Viva Italia

“Here’s something you’d like, big guy,” Bernie says. I hurry into the office, thinking: treat! Wouldn’t you? But there’s no treat. Bernie’s at the computer. “They’ve got a whole team of dog lifeguards in Italy, 300 of them so far, all trained at the Italian School of Canine Lifeguards. The dogs wear a harness or tow a buoy or raft that swimmers in trouble can grab onto. Sometimes they even leap out of helicopters or speedboats.”

Wow! Where’s Italy, again?

“Says here that the school will train any breed as long as they weigh at least 66 pounds – no problem there, Chet – but they work mostly with Labs, Newfs and goldens – well, you’ve got all that and more, except maybe not the golden part. Any golden in you?”

What was the question? More important, when were we checking out this school?

Hat tip – Wookie.

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  1. staff
    5:14 am on August 25th, 2010

    Ok, confession time,

    Yesterday, when I went in for the procedure to remove a stent they had put into me somewhere near the new kidney, I was very nervous. I took two books.

    When I got there they were backed up an hour. (Their computers had crashed) and I finished the non SQ book. So I was forced to read TFAT.

    I was on chapter 11. Now I am on Chapter 23. I managed to nap all the way home or there would be nothing left to read at all.

    Staff

  2. Melanie
    5:14 am on August 25th, 2010

    Go Wöökie! Just be careful of Riö, he might send you some bed bugs!

  3. Melanie
    5:16 am on August 25th, 2010

    Staff, It's okay . . . Wöökie's mom and you are doing a beautiful quilt. You are forgiven about everything.

    Though I'm not sure Wöökie's involvement with the quilt is going to save him from the wrath of Riö.

  4. BStover
    5:16 am on August 25th, 2010

    To be honest, I don't care if there is an Italian School of Canine Lifeguards.

  5. staff
    5:21 am on August 25th, 2010

    Melanie, This post was way better than the teeth!

  6. Barb & Maggie
    5:28 am on August 25th, 2010

    Wookster, You might have gotten a hat tip from someone up there, but I bet you are on Stover's and Rio's SOL list for creating another distraction.

    Once on Animal Planet, I watched an Italian Newfie named Mas that leaped out of helicopters to save people.

    Staff, you are forgiven for your momentary loss of self control, regarding those 12 chapters.

  7. Sam
    5:30 am on August 25th, 2010

    Staff, saying this is better than the teeth doesn't say much. This is also better than tin futures. Man!

  8. Sam
    5:42 am on August 25th, 2010

    I got so worked up that I forgot to tell Staff and Debbie LM how beautiful the quilt is! Absolutely a work of art!

  9. BStover
    5:44 am on August 25th, 2010

    SOL doesn't begin to cover the list Wookie et al are on.

    I'm glad things went well Staff. You read as much of the novel as you want to read. Do you have any interest in the audio books of C&B? I'm thinking that they might help during doctor visits. I have the cds which I prefer to the mp3 type. I agree with Rio, that you and Debbie should sign our lovely quilt. Both of you did a wonderful job on a many layered and difficult project. All of us greatly appreciate your work.

  10. Mollypop
    5:53 am on August 25th, 2010

    That phenomenal quilt makes such a great start to my day.

    Then the Wookster strikes again!

    I'm going to go back and look at the quilt again. This is a travel day so I won't miss anything. Rio will have his conniption and then it will be baseball time.

  11. Siberian Husky
    5:55 am on August 25th, 2010

    This is a vast improvement over Lois. Mom and I love anything dog related. We are happy with Chet's post today. Uh, I don't think they will be enrolling any Siberians in that lifeguard school unless the water freezes over.

    Staff, yesterday was a day you deserved to read as much of TFAT as needed. We are glad the procedure went well and that you had TFAT to read.

    We agree with everyone that Staff and Debbie should sign the quilt.

  12. Riö - The Evil
    5:58 am on August 25th, 2010

    Wookie!… I ORDER you to stand down!… Grunt!… Agent remove Spencer’s Email Address from your computer this minute!!… growl!… Are you insane?? Sending anything that will distract him from the Astrid case is incomprehensible to me!… snort!… It’s been well over a week of distractions and you alone have caused two days worth!… grumble!

