The Franchisement of Walking

“Check out this link and tell me what’s next,” Admin says. “Franchise breathing?”

“Now, now,” says Spence. “This is what made America great.”

“It is?”

“Well, part of it.”

“Don’t leave out the Bill of Rights.”


“Little Richard.”

“Goes without saying.”


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163 Responses to “The Franchisement of Walking”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    9:27 am on April 14th, 2012

    Good morning all! Calm before the storm here. Afternoon may bring heavy storms, high winds, dangerous conditions for tornados. Looks like the worst will be south of here. Going out this morning to mail Melanie’s book and do some errands before things start.

    Jessica had the idea of starting a dog walking business 3-4 yrs ago. Never went anywhere. You have to have the right market area-high density population, high wage earners, etc. Lots of potential problems if you are walking a multiple dog pack, like they show in big cities. They don’t always get along, and then what? What if a dog gets loose? Lots of possible nightmares!

  2. B.Stover
    9:39 am on April 14th, 2012

    Little Richard?

    Good morning all.

  3. BearSpiritDog
    10:11 am on April 14th, 2012

    Good Morning Everyone!
    Today is Saturday!
    And, it is…..
    Something else

  4. Gus & BooBear
    10:32 am on April 14th, 2012

    Good Saturday morning, all!! Big doings here today too. Friends’ son is graduating from LSU next month and they asked if they could host a big crawfish boil/party here in his honor. (their yard is much smaller) We said “SURE” and Mom and Dad have spent a couple of weeks getting everything all spruced up. The kitchen remodel is finished (and we LOVE it). Now we find out that we (all the cats) will be closed off in the master bedroom/bath) for the duration!! Not fair!!!! Bet if we were dogs, we’d be welcome…stupid dogs can’t jump onto counters!

    Anyhoo, later gators! Hope everyone has a great weekend.


  5. BearSpiritDog
    11:02 am on April 14th, 2012

    Exciting morning! #1 son off to Japan. He is flying business class so it will be a comfortable 10+ hours.
    Nana wishes she were going too.
    Not me! If I fly I want to be on a special airline for the Nation Within. We deserve to fly first class too!
    Don’t get me started on this…..

  6. Staff
    11:33 am on April 14th, 2012

    Morning all. Dawson and I are going to the local garden center. It is Pansymonium this weekend. 😀

  7. Siber-H
    12:15 pm on April 14th, 2012

    It doesn’t surprise me that there is now a franchise for dog walking. There are franchises for pet setting. Mom won’t let anyone but but her and Molly’s mom walk me because I am one of those Sibers that will try to pull backwards out of my collar when I see a rabbit, kat, or horse.

    Bear, you can track #1 son. We have just found a new hobby on the blog…tracking loved ones on airplanes. I miss those little green flags so much I might just start tracking airplanes in general.

    Rio!! Helton won that game for the Rockies last night!

  8. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:59 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Melanie!…Happy Birthday!…snort!… We’ve been stuck outside while more shopping was going on…sniff!…So I couldn’t get you a birthday card. Not yet anyways. Later this afternoon my friend is going to meet some other friends and drink margaritas and eat Mexican food till the Goats ride the Cows home…chorkel!…I could join and help with the festivities but she says “No!”…grunt!…

    Walking!…PLease don’t tell my friend that she could make money walking us guys…snort!

  9. Masquers
    1:24 pm on April 14th, 2012


    to you

  10. B.Stover
    1:47 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Happy birthday Melanie.

  11. Mollypop's Mom
    1:52 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Happy Birthday Melanie and Rio!

  12. Rose
    2:08 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Happiest of birthdays to Melanie and Rio!

    Welcome home, Dawson!!!

  13. Tupper and Gilly
    2:15 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Gee – is it Melanie and Rio’s birthdays? Happy Birthday you two. Wish we had known earlier – we might have made some plans.

    Now, would you two close your eyes for a minute please?

    Ok everyone – you have all the plans, right? Rio’s neighbors’ yard, tonight – anytime you can get there is fine. Gus and BooBear – do you think you can get away with snitching some of the crawfish for the party?

    Wear your best party hats – Dawson, you and Staff can bring pansy leis for everyone. Its gonna be great!

    Ok, Melanie and Rio – you can open your eyes now. We were just talking about stuff you wouldn’t be interested in. We didn’t want you to be bored.

    We are off to help Mama work on her bear. See ya all tonight – wink, wink.

  14. Melanie
    2:37 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Thank you! I’m “of an age”. This came in the mail for me. Snicker

  15. Snowhook Bella
    2:41 pm on April 14th, 2012

    This is a big birthday weekend! Coach’s birthday is today, too. Happy birthday!

  16. Barb & Maggie
    2:45 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Happy Birthday Melanie and Rio. Where is everyone today? Light day so far on the blog.

