Last Full Measure

As we pulled out of the abandoned housing development I picked up that scent again and started barking.

“Yeah, I know,” Bernie said. “I don’t want to go to Vegas either.”

We were going to Vegas? Was that why I was barking? No. It was the scent. I barked some more.

“Easy, boy,” said Bernie. He glanced over at me. “Hungry, by any chance?”

Actually, I was. I stopped barking, began thinking of different kinds of food. What a world, just chock full of different kinds of food, although chalk itself turned out not to be food, as I’d discovered once, and then again, and maybe a few more times.

Soon we parked at a convenience store. Bernie went in and got milk bones for me and a roast beef sandwich for him. And part of it for me, when it ended up he couldn’t finish, or something liked that. “I see the look in your eye,” Bernie said. Roast beef: what can I say?

We drove to Vegas. Bernie was very quiet and a bit sad. That doesn’t happen often. I squeezed a little closer to him. He gave me a pat. “Memorial Day, Chet,” he said.

We remember.


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105 Responses to “Last Full Measure”

  1. Melanie
    4:10 am on May 31st, 2010

    ARG! We will never find out if that smell was a red herring!! Treats are good though especially some of a roast beef sandwich.

    My heart and the heart of the Pack are with those we remember today.

  2. B. Stover
    4:24 am on May 31st, 2010

    Having you close to him will help Bernie on Memorial Day Chet.

    And they are off to Vegas…

  3. B. Stover
    4:28 am on May 31st, 2010

    Does anyone have any idea what today's title is all about?

  4. B. Stover
    4:31 am on May 31st, 2010

    From the Gettysburg Address?

  5. Melanie
    4:40 am on May 31st, 2010

    I think so B. Stover. " . . that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion . ."

  6. Melanie
    4:44 am on May 31st, 2010

    Captain Harold McKey (WW1) Army

    Captain Arnold Isbell (WW11) Navy

    My friends and classmates who did not come back from Vietnam.

  7. Melanie
    5:34 am on May 31st, 2010

    Also Corporal Julian B. Afganistan

  8. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:40 am on May 31st, 2010

    And in memory of my dad, Master Sgt. Lee Earl Aller,USMC, who served in the Korean War.

  9. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:42 am on May 31st, 2010

    Bernie – why ya going to Sin City? Astrid is dancing in Pine City!

    Although I can't wait to see what Albie Rose has to say for himself!

  10. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:44 am on May 31st, 2010

    Back to the virtual Puppy Shower!

    Melanie, it's going to be a surprise for Gracie, so don't tell her, okay?

  11. B. Stover
    5:48 am on May 31st, 2010

    If Col. Bob wanted to know Astrid's "whereabouts" (meaning she wasn't a missing person), then Bernie has completed that part of the job. Now what about Ray?

  12. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:58 am on May 31st, 2010


    Well, we don't know if Foster is telling the truth. And it seems likely that Astrid would know whether or not her son is missing.

    I'm struggling with the logic on this. Keep talking Queen Bee. You guys are seeing something that I'm not…..

  13. Melanie
    6:26 am on May 31st, 2010

    Wölfie, Abbie Kitty and Staff, Zoë and I think the best time for a virtual shower would be after the pups are born. We think you are right on that!

    Riö, we may sell the pups, but they are OURS for the first nine weeks of life. They recognize us even years later. We have also refused to sell pups to people if they do not pass our inspection (and the dogs.) So you better plan on giving some mighty nice virtual presents to make up for that one!

    Also, Bess likes her haircut. It does tend to get hot here. By the end of summer you won't even know she had a haircut!

  14. Melanie
    6:28 am on May 31st, 2010

    Oh Riö, I just might have to tell Bess what you said about her great grandchildren . . .

  15. Lexi
    6:52 am on May 31st, 2010

    Ah. Memorial Day. No wonder Bernie is so sad. Megan says that she thinks that Grandpa died in war. We don't know for sure, Megan and I. Although, that big, sweaty dude in my family is all glum today. Sad face.

