Tuesday: The Dog Who Knew Too Much

“You’ll be in North Conway, New Hampshire?” Admin says.

“Noon, Maestro’s restaurant,” says Spence. “It’s a benefit for the North Conway Public Library (admission $20) and the Conway Area Humane Society. I’ll be discussing The Dog Who Knew Too Much for the first time – in public, that is.”

“So it’ll be a bit iffy?” Admin says. “I also saw you picked your six favorite books for LitStack.”

“The six I could remember,” Spence says. “Wonder what B. Stover will think of the choices.”

Belated Happy Birthday to Dawson.



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103 Responses to “Tuesday: The Dog Who Knew Too Much”

  1. OleyHowlers
    8:51 am on September 3rd, 2011

    Good morning, Chet, Spence, Admin and everyone else!

    We loved reading Spencer’s answers to the question “What are your six favorite books”. Makes us think Mom needs to read all 6 of them. (whispering) She is pleading with us not to admit that she has not read even 1 of them.

    Litstack loves Spencer Quinn; Chet loves LitStack; we love all of them.

    We are so jealous that all of the book signings so far are up in New England, or NYC (which may as well be New England). We still have our paws crossed that Spencer makes it down our way because we would sure like to meet him.

  2. Melanie
    8:56 am on September 3rd, 2011

    Well, at some point I’m going to have to go over and look at Spencer’s list.

    This is not the one we are going to. North Conway is over 4 hours from us. And you have to go through small roads all of which are not in good shape after Irene.

    There was one couple who got married during the storm, the roads flooded and they were stuck with their guests on a newly formed island for 3 days.


    More power to Riö’s friend!!

    The Acting Troop loved meeting The Pack. The Pack loved drooling on them! Luckily, Ophelia, who weighs less than any one of The Pack is used to dogs. Her family raises Jack Russel Terriers. Hamlet thought the whole thing was a blast. Mattie wouldn’t let him stop petting her.

  3. OleyHowlers
    9:14 am on September 3rd, 2011

    Melanie, we are so happy to read about your great visit with YSAS and company. Being used to Jack Russells is not necessarily preparation for a pack of Newfs though. 🙂

  4. B.Stover
    9:28 am on September 3rd, 2011

    That would be such a difficult question to answer. Whew! I’ve taught Pale Fire and The Day of the Locust. (Both excellent.) It’s been a very long time since I read Crime and Punishment so I have to put it on my after-retirement list along with The Underground Man, Master and Commander and Lincoln’s Sword which I have not read. Excellent explanations Spence.

    Good morning all.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:42 am on September 3rd, 2011

    OK, we will join Oley’s mom in the group that hasn’t read the books.
    But we are impressed that 1. Bee has read some; and 2. Spence values her opinion.

    Thundering here, and getting much cooler. Rain expected. Wonder how that will affect the cookout Barb is supposed to attend tomorrow.

  6. B.Stover
    9:51 am on September 3rd, 2011

    The weather is miserable here–“hot and humid”–and they are even using those words on the Weather Channel. Running errands before it gets so bad that one can’t breathe.

  7. Tupper and Gilly
    9:57 am on September 3rd, 2011

    Well, we used to think we were fairly well read….oh well.

    Speaking of the newlyweds on an island, there have been lots of cut off communities and islands created by the storm. One group of folks were “stuck” at a luxury resort in Vermont with nothing but gourmet food to eat. Go ahead, try explaining to your boss that you won’t be at work for a week cuz you are trappped on a gourmet island in Vermont.

    We are off to spend the day with AQ – he’s finally back from his well-deserved vacation, and we can’t wait to go get into the clay!

  8. LizF
    9:59 am on September 3rd, 2011

    Ooooh T&G, i just got to last night’s posts, how exciting!! thank you for including me in the surprises, I can’t wait! I hope that mailman swims REALLY fast.

    Good morning and good night all.

