My Time?

The dude on TV just said it’s the dog days of summer? Did I hear that right? And if so, it means what, exactly? Special days for the nation within the nation, as Bernie calls me and my kind? I’m all for special days. How about today? What are we going to do special? Huh? Huh?

“Chet? What’s with you, big guy?”



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95 Responses to “My Time?”

  1. Melanie
    8:40 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Chet! Hi! Just wanted you to know that listening to T-FAT made my drive just wonderful!

    Patsy has decided what we are going to do today. First I’m going to give her a treat, then a tummy, then a treat, then apologize for not being here, then a treat, then an ear rub and then apologize for leaving her, then a treat . . .

    My day is full!

    But first, three days of reading to catch up! Morning All!

  2. B.Stover
    9:02 am on August 3rd, 2011

    I’ve always wondered what that expression means too Chet.

    Good morning all.

  3. B.Stover
    9:03 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Hi Melanie! Like Patsy, I too am glad you’re back. I’m also glad you enjoyed your well-earned mini-vacation.

  4. LizF
    9:09 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Morning everyone!

    Is it just my browser displaying that business card at gi-normous size??

  5. Mollypop
    9:21 am on August 3rd, 2011

    B. – The dog days are named after Sirius, the dog star, located in Canis Major. It’s a big, big star. This is where the Star Walk app on the iPad comes in handy because this star is near the sun so it’s out in the daytime.

  6. dawson
    9:24 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Good morning.
    LizF: My browser has it too. If the card is that big, Spence has to write less, that’s my guess.
    Snowhook Bella: I finally got around to turning my calendar to August and there is Louisa Mae of the Little Women litter, a yearling in the 2011 Iditarod, wrapped in a red jacket and curled up on a bed of straw in Nome. A beautiful doggie.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    9:24 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Good morning, and welcome back Melanie.

    According to our claendar, Aug 26th is National Dog Day. I thought every day was National Dog Day!

    Barb will be home today, then at work tomorrow, then off for 2 days in the burbs for wake and funeral.

    Hopefully, life will get back to normal on Sunday. Will not have much time to post till then. Hope you are all well.

    Have we missed any urgent posts in the last 3 days?

  8. LizF
    9:33 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Thanks Dawson, that’s a very good point!

    Goodnight girls.

  9. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:41 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Card!….I think the whole hugeness of the business card has to do with Admin and technology….sniff!…They do not mix well….heh!…This is the best time of summer! The Dog Days….Woooooo!….It’s nice and cool and cloudy here, so I am lovin’ it!….snorkel!

  10. Sam
    9:41 am on August 3rd, 2011

    The Dog Star! That would be moi playing the role of Princess in Chet’s movie. Moi! Moi! Moi! Oh yeah.

  11. bluecat
    9:57 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Little Sammie – you make me laugh and you know Miss Piggy’s French, too.

  12. Rose
    10:04 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Greetings Everyone!

    In answer to your post last night Rio, it was just a small write up about the Drilling Company and the location of the event. However, the picture was in color. Would posting a PDF to the blog be the right way to go? Like Siber-H, I’m not very tech or computer savvy.

  13. B.Stover
    10:05 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Sam: I really am laughing loudly.

    Mollypop: Thank you. I have Sirius on my iPad app (Star Walk). Its name is derived from Greek “Seirios” meaning scorcher. Neat! (And I’ve always thought that whoever came up with these names based on the forms the stars have had a very good imagination.)

  14. B.Stover
    10:14 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Canis Major, Latin for “greater dog” is “commonly represented as one of the dogs following Orion the hunter.” There is also Canis Minor, “lesser dog.” Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky “known as the ‘dog star’; that star is part of the asterism known as the Winter Triangle in the Northern Hemisphere, or the Summer Triangle in the Southern.” Orion is a constellation visible throughout the world and it’s named after the hunter in Greek mythology. (From the Star Walk app.)

  15. Melanie
    10:44 am on August 3rd, 2011

    I actually knew why it’s the “dog days of summer”. Have no idea why I know!

