Let’s Hear It For Bucky!

Five hundred miles! Bucky has some stories to tell.


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65 Responses to “Let’s Hear It For Bucky!”

  1. Melanie
    9:06 am on September 5th, 2012

    Hey, he just wanted his friend back! Go Bucky! (and that place better let him stay!)

    Not sure about being on today. Electricians coming to look at the circuit the computer is on. sigh.

    Good Morning All! (Haven’t talked to Rob yet. Got an email saying that he’s okay and it was the workers there that were the problem and that he is okay with the boss and her husband. Which is good because they are all friends.

  2. Terry Ballard
    9:06 am on September 5th, 2012

    Good morning Chet friends. When we were in the city on Monday, we ran across this not-so-camera-shy squirrel. Our previous dog Jeannie spent most of her 17 years trying to rid the earth of the abomination known as the squirrel. Lately they are so scarce that we wondered if she had somehow succeeded, so it was a treat to see this guy eating something fit for squirrels.

  3. Melanie
    9:06 am on September 5th, 2012

    Whoops, that should be OTAS.

  4. Melanie
    9:08 am on September 5th, 2012

    Hi Terry, if you ever see us mention Fuzzbuts we are talking about the creature in your picture.

    We don’t have gray squirrels around our neighborhood. I think the red squirrels have run them off. Very territorial red squirrels.

  5. Princess Sam
    9:28 am on September 5th, 2012

    Gus&Boo, I do look extra fluffy in my sweater. It must be time for a haircut. I go to Jacquelyn’s Dog Salon every other week. Sometimes it’s just a bath and Wonderfluff and sometimes they shear me like a sheep. Who knows?

  6. B.Stover
    9:53 am on September 5th, 2012

    Good morning all.

  7. B.Stover
    10:02 am on September 5th, 2012

    I think that’s a fox squirrel. We have a lot of them around here.

  8. OleyHowlers
    10:54 am on September 5th, 2012

    Good morning All. If that place in Myrtle Beach wouldn’t allow dogs, why did Bucky’s owner pick that place to live? That really gripes us. If you have children, do you choose to move into a 55-and-better community and send your children to live with other family members? That guy doesn’t deserve Bucky, in our opinion. But it seems Bucky wants him for some reason.
    Terry, we have plenty down here, so if you miss those fuzzbuts, come on down.

  9. Tupper and Gilly
    10:55 am on September 5th, 2012

    Right now there is a VERY indignent fuzzbutt scolding away outside. Wonder what got his goat?
    Good morning all. We missed all the big news yesterday, just catching up now. There is so much to do before we leave for Lobster Fest, we haven’t had time to be online much.
    So – Barb, hope you are feeling better!
    Melanie – Thrilled to see GLAD’s magazine cover! And while worried about OTAS, will try to see it in a positive light of new opportunities, closer to home.
    Sammie – what can we say – you are adorable.
    Rio – can you go to your friend’s busy place and bite some sense into these people?
    Bella – hope your cold is better, your migraine is gone and your cabin is finished.
    Howlers – prayers for Shiek will go up tonight, and we will make a place for him in our Sunday night prayers every week.
    Terry – if you ever need a restock on fuzzbutts, please just let us know. We would be happy to ship you a whole boxful of them. Stinking little beasties keep eating our tomatoes! We’ll even throw in some chipmunks. Cute, yes – destructive, absolutely!

  10. Melanie
    11:10 am on September 5th, 2012

    OleyHowlers, the way I read it (which could definitely be wrong) the place where he lived banned no pets while he was already there. That is the only way that Bucky could find his way back. If he had lived there already.

    I say if that is true, shame on the place.

    Well, as you can see, we are now back on-line. The computer has it’s own dedicated circuit now. It is also hooked up to the generator, just in case. (scary music insert)

    Just in time for me to leave and go down the hill for errands.

    Oh, and someone wanted the recipe for the Fried Green Tomatoes. Will do when I return.

  11. OleyHowlers
    11:14 am on September 5th, 2012

    T&G, thanks for putting Shiek in your evening prayers, especially on Sunday nights. Great idea.
    Sammy, you will definitely win FOM now that your College Sweater pic is in there. At least, you will have won in our eyes.
    Melanie, Bucky’s owner needed to move! We have a sore spot about owners living where their canine family members can’t live. That is how Meashka came to live with us. Of course, we are the winners, but Meashka still misses her little baby girl to this day.

  12. Tupper and Gilly
    11:53 am on September 5th, 2012

    While Melanie is out, we will give you our version of Fried Green Tomatoes – done in the oven, so we can at least pretend that they are healthy.

