What’s In A Name?

Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month and therefore time for What’s In A Name, where Spencer Quinn and I discuss a character name from the Chet and Bernie mysteries. What’s it going to be this month, Spence?

Spencer Quinn: How about Charlie, Bernie’s son, missed by him dreadfully after the divorce. I think the name says something about Bernie and his ex-wife Leda, and the state of their marriage at the beginning.

Ms. P: Which was good?

SQ: I think so. These are revolutionary – or at least rapidly evolutionary – times when it comes to naming kids. The fact that they gave their son such a traditional, unexciting, but at the same time esthetically quite pleasing name, at least to my way of thinking, says something. And this notion – that Bernie and Leda had something good at one time, has, in truth, just occurred to me! I may do something with it.

Ms. P: Such as? Uh, Spence? Where are you going?

Coming Aug. 5:

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185 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:09 am on February 15th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Charlie is a nice, strong, simple guy name.
    Missing, Melanie, Truman, Mr. Lurker,, et al
    Can we have a silly Saturday?

  2. Barb & Maggie
    9:26 am on February 15th, 2014

    A Silly Saturday it is.

    Charlie is a nice sweet name. Doesn’t seem like a name Leda would pick, does it? She is not down to earth like Bernie.

    We are supposed to get some more snow this afternoon, then gradual warming to 50 degrees by mid week. Flooding will occur.

  3. B. Stover
    9:28 am on February 15th, 2014

    Keep the eye on the prize: Chet and Bernie, PIs, not Bernie’s private life.

    Good morning all.

  4. Tupper and Gilly
    9:53 am on February 15th, 2014

    Morning all.
    We always thought “Charlie” was kind of a strange name for this time. And thought it would be more in keeping if Leda called him Charles, and Bernie called him Charlie.

    Jeeze – next we will be discussing whether Harry Potter should have married Hermione instead of Ginny.

  5. Macy the min-pin
    9:54 am on February 15th, 2014

    My ‘puter was acting up last night, so I will give you a recap…

    a…a….a…wooo. Howling is not my strong suit.

    ix-nay on eda-Lay.

  6. Macy the min-pin
    9:58 am on February 15th, 2014

    Good dog, Dima. Good dog.

    Everyone check you SDD.

  7. BearSpiritDog
    10:52 am on February 15th, 2014

    O’Howlers: We are welcoming your Dear Dima over the Bridge. He is sad to leave his loved ones there, but happy to join family and friends here. He knows he is loved to the moon and back.
    We know your perfect dog lived with his perfect family.
    Sending Much Love & Big Hugs.

  8. Melanie
    10:55 am on February 15th, 2014

    Remember me?

    I’m going home today! I miss my Mac and Mattie. (and Zoë).
    I have had five scans and not a single lollipop. BelleStarr can you handle this?

    They have put me on new meds. They made me throw up for 6 hours.

    They did drain a lot of fluid from around my liver. What happens next? Don’t know.

    OTAS is picking me up and then I can rest from th hospital. Thank the Creator.

    I look foward to watching the start of the RACE!

    I wouldn’t look for me any time soon. Exhausted. I love your cards, pictures and goodies.

  9. Herd of Hounds
    11:14 am on February 15th, 2014

    Mom is crying for Dima since he was her spleen twin. Melanie, glad you bare home. Such a day!

  10. Barb & Maggie
    11:15 am on February 15th, 2014

    Melanie, Glad to hear you are going home today. Enjoy your visit with Rob and as Dawson says, rest, hydrate, rest and hydrate.

  11. Tyb
    11:23 am on February 15th, 2014

    I’m a day late (what’s new), but I want to share my Valentine box of chocolates with all of you.

  12. Herd of Hounds
    11:35 am on February 15th, 2014

    Tyb, we love the box of chocolates.

  13. Masquers
    11:41 am on February 15th, 2014

    Melanie! We don’t have to “remember” you since you are on our minds all the time. So very happy to hear you are going home today…with OTAS no less!
    Min-Pin: Don’t feel bad…I, myself, joined in last night with yowls. The point is…we were all there.
    B&M: This strange weather continues on.
    Paws crossed the snow in Alaska continues.
    T&G: Names are such important things, aren’t they? It is said they determine who we are. Hence if you change your name you change yourself. Wondering if our birth name sets the tone for one’s life. Pondering.
    HOH: I would truly like to have a silly Saturday and will do my bestest to do so…awakening this morning to a avian (not the metal band) solo was a good start.
    OFA has had an epiphany! What will come next? A new book idea perhaps. (sorry, B, I know you think he may be veering off course.)
    Tyb: Chocolates are welcome anytime! Thank you for thinking of us.

  14. Barb & Maggie
    12:01 pm on February 15th, 2014

    T & G, You are right, Leda would have called him Charles for sure. That reminded Barb of her daughter’s MIL naming her two boys years ago. She wanted to be classy so they were named Chadwick and Bartley. Really? They became Chad and Bart, which is much better IMHO.

    We love the chocolates in the heart. Good job TYB.

  15. Herd of Hounds
    12:06 pm on February 15th, 2014

    BUT, Leda chose not to be part of the picture because they wen’t part of the picture. Not enough class :)

  16. B. Stover
    12:06 pm on February 15th, 2014

    I’m glad you’re going home Melanie.

  17. Diane C.
    12:09 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Melanie–Delighted you’re going home and hope you travel safely.

    Dima, I am holding you in my heart.

