Post Mortem

“How did everything go at the Oak Bluffs Library on the Vineyard?” Admin says.

“No one threw anything,” says Spence.

“Always a good sign,” Admin says, “but I happen to know they screened everyone at the door, confiscating a number of heirloom tomatoes. But onto two other things. One, did everyone notice the new background here at the blog? That’s because of The Sound and the Furry, coming Sept. 10. Second, here’s a great new video from Melanie, Plunderer extraordinaire.”

Welcome Racine the companion dog.


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180 Responses to “Post Mortem”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:53 am on June 7th, 2013

    Gooood morning, everyone! Glad no UFOs at the library but be sure to save those heirloooom tomatoes for the seeds!

    Rio: Wowser, our very own play-by-pug announcer. Paws down (tails up) the best.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:56 am on June 7th, 2013

    Oooops… forgot.
    Macy: We of the HOH are all girls šŸ™‚
    Melanie: the Old Fart loves the cooool, pooool video.
    Fun, fantastic Friday to all.

  3. Rose
    8:58 am on June 7th, 2013


    Happy Donut Day everyone!

  4. B. Stover
    8:59 am on June 7th, 2013

    I’m laughing about the heirloom tomatoes. The background is fine but I still don’t like the print size or the margin size. To be able to type a comment I have it on 125% but to read the blog I have it on 100%. I don’t understand why this is necessary. Can’t the background be changed without affecting everything else?

    Good morning all.

  5. bluecat
    9:02 am on June 7th, 2013

    OMD- Melanie. I watched again because I like it so much – was that a chipmunk racing off the stairs before the Newfs arrived?

    Good morning all and happy weekend.

    CHobbit – it’s Friday šŸ™‚

  6. Herd of Hounds
    9:25 am on June 7th, 2013

    CHobbit: Need to tell you a wrong day story! We were on a loooog summer vacation trip in a schooool bus we’d made into a motorhome to drag the daddy dawg’s kids around the country. Late August and we found an upgraded tranny to install, 3 days. Suddenly, his daughter says school starts the next day and we have to get from Placerville, CA to San Diego by the next a.m.

    We made it…barely. Dropped her off at school then went to set up RV. Two hours later, got a call from school, come get the angel, SHE’S 3 DAYS EARLY!

  7. dawson
    9:38 am on June 7th, 2013

    Spence: That’s a sneaky way to procure your lunch. I am happy that no one threw anything at you. I noticed the new background – after Rose pointed it out. Love it.

    Melanie: Love the video, how could I not with all those stars of the screen, The River Bear Newfs! Your music is perfect. The best part is when they all first come lumbering into view. I don’t remember a Mr. McKey. Have I not been paying attention? Reading every other word then forgetting every 3rd word? Rose and all the Newfs look beautiful.

  8. Princess Sam
    9:44 am on June 7th, 2013

    CHobbit, didn’t you forget something when you started the trip? You had to go back a half hour drive?

  9. Barb & Maggie
    9:47 am on June 7th, 2013

    Melanie, Great video, love it. We did count and there seem to be 6 Newfs. We thought you were down to 5. Is Dawson onto something with the addition of Mr. McKey?

    How do you get them dried off afterwards? Wet Newfs get musty smelling we have learned from experience.

    Glad no one threw anything, Spence. That would be a terrible waste of an heirloom tomato!

  10. O'Howlers
    9:58 am on June 7th, 2013

    Happy Friday, everyone! HOH, That is a funny days-early story!
    Rio, in case you don’t catch up on yesterday’s blog from this morning: Great Play by Play! We were all chewing our pillows!
    We love the new blog background, and Bee, we don’t see any difference in margins or font, either on our iPaw or on Mom’s big computer.

  11. O'Howlers
    10:05 am on June 7th, 2013

    Oops: almost forgot…particularly for Barb, here is an article from our local paper about the organic farm near us where we get our asparagus, strawberries, and rasberries.

  12. Tupper and Gilly
    10:20 am on June 7th, 2013

    Morning all.
    To answer a couple of questions on Melanie’s behalf.
    Mr. McKey is better known as “Mac” plain and simple.
    And the video was shot partly as a tribute to the One Perfect Rose. The pool was opened early so she could go for a last swim

    Mama’s horror-scope told her to take a day off and walk by the water. Hmmm. It IS raining buckets outside. Does that count?

  13. Meashka
    10:26 am on June 7th, 2013

    We are getting the remnants of Tropical Storm Adrian here today. In true Dima Fashion, he is out there enjoying the storm. He always does this, and Mom gets so frustrated with him not coming in when the weather is bad.

  14. B. Stover
    10:27 am on June 7th, 2013

    Why is my screen affected but Howlers’ is not? Siber-H apparently has the same problem. This is a pain.

  15. Herd of Hounds
    10:32 am on June 7th, 2013

    B: ??? Screen affected??? Maybe it pays to be technologically challenger.
    T&G: At least your mama’s horror-scope doesn’t say “don’t go out, you’ll get hit by a truck!”

  16. Meashka
    10:38 am on June 7th, 2013

    Correction: Mom says it is Andrea, not Adrian. What’s in a name, anyway?
    Dima finally returned.
    Anybody know when Bella was supposed to fly home? Hopefully not today, with the way the weather looks down in Maryland.

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    10:41 am on June 7th, 2013

    HOH. – there is that.

    Bee – just so you don’t feel left out – the test is bouncing back and forth on our big computer. Sometimes it is oversized, sometimes it is normal. But it is always ok on our iPhone.

