Westminster (More)

“Well,” says Admin, “looks like there’ll be six new breeds at the dog show this year – Boykin spaniel, bluetick coonhound, redbone coonhound, Leonberger, Icelandic sheepdog and cane corso. You heard of any of these?”

“Nope,” said Spence. “No idea what they look like, either. Then there’s this whole question of breeds and non-breeds.”

They both turn to me, not sure why. Were they talking about burgers just now?

“You could argue,” Admin says, “that each individual non-breed is a sort of one-of-a-kind.”

“This one sure is,” says Spence.

What’s this all about? You tell me.



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126 Responses to “Westminster (More)”

  1. dawson
    8:50 am on February 11th, 2011

    Chet: Once lived next to a lad who had a blue-tick coon hound that had 9 puppies. Love the way those guys can howl.

  2. Wolfie
    9:04 am on February 11th, 2011

    Good morning, everyone!

  3. Wolfie
    9:19 am on February 11th, 2011

    Today is going to be pivotal for Egypt. I am praying for peace.

  4. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:19 am on February 11th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! I can tell you about Boykin spaniels — they’re from around here! It seems that a guy named Whit Boykin — who lived in Boykin, which is a wide place in the road right next to where I live — was looking for a good dog to hunt with in the nearby swamps. He started with a small dog a friend gave him, and bred it to come up with the ideal hunting dog. Here’s their website:


  5. Tyb
    9:32 am on February 11th, 2011

    There was a leonberger in my classes leading to the CGC test. Leonbergers, according to my classmate’s mom and legend, were bred as a symbolic dog to mimic the lion in the crest of the town where they originated. My friend is a gentle giant and a great family dog.

  6. B.Stover
    9:54 am on February 11th, 2011

    Interesting. But you don’t have to worry Chet.

    Good morning all.

  7. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:01 am on February 11th, 2011

    Chet. You are definitely a one of a kind breed in every positive way imaginable. Wookie

  8. Melanie
    10:07 am on February 11th, 2011

    I’ve met leonbergers. They some times train with Newfoundlands in drafting. Good looking dogs.

    I’ve also met blue-tick coon hounds when I lived in Virginia. I like those too.

    Going to look at Kiby’s website on the Boykin.

    Wölfie: I’m very worried about Egypt also.

  9. B.Stover
    10:12 am on February 11th, 2011

    CHarris: When you feel better ask your doctor about getting a pneumonia shot. According to my doctor, it lasts for five years. (And I complained about paying $60 to see a specialist.)

  10. Melanie
    10:12 am on February 11th, 2011

    Those are cute Spaniels. I remember several years ago, meeting my first Nova Scotia Duck-Trolling Retriever. They look like small wiry Goldens. Very cute.

    Chet is one of a kind. The best of Breeds!

    Now I have to look up the others.

  11. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:14 am on February 11th, 2011

    Dad’s on winter break yesterday and today. I thought he’d spend some time with me — maybe even some indoor fetch! — but Mom and Dad are still working on their new closet. Yesterday they put another coat of oil on the ceiling — that makes three! — but there are still places where the wood soaked it all up, so Mom’s going to have to do some more oiling in spots. They also pulled nails from the walls and washed them (the walls, not the nails). Today they’re sanding the woodwork and scraping the chimney — that’s it, just a chimney, no fireplace in their closet. Then they’re going to paint — white walls with “java” trim. Yesterday they put in a motion-detecting light. I walked past it last night and it went on — scared the heck out of me!!!

  12. B.Stover
    10:14 am on February 11th, 2011

    I have a comment to CHarris awaiting moderation.

  13. B.Stover
    10:18 am on February 11th, 2011

    I love those spaniels.

  14. Melanie
    10:20 am on February 11th, 2011

    Kirby, I can’t image putting a motion detecting light at our house. It would just go on and off and on and off and on and off all the time.

    Turns out I’ve met the Redbone also, just didn’t know it at the time. The Icelandic Sheepdog reminds me of their horses, lots of hair and stocky. Just what is needed in Iceland. The Cane Corso looks like a better Neapolitan Mastiff. I saw the first NM at the Westminster I went to. I just couldn’t imagine this dog being able to run. The Cane Corso looks good. That year was also the first year for the Russian Terrier. That is another good looking dog.

