“You’re going on a Crime Bake panel, too?” says Spence.

“Yup,” says Admin. “Gotta run. It’s about building suspense. Can I borrow a copy of Dog On It?”

“Don’t you have one?” says Spence.

“I returned it to the library,” Admin says.

Spence hands over  a copy.

“I’ll talk about this scene,” says Admin.

From Dog On It:

A cold place, with lights that were much too bright shining on machines I didn’t understand. Don’t get me started on machines. The lawnmower is one of the worst, and these, not much like lawnmowers, somehow looked just as bad. I turned back toward the metal door: closed.

“Here you go, big fella,” said the man. “Hop right up.”

Up there? On the metal table? Why would I want to do that? Of course I stayed where I was, four paws planted on the floor. The woman reached out, patted me. Like the other woman, the one at the front desk, she was an expert patter.

“Everything’s all right,” she said. Pat, pat.

“Just need to take a quick look at you,” said the man. “Then we’ll be all done.”

Their voices were gentle. And their hands, too: they lifted me up onto the table. It was cold, that metal table.

“Lie down, there’s a good fella.”

I stayed where I was, standing up, panting a little despite the cold.

“Lie down, you’ll feel much better,” the woman said.

“Have you out of here in no time,” said the man.

The woman glared at him again. I didn’t know why, didn’t care. My mind was on something else: did he mean have me out of this room, or out of the whole place, the shelter? Getting out of the shelter: that was what I wanted. I was so busy thinking about getting out of the shelter that I didn’t pay much attention to them nudging me over onto my side, oh so gently. Every move was gentle. They knew how to handle my sort of guy.

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113 Responses to “Suspense?”

  1. BearSpiritDog
    8:48 am on November 13th, 2011

    Suspense…I had to take a break from reading. OMD! It’s that scene from Dog On It. Gulp. The one where…..

  2. B.Stover
    8:51 am on November 13th, 2011

    Chet should bite the man and woman.

    Good morning all.

  3. BearSpiritDog
    8:58 am on November 13th, 2011

    Continuing reading. Biting my nails here. Telling myself..
    Trying to say. Bear it’s just a story. Chet’s really okay
    Good Morning. But not for Chet…sob, sob.

  4. Barb & Maggie
    9:02 am on November 13th, 2011

    That was not my favorite scene in the books. Yes, it built supense, but what was happening was way too awful. Shouldn’t happen anywhere! One of the reasons we will alway love Suzie.

    Good morning all. Happy Sunday!

  5. Masquers
    9:08 am on November 13th, 2011

    A beautiful view of the moon from my bedroom window. Bathed in moonlight during the night…still visible in the early morning light. Wishing everyone a very happy Sunday.

  6. Rose
    9:44 am on November 13th, 2011

    Good Sunday Morning All!

    Masquers: Once again, a lovely picture!

    Wondering how Rio made out with his overnight/forever guest?
    Also worried about the weather conditions in Colorado. A foot of snow is expected. Bo may never be found again….

  7. Masquers
    9:44 am on November 13th, 2011

    Everyone was in rare form last night. Still laughing from reading your posts:
    From Rio’s continuing frustration with “the visitor” to Siber’s remark “we have seen mail moved across the state in covered wagon” to the Royal’s “like putting a marshmallow in champagne” to Staff going from one end of the music spectrum to the other. From rocking out to Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound on NPR to enjoying Shostakovitch’s Romance Movement.
    It seems ‘early to bed’ is resulting in missing out on some clever quips and lively conversation. sigh.

  8. Rose
    9:46 am on November 13th, 2011

    “Be My Baby” and “River Deep, Mountain High” are my favorite Wall of Sounds songs!

  9. OleyaHowlers
    10:04 am on November 13th, 2011

    Good Sunday All! Masquers, that is a lovely picture of the moon.

    We truly haated that scene from Dog On It. It probably took us many days to be able to get thru. And we agree with Maggie…we will always love Suzie.

  10. OleyHowlers
    10:09 am on November 13th, 2011

    We are all paws this morning, but we wanted to tell you about a rally we are all going to today, to support a new bill called “Daniel’s Law”.

  11. Gus & BooBear
    10:12 am on November 13th, 2011

    Good Morning Everybody!! We hated that scene, too. Even though one knows in the heart that all will be okay, its tough to read. Thank Dog for Susie!!

