Screenplay (More)

“Given any thought to who could play some of the roles in Dog On It?” says Spence.

“Nope,” says Admin.

“But isn’t that part of the fun of writing screenplays?”


“For example, wouldn’t a younger Jeff Bridges be great as Bernie?”

“How does he get younger, exactly?”

“Special effects,” says Spence. “You liked Crazy Heart.”

“Uh-huh. What was that Ryan Bingham song?”

“‘The Weary Kind.'”

“Good song. Should we say something about Lucian Freud?”

“R. I. P.”

“Not much peace in his paintings.”

“Doesn’t stop them from being great.”


“Back at ya.”

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142 Responses to “Screenplay (More)”

  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:27 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! I think Macy’s right; I would be a good Iggy. I could get used to that Hollywood life. Limos and caviar. Oh, wait. Caviar is fish eggs. Maybe not.

  2. Rose
    9:28 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Love that the blog background is now the cover for TDWKTM!
    Hmmmm….Thinking about actors for the film.

    Stay cool!!!!!

  3. B.Stover
    9:34 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Gerard Butler as Bernie!! Yes!!! (And he can put on a very good American accent.)

    The blog background that I have is still from TFAT.

    Good morning all.

  4. Macy the Min-pin
    9:34 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Rose, what?? Where?

    Good morning y’all. Hey Kirby!
    Mom is headed out, and I am headed down, as in first nap of the day. Later.

  5. Sam
    9:36 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Kirby, I can live that good life to the fullest – just as the big star that I will be. I eat everything so pass me the caviar please. I think I’m the only four-legged here on the blog who has eaten Wolfie’s toffee.

  6. Macy the Min-pin
    9:36 am on July 22nd, 2011

    OIC, we had never noticed a background before. Now that top bit, where we only see a bit of Chet, is great. Less is more.

  7. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:39 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Green!…The title of the Blog is now in green…sniff!…But the rest is all very dark like it used to be when I first found this place…grunt! ….We need an actor with right shape of head to match Bernie’s….heh! …and dark hair of course. A young Kevin Spacey would be perfect…heh!

    Kirby!…Knock it off!…snort!…The role of Iggy is MINE!…gruffle!

  8. dawson
    9:42 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Good morning.
    Rose: My background is still circus.
    Yikes! Another soggy day here. A little North of us it is 20 degrees(F). I am happy with soggy and 53 degrees (F)

  9. Rose
    9:42 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Hey Guys!

    Yes, I have the new background. CHET: A Dog’s Life is written out in green. You can see a bit of Bernie on the lower left, a bit of Suzie on the lower right,one of Chet’s legs, and his tail.

    Kirby: I do believe Rio was eyeing the part of Iggy.

  10. Melanie
    9:43 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Well, I had to do some homework this morning. Looked up “Crazy Heart”; I’ve never seen it. Netflix has it on DVD. That should be coming in soon!

    Now listening to the theme song. Wonderful.

    Looked up Lucian Freud. Nice obit in the “The Economist”. Then I hit images. Wow, talk about stark reality. Very good and very unsettling.

    B.Stover: I also did some homework on “Frankenstein” and the idea of Prometheus. I had some ideas this morning and will try to write later.

    Time to go pick up Jesse. He is doing INSIDE work today!

  11. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:45 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Rose: I have the new background, too.

  12. Masquers
    9:47 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Rose! I too have the new background!

  13. Rose
    9:47 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Kirby: Do you like the new background?

    Melanie: “Crazy Heart” is a great movie. Think you will love it!

    I’m liking Robert Downey, Jr. for Bernie….

  14. Rose
    9:48 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Masquers, hello!!!

    What happened to your avatar?

  15. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:58 am on July 22nd, 2011

    OK, I just went back to “Dog On It” to see who would be a better Iggy: me or Rio. I’m thinking Hollywood isn’t in my future after all. First of all, Iggy has a “high-pitched bark, an irritated-sounding yip-yip-yip.” I don’t do that, but I could learn my lines for the movie, so that isn’t the problem. Here’s the problem: “He (Iggy) spotted me and started jumping up and down in that weird way of his, his fat jowls wobbling in the opposite direction of every leap.” No fat jowls here, and I’m not sure even Hollywood could fix that!

  16. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:04 am on July 22nd, 2011

    TGIF. It’s been a long week here.

    Jeff Bridges would be great.

