Thanksgiving (3): From To Fetch A Thief

Whoa. What was going on? In no time, Bernie had stuck the gun in the console, unlocked Jocko’s cuffs, and they were climbing out of the cab.

“You stay right there, Chet,” Bernie said.

Stay right here? They’d moved out in front of the truck, seemed like they were about to throw down. How could I –

“I mean it, Chet,” Bernie said, and was still looking my way when Jocko wound up and threw a tremendous punch at Bernie’s head, on the bad eye side. Somehow Bernie saw it anyway and ducked, and not only that, but while ducking grabbed Jocko’s wrist, spun around and pulled down like he was snapping a towel – oh, we’ve had fun with towel-snapping, but no time to go into that now – and then came this CRACK, reminding me of when Bernie and Suzie did that wishbone thing on Thanksgiving, only much louder. Next was Jocko lying on the ground, yelling and moaning and twisting around.

Dan: We hope you’re doing better today.

Welcome Bear, Piper, Tallyho, the Snowdogs, Toto (possible Iggy pal).

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114 Responses to “Thanksgiving (3): From To Fetch A Thief”

  1. B.Stover
    8:29 am on November 21st, 2011

    That is a strange reminder of Thanksgiving Chet but I understand since Jocko is a perp.

    Special thoughts for Rebecca and Howard today.

    Good morning all.

  2. B.Stover
    8:31 am on November 21st, 2011

    Just noticed Chet’s Facebook entry and I’m laughing out loud.

  3. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:56 am on November 21st, 2011

    Good morning everyone. Thoughts and prayers for Rebecca and Howard and for Dan. No sympathy for Jocko though, he got what he deserved. Wookie

  4. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:56 am on November 21st, 2011

    Nice poem, Macy.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:00 am on November 21st, 2011

    Good morning. We also hope Dan is doing OK today.

    Melanie, Have you checked into some respite care, or home health care to give you and Zoe a hand? It is so stressful to try to handly all this by yourselves. Medicare might have some services for you.

    More interesting Jackie trivia: Remember how she always wore the long gloves at formal affairs, and they became such a fashion statement? Well, evidently she bit her nails and didn’t want them to show, so she always hid them. She was also a heavy smoker, which might have contributed to her death at 64.

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:01 am on November 21st, 2011

    Wolfie, I see that you are here. Never heard back from you on the Sioux tomato. Were you able to buy seeds?

  7. Rose
    9:06 am on November 21st, 2011

    Greetings All!

    I’m sending my prayers and love to Rebecca, Howard, and Dan.

  8. Rose
    9:07 am on November 21st, 2011

    B&M: I’m loving your Jackie Kennedy facts!

  9. Melanie
    9:43 am on November 21st, 2011

    Thanks guys! And thanks, Chet.

    Early start to the morning, better left unsaid. Now lots of protein and coco and I just might get through the next two hours!

    We have left our 2nd message for the doc. Soon I will be calling every 30 minutes and then every 15, 10, 5. . . Got this thing down to an art.

    I will still never forget Ellie, as a puppy, walking through the living room with her head stuck in the turkey carcass.

    Howard, pleasant and loving thoughts to you. Rebecca? Hugs and slobbery drool.

  10. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:52 am on November 21st, 2011

    Sniff!…My pug heart is heavy this morning…sob!…I think I will go back to my warm soft bed, right after I steal one of Beau’s favorite bones…sniffle!

  11. Redbone Hound
    10:10 am on November 21st, 2011

    Well, I’ll be a long eared hound dawg – I jist go away fer a little bit, I come back and y’all have had changes all over the place.

    I jist found out that I got me a new lil’brother. Rio – how come you ain’t never tole us we was expectin? So now I got me Brother Rio and Brother Beau – please give give Beau regards from me. Haw haw – didja get it? Beau-regards? You gotta admit, thats purty funny. (thats a southern joke we get to pull on folks named Beau. Ain’t had a chance to use it in a dawg’s age)
    Ifn your full name is Rio the Evil Pug, whatcha callin’ this little ole guy? How bout General Beauregard Chomp? Naw, you don’t wanna be encouragin that kind of behavior.

    Nice to see that Miz Rebecca’s store is doing so well. I was gonna offer to put up a jug of shine fer sale, but that dang moderator jumped in and said no to that. (I think he jist wanted it fer himself)

    Miz Bee is gonna retire? I’ll beleive that one when I see her sitting on the front porch, rockin. You know that woman is gonna be up to some acedemic – betcha she’ll be writin a book or volunteer teachin a class, or maybe runnin the country.

