The Big Apple: Sundays With Ingrid

“Grand Central Terminal.”

Despite everything, Ingrid felt some excitement when the conductor spoke those words, excitement to be all by herself in the Big Apple. She walked off the train with the other passengers, upstairs to the main concourse, huge and magnificent – the ceiling, all green and gold, so high above. A realization struck Ingrid at that moment, unrelated to the mess her family was in, or to Grampy’s case: she would live in this city one day.

Someone bumped into her, almost knocking her down.  Ingrid took her eyes off the ceiling. Everyone else’s eyes were boring straight ahead and they were all moving so fast. Lesson one on how to be a New Yorker. Ingrid spotted an elegant old lady carrying a tiny, pointy-faced dog and followed her onto the street.

Cold outside, with steam rising from vents here and there.  The hard-edged shadow of a tall building angled down, dividing everything neatly into sun and shadow. The elegant old lady stepped into the sunny part, raised her hand and called: “Taxi!”

A yellow taxi swerved over to the curb. The lady got in. She said, “Tiffany’s, driver.” The door closed and the taxi drove off, the dog gazing out the window, looking snobby. Lesson two.

Ingrid stepped into the sunlight, raised her hand and called: “Taxi!”

She barely got the word out before one screeched to a halt beside her. She was going to make a great old lady; although a dog like that was out of the question, no matter how elegant she ended up being.

“New York City Mercy Hospital, driver,” she said, getting in.

Uh-oh. It was fun saying, driver, like that, as though she practically lived in taxis, but there was no sign that this driver had actually heard her. He was talking on a cell phone – wedged between shoulder and chin – in a foreign language, at the same time thumbing buttons on a handheld device. With the heel of his other hand he spun the wheel, sped into traffic, so fast Ingrid felt g-forces, like an astronaut. He wheeled around a corner, then another, made a screaming stop followed by another lurching take-off, honked several times and almost hit a bike rider, two women with huge shopping bags and a bus. Ingrid fumbled with her seat belt. It didn’t work.

“Driver?” she said. “Sir?”

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165 Responses to “The Big Apple: Sundays With Ingrid”

  1. B.Stover
    9:28 am on March 6th, 2011

    Ingrid is so wise because she is so observant.

    Good morning everyone.

  2. Wolfie
    9:45 am on March 6th, 2011

    *****OPERATION RESCUE RIO*****. (PROJECT ORR)

    DAY TWO

    CATANOOGA, TENNESSEE
    At some pet friendly Marriott

    ————-

    Good morning, everyone!
    We took roll, and everyone is present and accounted for. I hope everyone
    enjoyed the prime rib dinner delivered by room service last night. Too bad they ran out, but luckily they had plenty of canned tuna.

    Patsy hogs the covers. And she refused to sleep on the floor. “What do you think I am? A dog?” We compromised and she let me blurr underneath her, so I slept just fine.

    All the Kats insisted on having their own room. I noticed some massage charges on the bill too. I think they had way too much fun.

  3. Wolfie
    9:52 am on March 6th, 2011

    But I digress. We are on a Mission

    Central Mission Control has checked in. Excellent, Bee.

  4. Sam
    9:53 am on March 6th, 2011

    I slept way at the top of the bed with the Kats so we wouldn’t get squashed. Now I smell like a Kat – eew and yuk. Where is my Wonderfluff?

  5. Melanie
    9:55 am on March 6th, 2011

    Wölfie, Kats will do that.

    Are you breathing all right? Patsy weighs a bit more than you. I had a voice mail waiting, must not have heard the ring . . . “Hey Mom, everything is Tip-Top. Well, except where Mac hit that fire plug. He and Frank had to make a pit stop, but didn’t want to get out of the van. What is it about guys anyway?

    We did not squeak Sam, though it was really tempting. She has a wicked sense of humor once she eats a lot of prime rib.

    With MollyPop on her laptop and Wölfie on his mom’s iPaw, and the Wöökiemobile just loaded with high tech stuff, the van is so low tech. Not that I don’t like the GPS. It was real funny when it said “we are not responsible for where you are” over and over again. . . WHAT! Oh, Rosalyn says to ignore that.

    Time for breakfast and a big meeting.

  6. Melanie
    10:00 am on March 6th, 2011

    Oh, doggy,

    Well, just throw a spanner in the mix got a text from Grace and Katy. They are coming into heat.

    That might attract Riö to come out of hiding. Plus every male dog in the area.

  7. dawson
    10:05 am on March 6th, 2011

    Melanie: “We are not responsible for where you are” That’s a great motto.
    Staff: Nice pick of music for Rio’s Grandma last night. Made me well up in tears this morning.
    I’m off to the “facility”. Good luck to the Mission.

  8. Wolfie
    10:06 am on March 6th, 2011

    Well, THAT explains why we have 2,000 male dogs crowding around the van.

    We are going to recruit them for SAR.

  9. B.Stover
    10:22 am on March 6th, 2011

    I’m laughing out loud.

    It’s good you don’t have my brother’s GPS. If you don’t follow its directions it says, “Recalculating…” in a voice dripping with disgust.

