Squirrel And Bernie: From The Dog Who Knew Too Much

A squirrel had been by, and not long ago. That bothered me. I hurried to the long window beside the door and gazed out. We’ve got three trees in front of the house. The middle one’s my favorite for lying under, and that was where the squirrel, chubby and gray, tail raised in a very annoying way, was busy burying something. The next thing I knew I was standing straight up, front paws on the glass, barking my head off. The squirrel shot up the tree without a backward glance: burying things under that tree is my department, little pal.

“Chet! What’s all the fuss?”

Bernie was up? I hadn’t even heard him. That was bad. I slid down off the window real fast and smooth, like I’d never been up there at all. Bernie came over and gazed out, giving me a pat at the same time. His hair was standing out in clumps here and there; one eyebrow was crooked; he wore what Leda had always called his ratty robe, although there wasn’t a single rat on it, just a pattern of martini glasses with long-legged women sitting in them. In short, he looked great.

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109 Responses to “Squirrel And Bernie: From The Dog Who Knew Too Much”

  1. Rose
    8:58 am on October 15th, 2011

    Good Saturday Morning Chet!

    Top of the Morning to All!

    In the Boston Public Gardens, the squirrels are quite friendly, and will let you feed them right from your hand. I know squirrels annoy most of the nation, but I think they are very cute!

  2. Rose
    9:10 am on October 15th, 2011

    OH: Your sister KAT is a stunning beauty! Loved the family portrait, and the picture Miss Macy was kind enough to post!

  3. B.Stover
    9:14 am on October 15th, 2011

    “In short, he looked great.” Love that scene! (I’d throw out the robe however.)

    Good morning all.

  4. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:28 am on October 15th, 2011

    Rose. According to my mom, and she knows these things, you do need to be careful in doing things like feeding squirrels because they do carry a lot of diseases including rabies. Of course, that doesn’t apply in the case of Rocky, for whom all the alcohol (maybe even moonshine) that he and his gang of hillbilly squirrels have consumed, have probably immunized them from just about anything like that.
    OH — “Kat” is just a beautiful little girl. Most importantly though, I know how happy she must be to have found her forever home, with such loving siblings and parents (and she will probably even get use to those other kats and other critters there). I know how happy I was to find my forever home; it is the best thing in the world. Wookie

  5. Melanie
    9:33 am on October 15th, 2011

    Good morning all. I know longer have a ratty robe (it didn’t have rats on it either) because Zoë bought me a navy blue really warm robe. Patsy enjoys it tremendously. (if I don’t remember to hang it up :) )

    Also I try not to look in the mirror in the morning. It’s much better to look at myself in Patsy’s eyes. I always look great, just like Bernie does!

  6. Melanie
    9:34 am on October 15th, 2011

    I “know”, I “KNOW”? Jeez Louise, this auto spelling thing is a pain. Especially since I lost my computer glasses.

  7. Jasper the Poodle
    9:41 am on October 15th, 2011

    Tip-top of the mornin’ to ye Plunderers! Cool and windy here in the middle of the mitten. Heading off to Grand Rapids to visit family for the day. Kat is a beauty.

  8. Tipper and Gilly
    9:42 am on October 15th, 2011

    Greetings from CLLand – quick break in the “traffic” and we just have to put our two cents in, just because, well, we HAVE to.
    Hate to sound like an editor, but based on where Chet and Bernie live, it is highly doubtful that there would be a plump grey squirrel. Those guys don’t much like the southwest. The squirrel more likely would have been a red, or a tufted ear squirrel, and those guys are kinda small.
    But then again, Chet often tells us that color is not one of his best things.

  9. Macy the Min-pin
    9:49 am on October 15th, 2011

    Maybe all skirrels are grey to Chet. When mom was a pup, she had a theory that everyone saw color differently. What I perceive as orange would be purple in your eyes. If I could see grass through your eyes it would look like orange to me. Mom spent many of her puppy years giving herself a headache over things like this.

  10. B.Stover
    9:54 am on October 15th, 2011

    We have skinny gray squirrels in Florida and plump red squirrels in Michigan. (I assume that the “plumpness” is because they need more fur in Michigan.) And it’s the women in the martini glasses that I object to. Martinis on the other hand…….

  11. B.Stover
    9:57 am on October 15th, 2011

    Color is fascinating. How do you describe a color in words other than naming the color? (I think I need more coffee.)

