Murphy Comes Home!

A great story from the nation within (hat tip to Bob E.):


Welcome new friend Hans.


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75 Responses to “Murphy Comes Home!”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    8:00 am on June 25th, 2014

    That is a great story. Thanks for posting it, Spence.

    Amalia, How is your brother doing and did he go back to his apartment?

    Macy, we are happy to say that you have sounded more upbeat the last few days.

    Loved all the pictures from yesterday. Vermont is a state where Barb has never visited, as well as Maine and New Hampshire. It looks beautiful up there. May have to put that area on the bucket list.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:11 am on June 25th, 2014

    Good morning,B&M and everyone! Welcome Hans, quite a looker. Enjoy happy ending dog stories. Barb, like you, mom has never been to Maine, Vermont or New Hampshire…someday. We were close in Mass.
    Have a wonderful, wistful Wednesday.

  3. Mollypop's Mom
    9:01 am on June 25th, 2014

    If any travelers want to revisit the train trip from last March we can do the same thing. You take the I 90 and get off at Albany and go straight into Vermont. It’s basically the same trip. And in the summer there won’t be a problem with a snow emergency and not being able to see Niagara Falls.

  4. Kat
    9:06 am on June 25th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone. Hans, you look like a Chet friend for sure. Welcome!
    Zeus read that story about Murphy, and he says “See I told you so”. He says that is why he is never happy outdoors without Mom or Pop there with him. I told him I could take care of him. Oh yes I can. For some reason, he doesn’t believe me.
    Auntie MPM, How do I buy a trin ticket to come up to se you you you? Will you take me to see the Falls and Vermont? Pretty please? Mom says she is staying put. But you know me: I am a traveler.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    9:29 am on June 25th, 2014

    We were wondering when OFA will release his book signing schedule. The time is getting closer.

  6. B.Stover
    9:33 am on June 25th, 2014

    I’m glad that Murphy is home and doing well.

    Good morning all.

  7. BearSpiritDog
    9:49 am on June 25th, 2014

    Nice Story about Murphy. You know us & Happy Endings.

    Kat: A Traveler you are. We remember your first big trip. The very First Plunderfest on the East Coast.

    Wondering the same thing here…the publishing schedule has been released…now for the very important Book Signing Schedule.

    Good Morning: Barb&Magpie, MollyPop’s Mom, O’Howlers, Hounds, B and All.

  8. Wose-the small and meek
    9:52 am on June 25th, 2014


    What a day yesterday was! Grizz and I just got back from breakfast. It is rainy here today, so plans may have to be altered.

    RIO! Lots of pictures were taken yesterday, but I am not sure if there is one with just me and you. I do think the picture of you looking out over the green hills may be a great calendar picture.

    It was so much fun to see Amalia, Leonard, Debbie, and Maury again! Plus I met Tupper and Gilly, and got to see mu bestest Buddy Teddy again too.

  9. Tupper's Mama
    9:56 am on June 25th, 2014

    Good morning everyone
    We were just looking at the Simon and Schuster web site. So far nothing there about the book tour. We wonder if they don’t announce that until closer to the pub date

    A Plunderfest in Vermont could be great fun. But we would need a BIG house!

  10. Barb & Maggie
    10:06 am on June 25th, 2014

    Amalia, we should start working on a 2015 fall get together. New England in the fall would be wonderful.

  11. macy's mom
    10:07 am on June 25th, 2014

    Good morning all. Thanks Barb. I have been too busy to be down. Tomorrow may be a different story. Stay tuned.

    Relatives of a friend came by yesterday and bought $170 worth of knives. The shop is doing better as “out of business” than it was when in business.

    Time to go to water walking, then wonderfluffing, then mom’s church garage sale set-up to revisit all my junk I sent over after my sale.


  12. Barb & Maggie
    10:12 am on June 25th, 2014

    Did anyone watch the Rozzoli and Isles episode last night? It was a tasteful and touching tribute to Lee Thompson Young who played the part of Rozzoli’s partner Barry Frost in the series. He died of a self inflicted gunshot wound after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression. The show was a real tearjerker, and it seemed that the actors were not acting but speaking from their hearts.

  13. Barb & Maggie
    10:23 am on June 25th, 2014

    Macy, what is water walking? Does that mean you have had a lot of rain and you are walking on water?

    BTW, Lee Thompson Young was only 29. So sad. Such a talented young man.