  13. Barb & Maggie
    6:01 am on August 25th, 2010

    Yes definitely sign the quilt, or do some sort of label on the back with your names on it. You deserve many many kudos for all of your hard work and dedication to this project.

    We are waiting for Rio's connip.

  14. B. Stover
    6:23 am on August 25th, 2010

    To me these distractions are no longer funny.

  15. Melanie
    6:25 am on August 25th, 2010

    Yup, there's the connip fit. Soo, since Wöökie's dad brought this up here's a link (notice I DIDN"T BRING IT UP except for one picture) that shows five pictures of the dogs training. It is cool. They show them jumping out of helicopters.

    Can't remember if I told you guys how Patsy saved my life at the Cape. On the ocean side, she just wouldn't let me near the water.

    http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Canine-Lifeguards-2

  16. Barb & Maggie
    6:31 am on August 25th, 2010

    Melanie, We just looked at that web site, and the one dog jumping is the dog Mas, that we mentioned earlier.

  17. Riö - The Evil
    6:36 am on August 25th, 2010

    Stover!… I concur!….grunt!

  18. Gus and BooBear
    6:49 am on August 25th, 2010

    Beautiful, fantastic, wonderful quilt!!! Y'all are doing a great job and we all appreciate it very much. Personally, we really liked today's post…don't really care too much about Astrid anymore and we love when Chet goes off on a tangent (except for tin futures…sorry, Maggie…know your Mom tried to explain them but it went over our cat heads).

    Rio, we will try to ask SQ any question any of our bloggers want, but it will be very crowded and may not get called on. But Mom has promised to stand in line and get a copy of TFAT signed to Gus&BooBear from Spence and Chet! How cool is that!

  19. Riö - The Evil
    6:52 am on August 25th, 2010

    BoneWatch!….Like I said some of us guys will do anything for a little attention!… snort!… The only way I would leap out of anything is if someone threw me out!… shudder! … In fact it looks like that happened to the guy in the photo! He was shoved!….grunt!… Viva Italia my arse!…heh!

    Rockies!…. At least my friend will have fun today – she will be leaving in about 1 hour….snort!… I think I will just watch the game (yes! She left the TV on for me!)… and have a nice nap afterwards… grunt! …

  20. Siberian Husky
    6:52 am on August 25th, 2010

    Thanks for the link Melanie. I know we are in the minority here, but mom and I are interested in this dog stuff.

  21. Riö - The Evil
    6:53 am on August 25th, 2010

    Puss N’ Boots!… That is very nice of you!… snort!…As time draws close I will give you a question or two to try and ask!… whoooo!

  22. Siberian Husky
    7:11 am on August 25th, 2010

    Rio, tell your friend from us that we hope she has a really good time at the game and that the Rockies make it a sweep. We want her to get to see the Rockies beat the Braves.

  23. Riö - The Evil
    7:22 am on August 25th, 2010

    SiberH!…And all other ‘Baseball Well Wishers’, I will tell her!…snort!…She is all a flutter today and finding it very hard to concentrate at the busy place!….wheeze!… I’ve been getting “Count Down” emails from her all morning!…heh! … “35 minutes to go!”… grunt!

  24. Mollie (a black pood
    7:40 am on August 25th, 2010

    Staff: The quilt is absolutely perfect! I like the Chet the Jet at the top and the "Plunders" and "B" squares balance it out. Maybe you and DebbieLM could put a small square at the bottom with your names like the painters do with their pictures. Will we ever know what happened to Astrid in this lifetime…

  25. Barb & Maggie
    7:45 am on August 25th, 2010

    There are definitely two factions on this blog. There are those who are mystery buffs, and there are those who enjoy the books more because of Chet's persona. We fit into the 2nd group. We love the books primarily because of Chet's unique narration of the story and his observations of all things human and animal. The mystery aspect is the secondary enjoyment to us.

    That being said, we liked today's post and Melanie's link to the photos. Sorry Bee and Rio.

