Missing Musher

“Hey,” says Spence, “did you see this about a missing musher in Alaska? Her name’s Melanie Gould and she hasn’t been seen since May 30.”

Admin reads over Spence’s shoulder. “She’s a seven-time veteran of the Iditarod, last racing in 2007. Her truck was found on a mining road off the Denali Highway – Denali? Is that Mt. McKinley? – and her sled dogs were found alone in the empty house. Hmm.”

Spence: “This town of Talkeetna where she lives – wonder if it’s anywhere near Snowhook. Do you think AJ and Rebecca know her?”

“No idea. But apparently Melanie loves those dogs. So … “

“Let’s not assume the worst.”

“There’s the difference between you and me, right there.”

“It’s okay to hope.”

“All right. Let’s hope.”


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105 Responses to “Missing Musher”

  1. B.Stover
    8:50 am on June 7th, 2011

    I just heard about Melanie Gould on the news. She had not shown up for work either. They interviewed her boss at what looked like a bakery. The weather there is in the 50s and 60s apparently but it does not look good.

    Good morning all.

  2. Barb & Maggie
    9:23 am on June 7th, 2011

    I hope she is ok, but often these senarios do not have a good ending. On the morning news they reported a colleg girl, age 20, I believe, who has been missing since last Fri. Hope for the best for both of them. Too bad Melaiie didn’t have a dog or 2 with her. They wouldn’t have messed with her I bet.

  3. Sam
    9:52 am on June 7th, 2011

    Oh dear oh dear oh dear. We have to hope.

  4. BearSpiritDog
    10:16 am on June 7th, 2011

    Not good news to begin the day.

    Waiting to hear what Rebecca has to say.

  5. BearSpiritDog
    10:25 am on June 7th, 2011

    There has been a Facebook page created called – Have You Seen Melanie Gould?

  6. B.Stover
    10:41 am on June 7th, 2011

    I am so excited. I’m teaching T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” in my elective class in the fall and now there’s an app for the iPad. I have to get an iPad. I’m hoping that most of the students will already have iPads. Fun!


  7. Snowhook Bella
    10:53 am on June 7th, 2011

    I was going to post something about Melanie last night, but thought I would wait until this morning—Spence and I are thinking alike.

    AJ and I know Melanie by sight, but beyond that I don’t really know her. With that said, it doesn’t seem right or feel right for a musher to leave their dogs.

    What is there to do? Not much, but we can hope. In 2010 when Whitey-Lance was missing there was little I could do. Little those around the world could do. Five days in the wild by himself with predators in the area, it did not look good for our mutt. But people prayed, thought good thoughts and hoped—all over the world—and I believe this played a critical role in the return of W.L.

    Can we do the same for Melanie? Each of us pray and hope in our own way. For her safety, for the calming and comforting of her dogs, for gratitude for her friends who knew something was wrong.

    I’m with Admin—it doesn’t look good. I’m with Spence—we have to hope.

  8. dawson
    11:04 am on June 7th, 2011

    What a bummer about Melanie Gould.

    B.Stover: That is exciting. I will look at your link later today after a visit to the doctor, a grocery shopping spree (10 percent Tuesday), a visit to the worksite (I have to go back tomorrow), and a walk because the sun is shining.

    Good luck to Dan with his appointment and Melanie on her day at home.

    I’m reading Until Tuesday. It is difficult to read (emotionally) but so wonderful that the nation within a nation can help our wounded veterans (and other vunerable people) heal and manage their lives.

  9. Snowhook Bella
    11:06 am on June 7th, 2011

    Oh, forgot—Talkeetna is about 30 minutes north of AJ and I.

  10. Redbone Hound
    11:19 am on June 7th, 2011

    We will be praying and hoping for all

  11. Melanie
    11:45 am on June 7th, 2011

    I’m behind Melanie in everyway. Us Melanie’s have to stick together. I hope she is okay.

    This morning started wonderfully. Talked to YSuccessfulAS as he waited for the bus to go to Coney Island again for work. Then I went on my walk. Haven’t had the energy for it in the last couple of days.