    Barb is off for eye exam and shopping for new glasses.

  14. Tupper's Mama
    10:41 am on June 25th, 2014

    News from the home front: brother is still here,but says he is moving back to his rathole…..ummmm, apartment today. But so far no signs of packing.
    Tomorrow, I take him to the thoracic surgeon for post op check. That’s when we will find out about chemo.
    Brother is still very much in denial – no one told him about chemo, emphesema, cancer etc. Of course he doesn’t think he has a responsibility to ask or anything. sigh.
    He has decided not to attend cancer support group as “they can’t offer anything”. Yup, he knows it all.
    Not my circus, not my monkeys.

  15. O'Howlers
    11:11 am on June 25th, 2014

    Barb, we didn’t watch R&I yet, but it is on our DVR. We’ll be sure to watch it, but it will probably have to wait until bad weather. We never watch t.v. in summer unless we have stormy weather, or …
    Did we tell youse that we are getting our porch floor replaced? The guy said it would take him 4 or 5 days. We are now on Day 9. Mom makes us guys stay indoors a lot when he is here. Something about wet paint and nails. She hates having someone here, so actually, we have been watching more t.v. than usual.

  16. Siber-H
    12:10 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Love the story with the happy ending…sniff, but it is a good sniff.

    Macy’s Mom, I do not like the thought of water walking. What are you doing? Be careful!

    Thanks for all the beautiful pictures of Vermont. It is so green.

  17. BearSpiritDog
    12:41 pm on June 25th, 2014

    A New England Plunderfest is one of our Dream Vacations.
    (the bucket is getting full)

    Wifi is working but the Tablet & GoPhone do not (the Evil S cackles in the background)

    Siber-H: Wild goings-on in the Match between Uruguay and Italy!
    The unusual (but not for him) Vampire-like conduct was beyond distasteful.

  18. Siber-H
    12:51 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Bear, They need to do something about the soccer player that bites. A muzzle might be the way to go.

  19. Herd of Hounds
    2:20 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Mr. Siber H, or wiring his jaw shut, or washing his mouth out with soap or pul;ong those pointy teeth or…?

  20. c.hobbit
    2:30 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Macy’s Mom can walk on water? I knew she was strong but this is a surprise!

    For those of you worried about the 8.0 earthquake in Alaska a few days ago, someone in Fairbanks made this map to put it in perspective:

  21. Herd of Hounds
    2:45 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Hobbit, great perspective πŸ™‚

  22. Siber-H
    2:55 pm on June 25th, 2014

    I just got a promotional email from Amazon…”Thrillers I might be Interested in.”

    Paw and Order is one of them! WOO WOO

  23. Herd of Hounds
    2:58 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Mr. Siber H, you must be really special to get that πŸ™‚ We are going out for a bit to help mom water the containers. Even with rain, 90+*F tends to wilt thangs in pots πŸ™‚

  24. Teddy in Vermont
    3:08 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Just a quick hello on my dad’s smart phonie. Great day yesterday and great day today. Just finished a hike up Mount Tom with Wose and the Grizz. It was great fun. More later and maybe some photos too.

  25. BearSpiritDog
    3:23 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Teddy: Hi to You & your Folks, Wose & Grizz!
    Hikes are the Best. Photos of Plunderer Friends are the Bestest.

  26. Tupper's Mama
    3:59 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Brother has gone home.

    Now, it’s just Gramp making us crazy.

    Glad the weather cleared up for the Vermonters. Mt Tom is lovely.

  27. BearSpiritDog
    4:43 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama: We think someone already asked this question but we’ve Forgotten your answer. How far was the drive to Plunderfest Vermont?
    Hugs to all of youse. Sending Prayers that things will work out for your brother.

  28. c.hobbit
    4:58 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Those of youse who were in Alaska and went to Whittier, a felon was fleeing the police and headed to the tunnel. The police called the gate to close the tunnel but the guy got in right before the gate closed and the police ended up being stopped at the gate waiting for it to open. In the meantime, the fleeing felon was using the emergency turnouts in the tunnel to pass cars and when that didn’t work, he sideswiped a couple of cars. Then he abandoned his car and ran out of the tunnel on foot. When he saw the Whittier police waiting for him, he fled back into the tunnel which was then locked. In the meantime the police were moving the drivers in the tunnels from their cars to one of the emergency rooms within the tunnel (built for earthquake protection). Whew! Felon was caught and was driving with a suspended license and I guess one of his previous criminal charges was fleeing the police. I think he might be locked up for a time for this caper.

