Washington And Dogs

“Since it’s Presidents Day, maybe we should mention that George Washington, in addition to being father of his country, was something of a dog breeder,” Spence says.

“Mention away,” says Admin.

“Well, he’s pretty much credited with the development of the American foxhound. He bred the Virginia hounds with French hounds he got from the Marquis de Lafayette.”

“Washington was a busy guy,” Admin says. “Hard to imagine him whiling away his time on the golf course.”

“Not so sure about that. He probably would have been good.”

Welcome Tucker. And here he is:

This is Tucker who had to stay behind when his family visited California - they were received home with much joy


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128 Responses to “Washington And Dogs”

  1. Wookie's Dad
    8:14 am on February 18th, 2013

    Macy from last night. We are with you on that.

    And for everyone, good morning on a glorious President’s Day.

  2. B. Stover
    8:19 am on February 18th, 2013

    I didn’t know Washington bred the American Foxhound. Jewel at Westminster was a beauty.

    Good morning all.

  3. Barb & Maggie
    8:44 am on February 18th, 2013

    Happy President’s Day to all.

    Quiet day here this morning, but things are going to change. High winds and maybe some rain. Then big snow on Thursday.

    Talked to a friend in Kentucky this weekend. She said it is almost time to plant lettuce down there. Must be nice!

  4. bluecat
    8:44 am on February 18th, 2013

    Good morning all.

    Prayer is with all the Howlers.

    Happy belated b’day to Wose.

    Macy & Wookie’s Dad – Ditto and Gah.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:01 am on February 18th, 2013

    Any change overnight with Shiek?

  6. OleyHowlers
    10:02 am on February 18th, 2013

    Friends, Shiek passed on this morning, between 7:00 and 8:30. Mom is a wreck. Pop came home and Mom got the neighbor to come help with burial. This farm will never be happy again. Sob.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    10:05 am on February 18th, 2013

    Oh no, Oleys, we feel your pain. Shiek was surrounded by love and he had a long and wonderful life.

  8. Princess Sam
    10:12 am on February 18th, 2013

    Oleys, I’m so sorry to hear that. Shiek was well-loved and you gave him a long happy life.

  9. Wookie's Dad
    10:24 am on February 18th, 2013

    Oley’s mom. I know how sad you must feel, but please remember all the wonderful times you shared over the years and that Shiek always knew and appreciated how much he was loved. Also please know that he was greeted at the bridge by many caring friends who will help guide him on the rest of his journey.

  10. Melanie
    10:26 am on February 18th, 2013

    I am so sorry. Head bumps and tail wags to the whole OleyHowler Pack.

  11. Rose
    10:27 am on February 18th, 2013

    NO! Oh, Oleys, I have woken up to this most distressing news. sniff! I know that Shiek knew how much he was loved by you all, and he will take that love with him to Rainbow Bridge. Just as his family will always be in his heart, Shiek will always be in yours to help you both remember the good times.

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  12. Amalia
    10:37 am on February 18th, 2013

    Dear Eileen and everyone at the farm – your loss cuts deep, and will hurt for all time. For that, we are truly sorry.
    But to know that for many years that elegant, intelligent and regal soul was a part of your life and chose to give his love to you, we think you were specially blessed.
    For all his beauty and joyful times in the saddle, for all the soft whickers, and nuzzles and wordless communication – you gave him love and the very best care. You gave him respect and you gave him the best kind of life a horse can have.
    His time on this earth was done, but even now, his hooves are ringing as he gallops in the endless meadows over The Bridge. His head held high, his tail bannered in the wind, muscles dancing under his glowing coat. Even now, he is lifting his head with whinnying, telling all the souls he meets, “I was loved”.

  13. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:38 am on February 18th, 2013

    Sad!…Oh, this is very sad news…sniffle!…I know the Howlers Maw is heart-broken right now and this makes me very sad too…whiffle!

  14. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:50 am on February 18th, 2013

    My heart is broken over the anguish that the O’Howlers mom and dad are feeling.

    But oh my, the celebration at the Bridge is extrordinarily joyful! Oh my, what a party!