    I know I’ve seen it before but I’ve forgotten what SAR is.

  10. B.Stover
    10:24 am on March 6th, 2011

    I just remembered: search and rescue…is on schedule even with the 2,000 extra dogs racing after the van. Oh, Gracie and Katy…

  11. Melanie
    10:27 am on March 6th, 2011

    Here is a video (the Kats can change their wording as appropriate) with music by Nora Roberts. It is for all our four footed fur friends . . .www.youtube.com/watch?v=82YMfjWqA2w

  12. dawson
    10:28 am on March 6th, 2011

    Oh my gosh! Those Newfs! Tears of laughter.

  13. Mollypop
    10:47 am on March 6th, 2011

    Oh, yawn, stretch. Boy, I’m tired. There was too much snoring last night.

  14. AbbietheKitty
    10:52 am on March 6th, 2011

    Staff got up to take her pills and we are checking on the RioRescue headquarters. I am not sure how much rescuing is going on and Staff says a massage is NOT an emergency.

    Now 2000 extra dogs chasing the newfs is an emergency so try to keep those dogs out of traffic. Maybe you should charter a helicopter. A LARGE helicopter. To fly you over to Colorado.
    2000 dogs chasing you down the road would be trouble. I also have a little trouble imagining the look of the puppies in those litters. Talk about your mixed breeds.

    I hope Wolfie and the others are managing to exert some control.

    Maybe Grace and Katie should be sent home before they sabotage the mission.

  15. Melanie
    11:04 am on March 6th, 2011

    Melanie’s mom here..I am so glad you are looking for Rio. He was a wonderful friend to our Bess. She knew he was thinking of her and sending lovely prayers to her and it made a difference. Please tell him Bess would want him back, happy and healthy to enrich all our lives. Zoe

  16. Wolfie
    11:06 am on March 6th, 2011

    Whew, it took some doing but we blurred off minus the 2,000 Romeos.
    We are keeping K and G for their Enticement qualities.

    (Here is a message from Lassie:)

    RRRRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOO

    COME HOME

  17. Wolfie
    11:08 am on March 6th, 2011

    Sniff.

    Honk.

    Zoe, that was the sweetest thing.

  18. Mollypop
    11:24 am on March 6th, 2011

    Now I’m crying too.

  19. Barb & Maggie
    11:29 am on March 6th, 2011

    We hope Rio is aware of our mission, and knows how much everyone wants him back, skipping, skipping.

  20. Tupper and Gilly
    11:50 am on March 6th, 2011

    East Coast Control here checking in. We have had some Pug On The River (POTR) sightings to pass along. Please check the credible ones:
    Pug on a paddlewheel casino boat, cruising the Mississsippi

    Pug hanging out in the Grand Canyon, going river rafting on the rapids

    Pug on patrol along the Rio Grande in Texas hmmm…the RIO Grands?? Maybe.

    Pug in Venice on a gondola floating down the Grand Canal heading for the Bridge of Sighs

    Let us know if any of these pan out. We are setting the alarm system in all major airports to keep paging for
    “Mr. Rio Pug, Please pick up a courtesy white phone in your area”

    And we have our network combing the woods calling, “RREEEEOOOOOO”

  21. Tupper and Gilly
    11:52 am on March 6th, 2011

    East Coast Control here checking in. We have had some Pug On The River (POTR) sightings to pass along. Please check the credible ones:
    Pug on a paddlewheel casino boat, cruising the Mississsippi

    Pug hanging out in the Grand Canyon, going river rafting on the rapids

    Pug on patrol along the Rio Grande in Texas hmmm…the RIO Grands?? Maybe.

    Pug in Venice on a gondola floating down the Grand Canal heading for the Bridge of Sighs

    Let us know if any of these pan out. We are asking airports to keep paging for
    “Mr. Rio Pug, Please pick up a courtesy white phone in your area”

    And we have our network combing the woods calling, “RREEEEOOOOOO”

  22. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:53 am on March 6th, 2011

    Attention all rescuers. Stover just forwarded me an encrypted message from Rio and his friend. Fortunately, the Wookiemobile comes fully equipped with the secret decoder device. The message reads as follows: ” Hel! Kar broke Dow olong hiwa 34 outside Estee prk – no recept – starving!”. Rio and friend, we are on the way! Stover, where in the heck is Estee Park. Wolfie, we are counting on you to have saved one of B’s apple pies. Wookie

  23. Tupper and Gilly
    11:57 am on March 6th, 2011

    East Coast Central trying to check in. We are starting to think that the moderator has something to do with Rio’s absence…every time we try to aid the search, we are blocked by the moderator. hmmmm

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    11:58 am on March 6th, 2011

    We have been trying to tell you that we have had some Pug on the River sightings for you all to check out.

    First one – Pug on a Paddlewheel River boat on the Mississsippi

  25. Tupper and Gilly
    11:59 am on March 6th, 2011

    Second: Pug on a godola on the Grand Canal in Venice, heading for the Bridge of Sighs

  26. Tupper and Gilly
    11:59 am on March 6th, 2011

    Third: Pug at the Grand Canyon, white water river rafting

  27. Tupper and Gilly
    12:01 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Fourth – A Pug on patrol on the Rio Grande….wait a minute…the RIO Grande?? Maybe???