  15. B.Stover
    10:24 am on February 11th, 2011

    Here’s a link to the bluetick coonhound.


  16. B.Stover
    10:26 am on February 11th, 2011

    The redbone coonhound. (This one is a beauty!)


  17. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:28 am on February 11th, 2011

    Melanie: They put it in the closet because there isn’t any electricity in the ceiling, so they have a light that is plugged in and hangs on the ceiling, but everytime they had to walk into the middle of the room in the dark and reach way up and turn the light on. Mom wasn’t real fond of doing that. So when they were at the store yesterday — don’t worry, Macy, it wasn’t the big orange box! — they found a thing that screws into the place where the lightbulb goes, then you screw the lightbulb into it, and it automatically turns the light on when someone walks into the room, and turns it back off when everybody leaves. I guess when they close the door into the room, it won’t turn on until somebody opens the door — and I’m too small to reach the doorknob, so it won’t be me!

  18. B.Stover
    10:31 am on February 11th, 2011
  19. B.Stover
    10:33 am on February 11th, 2011

    The Icelandic sheepdog. (Love the tail.)


  20. B.Stover
    10:35 am on February 11th, 2011
  21. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:36 am on February 11th, 2011

    My Dad was in Iceland once. Not sure if he ever saw a sheepdog!

  22. Barb & Maggie
    10:38 am on February 11th, 2011

    We have heard of all those, with the exception of the Boykin. That’s a new one. Met a family that have the Icelandic dogs and sheep. Sheep are also very hairy.

    Know they say good things about the carne corso, but just can’t get past that lady in CA. that was attacked in the lobby of her building by 2 of them (owned by a pair of attorneys).When you see them advertised, they say “needs early socialization, experienced owner, etc” With a dog that big, I would rather stick with a gentle giant like the Newfies.

  23. Barb & Maggie
    10:47 am on February 11th, 2011

    That should have read “attacked and killed”.

  24. Barb & Maggie
    10:49 am on February 11th, 2011

    You can definitely see the Spitz in the Icelandic, but didn’t know the Corgis are related to that breed – listen up T & G!

  25. Siber-H
    10:57 am on February 11th, 2011

    B&M, We are in agreement with you in your choice and non choice of big dogs.
    We have heard of all of the breeds Chet mentioned except the spaniel and sheepdog. An Icelandic Sheepdog sounds like my kind of dog, but mom has this fantasy that a herding dog could keep the huskies rounded up.

  26. Barb & Maggie
    11:02 am on February 11th, 2011

    According to Bee’s link, the Leonberger has Newfies, St. Bernards, and Great Pyrenees in its background. Unfortunatly, they have a short lifespan and a lot of health problems, probably caused partly from breeding from such a small gene pool (5 dogs after WWI, and 8 dogs after WWII).

    Newfs seem to have a much longer lifespan for a large dog. Max was 11+ and Joe is going to be 10 very soon. Melanie, Is that about average for the breed?

  27. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:04 am on February 11th, 2011

    SiberH!….So when you are at the park in the morning and you are running all over off your leash with all your Husky pals, how does your gal get you to come back to her when she wants to leave?….snort!

    Judge!… I am composing an email to the Westminster Pug Judge, Mr. Dennis McCoy to convince him that a Pug should be in final round with all the big guys…heh!

  28. Barb & Maggie
    11:07 am on February 11th, 2011

    Melanie and Wolfie, Mubarak just announced that he is giving up power. There is much cheering going on in Egypt.

  29. Siber-H
    11:07 am on February 11th, 2011

    The spaniels are cute…reminds mom of the black cocker she had growing up. She wanted a Husky, but her folks were smarter than that.

  30. Siber-H
    11:17 am on February 11th, 2011

    Rio, It took mom a long time to figure out how to capture me at the dog park. Calling me doesn’t work, but she eventually got me trained that when she comes along side me, I will walk with her..but only after I have been at the park for a very long time… Treats is how she trained me to do that. I can be bribed.
    At the dog park, Huskies can make their “owners” look like total idiots.

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:20 am on February 11th, 2011

    SiberH!…I thought as much…heh!….Good job on the treat part…grunt!

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:22 am on February 11th, 2011

    SiberH!…So if you are not ready to leave the park when she walks up to you do you just run away from her?…snort!

