Short Out-Of-Context Excerpt From A Cat Was Involved

“Rick?” he said. “Something up?”

“No,” Rick said. “I mean not really.” He gestured toward me.

“Remember, um, Butch, here?”

“This is Chet,” Bernie said. “Butch is the lazy one.”

“Chet, right,” said Rick. “Anyway, maybe you could do me a little favor.”

“Like what?”

“Turns out that Chet washed out of the program.”

“He did?”

“Flunked the leaping test.”

Bernie gave me another look, maybe the strangest look I’ve ever gotten from a human: he seemed to see inside me. “That’s weird.”

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  1. Princess Sam
    9:15 am on August 10th, 2012

    That quilt is overwhelmingly beautiful. I wish my family had some talent.

  2. OleyHowlers
    9:21 am on August 10th, 2012

    Good morning, All!
    Thanks for all the birthday wishes for Dima.
    Our folks went to the beach yesterday. They took their bikes, their bathing suits, a change of clothes, but said there was no room for us. :( they also took our iPaw. :( :(
    Mom said it was the most perfect beach day ever. The ocean was calm and warm and she swam swam swam. We doubt that we would have found the ocean to our liking, but the beach itself sounds rather interesting. They told us of a silly 2-legged looking for treasures in the sand by walking around with a metal detector, rather than using his nose and his paws. Sometimes we just do not understand humans.
    Wose, we read thru the past 2 days, and we see that you will be meeting 2 of the best Plunderers in all the world.

  3. Melanie
    9:25 am on August 10th, 2012

    Hi Sam! Trying not to read the post. . . Difficult . . . Darn . . . read it. Can’t wait.

    Loved the quilt! Really loved the sisters peaking out from behind it. Did Elliot take the picture?

    Barb and MagPie, found that gluten free BBQ sauce on line. Let me know if it was good.

    Zoe is sick today. :( So I’m going out today and meeting Golinka on my own. My sister is coming and WILL STAY, (SIT, STAY, take care of your father!) so Zoe can rest and sleep.

    So I will be back much later!

  4. B.Stover
    9:34 am on August 10th, 2012

    Chet is back! Thank you Spence. The e-story is going to be fun.

    Good morning all.

  5. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:50 am on August 10th, 2012

    E-Story!….Should show up on my Kindle, not the Nook, on Tuesday…heh!…I’m sure I did everything right…sniff!

  6. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:55 am on August 10th, 2012

    Wookie!…That quilt is unbelievable!….Woooooo!…Wookie’s Maw is a very very talented person, if I do say so myself…snorkel!

  7. Rose
    10:43 am on August 10th, 2012

    Good Morning!

    OHs, I cannot wait to meet the Royal Mum and the Storyteller! I’m sorry I will not be able to meet T&G.

    Loved the picture of the gorgeous three sisters and the gorgeous quilt.

    Rio, look at you all technopug with your Kindle. BTW, the Prof and I have also driven to Washington, DC, Niagara Falls, and Toronto. So far that has been the extent of our travels. I hope you will let Beau read the story with you on the Nook….

  8. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:46 am on August 10th, 2012

    Rose!…Beau is SOL…heh!heh!

  9. Staff
    10:51 am on August 10th, 2012

    Melanie, the picture was taken by A Catty’s daughter. She did not have to stand in the street. She was assisted by a mostly black neighborhood Kat. He kept giving her instructions. I suspect they were mostly “Hey, pet me” but I don’t understand Kat so I am not sure.

  10. Tupper and Gilly
    11:05 am on August 10th, 2012

    Its raining
    Its pouring
    The “old man” is at work
    So he better not be snoring

    Mama is just waiting to hear from Melanie so she can abandon us and go hang out with her. They are going to lunch and then to the fabulous felt store. Handmade felts in incredible colors – but no Corgis allowed. Life just isn’t fair.

    Howlers and Bella – Y’all (hat tip to Redbone) are making Mama blush. She is so excited to meet the Wonderful Wose and be able to tell all of the gang about it.

    We hope to be back later – if the rain doesn’t wash us all down the hill.

  11. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:10 am on August 10th, 2012

    Staff!…If you don’t understand Kat by now, I’m guessing nobody does…heh!heh!snort!

