The Nation Within

“This has come up a few times now,” Spence says, “where the phrase ‘the nation within the nation’ comes from.”

“Huh?” says Admin. “It comes from the Chet and Bernie series, end of story.”

“I’m sure we can find a nicer way to put it,” Spence says. “Here’s the first reference – from page 108 in Dog On It.”

A little later we entered the foothills and came to a town. The whole gang stopped outside a bar – I could tell it was a bar from the neon martini glass in the window, but also from the smell of human puke suddenly in the air – and everyone went in, everyone except me and the huge guy, my biker buddy. We kept going, around a corner and up a side street lined only by a few buildings, some boarded up. We stopped in front of the last one. My biker buddy got off and unhitched me.

“Cool ridin’, huh?” he said. “Come on, pooch, let’s go.”

I jumped down and followed him along a stone path and through a gate that led to the building; he closed the gate after me. Hey! I caught the scent of my guys, lots and lots of them. What kind of place –

The biker opened the door and we entered the building. We were in a small room with a counter, a woman behind it, and lots more smells, all from members of my nation. That was one of Bernie’s ideas – we were a nation inside of a nation.

“Hmm,” says Spence. “Doesn’t exactly say the nation within.”

“Nope,” says Admin. “The exact phrase occurs for the first time in Thereby Hangs A Tail, page 45.”

Nance looked down. Humans often had complicated relationships with each other. In our nation – the nation within a nation, as Bernie calls it – we can get pretty complicated, too, but we have ways of sorting things out much quicker. I was used to these awkward human moments, almost always found them interesting, even entertaining. I opened my mouth, unrolled my tongue, rolled it back in.

Adelina turned her attention to Princess. You’d be surprised how often humans use one of my guys to end their awkward moments, if Princess could be called one of my guys. “Does little Princess need some time to herself?” Adelina had two voices – a baby voice for Princess and the icicle voice for the rest of the world. I preferred the icicle voice. Now came more kisses. “Poor Princess, cooped up on the nasty plane.”

Cooped up? Princess would have had plenty of room in a mail box. I glanced at Bernie: his face was blank.


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110 Responses to “The Nation Within”

  1. OleyHowlers
    8:05 am on September 18th, 2011

    Good Sunday Chet, Spence, and Admin. Thanks for doing the background on the phrase The Nation Within. We are so used to that, we thought we were called that from the beginning. Like it just sort of “clicked”. Does that ever happen to you?

  2. Melanie
    9:00 am on September 18th, 2011

    Morning OleyHowlers and All!
    Fascinating post this morning. IMOP, Jung left out one of the archetypes. “The Dog”
    Now he has the “animal” archetype which is our connection with the animal world, but that can be any animal. It is usually shown as a snake because they symbolize wisdom. Not sure where he got that from, not the Bible obviously, but the snake is used on the Caduceus. Now on doctors . . . well, that is a story for another day.

    I think “The Dog” is it’s own archetype. The relationship between our nations is a huge part of the Collective Unconscious, and Spencer had an “Eureka” moment when he named this relationship. It has always been and is now named. (giving a nod to Spence)


    On the other paw, maybe they are angels in disguise . . .

    Whew, enough thinking before coco!
    Franklin ate well and his temperature is down to 102. Much better.
    Patsy is snoring on my bed to “Sunday Baroque”.
    Time to head downstairs and caffeine.

  3. Tupper and Gilly
    9:02 am on September 18th, 2011

    We always like the “Nation within A Nation” as long as everyone realizes that there is always space for Royalty within our Nation.

    Good morning to our loyal subjects. (Teehee)

  4. Tupper and Gilly
    9:07 am on September 18th, 2011

    Ummmm – Melanie~it’s pretty early for such deep discussion. Plus its Sunday. Isn’t this the day to sleep late, have a leisurely breakfast with the Sunday paper and watch Charles Osgood on the Sunday Morning Show?

    Of course we have been on vacation, so we could be wrong …

  5. B.Stover
    9:15 am on September 18th, 2011

    Outstanding post and comments….and it’s only 9:14 A.M…….

    Good morning all.

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:41 am on September 18th, 2011

    Good morning all you early birds!

    That scene where Chet is going with the biker to the bad place always makes us very uncomfortable. Every shelter should be a “No Kill” shelter.

    Speaking of no kill, Barb recently drove past a road in southern Wisconsin called “Slaughterhouse Road”. Why would you ever name a road that, and who would want to live there? Yeah, yeah, we get it, used to be a slaughterhouse located there, but still….yuck and creepy!

    Didn’t see any posts from G & B yesterday, but got 2 requests for an extra cookbook. Barb wants 3, so that puts us at 5. If there is a price break at 6, we will order 6. Barb is going to Staples today to check their prices. If they are high, will look at an on line site where we can order.

  7. Tupper and Gilly
    9:59 am on September 18th, 2011

    Hi Barb and Maggie. You can keep us in mind if there is a price break at a certain quantity.
    There is a great story on the Sunday show about a photographer who takes adoption photos of shelter dogs. Mama is very testy eyed and wants to go adopt another Corgi. Yikes!

  8. Tupper and Gilly
    10:00 am on September 18th, 2011

    Oops – make that “teary eyed”.
    Dam ipaw!

  9. Rose
    10:06 am on September 18th, 2011

    Good Morning All!

