New York Journal of Books

Calls WOOF “delightful.” And “bound to become a classic.”


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  1. Tupper's Mama
    9:08 am on June 19th, 2015

    Good morning everyone.
    First? Us?

  2. B.Stover
    9:25 am on June 19th, 2015

    Woof is delightful.

    Good morning all.

  3. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:43 am on June 19th, 2015

    Delight!…Heh!heh!…I sure wish I could get my copy pawtographed,….sniff!

  4. B.Stover
    10:06 am on June 19th, 2015

    One thing I disagree with in the review is the description of Bowser as a “talking dog.” I don’t think he is.

    Rio: My copy is autographed! Heh!

  5. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:11 am on June 19th, 2015

    Bowser!…He is a thinking dawg and an action dawg…snort!…Sort of like me. Almost. Maybe not so much action on my part…sniff!

  6. BooBear
    10:15 am on June 19th, 2015

    Guys, Mom is going to see SQ in Houston next month. She will be carrying her Woof copy for the pawtograph as well as buying the new C&B book. She will, of course, also get it on the Kindle and have it read by then.

  7. Masquers
    10:47 am on June 19th, 2015

    One of our favorite quotes from this excellent review:
    “But then he solves the problem with careful, exact word choice, something lesser talents may ignore.”
    In our opinion, Woof already is a classic.
    BooBear: Lucky mom! Hope the rain stops by the time OFA comes your way.
    Riõ: Remember when Spence got rained out in Denver?

  8. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:48 am on June 19th, 2015

    Cancelled!…All fun stuff is cancelled for my friend and I this summer….grump!

  9. O'Howlers
    10:49 am on June 19th, 2015

    Rio!!!! ME

    10:52 am on June 19th, 2015

    Couple of minor points: Birdie’s friend is not named Tory, Bowser is not a talking dog, and did you see the last line? Other than that, a decent review.

    Morning all. I am at work, but just till 1:30, then some quick errands and then home.

    Nice day here today, but we seem to be in a pattern of rain every weekend. Bummer for the folks that have to work all week.

  11. O'Howlers
    10:52 am on June 19th, 2015

    We just read the review. We like it, except for that talking dog part, and “narrates much of the story”….much? How about ALL, Amigo.

    Simply put, SQ is a genius.

    10:59 am on June 19th, 2015

    Tupperware (Sorry, but I love that), How goes it with the balusters for the deck? Do you have to replace all of them, or can you find a match and just fill in? Are you going to post a picture of the finished product?

  13. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:03 am on June 19th, 2015

    Howlers!…What?…snort!…ME what?

  14. O'Howlers
    11:09 am on June 19th, 2015

    All fun stuff is cancelled for my friend and me.

    Mom’s pet peeve.

  15. Her Royal Highness, Queen Tupper
    11:42 am on June 19th, 2015

    Bowser is a narrating dog, not a talking dog. Harumph!

    New fence is almost done. Deck guy should be back today, and things should be progressing well. We will be sure to post pics once it is all done.
    (We think the neighbors are all growing extra long noses to poke into what we are doing)

  16. Staff
    11:51 am on June 19th, 2015

    Tupper, That is what noses are for! Poking into things that are not their business. I often have wondered why cats are called curious when their noses are not nearly as long as most dogs. Rio excluded.

  17. dawson
    1:11 pm on June 19th, 2015

    My copy of Woof should be here by Monday.

    BStover: Don’t read the last sentence of the review. It’s just Spencer trying to get your goat again.

    Road Rash: The man who lives in this house fell off his bike yesterday trying to negotiate a small curb. Both hands and one knee have road rash. One elbow is not bending properly. One pinkie is all black and blue. One tshirt ruined but it saved his stomach from road rash. 🙂 He was wearing a helmet. I am taking him to the doctor to assess all of the above. He said he didn’t want to ride his bike. This is the new bike he got last week from Staples. Who knew Staples sells bikes?

    1:13 pm on June 19th, 2015

    I am a very nosey neighbor. Might be partially due to background in realestate/insurance and house rehabbing. When anyone in the subdivision lists their home, I immediatly hop on and look at all the pictures. That’s not wrong is it?

    Howlers, that is one of my pet peeves too. Even worse, my neighbor always says “Me and….”. as in “Me and Mikey are going to Walmart” Gah, she soulds like a 6 year old! When Chet says “Me and Bernie” it is cute, but not when it is said by an adult human.

