“FBI?” Bernie said.

Foster nodded.

FBI? I remembered an FBI dude named Ernest who Bernie called Deadly Ernest. What a case that was! Although actually the details are vague, except for when we found ourselves chasing a perp through the kitchen of a famous steakhouse. Bernie said they’ve reopened now, but it’s not likely we’re going back.

“You’re asking me to believe you spent years working undercover for Albie Rose?” Bernie said. “The FBI does some wacky things, but not that wacky.”

“Aw, come on, Bernie,” Foster said. “You’re a smart guy. You must have figured out that Albie said whatever I told him to say.”

What that was all about I leave to you. But I didn’t like the tone of Foster’s voice. We’re very sensitive to that in the nation within the nation. I got this sudden urge to bite. Hard to explain: it’s like this force I feel in my jaw muscles, a powerful force and hard to deny.


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132 Responses to “Jawing”

  1. B.Stover
    9:48 am on December 7th, 2010

    Albie said everything Foster told him to say? I think Foster is delusional or full of himself. What else he is I’m not sure so don’t bite him yet Chet. I’d love to hear about the episode at the famous steakhouse!

  2. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:50 am on December 7th, 2010

    Foster!…See, I told you guys, Foster is Not A Good Guy…heh!….Even Chet wants to bite him!…snort!

  3. dawson
    9:55 am on December 7th, 2010

    Rio’s right! I’m going to go eat my hat.

  4. B.Stover
    9:58 am on December 7th, 2010

    Dawson has a new avatar. No hat eating yet. Foster seems to have a totally different personality here than he had in DOI.

    Staff and SH: Why do you have to “decompress” between each Reacher novel? (I’ve never read any that I can remember.)

  5. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:02 am on December 7th, 2010

    FBI!… If he was working undercover he would have been gathering evidence against Albie….grunt!…Not telling him what to say and do. This whole thing doesn’t seem right…. Wheeze!…Now I’m doubting whether Foster really does work for the FBI and if that warrant is real…. snort!… Chet better be ready for anything because Foster is up to something….yeep!

  6. B.Stover
    10:06 am on December 7th, 2010

    My only knowledge about the FBI is from tv shows. Don’t FBI investigaters travel in pairs? Is Foster the only one there at Bernie’s? More and more questions.

    I just noticed that I have the first Lee Child novel (Killing Floor) on my Kindle but have not read it yet.

  7. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:12 am on December 7th, 2010

    Rockies!…On no!… Rockies manager Jim Tracy collapsed this morning at the Dolphin Hotel at the Disney World Resort. He was taken to a local hospital for tests….sob!….This is terrible. I hope he is okay….sniffle!

    Broncos!… The Broncos head coach was fired yesterday!….Wooooo!….Now that is good news for a change….snort! snort!

  8. Melanie
    10:19 am on December 7th, 2010

    Yikes! Who’d of thunk it! Foster! (Is that enough exclamtion marks to show my surprise?)

    IF Foster is undercover and Albie was his puppet, this puts a new aspect on things. Has Foster gone over to the Dark Side? Will he start wearing a mask and breathing heavily into a microphone with James Earl Jones’ voice? Will he say “Bernie, I am your father.”? So many questions.

    Like where’s ASTRID? Where’s CB? Where’s Tulip? At least we know where Ray, Bernie, Foster and Chet are.

  9. Melanie
    10:20 am on December 7th, 2010

    Though that could change at any minute. Hey, maybe CB was actually using Bernie and Chet to get to the double agent Foster and this has been a secret mission that we never knew about because Chet fell asleep?

  10. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:21 am on December 7th, 2010

    Foster!…. IF he truly is an FBI undercover agent as he claims, he would be working alone while with Albie….cough!….There would be another FBI contact to check in with at various times….sniff!

  11. Melanie
    10:27 am on December 7th, 2010


    Being an Alpha in the Pack, I can tell you for sure that when Chet says, it’s like this force I feel in my jaw muscles, a powerful force and hard to deny. that even the two leggeds can see that! DUCK AND COVER! Except for Foster. I’m not pleased with Foster.

    Also about PSQA’s writing. Wow. Did Although actually the details are vague, except for when we found ourselves chasing a perp through the kitchen of a famous steakhouse. Bernie said they’ve reopened now, but it’s not likely we’re going back. make you laugh too? I was in hysterics.

    I’ve been trying to think of the correct figure of speech that goes with his style of writing (especially as Chet). The closest I can come to is understatement with a touch of irony.

    Is there a better term?