  18. Diane C.
    12:14 pm on February 15th, 2014

    I also think Leda would have called him Charles (or maybe something like Charlton, to be pretentious) and I think her backstory might be interesting in small doses (or re-introduction as a kidnap victim, or something).

    My new atyical Lhasa Apso son Conan sent me some roses yesterday. How he managed it I can’t imagine, but I am grateful.

  19. Siber-H
    12:19 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Melanie, So very good to hear from you with the news you are going home today.

    Dima, We love you.

  20. Barb & Maggie
    12:21 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Charlton, spot on Diane! He could have playdates with Chadwick and Bartley.

  21. Wolfie
    12:22 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Yay, Melanie is coming home! Time for a happy dance!

  22. Barb & Maggie
    12:23 pm on February 15th, 2014

    We sent the Howlers an email earlier this morning, but our thoughts are with them on this difficult day. Dima fought the good fight and now is running like the wind with his good friends on the other side of The Bridge.

  23. Charlie
    12:25 pm on February 15th, 2014

    I was Poopsie McPoopsalot before I told the Chief Naming Officer my name. Bother Fritz and all my sisters went by the same name until we didn’t. I’m Charlie. Pure and Simple.

  24. AJ
    12:45 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Hello All,

    Just another quick update… We still have no new snow but we do have some coming in the forecast so there is still a chance for those of you coming to Alaska that the race will start in Willow. Training is proceeding nonetheless and food drops are done which is a big relief. We sent about 1700 pounds of food across Alaska to supply the race. Now all that is left is to wait until Monday to find out where we start from when ITC makes the decision.

    On another front I reflect often on the sacrifice you all make so I can run this race. It seems that I can do little to repay this kindness, but in this year the team can at least recognize one Plunderer in a small way. As many of you are aware Melanie is ill. She has a strength and bravery that I don’t know that I have in crossing Alaska. So, this year the team will all be sporting purple collars which is Melanie’s favorite color in order to take Melanie along the trail with us. The Plunderers are always on the trail with us, and this year’s run is dedicated to Melanie.

    See you all on the trail,
    AJ

  25. Herd of Hounds
    12:48 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Hey Dawson, Canada hockey not doing bad so far. Melanie, glad you are home.

  26. Herd of Hounds
    12:52 pm on February 15th, 2014

    GO,SNOWHOOK

  27. Siber-H
    12:52 pm on February 15th, 2014

    AJ, sniff, Thank You. We love the purple collars idea.
    GO SNOWHOOK!!

  28. Herd of Hounds
    12:57 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Whoo hoo, our Melanie is home!

  29. Herd of Hounds
    1:02 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Perhaps purple ribbons for Snowhook 2 leggers?

  30. SnowBella
    1:02 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Take two:

  31. SnowBella
    1:03 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Gah! I can’t get the photo to post. Grump!

  32. Herd of Hounds
    1:06 pm on February 15th, 2014

    SnowBella, perfect!

  33. Masquers
    1:20 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Snowhook’s tribute to Melanie in the upcoming race is, quite simply, awesome.
    Love the purple collars! Thanks to Bella for the photo.
    HOH: Your idea for the Plunderers to wear purple ribbons is purrfect.

  34. O'Howlers
    1:32 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Melanie! Going home home home!!!! There’s no place like it. We are very happy about this.
    A.J., dedicating Snowhook’s race and having the team wear her favorite color is a wonderful tribute. Perfect. Simply perfect.

    Thank you to all who expressed such kindness and understanding of our emotions, both today, and every day since that brick got dropped on us last August. You warm our hearts and souls.

  35. B. Stover
    1:34 pm on February 15th, 2014

    AJ and Rebecca: What a lovely thing to do.

  36. Other Side of the Bridge
    1:36 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Howlers: We welcomed Dima with open paws and a howl to beat all howls. No need to worry about him. He is Whole. The Viel will be thinned for as long as you need. He will never be far. Boy, can he run!

  37. Tupper and Gilly
    1:40 pm on February 15th, 2014

    AJ – in case you didn’t know it, it is official. You are our hero, and we love you.

  38. Meashka
    1:40 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Sniff

  39. Diane C.
    1:41 pm on February 15th, 2014

    B and M–Yeah, Chad, Bart and Chuck

  40. SnowBella
    1:41 pm on February 15th, 2014

    HOH: Great minds! I am already working on purple ribbons. Belle Starr is a bit upset that purple and sparkles are not the same thing, but she’ll have to get over it.

  41. Diane C.
    1:45 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Just saw the bulleton from the other side of the bridge. Crying. Later…

  42. BearSpiritDog
    1:46 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Three Cheers for Team Snowhook!
    Hip, Hip Hurray! Hip, Hip Hurray!! Hip, Hip, Hurray!!!

    Diane: LOL.

    O’Howlers: Sniff. We Love you.

  43. Herd of Hounds
    1:47 pm on February 15th, 2014

    SnowBella, didn’t mean for you to do extra work. Just thought is might be nice but I can’t see purple so there is none in my closet now. If you want I will go to store and do them

  44. O'Howlers
    1:52 pm on February 15th, 2014

    For Professor Bee:

  45. Herd of Hounds
    2:01 pm on February 15th, 2014

    OH, love the comma poster!

  46. BearSpiritDog
    2:04 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Snowbella: Agreeing with the Herd of Hounds…no need for you to do extra work…we can come up with the ribbons.

    O’Howlers: Heh, heh. You are so right!. Those commas…Muy Importante.

