The Plunderers and Snowhook

Below are two views of a beautiful work of art presented to AJ and Rebecca of Snowhook Kennel yesterday, in honor of their performance in the 2012 Iditarod Race.

And these are the Plunderers own words. (For those who don’t know, the Plunderers are a group of friends who have found each other here at chetthedog.com, and did a magnificent job helping sponsor Snowhook in the race.)

“In honor of Snowhook’s valiant completion of the 100th Iditarod, the Plunderers hereby present ‘Northern Lights’ to AJ and Rebecca as an expression of our love and admiration. Created by Amalia FourHawks, this pottery is comprised of clay, crystals and magic. We thank AJ and Rebecca for sharing their dreams with us and for allowing us to join them on this glorious adventure.”

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139 Responses to “The Plunderers and Snowhook”

  1. Rose
    8:50 am on April 9th, 2012

    Good Morning All!

    The completed “Northern Lights” is just breathtaking!
    Amalia: Thank you so much for your hard work in creating such a beautiful tribute to Rebecca and AJ. We love you!

    Rebecca and AJ: If it weren’t for you, us Plunderers would never know what it is like to run the Iditarod trail. Thanks AJ for the ride of a lifetime. Snowhook, we love you all!

  2. BearSpiritDog
    8:59 am on April 9th, 2012

    “Composed of clay, crystals and Magic”
    We’re getting a bit teary-eyed here.
    And, don’t forget Love…Lots of Love.

  3. OleyHowlers
    9:04 am on April 9th, 2012

    Good morning all! Thanks for posting the pictures, Admin. The pot is simply splendiforous. Thank you so much for giving your time and incomparable talent, Amalia. And thanks to all the Plunderers for allowing us to be a small part in this gift.

    We were kept hopping yesterday, so we didn’t get time to catch up until this morning. Didn’t youse guys like our Royal Flush picture? Mom had us take the only spare 5 minutes of our day to post that yesterday. She thought it was hysterical, in light of T&G’s punchline from a few days ago.

    Shiek is continuing to improve. He looks better and feels better. He is eating, although still not back to his normal amount of grain. He is grateful to all of the plunderers, as we are, for your positive thoughts, prayers, and concern. The quilt was most healing. He is moving out of it now so there will be room for anyone in need.

  4. Barb & Maggie
    9:22 am on April 9th, 2012

    The pictures are wonderful. Thank you for posting them. I can’t even imagine the hours of work (not to mention talent) that went into such a project. How can we even say thank you to Amalia.

    Glad Shiek is better and yes, we loved the Royal Flush photo. Too funny and timely as well.

  5. Rose
    9:23 am on April 9th, 2012

    Good Morning Bear and OH:

    My wise, wonderful, Bear, you’ve brought a tear to my eye!

    OH: I thought your picture was a pissa!!! I laughed out loud!

    Retired woman Dawson: Check your SDD.

  6. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:44 am on April 9th, 2012

    The Royal Flush, heh heh heh. We loved it.

  7. B.Stover
    9:47 am on April 9th, 2012

    I especially like the burled arch. Lovely Amalia and go Snowhook!

    Good morning all.

  8. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:48 am on April 9th, 2012

    Pot!…Now I think we all have to go to Alaska next year so we can see and touch the Northern Lights…snorkel!…How did we ever keep that secret so long?…sniff!…An amazing feat of deception…heh!heh!

  9. Tupper and Gilly
    10:02 am on April 9th, 2012

    Good morning all.
    Rio – you got that right – keeping the secret was the hardest part! And your friend’s new piece is just lovely! The flowers are done in a different kind of technique aren’t they?

    Howlers – now Gilly wants one of those port-a-potty things all her own.

    BearSpiritDog – yes there was a lot of love – the love of all the Plunderers, the love of AJ for his doggies, the love of Rebecca for her Giant – all that love translated itself into the vision of the pot.

    Special thanks to Melanie for taking such beautiful pictures, and to Wolfie’s mom Mary and Melanie for their perfect words.

  10. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:04 am on April 9th, 2012

    Rio, I’m with you. I think keeping ‘Northern Lights’ a secret is our biggest accomplishment to date!

  11. Masquers
    10:11 am on April 9th, 2012

    Good morning everyone!
    Chet, Spence and Admin, Thank you for posting photos of Amalia’s beautiful Northern Lights Pot O Gold.
    It doesn’t seem like a mere thank you is enough to convey what the Plunderers feel and want to express to Amalia and Leonard for all they do for us.
    Howlers: We were chuckling over the Royal Flush photo of yesterday. A very clever follow-up.
    Shiek: We are so happy you are feeling clip-clop (a tip of the proverbial hat to Bella) and back to your old self.
    That quilt is magical!