    3 large green tomatoes
    1 egg
    1/4 cup milk
    2 TBLS water
    1 cup flour (regular or gluten free)
    1 cup cornmeal
    1/3 cup grated parmesan
    salt and pepper

    Preheat oven to 400. Slice tomatoes very thick – almost 1/2 inch. Salt and pepper on both sides to your preference. Mix cornmeal and parmesan together in a shallow bowl, set aside. Mix egg, milk and water together in a shallow bowl, set aside.
    Place flour ina shallow bowl.
    Spray a large baking sheet or two with generous coating of non stick spray, or wipe with oil.
    Dip one slice of tomato in egg mix, then in flour, then back in egg mix, then roll in cornmeal mix, being sure to coat all surfaces. Place on baking sheet, and continue to do each slice the same way. Do not allow the slices to touch – use two sheets in necessary. Bake 10 minutes, spray top with cooking spray, or drizzle just a touch of oil on each. Flip and bake 10 more minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for a couple of minutes, and they will get even crunchier.
    Serve with your choice of sauce – tomato sauce, hollendaise(yum), ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, yogurt/dill.

    We are sure that Melanie’s recipe is more authentically Southern – can’t wait to see that too!

    And now, back to the work table. See ya all later.

  13. Terry Ballard
    12:01 pm on September 5th, 2012


    We had a monster crop of tomatoes this year, and we did see one rabbit nosing around, but the only critters we had to fight off were slugs. Since we got about a hundred tomatoes for our $20 investment, we feel pretty happy. Fried green tomatoes in this house tonight as well. Tricky because we’re both on the paleo diet, meaning that wheat flour is illegal and almond flour is not a perfect substitute.

  14. Wose
    12:09 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Greetings All!

    Terry, that is a wonderful picture of the squirrel! Sorry, fellow Plunderers, but I love all little animals. In Boston, if you walk through the Public Gardens, and a squirrel sees you with a bag in your hand, they will come right up to you to be fed. When the Prof and I go to Boston, our bag always has peanuts!

    Strong wishes for OTAS and Rio’s friend to find a place of business where their talents will be much appreciated.

    Sammie, you are just too cute in your college sweater!!

    Wishing all those who are under the weather speedy recoveries!!

    T&G, I hope the Royal Family has a smashing time at Lobster Fest!!! I love lobster tails…think of me while you are choking down!

  15. Wose
    12:12 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Oooops, almost forgot…..Glad, your painting on the magazine cover is just gorgeous!

    I wonder if I may commission a painting of my VBFF Belle Starr? Perhaps all parties involved can speak about this?

  16. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:17 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Rose!…I thought I was your VBFF…grump!sniff!

  17. OleyHowlers
    12:26 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Wose, can we come with you to the Public Gardens in Boston. Please, pretty please…it would be so much fun to stand by and watch you feed your peanuts to those fuzzbutts.

    We fry our green tomatoes in peanut oil, and we also add Cajun seasoning and bread crumbs. We like to make a remoulade for them, mixing mayo, mustard, paprika, Cajun seasoning (again), horseradish, pickle juice if available (vinegar if not), hot sauce, and garlic.

  18. Barb & Maggie
    12:36 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Good morning all. Or is it afternoon already? Feeling much better today, so off to the store and to run errands.

    Bucky deserves a good home. His owner should move if necessary.

    You guys are making us hungry with all the food talk. Barb has to make up today for not eating yesterday. Then we have a nap planned for later. Will check back with you before then.

  19. B.Stover
    12:54 pm on September 5th, 2012

    I’m making croutons so the house smells lovely and garlicy.

  20. Belle Starr
    1:16 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Wose: My MVSBF, am I an involved party? I like parties.

  21. SnowBella
    1:19 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Rio: It may have been a moose demanding Slim Jims on the highway that slowed traffic last night, but I think it was the storm more than anything. The winds and rain was severe when I finally did get on the road. So far, Anchorage is reporting winds up to 131 mph overnight and many downed trees and power outages. My busy place is opened today, but I got a text from one of my bosses early this morning saying not to make the 75 mile drive into town. Safety first!

    B&M: Glad your feeling at least closer to tip, if not all the way to top.

