On The Medical Front

“What did the vet say?” says Admin.

Spence sighs. Don’t see that too often. “Looks like she’s got a torn ACL in her left rear leg.”

“Torn ACL? How can a dog tear the ACL? Four legs means less load on each, plus … plus all sorts of reasons why it’s impossible.”

“Nevertheless,” Spence says. “The surgeon will have to confirm the diagnosis next week, but it seems pretty certain.”

“Never heard of such a thing,” Admin says.


Welcome Whitey-Lance (get some rest, big guy) and Rusty (pretty sure it’s Rusty; please repost if not).


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150 Responses to “On The Medical Front”

  1. LizF
    8:58 am on April 19th, 2011

    Audrey? Has to have surgery?? Poor girl. I hope she goes okay.

  2. Melanie
    9:04 am on April 19th, 2011

    Oh Audrey, The Pack is sorry . . . If you have to have surgery, swimming is very good for joint recovery.

    Eagle pic of the day!

  3. Melanie
    9:05 am on April 19th, 2011

    Hi LizF! Good on ya!

  4. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:36 am on April 19th, 2011

    Audrey, my poor Audrey. Please don’t worry. Veterinary medicine has made great strides in treating everything and I know that you will be just fine. Look what they are doing for me. If I can do it, you can too. Prayers and paws crossed for successful surgery (if necessary) and a speedy recovery from your special friend Wookie.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:36 am on April 19th, 2011

    Melanie, Barb tried to watch the eagle cam yesterday, but one of the little gals was hopping around precariously close to the edge, and teetering backwards (shudder) so we had to shut it off.

    Barb’s bro has a Chessie that had to have the ACL repaired, and Kelly’s Newfie, Max, who has now crossed over, had to have one done, too. Both were on back legs. Surgery is not inexpensive, but our results were good with both dogs.

  6. Melanie
    9:39 am on April 19th, 2011

    Hmmm. The Eagles’ camera lens seems to be getting warmer.

    We’re going to have two days of rain. Of course, the weather people are saying “just small amount of rain.” That’s 1 inch. Which (if it were cold enough) would make 6 to 12 inches of snow. That they would call a major snow storm.

    Pondering here. . .

  7. B.Stover
    9:39 am on April 19th, 2011

    Spence and Admin: Wookie is correct. Audrey gets love and care from you and she’ll get top treatment from her vet. My best thoughts are with you.

    (What is an ACL?)

  8. Melanie
    9:41 am on April 19th, 2011

    Hi Wöökie, how is your grandpa doing? Are you getting enough tummies?

    Inquiring minds want to know. (snicker)

    Time to pick up Jesse and then go to acupuncture! BBL

  9. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:58 am on April 19th, 2011

    Audrey!… What happened to Audrey?…snort!… I wonder how she tore her ACL …sniff!… Here is an explanation of what it is… sob!


  10. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:03 am on April 19th, 2011

    Whitey!….On a lighter and whiter note, Whitey has posted himself on Friends of Chet!…heh! ….Look at that guy sleeping on his straw in his blue vest…snort!…Hi Whitey!

  11. BearSpiritDog
    10:06 am on April 19th, 2011

    Spence & Admin: Many prayers for you and Audrey. We trust that all will go well.

  12. Tupper and Gilly
    10:07 am on April 19th, 2011

    Audrey – it will be ok. We know some doggies who have had that surgery, and you would never even know it. And Melanie is right – water aerobics is the best therapy after.
    We would send you some flowers but Mama won’t let us have the credit card. Would you settle for a couple of Herbs???

  13. Tupper and Gilly
    10:10 am on April 19th, 2011

    OK Bear Spirit Dog – stright answer now – are you fur real, or are you here with us In Spirit?
    Inquiring minds want to know!

  14. B.Stover
    10:13 am on April 19th, 2011

    This is an interesting article (with listening experiments) from today’s NYTimes Science section. It’s regarding expressiveness in music and uses Chopin’s Nocturnes.


  15. B.Stover
    10:21 am on April 19th, 2011

    That was an excellent explanation (video) Rio. Thank you.

  16. BearSpiritDog
    11:55 am on April 19th, 2011

    Yes, it is true – I am a Spirit Dog – but that does not make me less “Real”. My name is a representation of the Native American traditions and the strength of the bear. Melanie, you are correct – I was coming this way into the real world when passing Fatty Kitty on the Bridge. Do not be sad. We move freely between the worlds. Masquers stays to keep my friend company when I cannot be there.

  17. Siber-H
    12:20 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Audrey is going to be just fine. Mom has up close and personal experience with the torn ACL in the rear leg.
    The dog before me, the Border Collie, tore that ACL in the rear leg when he was 5 years old. He had the surgery and did the recovery and never ever showed any lameness or favored the leg once it had healed from the surgery. It was as if he had never had a problem in that leg. Mom does know how he tore the ACL…he ran into a low concrete block wall while chasing a ball.
    Spence, please keep us posted on this because we all love Audrey, and we are sorry she will probably have to have this surgery.
    This is not an uncommon injury in dogs…Husky Rescue had to get a torn ACL repaired recently in one of their guys before he could go to his forever home.
    Husky Hugs go out to Audrey and Spence and family.