    Then I took the van to pick up Jesse. Zoë was driving Dan to the heart Doc 20 minutes after I left.
    I did not have the cell phone, I’d left it for her to take.
    THEN, the Van’s motor screamed, huge CLUNK (I thought the engine had fallen out) then it took a while to wrestle the van to the side of the road.
    I looked under it. Nothing there. Nothing in the road.
    Had to walk over to someone’s house to use the phone.
    Luckily Zoë had not left yet.
    Dan’s rescheduled his appointment.
    The van limped to Jesse’s to await pick up.
    It won’t get fixed until next week.

    Luckily we have the pool.


    B.Stover, that is cool about the iPad.

    Well, now that I am well and truly behind by several hours. . .

  12. BearSpiritDog
    11:59 am on June 7th, 2011

    B: That is very exciting news about the elective class!

    Melanie: Good Dog! You are having more than your share these days. Hope things start easing off.

  13. Barb & Maggie
    1:03 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Wow, Melanie, Your day makes my little irratations yesterday look like child’s play! Hope your day gets better from here.

  14. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:03 pm on June 7th, 2011

    I Have been following a story about a man who beat up a little 7 yo girl for her bike.

    Things are a little crazy in Alaska these days.

    Sending prayers of protection to Melanie in Alaska.

  15. Masquers
    1:14 pm on June 7th, 2011

    B: We love T.S.Eliot! The upcoming class sounds like something we would enjoy (too bad Kats aren’t allowed!) Not one, but two recordings of Eliot reading part of his poem “The Wasteland”! The new technologies make for innovative new ways of teaching. You must love being a part of this!

  16. BearSpiritDog
    1:18 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Wolfie: These people are just sick. My stomach turns thinking about all the grief out there. Strange Days…

  17. Melanie
    1:19 pm on June 7th, 2011

    I am working on the pictures for the cookbook. I have “primped” what I have. Next I will resize them for LizF.

    So far:
    MollyPop: pic of Fierce MollyPop and the yummy cheese cake
    Oley Howlers: Pic of delish Garlic pretzels.
    B.Stover: yummy sour cream coffee cake.
    TYB: pic of two very beautiful dogs!
    Staff: Shortcake to die for, a wonderful veggie salad, to drool for pop overs
    Alice: a pic doing yoga on a quilt
    BSD: a delish looking French toast dish
    BTW, Bear, can you send me a larger photo of that dish?

    Any one else for the COOKBOOK?
    If you sent me something and I didn’t post it, send again, the tornados here seemed to have messed some things up.

    Doing the Cookbook first to get to LizF.

    Rebecca and I are working on sizing the auction pictures for her blog. I will be sending those back to you for you to send to her. At that time they will look great and be the correct size.

    I’ve been drooling here. Everything looks GREAT! Wish I could just eat them straight of the computer. If I did that it would be gluten free, right? Right?

  18. Barb & Maggie
    1:27 pm on June 7th, 2011

    It’s no wonder humans are on the short list!

    I know wild animals have to eat to live and have to kill to eat, but we don’t to watch it. Just saw on the news that there is an animal park where people can pay to go in vehicles and watch tigers kill and eat live prey. Does that remind anyone of the Romans and their decadent pasttimes? We really haven’t progressed much, have we?

  19. Staff
    1:49 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Melanie, I sent you a picture of Dawson’s Gingersnaps that is not on the list. I will resend it.

  20. Melanie
    2:09 pm on June 7th, 2011

    I added it and The Abster into the cookbook folder.

    I remember receiving them, the tornado seems to have stirred things about a bit in the cyberspace around here.

  21. Staff
    2:20 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Maggie and Barb,
    I have sent you, by the not so secret decoder device, a list of the recipes that I hope you have already received. If anything on the list is not there let me know and I will resend it.

  22. B.Stover
    2:35 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Masquers: Cats and dogs are welcome to attend my class: “From Empire to Wasteland.” (Basically it’s from the Victorian through the Modern periods.) I’m sure I’ll be writing about Eliot’s poem on my blog and I’ll let you know.

    My computer wizard friend told me that our provost wants to hold some pilot classes to see if iPads could be used in courses. (We already use laptops.) Can’t really do that with a lit class though. I don’t know of that many apps available. He said that I’m retiring too soon because I could get involved in that. No way….one more semester and I’m done!

  23. Staff
    2:51 pm on June 7th, 2011


    Well it is hot weather and this song has always meant summer to me. Maybe it was on the top 40 in the summertime. I just needed a little music today.

