Progress Happens!

If slowly. Go mutts!


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135 Responses to “Progress Happens!”

  1. Diane C.
    8:06 am on January 17th, 2014

    This should be interesting…

    Happy Friday, all. I’m thinking of you as I head back to bed.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:10 am on January 17th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! (especially zombie Diane). Mmm.. agility for the nation within at Westminster? Could be interesting. Mom’s a mutt and always the smartest human in the room.
    Have a furry Friday. 🙂

  3. B. Stover
    9:31 am on January 17th, 2014

    I wonder if the “Masters Agility Championship” will be televised. It’s on February 8 but the “regular” show, which is televised, is on February 10 and 11.

    Good morning all.

  4. O'Howlers
    9:43 am on January 17th, 2014

    The article says that purebreds have been taking a rap lately. This must be so, because whenever someone asks Mom if we are purebreds, she says she thinks so, but quickly adds that we are rescues. That’s a shame, because if they aren’t breeding us, we will die out or become so watered down, our husky traits will be lost. The fact that people think purebreds are bad and mutts are good is just because of all of the bad breeders and owners out there. Our opinion anyway.

    Good morning.

  5. BearSpiritDog
    10:33 am on January 17th, 2014

    Just Shows to Go ya…Pure Breeds can be Rescues too…Way to Go, Oley’s Mom! (and you have made a valid point about our canine traits).
    B: We do hope Westminster televises the Agility Competitions.

    Diane-C: You get up Very Early. Isn’t it Friday? Don’t you have to go to Work?

    Hounds: A Furry Friday indeed.

  6. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:40 am on January 17th, 2014

    Friday!….Is it friday yet?…sniff!sniff!…I need a big bowl of cawfee….wheeze!

  7. Melanie
    10:43 am on January 17th, 2014

    Look at that! I’m getting on before noon.
    Love that the Agility will be at the Big W. If they want a Master class or those top in the US they have to go to the Mutts. Go Mutts! Go Purebreds!

    I will have to look on the website for the show. They might be showing it via the computer.

    Time to rest again.

  8. Melanie
    10:46 am on January 17th, 2014

    They don’t have anything about the 2014 videos yet, but here is the link for the agility.

  9. Masquers
    10:49 am on January 17th, 2014

    Traits! We have always suspected our canine friend here is part wolf and worry when he is out on the prowl…as on these full (wolf) moon nights.
    Riö: Friday it is! and then Saturday & Sunday the really big day!
    (wonder if HRH B will offer any treats for the mention of football?)
    Melanie: It seems last year there was a delayed showing online.

  10. Herd of Hounds
    10:51 am on January 17th, 2014

    Hey, Wolfie, the Tricia website says there are no showings of the show in TN 🙁
    Guess the HOH will miss the dirty laundry. 🙂

  11. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:54 am on January 17th, 2014

    Worrit!…I just got a text on my little Go-Phone. My friend says the hot-shot is MIA….sniff!…He has not shown up at the busy-place and he has not returned my friends texts…wheeze!…Everyone is worrit about him…gasp!

  12. BearSpiritDog
    11:03 am on January 17th, 2014

    Wolfie: We found the channel, but the Tricia Show comes on at the Strange Hour of one AM! Wonder if it is recorded?

    Rio: OMD! Now you have US worrit too. This is Your Friend’s Dream Job.

  13. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:09 am on January 17th, 2014

    Phone!…My friend has tried calling and his phone is working but he is not answering…gurgle!…He has been off-line for over 16 hours now…sniff!…Very unlike him…wheeze!worrit!wheeze!

  14. Masquers
    11:14 am on January 17th, 2014

    HOH: Looks like the show is on Utube, however the full episode is not available until much later.
    Riö: He could have lost his phone, but that doesn’t explain why he isn’t at work.

  15. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:22 am on January 17th, 2014

    Search!…My friend says they have put the Big-Dawgs on the Case Of The Missing Hot-shot…sniff!….Now we just have to wait….fiddle!

  16. Wose
    11:28 am on January 17th, 2014


    What’s this? No Hot-Shot? Did he say he would not be in? Sixteen hours is along time to be without a Hot-SHOT? I am biting on a pillow cushion.

  17. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:30 am on January 17th, 2014

    House!…The Big-Dawg wants to go to the hot-shots house, but he moved recently and no one knows his new address…grunt!…What’s a Pug to do??…wheeze!