  33. Tupper and Gilly
    11:29 am on February 11th, 2011

    Good morning all.
    Barb and Maggie – we agree that the Iclandic Sheepdog is adorable! We know one who works at our local, non-box hardware store. Their double coat is like ours and they smile like us. And we acknowledge them whenever we meet. But we never Spitz in public.

  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:34 am on February 11th, 2011

    Spitz!…heh!snort!heh!…Good one Tupper….snort!

  35. Melanie
    11:36 am on February 11th, 2011

    Siber-H: you’re making me laugh.

    Barb and MagPie: Been watching the celebration.
    Supposedly the life span of a Newf is 8 to 13 years. We have friends who have ladies and gents that are 14. But 11 to 13 is about right.

  36. Melanie
    11:37 am on February 11th, 2011

    “Never Spitz in pubic” I have to have more coco. I didn’t get it until Riö noticed it!

  37. Barb & Maggie
    11:39 am on February 11th, 2011

    T & G You are in top form today!

  38. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:42 am on February 11th, 2011

    T&G: Teehee!

  39. Siber-H
    12:00 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Rio, I really don’t run away much from her anymore because in the beginning when I would, she would go after me…no matter how long it took her. I wouldn’t get in trouble or anything…mom doesn’t believe in that, but she would catch me.
    Mom’s motto is “Never let a Husky win because if you do, you can be in a world of hurt.”
    I don’t come when called either if I am outside and mom wants me to come inside. She has to go out and stand beside me and we walk in together. It is our compromise and besides that, mom needs her exercise.

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:02 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Reply!… I got a reply back from the Judge….snort!

    Dear Sir,
    All Pugs will be judged equally. I’m sure you are aware there are rules and regulations that I must adhere to. I cannot and will not “make sure” that a Pug is in the final round. Please never email me again. Ever!

    Judge Dennis McCoy

  41. Siber-H
    12:04 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Ok, along with no Siberians in the finals at the dog show, it now looks like there will be no pugs.

  42. Barb & Maggie
    12:14 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Rio, Can’t’ say you didn’t try. Besides Pugs have been getting an unfair amount of publicity lately, what with those Super Bowl ads and all.

  43. Mollypop
    12:36 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Siber-H – I’m sure you give your Mom a lot of good exercise. I just hope she doesn’t fall into one of your construction projects.

  44. Melanie
    12:37 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Good try, Riö. Perhaps you should have tried bribing him with cottage cheese and green onions?

  45. B.Stover
    12:40 pm on February 11th, 2011

    I wonder what finally made Mubarak step down. Obama is speaking at 1:30. I don’t know that the army being in control is a good thing. Perhaps, as long as it doesn’t last too long……

  46. Basil and Sage
    12:43 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Awww…poor Rio…
    Did you ask if he had seen the Supper Bowl halftime show?

  47. Tupper and Gilly
    12:46 pm on February 11th, 2011

    B.Stover – we saw one report that said the army had turned the turrets of the tanks away from the crowds, and were throwing cookies and muffins out to the protesters.
    Certainly, that should have convinced that ridiculous old man that the army was probably not going to put a lot of effort into defending him.

  48. Wölfie
    2:00 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Mom has a thing for “catsup dog”. She likes a bit of mystery with her doggies!

    It will be interesting to see what happens next. This is signicant. Many nations are watching. I hope it is a good thing. I marval at the tenacity of the protesters.

    2:25 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Wolfie, What is catsup dog?

  50. B.Stover
    2:28 pm on February 11th, 2011

    One of the commentators said that this is a good example to other Arab nations because it shows that revolutions can be peaceful. Now Obama is speaking at 3PM EST.

  51. C.Harris
    2:42 pm on February 11th, 2011

    B Stover: Thanks. I asked my doctor about the pneumonia shot. He recommends it but says that if you have one before age 65, you have to get a booster shot after 4-5 years. Yes, medical costs up here are astronomical; I think dentists are the worse. And yet, the insurance company won’t let me have work done when I am in the states on vacation. It would save them money but go figure. Right now I need to have my front teeth veneers replaced (after 18 years) and the insurance company says no. Even with insurance, my out-of-pocket expenses would be $750 per tooth.

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:46 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Charris!… Just more good reasons To Move!….snort!

