Too Much Of A Good Thing? Always! (Revised) (Again)

“What is it about pecan pie?” Bernie says. Did he say that after last Thanksgiving? I have a vague memory of that. The truth is I have lots of vague memories, going all the way back to my puppyhood in the crack house. I also have lots of sharp memories, such as Peanut’s smell, for example. Peanut’s an elephant, now living in the great elephant sanctuary in Tennessee. She’s in To Fetch A Thief, or possibly Thereby Hangs A Tail.

Meanwhile Bernie steps on the scale. “Oh my God. That can’t be right.” He steps off, steps back on, gazes down at the display numbers. “How about we go for a run, big guy?”

See? Things have a way of working out for the best.

Please note: Technical changes at the blog may cause disruptions and weirdness today.

Note 2: PA and Spence are aware that there are problems, and have contacted Mike B. Everything will be sorted out. For example, once men walked on the moon.

Note 3: The comments from Chet the Dog below are from Mike B. Bernie says that me, the actual Chet, and he, meaning Bernie, are going for a long walk and will return when everything is normal.


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165 Responses to “Too Much Of A Good Thing? Always! (Revised) (Again)”

  1. Sadie, designer dog
    7:56 am on November 29th, 2010

    Please note: Technical changes at the blog may cause disruptions and weirdness today.

    How is that different from any other day?

  2. Melanie
    7:58 am on November 29th, 2010

    I love the NOTE!
    I KNEW this blog could explain my life. I could rewrite it. . . "Technical changes in Melanie's life are causing the disruptions and weirdness."

    Yup, that could work. If just have to remember what Chet says, "See? Things have a way of working out for the best."!

  3. Melanie
    8:00 am on November 29th, 2010

    Hmm. That would actually be "I just have to remember . ."

  4. Staff
    9:01 am on November 29th, 2010

    Hello Melanie, How are you this cold and snowy morning? I hope you don't have too many technical changes to deal with today.

  5. Staff
    9:02 am on November 29th, 2010

    I guess I should have put my comment down here. I put it on Sadie, the Designer Dog's post. Does Sadie belong to Mike Baker?

  6. Staff
    9:07 am on November 29th, 2010

    OK, Here is the deal as I see it. If we post a NEW comment then our posts will be in order like before. If we reply to a comment then the posts will be all up and down the blog and will not be in order.
    Therefore I am going to always post NEW comments even when replying to old comments. Just like we used to do. Otherwise we are going to miss a lot of the comments.

  7. Wookie of ChevyChase
    9:14 am on November 29th, 2010

    Dear Mike Baker:

    Why is it in the name of progress things generally take a turn for the worse. I'm not sure if any of this new functionality is really contributing to the blog. We are a rather unique community, and the ability to respond to individual threads is not that important, but simply makes the blog chunkier and harder to follow. I've have had to change my log in name because my original name was "too long". Also, there is a real problem with accessing the blog. My mom tried to post a comment, and it told her that her user name was already in use. I don't know if that is part of the weirdness or if it is a bigger problem, but it is not good. Also, the new format is certainly not very intuitive in how to use it, and with a bunch of cats and dogs doing most of the posting, that makes it even more difficult. Assuming this is an experiment, I think you will quickly find that the consensus will be that everyone was very happy with the old system and would much rather go back to it. Wookie the frustrated one

  8. Staff
    9:18 am on November 29th, 2010

    Good morning Wookie,
    I am trying to adapt. I am glad that Alice Johnson is back in Minneapolis with Dawson. I think she would be rather testy about now too. I think the new way is pretty. It remains to be seen how it works. It took me a little time last night to figure it out.

    Oh, and you have to click submit comment and then have to tell it you are not posting to Facebook too. Grump

  9. Staff
    9:20 am on November 29th, 2010

    I think our avatars might be bigger than before.

  10. Staff
    9:21 am on November 29th, 2010

    Hey Mike B….How do I post a picture? (I see how you post a video)

  11. Melanie
    9:22 am on November 29th, 2010

    Morning Staff and Wöökie and Everyone.
    I have to say it was a bit of a shock to wake up and see all of this. I love that our avatars are still here.
    Might take awhile to get used to the change.
    Dan's doctor is going to call and Zoë is going to mention an ulcer. It suddenly occurred to me, that his symptoms sounded a lot like mine last year. Though with me they immediately thought of the liver and with Dan the heart.
    Now if I'm correct, you can answer this post with stuff about Dan and then the next comment might be about him as reply or a new topic.
    This should be interesting.

  12. Staff
    9:28 am on November 29th, 2010

    Hi there Melanie, I like that you can choose to have the most recent post up at the top of the list. But then you have to go down to the posting area.

    Melanie, I am glad you thought of that about Dan. Did it happen in the middle of the night? I had one of those moments when my mom, Maggie, was in the hospital in 2008. I called the nurses station at 4:30 a.m. and told them that I thought they were forgetting that she had acid reflux. Every time they moved her we had to tell the new people about it. Otherwise they were all worried about her throwing up, but they were not giving her the medicine that stopped it.

    Hope they can figure it out soon.

  13. Melanie
    9:36 am on November 29th, 2010

    I'm trying the reply button!
    Yes, it happened in the middle of the night. What is it about that time? Our bodies are sleeping and the brain goes "THAT'S IT!" Of course, the body is then wide awake with adrenaline.

    Sounds like you Kat tribe had a wonderful time. Now if I have it straight, you will pack and winterize the house and go somewhere south where there is less snow? You know like 6 inches less?