  12. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:29 am on December 7th, 2010

    Melanie!… Now that is a very interesting idea. What If Col. Bob knew about Foster and his scheming double agent ways?….snort!… This opens up a whole new set of ideas which we were running short of there for a while….heh!

  13. Barb & Maggie
    10:38 am on December 7th, 2010

    We don’t know what to think of Foster, and just hope the case continues. We still don’t know who killed Ratko and Albie. And where are Tulip and Astrid of Tulip/Astrid?

  14. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:44 am on December 7th, 2010

    C&B 4!…. My friend said Spencer told everyone what Chet and Bernie were up to in the next book out on Facebook…grunt!…She wouldn’t tell me what she read though….Heartless!…Do you see what I have to put up with?….grump!

  15. Melanie
    10:50 am on December 7th, 2010

    Ummm, where on Facebook. I clicked the icon and I don’t see anything about it???

  16. Staff
    10:50 am on December 7th, 2010

    Good bye good Foster.
    So perhaps Col. Bob is trying to take down Foster and protect Astrid. And Ray is wired up (by Col. Bob and his pals) to catch Foster.

    So many choices, so much time…

    Like your moose avatar there Dawson. Looking good. Maybe the hat will taste OK if you put some marrow on it. teehee

  17. Staff
    10:57 am on December 7th, 2010

    I found this on Twitter…

    Spencer Quinn: Work is progressing. Right now C&B are in a tricky situation involving a body, an abandoned mine, and a sheriff who doesn’t seem to like them.
    Yesterday at 5:53am.

  18. Staff
    11:02 am on December 7th, 2010

    Reacher is a little too violent for me. He is only doing it to protect innocent people, of course, but still.

    He is not quite as bad as that guy on 24 who had to kill several dozen people ever hour for a whole day but it is still a little too much for me.

    So I have to read some Georgette Heyer or something similar in between. I am sneaking up on the third book now. Number 2 was much more violent than #1. I really liked number 1.

  19. Staff
    11:03 am on December 7th, 2010

    Jump in here whenever you want, guys…

  20. B.Stover
    11:08 am on December 7th, 2010

    Staff: Thanks. Maybe I’ll skip number two. There’s enough violence in the world without spending free time reading about more.

    Melanie: Understatement about covers it. There is a special form of understatement called “litotes” when the emphasis is made through negation. So the statement, “It’s not likely we’re going back” really means, no why will the restaurant allow them back in. That would be an example.

  21. B.Stover
    11:14 am on December 7th, 2010

    That should be “no way will the restaurant….”

  22. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:04 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Good morning all you junior detectives!

    We got new squeaky toys. They are gingerbread people that mom got last year after Christmas and forgot about. Only problem is that there are only three of THEM and five of US. Belle is a toy hog. Every time mom throws one for one of us, Belle drops the one that she is madly squeaking to go after the next one, and believe me, you do NOT want to get between Belle and anything she wants. We had a pretty good tug going on for a few seconds though. Biddie and Annie each had an arm and I had the head. I do not usually play with toys, but I did it for my pups. (who are now way taller than me.

  23. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:08 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Belle!…That’s my Belle!…heh!… We Pug and Half Pugs like to have all the toys all the time. Blood will be spilt if need be…grunt!

  24. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:09 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Big Mistake

  25. bluecat
    12:09 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Hi, Everybody.

    Bee – what was your PhD thesis? I think your asides are completing my formal education.

    Kat prayers and thoughts with everyone for healing, health and holiday sanity during this busy month. Oprah’s newest pick is Charles Dickens and Borders wants to buy B&N. Will wonders never cease?

  26. Melanie
    12:09 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Hmm B. Stover, doing some pondering here. If “Litotes describes the object to which it refers not directly, but through the negation of the opposite . .” From About.com, Grammar & Composition, then wouldn’t it then be likely they are going back?
    It could be that I’m not getting the concept.

    Maybe it’s the understating with unseen ellipses that I thinking about. Snicker.

    Between those two lines, PSQA’s writing creates two an entire scenes in my head.
    From ” . . .chasing a perp through the kitchen of a famous steakhouse.” Scene in Melanie’s head having her laugh hysterically to Bernie said they’ve reopened now, but it’s not likely we’re going back. Another Melanie mind’s scene where they try to go back, she laughs again!

    So PSQA understates with Chet’s narrative and, to me at least, creates scenes that do not happen at all except in the reader’s mind. Those scenes could be the invisible ellipses.

    Who knows, I just know that I love to laugh.

