Lincoln’s Dogs

“Speaking of Lincoln,” Bernie says, “he had a mustard-colored dog named Fido. A real ol’yaller who followed him around Springfield. And one of the first dogs ever photographed. But the Lincolns left Fido behind with a neighbor when they went to Washington, something about Fido being frightened by all the cannon fire and bell ringing that was going to happen on the trip.”

Cannon fire? Bell ringing? Sounds good to me.

“When they brought Lincoln back to Springfield, Fido was still alive. He went back to his original home that day and spent time with the mourners. There was also a White House dog named Jip who often ate lunch with Lincoln, sometimes on his lap so he’d be in a good spot for treats.”

From Chet’s blog, December 15, 2009.

(Big big) welcome to Dawson and B.Stover.



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156 Responses to “Lincoln’s Dogs”

  1. LizF
    8:53 am on April 13th, 2011

    The guys must have gotten up in the middle of the night to post this one!

  2. LizF
    8:57 am on April 13th, 2011

    So what happened to Jip when they left the White House? And did Fido only go home for the day of the funeral or did he stay there afterwards?

  3. Barb & Maggie
    9:10 am on April 13th, 2011

    Good morning Liz, what time is it there?

    Wonder if Mary and Todd Lincoln were dog lovers. Didn’t Mary suffer from some sort of mental problems? Wonder how she would be diagnosed today.

  4. Rose
    9:11 am on April 13th, 2011

    Good Morning to All:

    Abraham Lincoln’s blog (and photo of Fido)

  5. Rose
    9:19 am on April 13th, 2011

    Hi Liz:

    I was just doing some reading about Jip. Apparently, he was stabbed to death by a drunk…

  6. Rose
    9:21 am on April 13th, 2011


    It was Fido who was stabbed to death…

  7. OleyHowlers
    9:29 am on April 13th, 2011

    Good morning! We were hoping to find out about our guys that were involved in the C.W. Fido sounds like a great ambassador for our nation. And then to be stabbed later??? wow! in Springfield? Was it a Southern sympathizer?
    Wonder what happened to Jip?

  8. OleyHowlers
    9:30 am on April 13th, 2011

    Rose: Thanks for posting that link…loved seeing Fido.

  9. Barb & Maggie
    9:41 am on April 13th, 2011

    Poor Fido, Lots of sorrow surrounding the Lincolns.

  10. LizF
    9:41 am on April 13th, 2011

    Ah, people are up! Good morning all. It’s 11.40pm here and I’m just off to bed. Thanks for the information Rose – awful about the stabbing though. He looks like a lovely dog.

  11. B.Stover
    9:42 am on April 13th, 2011

    Hey, Dawson and I are now officially Friends of Chet!

    Good morning all.

  12. B.Stover
    9:49 am on April 13th, 2011

    Staff: Thank you so much for putting up my quilt square (and for refraining from temptation!!).

  13. LizF
    9:53 am on April 13th, 2011

    Hi B! It’s lovely to be here at the top of the blog, but as The Truman Show would say, Good morning, good evening and good night!

  14. Rose
    10:00 am on April 13th, 2011


    You’re welcome! I love finding out interesting bits of information myself…

  15. Barb & Maggie
    10:18 am on April 13th, 2011

    Bee, Did you see that you and Dawson got a double big welcome up above?

    We are excited about the dinner tonight. (Whispering) Wolfie, can you pick me up on your way? Gilly wants me to come for a play date.

  16. Rose
    10:22 am on April 13th, 2011

    You’re welcome, Liz…

    More Fido history…

    Yes, poor Fido was stabbed to death on a street in Springfield.

    Mrs. Lincoln did not share the President’s fondness for animals.
    The President was particularly fond of kittens, and was known to always rescue animals from adversity.

    Fido: Latin for fidelity

  17. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:23 am on April 13th, 2011

    Lincoln!….Wow, that guy has a blog….snort!… If he were alive today, I wonder what he would think of that!…sniff! …That Jip guy new the first rule in the treat trade. Be as close to the lap as possible….heh!

  18. Melanie
    11:17 am on April 13th, 2011

    Morning All, Rain here today, heavy at times, but the pollen is now going on the street and grass!

    Wölfie Wigglebutt. I put you up. Incorrectly at first (who would have thought that hitting the return button would submit) and then correctly!

    Two dogs getting groomed today!

    Party! Party! Party! (hope I can stay up!)

  19. Tupper and Gilly
    11:24 am on April 13th, 2011

    We often wonder what some of the great leaders of the past would think of the world today.
    Can you imagine Hitler getting away with his manipulations in this day of mass media, twitter and youtube? Oh, wait a minute…Ghadafi.
    Can you imagine the Scandal of Teapot Dome in this day of investagative reporting? Oh wait a minute….General Electric, Wall Street, Bernie Madoff…
    Can you imagine the injustice of Poll Tax, Literacy Standards and KKK controled voting booths in this time of racial equality? …oh, wait a minute…can you say Hanging Chads?
    Somethings don’t seem to change much after all.

  20. Tupper and Gilly
    11:26 am on April 13th, 2011

    oh dear…we DO NOT mean to imply that any of the above people were ever great leaders…..
    We just wonder what the Great Leaders of thoses times would think of these times

  21. Melanie
    11:28 am on April 13th, 2011

    Tony, a Newfoundland Dog, was a mascot for 104th Ohio during the Civil War. That unit also had white bulldog, a cat and a tamed raccoon. They must have really liked animals.

    Eagle pic of the day . . .

  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:35 am on April 13th, 2011

    Eaglets!….Those guys are really growing….snort!….Must be all the fresh raw regurgitated meat they are eating…gag!

  23. Barb & Maggie
    11:38 am on April 13th, 2011

    Melanie, Thank you for the eagle update. We tried to watch it yesterday, but two of the babies were laying right on the edge, not under the parent, and it was making Barb nervous. She wants to see them huddled close together in the middle.