  12. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:15 am on April 9th, 2012

    Good morning, y’all! Yesterday was so busy around here that Mom never even remembered to turn the computer on for me. Frigglesnitz! In the morning there was church — complete with handbells, a hot-cross-buns breakfast and an Easter egg hunt for the kids. (Mom brought home extra hot cross buns, but she didn’t bring me back any eggs.) Then after church she stayed to clean up, and then she had to keep pastor busy in her office so someone could give her a surprise. Then when she finally got home, Mom and Dad planted some of the stuff they bought on Saturday. And my boy and his girlfriend — but no pugs! — stopped on their way back from her family’s Easter celebration for some of Mom’s cream cheese pie. Dad shared it with me — that was some pretty tasty stuff!

    Mom and Dad went shopping for Easter dinner on Saturday, but instead of ham, they came home with steak and potatoes. Mom was shocked, but Dad decided he wanted something a little different this year. However, after working in the yard all afternoon, Mom just wasn’t in a steak-and-potatoes mood. So get this. Dad has been hankering for one of the new Taco Bell Dorito tacos. So Mom and Dad went to Taco Bell for Easter dinner. How weird is that???

  13. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:23 am on April 9th, 2012

    Kirby!…You can send the Steak and Potatoes this way if you don’t want them…snort!…Someone here has been wanting to fire up the grill in a big way but her mother is afraid of it for some reason…grunt! …What the hell?

  14. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:26 am on April 9th, 2012

    What beautiful photos (made somewhat easier by the exquisite subject of the photos). So many thank yous are in order. To Amalia for creating such a lovely memento and allowing the rest of the Plunderers to share in the giving. To Rebecca and AJ for sharing the thrill of the Iditarod with us and the adventure of a lifetime. To Melanie and Mary and Rio’s friend for their organizational skills in making this happen and keeping it a well-kept secret for so long. To SQ/PA for posting the photos and more importantly for giving us the means to come together to be able to celebrate and share our lives’ highs and lows with one another. And an extra special thanks to Whitey-Lance, because if you had not gone walk-about a couple of years ago, the rest of us may never have even become aware of Snowhook and the special joy that it has brought to the Plunderers.
    At the end of the Passover Seder, the participants close the ceremony by saying Next Year in Jerusalem. I agree with Rio — Next Year in Willow.
    Wookie

  15. Melanie
    10:27 am on April 9th, 2012

    Hello All! Will be back later. Not feeling Tip Top today!

  16. Barb & Maggie
    10:32 am on April 9th, 2012

    Kirby, what types of veggies did your folks plant?

    Rio, we fired up the grill this weekend and did a pork steak. It was excellent. Barb’s bro says he thinks pork steaks are a midwest thing. They are from the front shoulder and are a rectangular cut that is usually cut about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Great on the grill with some bar-b-que sauce. Baked beans, cole slaw and garlic bread complete the meal. Does anyone else make them?

  17. Barb & Maggie
    10:36 am on April 9th, 2012

    Oh my gosh, Wookie, you just said it all so well. Thank you for your eloquence.

    Melanie, get under the quilt right now!

  18. BearSpiritDog
    10:46 am on April 9th, 2012

    Wookie: Thank you for expressing what was in our Hearts.

    Melanie: Wrapping you in the Quilt. Patsy will make sure you get some rest.

    Barb&Magpie: We usually have pork chops here, but the barbequed pork steak sounds scrumptious.

    Kirby: Your folks going to Taco Bell for Easter dinner is a hoot!

  19. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:47 am on April 9th, 2012

    I second what Wookie said!

    Melanie: Hope you’re feeling tip-top or clip-clop — take your choice, or both! — real soon.

    B&M: Veggies? Mom didn’t plant no stickin’ veggies! The only green things Mom eats are green beans. No lettuce, no peas, no nuthin! The stuff they planted yesterday was pretty stuff like flowers. They also bought some shrub, but Dad needs to do some work on the porch before they plant those.

    Rio: Sorry, I think Mom and Dad are planning on having that steak and potatoes tonight. Usually on Monday nights they don’t get home until 9 or later, but they both have today off, so they’re planning to take total advantage of their new-found freedom!

  20. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:48 am on April 9th, 2012

    Stinkin’ veggies — not stickin’!

  21. Rose
    10:53 am on April 9th, 2012

    Wookie: Perfect, just, perfect!

    Kirby: The Prof and I had steak and potatoes for Easter, and some hard apple cider. Hooowweee!

    Melanie: Hope you are back to tip-top soon!

  22. Barb & Maggie
    10:58 am on April 9th, 2012

    Bear, Chops are from the loin (back quarter) and pork steaks are from the front shoulder. Chops are usually a more expensive cut. Barb’s dad used to do them on the grill many moons ago, so that is one reason she is partial to them.

  23. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:09 am on April 9th, 2012

    I am going to spill some beans here:

    The mastermind behind the pot was none other than Bee, the smartest person in any room.