    Melanie, we mailed the book to you today. Had it in an envelope, but then the postal lady said it might get really beat up, so we bought another padded envelope and put env.#1 into evl#2. Now it should be fine. Guess she doesn’t think much of the postal service, and she works there!

    We still haven’t heard any Dawson stories about how she meat her dh (that is dear husband, for Bee’s benefit).

    No storms yet, so may go outside for a bit. BBL

  17. BearSpiritDog
    2:46 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Siber-H! You’re right. Tracking. I can track the flight to Japan!
    Thanks for reminding me. It’s DAL #155 arriving in Toyoko 4:35 pm tomorrow. Hmm…we’ll have to look up the time difference.

    Happy Birthday to Melanie and Coach too!

  18. Snowhook Bella
    2:56 pm on April 14th, 2012

    B&M: I bet if we get enough root beer in Dawson, she will share the story.

  19. B.Stover
    3:06 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Happy birthday Rio.

    Bear: I think the difference in time is 14 hours but I can’t remember if it’s behind or ahead of us.

    Nice card Melanie.

  20. BearSpiritDog
    3:19 pm on April 14th, 2012

    B: If he leaves from SeaTac at 2 pm and gets into Toyoko at 4:30 pm tomorrow and the flight time is 10 hours…I come up with 16+ hours but, as everyone knows, I can’t count.
    (Gah. This reminds me of those “story problems” from elementary math…if a train leaves at 2 pm, traveling 90 mph…….)

  21. Melanie
    3:41 pm on April 14th, 2012

    I have found a free site for youtube music!

  22. B.Stover
    3:42 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Bear: I just looked it up and it’s April 15, 4:41 AM in Japan.

  23. Siber-H
    3:49 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Happy Birthday Melanie and Rio!!
    Happy Birthday, Coach!
    Welcome back to the USA Dawson!
    I will be wearing my best hat…my Rockies hat!

  24. Snowhook Bella
    3:55 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Belle Starr has her fancy collar on for a special occasion that isn’t happening tonight.

  25. Melanie
    4:00 pm on April 14th, 2012
  26. Melanie
    4:01 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Snigglefritz, I have got to learn to do this so my SDD doesn’t show.

    Anyhoo, Happy Birthday to COACH!

  27. BearSpiritDog
    4:23 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Thanks, B! Now I know (I think)

    Staff and Dawson: Pansies would be very nice for the U-Know-What happening later at U-Know-Where. Don’t you just love their little faces?

    Belle Starr: (whispering) We can’t wait to see you in your new sparkly collar.

  28. Belle Starr
    4:49 pm on April 14th, 2012

    My two legged is poodled up and using poodled up words like carpola and snigglefritz. It seems she’s been baking all day for the you know what for who youse know whose and every time she leaves the cakes to cool Pancho and Lefty steal them. I’m not too upset. They’ve share with me each time.

  29. AbbietheKitty
    4:53 pm on April 14th, 2012

    I am hurt that someone didn’t think there was room for me in that lovely all kat kard. I don’t take up that much room. Really.

  30. Snowhook Bella
    5:20 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Melanie: A Kat saying happy birthday to a pug named Rio! I love it. By the way, you don’t have any plans for tonight do you?

  31. Tupper and Gilly
    5:23 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Abbie – you are on the card – its just that you are such a lady you had already gotten your catnip cookies, and had a seat with BlueCat over by the window. (TC was in the WC)

  32. Tyb
    5:38 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Love the kat saying HB to Rio. I didn’t realize it until I was about to close the card, but that kat will follow your mouse with his eyes if you move the mouse around on the card.
    Way Kool.
    Happy Birthday Rio and Melanie.

  33. Rose
    5:50 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Happy Birthday, Coach!

  34. Masquers
    6:00 pm on April 14th, 2012

    I must say, it has been a heavenly day.
    Let’s see…what mischief can I get into 2night?

  35. Snowhook Bella
    6:01 pm on April 14th, 2012

    I just got off the phone with Coach. I invited him to the you know what, but he said he was going to have a quiet night at home with his bride. Bev made him breakfast in bed and they ate cupcakes to celebrate.

    The dog truck broke down in town. Mick has saddled up the horse and is on is way to AJ. I’m heading into town to do laundry and to be close by in case I need to tow him home.

  36. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:07 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Snort!…Its not my birthday today…grunt!

  37. Siber-H
    6:19 pm on April 14th, 2012


  38. OleyHowlers
    6:46 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Howdy, Folks!we’ve been busy today, getting all “Springed” out…its a beautiful day! Now we are baking pizzas for u-know-what…see you soon!

  39. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:49 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Truck!…Oh no! Not again…grunt!… That truck reminds me of Melanies old van. It was always breaking down or a tire was going flat…grunt!

    SiberH!…My birthday is tomorrow – on Tax Day…grunt!…I’m a Tax Baby..sniff!…My friend says she should be able to deduct me because I eat her out of house and home…heh!heh!burp!

