The Nation Within (More)

“What’s up?” says Spence.

“I’ve been trying to find out some sort of accurate population count on the number of dogs – and while we’re at it, cats – in the USA but I can’t seem to come up with anything definitive,” Admin says.

“Maybe someone out there can help,” says Spence.

While we’re at it, cats? Did I hear that?

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137 Responses to “The Nation Within (More)”

  1. B.Stover
    8:16 am on September 19th, 2011

    I can only say that it is far too early in the day to think about numbers. (Chet: I heard that also!)

    Good morning all.

  2. B.Stover
    8:23 am on September 19th, 2011

    I’m thinking we should try to get the cookbook published.

  3. Basil and Sage
    8:39 am on September 19th, 2011

    Answer- too many Dawgs
    Not enough Kats ( especially singing ones- just for you CHarris!)

  4. Melanie
    8:40 am on September 19th, 2011

    I did a quick look up of “licensed dogs in USA”. I thought that would be more precise. Needless to say, it wasn’t. Each site was different. Will do a longer site when I come back from down the hill. At this point we’re one of the 12% of the 39% of households with dogs. That’s because we have three or more dogs. They didn’t have a percentage for 9 pet dogs! So let me try to calculate . . . what the heck is 12% of 39%?

    Hmmm. . No caffeine yet . . . what the heck should mean: x =
    12% of 39%, wait I have to pull this up from 25 years ago . . .

    I think I divide the 12 into the .39 and not add the 25 because that’s a different equation. Trail run here . . Nope it’s the other way around.

    X = .12/.39
    X = 3% (or so)

    Wow, that took my brain way back in time!
    Let’s see that means we are in 3 percenters of dog partners (a good company) of Dog Partners to three or more dogs which includeds OleyHowlers, Bella, Kirby T (for now) and I think Macy.

    Did I miss anyone?

  5. Barb & Maggie
    8:52 am on September 19th, 2011

    Melanie, Check your SDD.

    We have been up since 4:00 thinking about how to do the cookbook. Dragging here.

    Did anyone watch the Emmys last night?

  6. Basil and Sage
    8:54 am on September 19th, 2011

    Melanie- you forgot us poor kittens. We have to live with Callie (she’s ok with us) and those two wrotten Corgis.
    (That is until we can sneak them into a packing box and tape it up tight. …Here, Gilly Gilly … come here little doggie….giggle)

  7. dawson
    8:58 am on September 19th, 2011

    Cheese Melanie…you sure are smart in the morning. My head is spinning.

  8. B.Stover
    9:09 am on September 19th, 2011

    Off to school. I’m serious about getting the cookbook published and will look into it.

  9. Redbone Hound
    9:12 am on September 19th, 2011

    Miz Melanie – I may not be the smartest ole hound in the pack, but down here, 12% of 39 is 4.68.
    Might be different up North I have found a lot of things are.

  10. Barb & Maggie
    9:20 am on September 19th, 2011

    Melanie divided 39 by 12 instead of multiplying. It seems to be 4.68 in Illinois too.

    Melanie, I think the download was sucessful. Thanks a bunch!

  11. dawson
    9:22 am on September 19th, 2011

    Off to the conference. Teepa Snow, the presenter, is from North Carolina. She is an excellent speaker. No nodding off will occur.
    Friends of Chet: Some very nice white dogs as new friends and some real Chet type dogs too. Welcome.
    Have fun at school, B.

  12. Melanie
    9:22 am on September 19th, 2011

    Dear Herbs, I did notice on one of the sites that people tend to have more kats when they have kats than when they have dogs. I think it was 1.7 dogs per family and 2.something kate. Can’t remember though. Now working on my coco.

    Dear Mr. Redbone Hound. You are correct in that math, but I was doing 12% of 39%.

    FANKLIN is BETTER! Still sleeping a great deal, but his temperature is normal.

  13. Melanie
    9:24 am on September 19th, 2011

    But on the other paw, I haven’t finished my coco so I could be TOTALLY wrong!

  14. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:44 am on September 19th, 2011

    Bee, I agree with you. The Iditarod will be here before we know it.

    Speaking of which, no word yet on the decals.

    Melanie, it looks as if Hugh Pooh paid you a visit this morning, bless his little heart!

  15. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:49 am on September 19th, 2011

    Ooooooooo! All of us in a published cookbook. Of course Siber H’s brilliant and tasty recipe will always be the best as far as I’m concerned. Wookie the Gourmet

  16. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:52 am on September 19th, 2011

    Publish!…. Hey Stover, if we “seriously” decide to publish Dishlickers do you think it would be a good idea to buff it up with more recipes and more fun photos?….sniff!

  17. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:12 am on September 19th, 2011

    Gah!… I just read where Rebeccer and AJ the Giant were eating Bear and Moose last night….gulp!…I hope they don’t try to make my friend eat those kinds of animals….gurgle!… My friend will stick with salads if that’s all that’s on the menu…sniff!…I’m not too picky, I will eat some bear meat any day…heh!…I might have to think twice about eating Bullwinkle though…snuffle!