    Quacky!….Baseball comes out this month!….Woooo!…. Here is a little blurb I found. “From Peter Abrahams and Frank Morrison comes the story of one duck’s quest to make it in the big leagues.”….heh!…This sounds like so much fun, I just can’t wait!…snort!… The main characters name is Thumby Duckling. His team is called “The Webbies”….heh!snort!heh!….Too funny!

  53. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:08 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Rio: Mom orders the picture books for her library — she hasn’t seen the Quacky book yet, but when she does, you know she’s going to order it!

  54. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:09 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Rio: Of course, the rule is that she can order it only if it gets at least two good reviews — paws crossed that those reviews are good, PA!

  55. B.Stover
    3:20 pm on February 11th, 2011

    CHarris: I had the pneumonia shot while in the hospital. They gave it to me early so that may be why it “lasts” five years. Guess I have to have the booster shot. Rio is correct. Your insurance situation is another reason for moving.

    Rio: I though Quacky was due on opening day. Where did you see that it comes out in February?

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:39 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Stover!…Chet mentioned it on the blog one day!…snort!….Not too long ago, but I can’t remember exactly what day….sniff!…Remember Spence and Admin were talking about it and they mentioned an inside joke in the book and possibly having a contest? ….grunt!…Don’t tell me you are losing your memory now!…snort!

  57. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:40 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Amazon says it’s being released Feb. 22.

  58. Melanie
    3:46 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Amazon.com says it’s available Feb. 22nd. I had been reading Dean Koontz’s “What the Night Knows” until I had a nightmare last night. Scary looking tall dude with yucky face trying to break into the house. I could see him from my window, but when I tried to yell, it was a whisper in slow motion.

    Then the dogs barked and he ran away. The dogs were really barking, probably at the beavers, but I’m glad they woke me up.

    Sooo, now I’m reading Dana Stabenow’s “Though Not Dead”. Love Mutt. I’l go back to reading the other one, later, and in the daytime.

  59. B.Stover
    3:51 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Rio: It was the January 7 post. Oh dear…..I had forgotten.

    Melanie: I also forgot the title of the movie that you watched on Netflix instant play that you recommended several days ago.

    I’m going to order Quacky from Amazon.

  60. Melanie
    3:56 pm on February 11th, 2011

    B. Stover: “Maiden Heist”

  61. B.Stover
    4:11 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Thank you Melanie. Rio will be glad to hear that I wrote it down this time.

    4:28 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Melanie, Barb mailed the book from Staff off to you today. Local friend here said she still had a stack to read, so she lost out. It will be interesting to see what you think, as you seem to have more knowledge than Barb did of the Japanese camps during WWII. Barb has a long time friend of Chinese origin, (a few years older than Barb), who was born in Chicago in early 1940s. She has experienced some of the same prejudices that the main character in the book endured. Barb did not know her till college years, so things had improved by then. Thankfully.

  63. Siber-H
    5:34 pm on February 11th, 2011

    News Flash; Remember Harry and Sally from yesterday…Husky Rescue already has someone interested in them and they are doing a home check this afternoon. That means an application has already been filled out. KEEP YOUR PAWS CROSSED!

    5:42 pm on February 11th, 2011

    We will send good thoughts their way.

  65. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:48 pm on February 11th, 2011

    I’m happy for Harry and Sally — I hope all goes well with those two. It’s so nice to have a forever home!

    Have you ever heard of that show, “If Walls Could Talk” on HGTV? In our house, the floor just talked! When Mom and Dad pulled up the carpeting in their new closet, there was a really ugly linoleum underneath — a big green flower-looking design. And there was a hole in the floor that I was sniffing — it went all the way under the house, so it was full of delicious smells! And Mom really started looking at the hole, and two smaller ones on either side of it, and there was a big rectangular mark on the linoleum, and Mom finally figured out that the holes were for the hot and cold water lines and the drain, so the room used to be a kitchen! At one time our house was divided into two apartments, so that room must have been the kitchen for the littler apartment.

  66. Mollie (a black poodle)
    6:38 pm on February 11th, 2011

    I hope Harry & Sally find a nice home.
    Melanie: I have just started reading “Though Not Dead”. I love Mutt too.

  67. B.Stover
    7:01 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Kirby: That is interesting.

  68. Melanie
    7:18 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Kirby, that is cool.
    Siber-H, lots of paws crossed here.