    Diane: Please excuse me…my chuckle was obviously meant for your Earlier Comment.

  47. c.hobbit
    2:05 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Two of my strange name stories:

    1. A friend of mine was dating someone named James. She met his bother named Jim (his real name). Later she met their mother (who became her MIL) and told me that she was pretty sure that the mother didn’t realize that Jim is the diminutive of James when she named both her boys.

    2. Someone wanted to give their baby girl a unique name and so named her Abcde (pronounced AB-SEE-DEE). I always pitied the girl and her teachers. At least the little girl learned the first 5 letters of the alphabet easily.

  48. SnowBella
    2:10 pm on February 15th, 2014

    HOH and BSD: I was already planning on doing purple ribbons, so I have it well in paw. I have to go into town today so I was going to stop by the fabric store.

  49. B. Stover
    2:15 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Howlers: LOL! That’s a good one.

  50. Herd of Hounds
    2:30 pm on February 15th, 2014

    ROFL @ the Abcde story. so many strange names when one is in education.

  51. SnowBella
    2:46 pm on February 15th, 2014

    The Thieves took my avatar and are playing a fierce game of keep-away!

  52. SnowBella
    3:16 pm on February 15th, 2014

    My favorite Bible thumping pug is up top!

    Garcia is reporting from the Quilt that Belle Starr has decorated it with purple sparkles including the end of each of his whiskers.

  53. Herd of Hounds
    3:19 pm on February 15th, 2014

    ROFL, chuckle, chortle guffaw. Youse guys crack us up!

  54. BooBear
    3:23 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Mom had a customer the other day with the name A-a. Guess how it was pronounced. Adasha. I mean, really?

    We all must remember that the C&B stories are written and told by Chet who has no use for human romance stuff. I don’t think a rekindling of Bernie and Leda romance is on the horizon. Perhaps a backstory in the form of an e-story.

    Howlers, mom is still crying for your loss.

  55. Garcia
    3:24 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Melanie’s hair was spared the same fate as my whiskers, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

  56. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:47 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Dima!…sob!sob!sob!

  57. Macy the min-pin
    3:49 pm on February 15th, 2014

    AJ, you are quite the guy. I want a clone of you for each of our girls. Purple is such a fancy color for you, what a tribute. And green tootsie covers. Snowhook may go for best dressed honors!

    Mom just got back from getting paint on the claws of all four paws. On purpose. Go figure.

    Happy Melanie is home, and hoping she can get to RI muy pronto.

    Once knew of a girl whose mom saw what she felt was a beautiful name on the side of a box. Formica Dinette.

  58. BearSpiritDog
    3:54 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Garcia under the Quilt: Belle Starr’s Sparkles are the ticket! You’ll be feeling tip-top in no time.

    BooBear: Name…that is just Crazy. Reminds us of Hollywood Stars with their wacky baby names.

    Rio: Sob! I must have something in my eyes…they are tearing up big time again.

  59. BearSpiritDog
    4:02 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Macy: And That Name too. Gah!

  60. Siber-H
    4:03 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Rio, Thank you for the picture of Dima. That one is our favorite. We are crying again.

  61. Barb & Maggie
    4:04 pm on February 15th, 2014

    A.J. You had us in tears here. What a wonderful tribute, to run the race in Melanie’s honor and with her favorite color.

    Boobear, We can’t see the Bernie – Leda romance being rekindled either, but Diane’s thought about Leda being kidnapped sounds like it could be fun. Chet could find her first while Bernie is off somewhere, and then could bring her back like with Princess or Peanut. Maybe she would even learn to love Chet by the end. Doubtful he would love her.

  62. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:10 pm on February 15th, 2014

    News!…There is lots of news on the blog today…snuffle!…Some very sad and some very happy. Isn’t that the way life goes….sniffle!….I am so glad and relieved that Melanie is coming home and so impressed with AJ’s announcement…sob!…I can’t wait for Melanie to find out that this years race will be run in her honor. And PURPLE!…WOOOOOO!….Those collars are awesome!….chuffle!sob!chuffle!sob!…I don’t know whether to cry or twirl right now…wheeze!

  63. Tyb
    4:20 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Love the names. When I was teaching I had a student named Urine (pronounced You-reen) whom I wanted to call PP for short, and another one named Female (pronounced Fem-a-lee.) The story goes that when her mother saw “Female Smith” on the birth papers, she thought her husband had named the baby and the father thought the mother had chosen a name. To of my other favorites were Rocky Mountain and Liberty Fountain. Honest.

  64. Barb & Maggie
    4:22 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Well we here want to announce some more good news. I had a play date today with Lucy, a 9 year old Bassador (Lab-Basset mix). She is going to come live with us after Barb’s trip out east in March. Gucci is not coming for a couple of reasons. It turned out that her medical needs were high, and she is going to stay in foster. The people at the agency also thought she was too short to be a good companion for me, so they suggested Lucy instead. Since Gucci is quite old they thought she could get hurt if I stepped on her back while playing. Lucy and I had a lot of fun while she was here and the agency lady said it couldn’t have gone any better. Did they have any doubts? Here is a picture of Lucy.

  65. Tyb
    4:23 pm on February 15th, 2014

    That should have been two of my favorites.

  66. Barb & Maggie
    4:25 pm on February 15th, 2014

    These pictures are right side up in our file, so not sure what is wrong. Will try one more.

    In our file she is facing left and is right side up. Gah!

