No Post Today

How come? Something about a road trip, a meeting, a book about Robbie, whoever that may be. Admin and Spence were talking about it, but at the same time a brand new kind of kibble appeared in my bowl. My inside-the-house bowl is the one I mean. I also have an outside-the-house bowl for when I’m in a picnicking mood, but the problem is the birds who seem to often be in a picnicking mood, too.

Welcome Summer, Autumn, Carib dude, beautiful golden (who may be Carib dude from another angle); party aficionado: please try again.


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149 Responses to “No Post Today”

  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:00 am on March 7th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! Wow, Chet, breakfast came early for you this morning. I just hope you don’t get too hungry later. You might want to keep an eye on those birds eating your picnic food!

  2. B.Stover
    8:56 am on March 7th, 2011

    Road trip…very early start…to the publisher to discuss the new PA book? Birds are in my garden eating sunflower seeds Chet. They eat twice their weight as I understand it–takes a lot of energy to fly.

    Good morning Kirby and everyone.

  3. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:04 am on March 7th, 2011

    Good morning, Bee. I guess we’re the only ones awake this morning?

  4. B.Stover
    9:08 am on March 7th, 2011

    Hi Kirby. Besides Chet et al and us it does seem that everyone is sleeping in.

    Staff was funny last night about Melanie’s cane.

    Well, it’s sunny here but only 20.

  5. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:27 am on March 7th, 2011

    Brrrr — that’s cold. Yesterday we had lots of rain — which we needed — but this morning it’s bright and sunny. Right now it’s about 40, but we’re supposed to get up to 62 degrees.

  6. Wolfie
    9:40 am on March 7th, 2011

    Chet, did they mention the name of your new kibble?

    And how do you like it?

    Yesterday was an amazing day on the blog. Very exciting, and with a happy ending to boot. I love happy endings!

    I am looking forward to meeting Robbie. I know that I will adore her.

  7. Wolfie
    9:44 am on March 7th, 2011

    I had forgotten about Bee and the cane incident!

  8. Barb & Maggie
    9:48 am on March 7th, 2011

    Good morning, Bee and Kirby. Not too nice here today – should get into the lower 40’s, but rain wll be coming. It’s sort of gloomy and overcast out there.

    Kelly’s m-i-l is better but still in the hospital ICU, so things are still status quo here. They are not sure what happened to her, but they think big infection, and possible overdose on her meds.
    Her husband is retired, and a very smart man, but what a DOPE. He is letting this woman who has brain damage from cancer and radiation treatment (think 10 yr old with no short term memory), be in charge of her own medications. Does this seem odd or not? He will say things like “Well, she SAID she took her meds”. She needs a care giver and so does he!

  9. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:49 am on March 7th, 2011

    (Whispering: Wolfie, I’m so glad you’re here. Bee and I were all alone, and just the thought of her with that cane was giving me the willies! She seems pretty calm this morning, though!)

  10. Barb & Maggie
    9:50 am on March 7th, 2011

    Good morning to Wolfie, too. Isn’t it pretty early on the west coast?

  11. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:57 am on March 7th, 2011

    Good morning, Barb & Maggie! Once when Dad was sick, he had three different medications — one had to be taken every four hours, one every six hours and one every eight hours. Mom had to make a chart so they could figure out what time he had to take which pill. Mom had to do that for Buford’s pills, too. Medicine is hard to remember when you’re feeling tip-top, much less when you’re sick. Sometimes you just need help, and it sure sounds like the m-i-l needs major help, and she hasn’t been getting it!

  12. Rose
    10:06 am on March 7th, 2011

    Good morning everyone!

    Well, here in New York we had LOTS of rain, and getting to work this morning was an adventure, since many of the highway are flooded and unpassable.

    I have a question for Chet and the rest of his guys…I am a HUGE Beatles fan and I just read a great book about them by Bob Spitz. He says on Sgt. Pepper’s that after the last note of the song A Day in the Life, John Lennon requested that a sound only dogs could hear be recorded. Is this true? Can the nation within the nation verify this. I’m dying to know…..

  13. Siber-H
    10:16 am on March 7th, 2011

    It is gloomy and overcast here too, which makes me wonder if Rio’s friend will have bad roads this morning. I hope not.

    Chet, I have picnics outside sometimes just like you, but there is never any left over for the birds. My dear friend, Molly, (the husky) uses some of her kibble to bait the birds. She will carry some kibble out the doggy door and place it on the ground in the yard to lure the birds in. End of story.