  9. BearSpiritDog
    9:59 am on September 3rd, 2011

    Nana says she has read only one of the books on the list – Crime & Punishment and that was a long time ago – in college. She probably won’t be able to get to the others anytime soon, what with the reading list for B’s class to get through first.

    Four more days until the USPS truck arrives with The Dog Who…..

  10. OleyHowlers
    10:06 am on September 3rd, 2011

    We are so glad to be in such esteemed company who have not read all of those books. Spencer sure makes each of them sound like must-reads, with his great comments on each. And we are equally impressed that Spencer values B.Stover’s opinion (don’t we all?).

    Our weather is cloudy but not too hot. Mom is making plans for the Huge McDonnell Family Reunion/Hullapalooza (our cousin’s term) at our place on 9/24. Please do doggie dances for us to have bad weather that day. No way we can squeeze in all those people inside our house. We are excited that we will me meeting cousins we have never met!

  11. OleyHowlers
    10:07 am on September 3rd, 2011

    Wish this blog let us go back and edit after posting. That was supposed to say for us NOT to have bad weather on the 24th.

  12. Melanie
    11:02 am on September 3rd, 2011

    I’m with you guys. It’s wonderful to be in such a highfalutin group of people! I recognize the names of some of them that books.

    I took Dan to the dump and then we drove down the main street of the bigger town that we’re near. They have a post office! And a lumber store!

    Looked at the river. People are lucky. The river took banks, fences, crops and one pool. All houses, barns, bridges are still up.

    They are going to have to do something with our 1922 bridge next to the house. The river under cut one side. Have no idea what they are going to do. It was the best swimming hole in the area.

    OleyHowlers: She said that the Newfs don’t jump like the JR terrors!
    The acting troop woke up while we were gone and have departed for breakfast. Need those NYC bagels. Which we actually have in our country store.

    They are going for a hike and taking the camera and video. Should be interesting.

  13. Barb & Maggie
    11:03 am on September 3rd, 2011

    Oley, thanks for correcting that. We were just thinking, “What, they want bad weather”?

    We, of course, value Bee’s opinions. Hope our post didn’t make it seem like we didn’t!


  14. Masquers
    11:35 am on September 3rd, 2011

    The only book I’m interested
    in right now is The Dog Who.
    Speaking of which, we won’t
    hear from Siber for a while!

  15. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:50 am on September 3rd, 2011

    Good morning!

    Yay, my surprise arrived yesterday! Thank you so much, TaG and Spence!

    Mom is supposed to be canning some homemade BBQ sauce right now. She went to a farmers market and some lady talked her into buying a million tomatoes and now she has regrets. Although she makes jam and jelly, she has no idea how to make sauce.

  16. Mollie (a black poodle)
    12:25 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Tupper & Gilly: Thanks so much for the surprise! Spence too. It was so thoughtful. It brightened our day.

  17. B.Stover
    12:32 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Wolfie: Look on page 74 of the cookbook. Staff has a recipe for BBQ Spice Rub and also her way of spicing up Hunts Original BBQ sauce.

  18. B.Stover
    12:56 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Wolfie: I’ve also frozen tomatoes. Cut them up, put them in tupperware and freeze. (These are for soups and stews as they will lose firmness after freezing.) A million tomatoes….yum!

  19. Melanie
    1:10 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    (Patsy here, whispering . . . I’ve taken over the computer while Melanie is out doing something with the nut acting crew. All you furry folks? There is nothing like tummies. Now Melanie does a good tummy at least twice a day. But this crew? Wow, tummies galore! Now you guys know I’ve got a problem with limping, but after all these tummies my endorphinnnthingys got going and I loped today! Unbelievable. Of course, Melanie was picking an apple from the tree for me too. Anyhoo, DEMAND YOUR TUMMIES! Over and out)

  20. OleyHowlers
    1:26 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Wolfie and B: We also freeze tomatoes whole. Just put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer until they freeze. Then you can wrap or bag. When you are ready to use them, run cold water on them and the skin will come off easily.