    America. Always liked that band.

  24. Staff
    2:52 pm on June 7th, 2011

    OOOO Bop Shu Op

  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:11 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Oh Brother!…snort!

  26. Alice Johnson
    3:13 pm on June 7th, 2011

    I take it you liked it Rio dear… Heh

  27. Redbone Hound
    3:30 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Yes, Brother Rio – were you acallin’ me?

    3:42 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Staff, I have perused my files, and I do have all the recipes from you and Dawson. Thanks for checking. Oooo Bop Shu Op back at ya! hee hee

  29. BearSpiritDog
    3:51 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Staff: Thank you for the video. Sigh… Ohh, Memooories of a young Bear howling at the moon in June.

  30. Rose
    3:53 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Greetings to All:

    Staff: I like America too! The Prof and I have seen them three times in concert. “Ventura Highway” means summer to me. I can always visualize riding in a convertible, top down, on a long stretch of road, warm summer breezes….

    Good wishes and prayers go out to Melanie.

  31. Masquers
    3:55 pm on June 7th, 2011

    My Dear Mr. Hound; You simply must get your own avatar. We insist!

  32. Masquers
    3:58 pm on June 7th, 2011

    What the Hey! What happened to OUR avatar?!

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:11 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Busy!… My friend says she has been very busy at the busy place…snort!.. . She picked up a new saying hanging out with her southern pals. It goes like this, “Busier than a one-legged cat buryin’ a turd on a frozen pond.”….heh!…I like that one because I can imagine Alice trying to do that…snort!

  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:19 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Smarts!… Apparently my friend and her pals were trying to do some arithmetic this morning and she heard some other funny stuff they were saying about each other. “If he were any dumber, we’d have to water him.”…heh!…Then there was, “They had to burn down the school to get him out of third grade.”….chorkel! ….Just for Rockie we can’t forget “You’re nuttier than a squirrel turd.”…snort!snort!

  35. Mollypop
    4:58 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Rio – Mom worked with a guy who came from Texas. When he was going to the other office, he said he was going over yonder. Mom thought it was the funniest when he said, “Y’all talk too fast.”

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:04 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Lost!…I didn’t know Mushers could get lost, I thought only guys like Whitey went a missin’….sniff!… I sure hope they find her alive. What will her guys do without her?….snuffle! …If my friend went a missin’ I don’t know what I would do…sniff!… I’d have the big bed all to myself, that’s one thing I can think of right off the top of my head….hmmm.

    5:29 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Barb has a lady at her office who is fron northern Illinois, and she always says “over yonder” for anything far away. They also say “cricks” and a driveway is a “lane”.

  38. dawson
    5:40 pm on June 7th, 2011

    A wonderful day in the North.
    The weeds are thriving in the gardens. I did pull some of them, then it got pretty hot.
    So I came inside and made Staff’s recipe for Popover Pancakes with strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. It was delish although not quite as delish as when she made it. Things always taste better to me when someone else cooks. Then I watched and danced to her musical link. Nice.
    Then I started reading out of The complete poems and plays of T S Eliot. I read Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. He writes wonderfully about cats. I watched B.Stover’s link. I would like to hear Fiona Shaw (I think it was Shaw) read more of the Waste Land.
    Now I’m going into the shady part of the garden to find more weeds, or maybe I will read some more. Life is good.

    6:13 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Barb has started that old Hillerman book, Coyote Waits, but now the library called and they have The Search on reserve for her. Guess she is going to have to swith over, and read the library book first, so Mr. Coyote will have to wait a little longer.

  40. Melanie
    6:40 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Dawson, I’m happy for you that Life is Good. Very Chet of you!

    The Van is gone to the fixers.

    I’m watching “Enchanted April”. Love that movie!

    Here is a picture of my NEW shoes. I’ve always gone for white or black. Snicker

  41. Melanie
    6:42 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Hmmm. my picture at 6:40 pm is being moderated. Have no idea why.

  42. Melanie
    6:46 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Well, here’s a different kind of picture.
    When I took Jesse home, he showed me how the swallows were picking up turkey feathers and putting them into their nests!

  43. Melanie
    6:48 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Let me try the other one again. . .

    Dawson, I’m happy for you that Life is Good. Very Chet of you!

    The Van is gone to the fixers.

