Setting Up For The Day (From The Dog Who Knew Too Much)

She gave him a long look, but he didn’t see it, now that we were on the road. We drove out of Anya’s development, went by some strip malls packed with fast-food joints. Humans come up with great ideas sometimes, fast-food joints being one of the very best.

Maybe Bernie was thinking the same sort of thing – not the first time that had happened to us – because he said, “Want to pick up something to eat along the way?”

“I packed some sandwiches,” Anya said, tapping her backpack.

Tuna, peanut butter, egg salad: old news.

“Hey, thanks,” said Bernie.

We took a ramp, hit the freeway.

“Too breezy?” Bernie said, glancing at Anya in the rearview mirror. The wind was blowing back her hair – short and kind of reddish. Women often looked different with their hair sort of out of the picture like that. Anya, for example, looked older.

“I love the wind,” she said.

Me, too. Then I had a strange thought: so did Suzie. Where had that come from? What did it mean? No idea. I pushed the whole thing out of my mind. That was easy. Nothing sets you up better for the day than a clear mind.

Welcome Glenda and Lily in their beautiful garden, Alma and Rati down under.


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  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:09 am on May 9th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! I’m trying to clear my mind for the day, but it’s not easy. There’s just too much going on around here. Mom is complaining about her headache; my nieces are intruding on my space; my boy is already playing games on his computer; and Dad has the morning off, so he just left to get a haircut. Maybe I’ll just go in the laundry room and take a nap!

  2. Staff
    9:20 am on May 9th, 2011

    OOOO Glenda and Lily that is a cute picture of you two. I wonder if you have met Mollypop yet. You guys would have a good time together. I really enjoy meeting all the friends of Chet. I think I will put Glenda and Lily as my screen saver for a while.

  3. B.Stover
    9:29 am on May 9th, 2011

    Wonder who Anya is. Chet is riding shotgun.

    Good morning all.

  4. Sam
    10:12 am on May 9th, 2011

    A special good morning and welcome to Cupcake. I just want you wanna-be princess to know that it’s fine as long as you don’t want to be in the movie. Then no problem. I will be playing the role of Princess when Chet’s book gets made into a movie. Adorable little moi.

  5. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:14 am on May 9th, 2011

    Car Ride!…It sounds like there are four of them in that car…sniff! … Bernie must be driving, and I bet Susie is in the shot-gun seat. Chet is probably in the back with Anya, whoever she is…heh!

  6. BearSpiritDog
    10:16 am on May 9th, 2011

    It’s a new day – May you all have a good one!

    B: You’re right! Chet is riding shotgun. Yes, who is Anya and where is Suzie? You’ve got my interest now.

    Clear eyes, Chet!

    Hi Kirby & Staff!

  7. BearSpiritDog
    10:19 am on May 9th, 2011

    And Good Morning to Rio (your Friend’s big day!) & Princess Sam and Everyone else.

  8. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:26 am on May 9th, 2011

    Susie!…She always gets the front seat when she is with Bernie….grunt!

  9. B.Stover
    10:35 am on May 9th, 2011

    I don’t think Suzie is there but I guess we’ll have to wait until September 6 to find out.

  10. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:41 am on May 9th, 2011

    Susie!…I think Susie is there because of this sentence, “Me, too. Then I had a strange thought: so did Suzie.”…snort!….I wonder if they both stuck their heads out the windows…heh!

  11. B.Stover
    10:54 am on May 9th, 2011

    It’s when Chet says, “Where did that come from?” that makes me think Suzie is not there. Of course, to be able to describe Anya as he is, Chet would have to be turning to look back at her from the shotgun seat. (Fun!)

  12. B.Stover
    10:56 am on May 9th, 2011

    I’m also assuming that they’re in the Porsche with the top down. (The top has never been up right?)

  13. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:04 am on May 9th, 2011

    Siber – you are very fickle, my dear. First you VILL offer a date, then you say NO, you vill not date Natasha, then vhen Natasha throws you over for the vonderul and gentle Volfie, you protest that you did not say no to Natasha!
    You are very mixing up playboy, Siber doggie. Very beautiful… but very confusing.
    Now you say you vill date Cricket, but after our vonderful adventure to vedding, you saying that you and Natasha vould not get along. That is not vhat you said on plane ride home, big boy.
    Ve think that maybe you are just after Liz’s big pink fluffy Frobisher hat. Maybe you think is balaclava? You vill look silly in hat, and Vhitey-Lance vill laugh at you!
    Oh vell, suit yourself. Just because Natasha has beautiful home in snowy place, vith big yard full of nice digging dirt, and bags and bags full of the balls of salmon, and the jerking turkey…is no reason for you to vant date vith elegant, sophisticated Borzoi. Ve have plenty others who vill jump at chance.

