Teeth (4 – From The Dog Who Knew Too Much)

Things happened fast after that. The mule trotted off, clumsy but surprisingly speedy, banging into the side of the cliff on his way and splitting the big duffel bag. Out popped the package of hot dogs – Hebrew Nationals, the exact same kind Bernie and I bought, with the red packaging. The exact same kind, which happened to be the tastiest hot dogs out there – Bernie and I had tried them all. Just when you think life can’t get any better, it does! The next thing I knew I’d snapped up that red package, practically before it even landed. I could taste the hot dogs through this tiny hole my teeth must have made by mistake, but I didn’t take advantage of that to scarf them up. Somehow – hard to explain why, and it wasn’t even like me – I knew that would be bad, and if not actually bad then not good either. Anyway, far too much to think about. I hurried over to Bernie. By that time, he had the shotgun and everything was under control. That’s how we do things at the Little Detective Agency.

The Dog Who Knew Too Much: September 6, 2011.

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147 Responses to “Teeth (4 – From The Dog Who Knew Too Much)”

  1. B.Stover
    9:47 am on March 30th, 2011

    I’m laughing because I knew this one was coming!

    Good morning Chet and everyone.

  2. Rose
    9:53 am on March 30th, 2011

    Good Morning All!

    Spence and Admin. are so predictable!

    Marking the days ’til September 6th!

    Yankees opening day tomorrow…Yipee!

  3. Melanie
    10:14 am on March 30th, 2011

    Oh, no . . . a Yankees fan (shudder) 🙂

    Good boy, Chet! That must have been very difficult NOT to scarf those hot dogs even with the wrapping on them.

    We are expecting 10 inches of snow Thursday night thru Friday morning.

    Happy Spring!

    I’m waiting for the Cracker Jacks to finish my Guys and Gals Red Sox Opening Day gift.

    Haven’t had time to read the rest of yesterdays.

    Our Facebook page had a person to friend. Imagine that! It was a Kat!

  4. Barb & Maggie
    10:16 am on March 30th, 2011

    Rose and C Harris (and Sporty) need avatars!

    Good morning to you all.

    Wonder what the Hebrew Nationals were laced with, that Chet isn’t scarffing them down? BTW, we tried them, and they really are the best! SQ/PA must get some sort of acknowledgement from HN, because he mentions them in the Chet books and Ingrid books too. They are her favorite if I remember correctly.

    Everyone ready PAR-TAY tonight with T & G and the Herbs?

  5. B.Stover
    10:17 am on March 30th, 2011

    Hi Rose.

    Melanie: I had a cat to friend also! Sorry about the snow.

    Medwick Ducky was the inside joke.

  6. Barb & Maggie
    10:23 am on March 30th, 2011

    Melanie, We didn’t have a Kat on our FB page. We feel left out!

    Bee, did you understand the inside joke?

  7. dawson
    10:24 am on March 30th, 2011

    Good morning!
    Chet: Such restraint. This is why the Little Detective Agency is so great. One of the perks of your fantastic job is that sometimes you have to haul away a package of Hebrew Nationals. Life is good.

    Melanie: I hope the weatherman is wrong for your area. Our melt has slowed down to a trickle. Waiting for the Cracker Jacks?

  8. B.Stover
    10:34 am on March 30th, 2011

    B&M: I didn’t understand the joke because I’d never heard of Joe “Ducky” Medwick until yesterday when I looked him up. What about you? (I didn’t know you were on FB.)

  9. Melanie
    10:37 am on March 30th, 2011

    Things in the The Red Sox Opening Day Gift Package:

    Quacky Baseball, for guys
    One pair of Red Sox sunglasses, for gals
    Huge bag of in the shell peanuts, for both
    6 small Cracker Jacks, for both
    (they will have to figure out how to split the prizes)

    OTAS and F are getting theirs this weekend.
    YSAS and SO are getting theirs by mail.

  10. Rose
    10:37 am on March 30th, 2011

    Melanie: What’s wrong with being a Yankee fan?

    Hi B!

    Barb & Maggie: I like my anonymity…

  11. Tupper and Gilly
    10:46 am on March 30th, 2011

    Morning everyone – Mama says we have to write fast cuz she needs to be in the kitchen to get ready for the dinner party. So, she will be scrambling around with crabs, chickens and chutney. Sounds like a country & western group, doesn’t it.
    See ya all tonight – don’t forget, dress is informal, but if you want to wear your best collars, everyone will notice.

  12. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:58 am on March 30th, 2011

    Quacky!…It sounds like it took years and years for Quacky Baseball to become a reality…snort!… It’s a good thing The Charming Mr. Abrahams has about a billion new ideas each day or he would starve…heh!

    Baseball!… Oh no….sniff!…Now we have two Yankees fans on this here blog….grump!….That will make Agent Molly happy, if she ever comes back to us…wuffle!

  13. Barb & Maggie
    11:12 am on March 30th, 2011

    On the late night poem from yesterday. Last line was sad. Barb is not good at analyzing poetry, but it sounds like she is comparing Spring to a young girls first love, and then the guy turned out to be a storm and froze her heart. Feel free to jump in, Bee.

    We had never heard of that Ducky Medwick either. No big surprise there!

  14. B.Stover
    11:31 am on March 30th, 2011

    Wolfie/Mary: How many poems do you have? Have you ever tried to get any published? (Actually that’s not a question that you have to answer. I’m suggesting that you try to publish.) There are publications called “chapbooks” and they are usually no longer than 40 pages.

  15. Tupper and Gilly
    11:37 am on March 30th, 2011

    Just one last quick note for now – we are just catchung up from yesterday.
    Jasper – thanks for the video of the knitted wedding – that Corgi was too cute. Makes Mama wish she could knit.
    Kirby – betcha that bird was a vulture. Their backs have that hairy look, since their feathers are designed not to be weighed down with the gook that they eat. They do serve a very important function, but still – ick.
    Wolfie – your poem about spring was wonderful and sad and poignant and truthful and symbolic and …just…sob…it touched us.
    Oops – now we really have to go…Mama is shredding cheese and she might just possibly drop some….

