Iditarod (More)

“Got a new leader,” Spence says. “Martin Buser, a former winner from Big Lake.”

“Love the names of these places,” says Admin.

“He zoomed from Rohn to Takotna at a ten-mile-an-hour pace and reached McGrath – 400 miles done, 750 to go – on pace to set a new record. And that’s even with five of his dogs getting loose after some kind of mishap in the Dalzell Gorge.”

“These places! We really should go up to Alaska.”


Welcome Ginger and back-sleeper.

Also: what’s the best remedy to use after getting skunked? Audrey probably wants to know.


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134 Responses to “Iditarod (More)”

  1. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:10 am on March 9th, 2011

    Are we first? Yay!

    We are really getting interested in the Iditarod. We believe we will keep up with Whitey-Lance since we read all about him yesterday.

    AUDREY???!!!! Have you gone and gotten yourself skunked? Heh heh

  2. Rose
    9:17 am on March 9th, 2011

    Maybe there is case involving the Iditarod that Chet and Bernie need to solve…

    Good morning all!

  3. Mollypop
    9:18 am on March 9th, 2011

    When I got skunked, my groomer came to the house and used Massengill Douche on me. She said she uses it on lots of dogs all the time. So what’s up with these skunks? Why are they picking on us?

  4. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:26 am on March 9th, 2011

    Audrey!… I didn’t think there were any skunks on Cape Cod….grunt!… Poor Audrey. I wonder if she got into the house and ran around all over to spread the love after it happened….heh! …That’s what I would do….sniff!

  5. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:05 am on March 9th, 2011

    Good idea Rose. Lets get Spence thinking about book 5 right now. North to Alaska boys.

    Today Whitey and Co. will be traveling where he left the team last year. Hopefully he got that out of his system already.

  6. Sam
    10:10 am on March 9th, 2011

    I wanted to run in the Iditarod. I asked Mom to contact Whitey but she said no. Mom was worried that there would not only be hawks but giant eagles. My hopes were dashed.

  7. B.Stover
    10:12 am on March 9th, 2011

    Oh Audrey….you probably love it, but….Massengill Douch comes in various “flavors” but the one that might work is vinigar and water. (Is that what your groomer used Mollypop?) I’d just try that mixture first–white vinegar with twice that amount in water. I’ve heard tomato juice works but that seems very messy.

    Chet: I understand that Alaska and the Iditarod (wonder how that’s pronounced….According to my research it is named after the trail that is named after the town that was originally an Athabaskan village; it became a ghost town after the gold rush; the name may have originated from the Athabaskan word haiditarod which means “far distant place.” Where was I….?) Chet, I understand that it is exciting, but could you try your best to get Spence back on the Astrid case, please.

  8. B.Stover
    10:17 am on March 9th, 2011

    Yes, I think that’s a good idea Rose. How would Chet and Bernie get to Alaska and why?

    Sam: Do you think you’d like Alaska? It’s cold and rugged and full of “outdoors” as I understand it.

  9. boris
    10:23 am on March 9th, 2011

    Macy, darlink. Stoli vodka good thing come from Motherland Russia. Keep in freezer. Better than bourbon.

  10. Rose
    10:25 am on March 9th, 2011

    Hi Macy:

    Definitely ROAD TRIP!

  11. Melanie
    10:36 am on March 9th, 2011

    Question: If Bernie and Chet take a ferry from Washington State to Alaska, would they have to go through all that stuff at the Canadian border?

    Answer from Zoë about being skunked: After laughing hysterically, had to gently pat her on the back, she said that nothing really worked, you kept having to bath the dogs in what ever as soon as they get wet. YET! For the house, use sandalwood incense, cuts the smell in the house and on the furniture.

    Good morning all!

  12. Mollypop
    10:46 am on March 9th, 2011

    My groomer came to our house in her little schoolbus where she does the grooming. Mom said when she was done with me there was no smell left over. The house, however, was another story.

  13. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:50 am on March 9th, 2011

    Remedies!… Molly has hair and the rest of us have fur (or vice versa). Would that make a difference as to which of skunk remedy would work?….snort!

    Boris!… Our friendly Russian spy is back early this morning giving out tips on how to get skunked in a different way… heh!

  14. Rose
    10:53 am on March 9th, 2011

    Hi Bee:

    I think the how and why of Bernie and Chet going to Alaska is what Spence gets paid to do, don’t you think?