  24. OleyHowlers
    11:09 am on April 9th, 2012

    Wookie, you speak for all of us, only more eloquently than we could manage.

    Melanie, good thing Shiek made room under the quilt. Feel better.

  25. BearSpiritDog
    11:20 am on April 9th, 2012

    B: We should have known you were the Mastermind!

    Good thing our Quilt is woven out of Love & Magic. It is sure getting a work-out!

  26. B.Stover
    11:21 am on April 9th, 2012

    Wolfie’s Mary did all of the organizing. (Thank you Wolfie.)

    Melanie: I hope you feel better soon.

  27. Rose
    11:21 am on April 9th, 2012

    Wolfie: These spilt beans are good!
    B: Just brilliant!!!!

    Good job to all of us for keeping our mouths shut and the secret safe!!

    Belle Starr: Do you wear your sparkly, pink collare yesterday. It was a very special day we all know!!!!

  28. Rose
    11:23 am on April 9th, 2012

    BIG shout-out to Mary for her organizing skils and to Wolfie as well!

  29. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:26 am on April 9th, 2012

    Instigators!….They way I heard it is there were two instigators in the who Northern Lights Pot idea…heh!…Stover and Wolfie got together and commissioned Golinka to make a special pot for AJ and Rebecca in honor of getting to and finishing the Iditarod 2012….snort!….So I say we owe a huge bunch of thank-youse to those two guys for footing the ball and getting it rolling in the first place…chuffle!…I know lots of other chipped in along the way, and another special thanks to those of youse who did that…heh!heh!…Wooooo!

  30. OleyHowlers
    11:35 am on April 9th, 2012

    Bee and Wolfie, a HUGE THANK YOU to you both from us!

  31. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:42 am on April 9th, 2012

    AHA! Proves point ve have alvays made. BStover IS Supreme Commander of Plunderers!
    Is not from “easy chair” she views vorld – is throne in Command Central.
    Natasha must find vay to infiltrate…..but NOT in Pug costume again. No, never again! That curly tail is murder!

  32. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:53 am on April 9th, 2012

    Movie!…So when is Snowhook! The Movie! coming out???…snort!

    Natasha!…You’ll never really know what it is like to be a Pug until you’ve walked the Walk in my tail…heh!wheeze!

  33. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:01 pm on April 9th, 2012

    MollysMom!…Will you please check your SDD ASAP or even sooner…heh!heh!

  34. Siber-H
    12:04 pm on April 9th, 2012

    OMD!!! The pot is beautiful! Thank you Spence for posting the pictures. We love everything on that pot…the dogs, Aj, the snow, the trees.
    Very well said Wookie.

    We are very glad that Shiek is improving. The boy had us all worried.

    Melanie, feel better soon. We are thinking of you.

    Kirby, I can see my mom going to Taco Bell for Easter dinner. She didn’t, but she will keep your mom’s idea in mind.

  35. Rose
    12:18 pm on April 9th, 2012

    B and Wolfie: Three cheers and a BIG WoooooooHooooooo!

    Youse guys are just great!

  36. B.Stover
    12:19 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Thank you Rio, Howlers and all. Amalia did her usual wonderful job.

    Natasha: I like the pug’s curly tail. Why is it “murder”?

  37. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:31 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Stover!…Because I have a Killer Tail…heh!heh!

  38. B.Stover
    12:35 pm on April 9th, 2012

    I want to uncurl it…..

  39. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:35 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Bee had the idea, Melanie was our techical consultant, Commander Rio was Chief Communications Officer, but the genius and the magic and the talent was the Royal Mum. She is now my hero.

    (Pushing my chair back and standing up.)

    CLAP CLAP CLAP CHAP CHAP CLAP CLAP CLAP

    Plunderers one and all, please stand and join me in giving Amalia a standing ovation!!!

    BRAVO, CHEERS, HIP HIP HURRAH!

  40. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:46 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Yeep!…Don’t touch my tail!…dammit!…If you touch Beaus tail he starts twirling…heh!heh!…Someone here can get him to twirl one way and then the other till he gets too dizzy…chorkel!

  41. Rose
    12:48 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Royal Mum: I am curtseying and clapping for you. You’re one of the bestest!!!!

    XOXOXO

  42. BearSpiritDog
    12:49 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Wolfie: We join in the applause which, by the way, is for you and your mom too. So jump up on stage with Rio & Friend, Commander-in-Chief B.Stover, Melanie and, of course, the very talented Royal Mum. You guys Rock!!!

  43. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:50 pm on April 9th, 2012

    (Standing here also.)

    CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP — AND A WHISTLE FOR GOOD MEASURE!!!

  44. Rose
    12:50 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rio: What happens if someone touches you tail?

  45. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:52 pm on April 9th, 2012

    SiberH: It was actually Dad’s idea — but I noticed Mom didn’t put up much of a fight!!!

