Sneak Peek

“How about a sneak peek at A Fistful of Collars?” Spence says.

“Too soon,” says Admin.

“In that case, maybe we shouldn’t mention it at all.”

“Then I wouldn’t be me,” says Admin.

Welcome Zena.



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109 Responses to “Sneak Peek”

  1. OleyHowlers
    9:29 am on February 27th, 2012

    Welcome, Zena…what a beautiful dog!

    “Then I wouldn’t be me”…you’re a real laugh riot, Admin.

    Siber, can you please post a link to the Karen Ramstead video you told us about? We read about the moose attack on those poor sibers. How awful. Mom’s first Sibe was named Boris Badanov. He could have handled That Moose (and his squirrel friend).

  2. B.Stover
    9:39 am on February 27th, 2012

    It is not too early for a sneak peek.

    Good morning all.

  3. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:49 am on February 27th, 2012

    Well, Plunderers, I may or may not have some good news regarding my boy Chad.

    On Thursday, he called mom and told her that he was ready to go to Teen Challenge. TC is a faith based reovery center located about 2 1/2 hours away.
    It is an answer to prayer.

    He has committed to March 3, not coincidently the start of the Big Race.

    Mom and I are worried that he will be partying too much in the upcoming week and he will change his mind. We wanted to take him yesterday, but he wanted to say goodbye to all his ‘friends’.

    And so we ask a two folded prayer. One, that Chad will allow himself to take this opportunity, and two, that he will keep his heart open so that he can be healed.

    Oh, and three, that Cody will follow suit.

    Thank you.

  4. Tyb
    9:55 am on February 27th, 2012

    I’m happy that I’m here to help you out with your prayer request and I apologize for letting you down with the turkey breast recipe yesterday. I was “on duty” elsewhere.
    Reading the blog, I think you got good advice from Sam. Nothing but the turkey breast in the pot. I usually cook it on low because I start it before I go to work and when I get home it’s done. My sister has started it on high and gone to low after an hour or two.
    Actually, I don’t think you can go wrong on the temp. Whichever one you choose, you can tell when it’s cooked just by looking at it. I’ve been held up a couple of times and the turkey has cooked for 10 and 12 hours. It was falling off the bone when I got to it, but it stayed moist and tasty.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:56 am on February 27th, 2012

    Barb her, called into work today due to co-worker illness. Won’t be able to post much, but will be lurking.

    We will send up a special prayer for Chad and Cody. Let’s hope when he comes back home he finds some new friends as well!

    Good morning to everyone.

  6. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:05 am on February 27th, 2012

    The turkey was delish!

  7. Mollypop's Mom
    10:08 am on February 27th, 2012

    Wolfie – My prayers are always with your boys. This will be a tough week for Chad, but if he actually does this, it is a significant step. It can’t be easy to commit to giving up addictions. That alone takes courage.

  8. Mollypop's Mom
    10:10 am on February 27th, 2012

    About the sneak peek – let’s see what the book cover artist thinks Chet looks like this time. Maybe this time he looks like a Pug.

  9. Rose
    10:16 am on February 27th, 2012

    Wolfie: I always pray for your boys. I pray that Chad has the courage and strength to take the right path.

    Oh, and it’s never too early for a sneak peak…

    Oh, and bravo for “The Artist.”

  10. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:35 am on February 27th, 2012

    Hey, y’all! I must say, Admin gave me my laugh of the morning. Good thing I wasn’t eating at the time — I would’ve sprayed food all over the monitor! Maybe that’s why Mom won’t let me eat at the computer, even though she does.

    Wolfie: Best thoughts and prayers for Chad and Cody.

  11. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:43 am on February 27th, 2012

    Wolfie — Extra strong prayers for your boys Chad and Cody coming your way from Chevy Chase. I know how much of a struggle this has been for your mom, but we believe that the love in her heart for both boys will ultimately light the way for them to find a better path in life. Wookie

  12. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:46 am on February 27th, 2012

    Mom just printed out a photo Rebecca sent her — a picture of lead dog Twig sleeping after last year’s Iditarod finish. She’s going to take it with her to the store this morning so she can pick some coordinating paper for her storytime craft on Saturday. I think she’s looking forward to this year’s race almost — but not quite! — as much as AJ and Rebecca are!!!

  13. AbbietheKitty
    10:47 am on February 27th, 2012

    Alice, Staff and I will send up more prayers for Cody and Chad. Our prayers will go up for Wolfie also.