    I’m watching “Enchanted April”. Love that movie!

    Here is a picture of my NEW shoes. I’ve always gone for white or black. Snicker

  44. Melanie
    7:19 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Darnation! This thing does not like me mentioning SHOES!

  45. Melanie
    7:23 pm on June 7th, 2011

    You know those things you put on your feet??
    Well, I can’t get a picture of my new ones up. I usually go for black or white and I did another color. I was so proud of my choice!

    Anyway I’ll try again, because I tried to put up comments that named those things and it won’t go through!

    So here we go again.

  46. Melanie
    7:24 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Finally!! The moderating system won’t allow you to use the word “s” “h” “o” “e”. JEEZ

  47. Melanie
    7:28 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Dawson, I wrote before . . .

    Dawson, I’m happy for you that Life is Good. Very Chet of you!

    I’m off to read and be with Patsy.


  48. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:50 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! I didn’t get to write much last night. Mom konked out on the sofa early, so I couldn’t get back on the computer. They had a record number of people at the library yesterday, and two people are on vacation, so she was busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger! (That was for you, Rio!)

    I’m so sorry to hear about Melanie Gould. We’re definitely holding out lots of hope here that she’ll be found safe and sound.

  49. Barb & Maggie
    8:00 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Well, Barb picked up The Search, read page one and was hooked! Haven’t read Nora Roberts for ages, but this is going to be a good one, can tell already.

    Dawson, glad you are having a good day. Don’t you have to work tomorrow?

    We are having a lazy dinner, after Barb worked today. Hebrew National hot dogs and baked beans. Yum!

  50. B.Stover
    8:04 pm on June 7th, 2011

    The musical Cats was based on Eliot’s Old Possum’s. It was Shaw on the iPad app.

  51. Siber-H
    8:06 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Life is not so good here in the Land of Enchantment. I’m packing my bag to go visit Dawson. The smoke is really bad.
    Some flights are not able to take off or land because of the conditions. They are telling people to keep their pets indoors. We are just going to tough it out because I am not staying indoors all the time, and I am not giving up the dog park.

    Prayers and hope go out for Melanie and her dogs. I know in my heart that she would not go off and leave those dogs by choice.

  52. Alice Johnson
    8:06 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Purple! I love your purple shoes Melanie. Maybe I should have Staff get me a purple ribbon. I could wear it while listening to Ventura Highway….

    Hot Kat that would be fun!


  53. BearSpiritDog
    8:14 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Oh, Siber-H: That is not good news about the air quality. I pray the fires are contained soon. Stay safe!

  54. BearSpiritDog
    8:18 pm on June 7th, 2011

    We are calling it a day.
    Good Night All – Bear

  55. Macy the Min-pin
    8:43 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Mom is still planning on submitting her one and only recipe. Can she just e-mail it to dishlickers?

    Day 2 of school and now mom has tested out of 5 required classes. She better slow down or she will have to start looking for a job. The records management class is tedious, but ok. Tomorrow will be Excel. Today was testing out of 3 classes. Two were all about the mechanics of computers and the internet and mom is really glad she tested out, because the class is probably more boring than the test. Yuck. Does she care about the innards of the computer? She does not. And there were several questions about floppy discs. Does anyone still use those? The Windows 7 test was pretty sophisticated. She had to minimize, maximize, trash, move, copy, rename. She is thinking that anyone who does not know how to do those things probably should not touch the computer anyway!

  56. Alice Johnson
    8:44 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Oh Melanie, I posted that I liked your purple thingy’s and they moderated it too! Heh heh I want a purple ribbon to match your thingys and then I can wear it while listening to Ventura highway.


  57. Staff
    8:47 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Hey there Macy! Sounds like you are just whipping their butts at the testing place. (I wonder if this will be moderated, I didn’t say that other word that you put on your feet)
    Congrats on testing out of the classes. We are proud of you!

  58. Staff
    8:48 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Hey there Macy! Sounds like you are just whipping their butts at the testing place. (I wonder if this will be moderated, I didn’t say that other word that you put on your feet)
    Congrats on testing out of the classes. We are proud of you!

    It got to 103 degrees here today!!!!

  59. Snowhook Bella
    8:49 pm on June 7th, 2011

    (Whispering) I did it! I signed up for a writing seminar hosted later this month. It’s only a two hour class, but AJ says you have to start somewhere.

