Not Good News, But We Can’t Ignore It

“Usually news coming out of Canada is pretty good,” Bernie says, “but this I can’t even read.”

He tosses the paper aside, looks very upset. I go over and sit beside him.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/post-olympic-slaughter-of-70-sled-dpgs-prompts-rage-embarrassment/article1888742/

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141 Responses to “Not Good News, But We Can’t Ignore It”

  1. Melanie
    8:25 am on February 1st, 2011

    I saw that, Chet and Bernie. I could hardly read or believe what they did.

  2. Barb & Maggie
    8:30 am on February 1st, 2011

    Not sure we can read it. Can you just give me a one sentence summation of the story?

  3. Mollypop
    8:42 am on February 1st, 2011

    Mom could NOT read the whole article. She warns everyone here to read only the first 7 little paragraphs and not go any further. Those 7 little paragraphs fit on our screen, so page down only if you’re prepared.

  4. Tyb
    9:17 am on February 1st, 2011

    Barb and Maggie,
    Here is in essence a one sentence summary of the article. After making as much money as they could selling dog sled rides at the Olympics, the owners of 70 – 100
    huskies brutally murdered them because it was more economical than keeping them.
    I was too revolted to read the whole article, but that’s what I got from what I managed to read.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:21 am on February 1st, 2011

    Thank you TYB, that is as much as we can stomach. Was this legal? No crime commited? There is a lot of evil in this world.

  6. B.Stover
    9:36 am on February 1st, 2011

    This has to be illegal.

  7. bluecat
    9:39 am on February 1st, 2011

    Thanks for the warning, Chet. Didn’t click on the article.

    You know, guys, what goes around comes around and somehow, somewhere in some universe, those creeps will be repaid. Yesterday’s multi-dimensional post made my brain hurt. Today’s made my heart hurt. And we’re waiting for more ICE…

  8. Tupper and Gilly
    9:50 am on February 1st, 2011

    Sob…how can this happen in the so-called civilized world??? And the saddest part, Bee, is that while highly immoral and unjust, the murder of these dogs most likely is not illegal, if it was done in a medical manner. We can’t, we just can’t read the article to know about the manner. But we are praying for the release of that pack running together over the rainbow bridge, yarking and yipping, tails bannered in joy, free from the bondage of those humans who don’t deserve the devotion of a dog’s love.
    And we are praying for those cruel humans to be outcasts for the rest of their lives.

  9. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:01 am on February 1st, 2011

    My dad read the entire article (although he would not let me read it) and he said it was just horrible. As to legality/illegality, that is apparently something that Canadian authorities are still looking into. However, the most important challenge for Canadian authorities at this time is to make sure that something like this can never happen again. Wookie

  10. Wolfie
    10:13 am on February 1st, 2011

    More heartbreak.

    It’s too much.

    Race on, dear huskies, may you fly across the tundras of heaven. and give our love to all of our loved ones who have gone on ahead.

  11. Sam
    10:38 am on February 1st, 2011

    After Aunt Mollysmom’s warning, my family won’t read the article. Thank you, Tyb, for the synopsis. I hope Siber-H sleeps late today.

  12. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:48 am on February 1st, 2011

    Grump! ….We can’t let SiberH read the article….sniff!… It would be too much for him and his gal…growl!

  13. Mollypop
    11:19 am on February 1st, 2011

    Here’s the picture taken from space showing our big snowstorm:

  14. Barb & Maggie
    11:30 am on February 1st, 2011

    They are saying the monster storm will affect 110 mil. people in the U.S.

    Barb is going to the grocery store shortly and then to work. Storm is supposed to hit here around 3:00-4:00. She is going to head home when it starts. She works 3.5 miles away, so she will be ok.

  15. B.Stover
    11:35 am on February 1st, 2011

    What a neat picture Mollypop! I see Florida sticking out there. A friend who lives there in the winter said it’s sunny and 70. We have a blizzard warning for tonight with ten to fifteen inches of snow expected. It’s been a long time since we had that much snow at one time. The wind chill is 6.

    Rio: I didn’t notice the picture of the pug again in Lie To Me. Blast! Do you remember seeing it on earlier episodes? I’ll get it on Netflix.