    Just finished reading July 30th. Dawson, can’t believe TMG’s have gotten on the blog. I sent you a package on that day. I’m hoping that it slipped by them while they were writing. . .

    Since I finished July 30th, I thought I’d tell you guys about my July 30th. First I LOVE GPS. I just plugged in YSAS’s address and down I went, listening to T-FAT the whole way! It was only after I got 2 miles from his apartment on West Side Drive that I hit EVERY SINGLE RED LIGHT. Dropped off his tag sale bike, picked him up, went to the Parking Lot, parked the car, got a taxi, hit Chinatown. Had a great gluten free dunch or linner, did some grocery shopping for NJ, got a taxi headed to the Parking Lot. Did I mention it was 98 degrees and 80% humidity? So YSAS went off to prep and I went in an AC bar across the street, had a bottle of sparkling water, read, cooled off, hit the WC and then walked over!

    He and Hamlet were practicing their duel . . .

  16. B.Stover
    10:57 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Great picture Melanie.

    Here’s an interesting article from Farmer’s Almanac about the cause of heat waves–first the Greek myth and then the scientific “fact.”

  17. Mollypop
    11:03 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Melanie – Great pic of YSAS. Look at the muscle in his arm.

  18. Melanie
    11:06 am on August 3rd, 2011

    YSAS had an entourage there. I met his roommates and all the other artists, playwrights and actors who hang out together. I knew most of them through the phone or when YSAS skypes. I had FORGOTTEN that in NYC you kiss cheeks. Both sides. So I go to shake hands and get pulled in for the double wham!

    Great people.

    The Play . . . The Play was excellent. There was only one actor who did his role “old style” the reciting of the lines with no deep emotion under them. That was Claudius. YSAS played Claudius at age 14 and gave more to the role than this guy.

    Anyhoo, the best Hamlet I’ve seen and he was fighting a throat infection. Gertrude was great, Ophelia was marvelous, Polonius was a hoot (thick Brooklyn accent!). Then there was Laertes. YSAS was GRAND! He established a loving, fun relationship with his sister and a relationship with his father that was both respectful and teasing (Polonius does tend to go on and on). This in the beginning of the play made his rage and then his revenge have a great base to play from.

    Weird thing. . . after the performance I went up to the director, the other actors and friends of YSAS and told them how I thought of the entire performance (really really really really excellent) and they all said “Didn’t you like YSAS’s performance?”

    Well, of course, I did! I asked YSAS about it later and he said that in NYC the conversation usually starts with, “Didn’t MY actor do the best job?”

    I can tell I’ll never be a real New Yorker!

    After that we got in the car and went to NJ. I’ll talk about that later. Here’s YSAS in his outfit.

  19. Rose
    11:23 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Great pictures, Melanie! YSAS…quite a handsome dude!

  20. Rose
    11:25 am on August 3rd, 2011

    Murphy and McGuinness look wonderful in the FOTM picture! Does their two-legged friend get one or two signed books? Just wondering…

  21. Mollypop
    12:14 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Melanie – Why is YSAS in that outfit? It doesn’t look like Hamlet.

  22. Siber-H
    12:22 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Mom likes the dog days of summer. I don’t think summer is necessary.

    Great pictures, Melanie! Love the one of YSAS in the uniform.
    I’m glad you had a good time in the Big City.

  23. Melanie
    12:25 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    MollyPop: the director wanted a setting that could be anytime. So YSAS has just come back from Paris, and he’s in his court clothes. Wish I could show you all of them the costuming was cool.

  24. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:37 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Oooohhhh!…Melanie! Do you have something for me per chance?….hmmmm? snuffle!…Do ya? Do Ya?? ….Clarkson looks wonderful in his soldier outfit. I thought this was for another show instead of Hamlet…heh! … I wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark alley with that sword though….snort!