    I’hm real sorry to hear of folk’s troubles. I’ll be saying my prayers regular for all a you.

    Its good to be back with all my friends, jist in time for a big ole turkey dinner. I’hm stakin my claim right now to a drumstick!

  12. Masquers
    10:24 am on November 21st, 2011

    Love and Hugs to Rebecca, Howard, Melanie, Zoe, Dan, Patsy and All.

  13. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:32 am on November 21st, 2011

    Regards!…heh!snort!heh!…Good one Redbone! You’ve managed to cheer me up a little…sniff!…I’m sure Beau will tell me his full name one day. Right now he is preoccupied with eating, drinking and peeing on all the patio furniture…grump!

  14. Snowhook Bella
    10:32 am on November 21st, 2011

    To each of the Plunderers who makes the quilt one that is large enough, warm enough and strong enough to cover weary shoulders and hurting hearts. To each of you who have made sure all shoulders are covered, wrapped and draped in the quilt. For those of you who seek refuge in its shelter.

    Shelter from the Storm—Rory’s Short Story

    One of three welcomed into the Kennel that day, she had the biggest lesson to learn. At the center of the curriculum was that she was loved—before she arrived, before the first bite, and even after her canines battered the already broken skin of my hand for the fourth time.

    ***

    The inhaled hiss slithered through my teeth as I pulled my left hand free and pressed it against my chest. Beyond a throb, beyond stinging, the pain burned. I would tend to the fire in my thumb and fore finger later—an inferno that would cause sleepless nights and become infected—but my focus remained steady on my priority. Rory.

    A fear biter coming to us from a bleak existence, she left no doubt that trust between her and a human was not a path she had yet taken. I didn’t blame her.

    I slid a clean glove over my hand to protect the torn skin running from the first knuckle on my forefinger to the fingernail. That was round one in my attempt to look Rory in the eye, to touch her, to welcome her, to hopefully comfort her. I did not know her hurts, but knew something she yet did not—her life would be different upon our meeting.

    Rounds two, three and four brought gloves in increasing size, one over the other with AJ’s large leather glove the last shelter of protection of a hand that now blazed and pulsed with pain.

    She looked at me as she stood perched atop the far end of her
    dog house. “Dear one, it’s okay. Dear one, dear one,” I whispered as I extended my gloved hand clenched in a fist. Knowing what was likely to come—another bite—I did so slowly, cautiously. Her brown eyes fixed on my green eyes, “Dear one.” Consumed with a fight or flight debate we both stood still. I reached my hand out further. Closer now, I took a deep breath and extended my fingers. The swollen digits no longer feeling part of my hand, lightly touched the side of her cheek. My stiff thumb stroked once, then again.

    “Hey girl, you don’t know it yet, but you are loved.” She flinched. “Welcome home.” One last stroke.

    That fourth bite was the last bite, but that day was the first of many weeks repeating the same message. Success graduated from that first tentative contact to a paw patting the back of my leg when I was purposefully turned away, to jumping on her dog house and letting me near slowly and give a brief tummy. In those early days, all affection was to be on her terms. Now is not an early day.

    More than two years have passed since that day, the fire and infection, and yesterday when my heart was hurting, it was the same dear one who jumped atop her dog house, stood at the edge nearest me and with tail wagging buried her head against my chest. I found comfort and shelter. She gave to me her strength of one who does not judge, who is healed, who has overcome much and who knows love.

    ***Alongside Twig, Rory led the team under the burled arch in Nome in the 2011 Iditarod.

  15. dawson
    10:38 am on November 21st, 2011

    Good morning to all and a special hello to ol’ Redbone. We’ve been doing some howling while you were gone.

    Thinking of Dan, Zoe and Melanie and all the Newfs, Snowhook Bella and Howard. I sure am glad Howard picked Rebecca to love. He’s been the best friend a Stormy Kromer woman could ever want.

    Stormy Kromer! Today is the first day for voting. I haven’t found how to do that but I did read the rules and there is one vote per person per day, no multiple votes or votes from different computers or addresses allowed. This is a straight up company and we can win this fair and square so let’s do it. One vote per person per day, every one votes every day. WhoooHoooo!
    Oh yeah. Just because a finalist gets the most votes does not necessarily mean they win if voting manipulation is involved the company reserves the right to choose the 2nd place person.