  15. B.Stover
    10:57 am on March 9th, 2011

    Rio: Thank you for the tip. I’ll watch for the Denver news guy on The Event 111. I’m feeling tip-top. Yesterday I went out to dinner and had a Long Island Ice Tea which is why I was tired. Wonder if that would help eliminate skunk odor.

    So far Boris and Natasha have been tedious rather than funny.

  16. B.Stover
    11:08 am on March 9th, 2011

    Rose: I’m wondering about a logical reason for C&B to be there and without the car. Perhaps a missing dog or musher….Pondering.

    I’d like to get back to the Astrid case.

  17. B.Stover
    11:10 am on March 9th, 2011

    Melanie’s idea of the ferry from Washington state to Alaska would be interesting.

  18. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:16 am on March 9th, 2011

    Audrey. When I got skunked in Vermont, my mom actually used a milk bath to cut the smell. Tomato juice is more of an old wives’ tale (with apologies in advance to anyone on the blog who might take offense at that terminology) and pretty messy to boot. There is a commercial product called Skunk Off (or something similar) that some vets carry, but I don’t know how well it works. Very sorry for you. Truth be told, once I got use to it, the smell wasn’t so bad (although getting a “full facial” did sting my eyes and frighten me a bit when it first happened), but all the two-leggeds didn’t like it at all, and for a day or two after, other dogs didn’t want to come near me either. Who knew those cute, little furry creatures with the white stripe could be so dangerous. The Wookster

  19. Siber-H
    11:21 am on March 9th, 2011

    NORTH TO ALASKA!!! Woo Woo Chet wants to go to Alaska!
    You could ride in the sled, Sam. You would be no extra weight for the Alaskan Huskies. We’d wrap you in fake furs.
    Martin Buser has named one or two of his kids after stops on the Iditarod Trail. Rohn is the name of one of his boys.

    After whichever method of deskunking is used on a dog, mom says that time is the best cure for a skunked member of the nation within a nation. It is the two-leggeds that get all upset about the skunk smell.

  20. Barb & Maggie
    11:21 am on March 9th, 2011

    Bee, Barb thinks Boris and Natasha have been funny, not tedious; however, we are wondering how “Nattie” got hold of our Avatar!

  21. Melanie
    11:31 am on March 9th, 2011

    Okay, question for our two MLB people. I am trying to figure out exactly when Opening Day is.

    Is Opening Day different for each club? Do all of them play on Opening Day?

    I keep getting different dates.

  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:38 am on March 9th, 2011

    Avatar!…. …Natasha and Boris have either been attaching different Avatars to their email address via the Gravatar website, or using other guys email addresses to post on this here blog….snort!… Simple enough to do and it really doesn’t take a Super Spy to figure it out…heh!

    Test!….Later I will test this to prove that it can be done…snort!… I will post as someone on this blog just like Nattie does….heh! …Plus, this way it won’t count against me….derrrr!

  23. B.Stover
    11:43 am on March 9th, 2011

    Birds have been in a large pine tree in front chattering for almost an hour. It’s the chatter they use when a predator is near but I don’t see anything. Ducks have been landing on the other side of the wall where there is probably a new pond from ice-melt and rain…can’t see it from here. I think I’ll have to investigage.

  24. Mollypop
    11:44 am on March 9th, 2011

    Hi Rio!

  25. B.Stover
    11:47 am on March 9th, 2011

    Mollypop did it! Since many of our email addresses are known I suppose it can be done. (Don’t think I could do it.) But why make people uncomfortable? I consider that tedious and not funny. I don’t understand the point.

  26. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:51 am on March 9th, 2011

    Whitey!….According to the latest post on the Snowhook Kennel blog, Whitey and the team have made it to McGrath….snort!….This was the check point they didn’t make it to last year , at least not with Whitey in his harness…heh!….Go Team Whitey!…wooooo!


  27. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:58 am on March 9th, 2011

    Nefarious!… I agree with Stover. Everybody back to their own selves….sniff!… Molly just demonstrated how simple it is to steal someone’s Avatar via the email way. I forgot to change the address when posing as The Wookster…grunt!

  28. bluecat
    12:01 pm on March 9th, 2011

    I’m confused and techno challenged. Did Rio post as Molly or did Molly post as Rio? Or will it remain a mystery?

    Bee – Mom hangs a suet cage outside the living room window and I watch birds for hours. I make funny chattering noises at the birds I can’t get to.

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:09 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Stover!… In baseball lingo, “Ducks on the Pond” means Runners on Base!…heh! ….Just a little inside information for you…sniff!