  16. B.Stover
    11:49 am on March 30th, 2011

    Rio: You won’t like this: Season 5 of Man Men is delayed until 2012. Here’s the NYTimes article:


  17. Melanie
    11:49 am on March 30th, 2011

    YSAS will be doing a second extension of Reservoir starting this weekend. Two weeks long. I’m going to try to see him on the 9th. It all depends on transportations.

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:00 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Gah!… Oh no, not Mad Men too….sob!… Between On Demand dropping episodes left and right of our favorite shows and AMC looking to make even more money off of Matthew Weiner’s show, we won’t have anything left….sob!…I hope Matthew sticks to his gun and tells AMC to take a hike….grunt!…He could easily have Mad Men produced on another channel worthy of its quality….snort!

  19. Barb & Maggie
    12:02 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Jumping in on T & G’s comments on Vultures. They also have bald heads, so when they stick their heads into a decaying carcass, they don’t get yuck on their feathers, and thus spread disease. Double yuck!

    Bee, that is neat that you think Wolfie’s mom could get published. Such talent on this blog!

  20. Barb & Maggie
    12:05 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Does anyone have an opinion on the 8 part Kennedy saga that was going to be on TNT or Lifetime, and was dropped as too controversial? Now another channel is going to have it, starting this coming Sunday. Not sure which one, it is 299 on our Dish Network.

  21. BearSpiritDog
    12:07 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Hebrew Nationals!!! Chet, just the mention of our favorite of favorites…darn…we could have requested some for hor d’oeuvres tonite. Is it too late?

    Good Morning All!

  22. dawson
    12:30 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Yes! Hebrew Nationals! I’ve never had them. Whenever Chet mentions them, my mouth starts watering. They are not in the grocery stores here.
    Melanie: Good for McKey. I hope you get to attend.
    Barb and Maggie: No opinion on that as I’ve never heard a thing about it.

  23. Barb & Maggie
    12:37 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Spence and Admin. mentioned mules in today’s post. Do you think they knew that today is Natinal Mule Day? We didn’t until we saw it on the Hobby Farm calendar by the computer.

    Mules really are not clumsy. They are smarter and stronger than horses and more sure footed. That’s why they make better pack animals. They are called stubborn, because when they get over tired they stop, period. A horse won’t do that. A mule comes from a mama horse and a daddy donkey. That is probably all you wanted to know about mules, except maybe that they can not reproduce.

  24. Barb & Maggie
    12:41 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Dawson, The Kennedy series has Kathy Holmes (Tom Cruise’s wife) and Greg Kilnear (sp?) as Jackie and Jack. In the previews they look very realistic.

  25. Rose
    12:41 pm on March 30th, 2011


    I’m depressed about Man Men too. The horror!

  26. OleyHowlers
    12:56 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Barb & Maggie: Its not true that a horse wont just stop when they tire. We see our mom’s mare do that all the time. Mom says she is lazy, but we think its because Meashka plays (chases) her all day long.

  27. B.Stover
    12:58 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Sorry Rose and Rio. Yesterday I watched the first episode of Body of Proof. It is on Tuesdays at 10PM Eastern time on ABC. They are having a special episode on Sunday as well. I thought it was good. Here’s the Wikipedia article:


  28. B.Stover
    1:02 pm on March 30th, 2011

    B&M: Having lived through the Kennedy saga, I don’t think I want to watch an 8-part series on it. (I remember exactly where I was when I heard about President Kennedy’s assassination.) There was something about the controversy on CNN but I wasn’t paying attention. Are you going to watch it?

  29. OleyHowlers
    2:03 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Zebbe’s pic is on FB

    2:44 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Bee, I may watch it. I liked the Kennedys a lot at the time, as did most of the nation. Back then, dark secrets remained dark secrets. I remember where I was too, and even what the person said to me who told me about the shooting. Although, I don’t remember the person telling me – it was another student.

  31. Siber-H
    2:48 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Rose, Mollypop will be thrilled to have another Yankee fan on the blog.
    Mom was once a Yankee fan, but not so much anymore.

    We are not going to watch that Kennedy saga, but have heard of it because that little bitty channel that is showing it is based here in Albuquerque. The History Channel no longer shows history programs. We call it the stupid channel now.

    There is a very good reason they use mules instead of horses to transport tourists to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Mules are more sure footed than horses and we would wouldn’t want a tourist to go over the cliff edge.
    Mules were also the preferred beast of burden for the same reason during the mining booms in the Colorado Rockies.

    Woo Woo I’m off to look at the picture of Zebbe.

  32. B.Stover
    2:49 pm on March 30th, 2011

    B&M: I had just taken a test in government class and the principal announced it over the speaker system. I don’t want to relive that pain and confusion all over again…a coward at heart.

  33. Wölfie
    2:49 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Okay, that’s one mystery that is solved. We now know the hidden joke on Quacky Baseball! I would have NEVER have guessed it!

    Bee, no I have never tried to publish, although it’s been a lifelong dream of mine. One day I figure I’ll have something worthwhile saying, and I’ll go from there.

    Now it’s Wolfie’s turn to talk: Chet, you have more self discipline than I do. I would have eaten those hot dogs all gone! Good boy!

    Can’t wait for the party and all the prime rib!!! Since it’s a week night, I am going to blur in for just a short while, long enough to pick up my prize for being the best blurrer. It will be good to see everyone!

    About the Kennedy thing….how do I say this nicely? Somehow I don’t think that Katie Holmes has the chops to play Jackie. I could be wrong, but I get the sense that it may be a little bland. We’ll have to watch it and see!

