    Miles!…Beau and I are not allowed to leave the back yard…grunt!…And he doesn’t have his Colorado drivers license yet….sniff!…That guy is such a procrastinator!

  27. Melanie
    11:15 am on April 5th, 2012

    Steve! Good one!
    Shiek! Feeling good!
    Thanks for the seeds!

    PT person and I went through the rules with Dan. I wrote them down. He didn’t think he needed to have the written down because he follows them all the time. And the conversation that didn’t take place that I wasn’t there for? Today he said it never happened. Soooooo. After going over the rules I was going to type them up and have everyone sign it. When I said that I would be the one that made the final decision, he said he wouldn’t sign it. Sigh. Then I reminded him again that he’s had two conversations that weren’t real and making decisions based on those and it he wanted more freedom he would only get it if he agreed that I had the final say.

    So he signed it. There was more stuff. I really don’t know what is going on. Luckily he still writes. He enjoys that. And he’s good.

    I’m tired and sad. Sorry about whining.

  28. Barb & Maggie
    11:20 am on April 5th, 2012

    Bee, The Cinderella pumpkin is a French heirloom whose real name is Rouge Vif D’Etampes. It was so named because it is shaped like Cinderella’s carriage. They think this variety of pumpkin was used for the original drawings of her carriage.

    Hat tip to Rio for being quoted up above. Spense never quotes anything clever that we say. Maybe we never say anything clever!

  29. Barb & Maggie
    11:23 am on April 5th, 2012

    Melanie, You can vent anytime, as much as you need to.

  30. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:28 am on April 5th, 2012

    Melanie!…I’m sad too…sniffle!

  31. Siber-H
    11:39 am on April 5th, 2012

    Melanie, You aren’t whinning. What you are dealing with is very difficult. Mom went through degrees of it with her parents.
    All of us just want to be here for you. We care about Dan, you, and your family.

  32. Masquers
    11:52 am on April 5th, 2012

    Steve: Very clever play on words! A good morning laugh is what we all needed.
    Melanie: Dan is back to writing and that is very encouraging news. We are so sorry you are having to go through this. It is no fun to be caring for someone only to be greeted with constant rebellion.
    Siber: Don’t worry about the ebook. We don’t have a Kindle either. You can read it on your PC by way of Amazon.

  33. Snowhook Bella
    11:57 am on April 5th, 2012

    Luna just informed me that she pulled a section of quilt around Melanie’s shoulders and tucked it around her. She also said she sat on Melanie so she would know to stay put for a while. Melanie—I apologize for any fur Luna may have left behind. She is shedding something fierce.

  34. Siber-H
    12:01 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Wow Thanks, Masquers, Your news will help me get through Thursday.

  35. dawson
    12:03 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Aw, Melanie: Caregiving can be so emotionally wrenching, for all of you. That is not whining…it’s venting. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  36. Melanie
    12:23 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Thank you good friends. And since you are such good friends I’m not going to keep this to myself.

    The BlogPaws Facebook site is going to announce (I think tomorrow) a contest for going to BlogPaws. Since a certain favorite author will be there, I will be entering. I’m sharing this with you. If I can’t win it, I hope a Plunderer does!

  37. OleyHowlers
    12:38 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Steve, In flew Enza…very funny indeed. And here we were going to share that Mom also names her hummingbird friends: Tinkerbell (“Tink”) and Nellie. But now we guess it sounds pretty silly so we son’t.

    thanks for sharing our happiness about Shiek. Keep all paws crossed that this is not just temporary comeback due to the Bantomine.

    Melanie, we share in your sadness. Watching parents and loved ones go thru this is so disheartening. Please take comfort in our love and mutual tears.

    As for the e-book, Spense didn’t yet say where it will be made available, so don’t nobody feel down about it.

  38. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:48 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Announcement!!….snort!snort!… I hereby officially announce there will be a new Spring Boutique opening on May 26th. The store will be fully stocked with donated items from anyone who chooses to help sponsor the Snowhook Kennel. …chuffle!…. The Items for sale can be baked goodies, handmade crafty things, artsy-fartsy things, bought or stolen goods – in fact I doubt we will turn anything away!…chorkel!….All proceeds from sales will be donated to Snowhook for the 2013 Iditarod.