    Going back to finish last nights post. Wonder if Bo has won over Rio the Evil?

  12. BearSpiritDog
    10:16 am on November 13th, 2011

    O.Howlers It’s about time the two-leggeds stood up for our kind. Kudos to your mom and pop for showing their support for the new bill.

  13. Tupper and Gilly
    10:27 am on November 13th, 2011

    oooo – we are squeezing our eyes shut until that scene is over….Mama never did finish reading it – she just skipped over to the next part when Chet was safe with Susie.
    Guess suspense isn’t our best thing – at least not when animals are involved.

    Oh, and Good Morning everyone!

  14. Masquers
    10:40 am on November 13th, 2011

    G&BB: We are envious of your latest acquisition from the MMCS: The exquisite Zuni Fetish Bear made especially for the Boutique by our beloved Golinka.

    Rose: Worry not. As you can see from the map, the snowy forecast in Colorado is for the higher elevations, such as the ski resorts like Aspen. The same is expected here in the Cascades. However, Rio can expect some wind over the next couple of days.

  15. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:53 am on November 13th, 2011

    Good morning, everyone. We have been reading all the posts but haven’t written much. Mom has been going up and down the hill to Fresno, which is an hour away. She is still in lots of pain from the accident last April and had to start over with new doctors. The good news is that she is scheduled for a series of injections, beginning on November 30. Relief is in sight!

    And as if that wasn’t fun enough, now that my boy Cody is finally sober, he is taking care of some health issues. Thank dog he is still fully insured, because we don’t know what we would do otherwise.

    But all these appointments have put mom behind on the MMCS. She will be sending photos to Melanie tomorrow, and soon we should have some new stock for sale at the Mall.

    And it is finally cold and rainy, which we love. Yesterday, mom made Barb and Maggies’s crockpot chicken, and Bee’s white bread. Yummers!

  16. Masquers
    10:54 am on November 13th, 2011

    Mom is going grocery shopping and returning a dvd to the library, one that is (gasp) overdue. (one wonders how it is even possible to have a overdue dvd) Thanks for the reminder B&M.

  17. B.Stover
    11:01 am on November 13th, 2011

    Wolfie: Good to hear from you. Sorry your mom is still in pain. Hopefully the injections will take it away. I bet the chicken and bread were good.

  18. Melanie
    11:02 am on November 13th, 2011

    Good morning all.

    Luckily we had just come back from a wonderful Walk/Run so I was able to read the post. Even knowing that Chet was okay, it is a difficult scene to read.

    Dagpugnit! I actually KNEW the answer to the bonus question!

    There is a new very heavy cable going up in our area. It’s not down our street but I’m hoping it’s broadband.

    Zoë watched “Flying Wild: Alaska” last night with Dan (streaming Netflix) she thought it was very good. So now we are doing “Due South”, “Once Upon A Time”, “Flying Wild” and I do “Midsomer Murders”. Our favorite thing to watch are books though!

    Dawson, check your SDD in a few whiles.

  19. Tupper and Gilly
    11:05 am on November 13th, 2011

    Oh dear Wolfie – we didnt realize that your Mom was still dealing with that accident pain. We are sending up prayers for her full recovery!
    Its really good to have you back. We have missed you!

  20. Staff
    11:06 am on November 13th, 2011

    Good Morning Plunderers,
    Dawson had a little trouble dressing this morning as the yard guy (Jeff) came to clean the gutters and put his ladder right over her window. She didn’t want to dress in there in case he came down the ladder. (He was up on the roof at that time.) So she decided to dress in the bathroom. However the bathroom has a skylight window. Oops. Back to the bedroom. She says she dressed in the closet.


    We are having my slow cooker beef today. And maybe some smashed potatoes and squash. I like squash a lot. These are squash that Mr.Staff grew in his garden at the farm.

  21. Staff
    11:07 am on November 13th, 2011

    Glad you are back. I hope the pain gets under control soon.

  22. Barb & Maggie
    11:11 am on November 13th, 2011

    Daniel was the lucky one, there were 18 unlucky ones. But if he helps pass a better, more humane bill, maybe that is his purpose this time around.

    It is quiet here, but weather person said last night to batten down the hatches and put away lawn & patio furniture this afternoon.

    Wonder how Rio and Bo did last night. Is Bo going or staying today? Inquiring minds want to know…..