  14. Siber-H
    10:18 am on March 7th, 2011

    Good morning Rose…I don’t have an answer to your question, but it is a good question and maybe someone has the answer.

  15. C. Harris
    10:19 am on March 7th, 2011

    -15 here and it is supposed to get up to +15. Was at school last night working and when I drove home it was +1. The road was so slippery which surprised me as I didn’t think that was “warm” enough to start melting the ice.

    Rose: interesting question. I remember reading that years and years ago but I can’t remember if it turned out to be true or not. Maybe you can google it on the internet if someone doesn’t have first-hand information?

  16. B.Stover
    10:19 am on March 7th, 2011

    B&M: I hope Kelly’s m i l can leave the ICU soon–it’s not a great place to be. Hope they get a care giver.

    Hi Wolfie! How are things on the west coast?

    Rose: I always think of New York as a place of taxis but apparently you are driving on freeways. That is a great question about Sgt. Pepper.

    Kirby: Not to worry. I only use the cane when I’m extremely angry at techno-types and at bloggers who write cliff-hangers AND NEVER GET BACK TO THEM!!!

  17. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:41 am on March 7th, 2011

    Robbie!… Oh, maybe there will be another middle-grade book released soon!…sniff!sniff!….This is exciting stuff, since I’m still waiting for Quacky…grump!….If it is not there tonight, someone is writing a scathing note to Barney Noble….grunt!

    Bait!… Baiting birds!…heh!snort!heh!…SiberH, your friend Molly sounds like a laugh a minute…snort!…I sure wish I could hang out with her and learn all her evil tricks…gruffle!

  18. Rose
    11:03 am on March 7th, 2011

    Hey Bee:

    I live in Croton-on-Hudson in Westchester, a northern suburb, about 35 miles north of the city. We do have lots of highways, but just as much traffic as the city.

  19. B.Stover
    11:12 am on March 7th, 2011

    Hi Rose. Do you have to drive into NYCity for work?

    Rio: I like scathing notes.

  20. B.Stover
    11:13 am on March 7th, 2011

    We heard about Robbie and her Sherwood gang somewhere a while back but I can’t remember where or when.

  21. B.Stover
    11:18 am on March 7th, 2011

    I love the English. They “despatch” orders rather than send them.

  22. Rose
    11:22 am on March 7th, 2011


    I used to commute to NYC several years ago when I worked at Warner Bros., but now I work in Tarrytown which is about a half hour’s drive from where I live.

  23. B.Stover
    11:25 am on March 7th, 2011

    Rose: A half hour’s distance isn’t too bad. I hope you commuted to NYC by train. Working at Warner Bros. sounds interesting.

  24. dawson
    11:33 am on March 7th, 2011

    B.Stover: On August 24th ,2010 Spence posted the now infamous “Dental Fun” post because he was too busy with “Robbie” to think of anything else. And on August 27th there was No Post because he had finally finished Robbie and was tired.
    I’m supposed to be packing. Going from winter to spring today.

  25. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:37 am on March 7th, 2011

    Just to let you know I am here. I am alvays here. I am alvays vatching. And I am Brilliant Undercover Spy, so you vill never know vhere I am going to pop up.
    HA !

  26. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:42 am on March 7th, 2011

    You see – I can become anyvon I vant.
    You vill not be able to catch me Commander Rio. HA !

  27. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:42 am on March 7th, 2011

    Oh boy! Natasha does get around! Scary, huh?

    Well, gotta go! Mom’s off to work, so I’ll try to get back on the computer when she gets home.

  28. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:48 am on March 7th, 2011

    Siber H..was that REALLY the end of the story? heh heh, bird bait, the pups think that is what the bird feeder is really for. They scratch the window like mad when one is out there.

    How do we tell the difference between a “no post” and a “post”. They are frequently quite similar.

    We hope the Colorado folks got or get home safely.

    Does anyone know how often toe-nails are mentioned in the Chet books?

  29. Rose
    12:07 pm on March 7th, 2011


    Yes, I commuted via Metro-North. I learned a lot about the business of the film industry while I worked there.

  30. Siberian Husky
    12:24 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Macy, let me put it this way, Molly shows no mercy, but she is very quick.
    I don’t know about the toenails.

  31. dawson
    12:26 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Melanie: That Nefarious Natasha has infiltrated your system. What gall!