    We tried the pilot of “Castle” but there was not a cliche that the screenwriter didn’t use. We decided it was not worth the .99 per episode. Maybe when it is free.

    We then watched, on DVD, “Red”. That was wonderful. Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman. Great writing, great photography, quirky storyline.

  69. dawson
    7:29 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Hey Kirby: Did your dad like Iceland? The man who lives in this house has that on his “places I want to go” list.

  70. Mollypop
    7:34 pm on February 11th, 2011

    We’re just checking in. Ski weekends don’t leave much time. The news of Harry and Sally makes our hearts swell.

    Mom took some pictures with the iPhone in regular and HDR modes. Now if she could just find some time to evaluate them. We have to learn a lot more about this, but both modes look good so that’s our report to Mollie ABP for today.

  71. Mollypop
    7:36 pm on February 11th, 2011

    C.Harris – I hope that was a typo last night when you said 3 more months of winter!

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:02 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Hell!… I bet that was Not a typo from the icicle we call Charris….heh!… I bet her winters last through all of April and beyond… grunt!… Some would say she is completely crazy, but not me, not tonight….snort!

  73. dawson
    8:02 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Mollypop: I don’t think she was kidding…

  74. Melanie
    8:08 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Thanks Barb and MagPie, looking forward to it.

    MollyPop: we can’t even put anything in the ground until the end of May! Can’t imagine what it’s like for C.Harris

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:17 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Kirby!… Why don’t you convince your folks to throw up a few renovation photo’s for us on this here blog?….grunt!… I know everyone would love to see some before and after shots if they got ‘um…heh!

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:20 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Adopted!… I’m so happy for Harry and Sally!…snort!snort!… I know Harry will settle into a good managerial job and Sally will move into the construction/deconstruction business in their new forever homes…yippee!

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:35 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Finally!… It seems my friend is feeling a lot better today finally…snort!…She’s in a better mood and she’s not bitching about her legs as much…sniff!….I licked her knees for her and I think she appreciated that a lot…snorkel!… She’s hardly had any salt all week long and is trying to embrace this new lifestyle. The banana thing is another matter, somehow that will have to be replaced with other foods…grunt!….A little research, some more shopping and she should be tip-top soon…heh! (I hope so)…grunt!

  78. B.Stover
    8:56 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Rio: I wonder if your friend would like banana shakes. Peel a banana and break it into pieces. Put it in the frig in a baggie. After it’s frozen put about half of the pieces in a blender with milk to cover and honey then whip.

  79. Melanie
    9:00 pm on February 11th, 2011

    When OTAS was little, we would freeze a banana and then dip it into chocolate. It was very messy but it made a great dessert.

  80. dawson
    9:00 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Rio: I’m glad your friend is feeling better. One of my favorite foods is sliced bananas with milk. Yummy. What’s not to like?

  81. Melanie
    9:10 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Hey Dawson: Dan and Zoë went to Iceland for a 4 day stay and had a great time. They did the blue lagoon, fell in love with the ponies, ate a lot of fish, and brought me back a piece of basalt rock.

    Have no idea what it’s like now since the bank crash and stuff. But I bet they would really like tourists.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Stover! Melanie! Dawson!….No.

  83. B.Stover
    9:22 pm on February 11th, 2011

    How about peanut butter spread on banana?

  84. Melanie
    9:27 pm on February 11th, 2011

    B.Stover, that is one of my favorites.

    I’m off the bed now, hoping for no nightmares, or nightcolts, or nightfillies . . .

  85. Siber-H
    9:35 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Rio, mom couldn’t choke down a banana a day no matter what was done to it to make it more appealing. She would ask the doctor what supplement and in what doseage to buy to replace the banana. Walgreens or a natural food store would have the supplement.
    Dad takes a supplement a day to replace the banana. He likes bananas but can’t be relied upon to eat one faithfully every day.

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:35 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Stover!…Take away the bananas and that sounds great!…snort!

  87. Staff
    9:38 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Hey Rio,
    Banana’s are NOT the only high Potassium fruit. If you like cantaloupes and honeydew melons, they are high in potassium too.
    Dried Apricots and Dried Figs also have more potassium than bananas.

    Here is a link for you.