  17. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:04 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Iggy!… I would be a perfect Iggy!…Yip! Yeep! Yip! Yeep!… If I jump up and down, my jowls wiggle too…heh!

  18. BearSpiritDog
    10:07 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Good Grief! Are we late this morning or what?
    It was mostly due to reading all last night’s posts about Frankenstein – so interesting! Siber-H is right. Somehow the name has come to mean the monster, and not the doctor who created him, although Dr. F. could easily fit our definition of “monster” – as in “any very cruel or wicked person”. As for the Creature – we have always sympathized with him – wandering the world friendless and misunderstood, through no fault of his own.

    Tupper&Gilly: Hey! This is the Royal Mum’s big day! Cape Cod and autographs – yay!

    Barb&Maggie: We saw Winter’s Bone too and agree – it was a dismal story. Nana watched it because the lead actress was up for an Academy Award for the part. You might try Cape of Good Hope for a little lighter fare.

    Rio & Kirby: Why not screen test for the part of Iggy? Question: Do either of you jump and bark with such frequency? Just an observation…Don’t want to step on any tails here.

  19. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:07 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Bridges!…Jeff Bridges is too damned old for the part of Bernie…grunt!…We need a young actor – someone totally unknown yet…sniff!

  20. Barb & Maggie
    10:07 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Good morning, all.

    Lots of much needed rain here. We are now in the first stages of drought, according to the weather people. Not good for all the Illinois farmers out there growing corn.

    We like Robert Downey Jr, and Kevin S. a lot, however, can’t picture either as Bernie. Needs to be someone more chunky and burly. Admin’s suggestion of a younger Jeff Bridges would be perfect, but can’t think of anyone else off hand.

    Oh, how about Dean Caine, he is chunky?

  21. Masquers
    10:09 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Rose: Oh, No! My avatar…

  22. Mollypop
    10:09 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Hollywood can do a lot with jowls. Look what they did with Marlon Brando.

  23. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:11 am on July 22nd, 2011

    BSD: It would definitely be acting on my part. I’m not a big jumper or barker, but I’d be willing to do it for my craft. It’s just the fat jowls thing that’s holding me back. I just hope that window is really low to the ground — not sure how high Rio can jump!

  24. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:15 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Mollypop: Maybe you’re right. I’d be willing to fly to Hollywood for a screen test! Don’t start practicing your autograph yet, Rio!!!

  25. Masquers
    10:17 am on July 22nd, 2011

    I’ve got it! Rio could be on a trampoline.

  26. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:18 am on July 22nd, 2011

    WOW!…I just read Tupper’s post from last night!….wooooo!…She will be meeting all three of those guys today!….snort!snort!…I want to see lots of pictures of everybody!…Wooooo!…Now I’m twirling! I’m twirling!…yeepers!

  27. Barb & Maggie
    10:18 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Nana, Will put Cape on our list at Netflix.

    Barb watched Winter’s Bones because she has a Missouri cousin who is doing time, breaking rocks in the hot sun, for drug trafficking. He is a son of Barb’s mom’s younger brother. Family was devout Church of the Nazireene (sp?). Conservative, no drinking, smoking, makeup, dancing or card playing. What eles was left but starting your own meth lab on the old family farm! Got caught by the pant leg, and sent off to serve about 10 years at the big house.

    The movie, however, portrayed a different level of poverty and lifestyle than what Barb’s family experienced. They were not poor, and there was no reason for his druggy behavior. Broke Uncle Maurice’s heart. Goes to see him every month and hopes he will be changed when he gets released.

  28. Melanie
    10:21 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Okay: I see a trampoline at the bottom of the window and . . . didn’t Marlon Brando use cotton balls?

    Or was that just on “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”?

  29. Rose
    10:30 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Melanie: LOL!

    Yes, Brando did use cotton in the “Godfather.”

  30. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:32 am on July 22nd, 2011

    I still think the best scene of dog jowls was in “Turner and Hooch,” the movie with Tom Hanks playing a police officer who adopts a dog named Hooch when Hooch’s owner is murdered. There’s a slow-motion shot of Hooch running down the dock with jowls flopping and drool flying — totally cool!!!

  31. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:33 am on July 22nd, 2011

    I wonder if Hooch’s jowls were natural or if Hollywood “beefed” them up?

  32. Melanie
    10:38 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Speaking from experience, those are real jowls and real drool.
    Those dogs are even more drooly than Newfs!

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:38 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Melanie!….Will Tuppers gal be meeting Spencer and the Gang today or tomorrow at the art show?….snort!…Please answer my question….grunt!