    I shared with SiberH that I have goals of the literary variety. I would love to be a correspndent from the Iditarod trail, and someday a published author. Day dreams don’t hurt, do they?

    I’m kind of shy about it, but I’m excited too and had to tell someone.

  60. Staff
    8:49 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Oops, went to look up the weather and forgot I posted. Sorry there.

    (Doing a Dawson)

  61. Macy the Min-pin
    8:51 pm on June 7th, 2011
  62. Siber-H
    8:57 pm on June 7th, 2011

    FANTASTIC REBECCA!!! We are proud of you and that is exactly how you get started…one step at a time.

  63. Siber-H
    8:59 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Macy, (whispering) My mom should probably not be touching a computer. Your mom did good!

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Awww!….Cassie the Butt Sniffing Dog’s photo was up on Chet’s page when we refreshed….sniffle! sob!….I miss my friend Cassie. She knew all the tricks, let me tell ya…snort!…It would be awesome if Cassie won an autographed book…heh!oooohh!

    Smoke!…All that smoke that has been plaguing SiberH and his Land of Enchantment was plaguing us for the last two days….snort!… Our eyes burned, the air smelt like smoke, it was hot and white outsided…grunt!…Finally today the skies are clear because we had a lot of wind today….huffle!cough! ….I can’t imagine how bad it is in New Mexico right now, not to mention Arizona itself….wuffle!

  65. Macy the Min-pin
    9:01 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Tonight is the Night for Patrick Thomas on The Voice. We are all atwitter.

    Also, mom said that “Sister Golden Hair” takes her back to the summer that she was hanging out with Dad before they were married. Ahh, youth!

  66. B.Stover
    9:08 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Rebecca: Excellent!

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on June 7th, 2011

    First!… Rebeccer! I am so amazed you signed up for that class…woooo!weeee!… You go girl! You will blow them away, I am sure of it!…heh!heh!

    Voice!…Patrick Thomas is amazing. We have not been able to catch many of his performances though…grunt!…Our schedule is still flummoxed…drat!…Hope he takes the cake tonight!!! …Woooo!

    Alice!…Oh brother!…snort!

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:12 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Kirby!…heh!snort!heh!…. “Busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger!”….snort!… I like it!….wuffle!

  69. Macy the Min-pin
    9:18 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Mr. Husky, here is a breath of fresh Texas air for you. So sorry about the fires. It makes our fires look like a wiener roast.
    (and I am sure your mom can minimize and cut and paste)

    Good deal, Rebecca!

  70. Macy the Min-pin
    9:22 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Patrick has only been on twice. Tonight is the night when we get to vote! We all have our cell phones and the house phone and the laptops. Well, Mom and Dad do, they will vote for all us four leggeds. Yikes, we just realized that it is already on. Good that we are recording it.

  71. Siber-H
    9:36 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Macy, There are some New Mexicans who are stranded in Texas because of the flights being cancelled. If I were them, I would just stay in Texas for a couple of months.

    Rio, I will be glad when the Rockies leave the West coast. The games are like starting at midnight it seems.

    Mom is reading a new book she just got from Amazon on the San Francisco Giants and their 2010 season. The book is excellent. Someday the Rockies will have their own fine book.

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:44 pm on June 7th, 2011

    SiberH!… Rockies having their own book!…heh!…You are dreaming big just like Rebeccer is, only she has a big chance to make it!…grunt!

  73. Tupper and Gilly
    10:11 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Well the Crazy Lady is still crazy – and now you can add stupider than a box of hair to the description. Too long a story to go into, but reader’s digest version, she has decided that she is the world’s leading authority on religion and what should or should not offend people of different faiths. ee-gads! This woman is proof positive that Darwin was WRONG!!
    Macy – Mama recently applied for a different job, and they made her do online tests to see if she really did know Excel and Office and Word PRo and all that. Only the online tests were all the 2003 versions! It was kind of like taking a professional driver out of a Masserati (sp) and asking them to take a driving test in a model T.
    Siber – please be careful. Our friends from Gallup have evacutated – they couldn’t breathe at all.

  74. Macy the Min-pin
    10:17 pm on June 7th, 2011

    T and G, the excel and word classes are all on 2010 versions. I just hope there are some businesses out there that are that up to date!