  26. dawson
    7:52 am on August 25th, 2010

    Woo Woo! Rio's friend is going to the Rockies game! History was made the last time she attended a game. Go Rockies!

    Astrid case? What Astrid case? A distant memory nags…

    I admire these dogs. Plus they look good. Also, google brown newfoundland dog to see the cutest puppy named Hershey.

    Staff: Spence gave you that ARC to help get you through all these bloodlettings, procedures and intrusions into your life due to this new kidney and that is what it's doing. Read On.

  27. Barb & Maggie
    8:11 am on August 25th, 2010

    Rio, We join the others in wishing your friend a good time and hopefully a win for the Rockies.

    I know you don't like to re-explain things, but we don't understand the $650 hot dog thingy. So can you give us a short explanation?

  28. Wölfie Wigglebu
    8:28 am on August 25th, 2010

    The quilt is fabulous!!! Excellant job, ladies! Thank you! There are an awful lot of pug photos though. I don't remember how that happened! But if it has a calming affect on Rio, I'm all for it!

    I liked Lois. She can't help it if Chet has this thing about teeth!

  29. Wölfie Wigglebu
    8:30 am on August 25th, 2010

    Did anyone see the story about that little old lady in England who threw her neighbor's kat in the trash bin? The owners finally tracked the kat down, and he's fine, but they showed the video on TV and now this lady is getting death threats. Serves her right. Meanie!!

  30. Wölfie Wigglebu
    8:33 am on August 25th, 2010

    Staff –

    You go girl! If you send mom your snail mail address at aller@sti.net, then she'd love to send you a check towards expenses. And Wookers mom, thanks again for the block. I love the way it captures a slight blur. Makes me tingle all over!!

  31. Siberian Husky
    8:37 am on August 25th, 2010

    Very well said, Maggie. We are in the second group.

    We have to go away for awhile, but we are going to look up Dawson's Hershey when we return.

    Bless Wolfie's little canine heart, he spoke kindly of Lois. Mom says I can learn a lesson from that. I'm thinking about it.

  32. Siberian Husky
    9:02 am on August 25th, 2010

    Maggie, I'm laughing, but could it be that Rio got the decimal point wrong just like he did with the $100 a week or so ago. Maybe he means a $6.50 hot dog.

  33. Barb & Maggie
    9:34 am on August 25th, 2010

    Siber H, Oh, I see. Now it makes sense. Thank you, I thought maybe there was a joke behind the expensive hot dog that I had missed.

    Barb wanted to add that one of the ladies who got a Mortgage Lifter tomato yesterday said it was the best tomato she had eaten in 20 years. Barb was very proud.

  34. Barb & Maggie
    9:40 am on August 25th, 2010

    Siber H, I went back and reread yesterdays posts, and Rio does indeed say "$650.00 Hebrew National hot dog and a $45.00 beer".

  35. dawson
    9:45 am on August 25th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: Mortgage lifter tomatoes sound delicious. I might try to kype a few seeds from Staff if she gets some from you. Will they help me make my payments?

  36. staff
    9:45 am on August 25th, 2010

    Wolfie,

    I have received enough money from the blog for all my quilt work. What you can do is that pay it forward thingy. If you can help someone then go for it and we don't have to worry about any more money.

    Staff

  37. dawson
    9:52 am on August 25th, 2010

    Gee…I never sent any money. That's probably why my square has no eyes!

  38. dawson
    9:56 am on August 25th, 2010

    Putting this off but…must paint the rest of the ceiling today or it will be 2-toned forever.

    Staff: Are you catching up on your rest after your busy week-end?

  39. Barb & Maggie
    9:59 am on August 25th, 2010

    Dawson, I am not sure if they will help with your mortgage, but that is how they originally got their name. This guy named Charlie, who came up with this variety back in the Depression, sold these plants for $1.00 each and paid off his mortgage. Or so the story goes. I will be sending Staff some of these, plus Cherokee Purple, Black Brandywine and Paul Robeson. Those were my 4 favorites from this year. ML being #1.

