RIP Excalibur

A very sad story. And complicated, but even after reading the linked article, we still think there was no need to do this, morally or practically.

Note: Still working on a fix for the Friends gallery. No uploading possible at this time.


Tags: , , ,

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 7:51 am and is filed under Chet The Dog. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

83 Responses to “RIP Excalibur”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    7:59 am on October 9th, 2014

    Morning, everyone. Too sad a story and grossly unfair. Where is the study? Where are the funds? What was being thought? Since we know there is an almost pandemic and humans and the nation within live in such close proximity people/doctors/scientists should know how “man’s best friend” is affected. (grunt, groan, climbing off soapbox now)
    Have a tip top (or at least a tippy) Thursday.

  2. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:00 am on October 9th, 2014

    Very sad indeed. 86,000 signatures had no effect on the Spanish authorities.

    Do not read it Howlers.

    Good morning all.

  3. Wose-the Small and Meek
    8:19 am on October 9th, 2014


    I can not bear to read today’s link. But to Excalibur, I say may you rest in peace, knowing that your human loved you.

    Hey, I like all that British slang! I have heard John Lennon use the word “git” in one of his songs from The White Album. (I think that’s the album). My friend Joe, always uses the word “chapped” as a substitute for pi@$ed.

    HRH, B: Please forgive my forgetfulness, a few weeks ago, you explained the use of another British word for whine. What was that word? I will write it down.

  4. Herd of Hounds
    8:40 am on October 9th, 2014

    Wose, some things really chap our hides 🙂

  5. Wose-the small and meek
    8:47 am on October 9th, 2014

    *********************** CALENDAR UPDATE ***********************

    I have exciting news! In my paws, I have the first copy of the 2015 PLUNDER ON! calendar. I must say, it is a thing of beauty!
    (Especially for someone who fears computers). Since the test copy looks great, I will not be afraid to make youse pay for something less than perfect. With that being said, here is the list of calendar requests I have received:

    Sharon: 5
    HRH,B: 1
    Spence (he gets one just because)
    Snowhook: 1
    Judy: 2
    Dawson: 1
    Nanasan: 1
    Lucia: 1
    Linda: 1
    Turtleman: 1
    Staff: 1
    A Catty: 1
    Eileen: 1
    Teddy: 4
    Zoe: 1
    Amalia: 1
    B,M,& L: 1
    ML: 1
    Siber-H: 1
    Carol: 1
    Rio’s Friend: 1
    BooBear: 1
    Wolfie: 1
    Liz F (because Ruby is on the calendar):1
    Terry B- (because Yuji is on the calendar):1

    I will be placing this order today, and will let you know ASAP the cost. Please let me know by 7:00pm EST if I have forgotten anyone, or if you would like to change your order.

    Hobbit and Siber-H, please check your SDD when able.
    Thieves! Please ask your Lady to check her SDD when Able.

    I think youse will like the calendar…I am so proud of myself, I could splort!

  6. Herd of Hounds
    8:51 am on October 9th, 2014

    Splort away Wose, we think we are out of range.

  7. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:05 am on October 9th, 2014

    Thank you Rose for all your hard work.

    Now, off to Crystal Lake to do my duty. BBML

  8. Wose-the small and meek
    9:08 am on October 9th, 2014

    Royal Mum: Please check your SDD.

  9. B.Stover
    9:29 am on October 9th, 2014

    The entire situation is very sad and worrying.

    Rose: The British word for “whine” is “whinge.” (I love the word “git.”)

    Good morning all.

  10. Billy's Buddy
    9:33 am on October 9th, 2014

    Thank you for all of your work, Wose!

    I am not reading that sad story.

    Good morning all.

  11. Herd of Hounds
    9:39 am on October 9th, 2014

    BB: a wise choice, tears and anger here!

  12. Wose-the small and meek
    9:44 am on October 9th, 2014

    Oh, I think that word for whine for Pennsylvania Dutch. I think the Howlers mentioned it.

    Thank you, HRH,B!

  13. B.Stover
    9:47 am on October 9th, 2014

    “Berk” is also a good word.

  14. B.Stover
    9:49 am on October 9th, 2014

    Rose: I think the word the Howlers mentioned is “grex” meaning “complain.”

  15. Herd of Hounds
    10:01 am on October 9th, 2014

    WOOF, ARF, GRRR, HONK! The electric company people are trimming the trees that grow up near the roads by the power lines and today they are in front of OUR casa, amigo. You bet the farm we are letting them know we see them. Too bad the pant legs are on the other side of our fence 🙂

  16. Wose-the small and meek
    10:09 am on October 9th, 2014

    HRH, B: Yes, grex is the word!