    Macy MinPin: Please don’t go there (about toenails).

    Siber H: Now if Molly was baiting the Ravens up here, they would play with her. One would get her to chase and another one would gobble the food while she was distracted. They will work in teams against a common enemy.

  32. B.Stover
    12:44 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Dawson: Thank you for the info. And that’s interesting about ravens. Have a good trip.

    Yes, why is Nefarious using Melanie’s Newf avatar? Mysteries abound here. And what is a Borzoi? And why does Macy want to know about toenails?

  33. Siberian Husky
    12:48 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Dawson, that might help entertain Molly. Her problem is that she is just smarter than the average Siberian and she finds creative things to do.

  34. Macy the Min-Pin
    1:00 pm on March 7th, 2011

    I just thought that maybe someone had done exhaustive research on the subject of toenails to go with the teeth study.

  35. B.Stover
    1:04 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Macy: When there’s really no post….there’s really no post. I only remember it happening once after the Edgar Awards. Do you really want me to look up toenails on my Kindle?

  36. Siberian Husky
    1:05 pm on March 7th, 2011


  37. B.Stover
    1:11 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Sorry SH. I looked it up. There is only one mention of toenails in DOI and it’s about Suzie:

    “Suzie wore sandals; her feet looked strong, too, but skinnier and much smaller. Her toenails were painted some dark color, and she wore a silver ring around one toe. Suzie was interesting, no doubt about it. An urge came over me to sidestep my way under the table and give her toes a quick lick. I resisted it. She was a guest.”

    I forgot that description about her toenails and the silver ring. I like Suzie better now!

  38. Mollypop
    1:34 pm on March 7th, 2011

    I like the Nefarious Natasha. A Borzoi is a Russian Wolfhound, hence her accent.

  39. BearSpiritDog
    1:37 pm on March 7th, 2011

    SassySpiritDog friend of Bear

  40. Gus and BooBear
    1:45 pm on March 7th, 2011

    What a pretty friend u have, Bear.

  41. Melanie
    1:56 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Been working all morning, driving . . .

    Okay, so B’s taking my cane again?
    Staff is telling stories last night?
    New people on the blog (cool!)

    Natasha is looking like a Newf . . . or not?

    Whew, I will catch up after I pack up some packages for the post office.
    Drive Jesse home . . . etc. etc . . etc

    2:25 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Bee, Natash is trying to take over others’ avatars. Yesterday she posted under T & G’s avatar. She is sneaky. A Borzio looks a little like an Afghan Hound or a Greyhound with long shaggy hair. No, she does not look at all like a Newfie.

    Macy was making a joke because of the Lois thing with the teeth. I don’t think the poor lady ever showed up again did she?

  43. B.Stover
    2:32 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Do I know Bear Spirit Dog? Sassy is beautiful.

    Melanie: I don’t have your cane, honest. (Don’t really need it when I want to make a point…I use my words as a lash instead.)

    B&M: You’re right. I don’t think we’ve heard any more about dentists.

  44. B.Stover
    2:35 pm on March 7th, 2011

    I just did yoga meditation…for the first time…and I’m feeling no stress.

  45. Rose
    3:04 pm on March 7th, 2011

    What a gorgeous dog Sassy is!!

    3:33 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Is Sassy is Samoyed? She is very pretty.

  47. Melanie
    3:40 pm on March 7th, 2011

    I wonder if Bear Spirit Dog is also a Samoya?

    Finally caught up. I’m in my workroom until I get a headache. The Royals’ mum mentioned putting out some coffee grounds to absorb the smell. That will be fun. I love the smell of coffee.

    I’ve got two of the Pack sleeping in here while I listen to Dan Reeder on my computer. Ahhh, bliss . . .

  48. Melanie
    3:41 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Barb & MagPie, I guess I should have checked the spelling, You’re right on the spelling and she has the Samoyed smile!

    SAM!! Never give out your number! (I thought you were too young to drink?)

  49. Melanie
    3:47 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Whoa, I looked up Borzoi and not only are they great spies, they can clone themselves!

  50. B.Stover
    3:49 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Isn’t the number Sam gave the long distance operator number for whatever area code that was?

  51. Siberian Husky
    3:50 pm on March 7th, 2011

    The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

  52. B.Stover
    3:50 pm on March 7th, 2011

    There were two Borzois on the dog park video weren’t there? They are very beautiful.

  53. B.Stover
    3:51 pm on March 7th, 2011

    SH: You’re funny!