    Melanie: I’m very glad to hear that Franklin is much better!

    T&G: Just wondering here…In addition to crowns/tiaras do you also have a scepter. As one of your loyal subjects, I am curtesying to you both. (Yikes, I think I just threw out my back!)

    I love when Spence, Admin, and Chet give us refreshers on important stuff from the books!

  10. Rose
    10:09 am on September 18th, 2011
  11. Barb & Maggie
    10:23 am on September 18th, 2011

    That little seal is soo sweet. Hopefully he will be ok in captivaty.

    Barb is off to Staples and other errands.

  12. Jasper the Poodle
    10:34 am on September 18th, 2011

    Good Sunday morning plunders! I am still trying to recover from my very busy day yesterday. Mom and I went to Grand Rapids. I was so excited to see my favorite people, Obi Wan the Pom, Cubbie Bear, the weiner doggie, my Grandma Chris and my Aunt Mimi. But mom takes me to my other favorite place, the wonderfluffery. Yes, I spent half my day at the spa. Then I got to visit with all my BFFs. My mom did laundry all day long, helped her mom a sister can some tomatoes, got the oil changed in the car, rotated the tires and just hung out with the fam. I was so tired I slept all the way home on mom’s lap.

  13. Tupper and Gilly
    10:34 am on September 18th, 2011

    Rose – no sceptor. Our legs are just the teensiest bit on the short side, so we would probably trip over it.

    Oh dear- now Mama is talking about adoring a baby seal. Really, I ask you….

  14. B.Stover
    10:34 am on September 18th, 2011

    I wonder when the post question has come up. I don’t remember it here on the blog. Love the description of Princess having plenty of room in a mail box!

  15. OleyHowlers
    11:07 am on September 18th, 2011

    That poor baby seal. Mom wonders if Meashka and Buddy want a red-haired twin.

  16. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:09 am on September 18th, 2011

    Good morning evybody.. Annie here. Mom and dad went to a place called Austin Don,t know where it is but biddie holly and our girl Angie came for the weekend. We have done all kinds of fun things but mom might read this so let me say we have all been perfect angels and that pillow was nasty anyway. Have fun and tails up.

  17. BearSpiritDog
    11:12 am on September 18th, 2011

    B: The mailbox comment and “the icicle voice” – love those! Soon we will be going back to start at the very beginning of the Chet & Bernie Mysteries – Dog On It. By the time we are finished re-reading the first books Robbie & the gang will be out.

    Melanie: Franklin made an appearance at the top of the page in his Secret Agent disguise. Sounds like his fever has broken and he is on the mend. Tell him Bear sends his best.

    Rio: Good news too about your friend’s Aunt. I hope she will now make a change in her life-style and start taking care of herself. Sometimes we don’t get another chance.

    Very good to hear from Natty. It has been much too long.

    Good Sunday to All!

  18. Tupper and Gilly
    11:20 am on September 18th, 2011

    Hi Annie. Hope your mom has a great time in Austin.

    Melanie- there is an article in today’s paper about Newfie Fun Days in Eliot, Maine. Water work and carting demos, seminars on health, animal communication and an auction to benefit Newfie Rescue.

    We would go, but we left our Newfie outfits at home. Didn’t know we would need them at the beach. Besides, Mama and Dad had a show this weekend ( we know, we know, they are SUPPOSED to be on VACATION!!!) so they said today was just for laying around and doing nothing.

    Gilly and I are very good at that

  19. B.Stover
    11:27 am on September 18th, 2011

    Hi Bear.

    Yes, Rio. I’m glad your friend’s aunt didn’t need surgery.

  20. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:48 am on September 18th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! Mom’s home from church, so I’m finally on the computer.

    B&M: We live on Fair Street, because this is the street where the fairgrounds used to be. Much, much better than Slaughterhouse Road!

    T&G: No need for a scepter — all you really need is a royal attitude, and you have that in droves!

    Now I’m off to the kitchen to supervise Mom. I wasn’t there this morning and she blew it! She’s making another test run of cupcakes — she’ll take some to the church picnic later this afternoon, and and rest to work so the bride-to-be can sample them. This batch is Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes. She didn’t like the custard in the last batch, so she tried a different recipe before she went to church. She was supposed to wisk the mixture over medium heat until it was thick and glossy. It got thick, but she wasn’t sure it was glossy, and by the time she decided it was, it was too late! It curdled and separated. Yuck! Mom threw the whole batch away and is going to try again. Like I said, this time I’m supervising!!!


  21. dawson
    12:00 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Good Sunday morning to you all.
    I slept in because at one in the morning the alarm clock went off.
    Somebodies idea of a joke. Then the doors were slamming and people were talking out in the hallway. Finally I went to sleep and dreamt I was the maid at my bosses house. Aaaargh. Thank dog for reality, such as it is.
    Now driving one more hour to get to a Teepa Snow conference. She is supposed to be an excellent speaker on the subject of dementia. I am not driving. My partner is.
    Jasper: Sounds like you had a wonderfluffy day yesterday. I bet you look real nice.
    Annie: Good for you and your buddies, taking care of that nasty pillow for your mama.
    The bathroom floor is heated! Wow.