    (sob…..sniff)

  14. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:07 am on May 9th, 2011

    SiberH!….Has SiberH been breaking hearts while I’ve been gone?…heh!

  15. B.Stover
    11:12 am on May 9th, 2011

    Natasha dear: Males of all species are confusing.

    (Whispering: SH is in very big trouble. He did make the offer of a hot date with him for the auction.)

  16. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:19 am on May 9th, 2011

    Well, Mom left her cell phone at the restaurant where Dad and my boy took her for lupper yesterday (no, not a typo — they decided that between lunch and supper would be the least-crowded time to eat out!) So now she has to leave for work early to pick up her phone. I hope everyone has a great day! Be back tonight!!!

  17. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:24 am on May 9th, 2011

    Supreme Commander Bee – is true – males very confusing. Volfie is lovely gentleman, but his heart is tied elsevhere. Franklin and Mac are bumbling, lovable fun boys, but ve vould not be able to get serious vith them. Jasper and Kirby seem very nice, but very short. Vookie has other things on mind right now and Rio….vell, Rio defies description.
    So, Natasha vill stay on her own and dedicate all energies to mission. So, Plunderers, vhen Natasha gets Nefarious, vill be Siber’s fault for spurning her affection! HA!

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:26 am on May 9th, 2011

    Spurned!… I think we will have to use ole SiberH as bait in the next Mission….heh!

  19. OleyHowlers
    11:30 am on May 9th, 2011

    Good morning!
    Now we can’t wait until September. We think this Anya is somehow trying to replace Suzie. But why would she ride in the back seat? And why did she bring such boring lunch when Chet & Bernie would much rather feast on fast food?
    So much to digest. (tee-hee)

  20. Cupcake
    11:37 am on May 9th, 2011

    Hello, Sam. I’ve heard things about you…. Princess things. You look beautiful and perky, and frankly – kind of perfect. Do you blog? Is your mom an author? Hmmm. I didn’t think so. Don’t worry about competition in Hollywood, I am a NJ mutt (I don’t mean that ugly), and I will stay that way. Plus, as cute and adorable and quirky as I am, I don’t take direction well, and I misbehave A LOT. I look forward to getting to know you, and deciding whether I can be friends with someone so pretty. Usually, I like being the prettiest one in the room – or at least the best dressed. I’m a slave to fashion – are you?

  21. Barb & Maggie
    11:49 am on May 9th, 2011

    Have to agree with Bee here, Suzie is not present. That is why the thought about her popped into Chet’s head out of nowhere. Who is Anya? Not a Suzie replacement we hope.

    Icky day here, slightly rainy and windy as he**.

    That stupid goat is not cooperating! Stil waiting for the blessed event. Astrid and Ingrid we hope.

  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:00 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Seats!…. I think I told SiberH the wrong area where my friend will be sitting…snort!… She and her pals will be sitting in right field almost straight up from first base. I think it will be at the top of the second level….wheeze! ….They will be leaving the busy-place early so maybe she can get an autograph or two and watch BP…heh!

    Susie!…How would Chet know that Susie had a strange thought if she wasn’t there?….grunt!

  23. dawson
    12:08 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Princess Sam: You have no competition for the part in the movie. Just sweet adorable you.
    Loved the stories from Rio and Snowhook Bella yesterday regarding pants (heh) and other things.
    Bernie looks at Anya in the rearview mirror, so she must be in the back of the car. Chet remembers that Suzie also loved the wind but the thought just flits in and out of his head. I don’t think Suzie is there.

  24. dawson
    12:11 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Rio: How would Chet know if Suzie had a strange thought if she was there? He’s not a mind reader. The “Suzie did too” refers to Suzie loving the wind…not to her having a strange thought, methinks.

  25. dawson
    12:14 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Oops!
    Got my quote wrong. The “So did Suzie”, not “Suzie did too”.
    Wonder where Miss Melanie is today?