  40. dawson
    10:31 am on August 25th, 2010

    Whoa horsey!

    Up on a ladder, masking tape in hand, just getting ready to cut a piece off with my teeth when I remember Wolfie's Dad. Those chipped teeth can be contagious but knowledge is power…or something like that. Thank's WWWWW's Dad and hope you don't have to mortgage the farm to get that tooth fixed. But, if you do, Barb will give you some of her Mortgage Lifter seeds. With that funny grin of yours, you will sell a million tomatoes in no time.

  41. Chet The Dog
    10:32 am on August 25th, 2010

    From Admin: Recommendation for mystery readers – Sleeping Beauty, by Ross Macdonald. One of his best, and kind of prophetic, with the galvanizing event being an oil spill. (Published in the early 1970's.)

  42. Alice Johnson
    10:37 am on August 25th, 2010

    Above is a link to Kirby T's badge.

    Hope it works.

    Alice

  43. Alice Johnson
    10:38 am on August 25th, 2010

    well drat, I figured it was too long. I am going to try to use tinyURL for the next one.

  44. Alice Johnson
    10:40 am on August 25th, 2010

    http://flic.kr/p/8vg7Gs

    hope that works.

  45. Melanie
    10:54 am on August 25th, 2010

    Everyone is so busy today!

    The dentist was wrong. My regular doc was able to prove to me that it was just a blood vessel. It took her one minute.

    OMG! I really like this doc.

    Need a nap. Soon I will have to have a command center like Riö and Staff and just nap next to the computer. If only I didn't have to share it.

  46. Barb & Maggie
    10:57 am on August 25th, 2010

    We tried to see Kirby's badge but it makes you open a Flicker account. Is there any other way you can show it to us?

  47. Barb & Maggie
    11:00 am on August 25th, 2010

    Melanie, Glad you got a good report from the doc.

    We knew there black Newfies and b/w — Landseers, but had never seen a brown one. Have never seen one in a dog show. Are they really rare?

  48. dawson
    11:00 am on August 25th, 2010

    Uh oh: Baseball update. Tigers are tied 3 – 3 and going into extra innings. And…the game Rio's friend is at is not going well. The Braves scored 3 in the first and 4 in the second and it is 7 to 0. Yikes. The Rockies are setting themselves up for another historic comeback.

    Flicker Account: Yeah, me too, same question.

  49. dawson
    11:11 am on August 25th, 2010

    Double Yikes! Braves scored 3 more in the 3rd, now 10 – 1. Rio's friend is not happy right now. Dammit!

  50. Melanie
    11:16 am on August 25th, 2010

    There are breeders who specialize in brown or silver. It's recessive so they might have a litter of black with a pup or two that are brown or gray.

    Bess's undercoat is brown, though she is a black dog. When her outside coat is in she's black, when we shave her for the summer she's brown.

    A cool looking dog I saw was a silver with black markings. This was a mismark. You can't show those. You can show brown, gray, black, Landseer and Irish Spotted.

  51. Alice Johnson
    11:28 am on August 25th, 2010
  52. staff
    11:30 am on August 25th, 2010

    Poor Rio,

    He must have wanted to turn the TV off after the third inning. Did you know the Rockies just traded a pitcher to the Twins?

    Mr. Staff told me when updating me on the score.

  53. staff
    11:31 am on August 25th, 2010

    Dear Melanie,

    Naps are the best. I feel like having another one.

  54. Barb & Maggie
    11:31 am on August 25th, 2010

    Love your mom's badge, Kirby!

  55. Barb & Maggie
    12:09 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Thanks Siber, I thought maybe there was a back story about that hot dog getting knocked out of the guy's mouth with the home run ball, and then causing $650.00 worth of dental repair.

  56. Siberian Husky
    12:25 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Well, Maggie, I wrote that sentence like I knew what I was talking about (shouldn't have done that). Your guess could be as good as mine. It could be a $650 dental bill Rio was talking about. Of course, $650 wouldn't get much done by a dentist these days…maybe one x-ray. We'll get this figured out before Rio ever returns to the computer.

    Ok, the Rockies are only behind by 5 runs now. They can do this. They have done it before.