  18. BearSpiritDog
    12:30 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Rio: Thank you for that link explaining the surgery. We are focusing on “perfect recovery”.

  19. Siber-H
    12:54 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Rio, (from last night) I did see Lincecum almost fall over. I would not want him to pitch a no hitter against the Rockies, but I would love to see him get a no hitter…tee hee against the Dodgers would be the most fun of all. If he pitched a no hitter at Dodger Stadium that would be the coolest as long as the cops were out in force to protect Giant fans.

    I’m off now to find that picture of one of my heroes, Whitey-Lance, in the Friends of Chet section.

  20. Siber-H
    12:54 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Rio, (from last night) I did see Lincecum almost fall over. I would not want him to pitch a no hitter against the Rockies, but I would love to see him get a no hitter…tee hee against the Dodgers would be the most fun of all. If he pitched a no hitter at Dodger Stadium that would be the coolest as long as the cops were out in force to protect Giant fans.

    I’m off now to find that picture of one of my heroes, Whitey-Lance, in the Friends of Chet section.

  21. Siber-H
    12:55 pm on April 19th, 2011

    well, crap

  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:02 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Audrey!….In an interview with the Charming Mr. Abrahams, or was it ole pointy head Spencer, I cannot remember, anyway one of those guys said that Audrey is a great dog but she does everything backwards…heh!… That is why I am so very curious as to how she tore her ACL on her Back leg…snorkel!

  23. Melanie
    1:05 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Siber-H pulled a Dawson!

    B.Stover: That was interesting. I picked the human on two and 150% human on one, but mechanical on another. I think I picked that one because I just didn’t like that piece of music.

    For Audrey to cheer her up . . .
    Q: How many cats can you put into an empty box?

    A: Only one. After that, the box isn’t empty.

  24. B.Stover
    1:07 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Bear: The coffee from Dancing Goats came. It’s French Roast and the label says “Bold Comfort…Chocolate, Sugar, Burnt Caramel.” It is delish!

  25. Melanie
    1:13 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Oh, I wish I could drink real coffee!

    This from the Eagle Cam. The eaglets are fine, but the lens is ice-coated. We are keeping an eye on it. updated 1 hours ago

  26. BearSpiritDog
    1:27 pm on April 19th, 2011

    B: Your link somehow was apropos – don’t know why. So glad you enjoyed the coffee! (will have to try that bend) “Bold Comfort” we like that.

    Melanie: Nana’s friend drinks only decafe, but she says it makes her feel better – not so jittery.

    Wolfie: You left the Pacific NW too early! Now warmer weather with signs of spring.

  27. Gus and BooBear
    1:30 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Oh, Audrey! Get well soon. It was comforting to read that some of the plunderers have had experience with this type of injury.

    Macy, refresh our memories. Are Annie and Biddie your natural babies? And if they are….good god girl, how did you manage that??

  28. B.Stover
    1:35 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Melanie: I chose “human” on all of the samples but I think that’s because I’m so familiar with the pieces that the mechanical didn’t “sound right.” One thing in the article intrigues me: “We got the best-sounding music from the velocity curve of natural human gestures, compared to other curves of tempo not found in nature.” Pondering what that means.

    I’ll see if I can find any decaf coffee that looks “real.”

  29. B.Stover
    1:49 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Melanie: Here is a link to Lakota Coffee, their decaf methods and types of coffee. I’ve never tried these but they sound good.


  30. Macy the Min-Pin
    1:52 pm on April 19th, 2011

    G & BB, yes Annie and Biddie are my pups. Lucky for me, they came in small packages! One funny note. The picture that says it it Biddie is actually Holly. Mom couldn’t see the little thumbnail pic very well. Still need to get the real Biddie on there. (and she is much bigger than Holly)

    Audrey, Min-Pin and Chug licks and tailwags to you, my dear.

  31. BearSpiritDog
    2:20 pm on April 19th, 2011

    B: Thank you for this link to the Lakota caffine-free blends. I will tell my friend about it.

  32. Wolfie
    2:38 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Crap, crap and triple crap!

    Mom was on her way to a meeting last night when some guy came around the curve on her side of the road. She was lucky because she wasn’t hit completely head on, but she ended up in the er and the guy was arrested. What a mess. No broken bones but everything hurts now.

  33. Siber-H
    2:45 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Awww, Wolfie…I am sorry to hear that. I am very glad your mom doesn’t seem to have any serious injuries, but, yes, everything will hurt for awhile. It does mess up your life and is no fun to deal with. Your mom is in our thoughts and prayers.
    I hope they keep that dude in jail (they won’t) and I hope he has insurance. (maybe?)

  34. dawson
    2:46 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Audrey: It seems as if this is a fairly common injury for dogs. Take it easy until your next appointment.
    Me too!
    Walking briskly to appointment with tax preparer yesterday. A dusting of snow on the sidewalk covering up some glare ice. Whomp! Suddenly I was flat on my back wondering what hit me. Nothing broken, although wrist is still sore today. At least I get a refund on my taxes.

    B.Stover: I picked the human on two and the 50% human on one and the even volume on the last one.