  14. C.Harris
    10:49 am on February 27th, 2012

    Prayers for Chad and to all who need healing.

    Another one for Siber-H: a miniature cache in my yard. This one is 6′ high. Students at my school made it, I bought it and two teachers brought it to my yard. A real one would be much bigger and much higher. (Used to keep meat safe from bears, wolves, etc.)

  15. Rose
    10:59 am on February 27th, 2012

    Wolfie: Extra prayers coming toward Cody from me. I believe your boys will come to realize that a life of being sober is a much more rewarding life.

    If it helps, I would like to share here. The Prof and I spent a good deal of our twenties and early thirties using the evil weed.
    There is nothing glamourous about it….only the false things we put in our heads…we were cool, creative, happy. The truth is that we were none of those things. We were depressed, paranoid, had no ambition of any kind, and fat. After a few health scares on each of our parts, we decided it had to stop, and it did. Now the Prof has been teaching for 10 years, something that never would have happened while under the influence. The Prof and I have good jobs, we are happy and comfortable, and if not for the annual tune-ups that getting older brings, we are mostly healthy.

    I pray for you, your family, and the boys.

  16. Mollypop's Mom
    10:59 am on February 27th, 2012

    C.Harris – Your pictures are great! Please keep posting them.

  17. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:01 am on February 27th, 2012

    Winter!…Will this winter ever end?…grump!

  18. Siber-H
    11:07 am on February 27th, 2012

    Sneak Peek, Indeed

    Fellow Sibers, I do not know how to make a link. So, Google the Anchorage Daily News. At the top, click on Sports and choose Mushing in the drop down menu. On the mushing page you will see the links to the video and article about Karen.

    Thank for another great photo C.Harris Your students did a great job on the cache.

  19. Siber-H
    11:16 am on February 27th, 2012

    Wolfie, Our thoughts and prayers are with your family this week. Please know that all of us Plunderers are with you.

  20. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:18 am on February 27th, 2012

    Rose: I’m glad you “cleaned up your act”! I only hope Chad and Cody will follow your fine example and become upstanding citizens so Wolfie and his family won’t have to worry about them so much. (I say “so much” because families worry no matter what!)

    Hey! Speaking of jobs, did I tell you my girl got one up in Nashville? (If I did, please forgive the repeat!) She got hired last week to teach a class of 2- and 3-year-olds at a Montessori-type preschool. She’s in love with the kids. I wish she could take me to school with her — I’m sure they’d give me good pats, and I’d actually be about their size!!!

  21. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:19 am on February 27th, 2012

    Gotta go now — Mom’s off to get her paper! BBL!!!

  22. BearSpiritDog
    11:19 am on February 27th, 2012

    Hi Everyone!

    Another great photo from C.Harris.

    Good news from Wolfie (we are thinking positive here) Extra prayers added to our daily ones for Wolfie’s Boys and the mom who loves them so much.

    Hope SnowBella has dug out from under all that snow. Good thing it happened this weekend and not next!

    Kudos to Kirby’s mom for the extra love she puts into all her projects for the kids. I know they appreciate the attention she is giving them.

  23. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:21 am on February 27th, 2012

    Awards!….sniff!…We did not get to see the end of the Academy Awards last night…grunt!…The show that only comes around once a year. No, we had to go upstairs and listen to her mother rant and rave about Beau. Seems she tried and tried to make him go outside, but when she wasn’t looking he performed his circus act along side of her bed instead….wheeze!…So the Award for really bad behavior goes to Beau.

    Gone. … Now Beau has 3 paws out the door of his good home….sniff!… Her mother won’t let him live with us anymore, so my friend has to find a home for him. She is terribly sad today, as she is the only one who likes him…sniffle!

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    11:42 am on February 27th, 2012

    Oh Rio – we are sad for your friend and for Beau. He has improved so much from when he first arrived. Is there any chance that your friend’s mother will relent and let him stay just a little longer and see if some of the last “kinks” can be worked out?
    When Gilly first came here, she was pretty crazy too. We will never know her history, beyond the neglect part, but we do know she had a tough time of it.
    She had some pretty bad habits when she got here – biting to get attention, not sleeping at night, etc. Ok, so she is still a little crazy – some things are just imbedded too deep – but she is a very good and now happy dog. She no longer bites, she sleeps well and she loves her family.
    Beau has made some progress, right? Maybe, just maybe he can continue.
    p.s. – there is a spray you can get at the pet stores that keeps dogs from marking indoors – just sayin’

    Wolfie – prayers indeed going up for everyone in your family. And we know just how important prayers are, don’t we?