  28. Tupper and Gilly
    12:02 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Hey – wait just one minute…has anyone actually checked Rio’s house? After all, he’s not allowed OUT OF THE YARD!

  29. Mollypop
    12:09 pm on March 6th, 2011

    My decoder ring got an SOS message too. I’ve set the GPS to Estee Park. Recalculating! We’re on our way! Hang on!

  30. Tupper and Gilly
    12:10 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Go Wookie GO!!!! DRIVE!!!!
    RETREIVE!!!

  31. Mollypop
    12:26 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Keep RIGHT to take I-90 W toward TOLEDO (Portions toll) (Crossing into INDIANA).

  32. Wolfie
    12:29 pm on March 6th, 2011

    I am blurring as fast as I can!

    And, yes, all pies (except for the one I accidentally ate) are accounted for.

    As is the rat jerky and Melanie’s duck.

    BBBBBBBBBBBLLLLLLLLLLUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRR…………

    ZOOM!

  33. Mollypop
    12:31 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Merge onto I-80 W via EXIT 21 toward IN-51 S (Portions toll) (Crossing into ILLINOIS).

    I’m getting hungry. Wolfie, can I have some rat jerky?

  34. Mollypop
    12:32 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Merge onto I-280 W via the exit on the LEFT toward MOLINE/ROCK ISLAND (Crossing into IOWA).

  35. Wolfie
    12:34 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Mollypop, sorry, but no

    We must save it for Rio’s friend. I understand it is quite tasty with green onions and cottage cheese.

  36. Mollypop
    12:36 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Merge onto I-80 W via the exit on the LEFT toward DES MOINES (Crossing into NEBRASKA).

    See the USA in your … Wookiemobile, blurrpowered by Wolfie.

  37. Wolfie
    12:37 pm on March 6th, 2011

    I am panting with exertion!

  38. Siber-H
    12:37 pm on March 6th, 2011

    psssst, you guys, Estes Park is in Colorado—very cold and very high.

  39. Mollypop
    12:38 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Keep LEFT to take I-76 S via EXIT 102 toward DENVER (Crossing into COLORADO).

    I’m getting cold. Should have brought a jacket.

  40. Mollypop
    12:39 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Merge onto US-34 W via EXIT 66B toward GREELEY/ESTES PARK.

    Yea!

  41. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    12:41 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Mollypop — you are doing a great job with the GPS. We are getting close. Hope nobody gets carsick in the back. We need to save room for Rio and his friend. Any word from the Newfs? Wookie

  42. Wolfie
    12:42 pm on March 6th, 2011

    It is?

    Oh.

    Mollypop?

    We must reconfigure route.

  43. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    12:45 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Another message just came in on the secret decoder device. “not 34! bac-way out of Estee. Devil gulp rd to Glen Heaven…steep n rocky, trying to get on Big Toms Son Rd – 34….still starving!” Mollypop, adjust coordinates appropriately. Total urgency required. Everyone pull out the rescue plan and make sure you are ready for anything. I thought I saw some marauding goats on the horizon too. Wookie

  44. Sam
    12:45 pm on March 6th, 2011

    We’re here, you guys. Estes Park. Now let’s find them.

  45. Wolfie
    12:45 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Or not.

    Carry on, troops!

  46. Sam
    12:46 pm on March 6th, 2011

    OK, back in the car!

  47. Siber-H
    12:48 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Ok Mom just gave me the keys to her truck. We need 4-wheel drive and high clearance.

  48. Wolfie
    12:49 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Siber, hurry!

  49. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    12:51 pm on March 6th, 2011

    The Wookiemobile has all-wheel drive too; I’ll be right behind. Love those people at Volvo.

  50. Siber-H
    12:54 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Big Thompson Road and canyon can be bad news. It’s rugged and in the 1980’s quite a few campers and fishermen were killed there when swept away by flood waters. Right now…it would be a frozen wasteland. I’m on my way!!!

    We may have to call on Rev and Maple to help.

  51. Mollypop
    12:58 pm on March 6th, 2011

    The GPS has us on Devils Gulch Rd. and this is pretty scary.

  52. Sam
    1:00 pm on March 6th, 2011

    I’m scared – I want to go home. I want Mommy.

  53. Siber-H
    1:09 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Are we sure Rio isn’t setting in front of a fireplace at a Lodge in Estes Park …having brunch and a bloody Mary. “Starving” could simply mean that the waiter was 5 minutes late with his food.

  54. Wolfie
    1:11 pm on March 6th, 2011

    We can do this.

    We can.

    Rio needs us.

  55. Mollypop
    1:13 pm on March 6th, 2011

    If we make it to Glen Haven, the elevation is 7,218 feet.

  56. Sam
    1:16 pm on March 6th, 2011

    I read the book Into Thin Air and we’re all going to die! Waah.

  57. Siber-H
    1:24 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Sam, You are cracking me up! Every expedition needs a Sam.