  12. Barb & Maggie
    10:04 am on October 15th, 2011

    Got my attention with the ratty robe. I would be happy to take care of that little problemo.
    When I go for a ride in the car I see lots of squirrels in town. They have a lot of oak and hickory trees that they seem to like better. We have had one or two traveling thru, but they never stay. Too bad, I would love to take a little nip out of one of those big fluffy tailed rats. Barb agrees with Rose and thinks they are cute.
    We have a showing this afternoon, but we are not excited about it. Chicago people looking for a weekend place with some acerage, but she already commented that we are close to the road and have a 2 story house, neither of which is to her liking. Still have to go thru all the bs and then leave for an hour.

  13. Mollypop
    10:13 am on October 15th, 2011

    Fuzzbutts – oh yeah! I chased a big one yesterday. He had a nut in his mouth and was going to bury it, but ran up the tree when he saw me with my poufy (fierce) tail. (Mom tells me that the word poufy means fierce.)

  14. Melanie
    10:57 am on October 15th, 2011

    Colors: Being a mother, I thought one of my main missions in is to bother my children. Sooo. . . I asked OTAS how he knew that what I say is the color blue is the same blue he saw. Maybe it was my color yellow that was his color blue, or green or . . . Dog, that kept him going for hours. Love doing that.

  15. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:57 am on October 15th, 2011

    Paper!…Paper is flying everywhere around here this morning…heh!…She is busy busy busy trying to get as much done as she can before her mother sends her on wild goose chases…snort!… I think she has a pattern for a quilled squirrel. I will have to go snuffle that out of her pile for her…wuffle!

  16. Melanie
    10:57 am on October 15th, 2011

    Oh yeah, he was ten at the time . . .

  17. Rose
    11:49 am on October 15th, 2011

    Hi Wookie: I will take your advice very seriously the next time the Prof and I visit Boston. so far, we have not been bitten, although a squirrel did once hold the Prof’s hand while he fed it….

    Barb, thanks for agreeing with me…

    Oooo, Rio, I hope your friend can find that squirrel pattern!

  18. Rose
    11:52 am on October 15th, 2011

    OH: I forgot to ask this question…will Kat’s picture apppear on Chet’s Friends???

    How are you all getting on?

  19. B.Stover
    11:52 am on October 15th, 2011

    Melanie: Did OTAS ever figure it out?

  20. Melanie
    11:55 am on October 15th, 2011

    Okay, here’s weirdness. A sheep about an hour away from us had rabies. They had to put it down. None of the other sheep had rabies. How on earth could you tell if a sheep had rabies? Pondering . . .

  21. BearSpiritDog
    12:07 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Bernie & Melanie have the best “mirror” in the world. You look Great! from Chet & Patsy.

    Fond memories of a “ratty robe” Nana’s sister made for her years ago. The material was a soft flannel in a leopard pattern. It was floor length so covered every inch and kept her toasty warm. She wore it until a last trip through the washing cycle did it in. Her sister sent her another one for her birthday. It was a beautiful multicolored quilted robe, a wonderful gift. But (sigh) it just wasn’t the same long cozy, comfortable version she loved.

    Macy: Thanks for posting that photo of Kat. What a beautiful pup she is!
    Sorry to hear Angie has to wait two weeks. We will keep her in our thoughts and prayers for good test results.

    Rio: Finished reading 2030 last night. I wouldn’t describe it as either funny or scary, more of a tongue in cheek scenario describing America 20 some years in the future. Although Brooks is very talented in other areas, I do not consider him to be of the same writing caliber as Dan Montague. Having just finished the wonderful White Wings, it may be a while before we find another book as enjoyable. Having said this, it is easy to read and he puts a couple of interesting ideas out there.

    Dawson: Speaking of White Wings – We all agree – You are more than generous to share it with the Plunderers. Thank you again.

  22. Siber-H
    12:24 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Where I live, we have ground squirrels. They don’t go in the trees, but they look just like tree squirrels. We also have chipmunks now which we didn’t use to have. Somehow they have found their way down here from the mountains. They are very fast.

    My dear friend, Molly, the husky, caught a squirrel. She ate some of it, rolled on it, and threw pieces of it all over the yard. She had a grand time but had to have 4 baths. It was a 100 degree day when she did this so she had baked on squirrel all over her.

    I wonder how my Fellow Sibers are doing.

  23. Barb & Maggie
    12:34 pm on October 15th, 2011

    I admire T & Gs mom for being so observant about the local wildlife.

    We do have 13-striped ground squirrels here, and they look a lot like a long skinny chipmunk. They live in the ground in borrows and drive me crazy. One temporarily took up residence near one of the bird feeders, then he would run into the downspout when I went out on recon or recoy, whatever Chet calls it. I say temporarily, because he is no longer living anywhere, if you get my drift. hee hee However, I did not do what that husky, Molly, did. That is gross! I like to leave my catches intact, so I can go out and throw them in the air for day or two, then they disappear. Pondering…..