  16. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:43 am on February 1st, 2011

    Stover!…Isabella the Pug’s photo was seen when the new character first showed up and was looking through Lightman’s office. He thought no one was there, because Lightman was hiding from him…snort!

  17. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:56 am on February 1st, 2011

    Icy!…Here is the view out our front door window this morning, brrrrrr!….snort!

  18. Melanie
    12:01 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Eleanor is not amused.

  19. Barb & Maggie
    12:14 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Love the pictures! Mollypop, assume the U.S. is under all that white somewhere?

  20. B.Stover
    12:54 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Rio: Neat picture….hoar frost.

    Melanie: Eleanor wants in right?

  21. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:17 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Ellie!…She looks like an alien in that photo!….grunt!…Don’t let her in whatever you do!…sneeze!

    Project!….Did someone ask to see her last project again after it had been framed?….sniff!… I thought I read that but now I’m not sure. She framed it this morning and can’t wait to give it to her good friend on the farm…snort!

  22. Melanie
    1:23 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Riö: Too late, we let the Alien in. AND, I would love to see the project framed. I know someone asked for it, but not sure who.

  23. dawson
    1:37 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Oh God. I heard that story last night but could not bear to post it. I won’t read it again this morning.
    Mollypop: That is a monster storm. Thanks for the picture from space.
    Rio: Yikes! Get a sweater, dude. The heck with being macho – you need to protect your underbits and overbites.
    Yes! I want to see the framed version.
    I saw the pug on Lie To Me – right in back of the $100. bill.
    Melanie: Ellie”s fur (hair?) is all puffed up like the ravens do when it is cold. Let her in.

  24. Melanie
    1:52 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Don’t worry, she’s in. All the dogs are in. The humidity in the house just doubled.

  25. Melanie
    1:54 pm on February 1st, 2011

    My PT place is already canceling appointments for tomorrow. That’s okay with me. We’re going to have an additional foot or more of snow tomorrow and in the valley (where they are) is going to have an ice storm.

    YUCK!

    Hope all those in the Midwest are okay.

  26. dawson
    1:55 pm on February 1st, 2011

    It is a tad bit warmer for us today and is 10 percent off (first tuesday of the month) at the grocery store. So, I’m off to do errands. You in the storm, stay where you are.

  27. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:55 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Framed!… She had to put it in an 11X14 frame. It took her forever to find the right one with enough depth to display the project….grunt!… You can’t tell from this photo but there is about ½ inch of space between the glass and the flowers. Luckily she got it for 40% off at Michaels…cough!

  28. Mollypop
    2:23 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Rio – Your friend’s picture is beautiful. What is above her signature?

    The picture is so intricate, I can’t imagine Mom doing something like that. And to think, Rio didn’t sneeze on any of those tiny pieces.

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:34 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Molly!….She puts two gold leaves by her signature, just to show off…snort!…I’ve learned my lesson about getting to close to her little objects…grump!

  30. Melanie
    2:35 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Riö, tell your friend that that is magnificent!

  31. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:41 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Very impressive, Rio’s friend.

    Mom has nothing to say about the post. Just can’t.

    Melanie, do your beasts have a place to shake the snow off before they come in the house?

    I forgot the most important news of the day. After we went out to romp in the snow, I GOT LEFT OUTSIDE. I realize that I should have come when the door penned, but… lucky for me the pups finally raised a fuss and mom came to see what was going on. She tried to make it up to me by rubbing my feet, but I plan to be indifferent to here for at least an hour…or until she gets out the treats.

  32. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:42 pm on February 1st, 2011
  33. Sam
    2:44 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Wolfie, please check in with us. When I don’t hear from you I get worried. I need to know that you’re okay.

  34. Sam
    2:49 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Now to get to our travel plans for the Supper Bowl. Molly and I were planning to take the bus, but I would prefer to travel with my Diva Idol Alice.

  35. C. Harris
    2:51 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Day 2 of being sick. Can’t seem to get up and stay up.

    I remember reading once that when the US withdrew from Vietnam, all the military dogs were killed. I felt so bad as these dogs served their country well, going into tunnels, etc. to make things safe for soldiers. We need to remember to hang on to kindness in this sometimes cruel world.