  27. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:11 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Made at Park

  28. Melanie
    12:11 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Whoops, should’a had some quote marks there!

  29. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:12 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Belle used teeth

  30. Melanie
    12:19 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Ow Macy. You okay?

  31. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:36 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Instead of Bark!

  32. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:36 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Wonder Fluff!!

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:47 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Melanie!…To think, you guys wanted her back….grunt!… What the hell?…sniff!

  34. Melanie
    12:48 pm on December 7th, 2010

    It’s okay, Riö,

    I believe that Belle bit one of the dogs instead of barking and now someone has to have a bath.

  35. Melanie
    12:53 pm on December 7th, 2010


    It is better to stick one’s head in the refrigerator, than put on heavy winter coat, flashlight in ungloved hands (have no idea where the gloves are) and the laminated printout of the fuse box, go outside, down the cellar hatch and see if the fuse has blown.

    If you stick your head in the refrigerator, you can hear if the engine is going and it’s the light that needs to be replaced and skip the aforementioned steps.


  36. B.Stover
    12:53 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Melanie: This is fun. Let’s see…Liotes usually denies something contrary to what it means and uses the double negative to do that. “Not bad” is the example usually given. In Spence’s post “not likely” is not really a double negative. So, the special form of understatement may be meiosis (from Greek for make smaller). In other words, it makes the situation seem smaller than it really is. So “not likely to go back” minimizes the chaos that apparently occurred. You’re right–liotes is not what is being used. Meiosis is…I think. What do you think? I like the idea of “invisible ellipses.”

  37. Staff
    12:57 pm on December 7th, 2010

    OK, I get it. Burma Shave

    Big Mistake
    Made at park
    Belle used teeth
    Instead of bark.
    Wonder Fluff


  38. Melanie
    1:02 pm on December 7th, 2010

    OMD that is funny Macy! I liked it when I didn’t realize it was Burma Shave, now three times more funny. And STAFF picked it up! Congrats.

  39. B.Stover
    1:03 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Bluecat: My dissertation was on a, then, new literary theory coming out of France: Deconstruction. It’s titled “The Age of Deconstruction.” I used Jacques Derrida (the coiner of the term), Thomas Pynchon and John Ashbury as examples and concentrated on what I termed the “rhetoric of enactment” in their works.

    I would never suggest that anyone read Derrida; Pynchon is fun; Ashbury is irritating. (Actually, over the years I have made students read all three writers. I hope they’ve forgiven me.)

  40. Melanie
    1:07 pm on December 7th, 2010

    B.Stover: I like the meiosis (especially when I figured out to put “grammar” with it, otherwise it was cell division).

    About.com Grammar & Composition site’s second definition, “A kind of humorous understatement that dismisses or belittles, especially by using terms that make something seem less significant than it really is or ought to be.” really pinpoints it.

    I still like the “invisible ellipses” because it’s what happens in my mind when I’m reading!

  41. B.Stover
    1:07 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Sorry guys but I don’t understand the Burma Shave reference.

  42. B.Stover
    1:11 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Melanie: That is an excellent, because clear yet concise, definition.

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:13 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Wha!?… Burma Shave? Only you old farts would know about that stuff…heh!

    Me- I-Osis!… I like the sound of that word!…heh! …. One learns at least two things everyday on this here blog…grunt!…Whether you want to or not…sniff! Sniff!

  44. B.Stover
    1:23 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Rio is making me laugh.

    I’m familiar with the–I guess it is/was a shaving product: Burma Shave–but I still don’t understand the joke. (Which I hate.)

  45. Staff
    1:24 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Dear BStover,
    It is always interesting to me the things I think of as very simple are not always understood by all. I bet Macy feels the same way.

    Years and years ago the Burma Shave people started the road sign craze with tiny little signs along the road. They were in 4 or 5 parts and rhymed. The fifth or sixth sign always said Burma Shave.

    For instance:
    Within this vale / Of toil / And sin / Your head grows bald / But not your chin – use / Burma-Shave
    Don’t take a curve / at 60 per / we hate to lose / a customer / Burma-Shave
    both from Wikipedia

  46. Melanie
    1:26 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Riö, just for you! http://www.fiftiesweb.com/burma1.htm

    We drove all over the country when I was little, and this was a big deal, reading the Burma Shave Signs!

  47. Melanie
    1:28 pm on December 7th, 2010

    And Riö, I am NOT an old fart!

    I have always considered my mother middle-aged. She is still middle-aged which means I will live over 140 years.

  48. Gus and BooBear
    1:29 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Don’t know about all the hi-brow references in the last few posts, but we think Melanie is right about Chet narration creating another story that happens in the reader’s mind. That invisible story often is the “laugh out loud” moment. We just LOVE it when Chet goes off in his many asides.