  29. BearSpiritDog
    5:15 pm on June 25th, 2014

    C.Hobbit: As if the Tunnel wasn’t scary enough!

    More Strange Stories:

  30. Tupper's Mama
    5:24 pm on June 25th, 2014

    CHobbit- right now Sharon is connipping all over the place thinking “what if that had happened when WE were in that dam tunnel???”.

    And as to the answer about the distance to the Vermont hidaway: just over 2 hours from home

  31. Herd of Hounds
    5:29 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama, yikes, mom read that just after our dinner was served. Right now she is really white and shaking. Thanks for waiting till now to tell us that story. Mom is a big wimp πŸ™‚ Macy’s Mom…stop laughing!

  32. Barb & Maggie
    5:29 pm on June 25th, 2014

    WOW! Glad I wasn’t in that tunnel!

    What an expensive day. $600.00 for a pair of glasses and prescript. sunglasses! And that was with Medicare covering the eye exam, getting 30% off on the glasses with our Farm Bureau card, and 50% off the sunglasses. Anyway the good news is that there is no macular degeneration or cataracts.

    Throwing a chicken (sorry Fern and Peaches) in a pot to roast while Barb runs to the store to get some yard spray. Mosquitoes are so bad that she is just letting us out for 5 minutes to do our business and then the nasty buggers follow us back in the house. They are chewing on Barb too, even with Off sprayed on. Yikes!

  33. Herd of Hounds
    5:30 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Ah, but does hitchbot say, “Eh?”.

  34. Herd of Hounds
    5:33 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Barb, our mom is a mass of bites even with a screen room. The Dock tar asked her last week what all her lumps were…what a dumb shiitake!

  35. Herd of Hounds
    5:56 pm on June 25th, 2014

    And on top of the latest tunnel adventure (thank dog mom wasn’t there), Darah has found the Newfie hiding in the fireplace here and is honking her head off at it

  36. c.hobbit
    6:30 pm on June 25th, 2014

    I should have put a warning for Sharon not to read the tunnel adventure but would she have been able to resist reading it if told not to? Pondering.

  37. Herd of Hounds
    6:35 pm on June 25th, 2014

    She will never live that down πŸ™ Sounds like a real adventure though.

  38. Tupper's Mama
    6:37 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Hitchbot sounds like fun. Wonder if Dawson will go out cruising looking to give it a ride.

  39. Herd of Hounds
    7:22 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Butcher shop sign: Not shopping here would be a missed steak!

  40. dawson
    7:27 pm on June 25th, 2014

    I was a reluctant Whittier visitor but am very glad ML and he O’Howlers insisted we go. It is a great memory. I am glad the cops were not involved in our tunnel experience!

  41. Siber-H
    7:36 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Lincecum pitched a no-hitter today.

  42. Herd of Hounds
    7:49 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Dawson, thank you for the back-up. Know mom was the wussy but glad someone else had second thoughts. She’d like to see Whittier again, by boat next time!

  43. c.hobbit
    9:05 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Ikette is in the “‘Terrible Twos” in dog years. One of 2 plants were destroyed today:

  44. Herd of Hounds
    9:14 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Hi Ikette, I’m Blondie, the newbie in the HOH. That plant looked tasty πŸ™‚ After all, we growing kids need the vitamins and minerals that are in greens.

  45. Thieves!
    9:18 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Ikette: Well done. The devil dog lessons are paying off nicely.

  46. Siber-H
    9:28 pm on June 25th, 2014

    That kid shows a lot of promise.

  47. Herd of Hounds
    9:28 pm on June 25th, 2014

    (Blondie here) Ikette, I’ll raise you a plant and see you a cornucopia.

  48. Barb & Maggie
    9:28 pm on June 25th, 2014

    It looks like you should be able to re-pot that plant. It looks like he made more of a mess rather than destroyed it.