  15. bluecat
    10:54 am on February 18th, 2013

    Howlers – I am so sad with you. Eileen, I think of the ride you told us about this fall, a perfect day for both you and Shiek and I pray that memories like that will carry you through your sadness. May love from your other four-leggeds let you know you’re not alone, nor is Shiek.

  16. Barb & Maggie
    11:00 am on February 18th, 2013

    Amalia, Your eloquence brings tears to our eyes. We can perfectly picture Shiek galloping with the wind.

  17. Macy the min-pin
    11:03 am on February 18th, 2013

    Love, head bumps and dainty licks to all on the farm. Sheik was a magnificent horse with an amazing life and family.

    Amalia, your tribute was beautiful and made us weepy. I just discovered that auto correct knows your name!

    Mom is unemployed again, so we have many hours to fill. It is nice to know that we can pop on here throughout the day and find that some friends have been here.

  18. OleyHowlers
    11:03 am on February 18th, 2013

    Here it is. Pop had it.

  19. Siber-H
    11:27 am on February 18th, 2013

    Fellow Sibers, We are so sorry about Shiek and we are crying with you. He was your mom’s dear friend for so long. What Amalia wrote is beautiful.
    Hugs to all of you.

  20. Mollypop's Mom
    11:34 am on February 18th, 2013

    Howlers – Amalia put into words so beautifully. My deepest sympathy.

  21. dawson
    11:43 am on February 18th, 2013

    OleyHowlers: A picture of a magnificent Shiek confident in the love of his family. I am glad you had years to share that love and am grieving with you the loss of your friend.

  22. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:51 am on February 18th, 2013

    Downton!…Oh no. I read Macy’s comment about Downton Abby last night…sniff!…Now I am afraid to watch the last show…grunt!sniff!

  23. Wose
    11:57 am on February 18th, 2013

    Royal Mum, your tribute to Shiek is just beautiful.

  24. Wose
    11:58 am on February 18th, 2013

    BlueKat , thank you for your birthday wishes. 🙂

  25. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    12:05 pm on February 18th, 2013

    OH’s, the herd is sadddened to hear of Shiek’s passing. Know your pack is in our thoughs.
    Basil & Sage, T&G, BearSpiritDawg, Dawson, Abbie the Kittie, Melanie, Kat, OH et al. the herd has something to say to ya’ll:
    You’ve welcomed us and made us glad
    That Chet the Dog’s our puppy pad.
    We never thought to join a blog.
    We might as well have kissed a frog.
    Let’s move ahead and not look back,
    The Herd has joined a larger pack.

  26. Tupper and Gilly
    12:16 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Herd of Hounds – you are gonna fit in here just fine! We’re glad you jumped in.

  27. Staff
    12:17 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Dear O’Howlers. We are so sorry for your loss. There will be an empty space in your life for a while. I hope you can fill it with the loving memories of your time with Shiek.

    Staff, Alice M. and AbbietheKitty

  28. Masquers
    12:27 pm on February 18th, 2013

    To all of you at Oley: We are so very sorry to hear the news that your beloved Arabian has passed over the Bridge.
    The picture of Shiek and the one who loved him with all her heart is one to hold in memory for always.
    May Amalia’s beautiful words offer some comfort to you on this sad, sad day.

  29. B. Stover
    12:31 pm on February 18th, 2013

    I’m sorry about Shiek, Howlers. The picture is wonderful and he was magnificant.

  30. B. Stover
    12:34 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Rio: I haven’t watched Downton Abbey yet but I know what happened from an article in the NY Times of an interview with Julian Fellows.

    Spoiler Alert: The characters who die wanted to move on to other shows.

  31. BearSpiritDog
    12:39 pm on February 18th, 2013

    About the Season Finale of Downton: We here are feeling…Down, Down, Down-a-ton. Sob.

    Herd of Hounds: Very cool limerick! Youse are truly One of Us.