    Siber H: Did that just happen automatically or did you actually hit submit twice? Either way, welcome to the doubles club.

    2:52 pm on April 19th, 2011

    OMG, Wolfie! We are glad your mom is ok. That could have been so much worse. Was the guy arrested just for causing the accident, or was he DUI too? She has had more than her share of grief. Usually a day or two after the accident is when you feel the worst. Time for happiness ahead!

  36. dawson
    2:53 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Wolfie: I’m glad to hear there are no broken bones and hope the soreness heals quickly. I hope he has insurance to pay for your vehicle.

  37. Mollypop
    2:56 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Dawson – I mentioned yesterday about the Sabres, that when they got cheapo and lost Danny Briere, they also lost Brian Campbell, and you know who got him – the Blackhawks! Rats! We’re now down 2-1 to the Flyers.

    Wolfie – How scary for your mom and good that it wasn’t a head-on crash. Does she know if the other driver was texting? Actually, the police can find that out.

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:59 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Bones!….Yikes! I hope Audrey, Wolfie and Dawson haven’t started a string of Plunderer Accidents…..grunt! ….You know how everyone likes to outdo each other when it comes to pain and misery….yeep! …Dan and Zoe stay in the house! Don’t go anywhere till this black cloud passes over our heads….wuffle!

  39. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:06 pm on April 19th, 2011

    MY MOM was decapitated yesterday, but they sewed her head back on. Do I win the outdoing prize, huh huh? Ok, maybe she just bumped her noggin a little, sheesh.

    Wolfie, you stay near mom in case she needs an attending dog to watch over her. Hope it doesn’t affect her ability to play WWF!

  40. Siber-H
    3:16 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Dawson, I honestly don’t know how that double post came about. I think it happened automatically but I can’t be sure.

    Wolfie, Mollypop has a good idea about texting. I hope the cops do look into that kind of stuff.

  41. Wolfie
    3:18 pm on April 19th, 2011

    The other guy was under the influence, but it wasn’t alcohol. The insurance card he gave me expired 02/02/11, so it doesn’t look promising. The
    car didn’t belong to him.

  42. BearSpiritDog
    3:19 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Audrey, Wolfie’s Mom, Dawson! Oh, No! Feel better soon all.

  43. B.Stover
    3:24 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Oh Wolfie. I’m so sorry. Is she back home? Please take care.

    Dawson: You take care also. I wish that you and Melanie could explain why you chose the non-human…meaning why did you like the sound better? (I think this is fascinating.)

    Bear: Let me know what your friend thinks about the decaf. For some reason I don’t like the sound of CO2 but they seem to know what they’re doing.

    Zoe and Dan: I’m laughing, but Rio is right. Stay in the house!

  44. B.Stover
    3:25 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Macy: Why am I thinking about Dr. Frankenstein and his monster? Just kidding….

  45. dawson
    3:40 pm on April 19th, 2011

    B.Stover: I’m more or less tone deaf…tone hard of hearing. Surprised I picked 2 human choices, actually.

  46. Mollypop
    3:47 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Macy – You can capture this bob by right-clicking on it and save it to your desktop. I have more if you want them, like the angry bob or a jumping bob.

  47. B.Stover
    3:54 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Dawson: My dad was tone-deaf but he enjoyed music. Do you like music? What was the difference in sound to you when you listened to the music experiment?

  48. Rose
    3:54 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Just quickly browsing through the blog (whispering) I’m at work…Dawson, I’m sorry to hear about your fall, and Wolfie, I’m very glad to hear your mom wasn’t seriously hurt.

    Hope both of you are on the mend soon!

  49. B.Stover
    3:57 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Mollypop: Could you please post the other bobs.

  50. Mollypop
    4:26 pm on April 19th, 2011

    More bobs

  51. Melanie
    4:27 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Okay, Dan, Zoë and I go ahead and say “We give up. Someone else can win.”

    Though it does sound like Macy’s ahead. Snicker, get it “a head”. Oh, I’m cracking myself up. Not like Dawson though. But I’m so funny it’s like getting hit with a . . . oh, wait, sorry about that Wölfie’ mom.

    Everyone get better. Quickly.

  52. Mollypop
    4:29 pm on April 19th, 2011
  53. Mollypop
    4:30 pm on April 19th, 2011
  54. Rose
    4:31 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Audrey, hope things go well for you, and you feel better soon!

  55. Mollypop
    4:31 pm on April 19th, 2011
  56. Mollypop
    4:32 pm on April 19th, 2011
  57. Mollypop
    4:33 pm on April 19th, 2011
    4:38 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Wolfie, Oh, no, here comes Barb with some insurance info –
    Mary, you probably have some medical coverage on your own insurance policy. In most states people carry it, tho not required. Auto medical is always primary, so even if you have health insurance, auto medical will cover first. That covers you and anyone in your car, whether at fault or not. If you carry collision, your company will cover your car and then go back and subrogate against the other company – or induvudual, if there is no insurance. As long as it was not your fault, most copmpanies will not raise your rates. Also check to see if you have rental and towing on your policy.

    4:47 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Mary, Also if the other driver’s insurance is in effect, then a “permissioned driver” woud be covered too. If you loan your car, you are loaning your insurance.