    Comparing Jack Reacher to Jack Bauer of 24 is appropriate. But we think Child’s writing style is fantastic. It is very visual and detailed without being too wordy or slowing down the story. Mom was reading James Patterson’s series with the Alex Cross character and it wasn’t near the read the Reacher series is.

    Interesting about the of “decompressing” between the books. Mom never felt that way and she is first and foremost a (shudder) romance reader. Never reads non-fiction, but likes romance, romanantic suspense and historical romance. Only thing better is Chet&Bernie and The Reacher Series (in that order, Rio).

  49. Staff
    1:29 pm on December 7th, 2010

    The part that made me laugh was the use of Wonder Fluff which turned the whole thing into a comment on this blog. Well, that and the fact that it was about a dog.

    I think we should have a Burma Shave contest on the blog.

    A Kat is sweet
    And ever lovin’
    As for the Dog
    We’re far above ’em.
    Wonder Fluff

  50. Staff
    1:31 pm on December 7th, 2010

    If your tail
    Is short and curly
    Use our stuff
    And catch a girly
    Wonder Fluff

  51. Staff
    1:31 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Take that Rio!

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:45 pm on December 7th, 2010

    YEEP!…There is a Werewolf on this here blog!…yikes!…He’s got brown hair and evil shining eyes…gasp!…Watch out for him….yeep!

    Foster is in danger,
    Chet wants to bite,
    Jaw muscles moving cause
    Something’s not right

  53. Melanie
    1:47 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Pack barking outside
    Slobber flying high
    No one will not be covered
    You can not sneak by
    Newf Drool Gel

  54. Macy the Min-Pin
    1:56 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Yea Staff! Your fabulous prize for figuring out my foolishness will be arriving by Newf sled sometime after the 32nd of December.
    Thank you all for playing!

    Melanie, I think I might have to pass on the Newf drool gel. However, if you could market it, you could be rich, with your helpful factory workers in full production.

    I found this picture on Cake Wrecks, my second favorite blog in the interwebs. It is called death by poodle. Don’t try to figure it out. It just is.

  55. Macy the Min-Pin
    1:58 pm on December 7th, 2010

    And staff, extra credit for the great additions to the Wonderfluff legacy.

  56. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:00 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Has anyone else noticed that while B. Stover is making us all more..uh..something, we are increasing her cultual awareness. I can remember when she could not even LOL, lol.

  57. Barb & Maggie
    2:03 pm on December 7th, 2010

    When Barb was little, she and her younger sister loved to read the Burma Shave signs. They traveled a lot in Missouri, from St. Louis west toward toward Kansas City, and there were a lot of those signs. Goog childhood memory.

    One of Barb’s local friends, who does a lot of cattle shows, uses Wonder Fluff on the end of the animals tail. It makes it all pouffy for the show ring. They take a guy with them who’s job it is to groom the animals before showing, and it takes hours. Who knew!

  58. B.Stover
    2:05 pm on December 7th, 2010

    You guys are cracking me up. Thanks for the explanation Staff. I get it now. However, I don’t remember the road signs. (Haven’t looked at Melanie’s link yet.)

    G&BB: It’s the figure of speech (meiosis, what you are referring to as “high brow”) that is causing the image in your mind that makes you laugh.

  59. B.Stover
    2:23 pm on December 7th, 2010

    SOL is my favorite.

  60. Barb & Maggie
    2:29 pm on December 7th, 2010

    SOL and LOL, only one letter different!

    Barb says the guys who groom the cattle and use the Wonder Fluff are called “Fitters”.

    Have to leave for doctors now for a check on the infection. Probably Staph. Boy, for someone who never goes to doctors, Barb is getting her fill! BBL

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:30 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Stover! …heh!snort!heh!… Have you used that one on your students yet?….snort!

    Wookie-Leaks!…. I wonder where Agent Wookie has been lately….snort!… I hope he’s not just playing around with that new IPAW device….sniff!

  62. Siber-H
    2:30 pm on December 7th, 2010

    We are, Macy, but at the same time time Stover teaches us a lot of good stuff. It is great how we rather balance one another out on the blog. (if that makes any sense)
    I like the way Macy has brought the Burma Shave signs back to life.

    Stover, the Reacher books aren’t too violent for Mom. She simply will not read a series of books, once she gets her paws on all the books, one right after the other. She alternates them with other books…she did the same thing with the beloved Ingrid books. She can’t give me much of an answer as to why she does this. I don’t think she knows.