  36. BARB & MAGGIE
    2:53 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Rio, It was Ma-wah that asked to see it when it was framed. First, it is very beautiful; second, what was it you said about starting a list for people or dawgs who can’t remember things that have been posted, AND HAVE TO ASK!!!!!

    We are starting to get a tiny bit of snow, but nothing major yet. They are saying we will be getting wind blasts that may create 3′ to 6′ drifts. That is 6 FEET, not inches. OMG!

  37. BARB & MAGGIE
    2:57 pm on February 1st, 2011

    C Harris, Seems we read something one time about horses and mules left in Europe after WWI. They killed and/or ate massive numbers of them after they had served us during tha war. That’s gratitude for you!

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:00 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Hey!… Me and Molly’s photos came up on this page together. I have my baseball cap on…heh!

    MagPie!… I don’t remember any Ma-wah asking to see the framed project….grunt!…Who the hell is that anyways?…snort!

  39. Mollypop
    3:02 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Rio – Tell me again why your friend thinks she can’t do quilTing?

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:13 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Quilting!…. Because she can’t sew and she really doesn’t want to learn either…grunt!

  41. B.Stover
    3:17 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Rio: Your friend’s friend is getting a very beautiful present.

    Melanie: I love the bit about the humidity rising indoors now the Newfs are inside. I posted on my blog today.

  42. Sam
    3:35 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Melanie, our house is very dry and my hair sticks up after I’m petted. Mom said it was okay for you to send a couple of Newfs here.

  43. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:56 pm on February 1st, 2011


    Let the games begin! Thousands of people braved the weather to get a freebie look at the stadium and practice. I was not one of them.

  44. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:00 pm on February 1st, 2011


    This is the Ranger’s ballpark, just across the parking lot from Cowboy Stadium.

  45. BARB & MAGGIE
    4:03 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Macy, Is it just the camera angle or do you have one gigantic ear?

    Rio, I will give you a hint, the dawg asking to see the framed work of art is very beautiful and has a natural, pouffy non-Wonderfluffed tail.

  46. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:05 pm on February 1st, 2011

    My ears are magnificent, but not that much. You can’t tell where ear ends and head begins in the pic.

  47. Siber-H
    4:06 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Chet’s post is the first I have seen of this news. We are not reading the article. We will avoid reading any more about it if we run across it somewhere else, but, Chet, I am glad you let us know about this. This is like Vick’s dogs; the news should be spread across the entire world. Mom and I are pretty upset.

    There is a land beyond Rainbow Bridge
    A Land of Snow
    That’s where the Huskies go.

  48. Melanie
    4:07 pm on February 1st, 2011

    We have a dog room. It was a kitchen at one time. Now it’s a mud, snow, rain, ice dog room!

    The Newfs will shake in there, but with their double coats, they are wet a very long time. Mostly they like getting dry on the sofa.

    Macy, you look great in that collar!

  49. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:12 pm on February 1st, 2011


    The porch is good enough for me. That ice is COLD!

  50. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:14 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Some local sports fans.

  51. Melanie
    4:16 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Thanks for that Facebook warning, Macy.

    Alos the pictures are great. You look like a pink bee!

  52. Siber-H
    4:21 pm on February 1st, 2011

    It is snowing! Mom spent the morning doing errands for other people that wouldn’t brave the streets. (whatever happened to “plan ahead”) She wouldn’t let me go with her in case some car slid into her.
    The temperature midday here is only 14 degrees. What a grand day! I’ve been spending a lot of time outside.

  53. Melanie
    4:23 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Siber-H: I hope your outside construction projects are going well despite the cold.

    Glad to hear you are happy and freezing.

  54. Siber-H
    4:28 pm on February 1st, 2011

    We are enjoying all the photos!
    Macy and the girls are prepared for the weather. Me too, I love that collar, Macy.
    It must be a very nice stadium that the Texas Rangers play in.
    Rio, that frame is perfect for your friend’s project.

    From last night: Alice, I am always ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. My tribe is good at that.