  24. Melanie
    12:39 pm on October 15th, 2011

    oh, yuck, baked on squirrel . . .

    B.Stover: It took him around 3 months of thinking. OTAS thinks a great deal . . . He decided that it was the words that were a problem. Let me think how he put this . . .
    It didn’t matter what we see because it was what we see. That words were too general for some things (I actually think he said were too “ooshy”) because you couldn’t tell if you were talking about the same things.

    I thought that was totally awesome!

    I have bought the Eggplant colored (at least it’s what I call eggplant and what they are calling it on the web site) Stormy Kromer cap. I either have a lot of brains or a lot of hair. (hat size)

  25. Staff
    12:52 pm on October 15th, 2011

    In Minneapolis we have grey squirrels, and some albino ones. In North Dakota we have Red Squirrels, Beatrice Potter squirrels, and 13 striped ground squirrels which we call gophers. In Colorado when I went to knitting camp in the mountains south of Denver, in the Black Forest area, they had black squirrels with big stand up ears.

    This is a Beatrice potter squirrel. I call them hoppy squirrels because they don’t run or walk, they just hop about.

  26. B.Stover
    1:08 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Words being too general (ooshy) for some things….Interesting….Pondering….

  27. Tipper and Gilly
    1:08 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Bee -although we agree with you about the imagery of the women in the martini glasses, that does seem to be exactly the kind of robe Bernie would wear
    My question: would Bernie( or any other man if his type buy a robe, any robe to wear around the house? And if Leda hated the robe, obviously she didn’t buy it for him. So where did the ratty robe originally come from? Was it a joke gift gone awry? We doubt that it would have been a gift from a lady friend- what woman would buy that ( except as a joke ). So , we are back to “where did the ratty robe come from?”
    This is going to keep us going for days…

  28. Snowhook Bella
    1:09 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Hello Plunderers!

    Howlers: Did you have a chapter 22 sort of a night with Kat and the rest of the pack getting to know each other? She’s a beaut!

    I’m off to Anchorage for a writing workshop this afternoon. I can’t determine if I’m more excited or more nervous.

    Macy: Please keep us posted on Angie and good thoughts still headed her way.

  29. Rose
    1:11 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Staff: I love the drawing. How cute that squirrel is! I have never seen an albino squirrel. Here in upper Westchester, we have the chubby gray squirrels. Recently, black squirrels have seemed to migrate from lower Westchester county. They are a bit smaller than the gray squirrels, and just as cute!

    In the section of the development where I live, we have a resident chipmunk. He has a condo in the rocks and boulders, and every once in a while on a nice sunny day, he sits very still, and suns himself on one of the boulders. He is sooo cute, and boy, does it run like the wind!

  30. Rose
    1:17 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Macy: Good thoughts and wishes are being transmitted from Westchester for Angie.

    Rebecca: I loved your story from last night. Me thinks you NEED to teach the class!

    Belle: One more week to go before the Prof goes away. I hope you will still come to take care of me, make sure I don’t leave my key in the lock, and warm up the Prof’s side of the bed.

  31. Snowhook Bella
    1:38 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Rose: Belle Starr has been practicing her “look” all week. It’s become a bit comical, but I assume that if an unsuspecting perp sees the demon look from such a cute dog, it will take him or her off guard.

  32. OleyHowlers
    1:59 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Hello friends!
    We are sorry we didn’t get to post sooner, but its been rather busy here as you can imagine.
    All of us are getting along famously with the pipsqueak. Especially Meashka, who keeps carrying her toys over and pitching them to her. Trying to make a pitcher out of her, Siber! This morning, she pounced on the old lady Sasha to wake her up. After being so rudely awakened, Sasha decided it was a great idea to get up! This is going much too smoothly…Mom is waiting for the other shoe to drop. How can that happen, when she has both shoes tied securely?
    We even had young girls come over to meet Kat. She was over the moon and so were they.
    Meashka and Kat chased each other round and round last night. The living room (including Pop’s speakers) did indeed resemble Chapter 22 shenanigans!

  33. OleyHowlers
    2:00 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Hello friends!
    We are sorry we didn’t get to post sooner, but its been rather busy here as you can imagine.
    All of us are getting along famously with the pipsqueak. Especially Meashka, who keeps carrying her toys over and pitching them to her. Trying to make a pitcher out of her, Siber! This morning, she pounced on the old lady Sasha to wake her up. After being so rudely awakened, Sasha decided it was a great idea to get up! This is going much too smoothly…Mom is waiting for the other s-h-o-e to drop. How can that happen, when she has both s-h-o-e-s tied securely?
    We even had young girls come over to meet Kat. She was over the moon and so were they.
    Meashka and Kat chased each other round and round last night. The living room (including Pop’s speakers) did indeed resemble Chapter 22 shenanigans!

