When The West Was Young

After Bernie said that thing about being born too late, there was a long silence, like maybe thoughts were going on. If so, not by me. Deena had arrived with the steak tips – this was at the Dry Gulch Saloon and Steak House, where there’s a patio bar, all golden light now with the sun going down – and I was too busy for thinking. Does that ever happen to you?

Colonel Bob sipped his drink; he was a bourbon guy too, like Bernie. “Your folks have lived out here for a long time, right?”

“On my dad’s side,” Bernie said. “We had a ranch.”


“Right where we live now,” Bernie said.

“On Mesquite Road?”

“Yeah,” Bernie said. “Four square miles at one time. Where our next-door neighbor  is now was the main gate.”

“The neighbor with that funny little dog?” said Colonel Bob.

“Iggy. Yeah.”

“I had a dog a lot like Iggy once,” Colonel Bob said.


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41 Responses to “When The West Was Young”

  1. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    5:11 am on March 20th, 2010

    Hey Siber H. I think its really cool that you are from New Mexico. One of my humans is from New Mexico too, although I don't know if I will ever make it there; its a long way from Chevy Chase. I was also on death row when I was a little tyke, only about six months old. Fortunately, I was rescued by the Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training League (GREEAT), which helped me find my forever home, where I have been for the past eight years, and every day has just been wonderful (except for a couple of those snow days). The nation within a nation owes a vote of considerable gratitude to organizations like GREEAT and the wonderful volunteers who support them. Hip Hip Hooray! Wookie

  2. dawson
    5:27 am on March 20th, 2010

    Hip Hip Hooray,

    Hmmm. Colonel Bob and Iggy?

  3. B. Stover
    5:41 am on March 20th, 2010

    Rio was correct. By "born too late" Bernie is referring to life in the west when it was young. I'll bet the people living in the west (or anywhere else) at that time didn't think life was simple, or good, or perfect. Humans do have much to learn from dogs.

  4. Barb & Maggie
    5:42 am on March 20th, 2010

    Wookie, Paws up for rescue and no kill shelters. Rio touched on that very important issue last night. My mom gives donations to lots of animal/wildlife charities. Oprah picked out 10 groups for some kind of big fund raiser coming up, I forget the details. Anyway, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary,in Utah, was one of the 10. That is Big!

  5. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:51 am on March 20th, 2010

    Sob!… Both of my pals Siber-H and Wookie could have been goners!… sneeze!…I’ve never been in a shelter before…wheeze!….I was bought and paid for – that’s when I was a puglet and still cute….grunt!… but don’t bring that subject up around here…snort!… the whole “waste of good money” argument always erupts!….sniff.

  6. Melanie
    5:54 am on March 20th, 2010

    Wookie, One of the Iditarod teams was all rescues and they made it! Hip Hip Whoof!

    So, Colonel Bob had a dog like Iggy. That means he's been to Bernie's house? Getting more and more info! Or not, Chet was busy with the steak tips. One of our dogs, Grace, just had her second birthday and we fixed boiled chicken livers to put over their food for a birthday dinner. Boiled, I said, not fresh off the chicken, Barb & Maggie!

    S.Husky, Lava tubes in NM? Cool. By the way Jack London had a Newfoundland on a sled team. This would NOT mean speed!

  7. Mollypop
    6:35 am on March 20th, 2010

    Me and Mom had gone back to Buffalo, but there's this March Madness thing going on with a big basketball. We fled the melee to come back to ski country and now it's the Canadian schools spring break. More Madness!

    But I had to get Mom away from Buffalo because the Shrine Circus was there and they brought their elephant prisoners. Mom was ready to march with a big sign. She's a big supporter of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, so I hope all is well with Peanut the Elephant in the T-FAT book to come next.

  8. Chet The Dog
    6:57 am on March 20th, 2010

    Mollypop – you're way way ahead of us.

  9. Mollypop
    7:32 am on March 20th, 2010

    Chet – That should have tempted you to say just a little bit more. Tee hee.

  10. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:55 am on March 20th, 2010

    Agents!…Newfs!… Lexi!…Do you all have your reports ready to hand over to me?…snort!…

  11. Siberian Husky
    7:56 am on March 20th, 2010

    Great posts by Wookie, Rio, and all of you on the subject of rescues and shelters! We are making progress in this country with more humane treatment of dogs and cats, but we still have a long ways to go. When I in that backwater NM town in the pound, they still murdered unwanted dogs and cats in the gas chamber. The state has since passed a law against that. They now have to use a lethal injection. Long story short, but someone bailed me out and drove me 250 miles to Siberian Husky Rescue.

    On a much lighter note-It snowed 4 inches!! Not much, but enough that I could fro…–whoops, I won't use that word. Let's say that I could kick up my heels in it.

  12. Siberian Husky
    8:09 am on March 20th, 2010

    Rio, I haven't gotten a thing done because of the Iditarod, but I'll get on it right away. Wookie has March Madness, some of which is beyond me. I don't even understand the word "seeded" What does botany have to do with basketball.