  16. BearSpiritDog
    10:41 am on November 21st, 2011

    Why good morn’n Mr.Redbone. It’s so nice to say howdo. You have been missed.

    My dear Macy. That was a very lovely poem from last night. You and your family have not been forgotten in our prayers. We are here for you.

    SnowBella: Howard knows how much you love him. He treasures every day he has spent with you and now is ready to cross the Bridge.

  17. Rose
    10:50 am on November 21st, 2011

    Oh, Rebecca….

    Where is the voting for AJ done????

    OH: I forgot to mention that is a lovely picture of Kat resting gently with her toys. When I was a little girl, I never played with dolls, only stuffed animals. My favorite was a white and yellow floppy-eared rabbit who slept under the blankets with me all the time. Maybe that is why I have always had a love dogs, kats, and all little animals throughout my life. Just pondering…

  18. BearSpiritDog
    10:52 am on November 21st, 2011

    SnowBella: Thank you for another wonderful story of the miracle of love. You touch our hearts as only you can.

    And, to Melanie, Zoe and Dan – I pray today is the beginning of finding the answers you seek.

  19. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:54 am on November 21st, 2011

    Rory!….Sniff!… That story about Rory and her fear biting is just what my friend needed today Rebecca, thank you very much…wuffle!…She knows she has to try and put the new harness on Beau-regard tonight after she gets home from the oh-so-very-busy-place…grunt!…I think she is sort of dreading it because of the terrible biting and carrying on he did this past weekend…sniff!…Her hands are very sore, but the skin is not broken like poor Rebecca’s were. Not yet anyways…wuffle!

  20. Siber-H
    11:03 am on November 21st, 2011

    Beautiful posts that ended last night’s blog from several of you.

    Rebecca, Wonderful story about a fear biting dog. She became a lead dog!!!
    Rio, read Rory’s story to Bo.

    Much love goes out today from all of us to Howard and Rebecca. We read Howard’s story and looked at his pictures yesterday on Snowhook’s blog. May all dogs in need of love and safety find their own Rebecca and AJ.

  21. dawson
    11:10 am on November 21st, 2011

    Snowhook Bella: Another beautiful story. Thank you.

  22. Siber-H
    11:12 am on November 21st, 2011

    Melanie, Good Luck today. I know you are smart enough and persistent enough to get the answers you need.

    Don’t you just love those commercials for drugs on tv that always say “call your doctor” Yeah, right

    Dawson, mom read me the voting rules on the SK website yesterday. I will behave.

  23. Barb & Maggie
    11:18 am on November 21st, 2011

    We have heard that most dog bites are from fear and not agression.

    We had a brief email from T & G’s Mum about an order, and she wanted us to pass on some info, as her day is crazy.

    Voting starts at noon, EST, and you can go to http://www.stormykromer.com, then click on the living legend tab. Instruction will take you from there. Good luck.

  24. Melanie
    11:29 am on November 21st, 2011

    When they get the link up for the actual contest, I’ll be posting it here. Also on Facebook.

    When I said “Vote early, vote often” or something to that effect, I guess you have to be from Chicago way back when to get that. snickering . . .

    My Clara, rescue, was a fear biter. Took her awhile but she got over it. Except with porcupines and skunks; the main reasons our fence went up so quickly.

  25. Siber-H
    11:32 am on November 21st, 2011

    Barb, What info from the Royals’ mum? I ordered something else from her just a few days ago. I know she is busy so she can take all the time she needs shipping the order. I’m not worried about it.

  26. Melanie
    11:41 am on November 21st, 2011

    Some housekeeping and questions . . .

    Facebook has Pages. They are in the Public domain. This means anyone on Facebook can see them. they can only be created and managed by official representatives. Of which there can be any number.

    From Facebook:
    Pages
    Privacy: Page information and posts are public and generally available to everyone on Facebook.
    Audience: Anyone can like a Page to become connected with it and get News Feed updates. There is no limit to how many people can like a Page.
    Communication: Page admins can share posts under the Page’s name. Page posts appear in the News Feed of people who like the Page. Page admins can also create customized tabs for their Pages and check Page Insights to track the Page’s growth and activity.