    Patsy, you are really having a great time with your company! Thats what you deserve.

  21. Gus & BooBear
    1:43 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Just caught up on posts since Thursday night.

    Wolfie, think the pricing for the decals, magnets and bumper stickers is perfect. Are these items we need to order from you or is Rebecca going to have them at the Musher Store? If we need to order from you, please post that so we can ORDER now!! Love getting C&B and snowhook stuff.

    SiberH, glad you’re back and wow, you got that book early. I bet your mom will think it is worth the shipping you, um she, had to pay to get it early enough to read on the holiday weekend.

    We had lots more to say, but have now forgotten it so later, dudes!


  22. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:44 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    PATSY EATS APPLES!!!!!!!!!????????


  23. Barb & Maggie
    2:01 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    You can also put the tomatoes in boiling water for a couple of minutes. Then the skins come off easily. We do that, then quarter them and freeze. Use for soups, sauces, chili, etc. You can also add some onion and green pepper before you freeze.

  24. dawson
    2:28 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Thanks for the birthday greetings!

    Happy Birthday to Wookie’s mom. You sure raised one smart doggie.

    Yippee! Mucho tummies for Patsy and the rest of the Pack delivered by Hamlet and Co. no less!

    Someone here is having another garage sale and I am not impressed as he is selling some CD’s that are not his! Ry Cooder for one. There will be consequences.

    Oley Howlers: White wings was sent by surface mail so it could take a week or two to get across the border. You will probably be done reading TDW…you know…by the time it reaches you.

    Now I have to go look through and see which of my books he is selling…that dam man…he will pay for this!

  25. B.Stover
    2:50 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Happy birthday DebbieLM! (Third try.)

  26. Gus & BooBear
    3:19 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Happy B-Day, Wookie’s Mom!!!

  27. Masquers
    3:33 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    A Wonderful Filled Birthday
    to our dear Wookies’s Mom!

  28. Siber-H
    3:42 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Happy Birthday Wookie’s mom!!!

    Patsy, It is great to hear from you and glad you are enjoying the visit from the acting troop.

    It was neat to see a list of Spence’s six favorite books. My dad has read the whole Aubrey/Maturin series and mom says she is going to read them. They are stacked up on the bookshelf waiting for her.

  29. Melanie
    3:49 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    This is from YSAS. . .
    (wearing his new hat)

    Happy Birthday to all the September Plunderers!

    Want to share some cake?

  30. BearSpiritDog
    3:51 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    A Very Happy B-Day to Debbie-L – aka Wookie’s mom!

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:03 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Clarkson!….Wooooo!…There he is that bright shining Star! …snort!….He looks so cool in that hat!…grunt!….I want a hat like that! Just like that!..sniff!

    Spencer!… A favorite at LitStack!…woooo!… I really like that Sam Spokony guy. My friend replied to him out there. I would have too, but I am not allowed anywhere but here and Snowhook Kennels. She thought the “grilling” reference was funny…heh!

    Busy!…Wow! Busy busy, busy!…snort! … We walked forever and ever early this morning and then someone make More Hamburger Than Cabbage Rolls, and then More Cabbage than Hamburger Rolls for the oldies next door and her mother, who actually like cabbage…gah!

    Projects!…Now she is busy working on two projects at once!…snort!….This has never happened before….grunt!… There maybe photos later, and maybe not. Who can ever tell?…sniff!

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:05 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Forgot! ….Welcome back SiberH!…snort!… And HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEBBIE!…gurgle!…Where’s Debbie’ cake anyways?…sniff!

  33. Masquers
    4:14 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    YSAS: Why yes, thank u
    I will have some cake!
    Lucky you-there will B
    two Happy Celebrations

  34. B.Stover
    4:19 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    I love the hat!

  35. Masquers
    4:21 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    So…..Siber-H. How is your mom liking the book so far?
    No, don’t tell me. I can wait…until Tuesday…..Sob.