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:36 pm on December 7th, 2010

    MagPie!… I sure hope it’s not a Staff infection!…grunt!…I’ve heard that is very bad stuff…sniff!

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:50 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Stover!…Regarding Siberh’s tolerance for violence, remember he also really liked Their Wildest Dreams where the Kat was…. oops!… I don’t want to give away the surprise…heh!…This story also involved a chainsaw and a lot of duct tape….chorkel!

  65. Siber-H
    2:50 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Spence is such a good writer that just thinking about the famous steakhouse that Chet and Bernie aren’t allowed back into is making me hungry.

  66. bluecat
    2:55 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Bee – Gravity’s Rainbow. Good book and the man’s still a mystery.

    G&BB – one of Mom’s favorite romance: The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart. Did you read her Merlin chronicles?

  67. Sam
    2:58 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Macy, you made Burma Shave poetry out of my very important hair beauty product!

  68. Siber-H
    3:00 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Rio, keep me posted on Jim Tracy please. I hope he is going to be okay. I don’t know how much of that news will make it down this way.
    I did know about the Broncos firing their coach. I hope that move will help them like it helped Dallas. There is no hope for the UNM Lobos. They can’t afford to fire the coach. Three of the players were arrested over Thanksgiving because they involved in a bloody brawl in a club.

  69. Siber-H
    3:08 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Their Wildest Dreams is my favorite adult PA book and The Fan is my second favorite.

  70. Sam
    3:10 pm on December 7th, 2010

    I just got Wonder Fluffed the other day. I look sooooo beautiful.

  71. B.Stover
    3:10 pm on December 7th, 2010

    B&M: Only one letter different–a phoneme. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

  72. B.Stover
    3:12 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Rio: I haven’t taught a class since I learned SOL so haven’t been able to use it yet. I’m looking forward to it though.

  73. Sam
    3:16 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Here’s a fun thing to do. It’s called Trap the Kat and Rio will really like this. Here kitty, kitty.


  74. B.Stover
    3:19 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Oh Sam. I’m cracking up again.

    Rio: Yes, I was remembering about Their Wildest Dreams.

    Bluecat: Gravity’s Rainbow is wonderful!! My favorite is V. He has two new ones that I have but haven’t gotten to yet. At one time I had the theory that Pynchon was really J.D. Salinger. I can’t remember why now. That has been disproven…can’t remember how.

  75. B.Stover
    3:21 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Forgot: I read Mary Stewart’s Ivy Tree and the Merlin books. Loved them.

  76. Melanie
    3:23 pm on December 7th, 2010

    B. Stover: I used a Liotes in my “Berma Shave” ditty.


  77. Melanie
    3:25 pm on December 7th, 2010

    I don’t know what’s going on but the Pack has been barking straight for awhile. Guess I’ll shrug back into the winter coat and see if the beaver’s are over at the neighbors.

    Nutty dogs!

  78. B.Stover
    3:33 pm on December 7th, 2010

    I just looked at Melanie’s link on Burma-Shave commercials. Was this one used as a road sign?

    “On curves ahead
    Remember, sonny
    That rabbit’s foot
    Didn’t save
    The bunny

    If I saw that while driving it would not have warned me about curves ahead. First I would have been distracted figuring out the meaning. Then I would have been laughing to much to drive safely.

    Here’s my favorite so far (you guys may be sorry that you told me about these):

    “My job is
    Keeping faces clean
    And nobody knows
    De stubble
    I’ve seen

  79. B.Stover
    3:35 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Melanie: “No one will not be covered.” Yes, I liked that!

  80. Mollypop
    3:58 pm on December 7th, 2010

    B. – The Burma Shave signs came with one line on the first sign, then about a mile later, the next line, and so on until the poem is completed. Easy to read and not distracting. Always only one line to a sign.

  81. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    4:13 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Rio. Not to worry, the IPAD was actually just a loaner, but I think there may be one in my future.

    Just chilling out here in Chevy Chase, which is easy because it has been very cold (much to my liking but not necessarily the humans). How about this for a Burma Shave take-off.

    Cold beer
    All you can drink
    Wings and things
    What do you think
    Uncle Rio’s.


  82. Siber-H
    4:37 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Rio, Jim Tracy has been released from the hospital…it was an irregular heartbeat that caused the problem.

    Wookie, Your Burma Shave sign is an improvement over the originals.

    Melanie? What was the pack barking at? I’m sure they had a reason.

  83. B.Stover
    4:39 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Thanks Mollypop. It’s very vague but I think I remember them.