  57. Melanie
    12:26 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Love the ID card!

    Unless magic happens, Dan is having an operation at 8:30 am tomorrow.

    The magic? His small intestine has to become less distended which will unkink things and he'll be able to "pass gas."

    The doctor is hoping for that but getting ready for the operation.

  58. Siberian Husky
    12:26 pm on August 25th, 2010

    4 runs behind now.

  59. Siberian Husky
    12:35 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Dan is in our prayers and all paws are crossed. Are they able to keep him comfortable while waiting to see what will happen? We are hoping that surgery won't be necessary.

  60. dawson
    12:52 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Never thought I'd say this but, please oh please Dan, FART!

    Siber H: Only 2 runs behind now. Thank goodness Rio's friend is there cheering the Rockies on. She never gives up and the Rockies will give 200% for her.

    Kirby T: You are soooo handsome.

  61. Siberian Husky
    1:06 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Thanks Dawson…once again, I had to leave for a short while.

  62. staff
    1:06 pm on August 25th, 2010

    I noticed while I was in the hospital that they seem to take an amazing amount of interest in your ability to fart. Please Dan, go for it! Fart!

    Alice says thanks for all your comments on the Badge for Kirby T.

    I hope the Rockies come back!

  63. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:16 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Wow, I'm coming into this late, but it looks like the Rockies have the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth! Go Rockies!!!

  64. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:17 pm on August 25th, 2010

    TIED! Rio's friend must be screaming her head off! And I can just imagine the kind of frenzy Rio must be in right now!!!

  65. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:23 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Rockies pulled ahead — it's 12 to 10, with runners at 1st and 3rd. All of this has happened with two outs! Boy, it's a good thing I don't live in Georgia — I'd have to be rooting against Rio's team!!

    By the way, my Angels are beating Tampa Bay 12-3. Good for me, but not quite as exciting as Rio's game!

  66. Siberian Husky
    1:26 pm on August 25th, 2010

    WOW I don't believe this baseball game!

  67. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:26 pm on August 25th, 2010

    End of the eighth — score is Rockies 12, Braves 10. Keep all your paws crossed for the ninth inning!

  68. dawson
    1:28 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Wowzer! The Rockies are ahead by 2 going into the ninth! Go Rockies!!!!!

  69. dawson
    1:30 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Crap, If I hadn't stopped to refresh it would've been a triple post about this fantastically exciting ball game. Rio's friend should get season's tickets! The games are soooo fun when she is there.

  70. Siberian Husky
    1:31 pm on August 25th, 2010

    We just have to get through this inning. I've gone through so many chew strips I think I'm gonna be sick.

  71. Barb & Maggie
    1:32 pm on August 25th, 2010

    That come-back is unbelievable. Rio and his friend must be over the top right now! Keep us posted.

  72. dawson
    1:33 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Wish I had a hot dog…

  73. dawson
    1:34 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Woo wooooo! She won't be able to talk tomorrow.

  74. Sam
    1:34 pm on August 25th, 2010

    I'm doing very well today with toys, treats and stuff. Lots of attention just like I deserve. Food that's not that kibble stuff.

    Tomorrow I get abandoned and left to rot.

  75. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:35 pm on August 25th, 2010

    WOW!!! IT'S FINAL — ROCKIES WIN!!

  76. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    1:35 pm on August 25th, 2010

    WOO! WOO! ROCKIES WIN!!!! I think Rio's friend will now have to attend every single remaining Rockies game — she is clearly good luck for the team. Wookie

  77. dawson
    1:39 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Sam: We care about you, we really do, but we are trying to have a moment of extreme WOOO WOOOOOOOING, if you could just hang on.

  78. dawson
    1:41 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Sam: You will have Mollypop to keep you company. And probably more toys and treats when the shoppers come home. Think of that.

  79. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:43 pm on August 25th, 2010

    OK, now that the excitement's over (until Rio gets online to start it up again!) I want to thank Staff and Alice for Mom's badge. I'm sure she'll wear it proudly. (Unless she ends up throwing something at SQ/PA, then she might have to hide her identity!)