    So, it's all clarified now that Chet and Bernie are going to Vegas. To either Pine City-Utopia-or to wherever Foster is going/gone to. Hey, psst. Chet. Can I come?

  16. B. Stover
    6:56 am on May 31st, 2010

    Wolfie: I am also pondering. I don't think that I see anything extra that you don't see. I guess I'm trying to answer my own question: Why is Bernie going to Vegas rather than Pine City? It is to make sure that Foster isn't there with Albie any longer probably. I also think he doesn't really have to see Astrid because he now has her "whereabouts" if Foster is telling the truth. (I believe Foster.) Actually, I'm hoping that after he sees Albie or whomever in Vegas, Bernie goes with Col. Bob to see Astrid. And then we could get to the question of Ray. This did start off as "Col. Bob's son's case."

  17. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:58 am on May 31st, 2010

    Melanie, I know you love those puppies already and new life needs to be celebrated!

    Especially now, with that nasty oil spill.

    Maybe we can talk Bee into making some pies? Staff is making puppy quilts. Alice and AK are going to test them. (Mom can make some quilts too!) I'll bring a few cases of chicken jerky treats – not the bad kind, but the good kind!)

    Each puppy can have their own bag, with either a pink bow or a blue bow.

    Maybe we can give Gracie a spa day? Massage, manies and pedies,

    all the bells and whistles.

    Lexi – can you and Megan be in charge of the games? You are so much fun!

    Chet can have the Roast Beef sandwiches that he wants!

    Wookie – maybe you can wear your tux and be the master of ceremonies? G and BB, can you make some appetizers?

    Rio – can you and your friend make the party favors? We'll give you the specs once we decide, right Melanie?

    What and who am I missing?

  18. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:03 am on May 31st, 2010

    Wouldn't it be wild if Bob and Astrid fell in love and lived happily ever after, rescuing puppies and enjoying their grandchildren?

    whoa, where did that come from? I think I was sprinkled by fairy dust!

  19. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:05 am on May 31st, 2010


    You are too young for Las Vegas!

    I, Wolfie, have been there and there were no butterflies!! Definately not a place for sweet little girls!

    Besides, I'm hoping you can come up with some fabulous puppy games for the shower!!

  20. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:08 am on May 31st, 2010

    Bee, I think I need to trust Bernie on this. If he says that he needs to go to Vegas, then he has some darn good reasons.

    CyberH, maybe you can make the ice cream? That's nice and cold!

  21. Sam
    7:19 am on May 31st, 2010

    Wolfie you cad! You have forgotten about Princessy little me awfully quickly!

  22. Lexi
    7:22 am on May 31st, 2010

    Wolfie! I'm not too young for Las Vegas! Are you kidding me? Now you insult me. I love games! They are sooo much fun! I play with Megan all of the time! She loves them, too. So, sure, we'll be in charge of the games! Yessss!

  23. Barb & Maggie
    7:28 am on May 31st, 2010

    We just finished Lights Out. Mom has been like a woman possessed this morning till she closed that book. Another really good one Mr. A. Plot had a lot of twists and turns, and kept you guessing right up to the end. What should we read next?

  24. dawson
    7:42 am on May 31st, 2010

    For the puppy shower: I can help with set up, serving, games, clean up and general puppy dog chores.

  25. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:43 am on May 31st, 2010


    All that fairy dust affected my memory! I am so sorry! Let's see, what could a princessy thing little Sam make? Something special….something that would be the star of the shower…..

    What could that be???

    The cake!!!

    Could you bake the shower cake??? Please????? Pretty please????

  26. B. Stover
    7:44 am on May 31st, 2010

    I'm just over half way with Lights Out. May finish it today. So if anyone mentions plot detail, please give spoiler alerts.

    I've never made a virtual pie….could be interesting.