  22. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    1:24 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Barb & Maggie. Re your question from last night about James Lee Burke, my dad has read almost all that he has written and thinks he is one terrific mystery writer. He has a number of shorter series and some stand alone novels (like the one you are reading now), but his principal character is a former New Orleans policman Dave Robicheaux, who now lives in rural Louisiana. There are probably close to 20 books in that series. Burke has a somewhat lyrical writing style, but captures the spirit and sense of Louisiana as well as anyone imaginable. A couple of his books have been made into movies, although without great theatrical sense. Interestingly, and showing that writing has some genetic influences (see, e.g., the Abrahams family as another example), his daughter, Alafair Burke, is also a very accomplished mystery writer in her own right, with about 9 novels out now that are also terrific, most of which are set either in Portland, Oregon (first three) or in NYC. As a funny twist, in the Robicheaux series, Dave has an adopted daughter named Alafair. My dad would definitely recommend chacking the series out. Only one word of caution, while extrardinarily well written, the novels can be fairly graphic, particularly in terms of violence and some of his antagonists are pretty evil people.

  23. SnowBella
    2:26 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Mollypop and her fierce tail are up top! What a beautiful girl!

  24. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:40 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Wind!…That sounds worse than a Hurrican Rebecca…snort!..Good thing you have a decent, considerate boss who sends you messages not to come into the office…grunt!…Someone here has the opposite kind…sniff!

    Wookie!…When does your Paw find time to read all those books? …snort!…I bet there isn’t a series on the planet he hasn’t started reading….chorkel!

  25. OleyHowlers
    2:47 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Rio, we were thinking the same thing about Bella’s great boss. Wish we all had bosses like that! Even in the worst blizzard, Pop MUST get to work.

  26. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:54 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Gravatar!…Howlers, your gravatar is amazing!…snort!

    Tomaters!… These two here threw away tons of little green tomaters the other day when they were cleaning out the garden…grunt!…I’m pretty damned sure they have never ever eaten fried green ones…sniff! ….Doesn’t wet my appetite thinking about them either…sneeze!

  27. Melanie
    3:31 pm on September 5th, 2012

    SnowBella, they call that a Category 5 Hurricane around here!

    Wöökie, I am in agreement with your studied comments about James Lee Burke, though we did NOT know that his daughter wrote!

    Have to look that up.

    Okay, Melanie’s Melodelisous Fried Green Tomatoes.

    Firm green tomatoes (I had 12 slices when I was done out of 5 tomatoes)
    1 or 2 eggs (beaten)
    1 cup Rice flour (from Chinatown because their rice flour is very smooth)
    1 cup Cornmeal (Zoë doesn’t like cornmeal)
    I used Mrs. Dash original to flavor because Dan can’t use salt.
    Butter and olive oil (I use both, butter for flavor and olive oil because it’s better for you)

    Cut tomatoes 1/2 inch thick. Trimming ends off.
    Melt butter and heat up olive oil in frying pan.
    Dump the tomatoes slices one at a time in egg.
    Then dump into rice flour, making sure it’s all covered.
    Dump into pan.
    Burn Cook until the bottoms of slices are golden brown, turn over.
    I use a top to the pan to keep the oil in the pan and to keep the slices moist.

    Hmmm, I do NOT use any sort of sauce. We just eat’um.

  28. dawson
    3:58 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Mollypop up top? She saw that fuzzbutt posted on the blog and came to see what’s going on.
    I’ve seen several albino squirrels in the neighborhood. I always think they are good luck. I like squirrels too but something was eating my tomatoes too. Now I know…I’ve been picking them before they get totally ripe.
    Fried Green Tomatoes.
    Wow! Youse guys really fancy ’em up! (I have to try them with hollandaise.) I slice them and fry in a pan with butter. A little pepper and that’s it. Chow down!
    Almost nap time…

  29. Barb & Maggie
    4:15 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Wookie, Thank you for the tip about Burke. Will definitely check into the series. The short bio on the jacket says he lives part time in New Iberia, La, which is where part of this story takes place. This book tends to be a little graphic, but then it is about the Civil War, AKA The War of Northern Aggression.

  30. OleyHowlers
    4:33 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Rio, Thanks for liking Sasha’s gravitar. We are very proud of the old girl.

  31. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    4:43 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Barb/Maggie. New Iberia is where the Dave Robicheaux books are generally set as well (although a couple wind up with him in Montana, which is where Burke lived on and off for a while and where one of his other series is set). Also, the influence of the Civil War on current Louisiana culture is fairly prominent in at least some of the books. For example, one of the earlier books in the series is titled In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead, and much of the story involves events that happened on what was previously a battlesite during the Civil War with the ghosts of Confederate dead as least looming in the background of the story (Burke’s books do not really delve into the supernatural per se, but such spirit presences may be occasionally found). Not surprisingly, the devastating effects of Katrina have been incorporated into some of his more recent novels, so there is a high degree of currency in what he writes as well. If you like the one book you are reading now, then I would definitely encourage you to look at the series.