  75. dawson
    10:22 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Rebecca: That is wonderful that you signed up for the writing course. You seem to be a natural at it.
    Siber H: Please come and visit. It is so hard to breathe when the air is filled with smoke. The air is fresh here. (Whispering)
    I can’t do all that computer stuff either. Most of it, but not all.
    Staff: Ha! Did a Dawson. 103 degrees? I was very hot today at 70 degrees.

  76. Siber-H
    10:31 pm on June 7th, 2011

    T&G, It is suppose to be worse in Gallup. We can half-way breathe here. I am glad your friends left Gallup because it must be awful there.

  77. Tupper and Gilly
    10:31 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Rebecca – you will blow them away at the writing seminar! We love your style.

    Mama says she must be alot older than most of you. Here is her “summer song”


  78. Staff
    10:38 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Wow, I never heard of Redbone. But in the 1970’s I was listening to Simon and Garfunkel.

  79. Tupper and Gilly
    10:43 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Hi Staff – you probably have heard of Redbone, but with a different song. Remember “Come and Get You Love” ?

    Wait a minute – RedBone – RedBone Hound??
    No….couldn’t be…..

  80. Siber-H
    10:46 pm on June 7th, 2011

    We got hung up over there on youtube watching several Redbone videos. Mom remembers them but they are new to me and I like them.

    night all

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:48 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Oh Please!…snort!

  82. Siber-H
    10:48 pm on June 7th, 2011

    I made the Redbone connection right away, but I wasn’t going to bring it up here on the blog. Redbone is one cool dawg.

    night again

  83. Tupper and Gilly
    10:52 pm on June 7th, 2011

    snort yourself, you gurgling little pug!
    tee hee

  84. Staff
    10:58 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Ok, I recognize that tune but I don’t know the words like I do for S&G and America. Maybe it is the culture here which is very anti Native American still. Wikipedia states that some radio stations banned the Wounded Knee song. I can see the stations up here might just have not played them at all. A not very subtle discrimination.

    I know when my sister’s moved to Montana and I went to visit them I really noticed how the Native Americans were well respected. Here in the Twin cities that respect is still noticeably lacking in a lot of people.

    That is a part of the culture here that I do not like.

  85. dawson
    10:59 pm on June 7th, 2011

    B.Stover: I didn’t know “Cats” was based on Eliot’s poems. Cool.

  86. Snowhook Bella
    10:59 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Redbone is new to me on all fronts. I need to do some research. Just heading home from the office and very glad that tomorrow is a new day.

  87. Tupper and Gilly
    11:11 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Staff – Buffy St.Marie is a friend of ours and she tells us that some things up north are better than others….and some things up north never change.
    too bad…

  88. Redbone Hound
    11:11 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Miz Macy – they’re aplayin our song ….”come an git your lo-ove, come an git your love”
    Now that was real music! Rap..schmap

  89. Macy the Min-pin
    11:21 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Oh, Mr. Hound, how you do go on!! *swoon* (licks)

  90. Tupper and Gilly
    11:23 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Hey! Double post…. Hi Mr.Redbone

  91. Staff
    11:25 pm on June 7th, 2011

    T & G,
    Well I think a lot depends on what part of the North you are in. Montana and Canada seem good if you are Native American. Minnesota is not and the eastern part of North Dakota I live in is not. Have you read about the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks (the Fighting Sioux) and their attempt to keep their nickname?


  92. dawson
    11:27 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Tupper and Gilly: I was just looking up “When I was Seventeen” by Buffy St. Marie. She is a friend of yours? I love her music.

  93. dawson
    11:33 pm on June 7th, 2011

    I think I meant “Guess Who I Saw in Paris” (he was looking all of seventeen). And I love Buffy’s politics too.

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:41 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Growl!… I hope Melanie gets my friends food photos because we have been fighting with Yahoo all freakin’ night long to get them sent. ..grump!… WHATEVER! If they arrive, good. If not, we don’t give a rats ass anymore…grunt!choke!

    Tupper!…What’s yer problem girlie?…grumble!

    Redbone!…I was sure hoping you would show up on my back porch with some Old Granddad and we could have a snort!…heh!…Its been a rough day brother!..sniff!