  14. Staff
    9:44 am on November 29th, 2010

    That is right Melanie,
    We go one gardening zone south. North Dakota, where we live, is zone 3. Minneapolis is mostly zone 4, although sometimes, with protection, you can grow zone 5 plants there.

    Right now Minneapolis might have more snow.

  15. Staff
    9:47 am on November 29th, 2010

    The problem with the reply button is that your reply stays with the post you are replying too. Thus is does not stay in order on the comment page. If, at night, you reply to something said in the morning, your reply will stay on the earlier part of the comment page and many people, dogs and cats will never know it was posted unless they scroll up and down every time they post.
    So I am just going to post a new comment whenever I am replying to someone. At least until I figure out this new method.

  16. Sam
    9:56 am on November 29th, 2010


  17. bluecat
    10:11 am on November 29th, 2010


  18. Sam
    10:25 am on November 29th, 2010

    Mike Baker !!!

    Mollypop can't get on at all. Even if she only hits the Reply button, she gets Error on Page.

    Mollypop is all poodled up and conniping all over the place.


  19. bluecat
    10:27 am on November 29th, 2010

    Mike Baker, et al –

    B. Stover can't get on, either.

  20. Melanie
    10:29 am on November 29th, 2010

    I also got emails from MollyPop . .
    B.Stover . .
    Barb & Maggie . .

    They have tried everything to get on and nothing is working.


  21. Staff
    10:38 am on November 29th, 2010

    Where are our friends……If I was a dog I would howl.

  22. Melanie
    10:38 am on November 29th, 2010

    Barb and MagPie say "Good Morning."

  23. Bakermedia Admin
    10:44 am on November 29th, 2010

    It will all be resolved shortly- the system just took in almost 30,000 comments and had to assign them to posts, avatars – now working in different browsers to make sure all is ok across each- that includes IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Android and iphone-

  24. c.harris
    10:48 am on November 29th, 2010

    Just curious if I can get through…It is -20 this morning and is supposed to be -40 tomorrow and -45 on Wednesday. Send warm thoughts my way. Cheers

  25. Staff
    11:11 am on November 29th, 2010

    Hello C Harris. We are cold and snowy today. This afternoon and tonight we are supposed to be cold and snowy and windy. However our cold is still above zero. (I don't know what the windchill is, but we are in the 20's for temp.

  26. Melanie
    11:28 am on November 29th, 2010

    Got a note about Riö. He's all Poodled Up!

    Good luck, Mike Baker!

  27. Chet The Dog
    11:33 am on November 29th, 2010

    Will resume tonight, carry on!

  28. Barb & Maggie
    11:33 am on November 29th, 2010

    Now we seem to be back to our old blog. Guess that is what Chet is referring too above. Boy, we are poodled Up, too!

    Thanks Melanie, for your help.

  29. Barb & Maggie
    11:39 am on November 29th, 2010

    Last night DebbieLM asked if anyone watched the Hallmark movie on CBS, Christmas in November. Yes, we watched it and it was very good. We have the Hallmark channel on our favorites, and they, along with Life Time channel, are playing a lot of Christmas theme movies. We love them.

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:41 am on November 29th, 2010

    Grump!… I’ve never been so Poodled Up in my life!….snort!… Well, maybe the time Wookie won the ARC, I was a tad Poodled then, but this was downright scary!….sniff!… I thought I was all alone without my friends to pick on day in and day out….grump!

  31. B.Stover
    11:41 am on November 29th, 2010

    There is absolutely NOTHING WRONG with the blog this way. What are the “improvements” all about? No one asked us and we use the blog. The improvements and IT personnel can go to the moon and walk around it….several times. Bah!

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:45 am on November 29th, 2010

    Look!….Even Stover is all Poodled Up!…snort!

  33. Mollie (a black poodle)
    11:46 am on November 29th, 2010

    Wonder if I can get on now that the blog is back to the old way. Sorry Melanie, emailed you when I could not get on. I do not like the “new” blog. Some of us (me) usually write back to more than one person and one subject and I am confused with the new way (I am not a computer sort of person to figure things out.) I don’t need a reply to each post to go back & forth. I am not explaining this very well, please Mike Baker, look at what Wookie has posted as he said it so well. I think our blog is different from all the other ones!

  34. Mollie (a black poodle)
    11:47 am on November 29th, 2010

    I was poodled up when I saw the changes too.

  35. B.Stover
    11:51 am on November 29th, 2010

    I’m not poodled up. I’m angry and I hardly ever get angry.

  36. Barb & Maggie
    11:52 am on November 29th, 2010

    Please leave it the same as it was. PLEASE!

  37. Chet The Dog
    11:56 am on November 29th, 2010

    Guys, the site is going to explode if we don’t change the commenting system. Please don’t fear it, it is going to OPEN the site to more conversation.. p0lease be patient I will resume when traffic is very low so I won’t disrupt normal conversation.

  38. B.Stover
    12:00 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Explain the changes please.

  39. Mollypop
    12:03 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Mike Baker, Admin, Spence, Chet, Bernie,

    Please do not give us software that does not fit the way we use the blog. While software needs to be updated to meet current operating system and supporting software changes. it should not be updated for the sake of ‘new and improved.’

    Mom has been in software, writing in assembler code with punch cards, since 1970 – maybe before you were born. One of the most important things she learned was to give the people using a system something that would help them in their use of that system.