    T & G we understand what you are saying, and did not think you were saying any of those leaders were great in a positive way. Has your mama started any prep for tonight?

  24. Mollypop
    11:43 am on April 13th, 2011


  25. dawson
    11:45 am on April 13th, 2011

    Spence: Thanks for the warm welcome.
    Plunderers: Thanks for welcoming me back…even though I couldn’t actually leave.
    Staff: Thanks for posting my quilt square.
    Rose: Thanks for the research. I especially liked the fact that Fido means fidelity.
    Rio: Thanks for getting a new something for your computer so that you can get to the dark side easier. I forgive you for picking on me, an innocent person in that regard.
    Thank you to the creator of the heavens and the earth for giving me another dismal grey day outside. I will finally get some painting done. And tonight…party!

  26. OleyHowlers
    11:48 am on April 13th, 2011

    We are loving all the C.W. little-known facts that you all have been posting. Dima thinks he should have been named “Fido” now. And all those mascots with the Ohio 104th ? What a cool regiment. Didn’t anyone have a Siberian Husky?
    T&G: We often wonder what “Founding Fathers” would think..also Lincoln, and lots of others. If you can, watch the first episode of Ken Burns Civil War, in light of today’s political divides. Seems like the more things change, the more they stay the same.
    Eaglets are growing by leaps and bounds. Still look very awkward when they move though, don’t they?

  27. Tupper and Gilly
    11:50 am on April 13th, 2011

    B- we were visiting your blog and wanted to post a theory. But we had to choose a profile in order to post. when we tried to do so, the ‘puter ate our post. Huh?
    So, what do we put for a profile, or do we need to become members in order to post?

  28. Tupper and Gilly
    12:00 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Ok everyone – dinner will be at about 8 EST. Mama is on her way to Crazy Lady Land again, but she has most of the prep work done, and the prime rib, lamb and turkey will magically roast themselves while she is gone.
    See ya all tonight! (Maggie – Gilly can’t wait to show you her squirrel herding skills)

  29. OleyHowlers
    12:05 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Wish we could come, but Mom has to attend another stupid meeting tonight.
    Maybe you can save us food for later?

  30. B.Stover
    12:07 pm on April 13th, 2011

    B&M: (Notice that I got it right that time!) Yes, wasn’t that nice of Spence.

  31. B.Stover
    12:10 pm on April 13th, 2011

    T&G: Sorry you’re having trouble posting on my blog. I want to know your theory. I think you can post as “anonymous” and you don’t need to fill in anything. Then in the comment itself you could put T&G.

    Dawson: Is that what you do when you post on my blog?

    Melanie: Can you help T&G on this?

  32. Barb & Maggie
    12:22 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Gilly, I am so excited about tonight. Tell your mama to keet a close watch on you (and Tups) because Corgis are one of Barb’s favorites, next to me, of course.

    Barb found a really, really cool gift for Lily’s B-day, to go along with her salad box garden. It is by Time & Again, and is called a Garden Bag Gift Set. It is a little white canvas carrying case that has 2 handles and little pockets all the way around. It has 3 wood handled child-size gardening tools, a Lemongrass & Lavender hand soap, a nail scrubbing brush, and hand lotion. There is also room to put seed packs in the extra little compartments. Barb is SO EXCITED about finding this!

    Another thing along the gardening line – just heard of a neat growing idea to cut down on weeding and bending over. You get a bale of straw, set it on end so the cut ends are sticking up (not the smooth ends), pour a little soil or growing medium on top, just enough to anchor the seeds, then plant. Evidently the roots go down into the straw and get enough moisture and nutrients to grow. Just add a little organic fetilizer and water periodically. We are going to try it for zucchini, as they take up a lot of room. One bale for 2 plants. Sound like a good idea, anyone?

  33. Siber-H
    12:23 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Fellow Siberians; We didn’t arrive in America from Siberia until 1908 so we missed the madness that is known as either the Civil War or the War of Northern Aggression. Our first landing spot in North America was Nome, Alaska, which I have always thought was way cool. A Historical Marker should be placed on the beach at Nome where we first set our paws down on American soil.

    T&G I will be arriving at your house early to help with the turkey, prime rib, and lamb. Your mom has nothing to worry about. We will have it all under control.


  34. Wolfie
    12:23 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Since mom left me with a sitter, I can go out and play anytime I want, and she will never know!

    I am going to leave Callyfornia early and can pick up anyone who needs a ride. Dawson, are you in? I know where you live (within a fifty mile radius) so can swing by anytime. Yummy! I love prime rib! (I’m sure I do, even though I have never had it!)

    (whispering) Barb and Maggie, I will pick you up first. We can blur in and help the Royals get set up.

  35. Wolfie
    12:24 pm on April 13th, 2011


  36. OleyHowlers
    12:28 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Siber-H: Thanks for that info. We figured as much, but don’t you think had we been over here, we might have knocked some sense into those humans?

  37. Wolfie
    12:29 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Oleyhowlers, you don’t have to attend a stupid meeting, do you? Why don’t I pick you up and your mom can join us later? (Or not.) Why should our moms have all the fun?

  38. Rose
    12:31 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Dawson: I was born a researcher. 🙂

    Siber-H: That is so cool about huskies first coming to Nome!

  39. OleyHowlers
    12:36 pm on April 13th, 2011

    O Wolfie would you really??? That would be super-fantastic! Our mom & dad are always so darn busy that we have to make our own fun most of the time. We are pretty good at that tho. Lots of critter-hunting here on the farm … 🙂
    What time will you be coming by? Think you can find us?

  40. Siber-H
    12:38 pm on April 13th, 2011

    You know, Howlers, you are right…We could have taught those warring souls a lesson because we are in general such a peaceful breed.

    I’ll make sure that some food is saved for the three of you.