  30. Siber-H
    12:10 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Whitey and his team are now on the move at a speed of 7.4 mph toward Takotna, where they will probably take their mandatory 24 hour rest. They are doing so good!!!

    Martin Buser will finish his 24 hr. rest at Takotna this evening and head out on the trail again. Perfect timing on Buser’s part because the dogs like running when it is cooler. I predict Martin and his team are going to fly out of Takotna. His dogs are looking GOOD!

  31. Barb & Maggie
    12:13 pm on March 9th, 2011

    We dsagree with you guys, because Natasha is not doing anything bad, like identy theft. It just adds a bit a huumor and creativity to our day. Isn’t that part of the point of the blog? Being supportive of each other, sharing ideas and relieving stress from the hum-drum part of our lives. I do wonder how she does it (not being a teckie) but I think the whole thing is quite amusing. Lighten up!

  32. Melanie
    12:24 pm on March 9th, 2011

    RIO, now that I have your attention. . .
    When is Opening Day? I am sending care packages to my guys for Opening Day and I need to know. I keep finding different dates.

    Need help: The “Quacky” book will be in the packages, also peanuts and Cracker Jacks (have found out that CJ’s are gluten free) and a pair of sunglasses. What else do I need? Should I send it on the Red Sox’s first game? BTW, beer won’t work, too messy.

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:26 pm on March 9th, 2011

    MagPie!…All I’m saying is Nattie may be over-stating her Super Spy status, that’s all…heh!… I don’t care if she posts all day long. I enjoy her lovely Russian accent….snorkel!

  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:32 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Melanie!… If I were you I would send the care package so it arrives on April 1st – the Rockies Opening day!…snort!… But if your guys are Red Sox {{{{shudder}}}} fans, then I would wait and send it so it arrives on April 8th – the Sox opening day against the Yankees….grunt! …Now because of you I am going to get into trouble with the law tonight!….grump!

  35. Mollypop
    12:34 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Mom loves the Notorious Nefarious Natasha. She makes Mom laugh and I like that.

  36. Barb & Maggie
    12:36 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Melanie, Do your boys have to be careful with gluten too?

  37. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    12:41 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Melanie — the official opening day of the 2011 MLB seaason is March 31, with six games scheduled for that day (meaning twelve teams involved), with the remaining twenty teams starting on April 1. However, opening day in terms of each ball park my be spread out over several days. In the case of the Red Sox, their first game of the season is April 1 (against the Rangers in Texas), but it is an away game. As Rio noted, their first home game at Fenway apparently would not be until April 8. Wookie

  38. B.Stover
    1:32 pm on March 9th, 2011

    I think that the lovely Natasha would be much more nefarious and humorous posting in her own identity/address as Natasha with the accent. A picture would be nice also.

    Thank you for the info about “ducks on the pond” Rio. I didn’t know that. I’ll have to find it in Quacky.

    SH: Buser’s dogs like running when it’s “cooler”?? Pondering.

    Bluecat: I’d love to hear your chattering noises. Suet is great for birds especially in winter. Mine have stopped chattering and are eating sunflower seeds. Didn’t find out the cause. There are only three geese (not ducks) on the “pond.” Perhaps they feel spring approaching. The sun is now “setting” in the middle between south (winter sunset) and north (summer sun set.)

  39. Siber-H
    1:43 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Stover, all the dogs like running when it is cooler. They do best after sunset. There is a big high pressure system over that part of Alaska now, so that means sunshine on the dogs. The huskies like to rest and sleep in that sunshine, but move onward at night. It is not really running that they do when on the trail…it is more of a trot.

    Whitey and team are only 1/2 mile from Takotna now.

  40. Mollypop
    1:45 pm on March 9th, 2011

    A friend sent Mom this video of 80,000 snow geese. He actually saw them as he was driving by.

  41. Rose
    1:51 pm on March 9th, 2011


    Maybe that missing musher turns out to be Chet’s long lost sibling….

  42. Melanie
    1:52 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Thanks all! I will save OTAS’s package because he and F are coming up for a VIST!! Yea!! On April 2nd through the 4th! I’M HAPPY!!

    Thanks MollyPop, Geese are cool. Ours that summer over in this area, usually Canada geese are not here yet.

  43. Melanie
    1:52 pm on March 9th, 2011

    That’s funny, Rose!

    2:08 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Bee, Part of the humor is starting to read someone’s post, with their regular avatar and name, and then going WHOA! that’s not who we thought it was. Popping up unexpectedly willie- nillie is FUNNY! It’s like, where will she be like, next? I bet she willl show herself when the time is right.