    Dawson: Thanks for the compliment! I may have to come live with you — everyone around here seems to think I'm pretty funny looking! And that hot dog's sounding pretty good…. Dagnabit! My boy has class tonight — Mom and Dad will probably wait until later to eat, so the food isn't too dried out when he gets home. At least I'll get some cheese with my pills! Mmmmm, cheese!

  80. Siberian Husky
    1:44 pm on August 25th, 2010

    WOO WOO WOO WOO WOO WOO

    If Rio's friend could get to every Rockies' game, it would be the World Series for the Rockies.

  81. Melanie
    1:45 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Sam, I believe Dawson is correct. Sit in front of a mirror and practice your best "you left me forever" look. Food, toys and treats will pour in.

  82. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:45 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Come to think of it…Staff, maybe you can make another badge that says "Rio's friend" just in case Mom throws something and ends up getting caught!

  83. Barb & Maggie
    1:50 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Can we join in? WOO WOO WOO!!!

  84. dawson
    1:50 pm on August 25th, 2010

    No more excuses…back to painting the ceiling.

    Kirby T. Penworthy: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  85. Siberian Husky
    1:51 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Sam, think hard about whether or not you really want to go to go on the trip. BED BUGS AND RATS, zillions more than Rio and Maggie could ever take care of. The rats are as big as you are and the bed bugs bite. I'm just telling it like it is.

  86. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:57 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Wow, we've gone more than an hour without anyone posting. Chet! See what happens to us when we go so long without getting more of the Astrid case??? Now that baseball's over, there's nothing to talk about!!! Please, please, please try to keep Spence on the straight and narrow. If we knew — and cared — more about Robbie, it might be OK. But we don't. So forget Robbie and get back to Astrid et al. PLEASE!!!

  87. Mollypop
    3:16 pm on August 25th, 2010

    I'm back in Buffalo and getting ready for my stay at Sam's house – that little diva dog.

    Rio – Your friend should get season's tickets from the Rockies. She's their good luck charm.

    I will have 3 days of good fun stuff with Sam's Dad and Boy. They do stuff that their Mom would never allow. It will be great food galore. Maybe we can have a toga party like Staff did.

  88. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:22 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Mollypop and Sam: My Mom and Dad used to live in that neck of the woods, when Dad was stationed at Fort Drum in Watertown. Luckily, that was back before I came to live with them. My Mom remembers walking Cassie — the dog they had then — when it was 30 degrees below zero! And they were there two years, and both winters they had more than 20 feet of snow! Not exactly my thing! I used to complain about winters here — sometimes it gets down to freezing, and we might get half-an-inch of snow every year or two — but that's nothing compared to the stories I've heard Mom and Dad tell. How do you stand it???

  89. Siberian Husky
    4:37 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Thanks for keeping up with the baseball, Dawson, while I was away. This is bad, really bad. What has gone wrong with the Rockies…oh crap

  90. Barb & Maggie
    4:40 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Rio will have another connip coming on!

  91. Siberian Husky
    4:56 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Maggie, I guess Rio got his figures right after all yesterday. He was making a point about the outrageous prices they charge at MLB games.

    Kirby and Staff, the badge is so cute!

  92. Mollypop
    4:09 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Kirby, dear Kirby – Your family did not live anywhere near here. We're probably a good 4 hours away. No one lives in Watertown, population 0. Take a look at the map. Watertown is located way north and at the end of Lake Ontario. They get maybe 300 inches – yes over 20 feet – of snow each winter.

    That doesn't happen in Buffalo. We're in a northern suburb and Mom never even had a plowing service for our driveway. Every few years we get dumped on big time, always before Lake Erie freezes. That makes the news! Again look at the map – the snow belt is south of Buffalo where Mom and I really live at the ski/golf place. Most of their snow is made by the snow machines.

  93. Mollypop
    4:14 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Oh, and the temperatures need to be below freezing if we're going to ski, but they seldom even get down to zero. 20 degrees mostly. In geography class, we learn that the wind comes over a lake that can't go below freezing so we stay way warmer. Great in the summer because that same wind comes over a 75 degree lake and is so pleasant.