    We have company for the next several days…they are not staying with us but they aren’t far either, sigh. I just don’t want my schedule of dog park, blog, baseball, parties, naps, and digging holes to get interrupted.

  41. Barb & Maggie
    12:38 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Wolfie, I will be ready to blur. Can’t wait!

  42. Wolfie
    12:39 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Hey, Plunderers, prayers needed here. My neighbor John is taking my boys to Fresno to get their ID cards. Which means that they will have several hours in a car spent with an ambassador of our loving Creator. Please pray that their hearts become open and that they are willing to enter a program. I know that it will take Time before they are Ready, but first their hearts must be burnished.

    Thanks, guys.

  43. Siber-H
    12:42 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Okay good, Wolfie can blurr Howlers to the party along with Maggie. I’ll be waiting at the airport for Alice to pick me up in the Lear Jet.

    Once again…BBL

  44. Siber-H
    12:44 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Will do, Wolfie…These are very important prayers.

  45. OleyHowlers
    12:46 pm on April 13th, 2011

    We are praying too, Wolfie…awooo

  46. Barb & Maggie
    12:47 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Wolfie, We will be thinking good positive thoughts for your boys, and I will have paws crossed, too. Some times third-party influence is better than mom or dad. But they have to be ready and open to suggestions. Let’s hope they are there.

  47. Siber-H
    12:57 pm on April 13th, 2011

    One more thing before mom drags me away from the computer, and I hope I have got this right:


  48. Melanie
    1:07 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Wöölfie: Got it covered in all sorts of hairy paws and tails and bodies.

    Also your picture isn’t there yet, but I keep checking.

    THANKS FOR THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIBER-H. It’s tomorrow. Snicker.

  49. dawson
    1:08 pm on April 13th, 2011

    B.Stover: I’ve posted as anonymous with just my name in with the comment. Now I believe I post through my google account.

    Wolfie: I would love to be blurred to the party. I will say extra prayers for your boys today.

    Siber H: I was wondering where you were yesterday. Company is good but it can disrupt the usual schedule.

  50. OleyHowlers
    1:23 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Spencer: We have an idea for another contest ! The photo with the most “Likes” on FB wins. That will drive lots and lots of traffic to your site as we all get our friends to post for us !

    Altho we gotta admit, a friend of ours posted a pic of their baby on a cupcake FB page, and then kept hassling all of us and threatening to “un-friend” anyone who didn’t vote for their baby’s pic. It was very annoying. We voted for the pic before all the reminders started coming. Then we voted for all the other pics (especially the doggie pics) !!!

  51. Mollypop
    1:26 pm on April 13th, 2011

    O Howlers – The eaglets look awkward because they can’t walk yet. They’re crawling around the nest, hopefully not too near the edge as Barb saw.

  52. BearSpiritDog
    1:41 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Good Day!

    Rose: Thank you for that link. Fido was a beautiful dog. Thinking of him being separated from Lincoln for all that time is heartbreaking though as is the sad ending to his life.

    Dawson, B, & Staff! Love those Friends of Chet photos!

    Happy Belated Birthday Liz! Isn’t it your B-Day tomorrow Melanie?
    and Rio – it seems to me yours is in here too – today?

    Wolfie: Our islands are very close, but only “as the crow flies”.
    Anyway you are really in California and only blurr in and out – speaking of which – if you have time could you stop by here to pick us up? We can find our way home, but getting there seems to be a challenge.

    Now back to work.

  53. Mollypop
    1:44 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Hey Guys! Melanie was able to save Mom’s photos that are turning brown. She’s magic!

    Mom emailed Melanie one of the pictures and she did some stuff and told Mom what she did and voila! The picture got its color back.

    These are Mom’s cats from 31 years ago. No big deal.

  54. Rose
    1:46 pm on April 13th, 2011


    My prayers and good thoughts go out to your boys.

  55. Rose
    1:49 pm on April 13th, 2011


    I’m home alone tonight, as the Professor (my hubby), has an evening class. Would it be too far for you to blur over to New York?

  56. BearSpiritDog
    1:57 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Wolfie: Our prayers for your boys & visualizing a bright future for them.

    Siber-H: Just what do you mean about helping out with the main course? How we’re getting worried…

    Barb: Straw sounds like a great idea for planting. We will have to try it. The gift idea for Lily is very good also.

    MollyPop: Very cool Kats!

  57. B.Stover
    1:58 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Mollypop: That black cat looks very sheik. All three are lovely.

    Bear: Just got notice that my coffee from Dancing Goat is on its way.

    SH: Interesting info on Huskies.

    Rose: Thank you for that link.

    I have to do my taxes. I never procrastinate….

  58. B.Stover
    2:02 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Wolfie: I’ll be thinking about your boys.

    B&M: I don’t know enough about gardening to comment but it sounds interesting. You’ll never know until you try. And Lily’s birthday gifts are wonderful.


  59. dawson
    2:06 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Rio’s birthday is tax day, April 15th. Melanie’s is the 14th.
    Siber.H: I don’t think you should help with the preparation of the main course either.
    Mollypop: That yellow cat looks like she’s related to Alice.

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:15 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Dead!…All those Kats are long gone. I don’t think Kats can live 31 years….snort!…At least I hope not.

    Eaglets!…Speaking of the dead, if one of those little chappies falls out of the nest that would be the end of them. Eagles build their nests up really high….grunt!….Do chickens flop around like that days after they are born?…sniff!

  61. BearSpiritDog
    2:23 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Wolfie! Looks like you are going to be blurrrrry busy tonight!
    Maybe Alice can help out with the Lear Jet.

    Siber-H: Would like to hear more about Siberian Huskies coming to North America. I’m sure the O.Howlers & the others would too.