    Wookie: I have not yet purchased an iPad. Could you tell me some of the things that you like. (One problem I had when I looked at a demo was that I did not seem to like the touch screen to type on.) I know that Mollypop likes hers. Nice Burma-Shave ditty.

  84. Melanie
    5:09 pm on December 7th, 2010

    I ended up putting a puppy gate around one of my favorite Maples. I should learn to listen to the dogs.

    They were just beginning to gnaw on it. Probably would have been gone by tomorrow morning.

    They had also hit the neighbors again. The neighbor likes this, they are clearing an area he’s not been allowed to touch.

    Dan is out of the procedure. Didn’t take long just had a lot before him.
    Will know more later.

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:47 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Yawn!…. My friend came home early because she is still not feeling well….sniff!…So when she got home we went and had a nice long nap on the big bed… snort!….I didn’t even snore at all, I’m sure of it…grunt!’

    Wookie!… Love the Uncle Rio’s ditty!…heh!…I’m thirsty and hungry now!…wheeze!

  86. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:48 pm on December 7th, 2010

    This group is quite the Burmapoets! I’ve enjoyed watching what has come of my little post.

    Sam do you have little mirrors down on your level so that you can see how beautiful you are? I admire your ability to be Wonder Fluffed. You just can’t ‘fluff what isn’t there! I must say that I AM pretty sleek though.

    Wookie, that is my kind of poetry there, yes sir!

    Did everyone notice that the pug is a poet!! You had better.

    Possible chance (hmm, don’t think that is right) of a snowflake overnight.

    Maples! Melanie do you make syrup? I am going to imagine that you do, making a little story in my head.

  87. LizF
    5:49 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Thank you Barbnmaggie for explaining what Wonderfluff is – that whole section was totally baffling for a while.

  88. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:51 pm on December 7th, 2010

    B. Stover..on the news just now they told of something on the TV that “makes for a good watch”. I could just imagine your reaction!

  89. Mollypop
    6:06 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Mom has been waiting and waiting for the skiing to start. It started today, oh joy – wait, she’s not skiing. The wind chill has the temp at 11 degrees. Mom went for a walk and came back and said the wind almost took the skin off her face. Ouch!. She wants to ski but now we have to find a way to get her up the hill. Not on a chair lift. Do we have any Siberian Husky sled dogs handy?

  90. B.Stover
    6:31 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Macy: Nothing is sacred any more…sigh.

  91. Siber-H
    6:36 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Siber-H To the Rescue!!!!

    There is this sport called ski-joring where you use cross country skis and your dog or dogs pull you along. It is suppose to be quite a lot of fun. Mom just shakes her head and mumbles something about broken arms and legs.

  92. Siber-H
    6:41 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Liz, When they first started talking about Wonder Fluff on the blog, I thought they were making it up, but it is FOR REAL!! It is okay for our cute little Sam, but they had better keep that crap away from me.

  93. Melanie
    7:01 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Siber-H: The THOUGHT of doing that with two Newfs? YIKES! I have a friend who is almost 5 feet and she has 18 dogs (and you guys thought we were bad!) and decided to take two for a walk. It had been snowing and icing and the Newfs saw a deer and ran (in the same direction) towards the deer. K slipped and slid on her stomach all the way down a very long driveway towards a deer and a tree. The dogs went on either side of the tree, K didn’t. She held on to those leashes though!

  94. Melanie
    7:06 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Dan update: We won’t know anything about the results of the procedure for 24 to 48 hours.

    Jeez . .

    The liquid got where it was supposed to though. Zoë threatened to hand carry it.

    So the latest: Sung to last part of The Twelve Days of Christmas.
    3 compressed vertebra
    1 broken rib
    and a
    pneumonia in the left lung.

    They are treated the pneumonia in the left lung, the right is were they took the liquid from and I hope the list doesn’t get as long as12!

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:08 pm on December 7th, 2010

    To Alice! ….snort!

    If your fur
    Is fake or dyed
    Use our stuff
    To puff your pride
    Wonder Fluff!

  96. Siber-H
    7:10 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Sure very good reasons why Dan was in pain. Double jeez on the 24 to 48 hours.

    We are still waiting for Barb to report in.

  97. Melanie
    7:13 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Riö, that’s so heart warming.

    Barb, I hope MagPie is taking good care of you.

    Someone’s dad is coming home!! Hope your mom has gotten over the Alien virus!

  98. Mollypop
    7:14 pm on December 7th, 2010

    I think Melanie talked about when they used Wonder Fluff on one of the Newfs.