  34. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:44 am on July 22nd, 2011

    My two cents worth — a younger Tommy Lee Jones or Brian Dennehy would be great as Bernie. Unfortunately both are probably a little too old for the role now (although some creative makeup could help). Wookie

  35. Barb & Maggie
    10:44 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Melanie, Why did you not go with? How far away is the Cape from you?

    I think Hooch was a Dogue de Bordeaux, right Melanie? They do have some pretty impressive jowls!

  36. Barb & Maggie
    10:46 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Too bad there isn’t a role for Bernie’s father. Brian Dennehy would be perfect. A younger Brian is exactly who I would picture for Bernie’s part.

  37. BearSpiritDog
    10:49 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Turner & Hooch! One of our favorite movies! There was also another police-dog movie called K-9 with Jim Belushi that we like a lot.

  38. B.Stover
    10:53 am on July 22nd, 2011

    You guys are cracking me up.

    What does OIC mean?

    I don’t think that medicine had advanced to performing lobotomies when Shelley wrote Frankenstein. (First published in 1818.) However, an idea that was prevalent then was physiognomy which is mentioned in the novel. It is the belief that a person’s character can be determined by his appearance. The first reason for Frankenstein’s fear of the creature (this is when the creature first opens his eyes) is his appearance. (It’s on page 39 of the Oxford World Classics paperback edition…Chapter IV of Book One.) That is one of the reasons that I dislike Dr. Frankenstein. (He judges his two Natural Philosophy professors on appearance when he first meets them as well.) Another interesting thing is that F keeps using the same and similar words to describe the creature and Elizabeth (his cousin and the woman he is supposed to marry). Fun!

    I now have the Dog Who cover art for the blog.

  39. BearSpiritDog
    10:55 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Bar&Maggie: Yes, a young Brian Dennehy certainly would have had the physique for the part of Bernie. Most of these guys that could have filled the role are now too old.

  40. Barb & Maggie
    10:58 am on July 22nd, 2011

    We are completely in the dark about the cotton balls. Please splain. Where did OIC come from?

  41. Melanie
    10:58 am on July 22nd, 2011

    B.Stover and anyone else interested: First, which myth are the people talking about? Prometueus’s role changes from the 8th-century BC Greek poet Hesiod through Aeschylus’s 5th-century BC tragedy and even on through the 4th-century BC Greek and Roman authors.

    I am going to be fussy and take the following approach. Prometheus tricked Zeus into deciding to take bones for sacrifice rather than meat. Zeus got mad and took fire away from humans (at this point only men). Prometheus steals it back. Zeus makes Pandora out of clay sends her down to mortals with her jar of little horrors. That gets opened up (and dog, haven’t they blamed women ever since [snicker]) and everything gets loose except for hope. He also chains Prometheus to a rock and has an eagle eat out his liver. Every day.

    I would like to say here, that I’m glad I wasn’t an ancient Greek.

    So what makes “Frankenstein” a modern Prometheus?

    Get back to it in a minute or two. Zoë has come back from hunting and we must put the groceries away.

  42. B.Stover
    11:00 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Macy used OIC in her 9:36 AM post today. Gerard Butler is just the right age.

    One thing we know about the “modern Prometheus” is that is he not immortal.

  43. Barb & Maggie
    11:04 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Thanks Bee. Have no idea what it means.

    Gerald Butler would be good. Still like Dean Caine. Anyone else like him?

  44. B.Stover
    11:05 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Melanie: (Love it!!) Mary Shelley is writing in the “Romantic Period” and for the Romantics, Prometheus represents a rebel against the establishment which is represented by Zeus. (That is not to say that Mary Shelley believed in this Romantic idea.)

  45. Mollypop
    11:08 am on July 22nd, 2011

    My guess: OIC = oh I see

  46. Melanie
    11:10 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Yes, B. Stover: I think you’re right on that. We also can’t forget that Shelley was writing during a time where she was shunned and ostracized for having an affair and a child with a married man. (Percy Shelley) Though she did marry him after his wife committed suicide, I imagine this had an effect on her novel.

  47. Masquers
    11:12 am on July 22nd, 2011

    B: Both Dr.Frankenstein and Prometheus defied God/the gods and were punished for it. Peometheus stole the knowledge of fire and the doctor wanted to steal the secrets of creating life.