  12. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:14 am on August 10th, 2012

    Tuesday! Yes!

    Staff, I would love to see a close up of the quilt. (The pinwheel part, not the black part. Lol.). Mon can’t figure out how the pinwheels were constructed. Foundation pieced?

    Mom says the she has arrived at the Inferno. I wonder if she will meet Dante? She is in Mesa, right next-door to Pottsdale. Personally, Bernie and Chet need to move someplace cooler and wilder. Bernie can set up a web site and have his clients pay traveling expenses.

    115*

    Geez.

  13. Rose
    11:25 am on August 10th, 2012

    Wolfie: Yikes! 115 degrees…I hope you are staying cool!

    T&G, your mum is making me blush…I am hardly wonderful, just me!

    Beau, I could not figure out the gift card thing myself, but I am going to ask at the B&N over the weekend. I want you to be able to read the e-story too!

  14. Barb & Maggie
    11:28 am on August 10th, 2012

    Good morning everyone. Barb is back at work this morning. Just till 12:30. She said she loves it so much she can’t stay away. Hee, hee, haa, haa.

    She is filling in because the high school summer girl is having her Sr. pics taken. Different then when Barb was a girl (dinosaurs were around back then). Now they have their hair and makeup done professionally and have several change of clothes for their shoot. And this is in a little rural town!

    I think we missed something. Who made the quilt? Was it Wookie’s mom?

    Wose, when are you meeting Amalia and the Storyteller?

  15. B.Stover
    11:32 am on August 10th, 2012

    Staff and sisters look very happy and the quilt is beautiful.

    Wolfie: Sorry about the heat (that is for Macy as well). I love the reference to Dante.

  16. B.Stover
    11:37 am on August 10th, 2012

    Barb: The quilt was in the last auction and was made by Wookie’s mom.

  17. Siber-H
    11:54 am on August 10th, 2012

    I’m not reading the post today. It is getting so close to the actual time of the short story’s release. Yippie!!

    The quilt is beautiful!

    Poor Beau.

  18. Siber-H
    11:56 am on August 10th, 2012

    Oh, The guy and the dog in the photo yesterday. Enough money has been raised for that dog to have laser surgery for his arthritis. I have never heard of this before, but I sure hope it helps the dog.

  19. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:11 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Nineteen!…Seriously, leave the poor old guy alone…grunt!

  20. Beau - The Black Pug
    12:16 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Sneeze! I can’t get my E-Reader to work…sniff! Rio won’t help me. He says I am SOL. Whatever that means…sneeze!

  21. OleyHowlers
    12:22 pm on August 10th, 2012

    We’re with Rio on this one. And speaking of oldies but sweeties, Sasha has now been on neutricks for about a week and it seems to ne helping gradually. Keep yoir paws crossed.

  22. Rose
    12:51 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Beau, can you post a picture of your e-reader. I will help you.

  23. Rose
    12:52 pm on August 10th, 2012

    B&M, the Prof and I plan to meet the Royal Mum and the Storyteller either on August 25, or August 26.

  24. Beau - The Black Pug
    12:54 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Sneeze!…Do what???

  25. c.hobbit
    1:00 pm on August 10th, 2012

    43 degrees. I have been wearing sweatshirts, sweaters and long-sleeved tops for three weeks now and wearing jackets outside. Boooo

    Saw lots of bunnies at the fair and took tons of photos of them so I am good for my bunny fixation in the months ahead. Fortunately my time was limited so I wasn’t suckered into buying a lot of products being demonstrated in the ‘commercial’ building: I came away with only 2 massage pillows, a cleaning product and a beauty product.

  26. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:03 pm on August 10th, 2012

    CHobbit!…I bet those pillows won’t work as well as Elliot the Massage Kat does…chorkel!…But at least you won’t have hairballs up and down your back..snort!

  27. Rose
    1:10 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Beau, if you cannot post a photograph of what your Nook looks like, can you describe it to me?

  28. Beau - The Black Pug
    1:22 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Sneeze!…Its round – I think, sneeze!

  29. Rose
    1:24 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Beau, is it a small Nook or a big Nook?

  30. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:24 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Round!…Beau was kept in the closet for five years..heh!..He doesn’t know round from rectangle…heh!…He is SOL I’m telling ya!