  46. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:52 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Golinka!…She is the Best Stinky Mama Artist ever!…Woooo!

  47. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:55 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rose!…Snap!Crackle!Pop!…grunt!

  48. B.Stover
    12:58 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Now I want to uncurl it even more. Heh!

  49. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:29 pm on April 9th, 2012

    We had a wonderful healing in our family yesterday. Dad set down the heavy burden of anger and disappointment and embraced my boy Cody. There is love and forgiveness and hope. God is good.

    It was the best Easter ever!

  50. Rose
    1:48 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Oh, Wolfie, that is such wonderful news!!! How is Cody doing?

  51. BearSpiritDog
    1:49 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Oh, Wolfie, That brought tears to our eyes. How Wonderful!

  52. Tupper and Gilly
    1:49 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Wolfie – now we are all standing here and applauding your good news!

    And the rest of you all – stop – you are making Mama blush. She doesn’t take the credit here – there was some very magical, divine guidance.

  53. Rose
    1:54 pm on April 9th, 2012

    So, Rio, if someone touches your tail or straightens it out, would you deflate like a pug balloon?

  54. Rose
    1:58 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Belle Starr: I finally cracked open your fudge brownie chapstick. It is so good I want to eat it. Do you think I would splort if I ate it????

  55. OleyHowlers
    2:02 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Wolfie, that really does sound like the best Easter ever!

    Rose, speaking of fudge brownie, the Easter Bunny brought us fudge brownies yesterday. Delish!

  56. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:12 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rose!…When I said Snap!Crackle!Pop! I meant thats the sound your finger would make when I bit it off…grunt!…Don’t touch my tail…dammit!

  57. B.Stover
    2:17 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Sam eats chapstick.

  58. Rose
    2:27 pm on April 9th, 2012

    OH: Looks like the Easter bunny was good to you! Yum!

    Rio: Would you really bite my finger off? I thought we were friends (sort-of).

    Sam: When you eat chapstick, do you splort?

  59. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:30 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rose!…I would not bite your finger off because my teeth don’t come together right…grunt!…But I would scare the crap outta ya…heh!…Beau’s not the only grumpy one around here…sniff!

  60. B.Stover
    2:32 pm on April 9th, 2012

    That is good news Wolfie.

  61. Rose
    2:50 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rio: Did I say I can be a bit of an Oscar the Grouch myself? If I ever meet you and Beau, I would never violate your space, unless you wanted me to. Aside from being a grouch, I do repsect all kats and dogs.

  62. Snowhook Bella
    2:59 pm on April 9th, 2012

    I’ve looked at every inch of the pot and can’t decide which part of it is my favorite: AJs beard, the dogs on the snow or the spirit dogs, the arch, our home, the quilt, the sleeping dog curled on the quilt, the crystal eyes— and that is not even mentioning the wonderful messages found inside the pot from each of you which I’ve already read a few times. I’m not surprised to see tha I’m not the only one still standing and clapping for all the work that went into this wonderful surprised. We are truly honored by this gift. Thank you to B and Wolfie, to Golinka, Melanie, Rio ad Jodi, the person not the puppy. I hope I didn’t forget anyone.

    That invitation to join us for the race still stands. Then you could see how beautiful the pot is in person. I wonder if this is how Spence felt when he received the quilt.

    Wolfie: I am glad to hear that yesterday healing begun for your family.

  63. Snowhook Bella
    3:11 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Before I forget…a very excited Belle Starr refused to stay still for more than a moment or two when her pink, sparkly collar came into view, but I was able to snap this shot. Pretty in pink.

  64. Barb & Maggie
    3:27 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Love the pot, love the collar, love all the love on the blog today!
    Wolfie, such good news about your Dad and Cody. What about Chad, any news there?

    Melanie, Will be finishing up the Ice Papace Murders today or tomorrow, so we can get it in the mail to you this week. We have really enjoyed it. Thank you again to the Wookster for sharing.

    Just checked out Thunder Dog at the library. Has anyone read it? It was written by the blind man who made it down from the 78th floor of the Tower on 9/11, with the help of his guide dog.

  65. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:35 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rose!…Do not ever send me or Beau a collar that looks like that…grunt!…No never!…sniff!…Although, I have to say it looks good on a girly-girl like BelleStarr…wuffle!

  66. Rose
    3:48 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rio: Of course, I would only send youse guys a manly collar! Would a Colorado Rockies collar do?

  67. Rose
    3:50 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Belle: You look especially lovely in your sparkly pink collar.

  68. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:54 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Collars!…A Fistfull!..heh!snort!…Rose, alas Beau and I cannot wear collars…sniff!…Our necks are wider than our heads so the collars would just slip off…snort!

  69. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:57 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rebecca!…I think you should read us all the notes!…snort!…One by one – typed out-loud on this here blog…heh!