  40. T.C.
    6:50 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Hay! Who put Buddy’s name under my picture? He is orange…I amthe beeeeeautiful grey sable-striped fashionista.

  41. Melanie
    6:51 pm on April 14th, 2012


    I just got my Birthday Dinner all cooked and on the table when it DISAPPEARED!
    And the WHOLE PACK has vamoosed.

    What’s going on?????

  42. Masquers
    6:51 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Belle Starr: Watch it with the cupcakes or you’ll be sicker than the proverbial you-know-what.

  43. Belle Starr
    6:57 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Masquers: Splort! Now my belly is empty and ready to be filled!

  44. Masquers
    7:00 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Rio! We know it isn’t your birthday today. That’s why I haven’t wished you a happy birthday yet. Your day will come…is coming soon. Tomorrow is Tax Day. That’s our clue.

  45. Snowhook Bella
    7:01 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Melanie: Umm…no clue. Maybe the Newfs had to go see a corgi about a pug.

  46. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:03 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Gah!…No splorting allowed…grunt!…My friend got home from lunch a while ago and her mother wanted to know if she was going to eat supper…snort!…I will eat her portion because I am starvin-marvin!…wheeze!

  47. Rose
    7:04 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Rio: I’ll take back my happy birthday until tomorrow!

  48. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:12 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Rose!…I appreciate that ….snort!…Can you get BelleStarr to take back her Splort?…guh!

  49. Snowhook Bella
    7:16 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Rio: Too late on the Splort. I had the ‘pleasure’ of cleaning it up. She’s ready for whatever the night might bring.

  50. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:23 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Baseball!…This night is a baseball night!…snort!…Right SiberH??…heh!….At 6:30 our time the Rockies play the Snakes again!…Woooo!

  51. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:28 pm on April 14th, 2012

    I am going to be out and about practicing some blurring lessons in case anybody might need a ride to or from, um, somewhere.

    Oh, and Melanie, I think my wedding invitation got lost in the mail. The Plunderers are catering the event, aren’t we?

  52. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:28 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Wrong!…I just re-checked and Baseball starts at 6:00 our time…heh!heh!…Time to settle in and get compfy. Wheres the remote?..grunt!

  53. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:31 pm on April 14th, 2012

    I wonder what Chet’s good news is?

  54. Siber-H
    7:32 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Rio, My newspaper says 6 pm. My on-screen guide says 6 pm.
    Chacin is pitching for the Rockies.

  55. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:36 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Six O’Clock!…snort!… Its for sure then, SiberH has confirmed it…heh!…I need to go outside before the big game starts…OUT! OUT!..I need OUT! now!…wheeze!

  56. Melanie
    7:37 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Wölfie, Mattie made up the invitations and gave them to Rose to give them to Natasha to distribute. Pondering …

  57. T.C.
    7:38 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Yo Rio! We are here with the pizzas. Plenty to go around. Mom & Pop dropped us off and had to head home because both are on call and Pop must be at work at 2:00am!

  58. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:42 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Yeep!…Whats TC and Buddy doing next door?…snort!… OMD! SiberH is out here digging a big hole under the fence….heh!…Wait, how did he post his last comment?…wuffle!…Hi SiberH! Your make-up is amazing…snort!

  59. Basil and Sage
    7:47 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Hi everyone – yes, Mama let us come to the party. We promised not to pack and ship any member of the Nation Within for the night. Mama is going to get Melanie here pretty soon – and guess what?
    We get to SING!!!! We’re gonna sing really loud so CHobbit can hear us all the way from the North Pole!
    Hey – is Alice here yet – we always have a good time getting in trouble…oops…we mean visiting with Alice.

  60. Basil and Sage
    7:49 pm on April 14th, 2012

    And by the way – we all pitched in and got presents for Melanie and Rio. Rio is getting season tickets to the Rockies, and Melanie is getting her own Lear jet so she can get away to visit anyone, anytime she wants.

    What did you guys get for them?

  61. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:51 pm on April 14th, 2012

    SiberH!…Quick come inside and watch the game with me!…snort!snort!…Theres a ton of Kats invading my neighbors back yard…grunt!…Grab one of those pizzas will ya? Grab TWO!…wheeze!

  62. Basil and Sage
    7:53 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Hey – we just the word from the Corgis.
    Mama stuck them in the car and went to get Melanie. She told her that we had escaped and Mama needed her to come help look for them. Since the Pack was missing too, Melanie got in Mama’s magic little speed car, and they should be pulling up outside in just a minute – get ready to yell SURPRISE!

  63. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:53 pm on April 14th, 2012


  64. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:54 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Hey, y’all! I’ll be happy to join y’all for the you-know-what for you-know-who at you-know-where! Those Girls are here this weekend, so I’ll be glad to get out of this house! Possum took off the minute they arrived, and Bubbie hid under the antique radio we use for a TV stand. Everytime Those Girls went over to investigate the kat smell, she would growl and hiss at them. They couldn’t get to her, so she was safe. Today she’s hiding in the laundry room, and Mom still can’t find Possum!