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:34 pm on February 1st, 2011

    MinPin!….heh!snort!heh!…Please tell me you are not doing what I think you are doing in that photo – the one of you squatting suspiciously in your pink striped sweater….heh! …Your tail is sticking out in that tell-tail manner…snicker!

  56. Siber-H
    4:39 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Melanie, I knew the storm was coming so I made improvements to some of my construction projects.

  57. Tupper and Gilly
    4:53 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Siber – so glad you are finally getting some snow and weather you like.
    Barb and Maggie – we can guess your riddle – the beautiful dog is YOU!!
    Min-pin – your outfits are gorgeous – do you shop at Macy’s??teehee
    Sam – have your mom rub you down with a dryer sheet. It does miracles for dry flyaway hair. And it reduces wet nose static shock too.
    Melanie – Frosted Newfies come running in
    Coats full of snow, wet to the skin
    They run to Zoe, whom they adore
    And melt in puddles on the floor.
    Rio – we are grumbling about the snow, ice and cold too.
    Wolfie – is everything ok?

  58. Barb & Maggie
    4:53 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Hate to say you are spot on, Rio, but that does NOT look like a normal sit-stay position to me either.

    Barb got home from work early. She was going to stay till around 4:00 but one of the the agents got a call from her husband at 2:45 and he said “Go home now”. So we did. In Barb’s 5 minute drive home, there were 3 whiteout areas where she could not see at all. Scary. We are in for the duration. Snow and wind both have picked up drastically in the last 30 minutes. Chickens have food, water and heater turned on, so if we can’t get out there till later tomorrow, they will be ok. Just hope we keep the power on.

  59. LizF
    5:00 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Macy, with the giant ears and bumblebee sweater, is SO cute. That’s a nice positive after reading that horrible headline – i couldn’t go further than that (thanks Tyb for the summary. Yuk). And the sports fan doggies, how gorgeous, they look like they need slippers on.

    Beautiful project work Rio.

    That’s a whopping storm.

  60. Melanie
    5:01 pm on February 1st, 2011

    T & G: You guys are such good poets!

    MagPie: Keeping you and Barb safe in my thoughts.

  61. Melanie
    5:02 pm on February 1st, 2011

    LizF: I just saw a radar picture of the cyclone headed towards Queensland. Jeepers!

  62. Siber-H
    5:02 pm on February 1st, 2011

    There is a Cat 5 Cyclone headed for Queensland, Australia. They might get 3 feet of rain.

  63. Siber-H
    5:04 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Wow, Melanie, Look what we just did at the same time and the same subject.

  64. Melanie
    5:09 pm on February 1st, 2011

    T & G: Dan and Zoë loved the poem.

  65. Tyb
    5:10 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Follow up on the husky post this morning. I just read on CNN that one of the
    ……. that executed the huskies has filed for compensation because he’s suffering from post traumatic stress. I’ll let you fill in the blank above, I couldn’t call him a man, a person, or even an animal because men, people, and animals don’t do such things. I can’t believe that he was actually compensated. There is a long article about the incident on CNN on line. I don’t have TV so I get all my news on line or in the newspapers. Here’s a quote from the article.

    The employee, who was compensated for his claim and no longer manages Howling Dog, sought treatment for depression, panic attacks and nightmares five days after the killings, The Sun reported

  66. Siber-H
    5:14 pm on February 1st, 2011

    I have the solution to all his problems…put him down

  67. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:21 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Right on Caleb!

  68. LizF
    5:25 pm on February 1st, 2011

    GOOD, i hope that guy is having AWFUL nightmares. May they continue… Let’s send him to Rio’s place, that’s where he can get some compensation…needled*ck.

    Yes, that’s a big storm too! Luckily not as many people underneath it as your blizzard.

  69. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:54 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Unless, and this is a stretch of the forgiving, the man was ordered to do something he did not want to do. Not everyone has the option of quitting their job. Probably a sleeze, though, certainly the peabrain who decided to do it.

  70. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:57 pm on February 1st, 2011


    My girls would have stayed out all afternoon, or at least until their little feet froze.

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:57 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Liz!…Why would you want to send that bloody murderer to my house?….sniffle!…I haven’t done anything wrong – not today yet anyways….grunt!…Look at MinPin, she’s taking a dump on Chet’s blog and no one wants to call her out on it…heh!snort!heh!…Too funny!