  18. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:17 am on September 19th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! Mom’s party went well yesterday. The cupcakes were a hit, although Mom did ask everyone to be brutally honest and the general consensus was that they could use more vanilla. So she’s going to double the vanilla for the wedding, and we’ll post that recipe if it turns out O.K. The young man whose parents hosted the party said they were “awesome,” so Mom left him some extras!

    As for the numbers of dogs and cats in the country, doesn’t that change on a regular basis? I mean, look at Snowhook — they just added two to their population. (And maybe more if AJ doesn’t notice!)

    Us? Yeah, we’re in that 12 percent of 39 percent. And I’m beginning to wonder just how long “for now” is. Dad was saying the other day that when my girl goes back to school next semester she’ll be staying with someone she used to work with, so Those Girls might be staying with us even longer. “For now” is sounding like a very loooooong time. Carpola!!!

  19. Melanie
    10:43 am on September 19th, 2011

    Change of plans here. Dan is in Atrial Fibrillation again and the medications are not controlling it. I was going to take him to his cardiologist but when we called this morning and told them what was going on, they asked that he go to the ER. This is so he can get the correct tests done today instead of waiting a couple of days.

    Zoë has taken him in; she does not like me going to the ER. But if this takes awhile, she will come home and I will pick him up.

    Needless to say this has been the weekend from CARPOLA. But Franklin is better and hopefully Dan will be better soon.

    Still trying to figure out what is going on with my percentage of the percentage. My brain has not kicked in today.

  20. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:47 am on September 19th, 2011

    Mom has some tasty recipes she could add if she wasn’t intimidated by that website. Maybe some kind pooch could help her out if we decide to enhance it.

  21. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:48 am on September 19th, 2011

    Prayers to you and yours, Melanie. Please keep u’s posted.

  22. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:49 am on September 19th, 2011

    Blast that Pooh Hugh!


  23. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:51 am on September 19th, 2011


    I had typed ‘Geeze’!

    Pooh Hugh indeed!

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    10:56 am on September 19th, 2011

    Melanie – we will believe any math you say. percentages are so far beyond us counting to two.
    Saying prayers for Dan

    Kirby – Basil and Sage said to offer to send you some shipping boxes, packing tape and address labels, whatever that means.

    Bee- a published cookbook??? How cool would that be?

  25. BearSpiritDog
    11:10 am on September 19th, 2011

    Just stopping in to say Good Morning. It sounds like we’re back in math class – not the best subject for our kind at any time of the day.
    B: Publishing the Cookbook – hmmm…liking Rio’s idea of adding more recipes and pictures (what would this entail?)
    Barb&Magpie: Speaking of which – don’t stress – we can figure this out together. Wookie had some ideas as I recall?

    Melanie: Franklin back to himself – Hurray!
    I hope Dan is feeling tip-top very soon as well.

  26. OleyHowlers
    11:16 am on September 19th, 2011

    Hello all,
    Mom is home with us today. Reason: another vet emergency for Shiek. He had a big guppy hole in his chest. But Meashka watched very closely how the nice girl vet cleaned it and stitched it up. If it happens again, she is sure she can handle it.

    Hi to Franklin. Glad you are feeling tip-top again, Dude.
    Hoping for Dan to feel tip-top very soon. Speaking of Dan, we are loving White Wings but Mom has been so busy getting ready for the Family Reunion she has not had time to read it in the past week. So she says to apologize to Bear for the delay in sending it off.

  27. Melanie
    11:21 am on September 19th, 2011

    OleyHowlers and Everyone, Thanks.
    But . . . OH, what is a “guppy hole”?

  28. Siber-H
    11:22 am on September 19th, 2011

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Dan and family this morning.
    Great news about Franklin! He’s the blog’s Rock Star!

    Barb, as Bear said, don’t stress about the cookbook. The plunderers will get it figured out.

    Wookie, I can’t take any credit for my recipe, but I’m glad you like it. It was Melanie’s original idea created just for me. I’d be a lost Husky without the help of many of you plunderers.

  29. Sam
    11:24 am on September 19th, 2011

    Good morning. What a great weekend this was for me, but not so for others here. Please All, be healthy.

  30. Siber-H
    11:28 am on September 19th, 2011

    Sam, That is cute! I’m sure you will be seeing your girl again soon.

    Meashka, Keep us posted on how Shiek is doing. We are wishing him a speedy get well.

  31. Rose
    11:31 am on September 19th, 2011

    Greetings All!

    Prayers and good thoughts coming at you, Melanie!

    Sam: What a great picture of you and your girl! Hope you enjoyed your weekend! Looks like your haircut is growing in just beautifully.

    Thinking about dog names…The Prof and I watched “The Point” last night. What about Oblio or Arrow??? Does anyone remember that film?

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:38 am on September 19th, 2011

    Dan!…The Man!….snort!…I sure hope he is going to be okay…sniff!….I worry about that guy. He has such bad luck at hospitals….snuffle!