    Here are the official Rules and Regulations:

    * Procure or make said Items. (see above)

    * Take a well lit, in-focus photograph of each Item.

    * Write up a detailed description of each of the Items. Be fun and whimsical. Remember you are trying to sell as many Items as you can! Be sure to include an asking price.

    * Send your photogragh(s) to Melanie. She will improve and size each one.
    montaguecarpenter@gmail.com

    * Melanie will send back the Finished Photograph(s) to you.

    * Send each Items photograph and description to Rebecca in a separate email.
    snowhookkennel@gmail.com

    * Once an item has been purchased, meaning Rebecca has received payment, she will send you the address of the Buyer.

    * You will be responsible for shipping the Item to the Buyer.

    * Start sending your photos and descriptions to Rebecca as soon as you can.

    * Deadline for the first waive of Items will be Sunday May 20th.

    ******** Side Note! ********
    Once the Spring Boutique has been opened for business you can send more items to Rebecca. We will keep the store open as long as there are Items still for sale…snorkel!

  39. Rose
    12:50 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Melanie: You are loved here at the blog. When times are tough, that’s what people do, vent. And when you vent, each and very one of the Plunderers are here to offer support and love. And to hear that Luna has tucked the quilt around you, and sat on you, well that is very special. Luna is such a mom.

  40. OleyHowlers
    12:50 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Spence… Sorry (dumb iPaw)

  41. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:53 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Announcement!!….snort!snort!… I hereby officially announce there will be a new Spring Boutique opening on May 26th. The store will be fully stocked with donated items from anyone who chooses to help sponsor the Snowhook Kennel. …chuffle!…. The Items for sale can be baked goodies, handmade crafty things, artsy-fartsy things, bought or stolen goods – in fact I doubt we will turn anything away!…chorkel!….All proceeds from sales will be donated to Snowhook for the 2013 Iditarod.

    Here are the official Rules and Regulations:

    *Procure or make said Items. (see above)

    * Take a well lit, in-focus photograph of each Item.

    * Write up a detailed description of each of the Items. Be fun and whimsical. Remember you are trying to sell as many Items as you can! Be sure to include an asking price.

    * Send your photogragh(s) to Melanie. She will improve and size each one.
    montaguecarpenter@gmail.com

    * Melanie will send back the Finished Photograph(s) to you.

    * Send each Items photograph and description to Rebecca in a separate email.

    * Once an item has been purchased, meaning Rebecca has received payment, she will send you the address of the Buyer.

    * You will be responsible for shipping the Item to the Buyer.

    * Start sending your photos and descriptions to Rebecca as soon as you can.

    * Deadline for the first waive of Items will be Sunday May 20th.

    ******** Side Note: ********
    Once the Spring Boutique has been opened for business you can send more items to Rebecca. We will keep the store open as long as there are Items still for sale.

    PS!…my first attemp was moderated…grunt!..I hope this goes through…growl!

  42. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:57 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Whoo-hoo!

    Let the fun begin!

  43. bluecat
    12:59 pm on April 5th, 2012

    She was 94 and lived a full life until yesterday. We appreciate your support; we felt it all morning.

    Friday is full moon and the beginning of Passover – Sunday is Easter – may each of you discover something extraordinary in your spirit this weekend.

    xoxoxo
    Bluecat

  44. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:00 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Terri, if you there, say hello! We miss you!

    Steve, you may want to check out Snowhook’s website! We are huge fans of AJ and Rebecca and Whitey Lance!

  45. Tupper and Gilly
    1:08 pm on April 5th, 2012

    OWWWW! Our butts hurt. How a shot in the butt can prevent rabbits, we have no idea, but next time Mama says that we are going on an adventure, we are hiding under the bed!

    Steve – Mama once had a whole tour bus full of Basques from Spain come to her studio. Then a smoke detector went off, and everyone ran for the exit – there was a mass pile up and everyone got stuck and there was chaos. So Mama learned her lesson – never try to put all your Basques in one exit.
    (tee hee)

  46. Snowhook Bella
    1:08 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Bluecat: The quilt is where you will find support and friends. May the Creator bless and keep her spirit.

    Wolfie: Our blog needs to be updated. I couldn’t find the will to write after Rory passed. I need to get back on top of things.