  67. Barb & Maggie
    4:31 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Here is an interesting Basset fact. When Barb signed the Adoption/Foster agreement she agreed not to take a Basset around deep water unless she puts of life jacket on the dog. Turns out they will sink like a rock. Bassets cannot swim!

  68. BooBear
    4:33 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Love Lucy! She’s right side up on our iPad too. Too bad about Gucci. I hope she has a good foster home.

  69. Tyb
    4:35 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Barb and Maggie,
    Though you show the pictures right side up in your file, they posted upside down. Strangely I pulled them from the blog to turn them around for you and they came down to my desktop right side up. I’m going to repost them from my desktop just to see if they turn themselves over again. Here goes.

  70. Meashka
    4:36 pm on February 15th, 2014

    I brought the rents down to the tavern for some much-needed therapy. Here is our view.

  71. Herd of Hounds
    4:38 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Lucy Lou the labradoo loves Lucy the basador! Wow! Are we Lucy’s special or what?

  72. Tyb
    4:40 pm on February 15th, 2014

    This is crazy. I’m going to post the second one upside down and see if it comes up correctly. I’ve never seen or heard such a thing happen before. The preview shows her as I posted her i.e. upside down.

  73. Meashka
    4:42 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Lucy is right-side up for me. And I like her.

  74. Tyb
    4:42 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Here’s a last try.

  75. Tyb
    4:45 pm on February 15th, 2014

    No matter how I try to post the second picture, it appears upside down in the preview.
    I’m stymied.

  76. Barb & Maggie
    4:47 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Glad to see another screwed up picture! LOL

    OK, One more. This is me after my play date, all tuckered out!

  77. Barb & Maggie
    4:58 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Boobear, Gucci is actually very happy in her foster home. She is with a couple other Bassets and a small terrier. There is also a ten year old girl in the household that she adores. Gucci ended up having to go to the vet 3 times in a week for 3 different problems, first the UTI, 2nd an eye infection (eye drops now forever), and the last was inability to move around well. When they are in foster the rescue group gets special rates from the v*e*t and they cover the medical costs. Gucci’s last problem with mobility concerned both Barb and the rescue group, and they thought she might mix better with short legged companions.

  78. Siber-H
    5:00 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Meashka, Wow! Lots of snow!

  79. Barb & Maggie
    5:08 pm on February 15th, 2014

    TYB, Just tried emailing the same 3 pictures from My Picture file. 2 came out right side up and 1 was upside down. What the what!

  80. Barb & Maggie
    5:38 pm on February 15th, 2014

    We love the short track ice skaters.

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:44 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Sammie!…Is Mollys-Maw okay?…sniff!…For some reason she has dropped off the radar after announcing she would not be making the trip this month…wuffle!….Is she doing okay?

  82. Herd of Hounds
    5:54 pm on February 15th, 2014

    B&M: YES! Love the short track skaters!
    Rio: We too are worrit about MPM. Was looking 4ward to seeing her in AK. Hope she OK.

  83. c.hobbit
    6:06 pm on February 15th, 2014

    What great name stories. Yes, when you are in education, you see it all. One of my friends who taught first grade for 30+ years had a class where 21 of the 15 students had weather or sky-related names: Sunny, Starr, Dusty, Zenith, Misty, Dawn, Eddy, Sky, Beaufort, Gail (Gale), Rainey, Rainbow, Summer, Ocean, Violet, Celestial, etc.

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:08 pm on February 15th, 2014

    CHobbit!….Were any of them named Rio?…snort!

  85. Princess Sam
    6:11 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Molly’s mom is quite bummed about not being able to make the trip. Her gluten sensitivity has become a nightmare. She would be the houseguest from the hell, splorting all over the place.

  86. c.hobbit
    6:12 pm on February 15th, 2014

    LUNA: It looks like I am going to have to call up the backup plan and use your Giant after all. My nephew came out and we were able to move the two smallest bookcases but that was it. They are obviously pretty solid and my nephew has a bad back. So he volunteered his adult stepson who I guess works out. If we get a time frame for Monday, it might be doable. There are two 3-shelf book cases and three 5-shelf tall bookcases. Of course, I don’t want anyone hurting themselves so if it is too much, I’ll hire professional movers.
    Yeep!

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:14 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Awwww!…Sammie…sniff!…I’m sure CHobbit would not mind. I bet Mr. Staff is going to be the trouble-maker anyways. Not Mollys-Maw…wheeze!…I could tell she was very excited about making the trip and I feel very disappointed now that she is not going…snuffle!

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:19 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Advance!….Woooooo!….Emily Scott advances after being Pushed in the short-track…snort!… I love that gal. We here are rooting big-time for her and she is moving on to the A-Finals….chuffle!

  89. {Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:22 pm on February 15th, 2014

    CHobbit!…The Giant is very busy training for a very important race…sniff!…What if he gets hurt moving your bookcases? Then what will we all do?…Hmmmmm? …{jk}

  90. Herd of Hounds
    6:27 pm on February 15th, 2014

    CHobbit: Old Fart has broken his back (L2) but with his???, mom’s squatty-ness and you, maybe on the 26th, we can move the furniture.

  91. Luna
    6:32 pm on February 15th, 2014

    CHobbit: The Giant is on a long training run today. My mama will ask him his schedule for Monday, and she will get back to you. She will be in her moose head village on Monday and Tuesday otherwise she’d offer to help. I say she is only allowed to kat-kall the Giant and no lifting.