  45. Mollie (a black poodle)
    2:10 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Go Whitey! Hope he does not take any side trips.
    Thanks for the update & interesting info Siber-H.

  46. B.Stover
    2:14 pm on March 9th, 2011

    B&M: I think taking over someone’s identity is frightening and reinforces people’s fears of the internet. We have many wonderfully humorous individuals here on the blog. I would rather have Natasha’s humor in her own person rather than having her use other identities as a mask.

  47. B.Stover
    2:16 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Thank you SH. Now the “cooler” time makes sense. I remember that all of my dogs always loved the sunlight coming in the windows and would move as the sun moved.

    Rose: I think that’s an excellent idea as long as it does nothing to change the dynamics we already have in the C&B books which I think is perfect as is. What do you think?

  48. Rose
    2:27 pm on March 9th, 2011


    I definitely agree with you. I wonder what Spence would think of this idea, and what kind of story he would weave?

  49. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:48 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Just a quick status update here from the Quiltathon in Chevy Chase (not nearly as exciting as the Iditarod, I know, but it’s my job today). Forty quilters and 15 work stations — what an operation. This year’s quilts will be donated to an organization that provides support services for homeless families in the area and ultimately helping them transition into permanent homes. In terms of goods provided to the families, almost all of the goods (furniture, clothing, etc.) are older, used items that have either been donated or purchased second hand, so the quilt that will given to each family when it is placed in a permanent home may be the only “newly made” item they receive. I think that is really neat and will hopefully help with the transition. Now I need to get back to work. Mush, ladies, mush! No dilly-dallying allowed….Please! Wookie

  50. Siber-H
    2:55 pm on March 9th, 2011

    I think that is really neat, too, Wookie. The families will love the quilts.

  51. Siber-H
    3:05 pm on March 9th, 2011

    I like the plot Rose and Stover are hatching about a story for Spence.

    A woman, Sue Henry, (I think) wrote a series of mysteries that take place in Alaska. I believe Murder on the Iditarod Trail was the first one. Mom and I have not read any of those books so we have no idea if they are any good. We know a book by Spence would be the best!!!

    3:06 pm on March 9th, 2011

    We have a great deal of admiration for you and your Mom, Wookie.

  53. C.Harris
    3:17 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Dana Stabenow also writes Alaska-based mysteries.

    In one of Sue Henry’s series– Maxie & Stretch (Stretch being a mini-dachshund), she wrote a mystery that involves traveling the Alaska Highway. I could follow her down the highway as her description was so good. She also noted good places to stay.

  54. B.Stover
    3:44 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Mollypop: That video is great. I’ll have to check to see if any of the swans, ducks and geese have returned to the lakes around here. Haven’t heard any “honking” early in the morning yet.

    Wookie: You’re an excellent worker. I, too, admire your mother and her quilting friends.

    CHarris: Thank you. I’m going to check out that author. I hope you’re feeling better.

    Rose: I think it should definitely involve the Iditarod. We need to check out the Sue Henry series that SH mentions. Perhaps Chet could remember a bit more of his background which would include the sibling, and how he met up with Bernie. The sibling is dog-naped, or something happens to his human (is the human called the musher?) during the race. Whatever Spence weaves will be excellent.

    3:50 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Saw a great book for Staff or maybe Bee or others: Knitt Your Own Dog, by Muir and Osborne. Instructions for knitting 25 pedigreed dogs, including PWD, Fox Terrier, O.E.Sheepdog, and grumpy bulldogs. Not sure about grumpy Pugs. Perfect for dog lovers who can’t have (or don’t want) a real dog.

  56. Siber-H
    3:52 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Yes, the human is called the musher and the dogs are called the mushees. Ok, just joking about what the dogs are called. There is a big boring lull in the race right now is my only excuse.

  57. Melanie
    4:02 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Mushies indeed!

    I really like Sue Henry’s books that have dogs in them. When there are no dogs, not as much.

    I’m trying out my new shoes now. They have ankle supports. (snicker) Actually some sort of basketball shoe, but I figure I haven’t been walking normally for so long my ankles have probably quit.

  58. Melanie
    4:03 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Mushees indeed!

    I really like Sue Henry’s books that have dogs in them. When there are no dogs, not as much.

    I’m trying out my new shoes now. Some sort of basketball shoe, but I figure I haven’t been walking normally for so long my ankles have probably quit.

  59. Melanie
    4:04 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Okay last two comments are in moderation.
    Let’s see. I made laughed at Siber-H comment.
    Talked about Sue Henry’s books.
    And that I have new shoes.