  54. Mollypop
    4:03 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Melanie – Sam is just fooling around. She gave you the number for Information and the code words “Forest Lawn” get you to our beautiful cemetary. It goes back to before the Pan Am Exposition and is a beautiful place to tour, right in the middle of the city.

    That Sam is such a little scamp.

    4:13 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Melanie, Did you ever notice on tv when they are giving a number or showing one, that they always use the 555 prefix in place of a real # ?

  56. Melanie
    4:14 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Except guys, when you look up that number . . . You find it as the number of the “Iroquois Brewing Company”! I really think she shouldn’t meet dogs in bars! Snicker

  57. Melanie
    4:16 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Our little Sam is growing up. Wiping tear away . . .

  58. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    4:20 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Hi everyone. Had chemo treatment number 4 earlier today. i think this one was rougher on mom than on me. Because this is a much more complicated procedure than the other three in the cycle, she had to get up at 6:00 am to get me to the vet by 7:00 am (that of course meant I had to get up too at that time). She also had to teach a quilting class this afternoon, which made the timing very tight. Dad decided to work at home today, so that he would be there when mom dropped me off. I also have to take antibiotics for 10 days, because there is a slight risk of infection from this particular treatment, and this treatment also has a slight chance of causing “gooshy tummy” (I think that is a medical term) but so far, so good. Also, the annual quiltathon is here again at our place on Wednesday, so I need to be in tip top shape for that. You know what it is like trying to herd quilters all day. Wookie

  59. B.Stover
    4:23 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Sam, where are you?

    We haven’t heard from Bluecat for a while.

  60. B.Stover
    4:27 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Wookie: I hope everything goes well for you for the rest of today and on Wednesday also.

  61. Wölfie
    4:28 pm on March 7th, 2011

    In honor of Chocolate Chip Cookie Week:
    (with apologies to Melanie)

    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    (recipe from Tavern Restaurant in Brentwood, CA.)

    8oz butter, room temperature
    1 1/4c dark brown sugar
    3/4c granulated sugar
    2each eggs

    1 1/2tsp vanilla extract
    3c pastry flour
    1tsp baking soda
    2tsp kosher salt
    24oz 65% cordillera chocolate coins (or whatever your favorite chocolate is. make sure to chop it into large quarter-size chunks)

    in a kitchen aid bowl, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until all combined. do not beat until pale or your cookies will be too flat.
    add the eggs, one at a time, until well combined.
    stop the mixer and scrap the sides of the bowl.
    add the vanilla extract and mix for 10 seconds.
    sift the pastry flour, baking soda and salt and slowly add it to the mixer with the mixer on the lowest setting.
    when you see that almost all the flour has been incorporated, add the chocolate and mix just until combined.

    we use an ice cream scoop at the restaurant to ensure consistency in size. choose your weapon and form the dough into balls the size of golf balls.

    for chewy cookies:
    chill the dough for 2 hours
    place the balls of cookie dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet 3″ apart and bake at 350F for 10 minutes.
    and bake for another 5-7 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
    cool completely or just dig in!

    for crispy cookies:
    no need to chill the dough.
    with very clean fingers, flatten each ball of dough as thin as possible. it should be the size of a cd.
    bake the cookies at 350F for 12 minutes.
    bake for another 12-15 minutes or until the entire cookie is delicious caramel color.
    again, cool completely or eat ’em while their hot!

    extra notes:
    sub the chocolate chips for dried fruits and/or nuts, peanut butter chips…whatever you like.

  62. Wölfie
    4:29 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Wookie, I’m glad that you aren’t feeling too sick today. Let’s see….four down, 11? left?

    When will we know if it’s working?

  63. Siberian Husky
    4:30 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Hi Wookie!! You rest and take real good care of yourself. Your folks will see to that, I know. You and your family are in our prayers.

  64. Siberian Husky
    4:35 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Sam is trying to get out of going 4-wheeling with me in the Colorado Rockies this summer. That is the reason for the phoney phone number.

  65. Sam
    4:39 pm on March 7th, 2011

    I’m sort of in trouble. Mom says I have some explaining to do.

  66. Wölfie
    4:43 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Sam is at a BREWERY??


    And she is giving out fake numbers?

    I think she needs some more excitement. Maybe somebody (not me, of course) should go over Angel Falls in a barrell. Whooo-weee!
    Bee, did you want to volunteer? Or Melanie?