  22. Masquers
    12:01 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Dear Rose: That poor baby seal! It was heartbreaking to see the picture of him standing alone, far from the rest of the herd. Animals are not very forgiving of those that are different from themselves are they? And that includes those of the two-legged variety. The term dolphinarium was new to us. It is a nice picture. Dophins welcoming him into their midst.

    Good news on 2 fronts this morning – Rio & Melanie. We all continue to wrap your families in loving thoughts and prayers.

    For All of the Plunderers – May your day be filled with Sunshine – Except for Macy and GusBooBear – Into your life may cool rain fall.

  23. Siber-H
    12:14 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Kirby? She threw the whole batch away? The less than perfect batch sounds delish to me.

    I’m very glad that Franklin is better. Most vets consider a temp of 102 normal in a dog.

    Hey you Kats!! They make Yummy Chummies with Salmon for kats.

    Mom ordered me some Yummy Chummies this morning when she ordered 3 books from Amazon. We subscibed to Amazon Prime a week ago and have just been clicking away since then.

  24. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:41 pm on September 18th, 2011

    From Kirby’s mom: Don’t let Kirby T. fool you. His notion of supervising my cooking is taking a nap in the laundry room. Despite that, the second batch turned out just right. (Believe me, SiberH, the first one was nasty!) However, T. woke up from his nap just in time to supervise Dad making popcorn. He is now “helping” his dad with the eating portion of the program.

  25. Melanie
    1:11 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Ahhh, Kirby T? Did your mom happen to make any gluten free ones? I’m drooling here. (I’ve lived so long with the Pack I’m beginning to act like them.)

  26. BearSpiritDog
    1:17 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Dawson: Literally, a rude awakening. I hate it when that happens!

    Rose: (whispering) I see you found your avatar!

    Royals: I say your mom and pop work way too much. But something one enjoys so much isn’t really “work” is it? All and all I’d say you all are having a relaxing vacation. I love the beach too!

    Kirby: Not a good way for your mom to start the day. Those cupcakes do sound wonderful. Do you happen to have the recipe handy? Desserts are always welcome here – even though I never seem to get any.

    Nattie did mention that SitStay website last night. I’m going to check it out. Sounds like it’s something that is right up our alley.

    Speaking of which – We resided off an alley on Coronado Island when we lived in California. The local paper once did an article about houses off alleys. A interesting part of the city.

    Barb&Magpie: Waiting to hear how much Staples will charge in comparison with the other places. Reading about your Open House yesterday. You are right. It doesn’t seem likely that couple will come to an agreement about the farm. Meant to ask you – is that statue still buried in the front yard?

    O.Howlers: What do you think of the name Kasmir that Nattie suggested last night? Or, are we getting ahead of ourselves here? We still have paws crossed the little guy will find his forever home with the you.

  27. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:19 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Wheeze!….Damn I’m tired…grunt!…We stayed up way too late last night and got up way too early this morning. Already done our Brutal Walk once for the day – I’m told we are doing it again later tonight..grunt!… She just finished making pasta salad and now mother is making meatballs for later to go in my friends awesome spaghetti sauce….sniff!…Way too much food around this place today that I AM NOT GETTING ANY OF!….grumble!

    Official!…It’s official! She has started another project this morning…snort!… I can tell because the whole dining room table is full of her crafty stuff…sniff!…I have no idea what she is making this time because it is in the bits and pieces phase…wuffle!

  28. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:35 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Melanie: Sorry — cake flour and unbleached flour both. But Mom says she has been seeing lots of gluten-free stuff out there. I don’t know if there really is more, or if she’s just noticing it more because she’s thinking of you!

    Bear: Mom says she’ll be happy to post the recipe after she tests the cupcakes. She’s putting together three different recipes, so she wants to make sure everything goes together first!

    By the way, I really was supervising Mom, but she seemed to have everything in hand, so I left her to her own devices. I don’t know where she gets off telling you I was napping the whole time. Just resting my eyes, that’s all!

  29. Masquers
    1:43 pm on September 18th, 2011

    I have the greatest admiration for your friend, Rio. It takes discipline to continue on the Brutal Walks. You are a real friend to accompany her every day even though it is very exhausting. I have it on good authority that walking is the best form of exercise.

    Siber-H: What great news! Yummies for kats! I think someone here will be tapping out an order to Amazon in the near future – like in the next few minutes perhaps? Amazon Prime makes it so easy to order! Didn’t mean to leave you out of the rain forecast, but I see slightly cooler temps are on the way. I know you would still welcome he rain though. 20% chance just doesn’t do it.

  30. B.Stover
    1:45 pm on September 18th, 2011

    I’m going to a wine tasting party and then dinner.

  31. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:54 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Bee: Mom’s going to a party today where they’ll be serving wine, so she’s the designated driver. You want her to swing by and pick you up, too?

  32. Masquers
    1:57 pm on September 18th, 2011

    B: wine tasting! What a nice way to spend a Sunday evening. It has been some time since we had the pleasure. Sigh.

  33. Gus & BooBear
    2:38 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Barb and Maggie, are we too late? Just now are checking the blog since Friday afternoon. Yesterday was house cleaning day and Mom worked all day, then left to pet sit for a friend who is looking to move to Florida. Yes we are definitely interested in more cookbooks as stocking stuffers. Depending on price we may want as many as 7. However, shipping that many may be too much. Can you let us know how much you are going to get them for and the format and we will let you know, (If we aren’t too late already).