  60. Melanie
    4:05 pm on March 9th, 2011

    I give up. It appears that talking about things that fit over socks and go on your feet are now being moderated.

  61. Melanie
    4:06 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Jeez, that was three posts that were moderated.

    4:10 pm on March 9th, 2011

    We don’t get the moderating. We have written words like sex, several swear words, and a couple of other words that sounded like they could be interrupted as body parts, and did not get moderated. Just what causes it to happen?

  63. B.Stover
    4:24 pm on March 9th, 2011

    B&M: I like the sound of that book. I can knit. Still have an afghan that I knitted during the Cuban Missile Crisis (That ages me but I was a child.)

    Thanks SH.

    Moderation remains a mystery.

  64. dawson
    4:30 pm on March 9th, 2011


  65. Mollie (a black poodle)
    4:36 pm on March 9th, 2011

    C.Harris: I read both Sue Henry & Dana Stabenow. Stabenow’s newest book, “Though Not Dead” was good.
    B.Stover: I agree with you re “identities”.

  66. Mollypop
    4:51 pm on March 9th, 2011

    It appears that a couple of months ago a Moderation Filter was added to our blog software. It also appears to have strange parameters set.

  67. B.Stover
    5:12 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Mollypop: Do you know what is in those parameters?

  68. Mollypop
    5:21 pm on March 9th, 2011

    B. – No, the software would have come with parameters and then when it’s installed they can be added to or deleted from.

  69. Melanie
    6:23 pm on March 9th, 2011

    I agree with Mollie (ABP) about the DS’s book. Great.
    I like SH when she has a dog in it.

  70. Melanie
    6:26 pm on March 9th, 2011

    On a completely different subject: The new friend of Chet that is sleeping upside down.

    I want to do that. I think that even if I were a Yoga master, like B.Stover, that will never happen.

    The Nation within the Nation can be amazing at sleeping.

  71. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:31 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! I got excited when I read Chet’s post this morning, but I think Spence is a little confused. I don’t know why he thinks the Iditarod is in Alaska, because it must be here in South Carolina! Dalzell is the name of the town a few miles from here where my boy and girl went to high school. I’ll have to ask them, but I don’t remember a gorge there. Either Spence or I must be confused about our geography!

    Oh, and speaking of my boy, I could use a few good vibes sent this way. Since my boy graduated in December he’s filled out dozens and dozens of job applications, but didn’t hear back from anyone. He was getting pretty discouraged. But last week a friend of Mom’s heard about a paralegal who quit at the public defender’s office, so she called Mom and told her about it. My boy sent in his resume, and they called him this week and set up an interview for tomorrow. Paws crossed everyone!!!

  72. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    6:31 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Phew! Quiltathon 2011 is done and ready for the history books. With my diligent supervision, the ladies finished all 15 quilt tops, which will be ready for delivery to the organization in about 2 months (it takes that long for Mom and some other volunteers to get them all quilted!). Everyone was mighty tired but all smiles as I escorted them to the door and let them all pet me as they left (this is for good luck, you know). All the ladies know my name and always want to pet me, which of course I graciously accommodate (although none gives tummies quite as good as grandpa). Wookie

  73. Melanie
    6:34 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Here is part of the radio telegram broadcast from Nome to all the towns in Alaska.


    I think that would be really scary to hear.

  74. Melanie
    6:34 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Oh, duh. . . that is what started the dog sleds with the vaccine.

  75. LizF
    6:39 pm on March 9th, 2011

    I agree with Bee about Boris and Natasha. I think Natasha is funny and i like her accent but stealing other identities gets old pretty quickly.

    Melanie, you say you’re being moderated but your comments are up there, what’s going on with that?

  76. Siber-H
    6:50 pm on March 9th, 2011

    I knew immediately what your pink post was about, Melanie. Yes, that would be very scary. Back then, no airplanes could fly in the Alaskan winter.

  77. Siber-H
    6:53 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Kirby, Keeping all paws crossed. The job interview sounds promising. It can be a tough world out there right now.

  78. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:59 pm on March 9th, 2011

    We have not read all the posts, we will admit right now. We just read enough to want to post. We are firmly in the camp of enjoying Natasha. She has taken over our identity, but we do not feel threatened. There is nothing she can do with it, and it is amusing to see someone taken over. What REALLY cracked me up was when R i o took over Wookie. I thought that Wookie might have been getting some of that medicinal Marywanna. He seemed awfully perky!