  34. Siber-H
    3:01 pm on March 30th, 2011

    I’m smitten…I think Zebbe has freckles.

    I’m getting brushed today because we are going out this evening. NO BATH I do not need a bath to eat Prime Rib.

    Wolfie, we agree with you about the Katie Holmes and Jackie thing.

  35. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:21 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Katie!…Isn’t she that bad actress who married that really bad actor who screwed up his career by being insane?…snort!

  36. Melanie
    3:55 pm on March 30th, 2011

    I’m doing a trade! Crab cakes for photo work!

    T & G’s Royal Mum is putting in for a juried show. I am putting two of her works up so you guys can see them.

    First: Turtle!

  37. Melanie
    3:56 pm on March 30th, 2011

    It was not easy to attach these to the sky.

    Next: Buffalo! (She won’t let me put up the third)

  38. BearSpiritDog
    4:02 pm on March 30th, 2011

    O.Howlers!Thanks for keeping us up to date! Time to get ready for the party! See you all there!

  39. B.Stover
    4:03 pm on March 30th, 2011

    The turtle and buffalo are awesome! (Whispering: If one wanted to buy the turtle how much would it cost?)

  40. B.Stover
    4:05 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Wolfie/Mary: Don’t wait for “one day”–just do it!

  41. Rose
    4:10 pm on March 30th, 2011


    Thank goodness for another Yankee fan!

    Great minds think alike Mollypop!

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:14 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Melanie!…I want to see the third one!…grunt!

  43. Siber-H
    4:20 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Rio, that is a definate yes to your question about Katie. Their kid/kids probably don’t stand a chance at sanity either.

    Those are very beautiful, Melanie. We like them. The Southwestern influence is there for sure, but they are original.
    What is a juried show?
    What is the one she won’t let you put up?
    We’d like to see her do a wolf.

  44. Melanie
    4:39 pm on March 30th, 2011

    You guys will have to talk to Tupper and Gillie’s mom!

    It was groomer day here today.

    All day and just two dogs, but Mac and Ellie look great!

  45. BearSpiritDog
    5:22 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Siber-H! Yes, a wolf! We think the turtle & buffalo are great, Melanie-T&G.

    Zebbie is a keeper – just look at that face!

  46. Melanie
    5:36 pm on March 30th, 2011

    I just took the pictures and put them on a disk for T & G’s mum.

    We have just put the crab cakes in the oven!

  47. dawson
    5:36 pm on March 30th, 2011

    I love Turtle, Buffalo and Zebbe! What is the turtle’s shell made of? Photos of Ellie and Mac all groomed up would be called for here. Hope they don’t get all messed up eating prime rib tonight.

  48. Melanie
    6:43 pm on March 30th, 2011

    We got to sneak a taste of the crab cakes!
    Zowie!! All three of us thought they were fantastic!
    The Pack is not pleased because we through them outside while we ate them.

    Can’t wait to see the rest . . .

    BTW Kirby: Very funny wedding video.

  49. LizF
    7:14 pm on March 30th, 2011

    I want to see the third one too! I love the blue on the turtle. How big are these?

  50. Barb & Maggie
    7:18 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Beautiful work! Can we see the 3rd one?

    Barb had to work this afternoone, just got home to grab me and her sparkling grape juice, and we are on our way to the Party. Save some crab cakes for us!

  51. Staff
    7:19 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Notice in the newspaper this morning. Amoung the new venders at the Target field this year, a booth with Hebrew National hotdogs. I can’t wait to try one. 😀

    BBL, off to catch up on the blog.

  52. Staff
    7:27 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Hey Dawson,
    I just ordered Twins tickets for us for May 14th. We can have our first Hebrew Nationals together.

    Hmmmm, when does the party start? I am hungry.

  53. Tupper and Gilly
    7:35 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Hi Everyone – Are you ready to party? Mama has been cooking and cooking all day and we have two huge puddles under our jaws, just smelling all the goodies.
    So, now she is setting out the appetizers, and we are just waiting for the doorbell to start ringing and everyone arriving. We do need to ask someone to act as bartender cuz Mama wouldn’t know a martini from a bikini. (she is not inclined to use either one) But we do have plenty of Cranberry Spritzers, O’Doul’s (fake) beer and our favorite sherbet punch ( 2 big bottle of ginger ale in a punch bowl with a tub of raspberry sherbet melting into it)
    So, head on over. The menu for tonights appetizers is:

    Chet’s Cheddar and Cheese Nibblers
    Cummington Crab Cakes
    Blame it on Rio Hot Wings with Dip
    Slim Jims AND
    Hebrew National Hot Dogs

    (Everything except the Slim Jims are gluten free and low salt!)

  54. Tupper and Gilly
    7:37 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Chet’s Cheddar and Chutney Nibblers

    3 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese (about 20-24 oz)
    (store purchased shredded works fine, or if you have a favorite cheddar, start shredding it by hand)
    2/3 cup mango chutney, mild or hot
    8 oz shelled almonds, walnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts-chopped very fine

    Place cheddar shreds in a bowl and leave out to warm to room temperature. While it warms, place the chutney in a small bowl and chop it very fine with no large chunks.

    Mix chutney into the room temperature cheddar shreds, stir well, cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
    Place the finely chopped nuts in a shallow bowl (I used macadamias for you folks since it is a dinner party, but you can use the other types of nuts if you prefer.)
    Scoop a tablespoon of cheddar mix, quickly roll into a ball and drop into the chopped nuts. Roll to coat, set on a plate. After all cheese is rolled and coated with nuts, set the plate back in the fridge till serving time.