  18. SnowBella
    11:33 am on January 17th, 2014

    Yeep! I was weathered in and had flights delayed and cancelled over te past two days as I tried to get home. I returned late last night. I am still catching up on this here blog, but I’ve been thinking of all youse.

    I’m especially thinking of all you under the Quilt.

  19. Masquers
    11:34 am on January 17th, 2014

    Wolfie: Very handsome boys!

    Riö: There must be I.C.E. (in-case-emergency) information on record.

  20. SnowBella
    11:36 am on January 17th, 2014

    Rio: I was just thinking the same thing as Masquers.

  21. Masquers
    11:36 am on January 17th, 2014

    Bella! Hurray! You’re back.

  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:46 am on January 17th, 2014

    Rebecca!…Whoo! Hoo!…At least one missing person is back!…snort!snort!

  23. BearSpiritDog
    11:47 am on January 17th, 2014

    Rio: EmergenTree! the Go-To-Place for information.

  24. Wose
    12:10 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Welcome home,Pixie!

  25. Pancho & Lefty
    12:11 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Commander Rio: Let us know if we need to go on a search and rescue mission. We have the sled bag packed with beer and hot wings.

  26. Barb & Maggie
    12:15 pm on January 17th, 2014

    We could not watch the Tricia show as we had intended. Barb was on a hour and a half conference call regarding an adoption, whatever that means.

    Did someone say we could catch it on Utube? Any instructions on what to key in to do that?

  27. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:17 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Stand-down!…Emergency has been averted…snort!…The hot-shot has been located and he is on his way into the busy-place…whew!…Although, we must not let that beer and those hot-wings go to waste. Bring ’em on over to my backyard!…Wooooo!

  28. Masquers
    12:22 pm on January 17th, 2014


  29. Pancho & Lefty
    12:27 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Commander: We will see you in twenty whatever that means.

  30. Melanie
    12:27 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Yikes! What a time!

    Now that the emergencies are over . .

    A little bird reminded me that the Storyteller has a Birthday today!

  31. Siber-H
    12:31 pm on January 17th, 2014

    We agree with the Howlers on purebreds and mutts. We need both of them in the Nation Within a Nation.

    I am glad the Hot Shot is okay. I was reading the blog and getting worried. We do not want to lose him.

  32. Barb & Maggie
    12:35 pm on January 17th, 2014


    Glad the Hot Shot is alive and well.

  33. Masquers
    12:36 pm on January 17th, 2014

    B&M: Here is the link:
    Only a preview.

  34. BearSpiritDog
    12:37 pm on January 17th, 2014


  35. O'Howlers
    12:37 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Happy Birthday to Storyteller and happy Belated Birthday to Griz.
    Now that the Hotshot has been found, we are dying to know where he was. Mom has a horrible story about when a very nice woman did not show up at the office where she used to work. People were worried so they called her house. A cop answered. Turned out the woman and her husband had been murdered in their home!
    All of Mom’s current co-workers know they must let mom know if they will be late or absent.

  36. Siber-H
    12:39 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Happy Birthday to the Storyteller! Husky birthday hugs from The Land of Enchantment.

  37. O'Howlers
    12:40 pm on January 17th, 2014

    To clarify, we love all Members of the nation, purebreds and mutts alike. It is some of the humans we don’t particularly care for.

  38. Masquers
    12:57 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Heh, heh. Just watched a Nissan Rogue commercial with the warning:
    Fantasy. Do not attempt. Cars can’t jump on trains.

    Royals: What wonderful surprise awaits the Storyteller on this, his special day?

  39. Wose
    12:59 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Happiest of birthdays to The Storyteller. Many happy returns of the day!

    I am glad the Hot-Shot has been found. I hope everything is okay with him.

  40. Masquers
    1:00 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Riö: We all are waiting with baity breath to hear the tale.

  41. Siber-H
    1:11 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Rio, Me too. I want to know what happened to the Hot Shot.

  42. Herd of Hounds
    1:29 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Storyteller: Whoo hoo, yodel, howl. Whoo hoo, yodel howl. Whoo hoo dear Leonard. Whoo hoo, yodel, howl. LOL (lots of licks), the HOH.