    We post sequentially, not in replies like Facebook. We need timestamps, not something that says 4 minutes ago and stays at that until it’s refreshed. Even dogs and kats can handle a timestamp.

  40. Chet The Dog
    12:05 pm on November 29th, 2010

    B.Stover- it’s exactly the same thing as this + people can log in via Facebook, Twitter

    and people can reply to people rahter than one huge long page- just please be patient, it’s just going to make this place better!

  41. Mollie (a black poodle)
    12:11 pm on November 29th, 2010

    I agree with Mollypop and we are replying to people the way we do now. With a reply button it seems like it would take a long time to reply and read the reply to each person instead of the way it is now.

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:12 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Wow!…The whole community is Poodled Up!… snort! snort!… Guys, I think change is inevitable. Once it is in place and working for “everyone”, we will figure out a way to make it work for us….grunt!… You don’t have to use all the features. Like Staff said, she will continue to post a new comment every time and not use the “Reply” button….wheeze!… My friend says it looks a lot like the Facebook style of commenting…sniff!…Now I know Stover uses Facebook and so does Molly. I think we will be able to adapt to the changes when they are actually working properly….grunt!….Although, I do worry about SiberH!…heh!

  43. B.Stover
    12:12 pm on November 29th, 2010

    1. Do we have to keep going back to earlier posts to see replies?
    2. How do replies show up on the blog? Are we going to be sent to another page or will the reply be under the comment as it is on Facebook?
    3. If we don’t hit reply but rather post a comment, will the comments be shown in order as they are now?
    4. Is it impossible to post the time of the comment and/or reply? Do we have to have the “20 minutes ago” type of direction as it is on Facebook?

    I agree with Mollypop’s comments above. I understand that we may need a system upgrade for volume. What I don’t understand is how this will help. It seems to make everything much more complex.

  44. Mollypop
    12:21 pm on November 29th, 2010


    I understand that our 100+ comments would ‘explode’ a system that never was designed for that. So okay.

    Now you do have options in configuring the software, so please use timestamps.

    If the ‘Reply’ button must be there, we will still post sequentially since that is how we use this blog. We will miss any ‘Replies’ from Outsiders unless we opt for a comment notification.

  45. Alice Johnson
    12:40 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Hooo Haaaa. Glad I have no idea this is happening. I think I will just keep on mouse hunting/playing.

    Dawson and Staff just talked. Dawson kept trying to reply to Melanie this morning but couldn’t get on. She decided to go away muttering.

  46. Melanie
    12:46 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Whew! (trying to duck out of the way, because I don’t understand most of the language going down today!)

    Hi Dawson.

    Dan is on his way home. Zoë said we’d talk when she got home. Just hoping all is okay.

  47. AbbietheKitty
    12:46 pm on November 29th, 2010

    That darn Staff left me with a stranger. Does she think I am going to take food from a stranger(even though it is her sister)??? I had to slink around and watch that lousy Alice Johnson eat my hot lunch last night. The evil one.
    Finally the stranger left the feeding room and I could go in there and get a little bite to eat after that &%$*@@@ Alice Johnson had slurped up all the juicy bits.
    I am all poodled up


  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:49 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Mike or Chet!….Will we have to have the most recent version of Internet Explorer for the new software to work properly?….snort!

  49. AbbietheKitty
    12:54 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Here’s hoping with you.
    Staff and the Kats (Long distance mind meld-Heh)

  50. Siber-H
    1:00 pm on November 29th, 2010

    I am howling into the north wind. If Chet and Bernie can go for a long walk over this, I am running off to Alaska. That is, if I can get my mom to go with me.

  51. Mollypop
    1:01 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Mom has a friend (older than she is!) who just got on Facebook. She wrote on Mom’s Facebook wall and Mom got a comment notification email. Mom went out on FB and replied. A little while later Mom got another comment notification that her friend wrote again. This time Mom said “Enough!” and sent her friend a regular old email.

  52. Siber-H
    1:02 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Rio, You have every reason to be concerned about Siber-H. I may give up.

  53. Siber-H
    1:06 pm on November 29th, 2010

    I am not going to deal with Facebook. ugh

  54. Mollypop
    1:07 pm on November 29th, 2010


    If an Outsider replies to one of our sequential posts, can the system be configured to have that stay open instead of closing up and indicating a tiny reply number off to the right? A comment notification will only be sent to the owner of the original post and the rest of us won’t know it happened.

  55. Mollypop
    1:13 pm on November 29th, 2010


    Since we won’t be able to scroll through all the posts from top to bottom, how many posts are you putting on a page?

  56. Debbie LM
    1:18 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Poodled up? I’d say 100 lb ball of golden retriever on top of Mike Baker. Couldn’t get on today despite multiple tries until you reverted to this format. I hate blogs where you have to reply to threads and then see what else is asked. Invariably I lose interest in about 2 tries. Also, I don’t want to have anything to do with the evil empire a.k.a. Facebook. Outsiders replying who aren’t following – why? Just join in – the water’s fine. There MUST be another way rather than threads, strands, and a general tangle.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:20 pm on November 29th, 2010

    SiberH!…You will be okay!…snort!…You have Molly’s email address. You can ask her to walk you through the new system when it is up and working…heh!…It will be fine laddie!…sniff!

    Molly!… If we decide to use the “Reply” button on someone’s comment….snort!…We could post a normal comment saying we replied on so-and-so’s comment…grunt!…Then if someone Replies to that instructive comment they will have to post another comment informing everyone that they posted under the original information comment…heh!…Hell, we could easily get up to 300 plus comments a day!…snicker!