  23. Tupper and Gilly
    11:14 am on November 13th, 2011

    Ummmm – Melanie? Mama is kind of scuffing her toe here, but we told her she should ask. Do you think you could post that pic she sent you last night. She has been talking about how excited she is to be working on this new project with her teacher, and since you seem to think its ok, she is willing to show it to the Plunderers who have been asking.
    But they have to keep in mind – this is her VERY FIRST attempt, so its not very “professional”. But she says that if she gets good at this, she will make a special one for the MMCS next year.

  24. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:20 am on November 13th, 2011

    Chaos!….This house is in turmoil…grunt!… And it’s not my fault either. I’m not the one who has to be up on top of the back of the couch to look out the big bay window…sniff!… Course the whole living room had to be rearranged just so this guy Bo could do that…grunt!…What the hell!? And what’s with all these toys?…grump!… I keep all my toys safe and sound in my bed not strewn all over the place. Don’t ask me where he slept last night because I don’t know…sniff! …I kept him out of my bedroom, that’s all I care about….wheeze!

    Circus!… This guy is so embarrassing to be around when we are outside….grunt!… When he takes a piss he flips up on his two front legs and walks around letting it fly every where….gah!…It looks like a circus act. He almost got me once when he was doing this. Now I’ve learned to stay clear of him…wuffle!…Embarrassing as hell!!

  25. abbiethekitty
    11:28 am on November 13th, 2011

    Oh my Dog!
    Poor Rio it sounds terrible.
    On the other hand Staff recently rearranged the sofa in our sitting room so I can look out the window into the fuzzbutt tree and lay on the back of the sofa.
    I love it.

  26. Gus & BooBear
    11:29 am on November 13th, 2011

    Rio, when shifting the furniture all around for the new guy, did some of your old “surprises” show up?

  27. Gus & BooBear
    11:32 am on November 13th, 2011

    Wolfie, tell your Mom that we hope she feels better soon. It must be so aggravating to have a health issue that just won’t get better! Think of how long poor Melanie suffered before her knee surgery got rid of the aliens!

    But, we really have missed you on the blog!

  28. Melanie
    11:39 am on November 13th, 2011

    Wolfie, I hope your mom feels better soon. If it is muscular she might want to consider acupuncture. Wookie and I both do it, and Zoe has joined the troops.

    T&G: Tell your Mum sure. I just have to switch it from one computer to another.

    Here is the sunrise with Polar Bear tracks in the lower left.

  29. Melanie
    11:40 am on November 13th, 2011

    This just came on. Not sure what the Polar Bear is eating, but he’s digging up the snow. The snow is new wasn’t there yesterday. It’s beginning to ice up. That’s what the Polar Bears are waiting for, to get out there and eat.

  30. Tupper and Gilly
    11:41 am on November 13th, 2011

    Melanie – do you want her to resend it to this ‘puter?

  31. Barb & Maggie
    11:42 am on November 13th, 2011

    Wolfie, Take care of your Mom, and Cody too. Glad he is still sober. Baby steps.

    So Rio, do you like this Bo guy just a little bit? He sounds sorta cute.

    Can’t wait to see the new art work. Barb’s oldest grand is taking a pottery class. She is 12 and the youngest in the class. The other 4-5 kids are high school. She loves the class, but her hands are a little small for the adult sized wheel. Also, she says she has to clean up her own messes, which we thougth was a great idea. Barb told her it is like not expecing her mom to clean up the kitchen when she is done cooking. Part of growing up.

  32. Melanie
    11:54 am on November 13th, 2011

    T&G: Tell your Mum I’ve got it up!
    You might want her to explain what she’s doing.

  33. Tupper and Gilly
    12:04 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Thanks Melanie. She’s kind of embarrased now – it really is just a starter piece.
    Anyway – this is a modern technique of coiling pottery. Each coil is rolled and applied, with little regard to symetry. Straight coils can be curled, small slabs of designed clay can be cut and inserted, and then use the coils to “glue” it together. The inside of the pot is smooth as the coils are pushed together and worked into one flat surface. So, on the inside, it is a watertight solid face pot, while the outside maintains its unique asymetrical design. (boy, we sound just like Mama’s teacher)This pot is about 11 inches high.

  34. Gus & BooBear
    12:09 pm on November 13th, 2011

    T&G, wow!! Your mom should not be embarrassed to show off that artpiece. What a cool technique and talk about one of a kind. We imagin that each piece will be unique. Will they be fired like the other pieces to get different colors or stay the neutral clay color?