  55. Tupper and Gilly
    7:39 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Cummington Crab Cakes –Gluten Free Version

    8 oz real crabmeat

    1 egg
    2 TBLS Hellman’s Mayonaise (gluten free)
    1 TBL Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard (gluten free)
    ½ tsp lemon juice
    ½ tsp Worchester sauce (gluten free)
    2 TBLS melted butter
    ½ tsp Old Bay Seasoning
    1/4 cup chopped onion, or green onion
    1 ½ TBLS dry parsley
    1 ½ cups Gluten Free Breadcrumbs
    Canola or other vegetable oil for pan frying

    Mix all ingredients EXCEPT crab meat and stir very well. Fold in crabmeat. (This mixture can be used right away, but will hold together better if refrigerated for a couple hours or more.) Take a heaping tablespoon of crab mix and flatten into a small pancake, a little larger than a silver dollar. Make all pancakes first, and then heat a frying pan with just enough oil to coat the bottom. Fry crab cakes over medium heat, turning once when the bottom is browned.
    (This same recipe will work with plain breadcrumbs or an equal amount of Ritz cracker crumbs. You can also use imitation crab meat, but remember, that is NOT gluten free)

  56. Tupper and Gilly
    7:40 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Blame it on Rio Hot Wings – Low sodium version

    2-3 lbs chicken wing sections
    4 TBLS butter
    2 TBLS McIlhennys Tabasco Sauce –its MUCH lower in sodium
    1 TBL cider or wine vinegar

    Preheat oven to 375. Spray cookie sheets/shallow backing pans with non stick spray. Lay chicken wing sections in a single layer in pans. Spray lightly with more non stick spray and dust with paprika if desired.
    Bake at 375 for 30 minutes
    Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add McIlhenny’s and vinegar. (You can use more or less Tabasco sauce, depending on how hot you like it) Keep warm over low heat.
    Dump some of the cooked chicken wings into the butter sauce, cover the pan and shake well to coat all wings.
    Remove wings, leaving butter sauce in the pan, add more cooked wings and repeat. If the wings use up all the butter sauce, simply melt more butter, add more McIlhenny’s and vinegar and keep going.

    Blue Cheese Dip

    ½ cup sour cream
    ½ cup Hellman’s Mayonaise
    4 oz Blue Cheese, crumbled
    1 tsp white vinegar

    Mix all together, mashing blue cheese in. Serve with celery sticks and wings.

  57. Tupper and Gilly
    7:43 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Nibble to your heart’s content – there’s plenty for everyone! And since the next course doesn’t start until next Wednesday, you have lots of time to get hungry again.
    (Soups and salads next week…hmmm, think we can sneak some brussel sprouts in there?)

  58. Staff
    7:49 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Oh my goodness I am so hungry. I am really ready for the nibbles. Thank you so much for posting the recipes too. YuM! Tastes delish. I am going to try everything!
    So is Abbie. Alice is just trying the crabcakes and the Hotdogs.

  59. Staff
    7:59 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Gosh my fingers are all sticky. Maybe I will wipe them on this handy little Pug. His fur is just the right texture.

  60. Melanie
    8:00 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Zoë says she may get a new lease on life with all this partying.

    When OTAS is up we are having the crab cakes again ( and believe me they are good) for dinner. Must do the Chet’s cheese nibblers and Riö’s Hot Wings.

    Got to find that picture of Mac . . .

  61. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:02 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Mom just got home from handbell practice, so I’m on my way for those appetizers, but first I need to know how cold it is up there. This is is a picture of the tree in my yard. Since this is what I’m coming from — and I’m afraid it’s still cold and snowy up where T&G live — do I need to wear my coat over my good collar?

  62. dawson
    8:03 pm on March 30th, 2011

    I’m on my way!
    ‘m at the border where I had an excellent pat-down and now…uh oh…I’m being pulled out of the line…crapola. I won’t be long. Save me a hot dog and a whole bunch of Blame it on Rio Hot Wings with Dip.

  63. Siber-H
    8:04 pm on March 30th, 2011

    I’m heading for the crabcakes with Alice!! Hotdogs are next!!
    I would suggest Wookie and Rio as bartenders.
    I’m bringing these recipes home to mom…especially the crabcakes. Yum…they are as good as salmon bonbons.

  64. Staff
    8:08 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Oh Nnnnnnooooo.
    I think Dawson is going to have another adventurous trip. I wonder if she will travel with the garbage truck again. I’ve got a stash of the hot wings and one HN hotdog saved for you. Abbie is guarding them.

  65. Siber-H
    8:10 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Kirby, I think you and Macy both need to wear a coat.

  66. Barb & Maggie
    8:12 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Delish! Barb is busy writing down all the recipes (except for the hot dogs, of course). She loves crab cakes, so we will try making some of those. And the wings, too. We have been looking for a good blue cheese dipping sauce for the wings. Yummers! This is going to be so much fun, expecially spreading it out like this!

  67. B.Stover
    8:16 pm on March 30th, 2011

    I can be bartender. (Rio and Wookie would drink all the ingredients.)

  68. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:20 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Everything is so yummy. And thanks for not using walnuts in the cheese dish– my mom is allergic to walnuts. Oops, better be sure to save some of the wings for Rio. Wookie

  69. BearSpiritDog
    8:21 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Hello Friends! Bear & Masquers here! No, heh heh, Masquers doesn’t think this is a Halloween party, she always wears that mask.

    That bowl of Rasberry Sherbet Punch looks very tasty and what’s this? Hebrew Nationals? Yummers! I’ll leave the Slim Jims for Chet. Hot Wings, Crab Cakes and Cheese Nibblers, Oh Boy!

    Tupper&Gully: you have truly out done yourselves with our first course. What a beginning to our Feast!

  70. dawson
    8:21 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Whew! The security guard was taking out the latex gloves when I mentioned I was going to a party given by some Corgis who were great friends of some Newfies. That changed everything because this guard was a Newfoundlander whose best friend is a vet who just got a therapy Corgi to help with his PTSD.
    He called his friend and he’s coming to the airport to get me. Thank dog. I’ll be there soon.