  26. Staff
    12:28 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Melanie is having her computer un-porned today. Hopefully is vorking out.

    Heh heh heh

  27. Staff
    12:29 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Maybe I mean verking out. I don’t have my Russian accent figured out as well as Natasha.

  28. Sam
    12:33 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Cupcake, you look very beautiful all dressed up. Macy likes to dress up too. My lovely white fur is all Wonderfluffed so I don’t wear anything – well, just my pink snuggie when it’s cold outside.

  29. dawson
    12:42 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Sam: Cupcake doesn’t think wearing a tiara is fun…and I don’t think she cares much for dressing up either.

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:43 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Susie!….” Then I had a strange thought: so did Suzie.”… Read it again. I think it is referring to Chet’s strange thought, not the wind….snort!

    Sammie!…heh!snort!heh!…In her hot pink snuggy…sniff!

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:47 pm on May 9th, 2011

    TV!…. Sammie is smart. She keeps the remote really close to her at all times…heh!

  32. B.Stover
    12:55 pm on May 9th, 2011

    The strange thought is Chet’s thought and it is that Suzie also likes the wind. I don’t think Anya could be a Suzie replacement because of Chet’s thought that she looked older with her hair blown back.

    Sam: I love the way you pose for the camera, looking straight at it. Very beautiful.

  33. BearSpiritDog
    12:59 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Mom is off to the vet with Masquers. I’ll stay home and do Guard Dog Duty. Although I normally always ride shotgun, and sometimes when Mom is in the store, I even get into the driver’s seat. Most times in fact.

  34. Barb & Maggie
    1:07 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Anya loved the wind and so did Suzie. That was Chet’s strange thought. Maybe Chet will jump in here and settle the debate.

  35. Barb & Maggie
    1:14 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Finished Water For Elephants. Really, really good. We had a problem reading some scenes. There were a couple of vivid animal abuse scenes that were hard to read, but over all would recommend it.

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:16 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Chet!….Ahhhh Haaaa! I read it the way Stover explained and that makes sense…snort! …Susie is not there, Chet is just thinking about her because Anya said something about liking the wind, which Susie does too!….wheeze! ….I think we are all on the same page now….whew!

  37. Siber-H
    1:29 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Oh my Dog! I am now remembering that when the auction was first mentioned, I said I had nothing to auction but a date with me. I forgot…not unusual for me. Stover remembering it jarred my memory. Here I have been thinking that the Borzoi dreamed all this up. IT WAS A JOKE! I WAS KIDDING!!

    Borzoi, I did not ride home on the plane with you. Whitey-Lance and a I took a later flight.
    hmmm The Borzoi does seem to live in Paradise.

  38. B.Stover
    1:36 pm on May 9th, 2011

    (Whispering: You see–SH’s final sentence tends to contradict everything he said before that. Confusing males…..)

    SH: You called it a “hot date” (and it was very funny!).

  39. Siber-H
    1:41 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Rio, got your message about where you friend will be setting. I hope the weather will be decent for the game. It is blowing sand once again here today.

    Chet and Bernie can’t ride around with the top down all the time…they would get sandblasted. Southern Arizona has its share of car pileups from blowing sand on the interstate.

    Sam, you pose just like the movie star you are going to be.

  40. Siber-H
    1:42 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Stover, I am now unfortunately remembering.

  41. Mollypop
    2:05 pm on May 9th, 2011

    I probably shouldn’t be telling stories about Sam, the little diva, but she poses in front of mirrors now. She wants to be ready when her big break comes.

  42. B.Stover
    2:14 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Mollypop: I can’t stop laughing!

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:20 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Date!….Heh!snort!…. Here’s me thinking SiberH was just playing hard to get so the price of his auction Item would go up…snorkel! … Even I didn’t think he could forget something like that…grunt!

  44. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:36 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Movie!…Too bad for Sammie because there doesn’t seem to be anything happening with the screen play for Dog On It….snort!….Not anything that I can find by goggling anyways…sniff! …If Dog On It doesn’t get made the chances for THAT being made into a movie are pretty slim….chorkel!

  45. Siber-H
    2:40 pm on May 9th, 2011

    I’m in deep doggie doo doo.