  33. Melanie
    11:38 am on September 19th, 2011

    Sam, you look so beautiful and happy. . .

  34. OleyHowlers
    11:40 am on September 19th, 2011

    Ole’ Shiek is doing just fine. Mom tells us that really guppy hole was a “gaping wound”. He has stitches and has to take it easy and keep flies out of it.
    Sam, what a fantastic cute picture of you and your girl! We thought it was Adelina. Glad you told us that is your girl.

    Speaking of dog names, if we were adopting a girl, she could be named “Frisky” like the heroine in Eyes of the Dragon. Siber, did you ever manage to read that one?

  35. OleyHowlers
    11:45 am on September 19th, 2011

    Get ready to fall in love…

  36. OleyHowlers
    11:47 am on September 19th, 2011

    Today is the start of National Dog Week!!!! We never knew there was a whole week about us.
    As to number of dogs in the U.S., we have no idea. But we do know there is one too many kats.

  37. Buddy and T.C.
    11:52 am on September 19th, 2011

    Hey Sasha:

  38. Siber-H
    11:55 am on September 19th, 2011


  39. Mollypop
    11:58 am on September 19th, 2011

    Ha ha ha – great picture.

  40. Siber-H
    12:04 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Fellow Sibers, That is a beautiful Siber video! Makes mom want a puppy, but she knows better. Thank dog.
    We have never found Eyes of the Dragon yet and have looked for it, but I’m glad you reminded us.

    The name “ammo” would be the kind of name some gangbanger would give his pitbull. It would be okay for a military or police dog, though.
    Wow! It is National Dog Week! This calls for extra treats and fun things to do.

  41. OleyHowlers
    12:07 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Siber, we could mail you our copy of Eyes of the Dragon. But Mom wants it back after you read it, because it is one of her favs.

  42. Rose
    12:25 pm on September 19th, 2011

    OH: I do believe in love at first site!!! I would love to have those doggies!!! The mom looks so proud of her pup, and you can tell she adores the pup!!!!

    Buddy and TC: Love that picture!

  43. BearSpiritDog
    12:39 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Carpola! Something happened to my last post when I was adjusting something. Now I have to try to remember what was said…

    O.Howlers: Sounds like the vet took good care of Shiek (with Meashka’s assistance of course) How did the injury happen?

    That’s all I can remember until after breakfast or lunch…depending what time zone one is in.

  44. Barb & Maggie
    12:39 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Siber, You are right – gangbanger or military dog, name would be perfect.

    That picture above had us LOL!

  45. Siber-H
    12:42 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Fellow Sibers, We just found it on Amazon! I don’t know why we didn’t find it before. It must have been at B&N that we were looking. Thank you for your offer to mail it. We will order it soon, very soon.

  46. Melanie
    12:49 pm on September 19th, 2011

    I looked up “Siberian Husky names” and found this site.

    both female and male names.

  47. OleyHowlers
    12:49 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Bear, we think Shiek ran into a fence post during the night. He is missing one eye from an accident when he was 20, so you can see how that could happen.
    The vet who was here is a new associate, and she is a young woman who just graduated from Vet school. That made Mom nervous, and is part of the reason Meashka felt obliged to make sure she did everything right. The young woman turned out to be quite the seamstress. Mom and she talked about life expectancy of horses. She said the mean age (horses can be mean??? really???) is about 25, but Arabs live much longer. She thinks the average age for an Arab is about 45 !!!! And, she had a 48-year old Arab brought in for a minor eye issue. He was still going strong! Shiek is 30, so that made Mom very happy.

    Siber, is the book at Amazon illustrated like ours? There are beautiful pictures in our book, especially those of Frisky.

  48. Siber-H
    12:57 pm on September 19th, 2011

    umm, no, Fellow Sibers. It is a mass market paperback. That must have been why we didn’t order it before. We are going to go ahead and order the paperback, and you can tell us what Frisky looks like. I’m thinking that maybe she looks a bit like Meashka. That will work.

  49. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:05 pm on September 19th, 2011

    I was wondering what a guppy hole was also. Thought perhaps it was horse term.

    Pooh Hugh!

    He is on a toot today!

  50. Melanie
    1:09 pm on September 19th, 2011

    They have some beautiful names.
    Then there were the names that got me laughing . . .

    Nasa: because “he was out of this world and sometimes it was ‘Houston, we have a problem'”.

    Blade: “I chose this name for my husky because when I grew up I was scared of vampires and I got a dog and named him Blade to protect me. I know a little silly but he is my big baby and I love him. So I highly recommend this name.”

    Breeze: “She is here on moment and gone the next!”

    Halo: “His zorro eye mask reminds me of a the expression ‘halo having slipped’ which matches his personality completely.”

    Romanoff: “Russian and a pun.” (took me a minute to get that one)

    Mozart (Mo): “When Mo howls (and he does it a lot!) it sounds like he’s singing.”