    Go figure

  18. Tupper and Gilly
    10:42 am on June 7th, 2013

    sigh – the TEXT is bouncing. Not the test.

  19. Rose
    10:44 am on June 7th, 2013

    Only this morning, I noticed that the background has not changed on my IPaw.

  20. Barb & Maggie
    10:46 am on June 7th, 2013

    Thanks for clearing up the confusion over the Newfie count. Now we understand.

    Oleys, that was an interesting article. Did you notice that she works with someone from the Rodale Institute? Back about 45 years ago when Barb was a young woman, she started reading Prevention Magazine, which was started by Robert Rodale. He was a bearded, far-out eccentric who thought processed food, white flour and sugar were all bad for you. Chemicals too. He touted organic foods and natural living when it was all in its infancy. Barb started growing some veggies, and made all her baby foods, because back in the day they contained MSG! Her kids didn’t drink pop or eat a lot of food that came out of boxes. They also didn’t get sick or have cavities! Her family thought she was a little touched in the head.

  21. Meashka
    10:49 am on June 7th, 2013

    Barb, the Rodale Institute is very close to us, and our ex-state rep worked very closely with them on many organic bills. Many of our local farmers work closely with them as well. Excellent organization, Mom says.

  22. Tupper and Gilly
    10:57 am on June 7th, 2013

    Barb – bet your kids thank you now!

    This all brings up one of our pet soapbox issues. Why is most of the “bad” food the affordable food? White rice is more processed than brown, but it cost less. White bread is $1 a loaf, while whole wheat is $3. Flavored carbonated water with no sugar or chemicals cost two times what sugared, chemically loaded sodas do. No wonder that lower income people say they simply can’t afford to eat healthy.
    Ok – getting down off the box now. Just had to get that off our little Corgi chests.

  23. Herd of Hounds
    11:07 am on June 7th, 2013

    B&M: Mom was vegetarian for a loooog time and grew veggies in CA by Rodale’s book. When she inherited 3 step-2 leggers, she fed them “healthy” and they maintained she was either trying to kill them or starve them. Once on their own with their own “pups”, the song changed!

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    11:22 am on June 7th, 2013

    So – is everyone getting auction items photographed and ready? Its almost that time when we get to cheer “Go SNOWHOOK!”

  25. Melanie
    11:27 am on June 7th, 2013

    Thank you Chet! Zoƫ and I watched again and cried.

    In order of age:

    Waltzing Mathilda: call name Mattie
    (10 this year)

    Robert’s Mr. McKey: call name Mac
    (9 this year) He is not named for YSAS, but for ZoĆ«’s father whose nickname was Mac.

    McKey’s Rosalind: call name Ros
    (9 this year)

    Franklin: call name Frank the Tank
    (9 this year)

    Amazing Grace: call name Grace
    (6 this year)

    Rose was . .
    Rosalind’s One Perfect Rose

  26. Melanie
    11:28 am on June 7th, 2013

    I think it’s Boutique time . .
    T&G, I might be wrong, but I think so . .

  27. BearSpiritDog
    11:34 am on June 7th, 2013

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Spence: How many tomaters did you confiscate? Good work thinking to check folks at the door.

    Hounds: Fun Friday! We love your Kool Naming of the Days.

    B: No difference on our page. Must be only you and Siber-H.
    Is it on your iPaw or computer…or both?

    O’Howlers: The article was interesting. Youse are fortunate to have a Organic Farm nearby.

    Barb&Magpie: As a Registered Nurse, Nana’s mom was concerned with healthy eating. She also subscribed to Prevention Magazine and passed her far out ideas on to the next generation.

    Melanie: Your Video Tribute to Rose was Beautiful.

    T&G: A Walk in the Rain sounds lovely. That was a funny story about the old biddy at the end of the Royal Mum’s shew. She may have failed to find an humor in it at the time though.
    Speaking of shews…We thoroughly enjoyed watching her interview.
    What a Beautiful, Gracious, Knowledgeable Woman she is!

  28. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    11:35 am on June 7th, 2013

    Early!…Is for the birds…sniff!yawn!…My friend drug us out of our warm soft beds for another early walk and then she drove the poor old clicking Subaru to the Subaru-fixer-upper-place…wheeze!…She came back and said we have no money left at all….grumble!…That car keeps taking my treatie monies…grump!

  29. Dima
    11:43 am on June 7th, 2013
  30. Siber-H
    11:45 am on June 7th, 2013

    Heirloom Tomatoes tee hee
    I never knew people were so serious about tomatoes until I started hanging with you guys.

    Ditto to everything Stover said about the size of the print on the blog now. It sucks, but the background is very nice.

    Good Morning All

  31. Masquers
    11:49 am on June 7th, 2013

    Awk! The boutique.
    Riƶ my friend, you have missed your calling as a sports announcer for reals.
    Melanie: Thank you for the official names of the River Bears.
    Dima: That is an Oscar winning performance for sure! The howl was a kool added touch.
    Well it’s time to get to work. sigh.

  32. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    11:52 am on June 7th, 2013

    Yeeep!…My friend better get her camera and take some photos for the Spring Boutique (not Auction time – not yet!)…grunt!

  33. Tupper and Gilly
    11:55 am on June 7th, 2013

    Oh dear – Gramp just got back from the DMV – he failed the eye test. He has a form to be filled out by his eye doc, but at this point, it kinda sorta looks like he may be about to lose his license.
    We are torn. Gramp is not a great driver at this point, but he is following Mama’s strongly worded request that he only drive in the daytime to places that he is very familiar with, such as the grocery store and church, etc. No highway, no nighttime, no long distance driving. But to have NO license – to depend totally on Mama….oh dear, this could get difficult….