  32. Mollypop's Mom
    12:45 pm on February 18th, 2013

    I found Downton Abbey was becoming insipid. Last week I didn’t watch the whole thing and then didn’t watch it at all last night. I googled it this morning to see what was going on and, happily, I think the show will become interesting again.

  33. Melanie
    12:53 pm on February 18th, 2013

    In a just a few minutes, Ellie and I will be taking the final trip to our vet’s. She will be joining Shiek and all our other four-footed friends on the Rainbow Bridge.

    I know the Raven is waiting for her. They were close.

    Please think of Zoë as I make this final trip. She is heartbroken.

  34. SnowBella
    12:57 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Howlers: May Shiek’s spirit be kept until you are reunited, may he know you love him, may you know he loved you, and may you comforted by those who love you from this side of the Bridge.

    Am I the only one who can see Shiek running free with dogs and kats running along side with some very special two-legged’s watching in awe? The scene on the other side of the Bridge must be something today. A horse! Some of Snowhook’s beloveds have never seen a horse.

  35. SnowBella
    12:59 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Melanie and Zoe: There is quite the gathering today on the other side of the Bridge. Ellie will join in the free run, free of pain and age, but not free of the love she has for both of you.

    Head bumps to all those with hurting hearts. Get under the quilt—you will find good company and comfort.

  36. Wookie's dad
    1:16 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Melanie. Such a sad day all around. But SnowBella said it so well; the love that Ellie has received during her stay here on earth was boundless and she will be free of pain on the other side of the bridge, with so many friends to greet her and guide her on.

  37. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    1:17 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Melanie, know your Ellie will be greeted my fellow Newf Aretha who went across the bridge this fall. The big furballs leave a big hole in life. The herd has ya”ll and Bear River in its thoughts.

  38. Gus and BooBear
    1:18 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Eileen and all the OHs, we are very sorry to hear of Shiek’s passing. You gave him the best of lives and in return, he loved you totally. How hard it is to let our loved ones go, but what wonderful memories you have to hold close.

    Melanie, so sad about Ellie. We are so sorry….we didn’t realize she was sick. I’m sure Zoe is heartbroken, but the rest of the pack will help.

    Purrs and hugs to you both.

    Karen, Gus and BooBear

  39. BearSpiritDog
    1:20 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Melanie & Zoe: We are thinking of you and sending Love and Hugs. Is there no end to the sadness of this day.

  40. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:29 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Many tears are being she’d today.

  41. SnowBella
    1:30 pm on February 18th, 2013

    BSD: It may be a sad day, but there is joy in knowing we each have the comfort of the Plunderers during difficult times.

  42. Macy the min-pin
    1:45 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Oh more head bumps and dainty licks, this time for all the River Bears, Melanie and Zoe. Eleanor was a fine lady.

  43. c.hobbit
    1:47 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Elle & Shiek: lived a full life surrounded by love. And at the end of their lives they knew the depth of that love. May we all be so lucky.

    Thinking of the O’Howlers and Melanie & Zoe and wishing them comfort and peace.

  44. BearSpiritDog
    1:55 pm on February 18th, 2013

    SnowBella: That is very true. Thank Dog for the Plunderers. Always here through thick and thin, good times and bad, happy and sad.
    And, yes, while those on one side weep, on the other side there is Joy & Celebration and the Greeting of family and friends.

  45. Siber-H
    2:17 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Melanie, Zoe, and the Newfs. We are so sorry about Ellie. It is a sad day here on the blog, but we know there are happy reunions and new friends getting acquainted today at Rainbow Bridge. Shiek and Ellie were loved and taken care of while here on Earth. They had a good life and for that, we are always thankful.

  46. dawson
    2:37 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Melanie and Zoe: My sympathy and thoughts are with you as you say so long to the grand Ellie. Be comforted that she had a fantastic family filled with fun, joy and love. Rest in Peace, dear Ellie.

  47. Masquers
    2:37 pm on February 18th, 2013

    We are seeing Ellie welcomed by the Raven and Shiek greeted by members of his family. It is a nice picture.