  46. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:40 pm on May 9th, 2011

    I am pretty sure that the top stays down on the Porsche. We seem to recall that this one’s top won’t go up, but we could be wrong.(There is a first time for everything, heh heh)

  47. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:41 pm on May 9th, 2011

    And I will start the bidding now for a date with Mr. Husky at 10 rawhide bones, most of which I uncovered from Annie’s hiding spots.

  48. Cupcake
    2:49 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Sam, I can see why you are Hollywood-bound. Your wonderfluffed coat is just stunning, and hot pink looks good on you. Your eyes show great wisdom. My markings are uneven and my fur is mottled and stiff. I’ve just recently stopped eating my clothes. My expression is always the same. Mom calls it blank. I call it pure. None of this stops me from being as cute as a buttermilk biscuit, but as far as perfection goes, you’ve got a wrap on that!

    Dawson, I do like dressing up, but the tiara was a tough nut to crack since my head is flat as a pancake. Too much sitting still and being good for my taste.

  49. B.Stover
    3:07 pm on May 9th, 2011

    I just received the calendar from Snowhook Kennel. (It came with a surprise enclosed but I won’t say what.) I love the pictures–some behind-the-scenes and some in action. Such beautiful dogs. Thank you Snowhook!

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:31 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Surprise!…. I love surprises!…snort! snort!….She wouldn’t let me order a Calendar, she said we have about 10 Calendars already, plus I can use the money to bid on stuff during the Auction instead….heh!

  51. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    4:14 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Snowhook Bella: I just wanted to thank you for your very sweet post from last night. I am such a big fan of yours and the entire Snowhook team and am looking forward to next year’s race. I also wanted to let you know that I am doing really great. I had my 11th chemo treatment earlier today and am feeling really tip-top. In particular, I am again getting great pleasure from taking long walks with my mom and dad (see photo below of me from yesterday in Rock Creek Park near where we live in Chevy Chase).
    Wookie

  52. Melanie
    4:18 pm on May 9th, 2011

    The Computer is cleansed!!!!!!!

    I can’t tell you how wonderful it is. Porn is boring. As Chet feels it’s better that two legged keep their clothes on. At least, those two leggeds.

    Also just got back from a three hour round trip to the vets. Four dogs for their annual blood letting (all negative) and Rosalyn for that (also negative) and some pain she was having in her rear. Turns out she has a slipped disc! YIKES!

    She is now on Prednisone and can walk on a lead for a week. Then the inflammation should be much better. And back to regular duty.

    Not sure what happened. She might have jumped wrong or played too hard. But she will be fine soon.

    Still have to catch up from last night. AND, I agree with Stover, Susie is not there.

  53. Tupper and Gilly
    4:24 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Just jumping in here for a minute Melanie told Mama last night that she would be back once the computer had been decontaminated. Those porn sites were pretty icky
    Siber – we are surprised. We thought you were quite the dog about town. Now it sounds like you need to put your mascara on and get ready for that big date with one of our femme fatales
    Tee hee

  54. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    4:25 pm on May 9th, 2011

    One more photo from yesterday (mon kind of went crazy with the camera) Wookie

  55. Staff
    4:28 pm on May 9th, 2011

    I am working on the recipe’s. Maybe I will have something for Maggie this afternoon. This work is making me hungry!

  56. Staff
    4:30 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Wow that Wookie has a major league tail. I am glad Alice can’t see the blog today, she would be jealous for sure.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:36 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Wookie!…Nice cover story on your location …heh!… Your true location will never be revealed and therefore Natasha does not have a clue as to what you are really up to out in that there forest….snort!

  58. Barb & Maggie
    4:37 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Nice shots of the Wookster, and what a pretty place to have a walk. Glad you are feeling well. How many more treatments?

  59. Wölfie
    4:54 pm on May 9th, 2011

    I also am wodering who Anya. She must not rate much if she’s in the backseat. I agree that Susie is not there.

    Wookie, you are so handsome! Stunning!!

    Siber, you may have to take one for the Snowhook team. Natasha is well connected and is likely to bid big bucks for the date. You may have to make a sacrifice, pal. Besides, Nattis is beautiful and glamorous, a date with her could be really fun!

    Sam….I still heart you. 4ever and always.

  60. dawson
    4:55 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Wookie: Excellent pictures of you in all your glory. I’m glad you enjoyed a nice long walk.
    Dad paid his first half property taxes on computer. Took almost an hour. This new computer has him flummoxed.