  58. Staff
    1:20 pm on November 29th, 2010

    NO facebook for me either Mr Husky,
    I clicked X on the part that asked if I wanted to post on Facebook. I am not a facebook person. I spend enough time here and at my knitwits blog. Facebook would put me over the edge. I wouldn’t have time to read….
    Reading! I think I will go finish the Sharon McCrumb book St. Dale that I have been reading. It is about missing Dale Earnhardt. So far it is funny and touching. She is a good writer.


  59. Staff
    1:24 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Before he reverted back to the old format I looked at some of the prior posts and it looks like there were about 25-30 posts to a page.
    There was a link at the bottom for pages total. So you had to click on those numbers to see all the posts.

  60. Staff
    1:26 pm on November 29th, 2010

    oops. I put my page numbers ( 1-2-3-4-next) inside carets and they disappeared off the post up above.

  61. Mollypop
    1:26 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Rio – Do you give your Puggy kisses on every 100 comments?

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:27 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Squished!… It’s a good thing Debbie does not know where Mike Baker lives…heh!…I can picture Wookie sitting on him and snarling…grunt!…Better yet, bring all the Newfs along with you Debbie, they can drown him in drool…gah!~~

  63. Mollypop
    1:29 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Staff – The number of posts per page should be configurable. It’s a space and memory thing and maybe they’ll be kind to us poor guys.

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:30 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Molly!… I could gather enough slobber for every 100th comment if we actually do get to 200 or 300 one day….snort!

  65. Staff
    1:31 pm on November 29th, 2010

    BStover, This is what I observed earlier. I think I can answer some of those questions..

    1. Do we have to keep going back to earlier posts to see replies?

    2. How do replies show up on the blog? Are we going to be sent to another page or will the reply be under the comment as it is on Facebook? they were under the comment, as in Facebook

    3. If we don’t hit reply but rather post a comment, will the comments be shown in order as they are now? As long as you don’t hit reply the comments will all be in order.

  66. Staff
    1:34 pm on November 29th, 2010

    We are already up to 64 comments. 65 with this one. No wonder Mike B decided to wait and finish later tonight. Rio might have to slobber on us twice.

    I will be very careful. Once was enough.

  67. Mollypop
    1:35 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Things that are configurable can be changed. However, Mike Baker will tell Spence that changes will cost money. Then Spence will say those stupid Plunderers can just get over it.

  68. Mollie (a black poodle)
    1:36 pm on November 29th, 2010

    I agree with Debbie. I am not a Facebook or Twitter person. I would rather use the time to read. By the way, I am watching most of the Holiday shows on Hallmark. Could we all just do a new comment and not use the reply button and it would work like it does now? I could not get on before, I wonder if it was because my computer is old, or the name was too long, or whatever…

  69. Mollie (a black poodle)
    1:38 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Mollypop: How many new people will blog after the changes, and how many of the people here that blog now will not blog after the changes do you think?

  70. B.Stover
    1:39 pm on November 29th, 2010

    When the new system was up this morning, the replies did not appear under the comments. There was a number showing how many replies. Of course, I could not get anything by clicking on reply, nor could I submit a comment or reply. I kept getting error on page.

  71. B.Stover
    1:42 pm on November 29th, 2010

    My computer is new and I couldn’t get on. I don’t that the age of your computer was the problem MollieABP.

  72. Siber-H
    1:42 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Mike, Please listen to Mollypop’s suggestions. She knows what she is doing. She is trying to make this workable for us.

    Chet, We still love you

    Melanie, Hoping all will be well with Dan.

  73. Siber-H
    1:45 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Mollie (ABP) I couldn’t get on earlier either.

  74. Mollypop
    1:47 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Molly ABP – I hope we don’t lose anyone over this. On Facebook, Spencer told B. they will keep tweaking the system.

    What’s most important here is how easy the new system will be for posting. If we can do it pretty much like we do now, people will keep posting. If it gets more difficult to use, the activity level will go way down.

  75. B.Stover
    1:48 pm on November 29th, 2010

    The point is not whether we still love Chet or not. The point is, how are these changes going to work? An explanation would be nice.

  76. Jasper the Poodle
    1:50 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Hello fellow plunderers! I don’t mind change…I’m an odd duck that actually likes changes. I do find myself wishing there was a thumbs up or thumbs down button. It’s one of my most favorite things about Facebook.

    Accio Job! Mom is excited and nervous about tomorrow. She has a job interview with the State of Michigan for a job in human resources and employee relations. This is one of her very favorite things (thumbs up!) and coincides very nicely with her education and experience. I am asking for prayers, crossed paws, lit candles and maybe even a pug dance (??) for her. We are coming up on 2 years unemployed and it’s time for her to get back to work! She promised me that I will get to visit with some of my friends every day while she is gone to the busy place. It has been fun spending one-on-one time with my mom, but I’m ready for some time with my other BFFs.

    Poodle kisses and licks to all…especially Chet.

  77. Melanie
    1:54 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Hmm. A Kats and Staff mind meld. I can see that.

    Dan is home. He looks good. Now they are thinking it was heart failure and/or he hurt his ribs the last time he fell. Not any really facts behind either of those . .

    So, Dan has to take his blood pressure twice a day. Weigh himself once a day. If he gains more than 3 pounds in one day, he sees a doctor. He takes a small thing of the med that gets rid of water. Take meds for an ulcer (just in case), and listen to the PT person and the doc. In one month he has another x-ray.