  94. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:48 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Mollypop: Mom says you need to look at your atlas again — they lived on post, but Mom worked in Watertown, and she says there were lots of people there! She said they never got down to Buffalo, though — she just knew about lake effect snow and figured since you're on a lake, you got it, too!

  95. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:49 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Hey Rio! I hope you can work the remote control, or are you still stuck on the baseball channel? We're watching Top Chef right now — they're showing the past shows so we're catching up, then we can watch the new one in about 10 minutes!

  96. dawson
    5:03 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Hooray! All done with painting the ceiling. It looks great and now I can think about doing the fun stuff…walls!

    Rio's holding down the fort while his friend is out celebrating the amazing come-back win.

  97. B. Stover
    5:06 pm on August 25th, 2010

    I hope everything works out well with Dan tomorrow.

  98. Siberian Husky
    5:08 pm on August 25th, 2010

    I'm dying to hear about the baseball game, but I may fall asleep before Rio's friend finishes celebrating. That's ok..That was quite a baseball game!

  99. Siberian Husky
    5:11 pm on August 25th, 2010

    I do too, Stover. He has been through so much.

  100. Riö - The Evil
    5:11 pm on August 25th, 2010

    OMG! OMG! OMG!….That’s what she was yelling AGAIN after getting to see the Rockies play at the ballpark!!!…. snort!snort!… That’s all find and dandy but I am starving here and need OUT OUT OUT and FED FED FED!… grumble!…As we are outside she’s telling me what happened… pisssssssssssssss!…. She managed to sit by a really good looking young guy, but he was a Braves Fan…heh!…So he picked on her for the first 6 or so innings and then She got him back in the next and final innings!… grunt!… It was sooo exciting and such nice weather!…sniff!…She had to sit in the sun for a few hours but it was to her back so not so bad, and then their seats were in the perfect place cuz the shade soon took over and it was absolutely PERFECT!…heh!… Lunch was paid for so no worries about the expensive hot dogs and the best Fries in the whole wide world and the 1st beer of the day…snort!…Luckily she had a ton of money(not!) for the next beers that followed… sniff!… Anyway!!!!! The come back was sooooo amazing and so much fun to watch AGAIN!….grunt!…The Big-Wig that paid for everything and drove them said she should go to more games!…S he concurred….Heh!…Everyone was kind of scared to talk to him, but not Her! He loves baseball – she loves baseball, she talked to him all day long (inbetween the cute young guy of course)… snort!…Imagine that!!!??

    Chet!… Even he posted today! A nice tidbit today about a good mystery novel….snort!…Well, if he likes it, we will definitely look into reading it!…Woooo!…

    Kirby!…. Every time I see your face, part Rabbit, Donkey and Cow and other misc animals, I just have to smile!…grunt!…What a great badge! I hope you get a chance to show it to the Charming Mr. Abrahams himself soon!…heh!

    Bess!… Is two-toned!… snort!… Just another thing I love about the ole gal!…heh!…She has her winter color and her summer color, how perfect!…wheeze!… Hi Bess, hope you are feeling better!… sneeze!

    Dan!…I wish I could help you fart guy, I really do!… snort!… I have excess gas that you could really use right now it sounds like!… bummer!… Please Fart Dan!…grunt!

    Well!…We have to go rest!…snort!… Or at least she does, but I am going with her…snicker!…Maybe she will telll me about the INCREDIBLE catch that Cargo made right at the end to win it all!….WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  101. Barb & Maggie
    5:12 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Good luck tomorrow, Dan. We are thinking about you.

    Rio, Congrats to your friend. Can't believe they were able to do such a come back! What an exciting evening for you.

  102. dawson
    5:20 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Yes, I hope Dan gets unkinked before they have to operate. Wonder what makes you get kinked in the first place. Same kind of thing happened to my mother a couple years back. She has the scars to prove it.

    I'd sure like to hear Rio crowing barking about the game like Siber H. but also have to get up early for work tomorrow. Oh there he is!