  34. Siber-H
    11:56 am on June 7th, 2013

    Rio! Thanks for the play by play account of the Rockies game last night. I read it this morning. That was excellent. My newspaper should hire you. They need help with their baseball reporting.

  35. Barb & Maggie
    12:01 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Wow, the Pack is getting up there in Newfie years. Must have been fun when you had four young ones at nearly the same time!

    Siber, yes we are probably a little obsessive about our tomatoes. But it is one of Barb’s healthier addictions.

    Interesting that others of you were into Prevention when it was considered far out. Now it sits on the reading tables of doctor’s offices.

    T & G, You mentioned white bread for a dollar. Barb refuses to eat bread that can be squished into a ball and used for catfish bait! Jack says her bread is crunchy and has seeds in it.

  36. Siber-H
    12:06 pm on June 7th, 2013

    T&G In this state, an elderly person can get a restricted license…like daytime driving only.

    Dima, Love the video! Of course, that Husky should win an Oscar.

  37. Tupper and Gilly
    12:08 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Siber – thank for that info – we will look into it.

  38. Kat
    12:08 pm on June 7th, 2013

    We here love bread that is crunchy and has seeds in it. Momma loves it a little too much. šŸ™‚
    Speaking of Momma: she just got a phone call and started skipping and twirling and singing “They’re here. They’re here.” Now, what could that mean?
    Please remind us of the start of the great Snowhook Boutique. I am going to take the ‘rents shopping. I am hoping if we have a nice item for the Spring Boutique, AJ will put me on the team.

  39. Siber-H
    12:19 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Here Come The Chickens!!
    Fellow Sibers, Put one up for sale in the Spring Boutique and I will purchase it.

    Spence, Thanks for putting Melanie’s video up. We have watched it and Dima’s video several times now.

  40. O'Howlers
    12:25 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Siber, we here are all rolling on the floor laughing. Mom is NOT amused. Stick-in-the-mud.

  41. Herd of Hounds
    12:27 pm on June 7th, 2013

    OFA got the galleys for TSATF just a bit ago (looook to the right). Must mean September is getting closer. Maybe we should tell mom to reread the Chet & Bernie to us.

  42. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    12:33 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Lawn!…Guy is out there…yeeep!yeeep!…that guy drives us nuts. Rolling his machine all over everything….grump!…Yeeep!yeeep!

  43. Rose
    12:41 pm on June 7th, 2013


    The Spring Boutique is just around the corner, and I can’t wait to see what’s locked behind its doors.

    Let’s not forget the “Have Harness, Will Travel” fund. We don’t want the Snowhook dogs running the 2014 Iditarod in yucky, chewed up harnesses, do we? And remember, someone could be the winner of a pretty great prize! I think Kat and Siber-H would agree.

  44. Siber-H
    12:45 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Fantastic prizes for the Have Harness Will Travel Fund!!!
    I love mine!

  45. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    12:52 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Rebecca!…She will be building the store once she comes home from wherever she is going after her jaunt through DC…heh!heh!…We all need to work on getting our Items photographed and emailed to Melanie for enhancement and sizing…snort!…Once she sends your photographs back to you, then you send Rebecca an email with the updated photo and a description of the Item. Don’t forget to include the price…chuffle!…Lets all try to contribute something so that this will be the best Spring Boutique ever!…snort!snort!….Remember this is held to raise money for our beloved Snowhook Kennel!…chuffle!

  46. Barb & Maggie
    12:54 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Oleys, I be your folks are really excited. Are they picking them up at a feed store or the post office?

    Youse guys stay away from those cute little fluff balls!

    We want some pictures!

  47. Kat
    12:58 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Maggie, I have no flippin’ clue what you are talking about…or what Siber is talking about either. My mom is sitting in her office working diligently as always. She keeps checking the clock though, because she said Dad is coming home early (he went in at 5:00 am today). I have no idea why she cares.

  48. Tupper and Gilly
    1:04 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Here chick chick chick…..
    Gilly needs something to herd. She promises, cross her little Corgi heart that she would never, ever give a baby chick a Sibe-type welcome.

    p.s. – Gramp says the garter snakes have started hanging out in the backyard, so Mama may be able to get a picture of Gilly trying to herd on of those. Now THAT’s funny.

  49. Mollypop's Mom
    1:06 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Mudslide Run! Right here at Holiday Valley. I’ll let you all know right now that I’m not doing this.

  50. Kat
    1:07 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Oh….now I know. She did mention that she needs to go the The Feed to get some more treats for me me me! That must be where she wants to go with Dad.

  51. Kat
    1:11 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Auntie M, you have the most fun ever at your place! I want to come up and you and I run as a team. I love love love MUD!!!

    Momma especially loved the blooper real at the end.

  52. Herd of Hounds
    1:21 pm on June 7th, 2013

    US! US! Let Lucy Lou and me try the mudslide. We’ve been practicing swimming in the mud in the back yard…we’re gooood šŸ™‚

  53. Siber-H
    1:30 pm on June 7th, 2013

    The only time I have seen any mud is when we went to that stupid wedding in London. I don’t like mud.

  54. BearSpiritDog
    1:40 pm on June 7th, 2013

    MollyPop’s Mom: The Mudslide Run looks like Fun (to Watch) Any mosquitoes?