  71. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:30 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Ah, but vhere is my little commander Rio? I vas hoping to share a ving or two vith him. Ah, but alas, Natasha must leave already. It it not good for Vorld’s Best Undercover Spy to stay in von place too long.
    B.Stover, please make sure my little Spugnik does not drink too much vodka martini pleeze. He is already so grumpy, a hangover vould not be pretty.

  72. dawson
    8:30 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Hey you dogs! Look up! Waaaay up! Do you see me?
    Do you hear the Thwacka thwacka thwacka thwacka? I’m in the helicopter. And this guy is craaaazy! He’s weaving back and forth, stalling the engine then starting it up again just when I think we will fall to our deaths, laughing maniacally and having way to much fun at my expense.

  73. Siber-H
    8:32 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Yes, very good idea…Stover will be bartender.
    Is the Borzoi coming to the party? She is very entertaining.

  74. Staff
    8:34 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Oh goodness Dawson,
    Why do you get in helicopters and garbage trucks with these strange people? Hang on! Maybe you should invite the pilot to the party too. Unless he is the ‘friend with PTSD’.


  75. Siber-H
    8:36 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Awww…The Russian is leaving already.
    Dawson gets to have all the fun. She got to go in a dog sled and fly with a bush pilot to the Superbowl and I didn’t. Of course, there was also the garbage truck.

  76. dawson
    8:36 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Whew! Finally landed on the grassy knoll just down the road. I told him he would be welcome to come but he had to get the helicopter back. I can hardly wait for those appys.

  77. Melanie
    8:40 pm on March 30th, 2011

    If he’s the friend with PTSD I hope that corgi is with him.

    The Pack is being very good (for them) and are not hogging the Hot dogs. snicker.

    Right now it’s not too cold, KirbyT, it’s 41. For us that’s warm.

  78. Melanie
    8:42 pm on March 30th, 2011

    B.Stover: Please do not let Mac and Frank have any more beer. They seem to be “in their cups” since Nattie left.

  79. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:44 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Hey, Dawson! Just cuz you’re finally there, don’t forget I’m still on my way, so don’t eat all the food! I really, really, really want to try some of those hot dogs — when Mom has hot dogs she gives me the end of the bun, without any hot dog in it! A hot dog all to myself sounds absolutely, positively divine!!!

  80. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:47 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Melanie: 41 degrees is warm?! Right now it’s 52 degrees here, and I’m freezing!!! I’d better bring my coat AND my Iowa blanket!!!

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on March 30th, 2011

    OUT!…. Let me out of the car!…dammit!… I’m missing the party and I just know everyone is going to eat my hot wings before I get there….snort!…She worked late tonight and it took us forever to drive across country for this shing-dog-diggety Do!…grunt!

    Ding-Dong!…..Ding-Dong!…..Ding-Dong Ding-Dong Ding-Dong Ding-Dong
    Ding-Dong Ding-Dong Ding-Dong Ding-Dong….Open the door Tupper! Let me in!…gruff!

  82. dawson
    8:48 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Corgis, you are so good looking. Good to meet you face to face. Thanks to your mum for hosting and cooking. It sure looks good. Yes I will have some sherbert punch. Hmmmmmm.
    You know, I saw a Borzoi getting into the helicopter that looked like Natasha the Notorious. But nawww. All those Borzoi’s look alike, don’t they?

  83. Tupper and Gilly
    8:50 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Rio!!!!! so glad you are here! We thought you couldn’t make it. Come on in and have some wings!

  84. Melanie
    8:53 pm on March 30th, 2011

    And the world stops . . .

    Riö has left his yard.

  85. LizF
    8:53 pm on March 30th, 2011

    I love the name – Blame it on Rio Hot Wings – nice one T&G! What’s Old Bay Seasoning?

  86. Melanie
    8:54 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Uh oh, I think Mattie (our smallest Newf) has been taking Zoë’s meds.

    She just dropped kicked Mac and he went into the wall.

    Sorry about that . . .

  87. Barb & Maggie
    8:54 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Dawson, You do have wild escapades, don’t you. Guess it gives you a lot to talk about if things sort of lag at the party.

    And Kirby, what a beautiful tree! Is that a Magnolia, the flowering tree for which I am named? It doesn’t look like the old fashioned tulip shape flowers.

    Where is Rio? And Natasha was leaving as I got here, guess she couldn’t stand the competition!

  88. dawson
    8:55 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Abbie! Where’s my Blame it on Rio Wings and Hebrew National?
    Hey Wookie, good to see you. Siber H: Are you having Iditarod withdrawal? Hi Sis: You got us tickets to a Ball Game. You are the best! Rose! Stop licking me!

  89. AbbietheKitty
    8:56 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Hi there Rio! Good to see you. I have been saving some hot wings, slurp slurp slurp, for Dawson. Do you want some of them, huh huh huh? I could give some to YOU Rio,


  90. Melanie
    8:57 pm on March 30th, 2011

    LizF: Must be an American thing . . . http://www.oldbay.com

  91. Basil and Sage
    8:59 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Hey Pugbutt! Glad you could make it. Just cuz of you Mama took perfectly good chicken wings and ruined them with hot sauce! She did let us have the tips that she cut off, so we guess it’s all worth it.
    Whaddya say we make the theme of this party “Getting Better Together”? We can celebrate Barb’s 3 month clearance, Wookie getting thru his chemo in fine form, Melanie starting to really walk without hobbling, and without pain, Staff getting stronger with iron, and Rio getting to breathe with his air purifier.
    Looks like the year of the Rabbit may be a good one after all!

  92. AbbietheKitty
    8:59 pm on March 30th, 2011


    Uh right here Dawson.. uh ah um…Hide under the table Rio, she is headed this way.