  61. Siber-H
    5:09 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Wookie, love those photos of you and we are glad you are doing so well After being so happy about how handsome you look, mom’s next comment was “It’s so green!”

    Yippie! Melanie’s computer is fixed. Tell Rosalyn that I hope she feels better soon and to be a good girl and take it easy.

  62. BearSpiritDog
    5:13 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Wookie! You are my Hero!

  63. Siber-H
    5:18 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Okay, Wolfie…you make very good point. For Snowhook, but only for Snowhook, will I do this. Jeez, I’d rather be working on my projects in the yard or watching baseball.
    Maybe the HOT one from Oleyhowlers will bid.

  64. Barb & Maggie
    5:24 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Can anyone tell us a good way to do pork spareribs on the grill? We never make them, but have some from our last freezer order. Do you par-boil or bake them first so they don’t dry out. We have a good dry rub and bar-b-que sauce to use on them for finishing, but it’s the first part we are not sure of.

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:42 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Game!….My friend is getting ready to leave for the game right now!….snort!snort!… I wish I was going with her…sob!sob!sob! ….Bring me some damned food!…grunt!

  66. B.Stover
    5:54 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Barb: I don’t grill but I know that my brother par-boils before he grills ribs. I don’t know for how long. Good luck.

    Wookie: You look magnificent.

  67. dawson
    6:45 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Rio: if only you had stuck to your diet…maybe your friend would have tried to smuggle you in to the game in an extra large handbag. Tell her to enjoy the heck out of the game…lucky, lucky.

  68. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:12 pm on May 9th, 2011

    We here are not much for basketball, except when dad throws a ball into our toy basket, but all of a sudden this new sport showed up on our picture box. One bunch, called Mavs, is apparently the good guys. Another bunch, from a Lake? are the bad guys. The good guys won every game, and last night a bunch of the fans helped clear the place out by bringing brooms for a sweep. That was very considerate of them.

  69. Reader
    7:13 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Don’t you think it’s a little long of a wait for book #4 to come out? I mean, 5 months is just way too much. I can’t take it.

  70. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:21 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Reader, that is why we hang out here, to keep from going crazy from the waiting.

  71. BearSpiritDog
    7:29 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Hello Reader! A Warm Welcome!
    I agree it’s a heckofa long time to wait for either a good book or a good bone to gnaw on. Here we are – with mere scraps to argue over.

  72. Sam
    7:38 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Wolfie, you left me to go traipsing after that Russian hussy! Well mister, Whitey-lance was my date for the wedding and he is wonderful. We had a great time. He has the most handsome face and eyeliner. I love him!

  73. Melanie
    7:45 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Howdy Reader!

    Dog nab it, the hormones are running high here on the blog today. I just have to say that Siber-H and Wölfie have some coming up with some huge excuses apologies.

    Wöökie: Looking good Agent! I hope you are ready for the next mission.

    (whispering: Riö, if the next mission is soon, please excuse Rosalyn. She’ll be better than ever soon, but right now, no running around in those suits the Seal dogs wear)

    I sure hope Riö’s friend brings him back some “peanuts and cracker jacks”. Though since she knows him so well, she’ll probably just bring back a hot dog.

    Long drive headed to bed. It’s so nice to have a bathed and showered computer.

  74. OleyHowlers
    7:58 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Siber, don’t you worry. Meashka has been saving her bones to make a bid on her date with you. She will be very upset if someone else tries to horn in on that.

    Are we behind the 8-ball on recipe and auction items? We need to make our garlic pretzels so we have a picture to send in, and not sure what we need to do for the auction items.

  75. Siber-H
    8:12 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Thank You Snowhook!! We got the calendar today! We love it!!
    It means so much more than just ordering the standard Iditarod calendar. The photos are great!
    We super love the surprise and started using it right away. It is perfect!

    Stover, I am so glad you mentioned you got your calenday today so mom could watch for it to arrive. Sure enough, she caught the mailman trying to stuff it in our rural mailbox.
    She rescued it before damage could be done to it.

  76. Siber-H
    8:15 pm on May 9th, 2011

    This whole dumb date with Siber thing is now looking better.

  77. Wölfie
    8:20 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Reader, we couldn’t agree with you more!

    I am not sure why Chet turned up his nose up at tuna and egg salad though. I think they are yummy!