  51. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:09 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Whoever creates the auto correct programs has a wicked sense of humor.

    Sam, have you ever watched Legally Blond? Bruiser was a great college student!

  52. OleyHowlers
    1:15 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Melanie, that link didn’t work right. At the top of the page it says Not Found, and then lists all sorts of names, but Siberian Husky is not among them. It has Eskimo Dogs, and we thought that was what you meant, but those names weren’t anything like the ones you list, which are great. We especially love Romanoff (LOL LOL) and Mozart.
    Take a look at this site, that Mom uses for Sibe (Russian) names:

  53. BearSpiritDog
    1:32 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Lots of great dog names to chose from! Looked at the Eskimo dog link and found some interesting choices.

    Netflix, as you all know, has divided up their streaming video and dvds. They just announced they will also be using two different websites in the near future. Qwikster for the dvd rentals and the original Netflix name will be used for streaming video. Anyone who has both will receive two different bills.

    Wolfie: I think we caught what you have/had. But it’s really not a cold – more of a croupy type cough. Going to the pharmacy shortly to get something for it.

  54. Melanie
    1:37 pm on September 19th, 2011

    The first name I saw was Mikhail which immediately made me think of Baryshnikov.
    Are Sibers able to leap?

    I remember seeing Mikhail Baryshnikov in “Don Quiotex”. He was AWESOME! At one point he did a series of leaps around the stage (to impress the female lead) each one higher than the last. Then when she paid him no attention, he walked off FLAT FOOTED! Wow, what a dancer.

  55. BearSpiritDog
    1:37 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Oh, oh…M.Baker says I’m being moderated. Couldn’t figure out why then saw the word p-h-a-r-m-a-c-y. You understand. All sorts of bad possibilities THERE.

  56. Melanie
    1:40 pm on September 19th, 2011
  57. OleyHowlers
    1:41 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Mom loves Baryshnikov, which is partly why Sasha’s husband was nick-named Misha, which was also Mikhail Baryshnikov’s nickname. Our Misha’s real registered name was “Mikhail’s Revenge” because his big brother was Boris, and Boris Yeltsin had just put Mikhail Gorbachev under house arrest. heh heh
    Boris’ registered name was Boris Badanov, and you all know who that baddie was !

  58. BearSpiritDog
    1:41 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Okay. There is that notice that the post of 1:32 is being moderated but I can still see it. Just curious – Can everyone else see it too?

  59. Melanie
    1:43 pm on September 19th, 2011

    What seems to moderate us . . .

    and now

    Any others?

  60. OleyHowlers
    1:46 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Melanie, that link worked. And guess what? The name Duke is in there !
    Bear, when we get moderated, the same thing happens. We see our post, and at the end of it, it says “Awaiting moderation”. We don’t see yours.

  61. Siber-H
    1:48 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Bear, no, I can’t see it. That is the way it usually works when we are being moderated. We can see the post but no one else can. Your post of 1:32 will probably never show up on the blog.
    It is more like being tossed out than moderated is the way it works.

    Mom has to leave now. I think I’ll be back later, but am not sure.

  62. BearSpiritDog
    1:50 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Melanie: That last link worked for the Husky names. I see Duke on the list.
    Did you say you can see that post in moderation? So what happens if it doesn’t past the “decency” test – does it then vanish into thin air?

  63. OleyHowlers
    1:53 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Siber, we still want to send you our copy of Eyes of the Dragon

  64. BearSpiritDog
    1:55 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Grrr. So no one can see it. Why do they always have to be the longest ones and the most trouble to repeat? This is just carpola!

  65. BearSpiritDog
    2:20 pm on September 19th, 2011


  66. Gus and BooBear
    2:26 pm on September 19th, 2011

    From the 1st post this am…..”I’m thinking we should……” from B. This sounds like hick grammar (sorry, B) but when taking it apart seems to be correct grammar. Maybe we’re hearing “I’ma thinkin” in our head!

    Anyhoo, we think publishing the cookbook could be great. But it should have more pictures. All the regulars should have a picture in it! I just don’t know if it would sell. It’s of great interest to us, but maybe not to others.

  67. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:29 pm on September 19th, 2011

    I just posted something that used all the banned words and was told “Thank you for your comment”.

    But my post vanished into thin air!!!!!!!!!

  68. BearSpiritDog
    2:31 pm on September 19th, 2011

    A post containing all the Forbodden words CAPITALIZED was swept into siberspace with no acknowledgment whatsoever. Am I living dangerously or what?

  69. BearSpiritDog
    2:33 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Heh,heh..High Five Wolfie!

  70. OleyHowlers
    2:42 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Youse guys are living on the edge!

  71. Masquers
    2:50 pm on September 19th, 2011

    GusBooBear: I agree! Pictures of all the regulars. Pages something like a school yearbook maybe. Also, recipes from those who didn’t contribute the first time around (moi)

    Bear wanted to tell you about the change in Netflix. A recent announcement advises the company will be splitting up into two different sites to accommodate the different venues – dvds and streaming video. Customers having both will receive separate billings. The dvd rentals will now be called Qwikster – the streaming video continues under the original Neflix name.