    Sam, this might not be a good time to bring this up, but did you read “Into the Wild”

  58. Sam
    1:29 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Same author so no need to read it. I already know the story from the news.

    We’re going to die even more. Waah even more.

  59. Wolfie
    1:34 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Sam…..um……those books were about Mt Everest and Alaska.

    We are in the Colorado Mountain High.

    Think ‘Sunshine On My Shoulders, makes me happy.

  60. Siber-H
    1:40 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Good suggestion, Wolfie. I can maybe think of another song, “Rocky Mountain High”.

  61. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    1:41 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Sam — Don’t worry, the Newfs will protect you; they won’t let anything bad happen. And the Wookiemobile is fully equipped for high altitude maneuvers. Wookie

  62. Melanie
    1:44 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Jeez, the Newfs just woke up and are speeding along after you. They are about an hour behind the Wöökiemobile. They have more food, Thanks to Rose. . . She herded a bunch of beavers into a trap and Franklin did some chewing and now they have more beaver tails. (If you hear of an area with tailless beavers, shhhh).

    they are ready to go to where it is cold. They want Siber-H to break the trail and then they will haul the heavy stuff.

  63. Melanie
    1:45 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Sam, the Pack has a sled with warm blankets. Do you want to ride in it?

  64. Sam
    1:52 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Yes, Melanie, have them pack me up all nice and warm.

  65. Sam
    1:55 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Warm and cozy. And no bad songs about big high mountains.

  66. B.Stover
    1:57 pm on March 6th, 2011

    I go to buy groceries and all hell breaks loose! I can’t see the control instruments because I’m laughing too much. Would beavers whose tails have been chewed off by a head-hiding Newf survive? And Sam, how does one die even more?? You’re keeping them calm Wookie (except for Sam). Mollypop’s GPS is excellent and SH is acclimatized to the area. Report in when you can.

  67. B.Stover
    2:06 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Here’s a link to an article on Estes Park, Col. It seems to me that Stanley Hotel (Edwardian opulence) is a place Rio might head for. You could check. I’m looking up weather now.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estes_Park,_Colorado

  68. B.Stover
    2:12 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Here’s the forcast for Estes Park for the next seven days. Right now it’s 40, 30% chance of rain; snow tonight and through Tuesday night.

  69. B.Stover
    2:14 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Sorry…can’t submit the link for some reason.

  70. Wolfie
    2:18 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Sam is warm and cozy, the newfies are catching up, Bee is back at mission control, the pies are intact, the beavers are tailless, John Denver is singing, the Wookiemobile is closing, in, and I am blurring.

    Now, all we need is the Commander and Friend.

    if I were Rio, you can be darn sure that I would be at the Stanley Hotel! It looks mighty fancy and warm.

  71. Wolfie
    2:20 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Any new messages on the SDD?

    Over and out.

  72. B.Stover
    2:27 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Here’s another link to the Estes Park area. I think Rio may have sniffed his way to the Twin Owls Steakhouse while his friend is at the Riverspointe Spa getting a massage….with hot stones put down her spine.

    http://thingstodoinestespark.com/

  73. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:28 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Nothing new on the secret decoder device. I hope Rio and his friend have not been intercepted by those pesky marauding goats. And does anybody know where Rockie and his band of hillbilly squirrels might be, we can use all the help we can get. Wookie

  74. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:31 pm on March 6th, 2011

    I also have calls in to Nicky’s Steakhouse and Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ and Taproom, both of which I understand are real hot spots in Estes Park. Wookie

  75. Wolfie
    2:36 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Rats! Mom just told me that she has to go to the office for while!

    She won’t leave the ipaw on because she says that I abused credit card privileges the last time. I don’t know what she is talking about. $2,461.55 isn’t over doing it on doggie treats! Sheesh.

    She says she’ll report in when she gets to her desk.

    In the meantime, carry on, and be safe.

    BBL

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:48 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Hey!… I just saw Wookie and the Wookiemobile speed by with Melanie’s van in hot pursuit!….snort!… I saw little Sammie hanging out the back window screaming!…yeep!yeep!… Come back guys!!!! I’m over here at the Car Garage….sniff!… Darned ole Subaru broke down on Devils Gulch – An actual Road From Hell!…grump!…She insists on driving it every time we come to Estees Park…dammit!… This means Wookie and Mollie did get my SOS messages on the decoder device!…grunt!…That was no easy task sending them on my little Go Phone which doesn’t allow texting…whew!

    Hmmm!…There they all go on their way to Rocky Mountain National Park!….snort!…I don’t think Trail Ridge Road is open yet, they will be sent back by the Rangers…heh!…Maybe they will spot me when they roar by again…snuffle!

  77. B.Stover
    2:52 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Rio: Is the car garage anywhere near Twin Owls Steakhouse?

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:54 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Plunderers!…I can’t believe those guys came all this way looking for me…sniff!…I told them not to worry, I would be back soon….snort!….We would have been back a lot sooner if she’d buy a new car….grunt!… What a great gang of guys. Best friends in my book. This will be a good story for my Pug Memoirs…heh!

