Turnspit Dogs

“This is long but kind of interesting,” Spence says.

“Plus I don’t like it,” says Admin.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/05/13/311127237/turnspit-dogs-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-vernepator-cur

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103 Responses to “Turnspit Dogs”

  1. O'Howlers
    8:18 am on May 14th, 2014

    Good morning! Mom is working in her office today, so therefore: we can be outdoors all day if we want!
    Admin, we did not like that story either. It is amazing that we had never heard of that before (yesterday). heh!

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:35 am on May 14th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Interesting and educational story but we didn’t enjoy it.
    Something about hopelessness :( CHobbit and Wolfie Wigglebutt, good to hear from y’all.
    Have a welcoming Wednesday.

  3. Macy the min-pin
    8:37 am on May 14th, 2014

    Good morning Howlers and all. Enjoy your day of freedom. Zoos, try not to eat anything alive.

  4. Macy the min-pin
    8:37 am on May 14th, 2014

    Hey Herd!

  5. Barb & Maggie
    8:47 am on May 14th, 2014

    We didn’t much like that story either. Only god thing to come out of it was the ASPCA.

    Barb is home today, but it is too cold to be outside and we may get more rain later.

    Finished the book about the dog on the hill. It was OK, nothing special, and we didn’t read the last chapter.

  6. Macy the min-pin
    8:57 am on May 14th, 2014

    Zoos is up top!

  7. B.Stover
    9:06 am on May 14th, 2014

    I’d never heard of this. It confirms how cruel human beings can be.

    Good morning all.

  8. Zeusikov
    9:11 am on May 14th, 2014

    Macy, me me me???? I am up top???? Wow!!! I am twirling and I can’t seem to stop!
    Mom said I should thank youse for not condemning her as a bad Zeus-Mom. She is still learning my likes and dislikes. I am very different from the other Sibes around here. But hey! I am having a great time now, with those Reds. Who knew they could be so much fun?
    (whispering) Wolfie, Dude I would have done the same thing with that chickie if it was just wandering free in my yard, and not behind that blasted fence.

  9. Wose-the small and meek
    9:16 am on May 14th, 2014

    Greetings!

    Howlers, Since your mom is home, and youse will be out in the yard today, does this mean that T.C. Get paroled from the dark, dirty, laundry room?

    I loved Beau’s pictures! What a sweetheart! That last picture looked like Beau was saying his prayers last night.

    Head shrinking Wednesday! I am convinced that all I need to feel better is Mr. Carrot, ‘Lil Carrot, and my Rose quilt.

  10. Wose-the small and meek
    9:17 am on May 14th, 2014

    Zeusikov, Step away from the chickies….

  11. T.C.
    9:19 am on May 14th, 2014

    Hiya Wose! YES!!! I am free to come and go as I please from my cellar today. That is, until Mommy has to leave to take Meashka to the v-e-t. She will then make sure I am safely in the cellar and lock my little door. I am still not sure about Zeus, although I have to admit he does seem to look kindly at me.

    Did youse guys see that super smart bird over in Chet’s facebookie post on the right? He is amazing.

  12. Herd of Hounds
    9:41 am on May 14th, 2014

    Wednesday is mom’s S&S day…sweep and shop so she hides the ipaw when she leaves :( If only we had thumbs! BBL

  13. T.C.
    9:41 am on May 14th, 2014

    I hate it when that happens.

  14. BooBear
    10:03 am on May 14th, 2014

    Wow, I just got to check in on yesterday evening’s posts. What a day all of you had!!
    ML, your girls should be ashamed for making you worry like that! Wonder if it would be cheaper to just get the group microchips.

  15. Masquers
    10:19 am on May 14th, 2014

    T.C.: I have high hopes you and Zeus will become great pals.
    Hmmm..that lead story of today looks like déjà vu from yesterday.
    A hat tip to the Howlers from Spence & Admin.

  16. Tupper and Gilly
    10:45 am on May 14th, 2014

    Good morning, family

    Busy day around here. Many errands and then Mama is off to get the new Royal Corgi Carriage. At least dinner is all planned – the chef salad for last night was put on hold when it got very cold in the evening. Tonight is supposed to be warm so lettuce enjoy our salad days.