  31. Beau - The Black Pug
    1:25 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Sneeze! It was used before…sniff!

  32. Rose
    1:39 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Rio, why won’t you help Beau? I feel bad for him. He will not have a chance to read Spence’s e-story.

  33. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:55 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Heh!heh!…snort!

  34. Rose
    1:59 pm on August 10th, 2012

    RIIIIIIIOOOOOOOO!

  35. Beau - The Black Pug
    2:00 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Sneeze!… “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” Proverbs 17:17

  36. Beau - The Black Pug
    2:02 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Sniffle!… “One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.” Proverbs 17:20

  37. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:04 pm on August 10th, 2012

    SOL!…Beau is SOL!…snort!….Tuesday is almost here and he still hasn’t loaded his little Nook gift card…heh!heh!…Whats that you say Beau??…chorkel!

  38. SnowBella
    2:14 pm on August 10th, 2012

    At least Beau had his bible in the closet.

    Howlers: I’m glad to hear Sasha is doing better.

  39. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:19 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Rebecca!…Hows that there cabin in the woods coming along?…snort!

  40. SnowBella
    2:25 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Rio: We redesigned the roof from our original plans, but we are back on schedule. I’m afraid I haven’t been much help this week. I haven’t been feeling tip-top which leaves AJ working while I sit down for a few minutes—you wouldn’t think it, but a pile of 2 bys can comfortable if you take the time to stack them just so.

  41. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:33 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Rebecca!…What’s wrong? Is it your back again?…sniff!…I’m sure the Giant can build the cabin alone. You best take care of yourself…wuffle!

  42. SnowBella
    2:39 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Rio: I will be fine, I’m certain of it. Make no mistake, I’m keeping busy during my rests on my nicely situated pile of wood; I cat-call AJ and do my best to provide comic relief.

  43. Siber-H
    2:39 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Beau is an Old Testament kind of guy.

  44. B.Stover
    2:48 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Beau: Here is a link that explains how to redeem a Barnes and Noble gift card and download purchases to your Nook.

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooksgiftcard/

  45. SnowBella
    2:49 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Beau: What do they say about one whose tail is curly?

  46. Tupper and Gilly
    2:58 pm on August 10th, 2012

    “A tightly curled tail doth make for a pain in the posterior” – Paws 4:4

  47. Melanie
    3:11 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Laughing here! Paws and Proverbs . . snicker.

    Had a great time out!! OUT! OUT! OUT! Felt store was magnificent. We figured if Staff ever got in there it would take a crowbar to get her out.

    The Mexican place was whoo hoo! Especially when during our conversations the VOICE OF DOG spoke and a great LIGHTING KAT hit. Whew.

    Came home and my sister had rinsed all the dishes and then left them on the counter. sigh . .

  48. Melanie
    3:13 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Wölfie’s Mom needs an assistant like Macy. Then W’sMom can just be on the cool tiles in the bathroom.

    TIME FOR A NAP!

  49. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:17 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Sob!……My friend just sent me a text saying this guy gave her some ice-cream at the busy-damned-place…sniff!….And it was Moooo-lishous!….snort!…I never get any ice-cream anymore…wuffle!

  50. Kat
    3:18 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Tomorrow is my big Bon Voyage when I get to cruise on the Chesapeake. I can’t wait to see what that means. I will try to steal Mom’s camera to take pictures. Unfortunately, she says this here blog won’t let her post pictures from our iPaw. Drat. It will have to wait until we can unload the photos to our big computer.

    Melanie, please tell me more about the LIGHTING KAT?

  51. BearSpiritDog
    3:19 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Tuesday! Is that more than two days away? My Kindle is ready to go, go, go.
    Beau: Don’t worry…help is on the way.

    Staff, Dawson & A Catty…the Beautiful Sisters Three with Wookie’s mom’s Fabulous quilt…a very nice picture.

    Royals: Paws 4:4 Chortle.

  52. SnowBella
    3:21 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Pawverbs! I must have missed that book in the bible.

    Rio: AJs birthday is on Monday. I’m going to get him and ice cream cake. It is his favorite.