    Nice sunny day here – Mid 60’s – warming up into 70’s tomorrow.

  72. Masquers
    2:59 pm on September 19th, 2011

    We will be selling the Cookbook in the Musher Store, right? Is adding pages to the existing pdf possible? If not, back to the drawing board…..

    Hmmm…something about that name…Qwikster.

  73. Melanie
    3:01 pm on September 19th, 2011

    OleyHowlers: love the fact that Misha is with your pack! Great minds think alike.

    GREAT NEWS! Dan is on his way home!

    The problem? The doctor who is not his regular doctor WAY OVER MEDICATED HIM!

    Zoë and Dan are furious. All of this should have been handled on Friday when Dan’s download from his pacemaker got to the doc’s office. But NOooo, they didn’t look at the history of what was going one, just one day and doubled his medication.

    Foot tapping and snarling going on here.

    But he is OKAY! And will feel better now that he won’t be on so much medication.

    (now maybe my eye will stop twitching)

  74. BearSpiritDog
    3:08 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Melanie: Whew! Love Good News even if the reasons behind it makes you mad. We were reading a recent article about how medications (is it okay to use that word-one never knows) can make you sick. The older a person gets the more they are affected.

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:10 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Twitching!….heh!snort!….Melanie, my friend gets that eye twitching thing going on when she is really really mad too…heh!…I think her eye twitched the whole time we were in Iowa…snort!

  76. Barb & Maggie
    3:12 pm on September 19th, 2011

    We like Romanoff – both meanings – and you could call him Romy for short.

  77. OleyHowlers
    3:29 pm on September 19th, 2011

    So good to hear Dan is o.k. Docs are do bad nowadays. All those medical records, yet they don’t look at them. Similar thing happened to Mom once. She always has really really low blood pressure. But she went thru a short time frame when she was exhausted from working on u-know-who’s campaign. Afterward, she felt like her heart was racing a bit. Went to the doc and he put her on blood pressure m-e-d ! She started coughing continuously. When she went back, the older, wiser doc realized that the new guy did something stupid.

    Melanie, Misha is no longer with the pack physically (altho he is with his beloved Sasha in spirit). Misha is not to be confused with Meashka, who came with that name, within a month of Misha leaving us.

    Here are the names so far: Kaz, Luka, Mozart, Romanoff. Mom sent a sort-of angry email to that rescue for taking so long. Our vet has not even been called yet! Did we tell you that we had to give references, besides our vet? Mom gave them the Executive Director of the Humane Society, our horse vet, our X-state rep, and our very good friend who rescues many dogs and volunteers at many shelters.

  78. OleyHowlers
    3:36 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Duke in Russian is “герцог” … How would that be pronounced? Natty?

  79. BearSpiritDog
    3:59 pm on September 19th, 2011

    BBL Off to someplace I can’t tell you about because it’s forbodden.

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:13 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Satellite!….I wonder what Wookie’s Paw thinks of the NASA satellite that is careening towards earth this week….snort!….They figure up to 26 parts will hit the earth. The largest being 300 lbs. …sniff!…If that hits me I’m a goner!…grunt!

    Bear!…Is Bear off to the Forbidden Planet?….heh!

  81. B.Stover
    4:40 pm on September 19th, 2011

    For some reason I like the name Mozart for “Duke.”

    Great news about Dan being okay.

    Regarding the cookbook: We would have to follow the wishes of the publisher but I don’t see why more pictures and recipes would be a problem. As far as its selling, I believe that there is an audience for cookbooks. I’m still checking it out.

    As for “I’m thinking we should….”–it is grammatically correct. It’s an interesting combination of tenses.

  82. Melanie
    4:43 pm on September 19th, 2011

    I would never question your grammar, B.Stover. Ever. Never ever . . .

  83. Melanie
    4:45 pm on September 19th, 2011

    I have a picture up top called “Frodo goes swimming.” Love it. He is swimming in a hot tub. That would not work for The Pack.

  84. OleyHowlers
    4:52 pm on September 19th, 2011

    We have Franklin and Roger as puppies up top…those are puppies??? egads! They are huge.

    Pop noticed a plan flying real low and slow over our farm on Saturday. Mom’s friend just sent 3 pics.

  85. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:05 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Howlers, your farm is beautiful. It looks like paradise. We are very dry and brown here in the California foothills. It is hard to believe that we live 45 minutes from the south entrance of Yosemite National Park. As soon as we get our first good rain, the grass turns green almost overnight. It is magic. Until then, we worry about fire.

  86. BearSpiritDog
    5:24 pm on September 19th, 2011

    A beautiful picture of your farm O.Howlers. How green everything is and all those lovely trees. Very nice.

  87. Rose
    5:29 pm on September 19th, 2011

    OH: Your farm is lovely…a paradise!