  70. Whitey-Lance
    4:02 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Wookie, think nothing of it. It was the least I could do. My part in introducing Snowhook to the Plunderers hardly felt like work at all.

  71. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:11 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Mom delivered Chad safely to Teen Challenge on March 27 and I am pleased and proud to report that he is still there.

    It took a lot of courage (and desperation) for Chad to make this decision. If he stays the course, this will be the turning point in his life.

  72. Siber-H
    4:16 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Belle Starr looks smashing in that collar!

    Wolfie, Very glad to hear the good news about your boy!

  73. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:17 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Whitey-Lance, so pleased to meet you!

    Just think.if it hadn’t have been for your little jaunt, we would never had met youse guys.

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:22 pm on April 9th, 2012

    SiberH!…BelleStarr is too young for you!…snort!…Down boy! Down!…heh!

  75. Siber-H
    4:39 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Why, Rio, I was thinking we could pass Belle Starr off as my little sister if we ever needed to.

  76. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:57 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Careful, Siber. You don’t want to make Nattie jealous!

    I would be afraid. I would be very afraid. You know what they say about the fury of a scorned woman!

    Or is that the flurry of a warmed scone?

    Or possibly the furry of a shorned whippet?

    Shakespeare is a little confusing at times.

  77. B.Stover
    6:19 pm on April 9th, 2012

    “Heaven has no rage, like love to hatred turned,/Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorned.” The Mourning Bride by William Congreve.

  78. Rose
    6:31 pm on April 9th, 2012

    SiberH: Be careful with all your romantic entanglements.

  79. Mollypop's Mom
    6:36 pm on April 9th, 2012

    What do you get when you blow a hair dryer down a rabbit hole?

    Hot cross bunnies. Ha ha.

  80. Rose
    6:39 pm on April 9th, 2012

    MollyPop’s Mom:

    Good one! :)

  81. Siber-H
    6:45 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Attention Everyone

    Belle Starr looks like a potential kid sister not a girlfriend. Jeez
    (she is awfully cute)

  82. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:14 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Phew! I thought I was going to have to ask all youse guys if anyone had a spare 1985 Jeep Cherokee carburetor laying around, because the guy at the garage said his source had one for $1,100! Dad’s car is only worth about $5.49, so he didn’t want to have to pay that much. But luckily he found a much cheaper one someplace else. Dad promised Mom when he bought the Jeep brand-new, that he would drive it into the ground. We thought he’d gotten there. Mom was trying to calculate how much they’d have to slash my treat budget in order to make a car payment. Boy am I glad they won’t have to do that now!!!

  83. Snowhook Bella
    7:20 pm on April 9th, 2012

    SiberH: Luna wants me to let you know that she never thought your intentions were less than honorable. I am also to tell you that Belle Starr is great to have around if trouble is about to be or has been caused. Something about tr cute factor allowing most everything to be forgiven. I wonder what she means by that?

    W.L. Says that his walk about was the smartest thing he’s done. I don’t know if I agree that it was smart, but I’m glad it brought us together.

    Melanie: Not feeling well? Look out—Luna is on her way to spell Patsy. Sitting on you will likely be involved.

  84. Rose
    7:30 pm on April 9th, 2012

    SiberH: Belle is just the cutest. (whispering) It’s not hard to understand you might be crushing on her.

  85. Tupper and Gilly
    7:31 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Belle Starr – you look lovely in your bling! And pink is just right. I, Tupper, have a golden collar with what I am sure are genuine diamonds. Gilly has the junior edition. Hers is silver (and I’m pretty sure her stones are rhinestones. She is SUCH a tomboy)

    Siber – you poor puppy. You are just sitting there minding your own business, and all the girls just fall in live with you. Is that what they call “animal magnetism”?

    Rio – we love you from the points of your mismatched teeth to the tip of your curly little tail.

  86. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    7:34 pm on April 9th, 2012

    B&M — I think you will really enjoy Thunder Dog a lot. It is actually one of the most inspirational books that we have ever read here. And not nearly as sappy as you might otherwise anticipate. A truly amazing story about a very remarkable dog and an even more remarkable man. Wookie

  87. Belle Starr
    7:40 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rose: Can I come and take care of you while my four-legged takes care of Melanie. Mama says I don’t exactly have a calming presence required when someone doesn’t feel well. My two-legged said the same thing yesterday and today while she held her ears and kept her eyes closed.

  88. Masquers
    8:02 pm on April 9th, 2012


    Belle Starr appears before the Judge.

  89. Macy the Min-pin
    8:24 pm on April 9th, 2012

    This just in…coverage of Mr. Husky and friend at the dog park…

  90. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:26 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Belle Starr looks like trouble with a capital T.

    And possibly just a teeny bit stubborn.

    It’s easy to see why she has AJ wrapped around her little paw.