  17. BearSpiritDog
    11:16 am on May 14th, 2014

    Growl. My carefully typed post was vanquished when the Power went Out for a brief second. Again. What’s up with that?

    BooBear: What I was saying was…even with Microchips the gang could have ended up in jail.
    My Best Pal and I had somewhat of the same experience when we lived in Coronado (who knew a 150 lb. Rottweiler could get over that tall gate so easily). Fortunately, like Macy, we had Friends in High Places and got off with a warning…a couple of them if the truth be told.

    Royal Mum: Very warm streak here. Heh, heh we will enjoy!
    (sorry about your sporty car).

  18. Masquers
    11:30 am on May 14th, 2014

    T.C.: Wow! That bird IS amazing! Wonder what the POP think of him.

  19. Wose-the small and meek
    11:32 am on May 14th, 2014

    T.C. , Yay! I am doing the Snoopy dance for you. Does your mom leave some snacks and a beverage of your choice for you while you are in the laundry room?i I wished we lived closer. I would love to cat/husky sit for youse guys.

  20. Wose-the small and meek
    11:35 am on May 14th, 2014

    Royal Mum, Sorry you have to trade in the Royal Sporty wheels. Perhaps you can trade in for a very Royal Glass carriage, like the other Royal Family has.

  21. Wose-the small and meek
    11:37 am on May 14th, 2014

    Crossed signals with the headshrinker. Yipeee! No crying today!

    I wonder if my VBFF, Belle Starr is in cahoots.

  22. Wose-the small and meek
    11:41 am on May 14th, 2014

    That bird is VERY talented!

  23. Zoe
    11:43 am on May 14th, 2014

    I have a lot of rocks in the poop yard. I am going to take a picture of them and put it on Facebook. I want to put it on here, too, but it seems I need a refresher course in Jpeg.

    I heard that story on NPR yesterday…about the spit dogs. It was hard to listen to.

  24. Siber-H
    12:14 pm on May 14th, 2014

    The spit dogs…We didn’t know about that either and like a lot of you, we have read some British history. We don’t like it either. It is sick.

    C.Hobbit, We are so laughing about the photo of the Husky and the river.

    Macy’s Mom, Mom has thick chains and padlocks on our gates. I don’t know if that would work for you guys. We are very glad that all the runaways on this blog have returned home safely.

  25. c.hobbit
    12:24 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Siber-H: Here is another one for you…

  26. O'Howlers
    12:33 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Hobbit! That is hysterical. We don’t think that heavy machine could work any faster than husky legs though.
    Meashka returned from her exam. Verdict: Super exceptionally healthy. She also met a corgi at the v-e-t office. He told her he is not a Royal.

  27. Tupper and Gilly
    12:33 pm on May 14th, 2014

    That’s a CORGI. On a BACKHOE! Wahooooooo!

  28. O'Howlers
    12:35 pm on May 14th, 2014

    T&G: it is not Pink.

  29. Siber-H
    12:44 pm on May 14th, 2014

    C.Hobbit, That is funny. Umm I wonder how much those backhoes cost and if I could order one online..

  30. O'Howlers
    12:46 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Check out this link. It shows two photos of each place, each from a different angle. The outcomes are amazing.

    http://themetapicture.com/famous-photos-from-a-different-angle/

  31. Siber-H
    1:04 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Howlers, Those photos are amazing…some are depressing, but still fascinating.

  32. Wose-the small and meek
    1:25 pm on May 14th, 2014

    I am happy to hear that Mama Meash is in good health!

  33. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    1:41 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Howlers – give us 15 minutes and a bucket of pink paint.

  34. Zeusiköv
    1:50 pm on May 14th, 2014

    The Borzoi is now painter? I must now learn paint now. I am Borzoi’s cahooter.

  35. Herd of Hounds
    2:06 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Zoe, glad your poop yard isn’t as bad as you thought, sorry it is for the reasons we have seem. love our goofy girl and French Airhead andChinese Aussie Shep.
    Ain’t dawgs great?

  36. BearSpiritDog
    2:29 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Zoe: For the longest time we thought you had something to do with the Borzoi’s Posts.

  37. Barb & Maggie
    2:30 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Love the pictures. Nattie, Are you helping them paint in your high heels?