  43. Masquers
    1:40 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Youse have heard of “good reads”. The latest cringe-worthy comment seen recently was “great spell” (paws over ears).
    B: Please tell me this won’t catch on.
    and then there is the recent Nissan commercial warning:
    Fantasy. Do not attempt. Cars can’t jump on trains.

  44. O'Howlers
    1:57 pm on January 17th, 2014

    What a hoot! Mom just tried on her Iditarod ensemble. Here it is: Smart Wool top and bottoms, fleece riding pants, heavy, thick sweater, fleece-lined jeans, Patagonia “sweater”, and coveralls. She looked like the Michellan man for sure. But it all fit! Now what we are wondering is how she squats or lifts her leg to pee in that get-up. Heh!

  45. BearSpiritDog
    1:59 pm on January 17th, 2014

    O’Howlers: Yes, there is always That!

  46. Herd of Hounds
    2:07 pm on January 17th, 2014

    OH: Michelin man or the younger brother in Christmas Story?
    Wowser.! Mom is baking Parmesan Herb bones for us, us, us. Almost better than pizza bones 🙂

  47. O'Howlers
    2:18 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Well at least Randy could bend his knees! 🙂

  48. B. Stover
    2:31 pm on January 17th, 2014

    I too am glad that the hotshot is okay.

    Happy Birthday Storyteller.

    Masquers: What was the context of “good spell”? (Spell is also a noun, as in “The wizard will cast a spell” or “We are having a cold spell.”)

  49. Masquers
    2:38 pm on January 17th, 2014

    B: Unfortunately “great spell” had nothing to do with magick. It was used in the same context as “good read”.

  50. Barb & Maggie
    2:50 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Thanks, Masquers, for the link. At least we got to see what the boys look like. They are good looking young men. Wish they had more of them talking rather than the other guy.

  51. B. Stover
    2:51 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Masquers: As in something was spelled correctly?

  52. BooBear
    2:53 pm on January 17th, 2014

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEONARD (the man, not the dog)!! Have a great day.

    Thank goodness the Hot Shot is okay! Rio, details! Inquiring minds want to know.

  53. Masquers
    2:59 pm on January 17th, 2014

    B: It was used in reference to the unique/unusual spelling
    of a word, which the user referenced as a “great spell” (I know,I know, it is difficult to wrap one’s mind around this.)

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:00 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Update!….The Hot-Shot is Alive!…snort!… Although, my friend wants to murder him….heh!heh!….After much worry and fretting he sent her a text that simply said, “I am alive.” …..grunt!… This lead to more texting and then finally he confessed to having “over-slept”….groan!….He said his new place is very quiet and he forgot to set his alarm clock, and his phone battery was dead. So therefore….wheeze!….He made it to the busy place and then had to do all kinds of damage control which was very humiliating ….heh!heh!….My friend said she chorkled the whole time. So he is at his post, unshaven, hungry and looking like a bum. But at least he is alive….sneeze!

  55. Masquers
    3:03 pm on January 17th, 2014

    B: Correction…I should have specified “reader”, not “user/writer”…as in the one who read it (not to be confused with read, a noun).

  56. Herd of Hounds
    3:04 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Rio, thank Dog for small favors.

  57. Masquers
    3:04 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Riö: YARK!

  58. dawson
    3:06 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Purebred and mutts – I love ’em all!

    Happy Birthday to the Storyteller…and many more! I wonder if he will go dancing.

    Whew! MIA’s found.

    Internet service was out last night – scary how dependent I am on the internet.

    O’Howlers: (Laughing) I have to start getting organized for the Iditarod. With my tights, pants and rain/wind pants on, my knees reluctantly bend. But those rain pants will not be enough if it is really cold.

  59. Pancho & Lefty
    3:08 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Golinka: Can the birthday Teller come out to play? We have hot wings and water. We did have beer but that is currently being used for swimming and cannon ball purposes. Leonard the dog has decided it his birthday today, too. If our reasoning is correct, and we have no reason to believe it is not, this must mean today is the birthday if all Leonards everywhere.

  60. BearSpiritDog
    3:09 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Hi, Dawson!

  61. Siber-H
    3:10 pm on January 17th, 2014

    The Hot Shot is funny…”I am alive”
    We are glad he s alive and okay.

  62. BearSpiritDog
    3:13 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Chet shared our link on Facebookie! WoooHooo!