    HOH: You make sure those gits don’t come on your property.

  17. Herd of Hounds
    10:14 am on October 9th, 2014

    But Wose, they follow the lines, and some of them cross the front yard 🙁 Know we will bark our pretty heads off!
    Nana, hope you took your bumbershoot and slicker to St. Louis. Looks like a really wet day there.

  18. Tupper's Mama
    10:49 am on October 9th, 2014

    Can’t wait to see the calendar.
    Not reading the link – we already know about it and have pounded our fists in frustration.
    Bee- this is for you:

  19. Tupper's Mama
    10:50 am on October 9th, 2014


  20. Herd of Hounds
    10:54 am on October 9th, 2014

    We thought if was that was for neck exercise. Mom thought it was for library practice!

  21. Herd of Hounds
    11:01 am on October 9th, 2014

    Darah Thea here with a great new game. Those annoying deer keep prancing around MY yard so I chase them along the fence. They are pretty quick but I can honk louder. Boy, do they jump and scoot then. Mom laughs and laughs.

  22. B.Stover
    11:12 am on October 9th, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama: That is something up with which the dog will not put. (Say that five times fast!)

    The Noble Prize in Literature for 2014 has been awarded to Patrick Modiano, a French author. I’ve never read any of his works.

  23. Staff
    11:12 am on October 9th, 2014

    Not reading the link. Nope can’t make me.

  24. Dawson
    11:18 am on October 9th, 2014

    I am not reading the link either. It was on the tube last night. Grrrr.

    Wose: Very excited about the calendar! I knew you would do an excellent job. I believe you are a very brave meek person to take on this project!

    Tupper’s Mama: Sideways, and when I click to enlarge I get the top part with none of the words. Will have to wait until I get home. I will not have access to the INternet while traveling.

  25. Siber-H
    12:46 pm on October 9th, 2014

    I read the link but then I had already read about the dog being killed. It makes me very angry. I don’t think they know what they are doing in Spain.
    I feel sorry for the nursing assistant that caught Ebola. I suspect she is the victim of poor training and supervision.

  26. Siber-H
    12:52 pm on October 9th, 2014


    Shakeups in the Rockies organization. I hope the changes they are making will be improvements.
    Because of the Isotopes now belonging to the Rockies there will be more Rockies news in my newspaper. There was a nice picture of Helton this morning.

    The next baseball games are Friday and Sat. evenings.

  27. Dawson
    1:00 pm on October 9th, 2014

    The bus is delayed for 2 hours which is annoying but I have a light mystery novel by Peter Mayle about a robbery of some very expensive Bordeaux wine. I would love to taste that wine.

    I will have to look up Patrick Modiano, of whom I’ve never heard.

  28. Herd of Hounds
    1:03 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Oh Dawson, how literary thou waxeth!

  29. Dawson
    1:04 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Oh no!
    BStover: Was my first sentence above a comma splice? I apologize. I meant to add that, though annoying, I have a book to read so I am not as chapped as I would be otherwise.checked

  30. Dawson
    1:11 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Ummm. I have no idea where the word checked came from. I did not type that word!

  31. B.Stover
    1:16 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Dawson: You do not have a comma splice. (I’d love to taste the Bordeaux also.)

  32. c..hobbit
    1:23 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Rose: Thank you for stepping up and finishing this long talked about project. Whoo Hoo to youse.

    Day 2 of workmen. They were to arrive between 8:15 and 8:30. They arrived at 9:00. This problem is that I am leaving the house at 5:30 to fly to Fairbanks for the weekend so everything has to be done and the main living area put back in order.

    Yesterday the guy with the broken hand unplugged my tankless hot water heater to foam the outlet and forgot to plug it back in. I couldn’t figure out why the water was so cold this morning and wouldn’t turn hot. I could see that the monitor in the garage was dark and the power button wouldn’t work but it took me a few moments to remember the cardinal rule of repairs: follow the cord. Usually it is an issue of a cord being unplugged. At least I avoided an unnecessary and costly emergency call to a heating company.

  33. Tupper and Gilly
    1:31 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Dear Hobbit – it is time to put on your butt-kicking boots, and take appropriate action with them!

  34. Dawson
    1:32 pm on October 9th, 2014

    CHobbit: Time to channel your inner Pink Bulldozer!