  48. Tupper and Gilly
    2:48 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Eleanor. She lived up to the great lady for whom she was named.
    Ellie was dignified, yet had a true sense of comedy. She also had a strong sense of what was right, and insisted that others respect her opinions.
    She was gentle and smiling, even as her body started to fail her. Her tail would thump on the hearth whenever her adoring public stopped by her to pay respects with a sniff and a lick, or a pat and a word. Grand dame of The Pack, her whispered wuffs will be missed.

  49. dawson
    3:02 pm on February 18th, 2013

    MacyMinPin: I keep forgetting to say that I’m sorry you had a really bad day on Friday. On the bright side, now that you are unemployed you will be able to watch more of the Iditarod.
    I have a job on Mondays, a grueling 2 hours of doing a sweet little old ladies laundry. Mondays seem to come around twice as often as they used to do.

  50. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:33 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Gasp!…We are dropping like flies on this here blog…sniffle!…I am going to go hide under Beau’s covers…sob!sob!sob!

  51. SnowBella
    3:54 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Rio: Is Beau hiding under your covers?

  52. Mollypop's Mom
    4:08 pm on February 18th, 2013

    We have a hapter of the Plunderers on the Other Side of the Bridge. They have carried our love over with them.

    I’m sure Mollypop is chasing those fuzzbutts better than ever. Maybe now she can even catch one. I hope it’s catch-and-release because she wouldn’t know what to do with it after she caught it.

  53. OleyHowlers
    4:15 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Melanie, you and Zoe, who love Ellie, gave her the one final best gift that is the hardest one of all to give. Be at peace, Friend. You have loved completely.

    Some of our 4-leggeds at the Bridge are now trying to figure out which of the new arrivals is the one you are supposed to ride.

    And about Downtown Abby: First off, we never see our Abby on that show, and she has never ever been downtown. Secondly, as if the handbasket wasn’t transporting Today quickly enough to hell, that season ender added the turbo boost to the day’s “fun”.

  54. Masquers
    4:16 pm on February 18th, 2013

    T&G: My prayer is that Amalia and Leonard will be here with their wise words when my time comes to cross the Bridge. I can think of no greater honor.

  55. Masquers
    4:19 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Howlers: You’ve got that right!

  56. Staff
    4:24 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Dear Melanie. This is another shock for the blog. I am so sorry that you have to take Ellie on this last trip. It shows your love for her that you can do this last favor for her. Hugs from me and the kats.

  57. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:51 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Hey, y’all. Howlers and Melanie — Mom and I are so sorry to hear about Shiek and Ellie. Amalia wrote a perfect tribute. It made us both cry.

    Rebecca: Mom would like you to check your SDD when you get a chance.

  58. SnowBella
    5:07 pm on February 18th, 2013

    KirbyT: Yark! Check and responded!

  59. bluecat
    5:14 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Dear Zoe & Melanie and the Pack – We are so sorry for your loss. Surely there’s a reunion of Newfs and a Raven going on.

    T&G’s Mum’s words are powerful with healing. Thank you.

    Sharon’s Herd – hi there. You joined at a good time, with your upbeat voice.

    Macy – take care of your mom!!!

  60. Wose
    5:25 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Melanie, Zoe, and Newfs: Oh, no. I am so sorry to hear about Ellie. Her heart is full of the love you all have shown her, and she will be so happy to join the Raven again.

    Big hugs, love and head bumps to you all!

  61. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:26 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Okay, this is what I think.

    I think the Plunderers across the Bridge need their own name. A name that will honor them.

    I don’t know what that name might be, though.

    The Joyful Ones?


    Any ideas, anyone?

  62. Tenzing
    5:26 pm on February 18th, 2013

    We here at the kennel have been thinking about something to lift spirits. Would anyone be interested in having a pre-race snow-ba-Q? There is heart ache, job loss, unhappiness with jobs, winter blues, etc going on and no one cures the blues like the Plunderers. If there is interest, we can host all youse here at the kennel. I’ll ask the Giant to build a bonfire—I’m not allowed to play with matches, plus I don’t have fancy thumbs. What say you?

  63. Masquers
    5:30 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Macy: Being the selfish kat that I am, it will be nice to see more of you on the blog.