  19. Alice M. Johnson
    1:39 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Masquers, Staff says to tell you to tell Nana to check her email

  20. O'Howlers
    1:49 pm on June 19th, 2015

    It is just that Rio always has impeccable grammar. Or at least, his friend does.

  21. B.Stover
    1:57 pm on June 19th, 2015

    As I’ve mentioned before, “read” is listed in the dictionary as a noun with an “informal” usage. It still irritates me immensely.

    Regarding “I” or “me” the test is simple: remove the compound subject. “All fun stuff is cancelled for me this summer.” After testing, you can add the compound subject (of the prepositional phrase in this example): “All fun stuff is cancelled for my friend and me this summer.” (“Stuff” is the subject of the sentence. “Me” is the objective case of “I” and is needed when the person referred to is the object of the sentence and not the subject of the sentence as in the example.)

  22. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:22 pm on June 19th, 2015

    But!…For some reason Me! doesn’t sound right to Me! in that sentence…sniff!…I and Micky are whatever- does not sound right to Me! either…grunt!

  23. B.Stover
    2:23 pm on June 19th, 2015

    I found a new wine a Krogers (new to me): Trivento from Argentina and it’s a Malbec! I’ll try it this evening.

  24. B.Stover
    2:27 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Rio: “Micky and I are going to do some fun stuff this summer” would be correct because the subjects of the sentence are the “Micky” and the “I.” One just has to keep in mind that “me” is not a subject but an object.

  25. B.Stover
    2:43 pm on June 19th, 2015

    I’m wondering whether my grammar explanations are clear or confusing….

  26. O'Howlers
    2:57 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Bee, Mom can never find Cahors in our local wine shops. Sob

  27. B.Stover
    3:06 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Howlers: This is the first time I’ve found Malbec in a store. I don’t remember if Krogers is nationwide….

  28. BearSpiritDog
    3:37 pm on June 19th, 2015

    B: Krogers goes by the Name of QFC in these parts.

    Free HBO Weekend! We are watching (yet once again) The Painted Veil. Love that Movie! Love Edward Norton!
    And, Barb, you will be happy to hear The Judge is listed for tomorrow night. At last Nana will get to see it.

  29. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:37 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Store!…Our grocery stores are not allowed to sell liquor here…sniff!…It would put all the other liquor stores out of business. Or so they claim…grunt!…Krogers is called King Soopers where my friend shops. No liquor there either. I think they can sell 3% beer…burp!

  30. Masquers
    3:51 pm on June 19th, 2015

    3% beer? hardly worth the while. sniff.

  31. Masquers
    3:53 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Hey…there really is a King Soopers…I thought Riõ was pulling my tail.

  32. B.Stover
    4:14 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Kroger gave me a special bag for the wine bottles. (The bag is made of material and is meant to be reused.) On it they list the names: Kroger, Food 4 Less, QFC, Fred Meyer, Raiphs, Smith’s, Fry’s, Baker’s, Gorbes, Dillons, King Scoopers, City Market, and Jay C. (I assume those are all the names for the store. I’ve always gone to Hiller but Kroger has taken it over.)

  33. O'Howlers
    4:26 pm on June 19th, 2015

    We can’t get wine in grocery stores either. We have to buy from our State Liquor Stores, most of which carry a very limited selection. We do have one “boutique” store, with a very good selection of wines. They never have Cahors either, except last time when they had a $54 bottle! They do have lots of Malbec, and Mom does kove thise.
    We can also buy wine from local vinyards. Beer must be purchased from state-licensed but privately owned beer distributors.

  34. O'Howlers
    4:27 pm on June 19th, 2015

    LOVE those, not kove. Snort

  35. Masquers
    4:29 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Interesting…I didn’t know Ralphs and Fred Meyers were part of the chain.

  36. B.Stover
    4:49 pm on June 19th, 2015

    We can even buy wine at K Marts here.

  37. Martha
    5:00 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Hip, hip, hurray! Students finished school today. It has been a long year.

  38. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    5:08 pm on June 19th, 2015

    O’Howlers, Cahors is a Malbec that comes from the Cahors region of France.

  39. B.Stover
    5:28 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Howlers: If you Google “Cahors” you’ll get a list of places to buy it online.

  40. Thieves!
    6:10 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Dawson: The way we hear it, the man who lives in that house was popping a wheelie over a very large jump—not a small curb—on his way to save a herd of pug puppies, all while trying to deliver a batch of cookies to an elderly neighbor. The cookies were reported to have been made by said man from scratch.