  92. Tenzing
    6:34 pm on February 15th, 2014

    I love that photo of my pal, Dima. What a good looking guy. I will miss him under the Quilt, but I am glad he is Restored and Whole.

  93. Barb & Maggie
    6:39 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Pixie is in no way, no how, allowed to move furniture! What are we going to do with her!

    C Hobbit, is the furniture all in one piece, rather than being put together once you get it in place?

  94. Masquers
    6:40 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Sammie: Thanks for the update on MPM…we know how disappointed she must be…curses on that dang gluten intolerance.
    HOH: No! No moving of heavy furniture for those with bad backs…nay to the squatty-one too.
    CHobbit’s bookcases must weigh a ton.

  95. dawson
    6:41 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Me too!
    I feel bad for all who made plans to go to Alaska who now cannot make the trip. Those of us who are still going will be thinking of you and will give the Snowhook doggies some extra tummies just from you! I just hope nothing happens between now and then to waylay any more of us.

    Melanie: 5 Scans!? Six hours of vomitting!? Thank dog OTAS has come to rescue you and take you home where you won’t be poked or prodded except by Mac and Maddie.

    AJ and Rebecca: I love, love, love the bright purple collars! What a great tribute to Melanie.

    Tyb: Love the box of chocolates!

    Funny name stories! I’m enjoying all the far-out names. A-a and Abcde definitely win prizes for being nuts! Charlie is a good name.

    Dima the tip-top Husky will always be a part of our hearts.

  96. Luna
    6:46 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Maggie: I have tried my best, by some times our humans have to make their own decisions. I would rather have to eat something with ‘head’ in the name than have her help the Giant move furniture.

  97. Annabelle
    6:47 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Dawson: I can’t wait for you to get here. This belly isn’t going to rub itself.

  98. Pancho & Lefty
    6:49 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Dawson: Your gloves aren’t going to slide off your hands and into our mouths on their own either. You better get here fast!

  99. {Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:56 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Thieves!…I can’t wait for Dawson to meet the Thieves and play cards with them…snort!….Then there will be nekkid Thieves slinking around, unless of course they are chosen to pull THE SLED in THE RACE – then they will have their awesome black coats….chuffle!

  100. Masquers
    6:57 pm on February 15th, 2014

    …and there will be no volunteering of lifting by our Pixie…it is absolutely verboten.
    Tyb: Names…Female sounds like a kool name, but would need some accent marks to show a French pronunciation. That is a funny story about how the baby was named.
    Youse teachers hear and see it all!

  101. Herd of Hounds
    6:59 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Golinka: Pls chk SDD.

  102. Pancho & Lefty
    7:00 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Rio: Nekkid! We can’t wait to play cards with Dawson, but ther is an error in your scenario above. You assume we follow the rules. We don’t. Luna says this is the same as cheating. You say Slim Jim, we say Jim of Slim.

    More to Rio: We were among the ranks taken for the first round of vet checks earlier this week. The Giant can only choose from the dogs who were checked earlier this week. Did we put up a fight? Maybe. Is sitting still for the EKG machine to read our hearts our idea of fun? Nope. Was a table knocked over in the process? If memory serves, yes.

  103. {Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:00 pm on February 15th, 2014

    GAH!….All day we have been avoiding the news so we could watch the hockey game, USA vs Russia, without knowing the score….grump!….That Dawg-Damned stupid Olympic announcer blurted out the score in the same damned breath he was advertising the game being shown in prime time tonight….GRUMP!…WHO THE HELL DOES THAT??….GROWL! and SPIT!

  104. {Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:01 pm on February 15th, 2014

    STOMP!…and KICK!…Grump!

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:02 pm on February 15th, 2014

    WHAT!….Is sticking to my name?…sniff!

  106. Diane C.
    7:03 pm on February 15th, 2014

    O’H–Love the comma poster (and will forward it along, with your permission).

    BSD–I assumed as much–nothing to excuse.

    Plunderers, are ribbons necessary or can I just wear a lot of purple? Also, does Belle Starr know about iridescent purple sequins (which are about to become a major part of my professional wardrobe)?

  107. Diane C.
    7:05 pm on February 15th, 2014

    P and L–Good to know you’re taking an active part in your own healthcare (eve if some might differ with your approach to doing so).

  108. c.hobbit
    7:07 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Don’t worry. I won’t let anyone lift anything if it seems doubtful. I don’t want anyone hurting themselves. The furniture is all in one piece with fixed shelves and that is why it is heavy.

    Gah! Just got back from taking Sadie on a walk and her urine showed red again. Very red. Two weeks ago there was one instance of a bit of red but otherwise she has been clear. She finished her medicine on Thursday. This means a special test sent away to identify the exact bacteria and why it is resistant to medicine. I am very sad. Thankfully she doesn’t act sick.

  109. Belle Starr
    7:07 pm on February 15th, 2014

    DianeC: What are ‘descent purple sequins? No matter. They sound wonderful. I must have them. I must have them all or I am going to be in a very bad mood.

  110. Pancho & Lefty
    7:10 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Oddly enough, we didn’t know the Pixie and the Giant shared a nickname with two of the vet techs that were there. Who would have thougth they would all answer when the vet said, “I’m going to need backup.” Backup—what a strange name.

  111. Meashka
    7:14 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Sadie! Enough with the red pee. We still have tat showing up on our snow. {Shudder}.