    Gilly: Would love to see you Herding a Garter Snake! You are so Brave.
    Good luck with Gramp getting a Restricted License. It would be perfect for him.

    Siber-H: The Prize you won sounds like something I would want.

    Rio & Wose: I am making a Donation to the Have Harness Will Travel Fund in Memory of Melanie and Zoe’s One Perfect Rose.

    SnowBella: I know you are traveling, but don’t forget to post Photos from the Wookiemobile ASAP.

  55. Barb & Maggie
    1:51 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Poor Kat, you are sooo disillusional!

    T & G’s mum, Barb’s good friend Kim has her 87 year old father living with her and her husband. She just took his keys away after he had a couple of close calls. He is very pouty about it, but when he drives he has to go on country roads and highways. Kim was afraid he would end up causing a serious accident. If Gramps can just drive during the day and only go short distances it might still be OK. But even then, what about his sight?

  56. BearSpiritDog
    2:03 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Just saw a Funny Caption up top showing a Black & White Duo from the Nation Within titled:
    Abbey & Grady on a very serious stakeout.
    It ended badly. Someone barked.

    Our Gramp failed the Driver’s Test when he pulled too close to the white line at a stop. No amount of arguing would change the instructor’s grading and may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. Fortunately he has his very own Cabbie to take him to the store and doctor appointments.

  57. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    2:06 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Chicks!….Those little chicks better have an attitude to survive on the Howlers farm…heh!

  58. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    2:12 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Dishlickers!…I just posted a Chick with an Attitude out on dishlickers for youse…heh!heh!…

  59. BearSpiritDog
    2:19 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Wose: Yes, yes! It IS Donut Day. WhooHoo you knew. We intend to Celebrate by having (more than) our share.

    O’Howler’s Little Chickies: Welcome to your new home!

    Rio & Beau: This will be your Last Day Without Gourmet Snacks.
    Your Friend’s Mother returns tomorrow. Right?
    Going to Dish to check out your “Chick With an Attitude”

  60. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    2:21 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Bear!…Yup! After today Beau and I will be back on the snack-all-damned-day diet…heh!heh!….Beau does not know this yet. He will be very surprised tomorrow morning….snorkel!

  61. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    2:22 pm on June 7th, 2013


  62. c.hobbit
    2:37 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Princess Sam: yes I did forget something on my trip down to Anchorage and had to return home and I was only 30 minutes away the first time. {{{sigh}}}

    I will be sorting through my stuff for the boutique. Some of the Nome items I was thinking more in terms of the next auction.

    Have more re-painting to do at the realtor’s request: the dining room and kitchen. Now that it is summer, more houses are on the market so at the realtor’s suggestion, the price has been lowered $10,000. Still no showings after a week at the new price so keep the positive thoughts flowing.

  63. Melanie
    2:40 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Thank you BearSpiritDog!

    MollyPop’s Mom, That woman went over that fence like I would. NOT gracefully.

    I have just finished putting my old computer back together up in my workroom. It’s been in pieces since February. I thought I had too many cords, but everything plugged in and it’s working. EXCEPT, there is a huge humming when I have my speakers plugged in and on. That does not sound good. In real terms and in more money terms.

    I did get the perfect boutique item!

  64. Barb & Maggie
    2:57 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Wose, Now about 1/3 thru The Storyteller. It is hard to put down. Typically, Picoult has done a lot of good research for this book. It is well written, IMO, but disturbing at times and hard to read at times. The story is set in the current day, but there is some retelling of events that happened in the Holocaust, told by both a survivor and an SS guard. And that is the part Barb has trouble reading.

  65. Herd of Hounds
    3:30 pm on June 7th, 2013

    OH: Maybe ya’ll can talk your mom into letting you “adopt” the chickie, chickie, chickies! Our predacessor, Sonja the wolf dog, adopted the peck of parrots. Never sure why but she was the first dog here.

  66. Barb & Maggie
    3:37 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Very exciting here. Mr Ortiz has two of his guys here and they are prepping the space around the back patio to enlarge it. Barb bought some 16″ x 16″ blocks to add to the existing patio. It will be 32″ longer and wider, which will help with the over-crowding of the patio furniture. They will finish it tomorrow. Now, I must go back and bark at them, just to make sure they keep working. Everyone has a job to do!

  67. Terry Ballard
    3:45 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Heading up to the Cape tomorrow. Will keep eyes peeled for any Chet events next week. Happy to be on the road (In fact, happy to be anywhere) after emergency surgery last week to mend a bleeding esophagus. On the mend now and ready for some serious seafood in Dennisport….

  68. Melanie
    4:06 pm on June 7th, 2013

    That is the phrase one needs, Terry, serious seafood. Glad you’re back and hane parts of you healing.

    Maggie, keep those guys on their toes!

    Have a question. I was finding my jewelry for my neice’s wedding. I am goin to use an antique brooch and earings. I have to clean the silver parts, but does anyone recognise the gemstones? They have an old fashion cut.

  69. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    4:17 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Melanie!…Will that be a Spring Boutique item?…..snort!snort!

  70. Melanie
    4:21 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Refresh and read, oh pug! That’s my jewelry for the WEDDING!

  71. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    4:25 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Jewelry!…I’m asking about after the wedding…grunt!

  72. B. Stover
    4:36 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Melanie: The stones are “emerald cut” but I’m not sure what they are.

  73. Siber-H
    4:42 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Love the color of the stones, but I do not know what they are.

  74. BearSpiritDog
    4:43 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Hey, Terry, Glad to hear you are up and at ’em and Enjoying Food from the Sea again! Yum.