  27. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:47 am on May 31st, 2010

    So, there's Bluekat, Dawson, Magpie, rats, I know I'm missing somebody! Apologies to you.

    We're just in the beginning stages!

  28. dawson
    7:49 am on May 31st, 2010

    Sam: I cannot believe Wolfie forgot about you. Although he is under high stress now and that can affect one's memory. I am looking forward to see how you and little Lexi fare with 10 full-grown and 7-8 puppy Newfoundlanders. Rio too, except that he will be taken under Bess's paws and probably be inside watching t.v. and drinking non-alcoholic beverages.

  29. dawson
    7:50 am on May 31st, 2010

    Or, maybe, if little Lexi is pre-occupied, Rio may sneak a beer.

  30. Lexi
    7:50 am on May 31st, 2010

    Hey! Wolfie! What about me? Are Megan and I in charge of the games or not? Tailwags and licks.

  31. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:52 am on May 31st, 2010

    Mom just finished Down the Rabbit Hole. She loved it.

    It is hot, in the 90's, just the right kind of weather to sit in front of the a/c and visit Echo Falls.

    Bee, I've never given a virtual puppy shower, either. I do know that it's a lot less work than throwing a real baby shower. (Never again!)

  32. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:55 am on May 31st, 2010

    Lexi – YES!!!! You and Megan are boss of ALL the party games!!!!

    This is gonna be fun!!!!!!

    I can't wait to see what you come up with!

  33. Siberian Husky
    7:56 am on May 31st, 2010

    Memorial Day…A time to remember, pay tribute, and give thanks.

    I like the title of today's blog.

  34. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:57 am on May 31st, 2010

    Dawson, your offer is gratefully accepted!! You are awesome!

  35. Siberian Husky
    8:09 am on May 31st, 2010

    Vegas sucks. I don't blame Bernie one bit for not wanting to go there. It is a concrete, asphalt, neon, blight on the desert, and they are running out of water.

    Mom says I shouldn't repeat everything she says. Oh well

  36. Siberian Husky
    8:22 am on May 31st, 2010

    Wolfie? I thought showers were things girls did. We're guys, but I suppose we could break with tradition since it is puppies.

    I could make the ice cream. You're right, it is cold and involves using ice, I think. Uh, how do you make ice cream?

  37. Riö - The Evil
    8:28 am on May 31st, 2010

    Wha!?… What’ a party favor? …. snort!… I don’t do favors and especially not during a party for puppies who are going to be sold to strangers… grump!… And I am definitely not playing any of Lexi’s little games… wheeze!…I can only imagine what she is going to come up with….sneeze! sneeze!sneeze!

    Yard work!… We’ve been outside since early this morning cleaning out our little corner area in the back….snort!…She is going to plant ground cover this year and forget about taking care of flowers and stuff!… grunt!… Its all too much damn work!… cough!

  38. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:39 am on May 31st, 2010

    Cyber H – Nope, it seems as if times have changed and most of the showers nowadays are for the entire family. At least they are in California. I'm not sure about the ice cream thing either. We'll have to google it. All I know is that you need ice and cream and maybe eggs and sugar and some kind of grindy thing.

    Rio – Favors are those little things that you hand out to guests as a rememberance. Mom went to a shower last month and came home with a little teeny baby bottle filled with little teeny candy.

    Now, surely you're not gonna let down Bess? She's counting on you! Let's see, you could make little doggie collars out of ribbon and tie on some chewie sticks….or…..gosh, the possibilites are endless!!

  39. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:41 am on May 31st, 2010

    And hot!! Vegas is hot and miserable!!

  40. Riö - The Evil
    8:47 am on May 31st, 2010

    Snuff!… Her and I are not very crafty when it comes to making cutesy-pie stuff ….snort!… Just because of Bess, I will think about it, maybe … grunt!… We are off to get some ground cover plants…wheeze!