    If you have to cover the car on your own policy, the collision deductible will apply till they collect back from the at-fault driver or company.

  60. Melanie
    4:53 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Trying a bob or two . . . /Users/zmontag/Desktop/happydance-3.gif

  61. Melanie
    4:53 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Okay, think I’ll quit right now and watch a Closer!

  62. dawson
    4:58 pm on April 19th, 2011

    B.Stover: I love music. The question was which version sounds most epressive to you. That’s what I tried to answer. Can’t explain why it sounded most expressive

  63. Mollypop
    5:05 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Melanie – You have to use the browse feature for these kinds of bobs, just like you would for a photo.

    5:08 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Melanie, We love the Closer. It is one of our favorites, and naturally, this next season is the last for it!

  65. dawson
    5:12 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Hey! how did I do that?

  66. Wolfie
    5:44 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Fabulous bobs, Mollypop.

    Although my insurance is handling everything, I did call the number on the other guys insurance card and his policy is valid and a claim had been opened. I have a Prius, and the other driver said he was going 55mph. He hit me so hard that it broke the front axle on my car. This is Mary writing this because Wolfie is taking a nap.

  67. B.Stover
    5:56 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Thanks Mollypop!

  68. Siber-H
    6:20 pm on April 19th, 2011

    He hit you pretty hard, Mary, and the Prius did a good job of protecting you. I hope they can figure out how fast he was really going and why he was in the wrong lane.

  69. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:23 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Darn Mary, it sounds like you should have stayed up north. We are so happy that you are OK. Your poor car doesn’t sound like it fared as well. Wolfie knows how to deal with stress.

    Melanie, you crack us up too, a-head, har har har.

  70. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:24 pm on April 19th, 2011

    We do not understand about using the browser to make bobs. Oh, and here is a poster that we just had to share.

  71. OleyHowlers
    6:25 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Just quickly read thru today’s blog….full of unhappy news!
    Audrey, we hope you have success with surgery and recover quickly (but not too quickly..be careful)
    Wolfie’s Mom, Accidents are terrible and really mess with your psyche, even if you don’t have any visible injuries. Try to find relaxation.
    Dawson, sorry to hear about your fall. Ice is terrible for you 2-legged humans. Our mom has done that and she hurts a lot afterward too.
    Bear, we are still somewhat confused by your answer on which side of the bridge you are currently on.

  72. OleyHowlers
    6:25 pm on April 19th, 2011

    O my! was it a Prius in the accident? Thats what Mom drives.

  73. OleyHowlers
    6:28 pm on April 19th, 2011

    We just saw the pic of Whitey! Whitey, you look so cool!

  74. Sam
    6:28 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Mary, if the accident-causing driver said he was going 55, then he was going faster than that. They always tell that their speed was slower. Well, hah!

  75. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:35 pm on April 19th, 2011

    We just noticed that if you just look at the grass when hail is falling it looks like little ice balls are popping out of the grass.- Some are as big as a quarter.

  76. Siber-H
    6:36 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Howlers, I think this accident speaks well for the Prius. I agree with Sam on the 55mph…har har, liar, liar

    Macy, That is a cute poster.

  77. Melanie
    6:41 pm on April 19th, 2011

    The Closer was good. It’s where Brenda’s father meets Fritz.
    Macy, I hope some of that popcorn goes on the wildfires.

    Trying a bob again.

  78. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:49 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Unfortunately, the air is so dry in the areas of the wildfires that the rain was not able to start up until it got to our area. The fires just seem to go forever. In the evenings when the wind is out of the west we have some interesting sunsets.

    Thanks for the info on the bobs. I will try one now.

  79. Liz
    7:23 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Macy, you freaked me out with that decapitation story! phew… And Wolfie, i thought you wrote ‘Fabulous boobs, Mollypop’. Sorry to hear about your accident and very glad there were no injuries.

    Dawson, what’s glare ice?

    Melanie – i had to go to bed so i couldn’t say Good on ya back – so now, good on ya! Nice to be able to talk in my own language.

  80. Melanie
    7:28 pm on April 19th, 2011

    LizF: I looked up Auzzie sayings!

    Macy and everyone in tornado alley! I was listening to the Weather Channel and you guys LOOK OUT!

  81. BearSpiritDog
    7:28 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Wolfie: Glad to hear the other driver’s car had insurance. I’m sorry to hear of the damage to the Prius, but better damage to the car than to your dear Mom. Stay close – she needs your calming presence now.

    Macy: Perfect! That poster says it all!

    O.Howlers: As you know, All Dogs (and Cats) Live in the Now. As Wolfie Blurrs, I Time Travel.

  82. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:29 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Sorry I didn’t post the bean recipe last night. Mom had a hard night at the library and just kind of zoned out, so no computer time for me! I’ll get to the beans in just a minute.

    Audrey: Owie! How did you manage that? (Of course I come from a family where my girl torn her knee picking up her pom-poms, and Mom sprained her ankle doing storytime! I guess sometimes it doesn’t take much!) I hope your better and trotting on all four in no time!!!