  25. Siber-H
    11:51 am on February 27th, 2012

    Rio, I know your friend is sad about Beau and I’m sorry, too.
    I’m going to put my two-cents worth in and say I think Beau is peeing in the house because he was never housebroken to start with. That is usually the case with this problem. The dog shrinks say that dogs don’t do things out of spite. Beau doesn’t know any better.
    That said, The only way to fix this behavior is to start at the very beginning and housebreak him like you would a puppy. It takes a lot of time and attention and your friend works. Mom thinks it would be even more difficult to do with an adult dog. Your friend’s mom could not even begin to do this.

  26. Rose
    11:52 am on February 27th, 2012

    Kirby: The Prof and I are very happy we cleaned up our act too!

    Oh, Rio: Beau seems to have been trying so hard. Is your friend’s mom really going to kick him to the curb???
    (Whispering) I think you like Beau too, Rio.

  27. OleyHowlers
    11:56 am on February 27th, 2012

    Wolfie, you can count on Mom’s prayers and our Husky Hugs for Cody, Chad, you and your family. We hope Chad stays committed to the rehab program, and also that he finds new “real” friends.
    C.Harris, great photo.
    Siber, we did read the article about Karen Ramstead’s moose encounter but did not see a video. We will look again after lunch.

    FIVE SIBES on AJ’s sled! WOO HOO! Wonder if the Iditarod folks will realize that Snowhook is fielding Sibes this year? Heh heh

  28. B.Stover
    11:57 am on February 27th, 2012

    Rio: Has your friend tried walking you and Beau at the same time? You could teach him what he’s supposed to be doing outside. I think your friend’s mother is being unreasonable. Perhaps she doesn’t like dogs.

    Wolfie: My best thoughts to both of your boys.

  29. OleyHowlers
    11:58 am on February 27th, 2012

    Rio, we will also be sending up prayers for Beau. Hope your friend finds a good solution so that he can stay with youse.

  30. Siber-H
    12:02 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rio, If you guys do decide to find a new home for Beau, I Googled it and there is a Pug Rescue in Denver. Should you go this route and contact them, you would need to give them a good story (the truth) about how your friend took Beau in because he was being dumped.
    Rescues are overburdened now, and I hate to say this, you would need to “lay it on thick” with them.

  31. Mollypop's Mom
    12:06 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rio – A lot of behavior can be changed with food. For example, Beau didn’t want to go out last night. I bet if someone who had treats in her pocket went outside, he would want to come along. Then his behavior would be rewarded. Positive reinforcement works wonders.

  32. Siber-H
    12:09 pm on February 27th, 2012

    I will add to that and say the treat also needs to be put in the dog’s mouth right after the dog does his duty outside. The timing needs to be quick on this one.

  33. C.Harris
    12:12 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Link to Anchorage Daily News article on moose stomping dog team:
    There is also an embedded audio link in the article where Karen talks about the experience. A couple of other moose attack experiences are at the end of the article. Moose look big and slow but they aren’t.

    Karen’s blog account:

  34. Tupper and Gilly
    12:33 pm on February 27th, 2012

    MP’sMom – that is a great thought! We never met a treat that a Pug or a Corgi wouldn’t work for!

  35. BearSpiritDog
    12:33 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rio! Oh, no! Not Beau! Can your friend call a Dog Whisperer/Animal Communicator-type like the Oley Howlers used? Could his favorite kat toy be used as an enticement? We can only imagine the frustration your Friend and her mother are going through, although it sounds like she is much more tolerant than her mother. Beau has learned so much in only a little over two months, it seems a shame for her mother to throw in the towel now. Having said that, the marking in the house is something few would have the patience to put up with.
    Whatever you decide, we wish you and your family the best. We know what a heartbreaking decision this is for them to make.

  36. B.Stover
    1:08 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Mollypop’s Mom’s advice is excellent.

  37. Jasper the Poodle
    1:10 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Prayers for Chad and Cody from the middle of the mitten.

  38. C.Harris
    1:26 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Ok. More photos. The first two are the left and right sides of my backyard. Beyond the strip of forest is a stream (I own to the stream). On the other side of the stream is another forest and then the flood plain that I walk the dogs on. I plan on letting people cut some firewood this spring so that I will have some viewpoints of the stream.