  41. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    8:48 am on May 31st, 2010

    Real t and humid this Memorial Day here in Chevy Chase. No authorized or unauthorized plunges into Rock Creek today, but mom did get out my swamp vest for our morning walk, so I managed to stay reasonably cool.

    I think Bess looks terrific with her hair cut. My mom read something on the Internet that Newfs need to be brushed daily, which with the pack could get to be quite a chore, so I think I know why the trims are in order for the summer. Stay cool, Bessie.

    Wolfie — i'd be honored to be the MC for the virtual shower.

    My dad just finished reaching Oblivion, which he thinks may be the best of the PA books that he had read so far. He has now started reading Reality Check, which we got in Vermont while on vacation, and Crying Wolf after that.

    As for Vegas, we will just have to wait and see. I think Bernie knows exactly what he is doing though. Wookie

  42. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:48 am on May 31st, 2010

    Or, Rio, you can stay home all by yourself and miss out on all fun. No ice cream, cake, beer, roast beef sanwiches, Bess, or party games. It's up to you!! Personally, I thought you would be jumping at the chance at sneaking off with Bess and a six pack and a tv set.

    Oh well…..

  43. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    8:50 am on May 31st, 2010

    That supposed to be Real hot and humid; my paws something hit the wrong keys. Wookie

  44. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:51 am on May 31st, 2010

    Lexi – I just thought of some games….

    Red Rover, Red Rover….

    Duck, Duck, Dog.

    B-I-N-G-O (and Bingo was his name-o!)

    Tape the tail on the Puppy

    Just an idea or two. Like I say, you and Megan are the bosses.

  45. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:53 am on May 31st, 2010

    I loved Oblivion!! Mom down loaded it on her ipod and I listened to it while they were at work!!!

  46. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:54 am on May 31st, 2010

    Wookie – when it gets that hot and humid, it's hard to hit the right keys. They get really slippery.

  47. Siberian Husky
    8:56 am on May 31st, 2010

    We need purebred dogs to complete the nation within a nation…just like we need cross-breeds and mixed breeds. We need responsible, caring dog breeders like Melanie. She will find good homes for those puppies and follow up on them.

    What we don't need are puppy mills and backyard breeders. Don't get me started on that one.

  48. Barb & Maggie
    9:04 am on May 31st, 2010

    Bee, Lights Out was written in 1994, I think, so is one of the earlier ones, but there is an ongoing thread throughout his books. Did you pick up on the mention of hedging and copper futures? Our guy loves the metal futures, doesn't he?

    Rio, I bet Zoe and Melanie have their people fill out a puppy questionaire, so they know what kind of people they are, and what type home they would be placing the puppy into. That way, if it doesn't sound right to them, then they don't let them have a puppy. Most breeders don't let people come in and say "I want that one" and take it away. They are very selective, and after 9 weeks really know the pupppy personalities. I hope you will go to the shower. Please!!!

  49. Siberian Husky
    9:05 am on May 31st, 2010

    Rio, you and I don't have to play games at the party. I don't like games either. We can EAT!!

    Wolfie, I'll google the ice cream thing. Mom already reminded me that we can't have chocolate ice cream.

  50. B. Stover
    9:17 am on May 31st, 2010

    Barb&Maggie: I just got to the part where Jack tells Eddie that he's "hedging." And now Karen someone met Eddie at the steambath and is going to take him to dinner. Something about the Cayman Islands as well. Jack is up to no good I think.

  51. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:36 am on May 31st, 2010

    When Teddy had her 11 puppies, mom said she had to find homes for ten of them. It was the worst two days of her life, she said. These puppies were lab mixtures and rotweiller mixtures and it was so stressful finding good homes for everyone. She said that she wouldn't give a puppy to anyone with bad teeth. Teddy got spayed afterwards and I was spayed the week my boys brought me home. Mom thinks that if we had more affordable neutering clincis, there would be homes for ALL Kats and dogs.