  25. dawson
    1:07 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Melanie: Cool pics. At first I thought he had a fake moustache. That sounds like it was soooo much fun. They had costumes? How did they manage that? Run behind a car and change? Whoooo Hoooo! Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. I love it!

    Mail box empty. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Except the inevitable junk.

    Beary scary bike ride: I rode out airport road and coming back I saw a black snout push up out of the bush. I was thinking, “What’s a dog doing out here” when the rest of the beast showed up. Yikes! It was a big shiny black bear. He took one look at me and ducked back down. I could hear him running away. Me too! I was biking as fast as I could up hill. Talk about getting a cardio workout.

  26. Rose
    1:13 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Hey Dawson:

    Glad you weren’t on the lunch menu! 🙂

  27. Melanie
    1:14 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Ri¨? I was supposed to get you something?? Oh Oh . . .

    Glad you got away from the bear Dawson!

    Whew, taking a breather. Patsy is on our bed. Moving that into the workroom this week. She is doing well. Not limping as much, and having a good time.

    While I was gone the pool turned green. We working on it.

  28. Rose
    1:15 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Hi Siber-H:

    I don’t think summer is necessary either. I’ll take a cold, snowy day anytime!

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:15 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Bears!… yeep!…That was close! We almost lost Dawson…snort!!…. Oh, by the way Dawson, my friend said I should let you know that she will indeed be shipping off the Spanish Fan to Sister Staff this weekend…grunt!

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:17 pm on August 3rd, 2011


  31. Melanie
    1:18 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    (ducking out of the way)

    Bella (whispering) I just got to the mail and the drop bags are here! Thank you!

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:37 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Snort!….Melanie! …sniff!… How could you forget all about me??…sniffle! sob!sob!sob!….I bet if you would have at least mentioned it to Clarkson he would have signed a napkin for me….snuff!

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:08 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Hmmmphf!… No answer!…snort!… Then there is nothing left to do but go hunt skunks in the garden….grunt!….That’s what SiberH would do at a time like this…grump!

  34. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:28 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    No Rio, don’t go there! This is the voice of experience speaking. Just walk away! Wookie

  35. Masquers
    2:52 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Welcome back Melanie! Great photo of YSAS!

    For Siber-H & the Howlers

  36. Siber-H
    2:59 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Wow! What a cute puppy! Thanks Masquers
    Will you look at that expertly applied eye makeup…must be a girl.

    Dawson, I am glad you were on a bicycle when you had your bear encounter. The bike made you appear much bigger and more threatening to the bear.

    Mom and I almost got skunked out in the yard last night, but we didn’t. Mom was quicker at grabbing me than either she or I thought she could be.

  37. B.Stover
    3:14 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Will someone please get a signed picture of McKey to Rio…..

    SH: I’m laughing. “I don’t think summer is necessary.” Summer is my least favorite season…..except for the food and the herbs and the flowers and swimming……

    Masquers: What vehicle is the husky in?

    I’ve finished reading Frankenstein. Now I have to start answering some of the questions that I posed.

  38. Mollypop
    3:14 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Siber-H – Did you realize the husky puppy is on a boat? And the boat is in the WATER?

  39. B.Stover
    3:17 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Dawson: Thank goodness you escaped. Is that an unusual occurrence–bears coming out of the brush?

  40. Siber-H
    3:23 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Mollypop, I just now figured out that the puppy is on a boat.
    I know, I know, The boat must be on the water which means that if it is a girl, she and I would have nothing in common.
    I think that is a Malamute and not a Siber.

  41. B.Stover
    3:30 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    By the way, at one point Frankenstein and the Creature are at the North Pole and each is traveling by dogsled.

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:49 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Melanie!….Listen to Stover!….snort!

    Rockies!… Pitcher Hammel is giving the game away…ho hum!… Let’s not trade his @ss though, lets trade our most excellent young pitcher….snort!….Let’s keep our dead beats and see how badly we can lose the rest of the season…GRUMP!

  43. Rose
    4:05 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Masquers: I love the picture of the puppy! What beautiful markings he/she has.