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:59 pm on February 1st, 2011

    MinPin!….Those big girls came from you?….snort!…Now that is amazing as all get out!…sniff!

  73. LizF
    6:03 pm on February 1st, 2011

    RIo!!! u r 2 bad.

    That is amazing, who’s the dad?

  74. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:11 pm on February 1st, 2011

    There were two different dads. 3 pups were just about the same, and Biddy was completely different. I also cannot believe they came from me.

    Rio, read the explanation above. I was HOVERING!

  75. Siber-H
    6:14 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Rescue groups would have taken in those sled dogs. It has been done before…the way it works is a whole bunch of rescue groups take in just a few dogs each and all the dogs are safe and ready for a new home. It doesn’t have to be just husky rescue groups that take part. Husky Rescue here in NM has taken part in these kind of rescues.

  76. Barb & Maggie
    6:18 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Siber, we agree with you, put him down. Barb says in a totally fair world, animal and child abusers would get back what they give out.

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:18 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Liz!….Some one here says I am bad to the bone…heh!…I like to make her feel right about some things….sniff!

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:23 pm on February 1st, 2011

    MinPin!…I do not see any explanation above…sniff!… All I see is you taking a big dump on Chet’s beloved blog…heh!…Gawd knows some amazing things can come out of that little body of yours…snorkel!

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:27 pm on February 1st, 2011

    MinPin!… I showed your Hovering photo to my friend and she thinks you are the just adorable, but she wishes you wouldn’t do that sort of thing in public and never on Chet’s blog…heh!heh!..chorkel!

  80. Siber-H
    6:32 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Those are smart girls, Macy, to wear their jackets outside in this weather. Rio should follow their example.

  81. Mollypop
    6:49 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Macy – You and your girls are properly dressed for this weather. Mom is amazed at how much snow you have on the ground.

    You guys are not freezing like a certain Pug.

  82. B.Stover
    6:53 pm on February 1st, 2011

    The blizzard has started.

  83. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:01 pm on February 1st, 2011

    We had a fatality on our street this afternoon. A perfectly innocent brick mail box directly across the street was mowed down. Sorry neighbors, but we are glad the kid skidded THAT way, and not this way.

    My porch remains unsoiled. No matter how bad the weather gets, I still have my standards. I was HOVERING because when I sat, I discovered that the concrete was FREEZING, and I did not want to stick to it. Not sure why I didn’t just stand up. How do I take a picture down. It never occurred to me that anybody would make something disgusting out of a nice picture.

  84. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:04 pm on February 1st, 2011


    Holly thinks it is snowing inside. She was trying to catch a snowflake on her tongue.

  85. LizF
    7:15 pm on February 1st, 2011

    No, Macy, don’t think about taking it down, it’s so cute. Not everyone has Rio’s take on these things!

  86. Tupper and Gilly
    7:20 pm on February 1st, 2011

    We are hunkered down waiting out the storm. We are in the “eye” now…all is calm. The next wave is supposed to come in later tonight. We will be in our snuggly beds with our blankies by then.
    Just hoping that all the snow is gone by Thursday morning. We are planning to take the Amtrack to get to Macy’s place. We reserved a private car so we won’t have to walk down the corridor to the rest room.
    Our Royal Cousins will be flying over to meet all of you. They are working on their sign for the blimp – “Orange Boxes are just Common!”…kind of an English insult, but it works.
    Siber – we change tracks in Gallup – do you want to ride down the rest of the way with us?

  87. Mollypop
    7:21 pm on February 1st, 2011

    The weather map shows that we here in ski country may get freezing rain instead of lots of snow. Bummer!

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:23 pm on February 1st, 2011

    MinPin!…Holly looks like she is part Boxer….snort!…Is that even possible?…heh!

  89. B.Stover
    7:24 pm on February 1st, 2011

    It is completely understandable why Macy was hovering and that is what it looks like on the picture. Even her eyes show that she will not sit down.

  90. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:25 pm on February 1st, 2011

    T&G…you are certainly taking the scenic route! We are glad no one had planned on coming in the first part of the week..The airport has been shut down all day. The Packers and the other guys came in yesterday.