    Here you go Dawson. UHMMMM two of Rio’s famous Blame it on him Ribs and, ahem, half of a hotdog.

    cough cough.

    Oh, Look over there. A new batch is just coming out of the kitchen. Whew!

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:01 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Hey!… I’m really here!… snort!snort!….Where are the wings? Is Wookie here yet?….sniff! …Where’s the booze?… grunt!…Give me a bowl! Give me two bowls!!…wheeze!…Get Dawson away from the Wings!…yeeep!

    Waiting!…Someone is waiting in the car reading her book, so when the party is over I need to get back in that car so we can go home…snorkel!

  94. Melanie
    9:01 pm on March 30th, 2011

    “Yes, I would like to have some Chet’s Cheddar and Chutney Nibblers and while I stand here with a plate in hand, I would just like to say . . .”

    Zoom (flying Gracie grabs plate, lands on two paws, twists, sends them flying so that each nibbler is caught by a different dog)


  95. dawson
    9:02 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Abbie: You are one lucky cat. And since I’m happy to be alive after that heli ride, I’ll even give you some tummies. Wow! That is one fat tummy.
    Hey BearSpiritDog: You are one handsome dude.
    Rio: Looking good! You must be sticking to that diet. Well…not right now, of course. Your wings are fabulous.
    Crab Cakes! Oh my sweet baby dog! These are super delish!

  96. Melanie
    9:03 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Riö, why don’t you ask your friend in? Some of this food was designed with her in mind!

  97. dawson
    9:03 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Gracie! Did you practice that?

  98. Melanie
    9:04 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Darn, the computer down stairs is just about to go to sleep.

    Have a great party all!

    T & G, your mom won’t mind the Pack staying overnight, right? Darn there goes the connection.

  99. Tupper and Gilly
    9:06 pm on March 30th, 2011

    So glad you are all having a good time – eat up, there’s lots more where that came from. (We thought just maybe Chet would show up so we have a whole truckload of Hebrew Nationals – oh well, I guess we could eat them ourselves…)
    We thnk we should get together a care package of American goodies for Liz – Old Bay and Wolfie’s toffee…what else should we send?

  100. AbbietheKitty
    9:08 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Thank you Dawson,
    I would like to tell you that the Twins game you are going to is also the Dairy Queen/Twins cap day so you have to get there early so you can get your caps.

    And I love my tummies. Wookie and I are alike in that way.

  101. Tupper and Gilly
    9:11 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Dawson – you are the bravest person we ever met! No matter how rough your journey, you always make the trip. You do meet some fascinating people along the way….
    Rio – by all means have your friend come in. We want to raise a glass to the person who puts up with you day and night, night and day…and dresses you for parties on top of it. You friend has got to be one special person!
    Melanie – the Pack is welcome to stay over – they will be a great help when it comes to doing the dishes!

  102. Staff
    9:12 pm on March 30th, 2011

    We could send Liz some Vernor’s Ginger Ale.
    That is what I brought as my BYOB.
    My Dad (Detroit) and Mom (Alma) grew up in Michigan and Dad used to go right to the Vernor’s factory and get his yummy Vernor’s. You can hardly find it over in Minnesota and North Dakota. I doubt that it has gotten to Australia.

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Melanie!….Nope!…snort!…This a party with my friends not hers…grunt!…She’s okay in the car…sniff!

    Tupper!…Don’t send Liz any of my hot wings!…snort!….There are barely enough here for me and Dawson to fight over…grunt!….Where’s Wookie and our Martinis?….sniff!…I need to talk to him in private about some super secret undercover stuff….wheeze!…It will take a few Martinis, I’m sure…heh!

  104. Staff
    9:14 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Gosh a photo of Abbie that I have put up here many times is being moderated. Can it be that I mentioned Vernor’s Ginger Ale?
    What is bad about that?


  105. B.Stover
    9:14 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Mattie, Mac and Frank switched from beer to martinis because Rio took four bowls and is licking away at each of them.

  106. Barb & Maggie
    9:17 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Barb has improved her vocab as well. It now includes tummies, which I insist on nightly. But later… I am still grazing right now. Eat slowly, you can hold more!

    Rio, so glad you made it, but you missed Nattie. Why don’t you call your friend in to join us? She doesn’t need to stay in the car. There is even low sodium in her honor.

  107. Alice Johnson
    9:17 pm on March 30th, 2011


    Sorry for that one sound post.

  108. Staff
    9:19 pm on March 30th, 2011

    It’s OK Barb and Maggie,
    I am taking some treats out to Rio’s friend. I am quite full and maybe she will let me sit in the car with her and read my book.

    I hope we don’t burn out her interior lights.

  109. B.Stover
    9:20 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Rio even wore his black tie. Vernors is made in Michigan.

  110. Siber-H
    9:23 pm on March 30th, 2011

    I want the Pack to spend the night…we can talk over old times and plan for new times.

    Dawson, I’m having some Iditawithdrawal, but it helps a great deal that we have Snowhook to cheer on this year, and the Baseball season starts on Friday.

    This is a wonderful party, T&G and your mom is a great cook. The food is great!! Rio, I have been eating crab cakes and hot dogs and saving the hot wings for you.

  111. dawson
    9:25 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Blue Cheese Dip goes perfectly with these wings.
    There is one good thing about being on the dark side. One burp posts are totally allowed.
    Plus Rio and Wookie are on their umpteenth martini.