  35. Siber-H
    12:09 pm on November 13th, 2011

    I’m not reading THAT scene again although it is extremely well written.

    Masquers, That is a photo to howl at.

    Wolfie, Tell you mom to take care of herself and get to feeling better. The injections should help and as Melanie said, acupuncture, and maybe chiropractic. I’m sorry your mom is having to go through this.
    Whenever the jelly arrives at the store, it will sell.

  36. Tupper and Gilly
    12:14 pm on November 13th, 2011

    G&B – it will get fired once its dry and cleaned. She made this one with “scrap” clay, that is all the leftover clay that is thrown together in one bucket. So there may show up swirls of different colors of clay when its fired.
    Mama will decide then whether to add any other colors and fire those in too. Whew – she is really releived that people kind of like this.
    So, now she is leaving us behind while she goes to play with clay again. Sigh….(ain’t we pitiful?)

    Hey Rio – have a good day, and keep all 4 feet on the ground. tee hee.

  37. Siber-H
    12:17 pm on November 13th, 2011

    T&G That is a beautiful pot!! I have the same questions as Gus&BooBear.

    Rio, Just send Mr. BoJangles down to me for a visit. I’ll straighten him out.

    I am enjoying your Polar Bear photos Melanie. I wonder when the ice on Hudson Bay will be ready for the bears to leave Churchill and go hunting. Hudson Bay freezes up later these days which is hard on the bears.

  38. Siber-H
    12:23 pm on November 13th, 2011

    T&G Different colors will be beautiful on that pot and, yes, I think people are really going to like it!

    Fellow Sibers, I wish I was there to go with you to the rally. NM recently outlawed the gas chamber for animals. If NM can do it, PA can do it. We are usually the last state to do anything that benefits animals (Albuquerque excepted)

  39. B.Stover
    12:23 pm on November 13th, 2011

    T&G: I like the pot. The “movement” of the design reminds me of Van Gogh.

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:02 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Coils!….Just another name for Quilling in Clay…heh!heh!…I knew Golinka liked my friends stuff, but I didn’t know she liked it that much!…snorkel!…My friend says she loves loves loves the quilled pot…wheeze!

  41. dawson
    1:03 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Spence (and Peter) are very good at it. I avoid it. It makes my heart pound erratically or, as in the case of reading The Tutor, makes me stay up all night to finish the book because I cannot sleep at all without knowing the outcome.

    Masquers: Great picture of the Moon and clouds.

    Wolfie: Good to hear from you and hope you feel better ASAP. I am a fan of acupuncture.

    Melanie: Thanks for the polar bear updates.

    T&G: Tell your mum that her new technique is very interesting. I love it. It reminds me of Van Gogh and Rio’s friend’s quilling, only with clay.

    Rio: Your visitor sounds like a real character. Maybe he will run away and join the circus.

  42. Melanie
    1:09 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Siber H When the site is on and we have it full screen, you can see where there is ice beginning to pile up. Not thick enough for the Polar Bears to be on yet.

    Riö: That has totally weirded me out about Bo. I think Dawson is right. Call a circus.

    The THOUGHT of Mac or Franklin doing that is just horrifying.

  43. abbiethekitty
    1:11 pm on November 13th, 2011

    That’s who Staff was thinking of! Van Gogh! I kept looking at the swirls and it felt familiar and looked so intricate and interesting.
    The sky in his Starry night painting has that same energy and movement. Wonderful.

    And yet it still has a Native American look to it. It is amazing how you do that Mz.Royals. I love the free form edge. I can’t wait to see it finished. It is like looking at an un-quilted top for a quilt.

  44. Siber-H
    1:55 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Melanie and Rio, A friend sent mom an email with a video attached of a dog peeing the same way Bo does. It was a small dog like Bo. ummm Yes, It was pretty weird and mom didn’t need that video but at least we know it isn’t only Bo that pees that way. gah

  45. Melanie
    2:49 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Found a video of a group doing “Shape Note Singing”. The people who attend are of all faiths. It’s for people who love to sing. They are singing the last song which appears to be always the same one that all these meetings end on.

    When the meeting ended that we attended, they started singing this and one verse through stood up to shake hands. Okay, I can do that. The thing was . . . I had been sitting in a metal chair for quite awhile and the hip and back were hurting anyway.
    So I’m a bit stiff when I start walking. A man came over and shook my hand. His wife came over and she was one of those people who think that handshaking is an Olympic sport. She grabs my hand, pulls me in and shakes it very hard.