    What!?? …. My friend says if they happen to stop and pick us up she will treat every one to Ribs at Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ and Taproom….gruff!…One of our favorite places by far!…yeep! ….Over here guys! Over here!!…Ribs!

  79. B.Stover
    2:57 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Rio: I’m at mission control so I can redirect them. One of the cats brought a credit card so I think that all of you could stay at the Stanley Hotel…after they stop and get ribs or course.

  80. AbbietheKitty
    2:57 pm on March 6th, 2011

    OMG Woookkkkiiiieeeee,
    Rio is offering Ribs!!!

    Turn around and go back the way you came. Take it slow and Rio will flag you down…..

    Hurry! Slowly!

  81. Alice Johnson
    2:59 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Gosh darn it.

    Not that I want ribs, but we are the only Kats to miss this just because Mr.Staff wanted to go listen to bluegrass and Staff let him take her.

    Sniff sob sob waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:08 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Home!…If Wookie and gang find us we will have a great big lunch with everyone, but my friend has to get her car fixed and we need to be back home by tonight!… grump!… No one can afford the Stanley hotel anyways. Plus, its haunted. They filmed The Shining there….yeep!

  83. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    3:12 pm on March 6th, 2011

    There he is! There he is! See his adorable little pug head over by the garage. We’re over here, Rio! We missed you little guy and were so worried. And did you say something about Smokin’ Daves? That sounds terrific. Come on everybody, make room for Rio and his friend in the Wookiemobile. He can even have shotgun if he would like.

    Wookie

  84. Alice Johnson
    3:15 pm on March 6th, 2011

    YAYYYYYYY welcome back Rio and Friend!!!!!

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:21 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Move-over!… Make room! Hi everybody. Imagine seeing all youse guys in the mountains. Not something I had ever imagined happening….snort!…. Okay the Ribs joint is just up a few blocks from here…heh!…I’m starving! We’ve been staying at a little cabin by the river and she didn’t bring enough food for me!…grump!…So I am going to order the super duper big platter of ribs and hot chicken wings…snorkel!

  86. Mollypop
    3:23 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Oh boy, I worked up an appetite. Hi Rio – now let’s go eat!

  87. Wölfie
    3:24 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Yay!!!! We found Rio!!!!! And his friend!!!

    And they are safe!!!!!

    Yum! Ribs! I love Ribs!! And I can blur some over to Macy, Bee, Staff and Kats!! And Chet too!!! And the royal TaGs!

    Sigh.

    I just love happy ends.

    Sniff!

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:25 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Alice!… Hi Alice! Too bad you are going to miss out on the big lunch….heh!heh!

  89. Wölfie
    3:27 pm on March 6th, 2011

    And happy endings, too!

  90. Wölfie
    3:28 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Melanie, I hope the Newf pack aren’t big rib eaters. This could be costly!

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:33 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Everybody!….Now that we are all gathered around this big table with our beer and what-not, I’d like to say a toast….snort!… Here’s to best friends who care and worry about each other, who will drive up high steep, rocky mountain roads to find one of their own who was lost and starving. Here’s to high adventure and especially here’s to Dave’s Ribs!! …Cheers!…snorkel!

    Mission!…So who came up with this Recue Mission anyways?…snuff!…I am way behind on the blog…grump!

  92. Gus & BooBear
    3:36 pm on March 6th, 2011

    So glad that Rio and Co. have been found. We’ve been clinging to the back of the front seats by our claws and saying NOTHING hoping to go unnoticed by all these DAWGS!! But we can lick a rib or two for sure. Glad you were found safe and sound, Rio!! We guess car repair puts that new computer for you even farther off!
    G&BB

  93. B.Stover
    3:37 pm on March 6th, 2011

    You know, I think I might visit my nephew this summer and stay at the Stanley Hotel. How much is it?

    Wolfie just blurred by with the ribs. They smell delicious! Thank you!

  94. Gus & BooBear
    3:38 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Wookie and Wolfie started the rescue mission…one on each coast and coordinated it so the rest of us could join in.

  95. Barb & Maggie
    3:42 pm on March 6th, 2011

    I love ribs too. And these are the best! Rio, you had everyone on the blog involved with looking for you, you little dickens! It’s just not the same without you!

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:46 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Stover!…. You would have to do some checking about the pricing….snort!…You could also book a ghost tour….sniff!… I hear they have hired extra ghosts for those tours…heh! Here’s one link.

    http://stanleyhotel.com/accommodations/

  97. Wölfie
    3:48 pm on March 6th, 2011

    You’re welcome, Bee. I even brought you potato salad, beans and coleslaw. I hope you enjoy them.

    Macy, I’ll be at your house next!

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:53 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Sammie!….Did you have an exciting time driving in the Rocky Mountains?….snort!… I didn’t think princesses liked that sort of thing very much…heh!

  99. Melanie
    3:54 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Patsy called in with the GOOD NEWS! But all I could hear was the munching and crunching of ribs. . . That’s really loud.

    So GLAD you ARE BACK!!