  49. BearSpiritDog
    9:40 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Ikette! I think the Party was Yesterday.

  50. c.hobbit
    9:57 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Note the 3 toys behind him (and 2 to the side which aren’t in the photo)…Ikette decides to crawl through my carryall, gets tangled in the straps and can’t follow Sadie Bear outside. Have to rescue him and my carryall. So many things are now parked on top of my dining room table. (He gets adopted this weekend and while I will miss him, it is time)…

  51. BearSpiritDog
    10:03 pm on June 25th, 2014


  52. Siber-H
    10:10 pm on June 25th, 2014

    I’ve gotten attached to the little guy…sniff

  53. Tupper and Gilly
    10:12 pm on June 25th, 2014

    We are sure Ikette’s new family will appreciate all your training in Puppy Mischief 101

  54. c.hobbit
    10:15 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Sharon: I don’t know how you take care of all your 2-and 4-legged critters in your house. Gah.

  55. Tupper and Gilly
    10:22 pm on June 25th, 2014

    One more from yesterday. These two are destined to be good friends for a long time.

  56. Siber-H
    10:32 pm on June 25th, 2014

    I really like that picture.

  57. Barb & Maggie
    10:34 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Great picture of Teddy and Rio.

  58. Herd of Hounds
    10:34 pm on June 25th, 2014

    CHobbit: mom is not “house proud”. She harvests hair (read sweeps) and rearranges dust twice a week. Tracked in mud gets mopped asap. It is a lot like having rambunctious kids (except the canines/felines and avians don’t talk back).

  59. RiΓΆ – The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Teddy!…In that photo Teddy and I are looking towards the future Snowhook Auction and Beyond!..snorkel!…He will once again be very instrumental in the great success of the upcoming Auction Central Extravaganza!….Woooo!…He and I share the same vision when it comes to raising funds for our one and only Iditarod Team, Snowhook…chuffle!

  60. BooBear
    10:46 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Mom just sent the picture and description of my other auction donation. Better late than never but really, it’s not my fault. She is the one running late, not me!

    Pondering one more item to donate.

  61. BearSpiritDog
    10:47 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Rio & Teddy!
    Auctioneers Extraordinaire!!

  62. RiΓΆ – The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on June 25th, 2014

    BooBear!….My friend shames me…sniff!…She has not yet sent her descriptions and photoz in….grump!…Something about doing 3 peoples jobs at the busy-place is her excuse right now…grumble!

  63. RiΓΆ – The Evil Pug
    10:55 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Auctioneers!…YES! Teddy is growing up quite quickly and I really do expect him to do most of the work this go-round…heh!heh!…I will supervise and do some beer-vat swimming…chorkel!…All in all we will both have a great time!…WOOOOOO!

    BooBear!…BETTER LATE THAN NOT AT ALL!…snort!…If you have last minute Items to donate, please just sent them in. Somehow Luna will be able to sort it all out for Rebecca and they will be included in the Annual Summer Snowhook Auction of 2014!!!!! ….WOOOOOO!

  64. RiΓΆ – The Evil Pug
    10:56 pm on June 25th, 2014

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!…Just because I feel like WOOOOWOOOing tonight…snort!cough!sneeze!

  65. Herd of Hounds
    10:59 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Auction, very exciting but must sleep soon so that Blondie can be up and wake us up at 6:15 to start all over again πŸ™‚ Nighty night.

  66. RiΓΆ – The Evil Pug
    11:09 pm on June 25th, 2014

    SiberH!…I realized Lincecum was attempting that today…snort!…I had my little headphones on listening to the afternoon Rockies game and heard the news….grunt!

  67. Barb & Maggie
    11:11 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Nighty night, HOH.

  68. Tupper and Gilly
    11:35 pm on June 25th, 2014

    Big thunderstorm is going to hit here shortly. We are going to go hide under the bed…umm, we mean we are going to go TO bed.
    G’night, family.

  69. Staff
    12:31 am on June 26th, 2014

    Caught up. Now it is bedtime.n Goodnight all except LizF. G,day Liz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  70. ML
    5:02 am on June 26th, 2014

    Water walking is simply walking IN the water, no on it, heh. Our local pool complex has a Lazy River and us folks of a certain age and beyond get in and walk against the current. This is in the mornings while the small fry are using other parts of the pool for swimming lessons. Mr. Husky can we sign you up?

    I am not (snort) laughing at the tunnel story. I would have been a little apprehensive at being locked in. I to would like to return to Whittier. I think I will go up for a few months next year.

    Heartburn has me up at this undo undogly hour, not to mention my mom’s bladder biopsy in a few hours prayers please. I am not up for another round of the C word ..

  71. Herd of Hounds
    7:31 am on June 26th, 2014

    Your trepidation is understandable and we are holding you close.

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