  112. Tupper and Gilly
    9:26 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Thank you all so much for coming, and for saying such nice things about MAma’s artwork and her cooking. She really loves doing both!
    Her art pieces are made of stoneware clay. They tend to be about 15 to 18 inches at their tallest/widest part. She does the clay and after it is fired, she does some glaze color accents and fires it again. Then she adds gold leafing and dicroic glass accents. That’s what the blue color on the turtle is.
    Right now she is catching fits cuz the person who does her firing keeps breaking pieces. She worked on a bird for about 20 hours and protected it like an egg. Then the kiln person dropped it. So now she has a bird in about 20 pieces. sigh….
    She did ask Melanie to post a couple of pics of the pieces she was submitting, but she didn’t want to overdo it by having Melanie put them all up. (Melanie did an incredible job of photographing and setting up the pics!!!!!) Siber – a juried art show is one where you have to send in pics of your work and a “jury” of show producers pick which artists they want to invite to the show. There is a HUGE juried show right here in our home town that Mama would like to get into, but so far she has only made the waiting list. Here’s hoping that this will be our year.

  113. dawson
    9:29 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Hey! Did everybody see our newest dog, Zebbe? She looks like a real firecracker. It is very exciting to have a Iditarod team to support. Here’s to Siber H and Rio! If not for them…Belch!. Oops (giggle) I could light that on fire!

  114. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:30 pm on March 30th, 2011

    No!…It got dark in here all of a sudden…grump!…We aren’t going to be playing any kissing games, are we?….sniff!…My friend warned me about that happening at these kind of parties…snort!…It there a TV in this joint?…heh!…Maybe these guys are getting the most up to date episodes of my shows…sniff!

  115. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:31 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Sorry I’m late. Biddie took my good collar when she left and I had to go by her place and get it. Kids, borrow your things and don’t return them.

    Everything is so yummy. Would it be rude of me to make a little doggy bag for Belle and Annie? They didn’t feel they should drop in uninvited.

  116. Basil and Sage
    9:33 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Alice M.Johnson! That was one hellaciously wonderful burp. we are impressed! You know, in a lot of cultures, a burp from a guest is a sign that they enjoyed the meal; its a great compliment.
    Personally, we are so stuffed with crabcakes, a mouse could walk right under our noses and feel perfectly safe.

  117. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:36 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Wow!….Dawson belched and fire came out of my butt…..heh!

  118. Tupper and Gilly
    9:38 pm on March 30th, 2011

    MACY!!! Glad you got here! We were missing you. Basil and Sage were wanting you to help harrass Rio.
    By all means take a doggie bag for the kids – its always hard on them when they first move out. They aren’t ever prepared for having to take care of themselves.
    ummm Dawson – maybe you shouldn’t have any more hot wings??

    Rio – what’s wrong with kissing games? You never know…

  119. Siber-H
    9:40 pm on March 30th, 2011

    T&G, If your mom does not get in that art show, there is no justice in this world.

    Rio, I think I rememer T&G saying that they didn’t have a tv.

    Macy, take Belle and Annie a doggy bag, but they should have come with you.

  120. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:43 pm on March 30th, 2011

    SSSSMMMMAAAAACKKKKK! Ha Ha my leetle Spugnik! You vill never know who kissed you in the dark!!!
    You see, Plunderers, you only THOUGHT Natasha vas on the helicopter wap wap thing. She vas here all along in disguise! HA!)

  121. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:44 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Rio’s Friend: Hi Nancy. Thanks for the food. Someone told me I was not invited, so I am staying out here reading. Is Rio behaving himself? He hasn’t done the old “fire out of his butt” trick has he? ((sigh))

  122. dawson
    9:46 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Macy MinPin: So glad you made it! Who said Annie and Belle weren’t invited? We’re all invited.
    “Siber H and Zebbe, sitting in a scree. k i s s i n g!”

  123. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:46 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Rio. Hi, I’m over here by the crab cakes. Here’s your martini. Shaken, not stirred, just like you like. What about the secret undercover stuff?

  124. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Gah!… I’ve been licked by a very long, foreign tongue, right up my nose!…sneeze!…Took all my fire away…snort!…Natasha has been hiding here all along in disguise – but who is she pretending to be?….gruffle!….I need some help from my Agents, but they are mysteriously missing …yeeep!

  125. LizF
    9:51 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Thanks T&G, you have the best ideas!! The oldbay website is cute, thanks Melanie, i like their animations, and very interesting to see what it is. Twelve spices and herbs…is it spicy as in chili-spicy, or just tasty-spicy?

  126. dawson
    9:52 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Who is that tall drink of water over there in the shadows by Rio? Looks vaguely familiar.

  127. LizF
    9:55 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Hey Rio, i think it’s your turn to wait in the car! Don’t send me any wings – humph!

    Good luck getting in the juried show, T&G’s mama.

  128. Siber-H
    9:56 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Dawson, Zebbe is really, really, cute. I bet she wouldn’t talk my ears off like Mishka, the talking Husky.

  129. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:56 pm on March 30th, 2011

    I heard that there will be snow here tomorrow. I would stay and see it if I had my super warm coat and some booties. At home, it may be near 100 by Sunday. *sigh*

    I wouldn’t mind one of those martinis and some punch to wash it down with..

    *dainty burp*

  130. Basil and Sage
    9:57 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Hey Alice….come on…do it again…come on….one more really good one!

  131. Siber-H
    10:00 pm on March 30th, 2011

    SNOW!!! I’m Staying here!

  132. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:00 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Wookie!… Whoa! You scared me, I thought you were missing, but now I know that you’ve been following Natasha all night long, Rightie-O?…heh!…Or have you been sipping on your Martini and munching on your unbruised olives…snort!… Anyways, we have work to do and plans to make and gear to nab….sniff!…Our budget has been cut drastically, so we have to take things as we find them and build up our store house of technical and non-techical goods (food)…grunt!…Tonight, we need to confiscate as much left-over food as possible to sustain all the Agents on the next mission…snuffle! …It wouldn’t hurt morale any to grab as much booze as you can too, but you have to get it by Stover and she’s got Melanie’s cane….wheeze! …So be careful!