  34. Buddy and T.C.
    2:03 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Greetings from Friends-of-Howlers land. The Howlers (except Sasha) and Mom and Pop went away for a really long time yesterday. When they came home, this new Kat was with them. She is about the size of Buddy, but moves much too much. She also makes quite a racket when its time for us to go to bed. But we actually think she will make for an interesting addition…she likes to kiss us!

  35. Melanie
    2:03 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Hi Bella! Ditto on the story. Excellent writing and wonderful dogs!

    The Stormy Kromer people have quite a PR department. This is what came as the acknowledgement of my order . . .

    Your order is officially confirmed, and truth be told, all the excitement is sorta going to our heads.

    You see, we’re a small company filled with folks who still stitch things by hand. And right now, each and every one of us is on our feet, cheering your name.

    Yep. It might take a few minutes to calm things down again, but you can take comfort in the fact that after you finish this email, your new Stormy Kromer gear will be selected, inspected and nestled safely amongst its packing materials.

    Our only wish is that we could be there to watch you open it. But that would probably take too much time, and it could get awkward—what with 61 Stormy Kromer employees tracking up your kitchen just to see how that gear lights up your face.

    I don’t know 61 Stormy Kromer gear people might just be a great time with all the Pack!

  36. B.Stover
    2:05 pm on October 15th, 2011

    T&G: To me that robe does not seem like one Bernie would buy. He does like Hawaiian shirts (and pants). I’m not sure what that says about his taste (or lack thereof). It is a puzzle.

  37. Masquers
    2:06 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Agreeing here with Rose. Bella, you should teach the class! Looking forward to hearing more about it this evening.

    Gray squirrels frequent our backyard where there are tall fir trees. These squirrels are not native to this part of the country, but were introduced to the Pacific NW from the eastern U.S. Are they tree dwellers? I thought all squirrels lived in trees. But apparently not. Rock condos…hmm… interesting.

    Melanie: A rabid sheep? Foaming at the mouth like Cujo? This must be a rarity. Wondering how it contacted the disease. A bite most likely.

  38. Snowhook Bella
    2:07 pm on October 15th, 2011

    It is completely pupdemonium at Snowhook right now. We have are having play time with the team. A lot of running around the property, visiting friends, trying to get inside the house, marking and remarking objects, and trying to get inside the puppy pen for a peek.

    After being tackled only twice and covered in mud along the way, I made my way to the puppy pen. It’s chilly enough this morning that I was wearing my down jacket. I picked up Thing Two, the girl and put her inside my jacket for a warm snuggle. Her eyelids became heavy and she started to fall asleep. Thing One—come and join your sister. In my jacket he went, but he didn’t fall asleep. Nope, nothing doing. Rather he decided to go exploring. He explored over my shoulder and down the sleave of my jacket. What a nut!

  39. OleyHowlers
    2:10 pm on October 15th, 2011

    We forgot to say THANKS to Masquers and Macy for posting Kat’s pictures, when we were not able to do it.

  40. Snowhook Bella
    2:11 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Melanie: I was going to ask if you’ve order THE hat, yet. I love mine. That is great PR. If those 61 Stormy Kromer folks came to Snowhook, we could almost supply one dog to each employee, but some would have to share.

  41. Melanie
    2:16 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Buddy and TC: Rose was a pup that never stood still. This is how we had to take her picture when she was younger!

  42. Snowhook Bella
    2:19 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Melanie: A couple of questions for you. How old was Rose in that picture (adorable, by the way) and what size are Newf pups when they are born? Our pups, at just five weeks are about the size of a soda can with a tail and legs.

  43. Masquers
    2:22 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Melanie: The Stormy Kromer folks sound like a wonderful company. It makes us want to order one of their hats too.

    Hi, Buddy! Glad to hear you all are getting along so well with the newest addition to the family. She really is a charmer!

  44. Melanie
    2:50 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Bella, hmmm. The pups when born weigh between 1 to 2 pounds. They looks like trim seals. Rose is in between 2 to 3 months there. They grow REALLY fast.

  45. dawson
    3:44 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Melanie: You are making me want a Stormy Kroner hat. Picturing the looks on the Stormy Kroner employees faces if they did deliver hats in person to Melanie and Snowhook Bella and met all the doggies. Heh! That picture of Rose is very cute.

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:46 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Sight!….My friend went back to the eye doctor for the fourth time since July, Talk about frustration….grunt!….Today that doctor finally gave her a pair of contacts with her old prescription and now she can see for the first time in months. Now she will probably be able to see what she is quilling…heh!…After that she had to drive around on wild goose chases and buy stuff…sniff!…Nothin’ in those bags she brought home had any toys or chewys for me…grump!…Now its back to twirling and gluing paper…after a little rest…snorkel! …When is the Game on today?…snort!