    The question is should we develop a Plunderers’ Page for AJ and the contest?
    It would be an easy thing to direct people to read and vote.
    It could be administered by all of us that are on Facebook.

    Let me know how you feel about this. I thought of putting the entry essay up with some pictures, a link to the contest and to the Snowhook site just in case anyone wants to donate.

    Thanks.

  27. Siber-H
    11:50 am on November 21st, 2011

    It sure couldn’t hurt and maybe Rebecca could put a link to the facebookie page on Snowhook’s facebookie page and blog. Well, something along those lines.

  28. dawson
    11:59 am on November 21st, 2011

    Shoot!
    Burned my first batch of gingersnaps while searching for where to vote! (Never found it but SK sure has a cool site to look around in. The original Stormy was a baseball player (semi pro).
    I’m all for a face book page as long as you don’t make me go there! ;_) Bye for now.

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:00 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Facebookie!….Doesn’t Rebecca already have something like this set up?…snort!…I wouldn’t know for sure because I am not allowed to go out there…sniff!

  30. Melanie
    12:05 pm on November 21st, 2011

    The voting isn’t up yet. Need to eat some lunch. Will be back.

    Dawson: The Pack says to send those burnt gingersnaps their way. They don’t mind!

  31. OleyHowlers
    12:12 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Good Day to all. Rebecca, thank you for Rory’s story. We are so glad you had so much patience with that girl, but it must have been tough. Blessings to all who take time with hurt, lost 4-leggeds.

    We tried to vote, but the SK site says come back after 11/21.

  32. Masquers
    12:27 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Hey! What happened to my last post? Now I have to try and remember what I said. pondering……

  33. Masquers
    12:32 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rose: Mom says you have another thing in common. She also preferred her menagerie of stuffed animals to dolls (of which she had none)
    Dawson and B&M: Thank you for the info on the voting. Good to know we can only vote once a day.
    B: Chet’s facebookie post for today is hilarious.
    T&G: Siber’s right. Don’t rush to send out our purchase. I can be patient.

  34. Siber-H
    12:38 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Mom never played with dolls either…only stuffed animals.

    The way the voting info on the SK website reads…maybe the voting doesn’t start until tomorrow?

  35. Barb & Maggie
    12:57 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Siber, Amalia didn’t want to give me info about ordering. It was about voting. I wrote it in an earlier post, she said voting started at noon EST, and to go to http://www.stormykromer.com, then click on living ledgend, then further info would come up.

  36. Siber-H
    1:02 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Thanks Barb. When we go to the voting website, it says come back after Nov. 21 to vote.

  37. Melanie
    1:03 pm on November 21st, 2011

    “The Plunderers” have a page on FB. THose of you who have friended Zoe on FB should know that soon. Please become an admin with me. We can have as many as we want and if things go more bonkers than they all ready are here that would be a help.

    Sam: thanks for offering your family to come over to help, will let you know if needed!

    Been up since 5 this morning. Taking a break.

  38. Masquers
    1:05 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Siber may be right. SK says come back after November 21…tomorrow?

  39. Masquers
    1:47 pm on November 21st, 2011

    We “liked” The Plunderers facebookie page and linked it to Google. Now we have instant updates. Pretty kool!

  40. Rose
    1:53 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Masquers and Siber-H: I think there is an interesting karma going on between us! :)

  41. OleyHowlers
    2:06 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Masquers, splain what you mean “linked it to Google”. Is that where your email is?

  42. Siber-H
    2:16 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Yeah, Rose…And I play with stuffed animals too.

    I sort of have no idea what Melanie and Masquers are talking about, but I trust them to carry on and maybe report back what is happening to those of us not allowed to go to facebookie.

  43. OleyHowlers
    2:29 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Mom had a beloved stuffed doggie when she was little. His name was “Doogie”. One day her aunt bought her a new stuffed dog and Doogie was destroyed, along with our mom’s heart. Mom was never allowed to have a real doggie (or kat or bird or fish…you name it). Sort of goes a long way in analyzing her fierce bond with all of us nowadays, don’t you think?

  44. Masquers
    2:55 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Howlers: Yes, Mom has Gmail which is linked to Google. If you go to the Plunderer facebookie page, on the left is a link for updates. It can be linked to either Google or your phone.
    (whispering) that is a very sad story of your mom’s stuffed Doogie.

    Siber: We facebookie types will keep you informed.