  48. Tupper and Gilly
    11:18 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Hi everyone. Mama just sent us a text from the road. They are on their way to the Cape. SQ says he is coming to the show tomorrow but Audrey will probably stay home. Just as well. It’s gonna be HOT this weekend.
    Rio Mamasays to tell you she has her phone camera and her regular camera too. So we can promise pictures

  49. BearSpiritDog
    11:20 am on July 22nd, 2011

    OIC = Oh I See. Very clever!

    Melanie: “Zoe back from hunting – putting the groceries away” LOL

  50. B.Stover
    11:23 am on July 22nd, 2011

    So is Mary Shelley being pro-establishment in punishing Frankenstein and in making the reader sympathetic toward the creature?

    Frankenstein is creating life without the “help” of a woman. Mary Shelley’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, died shortly after giving birth to Mary. Mary Shelley had…I think…three infants who died until finally having a son who lived. (Some of these things occurred after she wrote F. Percy died in 1822 by drowning in a boating accident.) These are real questions by the way….I don’t have answers.

  51. Melanie
    11:23 am on July 22nd, 2011

    There is the connection with Prometheus with his rebelling against Zeus, mankind’s creator, and Frankenstein’s monster who rebells against Dr. Frankenstein.

    There is also the connection of Pandora. At the end of the novel, the monster wants Dr. Frankenstein to make him a female companion. Dr. Frankenstein at first agrees because the monster threatens his family. A family, friends and love that the monster can not have . . .

    But Dr. Frankenstein destroys her. And the monster then murders the Doctor’s friend and then the Doctor’s bride.

    All is let loose from the jar at this point. (Pandora theme) Hope remains out of reach.

    As Zeus the Doctor has chained the monster to a rock where he is tortured everyday. The rock could be life and his torture to not have companionship.

    Well, my brain just went dead. Too hot! Maybe more later.

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:26 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Cape!… Woooo! What fun to be on the way to The Cape…heh!… I’ll never know what that feels like, I betcha…sniff! …. I hope she takes some good photos of her artwork and of her special visitors…heh!

  53. Melanie
    11:29 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Riö, I see that the Royals’ Mum is using her iPaw!

    Cool! But really hot. I think today they are just trying to get to the Cape. It is very hard to do so on Fridays. Waits for going over the two bridges can be hours long. Not sure which way they are going.

    I am not going because: of the whatever I have, I REALLY don’t do well in humidity and heat, I wasn’t invited (snicker) and if I had been, wouldn’t have gone anyway because the Royals’ Mum and Dad work their patooties off and I’m too lazy!!


  54. BearSpiritDog
    11:30 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Barb&Maggie: Both Dean Cain & Gerald Butler seem too “nice” for the part. Bernie tends to get tough in certain situations and has a big guy attitude. B. Dennehy is more our idea of Bernie’s size but, again, too old.

  55. B.Stover
    11:32 am on July 22nd, 2011

    So Melanie, you’re suggesting that the creature represents Prometheus. I like it. There is the “fact” that P was a Titan–second generation…the gods before the Olympians (meaning Zeus). This may be getting into too much detail but it may also be important to a definition of the modern P. Pondering….

  56. B.Stover
    11:37 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Bear: Bernie is a pussycat!! Did you see Gerard Butler in the movie version of Phantom of the Opera?

  57. B.Stover
    11:38 am on July 22nd, 2011

    I have a comment awaiting moderation at 11:37AM. It’s about Bernie and Gerard Butler.

  58. Tupper and Gilly
    11:38 am on July 22nd, 2011

    We all love the idea of a young Brien Dennehy but oh well…kind of hard to do without a time machine. We don’t know a lo about movie actors but what about the guy who plays Seeley on Bones? Or Mark Harmon from NCIS? They can both do taciturn and dry humor and be menacing without looking like criminals themselves

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:42 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Boring!…How many times do we have to hear how Brian Dennehy would be good in the part but is too old….grump!…Over and over again…Here let me say it ONE MORE TIME – just so everybody knows that Brian Dennehy is Too fREaking Old for the job….snort!….Sorry Brian, I really like you but you are too old to play Bernie….snort!… Did everybody get that???? Maybe I should I say it one more time just in case????? …. grump!

    Interesting!…The comparisons between Frankenstein the Monster and the Greek guy….snort!

  60. Masquers
    11:42 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Melanie: We agree. Your idea that the creature and P. are similar is an intriguing one. Prof Stover, How we would love to be taking your class!