  44. Barb & Maggie
    4:22 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Barb and I are both scared of bears. Barb says her earliest remembered nightmare was about a bear. He was in front of the screen door, and Barb was by herself with the rest of her fmily in the kitchen. That was many moons ago and she still gets goose bumps!

  45. Wölfie
    4:26 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Okay, so. Mom is going to make the toffee and Fed Ex the package on Monday. We thought we would ask the smartest folks in the world for their advice on how to ship it in a cool fashion so that it doesn’t melt. It is going to Texas. We like to live dangerously.

    Any ideas?

    (whispering) I thought Texas will be safe since all the goats are Up North!

  46. Siber-H
    4:47 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Wolfie, It is HOT in Texas. I don’t know if the toffee will survive. sob, sob sob
    You are correct, the goats aren’t in Texas because they have got better sense than to be in Texas this summer.

    Rio, I’m watching the game, sigh

  47. TMG
    4:51 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Dawson –

    The Maurauding Goats

  48. B.Stover
    5:19 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Wolfie: Here’s a link to ice packs for shipping.

  49. Melanie
    5:32 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Riö, I’m sorry. I completely forgot! I’m a terrible human being. Please forgive me!

    Put my anti-alergy screens in two more windows. Getting ready for the room change. I also cleaned my fan. Dog, can they get dirty!

    I watched “Avatar” with OTAS and F. I never saw it when it came out. I was very impressed. It’s going on the Netflix list.

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:51 pm on August 3rd, 2011


  51. Masquers
    6:11 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Sad news for Rio…..

    Siber-H: You will notice the girl Siber is wearing a life vest. She is one who likes to live dangerously!

  52. AbbietheKitty
    6:11 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Rio I am sure she is teasing you and it is already in the mail. Really Rio.
    Unless the goats get it.

  53. Alice M. Johnson
    6:13 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    A study showed that owning a cat is almost 25 times more effective in lowering the risk of dying from heart disease than taking a statin

  54. dawson
    6:15 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Melanie: You are one of the least terrible human beings I know. The Borsoi paid good money for her picture. Now you’re going to give them away for free? If so…me too!

    Wolfie: You are sending the toffee to Texas!? In August!? I suggest you send the chocolate separately and let them dip the toffee pieces into it.

    TMG: My auction items will start arriving tomorrow! I am sure of it. What does that belch taste like anyway?

  55. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:17 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Mom’s home and I’m here!

    Welcome back, Melanie! I’m glad you had a great time.

    All my auction goodies have been received — both what I won and donated — so the marauding goats have been foiled once again! But I’ve got my paws crossed for everyone who’s still waiting. Dawson, TMG is (are?) just fooling you, I’m sure of it! I would think anyone who had just eaten an ARC — especially one by Spence — would give a better review than “Burrrrp!”

  56. Melanie
    6:28 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Hey, Dawson, I didn’t send anything to Rio! and you better not complain or come December you might not get a thing!

    I am waiting to hear from Dawson about her package of books. I don’t think Priority Mail means that when it goes up to Canada!

  57. Mollypop
    6:38 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Dawson – It’s now 2 weeks since I sent the needlepoint. Priority mail. Do you think Canadian Customs guys are sitting there working on your needlepoint? Then when they’re done and send it on its way, it still has to get past those stupid goats. Sheesh.

  58. Mollypop
    6:50 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Couldn’t the Borzoi, our dear Natasha, just send YSAS’s picture to Rio – in an act of kindness. Actually, kindness to all of us, since Rio will stop complaining, temporarily of course.

    For crying out loud, Natasha probably paid in Russian rubles and Snowhook can’t do anything with them anyway.

  59. dawson
    6:58 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Oh no!
    A headline from a nearby town: “Four hundred goats will parade down the banks of the Peace River to rid an infestation of” … it’s true! The province has let loose 400 marauding goats close to my home. A press release described the goats as “vicious eaters with mouths of iron and guts of steel.”