  36. Siber-H
    4:31 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Thank You, Rio

    Mom says that YSAS looks really good in that hat.

    I’m not saying a word about the book….not even the dedication.

  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:35 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Dedication!….SibeeerrrrrHHHHH!…..snort!…. You’ve got to tell us what the Dedication says!…wuffle!….Is it the same as it was for TFAT? Or is it different? Is it Bigger? Is it Better? Did he thank me personally for all that I do?…heh!heh!

  38. dawson
    4:48 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    SiberH: I hope you had a relaxing time away and welcome back.

    The dedication in the ARC consists of two letters: TK. Could it be The Kats?

    YSAS: Cake! Yes, please. Love the hat.

    Rio: You walked this morning too? 5K!? I like cabbage.

  39. BearSpiritDog
    4:52 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    We agree – that hat looks very good on YSAS.

    Checking again with Amazon. They have NOT mailed our book! How can it reach here by the 7th if IT HASN’T EVEN BEEN MAILED YET?! You would think that folks pre-ordering would be on some kind of Priority List. Grrrrr!

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:55 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Walked!….Yes, we walked forever!…wheeze!cough!….She says we are going to walk again tonight, tomorrow morning and tomorrow night…grunt!…What the HELL!?…Luckily, I get off the hook for the 5K bullshit!…grunt!

    Dedication!…It surely has to be more than TK…gah!…What does that mean anyways?…snort!… I will not accept that it stands for “The Kats”….grumble!…No way! Not Chet! He would never!…heh!

    Cabbage!…Dawson, if you like cabbage try the recipe in Dishlickers….snort!…Just add more of that nasty cabbage instead of hamburger…sniff!….Her mother even said she liked them. Someone almost fainted….yeep!

  41. Siber-H
    5:04 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Nope, It is not the Kats
    It is not the same as TFAT

    I will say no more. I can be a dog of few words. One of the two-leggeds at the dog park calls me the Gary Cooper of the dog park…I am really good at “yep” and “nope”.

    However, Rio, I will take this opportunity to thank you for all that you do. I’m still impressed that you were able to write the auction rules that I understood and only had to read once.

  42. Masquers
    5:07 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    YSAS looks like a younger version of a famous actor (the ranks of whom he will be joining very soon) The actor’s name has slipped out of memory. Does anyone know who I mean?

  43. B.Stover
    5:11 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Humphrey Bogart.

  44. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:15 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Indiana Jones!….No wait, that’s the hat….snort!

  45. dawson
    5:15 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    I’m not sure which looks more delish. The cake or YSAS?

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:17 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    SiberH!….Remember when I got TFAT last year and I showed all of you guys the Dedication?…snort!…Do you remember that SiberH????…grunt!

  47. B.Stover
    5:20 pm on September 3rd, 2011
  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:20 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Clarkson!…. Take cover!…snort!….Dawson’s taste-buds are getting frisky…heh!…If you know what’s good for you HIDE….wheeze!

  49. B.Stover
    5:21 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    YSAS is younger and cuter.

  50. OleyHowlers
    5:26 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Happy Birthday to Wookie’s mom. You have a wonderful dog.
    Happy early Birthday to YSAS. You are very handsome, with or without the hat.

    Dawson, thanks for sending WW to us. We are looking forward to reading it. Who is next on the list to get it?

    We are getting tired of hearing about this reunion. We lost count of how many are coming after it got over 2, but Mom says its closing in on 90.

    Pizza and N.D. football is next on our agenda.

  51. Siber-H
    5:33 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    LOL Rio, I honestly don’t remember that you showed us the dedication.
    You are a tricky Pug so I will need some proof.

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:38 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    SiiiibbbberrrHHHH!….Are you kidding me?…snort!…You have forgotten the first (maybe last) dedication the Plunderers got?….grunt!grunt!heave!

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:46 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Alright!…It wasn’t a Dedication!…grunt!…It was an “Acknowledgment” ….sniff!….Here it is from last year…gruffle!