  91. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:31 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Thank you B.

    Holly is a Chug. From the front she looks mostly pug.

  92. Barb & Maggie
    7:33 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Macy, don’t take your picture down, it is adorable.

    4 hours into the blizzard, and the power is still on. We are hunkered down, too.

  93. Melanie
    7:52 pm on February 1st, 2011

    I watched the Lie to Me episode with the pug’s pic!

    Very cute.

    Macy: We always think it is amazing that these little bitty puppies come out of a Newf. Your girls take the cake. You must be really amazing to have those big daughters!

  94. Siber-H
    7:52 pm on February 1st, 2011

    T&G, Oh yeah, trains are so cool. I’ll be waiting for you at the staion in Albuquerque.
    Girls, you really are taking the scenic route. The red rocks outside of Gallup should be beautiful with the snow on them.

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:55 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Chug!…How can she be a Chug when you are a MinPin and she is part Pug?….grump!….I don’t understand the genetics involved here…snort!…Someone, it seems is lying about something…gruffle!

  96. Siber-H
    7:59 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Barb and Maggie, You guys may get some get the worst part of the storm.

    Stover, what is the storm suppose to do where you live?

  97. Tupper and Gilly
    8:02 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Siber – the red rocks, the white snow and the turquoise sky….ahhh, New Mexico.
    p.s. – can we take time to swing by Powdrells BBQ when we switch trains in Albuquerque?

  98. Staff
    8:09 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Staff read the information in Chet’s post last night on Huffington Post. She read it all. Just couldn’t stop it was so horrible. Then she had trouble getting to sleep.
    I, like Dawson, decided not to post it here. Too nasty and depressing. I didn’t reread it either.
    ISH!

    So far no one has said they want to go by lear jet and dog-sled. Remember we are ready to deploy the Newfs and Mr.Husky and the jets if needed.

    Wolfie, please drop by and reassure us.

    I must go have dinner and then I get to go to a sewing workshop at the local community school. Lots of fun.

    BBL

  99. Siber-H
    8:12 pm on February 1st, 2011

    T&G We will take all the time we need to eat at Powdrells. One of his daughters is a state representative. Mom met her once in my vet clinic…a very nice lady and dog lover.

  100. Siber-H
    8:15 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Ok, I’m going by train, Leer Jet. and dog sled. Wolfie? What are we doing?

  101. Melanie
    8:19 pm on February 1st, 2011

    For a more cheerful article: Japanese doctors train a dog to sniff out cancer.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/01/cancer-sniffing-dog_n_816961.html

    As Chet says, he doesn’t see how we smell anything and he can smell around corners!

    (Of course, when I saw what kind of cancer the dog was sniffing for, I had visions of Cassie, the butt sniffing dog, but it turns out it’s the breath of the patient.)

  102. B.Stover
    8:24 pm on February 1st, 2011

    SH: We’re supposed to get ten to fifteen inches of snow tonight during blizzard conditions. Tomorrow we may get three more inches. Thursday it’s supposed to be sunny and I’m going to take pictures.

  103. Mollypop
    8:30 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Mom’s dear friend had breast cancer. It was first detected by her dog, who kept sniffing and fussing at the area. The dog saved her life.

  104. Melanie
    8:36 pm on February 1st, 2011

    That is awesome MollyPop. The Pack definitely knew that I had two wounds on my knee. They have finally stopped trying to lick it.

    B. Stover: We are not expected to have blizzard conditions. Thank goodness. We had around ten inches today and tomorrow should have twelve more.

    Barb and MagPie: I hope you can get out of your house tomorrow and there are no 6 foot drifts against your door!

  105. Siber-H
    8:39 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Yes, please, Stover, take pictures. The snow totals for you guys are amazing.

    Barb and Maggie, did you get that door fixed…the one that the wind was coming through?

  106. Tupper and Gilly
    8:41 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Siber – do you want to take the Lear from ABQ to the Supper Bowl? We can accomodate that. Oughta be about 3 minutes fly time!
    Mama knew the Powdrells a loooong time ago – their first place out on Central.They are all lovely people.
    Waddiyasay – wanna bring ribs to the party?

