Merry Christmas, Everybody!

And an inclusive shout out to all the other holidays going on. Here’s our Christmas Day post from 2011. Nothing’s changed!


“To one and all,” says Spence. “And especially to all involved in this blog community.”

“Did you get that tinsel out of Audrey’s mouth?” Admin says.

“Had to reach way in there,” Spence says. “The metallic taste must have been driving her crazy.”

“Let’s give her a treat.”

“Another one?”

“Why not? It’s Christmas.”

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68 Responses to “Merry Christmas, Everybody!”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:16 am on December 25th, 2014

    Merry Christmas, all! Keep the 4 leggers out of the tinsel and paper. As Tiny Tim sort of said, “Happy Christmas to all, and tomorrow we diet!”

  2. O'Howlers
    9:38 am on December 25th, 2014

    Why not? It’s Christmas!!!!
    We are having the BEST Christmas morning, ever! We got so many toys, and treats! Youse should see this giant size bag of Yummy Chummies.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    9:42 am on December 25th, 2014

    We are jealous! Only rawhide bones (not from China) and home made cookies. Lots of scratchers…we will share those.

  4. B.Stover
    9:42 am on December 25th, 2014

    Thank you Spence. (And way to go Audrey…again!)

    Happy Holiday and good morning all.

  5. Tupper and Gilly
    9:46 am on December 25th, 2014

    Good morning all. May your holiday bring all the joy and happiness you deserve.
    And thank you all for being our Christmas Presence

  6. Tupper and Gilly
    10:37 am on December 25th, 2014

    Sage says merry Christmas.

    He also said glitter tissue paper is delicious.

  7. Kat
    10:37 am on December 25th, 2014

    Aunt Judy, I got new treats called Chillouts. They are Gluten Free! Now will you come and visit me, so I can share with you you you?

  8. Wose-the small and meek
    10:49 am on December 25th, 2014


    Merry Christmas to you all!

  9. Diane C.
    11:01 am on December 25th, 2014

    Merry Christmas to all! (Geez, Audrey–no nutritional value. Sage, I’m sure it was mostly about the extra fiber, right?)
    HOH, O’H, T and G and all your family, Bee, Kat, Wose–good to hear from you so early, Staff, Spence, and everyone who has yet to check in: Bless us everyone and have a wonderful day, however you spend it. (WE got a tiny bit of surprise unexpected rain last night–gone now, so I’M twirling for a change…)

  10. Diane C.
    11:12 am on December 25th, 2014

    Martha–Just read your message from yesterday and, no, I haven’t but will make a point of seeking the show out. The volcano thing hasn’t happened in a long time, but it does need to be corrected (still think I was beating overzealously).

  11. Diane C.
    11:13 am on December 25th, 2014

    Martha–Anyway, that was all supposed to be in support of my saying thank you very much for the tip. Thank you.

  12. Herd of Hounds
    11:23 am on December 25th, 2014

    Holy guacamole, Batman! We have lots of clouds but there is a strange large yellow thing in the sky today…don’t quite know what to call it…maybe a bit like…
    SUN? No not possible…is it? Ho, Ho, ho.

  13. Tupper and Gilly
    11:25 am on December 25th, 2014

    What a silly Gilly

  14. Billy's Buddy
    11:26 am on December 25th, 2014

    Way to go, Audrey and the rest.

    Sage is a gorgeous Friend of the Day.

    Merry Christmas all.

  15. Staff
    11:27 am on December 25th, 2014

    Sun? I have heard of sun. Going off to put the Rib roast in the oven for some slow cooking.


  16. Diane C.
    11:30 am on December 25th, 2014

    Gorgeous Gilly! Good Gilly!

  17. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:32 am on December 25th, 2014

    Roast!…Staff for a second there I thought you wrote Rio Roast in the oven – SNORT!…Merry Christmas Everybody!…chuffle!

  18. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:33 am on December 25th, 2014

    Tinsel!….I wander if that tinsel has been stuck in Audrey’s teeth since 2011….chorkel!

  19. B.Stover
    11:46 am on December 25th, 2014

    Sage and Gilly are beautiful.

  20. Staff
    11:54 am on December 25th, 2014

    What a cute puppy.

    Keiko was up on the kitchen counter this morning. Right next to the roast that was getting ready to go in the oven by sitting out at room temperature for an hour. She was ignoring the roast and licking the butter. Sigh. She was then banished to the upstairs.

    My cousin Mike, the one who has a rescued Husky named Pepper posted this on facebookie this morning
    “I slept late — 7-ish — this morning. Pepper didn’t like it and wanted out, so she marched upstairs came alongside the bed and let fly with a loud and otherworldly Husky shriek. A smoke alarm going off wouldn’t have gotten me out of bed faster that she did!”

  21. dawson
    11:59 am on December 25th, 2014

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone!