  103. Riö - The Evil
    5:34 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Wow!…. If I have done my math right I posted the 100dreth Post of the night!!!… snort!snort!… Doesn’t get much better than today!… heh!…sigh!

  104. Siberian Husky
    5:36 pm on August 25th, 2010

    I just got back from watching that catch by Cargo on the Rockies' website…Fantastic! The Braves must be astonished at what happened to them these three games, especially today.

    Goodnight All! Prayers for Dan.

  105. staff
    5:45 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Prayers for Dan from Staff, Abbie and Alice also.

    Night everyone.

  106. Riö - The Evil
    5:50 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Foul Balls!… When the first ball hit really close to her and the Braves fan just a few rows down, he said, “Wow! That’s the closest I’ve come to a ball in 2 years!”….snort!… My friend said, “That’s why I always bring a mitt, because they always come way to close to me.”…grunt!…Then when the next several balls came really close he said, “You weren’t kidding! You must be a lucky charm! I want a ball!”… heh!… He did not get one, but they came close all day long! … wheeze!…She would love to catch a ball, but I think the mitt is more for protection than anything!…heh!

    Wired!…We are too wired to go to sleep yet!…snort!…Goodnight to Staff and SiberH!…. pug-kisses!

  107. Debbie LM
    6:05 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Thoughts and prayers with Dan. He has been through so much we all are pulling for him and your family.

  108. dawson
    6:09 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Rio: Those Rockies really should give you season's tickets. I'm glad you had such a great day. Good night and sleep well.

  109. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:10 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Wow, what a day!!! I hope that Rio's friend can figure out a way for Rio to see a game live. Of course, we'd never hear the end of it so maybe it's just as well…..

    Here is a Wolfie prayer, not as good as Rio's but Rio is pretty wired up right now….

    Dear Lord of all creation, healer of hearts and souls and flesh, tonight we ask you to watch over Dan and help him toot. He has been through so much. We also thank you for our humble blog, for Chet's fine teeth, and for an exciting win high up in the Rockies. We ask you to be with each of us, and with those we love, and keep us safe from harm and close to your heart. And we give grateful thanks that September and TFAT is almost here! Amen.

  110. FattyKitty
    6:23 pm on August 25th, 2010

    What an exciting day of posts. I am not a "Wooooo-er" but maybe just this once: WOOOOOOOOO!

    And for Dan: we wish for the best outcome possible – and we mean that in more ways than one.

    Kirby, you are a handsome doggie in your own way, just as all the other blog-doggies are. Stand up straight and tall! Be Proud! It's the Fatty Kitty Way.

  111. Riö - The Evil
    6:47 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Wolfie!…Thank you for providing such an entertaining and at the same time sincere prayer…snort!…Who says The Lord of All Creation does not have a sense of humor!?…heh!…He created all of us and we take the good with the bad and plunder on just as he wants us to do, asking for his help along the way!…wheeze!…. Hecks O’ Fire we even got Fatty to say a “WOOOOOO” tonight!…Who’d a thought!…heh!

    Melanie!… Many Pug Prayers will be said for Dan’s surgery tonight before I go to sleep in my oohh so soft bed filled with baseball toys!…snort!… It has absorbed many a fart in its time…sniff!… She has tried to wash it, but I keep guard over it during those ‘times’….grrrrrowwwl!… I was truly hoping it would not come to the Knife for Dan, but those surgeon guys know what they are doing and they live to perform surgeries …wheeze!…So please do not worry tonight and do get some sleep!…grunt!…Both you and Zoe I mean!….snuffle!…Good night all!….What a day!…

    Chet!… Please Let There Be Astrid Tomorrow!…snorkel?

  112. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:46 pm on August 25th, 2010

    I am late to this party, but just want to put my 2 cents worth in. The last time I checked, this blog was on chetthedog.com. Not Astrid or any of the others. Let them get their own blog. This here blog belongs to Chet the Jet and all his kind. IMHO

    niters!

    macy out

  113. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:49 pm on August 25th, 2010

    Oh, and Kirby…baseball is definitely not over in Texas snicker!

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