    B: Let me know how you like the coffee. Yes, I can see you never procrastinate(taxes)lol! Speaking of taxes, Rio, no one could ever forget your birthday.(snicker)

  62. Wolfie
    2:38 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Time and distance are insignificant in the realm of blurring. It is an art that transcends everything. So I can pick anyone up, any time, and any place.

    I wonder where Wookie is today?

  63. Melanie
    3:02 pm on April 13th, 2011

    As a family we are watching “Doc Martin” and “The Closer”. First being Netflix instant and the second Netflix DVD.

    I am also watching (as funny as it seems even though I go to bed early, I’m the latest in the house) “Farscape”.

    I tried getting “The Event” no doing. Also the one that is the Texas ranger, no doing. What else are people watching?


  64. OleyHowlers
    3:13 pm on April 13th, 2011

    We watched the new Upstairs Downstairs…did anyone else? We liked it.
    We tell you that so as not to be embarrassed by what else we really love to watch .. (blush) Survivor! Dad hates it (refuses to watch) but its our guilty pleasure with mom. We make a big deal of it. She eats or drinks something special, and we get Frosty Paws.
    There are a few must-watch sitcoms in our house too. Modern Family being the current fav, followed closely by Raising Hope. Oh and we love Chuck.
    And our #1 T.V. show is Burn Notice.

  65. Rose
    3:33 pm on April 13th, 2011


    The Professor and I love “Mad Men.”

    I love the Law & Orders, although the original was cancelled.

    I love crime shows like “The First 48.”

    Am I too obsessed with crime?

  66. Melanie
    4:00 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Thanks all,

    No, I don’t think you’re obsessed with crime. You live near NYC! snicker

    When doing a walkabout this YSAS (someday soon I’d like that to be YFAS), my tour consisted of where different shows were shot. the stairs at the Courthouse, Time Square for a new one called “Smash” and real crime scenes.

    Interesting take on NYC.

  67. BearSpiritDog
    4:06 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Wolfie: In that case, if it will be no trouble, please put Masquers & Bear on your long list. (pssst: you are so talented!)

    TV shows. Hmm…The Event, Hawaii Five-0 The Good Wife, Blue Bloods are some must sees around here. Oh, and loved the 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights. The final season is due to be repeated on NBC on the 15th. Many other shows we have missed can be picked up later on Netflix or at the library – such as Mad Men, etc; which is great because then there are no commercials to suffer through.

  68. Rose
    4:15 pm on April 13th, 2011

    NYC…Probably the cause of all my neurosis..

    The walkabout in the Big Apple sounded cool…

    BTW- A few years back there was a great show called “Homicide” on…did anyone ever watch that?

  69. Wolfie
    4:23 pm on April 13th, 2011

    We love Survivor, although we think that Rob is a little too cocky.

    We like crime shows too.

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:31 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Uh Oh!….My friend came home early. She was in the bathroom puking her guts out….sniff!…I wonder if she is sick or sumthing? She called her doctor and is now waiting for a call back because they never answer their phones those doctors….grunt!… This new medicine is not working out. She said she read all the side effects and she has most of them right now….gah!misery!

  71. OleyHowlers
    4:34 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Oh Rio, what kind of medicine is your friend on? You need to stand close by while she is sick. Somehow it makes them feel just a little better if they can touch us when they are sick.

    Wolfie! Thanks … We were so afraid we were too low-brow watching Survivor. We aren’t too thrilled with Rob now either.

  72. Siber-H
    4:55 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Howlers, We can top you on low-brow tv watching. Mom watches Deadlist Catch and I watch Ice Road Truckers and together we watch a program on bush pilots in Alaska, but we never can remember the name of it.

    Cool…Rose is coming to the party tonight.

    I have no idea why some of you are so worried about me helping out with tonight’s dinner.

  73. Siber-H
    4:58 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Rio, We are concerned about your friend and hope the doctor calls soon.

  74. B.Stover
    5:04 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Melanie: I think you can get full episodes at this link for The Event:

  75. B.Stover
    5:16 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Howlers: I watched Upstairs Downstairs and enjoyed it. I especially like Eileen Atkins’ character.

    There is a show on Sundays at 10PM called The Killing that is good. They show the previous episodes before the new episode…at least they did this past week. It’s also On Demand.

    Rio: I hope your friend starts feeling better.

  76. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    5:41 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Rio. Please make sure that your friend takes very good care of herself. Perhaps some time off from that busy place would help a lot.

    Thoughts and prayers for Wolfie’s boys from Chevy Chase.

    Looking forward to tonight’s dinner.


  77. Rose
    5:59 pm on April 13th, 2011

    B: We watched the first hour so far of “The Killing”, and it was great.

    Rio, I hope your friend feels better soon. Take good care of her.

  78. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:27 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! I’m just here for a minute, until Mom leaves for handbell practice. I just wanted to add my two cents worth on television programming. Around here we’re real big on The Big Bang Theory — we think the humor is quite intelligent. We also like American Pickers, because they’re from Iowa, just like Mom and Dad.

    Wolfie: We’re thinking of your boys — hope a third party has a good impact on them.

    Rio: Hope your friend’s feeling tip-top real soon. The opposite is no fun!!!

  79. dawson
    6:30 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Rio: I hope your friend feels better and the doctor calls you back soon. Medicine – sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.

    Stanley cup playoffs are on.

    I watch Survivor with Mr. Staff. The man in this house leaves the room when it comes on. I also watch Coronation Street which is the longest running soap opera in Britain. I’ve been watching it since 1993 when I moved to Canada.

    I painted the primer coat, finally(!), in the bedroom.

    Now I’m hungry and ready to party. I’ll be waiting for you, Wolfie.

  80. Mollypop
    6:58 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Dawson – Tomorrow night the Buffalo Sabres play the Flyers. We’re all on a high about this team since Terry Pegula became the owner a couple of months ago. Just wait until next year!

  81. dawson
    7:10 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Mollypop: Why not this year?