    Hmm, seems to me just CYA stuff.

    But he looks good.

  78. Siber-H
    1:54 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Jasper, We are all in your mom’s corner!! All prayers, crossed paws, and candles going out to your mom along with good wishes and Husky hugs.

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:57 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Jasper!….I like to embrace change – when it works – if it doesn’t work I will kick it instead…hey!…Very good news about the Job Interview!…snort!… I will be praying some powerful Pug Prayers for you my friend!…cough!… Dancing is out of the question…grunt!

  80. Mollie (a black poodle)
    2:01 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Melanie: So glad Dan is home! He has been through such a lot.

    Jasper’s Mom: Good Luck to you! I am crossing my paws. Two years is a long time. I am thinking positive thoughts for you.

  81. B.Stover
    2:02 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Jasper: Your mom has a great personality. I hope she gets the job. I’ll be thinking of her. Let us know how it goes.

    Melanie: I’m glad Dan looks good. I had suggested a cracked rib was the problem. Does he still have the pain?

  82. Gus and BooBear
    2:05 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Wow! We missed yesterday and all hell broke loose.

    First and most important thank you Chet, Bernie, SQ / PA for the kind words and dedication to little Sammie. He was a brave little guy, but couldn’t out fight the toxin. At least he has good company over the rainbow bridge and is running on those little legs now like crazy. Sometimes we just don’t win!

    Hopefully, we will adjust to the new blog format. Mom is pretty techno stupid and does not like change, so we may need some help from you guys that are more savvy. We don’t think we will like the reply to comment idea. We like the long continual conversation where things are posted in sequence. Although Mom has a facebook page she never comments or replies. Just looks at family pictures. Hopefully, we will all figure this out so everyone is comfortable posting.

    MinPin, don’t take Rio too seriously. He made Mom cry a time ot two, but she thinks she is just too sensitive to his kind of humor. And you are an excellent and creative poster! And remember, your M&D met SQ in person! Rio hasn’t gotten to do that!

    A.Catty, do you live in NDakota or Montana? We can correct the map if necessary.

  83. Gus and BooBear
    2:22 pm on November 29th, 2010

    My goodness, CHarris! How do you live in weather that cold??

    Jasper’s mom, all good thoughts and paws crossed!

  84. Melanie
    2:29 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Jasper (ABP): Woo woo!! Awesome! Lots of paws and tails crossed here (and that is a really weird mix up) also some just old regular fingers. May your mom Plunder on!

    b.Stover I wish I could say it was cracked ribs. But they didn’t see anything in the x-ray. I think they are just saying that incase it is from the fall. OYA time!

  85. Siber-H
    2:35 pm on November 29th, 2010

    CHarris, I am sending warm thoughts your way, but I don’t want my mom to read what your temperatures are. I’ll never get her to move.

    Gus&BooBear, ACatty lives in Montana. Beautiful state!

    Very good news that Dan is home!

    BBL That is, if I can get back on.

  86. B.Stover
    2:49 pm on November 29th, 2010

    On Facebook Michael Baker has replied to me that the four questions I posted here earlier are not worth answering because “You will post EXACTLY as you always have, that is the answer!”

  87. Mollypop
    2:52 pm on November 29th, 2010
  88. Mollypop
    3:00 pm on November 29th, 2010

    B. – From Mike Baker’s reply to you, that means we will have our timestamps back. Good news.

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:01 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Stover!…See, there’s nothing to worry about…grunt! …Everything will be Exactly like it is now, only very different…heh!

  90. dawson
    3:17 pm on November 29th, 2010

    “Technical changes may cause disruptions and wierdness”. Not to mention hot flashes, anxiety attacks, irritabillity, blurred vision, inability to focus, weight gain and inability to kill mouses even when in your clutches.

  91. Michael Baker
    3:27 pm on November 29th, 2010


  92. Staff
    3:28 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Alice would kill the mousie, but she prefers to play with them. They are no fun dead.

    Alice sends good wishes to Molly ABP and Abbie sends this little dance.

    Alice doesn’t dance but she will send a tail wave….feel the breeze.

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:29 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Uh Oh!…Baker is testing something…grunt!…Hold onto your hats!…snort!…Take that club away from Stover!…heh!

  94. Staff
    3:30 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Jeez Dan, They are making me do the same things. Weight twice a day and if more than a 3# change I call in. BP twice a day also. I get to take my temp twice a day too.

    Cool. Are they making you measure your pee yet?

  95. Staff
    3:37 pm on November 29th, 2010

    BStover, On my computer this morning the replies were under the comment they replied too. Also there was a thumbs up button to click if you liked the post. If you clicked the thumbs up it went to the top of the posts if you sorted that way.

    You could sort it three ways. If you just left it the way it was it didn’t change from this way. But you could sort for newest at the top or you could sort for the ones with the most thumbs up. It was sort of cool.

    I think we should give him a little leeway here and then after we see the changes we can tweek it the way we want it. Change is always difficult/exciting. I know that Bernie and Chet will listen to our wishes on this. (snicker) Or Rio will have to mount a new mission. I think B. will go on this one. It will be nice to have a two legged person driving. Alice would worry a lot less.