  91. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:30 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Um, Bee, I hate to say it but I am certain that you mistaken. Mom and I are certain that it was WS. We can’t remember which play, though.

    Not Hamlet. Not Romero and Juliet.

    A Mid Summers Night’s Dream? That sounds about right.

  92. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:31 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Macy, I love it!!!

    I love those smiles!

  93. Rose
    8:32 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Masquers, your cartoon made laugh out loud.

    Belle Starr: You don’t need an invitation. Pack your sparkly pink back pack and collar and come right over! I like to cause trouble too….just ask the Prof.

  94. Rose
    8:36 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Belle Starr: I am going to bed now, but just knock on the door, the Prof will be home shortly.

  95. B.Stover
    8:36 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Wolfie: I’m quite sure I’m not mistaken.

  96. Siber-H
    8:44 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Macy, That picture is just adorable. We need some of that play equipment at my dog park, but this city is too cheap.

  97. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:48 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Dear Little Miss Hottie Belle Starr – you may borrow Siber for Big Brother only! Do not try bat big blue eyes at Natasha – vill not vork. Siber is not sucker for pink, sparkle collar – is true. Natasha already tried.

  98. Jasper the Poodle
    8:50 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Hey plunderers! Enjoying a sunshiny day here in the middle of the mitten. Mom walked by the capitol building and posted a picture on her facebookie page.

    When she was coming home to me! me! me! she saw a late-model chevy pickup truck with a three stooges mural on the tail gate. What a way to ruin a perfectly fine truck, yuck, yuck, yuck.

    The pictures of the plunderpot are lovely and it was so nice to see it arrived safe and sound.

    Mom is in a kerfluffle about 352 schitzoo (sp) doggies that were rescued today from horrible circumstances. She’s posted on her facebookie about that too. The county shelter has room for 36 dogs. Many rescue agencies and individuals are offering assistance. They are asking for bleach, food, towels, people who know how to groom, blankets and $$ to help care for these animals. This is the Allegan County Shelter. Allegan county is southwest of Grand Rapids.

    On the plus side, mom has baked chocolate chip pecan cookies to celebrate the birthday of a coworker. The coworker is a grumpy sort, always negative, always complaining and never has a nice word to say about anything. Mom’s decided she going to keep on treating this lady nice even though the constant negativity is draining.

    I got a bonus for my Easter. The neighbors upstairs threw some cake over their balcony. I ate it all! Mom was pissed because their over-the-balcony trash bin is our front yard and she’s sick of picking up their cig butts. She also wasn’t pleased that all the ants came to share the cake with me.

    Sissy had her first chemo treatment and is not feeling well, running a low-grade fever and achy all over. Doc says it is from the shot she gets the day after chemo which is supposed to help with white blood cells. Sissy says all her joints ache. Mom keeps telling her to rest, but Sissy is a lot like Dan the Man, very hard to keep down.

  99. dawson
    8:52 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Wolfie: Remember that Bee is the smartest woman in any room. William Congreve it is.

    Belle Starr: You do look like SiberH’s little sister and beautiful in bling.

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

    Rockies!….Two pitches – one out!….Wooooo!…We are going up against the Giants in the Rockies Home Opener…snort!snort!…Everyone is dressed in purple!…heh!

  101. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:17 pm on April 9th, 2012

    SiberH!…And his pal at the dawg park is very telling!…snort!…I suspected all he really does there is hang out on the swing-set and gossip the whole time…chuffle!

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

    Game!…The game me and my friend is watching is not LIVE…snort!…We do not know the outcome so nobody say anything about who wins or who loses…grunt!…We are pretending it is happening LIVE…wheeze!

  103. Siber-H
    9:27 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rio, I was just going to ask you if the game you are watching is a replay of this afternoon’s game. My mouth is shut. I will say no more.

  104. Belle Starr
    9:31 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Masquers: either I plead cute or in trouble. I always plead cute. Works every time.

  105. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:41 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Sox!…If the Rockies win this game then we will be two games ahead of both the Red Sox and the Yankees…chorkel!…Both of those teams are 0 – 3 so far…grunt!…When does that ever happen???…snort!

  106. Snowhook Bella
    9:45 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Cloak and dagger! The more I think about it, I am amazed all youse kept the secret about the surprise we received last night for so long. I am impressed and amazed.

    Jasper: I love the visual of your Easter leftovers.

  107. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:59 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Handle!…I just realized the top of the Northern Lights is a guy sleeping on a quilt!…heh!…How cool is that?…snorkel!

  108. Barb & Maggie
    10:00 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Wookie, thanks for the comments on Thunder Dog. I glanced at it while at the library and it does look good.

    Night all. Sweet dreams.

  109. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:04 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Jasper!…”Constant Negativity”…snort!….Someone here deals with that every night when she gets home from the busy-place and every weekend…grunt!…Mostly the negativity is about me and Beau and what we get up to every day…heh!heh!