  78. B.Stover
    8:23 pm on May 9th, 2011

    SH: I like the surprise from Snowhook also!

  79. BearSpiritDog
    8:27 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Checking the mail for my Snowhook Calendar…

  80. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:29 pm on May 9th, 2011

    We got the Snowhook calendar and extra surprise here in Chevy Chase too today (our mail just comes later in the day). The calendar is sooo beautiful, and the extra thingy is really neat too. And thanks everyone for your comments and words of encouragement. Eleven treatments down, just five more to go. Wookie

  81. Barb & Maggie
    8:53 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Wolfie, Barb makes tuna salad the way her mom did,except she uses mayo instead of Mircle Whip. She puts hard boiled egg in it along with sweet pickle relish. Yum!

    Welcome, Reader. You should have seen us last year when we reached the final countdown to book # 3. We were insane!

  82. dawson
    9:06 pm on May 9th, 2011

    The snowhook calendar comes with a surprise. Hmmmm. Wonder what it is.
    One of the treasures I found at the used book sale in Montana was Race Across Alaska” by Libby Riddles (and Tim Jones). The story of the first woman to win the Iditarod. She dedicates the book “To my dogs In the miles we’ve gone together, you’ve trained me well.”

  83. Tupper and Gilly
    9:18 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Hi gang! Hope eveyone is enjoying this marvelous day.
    Barb – your instinct about the ribs is correct. It sounds strange, but we suggest you roast the ribs in a very slow oven – 250 degrees for about 3 hours. Then you can take your favorite barbeque or whatever sauce, paint the hot ribs, and put them on the grill for about 10 minutes, flipping them and moving them so they don’t char over the coals, but the sauce carmelizes.
    mmmm…now WE want ribs too!
    (STILL no baby goaties????)

    Wookie – thrilled to hear you are doing so well – and you look gorgous.

    Welcome Reader – jump on in, the bloggin’s fine!

    Sam – Wolfie is a better catch, really. Whitey-Lance is charming and dashing….but dashing where???

    Siber – we think you are in for a husky hole of trouble.

  84. Siber-H
    9:22 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Dawson, That is a good book. I think it was the first book about the Iditarod that I ever read.

    T$G, I think you are right.

  85. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:24 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Hello…is this thing on? Mom is used to being invisible, but I am not. Sorry I don’t have anything to say….*sigh*

  86. Basil and Sage
    9:26 pm on May 9th, 2011

    We sent the Corgis to bed so we could get a chance at the ‘puter.
    We are wondering if Anya is going to turn out to be a youngster. She is carrying a backpack, is sitting in the back seat, and is packin’ peanut butter. hmmmm. Sounds like a teeny bopper to us.
    Chet also says that “women” can look older with their hair mussed up – yup, that could apply to a kid, who looks older with their hair all windswept and fluffed.
    Whaddya all think?
    Oh, and here’s what sleeping Corgis look like…

  87. B.Stover
    9:26 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Dawson: I like that dedication. Thanks for posting it.

  88. dawson
    9:50 pm on May 9th, 2011

    B.Stover: I’m looking forward to reading it. Each chapter is a leg of the race. Cool.
    Siber.H: Are you able to watch the Rockies game?
    Basil and Sage: Those sleeping Corgi’s look like sweet angels.

  89. BearSpiritDog
    9:50 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Herb Kats: That is an interesting theory about Anya. As for Tupper & Gilly – we say: Let sleeping dogs lie. he-he

  90. Siber-H
    9:57 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Dawson, Yes!! I am getting them on tv this year unlike last year. Rio’s friend should have taken a sign she could hold up that says “Hi Rio & Siber-H”.

    Cute Corgis

  91. Staff
    10:10 pm on May 9th, 2011

    OK Barb and Maggie I sent lots of recipes to dishlickers and I hope you will tell me you got them.
    I have been working hard all day.

    😀

  92. Basil and Sage
    10:22 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Siber – you might want to be careful about those “cute” comments…the Corgis are both girls, and face it, buddy, you are already in deep enough with the ladies.

    Just sayin’

  93. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:22 pm on May 9th, 2011

    What a great photo of Tupper and Gilly. Very adorable. Thanks, Herbs, for sharing that. Wookie

  94. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:28 pm on May 9th, 2011

    testing, testing

  95. Basil and Sage
    10:48 pm on May 9th, 2011

    What’s up Macy girl? Are you having ‘puter problems?