    My vet charges too much and she has taken some of the Kats to a clinic in the big city, and that worked out well.

  52. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:38 am on May 31st, 2010

    Cyber- maybe you can make roast beef ice cream? Or chicken ice cream!! (For the nation, of course.) We can make vanilla and peach for the Humans, to go with Bee's pies.

  53. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:47 am on May 31st, 2010

    It's important to match the right dog with the right owner. For example, if you work all day and live in an apartment, you do NOT want a Jack Russel terror. Or a Border Collie. Mom says that she has never gone out looking for a dog, that her dogs always found her, and I think there's a certain amount of truth to that.

    Sometimes humans are very silly. A friend of my mom's adopted a Bassett Hound that ended up in a rescue because the owner was marrying a man who didn't like dogs. He told her that it was either him or the dog, and so she gave the dog away. Her name was Cara and she was a beautiful, sparkly, darling girl and mom's friend gave her a wonderful home.

    Mom says she would have kept Cara and dumped the dude. Luckily, Dad loves all dogs and Kats!

  54. dawson
    9:57 am on May 31st, 2010

    Thanks for thinking of the two-legged re: the ice cream Wolfie because liver sorbet just does not cut it with me.

    Re: Rio: I think Siber H. should be assigned Rio Watch during the puppy welcoming. To ensure that Bess and Rio don't run off together for good. Wait a minute. Siber H. likes to run too. Is this a big hoax on the 2-leggeds? Just so you 4 leggeds can have a romp? I'm a bit suspicious. Hmmm.

  55. Barb & Maggie
    10:24 am on May 31st, 2010

    My brother, Remy (aka BobWhite, when he was here)got a chicken liver birthday cake when he turned 1. He lives with his people in Green Bay,WI, and I think they got it at a doggy bakery. They sent us a pic on email, and it looked delish! Maybe we could get one of those for the shower.

    Wolfie, Barb's nephew has a black Lab, and he was seriously dating a girl who didn't like his dog, or any dogs for that matter. Fortunately he dumped the right bitch – and kept the right one! That woman with the Bassett made a bad choice. People who don't care about animals have something missing in their souls, we think.

  56. Lexi
    11:28 am on May 31st, 2010

    Barb&Maggie! Language!

    Rio! What the hell. Bring beer. Sometimes, there are exceptions to resolutions. Well, these days. So, beer, wine, alcohol-this is gonna be so exciting! Tailwags!

    Hey, Wolfie! Those are some great game ideas! Megan thinks that we need some Vegas games, for the older dogs, 18 dog years and over. "How about spin the bottle-or, in this case, bone? Poker? Maybe we could even get some of those slot machines that Vegas people play for, like, a lot of money." I'm in with Megan, especially because she said that she'll maybe even fix one of those slot machines so that she'll win. Oh-wait! I wasn't supossed to say that!

  57. Riö - The Evil
    11:28 am on May 31st, 2010

    Oh!… Her aching back!… grunt!… Someone’s had a hard day working in the yard again…snort!… We came in to watch the Rockies game and do laundry …sniff!…Rockies are playing the Giants today… cough!

    Lexi!… I am sorry to hear about your big smelly guy’s dad… sniff!… He will be remembered and honored as one who gave the last full measure of devotion….Melanie and Wolfie, that goes for your friends and father also….snuffle!

  58. Riö - The Evil
    11:32 am on May 31st, 2010

    Wookie!….We are having a great time reading “Crying Wolf”….snort!…Its been very, very, very good so far and we are only half way thru…gruff!… It is hard to put down once we pick it up. I guess I say that about all of Mr.Abrahams novels…heh!

  59. Riö - The Evil
    11:37 am on May 31st, 2010

    Well….. If there is going to be lots of cold beer and Lexi says its okay if I swill some….grunt!… Maybe I will come to this party….snort!… I will bring my special party favors…heh!heh!