  110. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:10 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Clarkson!…Guess what!?…snort!snort!….We received the first two episodes of Boardwalk Empire today from Netflix!….Wooooo!….Can’t wait to watch it come a non-baseball night…snort!…Now which episodes is Clarkson in?….wuffle!

  111. Tupper and Gilly
    10:22 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Bella – we are SOOOOOO happy that you are happy! It truly was a labor of love.

    And Rio – we saw the game. The Rockies win by one touchdown.
    heh heh…

    G’night all

  112. Staff
    10:25 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Guess what. Maggie is home from the hospital. We are really happy about that. The hard part is that she needs more help now than before. Or, she might have needed the extra help before but we never asked her and she never volunteered it. So I will be getting up a half hour earlier and making sure she has help getting up, getting dressed and getting to the WC. Then I get her some breakfast and go to work. We will see how she does in the daytime. We might need to find someone to stay with her until I get off work.
    I am so glad that Dawson will be here on Friday to help. (Until I leave her alone here) So Maggie still needs a bit of the quilt but the middle is available for anyone else since Shiek and Maggie are leaning over the edge and feeling much better.

  113. Siber-H
    10:26 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Gosh, The Corgies know more about baseball than I thught they did.

  114. BearSpiritDog
    10:26 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Cute picture of the Sibes, Macy. Those guys are having fun!

    Jasper: Chocolate chip pecan cookies are guaranteed to put a smile on any grouch’s face.

    The story of the 350 dogs recovered from the breeder is enough to make you cry. All of the dogs are in very bad condition.

    Dawson: Almost time for you to hit the trail. Are you ready?

    Rio: We have 3 more episodes of Justified, Season 2 before we can watch Boardwalk Empire.

    Turning off the computer.
    See you tomorrow – Bear

  115. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rebecca!…This was one Mission that actually succeeded…heh!heh!….Under-cover Secret-keeping is our Middle Name…snorkel!

  116. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:38 pm on April 9th, 2012

    So Far!… A lady was hit with a foul ball, injured, game stopped, she was carted off the field down the third base line…snuffle!…Then Cargo dropped a ball!…snort!…I’ve never seen either of these things happen before..grunt!

  117. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:40 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Staff!… I am glad to hear Maggie is home again…sniff!…You will just have to tough it out like Melanie does or put Alice to work…wuffle!…I sure hope Melanie feels better tomorrow, I’ve been thinking about her all day long…sniffle!

  118. Snowhook Bella
    10:52 pm on April 9th, 2012

    I’ll be a pug’s uncle. Soon the corgis are going to surprise us win talk of two-point conversions and a safety.

    I checked on the quilt before work today and cleaned up some hay after Sheik moved from the center. I also stocked the mini-fridge with various and sundry delights.

    Staff: I’m glad to hear Maggie is home. I bet she is glad it be home, too.

  119. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:02 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Fridge!…Theres a mini-fridge in the quilt!?…snort!…Suddenly I’m not feeling that good…snuff!…I think I need a little rest and rejuvenation from the middle of the quilt myself…snort!…Just tell me all the horse-crap has been picked up …grunt!

  120. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:20 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Gah!…Barry Zito got a Hit?!…snort!…We are going to bed now…grump!

  121. Snowhook Bella
    11:23 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rio: Sheik proved to b a very tidy horse. The zingers and beer are at pig height in the mini. Help yourself.

  122. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:27 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rebecca: Rio made a pledge many moons ago to kick his beer habit. Perhaps we should clean out the fridge before he gets there!

  123. Snowhook Bella
    11:29 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Damn autocorrect! Pug not pig height.

    KirbyT: I had no idea about kicking the beer habit. I will make a quick trip and clear it out of said adult beverage.

  124. Staff
    11:30 pm on April 9th, 2012

    You know the one thing that amazes me is that I know what you all are writing when you make the typing errors. I understand what I am typing when I do it, but I can read yours also. In fact lots of the time I don’t see the error until someone says OOPS.

    Snicker

    Hope Melanie has enough room on the quilt. I am going to bed now. Night all. (Except you know who. G’day, YKW.)

  125. Staff
    11:32 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Perfect example… I read pug height until she corrected herself. heh heh heh.

    TTFN

  126. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:35 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Staff: I read “pig height.” I just assumed that’s what Rebecca meant — close enough!

  127. Gus & BooBear
    11:36 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rio, we glad to see that you are still being upbeat about the Rockies…1 out 3 to the Astros, of all teams!! We set a record for the lowest attendance in Minute Maid stadium since it opened and this is the 1st time in years, YEARS WE TELL YOU, that the ‘stros have been over 500 and have a winning season!!

    Rebecca, like everyone else has said, you and AJ are part of the fam!! Bet you didn’t think you would have such nosy, busy body sponsors, did you?? But we are here to stay.