  96. Siber-H
    10:48 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Macy?

  97. Barb & Maggie
    10:57 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Staff, We will look for the recipes tomorrow.

    Birthing might be tonight. We are ready, even if she isn’t. Barb has been reading some things on some web pages, and now she is more concerned. This is a first time birthing, and evidently sometimes they don’t know they are giving birth, or what that strange thing is lying next to them.

  98. Snowhook Bella
    10:59 pm on May 9th, 2011

    B, SiberH & Wookie: I’m glad you like the calendar and the surprise!

    Whitey-Lance and I put our heads together for something to do for the Plunderers as a thank you and the surprise is what we came up with—honestly, I got the idea from someone on the blog but I can’t remember who.

    The surprise is just a little something from AJ and I to those who have sent in sponsorships—the support of the Plunderers means more than I can put into words.

    Ever wonder what Orion looks like—he’s on the surprise too, every faithful next to the wandering Whitey-Lance.

  99. Basil and Sage
    11:08 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Rebecca – we gotta get you an avatar. You are way too interesting to be a plain white silhouette

  100. Barb & Maggie
    11:11 pm on May 9th, 2011

    T & G Thank your mama for the suggestions on the ribs. How do you roast them? Covered or uncovered? Foil or lid? We will try the 3 hours at 250 degrees.

  101. Barb & Maggie
    11:13 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Barb is going to try to sleep for a couple of hours and then go check on things. Will give you an update in the morning.

  102. Siber-H
    11:16 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Rebecca, I was wondering if that was Orion, but I wasn’t going to ask until everyone got their calendars That is so neat…both Whitey-Lance and Orion together.

  103. Snowhook Bella
    11:16 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Barb & Maggie: Get some sleep—you might be in for a long night. Good luck with ribs & more importantly, the baby goats.

  104. Basil and Sage
    11:25 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Barb – Loose foil, just so they don’t dry out. She also sometimes throws some white wine or sherry in the roasting pan too, just to keep them moist.

  105. Snowhook Bella
    11:28 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Basil & Sage: Avatar—yes, I probably should. I’ve accepted that Sam is the princess of the blog, Natasha is the beautiful super spy, my eyeliner never looks as good as SiberH’s, I could go on and on…

    Truth be told, when I first came to the blog I didn’t know if I should join as myself or perhaps let one of our dogs do the talking, but which one? The same dilema comes with an avatar (that, and I don’t know how to do it)—do I post a picture of myself, or Twig (AJ says she is my canine incarnate) or W.L….?

    SiberH: Yes, that’s Orion. Not all the Plunderers ordered a calendar, but all the sponsoring Plunderers will receive the surprise—I’ve been so excited about sending the surprise out, it’s been difficult to not say anything—it’s a Rio flipping, happy corgi dance combo that the Plunderers like the surprise.

  106. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:36 pm on May 9th, 2011

    No problems, just feel invisible.

  107. Basil and Sage
    11:37 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Weird – we posted and saw it at first, then it disappeared?!?!
    Anyway, Barb – loosely ocver with foil, sometimes she puts some white wine or sherry in the pan, just to keep them moist.

    (we’ll see if this vanishes into thin air again)

  108. Siber-H
    11:38 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Rebecca, before Snowhook’s surprise, the one I was using was actually from the official merchandise of the Iditarod from two or three years ago. We like yours so much better. Thanks again.

    This is for Rio:
    ROCKIES WON!!! WOO WOO!

    Night all

  109. Snowhook Bella
    11:38 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Macy! I see you!

  110. dawson
    11:39 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Oh boy!
    We all get a surprise. Whoooo Hoooo!
    Rio’s friend will be happy…the Rockies win again.
    Abigail the Cat is rummaging through all my stuff. I know I was a little late feeding her but she didn’t have to scarf down Alice’s portion as well.

  111. Basil and Sage
    11:40 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Ok, now we are convinced that there is a ghost in the machine.

    Macy – invisible? You? Never, you sassy, brassy little vixen!

    Rebecca – maybe Luna should do the talking for your gang as the matriarch, and you can do the talking for you and AJ. We are all for multi avatar homes – everyone has a different point of view.

  112. Siber-H
    11:41 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Macy, You are not invisible. We love you. Husky hugs going out especially to Miss Macy tonight.