    My girl’s birthday was last month, so they had a belated birthday party for her today. It was Mom and Dad and my girl and her boyfriend and my boy and his girlfriend. Instead of eating at home, though, they walked across the street and had a cookout at the park. That sounds nice and all, but THEY DIDN’T TAKE ME!!! They left me at home with Those Girls, so I didn’t get to have any fun — or any food, either! And now my boy and his girlfriend went home, and my girl and her boyfriend are at a wedding, and Dad went to bed (because he didn’t have a cold all winter, and now that everyone was here today, he’s got a bad one!), and Mom is just chilling out.

    That just leaves Those Girls, so GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!

  65. Tupper and Gilly
    7:56 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Hey everybody – we’re here! We brought Melanie! Hey Mattie, hey Franklin, Patsy, Grace, Eleanor, Mac…where’s the rest of the gang?

  66. Siber-H
    8:04 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Kirby, Wolfie is picking you up and blurring you over to the party. I drove.

    Rio, We have to watch the Rockies game. If the kats sing, I’m gonna be sick
    I grabbed a couple of large pizzas. We can share with Beau. He does like baseball, doesn’t he?

  67. Melanie
    8:05 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Well, look at all these Furry and non Furry friends! Whoopee! There’s MY LOBSters!

  68. Melanie
    8:07 pm on April 14th, 2012

    I am wearing my new Stormy Kromer hat, and my dress for the wedding and my hiking shoes. I was wondering why I had to get dressed up.

    Any Root Beer?

  69. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:08 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Beau!…He got a new toy today. Maybe you can take it away from him SiberH!….heh!heh!…That will really piss him off..snorkel!…The game has been delayed for 15 minutes because of rain I believe!…wheeze!…Lets get that pizza downstairs and chow-down!….Woooooo!

  70. Melanie
    8:10 pm on April 14th, 2012

    I can’t believe I let myself get moderated. Trying again.

    I am wearing my new Stormy Kromer hat, and my dress for the wedding and my hiking shows. I was wondering why I had to get dressed up.

    Any Root Beer?

  71. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:15 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Melanie!…Come downstairs! We have pizza and Lobster for some reason…heh!…Its warm and dry down in my basement and the game is gonna start any day now…wheeze!…Just be really quiet coming down the stairs in your show-boots…sniff!

  72. Melanie
    8:20 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Hey Siber-H! How ya doing? Just let me slip down here, whoa. wait Frank, no Mac, I’m going down first, on my FEET, CARPOLA!

    Umm, hope that wasn’t too loud Riö.

  73. Tupper and Gilly
    8:20 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Someone make those Kats stop singing! we heard the Happy Birthday song the first 7 times they sang it.

    Melanie – does gluten free pecan pie and ice cream sundaes go with pizza and lobstah?

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:22 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Inside!… Hey all youse Kats!…snort!…You can come over here if you climb under the fence through the hole that SiberH dug…heh!…Then down the stairs very quietly so her mother doesn’t hear you!…wheeze!…Bring all the food and the presents please…sniff!…I’ll make sure Melanie gets something…maybe!

  75. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:25 pm on April 14th, 2012


  76. Melanie
    8:28 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Oh, the Kats sound wonderful! But perhaps they could sing to the North just a bit, so C.HobbitHarris can hear them as well.

    Tupper and Gilly, Pecan Pie goes with everything!

  77. Siber-H
    8:29 pm on April 14th, 2012

    The game has started so the kats need not to sing. Gah

  78. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:31 pm on April 14th, 2012

    SiberH!…I love that you have your Rockies Cap on tonight…Wooooo!… The game is under-way!…Yeep!…More Pizza Please!….burp!belch!

  79. Tupper and Gilly
    8:31 pm on April 14th, 2012

    ooof,,,,snort…gasp…ooops….Gilly, get ahold of that wing section…no, not THAT wing – the JET wing…..

    Rio – do we have to get all this stuff downstairs quietly? Do you know how hard it is carrying a Lear jet QUIETLY? Sheesh, Gilly wants to just HERD it down the stairs.

  80. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:33 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Melanie!…Happy Birthday!…snort!…Let me come over and sit in your lap so I can give you a big slurrrrppppeeee Pug Kiss!….WooooooWheeeee!….Slurrrrrppp! Smooooch!

  81. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:35 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Plane!…No!No!No!….snort!…Leave the plane in the neighbors back yard, she will never notice it…grunt!…But don’t let Alice out of it….sniff!

  82. Tupper and Gilly
    8:40 pm on April 14th, 2012


    ummm – sorry about that Rio – too late.

  83. Snowhook Bella
    8:44 pm on April 14th, 2012

    AJ just let me out and he is parking the dog truck. Surprise!!!!