    Melanie, you should definitely check out Alafair Burke as well. Her writing style is probably somewhat more conventional than her dad’s, but she is a terrific writer with some very intrigue plots and some interesting psychological twists, particularly in her later books. I think Rose has read some of her books and I believe she really likes them as well.


  32. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:45 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Bothersome!….I’m still thinking about that which has yet to be noticed about the Chet and Bernie series. According to Admin anyways.…grunt!….Has anyone come up with any ideas about what this mysterious element is?….Stover??….sniff!

  33. B.Stover
    5:12 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Rio: I haven’t come up with anything.

  34. Mollypop's Mom
    5:23 pm on September 5th, 2012

    I’m just finishing an interesting book, Watchlist. The book is two novellas, written by a big list of well-known authors each taking a chapter.


  35. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:50 pm on September 5th, 2012

    MollysMom!…Sounds like a gimmick to me…grunt!

  36. Rose
    6:02 pm on September 5th, 2012

    OHs: Next trip the Prof and I make to Boston, youse are absolutely welcome to come with us. Even the Prof gets in on feeding the squirrels. It is the thing I look forward to the most when we go there!!!

    Belle Starr: This is a different kind of party. We’ll have a REAL party when I see you in February!!! 🙂

    Rio: You are my VBFF. I hold you very near and dear to my heart!!

  37. Rose
    6:07 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Wookie, I have several of Alafair Burke’s books, but as many other books are, they are on my ever expanding to be read pile.

    MollyPop’s Mom: I checked out the link. That seems like an interesting premise.

  38. Mollypop's Mom
    6:14 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Rio – I think the book was an experiment, not a gimmick. Look at the list of authors.

  39. dawson
    6:19 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Mollypop’s Mom: Lee Childs and Lisa Scottoline are two of the authors along with Jeffrey Deaver. That sounds like a book worth reading.

  40. Melanie
    7:44 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Okay, I have ordered “Long Gone” by Alafair Burke.
    I got the Kindle, but it says that it is still “pending”. Hope it comes through soon.

    OTAS has one place to put his chair. He’s looking for another place too.

    Everyone take care!


  41. Melanie
    7:46 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Oh, I found some boots that I can wear. I don’t go by size anymore. I just keep trying boots on until something fits. It’s never the same size twice.

    This time I can be a carpola kicker! The only ones that fit were steel toed!

    What fun.

    TTFN really

  42. Tupper and Gilly
    8:21 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Guess what ??? We’re RICH. We just got a letter that says we won a big sweepstakes and we are going to get lots and lots of money. And they even sent a check for THREE THOUSAND dollars. All we have to do is send them 19hundred dollars and then we’ll be RICH. And we can buy beer and hot wings for everyone, and buy plane tickets for everyone to go to Alaska, and buy out the Mercantile, and buy slim Jim’s by the truckload and…….
    Wait a minute. Sage says its a scam. Oh noooooo! Not really huh, huh? He’s just pulling our legs, right? Just being Wrotten, right?
    Awwww – to halibut! ( this is much worse than just a “carpola”)

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:25 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Love’n!…My friend came downstairs to get away from everyone because she feels very bad tonight. The not-busy-at-all place is at a complete standstill because the data-conversion is not working from the old system to the new system. And nobody is telling anybody what is going on….sniff!… She has very little to do all day long and that drives her up the freakin’ wall…sniffle!….So Beau and I followed her downstairs and when she sat in her easy chair, so did we…heh!…She got a whole lotta pug-lovin’ whether she wanted it or not…snorkel!sneeze!…A fight almost broke out but we settled it by me pushing Beau off the chair….chuffle!

  44. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:28 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Game!…Oh good! She turned the game on…snort!…Right now the Braves are ahead by one stinkin’ run…grunt! ….Seems we are in the middle of a No-Hitter by the Braves…sniff!…No way is that going to continue, let me tell youse what!…wheeze!

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:33 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Prize!…Maybe Tupper will share some of her prize money with us then me and my friend can go on a vacation somewhere in the mountains in a cabin in the woods by a river…sniff!

  46. Princess Sam
    8:35 pm on September 5th, 2012

    T&G, as Macy says, “Tail with it.”