  60. Siber-H
    7:00 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Melanie, Just an idea, but you could sell photos of YSAS and Franklin and donate the money to Snowhook as long as the buyer also paid you for S&H.

    Masquers, I think the girl puppy is very beautiful but she must be off her noodle a bit.

  61. Siber-H
    7:01 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    That’s it then for Dawsion’s ARC and auction items.

  62. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:23 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Maybe the blog is just too public a forum to be discussing the A-R-C and other auction i-t-e-m-s. (Can TMG spell?) After all, TMG has proven that they’re monitoring the blog. Perhaps it would be safer in the future to correspond about such things only through our SDDs!

  63. Melanie
    7:28 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    We need to send out hostage negotiators to these TMG! Or perhaps just B.Stover borrowing my cane again.

    I did pretty well today. Going to bed now so I can save up energy for more Patsy tummies tomorrow!


  64. Liz
    7:38 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    I think we all need a signed picture of YSAS, he is SO cute!

    Hey Melanie, Barb and Bee, i just wanted to say thank you for all your work on the cookbook files, it makes things so much easier when the Word doc and pics are supplied well. Great work.

  65. Staff
    8:05 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    I just love hearing about the cookbook. It is out of sight and out of mind down there in Australia. I can’t wait for it.

  66. Masquers
    8:15 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Hi Liz! When will the Cookbook be ready? I can’t wait! This is going to be so good.

  67. BearSpiritDog
    8:23 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Franklin & Roger, Siber-H, Wookie – Secret Agent all at the top today. My picture was in the blog background for part of the day. My 15 minutes draws to a close. It was nice while it lasted.

    Melanie: Good trip for you. Short, but sweet.

    Will be back again tomorrow. Dog willing.


  68. Liz
    8:33 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Hi Masquers! I’m hoping to get a really good push on the cookbook this weekend – it got held up behind the designs for our dog rescue group’s 2012 calendar, greeting cards and newsletter. So it should be soon!!

    ‘Night Bear!

  69. Staff
    8:37 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Dawson…let me know what you want on your dedication from Spence and Chet. Use the SDD.


    I just talked to Rebecca at Wellesley Books where SQ/PA is going to be speaking and signing books on September 14th. I ordered two TDWKTM signed and pawprinted. One for me and one for Dawson, whose birthday is in September. Dawson will have read the ARC by then if it can evade the marauding goats, but I know she will want the official copy too.

    Rebecca says she will happily take other orders if you want them signed (and paw printed) so here is the contact information.

    Wellesley Books
    82 Central Street
    Wellesley, MA 02482
    781 431 1160

    Monday – Saturday: 9am – 9pm
    Sunday: 11am – 6pm

  70. Liz
    8:46 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Staff, is it possible to order one and get it sent here, do you think?

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:55 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Tizzy!… I don’t know what to do…snort!…Wait to win a free Dog Who or wait till Spencer and Company show up in Colorado and get one signed while I drool on their sleeves, or call Wesley and have them send me a signed and paw printed copy….wuffle!…I’m not liking all this waiting stuff…sniff!huffle!….Look what waiting for a signed photo of Clarkson got me…Nadda!…grunt!

  72. Staff
    9:06 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    You can order one and have it sent to me and I will send it on if you wish.
    However first I can call them (tomorrow, it is too late tonight) and see if they will ship to Australia. Maybe they will. So you want me to do that?

  73. Liz
    9:09 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Thank you Staff, that would be great. I’m going to Sydney for the day tomorrow so I won’t be in the chat room but I’ll check back over the weekend (or you can use my SDD).

  74. B.Stover
    9:15 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Thank you Liz regarding the cookbook document.

    Thank you Staff for the info on Dog Who.

    Good night all.

  75. Mollypop
    9:19 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Dawson – Ha ha. More stuff for you that you will never get.