  45. Melanie
    2:57 pm on November 21st, 2011

    I wonder what “after November 21st” means?

    Other than that, I’ve not had much sleep last night and woke up at 5 am. So resting now. At least I think that’s what it’s called that every time you stop your eyes shut.

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:10 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Melanie!…Go lie down in your warm soft bed…snort!

  47. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    3:12 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Melanie . . . and make sure that all your nice baseball toys are nearby too. Wookie

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:17 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Wookie!…He is a stickler for details…heh!

  49. Rose
    3:24 pm on November 21st, 2011

    SiberH: I play with stuffed animals to this day! On our bed, the Serta Sheep # 1, Curious George, a little teddy bear, and a stuffed Eve (from Wall-E), are posed every day in some funny way. If the Prof poses “the posse,” as he likes to call them, I have to guess what they are doing. Likewise for the Prof, when I pose them.

  50. Siber-H
    3:34 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rose, Mom can only have one stuffed animal these days because, well, they would get stolen. Those are MY huskies up on the shelf.
    Mom’s Border Collie took one of her stuffed animals out the doggy door in the middle of the night and buried it. She dug it up the next day. Its little paw was sticking up out of the dirt. It was unharmed but a little dirty.

  51. OleyHowlers
    3:45 pm on November 21st, 2011

    When Sasha firsr came to live here, she stole borrowed all of Mom’s stuffed animals. Later, she adopted a pet potato. Every day, when Mom & Pop came home, they would find Sasha’s pet potato up in their bed. Each time, they would put it back down in the cellar. It was the same one, which had very obvious markings. Sasha had to crawl thru a cat door to get to the cellar. Some of us just want a friend.

  52. Siber-H
    3:56 pm on November 21st, 2011

    That is very well said, Fellow Sibers.

    We have to leave now. Will be back later.

  53. Snowhook Bella
    4:05 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Howard’s spirit is now gone. His body is all that remains. AJ was with me.

  54. BearSpiritDog
    4:55 pm on November 21st, 2011

    SnowBella: For Howard. Peace be with him and with you and AJ. He is now young and healthy…able to run and play with his friends. He is barking with joy and thanking you for the wonderful life you gave him. He has joined your beloved furry companions who have gone before. They are watching over you as your Special Animal Spirit Guides.

  55. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:56 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Oh Rebecca, I am so sorry. It is so difficult to say goodbye.

    Sniff.

  56. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:58 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Yes! He is not gone, just gone from you can see or feel him. He is dancing on the Rainbow Bridge, back and forth (I believe) between this world and the next.

  57. Barb & Maggie
    5:17 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rebecca, We are so sorry to hear about Howard. He is at peace now, and can run like a puppy again.

  58. Rose
    5:27 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rebecca: There are no words I can say to express how sorry I am. I am glad that AJ was there with you.

    Kelly is waiting at the gates for him. He’ll hook him up with his fellow Sibes. Howard will always be in your heart as yours will be in his.

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:29 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Howard!…Rebecca and AJ, my friend and I are so very sorry for your loss…sniffle!

  60. Tyb
    5:35 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rebecca,
    There is no way to tell you how sorry we are for you. As I told Mollypop’s mom.
    You have to think that though you hurt like Hell, Howard doesn’t hurt anymore and never will. You’ll see him again.

  61. B.Stover
    5:45 pm on November 21st, 2011

    I’m sorry Rebecca.

  62. Masquers
    5:48 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rebecca: Sending hugs and comfort from our pack to yours.

  63. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    6:09 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rebecca — So very sorry, but you should know that while Howard’s spirit may have departed his physical body, that spirit will always be with you and will always be a part of you. Even if you can’t touch it or see it, it will always be there, a bond of love that can never be broken. Wookie

  64. B.Stover
    6:12 pm on November 21st, 2011

    I “liked” The Plunderers’ page on Facebook.

  65. dawson
    6:18 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Justin and Rebecca: My heart joins yours in saying goodbye to Howard. Rest in peace, dear soul.

  66. Barb & Maggie
    6:30 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Melanie, Did you find out anything from the doctor today?

    We have been thinking about you all day. Is Martha coming to help?

  67. Masquers
    7:02 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Okay you guys. I went to the SK site and it looks like the voting has started. At least I think it has. When we tried to vote nothing happened – no verification that our vote went through.