  54. BearSpiritDog
    5:52 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    O.Howlers: Bear should be next for White Wings. (If we are stepping in front of someone please let us know)

  55. Barb & Maggie
    5:54 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Happy Birthday, Wookie’s Mom.

    Happy Birthday in advance to YSAS. That cake looks delish.

    We are going to trudge out to the garden, even tho it is still raining a bit. Barb says she need green beans and potatoes for dinner. Doesn’t she know I hate getting rained on?

  56. dawson
    5:55 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Yes. BearSpiritDog is next.

  57. Siber-H
    6:04 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Rio, I do remember the acknowledgement…it was very nice of Spence. What I don’t remember is your showing it to us on the blog before the book came out.

    Mom just told me that I should never have opened my trap about the dedication. She’s right, for once.

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:23 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Help!…Somebody help me out here!…snort!… Mother Bogar announced the arrival of TFAT the Saturday before it was released – LABOR DAY Weekend!…grunt!…It was the same weekend that Kirby’s so-called Reporter Gal got to meet both Spencer and the Charming Mr. Abrahams at a huge event in Georgia…wheeze!… Don’t you remember all that? Plus, all the photos I posted that Saturday night right after we received the book?….grumble! …Here is Mother Bogar to hopefully lift the Siber Fog…gruffle!

  59. Masquers
    6:34 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Howlers: That is quite a crowd! Hey, How’s the weather looking?
    Oh, no! Is that……..a cloud?

    Just kidding. Buddy & T.C. know we kats like to kid. Because….. well because….after all….we are….. kiddy kats! Heh,heh,heh.

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:42 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Maskers!…heh!snort!heh!…You do know how to work a room, my friend…heh!chorkel!

  61. Rose
    6:46 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Greetings to All!

    The Prof and I are back from Philly. Opened our mailbox to find such a thoughtful and great suprise from the Royals and Spencer. I can’t thank you enough!! Great trip, but we’ll need to go back as there was so much to do(and eat)with so little time!! The Prof took lots of pictures. I’ll try and post some. Caught up with the blog….Looks like there is lots of neat stuff going on!

    Melanie: I hope Zoe is doing well. Glad to hear that she was smiling and eating english muffins. (I like a nice toasty brown muffin myself every now and then!) YSAS looks smokin’ hot in that hat. He looks a bit like Matt Damon in the picture (I LOOOOOVE Matt Damon).

    Dawson: Happy Belated Birthday!!!

    Masquers: Hi! Thanks for the right-on weather forecast. Perfect weather in Philly!

    Siber-H (my sweetie): Hope you enjoyed your trip up north!

    Rebecca: Get ready for your close-up!!! 🙂

    Rio: I still want to know.

    Very exciting news article. I’m honored to be called a Plunderer! (I am, right?).

    Glad to be back talking to you all! The Prof is back to school Tuesday, and I’m back at work on Wednesday. Tuesday we are going to cap off the holiday by going to see a documentary about the Beatles.

  62. Rose
    6:47 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Ooops, happy birthday to Wookie’s mom!!!!

    Wolfie: The prices as quoted sound fine to me. Details for ordering please!!!!

  63. BearSpiritDog
    6:48 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Rio: So. You, too, were one of those Lucky Dogs who received the book prior to it’s official release date. Now Siber-H. Kirby’s mom also was able to sneak a peak (or not) when the library got their copy in. It just seems to me that some guys are luckier than others. Nana is still mad at herself for not paying extra for one day shipping.

  64. Siber-H
    6:57 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Hi Rose! You are most definately a plunderer.

    Fellow Sibers, Just think of all the food all those people are going to drop at the party.

  65. OleyHowlers
    6:57 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Welcome back, Rose. We are glad you liked Philly! Too bad we didn’t get to see you down in our neck of the woods.

    Its starting to get hot and humid here after having a beautiful week.