  47. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:32 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Moderated!…I tried to put both Melanie’s and Snowhook’s email address in the Announcement but the Moderator does not like Two Links in one post…grump!

  48. Barb & Maggie
    1:34 pm on April 5th, 2012

    T & G, Whaaa?

  49. B.Stover
    2:22 pm on April 5th, 2012

    LOL!! Sorry…..Poor Tupper and Gilly.

  50. OleyHowlers
    2:25 pm on April 5th, 2012
  51. C.Hobbit
    2:37 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Melanie: I am happy to hear that Dan is still writing. My Dad was a life-long, heavy reader until 3 years ago. He stopped reading because he couldn’t keep characters straight. He doesn’t even read the newspapers or comics anymore. It is very sad for us as he has empty hours, is bored and is mentally deteriorating. [I also have an aunt who is 87 and still discusses books with me–I am hoping to have her genes dominate]

  52. dawson
    2:43 pm on April 5th, 2012

    T&G: I for one am glad there will be no mass outbreak of rabbits…especially if they look like the ones posted a couple days ago…scary! Thanks for taking it in the rear to spare us. Basques…exit! Eggs…basket! Heh, heh, heh!

  53. OleyHowlers
    2:54 pm on April 5th, 2012

    T&G, we know that you were both quite brave to prevent those bunnies from taking over the world. Thanks, we guess (altho that bunny Meashka had earlier this week was mighty tasty).

  54. T.C.
    3:00 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Here is the picture my mommy posted on FB. Now who has the brains around here. You tell me…

    Hope you are able to read this…

  55. Barb & Maggie
    3:01 pm on April 5th, 2012

    We haven’t had any bunnies in the yard, not since I swallowed that tiny one whole last spring, but when Barb came home at noon to let me out, I spied a ground squirrel by the bird feeder. Silly thing ran into the rain gutter, trying to get away from me. I did my best to get him by destroying the downspout, cutting my nose in the process. I was so focused that Barb had to leash me to drag me back inside. She said bad things to me and then left!

  56. Macy the Min-pin
    3:02 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Every office assistant deserves a break in the afternoon.

  57. Steve
    3:03 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Wolfie – I even have a Snowhook Iditarod magnet.

    Would it be foolish to ask about the history of the term Plunderers as used here?

    Basques heh heh

  58. Macy the Min-pin
    3:10 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Maggie, doesn’t Barb realize what chaos would break out if you were not on the job. Sheesh.

    We tried to post that cat/dog thing earlier but it did not work. Thanks

    Royals, I get my rabbit shot in my scruff, doesn’t hurt at all. Sorry abutt yours.

  59. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    3:13 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Bluecat — sorry, we did not see your post until a few minutes ago, but please know that me and my family join in the prayers for your and your family at this difficult time.

    As to Spence, and possible subjects for a C&B short story, let’s not all shout in unison, but how about Astrid?

    Wookie

  60. OleyHowlers
    3:18 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Steve, you really have a Chet the Dog Snowhook magnet? Wow. Thats great!

    Maggie, the hardest thing about our jobs is that we have to protect our humans even when they don’t think they need protection or appreciate it. Our lives are not easy. sigh.

  61. Siber-H
    3:24 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Steve, It is never foolish to ask a question. B. Stover came up with the word Plunderers but I don’t remember exactly how and why.
    Can someone with a better memory than mine continue this explanation?

    Woo Woo Steve has an iditarod magnet!

    T&G: There has been a serious outbreak of rabies around the Carlsbad area. You know NM. People are not vaccinating their animals.

  62. Barb & Maggie
    3:39 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Barb here at the office. Melanie, the seeds are in the mail, unlike the check. Heh

    I hope Maggie’s nose hurts! Not a lot, but maybe just a little!

  63. Siber-H
    3:44 pm on April 5th, 2012

    TC; It can be read perfectly if you enlarge it. What it seems to be saying is that Sibers are not retarded because we do not return.