  67. Wölfie
    4:46 pm on March 7th, 2011

    *****With Sam inside the barrel, of course!

    Sassy Spirit, you are a beauty!!

  68. B.Stover
    4:57 pm on March 7th, 2011

    I don’t travel by boat or barrel and only by plane when necessary.

    Sam, why are you in trouble?

    Think I’ll have an espresso with foam richness.

  69. LizF
    5:09 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Sassy is very beautiful.

    Those borzois look like caricature dogs!

    Thanks for the recipe Wolfie, i know your mum is a fantastic baker.

    And Rio, back from the wilderness, good news!

  70. Sam
    5:13 pm on March 7th, 2011

    B, I gave out the phone number of information and Melanie posted that it was the number of a local brewery. My family thinks I’ve been out drinking.

    Wolfie, do you mean going over Niagara Falls in a barrel? Not Angel Falls. Here’s a picture taken from a restaurant window.

  71. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    5:17 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Wolfie — Actually by the second treatment my lymph nodes had shrunk back to normal size, so that is a very good sign that it is working. I actually have 12 more treatments to go (one a week for four weeks and then a week without treatment, which is the overall cycle). Next week is the off week following the first cycle, although I still have to go in for them to check my blood, so its not really a week off, but a week without a treatment. Wookie

  72. Melanie
    5:23 pm on March 7th, 2011

    “Gooshy tummy” such high falut’n science medical terms!

    When our dogs have gooshy tummy (if it means what I think it means) they like plain yogurt. Of course, they like yogurt all the time.

    They are dairy dogs.

    (sorry to let the Kat out of the bag, Sam!)

    Wöökie, wishing I could eat wheat flour!

  73. B.Stover
    5:35 pm on March 7th, 2011

    I wonder how that brewery can have that phone number. What city is 716 (I think that was it) the area code for? Because that is the information number. Perhaps that site had the wrong number.

  74. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:49 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Mr. Husky, isn’t Siberia in Russia? *snicker*

    I am going to steal “gooshy tummy” now, to go along with “poodled up” and “tummies”. We will soon have our very own language.

  75. Mollypop
    6:01 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Wooks – We had a great day yesterday. It was a job well done. Now you just rest up and let everyone pamper you. Save your strength for herding quilters.

  76. LizF
    6:41 pm on March 7th, 2011

    I got a paperback copy of TFAT yesterday, with another great illustration of C&B – i’ll scan it tomorrow and upload. Bernie’s wearing hawaiian shirt AND pants, looking very snazzy. Chet’s wearing the fedora.

  77. Siberian Husky
    6:58 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Macy, snicker, yes, Siberia is in Russia. However, my ancestors came from the Native people of Siberia…long before the Russians took over our land and claimed it for Russia. Siberians are an ancient breed of dog.

  78. bluecat
    7:07 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Bee – we’re here, just lurking and enjoying Everybody’s creativity on the blog. Dealing with life and family issues and Mr. Bluecat is scheduled for surgery Friday morning to keep him on the tennis court.

    Thanks for missing us. Best wishes for health and happy trails and head butts to all…

  79. Melanie
    7:16 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Macy: I think you’re right, we are creating our own language.

    BlueCat: Nice to hear from you. Why would someone WANT surgery to STAY on the tennis court. Just saying.

    LizF: Can’t wait to see the image.

    YSAS, his cousin and I went to Niagara Falls when they were around 13 (always an interesting time to travel with youngsters). They fell in love with it. Luckily no barrels were involved.

  80. B.Stover
    7:20 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Bluecat: I hope the surgery goes well. Please let us know. And good to hear from you.

  81. Melanie
    7:23 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Siber-H: I so want to see this . . .

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:43 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Gah!….You guys are animals!….grunt!… The post count is already in the 80’s – that doesn’t give me much time to post anything “comfortably”….grump! ….I don’t even know what the hell you guys are all talking about….sniff!…It’s like showing up at a party with 5 different conversations going on…snuff!

    Supper!…She’s actually cooking tonight. This should be interesting. I’ve already had my supper and am waiting for more…gruff!… I smell hamburger cooking with a lot of spices that are not Salt. ….ugh!

    Quacky!… It finally came today!….hooray!… I have to say I do Not care for the inside joke at all…grump!…He just had to do it, didn’t he?…gruffle!

  83. Melanie
    7:49 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Riö, just going to say goodnight. I’m putting coffee grounds in my workroom and see how they like to absorb fumes.