  34. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:45 pm on September 18th, 2011

    B&M: Mom and I are still kicking ourselves for thinking we’d put together our own cookbooks, so we also would be interested in one or two, depending on what you find. Just let us know. Thanks!

  35. Barb & Maggie
    2:46 pm on September 18th, 2011

    BSD, The statue is still buried, but doesn’t seem to be helping much. Yesterday was just a single showing, not an Open House, open to the public. But you are right, doesn’t seem to be the best choice for half of that couple.

    Well – Staples. Barb made a decision for everyone and said NO to Staples. Are you hanging on to your hats for this one? $94.21 PER COPY. We thought it was safe to say that no one would want a copy at that price. We will start looking at some online places. May take awhile, since Barb has not a clue how to download the pdf and send it to someone.

  36. Snowhook Bella
    2:50 pm on September 18th, 2011

    It seems like in just the past couple of days, autumn has fallen in our corner of the world. The trees, more golden than green are losing their leaves with the slightest breeze. I love this time of year.

    Kirby T: We know the truth, but it is probably best to just let your mother think she made those wonderful baked goods all on her own accord.

    Melanie: I had a wonderful dream last night that I found a newf pup that needed a home as I was walking in a city. I snuck him into the kennel and everyone helped me hide him from AJ.

  37. Gus & BooBear
    2:54 pm on September 18th, 2011

    WOW!! Thanks for saying NO to that, B&M. Times 7 would be a budget breaker. Dad says he can download the PDF file to one of those little gadgets and we can check it out at Fedex/Kinkos for their price. We may end up doing the ring binder idea since you don’t have to print on both sides of the paper for that. Then it can be added to, etc. Who did that already? They posted pictures on the blog. Macy, maybe?

  38. Melanie
    2:56 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Oh yes, wine tasting.
    Never done it myself even when I could drink wine.
    I think it’s the spitting of the wine out that gets me. . .

    I’m not up to Brutal walks yet. But I’ve been able to start up again. My knee is back to where it was before I tripped and fell on it.

    Right now I’m trying to get a hold of someone named Sawyer. They are interested in apples from old apple trees for cider. One of our trees just lost another large limb. The number of apples on that tree are amazing and they are too heavy for the old tree.

    One of my nieces is going to take an apple from each tree and plant the seeds. She and her significant other are moving in together in October and she wants to start the trees. Then when they get their own house she can plant her Grandmother’s trees. I think that is cool. Since they are old trees planting the seeds should bring the same trees unlike todays apples.

  39. Gus & BooBear
    2:57 pm on September 18th, 2011

    BTW, so glad Franklin is feeling better and that Rio’s friend’s aunt did not have to have the open heart surgery.

    We used to have a brother (HUGE yellow tabby who was WAY overweight) and he hated thunderstorms. He would poke his head under furniture and think he was hidden.

  40. Melanie
    2:58 pm on September 18th, 2011

    AJ would NEVER notice a Newf pup in the kennel, Bella . . .

    Laughing here. Maybe when the pup was about 6 months old and was twice the size . . .

  41. BearSpiritDog
    3:57 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Gus&BooBear: Bear is the one that put together the self-made cookbook in 3 ring binder and posted pictures on the blog. Nana says she likes the way it turned out, but thinks she may have underestimated the cost to print. We depleted our ink supply rather quickly after that. Maybe better to copy at a stationairy store. Even at .10 a copy it is better than using up one’s entire ink resevoir. An inexpensive 3 ring binder with plastic cover, the clear plastic page holders (that hold 2 sheets to a page) and voila! You very own add-to version of the cookbook. We think it is great as a working version, but are still looking for a inexpensive copy we can give out as Christmas gifts.

  42. Rose
    4:48 pm on September 18th, 2011

    T&G: I’ve been adoring that baby seal since I first heard the story.

    Masquers: If could, I would take in that baby seal. I have such a soft spot for all little animals (and big ones too!).

    Miss Macy: I heard in tne news that Austin has finally gotten some rain. Perhaps WeatherKat can confirm….

  43. Rose
    4:51 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Bear: I think I’m losing my avatar because I am using a different computer.

    Rio: I know curiosity killed the Kat, but I’m very curious to know what your friend’s new project will be.

  44. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:54 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Yeesh!….Did I mention the annoying guy we are watching for my brother while he and his wife are on a Real vacation?….snort!… He’s even older than I am and about 10 times grumpier…grump!…Deaf as a Doorknob. I don’t think he can see very good either because he ran straight into the screen door this morning and almost knocked himself out…heh!…That was hilarious…snort!…Maybe she will get a photo of him later. What a pain in the @ss this is. They are afraid to leave us guys alone together for fear I will rip him a new one…gruffle!

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:02 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Rose!… You and anybody else will lose their Avatar if you use a different email address in the field below…grunt!….It’s not because you are on a different computer…sniff!

    Wine!… My friend is not a huge wine person, but she told me that last night while at The Rio (love that name!) she ordered Malbec wine. She said she really enjoyed it, but it was a bit pricey….snort!….Course everything is a bit pricey for her when she’s used to drinking happy hour Bud Light…grunt! cough!

    Rose!….Regarding the identity of the Project, it is way too early to tell…sniff! …Even if she let me post a photo of what she has struggled to make so far, you would never be able to guess what it is going to be. …snort!…I say struggled because she is learning some new techniques on this project. There are no instructions, shes just going off of a photo she liked….gruffle!