  82. Barb & Maggie
    7:11 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Kirby, Did you see the American Pickers episode where they went into an old opera house and crawled under bleachers?. They were looking at old posters. That was filmed in our town, right on our main street. Pretty cool.

    Hope Rio’s friend feels better.

    We are ready for the party to start. Gilly, here I come!

  83. BearSpiritDog
    7:16 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Rio: I hope your friend Feels better very soon! Take good care of her. Lots of love and chicken soup will do the trick.

    Wolfie: Will be ready for blurr-off when you are.

  84. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:33 pm on April 13th, 2011

    MIDDLE AGE TEXTING CODES: ATD -at the doctors. BFF -best friend fell. BTW -bring the wheelchair. BYOT -bring your own teeth. FWIW -forgot where I was. GGPBL -gotta go, pacemaker battery low. GHA -got heartburn again. IMHO -is my hearing aid on. LMDO -laughing my dentures out. OMMR -on my massage recliner. OMSG -oh my! sorry, gas. ROFLACGU -rolling on floor laughing and can’t get up. TTYL -talk to you louder…:0)~

  85. Melanie
    7:45 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Riö: please check your secret decoder device! Hope your friend feels much better. . .

  86. Mollypop
    7:50 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Dawson – The previous Sabres’ owner was Tom Golisano. He was good, saved the team from bankruptcy, but never wanted to pay the talent so we kept losing the good guys. Terry Pegula said his goal (ha ha) is to win a Stanley Cup and all of Buffalo-Western New York-Southern Ontario believes him and is excited. We have waited so long. Our team is good, not great, but for the next season I think we’ll see some new players.

  87. dawson
    7:54 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Macy MinPin: Those are funny but aren’t they for someone a little bit older than middle-aged?

    Tupper and Gilly: Have you been kidnapped by the crazy lady or something. I can’t stay late tonight because another 12 hour shift tomorrow.

    Mollypop: I getcha. I’ve been reading up on him while I wait for the party to start.

    Rio: Did the doctor call? Hope you are not hanging out in the bathroom.

  88. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:58 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Macy: Mom says she’s obviously not middle-aged yet because none of those apply to her. Except maybe FWIW. And OMSG. And ROFLACGU. No wheelchair, dentures or hearing aids…so far!

  89. Tupper and Gilly
    8:07 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Hi everyone – sorry for the delay, but it was hard getting Gilly away from the oven door long enough to get the food out!
    Hope everyone is hungry – we are SO glad you’re here!

  90. Tupper and Gilly
    8:09 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Oh dear Rio – we are so very sorry your friend is sick. Hope she has some saltines and ginger ale on hand. We will send prayers for her quick recovery!

  91. Melanie
    8:10 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Is it eight yet, is it eight yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

    Nine little Newfs from River Bear
    Stole Dan’s iPaw sweet as can be
    Down to a party with T/G
    Nine little Newfs from home
    Nine little Newfs from home!

  92. Tupper and Gilly
    8:10 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Ok – look out, this dish is hot.

    This one is perfect with any of the main dishes, and is the perfect way to use the first gorgeous veggies of the season

    Awesome Dawson Double Squash Roast

    4 small, new zucchini, sliced
    4 small, new yellow squash, sliced

    Optional add ins, pick a few to toss in:
    1 cup cherry tomatoes
    1 cup baby green beans cut into 2 inch lengths
    ½ cup julienne green, red or yellow pepper
    ½ cup chayote cut into thin slices

    1 TBL fresh lemon thyme, minced
    1 tsp lemon zest, grated
    lemon juice
    olive oil
    salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat over to 425 degrees.
    Place all veggies in a bowl, add just enough olive oil to coat all pieces. Add minced lemon thyme and toss.
    Lay veggies out on rimmed cookie sheets that have been sprayed with non-stick coating. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
    Roast in hot oven for 25-30 minutes, stirring and flipping halfway through cooking time.
    Place veggies in serving bowl, give a squirt or two of lemon juice and toss. Sprinkle with lemon zest. (You can just grate the yellow skin off a freshly washed lemon using the fine side of your grater)

  93. Tupper and Gilly
    8:11 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Just for you Barb:

    Elegant Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

    1 lb small Brussels sprouts
    2 TBLS sugar
    1 TBL butter
    2 TBLS sherry or red wine
    ¼ cup warm water
    ½ tsp salt

    Trim outer leaves and stems off Brussels sprouts. (Larger sprouts can be cut in half). In a large, heavy covered skillet, heat the sugar over medium heat. As soon as it starts to melt, reduce heat. When sugar just starts to brown, add butter. When it melts, add sherry. Cook one minute. Add the warm water and salt. Add sprouts, bring to a boil and reduce heat again to simmer. Cover and cook for 6 minutes. Uncover, cook and stir for 15 more minutes until most of the liquid evaporates and sprouts are hot, soft and well glazed. (If the mixture seems too dry, you can add more butter, sherry or water)

  94. Tupper and Gilly
    8:12 pm on April 13th, 2011

    That was for Barb…now for Maggie

    Maggie’s RAT-ta-touille

    2 eggplants, peeled and large diced
    2 medium zucchini, large diced
    2 medium yellow squash, large diced
    2 medium onions, diced
    8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced (do not chop)
    6 TBLS good fruity olive oil
    2 TBLS fresh oregano leaves
    salt and pepper to taste

    1 28 oz can whole peeled Italian tomatoes
    ¼ cup FRESH basil – dry will not be as good
    1 TBL capers

    Preheat oven to 425. Lightly oil two large, rimmed cookie sheets.
    In a large bowl, combine the eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, onion and garlic. Add olive oil, oregano and salt and pepper. Toss to coat and spread out onto cookie sheets.
    Roast in hot oven for 30 -40 minutes. Stir and flip, halfway through cooking time, and rearrange the sheets in the oven, reversing which was on the top shelf.
    When done, the veggies should be lightly browned.
    In the bowl that the eggplant and squash were tossed, pour all contents of the can of tomatoes. Break tomatoes up into about 1 inch pieces.
    Add the hot cooked veggies, basil and capers. Toss to blend.
    Let mixture set for at least an hour to blend flavors. May be served at room temp, warm or cold. (Once the tomatoes are in, do not cook the mixture – this is what makes it too soft and unpalatable. Simply warm it lightly in microwave or on stovetop to desired temp.)