    Sage and Gilly are looking good in their holiday finery.

  22. Tupper's Mama
    12:24 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Staff – that story about Mike and Pepper made us howl. No pun intended. Or maybe it was. Anyway, we laughed out loud.

    We are doing a rib roast too. How do you do slow cooking method? We are doing the high oven, down to low oven method – supposedly will only take about 2 hours, but the idea of that does make us a little nervous

    But we are also doing escargot for the appetizer – yummmmm

  23. c.hobbit
    12:29 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Sage is so beautiful, I guess one can’t be mad at her too long.

    Merry Christmas everyone. We are supposed to be getting snow but none has appeared yet.

  24. Staff
    12:32 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Amalia, This is the recipe I used last year and liked it so I am going with it again. I am a member of Chowhound which is where I found it.

    There is even a video!

  25. Wose-the small and meek
    12:41 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Rio! Please check your sdd quick, like the evil pug that you are!

    It is an overcast and windy day here in our neck of the woods. Today, Grizz and I will be visiting my long-time friend, Fran’s home. Her boyfriend has deep fried a turkey.

    Christmas Eve dinner was catered by our chef friend. Roast loin of pork stuffed with asparagus, parmesan cheese, and prosciutto (I had to look that up in the dictionary), with roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta. There will be left-overs for days! De-lish!

  26. dawson
    12:57 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Hey Staff: I slow roasted a prime rib yesterday. It was delish. I just did what the man who lives in this house told me to do (doesn’t happen very often) and it turned out perfect! He has been nursing a cold for several days. I’m thinking about prime rib benedicts for leftovers. Oooooh, I’m getting hungry.

    I shoveled about 4 inches of snow off the driveway. Sunny and not too cold. It doesn’t get any better than this!

  27. Tupper's Mama
    1:11 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Wish we had asked for the recipe earlier – too late now to do a slow roast. But we have a good recipe anyway, so we will just have to suffer through.
    We do have horseradish sauce, ready to go.

  28. Herd of Hounds
    1:15 pm on December 25th, 2014

    For Staff and Mike

  29. DDD
    1:17 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Dawson, I’ll let you win at cribbage if you save me an end cut.

  30. Herd of Hounds
    1:19 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Dawson, told the DDD about your dinner, he is finishing the turkey now. Oh, oh, I see what he posted when I wasn’t looking

  31. Herd of Hounds
    1:24 pm on December 25th, 2014
  32. Buddy and Leno
    1:36 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Gonna post, then read. LOL, wishing y’all a merry Christmas, brought to you by two of my favorite misheard Christmas lyrics. Both from Alena when she was younger. First, from “Holly Jolly Christmas”,
    “Oh ho, the missing toe”

    And, no recording, sorry, but (and this is my favorite):
    “Police naughty dog”

  33. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    1:41 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Back from breakfast at Josh’s, now going to chill for the rest of the day. Bowl of turkey soup for me. Voice is almost gone, from a new cold. Gah!!

    May lay on the sofa and watch some Broadchurch.

    You guys enjoy the prime rib.

  34. Herd of Hounds
    1:41 pm on December 25th, 2014

    OK Buddy, take this, “Walkin’ ’round in womens’ underwear”.

  35. Buddy and Leno
    1:48 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Oh, I love that one. Actually, anything by Bob Rivers is just fine by me. How about “O Little Town Of Bethlehem” to the tune of “House Of the Rising Sun”? Frightening how well that works. Anyway, I’m jealous of all of y’all’s prime rib. We had ham. Pretty good. A lot of years we’ve had smoked BBQ brisket, but we didn’t this year.

  36. Herd of Hounds
    1:52 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Buddy, you are sicker than the hounds’ mom…she loves your new suggestion. Rioght up there with “Hairy Angels”.

  37. Tupper's Mama
    2:10 pm on December 25th, 2014

    and who could forget:

    Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
    Robin Laid an Egg
    The Batmobile lost a wheel
    And Alfred broke his leg

  38. Diane C.
    2:12 pm on December 25th, 2014

    HOH–that seems to be the boys’ favorite time around here (and around the clock. WE had an adventurous walk this morning and saw 6 bunnies.

  39. Diane C.
    2:14 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama–Hard to beat the timeless appeal of that one.
    Does anyone here know the rest of the words to “Deck us all with Boston Charlie” (from the old Pogo comic strip)?

  40. Buddy and Leno
    2:20 pm on December 25th, 2014

    I wish I could take credit for that, but I can’t. It’s also Bob Rivers. They’ve got at least three albums of that sort of thing.

    Anywho, hey, glad Wose the small and meek has made it back. 🙂

    Just one more week give or take until Little Hilda gets herself born. Word is that mama Grischa looks like she’s swallowed a watermelon.