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:49 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Butler!…Here is a recent photo of Gerald….grunt!…. I’m not sure – this is not how I picture Bernie, but he would be better than DENNEHY! (he’s too old)….snort!

  62. Siber-H
    11:51 am on July 22nd, 2011

    My background is green…mom’s favorite color. White is my favorite color. THINK SNOW!!!

    The tail and the foot of “Chet” on the right hand side of the page looks exactly like mom’s Border Collie.

    This is extra exciting…the Royal’s mum is going to meet SQ/PA!!!
    I can’t wait to hear about it and I know she willl do a good job of reporting everything to us. Pictures!! Yippie!!!

  63. Siber-H
    11:53 am on July 22nd, 2011

    You guys, How old is Bernie suppose to be in Chet’s books?

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:57 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Tupper!…Be sure to ask your gal to let me know how tall Spencer is…heh!… I bet he’s not over 5 feet from the tip of his head to his toes….snorkel!

  65. Mollie (a black poodle)
    11:59 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Here is the guy on “Bones”. He might make a good Bernie.

  66. Melanie
    12:03 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    This is the first time I’ve gotten the new background. Interesting how it spread out . . .

    I like the idea of David Boreanaz (Booth in “Bones”). He’s good looking in a “manly” way. Has a good nose, plays vulnerable and the menacing both. He’s 42.

    I mean, how can resist this face?

  67. Melanie
    12:03 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Hey Mollie (ABP) Great minds and all that!

  68. B.Stover
    12:09 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    But Booth was Angel……I couldn’t get around that.

  69. B.Stover
    12:15 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    That picture of Gerard Butler from Wikipedia is awful. Go to the imbd site:

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:16 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Booth!..No way!…grunt!

  71. B.Stover
    12:16 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    I think Bernie is in his late 30s or early 40s. How old is Charlie?

  72. Rose
    12:20 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Masquers: Glad to see your face and colors!

    Hmmm….David Boreanaz…

  73. Masquers
    12:38 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Hi Rose!

    Butler is very handsome. But, does he look menacing enough? I have no idea which actor would be good for the part. Rio, is right. Bernie should be played by a unknown actor. We would love to see YSAS in the role.

  74. Melanie
    12:43 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Hey, I totally agree! So Admin, just make Spencer much younger and slimmer . . . Naw, it just wouldn’t work!

  75. B.Stover
    12:46 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Bernie is not menancing…..

  76. B.Stover
    12:47 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    And it would be easy to make YSAS look older and bigger….

  77. Masquers
    12:51 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Bee, Sometimes he is a tough guy. For instance – when he & Chet confront the perps.

  78. BearSpiritDog
    12:53 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    77 and counting. At this rate we’ll soon be on the Dark Side!

  79. Barb & Maggie
    12:56 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    T & G You hit on it with David B. who plays Seeley. We love, love, love that show and the interaction of the characters. So what if it isn’t totally realistic, what tv show is? He would make a great Bernie, and we didn’t even remember that he was on Charmed.
    And we won’t say the Brian D. is too old!

    Bernie could be a little intimidating, if not menancing.

  80. B.Stover
    1:05 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Tough/intimidating and menacing are not the same things. I agree that Bernie can be tough.

    I don’t remember David on Charmed. He was Angel of Buffy.

  81. Staff
    1:08 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    I have extention cords running all over the house. But the air conditioning is working and the router and DSL are hooked up. Jeez what would we do without electricity?

  82. BearSpiritDog
    1:15 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Staff: How ‘cum all the extentions – are you borrowing electricity from somewhere?

  83. Barb & Maggie
    1:35 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Bee, You are right, it was Buffy where he played Angel, but did he appear on Charmed, too?

  84. Gus and BooBear
    1:43 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Does anyone watch the show “The Glades” on A&E? Matt Passmore plays the lead role and would be perfect as Bernie. Right age, size and attitude! Very good looking in a manly way.

  85. Gus and BooBear
    1:46 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    We think Bernie is mid thirties. Charlie is still very young.

  86. Gus and BooBear
    1:49 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    And way to go, Royal’s Mum! Have fun meeting SQ/PA !! Can’t wait for pictures. Big dog show in Houston this weekend . Mom wants to go.

  87. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:05 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    I don’t know about Bernie, but when I think of Damon Keefer I picture Dan Hedaya, who played Carla’s first husband on Cheers. He has that slimy kind of attitude that makes you go “ugh.” Hedaya also played Richard Nixon — see, what did I tell you — slimy!