  100. Melanie
    3:56 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Zoë is much relieved!

  101. Alice Johnson
    4:00 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Yum-O, thanks for the ribs, Wolfie. Alice is getting BBQ on her fur…teehee. Abbie and I are eating them happily and staff is complaining about the salt, but she is eating them anyway.

    She is such a weenie.

    ( she claims it is being strong to resist the salt.) I guess it is all in the attitude.

    Thanks Wolfie!!!

  102. Staff
    4:02 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Oh Dear,
    I think this is the earliest we have hit the dark side. I don’t think we even got here this early during the supper bowl.

  103. Wölfie
    4:05 pm on March 6th, 2011

    We have set a new world record.

    You know, I just thougth of something. I wonder if Ingrid was looking for Rio in the Big Apple?? Not in the book, of course, but just for today. I hope she doesn’t get lost, but she seems to know what she is doing.

  104. B.Stover
    4:06 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Stanley Hotel is absolutely beautiful and the mountains seem to surround it. A queen “historic” room is $139 per night which is not really bad. What fun!

    Wolfie: I love potatoe salad, coleslaw and baked beans…my absolute favorite! These are delish! Thank you.

  105. Siber-H
    4:10 pm on March 6th, 2011

    I fell asleep and when I woke up, Rio had been rescued!!!
    Welcome back little guy.
    I won’t have to call Alaska now and tell them to postpone the Iditarod because we can’t find Rio.

  106. B.Stover
    4:10 pm on March 6th, 2011

    I just said a four-letter word when I refershed.

    I think that Ingrid always knows what she’s doing so not to worry. I wonder if…forgot her name…and the Sherwood gang (has to be Robbie right?) will be that wise also. Wonder when the book is coming out…no pressure meant for the Charming Mr. Peter A.

  107. Wölfie
    4:13 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Bee, knowing you, the four letter word was probablh “gosh”.

    No, we don’t want to pressure Mr. PSQA, except of course, when it comes to Astrid, our damsal in distress.

  108. Wölfie
    4:15 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Siber, will you have time to swing by for a rack or two of ribs?
    I know you are busy with the Iditarod, but we would love to see you!!!

  109. Siber-H
    4:18 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Stover, have you read Stephen King’s book, The Shining?

    Mom has, but it was so long ago, she can’t remember if she liked it. It must not have made a really big impression on her.

  110. Siber-H
    4:21 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Thank you, Wolfie! I’ll be by!!! I’m not THAT busy with the Iditarod. I worked up a huge hunger in the Rocky Mountains.

  111. Sam
    4:21 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Rio, I was never scared at all. I knew that we were quite safe and I really enjoyed all the songs about high mountains. Just a very relaxing, enjoyable trip.

  112. C. Harris
    4:27 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Rio’s back! [Snoopy happy dance]

  113. Melanie
    4:30 pm on March 6th, 2011

    If Astrid is lost and is still in NYC tomorrow, YSAS will be back in the city and keep an eye out for her.

    Oh, I can’t remember who asked . . . It’s OTAS that is getting married and that is in May 2012. And the “House of Yes” is about a very DYSFUNCTIONAL family. Not a happy play.

    Riö, I know you muzzle might be all wet and barbequey so Patsy is coming over to give you a BIG lick and clean you all up.

  114. Alice M. Johnson
    4:32 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Sam that is a great big wonderfluffed lie.
    We could hear your screaming all the way up here in Minnesota.

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:34 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Sammie!… That’s good to know. Maybe we can all go four-wheeling together sometime when the weather is nicer…heh!

    Stover!… You would really love the hotel and the little town…snort!…It is the gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park…sniff!…So if you get tired of shopping and eating you could always go sight-seeing way High, High up thar!…gruff! …On weekends and holidays it does get extremely busy throughout the spring, summer and fall…grunt!…But one can easily walk from one end to the other without driving in town. You will need a good car if you go up Trail Ridge Road though….sniff!

    Elk!…We’ve been up there before when the Elk were wondering through town…heh!…There is always some idiot who thinks he can pet one of those gigantic beasts. That’s when the real fun starts…. chorkle!

  116. B.Stover
    4:37 pm on March 6th, 2011

    SH: I know I’m in the minority but I don’t really like Stephen King’s novels. I’ve never read The Shining. I can’t remember if I saw the movie. (There was a movie based on a novel of his that was about his childhood….Can’t remember the name of it but at one point the group of boys had leeches on them.)

    Wolfie: I like Astrid described as the damsel in distress. I wonder if we will ever get back to her story.

    I’m watching a dvd (Yoga Zone) on meditation. It seems really helpful for stress. (I know yoga exercises are good for stretching the body and getting rid of stress.)

  117. Wölfie
    4:50 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Bee, I agree with you about Stephen King. He has some really, really good ideas, but (whispered) I don’t think he is a very good writer. I always get bored and have yet to finish one.

    I don’t like scary movies. Never have. When I was a little kid I saw “The Man With the XRAY Vision” and that really scared me to death. I don’t know why, but it did. I don’t like violence, even when it is make believe.