  46. Barb & Maggie
    5:07 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Melanie, G & B, Kirby, BSD and Wolfie, You are the five who have expressed interest in some more copies of the cookbooks. Not sure if we can do them as cheaply as Wookie did for that 1 time only deal he got. But what if we could get them for, lets say, $20.00 or less including our shipping cost out to you. Would that be of interest? If we could do it at that maximum price, should we pursue it?

    I do like Nana’s idea of printing the pages and putting them in a binder. There are 84 pages but that is double sided, so 168 pages 1 sided, so even at .10 a page you are up to $17-18.00 with tax. Input please.

  47. Barb & Maggie
    5:10 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Melanie, Barb said she went to dozens of wine tastings before she became a non drinker, and never do you spit the wine out. Sometimes you eay a little cracker or wafer in between tables, no absolutely no spitting.

  48. Melanie
    5:28 pm on September 18th, 2011

    MagPie: You mean the films lied?

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:30 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Movie!….Barb, you are the movie connoisseur around here. Have you ever seen one called, Rabbit-Proof Fence? It is set in Australia not sure what year, back when they would take away “half-caste” kids from their homes because they were half Aborigine and half white man….grunt!…We are just starting to watch it. Kenneth Branagh is in it. In this movie he is the one man who has total and utter control over the Aborigines …snort!

  50. OleyHowlers
    5:38 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Spit out wine? Whoa! Sounds criminal to us.

    We have been very busy all day today. First Mom & Pop had to go to that dumb Fair and take apart the tent/booth and cart everything back here. Then we spent the rest of the day getting this place looking tip-top and right-side up for the big event next week. We just took a quick break to catch up with you all.

    Everybody seems to be having a great time today, and yesterday’s scares seemed to resolve themselves thank dog.

    Bear, about Natty’s idea of a name for that Duke/Ammo dude…When Mom & Pop were at the Fair on Friday night, they talked to a person from the shelter where that Duke/Ammo dude was originally. His people had dumped him in the vestibule with a note that said his name was “Duke”. So it could be that he is used to that name. When they adopted me from that same shelter, my name was Shasta Mom says. She thought it sounded like a cola, so she changed it to a more Sibe-like Sasha and it sounded the same to me I guess…I can’t remember being anyone but Sasha. When Dima was adopted from that very same shelter, his name was Damon, and Mom thought that sounded like a devil, so he became Dima, and he does not remember being anyone but Dima…he thinks that was his real name all along anyway. So it would seem that Duke would have to get a Sibe-like name that sounds somewhat similar to Duke. Mom says her mother had a favorite dog named Duke, but Pop does not like that name. Pop does like Kasmir (“Kas”), so perhaps we will go along with Natty’s suggestion. IF we get him.

  51. Sam
    5:44 pm on September 18th, 2011

    OMD – I’ve been sooooo busy with my girl home that I just got to check in on. the blog – and they’re talking about Princess (moi, petite moi). Ooooo – I love it!

    I get to sleep with my girl one more night, then she will leave for that stupid, stupid college place tomorrow morning. She got an “A” on her first English paper (Stover) and that means “awful” – her prof said she only gives “C” which means “cute” so I wish my girl could get one of those.

  52. Siber-H
    5:46 pm on September 18th, 2011

    We like the name Dima.
    We like the name Kas.
    Mt. Shasta is a beautiful mountain, but we see your point about the cola.

  53. BearSpiritDog
    5:49 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Barb&Magpie/G&BooBear: Since Nana wasn’t doing the counting Bear lost count after 2. Somehow the estimate came out at 84 pages. So maybe printing at home is still the cheaper way to go? No way we spent %18 on ink. The nice thing about it is, doing it yourself, you can add to the book at any time. But, as I said, we are looking for gifts. Barb, $20 sounds reasonable, even up to $25.

    Rio: Looking forward to hearing more about your friend’s project as it gets under way. By the way, that spaghetti supper sounds delish. A nice glass of wine would be very complimentary. Maybe a loaf of garlic bread fresh from the oven…..


  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:56 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Sammie!…”A” eqauls “Awsome”…heh!

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:58 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Meatballs!….Bear, here’s hoping a get a bit of a meatball tonight;…snort!… No wine in this house that I have sniffed out anyways…grunt!…Mother is out there watering again so we will have to turn the movie up full blast to hear it…sniff! …Life is so hard sometimes…wuffle!

  56. Snowhook Bella
    5:58 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Iditard sales a wine come race time. The bottles have pictures of the mushers for that year’s race on it. We were very surprised to see a Justin Savidis bottle. We’ve neither drank nor spat the wine, but it must be delicious with AJs picture on the bottle.

    Oley: When my stray Howard found me, I didn’t know his name. By the time AJ got wise (about 24 hours later) that there was a new dog in the kennel, I was already attached and calling him THW, long for Trent Howard Whathisname. He figured out rather quickly that he was to be Howard. I love that dog.

    Rio: I’d love to see a picture of your friend’s new project once it’s ready.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:01 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Ollie!… You could call the new guy “Duct Tape.”…heh!… His nickname could be Duct or Sticky or both….snort!…An All-Purpose Guy…heh!