  60. Lexi
    11:46 am on May 31st, 2010

    Rio! Come to the party! Please? If we were face-to-face right now, you'd be seeing my puppy dog face. Megan says that I'm really good at my puppy dog face. And yes, you CAN bring beer and wine and such, but, bring enough for the rest of us, too. I'm planning on having some, too. Tailwags and licks. Lexi.

    Megan says hi.

  61. Mollypop
    12:09 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Oh Wolfie-e-e-e, What am I, chopped liver?

  62. Riö - The Evil
    12:21 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Uh Oh!…Wolfie forgot Molly!… snort!… Wouldn’t want to be him right now… heh!…Lexi, since two of my favorite “B” words will be at the party… sniff!… Bess and Beer…heh!… I will make every effort to be there, I promise… grunt!

  63. Siberian Husky
    12:45 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Dawson, I'll make, just for you, your favorite flavor of ice cream, just as soon as I learn how.

    Wolfie, you may be in a wee spot of trouble here.

  64. Siberian Husky
    12:52 pm on May 31st, 2010

    "It's me or the dog?" There is only one correct answer to that question. Don't slam the door on your way out.

  65. Barb & Maggie
    1:14 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Lexi, I just meant a girl dog is all. Hee!

  66. Riö - The Evil
    1:20 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Lexi!…So is the big smelly guy in your family watching the Giants game today?… snort!… They are losing to my Rockies right now… heh!heh!…Are you learning any new cuss words today?? … snicker!

    Siberh!… HI!… I missed you yesterday!…snort! … Were you out camping in the desert or something earthy like that?….wheeze!

  67. Riö - The Evil
    1:23 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Barb!…So if I call any of the girl-dogs on this blog a Bitch, it won’t really mean anything bad, right? ..right?….heh!

  68. Siberian Husky
    1:26 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Rio, we went on an earthy picnic in the mountains. It is too hot to have much fun in the desert and will be for months.

    Jiminez is pitching. This is a good game.

  69. Siberian Husky
    1:30 pm on May 31st, 2010

    I spelled Jimenez's name wrong…either that or it is a typo. I can't remember.

  70. Riö - The Evil
    1:37 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Jimenez!… Anyway you spell it, he is still awesome!…. snort!….He is going to pitch the whole game today!…wooo!

  71. Siberian Husky
    1:40 pm on May 31st, 2010

    WOO WOO Rio, you ought to get your friend to smuggle you into Coors Field someday to see Jimenez pitch. The only way I could get in would be to convince them that I am Gene Simmons on vacation in Colorado.

  72. Melanie
    1:56 pm on May 31st, 2010

    I hate it when I hit the wrong button and everything disappears. . .

    Anyhoo; This sounds like a wonderful party you guys are planning! You even got Riö to say he'll be there.

    Wednesday we find out about how many pups!

    Today has been moving more furniture, washing floors, washing rugs and washing tarps (all to be under the whelping box). Then washed the rugs that get changed twice a day and then all the bedding. We usually break the washer or the dryer during a litter.

  73. Lexi
    2:26 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Rio! Yes, that big, sweaty dude in my family is watching that game thingy on the box with moving pictures today. And he's also yelling at it. And he's very proud that the Giants are winning. He is from New York-as Megan is-and he's beaming right now. Megan couldn't give a damn about football. She said that it's dumb and kind of sexist, although I don't even know what that means. Turns out, she's smarter than I gave her credit for-using big words like that.

    And, Rio?! What do you mean by saying, "Are you learning any new cuss words today?"

  74. Riö - The Evil
    2:26 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Coors Field!… Sadly, I will never get to go there, unless they have a ‘Bring Your Dog To The Park’ day…. wheeze!… They check everything when you go in and there’s no hiding me in a bag…grunt!… But my friend is going with her friends on July 6th!… snort!… I’m so freakin’ jealous… growl!