  63. Barb & Maggie
    3:15 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Maybe the Hot Shot really was at a “Sleep Over” rather than having “Over Slept”. Maybe that is why he looks unshaven, hungry and looking like a bum. Tee hee.

    The lady who talked to Barb for a long time this morning has a Basset Hound rescue, and has 3 senior dogs that she thinks might be a good fit for us. Two were owner turn-overs, due to financial difficulties and loosing their homes. The 3rd lived with another Basset and an elderly couple. The sibling died and “Poochie” was kept in the basement a lot. She started peeing in the basement so they took her to a vet and asked him to euthanize her (lovely couple said they thought she was suffering). The vet ran some tests and determined that she had an UTI. He told the couple that he could not kill a dog for no reason. They released her to him and she is going into foster tomorrow. Barb felt very emotional over her story, so we will see what happens. Only downside, average lifespan for a Basset is 10-14 years, and she is 11.

  64. BearSpiritDog
    3:16 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Nana’s link.

  65. Whitey-Lance
    3:16 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Rio: My Lady knows what it is like to be worrit beyond belief. She also knows first paw what it is to be happy someone is safe and mad that she had to worry at the same time. I know what it is like to not be MIA any longer. I wasn’t shaven either come to think of it.

  66. BearSpiritDog
    3:18 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Maggie: Barb is on a Roll.

  67. Teddy Ruff Rider
    3:19 pm on January 17th, 2014

    HAppy Birthday to Mr. Storyteller. He is also a great tummies giver. I got so excited the first time I met him that I may have accidentally chomped on his braids. I promise to behave myself better when we meet again.

  68. BearSpiritDog
    3:20 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Whitey-Lance: The Plunderers Remember your Walk-A-Bout from 3 years ago. On the Plus Side…this is how we meet everybody at Snowhook Kennel. Clever Boy you are.

  69. B. Stover
    3:20 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Masquers: I fear that usage may catch on…. Sigh!

  70. c.hobbit
    3:34 pm on January 17th, 2014

    The Storyteller had a great year last year and it will be even better this year.

    Snowbella: hope you didn’t have to drive into Anchorage today. Like Dawson, we have been experiencing warm weather. The roads turned to ice last night when the temperatures dropped and today it is raining–GAH. {{{sigh}}}

    I fear some of youse travellers north will end up too warm but better safe than sorry (and you should probably listen more to Wose than me).

  71. c.hobbit
    3:36 pm on January 17th, 2014

    I have an MRI today on my neck in 3 hours. Send pawsitive thoughts that I won’t move for 20 minutes.

  72. Whitey-Lance
    3:36 pm on January 17th, 2014

    BSD: Could it have been part of my master plan? I forget.

  73. Wose
    3:37 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Hurray, the Hot-Shot has been found!

    OHs, your mom will have to give herself 10 minutes before she needs to go to the bathroom to get all those layers off. Nice job with the warm layers, though.

  74. Barb & Maggie
    3:37 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Someone want to tell Diane C who Whitey Lance is? We are looking at him right now on our mouse pad.

  75. Savannah
    3:38 pm on January 17th, 2014

    CHobbit: I am a female of a certain weight. I could sit on you so you won’t be able to move.

  76. Masquers
    3:44 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Mouse pad! A favorite gift from Bella.

  77. Masquers
    3:45 pm on January 17th, 2014

    C.Hobbit: The S-Team will be there to ensure you will be as still as a mouse.

  78. The Storyteller
    3:47 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Thank you all for the birthday wishes. I am having a very wonderful day of being spoiled rotten with presents, shrimp cocktail and steak. And a custard fruit tart for a birthday cake!
    Dawson – we may not go out to dance, but I have promised a certain lady a nice living-room slow dance to “our song”, Moonlight Serenade.
    Teddy – braid chomping is completely forgiven. When you are a charming puppy, you can get away with all kinds of stuff.
    Rose – thanks for the “many more” wishes – it is certainly my intent for that, especially since I can walk again.
    HOH – thanks a lot for the song. Unfortunately, the Kats think is was a catchy tune, and now they are singing it over and over again.
    And Pancho and Lefty – the menu sounds fine, and yes, Leonard the Dog should be sitting at the head of the table with me. Maybe we can get Her Royal Highness, Empress Bee to declare today to be Official Leonard Birthday day.