  68. Melanie
    7:08 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rebecca, thinking of you, please check your SDD.

    Dan has a new medication that has been added. He was on this a long time ago and it lowered his blood pressure then, hopefully it will do the same this time.

    I will be taking him for an echocardiogram on Wednesday.

  69. Melanie
    7:12 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Here’s a picture of our new stove. Notice where it is . . .
    Supposedly the Certified Electrician is coming tomorrow to fix it and push it in where it belongs.

    It would be nice to have a working stove for Thanksgiving.

    Wednesday, with good luck, we should have the dishwasher come and get “installed”.

    Notice the “installed”, instead of “delivered” like the stove.

  70. Melanie
    7:14 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Thank you BearSpiritDog and Masquers (for letting the Kat out of the bag).
    It will be very appreciated. YSAS was asking if we had coco. I think he’s planning on living on coco and gluten free desserts the whole time he’s here.

  71. Melanie
    7:19 pm on November 21st, 2011

    I voted and it was acknowledged. Will put it on Facebook tomorrow. Too tired tonight.

  72. B.Stover
    7:22 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Masquers: When I went to the site to vote (that you have posted on Facebook) it said “page not found.”

  73. Sam
    7:41 pm on November 21st, 2011

    I voted and it was NOT acknowledged.

  74. Masquers
    7:42 pm on November 21st, 2011

    B: (sigh) I know. The faulty link has since been removed.

  75. Snowhook Bella
    7:45 pm on November 21st, 2011

    I want to thank each of your for your good thoughts, prayers and kind words as we’ve had to say good-bye to Howard. Just like Tyb said, even though my heart feels like it can’t ache any more, I know that my Howard, my heart no longer suffers. AJ tried to protect me from the hurt, said he would take Howard by himself, but I couldn’t leave Howard. In my mind’s eye, I see my old stray, young and restored. Playing, pouncing, head-butting Rowdy, another love that has gone before. Thank you for wrapping me in the quilt—let no Plunderer’s shoulder ever go bare.

    Rio: Hearing your stories of your friend’s battle with Beau’s teeth, I thought I would share my experience about Rory. The story was stored in my head over the weekend. Yet, yesterday when I went out to the Kennel, Rory’sresponse and comfort made me realize that the fear-biting was just the beginning of the story, not the whole story.

    More to Rio: I saw your pug mug and a certain wandering sled dog at the top of the page when I posted about Howard earlier today.

    Melanie: Thank you. Please check your SDD.

  76. Macy the Min-pin
    7:47 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rebecca and AJ….(((loving hugs))). Howard knew that he should come to your place, and he was right. His senior days were full of love (and dogs!).

  77. Snowhook Bella
    7:47 pm on November 21st, 2011

    I received the following email from Stormy Kromer just a few moments ago:

    Dear Living Legends Top 10 (and your nominators!) –

    Congratulations on being chosen as the top 10 finalists for the inaugural Stormy Kromer Living Legend program. We hope this is the first of many years of running this program, and being nominated and chosen this first year is pretty special.

    We were honored and humbled by your stories. We didn’t know what to expect this first year but we couldn’t be happier with the results!

    I wanted to let you know that the voting is now live on our website at http://www.stormykromer.com/living-legend . Please spread the word to your friends to check out the stories and vote – you can vote once, per day, per email address.

    After the first of the year we’ll be announcing the winner and taking care of all the prizes.

    Until then, our hats off to you!

  78. Melanie
    8:04 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Laughing here! I just received that same email and have posted the link on The Plunderers Facebook page.

    I don’t know yet, but I think you guys on FB can post a link to the page and send it out to your friends.

    That’s all I can do tonight folks. Hoping tomorrow morning has no surprises.
    I need the sleep.

    Rebecca? Good night and loving dreams of Howard.

    TTFN

  79. Siber-H
    8:08 pm on November 21st, 2011

    I just voted. I clicked on it and that was it. They didn’t ask for my email address or anything. Is that what you guys are experiencing? The vote was also not acknowleged

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:08 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Voted!…I just voted and it was acknowledged…snort!…I just hope it was counted correctly…((sigh))…AJ the Giants fate rests upon the Software working correctly!…grunt!

    Harness-2!….Hey Beau let her put his newly fashioned harness on him…snort!…Although, it may have to be refashioned a little more because it seems a little snug around his barrel chest…grunt!…But he was more than happy to go on his Little-Bitty Short walk. And I smelled liver treats in her pocket when they left…grumble!