  58. Barb & Maggie
    6:02 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Rio, Yes, we have seen Rabbit Proof Fences. Wonderful, enlightening, well done movie about a deplorable situation. At the end of the movie, which was filmed a few years ago, they interview 2 of the woman who are the subjects of the film. They walked 1200 miles to get back home.
    The authorities said they had to save the native people from themselves. I think the practice continued until the late 40s or early 50s.
    Liz has commented on the film and that period of Australian history. They have their shame just like we do here for our treatment of slaves and Native Americans.

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:07 pm on September 18th, 2011

    AJ-Wine!…One really big question here….snort!…Why in dawgs name have you not drank some of AJ’s special Iditarod wine??…grunt!

  60. LizF
    6:10 pm on September 18th, 2011

    You’re right Barb – and actually the practise continued well into the 70s, i think. Very shameful.

    Hi everyone – sorry not to have caught up lately, there hasn’t even been time to lurk…

  61. BearSpiritDog
    6:16 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Rio: We also have seen RabbitProof Fence. As Barb says, it is appalling what is done to people by governments trying to “save” them.

    OHowlers: Naming the puppy a name similar to what he goes by is a good way to go. It’s all in the sound of it. I don’t know what’s taking the rescue people so long to make up their minds. A forever place has to be more desirable than a temporary dwelling.

    SnowBella: I wonder if any of those AJ wine bottles are still available. We would love to have one!

  62. OleyHowlers
    6:17 pm on September 18th, 2011

    AJ wine????? How do we get some of that?????

    Duct tape … Sticky… pretty funny Rio. Maybe we can find a good bar and name him after that, like your friend named you Rio. Hey! Mom & Pop go to a place named Union Jacks…they are going there tonight as a matter of fact. Jack is a great Sibe name! Usually Yukon Jack… but Union Jack maybe is close.

  63. OleyHowlers
    6:19 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Rabbit Proof Fence sounds like a good, though upsetting, movie.

    Mom says NO NO NO to Union Jacks as a name since the Irish in her would be appalled.

  64. OleyHowlers
    6:19 pm on September 18th, 2011

    O Bear, the rescue has a minimum 30-day stay rule. Go figure.

  65. BearSpiritDog
    6:20 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Hi Liz! What have you been up to lately?

  66. Masquers
    6:31 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Bella! You could sell AJ wine in the Musher Store come Iditarod.

    In answer to Rose’s question – there are actually severe weather warnings for North Texas – T-storms with wind and hail advisories. A mixed blessing.

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:32 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Names!…I wasn’t named after a bar. I was named after the city…grunt!…I still think Sticky would be a great name for a Siber….snort!

  68. B.Stover
    6:33 pm on September 18th, 2011

    We drank the wine at the wine tasting party; we didn’t spit it out. Very good with Italian bread and cheese and that meat that starts with a “p.” And then a five-course dinner with wine. It was at the Italian-American club. Delish.

    Sam: Tell your girl to keep up the good work in English. (And Rio is correct: A stands for awesome.)

    I’m forgetting something Kirby asked about….have to go back.

  69. B.Stover
    6:39 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Kirby: Thank your mom for the offer of driving. How was her party?

  70. OleyHowlers
    6:40 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Sure, Rio. Whatever she told you, Rio. Sure it was the city, not the bar. heh heh

  71. LizF
    6:41 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Hi Bear! Lots! My job is now three days at the office and two days working from home, so between that and getting new software etc for the ‘puter, plus gardening now that it’s spring, and Cricket not being well (she’s a bit better now), it’s been flat out over here. Weather is delightful but I get hayfever really badly, which is exhausting. What about you?

  72. Snowhook Bella
    6:41 pm on September 18th, 2011

    I’m not sure how to get buy a bottle of AJ wine. We’ve only seen it at the musher’s banquet that takes place a couple of days before the start of the race. The wine is sold by Iditarod so I don’t think we could resell it. The do give a bottle to the musher; we’ve kept our bottle as a keepsake.

  73. Melanie
    6:46 pm on September 18th, 2011

    I’ve seen the movie too. Very good. Upsetting also.

    I think “Dudley Doright” would be a great name!

    Hi Liz!

    B.Stover, did you dunk the Italian bread in the wine?

    I just want the label for AJ’s bottle . . .

    MagPie, tell Barb that her beans were in our Chicken soup tonight. Delicious!

    Time for another Midsummer Murder . . .

  74. Snowhook Bella
    6:46 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Liz: Sorry to hear Cricket hasn’t been well. You’ve been missed each night/morning on the blog.

  75. Masquers
    6:50 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Rio was thusly named

  76. Melanie
    6:50 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Here’s the winery. They don’t have AJ’s for sale right now. Maybe if we all pitched a fit?

  77. Rose
    6:52 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Rio: I appreciate you enlightening me on the avatar thing. Will look forward to photos as your friend’s project commences.

    OH: I kind of like the name Jack….

    I think the Prof and I will be watching “The Point” tonight.

    Godd night to everyone, everywhere…..

  78. Snowhook Bella
    7:00 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Melanie: I don’t think any fit needs to be pitched. The bottles they currently have for sell are either for champions or some big names in the sport. I think they only make a certiain mumber for each race.

    In a few days, AJ leaves to gather the team from southeast and bring them home. I can’t wait to see the dogs again and meet the two pups.