  88. Melanie
    2:09 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    B.Stover: I said menacing because my brain could not come up with intimidating.

  89. Rose
    2:10 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    I think Charlie is 10.

  90. Snowhook Bella
    3:28 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    My boss closed the office today on account of sun. Sniff, sneeze, wheeze—I can’t enjoy it due to this dern cold.

    If the role of Bernie can’t be played by YSAS, surely there is another role for YSAS. He has a following of loyal, Plunderering fans—all he needs now is a break.

    Speaking of filming, AJ and I need to film our five minute video for the casting call. It’s now or never because he’s leaving again for another week.

    How exciting that the Royals’ mum is going to meet SQ/PA.

  91. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:35 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Melanie: How is YSAS’s Russian accent? Could he be one of the menacing bad guys?

  92. Macy the Min-pin
    3:57 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    VG Mollypop, VG! This makes me think of a thing our uncle told us once. It might help if you throw in a “white trash” accent, but our uncle already has one so…

    MR Ducks
    MR Not
    SMR see m wangs
    OIC mR ducks!

  93. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:07 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Rebecca: Who are you and AJ going to play in your video?

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:09 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Guffaw!….snort!… My friend just told me that someone at work just called her, “Johnny on the Spot.”…snort!heh!snort! ….What does that mean anyways?….heh!

  95. Wölfie
    4:20 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Macy, lol!

    I vote for George Clooney.

  96. Melanie
    4:20 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    That’s funny Macy. I had to remember my southern accent!

    CLOSER time!! YEA

  97. Wölfie
    4:21 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Not. Just kidding!

  98. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:24 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Actually, Wolfie, Mom says she’d vote for George, too, in hopes that the Plunderers could get tickets for the premiere and meet him!!!

  99. BearSpiritDog
    4:31 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    We always thought it meant “to be at the right place at the right time”. Johnny on the Spot we’re not – today anyway.

    Spent the last hour on the phone straightening out a problem with online banking. The bank recently made changes to the website
    supposedly to make life easier for customers – need I say more?

  100. BearSpiritDog
    4:38 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Macy! We didn’t understand a word you just said. Of course, after that last phone call, the mind is gone.

  101. Masquers
    4:39 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Hello from the Dark Side!

  102. Barb & Maggie
    4:59 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Bear, We understood it perfectly, what is not to understand? Them are duck.s, Them are not ducks. Yes them are. See them wings?. Oh I see, them ARE ducks.

  103. OleyHowlers
    5:23 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    My my. Youse guys are on the Dark Side already? We see all the ideas for who should play Bernie. Our mom says she wants Dennis Quaid, altho you all will say he is too old.

  104. Melanie
    5:30 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    KirbyT: Don’t know about a Russian accent, but I bet he could. Let me tell you a story.
    YASA was in a Serbian movie about 3 women who come to the US. ( Still hasn’t been released yet; supposedly in September). Anyhoo, a lot of the movie is in Serbian and YSAS (an Irish American bartender) has to run down a list of Serbian words he knows. Before the movie started rehearsing, he went to the Serbian Consulate in NYC and asked for help. A BEAUTIFUL Serbian woman helped him with the words, the pronunciation and meaning. Snicker . . . one of the guards kept inching forward to listen to what was going on, and when the woman wouldn’t say what the word meant the guard was glad to say it right out loud! (not for polite society)

    YSAS taped all of it. Used the tape to memorize all the words . . .
    Rehearsal for that scene came up and the director started to pause so he could help YSAS do the words, and YSAS just rattles them off with a perfect accent!

    He brought the house down!

  105. BearSpiritDog
    5:34 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    YSAS is prepared for anything we think.

  106. BearSpiritDog
    5:37 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Only 96 more to go
    Then I’ll know
    What it feels like
    To be on the
    Dark, Dark Side

  107. Tupper and Gilly
    5:48 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Oh good dog! Mama and Dad just checked into their room at the hotel. They got here earlier but their room wasn’t ready yet. Mama was very polite about it and said not to worry- they would go get lunch and look around the town – find the show site etc.
    They just got back to the hotel and waited their turn behind a VERY rude tourist who was being demanding. She finally left and Mama told the desk clerk she was so sorry that she had to be treated that way and congratulated the clerk for remaining professional and courteous. Then Mama asked if her room was ready. The clerk said just a moment and did something with the paperwork. Then she gave Mama the keys and they went to their room. Only now their roomwas a SUITE! With a living room area, a kitchen, bedroom and large bath. And looks right out over the harbor.
    What a great start to what she hopes will be a great weekend!