  47. BearSpiritDog
    8:44 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Someone here may have caught the “blog bug” (No, Chet, not that kind) and is sitting here with a box of tissues and a glass of Emergen-C. Sniff, sniff for reals.

    Hurray for Bucky going 500 miles to reach home. Let us hope it is now forever.

    Bonanza! Not one, but four Fried Green Tomatoes recipes. Thanks Melanie, Tupper&Gilly, O.Howlers and Dawson.

    Back under our little corner of the Quilt. Sniff, sniff for reals – Bear

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Sicko!…Oh no! Now Bear is sick…sniff!…This means that Maskers will get sick too I betcha…grunt!…What’s this here blog coming to anyways?…hmmmphf!

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:50 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Sixth!…Still no hits by the Rockies….grumble!

  50. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:55 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Rio. This is very important. Tell your team that they need to get on the stick and beat Atlanta tonight. Every game that Atlanta loses moves the Washington Nationals one game closer to winning their division. Wookie

  51. Barb & Maggie
    8:59 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Bear, If you have what Barb had, it knocks you out but doesn’t last long. She is back to normal except for the cough which is a duzzie and may hang on for awhile.

    Still tired, so will say good night. Want to lay on the sofa and watch the DNC.

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Wookie!…I passed the info on and Pancheco immediately got a hit breaking up the No-Hitter…heh!heh!…Their pitcher took it all the way to the 7th, but it ends there. Now we can start making some runs by golly…sniff!

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:54 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Grunt!….We just got back from walking and the Rockies have done nothing!….wheeze!…It is still 1 ta Zippy!…sniff!…Although, there is still plenty of time…maybe.

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Giambi!…They’ve sent the big guy in. There are 2 outs one more and we are done…wuffle!

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:58 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Wooooo!….The pitcher walked Giambi! Now Rosario is coming up to bat! We have his autograph you know…chuffle! …Rosario is a great hitter…gasp!…this is very exciting!

  56. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:58 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Carpola. It is official. Mom hates driving. Why? Because stupid people keep running into her car. Today’s incident was a fender bender in a parking lot, and the guy has insurance, but still.


  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:00 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Gah!…The Braves winnit…grump!…Sorry Wookie.

  58. Princess Sam
    10:06 pm on September 5th, 2012

    Wolfie, is your Mom okay this time?

  59. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:21 pm on September 5th, 2012

    That’s okay, Rio. Thanks for the effort. At least the Nationals beat the Cubbies tonight. Wookie

  60. Macy the Min-pin
    11:01 pm on September 5th, 2012

    We here are somewhat confused. The TV says that we are watching Sunday Night Football, but our calendar says Wednesday. AND they are using a bunch of pee-wee football referees. In the plus column, the team with the NY on their bonnets is not currently winning.

    Mom is back to not loving the job again. It took all she had not to quit today. They have 42 kids 1-3 grades stuffed in a room designed for 22. The teachers are supposed to be helping them with their homework, but the noise is terrible. Mom asked if she could take her kids to another room, and the totally illogical answer was “no, I want to make sure everyone is doing their homework” Hell-oo isn’t that what mom is supposed to be doing? This woman wants to be in charge of every detail of every kid, PLUS she is the PTA president on top of that. As the saying goes, sumthins gotta give. Oh, and she didn’t have enough pencils for everyone, gnash, gnash, gnash, grrr, growllll, growl.

    Thanks for listening. We are calling the director tomorrow, so by noon mom may be unemployed again. Sigh

  61. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:16 am on September 6th, 2012

    Macy: I hope your mom can talk those folks at school into being more practical without losing her job in the process! Forty-two first-, second- and third-graders can definitely make a racket, which wouldn’t exactly be condusive to doing homework, especially if there isn’t room to spread out books and papers. Good luck! (Paws crossed here!)

  62. Macy the Min-pin
    1:43 am on September 6th, 2012

    Thanks Kirby T. I am always worried about my treat budget.

  63. SnowBella
    6:14 am on September 6th, 2012

    Macy: I have confidence you’re mom can navigate these waters just fine. Good thoughts being sent your way.

    AJ and I have been working on the cabin all evening. AJ just sent me to bed and said he could finish the last section of flooring. Eyelids are getting heavy…and….yaaaawwwnnn….I am worn ouzzzzzzzz…..

  64. Matthew
    11:44 am on September 7th, 2012

    Go Bucky. Thats some ground covered.

  65. peter
    9:08 am on September 10th, 2012

    How do they do it. Hear stories about animals making long trips and I just don’t get it. Amazing story

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