  79. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:59 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Thanks, Siber-H! The best thing he has going for him right now is that the public defender’s office doesn’t have much money, so they might be more willing to hire a new (cheap) graduate instead of holding out for someone with more experience. His GPA was almost 4.0 — 3.9 something — and he did an internship with the county magistrate’s office in a different county. Maybe altogether that will be enough. He doesn’t need a lot of money right now, he just needs experience because a lot of the paralegal jobs he looked at required 3 to 5 years of experience — which you can’t get if nobody will hire you because you don’t have experience!!!

  80. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:11 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Mr. Husky, thanks for the updates on Whitey. We do not have the tracker, so we have to depend on you and the Snowhook FB page for updates. Go Whitey!!! and everybody hitched with him!!! and AJ, who is just along for the ride.

    Mollie, Mollypop, Jasper, and friends. I think a team lead by poodles would be quite cool. I would not mind getting up a team of min-pins, but we will have to have some serious fur jackets made, and I need extra insulation for my feet too.

  81. Rose
    7:13 pm on March 9th, 2011


    Love your plot idea! Are you secretly a writer? Going to B& now to check out Sue Henry…

  82. Melanie
    7:16 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Nine times four paws crossed here for Kirby’s boy!

    Higher math is beyond my comprehension.

  83. Mollypop
    7:22 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Kirby’s boy – Good luck tomorrow.

  84. B.Stover
    7:29 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Kirby: I hope your boy gets the job. I was the office manager of a law firm for eight years. It’s very interesting work.

    Melanie or SH: Do you know the date of that telegram?

    Hi Liz.

    What are the shoes like Melanie?

  85. B.Stover
    7:29 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Now I have a comment awaiting moderation.

    Kirby: Good luck to you boy.

    Hi Liz.

  86. B.Stover
    7:32 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Rose: Wish I could write novels but I can’t sustain a story.

  87. LizF
    7:35 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Hi B!

  88. Melanie
    7:39 pm on March 9th, 2011

    B.Stover: January 22nd, 1925

    Umm that’s not your birthday, that’s in answer to your question.

  89. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    7:45 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Home Office Report :
    Operation Plunderers
    Filed by Natasha, the most brilliant undercover spy ever.

    The operation has comenced and so far has gone well. Although our attempt to dognap Commander Rio was thwarted by Vookie, Volfie and many others of the Plunderers, ve know that they vere terribly frightened of us. They vere so upset that they have been hiding under their beds and quaking ever since.
    There is a problem with the continuation of the impersonation porject. The next subject that you vanted Natasha to take over vas Sammie. I cannot do this thing. After all, Sammie is Princess, and as Natasha is from royal family, this is not right. In my role as most incredible under cover spy, Natasha is prepared to do many things for her country. I vill take over identities, I vill attempt to seduce a pug, but Natasha vill not,under any circumstances be vonderfluffed.
    There may be one small problem vith mission. I may have been compromised just a little. I vas entertaining some new friends (male) ven a female showed up, bit them on the tails and took
    Natasha’s picture. Is probably nothing, but thought I vould mention it.
    SuperSpy Natasha over and out.

  90. Alice M. Johnson
    7:46 pm on March 9th, 2011

    good luck Kirby’s boy. We are rooting for you.

    I don’t think that Natasha is stealing anything except the picture of the avatar. She should be able to right click on it and then save it in her gravatar list of images and change to it or any other picture anytime she wants. She can still put one of our names in there. It lets me change to Alice M. Johnson without any trouble. She is probably still using her own email. Otherwise she would have to get a new email addy for each picture.

    I think

    Chet does not post our email so she would have only gotten ours if we put it on the web and most of you did not.

  91. Melanie
    7:48 pm on March 9th, 2011

    So it’s been a pretty . . . what are you . . . Mattie . . . quit . . .

    Mattie here. We have thrown Melanie out of the room. I decided to find out what the heck was going on and sent Franklin and Mac out to find that Femme Fatale, Natasha. Of course, they didn’t come back. I had to send out Rosalynd and Rose to fetch them back. Jeez . . . I hope I never have to send them after Alice because we would never be able to break that Kat’s spell! Rose nipped Mac and Franklin’s rears and got them moving. She did say that they were surrounded by puddles of drool.

    Rosalynd took her picture. No longer can she hide as one of us!

    “most brilliant undercover spy ever” my foot!