    BTW: When YSAS was around four we went up to visit Dan and Zoë in Boston and went on a Harbor tour. Really cool. YSAS thought it was great and decided to go swimming from the top deck of a tour boat. YIKES! I caught him as he was slithering under the rail. By his back foot!

    Until he was seven and actually had to pass a swimming test, he was not allowed near water without a life vest on. NO FEAR, that guy.

    On the other paw, OTAS got seasick!

  84. Siberian Husky
    7:54 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Melanie, I want to see that movie!! The only thing I know to do is to keep checking Amazon for the day it is released on dvd. I am sure it will be…they always are. Maybe start checking in about 5 months. (wild guess)
    That movie will not show up in a theater in my part of the country.

  85. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:01 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Ok, what did The Pug see as an inside joke? I did not see anything objectionable in it? What? What?

  86. AbbietheKitty
    8:12 pm on March 7th, 2011


    You know the pug can’t stand the ‘M’ guy. I think he objected to the duck being named that.

    And I remember you are the one who said it first.

  87. B.Stover
    8:13 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Rio: I too want to know the inside joke is….page number?

  88. Wölfie
    8:14 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Sam….no, I meant Angel Falls. (They are the tallest waterfalls in the world. If you are going to go big, go REALLY big! That’s what I always say!

    Bluecat, we have missed you! I hope the surgery goes well.

  89. B.Stover
    8:15 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Who is the M guy?

  90. Wölfie
    8:15 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap.

    WHAT inside joke???????

    I can’t stand it!!!

  91. B.Stover
    8:17 pm on March 7th, 2011

    I thought it was funny when he says, “Oh, oh…duck!” after a pitch.

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:33 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Manny!….He just had to name one of the baseball players on the Webbies team, Manny. Last name being El Pato, meaning “The Duck” in English…heh!heh!… Someone up there knows how much Manny Ramirez gets under my skin because of the Red Sox vs Rockies in the World Series in 2007…grrrruuuummmpp!!….The fun part was Manny got hit by the ball in the book and walked…snort!

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:36 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Catcher!… Since both teams are Ducklings, this means the mysterious Catcher is a duck also!…gruff! …I love love love the Illustrations!…woof!

  94. Tyb
    8:43 pm on March 7th, 2011

    I think we’re out of semi retirement. We went to work this morning at 6:30 and just got home. It’s 8:40. A quick scan of today’s entries make me want to send a BIG WELCOME BACK to my good friend Rio and a hearty welcome to beautiful Sassy and Natasha.
    Though we haven’t seen her we have seen the borzois. They are wonderful dogs. My dad had a big champagne and white male for several years. His name was Czar.

  95. AbbietheKitty
    8:55 pm on March 7th, 2011

    After extensive research I have determined that the michelin tire thingys on the cover are the catcher’s leg protectors.

  96. AbbietheKitty
    8:56 pm on March 7th, 2011

    I love the bright colors and the great life in each illustration. Very good choice for the artist I thought.

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:56 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Wow!…She’s making a type of Lasagna…sniff!…With dry cottage curd instead of that other cheese and different noodles than normal people use…heh!…It smells delish and is almost ready to go into the oven. I am so hungry I could just die, die, die….snorkel!

    Mr. Tibbs!… Hello! Goodbye! I have to run out to sniff in the kitchen again…woooo!

  98. Tyb
    9:02 pm on March 7th, 2011

    I guess the imaginary borzoi fooled us, but it was nice thinking that we had a borzoi on board for a while.

  99. Staff
    9:08 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Going to bed early again. You guys have a nice night and we will see you all tomorrow.

  100. B.Stover
    9:11 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Good research Abbie.

    Hi Tyb. I think you should stop working so much.

    Thank you for the explanation Rio. Good eating to you and your friend.

    Good night all.

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Borzoi!…. She, Natasha, claims to be able to steal any one of our Avatars….hmmmphf!….I have not seen proof of that yet. Sure we all know Gilly is friends with Melanie and so that would have been easy to get her email addy….sniff!… But, unless Melanie gives Gilly all of our email addresses, which she BETTER NOT, my guess is Natasha is a hoax…snort!…Gilly come out wherever you are!!…heh!heh!

  102. LizF
    9:18 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Once again I didn’t get to say G’day to Staff before she left. Is she not a night owl or do i have my time zones squiffy?