  53. Beau - The Black Pug
    3:36 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Pawverbs!…sneeze!snicker!

  54. SnowBella
    4:00 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Golinka and Melanie had lunch together. I bet they giggled the entire time. My face hurt when I was visiting them and MPM and the Howlers’ mom. Too much smiling can’t be a a bad thing.

  55. Siber-H
    4:08 pm on August 10th, 2012

    T&G That is a good one.
    Also, T&G How did the Mexican food in MA compare to good Mexican food here?

  56. Staff
    4:27 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Wolfie,
    Debbie LM noted on the label that it was paper pieced. It is also hand quilted. The photo was taken with a cell phone and I don’t have very good resolution on it so a detail is fuzzy. Sorry I didn’t bring my camera down to the Cities.

    I think this was a published pattern several years ago so you might be able to look it up if Debbie can give us the name.

  57. B.Stover
    5:08 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Staff: What does “paper pieced” mean….if it’s not too complex to explain.

  58. Wose
    6:11 pm on August 10th, 2012

    T&G, Paws 4:4, I am laughing out loud!

    Rebecca, sorry to hear you are not feeling tip-top. :(

    Rio, that ice cream sure looks good!

    Kat, I hope you have a great time on your cruise. Looking forward to seeing lots of pics!

  59. Melanie
    6:14 pm on August 10th, 2012

    For Kat:

    A long long time ago when the world was young there was a Kat named Alice. She was THE KAT. The spirit from which all our kats have a sliver of in their souls.

    Alice was sunning herself one day on a huge mountain. She loved the sun. It made her toasty warm and relieved any aches in her muscles. The sun would put Alice to sleep.

    One day DOG, a playful spirit who loved to jump and chase balls and frisbees, was playing with WOMAN. She gave the DOG tummies and ear rubs and then threw a frisbee up in the air as far as she could throw.

    It went right over the mountain where Alice was taking a nap. DOG jumped as high and as far as possible and found that the sky was a great place to play!

    Unfortunately, DOG got between Alice and the sun. This woke up Alice who was not pleased. Lightning bolts came out of Alice’s mesmerizing eyes and singed DOG’s tail. DOG’s tail curled up tight as can be and DOG let off a THUNDEROUS BARK and fell to earth.

    The spirt of the DOG remained in the sky as thunderclouds and Alice still loves to singe its tail.

    The DOG is now a Pug.

  60. Princess Sam
    6:26 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Poor Beau in a closet for five years. Now I feel sorry for how I acted today. I’ll be four years old on August 22 and I have had the best life excerpt for the times I want more. I have to go apologize now. Sniff.

  61. Wose
    6:26 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Belle Starr, will you get some of Redbeard’s ice cream cake? It is my favorite cake. The Prof always gets me one for my birthday.

    Can you come and play this weekend? The Prof will not be here on Sunday, so we can do some on-line shopping……

  62. SnowBella
    6:40 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Rose: I assume Belle Starr’s answer to your question is, “Yes!” Last I saw her she grabbed her sparkly, pink backpack, put her own scruff in Luna’s mouth and yelled, “Gotta go!” And, then they were gone.

  63. Barb & Maggie
    6:41 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Another project complete – septic tank has been pumped and cleaned, all ready for the new owner. That was 1,000 gallons of you know what! Well, there was some laundry water and dish soap thrown in. Yuck!

    Barb told them at the office to not even think about calling her again. She is done, done, done. Next time they are short staffed they need to cal Patricia the Crazy Lady, to answer her own damn phones.

    BTW, Barb has never been to IKEA either.

  64. B.Stover
    6:47 pm on August 10th, 2012

    I’ve never been to Ikea either though there is one about five miles south.

  65. Siber-H
    7:03 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Melanie, That is a good fable.

    I don’t know what IKEA is, but I bet mom wouldn’t like it.

  66. Wose
    7:05 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Rebecca, I guess I should expect Luna and Belle Starr shortly…..Yipeee!

  67. Wose
    7:06 pm on August 10th, 2012

    You go, Barb!

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:11 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Wooooo!…My friend is home! My friend is home!…snort!…Her mother is gone! Her mother has gone out with a neighbor!….Woooooo!…We are all happy happy happy right now…snort!