  64. OleyHowlers
    3:49 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Steve, here is the story of the origin of the term Plunderers in B.Stover’s words:

    From B. Stover, Yesterday
    Regarding “Plunderers”: It all started when I posted an answer to Spence who was wondering what we would do when technology takes over the world. (I don’t remember the specifics.) I wrote, “One just plunders on.” (That is embroidered on one of our quilt squares.) The next day, Spence/Admin posted that they thought that very funny (they thought I had meant “blunder”) and that it would be their motto from then on. Eventually they named us the “Plunderers.”
    I did not mean “blunder” the denotation of which in verb form means to act blindly without guidance. (Interestingly, in the 17th century blunder and plunder were used interchangeably.) Plunder has a negative denotation in most cases because it’s associated with gaining something illegally often from a defeated enemy. However, the American sense of plunder (noun form) is derived from the German “plunder” which simply means junk. It’s were we get the use of plunder as baggage.
    It is in that sense that I have for years said to my students, “Plunder your minds to find the solution.” (Making the noun a verb of course.) It is that sense that I was using when I wrote “One just plunders on.” It means to work against all odds to find solutions to difficulties; to sort through the irrelevant junk to find the thing that matters. I extend that to include the connotation of finding solutions to help make the world a better place.
    It makes perfect sense to me…but then, I also think Wittgenstein makes perfect sense.
    From Chet’s Blog January 20, 2011

  65. B.Stover
    3:50 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Steve: Can you get to Chet’s blog of January 20, 2011? I wrote an explanation of “Plunderer” then. If not, I can repost it here. It’s several paragraphs long.

  66. B.Stover
    3:53 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Thank you Howlers!

  67. C.Hobbit
    3:58 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Steve: Rio wrote up the history of the Plunderers; I saved it on my home computer and I’ll send it to you later. I think B. Stover would tell her students when they were thwarted or stuck to “Plunder on” and we adopted it from there.

    TC: very cool and very true.

    The radio kept saying that it was to get to 50 degrees today so I wore sandals to work. It was 16 this morning and is 32 five hours later. Perhaps I made a mistake {{{sigh}}} We all want spring to come so badly. I am also wearing a nice spring blouse but have a coat over it which kind of defeats the purpose {{{sigh}}} I do not want to hear about all of youse being in the 70s and 80s and planting/harvesting gardens. On the bright side, I do have much more energy because it is daylight until after 9 pm and we are gaining more each day.

  68. Steve
    4:00 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Thanks!

  69. OleyHowlers
    4:01 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Steve, don’t be embarrassed to ask any question. We still don’t know what the original Plunderers are talking about here a great deal of the time. Not all of us were on the blog from the beginning.

    Here is an amazing story that someone posted on Chet’s FB page:
    http://www.curesf.org/2011/07/lucas-and-juno-the-story-of-lucas-hembree-and-his-service-dog/

  70. OleyHowlers
    4:05 pm on April 5th, 2012

    We think Kat is the author of the Dog’s Diary, by the way.

  71. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:15 pm on April 5th, 2012

    (Whispering). Bee is a retired English professor, Steve, in case you hadn’t guessed. We would be lost without her.

  72. Rose
    4:18 pm on April 5th, 2012

    T.C: I’m laughing out loud at your post!!!

    Steve: Cool, you got a Chet Magnet! Wooohoooo! Don’t worry about all the missing pieces. I’ve been on this blog for a little while (don’t know the exact date), and sometimes I stll say “huh?”

    Macy: You always seem to find the best pictures!!!

  73. Siber-H
    4:29 pm on April 5th, 2012

    I can’t remember reading Rio’s original history of the Plunderers.
    CHarris: If it isn’t too much trouble, could you please send it to me also?

  74. B.Stover
    4:38 pm on April 5th, 2012

    (Whispering) Thank you Wolfie!

  75. BearSpiritDog
    5:22 pm on April 5th, 2012

    C.Hobbit: Oh, your poor “dogs”! Personally, I consider 50 rather chilly, but after 50 below can see how you would be twirling. We have pretty much stopped relying on the weather types (not Weatherkat) for reliable information. Just recently we were given a forecast then told to cross our paws.

    T.C.: You are becoming quite the techno-kat.
    O.Howlers: Thanks for the post about the Plunderer’s background.
    Also, great story about the Rescue Dog (one of my kind) with a whole new vocation.

  76. Snowhook Bella
    5:48 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Steve: We have a saying in this here blog:WWBSD? What would B Stover do? She hasn’t steered me wrong, yet.

    CHH: We are supposed to get snow today and tomorrow. It has been in the mid 40s all week. We are still having fires at night to keep comfortable.