  75. B. Stover
    4:52 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Perhaps sapphires….

  76. O'Howlers Mom
    4:55 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Terry, go to Seattle for GREAT seafood! Yumm!

    These chickies are the cutest little fluffballs I have ever seen! I’m not sure I’m remembering which is which.

  77. Terry Ballard
    4:56 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Been to Seattle several times and love any time I’ve spent at Ivar’s. On the other hand, the Cape is a leisurely two day drive.

  78. c.hobbit
    5:02 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Bear Spirit Dog: I think it is a great idea to donate to the harness fund in memory of Rose and I am going to follow your lead. One thing that binds us together as a community and to Snowhook in particular is that we all take exceptional care of our dogs. That is the reason Siber-H told us about Snowhook and look what the last 2 years have meant to the kennel. AJ winning an award for the kennel’s dog care makes us all proud of our sponsorship. They deserve the best = no more chewed up and repaired harnesses! I will be emailing Wose and the Pug of my $25 donation to make it official.

  79. O'Howlers
    5:09 pm on June 7th, 2013

    BSD and Terry, great idea! A donation to the Harness Fund in Rose’s name.
    Love Snowhook!
    Our buddy Cherokee’s tumor keeps bleeding and he will have to get surgery. The problem is that nobody thinks his kidneys are good enough to survive surgery. Please cross your paws for Cherokee and his mom (Kat’s Godmom) Leslie…another fan of Snowhook.

  80. O'Howlers
    5:10 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Oops…we meant Hobbit and BSD. Our only excuse is that we are chick-obsessed.

  81. Tupper and Gilly
    5:12 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Melanie – stones could be sapphires, or blue topaz (more likely) or aquamarines. ‘Course, they could be glass too, but probably not if the settings are sterling. And the brooch is lovely.
    Be gentle on the polishing.

    Terry – glad to know that all is well again. Bet those clams and oysters on the half shell would slip, slide away down that bruised throat.

  82. Princess Sam
    5:17 pm on June 7th, 2013

    O’Howlers Mom, tell us all about the chickies.

  83. Herd of Hounds
    5:28 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Melanie: our guess on the stones is blue topaz. Aquas are usually not quite that vivid and are very rare.

  84. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    5:32 pm on June 7th, 2013

    OH!…Melanie!…Check your SDD asap!…snort!

    Beau!…Still Waiting!!…sneeze!

  85. Melanie
    5:38 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Received, oh baseball announcer.

  86. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    5:39 pm on June 7th, 2013


  87. Basil and Sage
    5:40 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Is that a Chubby Pug? Or a black football with feet?


  88. Siber-H
    5:51 pm on June 7th, 2013

    C.Hobbit, very well said about Snowhook. I am proud to be a sponsor of their team because Snowhook makes all of us proud. I brag at the dog park about their humane care of the dogs and their reacue work.

  89. Princess Sam
    5:51 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Oh poor Beau. He is waiting for his friend’s mother. Awwww.

  90. Wose
    5:59 pm on June 7th, 2013

    What a sweet picture of Beau.

  91. Wose
    6:03 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Having been to Snowhook at the beginning of the year, it is really amazing to see how much the dogs respond and love Rebecca and the Giant. That love is returned by the Giant and Rebecca. They are truly a family.

  92. Kat
    6:07 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Siber, you speak the truth PLUS don’t forget: I met Bella in person. She is not only The Best Damn Handler Wife; she is also The Best Damn Belly Rubber in the world!

  93. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    6:08 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Beau!…He’s not that fat really. He is sitting all hunched over and his back leg hurts him sometimes…sniff!

  94. O'Howlers' Mom
    6:17 pm on June 7th, 2013
  95. Gus & BooBear
    6:20 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Melanie, loved the video and seeing each individual Newf with his/her official name. Who is bigger? Mac or Franklin?

    Also loved the Siber video! What a ham!!

  96. Siber-H
    6:22 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Fellow Sibers, That “chicken” needs to grow for awhile, if you get my drift.

  97. Princess Sam
    6:38 pm on June 7th, 2013

    They aren’t even chickies yet, they’re only chicklets.

  98. BearSpiritDog
    6:42 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Beau: Soon, Little Buddy, Soon.

    Sammie: Chicklets. snicker.

    For Barking Out Loud. Look, it’s the Caninus, Dog Fronted Grindcore Band.

  99. Melanie
    6:45 pm on June 7th, 2013

    “Chicklets” snicker

    Franklin is the biggest. REALLY BIG!

  100. BearSpiritDog
    6:47 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Followed by Music to Fly By.

  101. Melanie
    6:49 pm on June 7th, 2013

    I can’t play that video until the dogs are not in the house. They would go NUTS!

  102. BearSpiritDog
    6:50 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Franklin is Bear x 2 and a Really Nice Guy.

  103. SnowBella
    6:53 pm on June 7th, 2013

    I am beside myself. It is not as pleasant as Chet would have us believe. I am moments away from meeting Wookie’s pawp. I hope I can keep my splorting to a minimum. I make no promises about the twirling.

  104. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    6:57 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Wookie’s!…Pawp!wow!…snort!…I hear he is a really nice guy…heh!heh!

  105. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    6:59 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Rebecca!….Would you give Wookie’s Paw and Maw a big slurpy Pug-Kiss from me??…chuffle!

  106. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    7:00 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Fotoz!…We hear would like some fotoz too by golly. And not just of everyone’s feet…sniff!