  95. Tupper and Gilly
    11:43 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Staff – yup, we have been a part of that fight, and the fight with a lot of other schools with similar names. We had a local school with the mascots of “redskins” which can be as offensive aqs the n word. We explained that, calmly and rationally to the school department and parents’ group at a meeting. Explained the history of the word. Explained why it was offensive. Explained why it was inappropriate to be teaching their children to use words that were racist. At the end of our presentation (and keep in mind that you have seen pictures of our Dad) one of the parents stood up and asked who would care, cuz all the Indians were dead anyway.
    Guess John Wayne got us all. Yup, they used to shoot us just to get the feathers. (sorry – bad Native jokes…)

    Dawson – yup, we know Buffy. It all started at a concert – our Dad is totally smitten with her(its ok, Mama knows and isn’t worried). Buffy is very approachable, and Dad asked her to have a picture with her. Now, we get to see her every couple of years, and it has become a joke between the two of them. She tells Dad she knew him before he had gray hair – he tells her he knew her back when she could have BEEN on Sesame St (she wrote the song for it).
    She has written some great stuff!

  96. Tupper and Gilly
    11:46 pm on June 7th, 2011

    Hi Rio – we were just pullin’ your curly little tail. Just for fun.

  97. dawson
    11:49 pm on June 7th, 2011

    When I was seventeen I had an album by her that I played over and over again – you know like 17 year olds do – until I knew all the words. I was awe-struck and gob-smacked and still am although it’s been 40 years. Tell your dad to give my regards to her next time he sees her.

  98. Tupper and Gilly
    11:53 pm on June 7th, 2011

    We will tell Dad – which album was it? We’re guessing Moonshot

  99. dawson
    12:03 am on June 8th, 2011

    It was the Best of Buffy St. Marie.

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:06 am on June 8th, 2011

    Good night…snort!…And good grief!…grunt!

  101. dawson
    12:14 am on June 8th, 2011

    Me too. Goodnight all.

  102. Tupper and Gilly
    12:17 am on June 8th, 2011

    guess we need to call it a night too.
    g’night everyone who is still awake.

  103. Redbone Hound
    12:31 am on June 8th, 2011

    Night all

  104. Gus & BooBear
    12:44 am on June 8th, 2011

    Maggie, Barb will really enjoy “The Search”. The story is fast paced and the dog training info and search and rescue parts are very intereting.

    Someone on the blog suggested “Tea and Dog Biscuits” several months ago. Mom got it on her kindle back then, but just now got around to reading it. Thank you, whoever it was. We really enjoyed it. Have to admit Mom got teary eyed several times.

    Hope and prayers for the missing musher. Life is so strange and can take turns we aren’t expecting. Like the others who have mentioned it, we can’t believe she would just go off and leave her dogs uncared for.

    Rebecca, we love your stories about the dogs. You have a great writing style already. We bet your dream about getting published someday comes true. We can say we knew you when…

  105. Snowhook Bella
    1:32 am on June 8th, 2011

    I met a wonderful dog tonight. His human held a sign as they sat at the edge of the parking lot of a big shopping center. I noticed the pair made of equals as I fueled my car. Black and white with blue eyes, the dog sat next to his human, “Give it time. Someone will stop,” he seemed to say. Ever faithful. He, the dog was the stronger of the two, his human wearing a cloak of hunger and worry.

    In my backpack I had extra items left over from the breakfast and lunch I brought to work with me today. Parking the car, I walking toward the man and his dog. “Are you hungry?”

    “Yes. I am,” he spoke above a whisper. As if he though fearing his friend went unheard, the dog broke ranks. Bounding, leaping and wagging he ran to me—“Yes! Please!”

    Wanting both to be cared for, I asked if his four-legged partner had eaten. Yes, he had. The pet store in the shopping complex was kind enough to give his bud some food.

    The human opened a granola bar as we spoke. “Thank you,” he said with his left cheek bulging with oats held together with honey. Happy for his master, the dog’s manners were momentarily forgotten as he jumped up to give a hug and a lick, “Yes! Thank you. He was hungry. Not me, I ate over yonder!”

    “Yonder? Huh? Seems like I’ve heard that word before,” I confided as an ear scratch was given. “Take care of each other, okay?”

    I walked away grateful that the man had his dog and the dog his man. “Thank you, young lady,” I heard the two legged call as I neared my car.

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