  118. Wölfie
    4:52 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Melanie,
    It was me, Wolfie, who asked. Plunderville (that is us here) could do a bang up job on the wedding.

  119. Wölfie
    4:53 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Doesn’t this have a nice ring”

    Wolfie Wigglebutt, Esquire, of Plunderville, USA

  120. B.Stover
    4:54 pm on March 6th, 2011

    You’re right Wolfie. Violence is what I don’t like about SK.

    I will absolutely stay away from elk Rio.

  121. Wölfie
    4:56 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Yay! It’s time for desert!! Let’s bring out Aunt Bee’s pies.
    I love pie, and I haven’t had any in (burp) AGES!!!

  122. Wölfie
    4:57 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Oops, I meant to say dessert!

  123. Wölfie
    4:58 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Or is it Plundererville?

    Any thoughts?

  124. B.Stover
    4:58 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Apple pie is my favorite after chocolate cream…which of course isn’t good for dogs.

    Oh Sam….what a whopper!

  125. B.Stover
    5:03 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Wolfie: Of course you are an “Esquire.” I’m thinking Plunderer of Chet’s Blog, USA.

  126. B.Stover
    5:07 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Rio: I think your friend should try yoga. The Yoga Zone dvd (four dvds included) from Amazon is wonderful. And no arguing…just do it!

  127. Wölfie
    5:09 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Pondering…..

  128. Alice M. Johnson
    5:17 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Yoga is wonderful. Both Abbie and I do it.

  129. Alice M. Johnson
    5:17 pm on March 6th, 2011

    It’s in the tail.
    Heh heh heh

  130. AbbietheKitty
    5:19 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Yes, the tail is important. But you have to get the pose right too.

  131. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    5:35 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Curses – another perfectly plan spoiled by those dratted Plunderers.
    Zo, leetle Pug…you are back vith your pack.
    Just vait until next time….ve vill haf an even better plan.
    Ve vill FOIL ze next mission by zoze Plunderers!

  132. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    5:40 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Next time, mey be ve catnap ze smart mouth kat…

  133. Wölfie
    5:49 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Laughing here……

    It must be Gilly…..but have you defected to the other side?
    Are you going to catnap the Herbs?

    Dear me……this is quite a twist. I don’t know what to make of it!

  134. Wölfie
    5:50 pm on March 6th, 2011

    AK, I would love to see you do a Downward Dog pose, lol.

  135. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:51 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Gosh, I’m gone from the blog for a couple days and I miss all the action! I’m glad Rio’s back, but I just wish I’d been in on the mission. I’ve never been to the mountains, but I just know I’d like them — if they aren’t too cold! They aren’t too cold, are they Rio?

  136. Barb & Maggie
    5:55 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Natasha, Sorry honey, but you gave yourself away with that avatar! Still very funny, tho. Snicker

  137. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:30 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Avatar!….That avatar always gets the imposters…heh!…Natasha would have been a great character if I didn’t know it was actually Gilly the Nefarious Corgi…grunt!

    Quacky!… We seem to have a real problem here. Her mother did not find Quacky Baseball on our doorstep this past Friday afternoon. This was the day we were sure it would arrive…grump!…It shipped on Feb 25th for gosh sakes!….grumble!….Still no Quacky in my paws, still no inside joke to read about! Unbelievable!…grrrrr!!!

  138. Siber-H
    6:32 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Kirby, You would love the Rocky Mountains. We will get you a nice fleece jacket. I’m going to take Sam 4-wheeling in the Colorado Rockies this summer and we want you to come along.

  139. B.Stover
    6:34 pm on March 6th, 2011

    I just watched the second dvd on the Impressionists from Netflix. Very good. I went to Monet’s home and garden at Giverny once. Beautiful. He had a blue and white kitchen and a yellow and blue dining room.

  140. B.Stover
    6:41 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Rio: Where in the world did you order Quacky from? Mars?

    I think cats would be very good at yoga…even the down dog pose.

  141. Melanie
    6:59 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Zoë is doing chair yoga. It is for seniors here in town. It’s run by a “woman of a certain age” that doesn’t look like she hasn’t eaten for 20 days.

    She is also doing meditation. Snicker. The first time I wrote that I wrote Medications. That’s me not her!

    How did you like your Patsy bath Riö? With humans she puts her paws on their shoulders holds them down and lets loose!

  142. Melanie
    7:10 pm on March 6th, 2011

    For Siber-H: http://www.henkimaa.com/2011/03/06/iditarod-2011-at-side-street

    at the bottom if you click the flicker slide show, even more happy dogs!

  143. Siber-H
    7:37 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Thanks Melanie…that guy got some good pictures…better than the Iditarod Insider could do this weekend. They had technical problems out the yen yang.

  144. Tupper and Gilly
    7:39 pm on March 6th, 2011

    HEY! WHO STOLE OUR AVATAR???
    Whats going on here – the Kats just got home and said Rio is safe and sound. YEAH!!! Ri -O Ri -O Ri -O
    But who the heck is Natasha and why does she have our log in?
    Alice – is that you??

  145. Tupper and Gilly
    7:48 pm on March 6th, 2011

    And why do the Kats smell like barbeque??