  88. OleyHowlers
    5:30 pm on September 19th, 2011

    We have had the wettest August on record, followed by a hurricane and then a tropical storm. Thats why everything is so very green. It is quite lush here right now.
    Do you believe the size of that barn? Its 68 ft. high, and dwarfs the house.

  89. B.Stover
    5:32 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Howlers: Beautiful and green….lush….

    The more formal structure would be “I’m thinking that we should…”. I’d never “say” it that way however….ever…to echo Melanie.

  90. BearSpiritDog
    5:39 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Yesterday we were telling Liz about our Pacific NW weather. Only problem is, we only covered the coastal regions, which are always warmer being near the water. Eastern Washington…over the Cascades…gets very hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

    G&BooBear: Will you be working on another map soon? There are Friends of Chet and Lurkers all over the world. It would be fun to hear from some of them.

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:45 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Bear!…You won’t hear from them that’s why they are called “Lurkers.”…snort!

  92. Barb & Maggie
    5:50 pm on September 19th, 2011

    That picture is beautiful! Is that long line your driveway, otherwise known as a lane?

    Barb is very frustrated. She went to a website recommended by Wookie, who got a 1 time only super-duper cheap price for the cookbook. Barb submitted an order, which she thinks is the same as what we have. With a 50% discount for a first time customer, the price is $30.00 with shipping, Not sure if they will add tax on top of that. That means with postage to you guys, it is going to be around 32-33.00 for one copy. Not sure if anyone wants one for that price. I have the order on hold till I hear. That is more than I expected, so Wolfie and BSD had both comitted on one copy, but do you still want at that price?

  93. BearSpiritDog
    6:02 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Barb&Magpie: We liked that cookbook a lot. The 30ish price is okay with us. Still regretting we didn’t order more. But not a bad price. What do you think? Is there any break for additional orders?

  94. Melanie
    6:12 pm on September 19th, 2011

    OleyHowlers: Lovely, lovely, lovely . . . Wish I could see the horses and your Pack.

    MagPie, Please tell Barb to check SDD.

  95. Barb & Maggie
    6:16 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Bear, We tried putting in 10 and the priced did not go down at all. Not sure what Debbie did, but we also regret not ordering a half dozen.

    My daughter said she expected the price to be around $50. for custom printing. These were $54. and change, before the half price coupon was applied. Shipping for 4 was 14. Bummer.
    Does anyone think we should just keep looking and forget this one?

  96. Mollypop
    6:23 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Buffalo’s sports season has started.

    The Buffalo Bills won their first game. Big wup. Everybody thought the team was so terrible because the owner, Ralph Wilson, kept saying he couldn’t make any money on this team. Well, it turns out the Bills are the most profitable team in the league. People feel duped.

    Now comes our team, the Buffalo Sabres. They have a new owner who wants to win a Stanley Cup. We are dancing in the streets.

  97. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:42 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Barb, let’s hold off until we hear what Bee discovers. Especially if we decide to enhance the book. I don’t mind the price, but I may want to order more for Christmas gifts.

  98. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    6:54 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Melanie – is good Dan is good. Ve are relieved.

    Howlers – your farm is very gorgeous. Reminds Natasha of puppyhood home in very lovely part of Russia. In August. For maybe two veeks before snow returns.
    By the vay, “repuor” is pronounced “Kasmir” Did ve mention this vas our papa’s name? Hmmm?

  99. LizF
    7:07 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Mornin’, everyone.

    Romanoff – that’s terrific.

    Sammy, you look adorable.

    There are over four million dogs in Australia, on average one in every three households has a dog. South Australia and the Northern Territory have the highest proportion, with 20 dogs for every 100 people, compared to the national average of 18 (fact from “City dog, country dog”).

  100. BearSpiritDog
    7:28 pm on September 19th, 2011

    O.Howlers: We still like Nattie’s suggestion…Kasmir. It may be that he will tell you his name when he arrives. We can’t wait to see pictures. Dam that place for taking so long!

    Barb&Magpie: We can wait. There is plenty of time before Christmas. (Ha! Famous last words)

    Hi Liz! Hope you saw our update on Washington weather. Is Cricket feeling any better?

  101. LizF
    7:53 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Hi Bear, I did see the update! (what are the Cascades – mountains?)

    Cricket’s pretty good today, thank you for asking, and we’re seeing a new naturopathic vet next week, which will be good. There was a thunderstorm in the night – she’s VERY allergic to thunderstorms.

    Melanie, great news about Dan.

  102. BearSpiritDog
    8:00 pm on September 19th, 2011

    We see Friday Night Lights and Mad Men, two of our favs, got nods at the Emmys. Who watches Mad Men? Just finished with Season 4 on streaming video. Love that show!
    Next is Breaking Bad – beginning with Season 1. It is nice to see shows in sequence without commercials.

  103. BearSpiritDog
    8:06 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Liz: Yes, the Cascades are a mountain range separating eastern and western parts of the state.