  96. Melanie
    3:41 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Dawson: THAT’S IT!

  97. dawson
    3:42 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Melanie: At 6:30 this morning I woke up and read “For the Love of Puppies” about giving Miss Purple up (to a good home, of course). And then I cried. And then I tried to post…several times. Then I rolled over and went back to bed. Tonight I will read “Laughter”. Glad Dan is home.
    C.Harris: Yesterday I shoveled snow. Today it is raining. At the temperature of -40 degrees, Fahrenheit and Celsius are the same. And nothing works the way it usually does, in my opinion.

  98. dawson
    3:46 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Jasper: I’m rooting for your mom to get the job.

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:47 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Staff!…What a question to ask a grown man!!….grunt!…”Are they making you measure your pee?”…sniff!…Is nothing sacred?.. or secret?…heh!

  100. Staff
    3:49 pm on November 29th, 2010


  101. B.Stover
    3:59 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Mollypop: Thank you. I’m on Duplin Winery mailing list but had not received this.

    On one of my many posts that didn’t post this morning was a comment to Bernie: Pecan pie will do that every time!

  102. B.Stover
    4:04 pm on November 29th, 2010

    How did we get to 100 so quickly? On the new system we won’t know what the number is.

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:05 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Stover!…Here I come!…slurp! slobber!….Gotcha! You need a good licking today anyway!…On your face – SLURRPP!…Now NIPPING your earlobes. I love love love Nipping earlobes. My bottom teeth usually miss and ram into your cheek, but the top ones will get you!…NIP!NIP!…heh! heh!….Bring on the next 100th poster!…grunt!…I hope this here blog doesn’t explode soon…snort!

  104. B.Stover
    4:05 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Nothing will ever be normal here again so the walk will certainly be long.

  105. B.Stover
    4:07 pm on November 29th, 2010

    I’ve just been slobbered by Rio. I think Mike Baker should get slobbered.

  106. Wölfie
    4:07 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Mike Baker, I think you are very brave! Good luck.

  107. Mollypop
    4:12 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Staff, there’s my answer since I’m going on to the next page – 100 posts to a page. Unfortunately, that makes B. the 100th.

  108. B.Stover
    4:18 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Wolfie: In what way is Mike Baker brave? He has earned my ire and that is exactly what he’s going to get from me.

  109. B.Stover
    4:19 pm on November 29th, 2010

    I have to go take a shower now…but thanks Rio. You’re right. I needed that.

  110. Melanie
    4:22 pm on November 29th, 2010

    I agree with Bernie and B. Stover about Pecan Pie.

    Note to self: Don’t give Dan Pecan Pie 3 days running and then take his weight.

    Riö: Nothing is sacred when you are in the hospital.

    Staff: It was measured in the hospital, but he doesn’t have to do it here at home.

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:50 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Melanie N’ Staff!…Remember when you guys were connipping about Barb’s friend who told everyone about her surgery without permission?….grunt!…This whole measuring Dan’s pee conversation has the same ring to it…sniff! …Poor Dan. I’m here for you pal!…sneeze!

  112. LizF
    5:01 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Just seeing if i can post. Good luck Mike!!

    Warm thoughts to CHarris, as usual anything that cold leaves me (mostly) speechless.

    Dawson – giving Miss Purple up??

    Melanie – what’s CYA?

    How did Chet start out in a crack house?

  113. dawson
    5:03 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Rio: In my job I ask grown men a worse question than that on a daily basis.

  114. Mollypop
    5:07 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Doing a refresh is a bit too refreshing since it takes me back to the top of page 1. I wasn’t sure about mentioning it since Mike Baker seems a bit peevish today. But what the heck.

  115. Barb & Maggie
    5:17 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Strange-Rio’s comment to Bee keeps appearing and disapearing on my screen! First it says we have over 100 posts then goes back to Bee’s #100! 3 times now.

    Oh well, we just wanted to say good luck to Jasper’s mom tomorrow on her interview.

  116. B.Stover
    5:20 pm on November 29th, 2010

    When I refresh I’m taken to the middle of the first page so I have to go back to the top of the comments and then click on next.

  117. dawson
    5:24 pm on November 29th, 2010

    LizF: In Dan’s book about breeding Newfoundland dogs, they have to give the puppies up at some point (or end up with more than 10 Newfs) and this morning I was saying goodby to Miss Purple. Wah…sob…wah.
    This new computer is portable and so I am cooking and posting at the same time. Not recommended. The butter keeps getting burned.

  118. LizF
    5:28 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Oh, I see. That’s why it’s a good thing i’m not a breeder, or a dog fosterer, as i’d end up keeping all the pups.

    I think Mike is coping really well with all the bad press today! Wolfie’s right. How’s that puppy, by the way?

  119. LizF
    5:29 pm on November 29th, 2010

    By the way Dawson, what’s the worse question that you have to ask?

  120. Mollypop
    5:29 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Jasper’s Mom – Good luck tomorrow!

  121. Barb & Maggie
    5:32 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Now we figured it out – you have to click on next! Oh Boy!

    LizF, CYA is an American slang, meaning Cover Your Ass! There are many times when that is necessary.

  122. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:35 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Liz!…Oh my, do you really want to know what that question is?….snort!

  123. dawson
    5:50 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Speaking of asses: The question I have to ask is, “Have you had a bowel movement today?” I AM trying to cook here. (I work in the Long Term Care section of the local hospital. Sorry you asked?

  124. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:54 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Dawson!… You are a very nosey person!…grunt!

  125. Staff
    5:57 pm on November 29th, 2010

    HI there Dawson dear, I just had a lovely nap and now am wondering what to eat. What’cha cooking sister?
    More treats or real eats?