  108. BearSpiritDog
    5:59 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Tupper&Gilly: What a fabulous start to the weekend!!! A suite overlooking the water! Seeing SQ/PA, autographs and art shows!
    We have to say, your mum deserves every bit of wonderful that is coming her way.

  109. Siber-H
    6:01 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    I hope the Royal’s mum has a great weekend!

    Another vote for YSAS. The dude who plays Bernie must be a dog person. YSAS is a dog person. People can be fooled with great acting but dogs always know if they are dealing with a true dog person or someone who is acting the part.

  110. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:10 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Way to go T&G! When Mom and Dad got married they went to Disney World for part of their honeymoon. They must have looked totally in love, because the desk clerk asked if they were on their honeymoon. When they said yes, he not only upgraded their room to one in the tower, but the hotel sent up a bottle of champagne!!! (Mom and Dad don’t drink champagne, but that’s beside the point!)

  111. Melanie
    6:22 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    The Royals’ Mum isn’t called The Pink Bulldozer for nothing!

    Kirby T. That is so great!

    Siber-H: He is more than a dog person. He is a Pack member! And very high up on the Alpha list.

    But unless Admin is doing a YOUNG Bernie and Chet, I don’t think we’re going to see him as Bernie. Now as a Perp? That might be good!

  112. BearSpiritDog
    6:41 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Barb&Maggie: Of course, now that you’ve explained Macy’s comment, which was puzzling to us, it makes perfect sense! lol

  113. Basil and Sage
    6:41 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Wait a minute you guys – didn’t Spence mention that the screenplay might take into account when and how Bernie and Chet first met? We know YSAS personally and we have seen him act in a variety of personas – he could play any age, any type – but he could absolutely play younger Bernie!
    (whispering – Gilly seems to think she could play a young Chet…she just doesn’t comprehend size at all!)

  114. dawson
    6:43 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Congratulations to the Polite Pink Bulldozer on the upgrade. And have a wonderful time meeting SQ/PA. May your art work be the hit of the show so that your load is light on the way back.

  115. Melanie
    6:46 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Laughing here Dawson! “Bulldozer on the upgrade” that is so funny!

    Been working on my idea for the next Newfs in the Pool video. I’m having a blast.

  116. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    7:19 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Melanie -have you considered throwing a Puglet into pool vith Pack? Could make for good laugh

  117. Gus & BooBear
    7:43 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Our Cardinal in the Snow picture arrived today. It is absolutely gorgeous!! Mom can’t wait to get it framed and hung. Yes, Jay, Mom is one of the plunderers/bloggers. Gus and BooBear’s Mom. We are so excited to have won the picture and the card with Blou was very nice too. They actually both arrived today.

    George Clooney would be a great Bernie, but think he may be pushing the age limit too. Y’all take a look at Matt Passmore on “The Glades”. Sunday night at 9:00 Central time. He’s very easy on the eyes.

  118. Melanie
    7:50 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Oh darn, Natasha, how did you know?

    Okay, Matt Passmore . . . I don’t think I’ve ever seen him act. . . Looked him up. He’s 6 foot tall. Not sure if he’s a dog lover.

  119. Macy the Min-pin
    8:13 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Good job Barb and Maggie, mom messed up the last line. It was supposed to be LIB mR ducks.

    I think YSAS would be a perfect Bernie. Have you seen what they do with makeup these days? And I’m sure he could do the voice just right, too. Yep, he gets our vote. Mom still enjoys watching his “Nurseman” video.

  120. Macy the Min-pin
    8:16 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Another good point for YSAS, NO ONE in the world would be more motivated to get it just right, since he would have to answer to all the plunderers, as well as one in particular!

  121. Barb & Maggie
    9:10 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Well, I’ll be, them ARE ducks. Right?

    Love the story about YSAS and the accent, Melanie.

  122. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Omg!…SNORT!….It would be so amazingly awesome if Clarkson got the part of Bernie or any character in the movie…heh!…Wow! Just thinking about acting along with Clarkson makes my tail spin…sniff!… As I will be there playing the part of Iggy…heh!…Clarkson and I could have lunch together and go sightseeing in the desert…sniff!…Well, only if we were in an air-conditioned car of course, with a large picnic basket…snorkel!