  107. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    7:01 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Twirling!..Now I am twirling and I’m not even there…heh!…Spinning and Twirling and now I am Skipping!…Woooo! burp!

  108. Melanie
    7:12 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Bella! Good luck!

    I’ve been trying to post a snapshot of our weather. Not having any luck yet.

  109. Melanie
    7:14 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Heh, heh . . trying again.

    At least this isn’t snow . .
    (fingers crossed)

  110. BearSpiritDog
    7:16 pm on June 7th, 2013

    SnowBella: Be sure and get a Photo of the Wookiemobile!
    And say Hi, hi, hi from Us, us us.

  111. Herd of Hounds
    7:20 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Perhaps we should refrain from calling the box of peepers, “chicklets”. It might encourage chewing.

  112. Wose
    7:21 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Rebecca, I can report that Wookie’s dad is a very nice man, without having met him, and Wookie’s mom, well she’s pretty great too!

    Hope you are taking lots of pictures!

  113. Masquers
    7:25 pm on June 7th, 2013

    HOH: A reminder to the Howlers a chicklet is only a tiny tidbit, not even a real snack and hardly worth the trouble.

    Melanie: Yeep!

  114. BearSpiritDog
    7:32 pm on June 7th, 2013

    I haven’t met Wookie’s Folks in person, but judging by how much Wookie Loves them, there is no doubt in my mind they are the Greatest Parents a dawg could have.
    Can’t wait to see the pictures.

  115. Basil and Sage
    7:58 pm on June 7th, 2013

    pssst – Hey Howlers—-you want some “help” with those chicklets? We would be glad to lend a paw…or a jaw….

  116. Masquers
    8:16 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Herbs: Gasp. What are you suggesting?

  117. Macy the min-pin
    8:17 pm on June 7th, 2013

    We are late to the discussion, but mom has several blue topaz pieces (wonder if we could pawn them?) and that was her instant response. Not necessarily right, but instant.

    A box of chicklets? Of course. You can’t get just one chicklet except out of a penny machine. What a mess that would be!

  118. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    8:21 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Macy!…The Spring Boutique needs some blue topaz pieces…sniff!…You could try and coax someone there to donate them to the Snowhook Cause….chuffle!

  119. Masquers
    8:22 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Melanie: Mom thinks topaz but what does she know?

  120. Redbone Hound
    8:27 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Miz Macy – why don’t cha encourage your ma to let you wear them fine jewels. They sure would look purty next to your silky black coat.
    An dontchu worrit none about that there v e t fella that called you a Chunky Monkey – Ah have explained to him that that ain’t no way to talk to MAH little gal. No siree. He will be apologizin’ to you next time you see him.

  121. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    8:51 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Redbone!…Brother, I thought you was dead…snort!

  122. Barb & Maggie
    8:55 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Oley, tell us again what you ordered.

  123. Masquers
    8:57 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Redbone! Isn’t it about time for a little get-to-gether on your back porch? Riƶ’s ready with his harmonica, Siber with the tambourine, the Prof on guitar and moi on sax. Something tells me one or other of the HOH plays a mean banjo.
    All you have do is bring the shine and it’s partee time.

  124. Masquers
    8:58 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Fiddle. We need a fiddle.

  125. Barb & Maggie
    9:10 pm on June 7th, 2013

    We are going to say Nighty Noodles.

    Oleys, keep those little guys warm tonight! They are so cute, we miss our little chickies.

  126. Masquers
    9:17 pm on June 7th, 2013
  127. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    9:18 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Fiddle!…We do need a fiddle player really bad…sniff!…Do you thing AbbieTheKat plays the fiddle?…snort!… As much as her family likes that blue-grass you would think either Alice or Abby played the fiddle…grunt!

  128. Siber-H
    9:21 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Barb is telling my Fellow Sibers to keep the little chickies warm tonight? This is priceless.

  129. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on June 7th, 2013

    SiberH!…Are you watching the game?…sniff!

  130. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Wow!…Cargo just hit a triple!…heh!heh!…Maybe tonight will be a little different…sneeze!…I sure hope so.

  131. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    9:27 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Chicks!…Those would-be chickens don’t have a chance in hell…snort!

  132. Siber-H
    9:35 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Rio, Yes, I am watching the gtame. I have hope for tonight.

  133. dawson
    9:50 pm on June 7th, 2013

    I would not like to live next door to that Caninus Band. Redbone Hound and the Moonshine Band could put them to shame.

    Terry: Glad you are out of the hospital and feeling tip-top again.

    Welcome all you little chickies. Oh and welcome to Racine, a companion dog, a new FOC and a relative of Wookie’s.

    Snowbella: First a ride in the Wookiemobile and now a meet & greet with Wookie’s paw. Wow!

    Loved all the links and pictures today. Especially the River Bears. Goodnight to all, except g’day to Cricket.

  134. Melanie
    10:09 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Do you think that orchestra would come and play at my house the next time I got bored?

    Abbie might play the fiddle, but Alice would play the violin.

    Hi Mr. Redbone Hound! Good to hear your smooth gentle southern accent once again.

    I am turning out the light. I hope to sleep through the passing of Andrea.

  135. Melanie
    10:10 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Whoops, that sounded strange. I mean the tropical storm, not my daughter-in-law!

  136. SnowBella
    10:21 pm on June 7th, 2013

    If Wookie did a great job with Debbie, he did an equally good job training his pawp. Like Wookie, he has great comedic timing, is well groomed and well mannered. It was a wonderful evening. The only time there was a pause in the conversation was when we inhaled deeply so we could begin talking again. Wheeze!