  95. Tupper and Gilly
    8:13 pm on April 13th, 2011

    And for our friends with the poofy tails….

    We sometimes just have this for dinner instead of as a side dish, but it does go very well with prime rib or lamb. Kind of a Yorkshire Pudding type of dish, but so much better. For a really decadent treat, top with hollandaise or béarnaise sauce or mushroom sauté.

    Poodle Fierce French Toast

    6 oz cream cheese
    1 lb bag frozen chopped spinach –thawed and squeezed dry
    3 shallots, minced
    1 TBL butter
    ¼ tsp nutmeg
    salt and pepper to taste

    12 slices of your favorite type of bread
    4 eggs
    1 cup milk
    1 tsp vanilla

    Place cream cheese in mixing bowl and allow to soften to room temp.
    Brown shallots in butter until soft. Add well squeezed out spinach, toss and heat for 2 minutes. Add spinach mix to cream cheese, add nutmeg and stir until well blended. Add salt and pepper to your own preference.

    Place 6 slices of bread flat in a well greased casserole or baking dish. Spread the spinach, cheese mixture evenly over each slice. Top with the other six slices of bread.

    Beat the eggs until foamy, add milk and vanilla. Pour over the bread slices, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 or more hours.

    Remove plastic wrap, place casserole in 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until bread is puffy and browned. You may broil the top for a minute or two if you wish, but be careful not to scorch.

  96. Tupper and Gilly
    8:15 pm on April 13th, 2011

    And the last thing we need to bring out from the kitchen is this.

    For all the Plunderers, this one is for you from that children’s’ song:

    Make new friends,
    But keep the old
    One is Silver
    And the others Gold

    Silver and Gold

    2-3 cups julienne cut parsnips (the silver)
    2-3 cups julienne cut carrots (the gold)
    ¾ cup orange juice
    ½ cup “craisins” (dried cranberries) *
    ½ tsp ground ginger
    2 firm pears –peeled and sliced, avoiding the core
    3 TBLS brown sugar’
    2 TBLS butter
    1/3 cup pecans, pieces or halves

    Place carrots and parsnips in a large, covered skillet with orange juice, craisins and ginger. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for about 8 minutes, or until veggies are hot and slightly soft.
    Remove cover; add pears, brown sugar, and butter. Cook and stir gently for about 3 minutes until everything is coated with the buttery sugar glaze. Toss in pecans, stir. Serve immediately, while piping hot.

    * you can use a cup of fresh cranberries, but they will make it more tart

  97. Tupper and Gilly
    8:16 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Now, dig in and enjoy the prime rib with horseradish sauce, the lamb with mint and rosemary glaze, and the turkey with gravy.
    SIBER – come back here with that prime rib…..

  98. Melanie
    8:20 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Nine little Newfs who are so hungry,
    Come to your door sort of clumsy,
    Hoping for some food and honey,
    Nine little Newfs from home
    Nine little Newfs from home!

  99. Barb & Maggie
    8:27 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Wowser! We are so honored to have a dish mentioning both of us, Barb and Maggie. Don’t worry, folks, there really aren’t any rats in the Rattatouille, it’s safe. And the brussel sprouts are super yummy!

    That French Toast will be a keeper for a Saturday night main course.

    The prime rib is done to perfection. Do you have some more of the rib bones in the kitchen? Huh, do ya?

    Hold on a minute Gilly, I have to each first, then play!

  100. Siber-H
    8:30 pm on April 13th, 2011

    I guess now that the food is ready, I can let the Herbs out of the closet. I put them in it earlier to keep them out of mischief.
    The Prime Rib is excellent!! WOO WOO

  101. Melanie
    8:31 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Drooling Newfs eat French toast, Yum Yum
    Newfs scarfing Dawson’s Squash, Oh Mum!
    Spitting Brussels sprouts at their chums,
    Nine little Newfs from home.
    Nine little Newfs from home.

  102. dawson
    8:33 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Whooo Hooo!
    Wolfie Wigglebutt from the Wild Wild West: That was some awesome fast ride.
    Hey! It smells delish in here. I was afraid for a minute there that you had allowed Siber.H. to help with the meat.
    Hello Newfies! Kiss, kiss, drool drool. eeeeiiiiiihhh! Let me up, let me up!! For Cripes Sake, settle down.
    Oooh love the juicy prime rib with horseradish. With the double down Dawson Squash Roast. Things are always better in pairs.

  103. Basil and Sage
    8:34 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Who locked us in that dam closet? We weren’t gonna eat the WHOLE turkey.

  104. Rose
    8:34 pm on April 13th, 2011

    B&M: i may have to fight you over the rib bones. The prime rib is delish, and the brussels sprouts are the best I ever ate! (Rubbing my tummy with pleasure)

  105. Tupper and Gilly
    8:38 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Rose! So glad you came! Always nice to have new friends stop in.

    Franklin! Stop spitting Brussels sprouts at Siber! Ellie, can’t you keep those boys under control. Just look down your nose over your bifocals at them. That always worked for teachers to keep their students in line.

  106. B.Stover
    8:39 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Everything looks delish!

  107. Melanie
    8:39 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Jeez, what is it with the Pack tonight. They are all dressed in Kimonos and dancing with Fans. Hey, Royal Mum, just what drinks are you serving tonight?