  84. Melanie
    8:44 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Riö, do you like your ears rubbed. Here let me rub them from you. Doesn’t that feel good? No, Rosalyn, NO! He doesn’t need to get washed! Oh, Jeez. ..

    Sorry Riö, I think you must have had some pizza on you.

  85. Melanie
    8:45 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Hi Rebecca! AJ is coming? Wow! Who else is in the truck? I guess you got it fixed?

  86. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:49 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Rebecca!…Surprise!Surprise!Surprise!…snort!….I sound like Gomer Pile…heh!…What a surprise to see youse here…snort!…Is this a Surprise Party for Melanie? Today is her birthday you know…sneeze!…She is busy cleaning her face off right now…heh!heh!…Pug slobber is sticky stuff.

  87. T.C.
    8:49 pm on April 14th, 2012

    We got Melanie a present. Hope you love it, Mel. A virtual reality headset, so you can virtually be anywhere you want, listening and watching anything you want. Have fun Girl!!

  88. Siber-H
    8:50 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Is Belle Starr (my kid sister) coming to the party?

  89. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:51 pm on April 14th, 2012

    GAH!…So is Newf juice!!…gah!gasp!

  90. OleyHowlers
    8:53 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Surprise Surprise Surprise! Golleeey! We got Rio a birthday present… A Rockies hat and shirt and bat,all signed by Jamie Moyer. Hope you like them, Rio.

  91. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:55 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Jet!…That Lear Jet landed right in the laundry room…snort!…Her mother will give a good wash for you in the morning…heh!heh!…Hey, look! Theres Alice trapped upside down in the cocpit…chorkel!

  92. Melanie
    8:55 pm on April 14th, 2012

    T.C. What a wonderful gift. Let me try them on. Hmmm. Oh, wow, I can do different years on this too. Let’s see, Cape Hatteras 1960. Ahhh, the beach, the waves, no buildings … I can feel the sun!

  93. Buddy
    8:56 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Happy Birthday, Melanie and Rio, Happy Birthday to you!!!!

  94. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:57 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Thank dog the GPS in the Wookiemobile is working again. I was worried I would miss the party. Happy birthday to Melanie and happy per-tax day to Rio. Go Rockies and pass the pizza. Pepperoni, my favorite. Yum. Wookie

  95. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:57 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Howlers!… Why thanks!…snort!…This is great stuff! Just don’t show the ball to Beau…sniff!…He will lick off that autograph in no time at all…grunt!

  96. Barb & Maggie
    8:59 pm on April 14th, 2012

    We’re here! Happy Birthday Rio, Melanie, and Coach too.
    Did someone say we are having lobster pizza? How weird! Maybe we’ll just eat the crust and go straight to the pecan pie.

    Where is Dawson? She always has the best stories about how she got to the party.

  97. Redbone Hound
    9:00 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Howdy y’all. Jest stopping in to wish Miz Melanie and Brother Rio Happy Birthday. Ah done brought a couple a bottles a ‘shine along. Last time Ah seed them Kats, they wuz pourin a bottle into that there punch bowl so y’all might wanna be bit careful about how much you imbibe.

    Has anyone seed a certain cute little ole Min Pin round here? She and I have a date down by the submarine race track.

  98. Melanie
    9:01 pm on April 14th, 2012

    while melanie is snoozing over there, we’re going to get rios present … THUMP, THUMP, THUMP, THUMP, THUMP bring it over here grace … THERE YOU GO RIO! we made you a motorized trik with a sidecar for beau … if you want him along that is …

  99. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:02 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Wookie!…Wow!…Agent Wookie is here too!…Wooooo!…Sorry you had to climb under the fence from the neighbors yard, but there is no other way to get here without you-know-who seeing you…wheeze!…This is turning into a great party, what with Alice stuck upside down in the Jet…snort!

  100. Buddy
    9:02 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Rio, Mom just told us we can spend the whole night with you! Wow jeez oh-man! How cool is that! She and Pop have to go to bed so he can go to work and she is tip-top if she gets called for work! You and Siber and Wookie and I can all hang out and do dude-stuff!

  101. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:04 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Heh!…A motorized Trike with a side-car…Wow!Wow!…snort!…Now Beau and I can get to the baseball games…maybe!

  102. Siber-H
    9:05 pm on April 14th, 2012

    I ususally fly with Alice, but I am glad I drove today. I can’t watch a baseball game upside down.

  103. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Buddy!…Take a seat and watch the game dude…snort!…The Rockies are winning 3 ta 1 right now…heh!heh!…SiberH will tell you whats going on if he can stop eating that is…grunt!

  104. Melanie
    9:07 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Oh, wow, I haven’t felt that rested for weeks!

    Riö, I have a present for you.

    Use them in good health!

  105. Melanie
    9:10 pm on April 14th, 2012

    I swear I hear a Kat swearing. Does anyone else hear it? Sort of muffled?