    TFAT and THAT had the exact same dedication!

  66. Buddy and T.C.
    6:59 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Masquers, Tell Nana and Bear we will send WW their way after we read it after we read TDWKTM.

    Snowhook: We want to know more about our zipper pull we won in the auction, along with the well-worn booties. Did A.J. the Giant wear that on his jacket?

  67. Siber-H
    7:03 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Rio, Why aren’t you showing us the photo where you show us the acknowledgement in TFAT?

    OMD Howlers. You are correct. So, where in the book is the acknowledgement of US?

  68. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:04 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Happy Birthday to Debbie and YSAS! Many happy returns of the day.

    If Tom Cruise can Play Reacher, then YSAS can play Bernie.

    Grump, it seems to me that those of us who preordered Dog Who on our Kindle should have it by now.

    After all, it is a holiday weekend even if some of u’s do have work.

    Sigh. Three more days. I can wait. I think I can, I think I can…….

  69. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:13 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    All of the “stocking stuffers” (I love calling them that) will be sold on the Mushers Merchandise site. The order was placed yesterday and they said it would take a week. Once I pick them up, I will ship them to Bear ASAP!

    If we sell out, we can always reorder more.

  70. Siber-H
    7:13 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Ok, I found the acknowledgement in the back of TFAT. We are back to square one…did Rio show it to us then or not? I don’t remember.

  71. B.Stover
    7:16 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Rose: Of course you’re a Plunderer. Welcome back.

  72. B.Stover
    7:23 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Very bad thunderstorm here with hail. The rain seems to be coming down in all different directions and it’s windy. I think we’re having a hurricane….

  73. Melanie
    7:28 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    I do remember Riö showing us the acknowledgment.

    I wish I could do the Birthday cakes. Have to figure out if I can do them on my ancient photoshop. 🙁 I just got that computer hooked back up to the WiFi, for some reason Mac OS X Lion not only took away my photoshop, but it kicked the connection for the other computer. Sniggle Fritz.

    THEN, I was trying to get the stupid thing to sync iCalendars when it TOOK AWAY all of YSAS’s work account emails!

    Talk about heart stopping. CARPOLA!

    So before I threw the computer out the window, I helped Zoë take the dogs for a walk. Came home and fixed it. Though I still can’t sync the calendars and the photoshop is missing.

  74. Siber-H
    7:37 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Melanie has come along to save the day before Rio throws me out the window.

    Here is the Dedication:

    For All The Friends of The Nation Within The Nation.

  75. BearSpiritDog
    7:54 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Siber-H: That is the Best dedication ever!

    Melanie: That Mac OS x Lion sounds like a problem not a program. It’s attacking all your cool stuff!

  76. BearSpiritDog
    7:57 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Signing off early. See you all at Sunday Brunch! – Bear

  77. Melanie
    8:11 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Tired out and happy!

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:13 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Good-Dawg!…I went through all that begging to find out the obvious…grunt!… What about the Acknowledgments, did he say anything special in that part??…huffle!

  79. OleyHowlers
    8:15 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Friends of the Nation Within The Nation … that is wonderful.

    But … if we are the Nation Within the Nation…who are the Friends? Our Moms & Pops? or (shudder) The Kats ?

  80. Buddy and T.C.
    8:16 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Its Buddy the Plunderer !!!! Best Friend to The Nation in Oley !

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:33 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Oh!…Dear Dawg!….snort!…I’m actually looking forward to getting out of here and going on the Brutal Walk in a few minutes…grump!

  82. Staff
    8:34 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    That doesn’t sound like lions. It sounds like goats! Are you sure you got the right program. Mac OS x Goat. Watch out.

    Dear Debbie,
    Happy Birthday and go buy yourself a little fabric for your birthday. I bought myself a little fabric for Dawson’s birthday and it was just too much fun. Heh.

    I love the picture of Clarkson in his hat. I agree with Dawson.
    Cake here! heh heh heh that reminds me of when Rio used to yell Beer here!