  41. dawson
    6:13 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Cahors on-line. I am thinking about ordering some to keep up with the man-who-lives-in-this-house. He has a broken pinkie and will be doing lots of whine. Already on the way home, he was whining because I would not go to the A&W with him (for the second time today). I dropped him off and told him to call me if he wanted a ride home (it’s only 4 blocks away). I’m laughing thinking of him drinking his tea with his pinkey extended out – in a splint. Of course, this is great fodder for the crew he hangs out with. Snort!

    BStover: I admit while reading your post of 1:57 my brain frizzled out at the point you were talking about “objective case”, then I just continued on to the next post without comprehending. But I knew the “me or I” test. You would not say, “All fun stuff is cancelled for I this summer.” So as I continued to the next post, I was thinking, “No you don’t! Go back and read it so you understand it.” But I didn’t. Then you posted at 2:27 and at that point I was very confused. Then after reading your post of 2:43 I went back to the 1:57 post and read it until I understood it and the same with your 2:27 post. I was afraid that if I told you your grammar explanation was a bit confusing, you would try again. 🙂 Clear as mud?

  42. dawson
    6:46 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Thieves: Yeah, sure. That’s the way it was. Except I made the cookies.

  43. Wose-the small and meek
    6:52 pm on June 19th, 2015

    RIO! This commercial reminded me of you…


    The Yankees are holding their annual Old Timers Day tomorrow. Wondering if Derek Jeter will be invited…Imagine, an old timer at 40! Yeep!

  44. B.Stover
    6:55 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Dawson: I think you’ve said that you understood my grammar posts…finally. (I won’t try again but I would try to answer questions.)

    The Malbec is lovely by the way.

  45. Wose-the small and meek
    6:55 pm on June 19th, 2015

    RATS!!!! Hope this works…

  46. Her Royal Highness, Queen Tupper
    7:00 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Dawson – Mama is chuckling over your (lack of) sympathy for the man of the house. They do find ways to get into trouble, don’t they.

    So, the fence is up – all the neighbors have stopped by to say how much they like the look. But the deck guy never showed. Oh well.

    Mama and the Storyteller took the day to take Gramp on a field trip for his birthday today. They went out last week to a carpet showroom, and picked out new carpets for his bedroom and den. Said carpets are being bound, but they took Gramp today to see the surprise. He loved the carpet they picked. And since in this house, the Birthday Celebrant gets to pick dinner, Gramp wanted Bacon Wrapped Scallops and Shrimp. With boiled Salt Potatoes, and sautéed zukes. And tiramisu for dessert.
    Gramp said he has had a great day.

  47. Scout
    7:10 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Tell gramps he has excellent taste. Yum for bacon. And scallops. And shrimp. My mom does not share shrimp or scallops. Sometimes bacon, but not nearly often enough.

  48. Wose-the small and meek
    7:12 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Queen Tupper, Are there any leftovers????

  49. Her Royal Highness, Queen Tupper
    7:19 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Wose – are you kidding?

  50. Wose-the small and meek
    7:25 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Rodriguez did it!

  51. BearSpiritDog
    7:25 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Royals: Please tell Gramp for us we hope he is Having the Happiest of B-Days.
    And maybe, just maybe, he could toss some of that Bacon our way.
    If he should feel so inclined. Heh.

  52. Wose-the small and meek
    7:26 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Queen Tupper, Just askin’. Big hugs to Gramps from me!!!

  53. Masquers
    7:27 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Rose: About Rodriguez…we don’t know whether to be pleased or not.

  54. Wose-the small and meek
    7:34 pm on June 19th, 2015

    My dearest Masquers: I was never a Rodriguez fan. In my humble opinion, the record of any player who is suspected of or uses performance enhancing drugs is no longer valid. On the other paw, July 9th is the 4th anniversary of Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit. Now there is a TRUE Yankee great!!!!

  55. Wose-the small and meek
    7:36 pm on June 19th, 2015

    HRH, B, Please forgive me for any errors in grammar and/or punctuation.

  56. Thieves!
    7:38 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Dawson: details! The evil pug is in the details.

    Gramps: Happy birthday! Any chance we can sneak you out to paint the town with bacon grease?

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:51 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Gravy!….Pizza and gravy are on my mind lately…gurgle!…Ever since Mother had that stroke good food is hard to beg for…yeeeep!

  58. B.Stover
    7:56 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Rose: I never blame anyone for errors. It is easy to make errors and it is very difficult to proofread one’s own writing.

  59. Tupper's Mama
    8:13 pm on June 19th, 2015
  60. Wolfie
    8:20 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Rio, why aren’t you and your friend planning any fun this summer?