    Thanks again to all of you!

  79. Mollypop's Mom
    3:53 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Happy Birthday Mr. Golinka!

    I just finished watching Wolfie’s boys on the Tricia show. They’re very good-looking.

  80. dawson
    3:59 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Hi BearSpiritDog!

    CHobbit: Pawsitive thoughts being sent for your absolute stillness during the MRI.

    Wose: I am going to have to severely limit my coffee consumption while wearing my layers!

  81. Barb & Maggie
    4:00 pm on January 17th, 2014

    You are welcome, Leonard. Glad jello, of any color, is not on the menu. Custard fruit tart sounds delish. In fact we will be joining you for the entire meal.

  82. O'Howlers
    4:17 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Hobbit! Why are you getting an MRI on your neck? Were we reading every other sentence again? Gah!

  83. c.hobbit
    4:36 pm on January 17th, 2014

    O’Howler’s: I have been dealing with neck problems since November. The x-ray shows that 2 lower disks in my neck are quite thin. The chiropractor wants to know where the disks are bulging so that he can do the correct adjustments. My neck is a lot better with what has been done so far but still needs improvement if possible.

    On the subject of my body….remember the two bad bouts of ear infections that I had in August and October? I had a hearing test after I was healed and while I did well, there is a range of sound that shows a loss and could be improved with hearing aids. Technically I qualify for them but it is my choice whether or not to get them. I know that people tend to check on and correct their vision but wait until they are practically deaf to do anything with their ears. A friend who just started wearing hearing aids said that she was told that having hearing aids could stop further hearing loss (like contacts are supposed to arrest vision loss). I had never heard of this. Any thoughts on hearing aids out there??? My friend said that it takes a while to get used to them.

  84. Charlie
    4:50 pm on January 17th, 2014

    CHobbit: If B is okay with it, I will let you borrow my ears. They are the floppy model. I upgraded for the oversized option. They work great.

  85. Macy the min-pin
    4:51 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Hippo Birdie two ewe, dear Leonard!

  86. c.hobbit
    5:02 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Charlie: I’ll let you know. I went and saw a movie last night (American Hustle) and there were parts that the characters whispered and mumbled. I needed captioning!

  87. Wose
    5:03 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Dawson, good idea!

  88. BooBear
    5:08 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Maggie, tell Barb that Mom had a bassett when she and Dad first got married. He was a wonderful dog and lived a long time (probably about 14 years–not absolutely sure). Mom feels very sorry for the poor dog kept in the basement. How lonely it must have been for her. Since Barb is retired and you are there to show her the ropes, letting her outside should for the necessities should become routine for her. “Poochie”…really?

  89. Barb & Maggie
    5:25 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Boobear, I know, Poochie is not our favorite either. Hard to change the name of an 11 year old though. Anything cute you creative ones can think of that has a similar sound? Listen to us, we haven’t even seen her picture yet, but her story definitely resonated with Barb. They suggested using a crate at first, and keeping it very near the sliding door. That way she can immediately go outside, and then be praised to doing her potty outside.

  90. O'Howlers
    5:34 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Hobbit, Pop should get a hearing aid, but he refuses to believe it. We never heard that it keeps your hearing from worsening. Maybe that will help convince him. We have heard that the new hearing aids are so much better than old ones, and also cannot be seen.
    Maggie, we also feel very sad about a doggie losing her sibling and then being confined, alone, in a basement. How awful. We have a friend who built a fancy, custom home many years ago. When they moved in, she made her poor old faithful dog (Springer Spaniel?) stay in the garage so he wouldn’t wreck the new carpeting. Years after he passed, they got into Goldens, and rescued some, and then later they purchased special ones from a breeder. She opened up a very nice doggie shop. She sells upscale dog feed, and also gift items and furniture and all kinds of stuff that is very expensive, and sells to those folks who have the money to spoil themselves and their dogs. They think of our friend as an expert, but Mom just keeps remembering how she treated that poor old dog.

  91. Barb & Maggie
    5:40 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Interesting story, Howlers. Sad for that old Springer. They are such loving dogs too, so sad that she valued her carpet more than the dog.