  123. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:14 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Yeep!… We are back home and have done a ton of stuff here and there just in time to sit down-stairs and watch the beginning of the Rockies Game!…WooooHoooo!!! …Playing the Snakes tonight, in the Desert…grunt!

  124. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:17 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Natasha!…Long time no jibe…heh!… If I have to go in a pool, one filled with Newfs would be the safest, or so I’m told…wheeze!…As long as the one who pushes others under isn’t there at the same time…gurgle!

  125. Macy the Min-pin
    9:22 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Yep, B and M, that is it.

    I think I forgot to mention where mom and dad went last week.

  126. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:31 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Coke!…What? They went to get a couple of large Cokes?…sniff!

    Tomorrow! …Is the Big Moving day and my friend does not seem overly ecstatic…wuffle!…Here’s hoping the Rockies winnit tonight just to cheer her up a bit..sniff!

  127. B.Stover
    9:32 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Good night all.

  128. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:40 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Grump!… Now, there are a lot of really good guys gone from the Rockies team, but low and behold here is ole Aaron Cook pitching tonight…gruffle!…This guy has Never shown me what a great pitcher he is supposed to be…He never ever does well…sniff!…And yet, here he is, here is Aaron Cook as the starting pitcher again…grump!…This just drives me to distraction and then almost to the brink of insanity…sniff!

  129. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:43 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Goodnight!…I can’t believe it is already late and some of youse are going to beddie bye…heh!…Lets hope the weekend doesn’t melt away so quickly this time…huff!

  130. Siber-H
    9:52 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Rio, Cook is one of the two Rockies pitchers that when I learn he is pitching, I lose confidence. Hammel is the other one.

    Gah, On this road trip, the games will be starting so late for us

  131. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    SiberH!…Why do they get rid of really good players and keep HIM?…huffle!….He must have a very good contract is all I can think…grump!… I have no hope at all tonight with him pitching…sad, but true…grumble!

  132. Siber-H
    9:56 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Macy? Is that the Texas Rangers’ ballpark?
    Yes, it is. It has to be. I see ERA on that coke sign.
    I hope the Rangers won that night.

  133. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:59 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Outfield!…The guys in the out-field will be very busy tonight catching all the balls hit off of Cook…grunt! …If I’m lyin’ I’m dying…sniff!grump!sneeze!

  134. Siber-H
    10:01 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Rio, my feelings exactly about Cook…no hope.
    If they trade Ubaldo, I will know for certain that management has lost thier minds.
    There is even less hope because CarGo is injured.

  135. Siber-H
    10:21 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    As we were saying, Rio….sigh

  136. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:23 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Crap!… They have got to take Cook out before it is too damned late…grumble!…What the hell it’s already 3 to ZIPPY!..sniff!

  137. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:24 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Cargo!…Sob!sob!Sob!…sniffle! Wahhhhhhhhhhhh!

  138. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:53 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Moving!…We have a very big day tomorrow moving (again), so we are going to gruffle up the stairs now and I will listen to the end of the game on the big bed…heh!…She will be dead to the world in no time once her head hits that pillow…snort! …This is why I get the best position I can on the bed right off the bat…sniff!…Once she is asleep she can’t budge me…wheeze!…I’m like dead weight…heh!

  139. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:54 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    It is after 10 o’clock here and Dad just took me for a walk — 91 degrees with a heat index of 100! Dang, it’s HOT out there!!!

  140. Macy the Min-pin
    11:02 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Yes Siber H, the Rangers won against the Mets.

  141. Staff
    11:05 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Earlier someone asked why we have extension cords all over the house. It is because our battery powered backup electrical system isn’t working. And the outlets that it is supposed to back up are out of commission. All the important stuff like the refrigerator, the freezer, the upstairs air conditioner, the sump pump, washer and dryer and stove are on the backup system.

    First I got my air conditioner running. Then the fridge and freezer. Then the router and dsl. GOTTA have my internet.

    The stove, well I am not turning on the oven in this heat! All the rest will wait until the guy comes to fix things. It is sort of hard in the bathrooms as neither of those are considered essential. HAH!

    The twins are behind 8 to 1 to those darn Tigers.

  142. Siber-H
    11:05 pm on July 22nd, 2011

    Good luck with the move tomorrow, Rio. Stay out of the way of the heavy stuff. Your job is to supervise.

    Yes, Kirby that is Hot! I don’t know how long this heat wave is suppose to last for everyone. It is just normal here…a high of around 95 degrees, but without all the humidity.

    night all

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