  107. Jasper the Poodle
    8:48 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Jasper here. Mom made it to work today, then drove to the Detroit area, had a crapload of meetings, drove back to Lansing, said hi to her boss, and then came home to me, me, me! She stopped by the grocery store first cause she wants to make a pot of chili. She’s not planning to drive to Lansing tomorrow due to the blizzard, and boy has it started here. Lots of blowing, drifting and whiteout conditions. Mom even made me wear my sweater when I went out to pee. I don’t mind the sweater, it makes me look handsome.

  108. Basil and Sage
    8:51 pm on February 1st, 2011

    You all may have noticed that we like to give you dawgs a hard time. But we do have the greatest respect for what you all can do in regards to sniffing out medical problems like cancer and epilepsy and diabetes.
    Mama’s first Corgi was trained to help her know when she had a problem with her diabetes. She would jump and bark at her when her sugar levels got dangerously low. When that wonderful little dog crossed over the rainbow bridge Mama got Tupper, just to heal her broken heart. But we think the spirit of the first Corgi whispered in Tupper’s ear, because with no training at all, Tupper alerted Mama in the exact same way when Mama had a sugar crisis less than two weeks after they first got together.
    Don’t you ever tell her I said this, but Basil and I think Tupper is amazing.

  109. Mollypop
    8:54 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Mom just got the Bookworm game over 10 million!

  110. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:01 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Wow Mollypop that is amazing. Do you know what the record is?

    Pay attention pug face. Holly is just a relative. She is pug-chihuahua. So is Belle, Belle is much bigger. Annie and Biddy are my girls. Do not make me repeat this.

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:03 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Awww!….Melanie, my friend was just snuffling around and getting teary eyed over Cassie the Butt Sniffing Dog this past weekend…gruffle!…Thanks for thinking of her, my friend appreciates it a lot…snorkel.

    Cassie!…Here is a photo of Cassie with my friend…snuff!

  112. Melanie
    9:04 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Tupper you are amazing if the Herbs are liking you.

    Crashing here.

    TTFN

  113. Barb & Maggie
    9:10 pm on February 1st, 2011

    You guys won’t believe this, but a couple of snowmobilers just drove by! Why would anyone in their right mind go out in the middle of a blizzard? Just so you could say you did?

    Our lights just flickered, but so far so good. We have the flashlight and candles out just in case.

    Siber, Barb ended up putting a plastic storm on the inside of the french doors, all around the frame, and it is working fairly well. The bubble wrap would not work, because the french doors are made up of 15 small windows on each side. She couldn’t put bubble wrap on each one, and they don’t make bubble wrap sheets (that we could find) big enough to cover the entire opening. The wind is coming from a different direction tonight, so it is not blowing against that door.

  114. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:18 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Hero!…. One night when I was just a little guy, Cassie kept getting up and putting her front paws up on my friends big bed by her head….snort!…This would wake my friend up when she was having trouble breathing…sniff!… My friend thinks that Cassie probably saved her life that night because she had terrible lung problems on top of bad bronchitis that night…snorkel….Cassie never did that before, just that one night…whiffle!

  115. B.Stover
    9:20 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Ten million. Mollypop is amazing.

  116. Siber-H
    9:25 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Awww, Rio, Cassie is cute. Now mom is getting all teary eyed again…she has been all day over the sled dog thing.

    I have one last thing to say about the sled dog murders…may what they did put that business out of business forever…kaput. It seems they have all sorts of outdoor activities that people pay them money to do. I think and hope that this might be the end of that business. The Mounties are on the case.

  117. Siber-H
    9:29 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Barb and Maggie, Stay safe and warm.

    T&G That sounds like a good plan. We should have time for one chew strip on the flight to Dallas.

    It is taking me forever tonight to get back to the Dark Side.

  118. Tupper and Gilly
    9:41 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Low pressure system is making us sooooo sleepy. We wish you all a safe night in the blizzard and good dreams of laughter.
    G’night all

  119. B.Stover
    9:48 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Good night all.

  120. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:03 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Gee!…That darn storm started here and has grown into a monster…yeep!…It was bad enough when it was a ‘little’ thing. I am thinking of all of you and hoping you have the good sense to stay safe. Do not go out in it if you absolutely do not have to…gruffle!…It will be a scary night for sure plus tomorrow probably…wheeze!