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:16 pm on February 15th, 2014

    CHobbit!…This does not sound like good news at all….sniffle!…I hope Ms Sadie will be okay, as I am sure everyone wants to meet and greet her….wuffle!

  113. c.hobbit
    7:18 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Rio: did you get my earlier SDD?
    Snowbella: ditto

    MPM: I am so sorry you are having difficulty and won’t be coming to Alaska. Remember you are welcome anytime. Anchorage has gluten-free bakeries and restaurants usually feature some gluten-free items. I myself eat a lot of veggies. We will make it work whenever you can come.

    Off to do errands and treat myself to a meal out (maybe). Wearing purple is a great idea and I might have to do some shopping :-)

  114. Staff
    7:20 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Dear Snowbella, Inquiring minds want to know. Which is ‘the’ fabric store in Anchorage?

  115. Barb & Maggie
    7:20 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Diane, Give up your sequins immediately to Belle Starr. We do not want her to be in a VBM. And why are you going to need them professionally? Are you launching a new career as a pole dancer?

  116. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:20 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Thieves!….Sounds like you guys had a rollicking good time at the V-E-T check…heh!heh!…Oddly enough, Beau and I were taken to the exact same place this morning after being promised a “Kar Ride”…sniff!….Our V-E-T is HUGE. He puts his big ole paws on us and we do whatever he wants….sniff!…My friend is in awe of this guy…grunt!

  117. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:27 pm on February 15th, 2014

    CHobbit!…I did and you are a genius…snort!

  118. BearSpiritDog
    7:32 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Sadie Bear: So Sorry to hear about the return of the color Red on your morning walk. We Are happy to hear that you seem to be feeling tip-top. You are in our pawyers along with Garcia.

    Rio: The V-e-t…not anyone’s favorite subject…good thing he has Big Paws. Snowhook needs one of those guys.

  119. Herd of Hounds
    7:34 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Rio, our v e t is huge too. Does that make us twins, twins, twins?

  120. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:36 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Big!…I’m pretty damn sure our v-guy could handle Lefty and Pancho at the same time…sniff!…He gave us both two shots and we did not even know it…grunt!….Checked our teeth, butts and ears while we were still wondering how we got on that high table…wheeze!

  121. Herd of Hounds
    8:00 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Our guy handles cows, horses and TMG! Gah!

  122. Herd of Hounds
    8:03 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Merideth Fierra in for Bob Costas…boy did he f…mess up!

  123. O'Howlers
    8:03 pm on February 15th, 2014

    It is so windy here, we are now drifted shut. Closed. Kaput. Adios.
    Fortunately for us, we are Sibes, so there is no keeping us down. The 2-leggeds on the other paw….heh heh heh!

  124. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:07 pm on February 15th, 2014

    HoHo!…I over-heard that our big ole V-E-T tends to large animals too…sniff!…My friend asked him how he faired during the week of sub-zero weather. He said “Something always comes up and that kind of weather makes it a little hard.”…grunt!….What a tough guy. I for one will never cross him…gurgle!

  125. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:09 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Mereidith!….It was not her that gave away the Hockey score. It was that other asshole who does the afternoon shift…grump!…I despise that guy…grrrrr!

  126. Herd of Hounds
    8:15 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Rio: currently watching the Russia, USA shootout…Wowie! You mean Matt Lauer?

  127. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:18 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Matt!…Would never do something so STUPID…sniff!…Not it is the old guy who puts marbles in his mouth before he goes on air…grump!…I DESPISE that guy..sniff!…Enjoy the game, it will be a very close one…sob!sob!sob!

  128. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:20 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Sobbing!…Oh and my sobbing only means I am sad that I know the out-come before I watch the game. It has absolutely nothing to do with who actually won it…sniff!

  129. dawson
    8:20 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Pancho and Lefty: I’m bringing extra gloves…

    Annabelle: I am getting extremely excited! I can’t believe I’m going to meet you and all the Snowhook dogs.

    My passports are packed. I have exchanged Canadian dollars for U.S. dollars. I have to buy some travel insurance.

  130. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:26 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Dawson!…Have you sent your flight plans to Maskers?…sniff!…Be sure you do, by golly…grunt!

  131. Herd of Hounds
    8:32 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Extra gloves for the thieves? Are 3 pair of gloves and a pair of mittens acceptable?

  132. Masquers
    8:33 pm on February 15th, 2014

    HOH & Riö: So…Costas is the guy who made the big faux pas?
    Dawson: We are green with envy seeing you and the others make this once in a lifetime trip to see the opening ceremonies for the Iditarod.
    Someone here did say there may be a trip to Anchorage in the future. We are keeping our paws crossed.

  133. Masquers
    8:38 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Riö:We have trip info for HOH, Dawson & Staff.
    Macy: You sent yours too, right?..the others aren’t going…sob.
    Howlers: Batten down the hatches and stay warm!

  134. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:39 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Costas!….Nope! Have not seen that guy in ages…sniff!…I miss him terribly…sob!

  135. Barb & Maggie
    8:53 pm on February 15th, 2014

    HOH, I think it is Meredith Vieira, not Fierra.

  136. Herd of Hounds
    8:59 pm on February 15th, 2014

    B&M, oh,ok.
    Skeleton is stupid in our opinion. Downhill, head first? DUH? Luge makes much more sense. Also love bobsled.

  137. Masquers
    9:02 pm on February 15th, 2014

    The reason for thinking it was Costas was that HOH said he really messed up and has now been replaced by Vieira. However, she must have been referring to his continuing eye infection.
    There is talk he may be benched for the rest of the Olympics because of it. What a bummer for him and his record Olympic coverage.