  75. Siberian Husky
    2:33 pm on May 31st, 2010

    I'm jealous too, Rio. Your friend will just have to tell us about it. I'm going to be really jealous if Jimenez is pitching.

  76. Riö - The Evil
    2:38 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Football!?… Lexi! If your big smelly guy is still watching old football games, well, what can I say?…. snort!… I’m talking about the San Francisco Giants – the baseball team! The team the Rockies shut out today!… grunt!… It’s Baseball season, not Football season…sniff!…. Your whole family is…mmmm….quite interesting, isn’t it Lexi?…snorkel!

  77. B. Stover
    2:50 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Melanie is so busy and I've just been playing Bookworm. However, I broke my record. The new record is 2,581,620. But then, alas, red tiles kept falling down down down…one was a z and another a v and many u's. "Game over."

  78. Lexi
    3:02 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Rio! Yes, they ARE still watching football. They don't really like baseball, but, they watch it sometimes. Even Megan, too-well, when she's really bored. I don't know HOW he is watching it right now, exactly, but he is. He's a strange person, my daddy. And also big and sweaty. Did I meantion that already? Oh, whatever. So, Wolfie, any more party…things you can tell us? Do you need a RSVP?

  79. Melanie
    3:03 pm on May 31st, 2010

    B. Stover, more power to you about Bookworm. I think someone else here plays it. I tried it. I found that my disabilities run rampid through that game. I could do three letter words with no problem, then if there was a ed or s, I could do that, but jeez . . Under pressure? Things on fire? Lots of vowels? I won't tell my score . . but my son comes by his dyslexia honestly.

    When I read it's usually the first three letters and then an understanding of the meaning of the sentence. So playing this game I would try to read a word in the jumble but then try to finish by finding the word I THINK it could be. Usually not.

    So have fun! That one is not for me.

  80. Sam
    3:04 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Wolfie, yes! I will make a cake. I've never done that before but that should be no problem.

  81. Siberian Husky
    3:23 pm on May 31st, 2010

    I've never made ice cream either, Sam. We will do fine.

    Are Melanie and Stover ok?

  82. Riö - The Evil
    3:43 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Football!… On Memorial Day. That’s just weird… snort!… Maybe the big smelly guy is trying to re-live some happy times to cheer himself up today?… gruff!… You said he was sad faced and glum this morning… grunt!…What about the Yankees???… You did say that the guys in your family cheer for the Giants and the Yankees, so they must realize it is baseball season…..surely?

  83. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:08 pm on May 31st, 2010


    HOW COULD I FORGET MOLLYPOP???????????????

    STAB ME WITH A FORK, I AM DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  84. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:11 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Can you possibly forgive me, Popsie? Rio did, after I made a vauge suggestion about the possibility that he might perhaps be adequate in the role of a – wait, I had better quit while I'm ahead.

    Please come, Mollypop! Please? (Big puppy dog eyes here, more puppy doggish than Lexi's…..)

    Maybe YOU could make party favors? Something fluffy and pretty for the pups.


  85. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:13 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Actually, Cara's former owner is a fool. Mom WOULD never marry anyone who asked her to give up a family member. She didn't deserve Cara. And she got what she deserved!

  86. Mollypop
    4:28 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Wolfie – I forgive you because I know I am your favorite poodle in the whole world. Also, you know I can order some small puppy toys online. Being a computer poodle has its advantages.

  87. Riö - The Evil
    4:30 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Hey!… I’m bringin’ the Party Favors… snort!… Not Molly…. She can set up the sound system or something technical… grump!

  88. Siberian Husky
    4:49 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Stover, I was just joking about you and Melanie playing games. Since I have no idea what the two of you were talking about, it almost comes across as a code.

    Now, pies…that is a subject that I do understand. YUMMY!!!

  89. Siberian Husky
    4:56 pm on May 31st, 2010

    I agree, Molly should be assigned something technical to do. Maybe she could photograph and make a video record of the party so the pups would have it when they grow up.