  133. dawson
    10:06 pm on March 30th, 2011

    What! Snow? I’m going home, where it’s not snowing. Actually, I hate to eat and run but I do have to get up very early tomorrow. It’s really good to see you all and especially you, MacyMinPin.
    Now if you will just point me towards the border…hic-cup!

  134. Wolfie
    10:09 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Hey, everyone, Wolfers is here. It took me forever to bbbbbllllluuuuurrrrrr in from callyfornia! I am So Glad to hear that there is lots of food left. Rio, don’t even think about storing any for the next mission until I have eaten. Blurring makes for a powerful appetite!

  135. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:10 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Liz!….You know I love you, but you are not getting any of my Hot Wings girlie!…heh!…Things might have been different if I had seen a sketch of my self, but nooooo. I was unworthy of your talent….wheeze!… You’ve got to give some to get some, So you are not getting any of my Hot Wings…heh!

    Alice!…If you burp again do it near my butt!…heh!… Watch out for the fire!…snorkel!

  136. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:12 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Nitey nite Dawson, sorry we didn’t have more time to visit, but I understand that SOME people have jobs to go to. Mom found out today that the good old state of Texas may be sending her for some computer classes. Paws crossed.

  137. Alice Johnson
    10:15 pm on March 30th, 2011


    cough cough cough.

    Gee I am full. I think I will go over here and sleep on this lovely fur rug that is tucked in the corner…OOOOPPPPSSS
    Sorry there Nattie. I thought you were a rug.

    Staff says if I am this tired. And this full. We have to go home. Abbie has been laying on somebodies lap ever since Dawson discovered her feeding Rio some supposedly saved Hot Wings.

    She thinks she is safe there.

    We are going out to Rio’s car to pry staff away from her book party with Rio’s friend. Hope they got enough to eat.

    Nite all! It’s been great and I know Staff has already copied and pasted the recipes.

    Hugs all over.

    (Good luck with your overnight guests, they act like they have been kat-nipped.)

  138. Barb & Maggie
    10:22 pm on March 30th, 2011

    We had a wonderful time too. Hate to leave, expecially with Wolfie just blurring in, but we have a busy day tomorrow, too. Barb has to work in the afternoon, then the Grands are coming and spending the night tomorrow.

    Food and company were great. Can’t wait till next Wednesday!

    Good luck with the art show, and thank you again. Good night!

  139. Siber-H
    10:36 pm on March 30th, 2011

    I’m saying good night, too…just going to go curl up out of the way in a corner and wait for the snow. I called mom and told her I would be home when it melted. Franklin and I might go down tomorrow and have a little talk with the people that put T&G’s mom on the waiting list for the art show. We could change their minds without having to show too many teeth. Since we are spending the night, the Newfs and I will just have leftovers for breakfast.

    Thank you for a lovely party and all the Delish food. The very best thing about our parties is seeing all of you!

  140. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:38 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Alice!…Good one! Did you see the blue burn!..heh!heh!heh!… I don’t see any hot wings left-over…drat! … Maybe another Martini and then I will get in the car with my friend…snuffle! …Am I the only guest left?…sniff!… Wait, I caught a glimpse of Wookie nabbing some of the left-overs…heh!… Stover hasn’t gone to bed yet, she is still guarding the bar….gruffle!…We still don’t know who Natasha was disguising herself as…sniff!…This has me worried. But I am tired and have along way to go before my friend gets us both home safe and sound…wuffle!…I am thinking of my warm soft bed with all my baseball toys right now…burp!fart!…Goodnight all!

  141. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:56 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Dammit!… My friend made me come back and properly thank Tupper and Gilly’s wonderful Chef and friend for all the incredible food and remarkably good liquor…heh!…I had a very good time and appreciate all the work you guys did…ahem!…Now I have to go so I can get to my bed and sleep all day tomorrow!…heh!burp!

  142. Tupper and Gilly
    10:59 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Yaaaawwwnn….oh excuse us…..
    We have had such a wonderful time, and we are SO glad that you all came! We need to go help Mama clean up – the Pack took care of washing the dishes, but we do have to put them away. And Mama is already planning next week’s course. Don’t forget, next week is soup and salads. No walnuts, no gluten, low salt, no raisins, yup, we got the list.
    Can’t wait to see you all again. And Dawson, maybe try planning the trip a little ahead….
    just saying….
    G’night everyone…hey move over there Siber…that’s OUR bed..

  143. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:17 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Could I crash on Franklin? He looks very comfy.

  144. LizF
    11:35 pm on March 30th, 2011

    Sleep well all you party animals! Rio, don’t make the air completely unbreathable in the bedroom.

  145. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:35 am on March 31st, 2011

    I’m going to say goodnight, too! I have a long trip back south, and I keep tripping over my Iowa blanket!

    T&G: It really was a lovely party. Thanks so much for having us. When are we going to do it again?

    B&M: Sorry I didn’t answer you earlier. My mouth was so full of hot dog, and I didn’t want to be impolite and talk with my mouth full. The tree in the picture was our dogwood tree.

    Goodnight, y’all! I’ll try to talk softly when I get on the blog tomorrow, because I’m sure some of you are going to be a little hungover. I hear Bee was making those drinks a bit strong — I guess since she can’t drink wine anymore she’s pouring the hard stuff a bit more freely! Not a problem for me since I don’t drink! Thanks, Bee, but I think I’ll stick with the Vernor’s — Grandma came from Michigan and she used to talk about it all the time. Now I know why — it’s good stuff! (Although the bubbles make my nose itch!)

  146. Melanie
    10:05 am on March 31st, 2011

    Zoe here. Loved lurking the party. Dan is from Flint and introduced me to Vernors’ in1948. Never did figure out the loyalty. Must have to be from Michigan. Thanks for sharing. Melanie’s Mom (and proud to be!)

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