  81. Tyb
    8:09 pm on November 21st, 2011

    I just followed Snowhook’s link to vote and it was acknowledged as having gone through.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:10 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Software!….See, faulty software…sniff!… SiberH and everyone else, once you press the “Vote” button you should be presented with a form that asks for your name and email address…sniff!…My guess is your vote was not counted if this does not happen…wuffle!

  83. Siber-H
    8:15 pm on November 21st, 2011

    I’m guessing the same thing, Rio. This is annoying.
    They have a phone number at the top of their home page. hmmm tomorrow?

    Great news about Bo and his harness!!!

    I’m going to try voting again and see if it will go through.

  84. Tyb
    8:20 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rebecca,
    St. John Chrysostom said, “Whenever something you loves dies, it is no longer where it
    was. It is wherever you are forever.”

  85. B.Stover
    8:22 pm on November 21st, 2011

    I voted (using the address in Rebecca’s post) and it asked for my email address and then the vote was acknowledged.

  86. LizF
    8:23 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rebecca and AJ, I’m so sorry about Howard.

    But very uplifted to read about Rory, such a beautiful happy ending for her and a great story of the love you lavish on your dogs.

  87. Siber-H
    8:23 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Nope, the vote is not going through and I tried several different ways to get to their website because that will sometimes work.
    SK should know about this. This isn’t fair to AJ.

  88. Jasper the Poodle
    8:24 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Dear friends, we are so sad to hear about Howard and Dan. You are yours are in our thoughts and prayers. We have voted for AJ and plan to vote daily.

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:29 pm on November 21st, 2011

    SiberH!… Try using the link in Rebecca’s post up above…snort!…If you haven’t already. Some of the other “old” links sound like they don’t work…grunt! ….Software!

  90. Masquers
    8:29 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Still no acknowledgment of our vote.

    Rio: Success! Your friend improvised to correct the second harness and you changed your brother’s name to Beau. Two things made all the difference (maybe the liver treats too – a little)

  91. Siber-H
    8:29 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rebecca, We are so sorry about Howard. He is just waiting for you and from what I hear about Rainbow Bridge, he is having a good time while waiting for you.

    Beyond Rainbow Bridge is a land of snow
    That’s where the Huskies go

  92. Snowhook Bella
    8:31 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Tyb: Thank you.

  93. Barb & Maggie
    8:31 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Melanie, Your kitchen is very pretty, even if it only partly done. Hope you are up and running for Thursday.

    Have a question to throw out there – maybe to Staff or Debbie LM. Kelly’s MIL who passed away in August did absolutely beautiful needlepoint. They found a bunch of her work, partially done. Some less than than half, some almost totally completed. They would love to find someone who could finish the ones that are mostly done, so they could have those memories of her. Do you two, being quilters, know anyone who does that type of work? Or does anyone else have any suggestions?

  94. Siber-H
    8:32 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rio, I did…I tried Rebecca’s link three different times.

  95. BearSpiritDog
    8:37 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Siber-H: “a land of snow = where the huskies go” That is beautiful.

    Royal Mum: Your beautiful Dream Catcher arrived today! It was everything we wished for and so much more. Thank you so much.

  96. Masquers
    8:50 pm on November 21st, 2011

    A day of lovely surprises in the mail!

    Tyb: Our Dewy Web picture arrived! It is even more beautiful than in the picture. We bought it for a gift, but hate to give it up!

    Having the same problem as Siber. Still no acknowledgment of our vote.

  97. Staff
    9:23 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rebecca,
    Hugs to you and AJ. The loss you feel shows you how powerful love is. Let your other dogs help you through this. They will.

  98. Sam
    9:33 pm on November 21st, 2011

    About names – I know Tyb got a new name (and life) when he was rescued 1 day before he was going to be killed.

    I have a lot of names. My girl is now calling me Weenie and my boy is calling me Clancy. Go figure. I don’t miss anything though.

  99. Tupper and Gilly
    9:53 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Wahhhhh! We keep trying to vote for AJ and nothing happens. We have tried going in in all different ways and nothing. We can see the site and read all the stories and get the voting tab, but it won’t take us anywhere.
    CARPOLA!