  121. LizF
    10:03 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Good news SiberH, they always get their man.

    Have you guys seen this? Like googleearth, but in museums and galleries, you can walk around, and zoom in on each artwork (sorry if this is old hat), get information on it etc.

    http://www.googleartproject.com/museums/vangogh/

  122. Barb & Maggie
    10:11 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Good night from us, too. Hopefully we will be able to sign on in the morning!

  123. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:20 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Cherrio, pip-pip, and g’day to all.

    Macy out

  124. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:22 pm on February 1st, 2011

    yawn

  125. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:25 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Do not touch my

    big cookie. Or else. grrr

  126. LizF
    10:28 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Those ears! :)

  127. Wolfie
    10:34 pm on February 1st, 2011

    I hope everyone is warm and snug in their beds, with lots of toys surrounding them. Stay safe!

    The boys have landed, one with is little girlfriend, and the other is staying with the mom of a friend. They picked up an application from Taco Bell, and supposedly they went to therapy today. I did give the mom a check for groceries, but I’m not sure that was a good idea.

    But I can breathe again.

  128. Siber-H
    10:39 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Those are nifty ears, Macy. I wonder who has the biggest ears…Macy or Kirby.
    I hope nobody loses power. It is going to be way too cold to have to deal with that.
    Goodnight Friends!

  129. Siber-H
    10:44 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Wolfie, you and your folks deserve to have a lot of relaxing breaths. We are thinking of you.

  130. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Jealous!…I am so jealous of MinPins amazing ears…heh!…Extraordinary ears, straight up and brilliant to say the least!…heh!

  131. Gus & BooBear
    10:51 pm on February 1st, 2011

    We’re late, but here’s hoping that all of you stay warm and dry during the horrible weather. Even on the Texas coast, the weather is very cold (for this area). It is not expected to get above the middle 30’s all week and today the wind is blowing like crazy. We can not even what it must be like for all you guys up north. Brrrrrrrrrrr.

    Rio, you have to come to the Supper Bowl. We could have sworn that several days ago SiberH mentioned picking you up. We’re sure that he and the corgis will swing by your yard to pick you up so tell your friend to make that cottage cheese and green onion stuff. AND tell her that her gift for Pepper’s mom is beautiful. She has become very talented in a short period of time.

    Wish Wolfie would check in………

  132. Gus & BooBear
    10:54 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Yeah, Wolfie posted while we were typing so we know all is well.

  133. LizF
    10:57 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Good news, WOlfie.

  134. Staff
    11:08 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Great to hear from you Wolfie. We are thinking good thoughts for you and your Mom, Mary.

    Goodnight all except Liz in OZ. Ta-ta to Liz.

  135. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:45 pm on February 1st, 2011

    Puss N’ Boots!… You guys, you both know that I love you ole farts so much…heh!….But regarding the Supper Bowl event this coming weekend, .I don’t want to be made fun of even hypothetically on Supper Bowl Day…grunt!…I want us all to have a good time together eating and slurping on the beverage of our choice…heh!…I don’t want it to be about anyone being ridiculed…sniff!…I would never wish that upon any of the Plunderers (on this day!) I just want all of us to watch the game and the commercials and have a good time doing just that. Commenting at all times on Chet’s blog of course about the game and the million dollar commercials …heh!…That’s all I want…sniff!….Plus, bowl after bowl of beer and Chips!…I want my favorite Chips!…heh!

  136. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:29 am on February 2nd, 2011

    I can kind of understand why some people might prefer docked ears, but I am glad that no one messed around with mine, OR my tail.

  137. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:31 am on February 2nd, 2011

    ok, here is the deal, Rio, you don’t belittle or pick on anyone the rest of the week and we will not even think about wonderfluffing you (maybe, a little, privately)

  138. Melanie
    8:48 am on February 2nd, 2011

    Heh, heh, heh

  139. dawson
    9:20 am on February 2nd, 2011

    Haaaaahaaaaahaaaaasnorthaaaaaa!

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