    Barb’s first thought was that she wasn’t sure she wanted to adopt a dog who probably is nearing the end of her life. Then she thought that the old gal deserves to spend her last days in a loving home. We were thinking about Bouchee, which is old French for mouth or mouthful. Bassets are French and have a bit of a voice, and Bouchee could rhyme with Poochie.

  92. Herd of Hounds
    5:43 pm on January 17th, 2014

    B&M: If Poochie comes into your life, I, Pookey of the HOH am willing to share my name. It would be easy to change over. Poochie/Pookie. Say ’em together, them later drop the one you don’t want. It would be an honor 🙂

  93. Barb & Maggie
    5:52 pm on January 17th, 2014

    They have 2 other seniors, Honey Babe who is 8 and Lucy Ball who is 9. Both had happy homes for most of their lives. Honey’s mom lost her home and went to live with an adult child. Lucy’s mom also had financial problems and was hoping to get her back, but then she fell and broke a hip.

  94. Barb & Maggie
    6:03 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Thak you Pookey, for your generous offer. That will be a definite possibility if she ends up coming to live with us.

  95. Melanie
    6:17 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Zoe Here. Keep Melanie in your thoughts and prayers. You are all important to us. A new biopsy Tuesday. Love and thanks to you all. Zoe

  96. BearSpiritDog
    6:29 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Zoe: You both are Always in Our Prayers. Thank you for the post.

  97. O'Howlers
    6:34 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Thank you Zoe. We keep both of you in our prayers. We know this must be terribly difficult for you.

  98. Siber-H
    6:41 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Zoe, Thank you. We will keep both Melanie and you in our prayers. We love you both.

  99. Barb & Maggie
    6:42 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Thinking of you and Melanie. Thank you Zoe. Strong prayers for you both.

  100. Herd of Hounds
    7:04 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Zoe, of course y’all are in our thoughts. Each of you, both of you, all of you and, to carry the metaphor on, all y’all. Dog bless and keep you both.

  101. Herd of Hounds
    7:17 pm on January 17th, 2014

    OH: Check your SDD

  102. c.hobbit
    7:56 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Sending S-squad home from MRI. When I checked in, I was told they were running “a little late.” After waiting an hour, I asked if they could check when I would be seen. The answer was “it will be a little longer.” I asked if that was 5 minutes, 10 minutes or an hour. They said “yes.” When I found out it was going to be an hour longer, I rescheduled for next Tuesday morning. The roads are bad and I didn’t want to drive home in the dark in rush hour traffic.

    I think when doctor’s offices are so far behind, they need to a) call you before you leave home and let you know and b) be honest with you when you check in. There is a big difference between waiting 30 minutes and waiting almost 120 minutes. Geeze.

    Thinking of Melanie and Zoe as I do everyday…

  103. O'Howlers
    7:59 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Sorry you weren’t able to get it done, Hobbit. Pizza night here…fading fast.

  104. bluecat
    8:02 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Zoe – when a prayer goes up we ask that it cover both of you and the family. What HOH said, all y’all.

    Many happy returns, Storyteller 🙂

    Barb – when the boy and girl were small, a bassett lived down the street. She was a sweetheart. We hope you can adopt.

  105. Herd of Hounds
    8:03 pm on January 17th, 2014

    OH: Great minds! Pizza here tonight, too! And buffalo wings (in honor of Rio) and cheese sticks just because and a green salad, because we like to be healthy.
    CHobbit: Wish we could bill the dr’s for being late like they try to bill us… 🙂

  106. Masquers
    8:16 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Excellent idea to bill the tardy docs. Mom was waiting in her doctor’s office once for a very long time. The nurse finally came out and said the doctor wouldn’t be able to see anyone that day…he had had an emergency at the hospital.

    Saving pizza for Sunday’s game!

  107. BearSpiritDog
    8:19 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Hey Everyone! Look over on the right.
    WoooHooo! A nod from Chet no less. 🙂

  108. BooBear
    8:25 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Mom and Dad had pizza tonight too……WORST PIZZA EVER!!! Hop the weekend improves.

  109. Wose
    8:26 pm on January 17th, 2014

    CHobbit: 120 minutes! GAH! You could have been at the cinema watching a film!

    Zoe, you, Melanie and the pack are always in my heart as are my prayers.

  110. Wose
    8:29 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Look at you, Nana! Very nice shout out!

  111. Herd of Hounds
    8:32 pm on January 17th, 2014

    If you looked at the facebookie post on the right, did you notice how many of the adoptable dogs are black(ish)? Is there really a black dog syndrome? Guess newf lovers never got the telegram.