    Going to get a bite to eat. May call it a day. – Bear

  104. Melanie
    8:13 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Hi Liz! Wow already at 101 and it’s only 8:07.

    The local hospital (sort of) is undergoing some changes. They will have to merge with a bigger hospital. The staff are all upset by this and they are very understaffed right now.

    Zoë said it was like Bizaro World. (Superman) And she totally agreed that NO one reads the medical charts.

    But Dan is feeling better. For the first time he got angry instead of trying to be the nice guy. Worked great. They were getting ready to come home when his nurse (who seemed more upset by the fact she couldn’t find any TV remotes took out his drip thing and put a small bandage on it. It started bleeding and she just left.

    It bled over everything: the bed, the floor, the chair, even the wall. Zoë couldn’t get it to stop. So she found another nurse who fixed it. When she was finished she was out in the hall and Zoe and Dan heard her said to the first nurse, didn’t you read he was on blood thinners?

    Yikes! SWP . . . Stay Well People!

  105. Barb & Maggie
    8:13 pm on September 19th, 2011

    BSD, I just ordered 3 at 31.60 each. You are not obligated tho. It was very frustrating, because I did not know what wt. paper to order. I went with 28lb. because 100 lb. was 5.00 per book more (after 50% discount.) They were up there above 65.00 each + shipping. I did order 1 for you, but I can keep it if you don’t want it, or if it turns out I ordered something wrong. Depending on what we find out, I would still be interested in more later as well.
    Think about it – like I said, I can always keep the 3 copies.

  106. Snowhook Bella
    8:21 pm on September 19th, 2011

    BSD and Wolfie: AJ teases me about not having much worldly experience, but I will tell him that believe it or not, I run with a dangerous crowd that uses words like c-a-s-i-n-o-s and p-h-a-r-m-a-c-y.

    Howlers: I like the name Nikolai—even thinking about it for a name of a future team member. It is a checkpoint on the Iditarod trail.

    Rio: Bear and moose were a dining treat provided by our hosts last night—AJ and I don’t hunt but enjoyed the meat. Maybe we can make a thing or two from Dishlickers when you’re here or (whispering) if other Plunderers come up have a dinner party.

  107. BearSpiritDog
    8:22 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Barb&Magpie: You did good. I was coming back to tell you if you placed a order we are in. I can send you a check in the next day or so. Thank you. Sorry it ended up to be such a hassle.
    Have a good evening everyone.

  108. C. Harris
    8:46 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Basil & Sage: there are at least two too many singing kats. Glad I didn’t read your post in the am or I would have been twisted up all day at work (as opposed to being “right side up” as a plunderer).

  109. Melanie
    9:21 pm on September 19th, 2011

    C.Harris: I agree about the singing Kats.

    OTAS got a car! It’s a Hybrid and gets 33 miles per gallon, highway and city. He will need that if this house comes through (knock on wood) because it’s 45 minutes from both of their works. i wish he could get Barb’s house because he would love a barn, spiders and all.

    Tomorrow YSAS has his first rehearsal for the Indie movie that he has no idea what part he’s playing. Got to love that.

    I am going to bed. It was a long day of worry. I’m so glad Dan is okay, but it is tempered with being angry at our entire medical system. If we could get rid of hospital “administers” and hospitalists perhaps medical care could get back to the patients.

    Patsy is sound asleep. Sometime I will have to take a picture to show you just how much room she takes up on a queen size bed!

  110. Snowhook Bella
    9:26 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Melanie: I’m glad to hear the Dan will be okay. That’s very nice of Patsy to share her bed with you.

  111. Siber-H
    9:29 pm on September 19th, 2011

    I’m very glad that they got Dan’s medication straightened out and that he is feeling better. That is good news!
    They are making changes in the hospitals here, also. It must be an epidemic and I don’t believe they will ever again know exactly what they are doing and how to do it.

    Instead of the comment that says “Your post is being moderated”, it should say your post is being annihilated.

  112. Snowhook Bella
    9:33 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Siber-H: Thank you for your comment. It will self destruct in five seconds. Please step away from your IPaw.

  113. OleyHowlers
    9:36 pm on September 19th, 2011

    We can’t believe a nurse would walk out while Dan is bleeding all over everything. And yet they try to tell us we have the world’s best healthcare. hmmm

    Nikolai is added to our list…Nikki would be good nickname.

    We had to sit downstairs with Mom because she fell this afternoon and hurt her tailbone…bad. Poor Mom. She is very clumsy but now she is worried about how bad she will be hurting for the Family Reunion.

    We are going to bed now. Good night to all.

  114. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:40 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Home!…Oh how I love getting home after our Brutal Walk….wheeze!… I actually trot a little faster when I see it in sight….snort!… Now we are downstairs watching the Rockies game. Déjà vu because they are once again getting beaten up in the 3rd inning by the Giants….(((sigh)))

    Party!… Rebeccer we are always up for a party. Any kind of party!…heh!…Especially if food if involved. Have you heard for sure if any others who will be coming up for the Last Great Race?…snort!…hmmmm?