    All: You honor Snowhook with the things you have said about the kennel and the kindness you have shown us. Thank you. Our dog dish runneth over.

    Kat: I need to add my new title to my business card.

  137. Tenzing
    10:25 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Terry: I’m glad you’re on the mend. I’m equally glad your serious about your seafood. Have you ever buried a fish head in straw and let it get a little ripe before eating it? Delish! I’d recommend it if you haven’t tried it.

  138. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    10:33 pm on June 7th, 2013


    Rebecca!…snort!heh!snort!…I wonder who talked the most tonight…heh!heh!…I bet the lawyer did…sniff!

  139. Belle Starr
    10:33 pm on June 7th, 2013

    My Two-legged just called home. I overheard part of the conversation. There were reports of Rio this-ing and Rio that-ing and talk about museums and monuments. But this is the kicker!—If my ears have it correctly, Wookie’s mom said I should be able to get a kitty. Meow! I knew I like Wookie’s mom before, but now I love her!

  140. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    10:35 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Walk!…wheeze!…We just got back from a long walk and missed 2 full innings…grumble!cough!…First thing we hear is Nolan making an amazing play, but we did not see it. Hope they do a replay or two…snort!…He is my new Hero!…Wooooo!…I don’t even know what the score is right now…zow!

  141. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    10:38 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Bellie!…I knew they were talking about me…heh!…I just knew it!…snort!

    Score!…Get this – 9 ta 4 Rockies…grunt!…Now why couldn’t they do this last night?…sniff!

  142. SnowBella
    10:39 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Correction! Wookie’s mom said she thought jt is cute that Belle Starr wants a kitty of her very own. Bellie-button heard something different. As usual, Belle Starr hears what she wants to hear. I love her anyway.

  143. Siber-H
    10:41 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Rio, The score is Rockies 9 the other guys 4, but it is only the bottom of the fifth. This worries me.

  144. Belle Starr
    10:42 pm on June 7th, 2013

    What’s this no kitty talk? If I don’t get a kitty, I’m going to be in a very bad mood. Grump.

  145. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    10:48 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Bellie!…Kats aren’t all they are cut-out to be…snort!…It’s like asking for hell-fire to be delivered to your doorstep….grunt!…My friend has been feeding her mothers feral Kats and she hates them…sniff!…She is afraid they will attack her every time she takes food out there for those bastards…grunt!…Drives Beau nuts as he is always on Kat-Watch…sneeze!

  146. BearSpiritDog
    10:49 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Melanie: Please check your SDD.
    And, Stay Safe from Andrea, the Storm not GLAD.

    G’Night All – Bear

  147. Belle Starr
    10:57 pm on June 7th, 2013

    But, I don’t want a Kat. I want a kitty. My Two-legged says there is no difference between the two, but she can not be trusted.

  148. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Bellie!…Have you ever heard of semantics?….hmmm!…Probably not…snort!

  149. Belle Starr
    11:00 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Come to think if it, I can not be trusted either, but I’m not telling my Two-legged.

  150. Belle Starr
    11:02 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Semantics? No. Math has never been my strong point.

  151. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    11:04 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Bellie!…I thought not…sniff!…Sparkle Theory and Quantum Bangles are more up your alley…heh!heh!

  152. Wookie's Dad
    11:07 pm on June 7th, 2013

    What a wonderful time we have had getting to know one of Snowhook’s 2-leggeds. We all came up with a great idea. We should have a Plunderer’s Passport. Every time Plunderers meet we get a “stamp” verifying that we have traveled afar to meet one of our ‘tribe’. Great idea huh??? Anyway after walking Rebecca 6.5 miles yesterday maybe no one will want to visit us!
    Had a marvelous whirlwind time with Miss Rebecca who needs to remember to lock her door! And yes, Belle we think you should get a kitty.

  153. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    11:07 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Uh-Oh!…The score is 9 ta 7. My Rockies are losing ground quickly all of a sudden…gasp!

  154. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    11:11 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Walk!…There is no way in hell I am ever gonna go meet up with Wookie’s 6.5 mile Maw and Paw….wheeze!sneeze! and cough!…grunt!…My little paws could not take it…gah!

  155. Siber-H
    11:11 pm on June 7th, 2013

    We are going to sleep now after I take mom out for skunk patrol…err, last call.

    Belle Starr, Wolfie has kitties that he would send you free of chrage.

    Paws crossed that the Rockies don’t give away the rest of their lead in this game. They are seriously working up to it.

    Night All

  156. Basil and Sage
    11:12 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Belle Starr – we think you need to do a little more research before you try to take on the responsibility of a kitty.
    Romantics – semantics – to us, all those tics are bad – especially when Mama has to pull one off our “tender” parts.

  157. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    11:18 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Passport!…I love!love!love! the idea of a Plunderer Passport…heh!… We could all have our own special stamps for the occasion, just like Chet!…chuffle!

  158. Basil and Sage
    11:19 pm on June 7th, 2013

    And to that gang whooping it up in Washington – the passport would be a lot of fun – but no doubt Rebecca would have the most “stamps”.
    Lets see – she has met – CHobbit, Rose, Melanie, Howlers’ Mom, MollyPop’s Mom, and our Mama, along with Kirby’s Mom, Wookie’s Family AND OFA.
    Guess she is going to deserve yet another title – Stovernia’s Ambassador Extraordinaire.