    Here is today’s CL story:
    She calls Mama at work last week and tells her that a newspaper reporter is coming to CLL on Monday (today) to do an article with pictures. CL wants Mama to get members to show up and be there for the story.
    So Mama creates a sign that says:
    In the words of the late, great Gloria Swanson,” Mr.Demille, I’m ready for my close-up!”
    Under that was a picture of a streetsign that read “Sunset Blvd”.
    Under that, it said, “Wanna be famous? Be here on Monday at 2:00.” followed by a short explanation.
    Mama got to work today, and found that CL had taken her sign down on Friday. The reason: 66 yr old CL had NO IDEA who Gloria Swanson or Mr.Demille were. And wanted to know what Sunset Blvd had to do with TV dinners.

    sigh.

    Mama works for an idiot.

  100. Masquers
    10:01 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Quickly signing off as the weather is looking stormy. Back tomorrow late morning.

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Wow!…Tupper, that sort of takes the cake on dumbness…heh!…I still wonder how people with nothing but air up there are able to run a business…grunt!

  102. Siber-H
    10:17 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Oh dog, I’m laughing over the Swanson tv dinners. I know, the CL is only funny from a distance, but not if you have to deal with her in person.
    I’m with Rio…I don’t know how that woman can run a business.
    I’m still laughing.

  103. BearSpiritDog
    10:20 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Tupper&Gilly: CC is good for a laugh. Plus, she makes the rest of us feel like Einsteins.

    Off to watch Due South. Good night all – Bear

  104. Barb & Maggie
    10:34 pm on November 21st, 2011

    You know, you just can’t make up stuff like that! Oh my, you would think a 65 year old would know who Gloria Swanson was. Too funny, T & G.

    We are signing off.

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:46 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Vacation!….My friend says she only has to go to the very-busy-all-of-a-sudden-place tomorrow and then she is off forever and ever until next Monday…wooooo!…I can’t wait. Plus, the big turkey dinner day is closing in fast fast fast!…snort!…I wonder how it is going to work with both Beau and I vying for turkey at the same time…grunt!…It will be the Iron-Pug Turkey Showdown me thinks…heh!

  106. Siber-H
    10:47 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Us too, We are signing off for the night.

    Something needs to be done about SK and their voting website.

    night all

  107. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Whiskers!….Here is a recent photo of Beau…snort!….Does he or does he not look like a grumpy old man??….chorkel!…I at least have my smiley face….heh!…My freind says that one day Beau will have a smiley face too…grunt!…I doubt that very much…sniff!

  108. Gus & BooBear
    11:04 pm on November 21st, 2011

    SiberH, we have tried several times through the link posted on chets to vote for AJ, but get no request for email address or acknowledgement of the vote. We’re sure that means that it did not count. That makes you, Masquers and us that are unable to vote. Guess we’ll just keep trying.

    Rebecca, we are so sorry for your loss of Howard. What a lucky dog to have found you and AJ. He learned what it meant to have a loving home and family. We are sure he is at peace now…well as peaceful as possible playing back and forth on the Rainbow bridge.

    Melanie, here there is hope and prayers that Dan will adjust with the new medicine. Hopefully, that will make a difference. As we age medicines can really play bad tricks on us. We are truly hoping for much improvement…we know he wants to go to that wedding coming up.

  109. Tupper and Gilly
    11:04 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rio – we hate to break your heart, but Beau is a cutie!
    We know – we know – you, dear Rio are a one of a kind – suave, debonair and irresistable to all those of the fair s e x. But ya gotta admit – Beau is adorable.

    and by the way – as to your question about how can an idiot run a business – BADLY!

  110. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:08 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Goodnight!…Beau is already in his hard cold bed…sniff!…Waiting for us to come up and go to bed too…grunt!….The thing is he always takes a chew bone to his bed and chews the hell out of it for about 10 minutes before he finally nods off…grunt!… I think he is just sharpening his teeth for the next Iron Pug Harness Showdown tomorrow night…heh! ….Good night all. Prayers will be said for Melanie, Zoe, Dan, AJ the Giant and of course our Rebecca for a peaceful nights sleep…wuffle!

  111. Gus & BooBear
    11:08 pm on November 21st, 2011

    Rio, Beau(or Bo) looks like he has very sad eyes. Hopefully, after he learns he can trust you and your friend, he will be happier. We’re glad you have decided to give him a chance and that you have started playing with him. Does your friend know how old he is?

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