    Wolfie’s Mom and Dawson: More bad news! I hope you two are better and trotting on all four — two each! — in no time, too!!!

  83. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:40 pm on April 19th, 2011

    OK, here is the bean recipe:

    1 can pork n’ beans
    1 can kidney beans
    1 can navy beans
    1/2 to 3/4 pound hamburger
    5 to 6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
    1 T mustard
    1 T worcestershire sauce
    3/4 C barbeque sauce
    1 C brown sugar (NOT packed)

    Drain and rinse beans. Brown the hamburger in a large pan; drain. Add beans and remaining ingredients. Heat until warm.

    (Note: The fun thing about this recipe is to let everyone have a taste and say what it needs more of! Dad took over this recipe, so this is his version, but you can vary the ingredients to taste. Oh, and I tried to tell him that brown sugar is supposed to be packed into the measuring cup to get an accurate measurement, but he says that’s not how he does it. So just spoon it into the measuring cup without packing it down!)

  84. Melanie
    7:49 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Have cut and paste the recipe! Thanks Kirby T!

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:50 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Snort!….When I first checked in tonight the photos were of a beautiful Collie and the black and white photo of Timmy and Lassie…heh!

    Kirby!….If I were you pal I would hold off on posting the infamous Bean Recipe!…snort! ….If everyone wants it then maybe we can cop a few more pennies for the Cookbook later on…heh!snort!heh!… Just tease them with your fabulous beans, everyone will want one!…wheeze!…I was thinking maybe Snowhook could sell the Cookbook on their blog! What with the traffic from the Silent Auction it might be a good time to try and sell the Cookbook too. Just like they are advertising the Calenndar, Rebecca could put up a notice about the Cookbook!….sniff!…Just another idea…grunt!

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:52 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Kirby!…Looks like he already blew it…snort!…Thats too bad…heh!

  87. Liz
    7:54 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Hmmmm, “one can pork ‘n’ beans”….

  88. Sam
    7:59 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Liz, we have tins of pork and beans that we can buy in the supermarket. You must have something similar.

  89. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:03 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Liz Don’t you have pork n beans in Australia?

  90. Liz
    8:04 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Is it little sausages in beans? I think we have them.

  91. Barb & Maggie
    8:06 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Kirby, Quick question, doe you rinse all the beans, or just the navy and kidney beans? Are you supposed to wash all the pork and bean sauce off?

  92. Barb & Maggie
    8:15 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Now that we are about half way through Started Early, Took the Dog, we are loving it! Definitely worth reading if you liked the first one, Rio. Not sure how many of her books have the character Jackson Brodie in them, but I think this might be the 3rd or 4th in the series.

    I think Bear is going to keep us guessing as to what his current energy form might be.

    Update: no baby goats yet, but we can see them kicking on the sides of the mama. Last time, before they lived here, Stormy had twins, and accepted one and rejected the other, who had to be bottle fed. That baby grew up to be Sandy who is now her best friend. Hopefully she will be a better mother this time. Otherwise we will have to see if Rio has any spare bottles.

  93. BearSpiritDog
    8:15 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Kirby: The Bean Recipe! We don’t have all the ingredients now, but tomorrow will go to the store for the needed items. Yum!

    B. Just got around to the music link. Interesting choices.

    Rio! Your idea to sell the Cookbook on Snowhook’s Blog is a winner in our opinion. As you said, it would make a great gift idea.

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:20 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Beans!….I think even Rebecca could make this recipe!…snorkel!

  95. Liz
    8:20 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Barb, I ended up loving the Jackson character, i totally loved how he rescued the dog. I thought at the time to see if there were others and forgot…

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:24 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Cookbook!….Well, Bear, the thing with the Cookbook is no one has taken ownership of it as far as I can tell…grunt!….We need guys to step forward and coordinate the whole thing and put the book together…wheeze!…I can’t do both projects not at the same time….sneeze!

  97. Barb & Maggie
    8:31 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Liz, we loved the rescue too. How many times have we wished we could do that to an animal abuser!

  98. Liz
    8:33 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Maybe I could do the cookbook in terms of putting it together and designing it etc……

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:39 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Liz!….If our cookbook had your artistic touch, that would be Freakin’ Fabulous!…Wooooo!….Give it some careful thought though …sneeze!…Wooooooo!….Liz will be designing the Plunderers Cookbook!….Whoopeeee!!…snort!snort!

  100. Melanie
    8:48 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Going to bed. Have a wonderful evening. Hope Liz finds her “pork ‘n beans” tins!


  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:50 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Buster!….Posey is up to bat facing Ubaldo!…yeep!…Buster gets a hit…crap!…This game isn’t in fast motion like last nights game was…snort!…That was a wolfie blurr for sure…sob!

  102. Siber-H
    8:56 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Rio!!!! This baseball game is like the movie Groundhog Day…It is happening all over again tonight!! I thought I was just having flashbacks to last night, but this is for real. Yeep!

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:57 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Holy Crap!….We went to the kitchen to stir the sauce, came back and the Giants have scored 4 Runs against Ubaldo!….grump! snort!

  104. Barb & Maggie
    9:23 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Liz, I don’t think little sausages and beans is the same thing. Do you have Campbells Pork and Beans? They are also called baked beans. They have a sweek sauce, either brown sugar or molasses usually.