  108. Tupper and Gilly
    8:42 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Kamikazies…what else?

  109. Melanie
    8:44 pm on April 13th, 2011


  110. dawson
    8:47 pm on April 13th, 2011

    These brussel sprouts are wonderful. I’ll try this recipe on mom and dad when I visit. Last year long wands of garden fresh b.sprouts kept magically appearing on their porch.
    I’m taking a kimono – it just doesn’t look right on Franklin. I love to dance! I love fans too! Whooooo Hooooo Fun fun fun!

  111. Tupper and Gilly
    8:49 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Is that MAC under the Nanki-Poo wig????

    Oh my dog, Basil and Sage will NEVER let him live that down!

  112. BearSpiritDog
    8:49 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Joy, Joy!!! Prime Rib, Dawson’s Squash and French Toast and more mouth-watering dishes! It doesn’t get any better than this. What a Feast!

  113. Melanie
    8:49 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Well, I hate to say it, but I’m beat. . . All that food was delish! Since YSAS might be coming up for a bit, in a bit, we must have that French Toast, and everything else, except for the Rats. Unfortunately, though I like eggplant, it does not like me.

    Soooo . . . All the Pack together!

    From Nine little Newfs take Melanie away,
    Nine little newfs remain and play,
    They’ll close the place down this day,
    Melanie’s going to sleep
    Melanie’s going to sleep!

  114. dawson
    8:50 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Nine little Newfs? The house is shaking. We may have to move the dancing outside.

  115. Barb & Maggie
    8:53 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Rose, You are right, the sprouts ARE the best ever. I wonder if it’s the little bit of sugar she added? We never did them that way, but it seems to bring out the flavor. And we will be glad to share the rib bones, but aren’t they the best part?

    Got to save room for Dawson’s squash and some leg of lamb next.

    T & G did your mama ever think about being in the catering business?

  116. Sam
    8:56 pm on April 13th, 2011

    We’re here! Molly picked me up and we are hungry. She wants to try the Poodle Fierce stuff first. Me, I want some lamb. Food me! Food me!

  117. dawson
    9:00 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Rose! Here’s a kimono! And a fan! Come dance with me. It’ll help make room for round two of the feast. Oooh look, there’s Bear SpiritDog. I have to give him a scratch and a pat. Hello there Bear.

  118. Siber-H
    9:02 pm on April 13th, 2011

    I want the Newfs to stay here.

    I am getting more worried about Rio and his friend.

  119. Rose
    9:03 pm on April 13th, 2011

    T&G: Thanks for the nice welcome. Sometimes I am a litle shy, but I’m glad I came tonight.

    And yes, B&M, the bones DO have the flavor!

    Well, it’s a bit of a trip back to Westchester, and tomorrow’s a work day, so I will have to say good night…The food was great, and the company even better!

  120. Rose
    9:06 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Dawson: Of course I’ll dance with you before I go! 🙂

  121. dawson
    9:07 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Mollypop and Sam! Yippee! Time for some Fierce Poodle French Toast. Yuuuuummmmy. Anything with cream cheese has my vote. And you can make it up ahead of time. Thanks for these great recipes. Silver and Gold is delish.

  122. dawson
    9:09 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Rose: I’ll dance you outside. Safe trip home.

  123. Tupper and Gilly
    9:12 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Hi Sam – we did save you some dry kibble, just so you would feel at home.

    Barb – Mama loves to cook, but catering…hmmm. That’s kind of “cooking under pressure” – not so much fun. She has done some personalized cooking for a couple of events, but that kind of stress isn’t her favorite.
    She used to enter a lot of cooking contests for fun, and she did win some. Wish she could win the Grandaddy of them all – the Pillsbury Bake Off – now THAT is some kind of prize!

    Dawson – look out….Mattie is gonna trip over those kimono sleeves and fall in the squash!

  124. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:15 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Wow. Everything is so yummy. I’ll be sure to save some of the brussel sprouts for my mom; she loves brussel sprouts. The prime rib, however, maybe not — my favorite. Hey, did I see the Newfs doing the macarena a few minutes ago. It was totally awesome. Wookie

  125. Rose
    9:16 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Thanks, Dawson!

    (Whispering) Is there any good dessert I might be able to take in a doggie bag with me for the trip home?

  126. Tupper and Gilly
    9:18 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Rose – no sense in being shy…not around THIS gang. You gotta just jump in and party. And that invitation is open to any of the lurkers who are out there just looking in the windows. Come on in and grab a plate and a chair. Just look out for Sam – she’s kind of little, so be careful where you step.

    Dawson – we are with you, cream cheese is one of the major food groups as far as we are concerned.

    Rio – if you are out there, let us know how your friend is doing. We miss you at the party!

  127. Tupper and Gilly
    9:20 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Rose – the dessert course is next week. Sure hope you can come back for that. There will be plenty for everyone to take some home…and a surprise “doggy bag” for everyone too.

  128. BearSpiritDog
    9:21 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Barb&Maggie: We agree – T&G’s Mom is so good at this – Has she written a cookbook? Anyone that knows how to make us like brussel sprouts is quite extraordinary.

    Those Newf’s sure know how to party!

  129. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:22 pm on April 13th, 2011

    I just checked the scores on my IPaw. The Rockies are leading the Mets 5 to 3 after seven and a half. I hope Rio’s friend is feeling better and they are watching the game. Wookie

  130. dawson
    9:24 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Rose: (Whispering) I’ll pack up some of this Silver and Gold Friendship Custard for you. Aaargh! Mattie just pushed my face right into the awesome squash-em. Two times! Ugh. Don’t lick me. Don’t lick me!

  131. Tupper and Gilly
    9:28 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Wookie – we sure hope that score is good medicine for Rio’s friend.
    Have a napkin
    Have a napkin

  132. Barb & Maggie
    9:33 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Bear, now ther is an idea! Maybe the Plunderers could compile a cookbook, with a favorite recipe from everyone. Of course T & G”s mom’s recipes all have to be in there.