  138. BearSpiritDog
    9:05 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Dawson, Rio & All those interested in Curling:
    Someone here Actually Watched the competition between the USA & Norway. It is quite an Interesting & Precise Sport. And, we didn’t know that the stones used in this event come from Scotland.
    We also Love the Luge and were especially looking forward to seeing the Cool Runnings Team from Jamaica, but unfortunately missed seeing them because of travel.

    Getting very hungry here and no wonder…It’s Suppertime!

  139. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Luge!…We have seen NO LUGE yet..sniff!…Just now watching the OT of the Hockey game where we know the ending…grump!…Pisses me off to no end. It was that Old Bastard that can’t talk right, not Matt, not Meredith, not Costas…the other asshole…grump!

  140. Herd of Hounds
    9:11 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Masquers: Not only the infected eye but did a shot of vodka on the air with Mary Carrillo. Sad but Rusian.

  141. Macy the min-pin
    9:12 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Welcome Lucy! Are you keeping your name? And get off the ceiling, girl.

  142. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on February 15th, 2014

    HoHo!…Oh big deal…sniff! …We already reported on that vodka episode and it was funny….grunt!

  143. Thieves!
    9:19 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Three pairs of mittens and/or gloves sounds like a great appetizer.

  144. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:20 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Hockey!…What is happening?…sniff!…Why is the whole team not playing and there are these “shoot-outs”, one on one?…sniff!…I’ve never seen this before…grunt!

  145. Herd of Hounds
    9:23 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Thieves: silk scarf was the appetizer here today. We are ready for y’all.

  146. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:23 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Got-It!….AssHole Announcer = Al Michaels…grump!… I am going to send him bad voodoo email all year long…grrr!…What an ASS.

  147. Barb & Maggie
    9:24 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Macy, She will keep the name Lucy Ball. Not Lucile, but Lucy. Sorry about those pictures.

    Rio, Just tell us the old fart’s name. And we heard that the game was really exciting, so watch it even if you know the ending.

  148. dawson
    9:25 pm on February 15th, 2014

    That ain’t hockey!
    I can’t believe that Olympic hockey games are decided by a shoot-out. Bah!

  149. Herd of Hounds
    9:25 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Rio, No ties allowed in the Olympics, hence hockey shoot offs.

  150. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:27 pm on February 15th, 2014

    BAH!…Humbug!…grump!…That ain’t Hockey. …growl!…It is sissy-puss-kitty-kat…sniff!

  151. Herd of Hounds
    9:27 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Skeleton on now…wow!

  152. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:31 pm on February 15th, 2014

    BobSled!…And the Luge, that is what I am waiting for….sniff!…Although, the Ski-Jump is pretty fun to watch too. That is on right now for us anyways…snorkel!

    Vets!…I keep imagining the Thieves at my Vets …heh!heh!…I wonder if they know what a “humbling experience” means…snort!

  153. Herd of Hounds
    9:39 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Do not want to have a “humbling experience” with a V e t. GAH! Never, ever, ever!

  154. Herd of Hounds
    9:41 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Cannot believe mom is still up and letting us stay up!! Wowser!

  155. Macy the min-pin
    9:41 pm on February 15th, 2014

    I wrote that last post hours ago, but forgot to hit send. oops

    Masquers, mom will be on flight 1024 American, leaving early afternoon on the 18th.

    We thought mom was being silly for taking extra gloves, but that seems to be the trend.

    She hates to leave dad feeling poorly, but he is getting on her last nerve, so she is looking forward to some peace. I will keep an eye on him if that be-och Belle will stop growling at me everytime I come near.

  156. Tupper and Gilly
    9:43 pm on February 15th, 2014

    It is our considered position that skeleton riders steer by their butts – they can’t be steering with their heads cuz those have to be empty! Sliding down a big tunnel of rock hard ice, headfirst and going 80 miles an hour! Do their mothers know what they do for a living??!?

    Ok, off our soapbox now.

    Melanie has gone to her own home sweet home in the company of her handsome son and her happy mother. She will be able to sleep in her own bed, even if there are no baseball toys involved.

    She has promised to behave and be safe (HA! – she will do whatever she dam well pleases, or our legs aren’t shorter than an estory) We wish her a wonderful, deep healing sleep, without bells going off and someone in the next room yelling “Hello? HelLLLLOOOOOO?” every two minutes.

    We read her the post about the purple collars and the race being dedicated to her. It made her cry, but they were happy tears.

    Those of you going north – Melanie and Mama will be sitting together, watching the Iditarod start live on the website. We expect waves! Big, happy, grinning, toothy smiles and two handed waves! Ok?

  157. Herd of Hounds
    9:47 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Y’all got it. Smiles and waves :) :) :)

  158. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:49 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Kameras!…Yes, like Tupper says, all youse guys who will be in Alaska at the Starting line, think of us guys at home and get your faces in front of the kameras and wave and yell and show Plunderer Signs to us here sitting at home…wheeze!..Or else dammit!

  159. dawson
    9:50 pm on February 15th, 2014

    I miss the good old days in hockey when they played OT hockey until someone scored. Congrats to the US for the win. That T.J. kid sure can shoot!

    BearSpiritDog: I’m really enjoying watching the curling (women’s). Jennifer Jones is the best! I do love Norway’s pants!