  105. Tupper and Gilly
    9:27 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Sheesh – 9 o’clock and the dark side already??
    We’re just checking in and checking out…double shift again…crap.
    Wolfie – we are sending healing thoughts to your Mom
    Dawson – we are sending healing thoughts to you
    Macy – we are sending you to therapy….decapitated, indeed….

    Liz – it would be wonderful if you would coordinate and design the cookbook. Barb and Maggie and Stover also offered to help with editing and all that. Thanks to all of you.

    Rio and Siber – we don’t get the whole baseball thing, but we hope whatever the team is you like, they don’t screw up tonight.

    Hopoe everyone is coming to the last course of the dinner party tomorrow night – the best part of the meal – DESSERT!!!

    yawwwnnnn – and now g’night everyone.

  106. Liz
    9:29 pm on April 19th, 2011

    So would we get it printed or would it be a PDF which people pay for and download? That’s the better option, I would suggest.

  107. Liz
    9:38 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Barb, I don’t think we have Campbells Pork and Beans. Is it bits of pork in beans?? hang on, I’d better google it…

  108. Wolfie
    9:40 pm on April 19th, 2011

    No sausages in the our pork n beans.

    As Bee would say, the bean recipe sounds Delian!

    Dawson, how is your wrist? Mine is all splinted up and hurts like you know what. If I work this right, I’ll get out of chores for the rest of the week, lol.

    When we got home from vacation, our Direct TV was on the blink and they won’t
    Be out until tomorrow. Sigh.

  109. Siber-H
    9:42 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Liz, yes it is bits of pork in beans with somewhat of a brown sugar sauce. When the British eat baked beans on toast, I wonder what kind of beans they use?

  110. Liz
    9:43 pm on April 19th, 2011

    I just looked at the soups on Campbells site – whoooooooooaaa!!!!!!! Oyster stew? broccoli soup? shrimp soup? What the hey? We have about five campbells soups at the supermarket – ha!

    Maybe it’s bacon and beans.

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:45 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Heh!…We are reading an older book by the Charming Mr. Abrahams and today we read a passage that kept my friend laughing all afternoon…snorkel!… I wonder if it would be alright to quote it here…sniff!…I think so. First a little background to set it up. In the book we are introduced to a guy named, Brucie who blatantly does illegal things, but his slick lawyer always gets him off. This annoys his enemy, Chang the INS agent, to no end. This agent wanted to be a policeman, but he is too small, 5 foot 2 inches, 103 pounds…heh!…He has it out for this Brucie cause his lawyer just got him off AGAIN amazingly! …snort!…Here is the passage:

    “Brucie unchained his dog. Man and dog got into the Trans-Am. Brucie pulled away from the curb, burning rubber like an adolescent. Chang followed. The beer can soon came floating out of Brucie’s window, bounced on the pavement and off the bumper of Chang’s car. Chang, perched on the phone book he needed to see over the dash, his tiny feet on the blocks attached to the pedals, spoke aloud. ‘You’re dead meat, asshole,’ he said. He didn’t let Brucie out of sight.”

    Oh!… It was so unexpected the phone book and the blocks on the pedals, we laughed so hard I can’t tell you….yark!yark!…heh!snort!heh! ….Maybe you will have to read it to get the hilarity…heh! sniff!…oh my.

  112. Siber-H
    9:48 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Wolfie, you did not tell us that your mom got an injured wrist in the accident. Please make your mom take it easy and take the time she needs to recover.

    Dawson, I hope your wrist is going to be okay, but I bet it will be sore.

    Liz, mostly all those Campbell soups are not as good as they sound. I don’t think you are missing much.

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:48 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Hey!….Maybe we could auction off some cans of Pork and Beans so Liz can get some…heh!heh!

  114. Liz
    9:53 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Oh – that’s a relief! Amazing variety though… When the brits eat BB on T they are in a tin that says ‘baked beans’! They’re navy beans in a tomatoey sauce. This recipe calls for navy beans – are they plain ones in a tin, no sauce?

  115. Siber-H
    10:01 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Liz, I am sure that when the recipe says navy beans that they are plain ones in a tin (no sauce)that just have to be rinsed. I understand that the navy beans and kidney beans have to be rinsed, but Kirby will have to let us know about the pork and beans. I have my doubts about rinsing them just like Barb does.

    Rio, mom and I think that is very funny. What are you reading because it sounds good?

  116. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:14 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Gee!…SiberH! I even put up a photo of the book on Sunday so all could see along with my bobble head…grunt!…I’ve got to get back to baseball now…snort!

  117. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:18 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Sorry, guys! Dad called me in to supper just after I posted the recipe, and I’m just getting back to the computer. Yes, indeed, you do rinse all the “juice” off the all the beans — otherwise the result is too “liquidy.” (Before Dad started doing that, someone thought he had made chili!) And Liz, pork n’ beans is just beans with a few little pieces of pork fat in them. And the navy beans come in a can with a very thick sauce — almost a paste!