    Dawson: Tomorrow is Good Friday for a couple of reasons, no?

  77. Macy the Min-pin
    6:00 pm on April 5th, 2012

    The picture that I posted above is of Belle, helping dad with his “work” upstairs.

    BSD, every time I see your picture I want to ask,”Hey, Bear, why the long face?” har har, giggle, snort, I crack myself up! BTW we voted for Juno.

  78. Steve
    6:01 pm on April 5th, 2012

    WWBSD I love it!

  79. OleyHowlers
    6:08 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Macey, we hope Belle’s work is more exciting than what Mom tries to get us to do. Doubtful…she looks pretty bored and sleepy. We love the picture.

    Pop uses that “why the long face” line on Dima all the time. Dima walks ino a bar. The bartender says “why the long face?” Ha ha!

  80. B.Stover
    6:19 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Is tomorrow Dawson’s last day before she retires?

  81. B.Stover
    6:24 pm on April 5th, 2012

    By the way, I’m assuming all Harry Potter fans know that the books are now available as ebooks. Here’s the link:

    http://shop.pottermore.com/en_US/Help/contact?c=USD

  82. Garcia of Snowhook
    6:43 pm on April 5th, 2012

    SiberH: Once the snow melts there will be prime hole digging in the kennel. We took a vote—it was unanimous — and your are invited to the kennel to join our efforts anytime. Last year little Charlotte, by herself mind, dug a hole that almost swallowed our Lady.

  83. Redbone Hound
    6:49 pm on April 5th, 2012

    A chicken walked into a bar.
    “hey, we don’t serve chickens here” the bartender said.
    “that’s ok” said the chicken. “I was actually in the mood for a hamburger”

    Har har. That there is Southern humor.

  84. Melanie
    6:54 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Please do not put my email address on the Blog. There are plenty of you guys who know it. This blog is read by many and we know there are scammers who come on.

    I d not need to be cyberstalked.

  85. OleyHowlers
    6:58 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Thats a good one, Redbone! Ha ha !

    We were wondering about that, Melanie. We would never want ours posted.

  86. Macy the Min-pin
    7:20 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Hi there Mr. Redbone, how ya doin’? *flutter flutter*

  87. Siber-H
    7:37 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Garcia, Sounds like fun!! We can dig our way to Siberia! WOO WOO

  88. Mollypop
    7:52 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Don Larson of The Far Side did one of my favorites:

    A bar scene where a couple of lovely female warthogs are at the bar having drinks. More warthogs are in the background. Then a male warthog appears in the doorway. One at the bar says to the other, “Hmmph – he thinks he’s God’s gift to warthogs.”

  89. Garcia of Snowhook
    8:12 pm on April 5th, 2012

    SiberH: Or, at least the other end of the kennel. Hell, we have twenty acres of earth to displace if we like.

  90. Snowhook Bella
    8:17 pm on April 5th, 2012

    SiberH: A lot seems to happen when I’m not looking. Votes are cast, invitations extended and plans to excavate our property are drafted. You are always welcome in the kennel, but I make one request—please don’t dig around the foundations of our house or barn. We like them at their current angle. :)

  91. Melanie
    8:25 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Grace would like join the excavation. She is very good. First she goes for trails of voles and moles and then for depth. Excellent work. I highly recommend her.

    YSAS is being a cop tonight until 3:30 am. He will be all nicely dressed in his cop uniform with sweater and winter jacket keeping all nice and toasty warm. His mother and manager approve.

  92. Snowhook Bella
    8:29 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Melanie: Grace is welcome. Belle Starr says it would be nice to have another dog her size to pal around with during the day. I don’t think she has any concept of Newfs.

  93. Melanie
    8:33 pm on April 5th, 2012

    It’s not the size Bella, it’s the ATTITUDE! Both are obviously Big Dogs!

    OleyHowlers, that was a wonderful link.

    I’m headed upstairs. Going to do me some reading. Thanks for helping me stay put under the quilt, Luna!

    Compost Party Tomorrow! YEA!

    TTFN

  94. Siber-H
    8:51 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Oh Boy! Grace gets to go with me. ok, Rebecca, We will stay away from buildings. Gee, our house is only slightly tilted now.

  95. Snowhook Bella
    9:01 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Melanie: If Luna was involved, I don’t think you had much of a choice. She and Tenz refused to leave my side when Whitey-Lance was on the run.