    Stormy!…Kromer! What a great thank you note from the PR group!…heh!…My friend really wants one of those hats…sniff! …This reminds me, I hope Rebeccer has fun at the writing workshop…chuffle!

  47. Masquers
    4:00 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Siber, Rio or Wookie: Do you guys know when the last game between the Cardinals and the Brewers will be played? That will be a must watch!

  48. Siber-H
    4:18 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Masquers. My newspaper says it will be tomorrow at either 2:05 or 6:05 my time. This is no help and how can they not know the time yet. I should know the correct time tomorrow morning.

  49. Siber-H
    4:32 pm on October 15th, 2011

    The Cardinals website says it will start at 3:05 central time tomorrow.

    Fellow Sibers, Glad you reported in and that it is going smoothly. Kat will keep you guys busy but it will be fun.
    It sounds like Buddy and TC have a new friend also.

    Rose the Newf…That is a cute photo.

  50. Masquers
    4:45 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Thanks, Siber. Paws crossed I will be able to watch it in real time.

    Melanie: You can’t keep a good dog down or still as the case may be. Rose looks very determined.

  51. Melanie
    5:23 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Masquers: Yes, Rose is a very determined dog. She is MUCH larger now. :) Her main job is to find the dogs who have left the Pack on their walk/run.

    Watching the LAST episode of the last season of “Slings and Arrows”. King Lear . . . It is excellent!

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:50 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Anyone!….Who knows when the Tigers vs Rangers game is on?…snort!… I thought they played today sometime…grunt!

    Busy!…My friend has made 11 gift cards today….honk!….This morning it was not going so well, but now that she has simplified the designs she is getting a bit more done….huffle!…When I say “done” I mean not completely finished…heh!

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:54 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Busy!…My friend has made 11 gift cards today.….honk!….This morning it was not going so well, but now that she has simplified the designs she is getting a bit more done….huffle!…When I say “done” I mean not completely finished…heh!

    Supper!…. Oh get this!…heh!…Her mother wants you-know-who to make fajitas for supper tonight…snort!….This should be interesting. I’m not missing one bit of it….chorkel!….I want to see what my friend does when her mother starts up with the nit-picking and nagging…grunt!…Should be fun. But it won’t start for another 45 minutes or so…sniff!

  54. BearSpiritDog
    5:54 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Barb&Magpie: Hoping your showing this afternoon went better than anticipated. At least it is encouraging that people are still looking in this down economy. We still like the first couple that loved your place. If they ever sell their property you know they’ll be back.

    Jasper: Hope you are having a wonderful visit with your family on this fine autumn day.

  55. Snowhook Bella
    5:59 pm on October 15th, 2011

    We’re taking a quick break in the writing class. I don’t feel completely in over my head and we’ve done some great exercises. I’m twirling! I’m tirling!

  56. B.Stover
    6:03 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Rio: The Tiger game is on tonight at 7:30 eastern time.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:13 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Tigers!….Awww, that is a perfect time for the game to begin…sniff!….She can hopefully make supper and get dishes done. We most likely will go on the Brutal Walk after that because it is so nice out and she needs a break from the quilling…snort!….Perfect! ….Woooooo!

    Twirling!….Rebeccer is twirling and writing! Amazing!…snort!snort! ….I knew she would have a good time in the workshop…heh!

  58. Melanie
    6:40 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Tirling: As in Tirling Pin. The circle that connected to the serrated handle of a door handle. You scraped the triling pin to make a rattle. So I guess it was before door bells. Scottish.

    Soooo,, Rebecca is twirling in front of the door while scraping the triling pin to make noise!

    Makes sense to me. :)

  59. Rose
    6:46 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Rebecca: Sounds like your writing class is tip-top. When you publish your first book, will you autograph it,and include pawtographs of the gang for me???

    Melanie: Love the picture of Rose.

  60. Snowhook Bella
    6:57 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Carpola! I had to read out loud something that I wrote and my voice may have cracked and tremored. I wrote and read about my parents’ courtship.

    MMCS: I had the thought to do several things for the MMCS. I can’t quill, nor am I master quilter, or famous artist and I’m no SQPA, but I thought about compiling some short storied for the MMCS—some I’ve shared and others new to the world.

  61. Tupper and Gilly
    7:44 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Melanie – you are cracking us up.

    Howlers – we are so very happy for you. She is a gorgeous little redhead. Betcha when she grows up, Siber is going to be torn between Kat and The Hot One.