    I begin to fall over and catch myself. Jeez Louise! I’m glad I didn’t end up on the floor!

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:03 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Dawson!… I can only hope the traveling circus will take him when they come through town…grunt!

    Thief!…. Here is a photo of Bo after he absconded with my bone….grump!

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:11 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Revenge!…. Here is Bo after he got in trouble for picking a fight with me when I tried to get my bone back….grunt!… Neither of us can chew these damn bones, it’s just the principal of the thing…snuffle!

    Football!…We are all downstairs watching the Broncos kick some Kansas City butt right now…sniff!…Even Bo…grump!

  48. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:41 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Rio, there is nothing wrong with Bo that a cardboard box and a few rolls of packing tape can’t fix! He doesn’t look very friendly at all! In fact, he looks as if he might be the tiniest bit spoiled.

    I wouldn’t want to share my toys with him either.

  49. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:47 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Mom loves Golinka’s version of Starry Night.

    She is absolutely amazing!

  50. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:54 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Grrrrrrr…….there was an article in today’s paper about a college professor from Sacramento State who walked out of class the day before a midterm because none of the students brought snacks to class. He and the TA went out to breakfast. Apparently it was a class requirement for the students to bring food to every class. On this particular day, the students forgot. He retired in 2006, works part time and makes $44,000 a year.

    Does this bother anyone else?

  51. Masquers
    4:02 pm on November 13th, 2011

    We came back to lots of GREAT photos.
    Melanie’s Polar Bear cam – beautiful sun-rise & a polar bear surrounded by snow sparkling in the morning sun.
    Golinka’s wonderful, wonderful new creation! (oh her teacher must be so, so proud)
    Abbie showing us Van Gogh’s Starry, Starry Night (a personal favorite of mine)
    And, Breaking-Bad-Bo-the-Black-Pug. Heh,heh Rio, he does look very contrite in that last picture. Perhaps you should “give that dog a bone”

  52. Snowhook Bella
    4:29 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Rio: Could it be that Bo is a plant by the MGs?

  53. Barb & Maggie
    4:29 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Wolfie, Yes that Prof. bothers us on so many levels. WWBD?

  54. Snowhook Bella
    4:33 pm on November 13th, 2011

    T&G: Your mum’s coil project is beautiful. Like some others, I knew the motion reminded me of something—Starry Night.

    Masquers: Thanks you sharing that beautiful photo.

    B&M: WWBD isn’t just for grammar anymore.

  55. Rose
    4:44 pm on November 13th, 2011

    WeatherKat: Thanks for letting me know that Rio and his friend won’t be digging out from under a foot of snow. I was afraid Bo’s body might wind up in a snow drift, never to be seen again. Not that Rio would EVER do anything like that, just sayin’.

    Wolfie: Happy to hear from you. Healing thoughts go out to your Mom and Cody.

    Great pictures, Melanie.

    T&G: I love your mom’s project. It does resemble Starry Night. One of my favorite paintings as well.

  56. Tupper and Gilly
    4:57 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Twirling. She is making us dizzy with twirling. She loves her new technique and then came home to find out that others like her technique! Sheesh- she may NEVER stop this silly twirling.
    She never thought of “Starry Night” when doingvtge pot but she had always loved that painting and is incredibly honored that anyone would even think to mention her in the same dentance as Van Gogh.
    Rip – she DID. Think if your friend’s work. She told her teacher about it the other day and then showed him today. He was very impressed. He likes it when people take something plain like paper or clay and create the shape of the picture in their mind. HE said your friend is an artist, so we think your friend should believe him!

  57. BearSpiritDog
    5:24 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Wolfie: Your poor mom! We agree with Melanie & others about the acupuncture treatments. Good news though about your boy Cody. Paws crossed here for his continuing sobriety.
    What do we think about that Prof? Ridiculous behavior. I can hardly wait to heard B’s reaction.
    ShowBella: We love reading your updates on Rio Jr, Pancho & Lefty, Belle Starr and the others. To you, Melanie, the Royal Mum, & Prof B.: The SK entry is the very best. As we read this heartwarming story, perhaps a tear or two did fall. I cannot say for sure.