  61. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:22 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Sounds wonderful. But we are wondering what salt potatoes are? Just boiled potatoes with butter and salt?

  62. O'Howlers
    8:36 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Happy Birthday to Gramps. Kat sends kisses. Lots and lots of kisses.

    Mom knows well what Cahors is, and loves it. Remember she had a chance to try that when we were all in Asheville? About ordering online: not permitted here in PA.

  63. O'Howlers
    8:41 pm on June 19th, 2015

    It is pizza time here. The accompanying wine is Beaujolais. (Did we spell that right?

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:42 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Wolfie!…Well it has to do with someone sitting around here eating donuts and zingers and cheese and ice cream to her bloody hearts content….grump!…Then that someone, Mother, had a stroke because she refused to take the medicine her doctor prescribed for her to keep her arteries clean from all the crap she eats…GRUMP!…So therefore she had a stroke. And so THEREFORE my friend has to stick around here because she is at high risk of having another one…sniff!…That is the story in a nutshell…grumble!

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:43 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Wolfie!…Are me and my friend bitter???…grunt!…Just a tad, but we are also very concerned for her well-being and so therefore all will be taken in good stride…gruffle!

  66. Staff
    8:57 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Rio’s friend, I know exactly how you feel. Not with my mother, but with my father. Breathe deep. Exhale. Repeat. Maybe you will get dizzy and have a refreshing ‘nap’.

    Queen B. I felt the same way Dawson did about your post. Since our English teacher Mother drilled that lesson into us I don’t feel the need to go back and read it. Dawson and I are different that way.

  67. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    8:58 pm on June 19th, 2015

    So Rio, then do you and your friend have control of the kitchen?

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:58 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Wolfie!…EXCEPT for the part where my friend and I cannot go see Spencer and The Charming Mr.Abrahams next month…sniff!…That part I am very bitter about indeed….grump!

  69. Tupper's Mama
    8:59 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Barb – Salt Potatoes is a Native dish. Small, or new potatoes have a single belt peeked around the middle. Then they are put in cold water with a BIG bunch of salt and boiled til soft. The water is drained and the taters are browned in butter or oil till they have golden color.
    Gramp’s favorite!

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:01 pm on June 19th, 2015

    MollysMaw!…heh!…The good news is YES! My friend can cook to her hearts delight in the kitchen these days…chuffle!…Only thing being her appetite is wasting away and the thought of cooking is undesirable…weep!

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:02 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Potatoes!…Wow! Those sound amazing and yet they will not be on my friends or mothers menu…grunt!…Too damned bad I say!…snort!

  72. O'Howlers
    9:10 pm on June 19th, 2015

    We would like to try those potatoes.

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:15 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Howlers!…After you make them, take a foto so I can see how golden buttery brown they are….slobber!burp!

  74. c.hobbit
    9:18 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Martha: congrats on the last day of school. Did you finish reading Woof to the kids?

    Rio: doesn’t your friend have a brother who can stand in for a day or two whilst she goes to see OFA? Surely there is someone (friend? neighbor?) who can help. Your friend needs to have a wee bit of fun in her life…

  75. O'Howlers
    9:18 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Rio, We think we heard Queen Tupperware say she was making them for all of us. We are sure we heard that.

  76. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:19 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Yes, the potatoes sound good, especially if browned in butter.

    Rio, is your friend’s mom behaving herself and eating better these days?

    Heading to bed very soon.

  77. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    9:23 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Loulou is happy because I have been able to add small amounts of meat back. I’m working on inflammation that makes my throat close. Temporarily all non-gluten grains are out until I see what’s up. Ground beef and ground pork are going down. Gluten is sneaking in and maybe I’m so sensitive that some of the non-gluten grains are cross-contaminated.

  78. BearSpiritDog
    9:24 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Wolfie: How is the Fire Situation near your mom’s work?

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on June 19th, 2015

    CHobbit!…((sigh))…What youse all don’t know is my friends brother’s wife had a stroke the evening before my friend’s mother did, which was early the next morning…gah!…It was a double emergency situation to say the least. My friend and her brother were both at their wit’s end at the same time practically…sniff!…So the answer is NO. No help from the very few relatives that are still living or near and dear…wuffle!…Although she lives in Hope and keeps thinking there is a way. If only she could drive at night, but the terrible night vision is too stressful to chance going all the way to Denver and back…sniffle!