    By the way – we are outside waiting to see the flying pigs. We know that this is the day when pigs fly because this is the day that Bee told Rio when the baseball game is on.

    OH MY DOG!!

    (tee hee)

  62. Barb & Maggie
    7:46 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Rebecca, Good luck with the class. Maybe the courtship piece for the MMCS, or is it too personal?

    Bear, No the showing did not go well, it was not one of their favorites. Liked the house, but they want the bulk of the land behind the house. Ours is a narrow piece with 2 acres of pasture next to the yard, not behind it. Guess there is nothing we can do about that. But like you said, at least we are getting some showings. We are lowering it again next week (total of $40,000 in reductions from original) and having another blasted Open House on the 30th.

  63. OleyHowlers
    7:49 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Melanie, Rose’s pictire is adorable.

    Sounds like a lot of us are having a twirlathon this evening.

  64. Tupper and Gilly
    8:07 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Barb and Maggie – well, that just stinks doesn’t it? People are so goofy – they must have had some kind of idea of what the property was like from the realtor. Tire kickers! Poo!

    Bella – all we can say is “write on!”

  65. dawson
    8:13 pm on October 15th, 2011

    The game is on.

  66. B.Stover
    8:15 pm on October 15th, 2011

    T&G: You’re cracking me up. (By the way, I’m not watching baseball.)

  67. Gus & BooBear
    8:21 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Hi, everybody. We didn’t realize we had missed several days of reading…thought it was just one or two. Mom has just been so tired these past few evenings that she has just crashed when she got home from work.

    1st, Macy, good thoughts and purrs headed to your Angie. Hopefully, she won’t have to wait too long for the good news we know she will get.

    2nd, Congrats to Oley Howlers both on Shiek finally healing and on your new baby sister!! Were both pictures posted (by Masquers and Macy) actually Kat? In the picture with the family, she didn’t look so red. Just wondering.

    Dawson, please add our names to the list for the White Wings tour. We know there are several in front of us, but it sounds great.

    Rebecca, great stories!! We think you should compile a book of your short stories for MMS…like B did with her Deserter story. Only thing is, you may need more that one copy.

    Rio, do you realize that it wasn’t that long ago that your friend could barely walk up and down the stairs because her knees (?) hurt her so bad? What a long way she has come.

    Samantha, thinking here that you should keep that adorable puppy! Brewski will take her under his wing and raise her well. And KirbyT, same goes with That Boy!!

  68. dawson
    8:36 pm on October 15th, 2011

    White Wings!
    Where is she sailing now anyways? My list says that OleyHowlers and BearSpiritDog have finished it and that Mollypop is next, then Rio, Barb and Maggie (you did request it, didn’t you?) and finally Gus and Boo Bear.
    If I have missed anyone please let me know.

  69. BearSpiritDog
    8:51 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Tupper&Gilly: Same here – you are making us laugh.

    Barb&Magpie: We too wonder why people would come to look at a property they know up front doesn’t have the features they want. People are hard to understand. Our kind would never do something like that.

    SnowBella: Looking forward to seeing your stories in print! As G&B say, you may need more than one copy.

    G&BooBear: The White Wings Tour – I love it!

    Time for some supper then more Midsomer Murders. Also want to check out Slings and Arrows to see if it is on streaming video.
    See you at Sunday Brunch – Bear

  70. dawson
    8:52 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Gambling!
    I have my $5. in quarters and I’m going to play some cards with the girls. The Tigers will have to win this one without me.

  71. Snowhook Bella
    8:56 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Class is over. I managed to survive and no one laughed at me. I came away with a few story ideas started and my mind is humming.

    B&M: The courting story isn’t too personal. My parents had a great courtship, yet I realized how wonderful they are to and for each other and to and for my brother and I. What a life they gave us and it all started with driving into swimming pool.

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Game!…Is On!….Woooooo!….We are back from the Brutal Walk and settling in for the big game!….Wooooooo! Go Tigers! ….2 ta Nuthin’…heh! Looking Good so far…snort!

    Gulper!….I was a tad surprised when Stover told me when the game started…sniff!…But I didn’t make a big deal about it because I did not want to scare her off…heh!…So please stop teasing her about it….wuffle!

    Puss N’ Boots!… When my friends knees were swollen it was hard to walk or do anything, but all that is pretty much gone now that we’ve been away from those Sycamore trees….sniff!…Although, tomorrow we have to go over and supervise the Caulking of The Windows…heh!…Hopefully we won’t be there long enough to cause any medical problems….sniff!