  146. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:03 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Stover!… I ordered Quacky from Barney Noble….snort!…They usually get our books to us in a timely fashion….sniff!

    Melanie!….Patsy licked some of my wrinkles right off my face…blech!gah!…Tuppence, I wouldn’t start blaming Alice the Super Spy for your Avatar mess-up…chuffle!…She has powers beyond your comprehension…heh!

    Justified!…. We are watching the latest Justified (#3)….grunt!…Poor Boyd Crowder is getting blamed for all the bad stuff going on and heck he’s been working an honest job these days as a Coal Miner…heh!…My friend is finding him to be a very good-looking guy, even with his troubles and tribulations….snort!

  147. Tupper and Gilly
    8:07 pm on March 6th, 2011

    MollyPop? Did you “steal” our avatar?

  148. Melanie
    8:17 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Tup and Gilly: I think you better look closer to home!

    I just finished the Lie to Me where Isabelle the Pug is introduced. At least her picture and back story. Pretty pug.

    3 dogs to the vets’ tomorrow. So the Pack better zoom back with the van.

    Just normal blood work. So I will see you guys later!

    Glad you’re back Riö

  149. Tupper and Gilly
    8:23 pm on March 6th, 2011

    But Melanie – the Kats weren’t even here! And we have been moderated night and day for the past couple of days.
    Whats going on?

  150. Basil and Sage
    8:27 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Yeah! How come WE get the blame? We were off on the RESCUE mission!

  151. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:29 pm on March 6th, 2011

    HA! You vill never catch me. I am Greatest Spy who ever lived…you, you are Troglodytes!

  152. Sam
    8:30 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Rio and SiberH, I had so much fun on this trip that I can’t wait to go four-wheeling with you. Call my direct phone line 716-555-1212 and use my code word “Forest Lawn.”

  153. B.Stover
    8:32 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Wonder why T&G are being moderated so much.

    Melanie: Can you remember which season and episode that was of Lie to Me?

    I hope your book comes tomorrow Rio. Welcome home.

    Good night all.

  154. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:36 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Hi, Y’all, Welcome back Rio.

    Stephen King writes the best book endorsements in the world.

    Good job Plunderers, good pulling together. I got my pie, it was on the porch, I guess I missed Wolfie but…yummy! I even shared it with the packette. (I let them lick the pan)

  155. Barb & Maggie
    8:51 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Ah, things are back to normal on our blog. We are all tuckered out and ready for beddy-by, but what a wonderful trip. Thank you Wookie and Wolfie for a splendid search and rescue. We couldn’t have done it without your expertise.

    Rio you were soo missed. There is even talk of making you Mayor or Governor, but I think you need to settle in a bit and then run for election. You know, with campaign slogans, promises, the whole nine yards. Then we will vote, however, you will still be a shoe-in. Like the say in Chicago, VOTE EARLY AND OFTEN.

  156. Mollie (a black poodle)
    9:41 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Welcome back Rio! Sounds like a nice relaxing place. It looked peaceful and beautiful. Are you feeling better now?
    Re “Boyd”, I have a feeling he may not be a coal miner much longer…He seems to be getting better looking too.

  157. Tupper and Gilly
    9:44 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Ooo, Barb and Maggie – that could be a lot of fun. Can you imagine a debate between Rio and Alice? Imagine what kind of campaign promises they would come up with?
    WookieMobiles in Every Pot
    Blurrrr Power to the People
    All the Way with A M J
    Read my Lips – NO NEW TICKS!

    This could be fun!

  158. Tupper and Gilly
    9:47 pm on March 6th, 2011

    But Mama has to work for the Crazy Lady tomorrow, so g’night for now all. And welcome home Rio. Glad you will be snuggled in with your baseball toys.
    Yaaaawwwnnnn..and we’ll be snuggled in with our blankies.

  159. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:02 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Good night all. We will rest better here in Chevy Chase knowing that Rio and his friend are safe and sound. Dad did confiscate his American Express card though, muttering something about it being so sticky with barbecue sauce all over it. Wookie

  160. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:49 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Good night, y’all! Just reading about all of today’s excitement has plum tuckered me out! Oh, and I wanted to thank T&G for saying that they imagine Chet has a heart like mine — I hope so, because I get good grades from my vet! My heart works just fine!!!

  161. dawson
    11:52 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Well! well! well!
    I sure missed all the excitement by having to work today but I am extremely joyful that the Mission was successful. Tears of Happiness. Welcome back Rio and friend. Plunder On!

  162. AbbietheKitty
    11:53 pm on March 6th, 2011

    Yawn….
    Staff says we have to go to bed. I don’t know why she is so tired. She had a nap while doing the laundry. She was glued to the blog most of the morning and early afternoon. I guess that tired her out.

    Not as if any of us were doing any rescuing. Sniff. We got home way too late for that yesterday. The East and The West were busy busy busy organizing everything before we knew what was happening.

    Commander Rio has trained his troops well. They even had the wise idea to keep B safe at home so she couldn’t steal Melanie’s canes and get in any trouble with it.

    tee hee.

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