  106. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Bowls!…Wow!…Rockies Bowls!…Wow!…snort!snort!…Melanie, my present to you will be forthcoming because I didn’t expect you to show up in my basement tonight…grunt!…I could give you another Pug Kiss and call it good?…heh!heh!

  107. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:15 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Melanie!…I don’t hear anything and usually we keep this laundry room door closed…snort!…Locked actually…sniff!

  108. Melanie
    9:16 pm on April 14th, 2012

    I”m all for Pug kisses! Smooch, smooch, smooch, No Patsy, it’s okay, I still love you best, don’t, NO, NO DON’T SIT ON RIO!

  109. Tupper and Gilly
    9:19 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Gee – has anyone seen Alice. We could have sworn she said she would be here….
    tee heee

  110. Siber-H
    9:23 pm on April 14th, 2012

    I want some dog bowls like that. sniff

  111. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:23 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Mud!…Hey! Barb and Brother Redbone snuck in here!…snort!… Did youse guys drag all that mud in with you? After climbing under the fence you were supposed to shake-it off…sniff!… Outside!…heh!…Just don’t get any mud in that there Punched Up Punch! Ya hear!…woooooo!

    Melanie!…Will you please fill my two Rockies bowls up with some of that special punch Brother Redbone brought???…snorkel!

  112. Melanie
    9:26 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Here you go Rio. I haven’t seen Mr. Redbone Hound. I believe he is looking for a certain someone.

    Hi Barb! Is MagPie outside looking for rodents?

    (Siber-H, I just happened to have a couple of extra … )

  113. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:28 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Raining!….Its raining out! I hope they don’t call the game….dammit!…SiberH, keep me posted. I have some punch I’m trying to get and drink…heh!

  114. Barb & Maggie
    9:29 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Melanie, I should have just brought the book to you instead of mailing it today. I could have called it your present and been way ahead of the game. Well, we’ll just say the gift is in the mail, OK?

    For Rio we have a little homemade goat currie. That’s his favorite, right?

  115. Melanie
    9:31 pm on April 14th, 2012

    I think Rio is going to love that Barb. And I look forward to the book.

  116. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Rockies!…Speaking of Rockies stuff, where is my pal Rose at?….snort!…Is she coming to this party tonight?…grunt!…Maybe she is busy watching the Yankees, or sumthing…sniff!

  117. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:34 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Goat!…If I drink enough punch I might be able to eat some of that goat…gah!

  118. Melanie
    9:36 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Tomorrow I’m going to plant Kat willows in our new flood plain. Also doing the walk / run and then mess with the composter. Whoo Hoo!

  119. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:37 pm on April 14th, 2012

    VHAT??? VHAT???? Is giving party and not invite Natasha???

    And vhat is this ve hear – Rio is currying favor vith GOATS??

    Helloooooo, Siiiiiiberrrrrr. vinking

  120. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:39 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Hallo everyone, I got a little carried away (my blurring skills are rusty) and ended up in Kansas and got clobbered by some hail.
    I hope there’s some pizza left!

  121. Siber-H
    9:43 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Thank You, Melanie! You are a very sweet person. I love the bowls!

    Hello Natasha. Glad you could take a break from your latest mission and join the party. I’ll even let you drink out of one of my new bowls.

  122. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:44 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Oh Siber… hero…..

  123. Melanie
    9:44 pm on April 14th, 2012

    YSAS story! When he first comes on stage in the play, his head is covered with a pillow case. He is supposed to hit his head and then spit stage blood out so that it comes through the case and gets on his face.

    During dress rehearsal people said he didn’t use enough blood. So on opening night he used a LOT of blood! He used so much that when he spat it out, he choked on it and it splattered everywhere and when he took off the case, he couldn’t SEE anything.

    His first words are “You’re still alive?” to the guy who is dressed like a folk singer.
    Except he can’t see and he’s still choking! He wipes off his face manages to squint and then says his lines. The audience loved it.

  124. BearSpiritDog
    9:45 pm on April 14th, 2012

    We have transfered all the coordinates for DL Flight 155 to the iPAW. Now we are standing by for incoming tracking updates at:

    He has just flown over the Aleutian Islands – 5 hrs. and counting.

    We are mobile! Where is everybody?

  125. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:46 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Natasha!…Glad you could make it under the fence and down the stairs in those high heels…snort!snort!…SiberH is right over there…chorkel!…Would you like some Punch? It has a nice Shine about it…wooooooo!

  126. Melanie
    9:46 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Whew, I’m getting tired. Been quite a month. Thanks so much for my presents (where are those glasses). Tupper & Gilly? Can you take me home?

  127. Melanie
    9:48 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Riö? Just send the Newfs home when you get tired of them. Maybe they can ride in the Snowhook’s dog truck?

  128. BearSpiritDog
    9:49 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Wolfie! You’re not alone! My Time Travel coordinates were WAY off.
    I ended up back in this afternoon.
    Here now and ready with the Hebrew Nationals and Gluten Free buns.
    Now where’s that kat with the Salmon Paws?