    Dawson!…I do not remember ordering White Wings, but go ahead and put me last on the list because I do not want to hold anybody up…sniff!….Sometimes it takes us a awhile to read a book because she doesn’t have that mich spare reading

  73. Melanie
    9:02 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Hmmm. What kind of card game are you playing Dawson?

    The White Wings Tour. Dan will love that.

    BSD: I’m in the 7th season of Midsomer Murders and still loving it. Get the murderer right about 1/2 the time.

    Due South had a Season 4!! But at this point it’s not on Amazon Instant or Netflix. That will have to wait.

    Paul Groos also did a movie called “Men With Brooms” (2002) about curling (snicker). I’ve got that on our queue on Netflix. That became a Canadian TV series last year. Not out yet in DVD though.

    Some others too, but I”m signing off because the living room is freezing and I’m getting in a nice warm bed. Maybe some warm milk and a book? Sounds good to me.

    TTFN

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:02 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Time!….grunt!

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Caaaww–wrap!…..This game is tied, just like that!….grump!

  76. Snowhook Bella
    9:11 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Melanie: I was asked to join a curling team just this week. I said yes, but then assured the asker that I had no idea what to do or the rules. I do know that I’ve seen it on tv.

    Rio: is there any chance your friend will be posting any pictured of her quilling feats today. I always enjoy her work.

  77. Tupper and Gilly
    9:14 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Rio – how long can your friend hold her breath? Can she avoid breathing around those Sicky-more trees?
    (whispering – how did the fajita dinner go?)

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:15 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Photos!…. No chance in hell Rebecca…snort!

    Gasp!….We went upstairs for 2 minutes and theRangers are ahead by 1 now….grunt! …I think they need to get that pitcher Sherzer out of there …..wuffle!wheeze!

  79. B.Stover
    9:21 pm on October 15th, 2011

    I told Rio the time of the Tiger game because it was easy for me to find out.

    Good night all.

  80. OleyHowlers
    9:22 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Hi G&BB! Yes both pictures you saw were of Kat. She still has puppy fur, and it looks sort of caramel color. She is cute but will be no competition for The Hot One. Meashka now calls her Mini-Me.

  81. Barb & Maggie
    9:22 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Yes, we want to be on the reading list, so send it to us before Rio, if that is his request.

    In fairness to the realtor and the tire-kickers, they had never looked at this area before. They are from Chicago suburbs, and saw all these places on realtor.com. She did tell the agent that she prefered a ranch house, but her husband had picked this property out and wanted to see it. They told her they wanted outbuilding and acerage (which we have) and a pond (which we don’t). We didn’t think this would go anywhere, but you have to say yes when you get a chance for a showing. Who knows, they could have a friend or relative looking, too. Plus Maggie got to go for a car ride, which is always a plus as far as she is concerned.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:22 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Sherzer!… Is OUTTA there!….woof!

    Supper!… My friend told her mother she would start the fajitas at 4:45…snort!….So at that time we went upstairs and found the pan on the stove, the chicken washed and cut, the green peppers washed and halved, the onion out, all the spices laid out….sniff!… My friend felt like she was on the Food Network preparing a meal with all the prep work done…heh!… Everything tasted wonderful and there was no fighting at all because her mother stayed out of the kitchen (after we came up) and did not peep a word the whole time…snort!… We all enjoyed supper very much tonight.…wuffle!

    Noooooo!…. Rangers get two more runs, just like that!….grunt!….The Tigers are losing their grip on this game dammit!…snort!

  83. Siber-H
    9:23 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Rio, We finished that book, Wait Till Next Year. I understand now what you were trying to tell me but not tell me about the last paragraph. That is an excellent book.
    It was very interesting to read about baseball history from the point of view of a fan instead of a sports writer. I could relate to a lot of what she wrote about…like leaving the room when things were going poorly in the game.

  84. Tupper and Gilly
    9:28 pm on October 15th, 2011

    hmmm – Rio -maybe you have hit on the perfect compromise. Her mother can “control” the ingredients, and then leave, and your friend can cook without supervision.
    Mama would love to be able to walk into the kitchen and have all the ingredients laid out and prepped for her.

    Wonder how many quarters Dawson is still holding onto….

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:29 pm on October 15th, 2011

    GAH!….gurgle!….Dawson you better get back here and help your team!….wuffle!….Now it is 7 ta 2 Rangers….gruffle! ….And they are Still up to Bat!…dammit!

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Gulper!… She said it was really nice cooking that way…heh!…Hardly had to get her hands dirty…sniff!…The chicken tasted wonderful because she was able to spice it up just the way she wanted to…slurp!burp!…Spicey!!

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:35 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Holy!….Speed reading SiberH!… I thought you guys just ordered that book the other day!….grunt!… We are only about half way through it so far…heh!…That is really amazing. Didn’t you just love that last paragraph?….snorkel!