    Melanie: cool, I didn't know Jack London had a Newf. Did you know that Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition had a Newf. I think his name was "Sailor". The Newf went all the way to the Pacific coast with them and back again.

  13. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:13 am on March 20th, 2010

    Siber-H!… all you have to do is let me know when your report is ready…snort!

  14. Lexi
    8:55 am on March 20th, 2010

    Rio! I'm sorry! So Sorry! But I keep sneezing and my humans like that I have a cold. How can you have a cold. Don't you get cold, not have them? And anyways….achoo!…. Megan has took the time to mummify me in so many blankets that I think I'm sneezing more! But there does come a good part. I'm getting hand-fed by Megan! And all of those treats? This is the….achoo!…the…achoo! Oh, never mind…achoo!

  15. Siberian Husky
    9:48 am on March 20th, 2010

    Bless You Lexi except that lol dogs don't get colds, but don't tell Megan that.

    It is very interesting that the subjects of Col. Bob and Iggy have come together. Chet is going to have to tell us more.

  16. B. Stover
    10:40 am on March 20th, 2010

    Rio, your agents remind me of students making excuses for not finishing essays.

  17. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:04 am on March 20th, 2010

    Stover!…sometimes I feel like I am in the twilght zone… snort!… all they have to do is type “my report is ready”…grunt!… 4 lousy words.

  18. Melanie
    11:32 am on March 20th, 2010

    Commander Rio, I will have to get the Pack moving. They had everything but the final draft done . . . then they all went to sleep.

    SHusky, yes, we know about Lewis and Clark. In fact, we knew the person who's dog was trained for the documentary. The dog LOVED riding in the canoe.

    We had one person who bought a puppy just to train her to be a Water Rescue Dog. She lives somewhere in NJ on the shore and has lots of grandchildren. I guess they needed rescuing.

    Rio, I promise you'll have the report in the morning. They are more awake in the morning.

  19. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:43 am on March 20th, 2010

    Stover!… see what I mean?…grump!

    Melanie!…I'll take that as "Yes, Commander Rio, all 11 reports are done! Here you go."

    Why! thanks Melanie… wheeze!…thanks for getting these to me so quickly….grunt!… no need to bother the Newfs in the morning now…. Your part is D-o-n-e.

  20. Lexi
    11:48 am on March 20th, 2010

    Guys! Look what Megan has done to me! (I'm on her bed at her computer, by the way)

  21. Jasper the Poodle
    11:49 am on March 20th, 2010

    Jasper here. My mom left me home alone this a.m., something about going to the library, getting the New Moon DVD and Wally World, so I left her a little gift to let her know that I don't like being left home alone and I certainly don't like getting my paws wet in that cold white wet stuff. She huffed a bit when she saw my gift, so I'm pretty sure she will do something about keeping my paws warm and dry. I like it when we reach an understanding about things.

  22. Lexi
    11:50 am on March 20th, 2010
  23. B. Stover
    11:59 am on March 20th, 2010

    You guys make me laugh….

  24. Siberian Husky
    12:47 pm on March 20th, 2010

    B Stover: I am still laughing about your remark that we are a lot like your students.

    Rio: You are the brains behind this Mission. I'm just your physical guy. Just tell me what you want me to do, and I'll do it. Don't get me bogged down in paperwork. Sigh, I was born too late. John Wayne never had to do a report.

  25. AbbietheKitty
    2:23 pm on March 20th, 2010

    Hey everyone, this is Alice. We have arrived home and I am out of prison. They had me locked up in a room because I wanted to stay and keep ordering everyone about and 'they' wanted to come back home.

    Since 'they' have the car, guess who won. But if 'they' hadn't locked me in that room I would still be free! I can hide like nobody's business. (And that is hiding!!!)

    Since we are now back the staff has found the cable that she left behind and now she down loaded some photo's of me on the job. Just a few. All the news reports are saying that the crest will be lower than expected and things should be OK after this weekend. That is sure good news!

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1269127343-flood Alice.jpg[/img]

    Special thanks to Mollypop and B.Stover for their communications skills. Great work guys! I'll call you again next flood!

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1269127419-flood alice 2.jpg[/img]

    Alice Johnson

  26. AbbietheKitty
    2:36 pm on March 20th, 2010

    Hi everyone,

    I tried to post for Alice this morning and somehow posted it on yesterdays comments. Anyway Alice is back and doing her own posting now. She has had a busy week. So have I. We all have our jobs and I was quilt testing this week. It was a queen sized quilt so I had to do a lot of testing.

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1269128111-quilt abbie 2.jpg[/img]

    The staff kept trying to sew the binding on while I was still working. We had to compromise. She stopped and I continued. Sometimes being hefty works for me in mysterious ways.