  41. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    2:21 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Great pictures up above. Sage is very pretty, even if he didn’t like Cubby. Sob.

    This was the year of the birds – or for the birds. I received a bird bath with heater, 3 bags of bird seed, 2 hummingbird feeders, and one regular feeder. Should be set for a while.

  42. Herd of Hounds
    2:47 pm on December 25th, 2014

    DianeC. no cannot remember the rest but “Walla, walla wahingnton an Kallamazoo” Then other things.

  43. Tupper's Mama
    3:04 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
    Walla Walla, Wash., an’ Kalamazoo!
    Nora’s freezin’ on the trolley,
    Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!

    Don’t we know archaic barrel
    Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou?
    Trolley Molly don’t love Harold,
    Boola boola Pensacoola hullabaloo!

    Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
    Polly wolly cracker ‘n’ too-da-loo!
    Donkey Bonny brays a carol,
    Antelope Cantaloupe, ‘lope with you!

    Hunky Dory’s pop is lolly,
    Gaggin’ on the wagon, Willy, folly go through!
    Chollie’s collie barks at Barrow,
    Harum scarum five alarm bung-a-loo!

    Dunk us all in bowls of barley,
    Hinky dinky dink an’ polly voo!
    Chilly Filly’s name is Chollie,
    Chollie Filly’s jolly chilly view halloo!

    Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
    Double-bubble, toyland trouble! Woof, woof, woof!
    Tizzy seas on melon collie!
    Dibble-dabble, scribble-scrabble! Goof, goof, goof!

  44. c.hobbit
    3:06 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Ha, ha.

    Well, snow is finally here. We could get between 6-8.” However, warmer weather is also in the picture so we will see.

    Having Alaskan king crab for Christmas dinner.

  45. dawson
    3:32 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Buddy and Leno: “Ho ho, the missing toe” and “Police, naughty dog” have me in stitches!

    DianeC, HOH & Tupper’s Mama: Thank you for that song. I do remember bits from my childhood. Didn’t know (or forgot) it was from Pogo.

    CHobbit: Yummers!

    DOD: No!
    (But you can have an end piece anyways.)

  46. Mollypop's Mom
    3:55 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Royal Mum, I sing that song every year. Pogo Possum “I have met the enemy and he is us.”

  47. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    4:25 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Where have I been? I have never heard any of those renditions before!

    Just ate some Garrett’s popcorn, a gift from Josh and Jess. Dawson and Staff, remember the Garrett’s from the train station?

  48. dawson
    4:38 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Barb, Maggie and Lucy: Do I? Best popcorn ever in my life so far! That is what inspired me to make the molasses popcorn which was the 2nd best popcorn ever. (I have yet to make the Snowhook Kennels recipes, tho.)

  49. Thieves!
    5:20 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    Alice M: The bait was ready for the taking and we waited in disguise. Because of the winter wonderland storm that was falling Pancho was disguised as a snowflake and Lefty was disguised as Pancho. We heard a clatter—it was show time!—and then the power went out, out, out. Amidst the darkness, the commotion, confusion, candy canes, cursing we heard the trap trip. Success! We managed to catch a certain bearded man in the trap! Once we managed to free the Giant from the trap he said we could keep the fish head. When did Santa visit? We have no idea. We woke this morning to a copy of ‘All Things Trap: a Thieves Guide’ and a note that said: Better luck next time, boys! St. N.

  50. Herd of Hounds
    6:32 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Thieves, wow. Wish we could have your luck! No matter what disguise we wear, there is a fat man with a white beard at our house. Karma. DDD? You tell us. Please help us! Youse guys are the bestest at deception.

  51. Martha
    7:05 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Beautiful pictures. A wonderful day. Thoughtful and silly gifts. Good food. The sun even shone for, maybe, one hour. We are promised a visit from the sunlight again tomorrow.
    We are introducing Zoe’s Mac to my Scout. It goes slowly. They are trying their best to ignore each other. Scout is confused about it all because she knows she is not a dog and wonders why everyone treats her like one.

    Thieves, one of my sons stayed up Christmas after Christmas to catch St. Nick. No such luck! Sorry.

  52. Billy's Buddy
    7:06 pm on December 25th, 2014

    HOH: Youse are cracking me up! DDD is not a fat man with a white beard. The opera great, Luciano Pavarotti, said instead it is “an important body” — a term I have often used for myself. So there.

  53. O'Howlers
    7:39 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Sounds like everyone has been enjoying their Christmas.
    We were left all alone this afternoon, but Pop made it up to usby cooking us our very own steak when they returned home.
    We keep forgetting to tell youse two things. First of all. We got Snowhook Christmas presents right on time. Yesterday, we received our Snowhook 2015 calendar, as well as our Howling tree ornament. Great timing!
    Last weekend, on our hike, we met a couple who made a big fuss over us. They used to have a husky, who lived to Sasha’s age of 17. The guy asked about the Snowhook patches on Mom and Pop’s jackets. He was going to check out the website and possibly join the list of supporters! Yippee!!!