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:20 pm on March 7th, 2011

    M!… Did someone else figure out it was Manny?….snort! ….Was it you MinPin?…gruff! …. If this is not the “insider joke” I hope he tells us tomorrow in the daily post…heh! ….There might be something else in there, perhaps…sniff!

  104. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:24 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Woohoo, thanks Abbie for validating that I said Manny first! When does my prize come? What did I win? huh? huh? Nothing? Eh, I can live with that.

  105. Barb & Maggie
    9:26 pm on March 7th, 2011

    We are losing some of you early tonight. Good night you early birds!

    We are going to hold off on expressing an opinion about Natasha. Let’s see if she shows up somewhere else tomorrow.

    Siber, we liked that website, but were surprised at how different the sled dogs looked. We thought they would look like Siberians or Malmutes. Some looked like huskey mixes. Is that the case?

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on March 7th, 2011

    MinPin!….Yes! You know baseball, so you picked up on the Manny reference…snort!… There is going to be some sort of other Contest though, isn’t there? Once our Facebookie pals reach 1000 for some dumb reason…grunt!… Anyone know anything more about this??…sniff!….Do we have to compete with Us plus 1000 other guys on Facebook for a prize?…huffle-sucks-gruffle!

    Event!…I wonder if Stover remembered to watch the premier of The Event tonight…snort!

  107. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:39 pm on March 7th, 2011

    So, I am HOAX ? No, my little sputnik – I am Greatest
    Undercover Agent ever.
    You vatch – I prove to you on next mission. HA !

  108. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:41 pm on March 7th, 2011

    You see – I impersonate at vill.
    You vill never catch me!

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:49 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Co-conspirators!….heh!snort!heh!…I don’t have to go to far to imagine that MinPin has gone To The Kats!…snort!…I’m sure she gave you her email addy to play with…grunt!

  110. Barb & Maggie
    9:56 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Natasha has us baffled.

    We are going to watch Harry’s Law. Is anyone else watching it?

  111. Siberian Husky
    10:03 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Maggie, those dogs you saw on the website are Alaskan Huskies. They are mixes…they generally have some Siberian in them, maybe some pointer thrown in, and some greyhound. The whole idea was to breed a dog that could do that long distance mushing faster than a purebred Siberian can.
    In some circles we are called slowberians, which mom and I think is funny, but, by golly, a team of Siberians finished 8th in the Yukon Quest.
    We may be slower, but we are a tougher dog than the Alaskan Husky. Tee hee…we are also better looking.

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:10 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Buuuurrrrpp!….hey, I got a good taste of it and it was really good …heh!…Better than the crap she has been making lately…snort!

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:18 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Salty!…She says it tastes too salty…crap!….She has a small cassarole dish made up for her mom…sniff!…Dropping that off before the busy-place tomorrow morn…snorkel!…Now if her mom says it’s too salty, she has a problem…grump!

  114. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:24 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Liz!… Staff is squiffy, not your time zones…heh!… You never know about her schedule, she is ruled by Kats and Taxes right now. Krazy stuff!…grunt! ….I’ll tell her you said, “Hello Squiff-Face” for you tomorrow. Never fear…snorkel!

  115. Barb & Maggie
    10:38 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Very interesting Siber. If some of those mixes are part Greyhound, that would explain why they are sort of long and lean looking. Do they stay warm enough with the shorter coats?

  116. LizF
    10:41 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Great!!! Thanks.

    Rio, what’s the deal with Natasha?

  117. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:43 pm on March 7th, 2011


    Name the emoticons above.

  118. Siberian Husky
    10:45 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Maggie, They don’t stay as warm as us Sibes, but they have nice jackets for the Alaskan Huskies, blankets for them when they are resting, and fresh straw to curl up on for a serious nap. They also eat something like 10,000 calories a day.

  119. LizF
    10:46 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Macy, is that someone walking in shorts?

  120. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:46 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Yikes, we have been avatar-napped!

  121. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:48 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Could be, Liz. Anyone else?

  122. Siberian Husky
    10:48 pm on March 7th, 2011

    It is good to have you back wth us, Rio. We missed you.
    What in the world is Macy talking about?

    Good Night Everyone!

  123. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Slender!…. There’s things to be said about being slender and then there’s not….grunt!…I’ve known a couple of Grey Hounds and they are always shivering, miserable and cold…sniff!… There is no way some guy who is part Grey Hound is gonna be warm enough to be a sled dog, like SiberH….wheeze!