    Check out the beans section. Except buy the low salt canned ones. They do add a lot of salt to the canned ones usually.

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:41 pm on February 11th, 2011

    SiberH!….I think my friend and your gal would be good friends if they ever met… snort!… She did manage to choke down 4 small whole bananas this week, but next week will have to change, maybe…grunt! …Tonight she made a lovely omelet with green onion(!) and tomato with Pepper and Mrs. Dash and a bit of nice cheese….snort!… I can tell she is very happy with herself right now….snorkel!

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:48 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Staff!….She says she will check out that link.…snort!… I know she does love cantaloupe and other melons except for watermelon. That makes her sick just like iceberg lettuce does…sniff!….It’s a hard thing getting good fruit right now and now with the strange weather patterns she is concerned about the cost of fruit and veg…grunt!

  90. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:50 pm on February 11th, 2011

    I think Stover is talking about skabana nut sandwiches, one of my favorites. Add a little Nutella for good measure, and it is just heavenly delicious. Yum. Wookie

  91. Tupper and Gilly
    9:50 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Rio – Banana cookies? Mashed banana in oatmeal with brown sugar? Mama also used to do a frozen, mashed banana in ricotta cheese dessert. She says it was really good, but if she has ricotta cheese in the house, she’s makin’ lasagna! yippee!

  92. Siber-H
    9:54 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Rio, the omlet sounds delish.
    I like bananas better than mom does. I stole one once and got half of it eaten before she caught me.

    Staff, if a person removes almost all salt from their diet, how do they get enough iodine?

  93. Tupper and Gilly
    9:55 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Wookie – please explain the sandwich…sounds interesting.

    Rio- has your friend ever tried dried banana chips? They are crispy and sweet and very inexpensive. We love them, the Kats love them ( really they do – they will sit up and beg for them) and Mama really likes them for road trips. The big Wal box store sells them for $1 a bag.

  94. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:58 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Hey, I’m back! Mom and Dad had me locked up for awhile because I was treating their closet like a race track — since they had two of the doors open I could go around and around the house. They were trying to paint and seemed to think I was in their way — as Rio would say, snort! Anyway, now the closet is a nice bright white. They still have a lot to do before it’s finished, though!

    Rio: Mom did take some “before” photos, so as soon as the “after” photos are ready, she’ll post some of each. But like I said, it may take awhile!

    Dawson: Dad liked Iceland a lot! In fact, Mom has always wanted to go to England, so Dad would like to stop in Iceland on the way to England. He said he just loved Reykjavik, although he didn’t get to see a lot, because he was working — darn that Army, anyway! — so he’d like to go back and explore some more. He brought back some Icelandic sweaters for Mom — she still has them and wears them even though they’re about 25 years old! They’re very warm!

    (By the way, on one of Dad’s trips back from Somalia, they had plane trouble and were forced to land in England. Even though they were there for a few days, Dad decided not to go exploring because he wanted to wait until Mom was with him. Instead, he stayed on base sleeping and taking showers — very welcome after months and months in the desert!)

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:04 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Crispy!….Banana chips?…snort!…Kats love them?…grunt!…No, I don’t think I will even mention this to my friend. She is still urping up over the banana in ricotta cheese mixture idea…gah!….This is worse than poor Karls trip to China..and the …boiled egg…urp!

  96. B.Stover
    10:05 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Now I’m hungry for banana and peanut butter (have never had nutella…sounds good) but I don’t have any bananas.

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:08 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Kirby!…They can always post the before pictures before the final work is done!…snort!…Then we will know what those guys are tackling…wheeze!

  98. Staff
    10:11 pm on February 11th, 2011
  99. Staff
    10:13 pm on February 11th, 2011

    hmmm. I wonder why that didn’t post? It doesn’t say it is moderating me? It doesn’t say we are on the dark side.

    I will try it again.

    Siber H.
    No one living in the world today will ever be able to remove all salt from their diet. Your body does need salt. Just not in the amount most of us eat it. I was told to TRY for 1600 mg a day or 160 mg of salt per serving of food. The daily requirement is for healthy people is 2000 mg per day. Most people exceed that by 4 or 5 times regularly. Bread usually has 240mg per slice. Even a plain tuna sandwich will give you 600 mg with no salt added at all. (Tuna has approximately 200 mg per serving of salt. The stuff in the bags has more.)