  129. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:50 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Awwwww!…Melanie!…snort!…I’m so glad I could give you a real slurppeee pug kiss on your birthday…sniff!… You come back anytime, you hear!…grunt!…Just be a little more quiet next time..snuff!

  130. Tupper and Gilly
    9:50 pm on April 14th, 2012

    OK Melanie – we just have to check out the laundry room one more time.

    Yup – she’s still there, and may we say, she is spitting mad. We would hate to be the ones to have to let her out.

    Ok – good night everyone. Thanks for coming to the party. By all means, stay and watch the baseball game. Let us know if they get any touchdowns in the second half.

    Good night, come on Herbs, lets go….Good night everyone…

  131. Melanie
    9:52 pm on April 14th, 2012


  132. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:53 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Paper!…Sage and Basil! Put down all that colored quilling paper right now!…grunt!…Someone will have your Kat hides if you decide to take it with youse…heh!heh!…On the other paw, go ahead and take it!….snort!

  133. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:54 pm on April 14th, 2012

    And where are Staff and Dawson? We have to celebrate Dawson’s retirement!!!!!!

  134. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:55 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Wow! Rockies are now up 5-1. Hope it holds up, because they always seem to have problems with the Snakes.
    How about the Wasington Nationals. They may actually have a good team this year.
    And did you see the news about Brian Wilson with the SF Giants? He may be out for the year with a bad elbow.
    Please pass the punch.

  135. Siber-H
    9:56 pm on April 14th, 2012


    The Rockies lead the Snakes 5 to 1, but it is raining hard.

  136. Masquers
    10:01 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Hey! I brought someone special with me. Stand back everyone.

  137. Snowhook Bella
    10:02 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Somehow and I don’t know how, Annabelle convinced AJ to pull the neighbor’s lazy chairs outside so she could drink cahors with B.

    SiberH: I think your kid sister was trying to find you and Rose.

    I hope Rio isn’t afraid of heights. I have the feeling that a certain giant is about to pick you up over his head. My guess is Melanie is next.

  138. Siber-H
    10:02 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Once again the game is delayed because of rain.

    Wookie, I did see the news about Brian Wilson and please pass the punch when you are finished with it.

  139. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:08 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Punch!…Pass it this way after youse guys are done – rain delay…snort!… Giant? What Giant?….YEEEEEP! YEEEEP!

  140. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:23 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Maskers!…Glad you could make it buddy!…snort!….I know how busy you and Bear are Tracking another flight tonight…sniff!…I tried your link, but nothing happened after the website came up. The card did not appear. It might be this Ole Computer though…grunt!…Guess what!? Tomorrow my friend is going to go shopping for a Brand NEW Laptop!….Wooooo!…Unless we actually do get the predicted 6 ta 10 inches of snow…grunt!

  141. Masquers
    10:39 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Gah! This is terrible! The Big Surprise was ruined. Melanie left early and Rio didn’t see it.
    I knew we should have gotten here earlier.
    Bear! I told you those coordinates were wrong and we were going the wrong way.

  142. Barb & Maggie
    10:43 pm on April 14th, 2012

    We had a great time, thanks Rio. We have a big day tomorrow, so think we will follow the other girls and say good night.

    Tomorrow we have another party, so gotta boogy. Sorry to be party poopers. Rio, don’t over do it on the goat curry. It packs a punch.

  143. Siber-H
    10:48 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Masquers, Melanie will see it tomorrow and Rio will see it when his friend buys him a new laptop. (if it doesn’t snow)
    That is a cute card.

    I’m all partied out so I am going to go sleep in my truck and I will help clean up tomorrow. If Rio gets all the predicted snow, I will stay here until it melts.
    Natasha? Wanna see my truck?

    night all
    Thank You guys for a lovely party

  144. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:53 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Bummer!…Everyone left so quietly and arrived so noisily…sniff! …That Goat Curry actually punched me in the nose when I tried to eat some of it…grunt!…No more of that stuff!…ick!gag!

  145. Masquers
    11:06 pm on April 14th, 2012

    sniff. Well okay, Siber, I guess you’re right.
    Time for a little katnap to kalm down.
    No, no, no…not katnip!

  146. Staff
    11:15 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Damn it, where is that Alice. She was supposed to come back and pick me up. Dawson and I stopped at a really cool garage sale (think hand crank sewing machines up the wazoo). Really we only wanted to be here for a few minutes and Alice was supposed to come back and get us.

    But did she? NOOOoooOOOoooOooOOoo!

  147. Staff
    11:16 pm on April 14th, 2012

    That Kat is toast! We have been waiting here for hours and she won’t answer her phone or anything.

    I wonder if anything has happened to her? I wouldn’t want her to be hurt….