  35. Herd of Hounds
    1:47 pm on October 9th, 2014

    CHobbit, to heck with the inner pink bulldozer, put on an outer bulldozer. If that doesn’t work, perhaps a pink beotch 🙂 (Remember the smile, it is always impotant)

  36. Wose-the Small and Meek
    2:02 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Hobbit, Biting a pant leg seems to work.

  37. Wose-the Small and Meek
    2:10 pm on October 9th, 2014

    HOH: Before I make the big calendar order, correct me, because I know I am wrong, yes I do. Darah Thea is your full name, correct? For some reason I thought it was different hounds.

  38. Wose-the Small and Meek
    2:12 pm on October 9th, 2014

    I have been admiring the Plunder On! Calendar all day. heh!

    Where is Rio?

  39. BooBear
    2:41 pm on October 9th, 2014

    wose, be sure to remember to add in the cost of shipping the calendar to each of us to the total we need to pay you. Mom can not wait to see it!!!

  40. Siber-H
    3:05 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Wose, ditto to what Boobear said

  41. Wose-the small and meek
    3:40 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Siber-H and BooBear: Thanks for reminding me of things that don’t even make it into my very pointy head.

  42. Wose-the small and meek
    3:41 pm on October 9th, 2014

    I already have BIG plans for the 2016 calendar! heh, heh

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:53 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Rose!…You have a finished Calandar?…snort!…This is awesome news!…chuffle!

  44. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:56 pm on October 9th, 2014

    SiberH!…No baseball tonight?…grunt!…This is not such awesome news…sniff!

  45. Siber-H
    4:17 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Rio, Only one more day to wait.

  46. Wose-the Small and Meek
    4:42 pm on October 9th, 2014

    RIO! I do! wuffle!

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:01 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Rose!…What does the front cover look like?…sniff!sniff!

  48. Wose-the small and meek
    5:11 pm on October 9th, 2014

    RIO! The front cover has a picture of the Pixie and the Giant on it. Please check your SDD when able.

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:01 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Stover!…Do you live anywhere near this Library in Novi?…snort!

  50. O'Howlers
    6:23 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Hey Guys! Mom just got home from work, with our iPaw.
    Wose!!!! We are so excited to have a copy of The Plunderer Calendar in our paws!!! We are proud of you you you,

  51. Thieves!
    6:59 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Rio: Pucker up!

  52. B.Stover
    7:26 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Rio: That library is about 30 miles from me.

  53. Wose-the small and meek
    7:41 pm on October 9th, 2014

    THIEVES! It may not be as much fun, but I will pucker up in Rio’s place.

  54. Wose-the small and meek
    7:42 pm on October 9th, 2014

    THIEVES! Please ask your Lady to check her SDD and text message quick, like a certain pug would do.

  55. Wose-the small and meek
    7:43 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Lefty: Weren’t you a gentleman a few blogs back?

  56. Mollypop's Mom
    7:48 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Another storm rolling in from Lake Erie.

  57. Herd of Hounds
    7:53 pm on October 9th, 2014

    MPM, your storms look mean!

  58. Wose-the Small and Meek
    7:56 pm on October 9th, 2014

    MPM: That is a great picture!

  59. c..hobbit
    8:02 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Well, I leave in a 90 minutes and the crew has yet to start the attic. Two people had called in sick at 7:30 who were supposed to have been part of the job. Either flu is going around or the company has problems. They said they would stay to finish and lock up afterwards but I think my dog sitter may be uncomfortable with the situation.

  60. Wose-the Small and Meek
    8:11 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Hobbit: What a fiasco!

  61. O'Howlers
    8:12 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Hobbit, They do not sound responsible enough to let in your house when you leave.

    We just got back from our walk. Lovely night, and just now the biggest moon is on its way up.

    Mom wants us to tell you about a wonderful movie she watched at her workplace this week: “The Lady in Number 6”. It won the Oscar for best documentary. The story is about Alice Herz Sommer, who at 109, is the oldest living pianist as well as oldest-living Holocaust survivor. It is the most uplifting and inspirational film. The group Mom watched it with had a discussion period after the film ended. That was really nice too.
    It is only 40 minutes. Here is a link about it, with a trailer.

  62. Wose-the Small and Meek
    8:13 pm on October 9th, 2014

    RIO! Please check your SDDS when able. I will be heading off to my big, soft bed, with no baseball toys in all the right places, so you have time to think about your answer.

  63. Wose-the Small and Meek
    8:18 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Yeep! That extra D in my last post probably fell out of my pointy head.