    I don’t see the attraction to watching people slide down an ice chute head first or feet first.

    Masquers: Did I send you my itinerary? I forget.

    I wonder what other Snowhook dogs went to the vet.

  160. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Wave!…Jump!…Smile!

  161. Herd of Hounds
    9:51 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Rio, what is a Plunderer sign? We just want to give it.

  162. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:53 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Speed!…For some reason we here all like the downhill speed stuff the best…heh!…Luge, Bobsled, Skeleton, Skiing…yeee!…The Thrill Of Victory!…wooooo!

  163. Herd of Hounds
    9:53 pm on February 15th, 2014

    OK, got it. Wave, jump, smile.

  164. dawson
    9:54 pm on February 15th, 2014

    I am charging the batteries for my camera.

  165. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:55 pm on February 15th, 2014

    HoHo!…heh!heh!…I was thinking a BIG Paw written sign but if you have a hand signal you have in mind, well that’s another story…snort!

  166. Tupper and Gilly
    9:55 pm on February 15th, 2014

    HOH – the Plunderers sign must certainly involve the number 2. Maybe 2 fistpumps? Two hands in the air? – nah – someone might think you were perps.

  167. Macy the min-pin
    9:57 pm on February 15th, 2014

    For some reason we love skeleton, don’t care much for luge. Basically the same thing, can’t explain it. Do want to see the Jamaican bobsledders tho.

    Dainty licks to all who need some.

  168. Macy's mom
    10:01 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Dawson, great minds… I have charged one battery, now need to put the back-up in to charge. Then download all my mother’s pictures so she doesn’t have to go buy more cards for her camera. Having a puny hubby is messing with my mojo, but I bet I get there sooner or later, with maybe a little less housework done than planned. And SOMEone peed on the bed last night so I had three extra loads to wash today. Is it Tuesday yet?

  169. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:01 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Skeleton!…Rocks!…snort!

    Attention!…One way for the Plunderers to get on Kamera during the Pre_Start and the Start is to come up with a little choreographed dance and a cheer for Snowhook!..snort!…Can all youse guys do that for us?…wheeze!..I certainly think it would draw attention to Snowhook and the Plunderers…chuffle!

  170. Herd of Hounds
    10:03 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Macy, we like luge and bobsled. You like skeleton. No accounting for taste. Ain’t life grand?

  171. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:06 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Downhill!…I like all things that slide downhill at very fast speed…snort!…Sort of like this blog…grunt!

  172. Macy's mom
    10:07 pm on February 15th, 2014
  173. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:14 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Macy!…What does that mean?…sniff!

  174. Herd of Hounds
    10:20 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Macy, we appreciate the laundry issue. Who did he dirty deed?

  175. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:24 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Screw-ups!…I am trying to imagine all the other ways the USA Team can screw up…snort!.. What is going on? Bring on the next mess-up….grump!

  176. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on February 15th, 2014

    SiberH!…Did Windows 8 blew-up in his face?…sniff!…Where the heck is he today?…grunt!

  177. dawson
    10:55 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Mens 1500 speed skating! Denny Morrison from Fort St. John, BC takes the bronze medal! He’s almost my neighbor!

    Rio: I’d do a little choreographed song and dance at the start of the race but I don’t want to embarrass the Snowhook team!

  178. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:00 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Dawson!…I’m sure you will make Snowhook proud..heh!heh!…Get Staff and Mr. Staff to join you…snort!

  179. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:03 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Done!!….My friend is Done-In….sniff!…I worry bout her because she cannot stay up late like she used to…grump!…What’s up with that?…wheeze!….Goodnight!

  180. Masquers
    11:09 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Dawson: I forgot too…thought you had sent your flight info, but now don’t see it…send it again just in case.
    Purple ribbons! the Plunderers will be wearing purple ribbons! (and holding up a big sign saying: GO SNOWHOOK!!!)
    Macy: Need more information…leaving from/going to (stops or layovers), time of arrival? etc, etc.
    You can send to my SDD.
    Oh, oh…lights are flickering…sign-off time.

  181. dawson
    11:26 pm on February 15th, 2014

    Masquers: I will find and send that info to you tomorrow. I am on the same flight from Seattle to Anchorage as the Staff’s but I will be at the airport a couple hours early so I can hopefully connect with you.

    My eyes are burning from watching too much tv. Calling it a night.

    Prayers for Plunderers.

  182. Wolfie
    12:13 am on February 16th, 2014

    We here are going to wear purple in honor of Melanie each day of the race.

  183. Diane C.
    8:08 am on February 16th, 2014

    Miss Pretty Edgar and Conan blurring sequins to Belle Starr now.

    Miss Sadie–Hoping the situation is effectively analyzed and cleared up quickly. Red will not look good with purple ribbons.

    P and L–”Backup” seems to be a common nickname in V E T technology (also in law enforcement).

    Masquers–Are faux pas different from regular normal paws?

    Rio et al–Skeleton and luge (which I used to disparage) now my two favorite events (and probably the only thing I follow this year).

  184. Diane C.
    8:15 am on February 16th, 2014

    A strange wavelet of catchy comparisons has crept in–legs shorter than an estory? going downhill fast like this blog?

    I much appreciate. Catch you all later this a.m. (on tomorrow’s blog).

  185. Melanie
    9:21 am on February 16th, 2014

    AJ, purple it is. Melanie is home and tired. She is delighted with the purple and the going across Alaska with your dedication to her. Zoe

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