  27. Melanie
    2:47 pm on March 20th, 2010

    Abbie, you are beautiful and mysterious. Love the look at the camera. That's a lot of books behind you, have you read them all?

  28. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:53 pm on March 20th, 2010

    Siber-H!…. consider your report D-O-N-E!… grunt!… thanks for all the great info…snuff!

    Hi!… AbbieTheKat!…you look so comfortable on that quilt…snort!…I’m a bit hefty myself and it hinders me from getting on the big bed at night….grunt!… then I have to whine and cry until someone is willing to risk their backs and lift me up….wheeze!

  29. AbbietheKitty
    4:00 pm on March 20th, 2010

    HI Melanie,

    I leave the reading to the 'staff'. She reads constantly. She is a bookaholic. And yes she has read all those books. That is only one of her bookshelves. She just finished Oblivion by that other guy. She said (this is NOT a spoiler) that she had absolutely NO IDEA how it would end. Although there were plenty of clues as to who done it. "He plays fair", she says. She is now feeling braver about his 'darker' novels and is planning on reading either A Perfect Crime or End of Story next.

    Any suggestions for her?


  30. AbbietheKitty
    4:03 pm on March 20th, 2010

    Alice's post is 'awaiting moderation' and mine, with the picture, got through! tee hee


  31. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:09 pm on March 20th, 2010

    Oblivion!…eh?… I had a bit of a problem with….snuff… well, never mind, that would only lead to a big fat Spoiler!… snort!…I think your staff would enjoy “The Tutor” next….grunt!… especially if you’ve been reading the kids mysteries…. Gruff!… I totally enjoyed that book!…And!.. it has made me want to read the series with the girl…um.. well..you know her name….wheeze!

  32. Mollypop
    4:26 pm on March 20th, 2010

    Aha! So A-Kat's post with a picture came sailing through and Alice's post is being held by the moderator. It seems like everyone is aware that Alice can be trouble.

  33. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:46 pm on March 20th, 2010

    Molly!… Apparently that is correct!…wheeze!…All blog border patrols are on the lookout for her…grunt!.. Is that the only thing you have deducted from today’s posts?…snort!

  34. AbbietheKitty
    5:52 pm on March 20th, 2010

    I don't have the Tutor. Drat it all. I will have to see if they have it at the library.

    ~~Rio, you mean Ingrid. The better than Nancy Drew girl. Well I have to give Nancy her due. For someone who was started in the 1930's she is still a pretty good kid. But we really did need a N.D. for the 2000's.

    ~~Mollypop, I guess Rio's view of Alice Johnson is shared by Admin. I admit to surprise. I didn't know Admin. took advise from Rio. Maybe the secret plot is not to influence Spencer, but Admin. instead?

    the 'staff'

    "Dogs have owners, Cats have staff"

  35. Mollypop
    5:53 pm on March 20th, 2010

    Sorry Commander, I have nothing to report but I have a good excuse – my dog ate my homework. Oh wait, I'm the dog. It's really my Mom, we were sort of partying, hic, so …

  36. AbbietheKitty
    5:55 pm on March 20th, 2010

    advice. Admin takes advice from Rio. I would advise him not to.


  37. AbbietheKitty
    6:20 pm on March 20th, 2010

    I just read that the road (I29) that we took into Fargo today, which is an interstate highway, was reduced to one lane going south near Harwood, N.D. this afternoon. Hmmm that water must have gone up a little after we went through. Although it was right up on the shoulder as we went past.

    We were told that they had raised that section of the interstate after last years flood and didn't expect it to be a problem this year. Oops.

    Maybe we pulled Alice off the job too early?


  38. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:38 pm on March 20th, 2010

    Molly… I have your report, the only reliable guy with any imagination pounded it out for you and brought it to me, yes, Wookie!…Forget your drunken excuses.. sniff!…I know you have reason to celebrate….wheeze… but wait till everyone hears the story… grump!… the story is being locked up right now… we need Lexi to give her “okay”…. Until then. -whatever.

  39. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:57 pm on March 20th, 2010

    AbbieTheKat!…Maybe Admin is seriously considering blocking Alice forever!… snort!…Wouldn’t that be something!… gruff!… Admin is unpredictable in these areas…snort!.. No one can tell…sniff!.. Alice’s photo may still show up even with all the pleading and begging I have put myself through….grunt!

  40. dawson
    7:33 pm on March 20th, 2010


    Gonna sleep in tomorrow.

    Everybody gets a gold star today. I laughed my ass off reading it.

    Abigal: did the quilt get your seal of approval?

  41. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:34 pm on March 20th, 2010

    Well!… Back to my favorite show!…snort!… The other one that’s even better than ‘Damages’… Gasp!… The talented writers who put out “Breakin Bad”… wow!… What I wouldn’t give to be part of that team… snort!…Walter and Jesse…heh!… those are two characters I Love!…wheeze!…

    Third! … New season starts tomorrow…grunt!…sometime late cuz its not for kids…snort!…

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