  39. C.Harris
    1:32 pm on February 27th, 2012

    DEDICATED TO SIBER-H: The town of North Pole does ice sculptures and last year they did a sled dog team wrapped around a traffic circle (who knew that North Pole has a traffic circle)? In fact, they have three on their main road but no traffic lights.

  40. BearSpiritDog
    1:34 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Jasper the Middle of the Mitten: Prayers right back at you.

  41. dawson
    1:38 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Admin: A big tease.
    OleyHowlers: Try this link for video of Karen’s Sibers(I think)

    Wolfie: Prayers going out for both your boys and you. It is a good sign that Chad himself asked for this…now if he can make it through the week without changing his mind.

    Kirby T: Your mom has passed on her caring and educating attitude on to your girl. The children are the winners.

    C.Harris: That is a neat little cache and the ice sculpture Huskies are really cool.

    Rio: Beau has made progress while living with you and your friend. I wonder if your mom will change her mind, maybe.

  42. BearSpiritDog
    1:39 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Jasper “in” the Middle of the Mitten: Prayers right back at you. sigh. (don’t you ever wish you could auto-correct before your post goes through? or edit it after the fact?)

    C.Harris: What an Amazing Husky Ice Sculpture!

  43. Rose
    1:45 pm on February 27th, 2012

    C. Harris: Neat photos. Love the siber ice sculptures.

  44. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    1:45 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rio. I know you have some mixed feelings about Beau yourself, but I think your friend really cares about him and it sounds as though you have at least gotten use to having him around. I would also agree that Mollypop mom’s suggestion sounds like a good one, and hopefully he will be given one more chance to see if he can improve. Your pal, Wookie

  45. Siber-H
    1:47 pm on February 27th, 2012

    C.Harris, That is so neat. I am smiling. A lot of work went into that sculpture. Thank You!
    Oh Dog, Traffic circles have now reached the Last Frontier.

  46. B.Stover
    2:04 pm on February 27th, 2012

    That’s what I was thinking: round-abouts at the North Pole!!

  47. OleyHowlers
    2:08 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Thanks for posting the link, Dawson. We are glad to know that the Sibes don’t wear all that cold-weather gear. That would ruin the fun for us.

  48. Masquers
    2:13 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Prayers for Beau, also, to learn the house rules (quickly)
    Howlers: While Mom was going to checkout Zena at FOC she took a quick peak at Raksh, the Coydog (what piercing eyes you have), Chuck the Elephant Hunter and the little Hoosier Hot Shot (a cutie)
    Rose: Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger. Many of us have experimented back in the day. Holding regular jobs by day and partying at night. Sadly for some the “experiment” turned into an addiction similar to that of Wolfie’s boys. Those prone to such things, whose bodies cannot tolerate even the smallest amounts of alcohol/cannabis & the like, are soon sucked into the vortex. Same goes for cigarette/nicotine cravings.

    C.Harris: The icy roads may make those traffic circles/round-a-bouts involuntary. lol

  49. C.Harris
    2:19 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Even Fairbanks doesn’t have traffic circles. There is one main road in North Pole that has all the stores, etc. in a 4-block area and people were risking life, limb & car entering and exiting the businesses and dodging traffic. So traffic circles was the solution.

  50. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:20 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Tell your friend’s mom that neglect and abuse and abandonment take a long time to heal. When they were pups, my boys went through hell. They are still dealing with PTSD and all kinds of things, but I believe that they will come around. I hope her mom decides to give Beau another chance. He is a Plunderer now.
    Perhaps your friend’s mom’s bedroom (B? Can that be correct?) can be off limits to Beau? I think it would break your friend’s heart to send him off, and this has already been a year of loses for her. (Maybe you can play the sympathy card by reminding her that your friend was supposed to be in Alaska right now, and would be, if life had not interrupted.)

  51. Tupper and Gilly
    2:21 pm on February 27th, 2012

    CHarris – we live in a little itty bitty village too, and when there was a round-about proposed for a dangerous intersection, the people poo-ed it – said it would never work, that it wasn’t necessary, that a simple traffic light would be better, etc. Now that it is in place, we have to admit (and we hate to) but the thing really works. And now we are pushing for another one in another dangerous area right near our home. We currently just hold our breath when we go thru that intersection, and that probably isn’t the best long term solution.
    But we don’t have any way-cool ice sculptures on our round-about. Heck, this year, we don’t even have any ICE!