  113. Staff
    11:43 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Oh that reminds me. I have a rub that I use for Country Style Ribs and another that I use for lamb or pork roast. I should put them up too.
    Yikes!

    Barb and Maggie, we are sending good luck and strenght wishes to you and your goats.

    Hey Macy. We got your test. How is it going with your Mom’s job counselor? Sounds like you are sort of down right now.

    Those sleeping corgi’s look sort of like foxes with white
    tummies.

    Rio, Your Rockies pulled it out. That is cause your friend was at the game. The Twins went into the 11th but didn’t win. DRAT! We can’t even beat the Red Sox this year. Sheesh.

    Poor Mr.Husky! You can be sure that the kats will not bid on a date with you. That would not be a fun date for the kats.
    Good luck anyway.

    I am working on an idea for a pillow with a dog on it. I have never worked with Wool before but I saw a quilt trunk show on Saturday that has inspired me. If it works out it will be my donation for the Snowhook Auction. If it doesn’t work out I am thinking of donating this quilt. Pondering.

  114. Snowhook Bella
    11:46 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Basil & Sage: Perhaps I leave the laptop in the kennel one day just to see what happens…that’s a lot of avatars.

  115. Snowhook Bella
    11:52 pm on May 9th, 2011

    Staff: That is a great quilt. If I weren’t trying to save money for the entrance fee and the kennel I would be bidding on the silent auctions myself, but it kind of defeats the purpose…damn purpose…The Plunderers are a talented bunch.

    Any takers on whether or not Rio managed to sneak into the game with his friend? I wouldn’t put it past him.

  116. BearSpiritDog
    12:08 am on May 10th, 2011

    Can you believe it? I am still awake! Well at least I am still here at the computer quite late, which is a rarity.

    Rebecca: I can hardly wait for my calendar and surprise! Maybe it will come tomorrow! What’s this about Twig being your canine incarnate? Sounds like an interesting story! Avatars: I always see the white (where the avatar should be on your posts) as looking like snow. So it looks okay to me. You are the only Plunderer who can pull this off, however. All the others look like they have no avatar (which they don’t)

    Okay. NOW it is time for bed!
    Good Night All – Bear

  117. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    12:10 am on May 10th, 2011

    Miss Macy – ve have not been ignoring you. Ve have been trying to come up vith bid that vill top 10 rawhide bones. Then again, ve are very dissapointed in the playdog behavior of certain husky who seems to think he is top dog. Ve may decide to not bid in auction of silence for date vith him. There are many other beautiful things to buy – vhy buy date to vatch the base of balls, or dig holes. Natasha does not enjoy these things. Vould rather go dancing…do you think Vhitey-Lance can valtz?
    At this point, ve have been in bid var vith Liz.

  118. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:14 am on May 10th, 2011

    Thanks to all for letting me know we are really here. I am trying to perk mom up, but she just won’t perk. The only one that can help her, is her, and she just doesn’t seem to care, so I will just keep snuggling up to her and hope for the best.

    I am taking her to bed now for some snuggles, if she doesn’t shut me out. Niters

  119. Snowhook Bella
    12:41 am on May 10th, 2011

    Macy: many of our dogs assure me it will make me feel better when I’m down if I give them just one more belly rub…I haven’t quite figured out the science of how it works, but they always insist I give it a try. Never fails.

  120. C. Harris
    1:37 am on May 10th, 2011

    Hi Macy and all–and welcome to Reader. I’ve been gone and am behind on the blog and it seems like I’ve missed a lot. I’ve been trying to clear the decks so I can go to KY and visit my Dad in rehab. Plus I was spending too much time on my virtual life since I am not as disciplined as I should be. I will try and catch up but will probably only be here after everyone goes to bed.

    It snowed yesterday (depressing) but most of the ground snow is actually gone. Treated myself and the dogs to our first long walk. Breakup in Alaska means ice jams on the river and floods. Was able to walk on top of dikes but the flood plain is under water. We are all out of shape and one dog has aged enough that I think the days of 2-hour walks might be over. It was fun to go on the first walk and see animal tracks and scat and smell in the wind the dead carcasses of animals that didn’t make it through winter. The only animal I saw was arctic hares whose fur is in the process of changing from the snow white of winter to the grey/brown of summer.

    Missed you all.

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