  58. Masquers
    5:35 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Okay. Now that we have the 10 grain cereal mix on hand, we can try her dad’s recipe that Dawson posted on the blog yesterday. Although, we suspect having dad there to supervise may be one of the key ingredients.

  59. B.Stover
    5:45 pm on November 13th, 2011

    The students should complain about that professor. And I’ve never heard of a part-time teacher earning that much.

  60. Siber-H
    5:49 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Melanie, I know what you wrote about AJ for the SK entry is good. I know it is the best even if I can’t read it. I can’t read it because mom won’t let me have a Yahoo account. She says she knows too many people that have had their Yahoo accounts hacked. There is no reasoning with my mother.
    I am hoping I can read it when it goes on the SK website (if it does) I don’t know how this works.
    She has promised me I can vote to my little Siber heart’s content even if I have to sign in to SK to do it.

  61. Tyb
    6:18 pm on November 13th, 2011

    At $44,000.00 that “prof” should be bringing he treats.

  62. Melanie
    6:45 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Siber-H: Check your SDD.

    Who as ever heard of a requirement that students bring snacks to a class?

    Working on something. BBL

  63. Masquers
    6:49 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Tyb: You’ve got that right!

    Siber: Please tell your mom you don’t have to have a yahoo account to read the SK entry. It’s on the Plunderer’s Dishlickers account. Just sign-in go to mail and voila!

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:51 pm on November 13th, 2011

    SiberH!…SiberH!…SiberH!….sniff!…What can I say? I think I will just give up…wuffle!

    Gulper!…. What do you mean Golinka showed her teacher something that my friend made?…snort!….Someone here is very interested to know what exactly you showed him…chuffle! ….She doesn’t feel like an Artist tonight…heh!…All day long she’s been hunched over working on those little gift cards and tonight she says she just feels really Old and Tired…grunt!

  65. Masquers
    7:00 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Rio: Please tell your friend thank you for working so hard on the gift cards. Her creations are now even more valuable to those of us who were fortunate enough to have placed orders before the deadline.

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:08 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Legend!… We here finally got around to reading The Living Legend entry essay….Woooooo!… I just want to say I am so very proud of all who helped put together that entry for Snowhook and AJ….snort!… I will be voting my paws off…sniff!…I hope we can vote over and over and over again…heh! …It would be so very amazing if AJ and Rebecca won this honor…..WOOOO!

  67. Staff
    7:12 pm on November 13th, 2011

    I have been working hard here too. Not as hard as Dawson who has all the taking care of Mom duties because Mom has the world’s nastiest cold and Staff is staying away from her.

    This staying away from Mom and her germs means I am trapped upstairs mostly so I have been hand-stitching the binding onto Dawson’s quilt. I Have finished one whole side of 105 inches and am taking an apple and blog break.

    I know Rio understands when I say I got rather stiff just sitting there sewing. I think maybe I will organize the trash up here as it is garbage pickup tomorrow morning. Such excitement!

    T&G’s Mom. Here is another image that your pottery made me think of. This one is supposed to be Navajo.

    So maybe your pottery is an American Indian basket as channeled through Van Gogh. heh

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:16 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Maskers!… All of your Full Moon photos have been woo-woo-wonderful! The one today of the Moon surrounded by clouds took my breath away…wheeze!cough!.…Maybe you should become a Professional Kamera Kat….snort!

  69. Staff
    7:17 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Dawson did leave something out of her cereal recipe. She forgot to tell you to do something after you put the cereal in the bowl.

    You are supposed to fill the cooking pot with hot water and put it in the sink to soak until it is time to wash it.
    Very important!
    You wouldn’t want to miss the whole experience would you? Just add this in to your recipe. Snicker

  70. OleyHowlers
    7:21 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Hey Guys! We are home from the rally. There were so many doggies and people there! And the 4-leggeds and 2-leggeds were all singing together. And guess what? Even Daniel himself was there. And out of nowhere, he climbed up and started kissing Senator Dinniman’s cheek. He must be so grateful for the senator’s efforts to save other members of the nation. We didn’t pay attention to all the 2-leggeds speeches, but we did hear that there are 19 states that have outlawed gassing, including Alabama where Daniel was. In fact the law had been passed, but not gone into effect when that happened. Shudder. One woman speaker pointed out that gassing humans was outlawed because it is “cruel and unusual punishment”. So how come we 4-leggeds aren’t protected?