  79. LizF
    7:09 pm on September 18th, 2011

    I miss catching up – the time difference is a bit too hard, most days! I’ve missed some good stuff, i can tell.

  80. BearSpiritDog
    7:10 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Liz: Sorry to hear Cricket hasn’t been well. But you said she is better now? Was it the same problem? Perhaps the warmer weather will be helpful.
    As to things here…we are upside-down/topsy-turvy. When it is day here you have night. Same with the seasons. As you are enjoying spring we are in the autumn of the year. Leaves are falling…the evenings are getting cooler. Time to bring out the hoodies, sweaters and turtle necks. Soon there will be a fire in the hearth.

  81. Mollypop
    7:17 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Uh oh – Mom is looking up prices from Buffalo to Alaska. Yikes!

  82. Barb & Maggie
    7:20 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Liz, so nice to hear from you. Sorry to hear Cricket hasn’t been tip top.

    We just got our cookbook, so have been thinking about you and all your beautiful work. It is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Bee, what is that from?

    Rio, What did you think of the movie? If I remember it was not a long movie, only about 1 1/2 hours.

  83. BearSpiritDog
    7:31 pm on September 18th, 2011

    B & Rio: Weren’t you the ones who liked Mad Men? Since we found it on Netflix streaming video we have been glued to the tv each night. Now in the middle of season 4. I believe there is a another one that came out in July. No clue when that will be available. Such a good show! Trippy going back in time to the late fifties and sixties. How things have changed!

  84. LizF
    7:34 pm on September 18th, 2011

    I don’t know how you all cope with those snowy, freezing winters – not even including Alaska, my brain can’t cope with the thought of that level of cold. Those lovely pictures Melanie puts up of beaver tracks in the snow – thick, cold, icy…MAN how do you do it??

    Cricket was having tummy problems, but fingers crossed she’s on the mend. We’ve tried everything!

  85. Tupper and Gilly
    7:42 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Hi everyone – we gave had a delightful vacation day here. Lazy morning, then lunch with friends and now home for a cuddly evening on the couch with a movie
    On the subject of names, Mama says each one if us told her our names when we came to live with her. It didn’t matter what we were called before. Gilly was “Josie” in foster care, our housemate Callie was “Bounty” and I was (shudder) “Dusty Rose”….could you just die?!?!
    Anyway, somehow Mama “heard” us tell her our real names, and just started using them. We’ve never looked back.
    (Basil and Sage were always Basil and Sage – they like being Herbal Kats)

  86. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:46 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Hi Liz!

    I have been worried about you! I am glad that Cricket is feeling better.

    Mom has been zapped by a head cold. She slogged through all of her obligations last week and has spent the day sleeping. She almost feels human, which may or may not be a good thing.

    Barb, yes to whatever. It is for a birthday present for her best friend.

  87. BearSpiritDog
    7:54 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Liz: Winters in Washington State aren’t too bad. It only snows once or twice during the season. Sometimes not at all. The median temperature is in the 40’s. The best place we have ever lived weather-wise was in California – San Diego area. A balmy 71 degrees most days.

  88. LizF
    7:58 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Dusty Rose, teehee!!

    Thanks, Barb. I’ve really enjoyed making things from the cookbook. I can’t remember if I told you, but i’d been looking for a biscuit recipe of my mum’s which was kept somewhere mysterious and disappeared when she died. It turns out your pecan drop cookies are the very thing! It’s really exciting to be able to make them again.

  89. LizF
    8:01 pm on September 18th, 2011

    San Diego sounds perfect (and we went there a couple of times, or near there – Del Mar, isn’t that close?) I love warm and sunny.

    I have to go run some errands – BBL, if you’re still up!

  90. BearSpiritDog
    8:07 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Liz: Del Mar is very close. A lovely area by the water.

  91. Snowhook Bella
    8:09 pm on September 18th, 2011

    MollyPop: I think your mom is heading down the right path! Yes!

    Royal’s Mum: I’m in charge of naming; I let AJ think he has a say. Some dogs tell me their names, too and some litters tell me their themes—take the Outlaw litter for example—all boys, two theives in Pancho and Lefty, no manners amongst them.

    Wolfie: Be sure to take care of your mom to help her get over her cold.

  92. BearSpiritDog
    8:37 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Time for bed – Bear

  93. OleyHowlers
    9:01 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Dusty Rose? Wow, Tupper is so much better.

    Bella, can’t wait til your whole pack is back together too.
    Liz, we hope Cricket is tip-top soon.
    Melanie, Pop says NO to Dudley. He said “had to be a woman who suggested that”. We are wondering what made him guess that.
    Keep coming with the names. We like getting everyone’s ideas.

  94. OleyHowlers
    9:07 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Sweet little Belle Starr is at the top of our page.

    We looked at that wine page. They have Susan Butcher wine!

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:09 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Outlaws!…wheeze!cough!… I can’t wait to meet Pancho and Lefty…heh!