  88. Siber-H
    9:38 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Rio, Your friend does creative work in her spare time. We stick our noses in books.
    We totally loved that last paragraph and your friend should look for the brick someday when she is at Coors Field.

  89. Siber-H
    9:40 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Fellow Sibers, Meashka is going o be a fine role model for the adorable little pipsqueak.

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:05 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Project!…. Just for Rebeccer!…snort!… Here is a dark, out of focus photo of some work in progress…sniff!….She quit for the day but has a clear plan for what to make tomorrow and then through the week she can put the finishing touches on everything she made this weekend….grunt!…That’s the plan anyways…snuffle!

  91. Macy the Min-pin
    10:09 pm on October 15th, 2011

    The difference in opinion on the game time is due to how the Rangers game comes out. (Rangers win, the other game goes to prime time, so….prime time it is.)

    Melanie, did you notice that we posted on the same issue with color. Every time mom thinks she has a special kind of crazy, she finds out that someone else has it too.

    BTW, what did your (Melanie) knee do when it was troubling you? Mom is sitting here with a Tens unit on her knee which is not really helping. It does not feel like a muscle thing, more like all the knee innards are somewhere they do not belong. Pass the cane please.

  92. Barb & Maggie
    10:11 pm on October 15th, 2011

    That would be a perfect way to cook – only thing better would be for a crew to come in and wisk away all the dirty dishes. Maybe her friend’s mom will do all the prep work and the clean-up too!

    We are going to say good night. Back tomorrow. We haven’t had any Sunday morning Ingrid for a while have we? Hint, hint.

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Sundays!….snort!… I got tired of Ingrid on Sundays – no more please…sniff!….How about some sneak peeks of Robbie of Sherwood Street instead?….hmmmm?

  94. Tupper and Gilly
    10:20 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Barb and Maggie – we are right behind you. Mama had to open CLL at 6 this morning, and she is falling asleep on OUR sofa. We need to boot her off, and send her to bed.

    Rio – your friend’s art is lovely – and it is ART, dam it, no matter how modest your friend is. We especially like the daffodils.

    Oops – there she goes again, nodding off….talk to you all tomorrow.

  95. Siber-H
    10:20 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Macy, The Rangers are going to win! What a catch Josh Hamilton made!!!

  96. Tupper and Gilly
    10:26 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Hi Macy! Just saw your post. Tell your Mom she needs to see whats going on with that knee. Better safe than sorry.
    And we hope your Rangers win.

    This time – good night for real.

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:28 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Sixth!….SiberH, it is only the Sixth Inning and the Tigers are only down by Six..…grunt!… Anything can still happen, just you watch…sniff!

  98. Macy the Min-pin
    10:29 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Hamilton was smiling because he knew he would make the highlight reel. Thank dog for walls that have some give, or Joshy would be seeing Tweety Birds. I loved the back flip and quick recovery. I give him a 7 for floor exercise.

    Dad is making popcorn, heh heh, he just put The Others to bed, so I am alone in cleaning up stray kernels. We are going to watch that other game for a while to see who the competition will be. We can’t claim victory yet, but (small type) World Series, remember us? We’re baaack!
    !

  99. Staff
    10:37 pm on October 15th, 2011

    This is what Dawson gets for leaving the room at the wrong time. I am going to have some popcorn just because. Just because it will cheer me up.

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:42 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Grump!…Oh Brother!…snuff!

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:45 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Upset!… We are so upset we are going to go get some ice cream with chocolate syrup….wooooooo!….I’m totally cheered up right now!…snort!

  102. Siber-H
    11:04 pm on October 15th, 2011

    We are going to sleep because we know the Rangers are going to the World Series!!!
    WOO WOO
    night all

  103. Staff
    11:06 pm on October 15th, 2011

    Carpola! I don’t want Macy to be THIS happy! Snicker. Guess I won’t watch anymore. G’nite all. See you tomorrow.

  104. Snowhook Bella
    12:19 am on October 16th, 2011

    Rio: I wish I could have posted earlier about your friend’s work, but my phone died while I was still in Anchorage. One word: Beautiful. The daffodils are beautiful, and the stems and leaves…well, you get the idea. Like you said, you know first paw that feedback from your friends is important.

    Off to do dog chores. Night all.

  105. Macy the Min-pin
    1:28 am on October 16th, 2011

    Rangers. Nuff said.

    Nite nite y’all, from TEXAS (home of the American League Baseball Champions)

  106. dawson
    2:59 am on October 16th, 2011

    Pooh Hugh!
    The Tigers and I both lost our games tonight.
    Congratulations to MacyMinPin and the Texas Rangers.

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