    On a completely different note, Mom is in love with the Royal Mum’s latest creation, and completely in awe of her talent and passion.

  71. Siber-H
    7:24 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Thank You Melanie!! We are going to read it now.

    I like that basket…bet it costs a fortune.

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:32 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Rebecca!… Could you please send the A-Team to come and pick up Bo?…sniff!…I’ve had just about enough of him already…grunt!… He could be used as a foot stool or sumthing for AJ the Giant…sniff!…What do you say?…hmmm..

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:36 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Forgot!…One more thing about Bo and then I am done talking about him today…grunt!… My friend took him for a walk earlier when it was really nice out. The guys who left him here brought his pure leather leash and harness with him…heh!…So of course my friend is thinking “Brutal Walk” for Bo…snort!…That guy hardly made it up around the block before he started wheezing and walking really slow…gruffle!….What a couch potato he is…heh!…My friend says they will have to work on Endurance….cough!..snort!

  74. Gus & BooBear
    7:40 pm on November 13th, 2011

    So, Rio, Bo is going to be there long enough for you friend to work on his endurance…..this doesn’t look good for your “only dog” status. Just saying…………

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:44 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Puss N’ Boots!….Is it your sole mission to stress me out every evening…grump!… I have no idea how long this guy is going to be here annoying me….sniff!… I just report what I hear and I have yet to hear anything about him staying here Forever …shudder!

  76. Belle Starr
    7:47 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Rio: (Whispering) I’ve been thinking for quite sometime that I would like to get a dog of my own. Both my mamas don’t think it’s a good idea. They mumble something about sponsibility—I have know idea what that means, but I’m sure it doesn’t apply to me. I will see if I can borrow the A team to get Bo.

  77. Siber-H
    7:47 pm on November 13th, 2011

    The Living legand!!! That is great!! We cried, but it is a good cry. You guys did an outstanding job on it! It had better win or I will be heartbroken.
    Thanks again, Melanie, and thanks for all the hard work you guys put into it.

    Fellow Sibers, I am disappointed that only 19 states have passed a law against the gas chamber for animals. I thought the numbers might be better than that. For once, NM is running at the head of the pack when it comes to animal welfare laws.
    Thank you for going to the rally.

  78. Gus & BooBear
    7:51 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Rio, you probably don’t have to worry TOO MUCH until he is sleeping in the big bed and you’re forced to stay in your own bed (nice though it may be with all your baseball toys arranged in just the right way.)

  79. Barb & Maggie
    7:53 pm on November 13th, 2011

    We are going to get ready to watch Once Upon A Time and have dinner.

    Staff, Hope your Mom gets over her cold fast so you can go downstairs.

    Oley, Glad the rally was good.

    Rio, Make sure your friend relaxes awhile tonight before the new work week starts. How is your cute little buddy doing?

  80. OleyHowlers
    7:58 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Rio, I hate to say it, but all signs point to Bo being your new brother. I don’t think he is leaving. I thought Kat was just here for a brief visit, but then there was a big crate, and a new bed, and little flags up outside.

    Cheer up. With a name like Bo, the dude can’t be all bad. “Bo knows…”

  81. Melanie
    8:14 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Cheer up Riö. I think you would be able to keep up with The Pack! (Bo would not!)

    Glad the rally went so well.

    Here’s what I worked on today!

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:15 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Oley!…I don’t believe a word you are saying…sniff!…I refuse to believe any of it…wuffle!

  83. Masquers
    8:21 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Thank you, Rio.

    Staff; Heh, I will add that most important information to the recipe. (whispering) will Dawson have time to post it on Dish? Mom wants to add it to her Dishlickers Cookbook along with the latest recipe the Howlers sent over.

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:24 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Riverbear!… Great video of the Newf Pack and Zoe, Melanie!…heh!heh!…Those guys get bigger every time I see them..sniff!

  85. Belle Starr
    8:24 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Melanie: That video is better than Grimm and Once upon a Time combined. Neither have Rose Fly-bys or giving grapes to starving (cough, cough) Newfs. Which dog is on the leash throughout the video?

  86. Staff
    8:25 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Here is another cool time lapse video. This one is from the Space Station. Seeing the lightning and Northern lights from up above is fascinating.

  87. Melanie
    8:27 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Belle Starr, that is our Waltzing Mathilda. She tends to go walk-about. She’ll just follow her nose and when she gets tired? She sits down and wonders why we aren’t picking her up in the car. Sometimes Rose can go find her, but better safe than sorry.