    SiberH: Charlotte explained to me last summer that if I would just tilt my head the other way her dog house would work level once again. Seemed logical enough.

  96. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:12 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Apologies!….My sincere apologies to Melanie and Zoe…sniff!… I got carried away with the announcement of the Spring Boutique and I do apologise……wuffle!

  97. Barb & Maggie
    9:22 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Oley, and Macy, thanks for taking my side today against that meanie, Barb. Why was she so upset about a little piece of downspout. It just has some extra drainage holes and a slightly different shape than before. So big deal!

    OK, what did we miss? We went back and read at least every other word and can’t figure out what Melanie was taling about with her email address.

    We thought the story about Juno and the boy Lucas was endearing, and Juno is an awesome dog. We always worry about the dog a little when the child has behavioral issues (which is why they had trouble getting a service dog). It sounds like everything is going smoothly, but we just hope the parents are understanding if Lucas hauls off and hurts the dog and Juno snaps at him. It is a natural instinct, and we would hope they wouldnt hold it against the dog. Guess we always tend to take the dog’s side of it.

  98. Snowhook Bella
    9:22 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Rio: I am thinking of you and your friend tonight. Now that race season is over I’m finally cashing in the gym membership I won at a radio auction this fall. I will be going on my own version of a brutal walk tonight. I wil however be wearing my own underthings and not anything I borrowed from my gran.

  99. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Walk!…heh!heh!…We didn’t have to go on the Brutal Walk tonight because once again it was too windy…sniff!…She has trouble with the wind thank-dawg…chuffle!…Tomorrow it is supposed to be even more windy – in the 60 mph range…wheeze!…Luckily Beau and I will not blow away…snorkel!

  100. Barb & Maggie
    9:32 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Oh, sorry, we see it. Honest mistake, Rio. You were just being helpful.

  101. C.Hobbit
    9:38 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Rebecca: supposed to snow up here also tomorrow. Winter just got longer. Of course, with the ground frozen until the end of May there is really no where for the snow melt to go so it is just as well.

    Siber: check your SDD

    Steve: I don’t know if I have your SDD; do you know about the Dishlickers’ account on yahoo?

    I am looking into my closet for warmer clothes–I may have to do a load of wash tonight. Everybody take care.

  102. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:43 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Mistake!… Thanks Barb, but it was a mistake and I would be pissed if someone posted my friends email out here…grunt!… My account doesn’t matter for some strange reason. She says I can post that till hell freezes over or the Cows Come Home ta Roost…grunt!sneeze!

    Idol!….We are actually taking the time to watch what they call a Results Show on American Idol…sniff!…They do a whole show with guest stars and then ultimately kick someone off…grunt!… No way in hell will it be our most favorite, Phillip Phillips….snort!….He will winnit all by golly!…wheeze!

  103. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:47 pm on April 5th, 2012

    CHOBBIT!…Seriously, you hardly know this guy…grunt!…Give it some time….dammit!…Don’t be handing out all our stuff just like that lil gal!…grunt!

  104. Snowhook Bella
    9:50 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Rio: Do you vote for your favorite Idol from your Go Phone?

    CHH: I don’t min winter so much especially since mosquito season follows on it’s heels. Give me forty below any day over those bird sized pests.

  105. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Vote!….Beau and I tried to vote for Phillip Phillips last night but every time we put in Phillip Phillips phone number the Go-Phone would beep and say it needed more money….sniff!… I have no idea how to give a little Go-Phone money…wuffle!…Luckily we just found out he is “Safe” this week and will sing another song next week….wooooooo!

  106. Barb & Maggie
    10:07 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Good night all. Or as Melanie likes to say, TTFN.

  107. Barb & Maggie
    10:10 pm on April 5th, 2012

    One more thing, someone said earlier (Wookie I think) that if we are going to have a short story it would be nice if it was about Astrid. We were sort of left hanging on that one, right?

    OK, good night for real this time.