  92. Staff
    7:49 pm on March 9th, 2011

    HI Liz, Hi Liz, Hi Hi Hi there!
    Whooo hoooo

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:53 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Moderation!….A special function in the new software which gets triggered everytime Stover or Melanie post probably looks like:

    function mikes_revenge(no_stover, no_melanie)
    If no_stover posts then
    let one in every five go through;
    else if no_melanie posts then
    let one in four go through;
    end if;

    snort!… I was just making up that language, which Molly can verify…heh!

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:00 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Natasha!….If that is really her, she looks like something straight out of Twin Peaks….grunt!…Not a Super Duper Spy…heh!

  95. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:05 pm on March 9th, 2011

    So – you Plunderers think that you have Natasha now. So you have one picture. OK So, now Natasha vill post as Natasha. Does not mean that I am not most brilliant undercover spy in vorld!
    Just vait Plunderers. You vill never know vere I vill turn up.
    HA !

    (Franklin and Mac, you vill alvays be most velcome to come and visit Natasha)

  96. Staff
    8:15 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Whooo Hoo that Natasha has thrown down the gauntlet. you go girl!

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:19 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Nattie!…My guess is she will turn up here again probably really soon…heh!heh!

  98. Mollypop
    8:26 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Rio – That was great programming. Maybe Mike Baker will hire you to fix this darn blog, starting with the Dark Side malfunction.

  99. Barb & Maggie
    8:29 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Kirby, Good luck to your boy. Barb’s nephew in Cary, N.C. has been in a similar situation. He graduated last May and still hasn’t found anything in his field. He has been working as a waiter just to bring home a paycheck. It’s tough out there!

  100. Melanie
    8:32 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Dogonit, I had to go upstairs and use this computer! Darn that Pack!

    The missing camera now makes sense. The beaver came right up into the front yard and I went searching for that camera and couldn’t find it. It’s now back where it’s supposed to be (the beaver and the camera).

    Thinking positive thoughts for Kirby’s young’n. I’m off to bed. Patsy and Grace have taken it over. Pushy Pack.


  101. Melanie
    8:33 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Riö, before I forget . . . the programming was a work of art.

    TTFN again.

  102. Mollypop
    8:33 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Mom has reached 12 million now on Bookworm. Again it’s thanks to this blog that got her over some firey tiles trouble.

  103. LizF
    8:39 pm on March 9th, 2011

    HI STAFF!!! Did i make it, have you gone to bed yet??

    Rio, Twin Peaks – that’s funny!

  104. LizF
    8:39 pm on March 9th, 2011

    What happened to Jasper’s mum, she’d had a hard time at work last time she posted, as I recall…

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:42 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Geek! ….Heh! It wasn’t really programming, it was more psuedo-code I am told…snort! … Better for describing stuff in real life terms…snorkel! …Since I can’t post during the day, I’ve been reading her Computer Science books….wheeze!

    Molly!…Congratulations! You must hold the World Record by now and I’m sure we will see you in the book of big records one day…snort!

  106. Barb & Maggie
    8:43 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Wow, we tried to post for quite awhile-we kept getting an error message saying we were posting too fast!

    By the time it went thru, there was Natasha in all her glory. Looks like she has a target, Rio! Hee hee, this should be fun.

    She does look just a wee bit high maintenance.

  107. bluecat
    8:44 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Nattie, girlfriend, you’re gorgeous! You can steal my identity anytime. I won’t be blue.

  108. B.Stover
    8:48 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Way to go Rosalynd and Rose! I think Natasha is beautiful but she should get rid of the hat and glasses.

    Natasha: I’d like to see you vonderfluffed! Could you use your greatest spy in the universe skills and get rid of the special function in the new software that keeps moderating us?

  109. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:49 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Barb and Maggie – pleae, vhat does this mean, “high maintenance”? Do you misspell? Do you mean “MEN-tenance”? I do like high level males…even short wrinkly vones like Commader Rio. But as far as my gorgoous looks – that is all natural. And you must admit stylish.

  110. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:52 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Sorry Bee, but Mike is a special agent for us- and ve are very pleased vith his vork.
    Ve thought you vould have figured out that he vas von of us.

  111. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:57 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Oh dear, I’ve been in the kitchen watching Mom mess up her first attempt at the frosting — next time maybe she should read the instructions better! (I was hoping she’d give me the bad batch since I’ve been so good, but she keeps going on and on about chocolate being bad for me.) It looks like I’ve been missing out on some blog hijinks! Not sure whether I should stick around or go help Mom with her next batch! I guess I’ll have to go back and forth!