    Hi to Kirby T!

  64. Wose
    5:31 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Masquers, I can’t stand the thought of you not here on the blog.
    I would miss you most of all.

  65. BearSpiritDog
    5:35 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Tenzing: A Snow-ba-Q…what a Wonderful Idea! We are standing by.

    Wolfie: Pondering…..

  66. Belle Starr
    5:37 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Wose: Make sure the Professor brings his allergy medicine on your trip North to Alaska. My four-legged and I really do worry about him being lergic to you. Everytime we visit, he is full of sniffles and sneezes.

  67. Masquers
    5:40 pm on February 18th, 2013

    awww, Rose, thank you.

  68. B. Stover
    5:51 pm on February 18th, 2013

    I like snow and I like barbecues….

  69. Barb & Maggie
    5:52 pm on February 18th, 2013

    What an especially sad day here on the blog. Our hearts go out to Melanie and Zoe and The Pack. We did not even know that Ellie was failing.

  70. Wose
    6:33 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Belle Starr: Prof’s carry-on bag will be completely full of all his sneezy, itchy, wheezy medicines. Come to think of it, I’ll have some medicine with me too, but not the sneezy, wheezy, itchy ones.

  71. Belle Starr
    6:35 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Wose: I’m to ask if you need the Smoochers for lightening bolts anytime soon? I put some new, sparkly stickers on the fire-put-outer I want to show you.

  72. Melanie
    6:37 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Thank you, Dear Friends,

    Been a sad day here. The Pack is subdued, but when they heard about a Snow-Ba-Q, they have perked up and ready to go to Snowhook.

    (They did want to know if there was anything on the menu besides snow.)

    My day ended by having to take all of the garbage out og the massive green container, re-bagging it all and cleaning the mess out of the bottom. In the barn. In four degree weather. I’m going to take a shower before heading out to party!

  73. Staff
    6:41 pm on February 18th, 2013

    I admit to liking the idea of a Snow-B-Que. Many years ago. Almost 50 (Yikes) now a younger brother of ours died at the age of 4. My parents knew how sad we were so they took us to the movies and out to dinner. (We never went out to dinner). We went to see Mary Poppins and I remember Maggie saying that we needed a ‘spoonful of sugar’ because we were sad.

    So I think we could really use a spoonful of Snow-B-Que.

  74. Staff
    6:44 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Wolfie, Maybe the Loved Ones?

  75. Pancho & Lefty
    6:47 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Of course there will be more than snow, but the key is to never, ever eat the yellow snow. Ever. It’s not lemon flavored.

    We will gladly raid the freezer with our chicken skins for the snow-B-Q. I wonder if we have any fish heads—nothing but the best for our company.

  76. SnowBella
    6:49 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Staff: I like that. I was thinking of the Beloveds (the B signifying that they are on the other side of the Bridge). I like Wolfie’s idea for having a name for our Loved Ones on the other side of the Bridge.

  77. OleyHowlers
    6:51 pm on February 18th, 2013

    A snow-b-queue sounds fun, but we are too beat for anything at the moment. Everybody here has swollen eyes and heavy hearts.

  78. Tenzing
    6:54 pm on February 18th, 2013

    I agree with the Howlers. Tonight it is too much. Plus, we have to figure out transport for Rio and a plan so he can leave his yard. We think it would be fun to host all youse before the race.

  79. Tupper and Gilly
    6:56 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Wolfie and Staff – We kind of think of the ones who go over The Bridge as “Travelers” “on their way to the next level.

  80. SnowBella
    7:02 pm on February 18th, 2013

    T&G: I have often thought that Fargo went ahead along the trail, just like the leader and alpha he was. Not long after Fargo passed, Rowdy crossed the Bridge. I thought then as I do now, that Fargo knew Rowdy, my dog of very little brain and one of my best friends, needed a guide.

  81. c.hobbit
    7:09 pm on February 18th, 2013

    I like the Travelers as a name for our dear departed. Not only are they spiritually traveling to the next level but through our glorious memories of them they also continue to travel with us in our hearts.