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:12 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Singed!…Whats this crap about my tail being singed by Alice’s laser eyes?…grunt!…I don’t believe one bit of that story Melanie made up…sniff!

  70. Princess Sam
    7:14 pm on August 10th, 2012

    My bedroom that I share with my girl is All Ikea. It’s a small room and it has a bed, desk and big floor-to-ceiling wall unit with drawers, doors and shelves.

  71. SnowBella
    7:20 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Rio: How do you know your tail wasn’t singed? Have you ever seen it?

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:20 pm on August 10th, 2012

    IKEA!…Is it cheap or expensive??…snort!

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:21 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Tail!…My tail is not singed, I just know it…grump!

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:28 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Sammie!…I thought when you said you were sorry for how you behaved this morning you meant on this here blog….snort!…But now I realize you mean how you behaved at your home…heh!heh!…Now you have to tell us all what you did that was so bad!bad!bad!…sniff!pleeeeesssseeee!

  75. Melanie
    7:29 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Snicker . .

  76. Princess Sam
    7:36 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Rio, you may be surprised to know that sometimes I get an attitude when I’m not treated as Princessy as I should be.

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:41 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Attitude!…Schmatittude!…grunt!…What did you DO?…heh!

  78. Gus & BooBear
    7:42 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Ikea is a fantastic store! Very reasonable (cheap, in layman’s terms) and mostly modern in style. B., you really should go if there is one that close just for the experience.

  79. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    7:46 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Mom really appreciates all the wonderful comments about the quilt she made – most of all she is really, really happy that Dawsonis happy. Mom says that paper piecing involves creating a design on the computer with the aid of some design software that allows her to print the design on translucent piece of paper (whatever that means-I’m just repeating what she says) and sewing with little stitches along the printed lines with her sewing machine. Then she rips off all the paper when iti is done. Mom said some words Dad wouldn’t let me hear while she was doing that for this quilt. Mom also says that while the direction on how to draft the basic block and construct it was from a book she made up the pattern herself with lots of colored pencils and a BIG piece of paper made of little triangles. Wookie the Quilt tester

  80. Wose
    7:49 pm on August 10th, 2012

    BooBear, how is our friend Gus doing?

    Oops, I hear paws knocking at the door….

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:50 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Unique!…The Majestic Quilt is unique with Debbie LM’s design!…wooooo!…Awesome!

  82. Wose
    7:53 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Wookie, your mom’s quilt is a work of art!

    SiberH aka TechnoSibe, are you loving your Kindle?

    Luna and BelleStarr are here!!!!!

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:55 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Arrival!…That was Quick!…snort!…Where they in disguise? Did you Bark at them Rose?…sniff!

  84. Masquers
    7:58 pm on August 10th, 2012

    I’m back. Now Mom says she needs a vacation from her vacation, whatever that means. All I know is I am ready for a nap. Too much fun can be exhausting.
    Wookie: The book arrived today…purrfect timing!

  85. Princess Sam
    8:01 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Rio, my family went outside on the terrace and locked me in the kitchen. I made such racket they had to come back in. I yowled with occasional barks. Now I’m sorry because of how Beau had been treated. I shouldn’t have complained. Sniff again.

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:02 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Where!…equals “were”, I think?…snort!…I get confused on these words…heh!

    Maskers!…Is Back!…Woooo!…Maskers, our blog-band suffered while you were away, that’s all I am going to say…sniff!

  87. Wose
    8:03 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Rio, the tail winds were in the girls’ favor. No disguises, but BelleStarr has a picture of you in her sparkly, pink knapsack. And your tail is to singed. Heh,heh,heh,heh.

  88. B.Stover
    8:04 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Thanks Wookie. It sounds difficult to me.

    G&BB: I hate shopping especially “window shopping.”

  89. Barb & Maggie
    8:04 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Melanie, The Bone Suckin’ Sauce was really good, but not sure why it was rated best in the USA. We have another gourmet sauce called 2 Fat Guys Bar-b-Que Sauce out of McHenry, Il. We like that one even better and it is also gluten free. Check it out.

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:05 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Sammie!…Making a Ruckus is what we here do all the time when we don’t get our way. Beau learned this very quickly by the way…heh!heh…Sometimes it works, and sometimes it backfires…sniff!…But you gotta go for it girl!…snort!