    Siberians!….Those guys seem to be prone to over-do their mascara, and are almost never seen in public without their blue contact lenses. Everyone thinks they are the best looking of the mush-dogs….heh!

  124. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:57 pm on March 7th, 2011

    MinPin!….Looks like butt-cracks to me…sniff!sniff!.

  125. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:03 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Good guess, Mr. Pug. Originally it was “booty shake” because the posteriors were going back and forth. I think, however, that it is tails wagging.
    (and get your nose out of there!)

  126. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:03 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Liz!…I have no idea what Gilly, The Corgie from Massachusetts is trying to do….snorkel!…She is under the delusion that she is a Russian Super Spy…heh!…So far, no nefarious things have really happened to make me believe such a proclamation….sniff!

  127. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:04 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Belle is bummed again.

  128. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:07 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Good evening, y’all! I’m finally here, but not for long — I’m afraid Mom is going to pull the plug soon. Her late nights at work are getting me down!

    Mom still hasn’t found Quacky in any of the local bookstores — I guess PA needs to have a good talk with his distributors! What good is it to write a book if nobody can find it? Mom thought she’d beat all the mail-orderers by just walking into a bookstore and buying it, but it looks like she’ll have to let her fingers do the walking after all. Sigh.

  129. Barb & Maggie
    11:07 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Siber, We agree with you, we have NO CLUE what MinPin is talking about.

    Liz, Natasha is this mysterious lady spy who is popping up everywhere, stealing Avatars of other bloggers. She has hit T & G, Melanie and Macy so far. She posts on their Avatar and then goes away. It is pretty funny, and know one knows who she is or how she does it.

    We have to say good night.

  130. LizF
    11:10 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Why is Belle bummed?

    Tails – should have picked that!

    Thanks Rio, for the explaining.

  131. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:12 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Thi looks like fun for parties.

  132. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:14 pm on March 7th, 2011

    disregard previous post. I think Natasha did it.

  133. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:16 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Rules!….I have been served new rules today…grump!… Number 1. I cannot post more than 4 times during the daytime when she is at the busy-place. Seems she thinks I get myself in trouble when she is not around…grunt!… Number 2. Both of us have to be in bed by 9:30 mountain standard time, unless of course there is a Baseball game going on, then this rule does not apply…heh!….This is pretty strict and it’s going to handicap me in the daytime conversations…grumble!…She never said I could not READ the posts that you guys put up, so that is what I will be doing…heh!…That’ll show her!…growl!

    Goodnight! … Sleep tight and don’t let anything bite you…heh!

  134. Natasha that Nefarious Borzoi
    11:22 pm on March 7th, 2011

    heh heh I am everywhere!

  135. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:27 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Rio: I wondered where you went today. You posted this morning, and then you were gone. I was a little worried until I saw that you posted later. It’s harder when you can’t post during the day. I always think of things I want to say, then I have to remember them all day long. Or not. Sigh.

  136. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:30 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Foolish pug – no von vill believe that is me.

  137. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:35 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Foolish, foolish Pug tinks he so smart. Ha!

  138. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:42 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Silly impersonator – everyvon know Natasha doesn’t skip “th”. you are not in my class of superspy. You are just puppy spy. HA !

  139. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:47 pm on March 7th, 2011

    Peter Abrahams (born March 3, 1919) is a South African novelist.
    –from Wikipedia

    He look good for age!

  140. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:07 am on March 8th, 2011

    Good night, y’all — my comfy couch and my Iowa blanket await! Sleep tight, and I’ll catch you on the flip side!

  141. Wolfie
    1:08 am on March 8th, 2011

    Love the tails!

  142. C. Harris
    1:18 am on March 8th, 2011

    No time to read the blog today but I wanted to post this for Siber-H: the Anchorage Daily News has bios of the athletes on the way to Nome (the sled dogs, of course). Fun reading at:

    It is so late, I probably will repost this tomorrow for Siber-H so my apologies in advance.

    One of the teachers I worked with died of a heart attack (not at school). Long, sad day. And a week of deadlines ahead…

  143. BearSpiritDog
    8:13 pm on March 8th, 2011

    Thanks everyone! I think Sassy is beautiful too. Yes she is a Samoyed, but I am a Belgian Malinois. Betty, you know us as Bear & Nana on CAS. Two questions: How do I upload my avatar & how can I change the lettering to white so that it is visable?

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