    And now – seeing as it is Monday – it is errand day. BBL, and hopefully Melanie will be home and reporting on the FOTAS shower.

  52. Tupper and Gilly
    2:23 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Wolfie – great idea to pull the “I coulda been in Alaska” sympathy card.
    OK Plunderers – all together now – one big prayer wish – LET BEAU STAY….(and let Beau behave!)

  53. B.Stover
    2:28 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Wolfie: Correct, unless you want to say, “The bedroom of your friend’s mom….”

  54. Tyb
    2:39 pm on February 27th, 2012

    C. Harris,
    Thanks for the picture of the ice husky. It’s not cool, it’s damn cold.
    And now for Post Office Absurdity #2. I just went to the PO to mail a small package that weighed less that 1/4 pound. I had my choice of ways to send it. To guarantee delivery by Wednesday I would have to pay $33.65, probable delivery by the end of the week would cost only $9 dollars and change, or I could get it there by next Monday for $2.67. I went for the $2.67 because the item is not perishable and , I think, worth waiting for. I’d be willing to bet that it gets there before next Monday.

  55. Rose
    2:40 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Masquers, you are always my voice of reason!

    Joining in with the Royals: LET BEAU STAY!
    (Please, please, please, please be a good pug, Beau)

  56. Masquers
    2:43 pm on February 27th, 2012

    T&G: Count us in on the prayer wish for Beau!
    Rio: Just a thought…perhaps your friend could be her own Dog Whisper in this case being as she has great affection for him. Try talking to him and explaining the situation…assuming she hasn’t done this already.
    The great thing about round-abouts is that, similar to speed bumps, the driver has no choice but to slow down.

  57. Rose
    2:44 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Tyb: I think you made the right choice.

    Belle Starr: I have not heard from you in some time. Are your four-legged momma, and two-legged momma and poppa okay?. I know you have a lot of snow up there. Hope you and the rest of the pack are safe.

  58. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:51 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Mother!…. Well, all good suggestions and most of them have been tried and tried again…grunt!…One problem with her mother (and there are several, let me tell you) is that she is inconsistent….sniff!… She has NO CLUE how to make me and Beau behave or do what she wants…sniff! … The small act of closing her door at night eludes her. She says he will scratch at the door and “ruin it”. My friend has told her mom she would come up and put a pillow or blanket in front of the door after she goes to bed so Beau won’t scratch. This works well with the door to the basement when he is downstairs and wants to be upstairs….heh! ….The other problem is no one can pick Beau up….sniff!….He goes berserk if someone tries to lift him. So they can’t just grab him and through him outside. Or take him and show him what he’s done and reprimand him. He gets all aggressive and growls and lunges at anyone who reprimands him….gruffle! …The guy has issues. But my friend thinks he is getting better each day. Unfortunately, her mom is the one cleaning up the mess during the day or night (like last night) as the case may be…sniff! ….She’s fed up with it I guess…wuffle!

  59. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:00 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Shelter!….The one no-kill shelter in town has turned my friend down saying they are relocating to a smaller building and they are transitioning to a more foster based rescue program and are not accepting any new dogs at this time…..grunt!…My friend countered with a proposal asking if they would post Beau’s photo on their webpage so that their adoption and screening procedures could be used in finding him a new home. Beau would stay with us until a new family could be found for him, just like any of their foster homes would be doing for him….snort!….She said she would pay any of the expenses that the shelter would have by doing this….sniffle! …No word back yet on that…grunt!….Pug Rescue of Denver has not replied at all…wuffle!

  60. BearSpiritDog
    3:06 pm on February 27th, 2012

    TYB: Hmm…that package description sounds familiar. Your dad definitely made the right choice (we are wondering however about the advice given by that postal employee) We here send a lot of things Media Mail. Many times the delivery time is the same as for Parcel Post which costs more. Another interesting discovery of late, is noticing the same delivery times for Priority Mail and First Class Mail going to Alaska. What’s up with that?

    Beau’s past issues continue to haunt him. We shudder to think of what he has gone through in the past. Too bad he can’t get a quick lesson from either The River Bears or The Snowhook Pack.

  61. Rose
    3:07 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rio: I feel so sad for Beau.

  62. Rose
    3:13 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rio: Will Beau still be able to be in the quilling?

    I was just looking at some interesting things on Cesar Milan’s site.

  63. Melanie
    3:15 pm on February 27th, 2012


    I’m back. I’m zonked. Will be back tomorrow.