  99. B.Stover
    7:21 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Mollypop: Why can’t you go on the ski lift?

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:23 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Dan!… Why oh why does he have to suffer so? I hope he is not in too much pain….snort!…Three compressed vertebra and a broken rib!…yeep!….Plus he can’t breath very good like me…grunt!…Poor Dan….sob!

  101. Siber-H
    7:25 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Melanie, mom thinks one Newf would be enough for ski-joring, a nice, middle aged Newf.
    Your friend, K, followed the number one rule in dog mushing…you never, ever, let go of the sled, or in her case, the leash. The tree, well, that is the number one obstacle for dog mushers and how they get injured the most often.
    K performed like an Iditarod Pro.

  102. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:28 pm on December 7th, 2010

    To AbbieTheKat! ….snort!

    Is quite fluffy
    Don’t use our stuff
    You are enoughy
    Wonder Fluff!

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:30 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Wow!… How did we get to 100 already?….snort!… I must have slept through it all today…heh!

  104. B.Stover
    7:40 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Rio was 100.

  105. Melanie
    7:43 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Yes, MollyPop. We used Wonder Fluff on Ellie before a show. She looked like a chow chow.

  106. Melanie
    7:45 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Dan is holding up Riö. We have almost decided to give him an iPad instead of the old lap top. We think he’d get a lot more fun out of it.

    Talking to the Mac doc again, to see what we’ll need.

  107. Melanie
    7:52 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Siber-H: I think the problem is the Newf attitude. The two or three year olds have the full grown bone and muscle, but too much playfulness. The 4 to 6 year olds would just humor me by walking beside me. The 7 and up would just sit and look at me and say you have GOT to be kidding.

    Now some Newfs are trained to pull sleds and carts. But they are trained to walk beside the person.

    I think their take on life is “If I’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do it too.”

    That could just be ours.

    In Newfoundland the dogs were trained to pull fish carts to market or home. On their own.

    In the Alaska (Hi CH!) Aleutian Islands at some military bases there, the Newfoundlands were trained to pull supplies and help bring the men back during snow storms.

    Ours bark at beavers. Hunt for the good spot on the sofas. Love to love us by letting us give them tummy rubs.

  108. Mollypop
    7:52 pm on December 7th, 2010

    B. – If there is a big wind chill and you’re feeling it on the ground, you will think you’re going to die when you’re up in the air and on a high-speed chair lift.

    Mom thinks tomorrow will be better.

  109. B.Stover
    8:13 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Mollypop: I see. I hope tomorrow will be better too.

  110. Melanie
    8:30 pm on December 7th, 2010

    It’s been fun
    Who knows what
    Chet will do next
    He’s the Can Do Mutt!
    The Little Detective Agency

    Long day, going to bed! It’s a two Newf night.
    As I told YSAS I am not fond of wildlife at this particular moment.
    In the morning, I hope we still have some trees left.

  111. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:49 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Nice fluff poem, Rio.

    Molly,does the ski lift discriminate against dogs? That is just wrong!

    Good thoughts to Dan and Family and to the people who are charged with his care, may they do their jobs.

    Mr. Husky, take it easy on your dad!

    Wolfie, I hear someone has a fri-eeend.

  112. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:57 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Mollypop, I got this for your mom.

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:59 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Hey!… Our favorite Christmas show is just starting!…snort!…Charlie BrownsChristmas!….wooooo!woooo!woooo!….woofle!!….We are cuddling up on the couch to watch this one together…snuff-snuffle!

  114. Alice Johnson
    9:05 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Gee Rio,
    I never had anyone give me a poem before. As Mr.Staff just said, “Beauty is hard work.”
    Thanks lil’ pugster

  115. AbbietheKitty
    9:07 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Thanks for the rhyme. I admit to being fluffy. And I am NOT going on any diet. You need weight to keep those quilts in place while testing.

  116. LizF
    9:08 pm on December 7th, 2010

    SiberH, when they first mentioned Wonder Fluff I thought it was whipped cream in a can! Definitely not for the likes of you, or Cricket for that matter.

    Nice poetry Rio.

  117. Barb & Maggie
    9:18 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Rio, you are in rare form with the Wonder Fluff poems. We like!

    Barb was busy all afternoon, at hospital, then back to drug store, and a couple of other spots. She does have a staph infection, but it a “good” kind, easily treatable with anitbiotics and not serious.

    Hope all of Dan’s problems are easily treatable as well.

    Our family Newfies, Joe and Gus, have deer in their backyard all the time, and don’t give them more than a few little barks. Wonder if it is because they are not intact boys, and are pretty laid-back. They do not have much prey drive at all.