  118. Staff
    10:18 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Hey! Those beans are what I call softball beans because many years ago I was visiting Mr.Staff (before we were married) and he was playing town softball. Even then he was an ‘old pro’ and one of the wives brought these beans to the pot luck. I asked her give me the recipe. This is it exactly except maybe for the amount of brown sugar. (I know to pack it.)

    Extra yummy!

  119. dawson
    10:28 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Okay! I’ve milked this enough. I am wearing a wrist brace but only to keep myself from twisting it. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and concern. I declare myself healed.

  120. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:28 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Beans!…Apparently, these beans have been around for a very long while…heh!

  121. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:32 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Baseball!….Back to the game. Top of the 7th, score 4 – 1 the damned Giants…grump!fart!…No beans for me says my friend…heh!

  122. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:33 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Staff: It doesn’t surprise me that you have the same recipe, since you live in Minnesota and Mom was living in Iowa when she got this recipe. I think it’s one of those Midwestern things! How much PACKED brown sugar does your recipe call for?

  123. Staff
    10:36 pm on April 19th, 2011

    My recipe calls for one cup of sauted onions and I only use 1/4 C. of the brown (packed) sugar, and 1/2 C. of the barbeque sauce. I rinse the other beans, but not the pork and beans. OH! and the pork and beans is the larger #10 can, not a small (15 oz.)one.

    So OK it is not identical, but I bet they were once upon a time. My recipe is over 25 years old.

  124. Barb & Maggie
    10:42 pm on April 19th, 2011

    We are signing off. Good night all.

  125. Liz
    10:42 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Thanks guys, I’ve learnt a lot about beanz today.

  126. Staff
    10:46 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Sounds like a lot of accidents on the blog today. But if you are superstitious, we had 3 and that is all we need to do. Things come in three’s and we have had ours.

    Healthy healing thoughts to Audry, Wolfie’s Mom and Dawson.

    I would like to help Liz with the cookbook too.
    Also I think we might need to consider that we shouldn’t sell these recipes if they are copied from another cookbook. Even if it was many years ago. I don’t know where the beans came from, for instance, so we might not want to use them. We might be sued. Probably B. knows the rules. Or Spence and Admin. would be good sources for this rule.

    I think if we make it just for ourselves that would be not problem.

    Unless we actually made up all the recipe’s ourselves. I only have two that I truly created myself in all my recipes. ((Sniff))

  127. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    10:50 pm on April 19th, 2011

    So, Natasha is back from secret side mission. To read blog, and find that some Plunderers think not much of Natasha. Vhy you are surprised that ve also support the Snowhook? These are very nice pipple who rescue doggies and give them booties. Of course Natasha will support them. Ve may even go to Alaska to see next race – ve vould be very much at home in the snow.
    Siber – you reject Natasha? You do not vant Natasha to vin big bid for date in hot place vith you? So sorry, leetle Husky – now Natasha vithdraws bid. Vill keep kopecs AND hat!
    Volfie knows how to appreciate beautiful and mysterious spy – ve vill transfer our affections to the gentle Volfie.
    And Natasha vill be avay again soon. Vill be attending big veddiing of Royal personages. Cannot tell you who this marriage is for security reason, but trust Natasha, is very very big. Is like fairy story, vith HANDSOME PRINCE…..
    Anyvay, reason to tell this – after vedding, ve vill donate to Plunderers auction most beautiful hat (since no longer need it to bid on Siber – bah! Liz – you can haf that no good playboy huskie!)

  128. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:50 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Liz!…You will have your hands full with this cook book project…heh!…My friend says we will help you in any way possible…snort!…Because we think combining the two events, the Auction and the Cookbook for sale Notice will be the ultimate “grab em while you can” event. …gruff!…So we will time the two events to coincide with one another if at all possible…sniff!… Write out a plan and tell everyone what you need them to do to get it done!….Wooooo!

  129. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:52 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Staff: Mom and Dad got the original recipe when they got married in 1979 — and who knows how long the Knoxes had it before that???

  130. Wolfie
    10:52 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Bacon and beans soup is totally different, Liz. It is good but has sort of a smokey flavor. It would be gross in Kirby’s recipe.

    Wow, Liz, that would be awesome of you I volunteer to eat the cooked recpies. Except for the fish and bell pepper ones. Ugh.

  131. Siber-H
    10:53 pm on April 19th, 2011

    We are signing off too,
    Night All

  132. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:58 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Liz!… Email me at riotheevilpug@yahoo.com if you need some help getting started…heh!…My freind is very busy, but I am home all day long being a Napster…snort!

    Rockies!…Score is 6 to 3 Giants!…Wooo! WE are catching their tails now…heh

  133. Siber-H
    11:00 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Borzoi! You have been into the vodka again. Never did I say that I didn’t want you to bid on a date with me. Never did I say that!
    Mom will agree with you that Wolfie is, umm, nicer than I am.
    Women…jeez…go figure

  134. Staff
    11:00 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Kirby T,
    Wow! That is before I got mine. Mr.Staff and I married in 1989 and this was maybe 2 or 3 years prior to that. WhooEee that is a long track record isn’t it?

    Going to bed now. Hugs to all of you.

  135. Wolfie
    11:03 pm on April 19th, 2011


    I think Siber is playing hard to get. You know how those playboys are!