  64. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:17 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rose!…My friend is very sad…sniffle!…She doesn’t want to see him go to another place where they might be mean to him. He can be a real jerk, but he seems to like her a lot and he rarely acts up around her anymore…wuffle!…But her mother and him have had terrible fights lately, all because of his marking…grunt!

  65. Rose
    3:31 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Oh, Rio, I feel sad too. I guess there is not way to separate your friend’s mom and Beau? Even though I have not met Beau personally he seems like a good dog…..I need a tissue.

  66. OleyHowlers
    3:33 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rio, we are so afraid that Beau losing his home once again will set him back on his learning. And the next home may not be as careful as your friend to find him a home and not a shelter.
    It is difficult to take on any animal, let alone one with past issues, when you share a home with someone who is not as committed to the work involved. We were new to this blog when you and your friend were moving in with her mother. Did you make that move for the purpose of helping out her mother? If so, you have some leverage there. Just sayin’.

  67. BearSpiritDog
    3:36 pm on February 27th, 2012

    The Dog Whisperer has pointed out that it is not our kind, but the two-leggeds that need the training. However, in watching The Dog Whisper series on DVD, we have seen, that he too, has been bitten on occasion by a particularly unruly student. He says we sometimes assume the role of Pack Leader and tell our so called Masters how to behave instead of the other way around. Personally, I think it should be a matter of mutual respect on both sides, not dominance by one or the other.

  68. Siber-H
    3:43 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rose, Mom says ditto on what Masquers said about not feeling like the Lone Ranger. She has been there, done that.

  69. OleyHowlers
    3:46 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Also, given Beau’s previous life, it is a safe bet that he was never properly “house-broken”. (we hate that term) It takes a very long time for us to understand that concept, no matter what age we are when our humans try to teach it to us.

  70. Rose
    3:56 pm on February 27th, 2012

    SiberH: Thank your mom for me. That was a tough story to get out, and neither the Prof or I are proud of those years of excess.

  71. Jasper the Poodle
    4:32 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Lesson learned this past week:

  72. Jasper the Poodle
    4:33 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Lesson learned this past week:

  73. BearSpiritDog
    4:37 pm on February 27th, 2012


  74. Snowhook Bella
    5:13 pm on February 27th, 2012

    I’m wondering how long it would take AJ to notice that one of our dogs was a black pug…

    I’m joining in the prayer for Wolfie’s boys and Beau. I’m also praying for patience, understanding and compassion for the mother of Rio’s friend (insert nod to B. Stover).

  75. Masquers
    5:36 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Bella: We are joining you in that special prayer.
    (whispering) no worries about that credit card purchase…mom will love the hoodie so much she won’t even notice. snicker.

    Rose: Lots of good information on Cesar Milan’s website. Thank you for the link.

  76. Tupper and Gilly
    5:37 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rio – this one may be gong out on a limb, but here goes…
    is there any way that Beau can go to your friend’s busy place with her? Many employers are more understanding about 4 kegged family these days, and maybe, just maybe if it was explained that your friend was trying to save a life….

  77. Tupper and Gilly
    5:39 pm on February 27th, 2012

    geez louise – 4 LEGGED family

    thats what we get for trying to type while Mama is running around cooking

  78. Masquers
    6:00 pm on February 27th, 2012

    T&G: Well. We are aren’t we? Family. sniff.

  79. Barb & Maggie
    6:06 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rio, We feel so bad for your friend and Beau. You are getting a lot of good advice today from everyone. We agree that he probably was never properly educated about house manners when he was a puppy. It is harder to do this training as an adult dog, but with proper guidance he could learn. Unfortunatley you have limited possibilities because of his bitting issues, thus no homes with kids.

    A good housebreaking idea is supposed to be to keep the dog tethered to the person at all times, and then take him out frequently. Doesn’t seem like something your mother could/would do, however.

    If he has to go, it seems like a foster thru Pug Rescue would be the best for him. Fingers and paws crossed here.

  80. Masquers
    6:18 pm on February 27th, 2012

    We forgot to say: Welcome Home Melanie!

    Rose: Forgot to say how happy we were to see The Artist winning Best Picture and Jean Dujardin…Best Actor. We have yet to see the film since the closest theater is on Whidbey Island. And, with only one showing…7:30 pm…too late for winter-time travel.