  91. Wose
    8:05 pm on August 10th, 2012

    My dear friend Masquers is back! Hope you had a wonderful vacation…I missed you. Your picture is up top….what a treat!

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:07 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Photo!…Bellie Star does not have a photo of me…grump!…So I know you are fibbing Rose…sniff!

  93. Tupper and Gilly
    8:09 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Siber – the Mexican restaurant is pretty good the owner really js from Mexico and they make their iwn tortillas But they dont make chimichangas…that really is a New Mexico thing No sopapillas either…sigh

    We had one heck of a storm here. There were even tornado warnings, but they were a few miles south of us.

    Melanie – what a great story. Except for the Wrotten Kat part. We believe that THE KAT was napping. We don’t think any Wrotten Kat could generate that much power…. Uh oh. Gotta run- here comes Sage.

  94. Wose
    8:09 pm on August 10th, 2012

    I would never tell a lie. It’s singed. Snicker.

  95. Belle Starr
    8:13 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Rio: I convinced my two-legged to let me have a picture of you. It was on a button that said, “I vote pug!”

  96. Tupper and Gilly
    8:15 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Barb – we forgot to say WOO HOO to having sat in CLL for the very last time….EVER!

    And Howlers – good to hear about Sasha. We will keep prayers going up for her.

    And now back to supervising from under the work table.

  97. B.Stover
    8:18 pm on August 10th, 2012

    “Where” is an adverb and refers to place: “Where is Ikea located?” “Were” is a verb used with a plural subject and indicates past time: “They were shopping all day at Ikea.” (That’s the simple explanation. “Were” is also used as the subjunctive mood of “be”: “If I were able to go shopping at Ikea, I still wouldn’t.”)

  98. Melanie
    8:19 pm on August 10th, 2012

    That’s not a myth or fable. It’s the truth. Phthhh.

    Funny movie . . . A Death at a Funeral the 2007 one, not the 2010.

    Enjoyed it. Now time for sl . . . zzzzzzzz

  99. Wose
    8:24 pm on August 10th, 2012

    We are all having ice cream right now.

    Rio, did your friend bring home any ice cream for you? Huh?

  100. Masquers
    8:29 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Sage the Mage up top.
    Rose to meet with the Royal Mum and the Storyteller…this is big, big news! Woooohoooo!
    Riö: Sounds like you, Beau and your friend will have some time home alone. I know you are looking forward to it.
    Lots of posts to catch up on. Will be back in the am.
    G’night.

  101. Wose
    8:32 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Whitey-Lance up top!

  102. Mollypop's Mom
    8:32 pm on August 10th, 2012

    B. – You’re making me laugh.

  103. Siber-H
    8:43 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Wose, I am loving the Kindle, but it is not going to completely replace books in my life. Like, I will want a hard copy of FOC in my paws when it comes out. The main drawback of the Kindle is you can’t eat while reading it. At least, mom and I can’t.
    The Kindle can’t be left in a hot car either.

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:44 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Alone!…Nope. Her mother got home ages ago and immediately threw a frozen pizza in the oven for supper…grunt!…My friend wanted to go get something better, but nope we were stuck with frozen pizza…wheeze!…Do you know how much my friend HATES frozen pizza?…heh!…Beau and I get some but not much, thats how much she hates it with a passion…grumble!…Hey! Maybe she will get hungry and we will have popcorn later…chuffle!

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Stover!…My friend says she would hate IKEA too…sniff!…She likes over-stuffed chairs and heavy wood tables…snort!…Wooden bookcases and coffee tables etc…wheeze!

  106. Barb & Maggie
    9:03 pm on August 10th, 2012

    We love popcorn and hate frozen pizza, too. Why can’t they make a good frozen pizza? Or a good bakery pie?

    Ok, we are done for the night. See you tomorrow.

  107. Belle Starr
    9:04 pm on August 10th, 2012

    AJ and Annabelle up top. I love that picture of him giving his best girl a hug at the starting line in 2011.

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:28 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Olympics!…Watching the history of basketball in the olympics righr now. The Dream Team!…snort!…How interesting is this?? Wow!