    Gasp!…We just got back from the second Brutal walk of the day…grunt!…She is killing me! Killing me I tell you!….sniff!…Tonight those guys ate spaghetti and meatballs. Afterwards my friend told her mother not to give me any thing off of the table…grunt!…Her mother said, “Oh no honey, I won’t do that.” while nodding her head up and down instead of back and forth as one would expect….heh!…This is our secret “sign.” When her mother does this I know that I need to feign the need to go outside instead of downstairs with my friend…chuffle!…Then when the coast is clear I come in and gobble down the food her mother has fixed for me….burp!…Tonight when I went downstairs and looked up at my friend she just shook her head and said, “Okay, you are going on a second walk right now.”….sniff!…I over-looked the fact that I had spaghetti sauce on top of my head…wuffle!…How the hell did that happen anyways?….gruffle!

  96. Barb & Maggie
    9:12 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Dusty Rose sounds like a horse to me, but maybe because years ago we had a wonderful App. pony named Cherokee Rose. My favorite of all times. We had her till she was 32.

    We vote for Yukon Jack for the name. Have we heard for Nattie? I bet she knows about Siberia. Maybe she has some good name choices.

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:19 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Barb!… We did finish the movie right before the whole spaghetti dinner…snort!… She got all emotional at the end when they were telling about what happened to the girls when they were older and had to re-walk all the way home again…grunt!…Now that is the epitomy of a Brutal Walk…sniff!….We just finished watching the Special Features that showed the making of the movie…wuffle!…Definitely worth watching.

  98. Melanie
    9:23 pm on September 18th, 2011

    What names! I actually knew a Dusty Roads but she spelt it differently. She must have hated her parents when she was a teenager.

    Let’s see . . . my Clara was a rescue puppy but I don’t remember what they called her. And Bear, who was a 2 year old rescue that we had at the same time, was named Bear. He was half black lab and half Newfoundland. He was as big as a Newf but looked like a lab. We kept his name. In fact he is one of the reason our kennel is named what it is.

    All our other dogs through out my life didn’t have names until we figured them out. Be they puppies or strays . . .

    One of my dogs was called “Doubting Thomas”. A very skittish stray who finally came to love us. It was quite sometime until we got close enough to realize that “Doubting Thomas” was actually “Doubting Thomasina” but she answered to “Tommy” just fine.

    Well, I need to reread the last hour or two in the morning. Need sleep. Feeling zombinish.


  99. Staff
    9:42 pm on September 18th, 2011

    finally back at the motel and the internet is working. I will say Hi and then go off to read the blog because this WiFi is ‘iffy’.
    BBL I hope.

  100. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:49 pm on September 18th, 2011

    I’ve always been Wookie in my forever home, which was the name my last foster home gave me before I found my forever home. Before that I was known as Twister for a while and before that as Caeser. Wookie suits me a whole lot better. Wookie

  101. Tupper and Gilly
    10:23 pm on September 18th, 2011

    hmmm – names that are appropriately Siberian for sweet little blue eyed Duke. We do like Nat’s idea of Kasmir. We also like Pavel ( which was Chekov’s first name in Star Trek) and Vasily. But Kas is a good call name.
    Dad suggests Smirnoff…..nah…..

  102. LizF
    10:29 pm on September 18th, 2011

    ‘Twister of Chevy Chase’ just doesn’t sound right…

    Being on hold with a software company for 30 minutes is BORING.

  103. Gus & BooBear
    10:37 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Wookie, how old were you when you got to your forever home? It just seems like you have been with your Mom and Dad for a really long time. Don’t know why it feels that way, but it does.

    (G&BB’s Mom here). Gus was 6 months when we rescued him. Because of his heart condition, we were told he might make it 6 more months….that was 3 1/2 years ago. BooBear was a tiny, tiny kitten when she was rescued. So small that she used a cool whip bowl for a litter box. Now, she is still small, but very, um, fluffy, we will call it.

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:58 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Name!… Here’s a name for ole Duke. Call him Drake…grunt!… You can still call him Sticky for short…wuffle!

  105. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:01 pm on September 18th, 2011

    I was 8 months old when I found my forever home. Momma says that printing out copies of the cookbook on heavy weight paper and putting them in small one inch binders should be pretty inexpensive. Wookie

  106. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:12 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Honk!, Mom sounds like a goose. She can’t help it. I have been a good nurse, being especially helpful when she was making some soup. And then dad gave me and Gus our very own bowls of meat and broth and it was yummy.

  107. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:16 pm on September 18th, 2011

    It sounds as if the Plunderers have already fallen in love with the new Siber. We are sending puppy prayers that he finds his way to the Howlers, and soon.

  108. Gus & BooBear
    11:17 pm on September 18th, 2011

    Wookie, we think that is what we will do. Thank you, Barb & Maggie, for thinking of us but since we have to get so many as stocking stuffers for the nieces and nephews and their spouses, we need to keep expenses very low. We have our own excellent copy and will make them the other type for Christmas. We’re glad there are some gluten free recipes in there since one niece is married to a guy that has to eat gluten free.

  109. Snowhook Bella
    12:09 am on September 19th, 2011

    AJ and I just came from a dinner at friends where we had moose and bear meat and everything else on the menu came from their garden. It was great—what is the word I’m looking for?—ohn yeah: burp!

  110. Barb & Maggie
    6:35 am on September 19th, 2011

    Liz, Don’t know if you are still there, but glad the recipe helped. That Pecan Drop -I say cookie, you say biscuit- was one of my Mom’s 2 signature Christmas cookie recipes. The other was Date Pinwheels. Mom has been gone for 10 years, but every year we make those 2 cookies and think about her.

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