    Siber: I followed your instructions to find the adn link, and found the story, but didn’t see the video. That is some story Karen and her handler had to tell!
    Here’s a link to another tale of a moose encounter, which some of you may have already seen. It happened last month to a elderly husband and wife at the Willow Airport.

  81. Masquers
    6:23 pm on February 27th, 2012

    T&G: A big Ooops. You said kegged, not legged. But, I keep telling you guys…we always read it like you mean it, not how the iPAW types it.

  82. Rose
    6:39 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Masquers: I was skipping and twirling when I heard the Oscar results for “The Artist.” I think Berenice Bejo was cheated out of the Oscar. She played a very important role in the film, and is a beautiful and excellent actress. The Weinstein company will be opening the film this Friday on more screens. Hope you are able to see it.

    Rio: I am very sad for your friend. Stay close and take good care of her.

    Belle Starr: (whispering) Ask your momma to measure your collar.

  83. OleyHowlers
    6:43 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Masquers, Dawson posted a link to the video earlier today.

    Siber, Karen Ramstead does NOT have to scratch the one-eyed Irv who was hurt by the moose. She said that although she saw the ‘Anchorage Daily News this morning which read “Injury eliminates hard-luck Irving from team’, but it seems Irving didn’t.’
    The vet had her run him on a couple of shorter runs this week, and he did well, When she reexamined him, she said nothing remains that would exclude him from running Iditarod.

  84. Siber-H
    6:46 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Masquers, Dawson’s link on page one of this blog works for that video. Clink on her link and the video will be right there in your face.
    I see the problem now…No where in the title of the video does it mention Karen’s name. It says “Meet the Sled Dogs”

    Rose, I’m glad “The Artist” won even if I haven’t seen it yet.

  85. Siber-H
    6:50 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Fellow Sibers, Thanks for the good news about Karen’s dog.

  86. Rose
    6:58 pm on February 27th, 2012

    SiberH: It really was the Best Picture for 2011…It’s a classic!!!

  87. Masquers
    8:11 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rose: We agree…not only will The Artist go down in film history, Berenice Bejo deserved the Best Supporting Actress award. The winner did a great job too. Sometimes we think awards should be given to more than one actor. Speaking of which…..waiting to hear from Melanie tomorrow.
    Sibers, Thanks for directing me back to page one and Dawson’s link. I loved seeing and hearing about Karen’s team. Irving named after the drummer in the fictitious rock band…the Mosquitoes…too funny!

  88. Jasper the Poodle
    8:16 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rio, I imagine you like this, throne-like, wearing a royal purple cape and a crown, ruling your domain.

  89. Rose
    8:16 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Hear, hear, Masquers!!! I know George Clooney was the favorite, but Jean DuJardin (sp?) is fabulous in this film. It should have won every Oscar it was nominated for! (Stepping off the soap box now).

    I bet Melanie has SOMEstories to tell…

    Rio: Is everything okay at home. Worried about youse guys.

  90. C.Harris
    9:01 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rio: can Beau be kenneled during the day with his favorite blanket, toys and treats? Then he can be leashed and taken outside when your friend gets home. Once he has done his business (and been extravagantly praised for it), he should be good to be indoors for a while. Remember my friend who consulted a pet psychic? What I didn’t tell you is that it was a phone consultation and my friend had just sent in a digital photo of the dog to the psychic. She wanted the dog near the phone and at the end wanted to talk just to the dog. I can’t remember if my friend put her phone on “speaker” or held the phone up to her dog. Anyway, you might try something like that. One of the plunderers just had a pet psychic experience and maybe could email you the information. I feel for all of you including your friend’s mom. A pet with peeing problems can drive you insane. Consulting a vet might be useful too.

  91. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:15 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Home!…When my friend came home after the busy place and after working out there was no one in the house to greet her…sniff!….She thought her mother had hauled us off to the pound or sumthing…heh!heh!….We were outside telling those kids next door what is what. In return they were throwing pine cones at me and Beau…grunt!….Damned kids!…grrrrufff!

    SOL!….Beau is still very high on the SOL list, but at least no mention of him leaving for good was talked about tonight….sniff!….Until he had to go outside. Instead of going out in the yard he decided to piss on the patio door….grunt!….Tipped her mother right over the edge again. So we are all downstairs hiding and watching An Idiot Abroad in Africa….snort!

    Package!… A slender package arrived today in the mail for my friend….snort!… It really cheered her up when she opened it. She told me to thank the parties involved in this nice surprise. What great timing too!….chorkel! ….She will write a proper Thank You tomorrow because lately our computer here at home is having trouble when we open up Yahoo….grumble!