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:31 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Diving!…Now back to the water sports!…Diving!…grunt!…We are hoping Englishman Daley wins it…woooooo!

  110. Dima
    9:36 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Mom and Pop took The Reds to the Dog Park to tonight. I was not invited to join them. Mom says I am a h__per. Gah! I am mortified. They came home with some Petco cookies, like those were going to help. Poor me. I am packing my bags to join my best friend Drew on his vacation.

  111. B.Stover
    9:46 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Can you guys get Kalifornia Pizza Kitchen pizza? It’s a restaurant but you can also buy their pizza frozen in the grocery store. It isn’t bad.

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:47 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Diving!…Those guys who do a handstand on the edge of the diving platform are downright nuts I tell ya!…yeeep!…That is like the highest dive ever…wheeze!…What keeps those itty bitty bathing trunks on when they hit the water at full speed?…grunt!…They must glue those things on.

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Stover!…I suspect that the Kalifornia Pizza Kitchen is run by Kats…grunt!…We never by that kind of pizza. Her mother only buys the really cheap crap….sneeze!

    Walk!…Oh no! Its still hot out, but we might have to go for our walk right now…wheeze!cough!…I donnnwannna..sniff!

  114. Princess Sam
    10:10 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Dima, did you protest the injustice like I did today? And now I find out that Rio not only does that but taught Beau too. Ya gotta make a lotta noise!

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:36 pm on August 10th, 2012

    OMDawg!…Its so hot out …wheeze!…Its dark because of cloud-cover, but its hot!hot!hot!…sneeze!…Beau was wheezing, I was a panting, she is sweating….grunt!…She says the hot air is trapped down here because of the thick cloud cover….gruffle!…Where is the rain I ask youse, where is the rain???…wheeze!

  116. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:38 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Sammie!…huffle!puffle!…Yes! You have learned a life-lesson today…heh!heh!…Beg like your life depends on it no matter wot the situation is…snort! …It mostly works.

  117. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:52 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Saturday!…Someone here told us on the walk that she might decide to go into the busy-damned-place tomorrow morning really early for a few hours…grump!…She doesn’t want to but they are putting so many demands and stress on everyone before the new software launches that she feels obiligated…wheeze!…But then she remembers her Non-Vacation and has conflicting thoughts on the matter…heh!…I’m hoping she stays home with us tomorrow. We need her here. Beau needs guidance in more ways than Nook….chorkel!

  118. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:10 pm on August 10th, 2012

    BARB!…Parenthood is BACK!…heh!…I just saw an advertisement for it. Guess what? Ray Ramono is gonna be innit…heh!heh!..I thought that show was GONE! We are so happy here!…Woooo!snorkel! (if barb does’t read this tomorrow, will someone tell her for me?)…heh!heh!

  119. Tupper and Gilly
    11:25 pm on August 10th, 2012

    Rio – give your friend this hint from us. The “take and bake” pizza from both Walmart and Costco is not only good, but cheap too! Mama buys a few of them and keeps them in the freezer. When she wants one for dinner, she takes it out about an hour before dinner time to thaw. Then she cooks it directly on the oven rack – no pan. As much as she and Dad dislike frozen pizza, they both really like these

  120. Macy the Min-pin
    11:43 pm on August 10th, 2012

    T&G—mom says “no sopapillas? Why bother.” Buttery honey-dripping goodness, mmmmmmm

    Anybody who cannot find something they like at IKEA just is not trying hard enough. The little rubbery pot sitters are super!

  121. Macy the Min-pin
    11:52 pm on August 10th, 2012

    THIS is the harness the best-dressed pug-around-town is wearing this season.

  122. SnowBella
    11:59 pm on August 10th, 2012

    I’m at the laundry mat missing the Olympics and/ or a chance to work on the cabin with AJ. Tenzing has had a rough couple of days which is part of the reason I’m at the laundry mat washing our bedding. Poor bloke got into some grain, or was it gluten.

  123. Staff
    12:57 am on August 11th, 2012

    B Stover,
    Sorry to take so long to reply. I am glad Wookie was able to translate Debbie for you.

    Melanie, that is a great fable. I wonder what caused that to come into your mind?

    Heh, Rio, I would love to see a picture of your singed tail. Snicker.

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