  88. Melanie
    8:29 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Riö, I think because of your “brutal walks” you would be able to keep up with the Pack. That would make you an Honorary Newfoundland!

  89. Staff
    8:31 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Masquers, I sent the cereal instructions to Dishlickers.

  90. Snowhook Bella
    8:35 pm on November 13th, 2011

    I wonder if Waltzing Mathilda is any relation to Whitey-Lance?

  91. Melanie
    8:46 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Bella, I’m beginning to wonder. She is much smaller than all our other Newfs. She’s a throwback to an older type. Wonder if there is some W-L genes in there?

  92. Masquers
    8:54 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Staff: Thank you for sending it over. That was a great NASA time-lapse video. The view from the International Space Station must be incredible.
    Melanie; To see Zoe and the Pack in your most loved River Bear videos is always a joy. The filming is exception – the music is wonderful – the actors sublime.

  93. Masquers
    8:58 pm on November 13th, 2011

    the iPaw again!

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Newf!….heh!… An Honorary Newf! Wooooo!…snort!… I’m in decent shape right now…..chuffle!…She says I need to lose a few more pounds…sniff!…Whatever makes me better than Bo, bring it on…gruff!

  95. Snowhook Bella
    9:12 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Rio: Looking good! You look svelt and your tail looks curly.

  96. Melanie
    9:23 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Riö, all muscle that is all muscle!


  97. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:31 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Rio – you look very gorgeous buy vhy are you take the naked picture? Vhere is bow tie?

  98. Masquers
    9:32 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Rio: Having completed The Brutal Walk and soon to be ready for the next event in the IronPug Triathlon, poses for the camera.

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:40 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Show-down!… I may be 5+ years older than ole Bo, but I have more teeth than he does…heh!heh!…In fact no one has seen his teeth yet…sniff!…Anyway, I could kick his lazy ass if it comes down to a Show-down…snort!… Iron Pug Kick Off!…yessir!…Bring it On!

  100. Snowhook Bella
    9:52 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Rio: I think Stinky Mama’s mentor is correct. Your friend is a quilling artist. Please ask your friend to check her SDD.

  101. Barb & Maggie
    9:55 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Night all. Good pictures today.

    Rio, You look like you are in good fighting weight.

    Here, well it is time for ice cream.

  102. BearSpiritDog
    10:01 pm on November 13th, 2011

    My eyes are closing.
    Good night all – Bear

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:02 pm on November 13th, 2011

    GAAAHHH!…This is never ever good for my friend when Rebeccer first compliments my friends quilling and then asks me to check my Secret Decoder Device…wuffle!….Maybe I will check it tomorrow, Rebeccer…heh!heh!

  104. BearSpiritDog
    10:02 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Did I hear something about ice cream?

  105. Snowhook Bella
    10:26 pm on November 13th, 2011

    I’ve finished sewing all the neck gaiters that were ordered so far at the MMCS. I couldn’t have done it without some help from a very adorable pup. While bits of paper weren’t scattered about, shears were stolen and gnawed, fleece was chewed, and tread was mysteriously unraveled. We make a good team: I do all the work, and he is so cute it’s hard not to forgive his antics.

  106. OleyHowlers
    10:29 pm on November 13th, 2011

    We are watching the second episode of Once Upon a Time…just finished the pilot. Youse guys were right…this is a great show.

  107. Masquers
    10:35 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Howlers: We love it too and it just keeps getting better.

    Mom wants to finish her book.
    G’Night everyone.

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:46 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Rebeccer!…Did you make a Nec-Gator for me?…snuffle!…I think we all need to see more photos of the pups. They grow-up so fast you know…grunt!

  109. Snowhook Bella
    10:56 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Rio: Yes. Your friend request a neck gaiter for you lined with feline print fleece. Is that going to be a problem? 🙂

  110. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on November 13th, 2011

    Bed!….Well, we have to go up to bed early so someone can sort-out the sleeping place of that pain-in-the-ass Bo….grump!…Although, it has been a busy busy day and I am ready to enjoy my warm soft bed and all my baseball toys that better be just were I left them or else!….wheeze! …So off we go up the stairs and hopefully I will be able to visit this here blog tomorrow without being interrupted by someone who knows nothing about any of this…heh!

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