  92. Macy the Min-pin
    9:33 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Well, hellooooo blog. We had three days to catch up on and it took us awhile. So here goes…

    Dawson, ask our grandma what it is like when someone (ahemmom) puts their Mr. Potato Head potato in the back of the closet for safekeeping. A lot like when she put a “pot” of beans on to soak in her little metal oven and forgot about them. Ack And mom was glad to see that with 5 girls and 6 boys there were 11 dog teams, because mushing without dogs is not much fun, heh heh.

    Bear, we have a hand drawn calligraphy family tree that goes back to the 1400’s. Mom’s copy (which is not a copy, but one done specially for her) only goes back to the late 1600’s.

    We can hear Jasper in that picture thinking “I can’t feel my teef, and my wips are numb.”

    Staff, the bookstore where mom met Spence is called “Murder By the Book”. Quite cozy.

    The howlers get beer after a run? Moderation guys, moderation!
    And on a related note, the four-keggeds would be quite a tipsy bunch.

    CHarris–unbelievably beautiful. We are so jealous. We got 18 snowflakes last week. sigh

    K, thnx, think we are caught up now. Except Power of Positive Paws to Wolfie’s family.

  93. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:40 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rebecca!….While we are all down here we are going to attempt to watch the latest episode of Grimmm….shudder!wheeze!

  94. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:42 pm on February 27th, 2012

    EEEEEEEEEE-IIIIIK!….grunt!…Well, this episode starts out with a bang!…snort!

  95. Alice M. Johnson
    9:44 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Dear Rio and friend. I am sending out some prayers for Beau also. I have no advice though, just prayers.

  96. Macy the Min-pin
    9:53 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Yikes,, the Daytona race track is on fire!!

  97. Masquers
    9:56 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Alice: That is the best advice of all…just prayers.

    Macy: The Power of Positive Paws should be the Plunderers new motto. I love it!

    Bella & Rio: Now you have me intrigued…I, too, am off to watch this latest episode of Grimm.


  98. Barb & Maggie
    9:56 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Rio, We were thinking about the crate idea too, just as a training tool, till he gets used to going outside. Then taking him outside, on leash, to a designated spot each time to do his business. Since most dogs will get into a routine, you probably would not have to do this ridgid schedule for very long.

    Hope to get some good updates from Melanie tomorrow, on all the parties and the Jersey girls.

    Barb’s coworker still has a sick kid, so Barb is working part of the day tomorrow. CL has called twice tonight, because she couldn’t figure out how to respond to an email.

    Barb has an appointment tomorrow with the accountant, and she told CL she would not cancel it. Lordy, the office will be closed for 2-3 hours, because CL won’t go in and answer the phones.

    Night all, see you some time tomorrow.

  99. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:25 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Crate!… Beau came with a pile of stuff and one big cage type thing….sniff!… It is quite roomy, but there is no way her or her mother would lock him innit for the day….snort!… Just getting him to go in would be a miracle to begin with. I’m not sure even treats would work. The effort and work involved with taking Beau outside on a Leash (remember his harness issues) would be too much for her mother and if my friend only does this on weekends, there really is no point….grunt!….He wouldn ‘t understand what was going on…sniff!

  100. Tupper and Gilly
    10:28 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Hi Macy – we missed you!

    Daytona track is indeed on fire – huge fuel spill. Do you think someone is trying to tell them not to run that race?

  101. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:30 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Spring!…My friend can’t wait till warmer weather and hoses hooked up to fawcetts…heh!…She says the minute she see’s Beau pee on anything on or near the patio he is going to get blasted good with some cold water….wooooooo!….I have a feeling that will spike his learning curve immensely….chorkel!

  102. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:33 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Daytona!…Has the race been rescheduled? Does anybody know?..sniff!

  103. Snowhook Bella
    10:48 pm on February 27th, 2012

    My heart is hurting, but hopeful for Beau tonight.

  104. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:55 pm on February 27th, 2012

    Goodnight!…Its been a dreadfully long day, but I knew it would end sometime…sniff!…Goodnight all!

  105. Macy the Min-pin
    11:58 pm on February 27th, 2012

    We are still sitting here, determined to see the end of the race. The cars are moving finally.

  106. Rose
    6:26 am on February 28th, 2012

    Good Morning!

    Fynn the bookstore dog is up top!

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