  126. Staff
    6:01 pm on November 29th, 2010

    One thing that is happening to me is that when I post, the posted words stay in the posting block down below as well as appearing on the blog.
    So I have to delete them in order to post again.

    Just so you know.

    Does this sort of uproar happen every time you have to change a blog? I agree with Wolfie…brave, very brave.

  127. dawson
    6:16 pm on November 29th, 2010

    LizF: And I was NOT calling you an ass! I was talking about the CVA meaning cover your ass, and thank you for asking because I didn’t know that one either.

  128. Staff
    6:22 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Dawson….it is CYA not CVA. Don’t get sticky fingers on that new netbook of yours.

  129. Barb & Maggie
    6:27 pm on November 29th, 2010

    I have the same problem as Staff, with the words remaining in the posting section and appearing above.

  130. dawson
    6:27 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Cream of mushroom soup. To be served with Striato bread.
    A Catty Librarian just called and they have arrived safely back in Montana.

  131. B.Stover
    6:28 pm on November 29th, 2010

    I also have to delete a message since it stays in the comment box even after it is submitted.

  132. B.Stover
    6:30 pm on November 29th, 2010

    And after submitting a comment the screen goes all the way back to the top of the page thereby forcing one to scroll back down to the last comment. Perhaps the purpose of these changes is so that we don’t post as many comments.

  133. Melanie
    7:01 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Man, I bet Mike is really enjoying this feedback. Talk about instant feedback!
    A brave, brave man.

    I hope Chet and Bernie and Spence and Peter and Audrey are enjoying their walk.

  134. Melanie
    7:05 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Has it always said “Thank you for your comment!” in read at the bottom of the page?

    I tell you after the last two weeks, I would love to have a vacation. Either somewhere I can see the Northern Lights or somewhere I can feel a warm tropical breeze on a sandy beach, with a handsome waiter bringing me fruit drinks with little umbrellas.

    If I think hard enough, I can feel the breeze . . .

    Nope, it’s just Patsy snoring on me.

  135. Staff
    7:05 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Melanie, This is sure to be good for a writer. Getting his exercise and some puppy love at the same time. And just think. He will probably have to go for a walk tomorrow too. Teehee.

  136. Melanie
    7:05 pm on November 29th, 2010

    B.Stover: That’s like asking the sun not to shine.

  137. B.Stover
    7:14 pm on November 29th, 2010

    The problem has been a lack of communication. After learning that the volume on the blog is too large for the old version, I completely understood the reason for the need to change the comment system. I asked questions but Mike Baker told me that they were not worth answering.

    IT people have to deal with people. For example, all of the people who regularly comment on this blog are being affected by these changes. Yet we are expected to accept the changes blindly. Some don’t know how to navigate the changes and their questions are important. IT people need to learn to communicate with the people they have to deal with.

  138. Melanie
    7:15 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Did anyone else notice that Chet’s Friends has changed?
    I added part of the Newf Pack.

    Here’s one of Gracie’s puppies. She’s grown a bit.

  139. Mollypop
    7:34 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Mom has no patience for computer systems that haven’t been thought out in terms of their effect on the users. The assumption that the blog should be like Facebook, which is where we were this morning, is completely wrong.

  140. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:41 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Stover!… I do agree that most IT people do lack skills in communicating with people, aka Users, who are not “in the know” so to speak!…grunt!… But we do need to let the guy do his job without badgering him so much…sniff!… Eventually, the new system will be in place and working tip-top!…snort!… Molly should realize this too, it takes time for a software conversion to take place and all the bugs worked out…wheeze!… Mike, hopefully will look at our comments and use them to tweak the code as necessary… cough!….Time will tell…heh!

  141. Siber-H
    7:48 pm on November 29th, 2010

    I don’t think I am going to have the patience to refresh and scroll and delete…not the way it is set up now.

  142. Melanie
    7:54 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Whew, the pug is preaching patience!

    I can wait until Mike Baker has the system working fluidly. Though Zoë, who has had a hard week, says she understands what it feels like to finally understand something and then have it change on her.

    Hmmm, me thinks she speaks of the cell phone.

  143. dawson
    7:56 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Melanie: Now that puppy knows how to pose. Very photogenic.

  144. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:08 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Alternative!….Patience is required now to refresh and post a comment…grunt!…The alternative is to completely stop posting and let IT Mike Baker do his job…snuffle!…It might go quicker that way, I’m not sure…sniff!…Maybe I will have my friend ask him that question on Facebook….snort!

    Golly!… How in the world with all these problems did we manage to get 142 comments up today so far?….wow!…I might get another slobber-you-down kiss before the night is over!…yeep! yeep!

  145. dawson
    8:17 pm on November 29th, 2010

    I just went back and saw several posts about my new netbook computer. Sorry I didn’t reply – I had gone to bed and didn’t check the later posts the next morning. This is a 10+ inch, Acer brand really cool machine. I’m walking around the house with the computer in my left hand, right hand free for whatever comes up! No wires and at night I plug it in. It starts right away the very first time I turn it on and it stays on. No more legacy equipment for me!!

  146. Melanie
    8:23 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Fantastic Dawson! Will it work up in Canada?

    Well, I have no fear of being kissed by a pug. I’m off to dreamland where I can watch the Northern Lights on a tropical beach!

  147. dawson
    8:27 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Melanie: What?!

    Mollypop! Will it work up in Canada?