  82. SnowBella
    7:09 pm on February 18th, 2013

    I’m getting sniffly thinking about the Travelers. To make me feel better, Tenzing is offering me a fish head or some chicken skins. Sniff and giggle.

    I’ve started downloading the songs for the Plunderer’s playlist. It’s not too late to get your first or second and third choice of songs you’d like AJ to have with him on the trail. Wheeze!

  83. Tupper and Gilly
    7:20 pm on February 18th, 2013

    We have a question – is everyone getting the car commercial of George Washington and Abe Lincoln doing a soulful rap about cars?
    “who’s your founding father?”, “talkin’ bout a red, white and blue..tooth” etc.
    This just seems there is something inherently wrong about this.

  84. Barb & Maggie
    7:26 pm on February 18th, 2013

    We like The Travelers too. But because today was so over whelming, let’s give it a couple of days before we decide for sure.

  85. Wose
    7:39 pm on February 18th, 2013

    T&G , I find that commercial very annoying.

  86. Wose
    7:41 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Belle Starr, lightning bolts are being given this Friday. Gah!

  87. BearSpiritDog
    7:42 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Royals: As one who travels, I like the name the Travelers.
    Love is the binding power and cannot be broken.

  88. Wose
    7:42 pm on February 18th, 2013

    I like the Travelers, too.

  89. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:44 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Beloved Travelers? Nope. It’s too long. Somehow I think of them as coming home, at long last, to stay forever in Bliss.


    We here like the idea of a party. We’ll bring sirlion steaks for all.

  90. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:45 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Bella, have you heard Wolfie Creek yet?

  91. Wose
    7:46 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Belle Starr, I can’t wait to see the new sparkly stickers on the fire-put-outer. I’m counting on the Smoochers to make sure my hair doesn’t catch fire.

  92. Masquers
    7:47 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Rose: Yes, you are on the Smoocher’s calendar for Friday.

    I have not seen the annoying commercial…and apparently am not missing a thing.

  93. Belle Starr
    7:50 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Wose: Your hair may have smoked from time to time, but nary a flame has flickered. Not on my watch, nosiree, not on my watch.

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:52 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Wings!…I came out from under the smelly blanket to party plans!….Wooooo!….Somebody better make the Blame It On Rio Hot Wings….grunt!

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:54 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Downton!…Well here goes nothing…sniff!…We are bracing ourselves to watch the last episode of Abbey….wheeze!

  96. Wose
    7:57 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Belle Starr, I have always counted on you to make sure my hair doesn’t go up in flames…it’s just that Bride of Frankenstein gray streak I can’t seem to do anything about…

  97. Belle Starr
    8:04 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Wose: My Four-legged is very wise. She has shared a few bits of wisdom with me over the past few days. For instance, when Wookie’s dad wondered if Wookie’s grandma strayed farther afield than originally thought, my Four-Legged instructed me that a Lady doesn’t reveal her sources. Or, was that about the press? I forget. She also said if there is something about your appearance you don’t necessarily like, just own it rather than letting it own you. And lastly, she taught me to always have Blame it on Rio Hot Wings at any Plunderer event. She says it’s part of being a good hostess.

  98. B. Stover
    8:07 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Don’t “travelers” travel?

  99. Wose
    8:09 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Belle Starr, listen to your four-legged. Wiser words were never spoken.

  100. Jasper the Poodle
    8:10 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Thoughts and prayers for Sheik and Eleanor. Blessings, peace and safe travels dear friends.

  101. Princess Sam
    8:25 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Wose, it’s too close to Iditarod time for you to have scorched hair. I will bring a fire hose as backup.

  102. Staff
    8:27 pm on February 18th, 2013

    How about the Leaders. The ones that have gone beyond are there to lead us home, not to travel. Somehow traveling makes me think of leaving. Sob. They are still traveling but they are leading us.


  103. Masquers
    8:49 pm on February 18th, 2013

    The Spirit Team?

  104. Staff
    8:52 pm on February 18th, 2013

    OOo Masquers, I like that.