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:35 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Barb!…Nope!…My friend got a tin of chocolate chip cookies as a Thank You from Subaru and my friend ate all of 2 of the cookies. The tin is empty now. And ice-cream is still on the grocery list….grump!…Addiction to sugar is a very strong addiction and very hard to break…sniff!

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Walk!…grump!..Again it is time to go out and walk among the mosquitos….grrr!…Why? I ask WHY?…grumble!

  82. Martha
    9:37 pm on June 19th, 2015

    I did not finish but will remind students in September that it is in the library. Now I do get to finish it. Tomorrow I get my first extended visit with Hazel. My SIL is working, and I will go over to support my daughter and hold the baby.

  83. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:42 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Rio, Barb’s big splurge is raw almonds. Noe of that other stuff. Also, we do our brutal walk in the early morning.

    Night all.

  84. BearSpiritDog
    9:56 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Almonds are Good for You.
    Dark Chocolate is Good for You.
    Therefore…Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds Are Good for You.

  85. BearSpiritDog
    9:58 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Let’s Go Out Tonight With a Chortle – Bear

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:12 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Out!…My Friend thinks going OUT!OUT!OUT! would be wonderful.snort!…Where to? With who?…wheeze!

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:16 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Bear!…Oh no! All our well kept secrets will get out if that movie comes to theaters near me and you…gasp!

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:17 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Rockies!..Game ON!…Slurp!and Burp!

  89. Wolfie
    10:55 pm on June 19th, 2015

    The fires are calming down. Yesterday, we had five. I can appreciate.the magnitude of the Sockeye fire, with it’s 7,500 acre burn. Our largest fire has burned 700 acres, with 15% containment.

  90. Wolfie
    10:56 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Rio, I am sorry to hear about your friend’s mother and SIL.

  91. Thieves!
    11:10 pm on June 19th, 2015

    B&M&L: You asked Rio if Mother was behaving herself? Our best guess is yes. Anyone with keys to Mother Jail probably only gets a few claw out of line on rare occasion.

    Wolfie: We hope you remain safe. Wyatt will help if you need to evacuate. A thief he may not be, but we think he is finding his niche.

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:18 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Thieves!…You do not know Mother as well as I do..heheh!…Eating good food is not her forte’…whiff!

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:23 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Fruit!..She won’t eat fruit because it makes her throat itch…sniff!..She hates most vegetables…grunt!…So fried meat, gravy and potatoes are her stand-up meal…gah!…Even I know I need to eat my kibble to stay regular…heh!heh!

  94. ML
    11:36 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Goodnight all. Hugs

  95. Thieves!
    11:40 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Rio: If meat and gravy is misbehaving, we don’t want to behave.

    ML: Hugs! Loves! Wags!

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:59 pm on June 19th, 2015

    Thieves!…Well, after you spend a day in the ER and two days in the hospital and then the rest of your life looking after someone…sniff!…You might feel differently…grunt!…No Gravy, No Red Meat..(weep!) …No ice cream …No cheese…gasp!…Life is not really worth living after a certain amount of NOs …snuffle!

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:02 am on June 20th, 2015

    Wait!…No one ever said anything about Slim Jims or Beef Jerky…heh!heh!…I can do this, I really can!…WoOOOO!

  98. dawson
    12:50 am on June 20th, 2015

    Rio: If your friend is going to be taking care of your mother she is going to HAVE TO have some kind of relief on a regular basis or she will go NUTS in a hurry. If she isn’t already. Sorry to hear about your s i l. I was going to suggest you ask your brother to elder-sit while you went to see Spence.

    I love meat, gravy, cheese and ice cream. It would be hard to stop eating cheese, especially.

    Big hugs back to ML.

    Happy birthday to Gramps! The dinner and dessert are drool worthy.

    Tupper’s Mama: I did have some sympathy for that man when he came dragging his road-rashy body home. I helped him wash all his bloody and dirty spots, applied hydrogen peroxide and antibiotic cream and bandaged where I could. He was shivering cold and I think he actually had a bit of shock so I tucked him into bed. But enough is enough and today is a new day. His road rash looks like it will heal in a couple days. He was barely moving when he crashed. That little finger does look bad. His doctor sent the xray to an orthopedic surgeon and will find out Monday what he recommends.

    Martha: Congratulations on the beginning of your summer vacation.

  99. Thieves!
    1:06 am on June 20th, 2015

    Rio: We will have to verify on Wookie-pedia, but we are pretty certain that hot wings are not made with cheese, red meat, ice cream, or gravy. If this is true, you really can do this!

    Nighty Nutter butters.

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