    But I think it is ok to make him just a little bit jealous. Ummmmmm……do you have a date for this mystery wedding. I don ‘t have any idea what handsome prince you are referring to, but I do adore wedding cake. I think. It looks yummy, at any rate.

    Perhaps you could auction off date to wedding with Natasha? I would bid. I would love to see London. I mean, mysterious city.

  136. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:08 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Natasha!… I hope you know I hold you in the highest regard…sniff!…You are the only spy who has come close enough to actually get to know some of our agents (not Wookie! ..heh!) …gah!…This has me on edge for sure. The Agents will have to show great restraint just like a certain Agent Siber-H has and rejected your approach…Congratulations to him…heh!… He is on his game and knows who to trust and not to trust….huffle!

  137. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:12 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Siber-H!….(((Sigh))))…Be the Agent you are meant to be for dogs sake…grump!

  138. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:16 pm on April 19th, 2011

    And you my darlink leetle puglet – you know Natasha has only first place in heart for your sniffling leetle nose and curly tail. Ve only flirt vith those others – it is you that hold’s Natasha’s interest. And not just for being Commander of Plunderers – oh no…Natasha has the great respect for you….

  139. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:21 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Agents!…Be on your guard! Do not let Natasha lure you in with her smooth talking…grunt!…She is like a black widow spider, she will devour you if you let her get close to you….snort!…SiberH was lured in and miraculously escaped somehow…wheeze!… She is always on the prowl for you Agents, so beware of her wily ways!…huffle!gruffle!grunt!

  140. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:45 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Rockies vs Giants…grrr!

  141. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:57 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Wow! My Angels beat Texas 15-4. Yippee! (Sorry Macy!)

  142. C. Harris
    11:57 pm on April 19th, 2011

    Dawson: I used to routinely have a bad fall on the ice once a year. One time I ended up in bed on my stomach for 3 days (and bruised for weeks afterwards). Now I shuffle across ice like a little old lady…men sometimes ask if I need their arm. I meet the nicest men in parking lots, in grocery stores (when I need help getting something from the top shelf) and outside of men’s rooms in restaurants where I’m often placed as a single woman.

  143. Liz
    12:02 am on April 20th, 2011

    CH – they put you outside the men’s room?? That sucks…

    Okay, i’ll put together a cookbook plan and email you Rio, i think it will be fairly straightforward, unless there’s something i haven’t thought of…

    Cricket will be thrilled that Nat-the-Rat has dropped out of the bidding!! Caleb, get ready baby…

  144. C. Harris
    12:06 am on April 20th, 2011

    Staff: years ago I was researching putting together a cookbook of fruitcakes. At that time I discovered that “narratives” and other informational text had to be original but recipes didn’t have to be. I don’t think recipes can be copyrighted. Again, this was years ago. One person advised me to just change the order of the ingredients a bit if I was worried and/or re-title the recipes. If I have time over the next few days I can go to a couple of copyright sources and check further.

  145. Gus & BooBear
    12:09 am on April 20th, 2011

    It’s late, but we wanted to say how sorry we are about the accidents abounding on the blog!! Dawson, mom & dad visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming in December 1 year and Mom is happy to hear that even a native to the cold has a hard time walking (NOT happy you actually fell, though).

    Wolfie’s Mom, how scary for you and thank goodness you are not seriously injured. With so many distractions now, drivers really have to be diligent about paying attention. Things can go wrong so quickly!

  146. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    12:13 am on April 20th, 2011

    LIZ- NAT THE RAT????
    How disrespectful. Natasha is crushed. Natasha is vounded.
    And Natasha is also vengeful bitch.
    Meybe you should say farevell to Frobisher…hmmmmm??

  147. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:19 am on April 20th, 2011

    CHarris: The first year that Mom’s family moved from California to Iowa it was hard for everyone to get used to winter. One day Grandma went down the sloped driveway to get the mail. You guessed it — she slipped and fell. She picked herself up and dusted herself off and went back inside, where she proceeded to roll out a couple of pie crusts. Her arm kept hurting, so she finally decided to go to the emergency room. They were bringing in all sorts of injured people — including a little girl with a splinted leg who they plopped in a wheelchair and rushed into an exam room. Grandma started feeling silly — maybe she should just go back home because it didn’t feel so bad after all. But then all these people started coming out of the exam rooms wrapped in ace bandages — just sprains. And when they finally got around to seeing Grandma, turns out she was the one who got the cast!!!

    And then she did the same thing a few years later — when she was pregnant with my Uncle Michael. Everyone was worried about the baby, but he was fine. That’s when she belonged to a bowling league, so she had a “bowling ball” in front, her right arm in a cast, and she was bowling left-handed! I wish I had been around to see that!!!

  148. Liz
    12:38 am on April 20th, 2011

    Noooooooooo!!! not frobisher – you wouldn’t??????

    Sorry, it was that or Nat the Fat. Or Hat…probably more appropriate…

  149. Liz
    12:43 am on April 20th, 2011

    What about Tash-the-Flash?

  150. C. Harris
    2:33 am on April 20th, 2011

    Kirby: wow! Grandmas are tough

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