  148. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:20 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Up!…I am still up because this is actually the last night I can stay up later than usual without a lot of hassel…sniff!…It looks like the Rockies game is back on…woooo!…So I am going to stay up and watch it!…sniff!…I know I will turn one year older tonight and this does not bother me. No it does not. Time moves forth, there is no stopping it….sniff!…As a dear dear friend used to tell me, birthdays are better than the alternative….wuffle!…Unfortunately, she had to experience the Alternative way before her time….sob!…My friends best friends birthday would have been next Sunday April 22nd. God Bless her and Keep her till we see her again. What a great friend she is and always will be….snorkel!

  149. BearSpiritDog
    11:25 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Rio: I’m sorry you didn’t see the surprise.
    Happy Birthday Eve anyway.
    Sleep in tomorrow.
    Good night – Bear

  150. Staff
    11:27 pm on April 14th, 2012


    Hello Rio? Glad I could get you on your little go-phone. THis is Staff. I am looking for Alice. Have you seen her???? She was supposed to pick us up for the party and we haven’t heard from her in hours…..

  151. dawson
    11:49 pm on April 14th, 2012

    That is the last time I depend on Alice for a ride. I’m sure we have totally missed the party. Happy Birthday to Melanie and Rio anyways. Sob, sob, sob. At least we are stuck in a place that has the Rockies game on while we wait for a cab. Alice is on our s—list!

  152. Staff
    11:52 pm on April 14th, 2012

    Alice! We got your MayDay message from the Lear Jet people! How long have you been trapped in the…Where??? He did???? HooBoy we are going to have a little talk with that Pug as soon as I can get him to answer the phone.

    I might just have to call Rio’s friends mother if you are not released soon. He may not reach his next birthday. Yes, I know it is tomorrow. Maybe I should say was tomorrow.

    Anyway the Lear Tow Plane pilots will be knocking on the door there soon. What? The back door? Well alright but if you are still trying to protect that Pug you are out of luck.

    Dawson and I are going to take a cab home. Hope to see you soon.

  153. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:09 am on April 15th, 2012

    Hello!….Hello!…snort!..I’ve been busy (for the last freakin’ time however) fighting with an old computer…heh!…Hello, Staff? Alice, you are looking for Alice? I’m sure she will fight find her way home eventually…snorkle!

    Rockies!…Through all the computer problems we are still happily watching the Rockies. Seems every one has gone home from their party too…wuffle!…I’ve never seen the stands so empty, ever!…wheeze! …But a big freakin snowstorm is on its way apparently, so it is chilly here tonight..grunt!

  154. Staff
    12:13 am on April 15th, 2012

    Only three words Rio. Let Her Out. Oh yeah. Happy Birthday to you tomorrow. And to Melanie today. So sorry we missed the party. Sob.Sob.Sob…

  155. Snowhook Bella
    12:20 am on April 15th, 2012

    How did Belle Starr get on the roof? Anyone know? My guess is it involved having a good time.

  156. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:21 am on April 15th, 2012

    Sisters!…heh!….One sister is mad at Alice and the other is concerned…grunt!….I think they are both wrong. Alice is as Alice does and she will not pander to anyones feelings as to what she should or should not do..heh!heh!…Free yourself soon Alice or mother will be down there to do laundry in the morning….chuffle! …Although, she does have a soft spot for kitties…grump!

  157. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:25 am on April 15th, 2012

    Locked!…I hope Alice can pick laundry locks…heh!…Good night all. We are turning older and in to our beds..snorkel!…Alice needs to find a way to become small, very small then she will be able to escape home…heh!

  158. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    12:47 am on April 15th, 2012

    ve have only von thing to say – that Siber has some nice truck.
    Ve just popped back in for more punch. Vill go back to see more truck now.
    Oooooo – Siber……….

  159. Snowhook Bella
    1:10 am on April 15th, 2012

    Natasha: there is something to be said for a man, or in your case a siber and his truck… Thanks to Mick, the person not the puppy, our truck has returned to the land of the living.

  160. Macy the Min-pin
    1:31 am on April 15th, 2012

    Sorry to miss the party, but the submarine races were excellent this year. *wink, wink* Dainty pin licks to Mr. RH.

  161. Staff
    8:37 am on April 15th, 2012

    Alice is in trouble. She didn’t get home until 5:30 this morning and she was covered in short black fur and rather tipsy. She had a distinct smell of fruit punch and pinky sticky stuff was in her fur. She is snoring on the window shelf now with all 4 feet in the air.

    She says she has a new “beau” and that he is a whiz with locks and she will be forever grateful to him. How grateful is what I want to know. Does anyone have any details for me? I never did get to the party because of some, now suspicious, circumstances.

  162. Buddy
    9:17 am on April 15th, 2012

    Where am I? And where is my mommy? Last thing I remember is watching a Rockies game with my pals Rio and Siber. Then someone gave me a most delish punch and some goat curry. Now I wake up next to a washing mashine…and it is not my washing machine. Could someone please give me a ride home? We will have to sneak so Mommy doesn’t know I’ve been OUT all night.

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