  90. Riö - The Evil
    5:07 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Weird!…. Why do I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone tonight?….snort! … Maybe I am over-tired from being outside practically all day long …grunt!… Did I say I was going to a puppy shower?? And bringing party favors??… wheeze!… This can’t be real …none of it!…cough!sneeze!… Sweaty guys watching football in May…Am I on the right blog?

  91. dawson
    5:11 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Yikes! Wolfie, be careful. You've already got Rio doing the party favors and Mollypop and perhaps Mollie and Jasper could be a special forces team doing…something else…special. That being said, I believe you've done this shower organizing many times before.

    Wookie: Being one of the memory challenged members of this blog, I really enjoyed Oblivion.

    Barb and Maggie: A doggy bakery? This I must google.

  92. Siberian Husky
    5:30 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Dawson, Three Dog Bakery. I think they are all over the country. Goodies and parties strictly for dogs.

  93. Barb & Maggie
    5:34 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Dawson, I will try to figure out how to send a pic of the chicken liver cake, without forwarding the entire email. May take me a little time. Bee, Did you finish Lights Out?

  94. dawson
    5:38 pm on May 31st, 2010


    Scrumptious Liver pup cakes, 10" monster bones, soft and meaty squares. These bakeries have it all. I had to have a snack after reading the menu. It all sounded so delish. Even the liver.

  95. ÄbbietheKitty
    6:25 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Someone needs to be in charge of party hats. I just love the idea of the newf's in party hats! Snicker, and Rio too!

    Alice Johnson

  96. ÄbbietheKitty
    6:26 pm on May 31st, 2010

    that snicker was the sound I was making thinking of Rio in a party hat…AJ

  97. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:43 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Oh my goodness. Who would have thunk that a puppy shower could have so many componets? Party Hats! We MUST have party hats!!

    But the question is….what kind? I can picture party hats that are polka dots and stiped and bright and colorful. But I also think that it would be cute to have party hats that look like dogs!

    Do we have a volunteer to make/design/purchase party hats?

    Mollypop? Can you multitask a sound system AND party hats?

  98. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:47 pm on May 31st, 2010

    And what about entertainment? I'll bet the puppies would love a some kind of entertainment! Say, maybe a clown or a guy that does balloon animals or say maybe something from the circus?

    For example, perhaps we could have an elephant. Now, we may not know an elephant, but we know someone who does!

    Maybe Chet can have Peanut come to the party and do some elephanty things!

    Pack? What do we think?

  99. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:50 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Melanie, what with the beer guzzling and the gambling and what not (how on earth did THAT happen?), we need chaparones.

    Do you think that Dan and Zoe are up to the job?

    And we need to have someone make sure that Bess's and Rio's paws can be seen at all times! (If you catch my drift?)

  100. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:54 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Spence, Admin, and PA: I don't want to leave anyone (else) out!

    What would you like to bring? Maybe you can help Rio and Friend with the party favors? Or balloons? (We would need to keep an eye on the youngsters to make sure they don't suck the helium. Trust me on this!)

    Just let us know!!

  101. BStover
    9:15 pm on May 31st, 2010

    SH: I’m okay. Are you referring to the virtual pies?

  102. ÄbbietheKitty
    6:20 am on June 1st, 2010

    Chet? Bernie? Are you guys alright?

    Alice Johnson

  103. Barb & Maggie
    6:27 am on June 1st, 2010

    What, no post for June 1st? We are waiting….

  104. B. Stover
    7:03 am on June 1st, 2010

    Barb&Maggie: I have not finished Lights Out yet and I have to go in to school today so I might not get to it for a bit. I'll let you know. I am enjoying it. B

  105. B. Stover
    7:05 am on June 1st, 2010

    SH: Bookworm is a word game that one can play on the computer. It's a lot of fun. B

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