  112. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:35 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Flummoxed!….I am totally and utterly flummoxed….grunt!….My friend Melanie has to endure yet another biopsy….WHY?…. My other smaller friend, CHobbit, has to reschedule an important medical procedure….WHY?….grunt!….This ineptitude pisses me off to no end….wheeze!

  113. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:35 pm on January 17th, 2014


  114. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:41 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Nana!…You Rock!…snort!

  115. dawson
    8:46 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Nana: Thanks for giving us that link to the dogs riding in cars. A whole lotta fun!

    I’m off to play cards on this balmy evening. More fun!

  116. Tupper and Gilly
    8:50 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Whew – it has been a long and busy day around here. We have really put ourselves out for the Storyteller – we make sure that every time he sits down, there is a belly to be rubbed, or some ears to be fondled. Hey, it was hard work, but it IS his birthday after all. Besides, we get the steak bones from dinner!

    Barb – you get extra special points for thinking of adopting a senior dog. And we think you could change her name in a couple of ways. First way: Like Bo came to Rio’s house, and changed his name to Beau, Poochie (really?) could become a classy designer dog named Pucci. Second way: they say most member of the Nation really only recognize vowel sounds or word “shapes”, so P-OOO-chee could get uses to P-OOO-kee, or in honor of some of the Plunderers, maybe SMOO-chee?

    CHobbit – Get Hearing Aids! Do it now. You will be MUCH happier. The Storyteller fought and fought against getting aids. His hearing was so bad it was really hard to talk to him, and he was moody and angry a lot because he thought no one WAS talking to him, or he misunderstood what they were saying. After many moons of discussion, Mama finally got him to have a hearing test, and get the aids he needed. The difference was amazing! The day he got them, Mama brewed some coffee – when it was ready, the coffeemaker beeped – the Storyteller jumped and said he had never realized the coffeemaker made a sound. Then the microwave finished something and beeped. He looked at Mama and said, “The microwave talks too?”.
    Nowadays, when he meets someone with hearing difficulties, he tells them what a HUGE difference hearing aids made for him, and encourages them to stop pretending, and get back to hearing life as it is meant to be heard.

  117. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on January 17th, 2014

    CHobbit!…Do not worry, those deef aides will be very teeny tiny to fit in your teeny tiny ears….snort!

  118. Tupper and Gilly
    9:21 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Rio – we forgot to say that we were relieved to hear that the Hot Shot was ok. Whew – talk about suspense!

  119. c.hobbit
    9:28 pm on January 17th, 2014

    The problem is that my hearing loss is minimal. If it is true that aids would retard further loss, I would be more inclined to have them. I miss very little in terms of conversation, etc. I will talk to the doctor more and someone said I could also test them out for a month before making a decision.

  120. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Tupper!…My friend says the hot-shot had a rough day…snort!…He is under a lot of pressure and coming in late did not help his situation…sniff!…She could only watch as he melted down, but not completely…wheeze!…He will be back to fight another day…heh!heh!

  121. BearSpiritDog
    9:34 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Rio: We Thought of You, you, you when we saw that Photo in the Link.

    Tupper&Gilly: Looks like your Dad got the Well Deserved Royal Treatment today!

    We knew Someone whose Hearing Wasn’t Quite what it used to be who always accused the other person of mumbling.

    Dawson: Same Temp there, here and In Alaska.

  122. Barb & Maggie
    9:42 pm on January 17th, 2014

    We will be back tomorrow. Thanks for all the good advice.

    Happy Birthday, Storyteller, again, and all those under the Quilt, stay there and get better.

  123. Tupper and Gilly
    10:10 pm on January 17th, 2014

    CHobbit – we have a feeling that if you test-drive those hearing aids, you might be pretty amazed. The Storyteller’s loss was considered more than just minimal, but not profound…he just could not hear certain megahertz vibrations, and that meant that words would drop out of conversations. Plus of course the coffeepot and all that stuff.
    But we do think that having the aids would cut down on further loss.

    Rio – we sure hope the Hot Shot can get his feet under him and go on to the potential your friend sees in him.