    I read Dostoyevsky years ago and don’t remember much. College you know…snicker…don’t tell B.
    I really liked the Patrick O’Brian series although I don’t think I got much past the 12th one. I secretly prefer the Hornblower series until the last couple. They were duds. Mr.Staff reads Ross Macdonald, but I haven’t. Maybe I should put it on my list. I wonder if I can get it for 99cents from Amazon?
    And, I am not reading Nabokov no matter how good Spence thinks he is.

  83. Rose
    8:34 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    OH: There is always a next time. The Prof and I will definitely be back to Philly! (Have to try gelato and cheesesteaks)!

    I will have to put aside reading “Freedom” on my nook for TDWKTM!

    Wolfie: If you can, I can too!!!

    Thanks, B and Siber. NOW I feel official!!!!

  84. Masquers
    8:37 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Welcome back to Rose
    And, everybody knows
    You are a Plunderer!
    Through and Through.

  85. Siber-H
    8:39 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Rio, The acknowledgements are people I don’t know…no Rio or Siber-H

  86. Buddy and T.C.
    8:47 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    B! Bad Storms approaching South Bend. They are suspending the game for the 2nd time !!!!! Unheard of!

    Awesome Dawson! You called it early on. You said the ARC had the dedication to TK … The Kats !!!! WOW! T.C. and I feel so honored. Better luck next time, Rio & Siber ! tee hee !

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:49 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Crap!…That just sucks!…snort!…Just as much as this walk sucks!…grumble!…You’d think the guy could say something about us….sniffle! grump!

  88. Masquers
    8:51 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Hot? YOU think it’s HOT where you are?
    WeatherKat signing off with a Smile.

  89. Barb & Maggie
    9:22 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    We are signing off too. Back tomorrow bright and early. Will we get some Sundays with Ingrid?

  90. Siber-H
    9:26 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Masquers, I will break the news to you gently….those aren’t hot tempertures.

  91. Snowhook Bella
    9:28 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Happy Birthday to Wookie’s mom! I wonder if Wookie allowed her to give him extra tummies as his birthday present to her.

    Melanie: I’d like a slice of cake, just a small slice as we seem to have a lot of September birthdays.

    Buddy & T.C.: I made the zipper pull especially for the auction. The dog tag was worn by one of our team members this year, but not of the two legged variety. I chose the colors of beads to represent the kennel in a way: AJ is the musher in black—all his gear is black or maybe, if he is feeling daring, gray, and I have my pink little hat—nothing about my gear matches.

    Last night was a long night. On the way home from gathering firewood our trailer got a flat tire. We were only six miles from home. We must have been a sight to the trooper that stopped to check on us just after it happened: the seam on AJ’s pants split up the inside of his thigh while we were working and I was soaking and covered in mud from loading the wood. If my face was as dirty as AJ’s I’m sure the trooper got a good chuckle. We left the trailer and hurried home to collect a spare tire—to leave a trailer of firewood for too long is to risk returning to no firewood or no trailer of firewood.

    Two cords of wood weighs a lot more than Princess Sam, so we weren’t surprised when our jack wasn’t up to the challenge. Night began to fall and car after car sped by, yet we were fortunate. A couple from Anchorage were camping in their motor home at the cemetary across the highway; they came to Willow for the weekend to make the headstone for her father’s grave. They had two of the nation with them and walked over to check on us. Between their jack and ours and with his help we found ourselves heading for home a couple hours later with a spare tire on the trailer.

    Exhausted, we unloaded the wood and finally settled down to dinner around midnight. AJ woke early this morning, headed to town and bought some flowers to give to the couple that helped us last night. I went to bed feeling as if a cold was coming on and woke this morning not feeling well. AJ tucked the blankets tighter around me, told me to rest and said he would do firewood by himself today.

    I have to say that it is an impressive sight to watch AJ bring the axe down from overhead and split wood with one swing log after log.