  148. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:31 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Hmm!…Well, my friend asked Mike what we can do to help this upgrade process along…sniff!…She will let me know what comes of it if anything….grunt!…She said he seemed pretty wound up and actually pissed off out there…heh!…Poor guy, thank goodness I didn’t have anything to do with it – my paws are clean on this one!…snorkel!

  149. Mollypop
    8:49 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Dawson – Your netbook will need an Internet connection. Either wi-fi or plug in a cable. Just like the computer you have been using in Canada.

  150. Jasper the Poodle
    8:57 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Dawson: Congrats on the netbook. I really like the looks of those little pcs, but my eyes need a 17″ screen. Getting old is not for the faint of heart.

    Thanks, tailwags and licks for all your well wishes on the job interview tomorrow. Just before I enter the interview room, I’ll take a deep breath, think of you all and then confidently plunder on…interview style.

  151. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Dawson!…heh!snort!heh!…You didn’t tell the salesman you were from another country….snort!…This is going to be interesting seeing if your little NetBook works way up North across the border!….snorkel!….Keep us ‘Posted’. When do you go back anyways?….wheeze!

  152. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:17 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Jasper!…Spunk! Think of all of us and the spunk we have inspired in you!…heh!… Try not to Plunder into the interviewers office though…snort!…What time is your interview? Just so we can all focus and pray for you at that time….grunt!

  153. dawson
    9:23 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Rio: Yes, I did tell the salesman I was from Canada – he didn’t say it wouldn’t work up there, dagnabit.

  154. Mollypop
    9:44 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Dawson – I did say your computer would work in Canada. Just use it like the old one. Use your same Internet connection or wi-fi.

  155. Barb & Maggie
    9:51 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Well, we agree with Melanie. It has been a trying day on the blog. Sorry Mike B is upset, but it hasn’t been easy for us oldtimers either. Let’s hope tomorrow is better. Good night, all!

  156. dawson
    10:01 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Thanks Mollypop.
    Rio: I go back in 2 weeks.

  157. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:09 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Grumble!…Are you guys all done posting on this historic day…heh!…What fun we have had making fun and taking out our frustration on the guy who made this all possible for us to begin with…grunt!…After the upgrade is over, I think he deserves the Medal Of Honor….good grief!…Blogs do not just appear out of thin air. There is a lot of work involved keeping them running properly and thank goodness we have Mike Baker trying his damnedest to keep this Blog afloat for us all!….snort!… Now, behave and have a little patience. Things will get better if you cooperate….grump!… If you PISS OFF the programmer, who knows what we will end up with…snuff!…Pull in your claws and fangs till this is complete….grump! …Spencer himself promised instruction on how to use the new system…sniff!…At least this is what my friend told me from what she read on Facebook…snort! …So do not feel all crazy and all alone. There will be help and a lot of it…heh! …What an amazing day! …hoooo weee!

  158. Gus & BooBear
    11:40 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Are we going to be able to see all the friends of Chet under that heading or is that just to add a picture now? Is the only way to see the various friends is just by watching the single picture? Also, do we need to redo our picture in Friends of Chet or will the current picture be carried over to the new format?

  159. Gus & BooBear
    11:45 pm on November 29th, 2010

    Help, someone. Earlier (either today or yesterday) Melanie posted pictures of YSAS and GF. Mom read the post on her Iphone at work but didn’t have time to look at the pictures. Also the pics of the Newfs with their vests on. Does anyone remember when that was so we can go back to it?

  160. Staff
    12:08 am on November 30th, 2010

    Gus and BooBear,
    It was yesterday, not today. You should be able to find it by scrolling quickly down yesterdays post. Unless, of course, it was the day before yesterday.
    Sorry to be such poor help.

  161. Staff
    12:18 am on November 30th, 2010

    Gus and BooBear,
    I just went looking for the pictures and they aren’t there right now. I suspect that getting them back is one of the things that Mike Baker is working on. He said earlier that he had 30,000 posts to bring back. We will have to give him a little time. Have you linked to Melanies blog? I bet they are up on it.

    here is the link…

  162. C. Harris
    3:11 am on November 30th, 2010

    I know it is late in my world but thanks Rio for the voice of reason and good luck and good wishes to Mike!!! Yeah I think people should chill for a while and trust that Spencer, et al will work to make the blog better. I am sure they will keep at it so that no one leaves frustrated.

    Jasper, I’ll be thinking of you first thing tomorrow morning and will be sending positive thoughts for the interview.

  163. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:01 am on November 30th, 2010

    Hey y’all! I was one of those who couldn’t get on, so it was very frustrating watching everyone else post when we couldn’t! I’m hoping this one will go through.

    Mom was trying to thank Chet, Bernie and PA/SQ for their dedication of the post to Buford the other day. And thanks to everyone else for their support during this past week.

    As for me, I keep looking for Buford, especially when it’s time to go out for our walks. I guess it’ll just take awhile to get used to him being gone.

  164. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:07 am on November 30th, 2010

    Gus and Boobear: We were so sorry to hear about Sammie. It doesn’t matter how long Sammie was with you — it’s hard to lose a dog that has managed to wiggle its way into your heart!

  165. Staff
    8:44 am on November 30th, 2010

    HI there Kirby T Penworthy,
    You were sure up late last night. Or maybe I mean early. Glad you were able to get online finally. Just to mention, Sammy was a foster kitten. But I know all you pups were rooting for him all the same. We were too.

    We are thankful for Mike Baker too. Hope he is OK after yesterday. It was quite a day. Good luck today Mike.

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