    There is natural salt in many foods. Tomatoes are one of the most common. Even if you make all of your food from scratch you would still get salt.

    I have used Kosher salt for years, and still do for all my salting, and it doesn’t have iodine in it. It tastes so much better without iodine in it.
    They have tested me for everything and have never said I needed more iodine. I do have thyroid disease so I have taken Synthroid for years. I wonder if it has iodine in it?

  100. Basil and Sage
    10:16 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Hey Pugface! You dissin’ our treats? Bet you probably wouldn’t like mousie mousse either, but we sure do. We’ve heard that some dawgs will actually eat poopsicles, and we’ve seen the ingredients on some dawg food….ewwwwww.
    So what’s so bad about dehydrated banana?

  101. Siber-H
    10:18 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Thanks staff..That is interesting about Kosher salt tasting better than regular salt.

  102. Tupper and Gilly
    10:20 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Staff – we asked the doctor about the salt/iodine dilema a while ago. It seems that every restaurant in this country, from McD to the finest 5 star all use iodized salt in thier cooking, and for the general public, we eat out enough to get enough iodine in our systems just from that. There is no need to use iodized salt at home since we only need the tiniest trace amounts, and that can come from one order of mcfries!

  103. Staff
    10:27 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Figure it out guys. Rio’s friend doesn’t like the taste of bananas. Why is that so hard to accept? I can’t stand the taste of chocolate anymore. Are you going to try to get me to eat chocolate in various disguises because it tastes like something scooped out of a dirt garage floor to me?

    I shouldn’t ask. I can’t stand the taste of alcohol either and people have tried to make me like it for years. They even tell me that Vodka has no taste. HA! It tastes exactly like alcohol and I can’t stand it.

  104. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:31 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Skabana nut sandwiches are banana and peanut butter. The Nutella is just an added benefit.
    For Stover, Nutella is a hazelnut and chocolate spread. I think it is Italian in origin. In a lot of places in Europe, like France and Belgium, you can get Nutella on waffles sold by street vendors. Wookie

  105. Staff
    10:33 pm on February 11th, 2011

    That is only my perception you understand. And my taster is now broken. (Hence the chocolate problem) But back when it was working I made the decision to use Kosher salt cause it was just yummy to me.

    The only salt I ever had that tasted better was a natural pink earth salt that had some minerals in it (that made it pink) It was from the http://www.lindenhills.coop/ and I never found it again so back I went to Kosher Salt. Many sea salts are really yummy too. (((Sigh)))

  106. Staff
    10:36 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Thanks for the info on iodine. I am trying not to eat out too much now as so many restaurants have tons of salt in perfectly normal foods. For instance a baked potato at Timberlodge restaurant has over 600 mg of salt. A crappy baked potato! Sheesh! I didn’t even bother checking out their ‘blooming onion’.

  107. Alice Johnson
    10:39 pm on February 11th, 2011

    There was recently a fear for Nutella in Italy. Heh heh heh


  108. Tupper and Gilly
    10:40 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Staff – here’s something just for you cuz we agree:


    Sounds like that baked potato is actually pickled!

  109. B.Stover
    10:45 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Thank you Wookie. I’ve seen Nutella advertised.

    Good night all.

  110. Tupper and Gilly
    10:48 pm on February 11th, 2011

    G’night all – sweet (not salty)dreams to you all.

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:53 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Humiliated!…. My friend told me something she is not proud of now, but didn’t’ realize at the time but she was actually drinking alka-seltzer everyday for most of last summer because of the stress and the way it relaxed her at the very-very-crazy-busy place…snuff!…She looked at the sodium content and it is something like 1900 mg…gah!…She was shocked to say the absolute least!….snort!…Never again! Ever! Never!…grunt!

  112. Staff
    10:57 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Wow T&G, That is just what it looked like. I can have a little salt. Maybe I should buy it.


    Probably I shouldn’t.


  113. Siber-H
    11:02 pm on February 11th, 2011

    There is evidentally salt in lots of things we never think of as being salty…alka-seltzer is one.
    A certain soup company is trying to fool people into thinking that the sea salt they are now puttting in their soups is better for us. Salt is salt, I think.