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:02 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Baker!….Media! A Russian owned company designed to make the blog slooowww and full of bugs. It being more miserable for some of us than others (me!!)….grunt!… Of course! It was right in front of my bugged out eyes the whole time!….grapple!….Damn you Nattie and your Evil Ways…sniffle!

  113. B.Stover
    9:02 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Or you are von of his Natasha.

    We haven’t heard from Jasper for a while.

    Wonderful Mollypop!

  114. dawson
    9:19 pm on March 9th, 2011

    The dark side already?

    Wookie: Good job on the quilts. I am sure the ones who receive them will be estatic.

    Kirby T: Your boy got the grades to be given a chance at proving himself. I’ll be sending my job-getting wishes tomorrow.

  115. Staff
    9:25 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Hey Liz! Yeah! We made it together! Heh heh heh. good work mate. Now I am going to get ready for bed and see if Mr.Staff feels any better. He was sniffeling and snorting all day. sort of like a pug we all know.
    Night all…except you know who. Heh, and I don’t mean Nat the Nef.

  116. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:36 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Darkside!…Yes, Dawson! What with posts that consist of “Booty”…snort!… Yes, the count goes up quite rapidly…grump!

  117. LizF
    9:46 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Good morning and goodnight…sleep well!

  118. Barb & Maggie
    9:49 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Our computer has been down for vile! Either it is the veather, or it is zsat villianeous Natasha jigging things up.

    Just cause I said she was high maintenance, she has put a curse upon our posting tonight. She asks what I mean. Well just look at us and compare. Me a natural, chicken herding, rat catching midwest farm girl. And then look at her, lounging on that red sette like a total vamp. Well, nuff said.

  119. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:58 pm on March 9th, 2011

    We heard on the news tonight that booty has been removed from the latest translation of the Bible. Can’t remember what replaced it.

  120. B.Stover
    10:01 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Good night all.

  121. Mollypop
    10:04 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Macy – I think loot may have replaced booty.

  122. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:07 pm on March 9th, 2011

    MagPie!…Who the hell have you given your email address to anyways? Think! …grunt!…Natasha is making a mockery of you my dear….sniff!…Better find out who is doing this, as it is quite annoying to say the least….grump!…Not really Nefarious, just Annoying….grumble!

  123. Barb & Maggie
    10:25 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Rio, That really was me, Maggie that was posting at 9:49. I was just trying to talk like Natasha. She is doing her own posting under her own Avatar.

  124. LizF
    10:47 pm on March 9th, 2011

    We should ask Chet who she is…or Mike.

  125. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    10:57 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Mike vill never tell. He is my captive love slave, and he vorships me.
    If he is good, I let him brush burrs out of Natasha’s tail.
    So do not hold breath that blog vill soon vork better. HA !

    And good night Rio, my chubby little sputnik.

  126. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:02 pm on March 9th, 2011

    MagPie!…That really was a very stupid thing to do…grunt!…Now I do actually think you are in on the Natasha scam….grump!…Oh, and confessing is just part of the plan, I see that now….wheeze!… No longer can I trust you or MagPie…sniff!…Good luck with all that!…huffle!

  127. Barb & Maggie
    11:16 pm on March 9th, 2011

    What are you talking about Rio? I didn’t do anything stupid. Natasha asked me why I called her high maintenance and I gave her an answer. I am not confessing anything, and you can certainly trust me. Now trust me to tell you that I am going to bed! Night all.

  128. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:19 pm on March 9th, 2011

    Nattie!… I do have to confess that the image of Mike brushing burrs out of any guys tail gives me a happy feeling…heh!… Oh if such a thing were to really happen! ..snort!…We really do need a photo of this! …gruffle! …Stover would buy it for big bucks I bet and donate it to the Plunder Museum….gruff!

    Good night!…All you sputniks!…gruff!…I over-posted today, but no one said a word, so maybe tomorrow I can get away with MORE!…yeep!…All depends on Chet and what’s going on with the Iditarod ….snuff!… Love love love the Iditarod this year Thanks for enlightening us SiberH! You Rock!…woooooooo…Sleep tight all you good friends!…snorkel!

  129. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:19 pm on March 9th, 2011

    OK, so Mom made a bad batch of truffle frosting, then she figured out what she did wrong, but then Dad came home from duty, so we had to eat supper. Then she watched Top Chef, so now she’s finally trying her frosting again. I have a feeling it’s going to be a late night at our house!

  130. Natasha the Nefarious
    12:06 am on March 10th, 2011

    Ve vill eat ze frosting, ok, ve are impervious to ze shocolat.

    sleeping tight

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