    BSD – yes, the Storyteller had a really good day. Gramp got him a really funny card. When you open it, it sings Happy Birthday and there are “candles” that flicker. Then you blow them out, and the card cheers and claps. Its is hysterical – and it makes Gilly tilt her head, which makes the folks laugh even more.

  124. Macy the min-pin
    10:14 pm on January 17th, 2014

    T & G, we copied part of your post and sent it to Someone here. He won’t listen to us, maybe he will take heed from the Wise One.

    He also asked me to thank you for the prayer for his mom, who is still barely hanging on.

  125. Herd of Hounds
    10:16 pm on January 17th, 2014

    T&G, funny card.
    Time to turn in here. Nighty night.

  126. Tupper and Gilly
    10:33 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Macy – we will continue to keep her in our prayers until she decides to go. We hope each prayer is a candle on her path.

    And to Rick – heed. No we said HEED, not heel.
    (tee hee)

  127. Basil and Sage
    10:52 pm on January 17th, 2014


  128. Staff
    11:15 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Melanie, Light around you, and Zoe too, as you struggle with this problem illness.

    Maggie I hope you have some new buddies in the home but, my goodness, 3 more at once sounds like a big change.

    Storyteller YAY Happy Birthday.

    Rio, I was thinking like Barb, Heh. What has that Hotshot been up to? I do read a lot of romance novels though so maybe my brain is corrupted. Hopefully he will be able to rest up this weekend and get a lot done in the new week.

    CHobbit. You don’t know what you are missing right now. My Mom didn’t get hearing aids till well along in hearing loss. I remember her asking what that sound was. None of the rest of us could hear anything new. Finally we figured out that she was hearing the leaves blowing in the trees. She hadn’t heard that for years. I suggest you try the 30 day trial. You won’t lose anything by that.

    I know I have missed a lot of messages that I should have replied to. This happens when you don’t read the blog until the end of the day when you are tired. I am glad that Rebecca is back home and that CHobbit had no accidents driving in the slippery roads of Anchorage.

    Now off to bed. Nighty noodle.

    G’Day LizF in Oz

  129. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:18 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Staff!…Here’s how my brain works, old ladies with dirty minds should not comment on people they do not know…sniff!grunt!

  130. Staff
    11:18 pm on January 17th, 2014

    Macy, I was reminded about your MIL. Pawrayers for her and your family also. Hugs all…

  131. Staff
    12:11 am on January 18th, 2014

    So LizF. If you see this, how hot is it where you and the Red dog are?

    As wildlife struggles with heat, thoughtful SA residents coming to aid

    Photo from Yahoo news

  132. Diane C.
    8:45 am on January 18th, 2014

    Hello again–

    Happy Birthday Storyteller. do I know you by another name here?

    HOH–I think you’re mixing up zombies and vampires. Vampires all have porphyria or something and need to stay out of the daylight, move around at night (although this changes depending on who’s relating a particular story). As far as I know, zombies can be active (a relative term) during either day or night. I have a cold, have been collapsing around 7 p.m., then waking up in the middle of the night, checking mail and this blog for a while, then going back to bed, hence the odd hours.

    BSD–School is in Wintersession and I have no classes assigned for now. Library is also currently closed on Fridays, so no paid work just at present.

  133. Diane C.
    8:52 am on January 18th, 2014

    B and M!–What a great story! What a great vet! I hope the mature doggie finds a rewarding new life with someone who deserves her company.

    CHobbitt–I hope it turned out all right. Did you find someone to sit on you and keep you still? Did they put you in the scary metl tube-thing?

    Zoe–thank you for the information–Melanie is always in my thoughts, now you are, too.

  134. Diane C.
    8:56 am on January 18th, 2014

    OK, I’m caught up, enjoying the pug and kitty pics, still not sure who some of the names are. Glad Rio umlaut isn’t annoyed with me today.

    CHobbitt–I’ll be thinking of you AND Melanie Tuesday.

  135. Staff
    10:13 am on January 18th, 2014

    I was also up in the really early morning. I suddenly realized that the Iditarod is fast approaching and I have not really pushed about the booties for the Dogs. I bet Rebecca had to order them already without being able to count on our donations. I feel really bad and am going to try to round up some matching ‘grants’ to make the process go easier. Meanwhile there is a potholder waiting for a few more donations so it can go to a new home. It is the pretty garden veggie potholder…

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