    Barb’s kids always make fun of her because of her airlock system for entering the house and her padlocked back yard, but it keeps us safe and keeps Barb from worrying about us.

    The pictures Howlers posted are incredible. Didn’t realize some of those famous spots are totally surrounded by modern civilization.

    Now, must nap.

  38. c.hobbit
    2:31 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Bernie would have a field day with this personal use water calculator. It is interesting to walk through the steps to calculate what you are using and how you can reduce your water footprint:
    http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/change-the-course/water-footprint-calculator/

  39. BearSpiritDog
    2:35 pm on May 14th, 2014

    The CrockPot is on and now it is time for a quick Store-run.
    Chicken..it’s what’s for Dinner (cover your ears Fern & Peaches)

    We are Loving the Pictures and Links.

  40. Masquers
    2:44 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Of all the photos the second view of the Taj Mahal is the saddest.

  41. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:50 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Photoz!…As I was looking at these photoz it suddenly dawned on me that the first view was taken by a photographer and the second view was taken by MollysMaw…heh!heh!

  42. DDD
    2:55 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Hey Hobbit, good to see you stateside and talking. DDD likes to know where mama dawgs friends are

  43. c.hobbit
    3:06 pm on May 14th, 2014

    DDD…I’ve been wondering about *you*. HOH never comments like she used to about your doings. I don’t know when I’ll be winging your way but that is still the plan. It is hard to leave Alaska during the summer…

  44. O'Howlers
    3:24 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Masquers, The Pyramids was the one we found saddest. We have friends who rode camels and Arabs over there and it looked so great. Mom always wanted to do that. Nobody told her you only ride that little patch of sand.

  45. Wose-the small and meek
    3:33 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Lovely card today from ML. We love you.

  46. Mollypop's Mom
    3:41 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Rio, ha ha snort.

  47. Herd of Hounds
    3:51 pm on May 14th, 2014

    No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

  48. Masquers
    4:16 pm on May 14th, 2014

    HOH: Lol. Looks like you’ve got a million of ’em.
    ML: You are very thoughtful. Hope life is getting a little better day by day.
    But…who let the dogs out?

  49. Zeus
    4:44 pm on May 14th, 2014

    I am in heap big trouble. I totally wrecked the fancy Victorian screen door while Mom was busy on a call with a co-worker. I wanted in in in. I am packing my bags now.

  50. Herd of Hounds
    5:15 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Chobbit, the DDD went fishing on the MsSonja today with the boarder in the basement. they shoould be home soon.

  51. BearSpiritDog
    5:32 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Dawson, BooBear and all those contemplating a “little” Home Repair. Nana had a friend who went to repair a light switch and ended up remodeling the whole house…or as it is known in the building trade…one thing leads to another.
    A Story for another day perhaps.
    Zoe: Not you…yours is the Big 200 Year Repair…not in the same category with the others.
    Zeusikov: It will take more than that to get you Pack’n. I speak from experience.

  52. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    5:45 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Dear Zeusikov – is ok, you can tell lady vas Natasha scratched door. Natasha has big shoulders.
    And high heels.
    And soon to be Pink Bulldozer

  53. Meashka
    5:52 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Here is the Zeus’d door.

  54. Mollypop's Mom
    5:54 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Zeusie Sweetie, your mom didn’t hear that you wanted to come in in in. You didn’t want to disturb her on her phone call so you tried to take matters into your own paws. Poor baby.

  55. Mollypop's Mom
    5:58 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Meash, some wood glue on the dowels, a new screen, and all fixed!

  56. Siber-H
    5:59 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Zeusikov, I like Mollypop’s Mom take on this. From the picture, it looks like the screen can be replaced, and the screen door will be like brand new.

  57. Zeusiköv
    6:05 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Thanks, Guys. That man already said he can fix it. The lady says I will keep doing it every time I panic about not getting in in in. She is a bit frazzled over something so silly in my opinion. The man is hard at work fixing the other 2 screens I broke earlier.

  58. Siber-H
    6:21 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Zeusikov, My mom also says you will keep doing it. So, iron bars of some sort? My folks once had to put bars on a living room window because the dog jumped through it two different times. Thankfully, the dog was never hurt.