  114. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:06 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Wake-up!… Luckily her legs gave her a big wake-up call and she actually went to her doctor, whom she really likes btw. I think things are definitely changing for the better for her now, but I am at a loss. No more store bought chicken wings? No more chips? No fries? No more pizza? …grump! …What about me!me!me!???….sniff!

  115. Staff
    11:09 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Welcome to the real (salty) world. It is the things you figure would never have that much salt that sneak up on you. Today I took out some cottage cheese and just because most cheese is supposed to be salty I looked at the label.
    1/2 cup of it had over 600 mg of salt. I had a half cup anyway. But I probably won’t do that very often now that I know. And check out the condensed soup cans for salt content. Cripes! Remember that the number is ‘per serving’ and there is more than one serving per can.


  116. Barb & Maggie
    11:11 pm on February 11th, 2011

    We are not big on bananas either, although a banana/pb on whole wheat toast is pretty yummy. Staff is right, if you don’t like the banana taste, forget it, there are other things you can do.
    One other thought, if it is the texture of bananas that you don’t like, try some banana bread.

    Hope you all have a good night, and a warmer tomorrow.

  117. Siber-H
    11:13 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Mom is going to an adoption event with Husky Rescue tomorrow and maybe Sunday. I, on the other hand, have to stay home and look after dad. He said I could have the computer on for the Yukon Quest, but that I couldn’t go anywhere else on the internet. This makes no sense to me, but, whatever. Mom says I can go to the blog after she gets home. See you guys tomorrow evening.

    Good Night Everyone!!

  118. Wolfie
    11:14 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Going back to an earlier thread…..

    A catsup dog is Heinz 57…a little bit of this and a little it of that!

  119. Staff
    11:14 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Rio I have pizza. But not frozen pizza. That has 800+ mg in a 1/8 slice of a tiny 12 inch frozen pizza.

    However, the local pizzeria makes a crispy thin crust pizza that doesn’t make my blood pressure go sky high. But I don’t use any meat but ground beef and I am careful about the veggies. No tomatoes unless I know they use fresh, and no olives, pepperoni, ham or sausage. sniff

    But it is still pizza. Ground beef and onions or mushrooms is pretty good. Not as good as pepperoni and green olives of course. But pretty good. 😀

  120. Staff
    11:18 pm on February 11th, 2011

    I do find this salty talk fascinating but it is time for bed. And I bet there are plenty who would rather not know all about it. Heh.

    Wolfie, do you know how much salt is in a one Tablespoon serving of Ketchup? Or Catsup, but Alice doesn’t approve of that spelling. She says no respectable cat would sup on it.

    Good night all.
    See you in the morning.

  121. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:26 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Rio: When Mom went to the doctor last fall she got a big shock. Her blood pressure has been 120 over 80 for as long as she can remember, but all of a sudden it skyrocketed. So her doctor told her to cut back on salt and exercise. She started reading labels everytime she went to the grocery store — she was amazed at how much salt is in everything! So she stopped eating canned soups and lots of other salty stuff. That’s also when she and Dad started walking in the morning. She lost weight and her blood pressure went way down. But between the cold weather, Dad’s sore Achilles tendon and Mom’s sore knee, they haven’t been walking lately. I hope the low salt is keeping down her blood pressure! She hasn’t checked lately, but she probably ought to.

    I’m going to hit the sack. Mom and Dad will probably be leaving before Chet writes again, but I hope to be back Sunday night — as long as Mom and Dad don’t get home too late!

    Have a good weekend, y’all!!!

  122. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:27 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Rocky!….They are showing Rocky 5 tonight…grunt!…The summary starts with “Brain damaged and broke Rocky….” Yadda yadda…Yikes!…..Rocky hasn’t gotten too far has he?… snort!…We have never made it past Rocky One. Thankfully so it seems…wuffle!

  123. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:42 pm on February 11th, 2011

    Salt!… Thanks everyone for all your most valuable input into this important matter…snort!….I’m sure we will continue the discussion again at some point when she has progressed a little further into the realm of healthy salt intake, like the Wookies and Staffs of this world…..grunt!… Although, I have to tell you once she puts her mind to something, she does it. So all my good bits of baseball game time treats are over. Dead and gone man, they are dead and gone…grump! (sob!sob!sob!)

    PS: Rocky really has lost his mind in #5, not that we are watching or anything…yeep!

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