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:53 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Name!…grunt!..I have a feeling I am going to like this new name as much as I like The Smoochers….grump!

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Another!…Shrimpy…grunt!…Now thats a dumb name…wheeze!

  107. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    9:01 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Been an exacting day for most everybody. Sharon’s eyes feel like sand, the herd has licked far too much salt off her face but the “facial” has done wonders for the skin. We always miss those who go ahead, but the best thing they do is leave us memories

  108. Elliot
    9:19 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Purrs and head bumps to the families of Sheik and Ellie. And to everyone on the blog as we are all sad. Many head bumps, many purrs.

  109. Barb & Maggie
    9:30 pm on February 18th, 2013

    We do not like that commercial either. Get rid of it!

    Night all, Barb is fading fast.

  110. Masquers
    9:48 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Come on, Riö, think of a good one.

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Crap!…Why him?…sniffle!…There are a few others I could live without seeing ever again…grump!

    Maskers!…A good one, what?…gruffle!

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:05 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Castle!….Did youse guys see the special about the Castle we know as Downton Abby?…sniff!….This is very very interesting and Gorgeous!

  113. Belle Starr
    10:21 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Sewing! Here we go again. My two-legged started and finished a prototype for a dog jacket yesterday. Tenzing was her model. She is going to try an make another one tonight, and the next night, and the next night until she doesn’t have to make any more or runs out of time or materials.

  114. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:34 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Jackets!..I hope you have enough time and material to make jackets for the whole team…snort!…Can you make a pattern so others who sew could make these jackets too? Next year, I mean…sniff!

  115. Masquers
    10:41 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Belle-Starr: Are you doing the supervising tonight?

  116. Masquers
    10:48 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Riö: We did see the piece telling about Highclere Castle. Is it any wonder they had so many servants. Imagine living on such a huge estate.
    Tell us more of your friend’s visit to England. How long was she there?

  117. Belle Starr
    10:51 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Rio: My two-legged says she hasn’t been using a pattern. She says she’s been eyeballing it which doesn’t make sense to me. From what I can tell, she’s using scissors to cut out the materials.

    Masquers: I can’t imagine what trouble my two-legged would get into if I weren’t supervising. One can only imagine…

  118. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Bling!…If Bellie helps with the jackets, dawg help us all…grunt!

  119. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:55 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Gah!…We are watching a very scary show called “The Following”…yeep!….I have my paws over my eyes right now…sniff!…It is the pilot (on demand)…yeeeeep!

  120. Belle Starr
    10:58 pm on February 18th, 2013

    My Two-legged put my sparkly stickers and shiny things out of reach. Grump. Maybe I can convince the Giant to get it down for me.

  121. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:07 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Yeeeeeppp!….scary!….Can I look now?…gah!

  122. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:19 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Nonstop!….Scary!…yowser. I don’t think I am going to be able to sleep tonight…gasp!…Has anyone else attempted to watch this show?

  123. Masquers
    11:25 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Someone here has been too much of a fraidy-kat to watch the Following, although it does come highly recommended (by the show’s promoters)

  124. Belle Starr
    11:25 pm on February 18th, 2013

    I’m not allowed to watch anything rated Yeep!

  125. Masquers
    11:27 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Belle-Starr: You are making me laugh.

  126. Masquers
    11:44 pm on February 18th, 2013

    Goodnight youse…sweet dreams.

  127. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:57 pm on February 18th, 2013

    I just discovered that Mom and Dad’s bedroom gets waaaay better reception for the net than the living room does! So now I can curl up on my nice, cozy sofa in their bedroom and still keep up with the blog on Mom’s new tablet. I thought I was going to have to wait until my boy gets our wifi set up – I’d do it myself but I’ve still got that old opposible thumb problem – but it turns out I’m picking up the free wifi our town installed. At least I think that’s what I’m picking up…if not, one of our neighbors has a mighty unprotected computer!

  128. Wose
    6:17 am on February 19th, 2013

    Sammie, thanks for thinking of the fire hose. Make sure the other Smoochers help you carry that!

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