    Ahem. I have placed the calendar order. Cost, with shipping and handling will be $20. Payment can be made upon receipt of your calendar(s).

  64. Herd of Hounds
    8:26 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Wise, you wock

  65. Herd of Hounds
    8:28 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Wose, you wock

  66. Riö -The Evil Pug
    8:44 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Stover!….Karen Joy Fowler is going to be at that library come November 18th at 7:00pm….snort!….What someone here would not give to be able to be there also. Just wondering if you would like to go to her talk and get a book or two signed for my friend and I?…wheeze!…Maybe a photo or two?…hmmmm?

  67. B.Stover
    9:20 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Rio: I’m sorry but I won’t be in town on the 18th.

  68. Riö -The Evil Pug
    9:23 pm on October 9th, 2014


  69. Riö -The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Author!…The very strange thing is that author was all over my state right up to the weekend before I finished her book…grump!…Now she says she has nothing scheduled to come here…sob!sob!sob!

  70. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:27 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Good night all. Watching Gracepoint then off to bed.

  71. Staff
    10:16 pm on October 9th, 2014
  72. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:18 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Staff!….Any updates tonight?…snort!snort!…Any more booties being matched?…wheeze!slobber!

  73. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Dawson!…I hope you make it home soon…sniff!…You’ve been on a bus a very long time it seems…wuffle!

  74. C.hobbiti
    10:32 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Things just keep getting better and better. Sadie escaped because they had left the garage and dog pen gates open so whether she was in the house or on the deck, she could take off. I discovered she was gone just when I was running out of time and needing to get to the airport. When I left for the airport at 5:45, she was still MIA. But they did call me at 6:15 to say she was back home. Probably wanting supper.

    I had checked in for the flight at 5:00 at home and the flight was on time. However once I got to the airport I find that the flight has been delayed two hours until 9:20. I think the plane is here but they are waiting for the flight crew to arrive on an incoming plane. So I have almost 3 hours to kill.

    P.S. When I left the house at 5:45, the crew was just starting to work on the attic. My dog sitter has a class and won’t be home until after 8:00. It has been a long day.

  75. Staff
    10:39 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Oh My Dog CHobbit! I think those workmen are terrible!

    Rose I can’t wait for the calendars.


    ML I was reading my new copy of Cooks Illustrated today and they had a section on testing Carbon Steel Chef’s knives. They tested all these knives, some of which cost nearly 300.00 and their top choice was…the Victorinox knife just like the one I bought from YOU YOU YOU and Rick. I do love it a reach for it before my other knives. I bought the shorter one, about 6 inches and now am bummed that I didn’t get the longer one too.

  76. dawson
    10:40 pm on October 9th, 2014

    I’m home!
    The bus did not leave until 2 pm, waiting on a patient. Sheesh!

    CHobbit: Worst company ever!

  77. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:40 pm on October 9th, 2014

    CHOBBIT!!!!…I am worrit about Sadie and your house…growl!…If my friend was in your place she would be completely beside herself in more ways than 2…grump!

  78. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on October 9th, 2014

    DAWSON!…I’ve been worrit about you all day long and here we are posting at the same time…wheeze!…Oh my dawg!

  79. Herd of Hounds
    11:07 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Hobbit and Sadie, be safe. Dawson is home safe, huzzah! Calendar soon. Eyelids slamming shuttttttt zzzzz

  80. dawson
    11:23 pm on October 9th, 2014

    It’s good to be home.

    Checkpoint Announcement!

    I am excited to announce the full sponsorship of Eagle Island checkpoint in honor of the Navajo Code Talkers. Golinka tells me the last Navajo Code Talker crossed the bridge earlier this year. What an inspirational group of men! We welcome them to the Iditarod Trail 2015!

    WhooooHoooo! Thanks to the Storyteller and Golinka for honoring the Navaho Code Talkers and Snowhook Kennels in this way.

  81. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:24 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Ten!…I have 10 minutes till I have to trudge up those stairs to a new place to sleep…snort!…My warm soft bed where all my baseball toys are in all the right places…yes!

  82. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:28 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Update!…sniff!.. I am sad about the last code talkers crossing, but am feeling how special it is to sponsor a checkpoint for those great guys….chuffle!…What a great checkpoint update to end the day…snort!

  83. ML
    11:58 pm on October 9th, 2014

    Goodnight all. We here have been busy shuffling Mom to docs. Hope to get back to th e blog earlier soon.

    Love youse guys

The Books

powered by wordpress | site by michael baker digital