  59. BearSpiritDog
    6:36 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Siber-H: “a dog” not You.

  60. Tupper and Gilly
    6:39 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Gramp likes to tell the story of dog from the early days – she was upset because the family was going to the lake without her. So, she went right through the living room window.
    It was on the second floor.

    There was a porch roof under the window, and Gramp talks about the dog skittering and sliding down the roof, to land on the grass at their feet.

    She got up, shook herself off, and hoped into the car. She went to the lake after all.

  61. BearSpiritDog
    6:47 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Tupper&Gilly: THAT’s what we’re talk’n about! Heh.

  62. Siber-H
    6:53 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Bear, It wasn’t me. It was a female GSD that had spent the first year of her life living with pigs and then she was “dumped”
    on my folks. This girl also tried to jump in a car through a rolled up window. She broke the window but was not injured. Mom woke up one morning to find her standing in the kitchen sink.
    It took time, but she became a civilized family member.

  63. BearSpiritDog
    6:58 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Siber-H: Wow! THAT is some Story! One of my own kind…I can understand.

  64. Macy the min-pin
    7:20 pm on May 14th, 2014

    We here have two broken front windows, complements of Miss Biddy, the biggest min-pin of the bunch.

    Yard guys out cleaning up, thanks to mom’s Sunday School class. It looks so much better. Not quite sure what the stomping on the roof is about. We here are very thankful.

  65. Thieves!
    7:40 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Zeus: If it will help, we can blur by and show your maw some real antics. You will look like an angel when we are finished. But we have a question before you answer our offer—who is Victor and why does he get his own screen door? Should we have our own as well?

  66. Wose-the small and meek
    7:51 pm on May 14th, 2014

    DOUBLE TAKE!
    RIO up top, and Rio, Beau, and Pepper together. That is one of my favorite pictures of him!

  67. Thieves!
    7:58 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Double take! That is what we call when one of us takes the beef jerky out of the Giant’s hand and then the other takes the bag of jerky.

  68. Elim
    8:03 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Zeus: Before I came to run with the team, I may or may not have eaten all the first floor screens of a young family’s home. I may or may not have also eaten their garage door opener, a broom, a fishing rod and striped their house of its wiring. This was after running five miles a day with the pop. I was a born sled dog. Maybe youse too are a born sled dog. Patsy Ann says she will blur over to help your paw assess the situation. (Whispering) I think Patsy Ann is sweet on your paw.

  69. Barb & Maggie
    8:05 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Zeus has a bad case of separation anxiety going on. Maybe it will ease up with time. Right now let him be with you till he realizes he is not going anywhere. Baby steps.

    HOH What the hell is the MsSonja River? Googled it and of course couldn’t find anything. Is it one of your made up names?

  70. Mollypop's Mom
    8:18 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Rio, American Idol is on. Be sure to catch it on your time right from the beginning because our dear Caleb has a medical problem.

  71. Mollypop's Mom
    8:20 pm on May 14th, 2014

    MagPie, you nailed it about Zeus. You totally understand because you don’t let Barb out of your site. We know that.

  72. Mollypop's Mom
    8:35 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Rio, my last post disappeared but not for me to give up so I will tell you again. American Idol is on please catch it right away from the start because Caleb has had a medical problem.

  73. Macy the min-pin
    8:40 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Barb, I think MsSonja is a boat. Maybe. Or not..

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:03 pm on May 14th, 2014

    GAH!…Thanks for the heads up! We JUST turned it on…gasp!….Last years winner had a medical problem to…GAH!…But he made it to the very end. I hope Caleb is going to be okay…sniffle!

  75. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:04 pm on May 14th, 2014

    SiberH!….Kitchen Sink!??…heh!heh!snort!….I almost laughed out loud over that one…chorkel!

  76. Howlers' Mom
    9:06 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Thanks for the ideas and story sharing, although some of your stories are scaring me a bit much. I have had some anxiety-prone Sibes…well, o.k. Just one: Misha Moonman. But he was never anxious about geting in in in. And when he got his very own Sasha, he left anxiety behind. So this is brand new. So far, Zeus has been good in the house while we are at work all day. I hope that does not change. I really wish I knew more of his story, so I could figure out the best plan, but I do think Maggie is right that we need to keep him with us, inside or outside, when we are home.