  108. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:22 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Boutique!…. Since I am out here Alone, I am going to take this opportunity to remind you all how much fun it is to make, bake, beg, borrow, or steal stuff for the new Store…heh!… Also, I have an idea that is over and above the donated Boutique Items. It would be what Rebecca and I like to call “The Newphelant“ room….heh!… Some would call it the “White Elephant” room. It will be Plunderer Specific Items that we donate – an example would be my Coat of Many Colors, or Beaus harness with Grandmas underware bits attached…sniff!…Lord knows he wants a new harness…heh! ..It would be like a yard sale with personal items we donate that others might want for one reason or another….grunt!… I have my eye on Wookie’s bright red bow-tie….snort!… Anyway, it is just a wild idea and I need to know what youse guys think of it….sneeze!…Will there be enough White Elephant Items to open a whole new Room at the Boutique or should we just treat these like the other special donated items?…heh!

  109. Gus & BooBear
    10:40 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Bluekat, prayers, hugs and purrs for you and your family.

    Astrid…BLAH!! Perhaps because the story got out of control (SQ was busy, busy writing the real Chet & Bernie story) or just any old reason, but we really don’t want to go back there. Something new and fresh for the e-read….maybe something about when Chet and Bernie first met, but in detail.

    Mom has to work tomorrow. It really should be a holiday. Dad gets to stay home!

  110. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:45 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Puss N’ Boots!….My friend says she has to go to the Busy-Place tomorrow too….sniff!…We all hate that fact! She is taking some days off next week to make a 4 day weekend which she says will be four days of Boot-Camp for me and Beau….grunt!wheeze!

  111. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:54 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Baseball!…Well I have agreed to go to bed early tonight because tomorrow night is the Beginning of Baseball here for us!…wooooooo!wheeee!…So I want to be able to stay up late if necessary …heh!…Beau is already in his cold hard bed…sniff!…I still need to check out those adjectives ..grunt!…Goodnight all!…slurp!

  112. Siber-H
    10:56 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Rio, I think you are onto something with the idea of special Plunderpack items.

    night all

  113. Gus & BooBear
    11:19 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Your Rockies will be in Houston tomorrow night. Wish we could say that it doesn’t bode well for Colorado, but……..oh, well. It is a new year for the ‘stros. Who knows?

  114. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:23 pm on April 5th, 2012

    I for one am still wondering about Astrid and somebody’s son who looked like somebody and the smell that Chet smelled ( smelt?) in some building in an abandoned lot. And there was someone who was rich and mean who got done in and I think that Astrid was married to him. Well, it is all jumbled now because I am a dog who only holds on to memories that really matter. Like the smell of a full moon or the color of summer.

  115. Snowhook Bella
    11:38 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Wolfie: I like that—the smell of a full moon or the color of summer.

    Well, I sweated out some stress tonight, but most of it was by accident. I hopped on the elliptical and accidentally hit the wrong program. I was thirty seconds into an advanced hil climb before I realized what I did. One thing bugs me after gym—those folks who get on and off machines every few minutes, only do so half heatedly while chatting away with their friend—I didn’t want to become my own pet peeve sir I stuck out that brutal hill climb for the entire thirty minutes. I will probably be sore tomorrow. Grunt. Snort. Sweat.

  116. BearSpiritDog
    11:41 pm on April 5th, 2012

    Rio’s ideas are percolating in my head.
    Wolfie! Well said! The Pink Full Moon is tomorrow night – the color of summer is three moons away.
    Good Night All – Bear

  117. Macy the Min-pin
    12:27 am on April 6th, 2012

    Our girl Angie got tickets to OPENING DAY at the Ballpark in Arlington(no tornado there) and who is she taking, mom, dad? No, she is taking her Boyfriend. Mom is just shaking her head, where did she go wrong. Actually if this will get mom one step closer to 2 legged babies, we say go for it!!

    Niteall,
    Macy out

  118. Terri's Pal
    1:39 am on April 6th, 2012

    Hi Wolfie ! Thanks for remembering me.

    I’ve been busy trying to get work. Pls keep your fingers crossed for me. It’s a perfect (so purrfect) job but everyone will be applying for it, I’m sure.

    Meanwhile, Terri is happy to play outside in the cold but sunny yard and Flower goes out for a few minutes too.* more about that later.

    Apparnetly my previous post (yesterday?) was moderated and didn’t pass the check :-( Now I don’t remember what I wrote.

  119. Steve
    7:47 am on April 6th, 2012

    C.Hobbit – sorry, I don’t know about Dishlickers’ account on yahoo.

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