  115. Siber-H
    9:41 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Rebecca, lol

    Fellow Sibers, Thank you once again for your offer to mail the book but we don’t want you to do that because it is one of your mom’s favorites. We are less worried about the goats than what the Post Office where I live could do to it. They can make the goats look like amateurs. We are going to order the book from Amazon in the next few days.

    The Farm is so green. We didn’t believe any place could be so green.

  116. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:43 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Rockies!….Actually, after looking a little closer, they are getting beat-up by San Diego…groan!

  117. Siber-H
    9:47 pm on September 19th, 2011

    ah, Those West Coasters all look alike, don’t they Rio

  118. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:50 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Yup!…They all look like really good baseball players unlike our team…snort!…We need some Pitchers!…dammit!

  119. Barb & Maggie
    10:19 pm on September 19th, 2011

    BSD, No rush on the check. It is on the credit card, so won’t be paying for it for several weeks anyway. The $31.60 was cost of book plus shipping to our address. I picked the least expensive shipping available and it was still $13-14.00. Just hope I did it right, since I had no idea what I was doing.

    At least I won’t be waking up at 4:00 tomorrow morning!

    Have totally given up on pacing myself on The Dog Who. Now up to Chpt 24, and will probably finish it tomorrow. I think this is the best one. SQ has really fine tuned his dog-think in this one. And sorry, but we still really like Suzie.

  120. Snowhook Bella
    10:31 pm on September 19th, 2011

    B&M: Did you not love chapter 22? It became clear early on, that I couldn’t pace myself.

    Rio: Plunderers, party of two. No one else, but we will have fun!

  121. Snowhook Bella
    10:36 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Rio: That should be no one else, YET because the invitation is still out there.

  122. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:46 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Rebecca: Yippee! I got your big, fat envelope today! Even though it was addressed to me, Mom made me wait until she got home from work to open it. Since it was her late night at work, it was very frustrating. However, I managed to last. Thank you so much. Now Mom and I can finish our project! Oh, and Mom says to tell you she liked the card, too.

  123. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:48 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Alaska!…If it’s just us that means you will have plenty of firewood on hand to keep my toes warm….heh!

  124. Siber-H
    10:50 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Night All

    Commander Rio, Our shelter is ready to use in case we need to take cover from space junk falling on CO and NM.

  125. Barb & Maggie
    10:53 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Rebecca, Yes, loved Chapter 22, both in the beginning when Chet met someone, and then with Iggy. So funny. Also laughed at beginning of next Chapter when he said he met the plumber coming out. I don’t think I am giving anything away there.

    Off to bed, after a little more C & B. Night all.

  126. Snowhook Bella
    11:12 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Rio: Have I mentioned there is a dog pillow next to the woodstove?

  127. C. Harris
    11:24 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Nastasha: With me being gone from the blog a couple of months earlier in the summer I have lost track of your love life. Which dogs are lusting after you these days? Are there any that you have designs on? I thought you’d be jealous of Rio constantly yapping about how beautiful Belle Starr is but nothing? Are you otherwise occupied?

  128. Snowhook Bella
    11:26 pm on September 19th, 2011

    KirbyT: The MGs must be on vacation, because it doesn’t seem like it took very long for the big, fat envelope to get to you. I am sorry you had to wait for your mom to get home, especially on her late night to open it—it is times like this that make counter-surfing a must have skill.

  129. Macy the Min-pin
    11:31 pm on September 19th, 2011

    and now

  130. Macy the Min-pin
    11:32 pm on September 19th, 2011

    and now

  131. Macy the Min-pin
    11:34 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Looks like gambling is OK so long as you don’t do it in a c-a-s-i-n-o.

    Mom feels rotten so we are going to bed. nitey nite

  132. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:36 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Rebecca: It’s hard to counter-surf when you can’t even reach the drawers under the counter! First I have to grow longer legs!!!

  133. Snowhook Bella
    11:48 pm on September 19th, 2011

    Macy: I hope you, along with Dan the Man and Sheik all feel better after a good night’s rest.

    KirbyT: Just as I’m convinced that there has to be a way to overcome Rio’s don’t-leave-the-yard rule, there must be a way to get you to the high places, like counters and coffee tables.

    CHarris: I don’t know about you but fall in our neck of the woods is in full swing; the colors are beautiful. How are you enjoying your vision after Lasik? And, is their a pugpy in you future?

  134. C. Harris
    1:21 am on September 20th, 2011

    Snowhook Bella: the leaves are pretty much off the trees. I saw a few tiny flakes in the air the other day but chose to blame it on my Lasik surgery rather than actually calling it snow. I still see halos around lights which is starting to be a problem with car lights. I guess I’ll know in a couple of months if they will disappear or I get used to them. I am reading fine but the florescent lights at school irritate my eyes. I seem to be fine at home.

    I don’t think there will be a puggy in my future. It is hard enough to housetrain a dog in summer, it is probably not going to happen to a puppy at -20, -30, -40, -50.

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