  54. Thieves!
    7:49 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Martha: We were so close! We are already planning for next year. There was a P.S. on the note that read: Your mail has been permenently forward to the Naughty List. Well done.

  55. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:51 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Howlers!….That is great news. Your Snowhook recruiting abilities are amazing!…snort!

    Presents!….Here is a shot of one of the gifts my friend received today…heh!heh!

  56. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:53 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Not-Done!….We still have gifts under our pretty little tree down here in the basement…snorkel!…My friend says we have to wait a little longer to open them because they are very special and very pretty and she likes looking at them under the tree…sniff!

  57. Tupper's Mama
    7:58 pm on December 25th, 2014

    We have had a lovely, long and peaceful day here. Gramp loved his present of Callie’s portrait. It made him cry and he says Andrea is the greatest artist since Michaelangelo.

    And Gramp is giving us a trip to Washington DC! He knows we have been talking about taking another trip to see the memorials, and go to the Smithsonian. So he is getting plane tickets and a hotel room for us. Maybe we will even get a chance to see the Ruff Rider and his family.

    The prime rib came out perfect and the puppies are looking forward to the bones tomorrow. All in all, it was a good day, even if there were parts of our hearts missing.

    We are glad to have all of you, our blog family is here in our hearts.

  58. Scout
    8:05 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama:
    How exciting! The dogs would like you to take them along and do the Segway Tours. Can’t you picture you and Leonard wheeling along on your Segways, each with a dog in a front facing baby pack? I can. They would like that. They told me.

  59. Tupper's Mama
    8:23 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Scout – how would we explain that to Callie? She would want to come along and we think that might give the Segway rental people a heart attack.

  60. Staff
    10:08 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Thieves. Please stop trying to lure Alice to the dark side. She is in enough darkness staying in that closet. (She came downstairs for a few minutes today)

    I agree with Tupper’s Mama. Callie on Segway just won’t work.

    I am simmering the rib bones and it is making me hungry so I have to go have a little something.

    Night noodle youse guys.

  61. O'Howlers
    10:13 pm on December 25th, 2014

    It has been a wonderful Christmas. Even though many of our loved ones were missing this year, others were here to share in the wonder. We are exhausted. Good night

  62. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:46 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Wonder-Fluffed!…Christmas!…But we are getting snowed in here…gasp!…Luckily my friend does not have to go to the busy-place till Monday…snort!….So, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!…chuffle!

  63. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:52 pm on December 25th, 2014

    Wishes!….Wishing The Charming Mr. Abrahams and all of his family a very Merry Christmas….snort!…What would we do without Him, Spencer, Admin and Chet and Bernie and even (cough) Suzi? And all the other great characters he has created over the years. I for one would be much less….snorkel!

  64. Tupper's Mama
    10:56 pm on December 25th, 2014

    And Rio – we wish your chuffling, snorting, yeeping little curly-tailed self a Merry Christmas too.

  65. dawson
    11:07 pm on December 25th, 2014

    O’Howlers: I agree with your comment at 10:13.

    I’m going to watch some of the St. Olaf Choir performing at the Nidaros Cathedral in Norway on PBS and then to bed and dreamland.

  66. Teddy Ruff Rider
    11:15 pm on December 25th, 2014

    T & G’s Mom, my mom and dad said to tell you to please let them know once your travel plans are set. They would love to see you, as of course would me, me, me.
    Christmas dinner is done and our guests have gone (all eight of them). My gal Zeta comes over tomorrow and I really looking forward to that. All in all a very merry Christmas

  67. AJ
    3:39 am on December 26th, 2014

    Hello All,

    Merry Christmas. I know by now it’s the day after for most of you but this is the first chance I’ve had today to sit down. We had about 8 inches of snow which means clearing the driveway and working in the dog yard. Sort of a good news bad news situation where we need the snow but man I hate to move it. None the less it was a white Christmas here in Willow.

    We have been very blessed to count all of you as friends this season and throughout the last few years. Running Iditarod has become a team effort with all of you on board and we appreciate having you in our corner.

    Which reminds me that I wanted to tell you that the team is doing great with accomplishing nearly a 1000 miles this month alone. If things stay on track this will be the most prepared I’ve ever been going into Iditarod. The only catch is that an early Christmas present came in the form of Twix bars thanks to Blue Cat. After testing several they mysteriously disappeared with a disclaimer that if they were left around I’d eat everyone before drop bags were due. Simply because I ate them all last year and then proceeded to eat all of Rio’s cookies… In the end they should reappear when drop bags are due.

    All the best from all of us. We’ll see you on the trail….

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