  159. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    11:23 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Jealous!…I’ve been here for years and years and years and years and I’ve never met nobody…grump!…What the hell? It’s that stupid “Can’t leave my back-yard rule”….sniff!

  160. Belle Starr
    11:24 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Wookie’s Dad: I suspected you were a reasonable man. Than you for providing that I should get a kitty in writing. I will put a tic in the pro-kitty column for both you and Wookie’s mom.

    Rio: My Two-legged said it didn’t seem like that long of a walk. She says laughing and talking calibrates your inner pedometer differently.

  161. SnowBella
    11:28 pm on June 7th, 2013

    B&S: Do you know if I get that fancy immunity where I can misbehave willy nilly?

    Rio: Junior and I will leave the light on for you and have our stamp for your passport at the ready.

  162. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    11:31 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Rebecca!….She has also met The Story-Teller and Grandpa, The Newfs, Zoe and The Raven…snort!…We cannot forget those characters…heh!

  163. Basil and Sage
    11:34 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Bella – yes, you will be able to park your limousine anywhere in New York City, and have those little flags on the front fenders. And you will be seated first at all restaurants – especially if they have “burger” anywhere in their name.
    But right now, we think you should think about heading back to Alaska – seems Belle Starr is putting tics in columns. Who’s gonna pull all those nasty tics off? Hmmm?

  164. Kat
    11:36 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Stamp! I want stamps! And, guess what? I already have a stamp to use on anyone’s passport who travels to meet me me me!

  165. Basil and Sage
    11:45 pm on June 7th, 2013

    yaaaaaaawwwwnnnn – must sleep…..clunk…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  166. Riƶ - The Evil Pug
    11:53 pm on June 7th, 2013

    SiberH!…The game is TIED at 9 ta 9 in the 9th….grump!…We are all going to our beds now to listen to the ending on the radio….wheeze!grumble!…It was 9 ta 4 for Pete’s sake!…gah!

  167. Belle Starr
    11:55 pm on June 7th, 2013

    I am pretty sure my Two-legged should stay away for much longer although I do like the idea of sparkly pink flags on our car and burgers for dinner.

    Kat: You have a stamp and I do not? Not fair. Now, I want a kitty and a stamp of my very own.

  168. Kat
    11:58 pm on June 7th, 2013

    Bellie, my stamp is very cool. Of course, it is a husky. We use it whenever we go letterboxing. Our letterbox name is (whispering) HolwsAbout. But you didn’t hear it here.

  169. Belle Starr
    12:00 am on June 8th, 2013

    Kat: Can you come and stay with me while my Two-legged is away? I think we would have fun. I’m sure my Four-legged will say it is fine.

  170. Macy the min-pin
    12:01 am on June 8th, 2013

    Oh, Mr. Redbone, it is so sweet to hear from you again. I have not been able to wear any of mom’s topaz. Can’t get the ring on, don’t have pierced ears, and the chain is broken on the pendant. Besides, mom says we might have to sell them to buy treats. But thank you for the sentiment anyway.

    Dainty licks to your sweet sef. (do you like your gals full figured? Those puppies did a number on my figure)

  171. Kat
    12:02 am on June 8th, 2013

    I will. And I will bring my stamp too.

    Oh No! I have to pretend to be sleeping now because I hear my mom coming to make me leave the chick laundry room door. Good night Bellie, and anyone else who is still awake on this here blog.

  172. Kat
    12:03 am on June 8th, 2013

    Good night Macy!

  173. Luna
    12:08 am on June 8th, 2013

    Macy: From one full-figured gal to another just remember it is more tummy to rub. How can that be bad? You tell me.

    My mama has to get up at the crack of dark tomorrow for a long day of travel. Good night all youse.

  174. Luna
    6:24 am on June 8th, 2013

    Oh! I’ve also met Griz! He must be added to the list.

    Now that my work conference is finished and the sight seeing complete I am going to visit Coach and Bev for a few days. It will be the first time I will see Bec since she was diagnosed with Nasty Cancer Business. I am very grateful my employer encourages us and makes it possible for us to visit family any time we have to travel to the lower 48 for work.

  175. Melanie
    6:55 am on June 8th, 2013

    Bella, give your Bev and Coach a big Newfy hug and slobber from us and the Pack. Grace reminded me to say the bets time for a hug and slobber is right after you drink water. If you keep some in your mouth and then let it spurt out you should come close to the real thing.

    I, of course, suggest just send them our love, but I am not a Newf . . Just a carrier.

  176. SnowBella
    7:09 am on June 8th, 2013

    Melanie: I will do my best to make the Newf Pack proud.

  177. Belle Starr
    7:21 am on June 8th, 2013

    Wose: (whispering) Wookie’s parents said I could get a kitty. What color do you think I should get? The color should look good with pink, sparkles and pink sparkles.

  178. bluecat
    7:31 am on June 8th, 2013

    Plunderers – Let’s visualize Bella meeting a sponsor while she travels…someone reading one of Chet’s books.

    Bella – enjoy family time. hi, Bev & Coach.

    Good morning all.

  179. O'Howlers
    8:10 am on June 8th, 2013

    Good morning! Have a safe trio, Bella. Glad the bad storm went away.
    Hugs and husky kisses to Bev and Coach.
    Bluecat, we are visualizing that. And paws crossed.

  180. Herd of Hounds
    8:16 am on June 8th, 2013

    Not really a.m. yet but hey to all. Busy here last night and we missed it. Safe trips, safe chicklets, safe kitties, safe weather. Will greet the day officiously when OFA posts.

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