  76. C. Harris
    9:39 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    When I was a little girl, I asked my Kentucky grandmother about the phrase, “dog days of summer.” She said that it was in the hot months of July/August where it was so hot and dogs went crazy trying to find enough water to drink. The Kentucky farm had no water on tap until many years later. There were a couple of “seeps” near the farmhouse where I could go out with a dipper and try and fill a pail of water for the house. We’d let the sediment settle and used the dipper to get a drink of water.

    Speaking of which…I just got back from 2.5 weeks in Kentucky where the temperature everyday was 95-100. Also I am typing this w/o glasses due to my LASIK surgery. Eyes are still adjusting and I see halos around lights which I hope go away soon. Will catch up with the blog this weekend.

  77. dawson
    9:50 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    C.Harris: Welcome back from the dog days of summer in Kentucky. Good to have you back in the North.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:06 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Kentucky!…. You wouldn’t catch me in Kentucky ever!…snort!… Too many bad guys with big guns in Kentucky….sniff!…Just watch Justified and see for yourself…grunt!…Good to see you made it out of the state alive Charris!….snort!

    Laser!…Why’d you go and get yer eyes all lasered up?…sniff!… That’s another thing I will never ever do…huffle!…You sure like to live on the edge, don’t you Charris!…heh!…Too bad Alice won’t go under the laser knife…sniff!

  79. Tupper and Gilly
    10:33 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Hi everyone. We are celebrating tonight. The last of the competition items are safely in the hands of FedEx who assures us that Marauding Goats are color blind, so they don’t see the big FedEx symbol on the side of the truck, and don’t know that it is a delivery truck to be marauded. At least they think that’s why – all they know is that they have never been stopped by a bunch of goats wearing burgler masks.
    So now Mama can relax…after she works for the Crazy Lady every day until they leave for New Mexico, goes to clay class, gets her hair cut, takes care of her father who decided to have elective surgery TODAY, get all her paperwork done, does laundry, packs clothes, cooks and freezes dinners for her father to microwave, arranges for some care for him while they are gone…..well, maybe she won’t be relaxing as much as we thought.
    But at least she’s home for now and giving tummies.

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:45 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Competition! … I wonder wot Big Mama wins if her clay places first in the competition? …snort!… Probably money and more clay maybe…sniff!

  81. dawson
    10:47 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Tupper and Gilly: I thought your mum was getting a day off. Not! Enjoy your tummies. Do you get to go to New Mexico?

  82. Tupper and Gilly
    11:00 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Dawson – no, sniff, sob. We don’t get to go this time. Tupper used to go, but now with Silly Gilly, its a bit much to ask our hosts. Tupper will fly, and sit quietly under a restaurant table, and act like a perfect lady at all times. Gilly….wellll, have we mentioned that Gilly is a little crazy?
    But we do get to go to the BEACH with them next month!!!

    Rio – the prize money is so little, it doesn’t even pay for the shipping. But this show is one where the ribbons mean a lot in the art world – so to win a ribbon here is for the prestige, not so Mama can retire with her “earnings”. tee hee

    (whispering – and we’re sorry Melanie forgot you in NY – sounds like she was just having too good a time to think about anything but her wonderful sons)

  83. Tupper and Gilly
    11:02 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Mama says we gotta go to bed now – g’night everyone.

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:03 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Huffle!….On that note I am outta here…grunt!

  85. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:27 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Hi, Charris! It’s good to have you back. I’m glad the LASIK went well. Normally halos are good things, but I hope yours go away real soon.

    My boy was born in Kentucky, although Mom and Dad lived in Tennessee at the time. Did you know that Fort Campbell is mostly in Tennessee? The post office is on the Kentucky side of the base, so that’s why it’s called Fort Campbell, Ky. And Rio’s right — there are a lot of big guns there. But it’s the good guys that have them!!!

  86. Snowhook Bella
    11:36 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    Grump! I just arrived home and the ‘good nights’ have already begun. This full time job and time zone is really impacting my plundering…

    It’s so good to see Melanie back on the blog. I’m hopeful that she’ll find time to post more pictures between Patsy tummies tomorrow.