    BelleStar, LOVE the sparkles. We think SiberH is protesting too much…a sure sign of interest. He will have both Natasha and the Hot One on his case for sure. Miss Macy’s beau, Mr Redbone, is much more faithful.

    Feel better everyone!! Spring has sprung and it is time to enjoy the sunshine.

    G&BB

    PS wonderful news, Wolfie, about your boy and your dad.

  128. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:51 pm on April 9th, 2012

    Rebecca, if you want to read something funny, go back and read yesterday’s posts.

    Most of them were about DINNER and wondering about something exciting happening, maybe.

    We were biting our toenails!

  129. Snowhook Bella
    12:34 am on April 10th, 2012

    Right now there is a very agitated moose between me and home right now. I’ve been moving a snail’s pace up our driveway for a very long while.

  130. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:44 am on April 10th, 2012

    Rebecca: Careful! Don’t make him mad! It’s absolutely amazing the things you have to put up with up there. Mom gets upset when she gets behind a logging truck. Yet she has never had to deal with an agitated moose!!!

  131. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:47 am on April 10th, 2012

    Rebecca: I’m thinking it’ll be awhile before I can get to sleep knowing that there’s a moose between you and your front door. I’ll be happy to keep you company during your snail’s pace!!!

  132. Snowhook Bella
    1:16 am on April 10th, 2012

    KirbyT: Well, my heart is racing and if I had a curly tail it would be straight. The moose inched its way closer and closer to the kennel. I wanted it to break off into the trees but it didn’t. For a half a mile I kept my distance, but three times it turned, stared at me and charged my vehicle only to stop half a dozen feet away. Then it would stop to eat and slowly make its way along the driveway. As we neared the kennel Luna, Tenz and Belle Starr ran up to it, barking, yarking and growling. I looked for AJ. Nothing. The dogs were too close for comfort. Wyatt got loose, ran up and the moose kicked. I was mad. How dare he? I honked te horn, startled him enough to where he ran up to the house and away from the kennel, put the car in park, ran to the middle of the kennel and started calling for loose dogs only to realize that several other dogs had gotten loose to come to my aid. As I was securing and calling dogs AJ drove up on the snow machine and helped me finish the task. Now, the moose was the moat between us and our castle. We got in the car, drove it as close to our front steps as possible and made for the front door. AJ grabbed the shotgun and fired into the air until the moose ran down the trail and away from the dogs.

  133. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:28 am on April 10th, 2012

    Oh. My. Gosh! Rebecca, I’m so glad you’re safe. I kept refreshing and you didn’t answer and I was so afraid the moose had charged and hadn’t stopped! When Dad went to Alaska for the Army back when my boy was just a baby, he brought back a moose puppet — which got Dad a lot of stewardess action on the plane coming back! That moose was just a furry, funny thing — who would have guessed the real thing could be so mean?! I’m so glad that you, AJ and the dogs all worked together to scare him off. Is Wyatt OK? Did the moose miss when he kicked???

  134. Snowhook Bella
    1:40 am on April 10th, 2012

    KirbyT: Give me a puppet moose anyday. Moose in these parts can be aggressive as you ‘witnessed’ tonight. As far as Wyatt, it was difficult to tell for sure, I just saw the kick in his direction and I got poodled up. We will keep an eye on Wyatt. He ate his dinner and trying to play with Annabelle—secretly, I think he’s trying to talk her out of her food.

  135. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:52 am on April 10th, 2012

    Rebecca: Wow, when you get poodled up, you get fierce! I think I would have sat in the car trembling — I’m not sure I could have moved my paw to open the door. And if I had, I’m not sure my knees would have held me up! I hope Mom and Dad would be that brave if I were ever in that much trouble! Not that I expect to encounter a moose anytime soon!!!

  136. Snowhook Bella
    1:57 am on April 10th, 2012

    KirbyT: Staying in the car and waiting it out was exactly the plan until the dogs became part of the equation. A moose can be deadly to a dog and I wasnt about to let that happen. To balance the image I my fierceness, I must tell you that I’m sure I looked ridiculous yelling at the moose while I stood in the kennel in my high heels and dress slacks. And, if it ever comes to it, I’ve got your back.

  137. Snowhook Bella
    2:04 am on April 10th, 2012

    G’night, KirbyT.

  138. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:07 am on April 10th, 2012

    Rebecca: Perhaps you should have changed to mukluks and coveralls before you left work! And now I’m sorry to say that Mom is making me turn off the computer. Now that she knows you’re safe, she says she needs to get some sleep, and as things stand now it’s going to be awhile before she’ll be able to calm down enough to fall asleep before it’s time to get up again! I’m not sure that makes sense, but at 2 a.m. my brain is definitely not firing on all cylinders!!!

    Good night, y’all! Stay safe and don’t let any moose use your charge card — or something like that!

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