    Good news: All three screens have been replaced/repaired.
    Bad news: Zeus started another fight with Meashka. :(

  77. Macy the min-pin
    9:15 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Zoos, dude, knock it off. Be cool with the ladies. You have a sweet deal there, don’t blow it.

  78. c.hobbit
    9:19 pm on May 14th, 2014

    HOH: tell DDD to check his SDD

  79. Kat
    9:25 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Zeus is my boyfriend, and I am trying very hard to get him to do right. I just know I can change him. Mama Meash says all girls think they can change their man.

  80. Barb & Maggie
    9:25 pm on May 14th, 2014

    ML, I bet you are right about MsSonja being a boat. That makes total sense.

    MPM, We know not of which you speak! Me a Shadow?

    Once a long time ago a dog behavior specialist told Barb to walk dogs on leashes side by side if they are not getting along. It is extra work, but I would try it for awhile and not let them have free time together till you get this worked out. Someone could get hurt. If they are together and it is not an all out battle, a spray hose might work. Try that before it escalates into a full blown battle. We know Sibes do not like water.

  81. Barb & Maggie
    9:27 pm on May 14th, 2014

    OK, we said something that put us in moderation. Have no idea what, but we were making comments to Howlers mostly. What the hay!

  82. Mollypop's Mom
    9:29 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Oh my dear niece Kat t, I have so much to tell you.

  83. Kat
    9:36 pm on May 14th, 2014

    RJ is my #1 man, but he doesn’t visit me much. Don’t tell Zeus.

  84. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:38 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Kat!…She is weaving her web of deception…snort!…I sure hope Junior has time to check this here blog…grunt!

  85. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:39 pm on May 14th, 2014

    MollysMaw!….I sure hope Caleb’s voice holds out for 2 more songs…wheeze!

  86. Herd of Hounds
    9:51 pm on May 14th, 2014

    B&M, the Ms Sonja is the Old Fart’s pontoon boat that is moored on the Tennessee River. That man loves that boat! Named it after his and mom’s first dog they had together.

  87. Barb & Maggie
    9:54 pm on May 14th, 2014

    HOH, Our post in moderation included a comment to ML saying that we bet she was right about MsSonja being a boat. Still don’t know what happened to that post.

  88. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:04 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Pontoon!…snort!….I can envision Dirty Daddy Dawg on that pontoon boat drinking Shine and fishing on the ole Tennessee River…heh!heh!

  89. Junior
    10:08 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Kat: Gasp! I was just thinkin about posting today that my eyebrows aren’t going to find themselves and ask you on a date. Sniff.

  90. Junior
    10:09 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Luna says I wear my heart on my collar. I don’t care who knows it.

  91. Kat
    10:10 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Zeus who?

  92. Kat
    10:31 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Momma says I must go to bed now. Rio Jr., if you want a date, you need to ask.
    Call me, maybe.

  93. Staff
    10:35 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Whew!
    We have been cleaning like crazy here. A friend of mine is coming for an overnight. She will sleep in the spare bedroom in Alice’s bed. Too bad for Alice. I had to get stuff put away that has been sitting in the library since we got back to the farm.

    Yikes.

    And floors. We had to vacuum and mop floors. And kitchen counters had to be excavated. We could have used a little bit of Mr.Husky’s digging talents. It is starting to look pretty good around here. It is always stressful and then we think how much we really do like our home.

  94. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:39 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Kat!…snort!…You’ve got Junior by his Eyebrows now…chorkel!

  95. Tupper and Gilly
    10:41 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Standing in the kitchen sink? That is too funny.

    We have been busy being on guard while Mama unpacked blue stones. Oh my, there sure are a lot of them.

  96. Barb & Maggie
    10:50 pm on May 14th, 2014

    Call me,maybe? Funny one, Kat.

    Night all. Bed time here.

  97. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on May 14th, 2014

    MollysMaw!…Alex brought us all to our knees here and to tears with his last song….sniffle!…We know he will not make it to the final two, but he will make it BIG. …heh!… Caleb may have blown what was left of his voice out tonight. I hope he can recover. There is another whole week left, right? Before they pick one out of two. Those two being Caleb and Jena – way hard choice, but I am sticking with Caleb…wheeze!

  98. Tupper and Gilly
    11:28 pm on May 14th, 2014

    That’s it for us here too.
    G’night family.

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