    Kirby T: I’m glad you liked the extra set of booties. I was so excited to send them to you that I almost told you they were in the mail. You can use them for everyday and save the Iditarod booties for special. The tan booties were made by volunteers for our 2010 Iditarod; they wrote the messages on the booties.

    All the talk of Iditarod Insider made me smile yesterday. I’ve been writing a short piece for our blog which features the Iditarod Insider in a starring role. I’ll have to work on it tonight.

  87. Macy the Min-pin
    11:48 pm on August 3rd, 2011

    I posted the following on yesterday by accident. I could not understand why no one was posting. OOpps.

    We are just going to admit that we are literary dolts. I have not read any of those books, as page turning is a little difficult for me. Mom has read “Catcher in the Rye”, Huckleberry Finn, and “The Great Gatsby”. We are just plane illiteri\ under-read. Mom says that she is ok with that.

    Mr. Redbone, you made me blush all over and that is not easy for a black doggie!

  88. Snowhook Bella
    12:06 am on August 4th, 2011

    Macy: That hound certainly does have a way with words.

  89. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:18 am on August 4th, 2011

    Macy: Well, your mom has read two books that my mom hasn’t. I think it just depends on what high school you go to and what they assign students to read. Most of those books aren’t ones that you’re likely to read just for fun. Except now she wants to catch up on the ones she hasn’t read. Like The Great Gatsby. There are so many times that she’s been reading something and they quote a character or describe a situation out of that book. What Mom has been doing lately is listening to books she wouldn’t normally read, since she has about a 40-minute commute to work. That’s how she “read” Pride and Prejudice, because she kept trying to read the actual book and getting stuck, but once she listened to it she loved it. I think it has something to do with the British accents!

  90. Macy the Min-pin
    12:21 am on August 4th, 2011

    Kirby, we MUST have a picture of you in your booties. You may well start an east coast fashion trend. Not just booties, IDITAROD booties. The girls will swoon, I promise.

  91. Macy the Min-pin
    12:21 am on August 4th, 2011

    Kirby, we MUST have a picture of you in your booties. You may well start an east coast fashion trend. Not just booties, IDITAROD booties. The girls will swoon, I promise.

  92. Macy the Min-pin
    12:21 am on August 4th, 2011

    Wow, our first Dawson!!!!!!

  93. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:30 am on August 4th, 2011

    Rebecca: Today Mom got some of the Iditarod books she requested. One of them is about the Junior Iditarod, and it has a section about booties. It’s too long to read the whole book for storytime, but Mom was thinking maybe she could read that page and show the booties! She’s getting really excited about doing that storytime. They’ve had several storytimes about dogs, and they really seem to attract a lot of kids.

    Mom’s doing another storytime in the fall based on a book called The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and its sequel, Darth Paper Strikes Back. They’re about a boy who’s pretty hopeless until he starts wearing an origami Yoda puppet on his finger. Suddenly he starts spouting incredible advice. Mom met the author at a book festival she went to last summer. He did an excerpt from the book, then had 300-plus people folding origami Yoda puppets. Mom has some big Star Wars fans at the library, so she thinks they’ll be interested.

  94. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:37 am on August 4th, 2011

    Macy: I’m thinking the same thing. Not about “the Dawson,” but about modeling my new booties. I’ll probably try on both sets, but I’m thinking the tan ones will show up better, since the black ones will just blend right in with my legs! Of course, once I get those booties on I’ll probably want to take off — I mean, look what happened with Whitey-Lance! — so I’m not sure how good of a photo Mom will be able to get. It may be a little blurry!

    These booties are made for running,
    And that’s just what they’ll do
    One of these days these booties
    Are gonna run all over you.

  95. Snowhook Bella
    12:44 am on August 4th, 2011

    Kirby T: A picture—-yes! It is a must! I have the notion to write a children’s series based on each of the dogs in the kennel. My thought is to start with Whitey-Lance’s wee story.

    Maybe you could ask Wolfie’s mom for advice when taking pictures of a blurry subject.

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