  118. Mollypop
    9:38 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Macy – Mom says thanks for the SkiDiva stuff. What do we have for SkiWuss?

    Mom had someone who wanted to cross country ski, which is done across the hill tops, and he wanted his Weimaraner to go on the chair lift with him. Mom had to tell him he coudn’t do that.

  119. B.Stover
    9:39 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Night all.

  120. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:48 pm on December 7th, 2010

    AbbieThe Kat!…She even tested The Quilt…snort!…She made Chet and Audrey wonder what the heck was going on in there house…heh! ….That fat butt of hers can cover a lot of quilt!…snort!

  121. LizF
    9:50 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Molllypop – how did the Weimaraner feel about it, I wonder?

    Rio – sorry not to get back to you the other day when you asked what I was working on. I’ve been trying to get the pics off my new camera but so far I’ve been stumped by the technology. Doing dog works at the moment, three dog paintings concurrently.

  122. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:54 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Molly!… Someone died in an avalanche here recently while they were skiing….snort!…Please tell your gal to be very, very careful when she does finally get on the mountain….grunt!

  123. Barb & Maggie
    10:00 pm on December 7th, 2010

    We are going to bed, too. Barb is tired, but not me. What does she think I do while she is gone? Believe me, I am well rested, however she is turning off the computer.

    Sweet dreams, everyone, and feel good!

  124. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Liz!… I suspect one of those three are of me, right?….snort!… I knew you would get around to me soon!….Woooo!…heh!…Can’t wait to see it!…gruff!

  125. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:28 pm on December 7th, 2010

    At the Red River chair lift mom saw 2 dogs and a bike, but it was in summer.


    Macy out.

  126. AbbietheKitty
    10:33 pm on December 7th, 2010

    I think I will turn in early tonight too. Night all. I have to go keep the bed safe for Staff. She is tired tonight also.
    Sleep well little (and big) puppies.

  127. Siber-H
    10:34 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Rio brought this up and I have been wondering about it…Mollypop, do you have the avalance danger that Colorado does? I’m guessing that you don’t. I hope not. Colorado is beautiful but deadly in the winter.
    Molly, Melanie said Newfs wouldn’t be too thrilled with ski-joring so we are back to a Husky or two. I can guarentee you that we would haul ass so fast to the top of the mountian that your mom wouldn’t have time to get cold. Yes, this plan is workable.

    Barb, good news that it not the difficult kind of staph infection!

  128. Siber-H
    10:42 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Macy is out, but I wanted to ask her if the dogs were actually riding the chairlift. I have seen avalanche rescue dogs in the West riding chairlifts. (on tv)

    Dad is coming home tomorrow!!
    Good Night Friends!!

  129. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:47 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Sleigh!….If I could go on a sleigh ride and not get cold, I would go!….snort!…I don’t believe it for one moment though…heh!…Cold is cold and I am always cold in the winter time when I am outside, which is hardly ever, and even that’s too long…grunt! snuffle!

  130. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:04 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Yes, Mr. Husky, the dogs were on the lift.

  131. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:43 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Extreme!… Well, there you have it. Guys in Ski Lifts! …This proves another well known theory of mine….cough!… There are guys within the nation within the nation that live on the edge. They are the Extreme Sports Enthusiasts, the Daredevils, the Risk Takers and the Life Savers and the Protectors….snort!…Then there are the guys like me who are not supposed to leave their yard…grunt! … It’s all sort of thrilling and depressing at the same time…snuff! …Hey wait a minute!…grunt!… I am a Mission Maker, and also the Commander!… heh!…Maybe I am not so depressed after all!…woooo!

  132. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:53 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Dan!… I have a special prayer for you my man….snuffle!

    Lord of all Creation, please pour out your Grace and Mercy upon Dan. He needs your healing powers now to recover from painful injuries and yet another bout of pneumonia. Lord, I ask that you give this wonderful man strength and courage to overcome this latest setback. Grant him humility to accept his condition, at least until he is strong enough to once again push the limits, within reason. I know he wants to be an active part of the family and the Newfs. My heart goes out to him everyday. Thank you Lord for Zoe and Melanie. They have such unconditional love for Dan and all of their family. Please give them strength Lord, to deal with the stress of Dan being in the hospital at this time. I know they worry greatly over him. Ease their hearts and comfort them during this hard time. Lord, please let Christmas be a Blessing for this whole family….Amen!

    Night All!… Sleep tight and please heal-up for your family and friends….snort!


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