    OK Gilly, I am so stuffed I can barely move, so maybe those little bushy-tailed rats will have a chance now. I have never actually seen a squirrel at my place. Barb says it is because we don’t have the right kind of trees. So let’s go, and if it’s too late for the little critters, we can just take a spin around the yard. Wolfie, don’t blurr out without me!

  133. Mollypop
    9:37 pm on April 13th, 2011

    I am feeling fiercer and fiercer! It must be the French Toast. This food is so good and I’m a picky eater.

  134. dawson
    9:41 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Let’s all give a cheer for the Rockies. Go Rockies! A winning night at the ball field will help Rio’s friend feel better. Come on Mollypop and Sam, say it. Go Rockies!

  135. Tupper and Gilly
    9:44 pm on April 13th, 2011

    MollyPop – really? You are a picky eater? We thought it was really funny that our Pyrenees friend Callie is so picky. Huge doggie, and yet she eats her kibble one nugget at a time. Drives us Corgis CRAZY. We polish off our dinners in no time – Gilly even has a “slow down” bowl, and she still eats pretty fast. And we finish and Callie is just eating her fifth or sixth nugget.
    But put some pasta in front of her, and poof! It vanishes faster than a snowcone in Phoenix.

  136. Sam
    9:45 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Go, uh, uh, uh, oh heck, go Rockies. There, I said it.

  137. dawson
    9:51 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Sam: I can’t believe you said that! I hope Mollypop didn’t hear you!

  138. B.Stover
    9:55 pm on April 13th, 2011

    I like B&M’s idea about the Plunderers compiling a cookbook.

    Good night all.

  139. Siber-H
    9:58 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Thank you Sam. That helps because it is a close game.

    Mom just called me and told me to help clean up and then come home…something about smelling a skunk early this morning so we have to check to yard before it gets dark. Oh crap, so I get skunked, who cares.

    Thank you for all the Delish food and the best friends in the world. I’m taking all the recipes home to mom, even the brussel sprouts because I am not a picky eater and I like them. The French toast was the best French toast I have ever had.

    Mr. Rio, I hope your friend is feeling better…let us know. We are thinking of the two of you and are worried because of the side effects of the meds.

  140. dawson
    9:58 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Ouch! No nipping my ankles, little Sam. Here…have a rib bone.

  141. dawson
    10:02 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Me too! Gotta blur out. Thanks for everything. I am soaking wet but had a ton of fun. Be safe everyone. Goodnight. Mush, Wolfie.

  142. Barb & Maggie
    10:02 pm on April 13th, 2011

    We had so much fun and it is time to go. Thank you T & G’s mama for all that amazing cooking, and thank you Gilly for the spin around the yard. Tupper coulnd’t keep us with us but she tried!

    Bee, if we do a cookbook, we need someone with good computer skills to help with it, or someone with good knowledge of language and punctuation, hint, hint.

    Have to ge blurred home, busy day tomorrow. Night all!

  143. Sam
    10:03 pm on April 13th, 2011

    I’m just going to take one more bite from this bowl – PTUI – it’s kibble. Yuck.

  144. OleyHowlers
    10:05 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Hey all! That blur was amazing! Thanks for bringing us, Wolfie. All the food is sooo good…we will have to take some of Dawson’s squash home for our mom. But is there some more prime rib? We love prime rib.

  145. OleyHowlers
    10:06 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Did anyone hear from Rio? Worried about him and his friend.

  146. Siber-H
    10:09 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Rockies Won!!!

    I’m home now so I will help mom look for the skunk so she can whack it over the head with her flashlight. Jeez
    I wonder how Melanie’s beavers are doing.
    Night All

  147. OleyHowlers
    10:10 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Our mom stopped by to take us home. Wish we didn’t have to leave, but she says she must get to bed.

  148. Tupper and Gilly
    10:22 pm on April 13th, 2011

    OK – thank you all for coming. We had a blast! Maggie, you can really run! Gilly is crashed out on the sofa with French Toast on her breath.
    And the last course next week will of course be desserts. Decadent, delicious desserts, with lots of sugar, chocolate and various other goodies abounding. Bring your sweet tooth. We have a couple really coolk ideas to spring on you. Sure hope Rebecca and some of her gang can come too.

    good night all. It was FUN!

  149. Wolfie
    10:34 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Glad you all enjoyed the ride! Food was great, had a fab time, loved the prime rib!

  150. BearSpiritDog
    10:42 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Fading into the west….Masquers wants to stay and help with the dishes.

  151. Staff
    11:01 pm on April 13th, 2011

    Oh, darn it all. We missed all the fun but I had to stay and help Dad with his taxes. Finding and collating all the receipts. And then our brother in Chi-town called us and so we were busy all night.

    I copied the recipes and the one with the parsnips and carrots looks plenty good. And I love the Awesome Dawson Double Squash roast does look awesome. I will just have to try them at home.

    I will come back tomorrow and read the whole blog. I am wondering what is up with Rio’s friend. Sob, I hope she is feeling OK!

    Nighty night

  152. dawson
    11:58 pm on April 13th, 2011

    A prayer for Rio’s friend:
    To the Creator of us all. Please hear this prayer for Rio’s friend who takes care of her beloved pug who is the soul of Chet’s blog. Rio’s friend has endured one loss after another in the past year and comforted many of us on this blog through Rio when we have troubles. Now she needs our prayers to help her through hard times and physical illness. Oh Lord, please give her back her good health. Give her a joyful spirit like she has freely given her friends when we sorely needed it. Please let her know that she has the love and prayers for healing from each and every one of us. Amen

  153. C. Harris
    1:01 am on April 14th, 2011

    More prayers and good thoughts to Wolfie and Rio.
    Dawson: snowing, snowing, snowing {{{{sigh}}}} Gray, heavy skies.

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