  92. Buddy and T.C.
    9:36 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Thanks for explaining the zipper pull, Rebecca. Did you see our shadowbox arrangement? We are very happy with it and it is now hanging up in our kitchen.

  93. Snowhook Bella
    9:41 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Buddy & T.C.: Onward Snowhook! I love it. The arrangement is nicely done; I especially like that you can see the paw marks on the booties.

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:03 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Firewood!….I’ve heard that Giants swing axes very well indeed!…heh!

    Walk!…wheeze!cough!…gasp!…My paws hurt dammit!….grump!…I’m sick and tired of all this walking. My bowels are as clean as a whistle…snort!

  95. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    10:05 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Good evening to Plunderers So sorry Natasha has been avay from you so long – has been very busy time in spy business.
    Ve vould like to say that ve love dedication in new book Of course, ve are friend of all Nation Vithin members…except maybe for Siber and the shameless hussy across canyon. Ve are not too sure about them.

    Rio- my dear little puglet, have you valked your poor little paws down to nubs? Natasha thinks you should get extra burp-itto for all your hard vork.

    YSAS and Debbie LM, ve wish you most happy birthdays, vith lots of cake and balloons. (Natasha loves balloons)

    Rose – velcome home Philly vas very nice, no? Ve expecially like bell of liberty.

    Bella – AJ sounds like good man to have around in cold of vinter – in many vays. Ve hope you have not the cold in nose – is so hard to be mysterious, alluring femme fatale vith red, running nose.

  96. Snowhook Bella
    10:13 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    AJ is home at last and that means it is time for more splitting and stacking. Our VIP must not get cold in March—what kind of hostess would I be if I let that happen?

    Natasha: It is a cold of the nose, so I think until I feel better I’m off any sort of femme fatale duty.

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:31 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Detective!…. Tonight we happened to walk by a boy, nine or 10 years old, who was shoving a plank into a large shrub that had a hole cut out of it. It looked like a cave and it was right behind one of those old mailboxes that stand out on the side of the street….snort!… We were about 10 feet past him when he said, “I bet you are wondering what I am doing?”….grunt!…Well my friend turned around and said, “Well, yes we are wondering what you are doing?”….”I’m going to catch the guy who’s been stealing our mail with a hidden camera set up in this bush here.”….heh!… This intrigued my friend and so we walked back to the boy. She then offered up a suggestion, which I will not repeat because it involved a gnome, a hidden spy camera and a lever…grunt! …The boy brushed it off immediately and continued with his cave idea….bless!…I, by the way, know exactly who has been stealing that young fellers mail…Those Marauding Goats! …snort! …Bastards!

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:56 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Rebecca!… You better not catch pneumonia!….snort!…After last nights ordeal, you should stay in and keep dry…grunt!…Giants need to take care of themselves too you know…snuffle!

  99. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:51 pm on September 3rd, 2011

    Well, mom started the silly BBQ sauce this morning, and had to put it away while she went to a birthday party. So now she is slaving over a hot stove waiting for the mixture to boil down. It is a tedious business, one not to be repeated. The idea of freezing tomatoes is sounding more and more appealing by the minute.


  100. Snowhook Bella
    12:02 am on September 4th, 2011

    Rio: We just finished chopping and stacking the firewood and doing do chores. I feel better for the fresh air, but am exhausted. AJ was nice enough to let me rest today, but I plan on being by his side tomorrow morning when we leave for more firewood.

    Wolfie: If your BBQ sauce turns out half as good as your toffee, you may have a winner.

    Liz: I must have been channeling you last night. The gentleman that helped us with the flat tire commented that he liked my Australian accent. AJ said I may talk differently, but it’s definitely not Australian.

  101. Macy the Min-pin
    1:48 am on September 4th, 2011

    Mom says to say for the record that she did a paper on “The Day of the Locust” in college. She remembers that it was about some people somewhere who did some stuff. The End.

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    9:42 pm on September 6th, 2011

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